Sunday, 30 December 2012

2013 TBR Pile Challenge

I went on many a buying spree this year, so my plan for 2013 is to haul up and read-read-read through my loot.

My aim in signing up for the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge is to remind myself not to neglect my pre-2012 purchases. Quite a few of the items on the below list have been languishing in my library for way too long. And most of them seem to be fine books, more than deserving of my attentions.


1. W. M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair
2. C. Bronte, Villette - completed
3. T. Mann, Joseph and His Brothers
4. V. Woolf, Between the Actscompleted
5. C. Priest, The Prestigecompleted
6. C. Valente, The Orphan's Tales
7. J Abercrombie, The First Law Trilogy
8. G. Keyes, The Briar King
9. N. Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
10. J. Chang, Wild Swans - completed
11. R. Wright, Dreams and Shadows
12. J. Bruckhardt, The Civilisation of the Renaissance Italy

The alternates:
1. J. Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar
2. J. Blish, Cities in Flight


  1. Ah, Vanity Fair, Villette, Cryptonomicon, The Prestige... nice choices! I'm glad you're joining us for the 2013 Challenge - I haven't read most of these, so I'm looking forward to coming back to read your thoughts. Good luck to you!

    1. Thank you for the comment! In fact, it took me about 2 weeks to finalise the list. I look forward to reading most of them. The two entries I'm slightly wary of are Mann's Joseph and Between the Acts. Joseph is just SO LONG, and I always found it difficult to get into Woolf.

      We shall see. I look forward to working through the list and discovering what kind of reading experience these books will deliver.