Friday, December 26, 2014

2015 TBR Challenge

January 2015 – December 2015

The TBR Challenge has been kicking around Romancelandia, in one guise or another, for a number of years.  I took over hosting duties in 2011 and have decided that, once again, I'll bring the challenge back for 2015.

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!

Why do I make you do "homework?"  Honestly?  Because it's fun.  Over the years many people have commented how much they enjoy following along with the TBR Challenge participants to discover "long lost gems" and maybe get a different perspective on a book they read years ago.  Plus is the one day every month where you are guaranteed to get some good book chatter.

This is a voluntary challenge and I want it to be fun.  Which means if you skip a month (or, uh, several), I'm not going to publicly shame you.  Hey, life happens.  Even to the best of us.  Also, I am keeping up with the tradition of providing monthly themes.  Some participants like that added focus.  Some prefer to go "off theme" and read wherever their mood takes them.  And both are perfectly and totally acceptable!  The goal of this challenge is to read neglected books out of your TBR, whatever they may be.

Monthly Commentary Dates + Suggest Themes
January 21 - We Love Short Shorts! (Category romance, novellas, short stories)
February 18 - Recommended Read (A book recommended to you by another reader/blogger etc.)
March 18 - Series Catch-Up (A book in a series you are behind on)
April 15 - Contemporary
May 20 - Kickin' It Old School (Copyright date is 10 years or older)
June 17 - More Than One (An author who has more than one book in your TBR pile)
July 15 - Lovely RITA (past RWA RITA winner and/or nominees)
August 19 - Impulse Read (The book you bought because of the cover or The book you bought on impulse or The book you cannot remember why you bought in the first place!)
September 16 - Historical
October 21 - Paranormal or romantic suspense
November 18 - It's All About The Hype (a book or author that got everybody talking)
December 16 - Holiday Themes (Christmas, Valentine's Day, any holiday!)

This reading challenge is hosted by The Misadventures of Super Librarian. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.