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.
So far I've read 10 books, which puts me at less than halfway to my goal of 24.
- Anna Karenina, by Lev Tolstoy
- The Middle Window, by Elizabeth Goudge
- The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
- The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. DuBois
- The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
- The Chemical History of a Candle, by Michael Faraday
- Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
- Botchan, by Natsume Soseki
- The Echoing Green, by Gillian Avery
- Making Their Own Peace, by Ann N. Madsen
2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:
Kitty from Anna Karenina, and Botchan too. Kitty is pretty lovable, and Botchan is just fun.
B. What has been your most difficult read so far. And why? (Length? Subject matter? Difficult style? Out of your comfort zone reading?)
Last of the Mohicans was a long slog. It felt longer than Anna Karenina, and not nearly as pleasant. Cooper's writing style is just awful.
C. Which book (read so far) has been on your TBR mountain the longest? Was it worth the wait? Or is it possible you should have tackled it back when you first put it on the pile? Or tossed it off the edge without reading it all?
Last of the Mohicans should have been tossed off the edge! Let's see, at least three of the titles have been on my pile for at least 10 years: Souls of Black Folk, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, and Making Their Own Peace. All were very good, and I should have read them years ago.