Mount TBR Checkpoint #2

Posted July 5, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 12 Comments

After four good months, my Mount TBR reading came to a screeching halt in May and June. I’m not sure why — other things just called to me more strongly, I suppose. However, I’ve gotten started again with one book in July so I have 21 books completed so far. I also added some reviews for books I read earlier in the year.

Will I make it to my goal of 60? I’m not sure, but I already feel better having knocked this many books off my list. Here are my answers to some of the questions from My Reader’s Block, with thanks to Bev for hosting this fun and useful challenge.

Choose two titles from the books you’ve read that have a common link.

Smoky-House by Elizabeth Goudge and My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier are both set in the West Country of England (Devon and Cornwall), but with very different moods — one a charming children’s adventure tale with lovable smugglers, the other a brooding psychological thriller full of Gothic shadows.

Tell us about a book that was new to you in some way — new author, place you’ve never read about before…

The Gilded Chalet: Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland gave me heaps of new information about my husband’s native land, especially its seamier side. I also learned a lot about authors I didn’t know had a connection to the country, including James Joyce, Patricia Highsmith, and Jorge Luis Borges.

Which book read so far has been on your TBR pile the longest?

Not long after reading The Dispossessed for the first time about ten years ago, I bought a copy — I’ve been meaning to reread it ever since. I don’t think I’ve owned any of the others more than a couple of years.


What I’ve read so far:

  • Bronze and Sunflower – Cao Wenxuan
  • Carry On, Mister Bowditch – Jean Latham
  • The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz – John Crowley
  • The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
  • A Fugue in Time – Rumer Godden
  • The Gilded Chalet – Padraig Rooney
  • Hell and High Water – Tanya Landman
  • I Was a Stranger – John Haskett
  • It Ends with Revelations – Dodie Smith
  • The King Must Die – Mary Renault
  • Midnight Is a Place -Joan Aiken
  • A Month in the Country – J. L. Carr
  • The Morning Gift – Eva Ibbotson
  • My Cousin Rachel Daphne Du Maurier
  • Smoky-House – Elizabeth Goudge
  • Sophie Someone – Hayley Long
  • Towers in the Mist – Elizabeth Goudge
  • The Transcendental Murder – Jane Langton
  • Troy Chimneys – Margaret Kennedy
  • Why on Earth? Signe Schaefer
  • Wild Strawberries – Angela Thirkell



12 responses to “Mount TBR Checkpoint #2

  1. I love the first two questions and your answers, such an interesting way to think about the books you have read thus far!

    I wish you luck for the rest of your climb. : )

    • Thanks – I am pleased with my progress. I think my goal was a bit ambitious, but so what?

    • That’s why I really wanted to do this challenge this year. It helped give me the push I needed.

    • Hahaha, you’re right, my goal was insane! Aiming high did help give me the impetus to read so many books at the beginning of the year, and I should focus on that accomplishment.

  2. My mother owns just about every Angela Thirkell, and I like the few I’ve read. Every time I go visit her I consider just not bringing any books of my own and reading hers. But it hasn’t happened yet…because I have too many books of my own.

    Good luck with your tbr pile!

    • Wow, you’re lucky to have that source – I find few Thirkells in my usual haunts (library, used bookstores) so I have not read so many. Hope you can take advantage of it at some point.