2022 TBR Challenges

I'm going to continue with Bev's TBR challenges in 2021.


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. The Eternal Husband and other stories, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  2. Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens
  3. The High Book of the Grail (Perlesvaus), ed. Nigel Bryant
  4. We Never Make Mistakes, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  5. A Word From Wormingford, by Ronald Blythe
  6. Needle and Thread: A Tale of Survival from Bialystok to Paris, by Charles Zabuski
  7. The Leaky Establishment, by David Langford
  8. Mink River, by Brian Doyle
  9. Magic Mirrors, by John Bellairs
  10. Model Children, by Paul Thorez
  11. Caldecott & Co., by Maurice Sendak
  12. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles McKay
  1. The Druids, by Peter Berresford Ellis  (possibly a new entry in the 'dodgy anthropology' section, don't know yet)
  2. Mysteries of the Middle Ages, by Thomas Cahill


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. Samguk Yusa, by Ilyon
  2. The Runaway Robot, by Lester Del Rey 
  3. The Trouble With Tycho, by Clifford Simak
  4. Goblin Reservation, by Clifford Simak 
  5. Alpha 2, ed. Robert Silverberg
  6. Caldecott & Co., by Maurice Sendak
  7. Magic Mirrors, by John Bellairs 
  8. The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
  9. Three Apples Fell From the Sky, by Narine Abgaryan
  10. The Eternal Husband and Other Stories, by Dostoevsky
  11.  Lost Solace, by Karl Drinkwater
  12. The Leaky Establishment, by David Langford
  13. False Value, by Ben Aaronovitch 
  14. The Lost Garden, by Helen Hunphries 
  15. We Never Make Mistakes, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 
  16.  Momo, by Michael Ende
  17. Needle and Thread, by Charles Zabuski 
  18. Model Children, by Paul Thorez
  19. The Treasure Chest, by Johann Peter Hebel
  20. The Chess Set in the Mirror, by Massimo Bontempelli
  21. The Honjin Murders, by Seishi Yokomizo
  22. The Brothers Lionheart, by Astrid Lindgren
  23. The Dechronization of Sam Magruder, by George Gaylord Simpson
  24. This is How You Lose the Time War by by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone 

 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. Learning From the Germans, by Susan Neiman
  2. Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi
  3. Suns of Independence, by Ahmadou Kourouma
  4. The Third Reich at War, by Richard P. Evans
  5. Cathedral of Mist, by Paul Willem
  6. Tunnels, by Rutu Modan 
  7.  House of Glass, by Toer
  8.  Woke Racism, by John McWhorter
  9. Goblin, by Josh Malerman


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


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