It’s time for the first quarterly check-in post for Mount TBR. Last year I read 34 of my TBR books and I’m determined to read more than that this year. I’ve made a good start, mainly down to taking part in the TBR Triple Dog Dare, which requires you to read only the books you’ve owned before 1 January 2014, until 31 March (I’ll do a separate post for the Triple Dog Dare.)
Bev asks participants in her Challenge to do two things:
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.
As today is the last day of March and I still have nearly 200 pages of one book and over 400 pages of another book to read before I finish them (which I won’t do today) here are my answers.
I’m very nearly at the top of Mont Blanc (15, 781 ft) with just half a book to finish. I’ve climbed Pikes Peak (14, 115 ft), which means I’ve climbed 29, 896 ft, or just over 5.6 miles, or 23.5 books. This is a vast improvement on this time last year when I’d read just 4 TBRs.
and my answers to two more questions are:
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.)
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell surprised me in a good way. I’d tried to read it several times before and had given up. It was watching the movie that gave me the incentive to try it again and I’m so glad I did as I was surprised at how good it is.
D. Which book (read so far) has been on your TBR mountain the longest? Was it worth the wait? Or is it possible you should have tackled it back when you first put it on the pile? Or tossed it off the edge without reading it all?
The book that has been on my TBR Mountain the longest is The Uncertain Midnight by Edmund Cooper. I’m not sure exactly how long I’ve had it but it our copy is a 1971 edition, so we’ve probably had it since the early 70s – an amazing 40+ years! It was worth the wait as I enjoyed this 1950s sci-fi book.