2018 TBR Challenge

This year I’ll read these. No really, I mean it this time.

Ha! I always have such great reading plans, and usually derail somewhere along the way. But I also have so many books on my shelves I really do want to read (or finally get around to rereading). And it’s always tempting to sign up for TBR challenges, although I’ve yet to successfully complete one.

Adam’s (Roof Beam Reader) is both the most tempting to me (only twelve books!) and most difficult (but I have to pick them in advance!). Especially keeping in mind that twelve books is often about half of my reading for a year. (Too many interests, too little time…) It really took me a long time to decide to attempt the 2018 TBR challenge for this very reason–I’ve learned from experience that I need to have flexibility in my reading plans so that I can either follow a thread of interest (2017’s Beauty and the Beast rabbit hole for example) or impromptu join in a reading event. But the longer I thought about it, the longer my “I intend to read this next year anyways” list grew…so here we go!

Time Quintet by Madelene L'Engle
1. A Wrinkle in Time
2. A Wind in the Door
3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
4. Many Waters
5. An Acceptable Time

I’ve already said that I intend to read a lot of Madeleine L’Engle next year, and I’m definitely starting with A Wrinkle in Time. The whole Time Quintet box set has been sitting on my shelves too long unread, so this year–regardless of what else may happen with this list–I WILL read these!

Cover: Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon by Jane Austen (Penguin Classics)6. Lady Susan

I picked this up to read in October, and it didn’t happen, but it still sits patiently on my TBR pile. (I might even read the starts of Sanditon and The Watsons too, but it’s a bit of a letdown to read an unfinished story, so perhaps not.)

Cover: The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle7. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

This is the last Holmes book I have to read and I had intended to in 2017, so…it’s time.

Cover: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke8. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

This has been on my shelf forever. I’m sure I’ll like it. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up; mostly I think I forget I have it. Let’s make 2018 the year!

Cover: The Farm by Louis Bromfield9. The Farm

A classic by an Ohio-native author, I’ve been wanting to read this since I started my Ohio reading project a few years back, but somehow other Ohioans kept jumping ahead. If I get this read, I’ll have to make a field-trip to Bromfield’s Malibar Farm, too.

Cover: The Warden by Anthony Trollope10. The Warden

I’ve never read any Trollope, though I’ve watched any number of TV mini-series adaptations of his novels. I’ve been itching to get back to Victorian writers, and this seems a good place to start.

Cover: The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay11. The Secret of Lost Things

One of a small number of books in the “get it read so you can (likely) get rid of it” pile – I’ve been trying to read and relocate at least one a year (in 2017 it was ‘Salem’s Lot which has been passed on to my brother), and 2018 is The Secret of Lost Things‘ year.

Cover: The Sound and Fury by William Faulkner12. The Sound and the Fury

I started this. Loved what I read. And it got re-lost on my bookshelf when something else snuck in ahead of it. Not this year!


It was hard to decide which two books to list as alternates instead of on the main list, but here’s another two Victorians that I’ve had around for years and put on so many to-read-this-year lists it’s not even funny. Actually I’m hoping to read these on top of all the above 12. What’s life without a little over-ambition?!

Cover: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins13. The Woman in White

Cover: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell14. Cranford


I’ve seen plenty of other lists around, so I know I’m in good company. Good luck and happy reading!

My official participation page.

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