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.

*If you post on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media to log a book, please use #MountTBR2019. 

*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.








47 comments:

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!!

Yvonne said...

I'm in! Thanks for hosting again.

Yvonne said...

I haven't done this one in a couple of years, but I'm going to give it a try this year.

Bev Hankins said...

Glad you're joining in again, Yvonne!

Jemima Pett said...

Still trying to reach Mount Vancouver. Should be closer this year... the summit is tantalisingly close. Must stop taking books from Netgalley.
I've made a new rule for my TBR list. It mustn't be larger than my all-time 'read' list. :O

Stephen said...

A few months ago I sheepishly posted all of my purchased-but-unread titles that had been that way for at least a month, under the heading TBR of Doom. I've been making progress on it, but this challenge seems like a fun way to work on it with others who have the same daunting pile!

Bev Hankins said...

Jemima: You can do it!

Stephen: Glad you've found us. Good luck with your TBR of Doom!

Persy (Percy for Persephone) said...

I searched Google for 2019 reading challenges and this sounds like just the one for me. I have hundreds of TBR books and I was hoping to knock a few off in 2019. If you permit it, I would very much like to join this challenge. I will choose the lowest category to start (I'm hoping to climb to some taller peaks because I have my own personal challenge of one book a week). I do have a blog URL however, it has 0 posts in it because I haven't had the time this year to blog about anything. So I will be trying to rectify that in 2019 and will post about this challenge and the books I read (along with the list of books I hope to read as well as the ones I have successfully finished for your challenge). I'll post the link to my blog later, hopefully before January 1st.

Thanks for hosting this challenge, it's just what I was looking for!

(I solemnly swear I will not count textbooks or college mandated reading, because some of the reads for school I already own)

Bev Hankins said...

Persy: Welcome--we're so glad to have you join our climbing crew.

Jovita @ Inky Impressions said...

Thank you for hosting. The last reading challenge I participated was almost ten years ago, I'm looking forward to this one. I have plenty of owned books to get through.

reese said...

Signing up again & increasing the size of the mountain which I definitely need to do...

Thanks for hosting!

Toby said...

Hi. Never done a reading challenge before and this one looks interesting but I'm not sure how to start or if this is one I can do.

Bev Hankins said...

Toby: If you've not done a challenge before, then you might want to start with the lowest level--Pike's Peak, which will require you to read 12 books that you have owned prior to January 1, 2019 during the coming year. To complete the challenge you would have to have read 12 books before December 31st, 2019. You can always read more than 12 and claim higher mountains as the year goes on.

To sign up--if you have a blog, create a post that states your challenge commitment (how many books you plan to read) and then click on the linky button above to enter the information required. OR You may just comment here with the Mountain/# of books you plan to read.

Toby said...

Thanks Bev. I'll have a go at the Pike's Peak. I love the mountain names. Seems like a good way to describe the challenges.

Bev Hankins said...

Good luck, Toby! If you care to join in, there will be monthly posts where you can comment and tell us about your progress--and little about the books themselves, if you'd like.

Callie said...

I would like to participate for my first time! I'm going to start with Mt. Vancouver, and see if I can't keep climbing from there! I'll be posting on Litsy under @callielafleur. Very excited!

Bev Hankins said...

Welcome, Callie! So glad you'll be with us.

A.D. Calvert said...

I'm new to this challenge, but definitely need it. Waaay to many books on my shelves that I haven't read, or have read so long ago that a re-read is required. I'm starting out with the "Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s" as my target.

Thanks for hosting the challenge!.

A.D. Calvert

J.G. said...

I'm in for another year! I really like the simplicity of this one and it has helped me clear off some lingering titles. Still trying to scale Mount Blanc for 2018 . . . but already looking ahead! Thanks for hosting again!

Marian H said...

This is one of my favorite challenges. Thanks for hosting!! :)

Julie Cornewell said...

Thank you for hosting this again this year! This challenge is the Master List for all the books I read each year.

Julie Cornewell said...

OMG when I saw the listing for your Virtual Mount TBR Challenge I realized I've been doing your regular Mount TBR challenge wrong all these years. I never realized it was only owned books. Well I'm doing both challenges this year! lol

Judy said...

I’d love to join this challenge. I did a challenge last year, 52 books from a specific genre list, and I pooped out 48 books because I couldn’t find ones that interested me that went with the last few genres. I must have several hundred books on my shelves that I keep saying I will get to, so this challenge is prefect for me. I’ll go with Mt. Vancouver to start off.

