Writing Challenge – The TBR Pile

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I don’t know anyone who owns a Kindle (or other ebook reader) and isn’t buried in books. We groan as we add more to the stack… then laugh about it and buy more! That’s my situation anyway.

I thought it would be fun to start 2022 with a writing challenge:

Write a story or poem about your TBR pile.

If you want to play, here’s how it works:

  • Deadline is January 23rd
  • Post the story or poem on your blog
  • Link back to this post or leave your link in the comments below
  • Keep it family friendly
  • I will reblog as many of the entries as I can through the end of the January
  • I’ll close comments here, so readers will head your way to comment.
  • In early February, I’ll post a round-up with links.
  • You may use the (attribution free) pixabay image above if you want to
  • And most of all, Have Fun!

Happy Writing and Reading!

232 thoughts on “Writing Challenge – The TBR Pile

  1. […] from Diana’s Writing Challenge, click to join the fun. Thank […]

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  2. Toni Pike says:

    What a great challenge, Diana! You’re the best reader I know, so can’t wait to read about your TBR. Toni x

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    • I’ve schedule mine for the end, Toni. I had so much fun teasing us readers about our teetering piles. I just posted a delightful poem by one of participants. If you have a chance, feel free to play along. Thanks for the visit and Hugs. πŸ™‚

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  3. Dr. Shelly C says:

    Absolutely interesting! Thanks for the invite

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  4. skcasta says:

    Hi! I have a poem almost ready about my excessive TBR pile. After I post it on my blog, what do I do next? Thanks!

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  5. Deepikabanu says:

    Happy new year sir. Sorry to ask such wierd questions. If I plan to write a poem should I write it based on the books which I have promised to read and the collection???

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  6. Now I revealed my utmost secret only to you, Diana!

    The TBR Pile

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  8. Keep doing the great work

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  9. […] This story is my contribution to Diana Peach’s writing challenge: The TBR Pile […]

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  10. Jennie says:

    My large TBR pile is all hardcover, no Kindle!

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  11. Oh, this is sure to get some fun, and some unexpected responses, Diana. What a great topic for a prompt. I will try and come up with something for my midweek post next week. Good luck to everyone. Hugs on the wing!

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    • That would be wonderful, Teagan, if you have time between your two other projects! You’re a dynamo. I’m hoping for some fun stories since most of us can commiserate regarding our bulging kindles. Thanks for visiting and I’ll keep my eye out, but no pressure. Hugs.

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  12. Ah, my TBR list! Going to take a book in hand approach, well those I can reach, those that excited me enough to don a mask and venture into bookshops and part with real money – my latest, it’s cover price 75 quid – no, no way I paid that, still paid best part of 40 though – for Paul McCartney’s ‘The Lyrics’ worth every penny, and that’s just on a flick through! All the best, Diana. Cheers. Eric.

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    • That’s one of the reasons I buy ebooks, Eric. For the price of a paperback, I can get 2 or 3. However, if I love an ebook, I’ll buy the physical copy for a spot in the bookcase. I’ll bet that McCartney’s “The Lyrics” was worth every penny. Poetry! Thanks for checking out the challenge. Happy Writing. πŸ™‚

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  13. This is awesome, Diana. Shared. Will try to play. Lawd knows my pile is plotting my death…
    πŸ“šπŸ”ͺπŸ˜±πŸ’€

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  14. My TBR pile is already growing this year. It looks like a fun challenge, Diana. Noelle’s contribution was great. Love the images she included, too.

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    • Noelle’s was really cute, and she whipped it off in time to start the challenge. I think teetering TBR piles are pretty common, either in our readers or made from real books. I hope you get some time for reading before yours topples over. Thanks for the visit! Happy Reading.

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  15. […] friend Diana is running doing TBR writing challenge which looks really fun and right up my alley. Check it out here and maybe we’ll read you there […]

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  16. A nice challenge for all the writers, Diana. Let me see what I too can do. Thanks.

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  17. Teri Polen says:

    What a fabulous idea! I don’t know of any readers who can’t identify with the crushing TBR.

