Monday, 31 March 2014

Mount TBR: March checkpoint.

This is my first year with Bev's Mount TBR reading challenge and the time has come for the first progress report, known as The March checkpoint. Not done one of these before so hopefully I can manage to get it right.

My aim for this year - the mountain I'm attempting to climb that is - is to climb Mount Ararat. That involves reading 48 of my own books before the 31st. DEcember. I thought that was doable as last year I read around 35 without really trying and 48 is only 4 books a month.

Anyway, firstly we have to:

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.

My number of books read is 11. That takes me to within shouting distance of the top of Pike's Peak (12 books required for that), in fact I've started book 12 so am almost there. I am in fact almost a quarter through my challenge and pretty much on track as we're now a quarter of the way through the year of course. I did wonder if I might be able go beyond 48 books and am actually quite hopeful that I might eventually manage to do that.


2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:

A. Post a picture of your favorite cover so far.

B. Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.

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.)

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?

I'll start with A - 'Post a pic of your favourite cover', which is easier said than done because when I looked at the list of books I'd read, I'd got three contenders:

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks, and Sundiver by David Brin:

I like the first because it's a wonderful depiction of a snow scene on The Prairies in the 1800s. These Puffin covers are from the 1970s or 80s I believe and I'm a bit fond of this particular set. The second is just a stunning scene of an ocean on a man-made planet with the sky and the cosmos above. Beautiful. The third I simply like because of the colours used... and the depiction of the alien, whose name I now completely forget. It's just a damn good sci-fi cover, in my opinion.

And the winner is? Consider Phlebas. Annoyingly, because I've passed the book on I don't know who is responsible for the artwork, but whoever it was - it's gorgeous.

I'll do D for my second question, 'Which book has been on your tbr pile the longest?'

Well. I suppose, strictly speaking, that would be The Long Winter because it's been owned since the 1980s. The thing is, it hasn't been on my tbr mountain since then, it's been on the bookshelf in my grand-daughter's room and actually belongs to her mum. I didn't decide to read the Little House series until the last three or four years. Probably the one that's waited longest is Sundiver by David Brin. I bought that on a trip to Memphis, Tennessee in 2006. Our hotel was a short ride away from a mall where there was a Barnes and Noble and we went there several times to escape the heat, *and* buy books. I came home with 4 David Brin books and they've languished on the shelf ever since. 'Was it worth the wait?' Frankly, no. It wasn't a bad book by any means but I had hoped for a slightly more involving science-fiction read. Not sure it was worth bringing back in my suitcase to be honest. But there you go, win some, lose some.



Peggy Arthurs said...

Books in suitcases! I always dragged a tote with about 10 books to read with me everywhere we went . Thanks to digital that is easier now! Although I'm looking forward to roaming used book shops in Scotland with Katrina and that might present a problem:) I just bought a bigger tote bag!

BooksPlease said...

I see you're on target!

It's so hard to pick a favourite cover - I couldn't decide. I like the snow scene and agree that Consider Phlebas is really good.

My aim is to climb Mount Ararat too good luck to both of us :)

Kailana said...

Looks like you are off to a good start. Good luck keeping it up!

Susan said...

LOL to this post, Cath! It was fun to read. I love how you carted that book around for so long, and then when you read it, it was so-so. I'm so glad you are enjoying the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. They are really good books about settlers and pioneer life. I grew up on them, and you rereading them is making me think it's time I reread them now too. Especially as I know now that some of my ancestors were very early on the scene in Ontario, so what Ingalls described, my ancestors went through too.

You're off to a good start with this challenge too :-) It's so satisfying to read your own books, isn't it? Though those shiny new ones do get in the house too!

Cath said...

Peggy: I laughed at you buying a bigger tote bag. I shall do that when we eventually return to the USA.

Margaret: Yes, pretty much on target. I need to have a month where I only read my own books and then that would put me well ahead rather than just 'on target'.

I thought the book cover question was a fun thing to think about and answer.

Oh, you're doing that one too? Excellent. We can encourage each other.

Kelly: Thank you!

Susan: I know... all that lugging around and then the book was just average. And I still have 3 more to read. *sigh*

Yes, loving the LIW prairie books. And now I'm reading Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede and it's reminding me quite strongly of those books. Interesting.

Those shiny new ones do tend to creep in when you're not paying attention. And we won't start on library books...

Bev Hankins said...

Your covers of Consider Phlebas and Sun Diver are much better than the copies I owned at one point (since given away).

You're doing great!

Cath said...

Bev: It's amazing how the covers can vary from one country to another.

Thank you, I'm quite pleased with my progress.