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What is a To Be Read Challenge (TBR)?

A TBR Challenge is a promotion and push for people to read all those books that have been sitting on their nightstand, collecting dust on a bookshelf, or just littering up a to-be-read list.

How to participate:

  1. Make a list of 12 books you have been meaning to read for at least 6 months and just never got to.
  2. Sign up for TBR2016 below.
  3. When you have read a book from your list, log the book at Durham County Library’s website with a short review.
  4. Encourage other people to sign up and make a dent in their own to-be-read lists.

What Are the Rules?

  1. Only books that are lingering on a to-be-read list count towards the challenge. If you are afraid you just really won’t want to read one of the twelve books on your list, you may make an alternate list with a different set of twelve books. Once you have your list made, you CANNOT change your list. You must read a book from the original 12 or 24.
  2. Audio books count. Rereads do not.
  3. Prizes will be drawn at the end of June and the end of December from the people who have read at least six books, also at the end of December we will draw prizes from people who have read their entire list of twelve. You can start late and still be eligible for a prize drawings; you just need to have at least six books read by December 31st.
  4. You don’t have to read one book per month. The goal is to read all twelve books, however you decide to read them. They do not have to be read in the order they appear on your list.
  5. TBR2016 runs from January 1 through December 31, 2016.

If you have any questions about the To Be Read Challenge, please contact Patrick Holt at or 919-560-8648.

Ready to sign up?

  • Please enter the 14-digit number on the back of your library card.
  • Please choose the Durham County Library location you use the most.
  • Enter only the 12 or 24 books you plan on reading in 2016. Enter one book per line. Click the plus sign to add a new line.