Going Through My TBR – Alphabet Style A-M

I mentioned in my 2018 reading goals post that I would be attempting to read 26 books from my TBR pile – one for each letter of the alphabet. I had modified the challenge slightly in that post and here it is not even one month in and I’m modifying it a bit further. 

Oh, I’m still doing the challenge, and I’m still picking 26 titles A-Z, but I’m less confident I’ll be reading them in order. So far, so good. I’ve finished Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson and have started Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat. (That’s A and B), but in looking through my shelves I realized my list would be a hodge-podge of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction and since I tend to read as the whim arises there is a good chance that I’ll be reading M before I finish C…or something like that. Still! The point is to tackle the TBR and that is what I will do!

Without further ado, here are my titles from the first half to the alphabet (A-M). 

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson 

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Donne – Selected Poems by John Donne (Okay, this is a fudge. I have a small collection of John Donne poems just titled Selected Poems but that title could apply to any poet at anytime so I’m giving his name the place of title as well as author)

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Just Peacemaking by Glen H. Stassen

Knots by Nuruddin Farah

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

How are you doing on your reading goals? See any in this stack that you’ve read and think I should get into sooner rather than later? How do you get through your tbr pile?


5 Responses to “Going Through My TBR – Alphabet Style A-M”

  1. Carrie Rubin

    My reading has kicked off slowly so far this new year. Life is getting in the way. But I hope to dive into a new book soon. I’ve read Empire Falls and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Loved the latter. Fascinating book.

    • rebeccarvincent

      I have heard everything good about The Immortal Life so I’m particularly looking forward to starting it. I’ve read one other Russo with an “eh” response so I’m not sure what expectations I have for Empire Falls but the description seemed interesting.

  2. colorfulbookreviews

    I reviewed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Sacks last year. It was well written but several aspects of it made me feel very uncomfortable with the author’s choices – at times it seemed quite exploitative and has been called such by some members of the family as well.

    I like Jacqueline Woodson and Dostoyevsky although I don’t recall many details about either of the books listed. I’ll be curious what you think about A Grain of Wheat and Just Peacemaking, and The Fire Next Time is on my TBR as well.

    • rebeccarvincent

      Thanks for providing the link to your review. I look forward to reading more about the issues you mentioned. It is the first I have heard of them, but only knowing the book superficially at this point I could see how there could be concerns. I appreciate the insight. Happy reading to you and thanks again for your comment.


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