Nov 30, 2012

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge!!

When I first saw this challenge, I knew this was a challenge that I NEEDED to do. The goal is to pick 12 books from your personal collection that have been sitting there for over a year. Like our challenge host Adam at Roof Beam Reader, I am a sucker for a good looking book at the bookstore. If it looks like I would like to read it, I buy it. MUST STOP! What a fire hazard of paper my house has become. I keep collecting and collecting and piling and piling and piling till I give myself a panic attack when I am in line at the store and I wonder.. "Wait.. don't I have this already?!"

I've never really completed many challenges, especially when there is a lot of back and forth posting and jazz that I can't keep up with, but this one has to be done before I buy another book!! (yeah, right?!)

So, now is the time to pick twelve titles from our humongous list of books that have been slowly collecting dust for at least a year. And in case there is a dud among the group, we get to pick 2 alternates. This was SO HARD to do.. I mean committing to reading my own books finally?!?! I hope I chose well.

1. Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth the Most Passionate Queen and the Three Men Who Loved Her by Susan Kay

2. Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes by Jude Morgan

3. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick DONE!

4. The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey DONE!

5. The Miracle at St. Bruno's by Philippa Carr DONE!

6. The Bastard King by Jean Plaidy DONE!

7. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

8.  Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold

9. Frenchman's Creek by Daphne DuMaurier DONE!

10. Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly

11. To The Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes by Robin Maxwell DONE!

12. Katherine by Anya Seton DONE!

ALTERNATES, just in case I need them...
1. With Violets by Elizabeth Robards
2. Eve of the Isle by Carol Rivers

This post will be updated as I read the above books which will then be linked up to the review. The Good Lord willing.

The books I've completed are:
Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick, published 2005

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier, originally published  1941

To The Tower Born by Robin Maxwell, originally published 2005
The Miracle at St. Bruno's by Philippa Carr, published 1972

The Bastard King by Jean Plaidy, published 1977
The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey, published 2010
Katherine by Anya Seton, early 1950's


  1. I'm participating in this one, too. I've read a few of the books on your list, and have a couple of others waiting on my shelf.

  2. Marie - Katherine by Anya Seton is an amazing read and I hope you get to that one in 2013! It's a classic -- good luck with your challenge. :)

  3. I am seriously considering this challenge -- my bookshelves are loaded with need-to-be-read books! I love your list -- I want to read Katherine too!

  4. I don't a blog because I am a follower instead. What I did is make a spreadsheet of my TBR books with the title, name and date received. Before I thought of putting in the date received I had a blank. I highlighted that blank in yellow-orange and the batch is getting smaller. Before I buy any book, I check my spreadsheet and my list of reviews on GoodReads to see if I already have it. That has worked out well.

    My problem is that my list has been growing by 100 each year! 85% of this is from winning book giveaways and 10% from books that I have been sent for review by Library Thing and Amazon Vine. I review those and get them ASAP but I seem to be stuck at around 400 books.

  5. Welcome to the challenge! I've heard good things about Charlotte and Emily - definitely hope to read it someday, but who knows when!? Good luck! :)

  6. Good luck - you have some wonderful books on your list. Charlotte and Emily, Year of Wonders, Katherine, Galway Bay - loved them!

  7. Great list! I second Year of Wonders, Galway Bay, and Katherine. To the Tower Born wasn't bad either. Good luck!

  8. Excellent challenge! I SO need to work through my TBR piles!!:)

  9. I should really participate in this one; there are so many books I want to dedicate time to but I never do. Legacy and Katherine are definitely on my TBR list!

    1. This 2013 TBR Challenge is really a great idea, there is not too much commitment as long as we don't drown ourselves in review reads. I really hope I can do this one, because one of the things that really frustrates me is the fact I own about 1000 books that I have yet to read. Very sad.

  10. Charlotte and Emily! Ohhh I loved that one :) I hope you do too!

  11. Some excellent picks! Charlotte and Emily is fabulous. I also enjoyed Miracle at St. Bruno's (and if you love that one, you'll HAVE to read the rest in that lengthy series, right? ;-)

    1. Reading the rest of the series is my sinister plan! Of course I own them all, so why not?! (keep dreaming, marie!!)

  12. Year of Wonders is one of my all-time favorite books! I hope you like it, Marie.

  13. The Yellow House is an awesome book, of course it is in Ireland!...there is a sequel also...and anything by Robin Maxwell is great too. I also have Galway Bay and have yet to read it...I really must do that. Good luck with your challenge Marie!


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