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101, 102, 103…Mini-Challenge, Hours 18-21

Are you still with us?  We’re well past the midway point and if your eyes are still focusing I’ve got a fun challenge.  Every year, since I started blogging way back in 2008, I post a look at my TBR pile (all the books I own and haven’t read) and I thought I’d give you all a sneak peek.  Feast your eyes on Mt. TBR!

bookwall2014

Scary, right?  I’ll be writing a post breaking down the numbers in the next few weeks, but wanted to give you all a chance to see it first.  There are so many ways to win a prize…

#1Guess the total number of books in the picture.  I don’t care if you are under or over, the closest guess wins. (if there’s a tie, first guesser wins) – $15 at the Book Depository

#2See a title you’d like you have in your TBR pile?  Tell me which one.  I’ll draw a random winner at 4 EST and I’ll send it to you.

Now for the Where’s Waldo aspect of the challenge.  I chose 8 books, one bag, and a puzzle to give away, but you’ve got to earn it.  I’ll show you what I’m offering up and when you find it in the photo, it’s yours.  One book per person, please.  Get your eyes ready!

The photo quality was not as great as I’d hoped it would be so I’m giving you some help by showing the sides. These books WILL NOT be in the boxes at the bottom.  Just tell me if it’s on the top or bottom, what row and how many books down.  First one to get it right will win the book and I’ll take it off the list.

#3– Find The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice and you will win the cool bag  (not the book).

#4– Find one of the two Jane Austen books and win the cool 500 piece Austen puzzle.

#5 & #6– I found duplicates of both Labor Day by Joyce Maynard and She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  Find the book and win it, the trick is that these covers may not match what you see in the picture 😉

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Just tell me where you find them to win.

#7Winter’s Child by Margaret Maron,  #8-100 Tiny Tales of Terror,  #9The 70 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, #10The Twelve by Justin Cronin,  #11Schism:The Battle for Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash,   #12-The Summer Nights Never End…Until They Do by Robert James Waller

6 books

Any Questions? Ask and I’ll answer here.  Open Internationally.

April 27, 2014 - Posted by | Read-a-Thon

120 Comments »

  1. The Lemon Orchard.. I see it right above THE SIXES by Kate White 🙂

    Comment by MartinaCK | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • 14th row (bottom) tenth book down? I think that’s right. LOL

      Comment by MartinaCK | April 27, 2014 | Reply

      • Yep! That’s it! The bag is yours 🙂 Don’t forget to guess the number of books.

        Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014

      • My guess for total books is 800.

        Comment by MartinaCK | April 27, 2014

  2. #1 – my guess is 759.
    #2 – If that copy of The Strain (1st Column, lower level, about 7 books from the top) is by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PICK ME!!!!!!!!

    As for the rest, I really can’t tell where they are, even with my reading glasses. ^^

    Comment by Rachel Noel | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Rachel, if you win The Strain, come join my read-a-long in May and June. I’m also giving a copy away at my horror blog if you don’t win it here. email me: truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom and I’ll give you the blog address. 🙂

      Comment by thetruebookaddict | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  3. Wow, that’s quite the TBR! I’m guessing 877 books.

    Comment by Jessica | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  4. I hope I’m doing this right! I want The Twelve by Justin Cronin…it’s in the fourth stack from the right, eighth book from the bottom.

    My guess for the entire lot…980.

    Comment by thetruebookaddict | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  5. Book Guess: 437
    My TBR: Heartbroken

    Comment by Lynley | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  6. I’m guessing 750!

    I spy The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon which I believe is the next Outlander book I need to read! 😀

    Comment by Angie F. | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  7. I’m guessing 790!

    Comment by Lori | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  8. 815?

    Comment by theacademyofbooks | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  9. 10. The Twelve by Justin Cronin 4 row from right 8th book from bottom

    Comment by Heather | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Ha never mind it wasn’t showing any comments a second ago for me so my guess is 920 books

      Comment by Heather | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Someone beat you to it~

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  10. Too many things to do & I’m working off an iPad.
    1. 585.
    2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    3. bottom section, second stack from right, tenth book down.
    That’s it from me 🙂 I need to get back to reading.

    Comment by sharlenehsmith | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • You are entered for the first 2, but someone beat you to #3!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

      • I couldn’t spot the book, then I realised I could open the image on a new page on my iPad to make it bigger and clearer! Congrats to whoever found the book first 🙂

        Comment by sharlenehsmith | April 27, 2014

  11. Answering your first challenge: I’m going to say 789 books.

    And I thought I had a long TBR. I never imagined Mount TBR could be a literal expression! Picking a book must be like shopping your own library. Christmas every day!

    Comment by Masanobu | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  12. I’m guessing 540 books!

    Comment by Lindsey | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  13. 1. 805 books

    Comment by Heather | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  14. My guess: 827 books.

    Comment by Alison | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  15. 1) 1,078
    2) State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

    Shawntaye
    shawntaye.hopkins@gmail.com

    Comment by Shawntaye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  16. 1. My guess is 782 books!
    2. I would love the Fiery Cross by Diana Galbadon there… I’ve been on the holds list at my library forever!

    You’re awesome!

    Comment by ebpnd | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  17. Holy SMOKES! This woke me up that’s for sure! Honestly this is fun!
    #1 888

    Comment by Angie@Angela's Anxious Life | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  18. Wow :O my guess is 830 (!!!!)

    Comment by Reno | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  19. My guess is 786!

    Comment by Melissa | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  20. 1)1000 books in your TBR
    What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew is in the fifth stack from the right and is the first book on top of the stack!

    Comment by Robyn B. | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • You are right on the Austen book so the puzzle is yours!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

      • Thanks Stacy!

        Comment by Robyn B. | April 27, 2014

  21. My guess is 859.

    Comment by Allison @ The Book Wheel | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  22. I’m going to guess that there are 790 books.

    Comment by Allyson | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Can I change that now that I see someone already guessed that number? 807 is now my guess.

      Comment by Allyson | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  23. OMG, so many books, my guess is 799

    Comment by Marisa | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  24. I’d say you have 300 or more books there!

    And that picture made me feel better about my TBR (although that might be because I have a lot of it on my Kindle and I cannot pile them up like this lol)

    Comment by Nadia | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  25. When I saw the title, I thought it couldn’t be that bad. Obviously, I was wrong. Haha.

    #1 – 737. And I don’t even think that’s a generous number. 🙂

    Comment by Kanoko | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Oh, international! Thank you! Then:
      #2 – Spotted Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.
      #8 – Bottom stack, 5th pile from left, 18th from top.

      Comment by Kanoko | April 27, 2014 | Reply

      • You’re entered for the first 2, but someone beat you to #8.

        Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014

  26. I found the 70 greatest conspiracies of all time. It’s below Infinite Jest.

    Comment by theacademyofbooks | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  27. 1. 780
    2. Finny
    6. 1st top stack on the left 2nd book from the bottom!

    Comment by Rachel | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Did you mean She’s Come Undone?

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

      • Yep!

        Comment by Rachel | April 27, 2014

      • It’s yours!

        Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014

  28. Answering your first question, I’ll say 822 books?

    Whoa, that’s one overflowing TBR. It looks stunning though.

    Comment by Isa | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  29. 1. 860
    4. bottom, 11th stack to the right top book

    Comment by Jessica Garza | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • You’re entered for #1 but someone beat you to #4.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  30. 7th bottom row from the left fourteenth book down?

    Comment by theacademyofbooks | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  31. One jane austen is under Dean Koontzs strangers looks like a collection of novels

    Comment by kai charles (@YogiKai) | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  32. Ooh actually I found one of the jane austen books. Its the eleventh row on the bottom and the first book on the pile. I would much rather win this prize.

    Comment by theacademyofbooks | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  33. 1 00 Tiny Tales of Terror – Bottom section, 5th row from left, halfway down.

    Comment by Allison @ The Book Wheel | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  34. #1 – I think there’s a total of 838 books there~

    Comment by Malin | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  35. have no idea how you can read all the titles!
    even with a magnifying glass it’s difficult to figure them out ..
    if that’s actually a ciji ware book in the stacks , that’s my choice
    if not I just like the look of the spine of the top book on the far right – crazy =)
    as to book count? i’ll say 672
    Luv your generosity Stacy!
    TY big time for the offer =)

    Comment by Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  36. 1. 975
    10. The Twelve – bottom stack – 4th stack from right – 8th book from bottom

    Teri Beckelheimer – http://cowgirldining.blogspot.com/

    Comment by teriboop | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  37. And for the tbr pile books, I would love to win One Day

    Comment by theacademyofbooks | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  38. I’ll guess 876 for books and 100 tiny tales of terror is in the 5 the bottom stack 2 above crime and punishment

    Comment by kai charles (@YogiKai) | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • You are entered for the # guess but somone beat you to the book.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  39. 1. 736. 2. P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern. 5. Would love to win this one, but cannot locate it…despite the fact that I have found 3 of the other books in the lists. Boo. 🙂

    Comment by Elle | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  40. Wow! Not only impressive for the sheer size of Mt TBR but also that you moved them all together -and will have to move them all apart again! My guess is: 646!

    Comment by stacey | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  41. 1) I’m guessing there are 782 books!
    2) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

    Comment by Irene | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  42. I am guessing 748. Also I would like to have PS I love you for my TBR stack. Also Schism: The Battle for Darraica is below Swoon. It is the second to last stack on the bottom and it is the second book down.

    Comment by Jenna | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  43. 820 is my guess

    Comment by Anna | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  44. Schism is on the bottom, below swoon

    Comment by Jessica Garza | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Jenna beat you by a minute or two!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  45. #1 – my guess is 867 #2 Drood by Dan Simmons
    Wow – I feel so much better about my own number of TBR books! Of course, if you read faster than I do, then you’re probably okay!

    Comment by litandlife | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  46. My guess is 978

    Comment by Elishia | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  47. i’m guessing 658 books in the pic

    Comment by Tina | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  48. Oh man. I’m going to guess 535 books.

    Comment by Alison Doherty | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  49. I am guessing 1011 books

    Comment by ringette30 | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  50. 715 is my guess!

    Comment by Kristen H. (@bookgoil) | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  51. This basically looks like my stack of books at home which has 822. But someone already commented that so what about………… 822 ^_^

    Comment by Crystal | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • WAIT SORRY I MEANT 821

      Comment by Crystal | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  52. #12: I could be wrong but i think its the 17th book down on the bottom and is in the row that beings with the swoon book

    Comment by Jessica Garza | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  53. So many beautiful books! 888, maybe?

    Comment by lovelylivvi | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  54. #7- Winter’s Child by Margaret Maron- Row 7, 8 up from the bottom.

    Comment by Jamie | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  55. Hi, we guesstimate 803. That is an impressive pile of books. You house must be jam packed if these are the ones you haven’t read!

    Comment by Martine Frampton | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  56. I believe there are 857 books in your TBR. May you have a long, long life in which to read them all!

    Comment by Tami | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  57. #1 my guess is 890
    #2- Diana Gabaldon’s – The Fiery Cross.

    Comment by Jamie | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  58. I would love to have The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker in my TBR pile. Oh and I have to add that Lost and Found is an awesome book. You have to read it!

    Comment by Jenn and The Cats | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  59. What a brilliant way to keep sleepy book lovers awake, lol! My guess is 750 and for #2-if my name is picked I would love Discovery of Witches. Thanks!

    Comment by Deb A. Marshall (@debamarshall) | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  60. 850 books

    Comment by Ashley Amanda @ Fictionista | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  61. I’m guessing high – 952

    Comment by Wall-to-wall books | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  62. I’m guessing there are 807 books on your TBR! Even if that’s not right, I’m amazed by all of the books! So awesome!

    Comment by Sarah P | April 27, 2014 | Reply

    • Sand in My Eye by Christine Lemmon =]

      Comment by Sarah P | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  63. Impressive stack!! 🙂 I’m sure someone has been close already, but I’m going to guess 684. 🙂

    Comment by Karsyn | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  64. #1- Guess the total number of books in the picture.
    I’m guissing 625. 😛

    Comment by Eeyorenyk | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  65. My guess for the wall of books: 775

    Comment by Leslie | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  66. 975 books total
    Now and Then would be cool to have
    Labor Day is the very left row, six books down.

    Comment by Gillian Cartier Hollett | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  67. #1- I guess that you have 724 books in your TBR Pile.

    #2- I’d love to win a copy of Outlander by Donna Galbraith

    Comment by Adira | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  68. My word!!! That is a TBR pile and I am very impressed – I’d imagine it took a while to put together too! Thankfully a decent % of my own TBR heap is now on my kindle so I can no longer see the scale of the crisis.

    I would guess you have 1001 books…?

    Comment by Peta | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  69. 1- My guess is 896 books.
    2 – I read Outlander at the start of the readathon today so I’d want Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, or An Echo in the Bone. Which ever one you want the least 😉
    5 – Labor Day by Joyce Maynard: first column on the floor (left side, against the wall), sixth book down

    Thanks for hosting the giveaways. Fingers crossed to win.

    skeeterlee63 @ gmail.com

    Comment by Skeeter Lee | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  70. #1: So, math is not my strong point & I lost count a few times, but…..
    Books in Piles= 697. Books in Boxes= 110.
    Total Number of Books= 807. 🙂

    #2: “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” by Diana Gabaldon. Please & Thank You! ❤

    #11: Schism- Bottom Stacks- Second to Last Pile/stack (therefore on the right hand side of the picture)- Second Book. 🙂

    Comment by Nicole Woods | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  71. I’d guess you have around 800 books there. I can’t read the titles very well but do you have any historical fiction?

    Comment by Katie | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  72. Hmm… 845?

    Comment by Iluzija | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  73. 1)

    Comment by Michelle @ Ramblings of a BookCrosser | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  74. 1) 910 books
    2) Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

    Comment by Michelle @ Ramblings of a BookCrosser | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  75. 1) 831 books
    2) Ada by Nabokov

    Comment by Tim | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  76. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is in my TBR pile. And I’ll say 525 books total.

    Comment by Christina | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  77. I’d have to estimate there’s around 710 books.
    And is that The Firey Cross by Diana Gabaldon I see there all red and lovely looking?

    Comment by Leighann | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  78. I nearly fainted when I saw your books. Is the floor sagging?!?! My guess is that you have 786 books.

    Comment by Beth Hoffman | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  79. I really like this challenge. I was asleep through it, but great idea.

    Comment by Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  80. […] I’m always amazed at how many people enjoy my mini-challenges and am thankful.  It makes me want to be even more creative next time.  This year 79 people stopped by and left comments – holy smokes! […]

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  81. Wow – my guess is 600.

    Comment by Pat @ Posting For Now | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  82. oops – I thought I might be too late. My guess was way off anyway!

    Comment by Pat @ Posting For Now | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  83. 2 words … holy cow!! I’ve followed your pictorial TBR over the years and ummm are you aware those books are breeding?? 🙂

    Comment by Teddyree | May 1, 2014 | Reply


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