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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.

Have you read any of the books in my TBR pile? What would you recommend next? And what books do you plan to tackle from your own mountain of TBRs? Share in the comments below!




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