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    • I always joke about my TBR pile, Teri, and started thinking there might be some fun writing opportunities in there since it’s a common theme among readers. Thanks for taking a peek and if you feel inspired…. Have a great week. πŸ˜€

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  18. Ocean Bream says:

    Diana, I love this so much. What a brilliant idea. I own a kindle but don’t use it, I use the kindle app on my phone. I also use iBooks, and have a tottering real-life TBR pile that is just growing taller and taller. Haha. I am so in with this challenge πŸ˜€ I’ve read the first one you shared and it’s lovely. Can’t wait to read all the others πŸ™‚ Happy writing (and reading!).

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  19. Prior... says:

    Hey D. – I am so “in” with this challenge and can’t wait to ponder it later this week.
    And side note – your writing challenge about our “muse” was a highlight for me last year. It was so fun and that is what I came over to tell you – and then coming here I see your challenge for this year – so woo hoo

    and you are so right – the TBR piles are usually large for most folks.

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  20. Lady Tessa says:

    That’s just too fun! How creative. I’ll have to see what I can come up with πŸ€—

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  21. You do know I could your writing my story Diana right… just dye that girls hair and that could be me. Great Idea my book worthy reading writing author friend! πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  22. Ahh! Dear Diana, my TBR stack is humongous. I’m working like crazy. This is my first day off that I haven’t had to run errands (all masked up of course) this is a wonderful post. Thank you dear lady, you keep us smiling. ❀️

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  23. dgkaye says:

    Lolol Diana, “Laugh about it and then buy more.” With you on that one. I would like to try to hop on. πŸ™‚ xx

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  24. acflory says:

    Apart from a few [very few] books that I’ve started and couldn’t finish, my TBR currently stands at two, and one of those is 95% finished.
    For me, a bad TBR is an empty TBR, and I literally become anxious when I have nothing to read. I guess my TBR habit is a hold over from childhood when every book had to be finished, even if I hated it.
    I’ve gotten past that road block now, but I still can’t buy more books until I’ve finished, or at least decided to quit, the current one. 😦

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    • I used to finish all books too, Andrea, and gave it up about a decade ago. My problem is that if I hold off on buying a book, I’ll forget about it. And that would be sad. So I buy if a story seems like one I’d like and then stress about when I’ll have time to read it. πŸ™‚ What a dilemma, huh? Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a great week. πŸ™‚

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    • Erik says:

      Andrea and Diana, I had a hard-and-fast rule to always finish a book I started, even if it was terrible. (Side note: I had the same rule about movies and albums.) Part of that came with the territory of being a perfectionist. Part was empathy for the creator, and part was respect for the fact that someone had put in the work to follow through and complete the work (a feat many don’t achieve, however wonderful their art may be as it lies there unfinished). A larger part of it was the idea that I truly believedβ€”and still doβ€”that there is something to be learned from a bad book if you approach it asking questions like “What is causing me not to connect with this?” or “What could have made this better?” or “What can I do as a writer to be sure I don’t make similar missteps?”

      However (and this seems to be on par with your own time frame, Diana, in terms of years), it was just two years ago when I gave up this “rule.” I think there is value in all of what I said above. But of greater value to me now is time. Where my choices allow, I want my time to be spent on good things and with good people; plenty of “not-good” will work its own way in, and I will have plenty of opportunities for asking self-reflective learning questions about those things without the need to willfully add more.

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      • Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Erik. I’m not surprised that you think about all the author’s work and honored the effort, as well as look for learning opportunities. I stopped finishing books that I didn’t like because for every hour I spent on a book I didn’t enjoy, I wasn’t reading some wonderful book out there that could sweep me away. In my 60s, I only have so many books in my future. I want to love them all. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      • acflory says:

        Oh yes…very much yes. I won’t hazard a guess at your age, but I know for myself, nearing 69 makes me appreciate time for the great gift that it is. As they say…life’s too short. πŸ˜‰

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  25. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Sounds fun! I will have to give this some thought πŸ™‚

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  26. balroop2013 says:

    My TBR pile is not that tall, as I believe in reading first and buying more later but if I look back, the stack of books I donated when I moved here, many of them went unread, with the hope somebody will surely read if I donated them. 😊

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    • You’re very disciplined, Balroop! I’ve donated a lot of books too as the result of moves. It was hard to do. Thanks for taking a peek at the challenge, and even if you don’t have a teetering stack, your poem or story is welcome. πŸ™‚

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  27. What a great challenge, Diana. This will make for some fun reading! Happy birthday!!❀️

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  28. memadtwo says:

    I don’t own a kindle but real books–too many stacked in my apartment to ever read. Plus every time I go to the library…any literate person, I feel, is in the same boat so to speak. (K)

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  29. What a great idea! I have so many in my pile I can’t find my desk! So I actually started reading one. I’m reading Anne Rice……”The Wolf Gift”. It’s wonderful. I forgot how much I loved to read.

