Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mount TBR Wrap-up

Time for the final Mount TBR post.  Bev says:  

Wow. We're almost done with 2013 and it's time to get ready for the Final Mountaineering Checkpoint. Where does the time go? I'm ready to hear how all our mountain-climbing team members have done out there on Pike's Peak, Mt. Ararat, Mt. Everest....whichever peak you've chosen. Checkpoint participation is absolutely voluntary and is not considered necessary for challenge completion.



For those who would like to participate in this checkpoint post, I'd like you to at least complete the first of these two things.  And if you feel particularly inspired (or generous about humoring me this holiday season), then please do both.

1. Tell us how many miles you made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you've planted your flag on the peak, then tell us and celebrate (and wave!).  Even if you were especially athletic and have been sitting atop your mountain for months, please check back in and remind us quickly you sprinted up that trail. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting adventures you've had along the way.




I read 24 books and hit my goal of the Pike's Peak level.  Here they are:

  1. Anna Karenina, by Lev Tolstoy
  2. The Middle Window, by Elizabeth Goudge
  3. The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James 
  4. The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. DuBois
  5.  The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
  6. The Chemical History of a Candle, by Michael Faraday
  7. Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper 
  8. Botchan, by Natsume Soseki 
  9. The Echoing Green, by Gillian Avery 
  10. Making Their Own Peace, by Ann N. Madsen 
  11. In the First Circle, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 
  12. Black Sheep, by Georgette Heyer 
  13. The 13th Element, by John Emsley
  14. The Forgotten Man, by Amity Shlaes 
  15. St. Thomas Aquinas/St. Francis of Assisi (biography by G. K. Chesterton) 
  16. A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth 
  17. When Ladies Go A-Thieving, by Elaine Abelson 
  18. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 
  19. The Stranger, by Albert Camus 
  20. Bible and Sword, by Barbara Tuchman
  21. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas 
  22. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand 
  23. Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy 
  24. The Little Flowers of St. Francis 
I had some pretty great reads this year!  And some really long ones, too.  Many of my chunkster titles were also books that had been sitting around for some time.   Most of the chunksters were also my favorites: Anna Karenina, First Circle, Suitable Boy...and I will also include Bible and Sword, which was great.




I tried to do Bev's #2 game, but it was impossible with these titles!



1 comment:

Bev Hankins said...

Congratulations! I'm sorry that the title fill-in-the-blank didn't work for you. Maybe next year!