It’s time for the second mountaineering check point for the Mount TBR challenge:

So….the beginning of July came and went in a Montana-vacation-blur and then my laptop died. Finally got it back today and now I realize that the year is half-way over….Wait! What? How did that happen so quickly? I must have lost track of time just concentrating on the mountain trail ahead of me. But–it’s that time again. Your mountaineering guide is calling for a second quarterly check-in post. Let us know how your climb has been so far. Seen any mountain goats? [I saw some in Montana!] Any particularly pretty wildflowers? How about the abominable snowman? For those who would like to participate in this checkpoint post, I’d like you to do two things:

1. Tell us how many miles you’ve made it up your mountain (# of books read). If you’re really ambitious, you can do some intricate math and figure out how the number of books you’ve read correlates to actual miles up Pike’s Peak, Mt. Ararat, etc. And feel free to tell us about any particularly exciting adventures you’ve had along the way.

I’m going for 24 books but I’ve only completed 12 and reading the 13th, so I’m still two books behind. But I’m determined to catch up before the next checkpoint. I just need to stay away from shiny new books…

2. Complete ONE (or more if you like) of the following:

A. Choose two titles from the books you’ve read so far that have a common link. You decide what the link is–both have strong female lead characters? Each focuses on a diabolical plot to take over the world? Blue covers? About weddings? Find your link and tell us what it is.

Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn and Russell Blake’s Fatal Exchange are both first in a series books from new-to-me authors. I also don’t intend to continue either series. I rather enjoyed Fatal Exchange which is a modern-day thriller set in New York, but I didn’t like the characters enough to continue. Airborn is set in a luxury airship and is steampunk. It also a YA book which I didn’t realize at the time I bought it.

B. Tell us about a book on the list that was new to you in some way–new author, about a place you’ve never been, a genre you don’t usually read…etc.

I’ve got four new-to-me authors in this batch. But the most different one was Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda. It was first published in 1894 is an old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure. It’s been filmed several times, but I’ve haven’t seen any of them yet. It’s set in an imaginary country of Ruritania in Europe. I think this was one of the first time (if not the first) when a story is set in an imaginary European country and that trend is still going on today, for example in various superhero comics and movies (for example, Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron).

C. Which book (read so far) has been on your TBR mountain the longest? Was it worth the wait? Or is it possible you should have tackled it back when you first put it on the pile? Or tossed it off the edge without reading it all?

From my BookMooch records I can see that I mooched Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda in 2009 so out of these books that has probably been in my tbr the longest. I enjoyed it, so I probably should have read it sooner but I’m glad I’ve read it now.