Showing posts with label 2013 Mount TBR Reading Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013 Mount TBR Reading Challenge. Show all posts

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mount TBR 4th Quarter Check-up and Final Wrap-up


As 2013 draws to a close, Bev at My Reader's Block requests our summaries of how we did in the year, regarding attacking the TBR stacks. In the year, I read a total of 48 books from my TBR stacks. My goal had only been 36 books, thus I exceeded my goal.


These are the books I read for this challenge in October, November, and December:
  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  2. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
  3. White Nights by Ann Cleeves
  4. Dark Star by Alan Furst
  5. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  6. Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill
  7. Hard Currency by Stuart M. Kaminsky
  8. Instruments of Darkness by Robert Wilson
  9. Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
  10. Murder in Belleville by Cara Black

Bev also asked us to complete this little quiz:
My Life According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, please associate each statement with a book read on your journey up the Mountain.
It was a stretch with the list of books I read, but for once I made the effort.
Are you male or female?:  The Case of the Angry Actress
Describe yourself: Devil in a Blue Dress
Describe where you currently live: The Stately Home Murder
If you could go anywhere where would you go?: The Broken Shore
Your favorite form of transportation: 
The Mystery of the Blue Train 
What's the weather like?:  Silence of the Rain
Favorite time of day?:
White Nights
Your relationships:
Kaleidoscope 
You fear:  Daemons Are Forever
What is the best advice you have to give?:  Take The Nearest Exit 
If you could change your name, you would change it to:  Roseanna
My soul's present condition: Mind's Eye

Although I have not formally joined in yet, I will be taking part in this challenge for 2014, because I am always trying to work away at the books I already have rather than buy and read new ones.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 3rd Quarter Summary


This quarter I have read 10 books that count toward the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013. Combined with the 28 books I read in the first and second quarter, I have read a total of
38 books, which surpasses my goal of 36 books.


The books I read in July, August, September from my TBR piles were:
  1. Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser
  2. Open Season by Archer Mayor
  3. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  4. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  5. Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage
  6. Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten
  7. Murder at Hazelmoor by Agatha Christie
  8. Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas
  9. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
  10. Vendetta by Michael Dibdin
One of the questions that Bev asked us to answer in our summary posts was:
Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.
This quarter I did not have a favorite character. Except for the Agatha Christie novels, all of the books on this list feature a policeman as the main character. I will highlight two that I found especially interesting.

In Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser the detective is Inspector Van Veeteren. He is very talented at his job and he knows it. This keeps him motivated to stay with the job even when he is not enjoying it. He isn't really likeable, but he is human and very interesting.

Quotes from the chapter where we meet the inspector:
Detective Chief Inspector Van Veeteren did not have a cold.

On the other hand, he did have a tendency to be depressed when the weather was poor, and as it had now been raining more or less nonstop for ten days, melancholy had made the most of the opportunity to sink deep roots into his mind.
And...
Why be a depressed master gardener or bus driver when you can be a depressed detective chief inspector...
Irene Huss is clearly the focus in Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten. She is the only female detective in this set of books. In addition to highlighting sociological issues in Sweden, the book addresses women's roles in male dominated jobs like law enforcement.  

Irene reflects on her job.
Far too many cases had not left behind the sweetness of victory, but rather a bitter aftertaste. You become jaded and cynical in this profession, she thought in her darker moments. But she didn't want to become either jaded or cynical! You had to go on, keep moving forward. You couldn't stop and dig yourself a hole. The job she had chosen was not without its dangers, but she had never wanted to do anything else and had always enjoyed her work. The past few years she had begun to notice an insidious feeling that hadn't existed before. Only recently had she been able to identify it. Terror. Terror of people's indifference to the human values of others and terror of the ever-increasing violence.
Check out other summary posts HERE.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 2nd Quarter Summary

For the second year, I am participating in the Mount TBR Reading Challenge. I have more unread books than I will ever read, and this challenge motivates me to work away at the older books in my stacks, boxes, and bookshelves. The host, Bev at My Reader's Block, is calling for the second quarterly check-in post. Check out other summary posts here.

This quarter I have read 13 books that count toward the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013. Combined with the 15 I read in the first quarter, I have read a total of 28 books toward my goal of 36 books. So, I am on target.



