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2016 Mount TBR Challenge

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 carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2016.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2016.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2016. No library books. 

*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean--definitely not within the last five arbitrary pick for a limit] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2016 intending to reread it now that it's your very own.  [To clarify--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 2015.  I will trust you all on that. 

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller!  

*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! 

I failed miserable two years in a row at this one. I even did worse this year than last... blame the awesome books that came out in 2015. Or blame me for falling off that mountain from the start.
This year I hope for different. 
I joined the Blogger Shame challenge which has me reading from my dreaded tbr pile. Seriously I have a couple books I am sad to say have 2009 dates on them. Yup. So my mission is to get 'er done. I'm also gonna be realistic in my choosing. So it won't be the Canadian mountain I try to tackle this year. Nope, let's stick to a more realistic goal.

PIKE'S PEAK - Read 12 books from your TBR

  1. Just Don't Call Me Ma'am - Anna Mitchael
  2. Slip Of The Knife - Denise Mina
  3. Corked - Kathryn Borel JR
  4. Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts - Cici McNair
  5. The Happiness Project - Gretchin Rubin

3 books is not bad. It has me at the first base camp, and resting nicely. Here is my favorite cover of the three books;
The wino in me loves this cover, for obvious reasons... lol.. The story inside didn't live up to the cover though, so that kinda sucked.

Now I'm falling behind.
I've read 1 book since the quarter update, which means I'm not far from the first base camp. The air must be thin and getting to me 'cause I've lost track of time. I hope to pick it up now that I'm aware and alert again.
So this is the book I read;
It was a debut author, and this is their memoir. 
I wasn't really feeling it. And after like 5 or 6 years on my pile, it wasn't worth the wait.

I have only read 1 TBR book again this quarter. I must have a rock in my boot. 
My favorite character out of all the books so far would have to be Anna Mitchell, from Just Don't Call Me Ma'am. She is not actually a character, well, she is, but it's a memoir. I love her for her snark, not so much her story. I only gave the book a 2 rating, so it was just okay, but I liked her. 

**No compensation was received for posting. This post is part of an annual reading challenge.


  1. Yeah, reading books I already had before a new year starts is actually really hard for me as well, Freda. I hope you'll be able to achieve your goal for 2016!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. I am also doing Pike's Peak, good luck!!

  3. I am doing #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks this year with Andi, so count me in for this, too. I am going to start with Mount Blanc and upgrade along the way.

  4. I haven't entered any challenges this year (yet). Good luck!

  5. Joining for Pike Peak too and one book down...go us!!

  6. I'm doing the Pikes Peak challenge as well and like you I'm on track. Happy reading :)


  7. Thanks for checking in! What a shame that the book you read for this quarter wasn't worth the wait.


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