I still, as probably most readers and bloggers do, need to get more of my books I already own read. The ones I had to buy when they came out. The ones I bought when I met authors even full well knowing I had no time to read them, but I wanted to! So I will be doing a TBR challenge again.
At first it looked like the one I usually do, Tackle Your TBR, wasn’t going to happen this year because Kimberly Faye Reads hadn’t posted anything since summer. But then I got an email with a post saying she is going to host it this year, so I’m going to do that again! One thing I really like about it is all the different templates and images and extra little challenges she adds to it.
As in the past, I’m going to set a goal of one a month, so 12 total. I am not going to set a list like I usually do, I’m going to just try to go through what I want to as I get the mood for it. Since other than my review books, I used to be a mood reader. My plan is that I’m going to pick a book at the beginning of the month and figure out how many pages I have to read each day in order to finish by the end of the month. I can read more each day, but must read at least that much each day before bed. I started my January one on the 2nd, it was 300 pages, so that means 10 pages a night. I already got farther than that!
So that means I’ll be going for the Safety in the levels below, but I will review all of my books, so that will be a two-point conversion. The football aspect works a little more for me now that I’m so into my Kansas City Chiefs football team!
- The 2023 Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge runs from January 1 – December 31, 2023. You can join at any time.
- The goal is to read at least ONE book from your TBR every month. It can be an ARC, ebook, audiobook or print – your choice. Any reading is good reading!
- If one TBR book a month isn’t enough, set your goal higher! Do you think you can read five a month? Ten? Go big or go home! There are some goal levels below if that’s your thing.
- You don’t have to be a blogger to participate. You can track your progress on Goodreads, Insta, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube… wherever you want!
- Use #TackleMyTBR2023 on social media.
- Feel free to use the banner graphic on your posts and/or social media.
- Comment and let me know if you’re in!
- Tell your friends! [Shorter link for sharing: https://ki.mreads.link/tacklemytbr2023]
Back again this year: challenge levels! (Unsurprising to anyone who knows me, they’re football-themed.) Pick a level, any level! (These are all based on a 1-5+ books per month average.)
- Safety: read 12 TBR books
- Blitz: read 13-24 TBR books
- First Down: read 25-36 TBR books
- Field Goal: read 37-48 TBR books
- Hail Mary: read 49-60 TBR books
- Touchdown: read 61+ TBR books
And because reviewing is so important, I’ve added a couple of bonus levels!
- Extra Point: review half of the TBR books you read
- Two-Point Conversion: review all the TBR books you read
I always like to do this one because I do tend to really work on these challenges, well, except for the writing ones lately.
This one is hosted by Berls and Michelle @ Because Reading is Better than Real Life. Here are the rules:
- Create between 5 or more resolutions related to books/book blogging/writing (there are examples below but you can make up your own)(you can have as many resolutions as you would like, there is no limit)
- Create a signup post and add it to the Linky on this post (sign up before Feb 28th)
- Since this is a year long challenge we ask that you pick goals with some longevity. Pick a goal that will take you no less than 6 months to complete.
- Once your goals are set you cannot change them.
- Three time a year we will have an update to see how you are doing. March 1st, June 1st and September 1st. The last update will be the wrap up post.
- For each goal you complete you get one entry into the giveaway that will be in our wrap up post on December 31, 2023
Here are my 6 goals:
- Blogging: 1. Keep my Netgalley percentage up to 80%. I got there one day last year, then dropped again, then got back to 80% on January 2nd, followed by dropping to 79% with another book being sent to me on the 3rd. So this year I plan to actually see if I can stay at 80% or above. 2. I’m going to do the Discussion Challenge below!
- Reading: 1. As always is my Goodreads goal of 200 books. This year I am not going to stress about making it over that, I usually do, but I want to do some writing too, so that might take time away from reading. 2. My TBR Challenge above.
- Writing – I’m not going to set specific goals exactly, I just want to get one more of my books finished and self published this year. No matter which one it is.
- Book Buying Ban – I’m adding this as I want to save money for my trip to Scotland in July. So my goal is to not spend anymore than $20 on books a month for myself. The only time I’m really worried is in February when I’m going to a book convention called Flirty In Kansas City. And after July, I won’t probably be as much of a stickler if I can help it and did well about not having to use credit for a lot of my trip. I’m also going to have to be very picky with my Book of the Month club since that costs $17 a month now.
So, I’ve participated in the past and didn’t do great. But this year I kept thinking of things I wanted to discuss. So I’m going to participate again this year and set a goal of 6 posts for the year, that’s one every two months. This is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!
Here’s All You Have to Do:
- Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There’s no need to say what your discussion posts will be about–just tell us you’re joining and let us know your goal. (Can be in an update post or a post with other challenges–you’re not required to make a completely separate sign-up post.)
- Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts. Feel free to also link back in your actual discussions (we appreciate it, so more people can find us!), but that’s not required.
- The challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2023. Sign-ups will remain open through December 28th, 2023. So, you can basically sign up all year long. Come join us!
- Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
- On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll leave your links for that month’s discussions.
- There will also be a big yearly giveaway- multiple winners for multiple things!- so do keep entering and checking back!
- Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2023 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
- Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!
What Kinds of Discussions Can You Link Up?
Discussions can be about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to books or book blogging! We tend to be pretty lax about our “rules” for what makes a bookish discussion, but we do have some guidelines, so please check them out:
- Please don’t link up discussions about things that are completely off-topic, like travel or fashion, etc.
- Please don’t link up month-end wrap-ups (We have the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up for that, and we’d love to have you join in!)—unless you have a very specific book-related discussion topic that you include in your wrap-up!
- Please don’t link up book reviews unless it’s more of a general discussion about a topic and you’re using a specific book as an example.
- Please don’t link up giveaways unless the post is mostly a discussion that just happens to have a giveaway attached (like if you were talking about the reasons you love audiobooks and you decide to do a giveaway of an audiobook at the end).
- Linking up Top Ten Tuesday posts or other meme posts are fine as long as there’s some actual discussion involved (not just a list of books). Same with tags—they’re fine, but we’d prefer if there’s some discussion involved of why you chose the books, not just a list of books that go with the tag topic.
- A post can be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post. (We love getting to know our fellow bloggers!)
Hopefully this doesn’t make us seem like the Discussion Police—we just want to try to keep the link-ups discussion-focused since there are already a lot of places to link up those other types of posts. (And remember that we always err on the side of being flexible.) 🙂
Okay, I think these are enough challenges for myself! What challenges are you participating in this year? Any of the same ones I am?
Sounds like a great plan Lisa. I have done this in the past. I basically incorporate my goals into my daily systems and they are a routine now so I don’t need to write them again – I know them. Of course, I improve them continuously.
Hoping that it works for me!
I’m debating whether to do a goals post this year, lol. I’m usually awful at remembering. Good luck, these seem fun and doable!
I’ve tried to do something about goals in my monthly wrap ups every month, that’s about the only way I keep up with it, lol.
I’ll be rooting for you, Lisa!
Good luck to you! I am doing a TBR challenge but it’s only one book per month. I’m hoping to read more from my TBR than those books… We’ll see!
Yeah, I’m only doing one per month too, but we’ll see if I can even keep up with that! I didn’t last year. Good luck to you!