Monday, 1 January 2018

The 2018 TBR Shelf Reading Challenge #TBOBTBR2018


The 2018 TBR Shelf Reading Challenge

It should be no secret by now that I like reading challenges. It should also be no secret that I am competitive. Last summer when I was doing the BookBub Summer Reading 2017 challenge with my friend Sophia I told her we should do another challenge together. So she said we should try and read our entire TBR shelves by the time she graduates in 2019. It's worth noting that her TBR shelf only had about 60 books on it at the time and she read 180+ last year - at the time she made the challenge my TBR shelf was 250 books or so and it's only grown because, yes, I have a problem haha I love buying books. I decided that I would create my own challenge to help me structure tackling this massive TBR pile. And thus the 2018 TBR Shelf Reading Challenge was born. I love challenges that have broad categories - so I created this one by taking inspiration from my to be read shelves (my physical shelves of unread books, my unread ebook queues, and my Audible library.). Turns out that I read pretty diversely, so the categories are wide-ranging I think.

I would like to invite anyone to join me in this challenge. I'm hopeful that running this challenge will help me get to know more book bloggers/get more active in the book blogging community.


  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me you plan to participate.
  2. I'll be posting about my progress as the year goes on, and posting suggestions for potential reads. Feel free to comment on my posts and to share your progress too.
  3. You don't have to only use books that are on your TBR shelves. (although I plan to)
  4. All 52 challenges should be completed before 11:59:59 on December 31, 2018 in whatever time zone you're in.

There's no prize, but if it takes off and there's enough interest to do it again in 2019, that could change!

The Categories


There are 52 categories, and a total of 53 books since one of the categories requires 2 books. Here's a pasteable version of the list:

  1. A genre fiction book in translation - 
  2. A book by a Canadian author - 
  3. A book from a subscription box - 
  4. A book that’s been sitting unread on your shelf for 5+ years - 
  5. A book based on a folktale - 
  6. A book that you haven’t read yet by your favourite author - 
  7. Have a friend pull a book off the shelf and read that one next - 
  8. A book you bought on a trip - 
  9. A YA or adult adaptation of a children’s story - 
  10. A book recommended by your parent/a parental figure - 
  11. A Harlequin romance novel - 
  12. The 3rd book in a non-trilogy series - 
  13. A book written by 2 authors using a single pen-name - 
  14. A celebrity biography/autobiography - 
  15. A novel about a Marvel or DC character - 
  16. A book about the villain/from the villain’s POV - 
  17. A TV Show tie-in novel - 
  18. Re-read the 1st book in a series where you have only read the 1st book - 
  19. Read the 2nd book in that series - 
  20. A book with an LGBTQ main character - 
  21. A new book that uses a Public Domain character - 
  22. A sci-fi graphic novel - 
  23. A non-DC/Marvel Superhero comic - 
  24. A biographical graphic novel - 
  25. A book set during WWII - 
  26. A book that was originally written by a fictional character in a book/TV show/Movie - 
  27. A Shakespeare adaptation - 
  28. A book set in the Middle East - 
  29. A book that involves time travel - 
  30. A classic children’s novel that you haven’t read before - 
  31. A non-Harry Potter book where the kids go to magic school - 
  32. A book that inspired/has been adapted to Netflix - 
  33. The next book in a series where the previous book was released 5+ years before it - 
  34. A book borrowed from a friend - 
  35. A book published in a font colour other than black - 
  36. A duology (that’s a 2 book series) - 
  37. A book about Atlantis - 
  38. A book about Zombies - 
  39. A book that has been called “the next Harry Potter” or something similar - 
  40. A book based on a mythology you’re not familiar with - 
  41. A feminist book - 
  42. A 1000+ page book - 
  43. A book bought at an independent bookstore - 
  44. A graphic novel with a POC main character - 
  45. A dystopian novel - 
  46. A paranormal crime novel - 
  47. A book set in two worlds/two dimensions - 
  48. A book you only have because you got it for free - 
  49. An alternate history historical fiction novel - 
  50. A book of short stories - 
  51. A true crime book - 
  52. A book recommended by a friend that you bought but keep forgetting to read - 
I look forward to reading with anyone who decides to join me in this challenge :). And I'm also excited to make a significant dent in my TBR shelves.

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