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Mount TBR Challenge 2018

I enjoy a reading challenge that encourages you to read through some of your own titles – you know, the ones that have been sat waiting patiently for far too long, and this year I’ve decided to take part in the Mount TBR Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block.

Mount TBR 2018

The idea is simple – you choose a mountain to climb, the difficulty corresponding to the number of books you’re committing to.

Challenge Levels

  • Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile
  • Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile
  • Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile
  • Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile
  • El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile
  • Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile
  • Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile

I’ve added a summary of the key rules below (for full details, follow the link above), but I’ve decided that rather than trying to tackle my whole TBR, that I’m going to sign up for Pike’s Peak initially.  Obviously I’m hoping to read more than 12 from my TBR, but I think that achieving the initial 12 may spur me on to do another 12, and so on.  That’s the theory, at least!

You can sign up at the link above, if this is something that you’re interested in taking part in!

The (Main) Rules

  • Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books.  If you find that you’re on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018
  • You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2018
  • Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018
  • You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things

There are a few other rules, but I see these as the key points.

Wish me luck! 🙂


Beat the Backlist Challenge Update


November proved to be an odd month for me, in that I was so busy with work and adulting that I had less time than usual for blogging and blog-hopping.  I’m hoping that December will see things return to normal, but I’m sorry that I haven’t been around to share everyone’s blog posts as much, and thank you so much to everyone who continued to visit my own blog and share my reviews and other posts.

As we’re now into December, I’ve accepted that I’m not going to reach my target of reading the 47 books from my backlist (books I purchased before 2017) as part of Novel Knight’s BTB Challenge.  I did manage to read 33 of them, however, which I don’t think is too bad, and there is still December to go…

TBR Watch

You remember that lovely decreasing trend on my chart from June onwards?  I was making great progress in reducing my TBR, and then I went to Hay-on-Wye for a weekend and bought ALL the books! 😀

TBR 1 Dec 17

Beat the Backlist Challenge Update


Another month gone, and the weather has turned decidedly autumnal which, if nothing else, gives us even more of an excuse to hide away with a book and a hot beverage.

Between reading through this year’s Booker shortlist and review copies, I haven’t managed to read any of my backlist titles for Novel Knight’s BTB Challenge this month! 😥

I am hoping to make a bit of a dint in my backlist this month, however, as I’m taking part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.  This is an event I’ve done before (see here), and even though I don’t think I’ll be able to read for the full 24 hours (I like sleep way too much for that!) I’m hoping that I can get through five or six titles over the weekend, and I’m going to try to focus predominantly on older titles that I’ve had for a while.

TBR Watch

Whilst I haven’t read any of my older books, I did decide to have a bit of a cull of my TBR, and I’ve removed a few books that I just don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading.  Some of these went to friends, others to the charity shop.  Either way, I hope that they’ll find good homes!

So, my TBR now looks something like this:

TBR 1 Oct 17

Beat the Backlist Challenge Update


This is my first post in around ten days, as I’ve been on holiday!  Go on, admit it – you didn’t even notice that I wasn’t here, did you? 😀

This month I’ve managed to read two of my backlist titles from Novel Knight’s BTB Challenge, and it’s getting to the point now where I don’t think that I’ll be able to read all of my backlist before the end of the year. 😳

  • This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab – regular readers of my blog will know that I love Schwab’s novels, and this one was no exception
  • The Loney by Michael Andrew Hurley – I was a little sceptical about this one as it’s had quite mixed reviews, but I really liked it

I’ll be doing mini reviews of the books I read whilst I was away, including the two mentioned above, in the next few days.

TBR Watch

You won’t believe this but I DIDN’T BUY ANY BOOKS IN AUGUST! (And yes, that is worth shouting about!)  I received a few books to review, but haven’t purchased anything.  This won’t last, as I have Godsgrave on pre-order so I’ll be getting at least one book this month.  Because of this incredible restraint, by TBR is continuing it’s slow but steady downward trend:

TBR 1 Sep 17

Beat the Backlist Challenge Update


Another month gone, and I’m still woefully behind in Novel Knight’s BTB Challenge, although I did manage to tick off three titles from my backlist this month:

  • Way Down Dark and Dark Made Dawn by J. P. Smythe which I enjoyed but didn’t get chance to review
  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 – 2047 – which I started, but wasn’t really enjoying so I gave up on it ☹ (it had great potential, but there was so much focus on the economics that I just couldn’t get into it)

TBR Watch

I was doing really well this month, and I only bought two books – History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid following the Booker Prize longlist announcement.

But I received two books to review, and three other books arrived:

  • Out of Bounds by Val McDermid from Susan at Books from Dusk Till Dawn
  • The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker from Zuky at Book Bum
  • House of Fiction by Phyllis Richardson – a book I backed through Unbound which explores the houses that inspired various works of fiction

So, my TBR hasn’t gone down quite as much as I’d hoped, but it has gone down!

TBR 1 Aug 17

Beat the Backlist Challenge Update


We’re halfway through the year (seriously, where does the time go?!), and it’s time to take a look at my progress in Novel Knight’s BTB Challenge.

I set my self a target of reading 47 backlist titles, which is all the titles I’d bought prior to 2017.  So far, I’ve read 19 of them.  It’s progress, although maybe not quite as much as I’d hoped.

Here are my outstanding titles:

# Title Author
1 Long Dark Dusk J. P. Smythe
2 Wake Elizabeth Knox
3 The Bickford Fuse Andrey Kurkov
4 The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 – 2047 Lionel Shriver
5 The Transmigration of Bodies Yuri Herrera
6 Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain Barney Norris
7 The Lost Time Accidents John Wray
8 Wolf Winter Cecilia Ekback
9 Bodies of Water V. H. Leslie
10 101 Detectives Ivan Vladislavic
11 What is Not Yours is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi
12 Hag-Seed Margaret Atwood
13 Wood Green Sean Rabin
14 Dark Made Dawn J. P. Smythe
15 Even the Dogs Jon McGregor
16 The Mountain in my Shoe Louise Beech
17 Star-Shot Mary-Ann Constantine
18 Desire for Chocolate Care Santos
19 A Lovely Way to Burn Louise Welsh
20 The Sunlight Pilgrims Jenni Fagan
21 The Kind Worth Killing Peter Swanson
22 Doorways Robert Enright
23 The Wolf Road Beth Lewis
24 This Savage Song V. E. Schwab
25 The Loney Andrew Michael Hurley
26 The Eleventh Letter Tom Tomaszewski
27 I, Robot Isaac Asimov
28 The Power Naomi Alderman

There are some great sounding books in there – I just need to make a bit of space to get to them!

TBR Watch

Last month’s pledge to buy no new books fell by the wayside pretty early on, but whilst I didn’t keep to it, I did read more than I bought, so there has been a slight reduction in my TBR.  And by slight, I mean it’s gone down by two.  But it has gone down!

TBR 1 Jul 17

Beat the Backlist Challenge Update


This will be a relatively brief post as, after making great progress in Novel Knight’s BTB Challenge in April, I’ve not read a single title from my backlist this month! 😦

This means that my backlist still numbers 30 titles.

TBR Watch

To make matters worse, I bought a phenomenal number of books in May, meaning that my TBR has taken a turn for the worse (or better, depending on your perspective 😉 )

TBR 1 Jun 17

So, no new books for me for a while!