Sunday, December 22, 2019

Reducing the To Be Read piles

In 2020 I am embarking on several challenges designed to reduce the pile of books you mean to read.  Both physical books and ebooks as well as those just on the list but I don't already own.  I'm sure the list will never be entirely gone- what can I say,  I cannot help myself when I go to the Library I always seem to leave with an armful of books and several photos of ones I want to get later.

So,  I need a way to reduce these lists/piles.  Enter the challenges for 2020.  Some of these challenges have been discussed in previous blog posts but some of them are new to this post.  After I discuss the new ones, I am going to use the bottom of this post as way to track my progress on the challenges.  This will be a consolidated list of TBRs and many will cross over to cover other challenges I am doing, but at least there will be one place where they are all recorded as TBR accomplishments.

The challenges that I am doing that address reducing TBR piles are:

Beat the Backlist  and 2020TBR are both being tracked in separate posts as they have optional prompts to go with the basic clear your list challenge.


This challenge hosted at BookwyrmsHoard is a challenge from Jan 1- Dec 31st.  It includes books you already own plus those on your list.  The only requirement is they must be published before 2019 & already by on your list.  She is offering prize opportunities if you review books and link them to her blog.  Sign up here if you want to join me.  Use #BacklistReader on any social media.

I am trying to read at least 24 books for this one as well but there may be more since they just need to be on the list vs ownership.


Mount TBR at My Readers Block is a traditional TBR challenge I discussed in a previous Blog Post  "Set a goal & Track"

 My goal is to scale Mount Blanc- 24 books

Status:  55/24 Read


Hosted at the Quiet Pond is a fun story based approach to the traditional pile reduction challenge.  My post about this one with my star map that I have created can be found here in my blog post "Castor's Star Map #StartOnYourShelfathon"  This challenge started Dec 13, 2019 so feel free to start whittling down that pile before the year ends.  

TBR Books Read in 2020  

Title, Author, Completion Date listed first, Publication date in Parentheses
  1.  The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff  Review  comp 1/7/20;  pub 2/21/17
  2. Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs    Cackleberry Club #8   1/2/20
  3. 19th Christmas by James Patterson Women's Murder Club #19   1/4/20 
  4. Three Widows and a Corpse  by Debra Sennefelder   Food Blogger #3   1/3/20
  5. Death by Jack'OLantern by Alexis Morgan   Abby McCree series #2   1/13/20 
  6. Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella 1/23/20
  7. The Medical Examiner by James Patterson 1/25/20  
  8. Stealth by Stuart Woods 1/27/20
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis 1/30/20
  10. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower 2/3/20
  11. Kiki Lowenstein and the Purple Passion  by Joanna Campbell Slan 2/4/20
  12. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 2/4/20
  13. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine 2/8/20
  14. An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette  2/10/20
  15. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie  2/19/20
  16. Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark 2/23/20
  17. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren  3/5/20
  18. Buried to the Brim by Jenn McKinlay 3/6/20
  19. Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay 3/15/20
  20. The Secret History by Donna Tartt 3/27/20
  21. Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain 4/2/20
  22. Private Games by James Patterson 4/5/20
  23.  Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay 4/7/20
  24. Every Breath you Take by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke 4/9/20
  25. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg 4/17/20
  26. Shell Game by Sara Paretsky 4/29/20
  27. The Money Shot by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall 5/5/20
  28. Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz 5/11/20
  29. The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen 5/20/20
  30. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis 5/22/20
  31. Ninth House  by Leigh Bardugo 5/24/20
  32. Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly 5/28/20
  33. Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 6/5/20
  34. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell 6/13/20
  35. The Murder of Twelve by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land 6/16/20
  36. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips 6/17/20
  37. All Systems Red by Martha Wells 6/30/20
  38. Left Fur Dead by J M Griffin  7/1/20
  39. Class Reunions are Murder  by Libby Klein 7/21/20
  40. My Mother was Nuts by Penny Marshall 8/2/20
  41. Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu 8/5/20
  42. Ms. Marvel Vol 1 No Normal  by G Willow Wilson  8/9/20
  43. The Agatha Christie Book Club by C.A. Larmer 8/10/20
  44. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast 7/5/20
  45. Down the Rabbit Hole Anthology including JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and Ruth Ryan Langan  8/13/20
  46. Private Gold by James Patterson  8/21/20
  47. Chocolates with a side of Murder by Meredith Potts 8/23/20
  48. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 8/25/20
  49. Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs 9/8/20
  50. Private the Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan 9/13/20
  51. The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani 9/13/20
  52. Vox by Christina Dalcher 9/27/20
  53. Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower 10/1/20
  54. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 10/5/20
  55. A Time for Murder by Jessica Fletcher 10/16/20
  56.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 
  57. 84, Charing Cross Road  by Helene Hanff 12/13/20
  58. The Nazi Officer's Wife  by Edith Hahn Beer 12/29/20

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