Doing The Impossible

I have been seeing this for sometime among other bookish bloggers; but not till now have I been even remotely interested in participating it. This was not because it was not an absolutely marvelous challenge, but simply because, I lacked the discipline of stick-to-itivness! So I never tried; however recently, while trying to refer to a book in my Kindle Library, I realized in terms of E Books, I have way more than I can ever manage. This is of course, not taking into account the hard copies of books lying all over my apartment and the recent discussion with my roommate to buy yet another book shelf. I have way too many books! And while I know for a fact that I will keep buying books and I will forever have a TBR that is never-ending, I need to make some efforts for those books, already bought and sitting forever on my shelves. Hence, in an effort to inculcate a bit more of the stick-to-itivness, I hereby agree to participate in Adam’s much appreciate The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge!


The Goals and Rules, directly from Adam’s blog go something like this –

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).


1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2017 or later (any book published in the year 2016 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with the Mr. Linky below. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.

3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below). This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review

4. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published before 2017!

Therefore, without much further ado, I present, the 12 books with 2 alternates that have been sitting in my TBR FOREVER!

  1. Kathasaritasagar by Somadeva
  2. A Room of Her Own by Virginia Woolf
  3. The March of Folly by Barbara W Tuchman
  4. Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  5. Clarissa or The History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  6. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  7. I Claudius by Robert Graves
  8. Ashenden by Somerset Maugham
  9. The End of History and The Last Man by Francis Fukyama
  10. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  11. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  12. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

Potential Alternates –

  1. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  2. New York by Edward Rutherford

That’s the list. I have tried to be eclectic so that I can sustain my interest. They remain in no random order, though I will probably start with Kathasaritasagar and then we will see how things flow!

Fingers Crossed!


21 thoughts on “Doing The Impossible

  1. Good luck! I’ve never joined in with this challenge either, though I probably should as my TBR is out of control too. I’m pleased to see Death Comes for the Archbishop on your list. 🙂

    1. Thanks Helen! I need the luck part as coming up with the list was easy; but sticking to it is a whole different ball game!! Death moves up big time in my list, after your review!

    1. Thank You Ruth! I have heard great things about A Room and I have loved everything else I read of Cather! A Tree is one of the oldest in my TBR and despite many good things, I have never read it; so I need to get on it and couple of more soon!

  2. I was not considering any challenges until I read O’s lists and now I think I’m hooked. I’ll regret it; I know it …… It would be fun to join you either with The March of Folly, The Testament of Youth and perhaps, I, Claudius. I want to read The Gormenghast Trilogy this year too. Ah, I WANT to do all this but whether it’s realistic, I don’t know. I still have to finish The Republic and The City of God. If I can get through those, I’ll breath a sigh of relief. I’m going to go now and try to forget I’m committing myself to books and challenges ……. hee hee! ……

    1. Q1. You are up late!!!! What kind of parties are you attending to ring the new year?
      Q2. What challenges is O setting up for? I am raising my hand before I even begin. because she is some kind of a reading genius! But I will check her challenges neverthless!
      Q3. Will ya join me for the The Testamement of Youth and I, Claudius? I will move them to which ever month you comfortable. Also I will join you for the Gormenghast Trilogy
      Q4. Actually a comment, never ever ask me how I did not do with City of Gods! Sigh!!!!
      Happy Forgetting! 😀

  3. I’ve had A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on my TBR for a loooong time. I actually started reading it last year and got about 150 pages in before I put it down and accidentally forgot about it. It was really good, though! I hope to get back to it this year. Have fun!

  4. I think you achieved ‘eclecticness’ with your list. I’ve only read one book by S Maugham, The Painted Veil & loved his writing style. Testament of Youth – I really liked the first 3/4 which was about the War but the last 1/4 was a real slog for me& I didn’t bother finishing. I was reading All Quiet on the Western Front concurrently & it was interesting to compare the two.

    1. LOL…yes “eclecticness” was striven towards when making the list or boredom for sure will set in!I really enjoy Maugham; he was introduced to me by my mom and I think its a hand me down love! 😉 I have heard many things about The Testament of Youth and its a book that scares me and fascinates me at the same time. So I am both excited and anxious to get to it! All Quite on the Western Front is a very very good book, I cannot quite love it because it is bleak, but I love Erich Maria Remarque’s writing!

  5. Good luck with all of your reading goals! This is my first year doing Roof Beam Reader’s 2018 TBR challenge as well and I’m so excited! I love all of your choices!

    1. Thank You and Good Luck to you as well! This is my first time as well, so you got company!! I usually go for all kinds of Reading Challenges except TBRs because I know I will never ever see the end of it. But this year the books are literally on the floor…high time to pick something up!! 😉

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