Can't resist a good challenge.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge Announcements

This is just a list of reading challenges announced (or in some cases, planned though not yet announced) for 2016, with links to blogs and sign-up pages. I'm not necessarily recommending any of these -- just keeping track. Challenges in red are ones I've signed up for.
  1. The 12 Month Classics Challenge | Host: Lois Johnson @ You, Me, and a Cup of Tea
  2. 100+ Book Challenge 2016 | Host: Freda @ Freda's Voice
  3. 2016 Africa Reading Challenge | Host: Kinna Reads
  4. 2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
  5. Ancient Greek Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Keely @ We Walked Outside and Saw the Stars
  6. Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Purple Ink Studios
  7. 2016 Anne Rice Reading Challenge | Host: Lianne @ The Towering Pile.
  8. Around the World Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: All About Books
  9. 2016 Audiobook Challenge | Co-Hosts: Jennifer @ The Book Nympho & Melanie @ Hot Listens
  10. Aussie Author Challenge 2016 | Host: Booklover Book Reviews
  11. The Backlist Books Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews
  12. Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Books & Chocolate
  13. The Bad Boys of Romance Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Shari @ Delighted Reader
  14. Banned Books Challenge 2016 | Host: Buckling Bookshelves.
  15. 2016 Blogger Shame Review Challenge | Host: Herding Cats & Burning Soup @ The Herd Presents .
  16. Book Blog Discussion Challenge 2016 | Co-Hosts: Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight! .
  17. 2016 Bookish Resolutions | Co-Hosts: Michelle @ Because Reading... & Laura @ trips down imagination road.  
  18. Books in Translation Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Jen @ The Introverted Reader.
  19. Book to Movie Challenge 2016 | Host: ebookclassics
  20. The British Books Challenge 2016 | Host: Kirsty @ The Overflowing Library
  21. 2016 B.Y.O.B. Reading Challenge | Host: Mary @ Literary Distractions
  22. 9th Canadian Book Challenge | Host: The Book Mine Set
  23. Celtic Coasts 2016 | Host: Riedel Fascination
  24. 2016 Challenge Challenge | Host: The Novel Orange
  25. Charity Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  26. Classics Challenge 2016 | Host: Musings of a Book Lover
  27. 2016 Classics Challenge | Host: Stacey @ Prettybooks
  28. 2016 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge | Host: Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!
  29. Clean Out Your E-Reader (COYER) Challenge | Host: Michelle @ Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life .  (This is a three-month challenge, December-March.)
  30. 2016 Color Coded Challenge | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block.
  31. Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge | Co-Hosts: Jess @ Gone With the Words / Danielle @ Love At First Page
  32. 2016 Crafty Cozy Challenge | Host: Books Are Life - Vita Libri
  33. Craving For Cozies Challenge 2016 | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
  34. Cruisin' Through the Cozies Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  35. Deal Me In 2016 Short Story Challenge | Host: Bibliophilopolis.
  36. 2016 Debut Author Reading Challenge | Host: Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
  37. Diverse Reads 2016 Book Challenge | Host: Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales / Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat
  38. Diversity on the Shelf Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Akilah @ The Englishist
  39. 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge | Co-Hosts: Tracy @ Cornerfolds / Claudia @ My Soul Called Life
  40. 2016 E-book Reading Challenge | Host: Annette's Book Spot
  41. 2016 Eclectic Reader Challenge | Host: Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
  42. Edwardian Bingo Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  43. Ethereal 2016 | Host: Riedel Fascination
  44. 2016 European Reading Challenge | Host: Rose City Reader.
  45. 2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge | Host: Bea's Book Nook .
  46. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2016 | Co-Hosts: Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books & Rachel @ Hello, Chelly
  47. Foodies Read 2016 | Host: Heather @ Based On A True Story
  48. French Bingo Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Words and Peace
  49. Full House Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Kathryn T @ The Book Date
  50. Gentle Spectrums 2016 | Host: Riedel Fascination.
  51. Goodreads Awards Challenge 2016 | Host: Amber @ Books of Amber
  52. Gothic Fiction Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Diana @ Book of Secrets
  53. Graphic Novels & Manga Challenge 2016 (9th Annual) | Host: Nicola @ Graphic Novels & Manga Challenge Blog
  54. 2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge | Host: Purple Ink Studios
  55. 2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge | Host: Lois Johnson @ You, Me, and a Cup of Tea
  56. 2016 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge | Host: Passages to the Past
  57. 2016 Horror Reading Challenge | Co-Hosts: Tracy @ Cornerfolds / Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!
  58. 2016 I Love Libraries Reading Challenge | Host: Bea's Book Nook
  59. 2016 I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge | Host: Bea's Book Nook.
  60. 2016 "It's New to Me" Series Starter Challenge | Host: Lisa Loves Literature
  61. The Lady Detectives 2016 Reading Challenge | Host: The Well Read Unicorn
  62. LGBTQIA Books Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Alexia @ Pretty Deadly Reviews
  63. Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2016  | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! . 
  64. Literary Pickers Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Sophia Rose @ Delighted Reader
