March Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge Sign up

January 30th, 2018 Kimberly Event 78 Comments

30th Jan

2018 Take Control
Welcome to the Sixth annual Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge!

The rules are simple: for the entire month of March, you focus on reading/listening to books in your TBR pile released before March 1, 2018. They can be eBooks, physical books or audiobooks. Let’s clean off those shelves and finish those series and trilogies!

This is one of my favorite events as my to-be-read pile is often neglected. For those with a backlist of ARCs have no fear, as long as they have already published you can count them!

I will provide motivation with a grand prize of a new release of your choice. I am giving you time to clear your calendars and sort through your TBR piles by posting early, so no excuses..we can do this! Open to all participants as long as Book Depository ships to your address.

Are you ready to accept the Challenge?

See the rules, link-up and share with friends.


  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link a shelf entitled Take Control 2018 from your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private.
  • Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf created on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimberly
  • Begins midnight March 1st, 2018 and ends March 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm.
  • Read/listen to books from your TBR pile.
  • ALL books/audios must have been published before March 1,  2018. I don’t care where you got them, so old ARCS count.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, or your blog then add the URL link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. ( These can be a mini review. Just one or two sentences)
  • You can combine events, challenges etc.
  • Page count must be over 100 pages to qualify.
  • The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
  • Twitter Party March 11th @ 2:30 pm (CST)  Come chat about books you have read and win prizes.
  • Earn extra entries for participating in the Twitter Party
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2018, at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to you. Prize: New 2018 release valued at up to 20 US dollars or 1 Audiobook Credit from I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy from Amazon or B&N)


Grabe the image and share the event. Just be sure to link back to this sign-up so your friends can join us!

Take Control 2018 Button

Link up and commit to Taking Control

Sign-up closes on March 2nd.

Join me and Take Control of Your TBR PILE during the March 2018 Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. Incentives, Twitter Party and more. Link up and commit to taking control of your tbr pile! Click To Tweet

My Goals

2018 Take Control

Host: Caffeinated Reviewer
My Summary Post
Progress: 11/10 (110%)
1 March, 2018 — 31 May, 2018

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About Kimberly
Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

78 Responses to “March Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge Sign up”

  1. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    I really need to participate…what a great idea!!!! My goal for today is to go through my TBR stack and pull those books I most want to read. Thanks for hosting, and for the motivation!!!

  2. Christine

    I totally forgot about my sign-up post for Take Control! Will be doing that later today 🙂 🙂 And glad you are finally feeling better!!

  3. Chloe

    Ah I’m so torn whether to join or not – mainly because I’m terrible at posting reviews on time haha. I’m leaning towards joining atm…hmmm I’m awful at making decisions

    • Kimberly

      No review on blog required. Just one or two sentences on Goodreads and marked as read 🙂 You can post to your blog later 🙂

  4. Vi @Inkvotary

    Ha! I made it in time. Jumping onboard this challenge and hope I will be more successful than last year 🙂

    Best wishes
    Vi @Inkvotary

  5. Mary

    Do we link up the books we are hoping to read or just pick things as we go? I am a little confused as to where I would put the books from the TBR shelf in.

    • Kimberly

      Hi Mary, You can share some you hope to read, but you can pick and choose as you go. If you are using Goodreads for the challenge just create a shelf called Take Control 2018, and as you read books check them as read and add to Take Control shelf.

  6. Anna @ Adventures with a Book Nerd

    Ooooooo, I’m excited! Okay, I’m going to see when I can make my signup post and everything. 🙂

    I do have a question: do books started before the challenge count? Or do all the books have to be started after the start date?

  7. Stefanie

    What a fun challenge; you are so creative. We’re friends on Goodreads, right?

  8. Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

    I think that this is one that will work well for me! I am going to give it my best try at least 🙂 I will post my sign up later this month.

    So sorry to hear that you are still sick, Kimberly. I hope you feel much better soon.

    • Kimberly

      Yes, stick a fork in me, I am done. Sinus infection, pneumonia and now the flu. Glad you are joining in the fun!

  9. Jennifer

    woot! TBR reading my main goal for 2018. Got my Goodreads shelf ready to go.

  10. Lorna

    Good luck and have fun! Me and deadlines aren’t friends anymore except when it comes to Net Galley so I would be hopeless at this. I will cheer you on instead!

    • Kimberly

      This is the only challenge I failed last Would you believe hubs and I now have the flu? We tested positive for type A. I could just cry.

      • Lorna

        Oh no! That is awful. Wonder which one of you had it first? You’ve been so sick, maybe you had it all along and they tested too early for it the first time. I don’t even know if that’s possible! I hope you can get a lot of rest and feel better soon-both if you!

        • Kimberly

          We both finished our antibiotics on Sunday. Neither of us felt better, but Monday night we both ran fevers and had chills etc. Our granddaughter had type A not quite two weeks ago, apparently, there is a period between exposure and outbreak which is why it spreads so quickly. My lungs are clearing up but now my husband has pneumonia too, so mine must have been viral. Ugh. We just need to catch a break.

  11. Angela

    This sounds like a really fun reading challenge. My to-read stacks are out of control. I probably have 200 books in my to-read stacks.

  12. lisa thomson

    Love this challenge, Kim. I’m going to go through my list before I begin, and delete old books that I am not interested in reading anymore. Is that okay to do? My TBR is so lengthy!

    • Kimberly

      Hi Lisa, Yes, you can do whatever you want.. You do not have to list books you will read, just set a goal for how many you want to read.

  13. ShootingStarsMag

    Ooh how fun! I might have to do this. I don’t necessarily have a ton of OLD ARCs, but I do have a lot of old books on my TBR in general that I’d like to start getting through.


  14. Christine @Buckling Bookshelves

    This is my favorite month-long challenge and I’m so glad it’s back! I’m going to aim for reading only backlist all of March and read only from my shelves — I’ll get my sign up post together soon — thanks for hosting again!

    • Kimberly

      Yay. Glad you are signed up and that you enjoy it. I am hoping to actually meet my goals this year. I failed last year. *hangs head*