05 January 2013

2013 Online Reading Challenge Round-up, Part I: TBR challenges

The end-of-year holidays are over, the novelty is beginning to wear off the gadgets we got for Christmas, and we are in the process of reading (or have already finished) the lovely books we got (at least the ones we actually wanted). Some of us will also, by now, be having doubts about our new year‘s resolutions.  To keep things exciting, why not join a reading challenge?

Like last year, I have been looking for reading challenges. While I didn‘t find many I wanted to join, I found plenty that are (or might be) suitable for other readers, and to save someone (hopefully many someones) the search, I present here the second annual reading challenge round-up, part I.

I deliberately didn‘t look to see if the challenges I featured last year are being repeated, because I wanted to feature some new challenges, but neither did I exclude them when they popped up in my searches.

If you are running a challenge or know of a good one, do post a link in a comment to let me know and I will take a look at it. I can‘t promise it will make it into a post, but at the least it will be there in the comments for me and my readers to take a look at.

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I begin, as I did last year, with a meta challenge: The Reading Challenge Addict challenge.

Reading Challenge Addict
It is, quite simply, a way for you to show just how badass a challenge addict you are. Rules may be found at the link above and sign-up is here.
Last time I looked, there were already 48 participants signed up. I didn't check if anyone had joined the Out of This World level, to enter and finish 16+ Challenges in one year, but it wouldn't surprise me at all. I don't have the discipline to do that level myself, but I might enter the Easy as Pie level, to enter and finish between 1 and 5 challenges.

 This year, I found several TBR challenges:


Bev Hankins is back with the Mount TBR Challenge.

This is a year-long challenge and the focus is on books owned by the participants. There are levels ranging from Pike's Peak (12 books) to Mount Olympus (150+ books). Sign-up ends on November 30th, audio books and eBooks count towards the challenge, and you can read the same books for other challenges. It is not necessary for you to own a blog, nor is it to post reviews. Further rules and sign-up can be found at the link. You can also click on the badge to be taken there. For those of you without blogs, you can join the Goodreads group for the challenge. So far 98 people have joined up.


6 bloggers have banded together to host the 2013 TBR Pile reading Challenge.

This is another year-long challenge focusing on owned books. The levels range from A Firm Handshake (1-10 TBR books) to Married With Children (41-50 books, and sign-up ends on December 15th. Reviewing is mandatory and can be done on a blog or other social media, e.g. Shelfari or Goodreads, or even on Amazon. There are mini-challenges to be entered throughout the year, and did I mention the prizes? How about the December giveaway? Further rules and sign-up at the link. Last time I looked, 315 people had joined.

Then there is the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge.

This one is being run (if I have my facts right) by author Patricia Burroughs. The focus is on owned books of any genre and if you want to join this one, you need to be quick, because sign-up ends on January 8th.

Reviewing is not mandatory, but you are expected to report on your progress. Levels run from Copper (6 books) to Platinum (50 books). Further rules and sign-up at the link. 44 people have already joined.

I am considering this one for myself, since the Platinum level coincides with my TBR goal for the year and there aren't too many hoops to jump through.


C.B. James of Ready When You Are, C.B. is hosting the TBR Double Dog Dare challenge and already has 50 participants.

This challenge, like the previous three, focuses on TBR books, but unlike them, it not only covers owned books but also library books, provided you requested them before January 1st. This challenge only runs between January 1st and April 1st. Further rules and sign-up at the link.



Finally, there is the 2013 Bucket List Reading challenge.

I am including it here because a bucket list is a kind of TBR list, but in this instance you don't have to own the books, you just have to want to read them, and they have to be worthwhile books - this is explained in the rules (and after reading this far, I'm sure you know how to find those).

Cross-overs are allowed, sign-up is until the end of the year, and you need to commit to reading 6, 12 or 24 books. Reviewing is expected, but need not be done on a blog. 9 people have joined so far. Why not become the 10th?



This is it for the TBR challenges. I will post the next installation in this series when I'm good and ready (possibly tomorrow, possibly on Monday).



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