2019 Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge



This is the 8th year of the challenge hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader and encourages us to read 12 books from our tbr pile. One of the features is the list you make must be adhered to, but you can include two alternatives in case two of those books become dnfs or in common parlance, “Omg what a bore I am wasting my time I am trying something else!” Go here for the rules, the link to your list and more information.

My List

  1. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
  2. The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall
  3. The Importance of Being Ernest, Oscar Wilde
  4. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
  6. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  7. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  8. Edith Wharton: A Biography, by RWB Lewis
  9. March, Geraldine Brooks
  10. House on the Strand, Daphne du Maurier
  11. Night and Day, Virginia Woolf
  12. South Riding, Winifred Holtby


  1. Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell
  2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

In SM, #TBR2019RBR

7 thoughts on “2019 Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge

  1. This list looks wonderful! I really enjoyed Villette though i admit to being rather confused for a long time into it… my bits of high school french helped me out a lot with this one. I have wanted to read South Riding and Mary Barton for a long time now, yet neither made my TBR pile for this current year. I am reading Great Gatsby right now though, and enjoying it far more than i did in high school. All that to say, i look forward to seeing your reviews on some of these books!


  2. This is an absolutely fantastic list! I’m rather jealous 😉 I love the Bronte sisters, but I haven’t read Villette yet. Gaskell is also great, and I just got into Daphne Du Maurier. Best of luck, and I hope you enjoy them all!


  3. Great list! I’ve read nearly all of them and I particularly loved House on the Strand, South Riding, and The Importance of Being Earnest (also great film adaptation with Judi Dench and Colin Firth). I also have a Wharton biography on my potential list (I’m torn between two lists at the moment), mine is the one by Hermione Lee. I’ll be watching your blog to see if I should read the Lewis instead! Good luck on the challenge!

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    • Karen, I am so sorry, I just saw your comment.

      I only read Rebecca a year ago, so I am really looking forward to The House on the Strand.

      I have become very interested in the life of Edith Wharton and hope to get to that bio fairly soon.

      I love film, so thanks for the rec for ‘Ernest.’ Ooo, Dench ❤


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