Reading Challenge

Mount TBR Challenge Update – September 2018

Challenge Update

How is it September already!?  Honestly, I’ve no idea where the time goes!

I read two books from my backlist this month.  I’ve not posted the reviews yet, but they have been drafted up and will be posted within the next couple of weeks.  Probably.

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

the blinds

Imagine a place populated by criminals – people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance.  Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one.  All they do know is that they opted into the programme and that if they try to leave, they will end up dead.

For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace – but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt.  Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her – and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down.  The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway, it’s simmering with violence and deception, heartbreak and betrayal, and it’s fit to burst.

Artemis by Andy Weir


WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.

Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.

Some criminals.

Jazz Bashara is one of the criminals.  She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon.  But it’s not enough.

So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it.  But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…

I’m making good progress up Mt. Ararat, and at this stage, I’m fairly confident that I’ll complete my challenge to read all of my backlist titles (I started with 52, so 6 to go) before the end of the year!

Mount TBR Sep 18

TBR Watch

I managed to read 14 books in August thanks to a little holiday in Majorca, and this has actually helped get my TBR down every so slightly!  😀

  • Total: 60
    • Backlist: 6
    • ARCs: 12
    • New: 42

Of course, those titles that are currently labelled “new” will be backlist next year, so I’ll get to do yet another backlist challenge!


  1. I live how on top of this challenge you are. I’m thinking of doing some kind of beat the backlist challenge next year 🤔 because I have 300+ unread books. I think the first stage is to cull some!

    1. It’s been tough to keep going with it when there are all the shiny new books to read! Glad I’ve persevered though!
      300+!? Yes, I think a cull is in order! 🙈😂

  2. I am really impressed with this! I love the graph and how you are actually reading books from your TBR- something I desperately need to do! I am feeling inspired, so thank you!

    1. Ha ha! I have to admit, I’m constantly tempted by all the shiny new books… I like this challenge though – I like that there were separate goals depending how ambitious you’re feeling! 😊

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