Sunday, October 28, 2018

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019

January 2019 will kick off the eighth year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge and, despite the intentions behind developing this challenge in the first place, I don't seem to be getting those mountains moved at all. Regardless of the fact that I hope to have knocked a little over 100 books off of my 2018 Mount TBR by the end of December, there are still whole mountain ranges lined up and down my hallway and in my back room waiting to be conquered. As fast as I read 'em and get 'em off the stacks, my bookaholic ways help me replace them. [Per usual I visited the community Hoosier Hills Food Bank Book Sale in October and I brought home 59 new-to-me books.]

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. I always hope to plant my flag on Mount Olympus (even though I seem to hike slower and slower every year...), but I will most likely claim Mount Everest as my goal. And you're invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks....months...even years.

I have revised a couple of the rules--so be sure to check them over carefully.

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

The 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, 2019.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2019.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2019. No library books~. If you're looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see my new Virtual Mount TBR Challenge (click the link). 

    ~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a valid reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. I have, in the last couple years, allowed this when individuals have made requests. For example--if you own the hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you wonder whether a library substitution is acceptable.

*REVISED REREAD RULE: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you've owned it prior to 2019, provided you have not read it in last five years (my arbitrary time limit) and have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

* Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.] 

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception to this rule is if you have participated in Mount TBR the previous year and were unable to finish the book in time for the Final Check-in Post. Then--if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller! 

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*There will be a year-end check-in and prize drawing! [Since I am adding an extra challenge this year, I find that I must reduce the number of times I offer prizes on all my challenges. I wish I could afford to give you all prizes!]

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post about the challenge and link that post (not your home page) in the linky below. Non-bloggers may leave a comment below with your chosen challenge level OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will have a group there again this year and you are welcome to join us HERE.

*As I have in the past, I will have a headquarters link in the left-hand side-bar which will offer links to this original post, monthly review links, and the final wrap-up.


Barbara H. said...

I usually post about my plans for reading challenges near the end of the year or beginning of the next, so I will link up then, but I am definitely planning on climbing!

Hibernators Library said...

Thanks for hosting again! I've never participated, but am going to make a massive effort for completing books that I already own this year. :)

Bev Hankins said...

Hibernators Library: So glad you'll be joining us in 2019

BooksPlease said...

Thanks for the invitation. I've missed doing the challenge this year so I'm in for next year.

I am a bit confused about the Goodreads group - is it best to do one or the other, ie here on your blog or on Goodreads? Or can I do both - and join the Goodreads group?

Bev Hankins said...

You're welcome to sign up either here or on Goodreads--or both, if you'd like. All I ask is when it comes time for prize drawings that folks only enter in one place.

I do both simply because I moderate in both places, but most folks choose whichever works best for them.

Kay said...

After seeing this challenge for years and also seeing Cath and Margaret signing up, I'll be joining in the new year. My post will be up in January. I'm planning on making 2019 my years of catching up on series and also taking a step away from the 'shiny, new'. This seems perfect. Thanks!

Bev Hankins said...

Kay: So glad you'll be joining us!!