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Thursday, April 7, 2016

MBS 2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge and Check Point #1

I realized I hadn't posted this challenge when I went to do the quarterly check-in so this is both.

2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge 

This Challenge is hosted by MY READER'S BLOCK 

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 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
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

I am hoping to reach Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from my TBR piles/boxes

    JANUARY 2016
  1. A-TBR-- Audible Book Reviews: Three X Minus One #VintageSciFi Stories; Vintage Sci Fi; X Minus One: Protective Mimicry (October 3, 1956) by Algis Budrys, Ernest Kinoy - adaptation; my ratings 4.5, 4.25 and 4.25.
  2. A-TBR-- X Minus One: Cold Equations (August 25, 1955) by Tom Godwin, George Lefferts - adaptation; my ratings 4.25.
  3. A-TBR-- X Minus One: Target One (December 26, 1957) by Frederik Pohl, George Lefferts - adaptation; my ratings 4.25.
  4. P-LBC-TBR-- Book Review and Giveaway: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A Novella by Donita K. Paul; Romance, Fantasy, Inspirational; my rating 4.5.
  5. E-TBR-- Book Review: The Colossus by Ranjini Iyer; Action, Adventure, Mystery; my rating 3.75.
  6. NG-TBR-- Book Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson Book 9) by Darynda Jones; Fantasy; my rating 4.25.
  7. A (Author)-TBR-- Audible Book Review and Giveaway: Time Heist: Firstborn Saga Volume 1 by #Anthony Vicino. Sci Fi, Mystery; my rating 4.5.
  8. E (Author)-TBR-- Book Review: The Feral Sentence: Part One by G. C. Julien ; Dystopian, Sci Fi; my rating 4.0.
  9. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Jessica's Christmas Kiss: (Christmas Kisses Book 3) by Alison May; Romance, Holiday; my rating 4.5.
  10. ABJ-TBR-- Audio Book Review: Buster: The Military Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives by Will Barrow, Isabel George; Personal Memoir; my rating 4.25.
  11. A-TBR-- Audible Book Review: The Very First D**ned Thing: An Author-Read Audio Exclusive by Jodi Taylor; Fantasy; my rating 4.5.
  12. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Night Study (Study Series) by Maria V. Snyder; Paranormal, Fantasy; my rating 5.0.
  13. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Brilliance (The Brilliance Trilogy Book 1) by Marcus Sakey; Sci Fi, Suspense Thriller; my rating 5.0.
  14. A-TBR-- Audible Book Review: To Live Forever by Jack Vance; Vintage Sci Fi; my rating 4.0.
  15. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Extreme Honor (True Heroes) by Piper J. Drake; Romantic Suspense; my rating 4.5.
  16. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Steamborn (Steamborn Series) (Volume 1) by Eric R Asher; Sci Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk; my rating 4.25.
  17. A-TBR-- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein; Sci Fi, Vintage; my rating 5.0.
  18. January TBR = 17.                                                                                                           FEBRUARY 2016
  19. P-LBC-TBR-- Book Review and Giveaway: Mistletoe Memories: Four Generations Transform a House Into a Home for Christmas (Romancing America); Inspirational Fiction; Christmas Romance; my rating 5.0.
  20. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette (The Suffragette Nation Book 1) by L Davis Munro; Historical Fiction, Women's Suffrage; my rating 5.0.
  21. A-TBR-- Audible Book Review: Classic Love Poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth, Barrett Browning and others; Poetry; my rating 5.0.
  22. A-TBR-- Audible Book Review: Reunion in Death: In Death, Book 14, by J.D. Robb; Mystery Thriller, Modern Detective; my rating 4.5.
  23. February TBR = 4.                                                                                                          MARCH 2016
  24. LBC-TBR-- Book Review and Giveaway: Talon: Combat Tracking Team (A Breed Apart Book 2) by Ronie Kendig; Christian, Military, Mystery Suspense; my rating 4.5.
  25. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Dear Emma by Katie Heaney; Coming of Age, College Romance; my rating 4.0.
  26. A-TBR-- Audible Book Review: Agenda 21: Into the Shadows by Glenn Beck ; Christian, Sci Fi, Dystopian; my rating 4.25.
  27. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Path of the Bullet by M C Jacques; Mystery, Crime Thriller; my rating 4.25.
  28. A-TBR--Audible Book Review: Straits of Hell: Destroyermen, Book 10 by Taylor Anderson; Sci Fi, Alternate History; my rating 5.0.
  29. NG-TBR-- Book Review: Chakana: Encounter In The Sacred Valley by W.E. Lawrence; Action Adventure; my rating 4.25.
  30. NG-TBR-- Book Review: The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton; Cozy Mystery; my rating 4.5.
  31. March TBR = 7.                                                                                                         
    Total for 1st Quarter = 28 which is on target for reaching Mt. Everest.
    A.  My Favorite Cover first quarter reads:
    B.  My Favorite Character from first quarter reads:
Buster, The Military Dog (#10 above) was certainly a favorite, furry character, as was Talon (#22). They are examples of real heroes.
I think Mannie, from The Moon is A Harsh Mistress (#17), is my favorite 'human' character.  It may have been the narration but I think it was Mannie's strength of character, pushing through fear to be a reluctant leader, that I really liked.
    C.  Surprise(s):
I was surprised by the vintage sci fis. (#s 1,2,3,14 and 17). They made me appreciate the element of irony in science fiction which is apparently timeless. It existed in the 1950s and is still part of the genre today.
    D. Title Scramble:  Best Pattern
Extreme Honor
Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Path of the Bullet
Agenda 21: Into the Shadows
Time Heist
To Live Forever
Emmy Nation
Reunion in Death
Night Study


  1. The Cracked Spine would be a favourite of mine. I do enjoy Paige Shelton's books.

  2. definitely an impressive lineup, Martha - Well Done!


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