  65. Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: The Mad Reviewer
  66. 2016 Middle East Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: My Book Self
  67. 2016 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge | Host: My Soul Called Life .
  68. 2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  69. My Kind of Mystery 2016 | Host: Riedel Fascination
  70. 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge | Host: Emily @ Falling For YA.
  71. Netgalley Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Ariel @ Fictively
  72. 2016 New Authors Reading Challenge | Host: Literary Escapism
  73. Newbery Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Julie @ Smiling Shelves.
  74. 2016 New Narrator Challenge | Host: Jen @ The Introverted Reader
  75. 2016 New Release Challenge | Hosts: Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Book Views & Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! .
  76. 2016 New To You Reading Challenge | Host: Herding Cats & Burning Soup @ The Herd Presents
  77. New Year's Reading Challenge | Host: Joy's Book Blog (This is a two-month reading event.)
  78. 2016 Nonfiction Reading Challenge | Host : Jen @ The Introverted Reader
  79. 2016 Non-Fiction Reading Challenge | Host: Lady Knight Reads
  80. Oldie But a Goodie Romance Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Renee @ Addicted to Romance
  81. Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Corinne Rodrigues
  82. Out Of This World Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Addicted to Romance.
  83. Pages Read Challenge 2016 | Host: Brittany Strickland @ The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf
  84. 2016 Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge | Host: Herding Cats & Burning Soup @ The Herd Presents
  85. 2016 Poetry Challenge | Host: Savvy Verse & Wit
  86. Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks | Host: Robin @ My Two Blessings
  87. 2016 Read Harder Challenge | Host: Book Riot
  88. 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge | Co-Hosts: Berls @ Fantasy Is More Fun / Michelle @ Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life
  89. 2016 Reading Bites Reading Challenge | Hippies Read Too
  90. Reading Challenge Addict (ongoing) | Co-Hosts: Cheryl @ CMash Loves to Read, Gina @ HottBooks, and Bev @ My Reader's Block
  91. Reading England 2016 | Host: Behold the Stars
  92. Reading New England Challenge 2016 | Host: The Emerald City Book Review
  93. Read It Again, Sam 2016 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  94. Reading the Bible As Literature Event 2016 | Host: Roof Beam Reader
  95. 2016 Read My Books Challenge | Host: Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
  96. Read My Own Damn Books | Host: Estella's Revenge
  97. Read the Books You Buy Challenge 2016 | Host: Kathryn T @ The Book Date
  98. Read the Nobels 2016 | Host: Guiltless Reading.
  99. Re-Read Challenge 2016 | Host: Belle of the Literati.  
  100. 2016 Re-Read Challenge | Host: Tea & Titles
  101. (Fairytale) Retelling Challenge 2016 | Host: Mel @ The Daily Prophecy
  102. Retellings Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase
  103. Review Writing Challenge 2016 | Host: Shari @ Delighted Reader
  104. Rock My TBR 2016 Reading Challenge | Host: Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler
  105. 2016 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge | Host: Shooting Stars Reviews (formerly hosted by The Book Vixen). 
  106. Royal Challenge 2016 | Host: Adriana @ She's Got Books On Her Mind
  107. 2016 Sci-Fi Experience | Host: Carl V. Anderson @ Stainless Steel Droppings
  108. A Series A Month Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Danielle @ Love at First Page
  109. 2016 Series Enders Reading Challenge | Host: Sandy Farmer @ Somewhere Only We Know
  110. The Series That Never Ends Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Shari @ Delighted Reader
  111. Shelf Love Challenge 2016 | Host: Second Run Reviews
  112. 2016 Southern Literature Reading Challenge | Host: Jen @ The Introverted Reader
  113. Spooks, Howls and Fangs Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Addicted to Romance
  114. 2016 Steampunk Reading Challenge | Co-Hosts: Stephanie @ In Wonderland & Katrina @ Bookish Things and More
  115. TBR Challenge 2016 | Host: Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian
  116. 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge | Host: Bookish Lifestyle
  117. TBR Triple Dog Dare Challenge 2016 | Host: James Reads Books
  118. Title Fight Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: The Bookshelf Gargoyle
  119. The Tudor Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Bridgett @ The Blessed Book Nut
  120. 2016 Victorian Bingo Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  121. 2016 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Sarah Coller @ Belle's Library
  122. Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2016 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  123. What An Animal IX Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  124. What's in a Name Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Charlie @ The Worm Hole
  125. 2016 When Are You Reading? Challenge | Host: Sam A. Stevens @ Taking On a World of Words
  126. Winter Reading Challenge | Host: Reading Every Season
  127. 2016 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge | Host: Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
  128. 2016 Women Challenge | Host: Peek a Book
  129. Women's Classic Literature Event | Host: The Classics Club
  130. Women's Fiction Reading Challenge 2016 | Host: Kathryn T @ The Book Date
  131. World at War Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  132. 2016 YA Mystery Reading Challenge | Host: In Wonderland Book Blog.
  133. You Read How Many Books? 2016 Challenge | Host: Brittany Strickland @ The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf

Monday, March 21, 2016

Once Upon a Time X

Artwork by Melissa Nucera

**Challenge complete. See my wrap-up post HERE.**

Hosted by: Carl @ Stainless Steel Droppings
Dates: March 21 - June 21, 2016

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See my wrap-up post HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
● See the challenge review page HERE.



● This year I'm signing up for Quest the First -- read at least five books that fit somewhere within the challenge genres (Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology). And I'll probably be choosing all my books from the fantasy genre.

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MY BOOK LIST (books/stories read, with links to reviews):
Inkheart. Cornelia Funke; trans. by Anthea Bell (published 2003)


BOOKS STARTED BUT NOT FINISHED (hope I won't need this list, but...):
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● I'm also hoping to participate in Quest on Screen this year. If I succeed, I'll be listing the movies/TV shows here--

MY VIEWING LIST (with links to reviews):
  1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (film; 2005).
    Thoughts: Beautiful movie, and much less tedious than the book.
  2. Maleficent (film; 2014).
    Thoughts: Disney does it again. Such a gorgeous fantasy film! Interesting take on the Sleeping Beauty tale, with Maleficent more victim than villain. Surprised I enjoyed it so much, since I generally find Angelina Jolie hard to watch. Not that she's not great to look at (duh!) -- she just never seems very believable. But she makes an excellent mythic being!




● And since I'm trying to read more short stories this year, I might even give the Short Story Quest a try. If so, I'll list them here--

MY SHORT STORY LIST (with links to reviews):
1.


POSSIBILITIES (Books, Short Stories):
  • After Alice. Gregory Maguire 
  • Bedknob and Broomstick. Mary Norton 
  • The Bell at Sealey Head. Patricia A. McKillip 
  • The Boggart. Susan Cooper 
  • The Book of Lost Things. John Connolly 
  • The Children of Green Knowe. L.M. Boston 
  • The City of Dreaming Books. Walter Moers 
  • The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart 
  • Inkheart. Cornelia Funke 
  • James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl 
  • The Magic City. E. Nesbit 
  • Magic or Not?  Edward Eager 
  • The Mennyms. Sylvia Waugh 
  • Mythago Wood. Robert Holdstock 
  • The Neverending Story. Michael Ende 
  • The Paper Grail. James P. Blaylock
  • The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster 
  • Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper 
  • Solstice Wood. Patricia A. McKillip 
  • Stuart Little. E.B. White 
  • Through the Looking-Glass. Lewis Carroll (a re-read) 
  • The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame 
  • The Witches. Roald Dahl 


POSSIBILITIES (Films, TV):




Monday, February 15, 2016

2016 Nonfiction Reading Challenge


Hosted by: The Introverted Reader
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016

Guidelines: (quoted from challenge announcement page) "Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult. That's it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge."
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • You don't need a blog to participate.
  • There will be a link for reviews.
  • Sign up anytime during the year.

Levels:
  1. Dilettante -- Read 1-5 non-fiction books
  2. Explorer -- Read 6-10
  3. Seeker -- Read 11-15
  4. Master -- Read 16-20 
✹ I'll be signing up at the Dilettante level again this year.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the page for linking reviews HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews or discussions):
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POSSIBLE  BOOKS:

  • American Eve. Paula Uruburu 
  • Clover: The Tragic Love Story of Clover and Henry Adams and Their Brilliant Life in America's Gilded Age. Otto Friedrich
  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader. Anne Fadiman 
  • A Gentle Madness. Nicholas A. Basbanes 
  • Here at The New Yorker. Brendan Gill 
  • Hong Kong. Jan Morris 
  • In Cold Blood. Truman Capote 
  • Just Kids. Patti Smith 
  • The Library at Night. Alberto Manguel 
  • Manhattan '45. Jan Morris 
  • The Origin of Humankind. Richard E. Leakey 
  • The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws. Margaret Drabble 
  • Pre-Raphaelites in Love. Gay Daly 
  • Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a Painting. Erica Hirshler 
  • Speak, Memory. Vladimir Nabokov 
  • A Splendor of Letters. Nicholas A Basbanes 
  • Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties. Noël Riley Fitch 
  • Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. Jan Morris
  • Venice. Jan (James) Morris 
  • The Years with Ross. James Thurber 


