The TBR Double Dare



Are you brave enough to take the double dare?

Make a resolution to read only the books in your To Be Read stack from January 1, 2012 to April 1.  Can you survive?

The TBR Double Dare is not a book buying ban. You can still buy books during the double dare, you just can't read them until April 1, 2012.  The official stance on library books is that you can only read those in your possession or on your holds list at 12:00 A.M. on Jan. 1, 2012.

Of course, you are free to set your own rules if you like.  If you know you have a book club book coming up, or that a certain author has a book coming out, you can allow for exceptions. It's all for fun.

To enter just leave a link to your blog in a comment below. (If you don't have a blog but would still like to participate, just leave a comment without a link.)  In your comment, make a pledge stating how long or how many books you think you can last.  Pledge to read one book, read for one day or one week, one month, whatever you like.  The full challenge runs until April 1, April Fool's Day.

Post one of the buttons here on your blog as well if you like.  Please link back to this page to help spread the word.

We all know that no one keeps a New Year's Resolution forever, so when you finally break down and read something not in your TBR stack, please come back and leave a second comment to let us all know what it was that led you into temptation.

That's it.  Just a simple game.

Remember, it's not a reading challenge, it's a double dare

Are you brave enough to take the TBR Double Dare?

These people are.

  1. Lizzy Sidal at Lizzy's Literary Life
  2. Sandy Nawrot at You've GOTTA Read This
  3. Katrina at Notable Books..
  4. Jim Randolph at Teacher Ninja
  5. Amy at KnitThink
  6. Gavin at Page 247.
  7. Jeane at Dog Ear Diary
  8. JoAnn at Lakeside Musing.
  9. Christina at Reading Thru the Night
  10. Vasilly at 1330v
  11. Sassafrass at You've Gotta Read Before You Can Thump.
  12. Teresa at Shelf Love.
  13. Gaskella at Gaskella.
  14. Lisa May at TBR 313.
  15. Victoria H at Eve's Alexandria.
  16. Shelley at Book Clutter.
  17. Heather at Letters  and Sodas.
  18. Bybee at Naked Without Books.
  19. Karen K. at Books and Chocolate.
  20. Lu at Regular Ruminations.
  21. Vern at Prissy Book Snob.
  22. Uriah Robinson at Crime Scraps Review.
  23. Raych at Books I Done Read
  24. Heather at Book Addiction.
  25. Heather at Cover(ed) Girl.
  26. Molly at My Cozy Book Nook.
  27. Reno
  28. Kristie at The Kristie Chronicles.
  29. Rob at Loose Logic.
  30. Susan at Avid Series Reader.
  31. Eveningreader at The Evening Reader.
  32. Book Dragon at Book Dragon's Lair.
  33. Jenners at Life With Books.
  34. Kristi at Kristi Loves Books.
  35. Kelly at Kelly's Thoughts and Ramblings.
  36. Jodie at Bookgazing
  37. Yvann S.
  38. Reno at Falling Letters
  39. Thomas at My Porch.
  40. Ted at Bookywooky.
  41. Irene at Irene's Desk.
  42. Carrie at Books and Movies.
  43. Katastrophe at Niche Carving.
  44. Jenn Greenleaf at Wearer of Many Hats.
  45. Gypsy Rose Creations.
  46. Blessed x3.
  47. Mediations at Public Sphere.
  48. J M at Read, Play, Sleep, Repeat.
  49. Georgie at The Indiscriminate Reader.
  50. Melanie at Cynical Optismism.
  51. Trish at Hey Lady, Whatcha Reading?
  52. Martine at Silencing the Bell.
  53. SFP at Pages Turned.
  54. Epiphany Renee at Have an Epiphany.
  55. Beth at Library Chicken.
  56. Amy at The House of the Seven Tails.
  57. Bookworm Diva at Mississippi's Bookworm Diva.
  58. Miss E. at Later Day Bohemian.
  59. Leah at The Literary Octogon.
  60. Sam Sattler at Book Chase.
  61. Terri B at Tip of the Iceberg.
  62. Julie at Knitting and Sundries.
  63. Michelle Shannon at That's What She Read.
  64. Second Shelf Down.



Please let me know if I've misspelled you or have incorrectly linked to you.  Thanks.
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81 comments:

Lizzy Siddal said...

You've been reading my mind.

I'm in for the whole 3 months (with exceptions applying only to book group reads and anything relating to Glasgow's Ayewrite festival in March).

Sandy Nawrot said...

So is there where I sign up? Please count me in.

katrina said...

I'm in again! Last year I lasted till mid February but managed to kick loads of books off the tbr stacks, this year I hope to go the whole hog. I don't blog anylonger so my updates will be through comments left here.
My exception to the challenge is books for university.
I'm going to make my challenge even harder and make 2 of every 3 books I read a bookcrossing book that I need to get moving again.
Great challenge

Jim Randolph said...

