I haven’t had much success with my TBR reading this year (only 15 TBR books read. What’s wrong with me??) so I really need a kick in the pants with my current books. Luckily, I found Off the Shelf 2012 challenge which will hopefully get me reading my current books. It’s hosted by Bookish Ardour.

The Deets

* The Main Rule: Do not include books acquired during 2012, it defeats the purpose, read those books from before 2012 started!
* Running Dates: 1st of January – 31st of December 2012
* When Can I Sign Up: All the way up to the last two weeks of December!
* Crossover Genres: Anything! The name of the game is to turn those unread books into read ones.
* Mr Linky: To use the Mr Linky you’ll need to click on the graphic then enter your link. These will be updated and posted into this page every couple of weeks or so.
* Further Details: Crossover challenges are fine, you can change levels at any time, this is eBook, short story, and graphic novel friendly, and you don’t need a blog to join in (read further for details).

The How To

1. Choose Your Level:These are listed further down and you can change levels at any time
2. Grab The Badge: Place it somewhere on your blog, profile, or in a signature where possible and link back (main page or this page, it’s up to you).
3. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (only if allowed) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link!
5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment!


1. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review we’d love for you to share them by submitting them on the Review Page (including social networks).
2. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the Completion Post page!

Challenge Levels

1. Tempted– Choose 5 books to read
2. Trying – Choose 15 books to read
3. Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
4. On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
5. Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read
6. Hoarder – Choose between 76-135 books to read
7. Buried – Choose between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s a couple you can choose from.

* World: Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
o Level Tempted and Trying: Choose one country
o Level Making a Dint and On A Roll: Choose two countries
o Level Flying Off to end of Hoarder: Choose three countries
o Level Buried: Choose four countries.
* Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both.

I’m going to choose the level On the Roll which requires me to read 50 TBR books which is about one fourth of the unread books I have.

1, Kim Stanley Robinson: Red Mars
2, C. J. Cherryh: Faded Sun: Kutath
3, John Vornholt: A Time to be Born
4, John Vornholt: A Time to Die
5, John Scalzi: Fuzzy Nation
6, H. Beam Piper: Little Fuzzy
7, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore: A Time to Sow
8, Sue Grafton: A is for Alibi
9, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore: A Time to Harvest
10, Italo Calvino: Marcovaldo or the Seasons in the City
11, Robin McKinley: Spindle’s End
12, Barbara Hambly: Dragonsbane
13, Jules Verne: From Earth to the Moon
14, Robert Greenberger: A Time To Love
15, Liz Williams: The Iron Khan
16, Robin McKinley: Sunshine
17, Elizabeth A. Lynn: Watchtower
18, Tanya Huff: Blood Price
19, Tanya Huff: Blood Trail
20, Fritz Leiber: Swords in the Mist
21, Karin Lowachee: The Gaslight Dogs
22, Sarah Jane Stratford: The Moonlight Brigade
23, Teresa Frohock: Miserere
24, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris: Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
25, Rachel Caine and Kerrie L. Hughes, ed.: Chicks Kick Butt
26, Terry Pratchett: Lords and Ladies
27, Robert Greenberger: A Time To Hate
28, David Mack: A Time To Kill
29, Terry Pratchett: Eric
30, David Mack: A Time To Heal
31, Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge: Black and White
32, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling: Difference Engine
33, Nancy Farmer: The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
34, Josh Lanyon: Fatal Shadows
35, Elizabeth Peters: Borrower of the Night
36, Susan Wittig Albert: Thyme of Death
37, K. A. Stewart: Devil in the Details
38, Terry Pratchett: Men at arms
39, C. J. Cherryh: Merchanter’s Luck
40, C. J. Cherryh: Forty Thousand in Gehenna
41, Laura Anne Gilman: Burning Bridges
42, Kage Baker: Mendoza in Hollywood
43, Keith R. A. DeCandido: A Time for War, A Time for Peace
44, Lilith Saintcrow: Hunter’s Prayer
45, Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair
46, Carrie Vaughn: Kitty Take a Holiday
47, Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley: Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming
48, Randall Garrett: Lord Darcy Investigates
49, Tanya Huff: Blood Lines
50, The Shadow Conspiracy, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Laura Anne Gilman
51, Tanya Huff: Blood Pact

L. Sprague De Camp & Fletcher Pratt: The Compleat Enchanter
Alexander Cipher by Will Adams
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Wasteland of Flint by Thomas Harlan
Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurst
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
The Descent by Jeff Long

Tanya Huff: Blood Debt
Tanya Huff: Blood Bank
Tanya Huff: Sing the Four Quarters
Tanya Huff: Fifth Quarter
Alastair Reynolds: Pushing Ice

