2017 Mt TBR Challenge – Mountaineering Checkpoint #3

In an effort to get my unread book count under control I joined the My Reader’s Block Mount TBR Challenge this year. I didn’t want to be unrealistic so aimed to read at least 36 books that I owned prior to the start of this year. After an OK start I’ve faltered rather badly and have only read 5 eligible books since Checkpoint #1 (I missed checkpoint 2 entirely due to real life shenanigans). This makes for a paltry total of 19 eligible books which has me languishing about half-way up Pike’s Peak.

Host challenge Bev has offered some suggestions for how participants could check in…I’ve chosen the first

A – Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.

Ignoring old favourites I can’t go past 13 year old Kulsoom who is one of several strong characters in Cath Staincliffe’s THE SILENCE BETWEEN BREATHS. Kulsoom is the sister of a man intent on creating terror; she is powerless to prevent it and unable to explain it. In a sign that the book and this character have a real ring of authenticity I thought of her immediately this week when a news broadcast aired a snippet of footage of the brother of the gunman from the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I know there are many, many people directly impacted by such events but I suspect the families of the perpetrators are at best forgotten and at worst vilified by association. Staincliffe really drew this out.

Here’s my full, paltry list of books read that I owned prior to the start of the year.

  1. Tom Keneally – Crimes Of The Father
  2. Cath Staincliffe  – The Silence Between Breaths
  3. Sheila Connolly- Red Delicious Death (no review)
  4. Josephine Pullein-Thompson – Gin And Murder
  5. Kate Dyer-Seeley  – Scene Of The Climb
  6. Ariana Franklin & Samantha Norman – Winter Siege (no review)
  7. Rebecca Bradley – Shallow Waters (no review)
  8. Elizabeth Edmondson – A Man Of Some Repute 
  9. Margery Allingham – The Case Of The Late Pig
  10. J.M. Peace – The Twisted Knot
  11. Ellery Adams – Murder In The Paperback Parlor
  12. Agatha Christie – Sparkling Cyanide
  13. Sarah Ward – A Deadly Thaw
  14. Adrian McKinty – Gun Street Girl
  15. Samuel Bjork – I’m Travelling Alone
  16. Shamini Flint –  A Frightfully English Execution
  17. Gianrico Carofiglio – An Involuntary Witness
  18. Michael Connelly – The Black Ice (no review)
  19. Karin Alvtegen – Shame



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7 Responses to 2017 Mt TBR Challenge – Mountaineering Checkpoint #3

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    I like Staincliffe’s characters very much, Bernadette. She’s good at creating characters with depth and interest to them. I’m very glad you found that this one was like that, too. And I give you credit for making progress on the Mt. TBR Challenge, even if you’ve not got as far as you’d like. I should do something like that and just…haven’t.

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  2. realthog says:

    I think you’ve done better than you might imagine. 19 out of 36? Plenty of time to catch up before the end of the year (especially if you choose short books . . .).

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  3. kathy d. says:

    I’m ashamed to even comment here, given my stacks of books, while I receive more from friends or buy an occasional book.
    You have done well.

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  4. tracybham says:

    I agree, you have done fine. Next year I may join in on this challenge again. I am really, really planning to buy less books in 2018. New or old… I buy a lot of used books.

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