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Random TBR Challenge

So today I set up quite a few different posts on my Goodreads to help me with this year’s challenges and reading goals. As I was doing so, I stumbled across a group challenge called the TBR Randomiser Challenge. I decided against participating in the actual group as I have other groups I’d rather stick to and concentrate on but I thought I would still unofficially participate in my own way.

How it works is like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Sort them by random selection
  • Pick the first 5/10/15…. any number of books you want
  • Add them to your monthly tbrs and see how many you get through.

I thought this was a fabulous way of giving me the motivation to read the books on my to-read shelf that may not get picked up over others.

I decided on picking 10 books and my selection came out like this:

Image result for the summer before the war

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Image result for a thousand nights

Image result for spindle ek johnston

Image result for mrs dalloway book cover

Image result for the corfu trilogy gerald durrell

Image result for the secret keeper kate morton

Image result for the queen of the tearling

Image result for mary barton elizabeth gaskell

Image result for library of souls

I actually really like this selection of books, and I’m glad because then this might be one of those tbr challenges I actually stick to. What is great though is that a number of these books count towards a couple of my other reading challenges as well, especially Library of Souls because then it means I have to read Hollow City before picking that up.

If I do read these way before the end of 2017, then I will re-do the challenge again with the same number of books. I don’t think it matters how quickly one reads them, just that this chosen selection are read over the course of the year.

Quick heads up – if anyone else wants to do this challenge and also participates in Lia’s Down the TBR Hole challenge, I’d recommend removing the unwanted books from your to-read shelf before clicking on random selection. You never know if one of those books might come up like it nearly did for me!

Thanks for reading, and have a good day!


12 thoughts on “Random TBR Challenge”

  1. This is also a great way to get rid of some books on your tbr, especially because some books I am not likely to pick up, even though I want to read them… Great idea!


  2. This is a great idea for a Reading Challenge because it means you end up potentially picking books you might have forgot were even still on your TBR! (I’m sure if I were brave enough to do this challenge I’d end up with some weird and wonderful books that I’d definitely forgot about wanting to read!)

    Good luck with the challenge and the reading year ahead. 🙂


    1. Definitely. I think it’s also a great way of getting me to expand on the books I read and stop me sticking to the same style of books over and over again.

      And thank you!


      1. Absolutely, I know that feeling haha. I seem to be reading a lot of YA fantasy lately which, whilst nice, is beginning to get a little same-y so I should definitely mix it up a little. 🙂


      2. That’s like me! As much as I love YA Fantasy, I have moments where I really need to take a break from it and read something else. It’s one of the reasons why I want to get back into reading more classics and general adult fiction because I have quite a few on my shelves that have been unloved for a long while.


      3. Haha, same! Every year I say I’m going to read more classics again and I think it’s about time I stop just saying it and actually do it 😛


      4. Well I’ve made it one of my challenges to either read one classic for every YA or read as many classics as I do YA. I do miss reading that style of book and there are a lot out there, especially when most can be purchased on kindle for free.


      5. That’s such a great idea – I like that method especially because it’s not like you’re stopping yourself reading YA completely but just factoring in a way to get those classics in there too. It’s true most are out of copyright and so you can get them free on Kindle, which makes them super easy to access and also sweetens the deal if limiting the number of books you’re buying.

        With me personally, I think as a rebellion after studying literature for so long, I stopped reading “classics” of the sort I’d been set on syllabuses throughout university… as some kind of strange act of celebrating the freedom to choose, which is silly because I actually enjoyed a lot of the authors/novel I was assigned!


      6. I know what you mean. I did a something similar with French literature. As soon as final year ended I read nothing but YA and it was really liberating! Plus I was living with one of my friends who also loves books, especially YA, and we swooned over them for ages. It was great. But I also want to go back to classics/adult fiction because I’m at the stage where a lot of YA romance now annoys me.


      7. Ah I know that exact feeling! I think because I’m very much a fantasy reader, I enjoy what is on offer in the YA genre because there really are some great authors/books out there lately. But it gets a little repetitive if it’s all that you read, you know? And yeah, I agree, I actually find some of the romances can be a little dramatic and angst-y which wears thin after a while. Definitely time to try picking up some more classics and intersperse them between some enjoyable YA, I say. 🙂


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