In the Bookcase


Mount TBR Checkpoint, 2017 Vol. 1

3 months of the year have flown by already, and I'm sooo enjoying the Mount TBR challenge for 2017. Already, I've cleared away 30 books from my TBR stack... and if you can believe it, I started out by aiming for El Toro (75) for the whole year. (I'm almost half-way through my challenge!?)

Now, for a bit of fun, based on the books I've read in the past 3 months...

• Who has been your favorite character so far? And tell us why, if you like.

(Jane of Lantern Hill by Lucy Maud Montgomery)

To use a line from my review of the book: She's a caring little creature, filled with hope. And I absolutely adore her. If I may, I'd also like to say/predict she will still be my favorite literary character of the year, even by the time December arrives.

• Have any of the books you read surprised you--if so, in what way (not as good as anticipated? unexpected ending? Best thing you've read ever? Etc.)

Two books have surprised me, one good, one bad. As aforementioned, I have to go back to Jane of Lantern Hill, again. It's definitely my favorite of the year so far because it is such an imaginative book, built within the realm of the real world. On the flip side, I also read a book that surprised me in how much I just wanted to set it down and be done with it. If you've ever watched the movie National Velvet, it's such a GOOD film -- so it should follow to reason that the book must be super good too. Well, I didn't care for it (review here).

And also... a bit of literary Scrabble! I've been challenged by Bev to think up a word using the first letters of some of the books I've read so far in the Mount TBR Challenge. After a long and hard think, the best word I could settle on is:


Where does this strange word come from, you ask?

[juhm-buh l]

verb (used with object), jumbled, jumbling.
to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order:
You've jumbled up all the cards.
to confuse mentally; muddle.
verb (used without object), jumbled, jumbling.
to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
to meet or come together confusedly.
a mixed or disordered heap or mass:
a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
a confused mixture; medley.
a state of confusion or disorder.

And here's how I used JUMBLING in a word puzzle!

*The below titles are linked to my reviews of each book.


  1. Jumbling, huh?

    Well, you learn a new word every day.

  2. Wow, thirty books? That is amazing! Keep climbing!