Wow. We're almost done with 2016 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 during the 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, take a selfie, 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 how quickly you sprinted up that trail. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting book adventures you've had along the way.
I signed up for Pike's Peak (12 titles) and then upgraded to Mont Blanc -- 24 books. And I have just reached my goal! Woohoo!
2. The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, see how many of the familiar proverbs and sayings below you can complete with a book read on your journey up the Mountain. Feel free to add/subtract a word or two to help them make sense.
A stitch in time...[is] My Apprenticeship, by Maxim Gorky
Don't count your chickens...[when] Reynard the Fox is in town.
A penny saved is....In Search of Ireland, by H. V. Morton.
All good things must come...Time and Again, by Clifford D. Simak.
When in Rome, [walk]..The Old Ways, by Robert MacFarlane.
All that glitters is not...The Umbrella Man, by Roald Dahl.
A picture is worth [it to]...The September Society, by Charles Finch
When the going gets tough, the tough get...Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington.
Two wrongs don't make [the]..History of the Franks, by Gregory of Tours (it's a lot more wrongs than that).
The pen is mightier than....The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin.
The squeaky wheel gets...The Broken Road, by Patrick Leigh Fermor.
Hope for the best, but prepare for...Revolutionary Days, by Julia Cantacuzene.
Birds of a feather flock [on]...Gentian Hill, by Elizabeth Goudge.
- Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
- Cromartie v. the God Shiva... by Rumer Godden
- The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
- Time and Again, by Clifford D. Simak
- The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke
- The Broken Road, by Patrick Leigh Fermor
- The Umbrella Man, by Roald Dahl
- Reynard the Fox, trans. by James Simpson
- Green Dolphin Street, by Elizabeth Goudge
- Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington
- The September Society, by Charles Finch
- The Fleet Street Murders, by Charles Finch
- The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu
- The Old Ways, by Robert MacFarlane
- The Death of Vishnu, by Manil Suri
- Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, by Boris Akunin
- Revolutionary Days, by Julia Cantacuzene
- My Apprenticeship, by Maxim Gorky
- Gentian Hill, by Elizabeth Goudge
- History of the Franks, by Gregory of Tours
- In Search of Ireland, by H. V. Morton
- Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass
- Catholic and Mormon, by Webb and Gaskill
- The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol