Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 - Year of the TBR

I was planning to go challenge free this year and concentrate on reading my TBR mountain which has reached the overwhelming height of 1210 books. Only (if you can say "only" when talking about a number in triple digits) 189 of them are YA books.

Here is what the top of my entertainment center looked like on Dec. 22, 2011. Please note that these are mostly books that arrived after Aug. 31 with just a few holdovers that I didn't get to this past summer.

Unread books that are older than that have been moved to crates in my office or have been donated to my High School Media Center. Of course, donated books are no longer on my TBR mountain which is sort of cheating because I bought them and never got them read. 

But Rose City Reader alerted me to two challenges that I just can't pass up.
My Reader's Block is hosting the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012. Check her blog for all the details. Here are the Challenge Levels:
  • Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
  • Mt. Vancouver: Read 25 books from your TBR pile/s
  • Mt. Ararat: Read 40 books from your TBR piles/s
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 50 books from your TBR pile/s
  • El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
  • Mt. Everest: Read 100+ books from your TBR pile/s
Not to overstretch myself, I am just signing up for the Mt. Vancouver level but am hoping to upgrade as the year goes on.
The second challenge I am signing up for is the Off the Shelf 2012 challenge hosted by Bookish Ardour. You can get all the details here.

Challenge Levels

  1. Tempted– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Trying – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
  4. On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Hoarder – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Buried – Choose between 136-200 books to read
Again, I am going to start small at the Make a Dint level (Shouldn't that be "dent"?) and hope to upgrade as the year goes on.

That is it for me. No more challenges! What challenges are your planning on taking on in 2012?


  1. Wow! Amazing reads you've got there! I hope you get to read them - as many as you can. :) I've been wanting to read The Iron Witch & Touch of Frost for a very, very, very long time. But I can't find a copy anywhere in my country. :(

  2. Read Name of the Star! Loved that one. I am not doing any challenges because they take more organization than I can manage, but I keep my TBR pile on top of the television, too! This might be why I don't watch much tv... Too much guilt!

  3. I have a huge TBR pile as well! (but not as big as yours, 189 unread YA books? That's crazy!) Thank you for suggesting these reading challenges, they would probably help with tackling that tbr pile. I'll check them out! :)

  4. I should sign up to do a TBR challenge too though my pile might not be as big as yours. I also have a digital "TBR pile" on my Kindle...

    So far I've signed up for the Debut Author Challenge, E-book Challenge, Eclectic Reader Challenge, South Asian Challenge, and Outlander Challenge. I am limiting myself to 10 this year. Good luck with your TBR challenges. Hope you make a big dent :)

  5. Welcome to the Mt. TBR Challenge, Kathy! So glad to have you join us!

    Happy New Year


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