For those who would like to participate in this checkpoint, 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 managed to complete my original goal and planted my flag on the top of Mount Everest back in November. So, I hopped in a space ship and headed for Mars. Right now I'm caught up on reviews and have knocked 118 books off the TBR stacks. I might claim one or two more before the ball drops on New Year's Eve, but I'm not counting on it.
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 Shadowy Third
Don't count your chickens...[before] Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
A penny saved is.... (a) Golden Rain
All good things must come... (to) Partners in Crime
When in Rome... Look Your Last
All that glitters is not... Silver Wings For Vicki
A picture is worth... The Gimmel Flask
When the going gets tough, the tough get... Bound to Murder
Two wrongs don't make... A Halo for Nobody
The pen is mightier than.... The Hound of Death
The squeaky wheel gets... What Remains of Heaven
Hope for the best, but prepare for... Something the Cat Dragged in
Birds of a feather flock... Where Shadows Dance
And what do you get for all that hard work? The Checkpoint will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 9. On Sunday 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 be included in your 2021 TBR climb. To check in, you may post your answers on your blog and link the post URL in the comments or you may just post your answers in a comment below. I'll use the order of comments to load entries into the Random Number Generator.
Even if you're not in the mood for a prize or if you got distracted by pretty scenery or side trails (library books or what-have-you), I'd love to have you check in and tell us how your 2020 mountain climb went!