Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mt. TBR Checkin #3

If you are new to the Mt. TBR challenge, check out the post at My Reader's Block in which she explains.  But the short version is, I'm trying to read a bunch of books that I've owned prior to 2017, and the more books I read, the higher mountain I get to claim I've scaled.  And I'm here to answer all your burning questions about my trek so far!

As it turns out, I missed the first check-in, so technically this is my second.  I also technically missed this one, as it was supposed to be posted by Oct. 10, but I'm still going forward with it.  Furthermore, as I reviewed what I've done so far, I was kind of excited to realize that my official goal was El Toro, or 75 books, with a hoped-for stretch to Mt. Everest, or 100 books.  I'd gotten it into my head that it was 100 books or failure, and it is looking doubtful that I'll make it.  75 is more within my reach, so I will continue on.

1. Tell us how many miles you've made it up your mountain (# of books read)

I've passed Pikes Peak, elevation 14,115 ft., aka 12 books.

After two dozen books, I passed Mont Blanc, at 15,774 ft.
Now, THAT'S a mountain.  No offense, Colorado.
Three dozen books took me up Mt. Vancouver on the Alaskan/Yukon border, topping out at 15,787 ft.

I've recently summitted Mt. Ararat, and yes, spellcheck, summitted is a word.  Mt. Ararat is in Turkey and has an elevation of 16,854 ft, which equals 48 books.

Next up, Mt. Kilamanjaro, which is 10 books away at 60 books.  A quick math check lets you know I'm at 50 books so far.  25 of these books to read by Dec. 31.  I think I can, I think I can.

2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:

B. Pair up two of your reads. But this time we're going for opposites. One book with a male protagonist and one with a female protagonist. One book with "Good" in the title and one with "Evil." Get creative and show off a couple of your books.

I am going to go with This Side of Home and Around the World.  

Around the World is a graphic novel that traces the journeys of three world circumnavigators: Thomas Stevens, Joshua Slocum, and the better-known Nelly Bly, I'm a fan of author/artist Matt Phelan's style, and I enjoyed learning about these three eccentric and determined individuals, and how they ended up taking on this particular challenge.  

This Side of Home takes place in one neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  It is the story of gentrification and how two sisters respond differently to the changes happening around them.  This one really resonated with me, as their hometown is my hometown, and their neighborhood is the neighborhood my dad grew up in.  It also really pushed my thinking, since white Portland and black Portland don't actually communicate much.  See my review for more thoughts.

D. Choose 1-4 titles from your stacks and using a word from the title, do an image search.  Post the first all-eyes-friendly picture associated with that word.

For this one, I'll choose the four books I've read this quarter that I enjoyed the most (other than the two I just listed).  So that brings us to:

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
image search: "Dog years"

Burn Baby, Burn by Meg Medina
image search: burn baby burn
Well, that's...different.

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War
image search: salt
Hardly a surprise.  

image search: nation's hope

I like Ike.

And there you have it.  Wish me luck in my final haul up El Toro.  I am really enjoying reading my classroom library and connecting more books to more kids!


  1. Nice, I like the pics of the mountains! Great job at passing 50 books and aspiring to 75. However far you get, you're a winner.

  2. I love the puppies! I was doing this challenge, but I didn’t do any check-in posts. Oops. I did finish the challenge, though. I don’t have any more books from last year on my TBR shelf.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I love seeing challenge updates....especially Mount TBR ones. How interesting that the Eisenhower quote was the first image to come up with a nation's hope!


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