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message 1: by Bev (last edited Jan 09, 2015 01:31PM) (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
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

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade. All books counted for lower mountains may carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2015.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 4th, 2015.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2015. No ARCs, no library books. +++Amended Rule: Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away (based on your age, you can decide what that might mean--definitely not within the last five years...my arbitrary pick for a limit] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2015 intending to reread it now that it's your very own.

Clarifications: the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. By ARC, I mean a copy specifically given to you for an advance review--if you somehow manage to purchase one at a used book store, etc. then it is no longer technically an ARC and may count. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2015. I will trust you all on that.

*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, etc OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my standard rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 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!

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

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!

*Once the Mountain Level Folders are added, please create your own topic in each folder for your sign-up.


message 2: by Bev (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
Yes--if you buy a book for you own pleasure and are not given it as a review copy it counts.


message 3: by Bev (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
Bev wrote: "Yes--if you buy a book for you own pleasure and are not given it as a review copy it counts."

I have clarified in the rules above.


message 4: by Bev (last edited Dec 21, 2014 04:11PM) (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
Rules Alert: As clarification (there has been a bit of confusion)--this is a challenge for the year 2015. There should be no books counted towards the challenge goals that are read and completed before January 1, 2015. The only exception are books that are begun prior to January 1, have at least 50% of the book left as of midnight on December 31st and then are finished in 2015. I trust that any books currently listed on any of the Peaks posts are books that are intended to be read in 2015 and not books already completed.


message 5: by Bev (last edited Dec 21, 2014 04:07PM) (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
Rules Alert #2: Amended ruling on rereads. I have had several questions about rereads of childhood books over the years. I must be mellowing in my old age...I have decided to allow rereads in the following circumstances (change has also been made above):

+++Amended Rule: Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean--definitely not within the last five years...my arbitrary pick for a limit] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2015 intending to reread it now that it's your very own.


message 6: by Bev (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
UPDATE: per an emailed question (and added to the rules above)

*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, etc OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 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!


message 7: by Carol (new)

Carol | 5 comments will there be a Mount TBR 2016??? I've been looking for a group like this!


message 8: by Bev (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
Carol wrote: "will there be a Mount TBR 2016??? I've been looking for a group like this!"

Yes, indeed! I've still got mountain ranges to conquer. :-) I'll put up the new posting sometime in November.


message 9: by Carol (new)

Carol | 5 comments Bev wrote: "Carol wrote: "will there be a Mount TBR 2016??? I've been looking for a group like this!"

Yes, indeed! I've still got mountain ranges to conquer. :-) I'll put up the new posting sometime in November."


Great, thanks!!!


message 10: by Carol (new)

Carol | 5 comments So I assume you start at the bottom of the mountain every year or do people carry over to the next year and keep climbing? Just curious.


message 11: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Carol wrote: "So I assume you start at the bottom of the mountain every year or do people carry over to the next year and keep climbing? Just curious."

Start at the bottom.


message 12: by Carol (new)

Carol | 5 comments Leslie wrote: "Carol wrote: "So I assume you start at the bottom of the mountain every year or do people carry over to the next year and keep climbing? Just curious."

Start at the bottom."


Great, thanks! I'm lining up books. I was looking for a group like this. It will help motivate me. I'm a slow reader but that's fine. And I don't have a problem starting at the bottom every year. As long as I keep making a dent in my to be read pile.


message 13: by Bev (new)

Bev | 601 comments Mod
Leslie wrote: "Carol wrote: "So I assume you start at the bottom of the mountain every year or do people carry over to the next year and keep climbing? Just curious."

Start at the bottom."


Yes, Leslie's correct. We start each year at the bottom of our chosen mountain and work our way up.


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