The end of the first quarter of 2015 is time for checking up how this challenge is going. Let’s go!
1. Tell us how many miles you’ve made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you’re really ambitious, you can do some intricate math and figure out how the number of books you’ve read correlates to actual miles up Pike’s Peak, Mt. Ararat, etc. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting adventures you’ve had along the way.
I challenged myself to climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro, which means reading 60 books in 2015 – an average of 5 a month. By the end of March, I had already read 21, which is more than a third of my objective, or 35% of the mountain. I am very optimistic in reaching and surpassing the goal.
2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:
A. Post a picture of your favorite cover so far.
B. Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.
Tom Ripley, of The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith. A very complex character, that is amoral, obssessive, thorough and naive, all at the same time.
C. Have any of the books you read surprised you–if so, in what way (not as good as anticipated? unexpected ending? Best thing you’ve read ever? Etc.)
Stoner, by John Willians, because I felt totally blown away by it. I was hoping it was good, but not that I would feel so absorbed and in awe of its beauty.
D. Which book (read so far) has been on your TBR mountain the longest? Was it worth the wait? Or is it possible you should have tackled it back when you first put it on the pile? Or tossed it off the edge without reading it all?
I’m not sure, since I didn’t keep records of buying dates since I started buying the books I still have to read, but probably Os Europeus, by Henry James, which I bought in 2007. Not a memorable reading, at all.