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message 1: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments Hello!! This is my first Mount TBR attempt! I have over 150 unread books in print/kindle/audible that I want to tackle before buying any other new books. About 100 of these are in a pile under my nightstand, 50 or so of them are on my Kindle and 5 or 6 are awaiting hearing on my Audible account. I will read 80 books in 2017 and thought that 75 (about half what I already own) would be a good number for this year! I am so excited about this adventure!

I am not going to list out all the books I have, because I'm going to choose at random, but I have a shelf in my books titled TBR-already-bought and TBR-already-bought-kindle that you can see most of the full list I'm choosing from.

Good luck to everyone else too!!


Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review) (knyttwytch) Good luck and happy climbing!


message 3: by Sara (last edited Jan 07, 2018 07:49AM) (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments CHALLENGE WEEK #1 (1/1 - 1/6)

What a great first week! Here's how I'm doing so far...

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (5 stars!!! - Print)
Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan (4 stars - Kindle)
They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch (3 stars - Print)

I know I won't keep this pace up, but I'm glad I was able to dive into these during a few snowy days at the start of this year.

Currently, I'm reading...

Unbelievable by Katy Tur (Audible)
Missoula by Jon Krakauer (Print)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Kindle)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 3/75


message 4: by Sara (last edited Jan 14, 2018 05:29PM) (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments CHALLENGE WEEK #2 (1/7 - 1/13)

Another great week!! And so far I am keeping this 3 book a week pace up and I'm loving it! But I do NEED to slow it down this week because I have student projects to get graded! Anyway, here's what I read this week...

Unbelievable by Katy Tur (3 Stars - Audible)
Missoula by Jon Krakauer (5 Stars!!! - Print)
YOU by Caroline Kepnes (1 Star - Print)

Currently I'm reading...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Kindle)
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (Audible)
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Print)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 6/75


message 5: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments CHALLENGE WEEK #3 (1/14 - 1/20)

A slower week after a health crisis and my dog needing emergency surgery, but this next week should see a lot of reading and I'm thrilled about that!

I did make it through 1 book this week...

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (4 Stars - Print)

Currently I'm reading...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Kindle)
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (Audible)
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Print)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 7/75


message 6: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments CHALLENGE WEEK #4 (1/21 - 1/27)

Another slower week (late pregnancy exhaustion mixed with an injured dog and sick husband) but I did finish a book I really enjoyed!!

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (4 stars - Kindle)

Currently I'm (still) reading...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Kindle)
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (Audible)
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Print)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 8/75


message 7: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments CHALLENGE WEEK #4 (1/28 - 2/3)

Picked up pace this week, and made progress on a few others, so it looks like next week will be a pretty big week. Happy to end January with 10 books down though!

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (5 stars - Print)
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (3 Stars - Print)

Currently I'm reading...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Kindle)
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (Audible)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 10/75


message 8: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments CHALLENGE WEEK #5 (2/4 - 2/10)

Life is ... hard, to say the least, at the moment. Between our dog having surgery, our daughter breaking her wrist, my due date (38 weeks now) quickly approaching, and the general stress that's putting on marriage and life - I've seen calmer days in my life. And I've done more reading. But, I did finish one this week! So I'm happy with that for now.

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward (3 Stars - Print)

Currently I'm (still) reading...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Kindle)
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (Audible)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 11/75


message 9: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments CHALLENGE WEEK #6 (2/11 - 2/17)

Finally - I finished more than just 1 book this week! I finished 2, and started 2 new ones!

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden (3 Stars - Audible)
All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (4 stars - Print)

Currently I'm reading...

The Fall of Rome by Martha Southgate (Kindle)
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (Print)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Audible)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 13/75

(On a side note, 6 weeks into the year and I haven't purchased a single new book! I am so proud of myself for this and pushing myself to read only from my TBR stacks!)


message 10: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments Okay, it's been a little while, but I've added a few more in the past few weeks!

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
The Fall of Rome by Martha Southgate (2 stars - Kindle)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (3 Stars - Kindle) (I also borrowed the next 4 from the library and raced through those, but they don't count towards my climb! The series was addicting though!)
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett (4 Stars - Kindle)
At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider (4 Stars - Kindle)
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (3 Stars - Kindle)
The Smart One by Jennifer Close (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)

Currently I'm reading...

