TBR pile opportunity 2018

New books are so much shinier and nice and I know this to be true because I’ve just bought about 20 over Christmas. I took advantage of many £1 ebook deals and filled up my Kindle. Thinking back, it could be 30-40 or more. I also have the ereader books on the library app too. I have plenty to read but some old books have been sitting around for a very long time and I love them too (it’s a different love).

I’ve carried Chomsky’s Necessary Illusions to different cities and houses with me since 1998 when I first graduated university. It’s on my bedside table and thinking about it made me want to take part in Roof Beam Reader’s TBR challenge. The word ‘challenge’ makes me think of getting through something with grit and determination and I don’t want to just read them to get through them. I’m calling mine the TBR pile opportunity.

Some essential rules are as follows:


1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2017 or later (any book published in the year 2016 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with the Mr. Linky below. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.

Check back to Adam’s post, though, for all the details if you want to join in.

My TBR list

  1. Chomsky, N.  Necessary Illusions (I bought this after my law degree. I was inspired to change the world but have been waiting to finish the book first. Maybe this year.)
  2. Boleano, R. 2666 (I started reading 2666 around the time I had my first daughter and then quickly fell into ‘motherhood’ stuff so didn’t finish. It’s intense.)
  3. Monbiot, G. The Age of Consent. (Bought years and years ago in Colchester. It’s travelled to Bristol with me but still hasn’t been read.)
  4. Extence, G. The Universe versus Alex Wood. (There was a read-a-long at our library and this was given out free. I didn’t get a chance to read it at the time. The librarian I spoke to really raved about it.)
  5. Strathern, P. Dr Strangelove’s Game. (The title is a reference to Dr Strangelove: How I learnt to stop worrying and started to love the bomb. Much of Stanley Kubrick’s movie was based on the reality of the game theory machinations behind the cold war. Game theory is still one of my favourite subjects.)
  6. Fisk, R. The Great War of Civilization (a bit of a heavy tome I am determined to get through.)
  7. Palast, G. The best democracy money can buy. (As Palast said about the UK voting for Blair: at least the US voters didn’t vote for Bush.) 
  8. Wacquant, L. Body and Soul. (I saw Wacquant, an eminent ethnographer, talk at the University of Bristol, years back about being a skinny little white guy learning to box in the south side of Chicago. Body and Soul is an ethnography of his time there.)
  9. Satrapi, M. Persepolis. (I love this book so much that I didn’t want to finish it but that means it’s been left unread. Well not for much longer!)
  10. Pynchon, T. The Crying of Lot 49. (It’s Pynchon.)
  11. Foster Wallace, D. Infinite Jest. (DFW is fantastic and I worry about finishing his works and there being none left to read. This worry has stopped me finishing any of them, which seems counterproductive, so this year I’ll finish this.)
  12. Moskos, P. Cop in the hood. (An ethnography of a year in the Baltimore police district. The authentic version of the David Simon’s Homicide that led to the Wire).


  1. Mulvey-Roberts, M. Literary Bristol: writers and the city.
  2. Backwith, D., Ball, R., Hunt, SE., Richardson, M. Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies & Reds: A radical history of Bristol 1880–1939.


To join in with the TBR Pile Challenge / Opportunity, see the original post by Roof Beam Reader.

One response to “TBR pile opportunity 2018”

  1. I love the rephrasing – TBR opportunity sounds much more inviting & fun
    Good luck!

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