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  30. I think we all have the same problem. I’m looking forward to seeing what people write about their TBR. I’ve solved my problem and am leaving my TBR to the grandkids. Much like the national debt, it’ll be their problem.

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  31. That photo is a scream and I identify with her fearful look, LOL! My hubby reads on my old kindle, but has his own stack of real books collecting dust. Looks like fun, Diana! I keep getting free kindle books from prime every month, that’s how far behind I am! Enjoy this challenge!

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Terri. That face is probably how I look every time I open the thing. It’s a common problem, I believe. Should be some fun stories coming through. Have a gorgeous Sunday, my friend, and a lovely week ahead. πŸ™‚

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  32. I have something rolling around in my head. If I can flesh it out, I will send it over. This is a fun idea Diana.

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  33. Hi Diana, this sounds like a fun idea. If something interesting comes to me I will join. Either way, I’ll enjoy reading the contributions.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Robbie, and should the muse strike, I’d love to share your story or poem. This seemed like a fun way to start the year, and it’s a challenge most of us can relate to. Have a wonderful week and Happy Reading. πŸ™‚

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  34. WoW. What a great idea . xxxx

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  35. This sounds like a fun way to start the year. I only have a few ebooks and don’t enjoy reading them so no big dilemma for me! Happy reading Diana!

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  36. Jan Sikes says:

    What a fun challenge, Diana. My Kindle is literally bursting at the seams. Someday I’m going to sit down and clear out the books I’ve already finished, then maybe I can see what I have. πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading your entries. If I get inspired, I’ll participate. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Jan. I’ll bet that your kindle is overflowing. I’ve considered deleting books that I’ve read, but my memory isn’t what it used to be and I’m afraid I’ll end up buying books that I’ve already read. I need to explore ways of organizing my virtual stacks! If you find the time to play, your story would be more than welcome! Happy Reading.

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  37. noelleg44 says:

    Okay, Diana, here you go. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

    Some doggerel about to-be-read lists

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  38. When it comes to books, I am old school and prefer paper. Don’t have an e-book reader. πŸ˜‰ Fun challenge, though.

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  39. […] by D. Wallace Peach to write a poem or story about your e-book TBR list, or in my case pile, (see: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2022/01/09/writing-challenge-the-teetering-tbr-pile/?c=104189#comment-1…). Here is my contribution, over which I labored for at least five […]

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  40. Ohhhh this sounds like fun! I have tons of ideas already. LOL! ❀

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  41. mydangblog says:

    I’ll give it a try!

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  42. Joan Hall says:

    Sounds like a fun challenge. Like most readers, my list keeps growing and growing.

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  43. You are so right! I see a lot of humor in the future with this theme.

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    • I think it could be really funny, though that’s not a requirement. We could have some lamentations. Or some TBR-stack romance. Ha ha. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Thanks for dropping by, Jacqui. πŸ˜€

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  44. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, how true about ebook TBR pile. In a quiet moment during the holidays I actually listed all the books I haven’t read on my Kindle and it came to over 100 books! I hope to make an inroads in this during the year. Meanwhile I love the idea for you challenge and look forward to what I imagine will be a huge variety of submissions. Maybe I’ll do one too! Have fun tackling turning those unread books into read! πŸ˜€

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  45. noelleg44 says:

    Any word limit?

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  46. Chris Hall says:

    This sounds fun, Diana. My Kindle is full to bursting point so I have to take this challenge up πŸ™‚ I’ll be back!

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  47. Hi Diana. A belated Happy New Year to you.
    I don’t have a kindle so no ebooks, but I do have four paperbacks from three Christmases ago that I still haven’t read!

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