Project TBR Kill 2018


The dreaded TBR pile. Can it be stopped? Can it be killed? Can it ever be read to the end?

Aren’t you curious about other readers’ TBR piles? I know I am. I’d love to hear about yours!

How many times have you decided that “enough is enough, this year I’m going to substantially reduce my tower of unread books”? Then how far did you get? Okay, you read 3 or 4 TBR books each month. Good for you! But you also bought 3 or 4 new books each month, returning the tower to its full height. Because you just couldn’t resist that “special offer” or “deal of the week,” right? I know because it’s been happening to me since February 2016 when I got my first Kindle.

I propose a “name-them-and-shame-them TBR Reading Challenge” starting this year. If we all post our lists, we might feel more inclined to dig into our respective piles. We can cheer each other on or start buddy-reads of books we have in common. Then, post a review and link it to our TBR list, effectively crossing it out as we go. What do you think? Who’s with me? C’mon! We can DO this!

TBR Tower 2018

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The Big Time (1958) by Fritz Leiber  (digital)

The Star Diaries (1957) by Stanislaw Lem  (digital)

Bloodchild (1995) by Octavia Butler  (digital)

The Blade Itself (2006) by Joe Abercrombie  (paper)

Humpty Dumpty in Oakland (1959) by Philip K. Dick  (paper)

Red Rising (2014) by Pierce Brown  (digital)

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Adam Robots (2013) by Adam Roberts  (paper)

The Islanders (2011) by Christopher Priest  (digital)

The Fireman (2016) by Joe Hill  (digital)

The Shining Girls (2013) by Lauren Beukes  (paper)

Full Dark, No Stars (2010) by Stephen King  (digital)

Lightning (1988) by Dean Koontz  (digital)

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The Name of the Wind (2007) by Patrick Rothfuss  (digital)

The Bloody Chamber (1979) by Angela Carter  (paper)

Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov  (paper)

The Secret of this Book (1995) by Brian Aldiss  (paper)

Salt (2000) by Adam Roberts  (digital)

Missing Man (1975) by Katherine MacLean  (digital)

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Blood Meridian (1985) by Cormac McCarthy  (paper)

Invisible Cities (1972) by Italo Calvino  (paper)

The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood  (paper)

A Monster Calls (2011) by Patrick Ness  (paper)

Breathmoss & Other Exhalations (2004) by Ian R. MacLeod  (paper)

Clockwork Phoenix 5 (2016) by Various authors  (digital)

25696314   2084-cover   51hz8xg2bvml-_sx326_bo1204203200_

153019   91wwd3mdkul   city-of-saints-and-madmen-reissue

Bone Swans (2015) by C.S.E. Cooney  (digital)

2084 (2017) by Various authors  (paper)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980) by Douglas Adams  (paper)

The Stone Rose (2006) by Jacqueline Rayner  (paper)

Dream London (2013) by Tony Ballantyne  (digital)

City of Saints & Madmen (2001) by Jeff Vandermeer  (paper)

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Endless Fall (2017) by Jeffrey Thomas  (digital)

Punktown (2000) by Jeffrey Thomas  (digital)

Bearly a Lady (2017) by Cassandra Khaw  (digital)

Lovecraft Country (2016) by Matt Ruff  (digital)

The Ginger Star (1974) by Leigh Brackett  (paper)

The Hounds of Skaith (1974) by Leigh Brackett  (paper)

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Three Parts Dead (2012) by Max Gladstone  (digital)

Rivers of London (2011) by Ben Aaronovitch  (digital)

The Last Days of Jack Sparks (2016) by Jason Arnopp  (digital)

The Innkeeper’s Song (1993) by Peter S. Beagle  (paper)

The Hidden Face (2017) by S. C. Flynn  (digital)

Ack-Ack Macaque (2012) by Gareth L. Powell  (digital)

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Under the Pendulum Sun (2017) by Jeannette Ng  (paper)

You Should Come with Me Now (2017) by M. John Harrison  (paper)

The King in Yellow (1895) by Robert W. Chambers  (paper)

The Death of King Arthur (2011) by Peter Ackroyd  (paper)

A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) by John Kennedy Toole  (paper)

Children of Time (2015) by Adrian Tchaikovsky  (digital)


I started buying these books in February 2016 after I bought my Kindle. I’ve listed them in order of purchase.

Fun Facts

-There are 25 digital and 23 paper books. This has surprised me. I thought I had many more digital copies than paper ones.

-There are only 11 books by female writers, 35 by male writers, and 2 collections. (Not a fun fact!)

-Half of the titles were purchased for $1.50 or less. (Curse those Kindle offers!)

-The most I paid for a single book is for 2084 by Various authors. I backed it on Kickstarter and had to pay high shipping costs from England to Japan.



8 thoughts on “Project TBR Kill 2018

  1. I banned myself from going into bookshops for a year but of course with a couple of clicks there’s another book on way (hello “Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?”). “The Name of the Wind”, “Rivers of London” and “A Confederacy of Dunces” are all excellent, and Phil Dick rarely disappoints, but I can’t believe you haven’t read “Restaurant …” – or is it a re-read?

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      • Yeah, read the first two, which I thought were excellent, then got well fed-up when I heard (if it’s true) that the final part is finished but he’s unhappy with it and has switched to other books. It’s fair enough that an author wants to be 100% satisfied before publication, but it’s been *years* now, and releasing an excerpt as a stand-alone story at a rip-off price is no substitute! (phew! calm down,mik!) Well, if I have my facts correct …

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