Remember Mount TBR? I’d aimed to read twenty-four of my tsundoku titles — books that I’d bought or otherwise acquired before 2017, not including library books and rereads — to achieve a notional Mont Blanc target.
By the end of June I’d managed twelve — just at my halfway point, so theoretically by September’s end I should have achieved another six to reach eighteen books. So how have I done?
It’s been a pretty miserable effort, I’m afraid. I’ve managed just three books.
Nicholas Tucker: Darkness Visible. Inside the World of Philip Pullman
Ursula K Le Guin: The Word for World is Forest
Nick Yapp: How to Bluff your way in Teaching
Not impressive at all. My excuse? I’ve been seduced by a number of shiny newish books, novels published or re-issued recently, as well as the odd library copy. Those neglected titles — including review copies — have been shamefully overlooked in favour of new kids on the block. Oops. That’s left me three months, at the rate of three a month, to reach my target.
Better get my crampons back on if I’m going to make that peak.
And you? Are you managing to reduce that pile?