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Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013 TBR Pile Challenge

Hi, everyone! Time for a 2013 Reading Challenge!!

This challenge is being hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader.

Here are the details copied from Adam's blog:
2013 TBR Pile Challenge

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).


1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2012 or later (any book published in the year 2011 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with Mr. Linky below – link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.

3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below). This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean. Your complete and final list must be posted by January 5th, 2013.

4. Leave comments on this post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2013 TBR LIST! Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from or The Book Depository!

5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published pre-2012!

*Note – You can read the books on your list in any order; they do not need to be read in the order you have them listed. As you complete a book – review it, and go back to your original list and turn that title into a link to the review - that will keep the comments section here from getting ridiculously cluttered. For an example of what I mean, Click Here.

UPDATE: I’ve decided to make a small change/addition to this year’s challenge. On the 15th of each month, I’m going to post a “TBR Pile Check-In.” This will allow participants to link-up their reviews from the past month and get some recognition for their progress. There will also be small mini-challenges and giveaways to go along with these posts (Such As: Read 6 books by the June Check-in and be entered to win a book of your choice!). I’m hoping this will help to keep us all on track and make the challenge a bit more engaging/interactive. If it goes well, maybe I’ll keep this format for future years.
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

Below is a list of my TBR challenge books. I will link up my reviews as I go:
  1. White Cat by Holly Black (Curse Workers, Book #1)  
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter, Book #1)  (1997)
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, Book #1)  (2011)
  4. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson, Book #1)  (2006)
  5. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens (2011)
  6.  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (2001)
  7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (2011)
  8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
  9. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (2001)
  10. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole (2006)
  11. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (2010)
  12. Enclave by Ann Aguirre (2011)
  13. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (2010)
My two alternates:

  1. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (2006)
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth (2011)


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