January 1, 2013

Mount TBR Challenge

Challenge Summary: As I mentioned last year, I am a bookaholic.  I can't let a bookstore (used or new, it doesn't matter) go by without stopping in ("just to look") and walking out with at least something--if not an armload. I wait all year for the Red Cross Book Sale in October so I can cart them out by the bagful. And, well, that means that I wind up with gigantic piles of TBR books stacked up around my backroom. I don't have a TBR shelf. Oh, no. I have "Mount TBR"...actually a whole mountain range. And it doesn't matter that I've just spent the last year working on my mountain range with the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.  They just keep on sprouting up.
So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books this year. And you're invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks....months...even years.

Challenge Levels (I've adjusted the levels just slightly this 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.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2013.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2013. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify--based on a question raised last year--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2013.  I will trust you all on that.

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky [at the host’s site]. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment [at the host’s site] declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE.  And, finally, I am contemplating a review tracker for this year.  I will post a link if that works out.

Hosted by/Link: My Readers Block. Mount TBR Challenge 2013

Challenge Start and Ends Dates:  January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 54/75

My List:

1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2) Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy
3) Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
4) The Beginning of Spring - Penelope Fitzgerald
5) The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny
6) Away - Jane Urquhart
7) On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
8) Between the Acts - Virginia Woolf
9) Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey
10) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
11) The Color of Tea - Hannah Tunnicliffe
12) Time and Again - Jack Finney
13) The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
14) Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood
15) Heat Wave - Richard Castle
16) Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
17) Dance of the Happy Shades - Alice Munro
18) The South - Colm Tóibín
19) Four Dragons (SG-1 16) - Diana Dru Botsford
20) Tales From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry
21) Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang
22) Quentins - Maeve Binchy
23) Forgotten Country - Catherine Chung
24) Secrets (SGA #20) - Jo Graham and Melissa Scott
25) The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
26) The Blondes - Emily Schultz
27) The Kingdom of Gods - N.K. Jemisin
28) The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng
29) The Memory Man - Lisa Appignanesi
30) The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
31) Skeleton Women - Mingmei Yip
32) Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show - Frank Delaney 
33) Emma - Jane Austen
34) Open Secrets - Alice Munro
35) The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
36) A Wind in the Door - Madeleine L'Engle
37) Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin
38) The Diviners - Margaret Laurence
39) A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
40) The Soldier's Song - Alan Monaghan 
41) The Perks of Being a Wallflowers - Stephen Chbosky
42) Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami 
43) Men of the Otherworld - Kelley Armstrong
44) The Second Life of Samuel Tyne - Esi Edugyan
45) Fair Exchange - Michèle Roberts
46) Choke Collar: Positron, Episode 2 - Margaret Atwood
47) Erase Me: Positron, Episode 3 - Margaret Atwood
48) The Female Quixote: or The Adventures of Arabella - Charlotte Lennox
49) Changing Heaven - Jane Urquhart
50) Mercy Among the Children - David Adams Richards
51) The Book of Secrets - M. G. Vassanji
52) End of Days - Max Turner
53) Always and Forever - Cathy Kelly
54) Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

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