Wednesday 30 December 2015

Mount TBR 2015 Final checkpoint

Another year is almost at an end so it's time for the final checkpoint for Mount TBR 2015.

Bev has asked that we answer question one and then two if we feel inclined. (I do. :-))

1. Tell us how many miles you made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you've planted your flag on the peak, then tell us and celebrate (and wave!). Even if you were especially athletic and have been sitting atop your mountain for months, please check back in and remind us how quickly you sprinted up that trail. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting book adventures you've had along the way.

I signed on for Mont Blanc which was to read 24 books owned by you since before the 1st. January 2015. Happy to report that I planted my flag on the top of the mountain around about mid-December. All of the 24 books were good, particularly those I read in the first half of the year, for some strange reason. I look at the list and get a really good feeling about A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers, Helliconia Winter by Brian Aldiss, The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney, Agatha Christie's autobiography, Clear Waters Rising by Nicholas Crane, all read before May. Books read after that were fine too but that few months at the start of 2015 seemed to be particularly good. Odd.

2. The Year in Review According to Mount TBR: 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: The Dark Horse

Describe where you currently live: Wildwood (I wish!)

If you could go anywhere where would you go?: Untrodden Peaks, Unfrequented Valleys

Every Monday morning I look/feel like: A Murder is Announced

The last time I went to the doctor/therapist was because: [Of] August Folly

The last meal I ate was: A Tiny Bit Marvellous

When a creepy guy/girl asks me for my phone number, I: [Use] Tooth and Claw

Ignorant politicians make me: [Think of] The Churchill Factor

Some people need to spend more time: [Reading by the] Fyre

My memoir could be titled: Point of Dreams

If I could, I would tell my teenage self: [To enjoy the] Summer Half

I've always wondered: [About] The Murder at the Vicarage

So that's Mount TBR for another year. Onwards and upwards now to 2016 and another stab at Mont Blanc. Can't wait.



DesLily said...

Doesn't it seem impossible when the end of the year posts start showing up?!! So if you are anything like me (and I am sure you are) you read 24 books off of your tbr pile but added 35! close? lol

Cath said...

Easily, Pat. Seems all I do is maintain the size of the tbr pile... not reduce it. LOL!

Bev Hankins said...

Congratulations, Cath! I added way more books to my pile than I read. I can't help myself--I keep buying and buying. I did tell my husband this Christmas that next year, I don't want books. I want to start putting money into building floor to ceiling bookshelves to put all those books I've got on. We'll see if I stick to that.... :-)

Look forward to climbing the mountains with you again in 2016!

Nan said...

Have we talked about The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney? I loved that book.

Penny O'Neill said...

Congratulation on your most excellent climb, Cathy.
I had a ho-hum reading year. So it goes . . . here's to the next and wishing you a happy new year.

BooksPlease said...

Congratulations and Happy New Year, Cath! You had a good reading year and you've reminded me I still have The Tenderness of Wolves in my TBR shelves, looks like it's a good one! My TBR numbers never go down much, if at all - it's impossible!

Cath said...

Bev: Glad I'm not the only one... seems we all like to maintain the size of our tbr piles. lol

Thank you.

Nan: I'm not sure... I think we might have. I'll check that one out as she's such a wonderful writer.

Penny: Thank you. Happy New Year to you and yours too.

Margaret: Thank you. I hope 2016 is a good year for you and your family. Yes, The Tenderness of Wolves was very good indeed.

It does indeed seem to be impossible to get the tbr pile to go down! I'm going to try and not buy any for a couple of months... I can't promise there won't be library books though.