Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mount TBR Checkpoint #1

I'm delighted to report that I've read 8 of the 12 books I committed to read for this challenge! The way life's been for me lately, that amounts to a breakneck pace up Pike's Peak, the lowest mountain. I'm already 2/3 of the way up in roughly the first third of the year. Here's hoping I don't fade like a sprinter when the last dash comes around.

One of the best things about my list (besides the pleasure of clearing out some books that have been hanging around a long time) has been the variety: four novels, a short story collection, a sports essays collection, an academic-ish memoir, and a nature essays collection. And that's pretty much what I'm interested in reading -- in a nutshell.

The other checkpoint task I've chosen from the menu is to post a picture of my favorite cover so far. Given the variety of reading material, this is comparing apples to oranges to monkeys to skinks. However, I think I have to pick this one:

There's just something about it. The others -- when I revisited them -- all had some flaw that made them slightly miss the mark for me. One was too classical for an essentially modern story. One was lovely but had little to do with the contents inside. One seemed to represent a character in the novel, but her hairdo was completely wrong. And so on. That leaves this as the winner. I like the woodblock effect and the prominence of the title. I looked at it a number of times before I noticed Chairman Mao, which adds to the charm.

Onward and upward! I'll reach the peak of that mountain yet!

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