The 2012 TBR Pile Challenge

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Another reading challenge for 2012! I might be joining these only for an excuse to make lists. I do love me some lists.

The 2012 TBR Pile Challenge is to read 12 books (allowing two alternatives) that you’ve had in your possession since before January 1st, 2011. I have many more than 12, so it’ll be good to make some progress on the ol’ to-be-read pile. The first four books are crossovers with the Back to the Classics challenge.

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  2. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  3. The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  5. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
  6. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  7. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  8. Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson
  9. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
  10. On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
  11. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  12. The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues by Plato


  1. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
  2. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

4 thoughts on “The 2012 TBR Pile Challenge

  1. Adam @ Roof Beam Reader

    Glad you’re joining us! You have a great looking list, here. I’ve been really impressed with peoples choices so far.

    I’m reading Lullaby right now and loving it – if it keeps going this well, it may end up being my second-favorite Palahniuk novel (after my first place tie of Invisible Monsters/Haunted).

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorite books of all-time, and The Sign of the Four is good, though not nearly as good as A Study in Scarlet, in my opinion. Plato is fantastic, of course, and I liked As I Lay Dying a lot (second favorite Faulkner, after Light in August).

    Looking forward to reading all your reviews and seeing what you think of these – and also what you think of those that I haven’t yet read (particularly curious about Taming of the Shrew and Storm Front).

    Good luck!

  2. Rob Post author

    Thanks for hosting, Adam! Glad to hear I’m on the right track with my list!

    Definitely looking forward to Lullaby. I’ll have to add Haunted to my pile at some point as well then, as I enjoyed Invisible Monsters quite a bit too.

    I’ve managed to never read any Wilde yet, so The Picture of Dorian Gray might end up being my first read of the bunch, I think.

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