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The 2012 TBR Challenge Sign Up

Posted by Caitie F on December 29, 2011

So I will try this again, since last year I failed miserably with only one book. Most of this list is just from last year, with a couple changes!

But first, here are the rules.

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 1/1/2011 or later (any book published in the year 2010 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). 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 below – 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 (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.

3.  The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below).  This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge).  See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean.  Your list must be completed by December 31st, 2011.

4. Leave comments on this post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2012 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 or The Book Depository!

5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published pre-2011!

*Note – 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. As you complete a book – review it, and go back to your original list and turn that title into a link to the review – that will keep the comments section here from getting ridiculously cluttered.  For an example of what I mean, Click Here.

1. The innocent Man by John Grisham
2. Youth in Revolt by C. D. Payne
3.  Stardust by Neil Gaiman
4. Plan B by Jenny O’Connell
5. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
6. Jester by James Patterson
7. 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War by Morgan Llywelyn
8. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
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. 1776 by David McCullough
2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

One Response to “The 2012 TBR Challenge Sign Up”

  1. Roof Beam Reader said

    Thanks for taking the challenge with us!

    You’ve definitely got some on your list that I hope to read some day: 1776, The Corrections, Parrot and Olivier and America, and Youth in Revolt. Looking forward to your reviews on those!

    Stardust is the only Gaiman book I’ve ever read – it was good, but not enough to make me try him again. Maybe I will someday.

    Good Luck!

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