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016

Link to challenge announcement post
Host: Karen K @ Books and Chocolate
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016

Guidelines - to successfully complete the challenge and qualify for the final prize:
  • Read classic books, from 12 categories (but you don't have to read twelve books to participate in the challenge).
  • All books must be read in 2016. Books started before January 1, 2016 do not qualify.
  • There will be links for posting reviews for each category. All reviews must be linked up by December 31, 2016. You must also post a wrap-up review and link it to the challenge no later than December 31, 2016.
  • All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1966 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously.
  • E-books and audiobooks are eligible.
  • Books can crossover with other challenges.
  • Books may NOT crossover within this challenge. You must read a different book for EACH category, or it doesn't count.
  • Updated: Children's classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge.
  • A blog isn't necessary, you can link to reviews on Goodreads or any other publicly accessible online site.
  • The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 1, 2016.
  • You don't have to make a list of books in advance; but if you do, your list can be changed at any time.
  • Books may be read in any order.
Categories:
  1. A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.
  2. A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1966. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later.
  3. A classic by a woman author.
  4. A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language.
  5. A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc.
  6. An adventure classic - can be fiction or non-fiction. Children's classics like Treasure Island are acceptable in this category.
  7. A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Dystopian could include classics like 1984, and children's classics like The Hobbit are acceptable in this category also.
  8. A classic detective novel. It must include a detective, amateur or professional. This list of books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction is a great starting point if you're looking for ideas.
  9. A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. It can be the name of a house, a town, a street, etc. Examples include Bleak House, Main Street, The Belly of Paris, or The Vicar of Wakefield.
  10. A classic which has been banned or censored. If possible, please mention why this book was banned or censored in your review.
  11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). If it's a book you loved, does it stand the test of time? If it's a book you disliked, is it any better a second time around?
  12. A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. It can be an anthology of stories by different authors, or all the stories can be by a single author. Children's stories are acceptable in this category also. 

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● Link up your reviews HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  • Category 1: Daisy Miller. Henry James (first published 1878)  [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
  • Category 2:
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  • Category 7:
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  • Category 9:
  • Category 10: To Have and Have Not. Ernest Hemingway (first published 1937)  [linked to review page 7/14/2016
  • Category 11:
  • Category 12:

Possible Reads:
Category 1 (19th century classic):
  • Cranford. Elizabeth Gaskell (1851)
  • Daisy Miller. Henry James (1878)  
  • The Europeans. Henry James (1878)
  • Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë (1847) 
  • Persuasion. Jane Austen (1818)

Category 2 (20th century classic):
  • Appointment in Samarra. John O'Hara (1934) 
  • England Made Me. Graham Greene (1935) 
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Anita Loos (1924) 
  • The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1). Agatha Christie (1930)
  • Our Man in Havana. Graham Greene (1959)
  • The Sheltering Sky. Paul Bowles (1949)

Category 3 (classic by a woman):
  • All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West (1931)
  • The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath (1963)
  • The Enchanted April. Elizabeth von Arnim (1922)
  • Murder at the Vicarage. Agatha Christie (1930) 
  • A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor (1949)

Category 4 (classic in translation):
  • Demian. Hermann Hesse (1919) 
  • Fathers and Sons. Ivan Turgenev (1862)
  • King, Queen, Knave. Vladimir Nabokov (1928)

Category 5 (classic by a non-white author):
  • Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe (1958)
  • The Woman in the Dunes. Kobo Abe (1962)

Category 6 (adventure classic):
  • Casino Royale (James Bond #1). Ian Fleming (1953) 
  • A Coffin for Dimitrios. Eric Ambler (1939; aka The Mask of Dimitrios
  • The Prisoner of Zenda. Anthony Hope (1894) 
  • The Road to Oxiana. Robert Byron (1937; nonfiction)
  • Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe (1719)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel. Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1905) 
  • To Have and Have Not. Ernest Hemingway (1937)
  • West With the Night. Beryl Markham (1942; nonfiction) 

