Monday, December 28, 2020

Mount TBR Final Checkpoint


Well, my fellow mountaineers, our 2020 climbing expedition is coming to a close and it's time to get ready for the Final Mountaineering Checkpoint. Considering how 2020 seemed to go on forever, it's still hard to believe that our current trek is almost over. 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, 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!


Jean said...

I hit a record this year with 46 titles, way more than in previous years. I guess lockdown and the inability to get new books has a silver lining...

Mervi said...

Great examples, Bev! Especially "All good things must come... (to) Partners in Crime" :)

Thanks for a great challenge!

Sue said...

I blew away my record by getting to the top of El Toro and beyond! So many books now donated and off my shelves. Clap, clap!

Mark Baker said...

I far surpassed my original goal.

Here's my wrap up post:

Susan said...

Avid Series Reader's challenge tracking post with titles and reviews:
1. Achieved Pike's Peak goal (+ 1 for total 13).
2. Since the number of proverbs exactly matches the number of books I read for the challenge, I can't resist matching them all up, regardless how silly the result:
A stitch in time saves...The Scottish Prisoner
Don't count your chickens before...Murder at the Vineyard Mansion
A penny saved is...Prep
All good things must come to...The White Queen
When in Rome...It Happens in the Dark
All that glitters is not...The Cold Cold Ground
A picture is worth...The Bungalow
When the going gets tough, the tough get...Lord John and the Succubus
Two wrongs don't make...The Fifth Woman
The pen is mightier than...Her Fearful Symmetry
The squeaky wheel gets...Lord John and the Hellfire Club
Hope for the best, but prepare for...Lord John and the Haunted Soldier
Birds of a feather the Halls

Barbara H. said...

My goal was Mt. Vancouver (36 books), but I made it to Mt. Ararat (48 books). Yay! My wrap-up post is here: I'll be signing up for this year's challenge next week!

Mervi said...

My goal was 24 books and I just reached it, even though I had hopes of reaching higher. My post is here:
Thanks for a great challenge!

A. Rivera said...

Despite 2020, I managed to make it up Pike's Peak and read 12 books. Hope to sign up again in 2021.

Here is the link:

Happy New Year one and all. Stay safe and healthy.

Best, and keep on blogging.

Cath said...

My wrap-up post is here:

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I made it up to the top of Mount Vancouver an a bit beyond - 38 books.

here's my wrap up post -

Sue Jackson said...

My Wrap-Up Post for my 2020 challenges (with the Mount TBR Challenge up first, as always!). I didn't quite meet my goal, but I came close:

Thanks for hosting the challenge - I'll be joining again!


Sue Jackson said...

P.S. Although the challenge allows counting e-books and audios, I don't count those in my own TBR count because they don't take up any physical space :) My goal is to whittle down that TBR bookcase that now has double rows on it!


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