I’ve seen a lot of people who have created their own challenge that pertains to their TBR pile. I took an idea from another blogger and have been keeping track of books I bought and organizing them into time frames, then crossing them off with the date completed. This is all out of curiosity to see how long it may take me at any given time to get to reading a book after I’ve bought it.

In some cases it doesn’t take long at all, but others it takes forever. I have decided to see how long it takes for me to read all the books on my TBR pile that I do not have a definite arrival date for (ie can’t remember when it entered my library). All these books were most likely bought or given to me before July 2008, which is when I started keeping track.

Start Date: July 1, 2009


  1. ‘Salems Lot by Stephen King
  2. 1000 Places to See Before You Die
  3. 1001 Books for Every Mood
  4. After All These Years by Susan Isaacs
  5. Against Medical Advice by James Patterson
  6. The Angel Experiment by James Pattersonfinished December 31, 2009
  7. Angels Flight by Michael Connellyfinished March 28, 2010
  8. the Appeal by John Grisham
  9. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
  10. Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart
  11. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  12. The Big Bad Wolf by James Pattersonfinished September 1, 2009
  13. Black Friday by James Patterson
  14. Bleachers by John Grisham
  15. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  16. Blood Work by Michael Connelly
  17. The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver finished December 31, 2010
  18. Brando by Marlon Brando
  19. Butterfly by Kathryn Harey
  20. Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding
  21. Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
  22. City of Bones by Michael Connellyfinished July 25, 2010
  23. The Client by John Grisham
  24. The Closers by Michael Connelly
  25. Cradle and All by James Patterson
  26. Cross by James Pattersonfinished September 11, 2009
  27. Cross Country by James Pattersonfinished November 8, 2009
  28. Dancing in the Harvest Moon by K.C. McKinnon
  29. Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Pattersonfinished December 2, 2009
  30. A Darkness More Than Light by Michael Connellyfinished June 27, 2010
  31. David Copperfield by Charles Dickensfinished November 21, 2010
  32. Dear Jane Austen by Patrice Hannonfinished January 3, 2010
  33. Dear John by Nicholas Sparksfinished June 12, 2011
  34. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  35. Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark
  36. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
  37. The Divide by Nicholas Sparks
  38. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  39. Double Cross by James Patterson finished November 5, 2009
  40. Dream Country by Luanne Rice
  41. Easy Sushi by Emi Kazuko
  42. Echo Park by Michael Connelly
  43. Emma by Jane Austenfinished November 23, 2009
  44. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatjefinished October 25, 2009
  45. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
  46. Eye of the Storm by V.C. Andrews
  47. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  48. The Firm by John Grisham
  49. Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steelfinished August 4, 2009
  50. Four Blind Mice by James Pattersonfinished August 1, 2009
  51. Four Past Midnight by Stephen Kingfinished August 13, 2011
  52. Giants in the Earth by Ole Edvart Rolvaag
  53. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen Kingfinished June 26, 2010
  54. Gone by Lisa Gardner
  55. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchellfinished December 31, 2009
  56. Honeymoon by James Patterson
  57. How to Write Love Letters by Michelle Lovric
  58. I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
  59. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  60. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Ricefinished December 31, 2011
  61. J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
  62. James Herriot’s Favorite Dog Stories
  63. The Jester by James Patterson
  64. Judge and Jury by James Patterson
  65. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
  66. Le Divorce by Diane Johnson
  67. Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  68. Life of Pi by Yann Martelfinished December 6, 2011
  69. Lifeguard by James Patterson
  70. The Lifeguard by Mary Morris
  71. Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  72. Lip Service by M.J. Rose
  73. Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio
  74. London Bridges by James Pattersonfinished September 6, 2009
  75. Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst
  76. Lost Light by Michael Connellyfinished July 30, 2010
  77. Lost by Gregory Maguire
  78. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
  79. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
  80. Mansfield Park by Jane Austenfinished December 20, 2010
  81. Marley and Me by John Groganfinished July 25, 09
  82. Mary, Mary by James Pattersonfinished September 9, 09
  83. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Goldenfinished Aug 23, 09
  84. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  85. The Midnight Club by James Pattersonfinished August 20, 11
  86. A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl
  87. My Symphony by Mary Engelbreit
  88. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
  89. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  90. The Narrows by Michael Connellyfinished Sept 9, 10
  91. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  92. The Overlook by Michael Connelly
  93. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
  94. The Pagemaster by David Kirschner
  95. The Partner by John Grisham
  96. Picture Perfect by Fern Michaels
  97. Plum Lovin by Janet Evanovichfinished September 5, 2010
  98. Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
  99. R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  100. Red, White and Drunk All Over by Natalie MacLean
  101. S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  102. Sail by James Pattersonfinished June 12, 2010
  103. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  104. The Secret Hour by Luanne Rice
  105. See How They Run by James Patterson
  106. Seeds of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews
  107. Sex Kittens by Chris Akins
  108. Shake Down the Stars by Frances Donnelly
  109. Shakespeare’s MacBeth
  110. The Shining by Stephen King
  111. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
  112. Spook by Mary Roach
  113. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
  114. T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
  115. Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley
  116. The Third Sister by Julia Barrett
  117. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  118. Tidings of Great Joy by Sandra Brown
  119. Trading Up by Candace Bushnell
  120. True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
  121. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovichfinished August 27, 2010
  122. Utopia by Thomas More
  123. The Virginian by Owen Wister
  124. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovichfinished March 6, 2010
  125. Void Moon by Michael Connelly
  126. Walt Disney by Bob Thomas
  127. What My Cat Taught Me About Life by Niki Andersonfinished January 1, 2010
  128. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  129. Where You Belong by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  130. Why Moms are Weird by Pamela Ribon
  131. Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich
  132. The Year of Yes by Maria Dahvana Headley