I'm in! I have way too many books and have actually been reading more of the older ones since the last TBR dare, so this sounds like a great way to continue focus my reading and lesson my guilt. I should know before January 1 what our upcoming book club books are and add those to the pile as well. Thanks!
Jim

Amy said...

I'm definitely in again. It was great last year--I cleared quite a few unreads off the shelves. The only exceptions I'll make for myself will be book club books and if there are Tournament of Books items I want to read when the shortlist is announced in January or February.

Gavin said...

I'm in for the whole 3 months, with the exception of a couple of library books I'll borrow for Carl's Sci Fi Experience. Thanks for the double dare, James!

Jeane said...

I didn't make it all the way last year but want to try again. Count me in!

JoAnn said...

I'm in again, too. Can't wait! Will write a post in the next couple of weeks.

christina said...

I'm official. :))

Vasilly said...

Count me in! I'm going to have a hectic semester of school starting January and it'll probably be easier for me if I mostly read from my shelves. I plan on participating the whole four months. Thanks for hosting this again.

Sarsafrass said...

I am definitely in! The only exception for me will be books I placed on hold prior to January 1st which come in during those three months. My TBR shelf at the moment is 104 books, but the holidays will no doubt increase that number!

Teresa said...

Ok. I am in again. I need it! My only exceptions will be audiobooks, a couple of library holds I've already made, and book group books.

gaskella said...

I'm in again! I will have to make an exception for any book group choices I don't already own, plus the new Ali Shaw novel out in Jan which I must read asap, otherwise I will be a good girl and hope to last the full 3 months.

Lisa May said...

I'm signing up, and I'll aim for the three months - with the exception of book club books, and one book coming out March 6th (Kerry Greenwood's new Corinna Chapman mystery), which I will probably start reading on the way home from the bookstore.

VictoriaH said...

I heard about the dare from Teresa at Shelf Love and I'm in. I'll try for the whole three months, with the exception of book club books and the any library books still on my holds list. I'm going to stop placing holds now to try and keep the number down. I'd like to read 15 books from my TBR if I can, which will only be a tiny dent but a huge psychological step forward. I'll write a post about it towards the end of December.

http://evesalexandria.typepad.com

BookClub said...

Also came here from Shelf Love. And no, I definitely have book lover's ADD, I just know I won't last. As I glance over to my TBR shelf I cannot imagine that I would need any new books but as soon as I walk past a book store all my good intentions are like mist before the sun...

Still, I'm rooting for you brave souls! Good luck!

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Heather Otrando said...

I also got here via Shelf Love, and I'm in! I'm trying for the whole thing, but we'll see how that goes ...
http://lettersandsodas.com/books/

Bybee said...

I'm in again!

Karen K. said...

I'll try, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to fail -- I'll use it as a challenge to myself to just read a high percentage of my own books. Working in a library is dangerous.

By the way, your last post is what convinced me, especially the line by Dr. Seuss.

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

I'm in! I need to read the books I own. My only loophole is books for book clubs!

Vern said...

I'm in! I really need to give my TBR pile a good attack!

www.prissybooksnob.blogspot.com

Uriah Robinson said...

I'm in apart from the books I have promised to review for Eurocrime that haven't arrived yet, and any presents I get on 25 December. They don't count!
The rest of the TBR mountain should easily keep me busy for months. But this is a good challenge.

http://crimescraps2.wordpress.com

raych said...

VERY WELL. I am in. If I make it to the end of January I will be THRILLED.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I am totally in! Who knows if I'll even last a month but I'll sure try. My exceptions will be library holds and book club books.

Heather said...

Sounds like fun and I have hundreds of books (literally) in my TBR pile. : ) I need to whittle down a bit, lol.

Heather said...

Sounds like fun. I have literally hundreds of books in my TBR pile, so it's past time to quit buying and start reading. : )

Molly said...

Hey C.B. --- I have officially declared my enrollment in this challenge! I am very much looking forward to January 1st :)

Reno said...

Came across your challenge on A Novel Challenge - it is just the sort of challenge I need! :) I hope to read 20 books from my TBR list. I think I will be able to read 20 from the list, but I will probably read something not on the list by mid-February :P

Kristie said...

I saw your challenge on A Novel Challenge. I'm going to enter and hope that I can succeed!

Rob said...

I'll join in! It'll be nice to make some progress on that to-read pile...

Susan said...

I'll take the double dare! From Jan 1 to Apr 1, read only books from TBR shelves and library books checked out or on Hold as of 12:00AM Jan 1. http://avidseriesreader.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-tbr-double-dare.html

eveningreader said...

Okay, I am ready to tackle the TBR, and this seems like as good a way as any to commit. Sign me up!

eveningreader said...

