Because I have participated for over a year in the Japanese practice of tsurdoku, buying books and then not getting around to reading them, my Mount TBR was very high.

Then…the other day, Mt. TBR toppled…

but barely

It became time–to do something about the situation, so I am accepting the Mount TBR 2022 challenge. I am entering at level 2, Mount Blanc

Pikes Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile

Mount Blanc: Read 24 books

Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books

Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books

El Toro: Read 75 books

Mt. Everest: Read 100 books

Mount Olympus: Read 150 books

Because I was doing this challenge for the first time, I thought I’d start at level one, Pike’s Peak, but then I realized I’d already committed to reading 22 books from my TBR pile for a challenge I’d made up on January 1st, “22 in 22,” so I rounded up two books and tackled Mount Blanc. The challenge runs from 1/1/22-12/31/22. The challenge’s rule is that “you may count books BEGUN prior to 1/1/22 provided you had 50% of the book left to finish when Jan. 1 rolled around.” Also, “You may count ‘Did Not Finish’ books provided they meet your own standard for such things.” ( I am setting a standard of three chapters read), and if “you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain[give it away, sell it, remove it from your ebooks, etc.]. ” The challenge host gives the book 100 pages to capture her interest. She adds, “No page limit–if it was published as a book, it counts. No single short stories–but collections of short stories do count.” Books being used for other challenges count for this challenge as well. So, here goes…

I have already read a book since Jan 1, 2022 that counts for this challenge.
This cautionary old-fashioned romance by Edith Wharton was one of the first books I finished in the New Year.

This book will also count for the What’s in a Name Challenge, as a book with a season in its title. It is a classic and typically Edith Wharton.

This is my first year to participate in this challenge as well.

February is not even here and I am off to a good start in two challenges. If you are participating in, or would like to join me in either challenge, let me know in the comments below.



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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