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TBR Challenge 2017

Sign-up now for your chance to participate in the 2017 TBR Challenge! 

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. Hashtag = #TBRChallenge

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.  I will include your name and link on this dedicated page for the challenge so folks can follow along.

Commentary "due dates" and themes for next year are below.

January 18 - We Love Short Shorts! (category romance, short stories, novella etc.)
February 15 - New-To-You Author
March 15 - Comfort Read (Favorite Author? Favorite Trope? Favorite Sub Genre?)
April 19 - Contemporary
May 17 - Something Different (outside your comfort zone, unusual setting, non-romance etc.)
June 21 - Favorite Trope (a favorite theme - amnesia? secret baby? fairy tale? friends-to-lovers? etc.)
July 19 - Series Catch-Up (a book from a series you're behind on)
August 16 - Kicking It Old School (publication date 10 years or older)
September 20 - Historical
October 18 - Paranormal or Romantic Suspense
November 15 - Recommended Read (a book recommended to you by someone)
December 20 - Holiday Themes

Participants:

TBR Challenge 2017 Hostess: Wendy, The Misadventures of Super Librarian

Ali @ GoodReads and You Otter Read Books
Amanda @ GoodReads 
Amber @ Buried By Books
Ames @ Bookish Ames
Amy @ What Will She Read Next?
AztecLady @ Her Hands My Hands  
Bona @ Romantica, No Rosa
Book Sophisticate @ Their Blog
Caroline Andrus @ Her Blog
Caz @ Caz's Reading Room + All About Romance's Blog
Charlotte Russell @ Her Website
Darlene Franklin @ GoodReads
Dorine @ The Zest Quest
Dylann Crush @ Romance Chicks
Elisabeth @ Cooking Up Romance
Elizabeth Harmon @ Booklikes
Erin @ Burns Through Her Bookshelf
Erin @ The Paperback Stash
Janet @ GoodReads
Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
Jill @ Commenting on my blog
Jill @ GoodReads
Julia @ GoodReads
K. @ GoodReads
Karen @ GoodReads
Kathryn @ InnumerablePages
Keira @ Cogitations and Meditation
Kelly @ The KatLass
Kimberly @ Nelms Tree Books
Laura K. Curtis @ Her Blog
Lillian @ Mom with a Reading Problem
Limecello and Her Crew @ A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet 
Liz @ GoodReads
Lynn @ All About Romance's Blog
Lynn Balabanos @ Her Blog
Mrs. Giggles @ Hot Sauce Reviews
Nancy Northcott @ Her Blog
Nospheratt @ Her Blog
Phyl @ Phyl's Quilts and Books  
PJ @ Me and My Bookshelf
Rally Jinx @ Twitter
Rawan @ Rawan, Myself and I
RND @ GoodReads
Rowena @ Book Binge
S. @ A Reader's Diary
Samantha @ Romance Lover Anonymous
Susan @ Her Blog
Valancy @ Blue Castle Considerations
Vassiliki @ Shallowreader's Blog
Willaful @ A Willful Woman