Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mount TBR Challenge Checkpoint

It's hard to believe that we're at the end of the second quarter and it's time for Mountaineering Checkpoint #2. I'm calling for the second quarterly check-in post. [Imagine me in Alpine mountain gear with one of those long horns tootling away.] Let's see how our challengers are doing after 6 months are under the ol' mountain-climbing belt. Made it a couple of miles? Camping out in a cave 1/3 of the way up the mountain face? Taking refuge in a mountain hut along the way? Let us know how you're doing.  Checkpoint participation is absolutely voluntary and is not considered necessary for challenge completion.

For those who would like to participate in this checkpoint post, I'd like you to do two things:
1. Tell us how many miles you've made it up your mountain (# of books read).  If you're really ambitious, you can do some intricate math and figure out how the number of books you've read correlates to actual miles up Pike's Peak, Mt. Ararat, etc.

2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:
  A. Using any number of titles from your conquered list, compose a poem.  You may add extra words, if needed, up to the number of titles used.  (I thought this was really cool when another blogger used it as a mini-challenge for a read-a-thon that I participated in.)  Here's my contribution to that mini-challenge as an example (I added 6 words for 7 titles):


Picture of books is NOT required.
 B. Who has been your favorite character so far? Why?
 C. Have any of the books you read surprised you--if so, in what way (not as good as anticipated? unexpected ending? Best thing you've read all year? Etc.)

And what do you get for all that hard work (and distraction from the actual climb)? The link will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 30.  On Sunday night (or possibly Monday) I will crank up the Custom Random Number Generator and pick a winning climber. He or she will have the chance to add to their TBR stack via my gently-used book vault (prize list will be sent). Just think, if you win a book you can start up a pile for next year's Mount TBR Challenge. 

Even if you're not in the mood for a prize or if you've only got one leg of the journey under your belt, I'd love to have you check in and tell us how your climb is going!

***Please note--the linky is for Checkpoint posts only.  The link must be to a specific Checkpoint post (not your blog's home page in general). Links that are not Checkpoint-specific will be removed--to make it easier for me to track a winner.

Sign in below with your Checkpoint post.


Gigi Ann said...

Not sure what to do, but will try to answer the questions, and do the poem. I have read 35 of my 40 books, I'm almost to the top of Mt. Something, which ever one is 40 books.

Bev Hankins said...

Gigi Ann: What I need you to do is make a blog post (on your blog) telling us your progress (Item #1) and then answering one portion of #2. If you get that up, I'll adjust your link so it goes direct to your Checkpoint post. Right now your link just goes to your blog in general--which isn't valid for the prize drawing.

Gigi Ann said...

Will try to get this posted tomorrow, June 22, 2012.

Gigi Ann said...

Well, I'm glad that is done!! I finally got it posted. Sorry, I'm such a slow learner. ; (

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to finish reading Anna Karenina before I do my post so that it's one more checked off my list. I had fun writing my poem last night even if it is a bit morbid! Hope everyone else is trekking along nicely.

fredamans said...

That was fun!

Bev Hankins said...

Gigi problem. I will check it out.

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

My checkpoint post is up. Wish I could report more progress :-( Thank goodness there are still six more months left in the year!

Jan said...

I'm at 45 books so far, will try to post later today and think about a poem.

TracyK said...

I am not interested in the prize drawing, but wanted to do a Checkpoint post. Really enjoying participating in this challenge. Hope you are having fun on vacation.

Lianne said...

I fell behind on my Google Reader, so I didn't see this post in time to link up (le sigh, I'm so busy), but here's my checkpoint post anyway!