2019 TBR Challenges

Bev is hosting her Mount TBR Challenge for the 7th year.


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, 2018.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2018.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018. No library books. 


[snip: read at Bev's blog!]
*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!



My pile is bigger than ever, so I'm signing right up for 24 titles: Mont Blanc.

Titles read:
  1.  Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Individualism and Economic Order, by F. A Hayek (well, sort of)
  3.  A Most Dangerous Book, by Christopher Krebs  
  4. Undine and Other Stories, by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué
  5. Yeats Short Stories, by W. B. Yeats
  6. Black Earth, by Timothy Snyder
  7.  Kappa, by Ryonsuke Akutagawa
  8. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  9. Drawn From Memory/Drawn From Life, by E. H. Shepard
  10. Elizabeth and Her German Garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  11.  Voodoo Histories, by David Aaronovitch
  12. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
  13. Roderick Random, by Tobias Smollett



 Also, Adam's TBR Pile Challenge is back for 2018!  Why do two?  Because this one is different.  You have to have a list ahead of time, and the rules are not at all the same.  Check them out at the post!



    Here are my books:
  1.  Undine and Other Stories, by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué
  2.  Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning, by Timothy Snyder
  3. The Book of Red Hanrahan. by W. B. Yeats
  4. The Claverings, by Anthony Trollope
  5. Kappa, by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
  6. Roderick Random, by Tobias Smollett
  7. Individualism and Economic Order, by F. A. Hayek
  8. Elizabeth and Her German Garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  9. A House Full of Females, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  10. Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens
  11. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
  12. Jerusalem: the Eternal City, by Galbraith Ogden Skinner
  1. The Death of the Grown-Up, by Diana West
  2. The Obedience of a Christian Man, by William Tyndale 

And for 2019, we have the new! Virtual TBR Challenge!

This year, I decided to create a Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge Books for all those folks with mile-long "wish-list" of TBRs who would like a chance to climb as well. The strategy and general set-up is the same--except you don't have to own the books. Heard about a great book from a friend, took note of the title, and then never got around to reading it? Saw a book online that you thought sounded intriguing but you keep putting off ordering it up from the library? You borrowed a book from somebody and need an extra push to read it and return it? This is the place for you!
 Challenge Levels:
Mount Rum Doodle: Read 12 books

Mount Crumpit: Read 24 books 
Mount Munch: Read 36 books
White Plume Mountain: Read 48 books 
Stormness Head: Read 60 books 
Mount Mindolluin: Read 75 books 
Mount Seleya: Read 100 books
Mount Olympus: Read 150+ books 

    [In keeping with the virtual nature of the challenge, all mountains are fictional (references in comment below). How many do you recognize? The only one shared by both TBR challenges is Olympus--both fictional and on Mars. However, since I don't know actual heights, I have arbitrarily assigned the levels.]
 ~[UPDATE] Just to be clear: this challenge is only for books you do not own. They may be borrowed from the library, a friend, found on a free e-book site (like Project Gutenberg), or anywhere else that allows you to temporarily checkout the book. Also--unlike Mount TBR, there is no date limit on your wish list. If you see a book online that strikes your fancy after January 1 and you just have to go get it from the library, then it absolutely counts.
My library-books bookshelf is just as stuffed as my TBR bookshelf, so this will be good for me.  I am pretty much going to limit myself to books from the library that I've been meaning to read since before Jan. 1, 2019.  That is a lot of books.  I'll aim for Mount Crumpit, 24 books.  Also, I think the image for this challenge is great!

  1. Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid
  2. Agricola and Germania, by Tacitus 
  3. The Happiness Curve, by Jonathan Rauch
  4.  Born to be Posthumous, by Edward Gorey
  5.  The Light and the Dark, by Mikhail Shishkin
  6. Enraged, by a classics professor
  7. Essential Encounters, by Therese Kuoh-Moukoury
  8.  The Possessed, by Elif Batuman
  9. The Zelmenyaners, by Moyshe Kulbak
  10. My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  11. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  12.  Women Talking, by Miriam Toews
  13. Baho! by Roland Rugero 
  14. Stories by Walter de la Mare, vol. 1
  15. Wisconsin Death Trip, by Michael Lesy




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