Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge 2013

If you’re like me, you have TBR (to be read) piles both physical and digital, tumbling over in all directions.

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I intend to make a small dent in my TBR pile this year, beginning with challenging myself to read 24 (gasp!) this year. Yes, I originally said 12, but I’m trying to push myself, and it’s not as if it should be a chore. I acquired the darned things because I wanted to read them, right? Right!

So here we go.  Since I’m so last-minute with this I will allow people to sign up through January 8, though the challenge begins January 1.

RULES: To be considered a TBR book, you must own it prior to Jan 1, 2013. The book can count toward other challenges, as well. It can be fiction or nonfiction, poetry or play, audiobook–as long as it is a book. This is not a picky challenge–just about reading the riches we already own.

On the last day of each month I will post an entry where you can say how many TBRs you read that month, titles, and whether you liked them or not. Full-blown reviews not required. You can list them in comments or link back to your own blog or page where they are listed.

At the end of the year I will have pretty badges for all levels, and if I haven’t learned to create them by myself, hopefully somebody else will make them for me.

There are five levels of accomplishment (and a bonus challenge) in the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge.

Copper:  Read 6 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Bronze: Read 12 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Silver: Read 24 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013

Gold: Read 36 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Platinum: Read 50 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Bonus Challenge! The same levels are also available for digital samples. If you are like me, you also have a quizillion samples you’ve downloaded onto your e-reader. Culling through samples and deciding whether to keep reading or not is a separate challenge with all five levels and the same year-end prize–a special badge.

So, are you in?  And have I left anything out? I’ve never done this before, so let me know if I need to adjust anything or add anything!  Use Mister Linky to link to your blog or wherever you might announce your participation in this challenge, and leave a comment below to say which will be your goal for 2013. You will get the appropriate badge/prize for whatever you read, whether you come in under or over your goal.

Snag a badge above and post on your blog if you have one!

Ready, set, go!

January 31st check-in.

February 28th check-in.

March 31st check-in.

April 30 check-in.

May 31 check-in.



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69 Comments

  1. pooks
    Dec 27, 2012

    I’m aiming for the Silver TBR Challenge and the Platinum Sample Challenge!

  2. Jen Greyson
    Dec 27, 2012

    So excited about this!! I’m shooting for gold on the TBR and Platinum for the samples (of which I’m hoping a hunch will end up as TBRs)

    • pooks
      Dec 27, 2012

      Welcome! I’m excited to get started and glad for the company!

  3. Gama Martinez
    Dec 27, 2012

    I’ll shoot for silver

    • pooks
      Dec 27, 2012

      Terrific! Welcome to the challenge!

  4. Ann
    Dec 27, 2012

    Hey, what a great idea! I’m committing to 24 actual BOOKS (Kindle is extra). I’ll have to start a new pile for books I buy AFTER 1/1/13 (to work on next year)!

    • pooks
      Dec 28, 2012

      Real books. Wow. You’re going old school! You go, gril!

  5. Elisa
    Dec 28, 2012

    Going for platinum+ – something has to be done with my bookshelves! They are out of control! :) I love the name of the challenge by the way.

    • pooks
      Dec 28, 2012

      Thanks! I’m glad you like the name because I had trouble coming up with one.

  6. Linda Furlet
    Dec 28, 2012

    I’m in! I’ll aim for the gold. Pretty much, these will all be on Kindle, since I really don’t buy “real” books any more. I’m ashamed at how many books I have waiting to be read on the Kindle.

    • pooks
      Dec 28, 2012

      I have both kinds (as that pile will attest). Welcome to the fun!

  7. Peggy Isaacs
    Dec 28, 2012

    I will be brave and go for the silver! I have a huge stack of TBR books that needs to be tackled.

  8. Erin Morgan
    Dec 28, 2012

    I’m shooting for a silver… but I’m counting on your to remind me! I kind of went a little overboard this last year on snagging free ebooks on Amazon. There are over 2000 on my eReader. I need to start reading before I’m buried in little kilobytes!

    • pooks
      Dec 30, 2012

      I’ll be posting monthly opportunities to say what you’ve read that month. Hopefully that will keep us both in the game!

