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Challenge Sign up: The 2011 TBR Pile Challenge

Posted by Caitie F on December 15, 2010

This challenge is being hosted by Room Beam Reader

The Goal:
To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile, within 12 months.


1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2010 or later. 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

3. Your list must be posted by Friday, December 31st, 2010.

4. 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 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. 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!

*Note – You can edit your list through Dec. 31st. As of 1/1/2011, the posted list needs to be final. Also, you can read the books on your list in any order; they do not need to be read in the order you have them listed. 🙂

My list – to choose my list I went on my spreadsheet of books, figured out the ones that had been there for over a year and put them on They are all books I have been meaning to read for a while!

1. The innocent Man by John Grisham
2. Be Strong and Curvaceous by Shelley Adina
3. Sounds Like Crazy by Shana Mahaffey
4. Plan B by Jenny O’Connell
5. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
6. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
7. 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War by Morgan Llywelyn
8. Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for the Ny Times 1980-1993 by Frank Rich
9. Parrot and Oliver in America by Peter Carey
10. The Corrections by Johnathan Frazen
11. Barefoot: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
12. Bergendorf Blondes by Plum Skyes


1. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

There are some tough books on that list…glad i have some just for fun too!

7 Responses to “Challenge Sign up: The 2011 TBR Pile Challenge”

  1. Good luck with the challenge!

  2. Erin said

    You’ve got a great variety on your list! I hope the challenge goes smoothly for you!

  3. Adam said

    Thanks for taking the challenge with me! I’m not familiar with most of the books on your list, so I look forward to reading your reviews and seeing what they’re all about! I get the sneaking suspicion that, while I will knock out 12-14 books from my TBR list with this challenge, I’ll probably end up adding 50 new ones! haha

    • Caitie F said

      Thanks for hosting! I am not familiar with most things on my list – they are books that have been recommended over the past few years. I can’t wait to read and review them

  4. Roof Beam Reader said

    Just checking-in on your progress for the 2011 TBR Pile Challenge – how are things going so far?! Don’t forget to link your reviews to your master list. 🙂

    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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