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Sunday, November 27, 2022

All Aboard! Sign-Up for the 2023 #TBRChallenge!

TBR Challenge 2023 Graphic

Thank you everyone who recently took the time to fill out my Google Form soliciting theme suggestions for the 2023 TBR Challenge.  Outside of the traditional December theme (y'all just need to learn to live with that one!), these were all suggestions taken from the poll with a few minor tweaks in some instances for brevity and/or making the theme more expansive. Opening up a poll for theme suggestions has seriously been one of the smarter things I've done since I took over hosting this challenge and seriously - thank you all who helped out with ideas for 2023!

But we're getting ahead of ourselves.  What is the #TBRChallenge?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: once a month pull a dormant book out of your TBR pile and read it.  On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, talk about that book.

Participation is as easy as being on social media!
  • If you're on social media all you need to do is use the #TBRChallenge hashtag - there's no need to sign-up and your participation can vary throughout the year.
  • You can use this hashtag on any day, at any time - but we're still going to concentrate on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to kick our commentary into high gear.  
  • The idea is to have at least one day a month where we can always count on there being book chatter.
Want to let your blogging freak flag fly?  If you have a blog and want to post TBR commentary there, drop me a comment on this post with a link to your blog or hit me up on Twitter or Mastodon.  I like to post links to the various blogs on my TBR Challenge page so those who follow along can start following you.

Sound good?  Of course it does!  So what are the themes for 2023?  So glad you asked!

January 18 - Starting Over
February 15 - Getaway
March 15 - Baggage
April 19 - Unusual Historical
May 17 - Freebie
June 21 - Love is Love
July 19 - Opposites Attract
August 16 - Tropetastic!
September 20 - New Author
October 18 - Danger Zone
November 15 - Once Upon a Time...
December 20 - Festive

I know some of these are going to require a bit of planning on my part, but remember - if it all seems like too much bother - the themes are always optional. The goal of this challenge isn't so much what you read, so long as you're reading something (anything!) out of your TBR.

My hope is always for this Challenge to be low-key, stress-free and fun!  So I hope you'll consider joining this year. Be like me - use this Challenge to delude yourself into thinking you're actually making some progress on your book hording 😉.


azteclady said...

I'm in--flaky I am, but also eternally hopeful.

As usual, posting reviews to

And, may I say that seeing one of my suggestions up there made me smile (not deluded I was the only person who suggested it, but all the same, huge smile here).

Wendy said...

AL: Viewing the poll results I keep it anonymous, so it's always fun when folks say "Oh you picked one of mine!"

I also have been known to tweak suggestions for the sake of expansiveness - which is another way this poll helps me out. Getaway, Baggage and Opposites Attract were all tweaks to suggestions received in the poll.

Oh, and I've got you added to the 2023 TBR Challenge page 😉

Meka said...

Please sign me up. I'll try to be better this year. With the dawning of a new year hopefully will be the lessening of a book slump. Stars know I have plenty from which to choose.

My infrequently updated except for this purpose and a few other little things blog is

willaful said...

I'm in again!

S. said...


Yay, great news :)
I'm in again, of course!

Happy reading!

Jen Twimom said...

Thanks Wendy. This year was my first go around, with my goal being participation in four months. Assuming I'll get in December, I ended up hitting ten months!

I'm definitely a go for 2023 at I don't know that I will hit all of the months, but I will try.

Dorine said...

I'm in and hopefully more frequent this year. Love the themes!

Wendy said...

Meka, Willaful, Sonia, Jen and Dorine: WooHoo! Welcome back for 2023! I've got links to all your blogs on the information page.

Whiskeyinthejar said...

I'm definitely in again, I'm loving the gems I'm finding lost in my tbr.

Love seeing people returning and excited for new joiners. Can't wait for on Wednesdays we book chat!

Wendy said...

Whiskey: Woot! Glad to see you signing up again for next year. I've linked your blog to the 2023 information page.

scraptraci said...

Glad I found this TBR challenge through That's What I'm Talking About's blog. I am excited to include this in my TBR efforts for 2023. I love the low key aspect of it but still an impetus to read from my TBR instead of just succomb to picking up a new library book. Thanks for hosting

I will blog at

Wendy said...

Hi Traci! Glad you found out about the TBR Challenge through Jen's blog, and welcome aboard! I've adding a link to your blog on the information page.

eurohackie said...

I'm in again! I really enjoy this challenge, and trying to unearth books from Mount TBR that fit with the theme. I will be on Goodreads and my blog ( again this year.

Victoria Janssen said...

I'm in again! Posting here:

Caz said...

I'm in again - at All About Romance and Caz's Reading Room and GR.

Wendy said...

Welcome back Eurohackie, Victoria and Caz! Links added to the information page.

Holly @smut report said...

The Ladies of the Smut Report are IN! We had a blast doing it this year.

Wendy said...

Holly: Woot! I'm glad y'all will be back for 2023! Link added to the info page.

Lillian @ Mom with a Reading Problem said...

I'm in ~ hopefully will do better than last year. I kind of ghosted y'all the last half of the year. 2022 kicked tail 😅 I'll be posting on Mom with a Reading Problem ( Looking forward to knocking off some more TBR books!

Wendy said...

Hi Lillian! Kicked tail you say? LOL I have no idea what you're talking about...says the hostess who was sometimes writing her review during the 11th hour in 2022 😂

Glad to have you back on board for 2023! I've added a link to your blog to the information page.

Louise H said...

I'm hoping it's not too late to join in. I DID read January's book but then forgot to do the post for it! Here's a link for my February post -

Wendy said...

Hi Louise! It's never too late to join the Challenge! I've added a link to your blog on the information page. Welcome aboard!