Category: Reading Challenges


Mount TBR Challenge Checkpoint: April-June 2012

Posted 30 June, 2012 by Heather in Reading Challenges / 14 Comments

Mount TBR Reading ChallengeTime for another Mount TBR Challenge check-in! Are you ready to hear how many books from my TBR pile I read over the last three months?!

One.

Yep, in three months, I read ONE book from my TBR pile. That brings my total to eleven for the year, with twenty-nine TBR books left to read in order to complete the challenge.

Reading twenty-nine books over six months is easy-peasy for me, so I’m not really worried…yet…that I won’t make it to the top of Mount Ararat. I think I’m going to need some help in order to make it by December 31st, though. Here’s what I have in mind:

I’m going to need all the authors of the world to stop writing new books for the next six months so I can catch up.

Can you do that for me? No? Oh.

You can click here to see the list of books I’m working with–the titles linked in blue are the books I have read and reviewed.

Of the books I’ve read so far this year (from that list), my favorite is The Warmth of Other Suns, written by Isabel Wilkerson. I knew it was going to be good, but it was even better than I expected it to be. The narrative nonfiction form is perfect for the story Wilkerson tells about the Great Migration, and I got really attached to the people she writes about. I learned quite a bit, too.

So this quarter was a bust, but I’m going to work hard to finish the challenge before the end of the year. Onward and upward!

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Let’s Discuss the Cover of Vanity Fair, Shall We?

Let’s Discuss the Cover of Vanity Fair, Shall We?

This month’s discussion for the November’s Autumn Classics Challenge is all about book covers: What are your first impressions as you look at the cover? Does the book cover have an aspect that reflects the character, setting, or plot of the novel? If you could have designed the book cover what would you have chosen? Let’s just dig right in, since I am so thoroughly frustrated with having spent so much time reading Vanity Fair this month. My first impression […]

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Mount TBR Challenge Checkpoint, March 2012

Mount TBR Challenge Checkpoint, March 2012

It’s time for the first Mount TBR Challenge check-in, and I must report that I haven’t read as many books from my TBR pile as I would have liked. This always happens–I vow that I’m going to put a big dent in the huge pile of books I already own, then new books keep coming out and I just want to read ALL THE BOOKS. However, I did go easy on myself when I signed up for this by choosing […]

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A Non-Fiction Adventure, Hosted by The True Book Addict

A Non-Fiction Adventure, Hosted by The True Book Addict

Click to sign up! Expanding on the idea of Jillian’s Classics Club, Michelle of the True Book Addict has decided to start a non-fiction reading club, aptly named A Non-Fiction Adventure. Similar to the Classics Club, the idea is to choose a number of non-fiction books and a date in the future by which to have the books read. I already have a ton of non-fiction on my TBR pile–and on my wish list–so it was pretty easy for me to come up with […]

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The Classics Club, Hosted by A Room of One’s Own

The Classics Club, Hosted by A Room of One’s Own

Jillian of A Room of One’s Own came up with an awesome idea to host a book club of sorts, which she has named The Classics Club. The idea is for individual readers to set a goal to read a certain number of classics over a certain period of time (say, 100 classics over a period of five years). The club is intended to be very casual–pick your own list, no stress, no major requirements, etc.–and it sounds like a lot of fun. […]

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The Age of Innocence: Inspired Correspondence

The Age of Innocence: Inspired Correspondence

  (In lieu of a formal review, I am going to use the February prompt of the classics challenge from November’s Autumn to put down my thoughts about this book in the form of a letter, written from Newland Archer to Countess Olenska.) February prompt (level 3): Try writing a short (four sentences +) note or letter as the character, addressed to you, another character, the author, anyone. Dear Ellen, By the time you read this, I will be back in […]

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November’s Autumn Classics Challenge: Ralph Ellison

November’s Autumn Classics Challenge: Ralph Ellison

January’s prompt for the November’s Autumn Classics Challenge comes with choices, depending on how far I am in the book. This month I am reading Invisible Man, written by Ralph Ellison over the span of seven years and finally published in 1952. It won the National Book Award in 1953. I just started reading this late Saturday night, so I’m only on chapter two, but I can already tell that I am going to love it. Ellison had me hooked […]

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One… more… challenge…

One… more… challenge…

What have I done? No, wait… what have YOU done? You reading challenge enthusiasts have turned me into a reading challenge MONSTER. But hey, at least I’ll be a well-read monster, right? Hahaha! Yes, I am joining another year-long challenge. I swear on everything bookish that this is the last one I’m joining for 2012. THE LAST. This challenge will fit right in with the other challenges I’ve already signed up for, though, and it doesn’t require me to add […]

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Ashley (Unofficially) Joins Two Reading Challenges

Ashley (Unofficially) Joins Two Reading Challenges

Last night I was telling my 11-year-old daughter about the four reading challenges I’ll be participating in next year. She already knew about the Back to the Classics Challenge–and sat with me while I chose which books to read–but I hadn’t told her about the others. When I was done, she asked, “What are the rules for the other challenges? I think I want to do them with you.” Be still, my heart. We went over each of the challenges […]

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Chunkster Reading Challenge 2012

Chunkster Reading Challenge 2012

I have found one more reading challenge (thanks, Allie!) that I’ve decided to participate in for 2012. I wasn’t going to join any more challenges since I’m already doing three, but this one fits in very nicely with the books I’ve chosen to read for the others. This is the last challenge I’m joining, though, I swear. The goal of the Chunkster Reading Challenge is to read some huge, chunky, holy-cow-this-book-is-putting-my-legs-to-sleep books that one might otherwise avoid. I have never […]

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