Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mount TBR Checkpoint #1

Wow!  Three months into the year already. Well, you know what that means...Your mountaineering guide is calling for the first quarterly check-in post. Let's see how our challengers are doing. 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. 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. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting adventures you've had along the way.
~I have read 33 of my pledged 150 books for Mt. Olympus...which means I'm slightly off-track to plant that flag on Mars. [And I was feeling so good about my pace....]

2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:

 A. Post a picture of your favorite cover so far.  
Here's mine (one of the few science fiction books I've read this year.)

 B. Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.
Mine: Inspector Morgan & Sergeant Pitt in The Snake on 99. Two new-to-me police detectives who make a good team and were enjoyable to read about.

 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 ever? Etc.)

 D. Title Scrabble: See if you can spell a word using the first letter of the first word in the titles of some/all of the books you have read so far. Feel free to consider "A," "An," or "The" as the first word or not as it helps you with your word hunt.

My word: Dazed
Death at Swaythling Court by J. J. Connington
All for the Love of a Lady by Leslie Ford
Zadok's Treasure by Margo Arnold
Episode of the Wandering Knife by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Death Takes a Bow by Frances & Richard Lockridge

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, April 8.  On Sunday, April 9,  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.


Barbara H. said...

I've finished 12, so I am up my first mountain range. Yay!

Bev Hankins said...

Yay, Barbara!

Kelly said...

I'm new this year, so I wasn't prepared for this first check point. I hope to join in on the next one!

That said, I'm well on track for Mount Blanc, having read 8 books through the end of March (and one for April, so far). I hope I can pace myself properly and reach the summit!

Anonymous said...

I judiciously aimed low to start with, but with seven titles already completed I think Pike's Peak lacks ambition, so it's Mont Blanc for me now!

I'm grateful that this challenge is giving me a framework for tackling my pile of books, even if I despair of it ever being whittled down significantly while I'm just as busily restocking. Ha!

Wendy said...

Oh, I somehow didn't know about the checkpoints either! I'm up to 22 books, so a little behind schedule for Everest. I'm really appreciating the incentive to read from my collection.

wcs53 said...

I just discovered the checkpoints too. Up to the end of March I had only completed 1 out of my targeted 12, but I have so many books on my TBR pile that I'll have no problem catching up.