Forgot to specify--I'll participate from Jan. 1 to April 1, and I'll shoot for, say...8 books. :)
--Priscilla

Vasilly said...

Okay since you said to let you know, there's two l's in my name. ;-)

Book Dragon said...

I'm in again! Signed up for six books in 2011, made it for 3!

This time I'm going for 30 days with a couple of exceptions ;)

Here's my post, there are a couple of other tbr type challenges on the same post.

Gina at Book Dragon's Lair

Jenners said...

I am determined to read nothing but the books I already have from Jan. 1 through April 1. Not sure what the number will be as my reading pace varies but it will between 20 and 30 books I suspect. I can totally do it!

Here is the link to my sign-up post: http://www.lifewithbooks.com/2011/12/the-tbr-double-dare-im-in/

Kristi said...

I'm in! I was hesitating to join since I already had books on hold at the library, but I'm so glad you allow for that. I'll put up a post on my blog about it soon.

I'm pretty sure I'll make it the full three months. I have too many good books on my shelves waiting to be read. This is perfect for me.

Thanks for hosting!

Kelly said...

Thanks, this double dare is exactly what I need! My shelves are overflowing and my Kindle is loaded, so I can almost guarantee you I will make it the full three months. I will post an entry about it sometime next week.

http://ksrgmck.wordpress.com/

Jodie said...

I'll try and stay in until April 1st, let's see how I do! (Bookgazing at http://bookgazing.dreamwidth.org)

Yvann S said...

I'm in for the full challenge - and I'm going to try to avoid buying books in Lent!

Reno said...

Oops, forgot my link - it's Reno at Falling Letters :)

Thomas at My Porch said...

I'm in. No exceptions for me (except for work, but I wouldn't ever count that in my own reading anyway).

http://myporchblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/making-tbr-double-dare-little-harder.html

Ted said...

OK, C.B. I'm taking up the gauntlet. My link is below. Hope the holidays were joyous.

http://bookeywookey.blogspot.com/2011/12/taking-on-double-dare.html

Irene said...

I'm in.

Carrie said...

Count me in! :)
http://booksandmovies.colvilleblogger.com

Katastrophe said...

I'm in this!

http://nichecarving.blogspot.com/2011/12/reading-challenges.html

Jenn Greenleaf said...

::raises hand:: Me! I'm in!!!

Gypsy Rose Creations said...

Count me in. Every year I promise not to buy any books until ive read some from my TBR (yeay right!). So im loving this idea. My blog is not book related, but It will be for this challenge.
Michelle

Blessed x3 said...

I want to do this. What if I am on a waiting list for a ebook library list, that would be an exception?

I did not know that these reading challenges ezisted. I am excited for 2012.

Off to grab a button for my blog!

Melissa

Blessed x3 said...

I want to join this challenge. I have my blog link already for you. I listed the books I want to read. I did this so as a reminder to me what books I want to read. I have 40 listed, but I said in my blog post that I would be happy with half or more.

Mediations said...

Count me in!

Mediations said...

Count me in, with a pledge not to buy any new books until April 1. Mt blog is at http://publicsphere.typepad.com/toberead/

J M said...

I am in! I have a huge TBR pile to get through....will try to hold out until April 1st! My one exception is my hold at the library.

J

http://readplaysleeprepeat.wordpress.com

Georgie said...

'Count me in too, please!' says the newbie. Going to try for the whole 3 months. Exceptions are library books on loan and reserved, plus extra sources that might crop up in research. Thanks!

Melanie said...

I am in! I am going to try to read through April first. I've got about 6 on my library hold list and 4 library books now that i am working on as well. And any books i have to read for school will be allowed of course! I'll be putting up a post in the next few days regarding my challenges for 12.

trish said...

Who can pass up a dare? Though I'm surprised you didn't throw down the gauntlet and make it a double dog dare.

martine said...

Hi, will be joining you for the full three months, need the discipline to keep up with the good intentions. I have so many that I am looking forward to, but the wish list at the library is going to get very long I fear. Am doing Orange Prize book for the first month to coincide with another challenge too
http://silencingthebell.blogspot.com
good luck to everyone
martine

SFP said...

I'm in! I'm in!

Epiphany Renee said...

I am all in! 11 books will be attempted. Only other books I will read will be 3 debut author challenge books.

My 2012 challenge post: http://epiphanyrenee.blogspot.com/2012/01/2012-challenge-list.html

Also is there somewhere people are posting updates? I would love to see and share reviews... Good Luck Everyone!

Beth said...

OK, I'll probably make it through the end of January, but I'm going to try to make it all the way. With certain quids and provisos, as the genii might say.

www.libraryfrog.blogspot.com

Amy said...

