Mount TBR 2018

Goodbye 2018… Hello 2019! #BookBloggers #Books #Reading



It’s hard to believe another year is coming to an end and a New Year is beginning!


So here’s a look back at 2018 and a few goals to aim for in 2019!



2018 Stats:

Total Books Read: 268

Longest Book Read: Finding Dreams by Lauren Westwood

Total Pages Read: 82,116

Total Books Read and Reviewed for NetGalley: 104 (Feedback Ratio: 98%) 




Some of my favourite reads in 2018 (check out the rest HERE):


Women’s Fiction





General Fiction



Historical Fiction







Contemporary Romance





Update of 2018 Challenges:

Mount TBR 2018 Challenge: I reached my Mount Blanc goal by reading 26 books from my TBR Pile.

Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge: I read a total of 26 books from my TBR list that were published prior to 2018.








Goals for 2019:

  • Read and Review fewer books for NetGalley up to a maximum of 100 and keep my Feedback Ratio above 90%.
  • Read at least one book per month of a back title that I have purchased and own.
  • Read at least one book per month that I was sent by an author/publisher in the past couple of years that I didn’t get a chance to read/review.
  • Try and read a total of 200 books (no more ?)


And lastly, I must thank all the authors, publishers, bloggers, and of course my family who have not only provided me with wonderful books to read but have supported me all year-long. I am truly honoured.

Mount TBR 2018 Challenge #MountTBR2018


So here’s one more challenge, Mount TBR 2018 hosted by Bev at myreadersblock, that I have decided to join this year to try to reach my goal of reducing all the unread amazing books I seem to have purchased over the past few years and have never had the time to read.


Here’s a look at just one pile I hope to make a dent in:



(To see what I actually get read be sure to come back and check out the bottom of this post!) 


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


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 carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2018.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018. No library books. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then there may be challenges out there that do that. This one does not.

*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] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2018 intending to reread it now that it’s your very own.  [To clarify–the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, “just because,” etc.}. 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 when January 1 rolled around.  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 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!

*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!

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level–OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE if that’s where you want to participate. At the beginning of the year, I will update the sidebar link called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for current reviews and progress updates.


So based on the rules I have decided to challenge myself to climb:


Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s



And here are the books so far that I’ve read toward the Mount TBR 2018 Reading Challenge:


  1. More Bitter Than Death – Camilla Grebe (Published May 31, 2013)

  2. The Widow – Fiona Barton (Published Feb. 16, 2016)




Total Books Read So Far: 2