TBR Pile Challenge 2018

If you are like me, you also like to separate your unread books from your read books. I originally did this in order to keep my unread books fresh in my mind. However, I have been buying a LOT of books this year and the shelf has been growing bigger and bigger. What is worse is that I have one shelf (containing 18 unread books) at my parents’ house in the US and another (with 10 books sitting on it) in England. To add more to my shame, I have a few books on their way to me as well. Oops!!

So for the upcoming year, I have decided to partake in the TBR Pile Challenge in order to reduce the number of unread books. I am not implementing a no-buy because I know that I will have to buy some books for study and research purposes. However, I will do my best to reduce my current unread pile by at least half by the end of 2018. 

Here are the books that I wish to get to in the new year:

  1. Howards End by E.M. Forster. 
  2. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 
  3. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  4.  The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov 
  5. John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Craik 
  6. Wandering Stars by Sholem Aleichem 
  7. The Berlin Novels by Christopher Isherwood
  8. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  9. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 
  10. Pygmalion and Three Other Plays by George Bernard Shaw
  11. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron 
  12. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


  1. The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen 
  2. Go Tell It on a Mountain by James Baldwin

A lot of chunkers on this list but I do love a big book. I wish all fellow participants luck!



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