From James' description:
For the first three months of 2016 read only the books that were already in your TBR stack as of midnight December 31, 2015.
As always, you can include books you’ve ordered but not received yet as well as books you have already placed on reserve at your local library. You can also make exceptions for certain books that will be published early next year along with book club choices and ARCS as needed. The TBR Dare has always been about having fun, so make whatever changes to the “rules” you need to to keep it fun.
If you just want to take The TBR Dare for a month, that’s fine, too. The TBR Triple Dog Dare will run from January 1, 2015 to April 1, 2005. Technically, it’s not a shopping ban so you can still buy books–you just can’t read them until April 1.
If you are interested in signing up or just want to read more of the rules, check out THIS LINK.
I had actually sworn off challenges for 2016 (or at least decided to cut back a lot) but as James points out, it is not a challenge, it is a DARE.
To make the event suit my needs, these are my rules:
- If I need to buy a book to fit the Crimes of the Century meme at Past Offences, or re-read a book I have already read, I will do that. So far, all the books I have read have been from my books.
- I will allow myself to pick books from my husband's shelves if I have been planning to read them for years. There are plenty of those. Ditto for my son's books. I have some books from each of them sitting on my shelves waiting to be read.
Mainly my aim in January, February, and March will be to read my books and make a dent in the ones that have been hanging around the longest. But my overall goal in 2016 will be to read what I want to read and not try to fit my reading to a challenge. So if I bought a book on December 20th, 2015 and it calls to me, that is the book I will read.
One other reason I chose to participate in The TBR Triple Dog Dare in 2016 is because I plan to pair it with a personal challenge to abstain from buying any books in the first three months of 2016. Note that this is NOT a goal of The TBR Triple Dog Dare, but an additional choice I am making. It would be great if I could extend that goal past March 2016, but that is unrealistic. I just hope to make my book buying decisions more conscious in 2016 and into the future.
I must give credit for inspiration to attempt these goals to two bloggers: Christine at A Reading Life and Moira at Clothes in Books.