Category 7 (fantasy, sci-fi, or dystopian classic):
  • Bedknob and Broomstick. Mary Norton (1943; fantasy) 
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz. Walter M. Miller Jr. (1959; Hugo Winner Best Novel 1961; sci-fi) 
  • The Caves of Steel. Isaac Asimov (1953; sci-fi) 
  • The Enchanted Castle. E. Nesbit (1907; fantasy) 
  • James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl (1961; fantasy) 
  • Miss Hickory. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1946; Newbery Medal, 1947; fantasy) 
  • The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster (1961; fantasy)
  • Stuart Little. E.B. White (1945; fantasy) 
  • Way Station. Clifford D. Simak (Hugo Award winner, 1964; sci-fi) 
  • The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame (1908; fantasy) 

Category 8 (classic detective novel):
  • The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1). Raymond Chandler (1939) 

Category 9 (name of a place in title):
  • England Made Me. Graham Greene (1935) 
  • Goodbye to Berlin. Christopher Isherwood (1939) 
  • Our Man in Havana. Graham Greene (1959) 

Category 10 (banned or censored):
  • Butterfield 8. John O'Hara (1935)
  • Rabbit, Run. John Updike (1960) 

Category 11 (re-read a classic read in high school or college):
  • Franny and Zooey. J.D. Salinger (1961) 
  • A Handful of Dust. Evelyn Waugh (1934) 
  • The Haunting of Hill House. Shirley Jackson (1959)
  • The House of the Seven Gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851) 
  • Lucky Jim. Kingsley Amis (1953) 
  • Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen (1813)
  • Rebecca. Daphne DuMaurier (1938) 
  • The Thurber Carnival. James Thurber (1945)

Category 12 (volume of classic short stories):
  • Blandings and Elsewhere. P.G. Wodehouse (1935) 
  • Carry On, Jeeves. P.G. Wodehouse (1925) 
  • The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories. Algernon Blackwood (1906)
  • Goodbye to Berlin. Christopher Isherwood (1939)
  • Tales of Men and Ghosts. Edith Wharton (1910)


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 Women Challenge


Hosted by: Peek a Book!
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016

Guidelines:
  • This challenge encourages us to read more books, of any kind, written by women authors.
  • Anyone can join, and you don't need a blog to participate.
  • All formats are allowed.
  • Re-reads are OK, too.

Levels to choose from:
  • Level 1: BABY GIRL - read 5 books written by a woman author
  • Level 2: GIRLS POWER - read 6 to 15 books written by a woman author
  • Level 3: SUPER GIRL - read 16 to 20 books written by a woman author
  • Level 4: WONDER WOMAN - read 20+ books written by a woman author

✸ I'm going for Level 3 (Super Girl)

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the challenge review link-up page HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
1. Lilies That Fester (Sheila Malory Mysteries #11). Hazel Holt
2. The Last September. Nina de Gramont  [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
3. The People in the Photo. Hélène Gestern
4. Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell #13). Laurie R. King  [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
5. My Name Is Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout
6. A Christmas Escape. Anne Perry [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
7. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Kate DiCamillo; illus. by K.G. Campbell
8. Miller's Valley. Anna Quindlen
9. A Fine Imitation. Amber Brock
10. This Too Shall Pass. Milena Busquets [linked to review page 8/04/2016]
11. Lovely In Her Bones. Sharyn McCrumb [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
12. Inkheart. Cornelia Funke; trans. by Anthea Bell  [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
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Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Link to announcement/sign-up post
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016
Hosted by:  Emily @ Falling For YA

Guidelines:
  • You don't need a blog to participate
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. is acceptable so long as it comes from Edelweiss or Netgalley
  • There will be monthly link-ups for reviews; if you forget to link up one month, you can add your reviews the next month
  • You can change level, up or down, at your own discretion
Levels:
  1. Bronze – 10 books 
  2. Silver – 25 books 
  3. Gold – 50 books 
  4. Platinum – 75 books 
  5. Diamond– 100 books 
✷ I'm signing up at the Silver Level (25 books), but hope to work my way up to at least Gold.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement page HERE.
● Monthly review page links: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December .

