Mount TBR Challenge 2017

My word, it's already time to start signing up for next year's reading challenges, can you believe it?  I'm not quite ready to really get going on that, but I do know a few I'll be signing up for, so I might as well get started.  And if you know of any cool challenges, let me know!  I'm on the lookout for a good medieval lit one, and I wouldn't say no to a Russian lit challenge.  But for now, let's talk TBR piles!  Mine is bigger now than it was this time last year...

(Personal update: I have lots of great books to tell you about!  I'm also currently run off my feet.  My kids have no school this week, and I thought we'd relax a bit, though I'm still working.  Ha ha ha.  I've barely been home, and I'm so tired I can hardly think straight.  I'm longing to write some good long booky posts, and also to work on my current fabulous quilt project which is very close to being ready to put together...I'll post pictures when the top is done.)

Bev at My Reader's Block is hosting her traditional Mount TBR Challenge again, which is very good news for me.  My personal TBR mountain gets bigger all the time, and in fact this time I'm going to have to start off committing to the 24-book level instead of the 12, like I usually do.  The rules:

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s

Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s

Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2017.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2017.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2017. No library books. 

Check out Bev's post for the rest of the rules; she has lots of explanations for what to do in special cases and so on, which is handy.  That 'no library books' rule is getting to be tricky for me now--I have a pile of library books from work (which means I can keep them for extra time as long as nobody else wants them) that is sort of a 'library TBR' too!  Somebody oughta host a special challenge for out-of-control librarians.

So here I am, signing up for the Mount Blanc level of 24 books.  And I'd better hope that I do better than that!

I hope you all have a lovely, peaceful Thanksgiving and/or weekend.  May there be lots of pie, whether you are American or not. :)


  1. I can't wait to hear about all the great books you have been reading! But in the meantime I will just say Happy Thanksgiving and tell you that I am thankful for you, lovely Jean. You seem like the smartest and coolest lady, and I am perpetually in awe of your willingness to take on challenging books and Learn! All! The! Things! I am thankful you are part of the book blogosphere. <3

  2. Good luck! I think we all need a chance to clean off our TBR piles. lol

  3. I've seen a few challenges myself - a good Victorian one I'm pretty sure I'll join, and this which I'll certainly participate in. Like you I'd like to see a Medieval challenge and a Russian one. I should probably host one of these myself as I really want one, but I don't think I'll actually be hosting any this year :)

  4. Aw, thanks Jenny! You made my day. :)

    O, I'm also thinking I should host a challenge if I want to see it so badly, but...I'm having a hard time finding time to blog at all right now, so how can I take on hosting a challenge too?

  5. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jean. Good luck with the Mount TBR Reading Challenge. I should probably do one like this, but I think I will forgo all challenges this next year. I didn't do so well on the ones I did sign up for this year.

    Have a great week, Jean!

  6. I have been seeing a lot of enthusiasm for this challenge. I haven't entirely decided which of the challenges I will be committing to, but this may have to be one of them.

  7. Okay, I've signed up for 60 books. It's a lot, but that's about what I have in my physical pile, and I really want to get that down! It's helpful that DNF books can count if we give them a good chance.

  8. Wow, that is a lot! You are very ambitious. :)

  9. Thanks for joining my 2017 climbing crew!


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