TBR Pile Challenge 2018

Happy New Year, dear readers! I hope you’ve had an enjoyable holiday season. Maybe, like me, you are excited about this new reading year ahead of us. A new calendar always holds so much promise. As usual, I’m starting out January with the firm resolve to read more of my own books. Maybe 2018 will be the lucky year I complete the TBR Pile Challenge, which is once again hosted by Adam at Roofbeam Reader.

Here are the 12 books I’ve picked (forgive the crappy picture):

  1. The Glass Universe, Dava Sobel
  2. So Big, Edna Ferber
  3. Dark Matter, Michelle Paver
  4. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
  5. Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn
  6. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson
  7. Creation, Katherine Govier
  8. Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Döblin
  9. Stasiland, Anna Funder
  10. Nightingale Wood, Stella Gibbons
  11. Passionate Minds, David Bodanis
  12. Shadows on the Rock, Willa Cather
  13. A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore
  14. Where Were You Adam, Heinrich Böll

Two of these are alternates, but ideally, I will read them all.

Yes, I WILL READ ALL THE BOOKS IN 2018, hahaha. Along those lines, I have also signed up for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey.

And I’m trying out the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Passages to the Past.

Wish me luck! And Happy Reading to all of us.



  1. I also loved Miss Pettigrew, Nightingale Wood, and Ella Minnow Pea is a really fun (and fast) read. I’m very intrigued by So Big because I’ve never read Edna Ferber — I lived in Texas for more than 10 years and kept trying to get my book group to choose her, but they never wood (no excuse, I know). I hope your review will inspire me to read some of her work, even though I don’t live there any more.

    Stasiland is also good, though chilling. I read it last year for a book group here in Germany and everyone in the group was glad to have read it.

  2. Good luck to you! I love your list! I am also heartened to see that Stasiland is a much smaller book than I was imagining, which makes it reasonable for me to read it this year too. (Although I don’t own it.) I want to read ten of my own damn books this year, but I’m choosing to make things easier on myself by not stipulating which ten. We’ll see how it goes!

  3. I bought a secondhand copy of Creation (Katherine Govier) last year — I should jump on the bandwagon and read that soon! Ella Minnow Pea is one of my favorite books, so funny and clever. Hope you enjoy reading from your own shelves. I discovered I have 327 unread books in the house, so I really need to concentrate on my own books for 1/4 or 1/3 of my reading this year.

  4. I have a copy of Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day to read this year and I’m really looking forward to it! The movie adaptation was on TV last month and I PVRd it so I should get to it soon. Good luck with the challenge!

  5. I have read Housekeeping long ago and remember it being good but sad! I have not heard of Cather’s book Shadows of the Rock, how interesting. Enjoy your books! & Happy New Year.

  6. Good luck! It’s so fun this time of year to think about all that we might accomplish! 🙂 I’m trying to stay away from challenges this year, but I have a couple of do-able goals. Will post my small goals soon. Happy Reading in 2018!

  7. Great list! I look forward to your review of Dark Matter by Michelle Paver. It was recommended to me a while back, but I couldn’t find a copy—I don’t think it was on Amazon US or somesuch at the time—and I just kind of forgot about it. I’d like to read more Willa Cather too. I always hear such wonderful things about her books but I’ve only read My Antonia. Happy New Year! Good luck with your reading challenges! 🙂

  8. Good luck with your challenges. Miss Pettigrew is a lovely book! I haven’t read anything else from your list, but I would like to read the Willa Cather and Helen Dunmore books.

    • I am looking forward to Miss Pettigrew! She’s been recommended to me so many times that I’m afraid I might be disappointed. One can never read too much Willa Cather and Helen Dunmore, in my opinion.

  9. Sounds like fun! I’m also hoping to join in Katie’s NF Challenge – I have quite a few NF books that I’ve bought and really want to read, but they keep getting put on the back burner. I’m hoping this challenge will help me.

    The only book I’ve read from your pile is Creation. Well, I’ve read about 2/3 of it. I was enjoying it, but it’s a slow read and I eventually fell behind in it. Maybe I will finish it with you! I would also love to finally read Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

    Happy New Year!!

  10. Good luck! I liked Miss Pettigrew and loved Dark Matter – they’re the only two I’ve read. But I’d like to read Housekeeping since I loved Gilead, and the Helen Dunmore appeals too. Enjoy!

  11. I haven’t read any Michelle Paver since I finished as a children’s literature lecturer. You remind me that I shouldn’t neglect some of those authors I used to automatically read in those days.

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