TBR Challenge – 2009

Avid Bookreader is running a TBR challenge with a difference:

Read a minimum of 1 book off your TBR pile a month – can read more – each month there is a different theme to help you make a decision as to what to read, but if you don’t have a book that fits then pick a book off the pile anyway:

January: Romance – It’s all about the category, baby. Harlequin, Sil. Intimate Moments, Harl. Blaze, Harl. Presents. A lot of readers have been enjoying some great category titles of late. Hey, they’re quick reads, too! Did you buy any of them last year and didn’t read them? Now is your chance. Don’t have any? Grab a book out of your stacks and get to reading, you’re not excused.

February: Find a DIK (Desert Island Keeper) book that you bought and read . We’ve all bought some of these books and now is the time to see if they truly are DIK. Let’s demystify some of these claims or validate them. Any genre. Don’t have one (really?), just grab a book and read it.

March: This month is dedicated to the historical novel (and dying breed). Do you have a good historical novel just lying around that you really, really, really want to read? If you don’t care to read a historical, follow the procedure as stated above, just grab a book out of your stacks and read it.

April: Urban fantasy, fantasy or SFR…ohhhh, Patricia Briggs, Ann Aguirre, Charlaine Harris to name a few. Did you buy any of their stuff and didn’t read it yet? Now is your chance and if you’re already caught up, just pick a book out of your stacks and read it with the rest of us.

May: Ok, challenges get more specific. For the month of May, pick a book that has a friends to lovers theme, unrequited love, or some variation to it. All of us have these somewhere in our stacks and if not, you know what you need to do (see above).

June: Tortured heroes are my favorite! They are usually found in historicals but see if you can find a tortured guy in your stacks or a tortured heroine (they’re even rarer!). Read and review it and if you have no luck with finding such a hero in your huge, humongous stacks, just grab a book and read it.

July: Wrongfully accused or just released from jail theme books are another favorite of mine. I always seek these out and I may have to do some rereading for this month as there are some real good ones out there that I’ve read but I think I should have some in my stacks. If you don’t have such a book in your huge mountain of books, you know what you need to do (see above).

August: Ok, I’m going to start assigning authors – Julie Garwood, Liz Carlyle, Judith McNaught, Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Connie Brockway, Laura Kinsale, Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Joan Wolf – own any of these author’s books and haven’t read them yet? Now is your chance. Already caught up – you know what you need to do.

September: Linda Howard, Elizabeth Hoyt, Joanna Bourne, Sherry Thomas, Meljean Brook, Lois Bujold, Shanna Abe, Penelope Williamson, Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Rachel Gibson, Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Sandra Brown, Loretta Chase or whoever else you have in your stacks and you just haven’t taken the time to read them yet.

October: Horror. Yep. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or whoever else you have in your TBR stacks and if you don’t want to read anything scary, you know what you need to do.

November: Turkey day. Find a book that has a Thanksgiving theme (good luck with that!) or if you can’t find a book that does have a turkey theme, just grab a book out of your stacks and read it.

December: Easy. Christmas themes and if you’re like me and can’t stand Christmas themed stories, just grab a book out of your stacks and read it. Congratulations, you’ve completed this year’s challenge.

My list:

1. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Review is here

2. Five go off to Camp by Enid Blyton – Review is here

3. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn – Review is here

4. Be Still my Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks – Review is here

5. The School for Heiresses by Sabrina Jeffries et al – Review is here

6. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – Review is here

7. Magyk: Septimus Heap Book 1 by Angie Sage – Review is here

8.Jewels of the Sun by Norah Roberts – Review is here

9. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs – Review is here
10. Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard – Review is here
11. Undead and Unworthy by Mary Janice Davidson – Review is here
12. Hot for the Holidays by Lora Leigh et al – Review is here

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