Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut.  Sarcasm is my default setting. 

Mount TBR Challenge 2014


I'm going for the Mont Blanc challenge of 24 books, and I'll be recording my progress here.  There are 48 books on the original list so I may try and scale Mount Vancouver too. 


All the books on the list are ones that are either on my bookshelves or ones I've picked up on my Kindle when the price was just too tempting to ignore.  None of them are re-reads and I've not added any book that I intend to read, but haven't actually purchased yet (though there are a couple that I've got my eye on and if I buy them before January 1st, they may get put on there).  


They are in no particular order.  I'm just going to read whatever I fancy at any particular moment


Edit: all the titles are now in my Mount TBR candy bowl and I'm drawing them randomly to stop me from trying to avoid books I don't fancy reading. 


Books I have read so far:


1. The Stockholm Octavo, Karen Engelmann (1/5/14)

2. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (1/24/14)

3. The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, Edmund de Waal (2/23/14)

4. Whose Body?, Dorothy L Sayers (3/9/14)

5. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (4/17/14)

6. Tortilla Flat, John Steinbeck (4/30/14)

7. The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas (5/4/14)

8. My Life as a Fake, Peter Carey (5/10/14)

9. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson (5/25/14)

10. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach (6/2/14)

11. The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith (6/8/14)

12. O Pioneers, Willa Cather (6/20/14)

13. Lady of Devices, Shelley Adina (6/25/14)

14. A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway (7/3/14)

15. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck (7/8/14)

16. Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck (7/14/14)

17. The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (8/23/14)

18. Theft, Peter Carey (9/6/14)

19. Swan Song, Robert McCammon (9/21/14)

20. The Wayward Bus, John Steinbeck (10/8/14)

21. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury (10/24/14)

22. East of Eden, John Steinbeck (12/31/14)


Books I've read that weren't on my original list 


Longbourn, Jo Baker (2/15/14) - library book

The Game of Kings, Dorothy Dunnett (4/3/14) - library book

London Falling, Paul Cornell (5/20/14) - vacation read

Sinful Folk, Ned Hayes (5/21/14) - vacation read

The Sekhmet Bed, L M Ironside (5/23/14) - vacation read

Timebound, Rysa Walker (5/24/14) - vacation read

Skin Game, Jim Butcher (6/8/14) - library book

Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Laini Taylor (6/15/15) - library book 

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith (8/2/14) - library book

The King Must Die - Mary Renault (9/21/14) - vacation read

The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters (12/22/14) - library book


Books still in the bowl


2. Angelfall, Susan Ee
3. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
4. Love's Will, Meredith Whitford
7. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, Philip Pullman
8. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente
12. The Long Valley, John Steinbeck
13. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
18. Oath of Fealty, Elizabeth Moon
19. The Girl on the Mountain, Carol Ervin
20. Madame Serpent (Medici Trilogy), Jean Plaidy
21. The Devil's Inheritance, Toby Purser
22. Through a Glass Darkly, Karleen Koenig
23. Magic Bites, Ilona Andrews
25. Her Own Devices, Shelley Adina
26. Magnificent Devices, Shelley Adina
27. Brilliant Devices, Shelley Adina
28. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
29. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
31. Artemisia: The Story of a Battle for Greatness, Alexandra Lapierre

37. Empire of the Sun, J G Ballard

38. Let Me In, John Ajvide Lindqvist

41. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

44. Miss Buncle's Book, D E Stevenson

45. Outlander, Diane Gabaldon

46. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

47. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare


Books I've bought after I started the TBR pile


49. The Young Lion, Laura Gill

50. Russian Winter, Daphne Kalotay

51. Still Life, Louise Penny

54. Rebecca's Tale, Sally Beauman

58. Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett

59. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

62. The Medium, C J Archer

63. Lavinia, Ursula K LeGuin

65. N0S4A2, Joe Hill

66. World After, Susan Ee

67. Horns, Joe Hill

69. The Cold Cold Ground, Adrian McKinty

70. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

71. Time Shifters, Shanna Lauffey

72. Shadows of Asphodel, Karen Kincey

73. I Claudius, Robert Graves

74. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane

76. The Girl and the Clockwork Cat, Nikki McCormack

77. The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon

78. The Princess Bride, William Goldman

79. The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo


Currently reading

A Column of Fire
Ken Follett
King Hereafter
Dorothy Dunnett
Progress: 62 %