Friday, 2 January 2015

Mount TBR 2014: Final checkpoint

Bev's Mount TBR 2014 challenge came to an end on the 31st. December so it's time for the final checkpoint post.

I signed up to complete the climb to Mount Ararat but sadly did not make it. I needed to read 48 books for that category but in the event managed only 36... which is Mount Vancouver. I say 'only'... I am actually quite pleased with getting 36 books off the tbr mountain at my first attempt. It's a lot better than none at all.

Anyway, these are the books I read:

1. The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder
2. Consider Phlebus - Iain Banks
3. Shards of Honour - Lois McMaster Bujold
4. The Talisman Ring - Georgette Heyer
5. Have His Carcase - Dorothy L. Sayers
6. Sundiver - David Brin
7. Good Evening Mrs. Craven - Mollie Panter Downes
8. The Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers
9. Touch Not the Cat - Mary Stewart
10. West with the Night - Beryl Markham
11. Among Others - Jo Walton
12. Thirteenth Child - Patricia Wrede
13. Huntingtower - John Buchan
14. The Red House Mystery - A.A. Milne
15. Cuckoo's Egg - C.J. Cherryh
16. The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett
17. Detective Stories from the Strand - ed. J. Adrian
18. The River of Adventure - Enid Blyton
19. Demon in the House - Angela Thirkell
20. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
21. Turkish Embassy Letters - Lady Mary Montagu
22. Out of the Deep I Cry - Julia Spencer-Fleming
23. Up With the Larks - Tessa Hainsworth
24. Sovereign - C.J. Sansom
25. The Rendezvous and other stories - Daphne du Maurier
26. The Overloaded Ark - Gerald Durrell
27. Helliconia Summer - Brian W. Aldiss
28. Anthem for Doomed Youth - Carola Dunn
29. Elizabeth and her German Garden - Elizabeth von Arnim
30. Come, Tell Me How You Live - Agatha Christie Malloran
31. Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
32. A Coven of Vampires - Brian Lumley
33. Night of the Living Deed - E.J. Copperman
34. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush - Eric Newby
35. Once Upon a Christmas - Sarah Morgan
36. Gone West - Carola Dunn

Part 2 of the checkpoint post is: Using the titles of the books you read this year, please associate as many statements as you can with a book read on your journey up the Mountain.

Describe yourself: Demon in the House

Describe where you currently live: Huntingtower

If you could go anywhere where would you go?: The Last Continent

Every Monday morning I look/feel like: A Coven of Vampires

The last time I went to the doctor/therapist was because: Out of the Deep I Cry

The last meal I ate was: Cuckoo's Egg

When a creepy guy/girl asks me for my phone number, I: Have His Carcase

Ignorant politicians make me: A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

Some people need to spend more time: Among Others

My memoir could be titled: Come, Tell Me How You Live

If I could, I would tell my teenage self: Up with the Larks

I've always wondered: The Red House Mystery

Well, that was fun! Some are appropriate, others a bit hit and miss.

Many thanks to Bev for hosting this very enjoyable challenge and I look forward to participating once again next year.



DesLily said...

sheesh! as you know that's almost as many books as I read all year!! The challenge should have been to count your tbr pile today.... then count them at the end of the year and see if it went down... then sit there and laugh your arse off because although you read books all year the pile grew instead of got smaller!! LOL

BooksPlease said...

DesLily is right! My TBR pile is nearly as big now as it was at the beginning of 2014!

But it's still a great achievement - our piles would have been even bigger if we hadn't done this challenge. I know that I wouldn't have read anywhere nearly as many if it wasn't for the nudge to get round to the books already on my shelves.

And I enjoyed your answers to Bev's questions!

Kay said...

Hi Cath! It feels so good to be commenting on your blog again. I have missed it and missed talking about books and stuff. I wanted to invite you to visit my new blog - kay's reading life. Please come by and chat a while. I look forward to reconnecting with everyone in 2015. Happy New Year!

Susan said...

You did amazing, Cath! All those books off your Mount TBR! You should pat youself on the back as that is quite an achievement in reading books you already have. I was going to say is the space on your shelf you cleared off filled yet??? :-D

Cath said...

Pat: The trouble is my tbr pile is spread all over the house and I would have a real problem counting them all. LOL! I'm guessing when I say there must be 300. And yeah... I suspect the pile may well have got bigger rather than smaller despite the 36 books read. LOL!

Margaret: I'm clearly in good company then!

I agree, our piles would have been bigger so it's well worth doing this challenge. It 'made' me read off my tbr pile.

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed my answers.

Kay: It's delightful to have you back among us again. Look forward to hearing all about your reading and so forth this coming year.

Susan: Thanks... but I think Pat and Margaret might be right when they wonder if the actual number has gone down at all. LOL!

I spend so much time rearranging my books that I have no idea where the space was or if it's been filled again. *Falls on the floor laughing*