May I still sign up for this dare?! I really thought I had already signed up for it.

I've been out of commission for a while with pneumonia and I think it addled my brain! I hope I can still join you officially but, if not, I'm still going to read strictly from my shelves!

Bookworm Diva said...

I am joining the challenge. My book blog address is: http://msbookwormdiva.blogspot.com/

Happy Reading in 2012.

C.B. James said...

You are all in. I'll update the participants list later this week or this weekend.

Thanks for taking the TBR Double Dare.

Miss E said...

Count me in, though I'm allowing books for my book club, as well as any birthday gifts that arrive this month.

http://www.latterdaybohemian.com

Leah said...

I would love to join in with this challenge, my TBR pile is groaning and I was already thinking of doing this myself (but it is more fun with others!) I'm in for the 3 months if it is still ok to join in. My blog is at
http://theliteraryoctogon.blogspot.com

Sam Sattler said...

I'm in - for now.

Sam

http://bookchase.blogspot.com/

Terri B. said...

I'll play! I'm trying to do this anyway. I don't know how many books I'll read, but will see if I can get to April first. Will post and add button to my blog tomorrow. How fun!
http://the-iceberg.blogspot.com

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I'm in! I kind of already have a resolution about not being able to BUY a new book until I've read at least two that are already on my shelves. I will have to make exceptions only in the cases where a book is sent to me for review and I must read and review it prior to April 1.

Here is the link to my post:

http://www.knittingandsundries.com/2012/01/tbr-double-dare.html

Michelle Shannon said...

Sign me up, please! I need all the help I can get making a dent in my TBR mountains. This is absolutely perfect.

http://www.thatswhatsheread.net/2012/01/all-about-2012-challenges.html

secondshelfdown said...

I started an entire blog, secondshelfdown, last year with the aim of getting some traction on my slippery habit of buying books I never read! Hopefully this will give me some momentum. I'm in!

Always a bit wary of specific numerical goals as I think it encourages ploughing through rather than wallowing in novels, but I like the idea of a percentage as progress. To be honest, even 10% would do me FINE.

Leah said...

Thanks for signing me up to the list, the link doesn't appear to be working though. Here is my URL again...

http://theliteraryoctogon.blogspot.com

Thanks for organising this challenge.

Book Dragon said...

this is #32 and I have failed. :(

I have read my goal from 2011 but picked up a children's book while shopping and READ IT ahhhh

So after carefully not reading the novels I've purchased this year, a children book "Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse" does me in.

Ruby said...

Okay, I am taking the pledge! April 1st here we come!
My blog, A Little Spot of Random:
http://alittlespotofrandom.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...

I've been participating in this but I don't think I ever signed up! I haven't even cheated yet! ;)

http://aikitty.me/books/

This has been a difficult but great challenge so far. Great idea!

Heather Otrando said...

Hey, #17 here - it's March 31st and I've made it! I've been reading the New Yorker as it comes in, but all the books I've read since January 1st have been either a) library books I had on hold/checked out already before January 1 and b) books I owned already but hadn't yet read. I kind of feel like I should keep going 'til May 1, because the 3 books I read in January were all books I had already checked out from the library. But we shall see. :)

Kristie said...

#28 checking in!

I completed the challenge! I read 16 books from my stash.

http://kreativekristie.blogspot.com/2011/12/tbr-double-dare-2012.html

Beth said...

I cracked last week so I didn't quite make it. I had been rereading my books in anticipation of a new release, and then the library got it to me about a month before I expected it. Oops.

Thanks for a fun challenge.

Susan said...

I did it! From Jan 1 - Apr 1, I read 15 books that were on my shelves or on hold/wishlist at the library as of Jan 1. Let's do this TBR reading dare again!

http://avidseriesreader.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-tbr-double-dare.html

Epiphany Renee said...

#54 here. I made it, technically. I didn't read anything I bought after the New Year, though I did purchase and I didn't cross off as many dusty tomes as I wanted.

Oh well, the good news is this challenge has made me rethink the way I add books to my collection. I think has made me think twice about spontaneous additions and big book purchases. This, I hope, will help me keep too many future books from becoming dusty and ignored on my shelves even though the dare has ended.

Michelle Shannon said...

#64 - I made it with a full 100 percent of books read during the first three months of the year having been already on my TBR pile at the beginning of the year. I need this challenge again to ensure this remains true. Thank you so much for hosting!

secondshelfdown said...

Update: I had totally forgotten that the cutoff for this was April 1. I have to say I FAILED, mostly thanks to The Hunger Games (no regrets!) and also because of going back to work at a publishing house, where the flow of new books is steady and you'd be a fool not to take advantage of it. Nevertheless, I managed a cool 9, which is probably roughly 10% of my unread haul, which is what I was aiming for. The best discovery in that dusty old pile? Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.