Saturday, 8 December 2018

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019 signup

OK, I think the Mount TBR Reading Challenge for 2019 is going to be my final signup (or I am going to be spending so much time challenging next year that I won't actually have enough left for the reading!) I first saw this challenge mentioned on Jovita's Inky Impressions blog and it is hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block.

The Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019 and the idea is to read as many owned-but-as-yet-unread books as possible. To count for the challenge, books must be owned by me prior to January 1, 2019. A few days ago I actually typed myself out a list of (nearly) all the non-ARC books I have awaiting reading and there's rather more than I thought I had so this challenge is perfect!

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

I'm going to aspire to Mt. Ararat level and here's that list I hope to seriously prune through the year:

UK2 by Terry Tyler
Storms Of Lazarus by Karen Kincy
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Mira Nunez
From Ritual To Romance by Jessie Weston
The History Of Mary Prince
Seeing Red by Lina Meruane
Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Circe by Madeleine Miller
The Judgement Of Richard Richter by Igor Stiks
Above The Bridge by Deborah Garner
Fate by Mary Corran
Heroes Or Thieves by J J Sherwood
Skye City by R D Hale
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Incident At Diamond Springs by Kendall Hansen
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
Gaston De Blondeville by Ann Radcliffe
The Castles Of Athlin And Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe
The Italian, Or The Confessional Of The Black Penitents by Ann Radcliffe
The Mysteries Of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Romance Of The Forest by Ann Radcliffe
Tahrir by Vladimir Volya
Whitewalls and Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes
Agrippina by Emma Southon
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Music And Silence by Rose Tremain
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
Minaret by Leila Aboulela
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Windward Heights by Maryse Conde
The Book Of Fathers by Miklos Vamos
Rupert Brooke poetry
Any Human Heart by William Boyd
Four Feet Under by Tamsen Courtenay
Force Of Nature by Jane Harper
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
The Keepers Of Truth by Michael Collins
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Muse by Jessie Burton
Ice by Ulla-Lena Lundberg
The Dry by Jane Harper
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Good People by Hannah Kent
The Words In My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd
Le Brave Soldat Chveik by Jaroslav Hasek
The Golden Shadow by Leon Garfield



  1. I read Wild Swans years ago and I loved it! I was reading a lot of Asian fiction and non fiction at the time. I'm starti ng to get ready for next year's challenges too. I'm trying not to go too mad with the lists as I end up setting my goals too high!

    1. I remember loving Wild Swans too, but ages ago. I picked up a bookswap copy this year and am looking forward to reading it again :-)
      Snap on the over-ambitious goals!

  2. Yup this sounds like something I need to do as well. :D

  3. I'm happy to see that you joined the upcoming challenge, I see many on your list that I would like to read as well.

    1. I was amazed in compiling the list by how many great-looking books I have awaiting me. Should be a fab reading year ahead :-)

  4. I need to do this too. This year I signed up for all the challenges but without a plan, so for next year I will do just like you - create a list of all the non-ARCs that I wish to read in 2019!

    1. I've missed a few I know because I'm travelling and can't remember what's on my bookshelf at home! If I can get the list down to less than 25 this year I will be happy.
      Good luck with attacking your TBR too :-)