What is the TBR Challenge? Simply put, it's where readers pick up a long neglected book from their TBR pile, read it, and comment on that read on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The idea is to read those long neglected books that you just had to get your hands on at the time, but have been languishing in your pile, all lost and forgotten.
Commentary on your chosen TBR read can happen anywhere online (your blog, Facebook, GoodReads, Twitter, a message board etc.) just provide me with a link when you sign-up so interested readers can follow all the challengers!
This is a voluntary challenge and I want this to be fun. Hey, life happens. If you have to skip a month, there will be no ridicule. Likewise, while there will be bragging rights for those that complete the challenge without skipping a single month - there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Since some readers like a little guidance, I will also be keeping with tradition and providing themes. These themes are totally voluntary. If you don't have anything in your TBR that fits, the theme doesn't appeal, or you just want to read something else - go for it! Again, this is meant to be a fun challenge.
Monthly Review Dates And Theme Suggestions
January 15 - We Love Short Shorts! (Short stories, Novellas, category romance)
February 19 - Series Catch-Up (pick a book from a series you're behind on)
March 19 - New-To-You Author (an author you've never read before)
April 16 - Contemporary romance
May 21 - More Than One (An author who has more than one book in your TBR pile)
June 18 - Romance Classics (classic book, classic author, classic trope/theme etc.)
July 16 - Lovely RITA (past RITA winners or nominees)
August 20 - Luscious Love Scenes (erotic romance, erotica, a "sensual" read - leave those "just kisses" books alone this month!)
September 17 - Recommended read (a book recommended to you by someone)
October 15 - Paranormal or romantic suspense
November 19 - Historical romance
December 17 - Holiday themes (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, it's all good!)
If you are interested in signing up for next year's challenge, please leave a comment on this blog post, or e-mail me, providing me with a link to where you will be posting your commentary every month.
The information page for this challenge, along with the links of all the participants can be found on the sidebar of this blog - just click on the 2014 TBR Challenge logo.
Curious about what the TBR Challenge entails? Never participated before? Here are links to some of my posts from previous years.
2013 TBR Challenge
2012 TBR Challenge
2011 TBR Challenge
It really is a lot of fun, the themes are totally optional (if that is a concern) plus it's a way to ensure you're making some sort of progress on all those books you're currently hording (surely I can't be the only one).
Sign-up officially begins now. C'mon, don't be shy!