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 20/75


message 11: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments Apparently doing this every couple of weeks is easiest for me! Here's what I've read since 3/21 (all from my TBR!)...

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (4 Stars - Print/Kindle)
The Futures by Anna Pitoniak (3 Stars - Kindle)
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
Straight Talking by Jane Green (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins (2 Stars - Print/Kindle)
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (3 Stars - Kindle)
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
The Circle by Dave Eggers (4 Stars - Print/Kindle)

Currently I'm reading...

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
After I Do by Taylor Reid Jenkins

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 28/75


message 12: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments Making even more progress over the past week!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (5 Stars - Print/Kindle)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (5 Stars - Audible)
After I Do by Taylor Reid Jenkins (4 Stars - Print)

Currently I'm reading...

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 32/75


message 13: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments Slowly but surely climbing my way to the top!

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (4 Stars - Print/Kindle)
The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz (3 Stars - Kindle)
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon (3 Stars - Print/Kindle)
I am Not Your Perfect American Daughter by Erika Sanchez (3 Stars - Kindle)
Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman (5 Stars - Print)
The Mothers by Brit Bennett (3 Stars - Print)
Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin (3 Stars - Audible)
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (3 Stars - Kindle)
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout (3 Stars - Kindle)

Currently I'm reading...

Columbine by Dave Cullen (Print)
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (Audible)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 43/75


message 14: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments It's been a long time since my last check-in but I'm still climbing!!

Here's what I've read in since May:

Columbine by Dave Cullen (5 Stars - Print)
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane (5 Stars - Kindle/Print)
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (4 Stars - Kindle/Print)
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chan Compestine (3 Stars - Print)
The Castaways by Elin Hildenbrand (3 Stars - Print)
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (4 Stars - Print)
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (3 Stars - Kindle)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (5 Stars - Print)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (4 Stars - Kindle/Print)
Beartown by Frederik Backman (5 Stars - Kindle/Print)
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (3 Stars - Print)
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (3 Stars - Print)
Bury This by Andrea Portes (2 Stars - Print)
Dead Wake by Erik Larson (5 Stars - Kindle/Print)
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner (3 Stars - Print)
No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausebel (3 Stars - Print)
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (3 Stars - Print)
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (3 Stars - Kindle/Print)
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (3 Stars - Kindle)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (3 Stars - Kindle/Print)
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (3 Stars - Print)

Currently I'm reading...

Family Pictures by Jane Green (Print)
Evicted by Matthew Desmond (Print)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 64/75 (11 to go with 37 days left of the year!!)


message 15: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments Getting so close!! Determined to complete this climb before midnight on the 1st!!

Family Pictures by Jane Green (3 Stars - Print)
The Sunshine When She's Gone by Thea Goodman (2 Stars - Print)
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (5 Stars - Print/Audio)
Walking Dead: Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkman (3 Stars - Print)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (4 Stars - Kindle)
Evicted by Matthew Desmond (4 Stars - Kindle/Print/Audio)
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (3 Stars - Kindle)
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (3 Stars - Kindle)

Currently I'm reading...

Still Life by Louise Penny (Kindle)
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Salasi (Print)
168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam (Print)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 72/75 (3 to go with 3 days left in the year!)


message 16: by Natália (new)

Natália Lopes (silkcaramel) | 163 comments Sara wrote: "Getting so close!! Determined to complete this climb before midnight on the 1st!!

Family Pictures by Jane Green (3 Stars - Print)
The Sunshine When She's Gone by Thea Goodman (2 Stars - Print)
Una..."

You can do it! I'm trekking El Toro as well, but I have 5-6 books left, so I'm not sure I can do it. I'm certainly going to try, though!


message 17: by Sara (new)

Sara Levine | 21 comments I did it!!!!

Still Life by Louise Penny (3 Stars - Kindle)
Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach (3 Stars - Kindle)
Labor Day (3 Stars - Kindle)

Trek to the Top of El Toro: 75/75!!!

I finished my last book around 3 pm on New Year's Eve Day! So excited I pushed myself to get through this! I only have about 52 physical unread books left (and about 40 or so on my Kindle) but I'm heading to a lower climb for 2019! Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and support! :)


message 18: by Natália (new)

Natália Lopes (silkcaramel) | 163 comments Congrats on reaching El Toro!


message 19: by Jessika (new)

Jessika (jessika_56) Nice job!


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