Monday, January 13, 2014

End-of-Year Recap: The 2013 TBR Challenge

One of my favorite, as well as one of the most productive challenges around, is The TBR Challenge, hosted by Wendy from The Misadventures of Super Librarian.

In 2013, I read and reviewed some fabulous books and also ended up not finishing many others. But, the general idea is to either read or weed out those books that have been lingering in shelves or readers for too long, and in 2013 I read books from my TBR in spades! I also got rid of books that did not make the grade. Unfortunately, I did not (don't usually) blog about my DNF reads. One of my goals is to change that in 2014.

Below is a recap a of my TBR reviews:

January 2013 - Theme: Shorts
Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry: A-

February 2013 - Theme: Recommended Read
Psy/Cop Series by Jordan Castillo Price: B+
I did not read a romance. Instead I read an entire LGBT urban fantasy series and posted an overview of the 6 novels and 5 novellas.

March 2013 - Theme: Series Catch-up
Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear: B+
I did not read a romance. Caught up on the Eternal Sky fantasy series (prequel novella)

April 2013 - Theme: New-to-Me Author
Here Comes the Bride by Pamela Morsi: B
Did not follow the theme and discarded book after book!

May 2013 - Theme: Author with more than one book in my TBR
Unexpected Family by Molly O'Keefe: B-

June 2013 - Theme: Lovely Rita
Unraveling the Past by Beth Andrews: B-
I did not read a Rita Award Winning book, instead I read a book by a Rita Award winning author.

July 2013 - Theme: A Classic, author, book, theme.
The Notorious Rake (Waite #3) by Mary Balogh: A-
I read three books for review this month including Years and Twice Loved by Lavyrle Spencer, and reviewed The Notorious Rake. This is the only book I officially reviewed for the TBR Challenge that made it to my 2013 favorite books list.

December 2013 - Theme: Holiday (any holiday)
All She Wants for Christmas (Kent Brothers #1) by Jaci Burton: B-
I read the entire Kent Brothers trilogy by Jaci Brothers, and planned on doing an overview of the contemporary series. But in the end, decided to just review the first book.

Did you notice that I did not post in August, September, October and November? During the second half of the year my schedule was off kilter and my posting days did not often coincide with the allotted review days, and in some instances I DNF the books I chose to read. But, I didn't stop reading books from my TBR pile during that time and ended up reviewing many of them after the deadline.

I consider The 2013 TBR Challenge a personal success. I discarded one box of print books and many more from my Kindle, and in the process found a few keepers.

Thanks Wendy!


  1. You could argue PsyCop is partly romance ;-)

    I'm impressed at how well you did at tackling your TBR pile.

    Also, I'm with you on DNFs - I don't often blog about them, but that's partly because a lot of them are DNFs for now, i.e. it's a mood thing and I may return to them at some point. Straight DNFs... I usually can't be bothered to spend time on them, unless I feel very strongly on why I DNF'd! Looking forward to hearing more about yours though.


    1. Li, you're right, of course, the PsyCop series is UF with romance. *g*

      My TBR became a project for me in 2013. Particularly during the second half of the year. I read more than I blogged, so was able to hit those TBR books. It was great.

      RE: DNFs. I also place plenty of books back in my TBR because of I tend to be a "moody" reader. But, last year I got rid of books that I either tried reading multiple times and could not get past the 3rd chapter (or first 100 pages), or books that I know are not for me in the first place. That's a big step for me! Blogging about them will be another. *g*

  2. I really hope to DNF a bit more this year out of my print TBR. I'm not quite as freaked out about my digital backlog, but some of the print really needs to go.

    I saw a great idea on another blog (can't remember which one now!) called DNF Sunday. They posted about their recent DNF books on a Sunday ;) I like that idea, and if I ever get enough DNFs to do a "round-up" style post I just might.

    1. Wendy, I'm concerned about both print and digital. I have so many books in my Kindles (I have 3), plus my iPhone, that sometimes I don't remember what I purchased, and I have way too many in each device that I am never going to read. Hopefully, I will get rid of more this year. But I agree, the print books take physical space that I don't have in my small apartment.

      The idea from that blog (which you would remember the name) is wonderful. But, I'm not that organized, lol! Depending on how many books I DNF per month, I may post once, twice per month or not at all. I'm not sure yet.


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