Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mount TBR Challenge 2017

Can't resist this favorite challenge! You can get the info and sign up for it here.  Once again, I am committing to the Mt. Kilimanjaro level of 60 books, although I hope to keep up a MUCH steadier pace this year, roughly 5 books per month from the TBR pile. I can do it!

As always, I'll track the books I read in this post as I go along.

1. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
2. The Blue Sky - Galsan Tschinag
3. Fanny Hill - John Cleland
4. The Fault in our Stars - John Green
5. Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley
6. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears - Dinaw Mengestu
7. Stiff - Mary Roach
8. Sula - Toni Morrison
9. Out - Natsuo Kirino
10. Gypsy: A Memoir - Gypsy Rose Lee
11. The Dangerous Animals Club - Stephen Tobolowsky
12. Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
13. Tender Is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
14. Gulp - Mary Roach
15. Six Feet Over - Mary Roach
16. Auntie Mame - Patrick Dennis
17. The Oracle of Stamboul - Michael David Lukas
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
19. Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
20. The Art of War - Sun Tzu
21. The Given Day - Dennis Lehane
22. The House on the Borderland - William Hope Hodgson
23. Plainsong - Kent Haruf
24. The Blood of Flowers - Anita Amirrezvani
25. Black Boy - Richard Wright
26. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
27. A Room with a View - E.M. Forster
28. The Charterhouse of Parma - Stendahl
29. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
30. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
31. Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness - Kenzaburo Oe
32. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
33. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Dee Brown
34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
35. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome

EDIT on Dec. 31, 2017: I'm adding some info to use this post as a checkpoint/wrap-up post for the challenge.

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. 

Like Bev, our awesome challenge host, for the first time since I've participated in this challenge, I didn't make my goal either. I was really hoping to read all 60 books (and then some!) but only managed the 35 books listed above. I do still plan to participate in the 2018 challenge, in fact, I think I will just stick to the same level in the hope that I can do better than this year.

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. 

These were fun to do, a lot of my responses are tongue in cheek :)

A stitch in time...[saves] The Blood of Flowers
Don't count your chickens...[before] The Metamorphosis
A penny saved is.... A Room with a View
All good things must come... (to) The Charterhouse of Parma
When in Rome... Tender Is the Night
All that glitters is not... The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
A picture is worth a... Devil in a Blue Dress
When the going gets tough, the tough get... Stiff
Two wrongs don't make... The Blue Sky
The pen is mightier than.... The Fault in our Stars
The squeaky wheel gets... The Moonstone
Hope for the best, but prepare for... Main Street
Birds of a feather flock... [at] The Dangerous Animals Club

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