The Lockdown TBR Pile Challenge

After months of procrastination, I’m finally back on the blog with a lockdown TBR pile challenge – to finish all my unread books before normality resumes.

After being in a state of upheaval following COVID-19 lockdown, we’re slowly getting our heads and house in order. I’m the kind of person that stashes books everywhere – under beds, next to sofas so it’s been fulfilling to collect them all on the bookcart. Most belong to me, but some are Al’s and others are M’s. If I’m honest, I’m kind of dreading the larger ones and have no idea how long it will take to finish the whole collection. Also, full admission that I’ve part-read a handful of these already. If a title has an is in bold and has an asterisk, it means I’ve read it. If it has a link, it means I’ve finished and reviewed it on this blog.

The TBR List

(in no particular order)

  • The Common Reader – Virginia Woolf
  • The Children’s Room – A.S.Byatt
  • The Binding – Bridget Collins
  • The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Daemon Voices – Philip Pullman
  • Myths of Babylonia & Assyria – Donald A.Mackenzie
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Unseen Academicals – Terry Pratchett
  • Going Postal – Terry Pratchett*
  • Snuff – Terry Pratchett
  • Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms- N.K.Jemisin
  • Jerusalem: The Biography – Simon Montefiore
  • Ringworld – Larry Niven
  • Help the Witch – Tom Cox
  • The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  • A Claxton Diary – Mark Cocker*
  • Elmet – Fiona Mozley *
  • A Game of Thrones – George R.R.Martin
  • Inland – Tea Obreht
  • The Girl Who Stole an Elephant – Nizrana Farook
  • The Dragonfly Pool -Eva Ibbotson
  • Earth Heroes – Lily Dyu
  • The Master and the Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Arctic Dreams – Barry Lopez
  • The Strangers in the House – Georges Simenon
  • Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  • The Cabaret of Plants – Richard Mabey
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale
  • Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
  • Virginia Woolf – Hermione Lee
  • A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

There are 32 books in all – 14 by women and 18 by men. Terry Pratchett appears several times because he makes me laugh. 8 are non-fiction.

Every time I finish a book, I’ll post a review here. I’ll occasionally share regular polls for my next read on Instagram (although most of the time I’ll just choose a book because I’m in the mood).

Are there any here that you particularly rate or have on your TBR pile? Please let me know if you’d like to buddy read any of these titles. Maybe together we’ll get through some of the chunky ones that have been sitting on our shelves for ages!