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January 1, 2022


#MountTBR January reading list

by N@ncy


  • The hardest thing you have to change is your mind….. 
  • I’ve decided to start this most difficult challenge !
  • #MountTBR2022


  1. According to my KINDLE I have 1352 unread books.
  2. If I want to bring this number down to zero
  3. …I would  have to read 10 books a month for the next 11 years!
  4. It is time to join Bev’s challenge Mount TBR 2022
  5. @MyReadersBlock
  6. You can participate on her blog or via her Goodreads group!
  7. I think the ONLY challenge I will be joining in 2022 is
  8. Goodreads Mount TBR  2022


  1. Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2022
  2. The link provides ALL the information  you need to…
  3. Choose a level,
  4. Open a topic under one of the challenge level folders
  5. Name your climb.
  6. Reviews are optional


  1. When I look at this reading list…my hearts sinks.
  2. 40 books….bought in 2015….still unread on my Kindle.
  3. ….and there are many more books to read!
  4. So, today I start…


January 2022 – TBR

  1. A Manual For Cleaning Women (43 stories) – Lucia Berlin 
1. A Manual for Cleaning Women Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin by Lucia Berlin Lucia Berlin
Finish date: 02 January 2022
Genre: 43 short stories
Rating: B+

  1. The Housekeeper and the Professor – Y. Ogawa

2. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa by Yōko Ogawa Yōko Ogawa
Finish date: 03 January 2022
Genre: novella

  1. Thomas Becket – John Guy
3. Thomas Becket Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim A 900-Year-Old Story Retold by John Guy by John Guy John Guy
Finish date: 05 January 2022
Genre: biography
  1. The Confessions of Nat Turner – W. Styron

4. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron by William Styron William Styron
Finish date: 06 January 2022
Genre: historical fiction


  1. Memoir – Out of Africa – I. Dinesen

5. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen by Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen (no photo)
Finished date: 07 January 2022
Genre: autobiographical anecdotes

  1. Non-fiction: A Cultural History of CausalityS. Kern 

6. A Cultural History of Causality Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought by Stephen Kern by Stephen Kern (no photo)

Finish date: 09 January 2022
Genre: cultural history

  1. The Silence of the Sea – Yrsa Sigurdardottir


7. The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Finish date: 09 January 2022
Genre: CF

  1. The Hummingbird – K. Hiekkapelto (16.05.2015)

8. The Hummingbird (Anna Fekete, #1) by Kati Hiekkapelto by Kati Hiekkapelto Kati Hiekkapelto

Finished: 10 January 2022
Genre: crime fiction

  1. The Hunting Dogs – J. Lier Horst


9. The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst by Jørn Lier Horst Jørn Lier Horst

Finished date: 11 January 2022
Genre: Nordic noir

  1. Kolymsky Heights – L. Davidson

10. Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson by Lionel Davidson Lionel Davidson

Finish date: 10 January 2022
Genre: CF


  1. Gaudy Night – D. L. Sayers

11. Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #10) by Dorothy L. Sayers by Dorothy L. Sayers Dorothy L. Sayers

Finish date: 13 January 2022
Genre: novel wrapped in a mystery

  1. Collected Stories – Isaac Bashevis Singer


12. Collected Stories (Isaac Bashevis Singer Classic Editions) by Isaac Bashevis Singer by Isaac Bashevis Singer Isaac Bashevis Singer

Finish date: 15 January 2022
Genre: Short stories

  1. Captains Courageous – R. Kipling

13. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling

Finish date: 17 January 2022
Genre: novella

  1. Dawn of the Belle Epoque – M. McAuliffe

14 Dawn of the Belle Epoque The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends by Mary McAuliffe by Mary McAuliffe Mary McAuliffe

Finish date: 17 January 2022
Genre: Non-fiction
  1. The Art of Racing in the Rain – G. Stein

15. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein by Garth Stein Garth Stein

Finish date: 22 January 2022
Genre: Fiction
  1. The Collected Short Plays  –  Thornton Wilder, Volume I


