Mount TBR Reading Challenge
Our local library just went fine-free this year, but I still feel compelled to return material by the due date. It’s the rule-follower in me. The due dates of library books have a side effect, however: I prioritize reading library books over books I own, books I wanted to read badly enough to buy. Now that they sit on my shelf, I feel no sense of urgency to get to them. I can read them whenever I want, unless I have a library book that must be read before its due date passes and
I lose my chance.
To encourage me to crack open the books I own, I’m doing the Mount TBR 2021 reading challenge. In the bookternet, TBR stands for “to be read,” the list of books a person wants to read. I keep a TBR list on my Goodreads profile, but I also have a physical pile of books next to my desk that I intend to get to sometime. Well, by “sometime” I now mean this year.
The Mount TBR reading challenge is held by Bev Hankins at her blog MY READER’S BLOCK. The goal of the challenge is to read as many books as you can that you already own. My pile of unread books is compact, only about 20 in all, so I’ll be aiming for Pike’s Peak, 12 books. The books I have to choose from are shown in the photos and listed below, divided into fiction and nonfiction.
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
Outlawed by Anna North
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice by Dean Sluyter
You Look Like a Thing and I Love You by Janelle Shane
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science by Peter Godfrey-Smith
You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler
If you read Wordy Wednesday, you already know that I had a great time reading Janelle Shane’s You Look Like a Thing and I Love You. I’m currently in the middle of Friday Black, a collection of short stories by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.