Tackle Your TBR Challenge and Giveaway!


My TBR pile is ever growing and this is such a great event to inspire us all to tackle our lists, read more, and enjoy books in general! Of course, with all the wonderful suggestions and giveaways, my pile grows faster than I can read – but that’s part of the fun too.

So the challenge today is to name a book you have always meant to read, but haven’t… And really may not ever get around to reading, if we’re going to be very honest…

Me? Pillars of the Earth. I have heard so many wonderful things about Ken Follet’s story, but its 983 pages have intimidated me completely. Then I went and saw the movie! That’s the worst — for now I feel I know the story and can move on. Yet, as well done as it was, I’m not sure eight episodes adequately covered Follet’s four hundred years and almost a thousand pages of description and development. I use the movie to console myself, however, for I suspect, I’ll never the crack the spine on my long sitting copy…

And, in the spirit of full disclosure… Tolstoy’s War and Peace sits next to it. 1296 pages. Need I say more?






What about you? Please tell me I’m not alone out here…

Leave a comment about the book you’ll probably never read then enter into the giveaway below. I’m giving away two ARCs of The Austen Escape, which releases on November 7th. I promise you it is much shorter than either of the novels mentioned above. 🙂


Here’s a little about the story:

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues – particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.


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Comments 71

  1. Suzie Waltner

    This is a tough question. I’ve got shelves full of books I want to read but haven’t gotten to yet! I’m going to go with a book that might be considered the father of the Dystopian genre: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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  2. Pam Graber

    The Martyr’s Mirror – 1141 pages of HUGE. I know some of the stories contained in it but I know there are many I haven’t heard. I know I will never read the whole thing and I love to read almost anything!

  3. Eva Marie Everson

    I owned “Pillars of the Earth” for YEARS … I knew it was good. I’d heard it was good. I believed it was good … but I constantly passed it up for a shorter book and one with fewer dust mites settled between the pages (by this point!). Finally, I gave it to Goodwill.

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  4. Paula

    I would say the Iliad and the Odessy or Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.
    I used to be interested in ancient history but I don’t have time for the stuff I want to read that is more recent! Like I saw yesterday. We need another day of the week to do nothing but READ!

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  5. Karen Klepsteen

    For me, it’s the Harry Potter books. I know that everyone loves them, but I enjoyed the movies, and that’s good enough for me. As far as reading them goes, I’m past my witch/wizard/magic phase.

  6. Barbara H.

    I actually did conquer War and Peace a couple of years ago – via audiobook. I also read (or listened to) Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, and I keep thinking I should go on to more of his and Tolstoy’s, but they are so chunky. I’ve been trying to read one Dickens book a year that I have not previously read, and I keep coming to The Pickwick Papers…and then choosing something else. Maybe someday!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I have read all your books so far and can’t wait for this one!

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  7. Cayla

    Right now it’s probably “A Quarter After Tuesday”, by Jo Kadlececk. It’s been on my TBR list for years, but haven’t gotten around to it and I’m not sure I ever will…

  8. Tiffany Hathorn

    One of the tomes that has been sitting on my shelf for nearly a decade, that I may never actually finish (despite the many times I have started it) is “Infinite Jest”. I have heard amazing things about it, but just can’t seem to get through it.

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  9. Pam Boersma

    I confess, I usually read what I think I want to read. But, there are books I think I SHOULD read, that I haven’t. One is, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. If I did read it, it was a long time ago. I, too, am daunted by books that are really long.

  10. Melinda M

    I have often thought about Tolstoy’s War and Peace and I have friends who read all of the newest Star War books but to be truthful I will never read these. I would like to be able to understand all of the conversations but not enough to read all of them. I love history, biography and happy endings

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  11. Tori

    I have always wanted to read War and Peace as well and honestly will probably not do it! Another on my list was Gone With the Wind but I did read that and loved it!

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  12. Kristine

    Pillars of the Earth was on my TBR pile for a long time and I’ve now taken it off. After owning the book for years and having it mock me from my nightstand, I finally purged it in one of my moves and haven’t looked back!

  13. Lisa Gritt

    I keep thinking I ought to read something by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. From time to time I read or hear some fabulous quotes from his works, but when I see the books on the library shelf, I just feel no desire to actually read one.

  14. Jemima Pett

    I’m with you on Pillars of the Earth. I did start it with my bookclub last year – but it was so depressing, every turn was worse, I couldn’t stand it! However I did read War and Peace on holiday one year, and apart from skipping the interminable essays on the nature of war, the story is really good! (and skipping the essays means you probably cut out 200 pages)
    I have 100 Hundred Years of Solitude and Small as Mustard Seed on my TBR. I’m sure I should read them. But I really don’t think I ever will.

  15. Karylee Marin

    How fun! Thank you.

    There are so many! And life is so short.

    First one coming to mind is the new controversial bio of Obama; it’s ridiculously gargantuan.

    My mind now goes to Hillary’s new book, probably won’t read that one either.

    Dozens and dozens of classics, award winners, shoulda-wouldas…

    I’m back to Persuasion tonight. lol

    Fun prompt!

  16. Marylin Furumasu

    I have so many books on my TBR pile that I’ve now said I have OCBBD. Obsessive Compulsive Book Buying Disorder. It’s a real thing….I know it is, right?
    I really don’t think I can pick just one book I have wanted to read but don’t think I’ll get to it.
    I have my books grouped in genres and there just seems to be so many.
    After looking at lots of my books I think I can say, Poldark and that series by Winston Graham would have to come in as possibly the top. I enjoyed the BBC Series and decided to buy the first book, but I’ve yet read it and don’t know if I will. It’s a pity because I think the writing might actually be good.
    Oh well….maybe some day!

  17. Chanel Monroe

    If I am being honest…I’ll probably never read the Left Behind series, even though my mom got most of the books in the series for me at a great price from Goodwill. Yikes! I feel bad admitting that. I’ve heard great things about the series, I’m just more drawn to contemporary romance.

  18. Emily Torbert

    The Hobbit. My brother has been after me for ages about it, but I just never can seem to get into it. I haven’t even bothered with the main trilogy.

  19. Dana Black

    For me, it’s The Great Gatsby. I know, I know. *Sigh.* But with my high school English curriculum, I moved between classes and somehow managed not to ever be in the course that assigned it. It sits on my shelf now, though, looking pretty. I’ve read page one, several times, and never gone further.

  20. Rachael Koppendrayer

    It’s probably a crime, but I have never quite got around to reading Jane Eyre. I’ve read books based off of it, and I know the plot. It’s that one classic that I theoretically will read one day . . . just not today. (For the record, I have read [and for the most part, loved] all of Jane Austen, so I’m not a complete heathen).

  21. J Lenni Dorner

    Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

    I’m also having a tough time with “War of the Flowers” Tad Williams, but that’s because it makes me recall a really traumatizing event. I haven’t made it past that scene yet.

  22. Chanel M.

    I hate to admit it but I probably won’t read the Left Behind series, even though I was gifted most of the books in the series. Yikes! I feel bad about that confession, especially since I heard good things about those books. I just rather read romance.

  23. Cathy

    I am an avid reader but have never managed War and Peace. I think one time, some years back, I did actually check it out of my local library but didn’t have the time then for total concentration and involvement.

  24. Dezi A

    I started Pillars of Earth and couldn’t finish it, even though I had heard it was amazing. It was too hard feeling like it’d take me a year to read it when there were so many other good books I’d want to read. I also will probably never read Outlander.

  25. Rosalyn

    A book that I’ve wanted to read, have meant to read, but don’t know if I ever will read…To Kill a Mockingbird.
    I’ve heard so much good about it, I’d hate to miss it entirely…but….I have so many others I’d rather read first…ya know! 😉

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  26. Nancy Luebke

    Mine is Green Grass of Wyoming-Part 3. It suposed to be a horse book for young people. However the first of the set, My Friend Flicka, both by Mary O’Hara. It’s pretty intense and even though my 12 year old granddaughter reads books far above her reading level, emotionally I’m not sure she’s ready, I haven’t been able to gear myself up to read this other one. I’m such a softy when it comes to animals

  27. Kathryn M

    Umberto Eco’s “Name of the Rose.” One of my best friends keeps recommending it, it has multiple foreign languages… why haven’t I read this yet?

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  28. Nicole A.

    Les Miserables – I intended to read the book in high school (about 20 years ago) when our band performed songs from Les Mis and and our French club went to see it. I’ve also seen the movie that came out a few years ago. The book is so long. I think if I hadn’t seen the musical, I probably would be more inclined to read the book. I’m not a big fan of reading a book after seeing the movie. (Side note: I read Gone with the Wind in high school and have never seen the movie!)

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  29. Melanie Kilsby

    I think I really want to read the whole series of Sherlock Holmes, but I have to be honest and say it’s just not going to happen, lol! Maybe I will have it done when I am in my late 50’s or so. When the kids are out of the house at least…

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  30. Darlene

    I agree, big books frighten me! Pillars of the Earth is one that I really want to read, but the book is huge. Now, having said that, I started reading It by Stephen King during this read-a-thon and the book is 1,142 pages long. I don’t have much sit-down time to read, so I am listening to the audiobook (45 hrs). I was able to get almost halfway through it!

    Another big book that I want to read is The Stand by Stephen King which is 1,153 pages long. Ditto for A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin. Maybe one day!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. Sharon Paavola

    I agree with you on Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth! I would like to read the series and he is releasing another one. Oh, well, I did read War and Peace one summer before my junior year in college. I remember thoroughly enjoying it (over 45 years ago). Yikes!
    Right now I am current with my obligated reading for authors, publishing houses, and NetGalley. But I do have several paper backs that The Book Club Network would love to see me complete and review. I count those differently than my e-books! Ha! Give me an e-book and I’m off and running. Hand me a non-fiction paperback and I’m stuck in the mud.
    Loved your story on Tricia Goyer’s blog today! Before you said Lee, I knew that’s who your agent was. I heard him speak passionately at the San Diego Christian Writer’s Conference in 2010. I’ll never forgot it or him. I was sad when I heard of his battle with cancer and death. This earth could use more men like him!
    Keep writing!
    Have you completely recovered from your injuries that you wrote about? I hope you have.
    Thank you for this book giveaway opportunity!

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