  9. Lauri
    Dec 28, 2012

    I want to go for the platinum but I’ll have to see if I really have that many TBR books currently in my possession. I generally read two to three books a week so I don’t always have a huge buildup… it’s more trying to keep myself supplied with reading material.

    • pooks
      Dec 30, 2012

      I have bought a number of books during the holidays that were cheap, and have downloaded a number of free classics without reading them, so I definitely have the backlog.

  10. Diana
    Dec 29, 2012

    I’m in, too! What the heck, if I shoot for the moon, I’ll end up among the stars, so I’m shooting for platinum. At the very least, I’ll end up with a bronze. Hopefully, though, I’ll end up somewhere higher. Thanks for the inspiration, Pooks!

    • pooks
      Dec 30, 2012

      No prob. Thanks for joining, because I did this to get ME motivated and others joining in is what will make it work!

  11. J. D. Chase
    Dec 29, 2012

    I always aim high so I will go for platinum. I’ve already signed up for another challenge to read 5 books in January so I will make sure they are all from my TBR list. That will get me off to a flying start … not sure how much writing I’ll get done in 2013 now!!

    • pooks
      Dec 30, 2012

      Sounds like you’ll be off to a great start! Thanks for joining!

  12. Kit Kerr
    Dec 29, 2012

    Okay, I’m in! Most of what I’ve got is non-fiction, though, so we’ll see how far I get with the heavy stuff.

    • pooks
      Dec 30, 2012

      I bow to your diligence. I tend to cherry-pick and scattershoot a lot of my nonfic, though I do have a few titles I’ll try to get to this year.

  13. thecoolmom
    Dec 29, 2012

    I plan to shoot for the copper level, but hope I actually read a lot more!

  14. Lindsay
    Dec 29, 2012

    Pretty sure I’ll hit gold on this challenge.

  15. Pat Shriver
    Dec 30, 2012

    Looking around, I do have a few books that I’ve never read – not so many as some people because I tend to buy books AFTER I’ve read them. I probably have enough books around to make the Silver Level tho’.

    • pooks
      Dec 31, 2012

      I buy books after I read them, too. Once I figure out how much I like a book, I often want to own it–in hardcover (if I read a battered paperback), or in print if it was Kindle or audio or library.

  16. Cheryl Masciarelli
    Dec 30, 2012

    Thank you for hosting. I submitted my link to my progress page. The link for the announcement is http://cmashlovestoread.com/2012/12/30/2013-challenges-4/

    • pooks
      Dec 31, 2012

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you boosting the signal!

  17. denise
    Dec 30, 2012

    I can guarantee at least 12, we’ll see how I do over the course of the year…Game on!

  18. Leigh Anne
    Dec 31, 2012

    Platinum all the way! Go big, or go home. Thanks for hosting!

  19. Going for silver! But hope to read more :)

  20. Wollamshram
    Jan 1, 2013

    An admirable objective this challenge is. My TBR pile is positively huge, so this will be some incentive to thin out the herd. No goal, I’m just going to keep reading and see how far I get.

  21. Darlene
    Jan 1, 2013

    Thanks for hosting!

  22. Eva North
    Jan 1, 2013

    I’m in…I’ve got lots of books, both physical & digital that r preowned, so lets start the new year right.

  23. Marina
    Jan 1, 2013

    Going for platinum on main and bonus challenges. Looking forward to clearing out shelves and inbox!

  24. Andrea
    Jan 1, 2013

    I am going to start off trying for the copper and see how it goes.

  25. Stephanie
    Jan 1, 2013

    I NEED this challenge! Thanks for hosting it. I am shooting for the Silver Badge in both the regular and bonus challenges.

  26. Yvonne
    Jan 1, 2013

    This is wonderful! I’m in! Thanks for hosting this and including samples too!

  27. Gina, book dragon
    Jan 2, 2013

    I’m going for Platinum! Thanks so much for hosting

  28. Jenny
    Jan 2, 2013

    I’m shooting for Bronze. Thanks for hosting!

  29. AnnaLizard
    Jan 3, 2013

    I’ll go for the Bronze challenge this time. What a great idea!

  30. Laura Anne
    Jan 5, 2013

    ok, I’m in….

