Saturday, November 27, 2021

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

I am looking forward to doing several reading challenges in 2022. The first challenge I signed up for was The Nerdy Bookworm's read 50 books a year challenge. While that should be easy for me I have to follow her prompts. Reading 50 books is easy for me as I typically do 3-4 times that, but following the prompts will be hard.  I have decided the second challenge I am signing up for is the Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader's Block. With 667 books on my Kindle (that I have cataloged on Goodreads, over 1,500 actually on the Kindle, but some are my kids) and over 80 physical books on my bookshelves that I have not read (not counting the ones on my kids shelves that I want to read 😂) I NEED a challenge that will get me reading my own books. It's not that I don't want to, I just lose my focus! Here are all the details:

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancounver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro*: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s (*aka Cerro El Toro in South America)
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. You are welcome to voyage further and conquer taller mountains after your commitment is met. All books from lower mountains carry over towards the next peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2022

*You may sign up at any time--no matter when you see this challenge. All qualifying books read after January 1st count.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2022--items requested or ordered prior to January 1, may count even if they arrive in the new year. No library books~. If you're looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see Mount TBR's sister challenge: the Virtual Mount TBR Challenge.
   ~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. For example--if you own a hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you have questions.

*Rules for Rereads: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you've owned it, provided you have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count provided they are yours prior to January 1. ARCs are also fine.

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception is if you have participated in Mount TBR in 2020 and were unable to finish the book in time for the final Check-in Post. Then--if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, remove from e-resources, etc.]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give it 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller!

*Edited to Add: No page limit--if it was published as a book, it counts. No single short stories--but collections of short stories do count.

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance or to tally them as you climb. 

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post about the challenge and link that post (not your home page) in the form below. My link provider has limited the number of link "parties" I can have open at a time--so I will be using Google forms for all my sign-up links this year. Non-bloggers may enter their names only without a blog link OR members of Goodreads are welcome to join the Goodreads group HERE
*Anthologies which contain more than one full-length book may count for the number of books included in the edition--provided that you read all books included AND that the books were published individually at some point. For instance, I own a large number of 3-in-1 Detective Book Club editions. Those three books count as three separate entries on Mount TBR. Occasionally, publishers put together editions of "previously unpublished works." Those editions would only count as one entry since those works have not been published separately at any time.

*If you post on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media to log a book, please use #MountTBR2022.

* As I have in the past, I will have a headquarters link in the left hand side-bar which will offer links to this original post, monthly review links, and the final wrap-up. I will update it at the beginning of the new year The Headquarters will also have a link to a list of our climbing crew with their commitments. 

Happy climbing!
I plan to read at least 48 books from my TBR mountain of books that I own, which is the Mount Ararat level. Will you be participating in this challenge?? If so, let me know, I would love to cheer you on and feel free to cheer me on as well, LOL! To sign up or see the original post at The Reader's Block host site click on the logo below.


  1. Good luck! I like challenges like this that encourage me to read the books I already have!

    1. Greg, thank you! I do too. It will be my first time participating, but I NEED to catch up on some of my own books too. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What an interesting challenge! I'll be rooting for you Cindy!

  3. I lose focus on my ever growing TBR list as well. Good luck with your challenges next year! I haven't decided which ones to do yet.

    1. Kami, I will do a few more and am still trying to decide. I had this one recommended to me yesterday and think I will do it: