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:
- 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
- In the First Circle, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Black Sheep, by Georgette Heyer
- The 13th Element, by John Emsley
- The Forgotten Man, by Amity Shlaes
- St. Thomas Aquinas/St. Francis of Assisi (biography by G. K. Chesterton)
- A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
- When Ladies Go A-Thieving, by Elaine Abelson
- The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
- The Stranger, by Albert Camus
- Bible and Sword, by Barbara Tuchman
- The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
- Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
- Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy
- The Little Flowers of St. Francis
I tried to do Bev's #2 game, but it was impossible with these titles!