16. The Collected Short Plays of Thornton Wilder, Volume I by Thornton Wilder by Thornton Wilder Thornton Wilder

Finish date: 19 January 2022
Genre: Plays


  1. Separate Tables – Terence Rattigan


17. Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan by Terence Rattigan Terence Rattigan

Finish date: 28 January 2022
Genre: Play


  1. The Crossroads of Should and Must – E. Luna

18. The Crossroads of Should and Must Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna by Elle Luna Elle Luna

Finish date: 20 January 2022
Genre: self-help


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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 1 2022

    Looks like a great and challenging list!


    • Jan 1 2022

      Sometimes I ask myself: “Why did I ever buy this book?’ Tastes change in the course of the years! What is your first book this year?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jan 1 2022

        I started reading Will Storr’s Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us yesterday. Super interesting!


      • Jan 1 2022

        And I’m the same – sometimes I look at books on my list I was so enthusiastic about when I discovered it and there’s just zero interest left! So weird.


  2. Jan 1 2022

    Storr’s book sounds interesting…I’ll have a look at it on Amazon!


  3. Jan 2 2022

    I did the Mount TBR challenge a few years–but I didn’t quit buying books! So no real progress…

    Since I prefer physical books and couldn’t go into bookstores most of last year, that meant I couldn’t buy books. And for the first time in forever (?) I read more books for the first time than I bought. Success!

    Still a great looking list. I’m especially curious about the Ntozake Shange–I’ve read a bunch of hers–I had her for an instructor in the 80s–but not that one.

    And happy new year!


    • Jan 2 2022

      My library is 90% Kindle…so book buying remained an ever present temptation. Read 129 books…but bought 160 during 2021. Ouch! So time to make reading planning for each month of 2022, insert short reviews on that post. I want to streamline the reviewing process …all reviews on monthly plan and save time NOT creating a post for every book I read. Time is of the essence when one is trying to reduce the TBR. Happy New Year, Reese!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Wow! That’s some list. I’m always changing my mind!


    • Jan 4 2022

      Carol, so good to hear from you ! I never forget celebrating Xmas in December 2014 with you when I listened to and commented on Handel’s Messiah for weeks! It was a great experience. So I see you’ve moved to WordPress…the website looks great. Have you also included a link to your first website..there are a lot of interesting posts still there. Homeschooling…what a journey it has been teaching your children. In these times of the pandemic I wonder how many parents are seriously considering to educate their children at home. I’ll bookmark your blog and visit in 2022. Challenge 2022…yes, I am methodically working on my TBR starting with the books bought in 2015. Yesterday I had my first urge to buy a new book, but stopped myself and put it on a ‘wish-list’.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Jan 11 2022

    Hi Nancy, yes, I really enjoyed that Christmas, too!
    I’m still getting used to W/Press & it’s certainly easier to organise posts etc. When I moved from Blogger I imported everything but there were some glitches which I’m slowly fixing. If anyone goes to my old journey-and-destination blogspot they are automatically transferred to the new site. I don’t know if that what the best thing to do but it’s done now.

    I was given a few new books for my birthday/Christmas & I’ve told myself I should not buy anymore until I’ve read some that have been on my shelves for too long. I admire your self-control 🙂
    I keep finding books that I’d like but I will see if I can find them at the library if it’s a book I’m not sure of.

    I’ve heard of quite a few parents who decided to keep homeschooling as it seemed a better option for them after they’d had a taste of it. The problem is that home ed is judged under these conditions of lockdown but it’s not normal for us either as we’ve had to pause many of our activities.


  6. Jan 11 2022

    P.S. I really like your ABC categories for your book reviews & might adopt them if you don’t mind. I just can’t give a number out of 5 for some strange reason all my own.


    • Jan 11 2022

      Glad to hear you are doing well…..
      ABC rating feels like I’m back in school again and I know
      how hard it is to get an A! Use any portion of the template on this post or any other thing you see on the blog. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person


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