Thursday, December 13, 2012


I'm ready to sign up for my second challenge for 2013-- the TBR pile challenge, hosted by Roof Beam Reader.  Since I'm at 11/12 books for this year's TBR challenge, and think/hope I'll finish off the last book before year's end, I think I'm up for the 2013 challenge also.

This year I'm signing up for a different TBR challenge just for a little variety and because I like the idea of trying to commit to the books ahead of time. Looking at my overfull shelves, I see so many books that I was thrilled to purchase, eager to read, and yet, pass by again and again when I'm looking for "that next book to read." What a sense of accomplishment I'll feel when I finally get those pages turned. I won't have quite so much guilt about buying more books.

Roof Beam Reader's challenge is to read 12 books in 2013. They have to be published in 2011 or earlier, so that they've been sitting on your shelf for at least a year. You have to pick them out ahead of time, but you are allowed two alternates, just in case.

The books all have to be reviewed and then linked back to RBR. Check out THIS POST for detailed instructions and to find the linky. 

So, here are my 12 books and 2 alternates:

1. Private Life by Jane Smiley
2. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
3. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
4. Passion by Jude Morgan
5. Soulless by Gail Carriger
6. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
7. The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran
8. King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
9. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
10. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
11. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
12. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

1. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
2. The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard



  1. I'm going to be signing up for this challenge, too, since reading from my TBR is something I seriously need to do. I'll have a Sutcliff on my list as well (but a different one!).

  2. I signed up for TBR Pile one as well! I almost never ever do challenges, so that shows what a horrific state my TBR Pile is in. Here is my 2013 Challenge post..
    There are a few here on your list that I have had on my shelves for awhile also, such as The Daughter of Time, and King Hereafter by Dunnett. My mom has probably read more of my books than I have, and that is just tragic ;)
    Good luck on the challenge!

  3. I read King Hereafter many years ago - my first Dunnett, excellent book. I have been meaning to give it a reread. We'll see what 2013 holds.

  4. I don't know most of those titles, but I do have The Eagle of the Ninth in my TBR too. Good luck with reducing your TBR, it's a worthy aim.

  5. Wow, interesting list! The only one I've read is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which is rather dry but important. I've heard great things about The Cellist of Sarajevo (I think I even own it...). And I love Anne Tyler! Good luck with the challenge & welcome aboard!