Monday, January 3, 2022


I was intrigued to discover that there is a fun, do-able challenge out there to encourage reading from your TBR pile. Like you need that kind of encouragement, right? Well, yeah, I do. And apparently I am not the only one because Roof Beam Reader’s official TBR Pile Challenge is back for its NINTH YEAR! This challenge started when they realized they had some MAJOR issues with buying books but never reading them (not because they don’t read – but because they have such a book buying problem!) Year after year, books would sit on their shelves untouched, and they would end up reading newer ones first. Just like me, they realized they was missing out on a lot of great books because they let them sit there gathering dust instead of reading them as when they were purchased.

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from my “to be read” pile (within 12 months).


1. Identify 12 books from your TBR pile/shelf, or in my case, storage unit. (I picked a random box.)

2. Each of the selected 12 books (from my box) must have been on your bookshelf/box or “To Be Read” list/box for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2021 or later (any book published in the year 2020 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile).

3. Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books ends up in the “did not finish (DNF)” pile.

So, on to the random pile of 14 (in no particular order) that I grabbed from the box that met the above criteria:

1. A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell

2. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

3. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

4. The Burn by Kathleen Kent

5. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

6. The Apocalypse Troll by David Weber

7. Across the Void by S.K. Vaughn

8. Dogstar Rising (Makana, #2) by Parker Bilal

9. Betrayal at Iga (Shinobi Mystery, #5) by Susan Spann

10. Y.T. by Alexey Nikitin

11. The Ghost Runner (Makana, #3) by Parker Bilal

12. Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) by Jonathan Maberry

13. Trespasser (Mike Bowditch, #2) by Paul Doiron

14. Duel to the Death (Ali Reynolds, #13) by J.A. Jance



  1. wishing you good luck in this challenge! i'm curious about some books of your list so i look forward your reviews

    1. I am hopeful I can keep on task and then do these justice with good reviews!

  2. wow, that's scary to see I haven't read any of these. I hope they are enjoyable and you have fun.
    My list:

  3. These are all completely new to me too! good luck and happy reading

    1. Crossing my fingers they're all very engaging!


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