Mount TBR 2019 Virtual Challenge – July Update

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Stats:

TBR Count as of 7/1/19:                                      1,052

TBR Count as of 7/31/19:                                    1,025

⏬A brief recap of the rules for both challenges can be found at the bottom of this post.⏬

Books Crossed Off Virtual TBR (these are books I did not own but that were on my GR TBR list) in July:

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Books Crossed Off Physical TBR (these are books I either owned a physical or digital copy of [prior to the start of 2019] but that weren’t necessarily on my GR TBR list):

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Books read that applied to neither challenge (because of course I would do this):

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I also went through and did a bit of cleaning on my TBR list. I think that when I first discovered Goodreads I was worried that I’d run out of things to read so I went a little hog wild with adding things to

Books removed from my TBR because I’ve either lost interest, or don’t think I’ll ever read it:

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I got about halfway through my TBR during this round of cleansing (575) so stay tuned for what I remove (if anything) for the next go around.

I will say that as far as July goes, I finished all 3 of my July book club books (I wasn’t going to participate in the 4th one’s meeting so I didn’t count it as one I needed to read) by July 8th, which is UNHEARD of for me. Usually I’m up late the night before the meeting trying to finish it. Or reading it in my car right before we meet up. Unfortunately I haven’t received either of my book exchange books yet and I’m still waiting on my RBTW book club book to arrive at the library, but I have started my office book club book for August already. Hopefully I’ll finish 4/4 book club books in August.

Either way, I’m feeling pretty good about the status of my TBR for July. I read a physical book that I’ve had forever in both June and July, so I’m going to try to make an effort to read one in August too. I’ve got a couple of small ones I can probably fit in to help me catch up on my Goodreads challenge (behind by 17 books). I’m trying to kill all the birds with the stone here.

Wish me luck!

Virtual Challenge Rules:
~The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019. You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided you have 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around.
~This challenge is only for books you do not own. They may be borrowed from the library, a friend, found on a free e-book site (like Project Gutenberg), or anywhere else that allows you to temporarily checkout the book. Also–unlike Mount TBR, there is no date limit on your wish list. If you see a book online that strikes your fancy after January 1 and you just have to go get it from the library, then it absolutely counts.
~Rereads may count if you have not read it within the last five years [Bev’s arbitrary pick for a limit].
~You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things; you do not plan to ever finish it; and you move it off your mountain. For example, Bev’s personal rule (unless it’s a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If she decides she just can’t finish it and won’t ever, then off the mountain it goes and she counts it as another step on the hike.
~Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.
Physical Challenge Rules:
~Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2019. No library books.
~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a valid reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. I have, in the last couple years, allowed this when individuals have made requests. For example–if you own the hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! 
~Any reread may count, regardless of how long you’ve owned it prior to 2019, provided you have not read it in last five years (Bev’s arbitrary time limit) and have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.
~Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.
~You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. The only exception to this rule is if you have participated in Mount TBR the previous year and were unable to finish the book in time for the Final Check-in Post. Then–if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.
~You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, Bev’s personal rule (unless it’s a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If she decides she just can’t finish it and won’t ever, then off the mountain it goes and she counts it as a victory because the stack is smaller!
~Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

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