[Challenge] 2018 TBR Pile Challenge

This past year I did SO GOOD at reading books that I had purchased previous to 2017. I knocked so many off my list, but not enough. I still have a pile of books from my TBR prior to 2017 so Roof Beam Reader‘s 2018 TBR Pile Challenge is the perfect challenge for me!

What is the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge? Basically it’s a year-long challenge to read books that have been on your TBR prior to January 1st 2017 – so it cant be books you bought last year, but books bought before that.

Here are the rules from Roof Beam Reader’s official sign up page:

  1. Books must be published in 2016 or earlier, so on your TBR for at LEAST a year.
  2. You must sign up via the link above to participate. Books must be read AND reviewed.
  3. Your sign up post that you link up must be complete by January 15, 2018 and updated by crossing off the books on your master list and dating them, as well as linking to the review.
  4. Leave a comment for your progress on the post linked above, especially when you COMPLETE your progress – everyone who completes their 2018 TBR Pile Challenge will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card (and who doesn’t love that?).
  5. Crossovers are allowed, but only if the book was published in 2016 and prior.
  6. Graphic novels, audiobooks, poetry collections, essay collections, and the like all count. Leave your master list of books to be read on your sign up post – books don’t have to be read in that order, but remember to cross them off, date them, and link to reviews as you go.


Here’s my list: 


  1. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (2004)
  2. These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen (2012)
  3. The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernen (2013)
  4. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (2013)
  5. The Antagonist by Lynn Coady (2011)
  6. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (2014)
  7. The Unfinished Child by Theresa Shea (2013)
  8. Love Letters of the Angel of Death by Jennifer Quist (2013)
  9. Deafening by Francis Itani (2003)
  10. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (2014)
  11. Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark (2012)
  12. The Lake House by Kate Morton (2015) (review)


  1. And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life by Jane Christmas (2013)
  2. Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill (1997)

Looking back on this year, I can’t believe I still have 76 unread books on my TBR from before 2017! This year I had read 100 from my pre-2017 TBR so maybe I can get more than 12 read? Who knows. I guess we’ll see next year!

Are you joining the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge? What is your TBR at from before 2017? 


16 thoughts on “[Challenge] 2018 TBR Pile Challenge

  1. I think all of us need a challenge like this. I also did quite good at reading the books on my shelves this year and it’s going to be an ongoing process. Good luck with your super long list!

  2. I can’t believe I still haven’t read Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. I’m kind of embarrassed about that, considering how much I enjoy the HP universe, how many times I’ve read the core novels, and how quickly I’d probably read the book (couple hours?). But you know what? I think it sounds like a great read for winter break…. so yeah. I’m gonna do it. Ha! So there!

    • I hope you like it! I can’t believe I haven’t read it, either. I had hoped to read it before the movie came out but never did. I’m sure it’ll be just as good. The illustrated copy looks gorgeous!

  3. Wow! That is a beast of a list. I read Good Omens this year and really enjoyed it so I’d definitely recommend doing that one. 😀 Plus the series is going to come out next year so you have to read it before then.

    I’m not joining this particular challenge but I do have to read all the physical books on my TBR by April because I’m moving then and don’t want to take them with me.

    • Ha ha … and that’s just including everything from 2016 and before … nothing from this year! There are a few Neil Gaiman books I need to read since there are shows and movies made out of them!

  4. The Lake House is a great book, you will enjoy the world she takes you to with all the description. I adore Kate Morton! Good Luck with your list, I’ve joined this fun challenge too!

    • Oh you have to read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – it’s so good! I also remember loving The Secret Life of Bees but I think I need to reread it since it’s been quite a while since I’ve read it. I hope you can get to some of their books!

My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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