Gearing up for Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon! #TackleTBR

I'm gearing up to get the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon going again this year. It was really fun last year with over 90 participants and several authors, so I decided it would be a yearly thing. With the kids back in school and my pile continuously growing, it's time for some extra motivation! :) It's coming up pretty quick, so let me talk about a few of the details...


The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon begins Monday, September 8th and ends Saturday, September 20th. You do not have to be a blogger to sign up. Just use your Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Tumblr instead (the place you're going to post updates on). You just need to be able to leave a link. For signing up, you should create a sign-up post and use that as your link (the URL feild) you'll use in the linky below.

UPDATE: I keep finding things that I didn't think of originally to include in what you need to know. I thought I'd just clarify that you can include any book you read for this read-a-thon. It can be an audiobook, ebook, physical book, published, ARC, etc. Read on...

Please sign up by using the linky at the end of the this post. You MUST be signed up in the linky to enter any related giveaways and participate in the challenges. You are required to post a sign-up post (with or without goals, we will be posting goals too, but that isn't required as a separate post) and a wrap-up post (at the end of the read-a-thon) to be eligible for the giveaway. Everything else and how you participate is up to you.

You can sign up through September 17th.

You're welcome to participate as much or as little as you'd like. The read-a-thon is to encourage us all to read so that we can tackle those tbr piles, not to cause extra stress. ;) You will see requests for updates, but there are no requirements that you leave an update every day. Daily updates are great, though, to help us all stay motivated and cheer each other on. If you do want to post a daily update, here is a simple template (omit or add things as you like):

(Day of the week)
What I read today:
Today's finished books:
Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:

We will be using hashtag #TackleTBR on Twitter for updates and tweets. I'd love for you to include me in your tweets too @TresSherm. This is also a great way to find others participating and give some encouragement.

There will be a couple of giveaways that I will host for all read-a-thon participants.


This is the schedule for the read-a-thon, including challenges and giveaways (will be adjusted as others are added):

9/8: Kick-off with giveaways. Giveaways will include:
  • $15 Amazon gift card (INT)
  • Book of winner's choice from their TBR (INT)
9/9: Random Page Challenge and Giveaway hosted by Paij @ My Love For Reading Keeps Growing
9/10: Challenge and Giveaway hosted by Laurie Larsen (Roadtrip to Redemption, Tide to Atonement)
9/11: Challenge and Giveaway hosted by Melissa Wright (Descendants and Frey series)
9/12: Challenge and Giveaway hosted by Donna Hatch (Rogue Hearts Series, Queen in Exile)
9/13: Book Cover Opposites Challenge hosted at Wishful Endings
9/14: Mid-point Check-in
9/15: Promo and Giveaway hosted by Jessica Leake (Arcana)
9/16: Book Cover Challenge hosted at Wishful Endings
9/17: Challenge and Giveaway hosted by Katherine Reay (Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane)
9/18: Color Challenge hosted at Wishful Endings
9/19: Promo and Giveaway hosted by Karen Rock (Someone Like You)
9/20: Read-a-thon Ends, Dream Character Challenge hosted at Wishful Endings
9/21: Wrap-up Post

It's really going to be a great time!!!


If you’re participating in the read-a-thon and would love to host a challenge, this is what you need to know:

There aren't a lot of requirements to host a challenge, but here they are:
  1. You must have a blog to post on so that everyone has access to your post and can participate.
  2. Posts need to be up by 8 am wherever you live on the day of your post.
  3. Your challenge can be as easy (asking a question and the participant leaving a comment or linking a post on their blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) or as difficult as you like. Just be sure it’s something participants can do if they don’t have a blog.
  4. Challenges should include a giveaway. It can be something as small as a bookmark, a $5 gift card, or a book you have that can be shipped to the winner, or a larger prize, such as a new book or $20 gift card (you'll need to include details, such as for US entrants or open internationally, etc.).
  5. Your blog needs to be family friendly.
Ready to sign up to host a challenge? Please fill out THIS FORM!


Authors! The read-a-thon isn't limited to just readers. Join in the fun with a guest post & giveaway! This can be great exposure for you. You don't have to be participating as a reader to post a challenge or giveaway. There is a requirement that your book not be erotica or contain mature content as this is a family-friendly blog (if you're not sure, or your book is borderline, then just ask - I just don't want steamy covers, erotica, or a lot of heavy swearing). To get more information and see about signing up, just fill out THIS FORM!


Post your sign-up using the button that links back to this post. Then enter the link to your post in the linky below, post the button on your sidebar with a link back to this post or your sign-up post, and spread the word (remember on Twitter to use #TackleTBR), and comment or email with questions. Then on September 8th come back here looking for some fun giveaways and challenges, and be prepared to link up your goals (if you didn't include them in your sign-up post).

See you again then!


  1. laura thomas8/20/14, 3:15 PM

    Thanks for the great giveaways! I was going to do this but decided to wait for the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop that happens every Halloween. I have some great books to giveaway.

  2. I have more books to give away, so I may join that one too. We'll see. :)


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