  31. Kim
    Jan 5, 2013

    Hello! I just found this challenge and it is exactly what I was looking for. I am in at the Copper level, and feel the need to get off the computer, put off cleaning the bathrooms and just go curl up with my book!
    *smiles*

  32. maphead
    Jan 5, 2013

    Signed up for Silver but I’m gunning for the Gold!! Looking forward to serving up some serious nonfiction!!

  33. Andrea
    Jan 5, 2013

    Hi! Will there be a link up at the beginning of each month so we can link up as we finish the books?

  34. Mr. Linky seems to be down for maintenance, so I’ll try back later to officially sign-up, but I am going for GOLD! My aim is to complete all the other challenges I’ve joined this year with books from my TBR pile, so I’m very hopeful I’ll reach my goal for this challenge, and buy less books this year :)

    • And Mr Linky is back! I’m all signed up now — thanks for hosting this challenge and I absolutely LOVE the name you came up for it. There are a lot of TBR challenges out there, but after seeing this name, I knew this was the one for me :)

  35. Ruth
    Jan 7, 2013

    I’m just sneaking in at the last moment before it closes, I saw this on a friends blog and was looking for one more reading challenge. I’m signing on for the bronze medal

  36. Liora
    Jan 7, 2013

    I am signing up for the Bronze challenge. I look forward to making a dent in my TBR pile. I saw this challenge on Ruth’s blog.

  37. Mikaela
    Jan 8, 2013

    This sounds like fun. I am signing up for Platinum.

  38. lillianwheeler
    Jan 10, 2013

    Am I too late to sign up for this challenge? I love the idea! Embarrassment of Riches is exactly right. I’ll aim for platinum.

  39. Sandra Licher
    Jan 11, 2013

    Oh, can I please still sign up for this? It’s 1/11 and I just found you through Ruth’s Little Leprechaun’s. If you can’t allow it I understand but felt I needed to ask. I started this by myself this year as I have so many books I have bought over the years.
    I even cleaned out 1 bookcase and it is for “keepers” and hopefully I won’t fill it up because then something in it will have to go or I could just buy the digital edition. LOL!
    I would go for the gold if I was in it as I have so many books and I’m hoping to move and the last time it was all books! Even the movers commented on how cheaply I could have moved if it weren’t for all my books! LOL! I hope you’ll let me join but even if I can’t, I still feel like I’ve “come home” finding your blog! I post on my blog when I’ve read something and give a review. Great idea!!!!

  40. Sandra Licher
    Jan 11, 2013

    I was able to sign up! PTL! I said I would go for the “gold” and when I re-read your reqs I realized there was no “gold”! Ha! Ha!
    So, Platinum it is! I’m so happy I could still sign up!! Yippee!!!

    • pooks
      Jan 11, 2013

      I do have gold, but platinum is fine, too! And I’m glad you signed up. I’m not a stickler and I don’t know how these things are usually done–if people are picky or not. But hey, welcome!

  41. Ruth
    Jan 14, 2013

    Wow — this could really save my shelves (and possibly my sanity)!

  42. Create With Joy
    Jan 17, 2013

    Thanks for hosting! This is my first year joining your challenge. I just shared your challenge on my blog. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit! :-)

  43. Janet@TheCatOnMyHead
    Jan 21, 2013

    I have signed up for this challenge and one other. This is my first year. Hope I can do more next year. Thanks.

  44. Sangita M.
    Jan 28, 2013

    Thank you Pooks for the challenge. I have a really long list of nooks and ebooks, hoping to win a Platinum badge for myself (though my list has more than 70 books in it). BTW I couldn’t find the reviews link. Could please you help me on that?

  45. Laura
    Jan 29, 2013

    I will be attempting the bronze level. I already set 12 books for my goal for 2013 at GoodReads. I’m reading a very long book right now so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t find a lot of time to read. I want to make a more conscientious effort this year.

  46. Retha Groenewald
    Feb 2, 2013

    Hi, this is a very interesting challenge. May still join?

  47. Retha Groenewald
    Feb 2, 2013

    I could not link by post. – the linky said it has expired.
    So I am adding it here. http://www.biblefascination.com/reading-challenges-for-2103/

  48. Darlene
    Mar 26, 2013

    I have the hardest time trying to find the review linky for this challenge. Can you please link it either to your sidebar or to this challenge post so that we can find it? thanks

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