For those who would like to participate in this checkpoint post, I'd like you to do two things:
1. Tell us how many miles you've made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you're really ambitious, you can do some intricate math and figure out how the number of books you've read correlates to actual miles up Pike's Peak, Mt. Ararat, etc.
I started off at the basic Pike's Peak level of 12 books, and completed that a little while ago, so I moved up to Mt. Vancouver--25 books. I've completed 14 books and am almost done with the 15th. Here they are:
- The Story of an African Farm, by Olive Schreiner
- The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
- The Book of Beasts, trans. T. H. White
- Mr. Dixon Disappears, by Ian Sansom
- Nightmare Abbey, by Thomas Love Peacock
- The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Stories, by M. R. James
- The New Road to Serfdom, by Daniel Hannan
- Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope
- Winking at the Brim, by Gladys Mitchell
- Lovely is the Lee, by Robert Gibbings
- A Collection of Essays by George Orwell
- Erewhon, by Samuel Butler
- Decameron, by Boccaccio
- Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson
- Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
2. Complete ONE (or more if you're ambitious) of the following:
Who has been your favorite character so far? Why?
This is a tricky one, as half my books don't have characters, really, or they're satire or stock mystery or something. But I do love Mary Thorne and her slightly undeserving husband Frank Gresham from the Trollope novel. I like Siri, Susebron, and Vasher in Warbreaker. No one else is terribly likeable--Emma Bovary is a well-drawn, fully realized character, and I am loving the book, but I would like to bonk her on the head.
Have any of the books you read surprised you--if so, in what way (not as good as anticipated? unexpected ending? Best thing you've read all year? Etc.)
I was hoping that Boccaccio would be better than it turned out to be, and I did not expect to enjoy Madame Bovary so much.
Here's my TBR pile as it looks right now (not that much changed!):