Saturday, December 21, 2019

Mount TBR 2019 Final Checkpoint

Well, my fellow mountaineers, our 2019 climbing expedition is coming to a close and it's time to get ready for the Final Mountaineering Checkpoint. Where does the time go? I'm ready to hear how all our mountain-climbing team members have done out there on Pike's Peak, Mt. Ararat, Mt. Everest....whichever peak you've chosen. 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 at least complete the first of these two things.  And if you feel particularly inspired (or generous about humoring me during the holiday season), then please do both.

1. Tell us how many miles you made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you've planted your flag on the peak, then tell us, take a selfie, and celebrate (and wave!).  Even if you were especially athletic and have been sitting atop your mountain for months, please check back in and remind us how quickly you sprinted up that trail. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting book adventures you've had along the way.
I set my sights on Mount Everest again in 2019. At the moment, I am scrambling to try and make it up the last leg of the climb. I've got about ten more books to read in as many days if I'm going to plant that flag. I think I should have packed more energy bars....We'll see how this goes.

UPDATE: I did it! It may have been down to the wire on 12/31/19--but I huffed and puffed my way to the top of Everest. Woo Hoo! 
2. The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, see how many of the familiar proverbs and sayings below you can complete with a book read on your journey up the Mountain. Feel free to add/subtract a word or two to help them make sense. I have given my titles as examples: 

A stitch in time...[saves] The Lucky Stiff
Don't count your chickens...[before] Opening Night
A penny saved is.... (worth) A Passage to India
All good things must come.. (to) A Girl of the Limberlost
When in Rome... I Am Captain Kirk
All that glitters is not... [The Mystery of] the Emerald Buddha
A picture is worth... The Two-Pound Tram  
When the going gets tough, the tough get [a]... Blueprint for Murder
Two wrongs don't make (a)... Scales of Justice
The pen is mightier than.... Thrones, Dominations 
The squeaky wheel gets...  A Wreath for Rivera
Hope for the best, but prepare for... A Knife in the Back
Birds of a feather flock... Where the Snow Was Red 

And what do you get for all that hard work? The Checkpoint will close at 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 9. On Friday 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). This prize may count towards your 2020 TBR climb.

Even if you're not in the mood for a prize or if you got distracted by pretty scenery or side trails (library books, ARCs, what-have-you), I'd love to have you check in and tell us how your 2019 mountain climb went!

Since I am limited on my linky parties with my current link provider, please use the comments section to give us your wrap-up answer/s. I will base the number for the prize drawing on your position in the comments.Thanks!


Sue said...
I set my sights on 36 books and the top of Mt. Vancouver. But things change and I actually exceeded my goal by two peaks and read 60 for the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

The Quiet Geordie said...

I got up my first mountain (Vancouver) mid August, then climbed Ararat and finished earlier in December.

A stitch in time...[saves]
Don't count your chickens...[before]
A penny saved is.... (worth)
All good things must come.. (to) Perfect People
When in Rome... Follow Me
All that glitters is not... Beneath the Surface
A picture is worth... The Death of Her
When the going gets tough, the tough get Gone without a Trace
Two wrongs don't make (a)... Herring in the Library
The pen is mightier than.... (a) Death in Profile
The squeaky wheel gets... Head Over Heels in the Dales
Hope for the best, but prepare for... A Spot of Toil and Trouble
Birds of a feather flock... (to) The Pool House

Jean said...

OK, this is my link for both challenges. I just barely made it, with 25 books!

Barbara H. said...

My wrap-up is here: I made it up to Mt. Vancouver, which was 36 books. I was just two short of Mt. Ararat’s 48. I enjoyed the climb! I might come back later and do the proverbs. Thanks for hosting this! I loved getting these books read.

Beth said...

I finished Pikes Peak and read 2 more books. 14 total for this challenge. I didn't write a wrap-up post, just kept a list as I went:

my last review of the year (probably): Metamorphoses -

Next year I want to focus more on this challenge. Thanks for hosting it!

Laura said...

Here my wrap up.

Boy did I struggle! But I picked up a new genre and didn't have any books about it so I had to buy them or borrow them... Will do better next year!

Mark Baker said...

I was aiming for 12 books this year, and I made it to 19!

Chloe the MovieCritic said...

I got Pike's Peak! Thanks for hosting!

BooksPlease said...

I got up my first mountain - Mont Blanc in June and carried on up Mt Vancouver and beyond reading 41 books in total!

A stitch in time…[saves] The Shadow Puppet
Don’t count your chickens… [under] The Wych Elm
A penny saved is…. An Advancement of Learning
All good things must come.. (to) The Seven Sisters
When in Rome… [beware of the] Blood on the Tracks
All that glitters is not… Wild Fire
A picture is worth… Cold Earth
When the going gets tough, the tough get … Mary Barton
Two wrongs don’t make … Bitter Lemons of Cyprus
The pen is mightier than … The Seagull
The squeaky wheel gets… Life After Life
Hope for the best, but prepare for… The RĂșin
Birds of a feather flock… [to] The Man on a Donkey

Serpent said...

I finished just three books: Die verschwundene Trommel/The Missing Drum, Fiorentina da impazzire and An Illustrated History of Britain.
I've also made good progress with two other books and I'm happy I didn't push myself to finish them in 2019. Now I'm still motivated and on January 1st I already finished one!
I also put up two TBR books for sale, Hodja Nasreddin stories and a book about skincare&beauty.

Proverbs... There's a lot you can make with "history of Britain" but I don't want to be harsh :D
Early bird catches the missing drum!

Mervi said...

Thanks for hosting! I fell short of Mount Blanc with just 22 books. However, I'm determined to make it to 24 next year.

I have the year's wrap-up post here:
Here's the list of books I read for this challenge:

A stitch in time...[saves] Abbdon’s Gate
Don't count your chickens...[before] The Last Stand
A penny saved is.... (worth) Trojan Gold
All good things must come.. (to) Avatar
When in Rome... (be) the Troll Queen
All that glitters is not... the Troll Treasure
A picture is worth... the Troll King
When the going gets tough, the tough get... Pieces of Modesty
Two wrongs don't make the Labyrinth Gate
The pen is mightier than.... the Foreigner
The squeaky wheel gets...  Superpowers
Hope for the best, but prepare for... Desperate Hours
Birds of a feather flock... (to) the Fated Sky