Mount TBR Challenge 2019

Hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block

This is a favorite challenge of mine, all about reading books you already own.  (FWIW, I’m bolstering my list with a couple of my parents’ books.  We share with each other!)  It’s crazy, but I’m also choosing a steep challenge this year: 24 books.  Don’t know how far I’ll get, but I’m pretty excited with the list!

Here it is, in no particular order (and subject to change): 



  1. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  2. The Professor – Charlotte Bronte
  3. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  4. Light in August – William Faulkner
  5. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  6. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  7. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  9. Moby-Dick (reread) – Herman Melville
  10. Jane Eyre (reread) – Charlotte Bronte
  11. Pilgrim’s Progress (reread) – John Bunyan
  12. ✓ The Time Machine (reread) – H. G. Wells
  13. Bonus: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  14. Bonus: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
  15. Bonus: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

If I read The Professor and Tenant, I will have finally read all of the Bronte sisters’ novels.  The completist in me is eager for that milestone!


  1. The Lost City of Z – David Grann
  2. The Emperor’s Sea Eagle: A Memoir of the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the War in the Pacific – Abe Zenji
  3. Recollections of Japan – Hendrik Doeff
  4. The Boy in the Mask: The Hidden World of Lawrence of ArabiaDick Benson-Gyles
  5. To Begin the World Over Again: Lawrence of Arabia from Damascus to BaghdadJohn Hulsman
  6. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyEric Metaxas
  7. Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age – W. Bernard Carlson
  8. AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order – Kai-Fu Lee
  9. Fear No EvilNatan Sharansky
  10. Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook – Jane Maxwell
  11. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition – Caroline Alexander
  12. Shackleton – Roland Huntford

There are a LOT of chunksters here, particularly the biographies.  We’ll see how that goes…