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. The Children's Home. Charles Lambert (NetGalley)
  2. The People in the Photo. Hélène Gestern (NetGalley) 
  3. My Name Is Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout (NetGalley) 
  4. Far From True (Promise Falls Trilogy #2). Linwood Barclay (NetGalley) 
  5. Miller's Valley. Anna Quindlen (NetGalley) 
  6. The Disappearance of Signora Giulia. Piero Chiara (Edelweiss)



NetGalley books I need to read:
  1. Abandon. Blake Crouch (9/01/2015
  2. The Ancient Minstrel: Novellas. Jim Harrison (3/01/2016
  3. At the Existentialist Cafe. Sarah Bakewell (3/01/2016
  4. Beyond the Ice Limit. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (5/17/2016
  5. The Bluebonnet Betrayal. Marty Wingate  (8/02/2016
  6. Broken Promise (Promise Falls #1). Linwood Barclay (7/28/2015
  7. Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. Emily Carpenter (4/26/2016
  8. The Children's Home. Charles Lambert (1/05/2016) 
  9. Dark Houses. Helen H. Durrant (4/08/2016
  10. Dead Level (DI Nick Dixon series). Damien Boyd (3/15/2016
  11. The Dig. John Preston (4/05/2016
  12. The Doll House. Fiona Davis (8/23/2016
  13. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. Christ Cleave (5/03/2016
  14. Faithful. Alice Hoffman (11/01/2016
  15. Far From True (Promise Falls #2). Linwood Barclay (3/22/2016) 
  16. The Girls. Emma Cline (6/14/2016
  17. Goodbye, Ms. Chips. Dorothy Cannell (6/07/2016
  18. The House of Silence. Blanca Busquets (11/04/2016)
  19. The Invoice. Jonas Karlsson (7/12/2016
  20. The Kaminsky Case. Christopher New (2/11/2016)  
  21. Keep You Close. Lucie Whitehouse (5/03/2016
  22. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Dominic Smith (4/05/2016
  23. Lowcountry Book Club. Susan M. Boyer (7/05/2016)
  24. Miller's Valley. Anna Quindlen (4/05/2016) 
  25. The Murder of Mary Russell. Laurie R. King (4/05/2016
  26. My Name Is Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout (1/05/2016)
  27. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Ed Tarkington (1/05/2016
  28. The People in the Photo. Hélène Gestern (2/17/2016) 
  29. Picture Miss Seeton. Heron Carvic (5/05/2016) 
  30. The Pursuit of Pearls. Jane Thynne (5/03/2016
  31. The Skeleton Garden. Marty Wingate (3/15/2016
  32. The Summer Before the War. Helen Simonson (3/22/2016
  33. Switcheroo. Aaron Elkins (2/16/2016
  34. Tall Tail. Rita Mae Brown (5/17/2016
  35. Things Like the Truth. Ellen Gilchrist (5/03/2016
  36. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd. Alan Bradley (9/20/2016
  37. A Time of Torment. John Connolly (8/02/2016
  38. The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls #3). Linwood Barclay (11/01/2016
  39. Villa Triste. Patrick Modiano (5/31/2016) 
  40. Vinegar Girl. Anne Tyler (6/21/2016
  41. Write To Die. Charles Rosenberg (7/26/2016

Edelweiss books I need to read:
  1. The Atomic Weight of Love. Elizabeth J. Church (5/03/2016)
  2. The Book That Matters Most. Ann Hood (8/09/2016
  3. The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig. Stefan Zweig (2/02/2016
  4. Dark Matter. Blake Crouch (8/02/2016
  5. The Disappearance of Signora Giulia. Piero Chiara (9/15/2015) 
  6. The Fall Guy. James Lasdun (10/18/2016)
  7. Journey to Munich. Jacqueline Winspear (3/29/2016
  8. Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2. John Connolly (10/06/2015
  9. The Past. Tessa Hadley (1/05/2016)
  10. When the Music's Over. Peter Robinson (8/09/2016

