Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mount TBR Challenge - Second Quarterly Check in

This quarter I have read seven books that count toward the 2014 Mount TBR Challenge. Combined with the 18 books I read in the first quarter, I have read a total of 25 books for the challenge (out of my goal of 36 books).


The seven books I read were:

Time's Witness by Michael Malone
The Night the Gods Smiled by Eric Wright
The Malcontenta by Barry Maitland
In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
Sleep While I Sing by L. R. Wright
Horse Under Water by Len Deighton

Bev at My Reader's Block, who hosts this challenge, asked participants to: Choose two titles from the books you've read so far that have a common link.

Three of the titles I read in this time period were by Canadian authors and set in Canada. I read them for the 7th annual Canadian Book Challenge sponsored by John Mutford at The Book Mine Set. The Night the Gods Smiled was set in Toronto; In the Shadow of the Glacier was set in a fictitious town in British Columbia; Sleep While I Sing was set in British Columbia also, but in Sechelt, a small town on the Sunshine Coast. 

I enjoy taking part in this challenge; this is my third year. I would probably read just as many books from my TBR piles with or without the challenge. What I like about the challenge is keeping track of how many and which ones I have read.

21 comments:

  1. Congrats!

    I started out well this year but haven't been reading. If I can get my mojo back, I'll dig back into Mount Katahdin of books. But I haven't been buying books -- just one -- so the piles aren't growing.

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    1. Congratulations to you, Kathy, if you haven't been buying books. I keep trying to cut back but little success.

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  2. I don't know what happened. I was writing a message and the screen froze twice.

    What I was going to mention is that Kate Atkinson's latest book "Life After Life" is stirring up quite a controversy. The protagonist dies many times and is reborn into another life.

    The New York Times rated it as one of the top 10 books of 2013. A friend, who is quite finicky about the books she reads recommended it to me. So I'll try it out.

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    1. Blogger has been giving me fits with commenting, here and at other blogs.

      I do have Atkinson's Life After Life; broke down and bought it after so many recommendations. I will either read it some this year or early next year.

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  3. Well done - you're putting me to shame Tracy!

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    1. thanks, Col, but I do hope to be reading more of my older books the rest of the year. But, either way I won't stress about it.

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  4. Tracy - I'm impressed! You're doing really well with this challenge. I ought to dig more deeply into my own Mount TBR...

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    1. It is hard to ignore the newer books, isn't it, Margot? Or the older books we don't own yet.

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  5. TracyK: Congratulations! I am afraid to actually figure out my reading with regard to TBR. I think they have actually grown abit in 2014 when I consider purchases and books from publishers against books read.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I think I have about 50% of my total reads for the year so far are from the TBR pile. I would rather it be more like 60 - 70%. Oh well. It is good to have so many good books to choose from.

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  6. congratulations to you Tracy. My TBR is out of control and I haven't kept track. I just signed up for Oyster which offers about 500,000 books in their catalog (including two major publishers) for you to read as many as you like for a subscription fee of $9.99 a month. The mystery selection is terrific and will have me reading from it for about several months.

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    1. Oyster sounds interesting, Keishon. Sort of like Netflix for readers. I will wait and see what you think of it.

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  7. I enjoy reading your blog and have therefore nominated you for the “Inspirational Blogger Award”!
    Here is the link:

    http://ipsofactodotme.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/youre-kidding-right/

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, and you know I love to visit your blog also.

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  8. I'm so glad you read In the Shadow of the Glacier, because you made me read it too!

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    1. That was an interesting book, Moira. The series is on my list to continue. I loved learning that bit of history about the area draft dodgers settled in. I have realized from that book how little I know about the history of the Viet Nam war even though it certainly touched on my life.

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  9. Congratulations, Tracy! I think I'd like to read books from my TBR pile without challenges or conditions, which remind me of school homework. I do want to read Len Deighton again. I've a couple of his novels one of which is "Funeral in Berlin," I think. I don't even remember the books in my possession.

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    1. Thanks, Prashant. Funeral in Berlin is one I want to read soon. And then watch the movie. I just have way too many books. Have to pare them down one way or another.

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