2023 TBR Challenges

I'm going to continue with Bev's TBR challenges in 2023.


The Official TBR Pile Challenge returns at Adam's Roof Beam Reader blog.  Adam requires that the list be selected ahead of time, and here it is, 12 titles plus two alternates:

  1. Map Drawn By a Spy, by Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuba)
  2. The Green Roads of England, by Hippisley-Cox
  3. The World of Odysseus, by M. I. Finley
  4. How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, by Drakulic
  5. Wife of the Gods, by Kwei Quartey (Ghana)
  6. Pageants of Despair, by Dennis Hamley (this is a children's book??)
  7. The Way to the Sea, by Caroline Crampton
  8. Ransom for a Knight, by Barbara Leonie Picard
  9. The High Book of the Grail (Perlesvaus), ed. Nigel Bryant
  10. How Democracies Die, by Levitsky and Ziblatt
  11. Samson's Hoard, by John Verney
  12. Hippolyte's Island, by Barbara Hodgson
  13. Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  14. Red Famine, by Anne Applebaum


The Mount TBR Reading Challenge is simple: pick how high you want to go.  As always, I'll be aiming for 24 books from the pile, though that is not nearly as many as I should read


Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s

Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

My pile is bigger than ever, so I'm signing right up for 24 titles: Mont Blanc.

Titles read:

  1. Hippolyte's Island, by Barbara Hodgson
  2. The Forgetting Room, by Nick Bantock
  3. The Inugami Curse, by Seishi Yokomizo
  4. Samson's Hoard, by John Verney
  5. The Origins of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, by Andrew Breeze
  6. The Green Roads of England, by Hippesley-Cox
  7.  The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women, by Rosalie Gilbert
  8. Expanding the Borders of Zion, by Charlie Bird
  9. Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, by Anne Applebaum
  10.   Carrie's War, by Nina Bawden
  11.  Map Drawn by a Spy, by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
  12.  Letters From Russia, by Astolphe de Custine
  13. How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, by Sara Nickerson 

 The Virtual Mount TBR Challenge is library-based, which is good for me because my pile of library books is nearly as large as my actual TBR pile.   If the book is on your mental TBR list, and you get it from the library, it counts.  I'll be aiming for Mt. Crumpit, which is also 24 books.  Naturally, the virtual mountains are fictional.

 I decided to create a Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge Books for all those folks with mile-long "wish-list" of TBRs who would like a chance to climb as well. The strategy and general set-up is the same--except you don't have to own the books. Heard about a great book from a friend, took note of the title, and then never got around to reading it? Saw a book online that you thought sounded intriguing but you keep putting off ordering it up from the library? You borrowed a book from somebody and need an extra push to read it and return it? This is the place for you!
 Challenge Levels:
Mount Rum Doodle: Read 12 books

Mount Crumpit: Read 24 books 
Mount Munch: Read 36 books
White Plume Mountain: Read 48 books 
Stormness Head: Read 60 books 
Mount Mindolluin: Read 75 books 
Mount Seleya: Read 100 books
Mount Olympus: Read 150+ books 

My library-books bookshelf is just as stuffed as my TBR bookshelf, so this will be good for me.  I am pretty much going to limit myself to books from the library that I've been meaning to read since before Jan. 1, 2021.  That is a lot of books.  I'll aim for Mount Crumpit, 24 books.  Also, I think the image for this challenge is great!

Titles read:

  1. The Story of Roland, by James Baldwin
  2. North to Paradise, by Ousman Umar
  3. The Story of Seigfried, by James Baldwin
  4. Frozen Time, by Anna Kim
  5. Dark Archives, by Megan Rosenbloom
  6. A Place for Everything, by Judith Flanders
  7. Motl the Cantor's Son, by Sholem Aleichem
  8. Old Norse Women's Poetry: the Voices of Female Skalds, by Sandra Ballif Straubhaar
  9.  Death on Gokumon Island, by Seishi Yokomizo 
  10.  The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively, by Todd B. Kashdan
  11.  The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, by Timothy Snyder


  1. Thanks for joining me and congratulations on making your goals!


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