The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

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The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues was my last book for the 2012 TBR Pile Challenge. I got through 12 books that had been on my shelf since at least 2010, so thanks to Roof Beam Reader for the push.

I finished just in time to start the 2013 challenge! The challenge is to read 12 books (allowing two alternatives) that you’ve had in your possession since before January 1st, 2012. I actually didn’t have as many from back then as I thought I had, almost not enough for this list, so I guess I’m making progress.

  1. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
  2. Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson
  3. Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw
  4. Chocky by John Wyndham
  5. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  6. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain
  7. Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland
  8. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  9. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  10. The Man Called Noon by Louis L’Amour
  11. Journey to the Edge of the World by Billy Connolly
  12. The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg


  1. The Hacker Ethic: and the Spirit of the Information Age by Pekka Himanen
  2. Without Feathers by Woody Allen

2 thoughts on “The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

  1. Adam @ Roof Beam Reader

    Hey – CONGRATS on finishing the 2012 Challenge! I’m glad you’re back for 2013. I wish I could say that I was “just barely” able to make a list, but I think I’ll be able to easily participate in this challenge for many, many years to come. I just keep buying more books and don’t have enough time to read them!

    I loved your 2012 list and this one looks good, too. I’ve only read 2 books from this one, though – War of the Worlds & Cannery Row. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first, but Cannery Row was fantastic. I just read & reviewed it within the last week or so, actually. Steinbeck is one of my favorites – I fall deeper and deeper in love with him every time I read another of his works.

    Good luck with your challenge – hope you can “win” again this year!

    1. Rob Post author

      It is quite a mishmash this year, with what was left. Cannery Row and Chocky are probably the two I’m most looking forward to.


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