2018 TBR Pile Reading Challenge




So glad to see Adam at Roof Beam Reader back hosting this challenge!

Here are the 12 titles I plan on reading in 2018. These are all books that have been collecting dust on my shelves (not e-shelves) for quite a while…

5 in French:

  1. Le voyage d’Octavio, by Miguel Bonnefoy

  2. Gaspard, Melchior & Balthazar, by Michel Tournier

  3. Vendredi ou les limbes du pacifique, by Michel Tournier

  4. La vie mode d’emploi, by Georges Pérec

  5. Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda

3 by or about French authors, but in translation:

6. The Most Beautiful Book in the World, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
7. Total Chaos, by Jean-Claude Izzo
DNFed in August!

8. Looking for The Stranger, by Alice Kaplan

A classic:

9. The Bridge on the Drina, by Ivo Andric – read

2 by authors I enjoy a lot:

10. The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy
11. Eventide, by Kent Haruf

New to me authors:
12. The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton
DNFed in January!
I tried the audio, I hated the voice of the narrator,
and I didn’t like the social milieu

13. Defy the Night, by Heather and Lydia Munn – read
14. Coffin Road, by Peter May – read




32 thoughts on “2018 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

  1. The Miniaturist looks so interesting to me, and of course the beautiful cover art always draws me toward it. I hope to get to that one some day as well! I could’ve sworn I had a Tournier work on my list, too, but now I’m second-guessing myself & feel too lazy to go look. Ha!


  2. There is an adaptation of The Miniaturist that will be broadcast on UK television on Dec 25 or 26 apparently. I enjoyed the way Jessie Burton conveyed the impression of Amsterdam in the golden age – the screen version is bound to look sumptuous


  3. I’m doing this challenge … I’m really hoping to knock out more from my TBR from last year and years before. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I’ve heard The Miniaturist is really good!


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    • well, I’m French, so reading in the original is normal.
      Most of my readers are in the US/UK, so it feels odd to write in French, though I do some bilingual reviews from time to time. BUT I do give French classes online, through skype, if you are interested


      • Ahhh you’re French!
        At the time learning Hebrew but will store your info for future. Would love to revisit the language that I learned many moons ago while in middle school.
        Please send me the info.


        • good luck for Hebrew. I taught myself Biblical Hebrew, fascinating. But I don’t know modern Hebrew at all, I don’t do well without the vowel signs, lol!! When you feel ready, my skype ID is emmacazabonne. $22/hour, and we will learn what you want to learn and how you want to do it – reading, conversation, grammar, etc, I always adapt to the needs of my students


  5. I once started reading The Bridge on the Drina and remember being quite intrigued by the book. But I didn’t finish it and then I had to return the book to the library. I’d like to give it another try though.


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