Mount TBR Challenge Update – November 2018

Challenge Update

I had got to the point where I was feeling quite confident of reading my entire backlist of 52 books before the year is out.  Well, you know what they say about pride coming before a fall?  It’s still doable, but I’m somewhat less confident than I was now that we’re going into November, and I’ve still got four left to go.  Four doesn’t sound like many, but I do have one or two review copies to read before the year is out, not to mention all those shiny new books vying for my attention…

I’ve read two books from my backlist since my last update:

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

out of bounds

There are lots of things that ran in families, but murder wasn’t one of them…

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kinds of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for…

You can read my review here.

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

a brief history of everyone who ever lived

This is a story about you.

It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species – births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.

Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species.

In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

You can read my review here.


I have now read 48 books from my backlist, so I have reached the summit of Mt. Ararat!  I don’t have enough backlist titles left to reach the next peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, but I’ll continue to report on my progress!

Mount TBR Nov 18

TBR Watch

  • Total: 66
    • Backlist: 4
    • ARCs: 14
    • New: 48
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