Ivyclad Ideas said...

I'm joining this one. It's time to take back control from my TBR pile!

juzzy said...

Hello! I’ve been searching for a reading challenge and this one definitely seems the best one for me . I am a book addict and there is so many in my book shelf that I haven’t looked at.
I’m going to aim for the middle - mt Kilimanjaro and can upgrade if I need too!
How do you record books read to the group? Also is there a # tag that is commonly used for social media?
Thanks
Justine

Bev Hankins said...

Glad to have you along. Most of us who sign up here have blogs for recording books. You can record your books in whatever way works for you--Goodreads (or other book/library site); Twitter, Instagram, etc. I hadn't thought about a hashtag--but that's probably a good idea. Let's go with #MountTBR2019. I'll revise my rules to include that.

juzzy said...

Thanks for the reply! I have joined the group on goodreads , think that will be the easiest way for me 😊
Can’t wait to get started!

Ann Lucas said...

Going for mount Vancouver! Thanks for setting this up!

@ncostell said...

I’d like to join! I’ll start with Pike’s Peak and see how it goes from there. I am on Litsy as @ncostell.
Thanks,
Nicole

Marina Jevdokimova said...

Wow I love the rule change about 50%!
I actually didn't sign up in 2017-2018 (and I read just 2-3 books over the past two years), but I signed up in 2016 and never finished some of the books I read back then. And tbh sometimes I actually found myself making sure I don't get to 50% if I knew I wouldn't finish the book before the end of the year. I'm glad this won't happen anymore :)

Mervi said...

Thanks for hosting again! I'm joining with the goal reaching Mount Blanc (again).

Marina Jevdokimova said...

Or to ask more explicitly - does the 50% exemption only apply if I was signed up last year, not if I read this book for the 2016 challenge but never finished it?
(I'll have to double-check if I actually have any books like that, not sure)

George said...

I don't think I've ever officially joined a reading challenge before. I found your site through Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice. I think I'll shoot for Mount Blanc. Question: How long do the books have to be? I have quite a few novellas, etc. Would they count? I'll also join the Goodreads group. Thanks!

And on reconsideration I'll shoot for Mount Vancouver.

Bev Hankins said...

Marina: What I intended when I made the "50% rule"--was for people who started books in December of the previous year and who kept reading into the current challenge year. So--If I hadn't been in the challenge last year and started "Book X" and had 50% or more of the book left to read and finished it today, then I could count it towards the 2019 Challenge. If I had been a challenger in 2018 and didn't manage to finish the book in time to count if for my 2018 Challenge, then (no matter how much was left to read of the book) if I finished it today, I could count it towards my 2019 Challenge. I did not intend the rule to extend back further in time than the previous year (I don't really consider a book that you were reading in 2016 and then stopped reading to be a "currently reading" book). But, honestly, I'm not really going to be checking up on these things (too many challengers to monitor and too many books of my own to read). If there's a book that you didn't finish previously (and, more importantly, did not count towards a previous Mount TBR Challenge) that you want to finish now--then go ahead and finish it in 2019.

Bev Hankins said...

George: I don't have a page limit requirement for the challenge. If it can be found published (or e-published) as a book, then you can count it.

Slanted said...

Hello! I'm going to try joining in again this year, aiming for Pike's Peak to start with, but hoping to climb higher and higher, and doing it properly with all the posts too! Thanks for running it again, because even though I could read the books perfectly well without a challenge, it's much more fun to feel like I'm succeeding at something at the same time.

Barbara H. said...

I'm in again for this year and looking forward to it!

Nathan said...

I'm in for the first time, trying to start strong with Mount Olympus. I may have gotten a few books on Jan. 1st, but I don't know which and it's not many (at most 10). Hopefully it's OK to include some I'm "iffy" about the date of.

Bethani Shaffer said...

Hi! Thank you so much for hosting this challenge. I'm going to aim for Mt. Ararat and upgrade if possible. Happy New-ish Year!

Nikki Dunphy said...

I am looking forward to this challenge. I tried las year but fell short of my goal. I am going to try and read one book a month this year. Hopefully, I will have more time to read. I am looking forward to reading your comments and book reviews.

Marina Jevdokimova said...

Thanks for the reply!
I didn't necessarily stop reading those books completely, the issue is that I was above 50% by January 1st :D