And, just because I'm a serious OCD victim, here's a list arranged by Date Published:
The 2016 Books
  1. The Children's Home. Charles Lambert (1/05/2016) NG
  2. My Name Is Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout (1/05/2016) NG
  3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Ed Tarkington (1/05/2016) NG
  4. The Past. Tessa Hadley (1/05/2016) ED 
  5. The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig. Stefan Zweig (2/02/2016) ED 
  6. The Doll House. Fiona Davis (8/23/2016)  NG
  7. The Kaminsky Cure. Christopher New (2/11/2016) NG 
  8. Switcheroo. Aaron Elkins (2/16/2016) NG
  9. The People in the Photo. Hélène Gestern (2/17/2016) NG
  10. The Ancient Minstrel. Jim Harrison (3/01/2016) NG 
  11. At the Existentialist Cafe. Sarah Bakewell (3/01/2016) NG 
  12. Dead Level (DI Nick Dixon series). Damien Boyd (3/15/2016) NG 
  13. The Skeleton Garden. Marty Wingate (3/15/2016) NG 
  14. Far From True (Promise Falls #2). Linwood Barclay (3/22/2016) NG
  15. The Summer Before the War. Helen Simonson (3/22/2016) NG 
  16. Journey to Munich. Jacqueline Winspear (3/29/2016) ED 
  17. The Dig. John Preston (4/05/2016) NG 
  18. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Dominic Smith (4/05/2016) NG 
  19. Miller's Valley. Anna Quindlen (4/05/2016) NG
  20. The Murder of Mary Russell. Laurie R. King (4/05/2016) NG 
  21. Dark Houses. Helen H. Durrant (4/08/2016) NG 
  22. Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. Emily Carpenter (4/26/2016) NG 
  23. The Atomic Weight of Love. Elizabeth Church (5/03/2016) ED 
  24. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. Chris Cleave (5/03/2016) NG 
  25. Keep You Close. Lucie Whitehouse (5/03/2016) NG 
  26. The Pursuit of Pearls. Jane Thynne (5/03/2016) NG 
  27. Things Like the Truth. Ellen Gilchrist (5/03/2016) NG 
  28. Picture Miss Seeton (Miss Seeton #1). Heron Carvic (5/05/2016) NG
  29. Beyond the Ice Limit. Douglas Preston & Preston Child (5/17/2016) NG 
  30. Tall Tail. Rita Mae Brown (5/17/2016) NG 
  31. Villa Triste. Patrick Modiano (5/31/2016) NG 
  32. Goodbye, Ms. Chips. Dorothy Cannell (6/07/2016)  NG 
  33. The Girls. Emma Cline (6/14/2016) NG 
  34. Vinegar Girl. Anne Tyler (6/21/2016) NG 
  35. Lowcountry Book Club. Susan M. Boyer (7/05/2016)  NG
  36. The Invoice. Jonas Karlsson (7/12/2016) NG 
  37. Write To Die. Charles Rosenberg (7/26/2016)  NG
  38. The Bluebonnet Betrayal. Marty Wingate (8/02/2016) NG
  39. Dark Matter. Blake Crouch (8/02/2016) ED 
  40. A Time of Torment. John Connolly (8/02/2016)  NG
  41. The Book That Matters Most. Ann Hood (8/09/2016) ED 
  42. When the Music's Over. Peter Robinson (8/09/2016) ED 
  43. The Doll House. Fiona Davis (8/23/2016)  NG 
  44. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd. Alan Bradley (9/20/2016)  NG 
  45. Cruel Beautiful World. Caroline Leavitt (10/04/2016) NG 
  46. The House of Silence. Blanca Busquets (10/04/2016)  NG
  47. The Fall Guy. James Lasdun (10/18/2016) ED 
  48. Faithful. Alice Hoffman (11/01/2016)  NG
  49. The Twenty-Three. Linwood Barclay (11/01/2016)  NG 


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Link to challenge announcement/sign-up post
Host: Amy @ Passages to the Past
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016

Guidelines:
  • Choose your level.
  • Read any sub-genre of historical fiction (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)
  • You don't need a blog to participate.
  • There will be a monthly link for reviews.

Levels:
  1. 20th Century Reader - 2 books
  2. Victorian Reader - 5 books
  3. Renaissance Reader - 10 books
  4. Medieval - 15 books
  5. Ancient History - 25 books
  6. Prehistoric - 50+ books

My goal: "Victorian Reader" (5 books).

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the pages for linking reviews: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
1. Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #13). Laurie R. King
2. A Christmas Escape. Anne Perry
3. A Fine Imitation. Amber Brock
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5.


Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 Women's Fiction Reading Challenge


Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016

✸ See the challenge announcement post for a discussion of just what is meant by "women's fiction."

Choose a Level:
  1. Motivated 1- 5
  2. Savvy 6 - 10
  3. Classy 11- 20
  4. Go-getter 20 -30
  5. Fearless 30+

General Guidelines:
  1. Books may overlap with other challenges. 
  2. All formats are OK.
  3. A blog isn't necessary -- you can link up through GoodReads.
  4. There will be a link for reviews, although reviews are not a condition of completing the challenge, they are just an extra.

✸ I'll be signing up at the "Motivated" level, and hope to read five books that qualify.


● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the link for January-June reviews HERE.
● See the link for July-December reviews HERE


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

  1. The Last September. Nina de Gramont [note to self: linked to review page 7/14/2016]
  2. The People in the Photo. Hélène Gestern 
  3. My Name Is Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout 
  4. Miller's Valley. Anna Quindlen
  5. A Fine Imitation. Amber Brock 
  6. This Too Shall Pass. Milena Busquets [linked to review page 8/04/2016


