Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012

mount_tbr I have seen the Mount TBR Reading Challenge on various blogs and seeing that my TBR list is growing I decided it is a good idea to join. My list is still short compared to others, I know, but if Goodreads is right I own 61 books from my TBR pile (83 all in all). Bev at My Reader’s Block is hosting and organizing the challenge and I am sure it will be great fun.

This will be the only challenge for me next year seeing that I miserably failed on the ones in 2011. Plus, I am planning another reading project which will keep me busy as well.



These are the rules:

Challenge Levels
Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 25 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 40 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 50 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

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, 2012.
*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2012.
*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2012. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify–based on a question raised–the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]
*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

Especially the “counts towards other challenges” works well for me as I have plenty of books I want to read to finish off challenges from this year (better late than never). Seeing that I am bad at commitment and at sticking to anything challenge related I go for the lowest level, Pike’s Peak which amounts to 12 books. That sounds do-able.

I need to determine NOW what books to read otherwise I will not do it, I know this, so I went through my Goodreads list and here they are:


  1. Changeless by Gail Carriger
  2. Blameless by Gail Carriger
  3. Heartless by Gail Carriger
  4. Steampunk Anthology edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
  5. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  6. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  9. I capture the castle by Dodie Smith
  10. The art of travel by Alain de Botton
  11. Horns by Joe Hill
  12. Men without women by Ernest Hemingway

The first 6 are for my own Steampunk Challenge 2011, the next two for one part of the One, Two, Theme challenge 2011 and the rest are random picks. An eclectic mix!

How big is your TBR mountain? Will you be joining? And what other challenges are you planning to join in 2012?

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    • Caroline, you can always go for the highest level, even though I don’t know how people can read 100 books from their TBR pile plus all the newly acquired ones. I had a goal of a total of 100 books in 2011 and now I am at 57.
      Don’t be ashamed, I know people with hundreds of books waiting on the shelves, which is pure madness, :).


  1. Very good to commit yourself, though 12 isn’t exactly… a lot, Rikki! 🙂

    I did a similar challenge this year, with (all) 31 books on my TBR, and I’m down to 2, so did really well and hope to fit in the last 2 in these last two months.

    Now, I’ve got double the amount of books on my TBR compared to last year, so I’ll probably go for 1 a week, i.e., 50. It’s hard, getting all the books reads, sigh. But such fun!

    I’m also joining the ebook challenge (just did my post today) and that will be that. With only a few challenges, I actually have a chance to make it.

    Good luck on your challenge!
    Leeswammes (Judith)’s last post ..Joining the 2012 Ebook Challenge


    • Well, Judith, thanks for pointing out that my commitment is a very small one, ;-).
      Hey, one a week from your TBR pile is great. I saw your post about the e-book challenge and thought you were rather brave seeing you haven’t got an e-reader (yet). I can’t read e-books on my computer at all, except for cookbooks, sewing books etc.
      I agree, with only one or two challenges one has a chance to actually completing them.


  2. Pure madness? Must be talking about me *cough*.
    But seriously, my TBR piles are getting way out of hand, despite the fact that I’m reading an awful lot. I already read 140 books this year, but new ones keep rolling in and my TBR stacks never get any smaller *big sigh*.
    Birgit’s last post ..Pajama Musings – Wrap it up


    • Ah, Birgit, you are one of those madcaps, eh? Funny!
      140 books is really good, look at me with my 57 (at the end of the year maybe 65 if I am good). I am impressed. Well done!


  3. I’m sure I have at least 200 on Mt. TBR. I’m not joining the challenge, but I do want to work on reading some of them. I have been trying very hard not to accept so many ARCs,but it doesn’t mean I have gotten to ththese books. I have found that occasionally I can borrow an audio book version of a Mt TBR book and get it read that way.
    Heather’s last post ..Needlework Tuesday – Missing Time


    • Heather, I know, there is always something that distracts us from getting to those books. I NEED a challenge to remind me of them. Maybe that’ll help next year, then I can go to a higher leveln in 2013.
      Lucky you to be able to listen to audio books. I hate those things….


  4. Reading books on my TBR isn’t exactly my problem, seeing as most of the book I read are from my TBR anyway. My problem is adding more then I actually read in a month to it. That mountain keeps on climbing.

    My 2012 challenge should be about getting my TBR down to below a certain number as that’d be far more challenging! It’s at 481 at the moment. Maybe by this time next year I should challenge myself to get it down to 440 or something…


  5. I have read 7,8, and 10 from your list. You won’t be disappointed with any of them 🙂 As for my plans for next year, I decided to go with the New Author Challenge and read 10 new authors that hopefully won’t disappoint me, and read as much as I can for my challenge in February 🙂
    I have seen this challenge as well, but it’s going to be a stressful year, with lots of professional reading, so I passed it 🙂 Good luck to you!
    Ally’s last post ..The Jane Austen in Me


    • I am glad to hear that you liked all three. I am sure I am not going wrong with Alain de Botton, :).
      Good luck on your new author’s challenge. In fact, quite a few on my list could be entered in that one if I joiced, but oh, no. Not another challenege!


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