2022 TBR Pile Challenge

I’m so pleased that Adam at Roof Beam Reader has resurrected the TBR challenge. The rules are simple, just choose twelve books that have been on your shelf for a year or more and read them. Two more emergency titles are added, in case there’s a dud in the initial 12!

Unlike my 10 Books of Summer challenge (which took me until December, although I loved it and plan on doing it again this year, thanks to Cathy at 746 books!) I’ve been quite successful with this one in the past and love that it gets me to pick the books up from the box at the end of my bed and actually read them.

Here’s my list to read in no particular order:

  1. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  2. A Moment of War by Laurie Lee
  3. The Lark by E. Nesbit
  4. People From My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami
  5. The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude
  6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki.Murakami
  7. Wheels within Wheels: The Making of a Traveller by Dervla Murphy
  8. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  9. The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal
  10. Every Eye by Isobel English
  11. Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac
  12. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

And two more just in case:

  1. Did You See Melody by Sophie Hannah
  2. The Power by Naomi Alderman

I’m glad that there’s some non-fiction here as my reading has been taken over by fiction for what seems an age, there’s nothing that looks terrifying but I’m going to allow myself to make changes if I want to as the year goes on – but only from my book shelves of course!

32 thoughts on “2022 TBR Pile Challenge

  1. Last year I did my own #21TBRbooksIn2021 and, thanks to lockdown, got through the lot in a third of the year! In the end I managed 44 by 31st December. This year I’m copying an existing hashtag, #22Booksin2022, which is a thing on Twitter at least. Anyway, good luck with your 12+2!

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  2. Good plan! I’ve read four of those (1, 3, 10 and 12). I am still busily trying to make my way through my TBR as of 5 October 2021 so I’m “allowed” to read my Dave Grohl book! I did get ahead of myself last year, esp as I was completely unable to keep count of them and ended up with fewer than I’d thought. Have fun with your challenge!

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    1. 1,3,10 and 12 are definite highlights – I’ve wanted to read the Fermor for years but somehow just never got around to it. I’m reading The Lark at the moment and it is joyous!!

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  3. I’m so excited about some of the books on your list Jane. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Norwegian Wood, Mansfield Park, and the one from E. Nesbit. I’m also allowing myself breathing room to adjust my selections.

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    1. I’m a bit nervous of Norwegian Wood actually, it comes so highly recommended but Mansfield Park, I’ve had to stop myself from reading it until I’ve got some Classics Club reading done, it’s like a reward!


    1. I’m glad to hear that about Every Eye, I don’t know anything about it – except that I can trust a Persephone! It’s good to go through the shelves sometimes isn’t it?!


  4. It sounds like a relatively manageable challenge. And your list is so varied! Good luck! Does it sound way too smug, if I say, I don’t own 12 books, which have been on my shelf for more than a year? 😋

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  5. Looks like a great list! I’ve enjoyed Bude in the past, though I haven’t read that one yet – I think it might be somewhere in my own TBR heap. The Lorac is great – one of her best. And I’ll be re-reading Mansfield Park too this year, soon in fact. I’d also like to read the Fermor sometime – he’s a recent addition to my wishlist. Enjoy your challenge!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve wanted to read Fermor for so long, I gave a copy to my mother in law and have now stolen it back so it’s my turn! Just finished the Lorac, brilliant – I looked to see if it was on your top 10 but you went for Murder by Matchlight, I’m not sure which I would choose. I’m amazed that I know nothing about Mansfield Park, never seen the film/tv or anything. Crazy!

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      1. I think I had prepared my top ten post just before I read Checkmate to Murder. I’m not sure which of them I’d choose now either – I think they’re pretty equal and both make great use of the wartime London setting. I’ll be reading Mansfield Park (re-reading) next month – it’s one of her less showy novels, and Fanny is a very quiet heroine, but I love her… 😀


  6. I made a conscious effort last year to read from my TBR and set myself a target of 21 (#21in21) which I beat easily. so I’ll do it again this year. My approach is a bit different though in that I don’t plan on creating a list in advance – I’ve done that so many times and then lost interest in the books on the list. So this year I’m just picking books at random. Good luck with your challenge though

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    1. Thank you! That is the problem isn’t it, losing interest in the list before the end, hopefully with just 12 it will be ok or I can just own up to not finishing! I like the idea of 22 in 22, good luck!!


    1. I see this is Japanese reading month as well, I should have organised myself better and started with them, oh well. I love the idea of your high and deep TBR, does it just sit looking at you or do you read from it sometimes? I’m trying hard not to become overwhelmed!


  7. Thank you – I don’t think I’ve read any on your list! I’m looking forward to at last getting around to Murakami although he comes with such a reputation!


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