POSSIBILITIES:
  • All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West
  • The Debut. Anita Brookner
  • Dreams of Joy. Lisa See
  • The Elm Creek Quilters series, by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Evolution of Jane. Catherine Schine 
  • Leaving Home. Anita Brookner
  • Lolly Willowes. Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Nora Webster. Colm Toibin
  • The Pull of the Moon. Elizabeth Berg
  • The Radiant Way. Margaret Drabble 
  • The Rector's Daughter. F.M. Mayor
  • The Road to Lichfield. Penelope Lively
  • Sarah's Key. Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Seven Sisters. Margaret Drabble
  • Shanghai Girls. Lisa See
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs. Anna Quindlen
  • The Summerhouse. Jude Deveraux 
  • Tapestry of Fortunes. Elizabeth Berg 
  • Visitors. Anita Brookner
  • The Weight of Water. Anita Shreve 
  • While I Was Gone. Sue Miller
  • A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor


Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2016

Link to challenge announcement/sign-up post
Hosted by: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016

Challenge objective:
  • Find as many objects on the scavenger hunt list as possible, on the covers of the mystery books you read.
  • You may play along in either the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras (or, for the more adventurous, both).

Challenge rules (quoted from the announcement post):
  • All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore.
  • For the purposes of this challenge, the Golden Age Vintage Mysteries must have been first published before 1960. Golden Age short story collections (whether published pre-1960 or not) are permissible provided all of the stories included in the collection were originally written pre-1960. Silver Age Vintage Mysteries may be first published any time from 1960 to 1989 (inclusive). Again, Silver Age short story collections published later than 1989 are permissible as long as they include no stories first published later than 1989.
  • Minimum number of items to complete the challenge and to be eligible for the participation prize drawing at the end of the year is six items from the covers of books read from a single Vintage Mystery Era. If you choose to do both eras, you must use separate checklists. You may not, for example, find three golden age items and three silver age items to claim the minimum six.
  • "On the cover" may apply to either the front or the back cover of the book. Also, the item should be found on the cover of the edition that you read. If at all possible either post a picture showing the item on the cover or provide a link to a page showing us. Exception: If the edition you read has no picture whatsoever (hardbacks that have no dust jacket or e-copies, for example), then you may go on another scavenger hunt online to find a cover image--again, please provide a link to the edition used.
  • No double-counting within the challenge. If a book's cover has both a shadowy figure and a weapon, you may only use it to check off one item from the list. You are welcome to change the item claimed at any time prior to submitting it for prizes.
  • Books read for this challenge may be used for other challenges as well.
  • Reviews are encouraged, but they are not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments below that you intend to join and then post again at the end-of-year wrap-up site when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read, categories you have completed, and how to find images of covers).
  • Challengers who complete the minimum six books from a single era will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the year for a book from the prize list. Challengers who complete 12 or more books (either from the same era or six from each era) will also be entered in a separate drawing--for another chance to win, again for their choice of a book from the prize list.
  • Please keep track of your progress and be prepared to submit a final wrap-up post or comment at the end of the year. Please DO NOT submit completion notifications prior to the posting of the Wrap-Up Link.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the challenge review pages: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

✸ I'll be reading Silver Age mysteries. Here's the card:




MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

(These are the books I'm planning to read. The review link will appear when I've actually written and posted the review. Until the review is posted and linked up, the list could change.)

1. Lovely in Her Bones. Sharyn McCrumb (first published 1985)
....For the scavenger hunt: Skull on cover
....Note to self: linked to review page, 7/20/2016



2. Picture Miss Seeton (Miss Seeton #1). Heron Carvic (first published 1968)
....For the scavenger hunt: Just One Person on cover
....Note to self: read but not yet reviewed (as of 8/17/2016)



3. Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy series #1). Charlotte MacLeod (first published 1978)
....For the scavenger hunt: Weirdest Item You've Seen on cover (a skull/skeleton in a Santa suit)



4. Death On Demand (Death On Demand #1). Carolyn G. Hart (first published 1987)
....For the scavenger hunt: Dog on cover



5. The Case of the Missing Brontë (Perry Trethowan #3). Robert Barnard (first published 1983)
....For the scavenger hunt: More Than Two People on cover



6. 'A' Is For Alibi (Kinsey Milhone Mysteries #1). Sue Grafton (first published 1982)
....For the scavenger hunt: Typewriter on cover



7. Something The Cat Dragged In (Peter Shandy Series #4). Charlotte MacLeod (first published 1983)
....For the scavenger hunt: Cat on cover



8. Flight of a Witch (Inspector George Felse Mysteries #3). Ellis Peters (first published 1964)
....For the scavenger hunt: Brunette woman on cover






Saturday, December 26, 2015

2016 Color Coded Reading Challenge

Link to challenge announcement/sign-up post
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016
Hosted by: Bev @ My Reader's Block

Guidelines:

• