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Friday, November 23, 2012

Mount TBR Challenge Update

So many bad puns are popping into my mind right now. I thought it was time to check in with myself on the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012. Bev at My Reader's Block is hosting this challenge, and I'm ever so grateful to her. Thanks to this challenge I am making a serious effort to read from my own bookshelves. In fact, I am seriously (seriously) considering a book buying moratorium. That would be soooo good for my bank account.

I used my fall break,  nerdily, to read and to make some bookish lists. I've posted my list for The Classics Club, and most of the books on my list are from my personal library (again, Bev's good influence). My books really do make me happy, and I am surrounded by books and love it. But I really don't need to buy another book for a long, long time.

My original goal for this challenge was the Mount Ararat level:  that is 40 books. I'm not even close, folks. But I have surpassed Pike's Peak (12 books) and I'm closing in on Mount Vancouver (25 books). Here's what I've read so far in 2012 from my TBR list:

1. Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane.
2. The Language of Bees by Laurie King.
3. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope.
4. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters.
5. Townie byAndre Dubus III
6. In the Cafe: Selected Stories by Mary Lavin.
7. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel.
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
10. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.
11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
12. The Dogs of Riga by Henning Markell.
13. The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy.
14. Hatha Yoga
15. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.
16. The Five Tibetans
17. Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir by Lisa Dale Norton.
18. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon translated and edited by Ivan Morris.
19. The Tomcat's Wife and Other Stories by Carol Bly.
20. A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves.
21. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.


Bev Hankins said...

Perhaps Ararat is still looming, but scaling Pike's Peak and Mt. Vancouver is quite a feat! Great job--with a little over a month to go. And...if you're interested, I'll soon be posting the sign up for the 2013 Mt. TBR Challenge...the better to scale even more mountains.

Lisa said...

I need to double check where I'm at with this one. I got off to such a bad start but I've been picking it up a bit lately. I was shooting for 25 books this year, but I don't think I have as many as you do yet!

bibliophiliac said...

@Bev-I will definitely participate next year! Thanks for hosting....
@Lisa-It's surprising how they added up...

Ben said...

I can vouch for no.1 and no.21. Great books, although 21 requires time and dedication. no.1 is a barnburner though. Can't wait for your review.

bibliophiliac said...

@Ben-Dennis Lehane is pretty much a sure thing. I had heard and read so much about Blood Meridian that I was half-afraid to read it. I found out that it was one of the most truthful and beautiful and violent books ever written. But I need to do a reread before I can write about it. Blood Meridian had me collaring people and forcing them to listen to me read passages out loud. Just amazing stuff.