Martha Wells: The Element of Fire
Timothy Zahn: Cobra
Timothy Zahn: Conqueror’s Pride
Timothy Zahn: Cobra Bargain
Timothy Zahn: Cobra Strike
Carol Goodman: The Lake of Dead Languages
Adam Roberts: Salt
Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Justice

K. J. Parker: Colours in the Steel
Project Itoh: Harmony
Issui Ogawa: The Lord of the Sands and Time
Matthew Hughes: Majestrum
Carrie Vaughn: Kitty’s House of Horrors

Barbara Hambly: The Silent Tower
Barbara Hambly:The Ladies of Mandrigyn

Kara Dalkey: Euryale
Van Gulik (trans.): Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee
Elizabeth A. Lynn: The Dancers of Arun
Elizabeth A. Lynn: The Northern Girl
Jeff VanderMeer: Shriek: An Afterword
John Moore: Heroics for Beginners
S. J. Rozan: Concourse
Mickey Zucker Reichert: The Last of the Renshai
Steven Pressfield: Gates of Fire

John Vornholt: The Troll King
Keith Donohue: The Stolen Child
Laurie King: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
Naomi Starkey: Ends of the Earth
Simon LeVack: Demon of the Air
James P. Blaylock: Lord Kelvin’s Machine
Tom McGregor: Death in the Wilderness
Robert Goddard: Past Caring
William Dietrich: Napoleon’s Pyramids

Jo Clayton: Blue Magic
Jo Clayton: Skeen’s Leap
Elizabeth Moon: Sporting Chance
S. D. Perry: Avatar books 1 and 2
Karin Lowachee: Warchild
Neal Stephenson: The Diamond Age
Steve Miller & Sharon Lee: Carpe Diem
Steve Miller & Sharon Lee: Agent of Change

Jennifer Roberson: Sword-Singer
Guy Gavriel Kay: the Lions of Al-Rassan
Alis A. Rasmussen: The Labyrinth Gate
David Gibbins: The Tiger Warrior
Aliette de Bodard: Servant of the Underworld
Liz Williams: Winterstrike
Lives of Dax
Alan Campbell: Scar Night
Mary Steward: The Price and the Pilgrim

Roger Zelazny and Robert Shackey: A Farce to Be Reckoned with
Roger Zelazny and Robert Shackey: If At Faust You Don’t Succeed
Tim Powers: The Drawing of the Dark
Simon Hayes: Hal Spacejock
Kate Elliott, Jennifer Roberson, Melanie Rawn: the Golden Key
Lauren Willig: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
Sherwood Smith: Wren to the Rescue
Steven Saylor: A Murder of the Appian Way

Robert Greenberger: Doors into Chaos
Jim Butcher: Furies of Calderon
John Vornholt: Troll Queen
John Vornholt: Troll Treasure
Friz Leiber: Swords in the Mist
Fritz Leiber: Swords Against Wizardry
Conn Iggulden: The Emperor: Gates of Rome
Jasper Forde: The Eyre Affair
Craig Shaw Gardner: A Disagreement with Death

Daniel Abraham: A Shadow in Summer
Daniel Abraham: A Betrayal at Winter
Daniel Abraham: An Autumn War
Daniel Abraham: The Price of Spring
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: Reindeer Moon
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: The Animal Wife
Garth Nix: Sabriel
Vicki Petterson: Scent of Shadows
Michael Moorcock: Earl Aubec
Gavin Menzies: 1421

Roger Zelazny: The Last Defender of Camelot
Juliet Mariller: Daughter of the Forest
Mary Gentel: Cartomancy
Vandermeers: The New Weird
Vandermeers: Steampunk
Terry Jones: Who Murdered Chaucer?
James p. Blaylock: The Digging Leviathan
Fritz Leiber: The Swords of Lankhmar
Fritz Leiber: Swords and ice Magic
Fritz Leiber: The Knight and Knave of Swords

Fritz Leiber: Swords Against the Shadowland
Marge Piercy: Woman on the Edge of Time
Sarah A Hoyt: Heart of Light
Kenneth Oppel: Airborn
Adrian Tchaikovsky: Empire of Black and Gold
Nancy Jane Moore: Conscientious inconsistencies
Catherynne M. Valente: The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden
S. D. Perry: Unity
Penny Warner: Dead Body Language
J. M. Dillard: Resistance
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Shadow

The list is still missing the ebook TBR.
Laura Anne Gilman: Burning Bridges, Free Fall, and Blood from Stone
Kari Sperring: Living With Ghosts
Devon Monk: Magic to the Bone