I am nothing if not a sucker for a) turning everything competitive even when it doesn’t need to be a competition and b) making piles of books to read. In that spirit, I am participating in Adam’s TBR challenge over at Roof Beam Reader.

By March 2018, I will have finished or possibly rage-quit my doctorate. Either way, I will have time to read long and absorbing books again, and I am very excited about it. The goal of the TBR Pile Challenge is to read 12 books from your TBR pile that have been hanging around waiting to be read for at least a year. I have happily scouted around my flat and found far more than 12 books that I’ve been waiting to read. Here is my list (plus two alternates, as permitted by the rules, just in case a couple end up in the did-not-finish pile).

  1. The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien (published 1977)
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (published 2007)
  3. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (published 1986)
  4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (published 1937)  (finished 24/4/18)
  5. Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead (published 1987)
  6. I, Claudius by Robert Graves (published 1934)
  7. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (published 1876)
  8. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (published 2006)
  9. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (published 2009)
  10. Old Goriot by Honoré de Balzac (published 1834)
  11. Murder Must Advertise by DL Sayers (published 1933)
  12. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick (published 1968) DNF’d 13/5/18

    Alternates, if needed:

  13. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (published 1958)
  14. A Grief Observed by CS Lewis (published 1961) (finished 9/5/18)