Sunday, November 22, 2015
Sign-Up Now: #TBRChallenge 2016
What is the TBR Challenge? Once a month participants pulls a long-neglected book out of their TBR (To-Be-Read) piles, read it, and provide "commentary" on that book on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Commentary on your chosen read can happen anywhere online: your blog, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads etc.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Dear Lord, you're going to make us do homework? Yes. Honestly, it's fun. For participants of the challenge (and those who just follow along), the 3rd Wednesday of the month is a guarantee day of "book talk." And, you know, older books - not the latest, greatest thing that's been promo'd half to death the past several weeks.
2) Dear Lord, you have themes?! Yes. I took over hosting this challenge in 2011 and the idea of themes came with it. Some participants like the themes (which I try to keep broad) to help them focus when faced with the insurmountable crush of their TBRs. However, the themes are optional! The goal of this challenge is to read something (anything!) out of your TBR. If you don't like the theme(s) - don't follow it.
3) So do I win anything if I complete the challenge? Yes. Personal satisfaction. I like to keep this challenge stress-free, so if you skip a month, post your commentary late (or early), go off theme etc. - the TBR Police will not be showing up at your door.
Great! How do I sign up?
1) Leave a comment on this blog post, e-mail me or hit me up on Twitter. I need whatever name you post under and a link to where you'll be posting your commentary. So, for example: Wendy, The Misadventures of Super Librarian. There will be a dedicated page on this blog (see sidebar) where I will post your links so interested observers can follow along.
Commentary "due dates" and themes for next year are below.
January 20 - We Love Short Shorts! (category romance, short stories, novella etc.)
February 17 - Series Catch-Up (a book from a series you are behind on)
March 16 - Recommended Read (a book that was recommended to you)
April 20 - Contemporary
May 18 - Something Different (outside your comfort zone, unusual setting, non-romance etc.)
June 15 - Favorite Trope (a favorite theme - amnesia? secret baby? fairy tale? friends-to-lovers? etc.)
July 20 - Award Nominee or Winner (links to past RITA finalists and winners TBA)
August 17 - Kicking It Old School (publication date 10 years or older)
September 21 - Random Pick (a built-in off-theme month - go where your mood takes you!)
October 19 - Paranormal or Romantic Suspense
November 16 - Historical
December 21 - Holiday Themes
I hope to see a lot of returning folks for next year's challenge. If you're a newbie and still contemplating, here's a link to all of my commentary from 2015 to help give you a general idea.