The books I have read in April, May, June are: 
  1. The Stately Home Murder by Catherine Aird
  2. The Ransom Game by Howard Engel
  3. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  4. Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  5. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
  6. Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler
  7. Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
  8. Fell Purpose by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  9. Kaleidoscope by J. Robert Janes
  10. Death Wore White by Jim Kelly
  11. Daemons Are Forever by Simon R. Green
  12. The Mugger by Ed McBain
  13. The Pusher by Ed McBain
My favorite character in this set of books was Inspector Espinosa of the First Precinct in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who appears in Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza. He is a book lover and a philosopher.

I purchased Silence of the Rain in late 2009, so I have had that book about 3 and a half years. The book I have had longest in this set is Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. I purchased that book at the Planned Parenthood book sale in September 2005 (the event I wait for each year). I have been collecting copies of Agatha Christie books that long and have just in the last year begun my project of re-reading most of her books.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mount TBR Reading Challenge: Quarterly Summary


This quarter I have read 15 books that count toward the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013. Since my goal is 36 books, I am doing pretty well. The books I have read in January, February, March:
  1. The Man Who Liked to Look at Himself by  K. C. Constantine
  2. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  3. Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
  4. The Case of the Angry Actress by E. V. Cunningham
  5. The Smoke by Tony Broadbent
  6. The Last Houseparty by Peter Dickinson
  7. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  8. The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
  11. Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt
  12. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  13. Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen
  14. Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
  15. A Stone of the Heart by John Brady

The book I have had the longest in this group is Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. Several of these books have been in my TBR stacks and boxes for close to seven years, but according to the ID in my cataloging system, this one was around before those. Just don't have the date of purchase for it.

I wish I had read this book sooner. My TBR pile still has other books by this author, and I hope to get to them soon.




My favorite book cover in this set of books is the one for The Case of the Angry Actress by E. V. Cunningham. I love old paperback covers. This is not a vintage mystery, but still quite a nice cover, in my opinion.

From my review:

I enjoyed this book most for the setting in Southern California in the 1960's. The book was published in 1967. I lived in Southern California in the 70's and I remember the smog and how different it seemed from my home state of Alabama.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013

December is going to be the month of signing up for challenges. I don't want to overdo it. I have some personal challenges that may not fit into other challenge categories. But there are still quite a few that I can attempt.

The Mount TBR Reading Challenge is the second challenge I am joining for 2013 and this one is also hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block. I am already signed up for Bev's Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, and I plan to join in on the Color Coded Reading Challenge also.


These are the levels and the basic rules:
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

And 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.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2013.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2013. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads.
There is more explanation at the sign-up post on Bev's blog.

I participated in the 2012 challenge and my goal was 25 books. So far this year I have read 49 books from my TBR piles, bookshelves, and boxes.

In 2013, I plan to make my goal to reach Mt. Vancouver (36 books from my TBR pile). I hope to read 72 books in the year and I would like at least half of them to be books to be ones I already owned in 2012. I will track all the books I read below.

January, February, March:
  1. The Man Who Liked to Look at Himself by  K. C. Constantine
  2. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  3. Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
  4. The Case of the Angry Actress by E. V. Cunningham
  5. The Smoke by Tony Broadbent
  6. The Last Houseparty by Peter Dickinson
  7. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  8. The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
  11. Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt
  12. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  13. Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen
  14. The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
  15. A Stone of the Heart by John Brady
 April, May, June:
  1. The Stately Home Murder by Catherine Aird
  2. The Ransom Game by Howard Engel
  3. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  4. Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  5. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
  6. Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler
  7. Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
  8. Fell Purpose by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  9. Kaleidoscope by J. Robert Janes
  10. Death Wore White by Jim Kelly
  11. Daemons Are Forever by Simon R. Green
  12. The Mugger by Ed McBain
  13. The Pusher by Ed McBain 
July, August, September:
  1. Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser
  2. Open Season by Archer Mayor
  3. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  4. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  5. Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage
  6. Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten
  7. Murder at Hazelmoor by Agatha Christie
  8. Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas
  9. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
  10. Vendetta by Michael Dibdin
October, November, December:
  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  2. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
  3. White Nights by Ann Cleeves
  4. Dark Star by Alan Furst
  5. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  6. Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill
  7. Hard Currency by Stuart M. Kaminsky
  8. Instruments of Darkness by Robert Wilson
  9. Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
  10. Murder in Belleville by Cara Black