TBR Double Dog Dare

The TBR Dare is back again for a third year; except this time it's much more intense.  It's not just a dare, it's a double dog dare.  Dakota and I double dog dare you to join in the fun.

But, remember, especailly those of you who do not participate in reading challenges, the TBR Double Dare is not a "reading challenge;"   it's a dare. 

We dare you, no we double dog dare you to join in the fun.

The rules are extreme, but you can change them to fit your needs.  The TBR Double Dog Dare is meant to be fun, so rule number one is--have fun. 

The goal of the TBR Double Dog Dare is to reduce the size of your TBR stack, to read those books you've had for years and always meant to get around to reading one day.  January 1, 2013 just might be the day. 

If you agree to the full Double Dog Dare, then you pledge to read only books in your TBR stack as of January 1, 2013 from the start of the new year until April Fool's Day. Your TBR stack is officially defined as the books you have purchased  or have requested from the library as of January 1, 2013.  This includes books that have not arrived in the mail or at the store yet.  Dakota and I will be making exceptions only for books selelcted by my book club, and possibly not even those depending on what my book club selects.  If you're a member of a book club, then you know how that works. You can make whatever exceptions you would like to or need to make.

We understand.

If you don't want to sign up for the full four months, you can sign up for whatever period of time you'd like. We think it's more fun if people spell out the details of their personal Double Dog Dare in a post on their blogs, but you may do as you like. 

We've posted a button for the TBR Double Dog Dare and hope that you'll use it on your own blog to help us get the word out.  And, if you'd like to post a link to this page or any page at Ready When You Are, C.B. featuring the Double Dog Dare, Dakota will make a special visit to your home to deliver a wonderful thank you gift.  Not really.  But she will let you pet her if you're ever in Vallejo, California and I can make some coffee and maybe some sandwiches.

If you'd like to join the TBR Double Dog Dare for a book, a day, a week, a month, or for the duration, please sign-up using Mr. Linky below.


27 comments:

katrina said...

I'm signing up but I no longer have a blog. I'm even thinking of trying 6 months of TBR reading and setting up a specific shelf of books I want to tackle. The pile is getting out of control and the 6 books I brought yesterday (6 for £5!) hasn't helped.
My only exception will be university books.

Carol N Wong said...

I would like to sign up also. My current TRB list is at 391 books. I have a spreadsheet of them with the dates so I know which are the oldest. My exception to the challenge would the books that I get from Amazon Vine and Library Thing. Need to read and review them as soon as I can. My oldest books are highlighted in yellow so I would be reading from that part of the list. I have second motive, we want to sell our house,(maybe next year)so I want to move them books,

Carol

Reno said...

Definitely participating in this again! I think it's a great idea. I currently have 109 books (that number will hopefully be closer to 95 by the end of the year) on my TBR list and I'm always trying to get that number down but it's hard when new good books are always being released! It's nice to have a little dare to help keep focus...

Jim Randolph said...

Always appreciate the TBR Dare! I've actually kinda started early since my book club(s) are reading stuff I've already read. So I'm knocking a couple off now. And my main book club is deciding on the 2013 books at the end of this month, so I might actually get to have the Jan/Feb/March ones on the pile before the official Dare begin date!

Thanks C.B. & Dakota! Always love the kick in the kiester this gives me.

Jenny said...

I'm going to give this a try. Let's hope I have the will power to stick with it!

Anbolyn said...

This comes at the perfect time for me! Too many unread books on the shelves are causing guilt and embarrassment!

ReBelle said...

Count me in! My dogs Rebel and Parker send their reagards to you and Dakota.

Karen said...

What a good idea! Count me in too. I can see from the posts here that my TBR pile is rather modest. I may have to stock up over Christmas!

JoAnn said...

I'm in again this year, but am adding an extra challenge for myself... I will NOT go on a book-buying spree in anticipation of the dare;-)

Lisa May said...

I think I signed up when you first posted this, but I need to take the pledge here :) But I won't promise to follow JoAnn's example above.

Robin McCormack said...

I'm game but have some birthday money to spend before the end of the year. *grin*

Bellezza said...

Sometimes the sheer amoung of books, papers, (lipsticks!), clutter even though they're things I like, gets daunting. This a wonderful way to minimize the detritus in my life, although I hate to refer to books that way. Let me rephrase: this is a wonderful way to minimize the stacks of lovely books I own. xo

Lizzy Siddal said...

Go on, then. Signing up for the full 3 months - only exception book group books. Third-time lucky?

Book Dragon said...

I'm in! I do have two exceptions...children's picture book type books and review books.

Last year I did super good and blew it the day before my month was up with a PB read at the store!

I believe I'll request with a delay several books from the library ;-)

I'll be back with a link in a bit

Kristie said...

Looking forward to this challenge again! I was successful in completing it this year. I had to LOL at Joann's comment - I was bad and bought several books last week in anticipation for some challenges next year!

Kristie
http://mypaperlife.com

Heather Otrando said...

I loved this last year, and am looking forward to participating again! (I'm at http://www.lettersandsodas.com/books/)

martine said...

I joined last year and didn't really do all that well, or maybe I just got distracted from it. I have already joined another TBR pile challenge, but it is specifically for books that have been on the list for over a year. I have a list of stuff on my library request list that I really should get through before I add any more to it. I have actually cut back on the buying so my TBR pile is not so bad ... your's is truly impressive:-)
thanks for sharing
martine

Susan said...

I'm joining for the first time. Are you going to have a monthly review, or place to link to for what we read during this dare? Or is more casual? Thanks for hosting it again, I'm curious to see how much I can get read off of my shelves .

Sarsafrass said...

I am 100% in with bells ringing and whistles blaring! I won't even have a library membership to distract me as of December 30th! My current TBR shelf stands at somewhere around 190 books...yowza.

Lee-Anne said...

I'm in! My plan is to read from the TBR pile until the end of May. I'll be focusing on Canadian fiction and world classics. I'm really looking forward to it, and to reading all your blogs!

slywit said...

Here's to hoping that this will allow me to get "the beast" under control!

Jeane said...

I will try again. Did I make it last time? I can't even remember now!

Topcho said...

Do we count e-books? Well I have enough physical copies, so I'm in anyway!

Beth said...

I'm in again. This time I'll make it. And maybe I'll clear enough room to fit all the unread books on one bookcase!

Jenna said...

So... So many books to read. Never... I'll never finish. _-_

Kirsten Crippen said...

Hi! This is a great idea! I really need to do this. Can't wait to get started.

Susan in TX said...

Hello! This is actually my third year to do your dare. I've never "officially" signed up because I don't have a public blog, but I realized today that I could comment and at least thank you for putting it on and giving me extra motivation! I'm in until April 1, and beyond (will re-evalutate 4/1) if I can keep it up. I really would like to get to the books that are sitting on my shelves that have been there for several years -- so many good ones that I truly have no excuse to look elsewhere for something to read.