Announcing The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge!

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After a two-year hiatus (while I was writing my doctoral dissertation – sorry!) I am pleased to announce that Roof Beam Reader’s official TBR Pile Challenge is back for the SEVENTH YEAR!

This challenge started when I realized I had some MAJOR issues with buying books but never reading them (not because I don’t read – but because I have such a book buying problem!) Year after year, books would sit on my shelf untouched, and I would end up reading newer ones first. I realized I was missing out on a lot of great books because I let them sit there gathering dust instead of reading them as I bought them.

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

Specifics:

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 1/1/2017 or later (any book published in the year 2016 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). 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 the 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 15th, 2018.

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 2018 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 Amazon.com 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 before 2017!

*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. Audiobooks count. Graphic novels count. Poetry collections? Essay collections? All good!  As you complete a book – review it, go to your original list and turn that title into a link to the review. This will keep the comments section here from getting ridiculously cluttered. For an example of what I mean, Click Here.

Monthly Check-Ins: 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. I started these mini-challenges in 2014, and I think they were a great success, so I am continuing them this year!

Chat: On Social Media, please use #TBR2018RBR


My 2018 TBR Pile Challenge List:

  1. Poetics by Aristotle (335 BCE)
  2. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
  3. Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)
  4. Gemini by Michel Tournier (1998)
  5. The White Album by Joan Didion (1979)
  6. Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (1894)
  7. Don Juan in the Village by Jane Delynn (1990)
  8. The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer (1997)
  9. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck (1907)
  10. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (1901-2)
  11. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine (2008)
  12. The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement by Melanie Phillips (2004)

Alternates:

  1. Good Without God by Greg M. Epstein (2009)
  2. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (2003)

Sign-Up to take the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge:   

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81 thoughts on “Announcing The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge!

  1. I am in this but my list will be filled in as I go. If I make a list of 12 books I know I will go off it or change my mood. I will have 12 blank spaces and will read, link reviews in each space as the year progresses I have SO many TBR books. Look forward to this.

  2. Great. I have the same problem as you. I am now up to at least four bookcases of books I haven’t yet read. I will definitely be participating and will be choosing my books over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for hosting

  3. Sounds like a wonderful idea to finally make those unread books even fewer! I will move away from home (and from most of my books) again at the end of this month, so compiling a specific list is rather difficult at the moment, but I’ll do my best to stick to whatever list I end up putting together 🙂

  4. I always wish I could join this but I never have enough books to qualify. I currently have one that would qualify, haha!
    Curious about your date on Kindred – is that a reissued publication date? Also, Kindred is AMAZING! I read it back in 2010 and was completely blown away. I definitely had to read more by her afterwards.

  5. Pudd’nhead Wilson is a great read. I always do terribly at this challenges because it feels like assigned reading. Maybe I need to rethink my approach.

    Anyway, I am glad to see it’s back! And congrats on finishing your dissertation!

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  7. I’m in! Glad to see its return — I’ve been really lax about blogging this past year and this will inspire me to blog more often AND get some more books off the TBR list!

    Also, Kindred is wonderful and Hound of the Baskervilles is my favorite Sherlock Holmes.

  8. Oh I’m so glad you’re running this again. I tried to motivate myself in 2016 and failed to read more than 2 on my list. Didn’t even try for 2017. Something about having to check in with you motivates me better!

  9. I’m in! I usually work on my reading plans at the end of the current year and beginning of the new one, so I’ll post my list some time in there and come back to link up then.

  10. I do need to work on getting my TBR down but I’ve found that making a list of books to read doesn’t work for me. So I won’t be joining in but wish you all well

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  12. Hi Adam! Are rereads allowed? I have a couple I purchased simply to reread, & haven’t made time for. They’re on my list because I barely remember the first read, so it’s PRACTICALLY like reading it for the first time?

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  14. So happy you’re hosting this again – I have missed it! Count me in, I just need to work on my list…

    So exciting to see a 2018 challenge – this is the first one I’ve seen 🙂

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  17. I so need this challenge, my list has been compiled and posted and I’ve moved the books so they are all together on one shelf.

  18. I’m happy that you are hosting this event again, because it was really helpful at getting me reading every month. I love to join this year, and hopefully I’ll finally get through my list. I do need a few days to compiled good titles and I’ll post it right here. Thanks.

  19. I’ve been doing this challenge on my own for the last couple of years, so I’m very glad you’re starting it up again for real! I already have a list, but I’m going to wait a bit before posting it in case I make changes.

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  21. Think this is exactly what I need-I constantly buy books from charity shops, but then borrow books from the library to read & never get round to reading the ones I buy. Thanks for hosting this challenge again!

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  26. Hello Adam, I’m signed up and am looking forward to putting my list up – but first of all I’m afraid I’ve messed up with Mr. Linky! Is it possible to delete the entry that just has Jane as the name (I’m sorry, I didn’t follow the instructions closely enough!) I’ve tried fiddling about but am getting no where. Thank you and sorry for messing up your list!!

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