My #TBR20 pile of books. I’ve read those on the left (plus Magic For Beginners, which I finished on 3rd Jan 2015).
I started my project to read 20 books I own before buying more in November 2014. On 2nd January 2015, there was a spike of activity on the #TBR20 hashtag on Twitter as people decided to join in the New Year. Lots of people tweeted photgraphs of the books they’d chosen (but you can pick as you go if you like, too). My post about what I picked and why is here.
I absolutely love getting a peek at these book pics. I wanted to try compiling them here for two reasons: first, not everyone interested in #TBR20 is on Twitter and this will be an easy way they can get a nosey at the pics too. Second, I’m genuinely and pleasantly surprised by how #TBR20 has struck a chord with people and wanted to curate something here to give an idea of all the activity.
If I’ve managed to miss you out, give me a shout and I’ll include you (and if I’ve included you and you’d rather not be on the blog, just give me a shout too). I’ll also update this post as more pics are tweeted.
Edit: As of 19/03/2015 I have counted 54 #TBR20 participants (including me).
#TBR20 came out of @An1081 & I chatting on Twitter, and @AggieHH was the third person on Twitter to click with the project and join in. There are several on Aggie’s pile I want, but the one I’ll be buying soonest after #TBR20 is Thunderstruck after Aggie and I chatted about it. She loved it.
An is doing both a paper book and ebook #TBR20! Check out her blog via the link in her Tweet for her thoughts and rules on the project.
Poppy was another early adopter of the challenge back in early December. Great picks.
Fantastic selection from Agri (including a novel by one of my absolute favourite authors, Jean Rhys).
Epic pile of books from Claire. I basically want all of these. Except A Winter Book – I already have it and it’s on my #TBR20 pile.
05/02/15 Update: Claire rejigged her picks and posted a new photo. Both Claire & I picked a book by Yiyun Li for 10/20 – The Vagrants for Claire and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl for me.
I’ve noticed The Miniaturist and The Golden Notebook on a few piles, and as @AggiHH observed on Twitter, Gilead is making quite a few appearances too. It would’ve been on mine if I hadn’t decided to focus on short stories.
Jess has written a great post about the project on her blog and has startled everyone by including Infinite Jest. I am in awe.
Superb selection from Katherine. Woolf is another #TBR20 favouite.
I love that Betty has such a mix of books here – the poetry is an unusual pick for #TBR20 so far. Also: Don Quixote!
One of the nice things about seeing other readers’ TBRs is spotting a book you’ve read and loved and thinking they have it to look forward to. Hoping Cindy enjoys Cloud Atlas as much as I did.
Nice mix of titles from Phil, including Empire of the Sun which is excellent. I’m a big fan of Ballard and need to read more of him.
Click the Instagram link to see Clare’s picks. I’ve spotted Greene in another #TBR20 pic too and I’m really keen to get round to reading him. Clare recommended Brighton Rock as a particular favourite of hers.
Speechless. (I’m just as bad).
The McBride is brilliant, the Wyld is a beautifully done page turner and I picked up the Vásquez after it won the Impac Prize last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are loads here I haven’t read that are on my wishlist too.
Superb selection from Ali, particularly a lot of 20th century women. Plenty I haven’t heard of here and will need to check out. And she has included the wonderful Alice Munro. Ali has written about #TBR20 on her blog.
A good fiction/non-fiction mix from Helen, including some heavyweight politics picks.
Delighted to see McBride on another pile. And plenty of Knausgaard! I’ll be checking out the ones I haven’t heard of here. Enard’s Zone is near the top of my post-#TBR20 wishlist.
Selection of mostly contemporary novels from Rosie. I’ve read the Levy and Flynn and enjoyed both. Have the Hall on my shelves. Would like to read Sebald soon. Rosie has written about #TBR20 on her blog.
Amazing selection from K, a Danish book blogger. One word: Proust.
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor is on my wishlist – the slim white spine underneath is her novel Wise Blood. I’d say I loved Wise Blood, but that would be a strange way of putting things for that book. It’s incredible.
Nice mix of books from Mary and yet another appearance for The Miniaturist on a #TBR20 pile. Looking forward to reading it later in the year.
A properly looming TBR pic from Carol! Bring Up The Bodies is on my electronic pile of books. Very much enjoyed Wolf Hall, so I’d like to get to it soon.
Great selection from novelist Savita. I am especially tempted by Smiley’s book on the novel and by O’Flynn’s Mr Lamb’s Holiday (I enjoyed O’Flynn’s first two books).
Elizabeth has impressively included both The Goldfinch and The Luminaries, two 700+ page contemporary novels. And this is a second pile with Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies in it, reminding me I haven’t read it yet. The Smith is on my wishlist – she has recently won both the Goldsmith’s and Costa prizes with How To Be Both. It intrigues me that the same book won both of those.
A great fiction/non-fiction mix from Michael. So many books in this pic I’d like to try. The only one I’ve read is A Visit From The Good Squad. Also: fairy lights and a guitar! I have to say Michael’s is one of the most atmospheric #TBR20 images yet.
Click on the link to see Kate’s #TBR20 choices – lots of great stuff here. I love Munro and very much enjoyed One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Kesey.
Constance has joined in with a brilliant pile of books: a mix of poetry, epic poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction. Check out her blog on the project.
Cessie joined in with a mix that includes several I haven’t heard of and will need to check out. Judging by chat on Twitter, the Courtmanche is a harrowing read.
Lots I’d like to check out in Sheila’s picture – and another listing for The Miniaturist!
Author Sam Mills (check out details of her novel The Quiddity of Will Self here) has picked a great mix of fiction and non-fiction. She is also after my own heart with her choice of Asimov – his complete collection of robot stories is the final book in my own #TBR20.
Great pile of books from Sarah – and absolutely a million bonus points for inclusion of a robot. I loved the Levi and the Lodge and basically want to read everything else here.
Writer Hugh McCusker has picked a great selection of fiction, most of which I want to read myself. I read O’Connor’s My Oedipus Complex as part of my own #TBR20.
Loved War of the Worlds! And it’s always nice to see some poetry on a #TBR20 pile – Hayley has picked Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Naomi has blogged over at her excellent The Writes of Woman blog about taking part in #TBR20 with a twist – have a read of her post to find out more and to see her TBR20 pic.
Historian and author Peter Moore has written a great post on his blog with a great photo of his choices. Lots of history volumes new to me. Peter’s own non-fiction book The Weather Experiment is coming out this year and looks fascinating too.
Australian writer Jane Bryony Rawson has posted a great piece on her blog about why she’s doing #TBR20. Read all of her #TBR20 posts here.
Blogger Lizzi Thomasson (@lizzi_thom) has blogged about #TBR20 and taken a photograph of her pick of 20 books.
Literary critic Thom (@TheWorkshyFop) has posted about his 20 books here. I’m particularly interested to learn more about the true crime books he mentions.
And, here is one of the loveliest #TBR20 things that has happpened: Thom tweeted me to say his five-year-old daughter has picked her own #TBR20! Here are her picks:
I loved Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures and I hope she does too. And what a great collection of Winnie the Witch books!
Plenty of readers are picking as they go, including: