Mount TBR: Checkpoint #3

 

It’s time for the third quarterly checkpoint for Bev’s Mount TBR Reading Challenge. Bev says:

1.Tell us how many miles you’ve made it up your mountain (# of books read).

I’m nearly at the top of Mt Vancouver, having read 35 books. So it’s looking doubtful that I’ll reach my target of getting to the top of Mt Ararat (48 books)!

2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:
  • A. Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.
  • B. Pair up two of your reads. But this time we’re going for opposites. One book with a male protagonist and one with a female protagonist. One book with “Good” in the title and one with “Evil.” Get creative and show off a couple of your books.
  • C. 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?
  • D. Choose 1-4 titles from your stacks and using a word from the title, do an image search.  Post the first all-eyes-friendly picture associated with that word.

I think my favourite character has to be Richard III in The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman, one of the best historical novels that I’ve read. It is full of detail, but her research sits very lightly in this book, none of it feels like a history lesson, and it all brings Richard’s world to life. Penman portrays a very likeable Richard, from his childhood onwards he comes across as a kind, generous and brave man, a skilled leader on the battlefield, a loving husband to his wife, Anne, and devoted and loyal to his brother, Edward IV, who was by no means a saint.

For book pairs I’ve picked In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward and  Heat Wave by Penelope Lively – opposite weather conditions!

The book that has been on my TBR mountain the longest is still The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf as I said in the last Checkpoint post. I’m not sure when I bought it, but it was one of the books I listed when I first joined LibraryThing in 2007.  I do wish I’d read it before this year but I enjoyed it so it was worth the wait.

 

8 thoughts on “Mount TBR: Checkpoint #3”

  1. I’m with you on Sunne in Splendour. It seemed such a realistic picture of RIII. I really wish we could get a movie version of this book. One of my TBR list books still to read this year is Penman’s Time and Chance, which is about HII and Eleanor. Perfect for when the nights get long and the cold sets in!

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