2011: Challenges – 2011 TBR Pile Challenge

2011TBRButton The 2011 TBR Pile Challenge is hosted by Roof Beam Reader. And there’s prizes! The goal is to finally read 12 books from your "to be read" pile, within 12 months. The rules of the challenge are:

  1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or "To Be Read" list for AT LEAST one full year. 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 Mr. Linky – link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review.  Every listed book must be completed and must be reviewed in order to count as completed.
  3. Your list must be posted by Friday, December 31st, 2010.
  4. Leave comments on this post as you go along, to update your status. Go back if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2011 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 either Amazon.com or The Book Depository!
  5. There may be mini-challenge "check-ins" throughout 2011, to award and recognize those participants who are progressing through the challenge, such as a "Spring Break Check-In!" or a "6 Month Pit Stop!" Participants who are making equal progress to-date (6 books at the 6 month check-in, for example) could win a prize!
  6. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published pre-2010!

Full rules and sign-up are on the challenge post. I don’t always do so hot on challenges where I have to choose my books ahead of time, but we’ll see how it goes! My list is:

last updated: 9/15/11

  1. Suspect – Michael Robotham
  2. Hidden Fires – Sandra Brown
  3. The Language Police – Diane Ravitch
  4. The Idea of Perfection – Kate Grenville
  5. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson 
  6. Half-Assed – Jennette Fulda
  7. Endless Night – Richard Laymon
  8. Dead End DatingKimberly Raye
  9. Cathedral – Nelson DeMille
  10. Blood Memory – Greg Iles
  11. Where Are You Now? – Mary Higgins Clark
  12. Villa Incognito – Tom Robbins


  1. Code Name: Nanny – Christina Skye
  2. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

2 thoughts on “2011: Challenges – 2011 TBR Pile Challenge

  • March 30, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Devil in the White City is on practically everyone’s lists (including mine). Dead End Dating is spectacularly silly and cute, very reminiscent of MJ Davidson.

  • June 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Just checking-in on your progress for the 2011 TBR Pile Challenge – how are things going so far?!

    Also… BIG Giveaways are happening next week, and TBR Pile Challenge participants earn extra entries for linking to their lists, so be sure to visit my Giveaways section soon! 😉


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