Mount TBR Checkpoint #1!

 It's time for the first checkpoint for Bev's Mount TBR Challenge!  Bev always asks for some information:

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. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting adventures you've had along the way.
I have read 8 of my proposed 24 titles and am thus 1/3 through.  However, I read a bunch of easy old SF early in the year, which bulked it up, and I can't expect to keep up that pace, so I'd better get going.

Titles read:
  1.  Early Christian Writings (a collection)
  2. The Age of Bede 
  3. The Ginger Star, by Leigh Brackett
  4. The Hounds of Skaith, by Leigh Brackett
  5. The Reavers of Skaith, by Leigh Brackett
  6. Crashing Suns
  7. Danubia, by Simon Winder
  8. The Story of Science, by Susan Wise Bauer (my guru!)

2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:
 A. Post a picture of your favorite cover so far.  
Danubia wins, hands down.  I love all the little candy-like doodles, plus it reminds me of a board game.

 B. Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.
I've mostly read non-fiction!  So I pick St. Brendan, who sailed across the north Atlantic in a coracle and visited the island of Paradise in The Age of Bede.

 C. Have any of the books you read surprised you--if so, in what way (not as good as anticipated? unexpected ending? Best thing you've read ever? Etc.)

Crashing Suns surprised me by producing the exact same plot line 5 times, and by having such amazingly purple prose, and by its fanciful science that no one would ever write today because we know so much more about outer space, which is good, but does cut down on the opportunities to imagine nebulae as made of incredibly hot and flaming gases.


  1. You're an inspiration to us all! Eight books from Mount TBR is monumental, and I am duly impressed. <3


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