Mount TBR Challenge 2021: Books read and reviewed

The Original Challenge post is on the blog. I have decided to maintain this separate post as a running post for the year to document the books read from my TBR and link their reviews.

My Goal: Pike’s Peak – Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s

January 2021:

  1. My Name Is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  2. Shelly’s Stocking Goes Missing by Anitha Rathod
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

New Year 2021: Reading Goals and Challenges

Hello All,

First off I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

With the start of a new year, I wanted to take a moment to try to define some simple reading goals for myself in addition to the Reading Challenges that I have signed-up for.

I have had the pleasure of interacting with so many wonderful bloggers, authors and publishers that I am further inspired to take both my reading journey and blog a step further. I look forward to further collaborations and book talks with everyone!

So without further ado, here are the proposed Reading Goals and Challenges:

Goodreads Reading Challenge – 100 Books

This is a challenge that I have been doing since 2016 and I hope to continue it. The challenge helps to keep track of the books I read in addition to providing a promotion in itself for the authors when the books are shelved and reviews are written.

What’s in a Name? Challenge 2021 – 6 categories

2021 Reading Challenge: Netgalley and Edelweiss – 25 Books

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021 -10 Books

Mount TBR Challenge 2021 – 12 Books

Note: The number of books chosen for the challenges will also be included towards the Goodreads Reading challenge.

Don’t hesitate to comment and share your thoughts, goals and book recommendations on the post!

#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Farewell

This challenge is hosted by Marsha at Always Write.

Considering that the word ‘Farewell’ can have multiple meanings, I am choosing to post quotes related to friendship and missing friends in the time of the pandemic.

The year 2020 has been tough on everyone and it has not been easy to meet those whom we have taken for granted – our friends or even family. It could be someone you see everyday, occasionally for regular meet-ups or even a co-worker with whom you spend your breaks with. This post is dedicated to friendships and relationships that last no matter the circumstance and distance, but to whom we have said ‘Farewell’ for whatever the duration!


“A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach


“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.” – Robert Southey




In another view, I also think saying ‘Farewell’ to 2020, and welcoming 2021 is something that is on everyone’s mind. So here are some quotes to think about.


Mount TBR Challenge 2021

I just found this reading challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block and it looks like it will help with clearing up some of the books on my TBR pile.

My Goal: Pike’s Peak – Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. You are welcome to voyage further and conquer taller mountains after your commitment is met. All books from lower mountains carry over towards the next peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2021

*You may sign up at any time–no matter when you see this challenge. All qualifying books read after January 1st count.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2021–items requested or ordered prior to January 1, may count even if they arrive in the new year. No library books~. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see Mount TBR’s sister challenge: the Virtual Mount TBR Challenge.
~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. For example–if you own a hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you have questions.

*Rules for Rereads: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you’ve owned it, provided you have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count provided they are yours prior to January 1. ARCs are also fine.

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception is if you have participated in Mount TBR in 2020 and were unable to finish the book in time for the final Check-in Post. Then–if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*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, remove from e-resources, etc.]. For example, my personal rule (unless it’s a very short book) is to give it 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 or to tally them as you climb.

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post about the challenge and link that post (not your home page) in the form below. My link provider has limited the number of link “parties” I can have open at a time–so I will be using Google forms for all my sign-up links this year. Non-bloggers may enter their names only without a blog link OR members of Goodreads are welcome to join the Goodreads group HERE.

*If you post on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media to log a book, please use #MountTBR2021.

* As I have in the past, I will have a headquarters link in the left hand side-bar which will offer links to this original post, monthly review links, and the final wrap-up. I will update it at the beginning of the new year The Headquarters will also have a link to a list of our climbing crew with their commitments.

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021

I have signed up for another reading challenge seeing as how I am on a reading spree with respect to the Historical Fiction genre.

This challenge is hosted by Marg at The Adventures of an intrepid Reader (sign up post)

Reading Challenge details

Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created where you can add the links for the books you have read. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:

  • Everyone can participate! If you don’t have a blog you can post a link to your review if it’s posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish.
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)

My Goal

Rennaissance Reader – 10 books

Books read and reviewed:

  1. An American in Paris by Siobhan Curham
  2. Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft
  3. The Last Queen by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  4. The Watchmaker of Dachau by Carly Schabowski
  5. Cuban Heel by Leopold Borstinski

2021 Reading Challenge: Netgalley and Edelweiss

I am excited to be participating in the 2021 Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Socrates Book Reviews (sign up here).

Challenge guidelines…

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. There is no deadline to sign up.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts – it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.

My Goal: 25 Books from NetGalley

Books read with links to their reviews:

  1. My Name is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  2. An American In Paris by Siobhan Curham
  3. Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy by Nancy Naigle
  4. The Newlyweds by Arianne Richmonde
  5. Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft
  6. The Awakening by Andreas Suchanek
  7. The Watchmaker of Dachau by Carly Schabowski
  8. Max and The Spice Thieves by John Peragine
  9. My Mother’s Secret by Julia Roberts
  10. Dreaming Under An Island Skye by Lisa Hobman
  11. The Little Orchard on the Lane by Tilly Tennant
  12. Rea and The Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi
  13. The Billionaire’s Mask by Margarette Grey
  14. Long Walk Home by Ellyn Oaksmith
  15. The Viscount’s Heir by Veronica Crowe
  16. Going Greek by Sue Roberts
  17. The Girl I Used to Be by Heidi Hostetter

What’s in a Name? Challenge 2021

I just came across the What’s in a Name? challenge hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook and was instantly intrigued. I

nitially I tried to check whether I could fit some of the books read in 2020 into the on-going challenge but unfortunately I do not have a lot of books that fit the categories.

Hence, I am planning to sign-up for the 2021 challenge.

The idea is to pick 6 books, one for each category as defined. For further details about the challenge, checkout the link above to the original post.

The following are the categories:

  • One/1: 
  • Doubled word: 
  • Reference to outer space: 
  • Possessive noun: 
  • Botanical word: Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly
  • Article of clothing: The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

As you can see, for some I have found books, for the others, I will update this post once I have a book to list.