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2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Well, I didn't exactly excel at the 2014 Mount TBR challenge: I didn't do really badly but will not finish where I should. Wrap-up post for that will come in a few weeks but I know I will not have reached my goal of 48 books.

But, nothing ventured, I shall give it another shot next year... but somewhat differently I think.

Mount TBR 2015

As before the challenge is being hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block.

These are the challenge levels:

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 may carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2015.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 4th, 2015.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2015. 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 2014. 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.

*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!

And so. Last year I bit off slightly more than I could chew so I'm aiming rather lower for next year. The plan is to go for Mont Blanc which is to read 24 books off your TBR pile. *But* I would like the 24 books to be one of two things - either chunky (over 350 pages although I will not be pedantic about it) or non-fiction of any length. I have a lot of both on my TBR shelves and it's high time I shifted a few. So going for 24 books will not necessarily involve less reading, it could even end up being *more*... just less books in actual number.

A few titles I'd like to shift:


Agatha Christie, an autobiography - Agatha Christie
Gerald Durrell, the authorised biography - Douglas Botting
Meander - Jeremy Seal
Jack - Geoffrey Perret
Thames, Sacred River - Peter Ackroyd
The Mitford Girls - Mary S. Lovell
A View from the Foothills - Chris Mullin
Blue Latitudes - Tony Horowitz
Wildwood, a Journey Through Trees - Roger Deakin
Atlantic - Simon Winchester
Africa in my Blood - Jane Goodall
Ox Travels - edited by Mark Ellingham, Peter Florence & Barnaby Rogerson
The Churchill Factor - Boris Johnson


Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
The Mad Ship - Robin Hobb
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernon Vinge
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Un Lun Dun - China Miéville
Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens
Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers
Ahab's Wife - Sena Jeter Naslund
Ox Crimes - edited by Mark Ellingham and Peter Florence
A Tiny Bit Marvellous - Dawn French
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

I only planned to list 10 or so but here I am with 26 already and there are many more. To be honest if I just get a few off this list I will be well pleased.


Wow, you're looking towards 2015 already!

Good luck with this.

The important thing, the only thing really (as you know) that matters is the you have FUN!
Ohhh, yes. Been thinking about 2015 books tbr for several weeks in fact. *g*

I do know that thing and I will be sure to make it so.

Of course you have.

Good - that's the important thing.
nakeisha is so right: The main thing is that you enjoy and have fun.

Personally, I am not up to a reading challenge, but I'm so impressed with your determination to "get 'em read!"

Best of luck with your 2015 reading goals!
I think the number of books on my tbr shelf make me feel so guilty that I need to do something to get them read. LOL!

Thank you!
"Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2015. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads."

This rules me out straightaway. I usually only buy books when I haven't anything else to read. No way do I have more than one or two that I haven't read. I can't imagine having 100 books just sitting there waiting ... ;D
LOL. I wish I could say that... I must have over 300.

Btw, have you read the Astrient books by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett? They're m/m, not so much in the first book (just little hints), but they get there I gather and I certainly loved the first book, Point of Hopes.
300! Wow, that's certainly something to look forward to. All that reading ahead ... *envious*

No, I haven't seen those books. I liked Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold's "Death by Silver", so I'll check this series out now. Thanks for the tip.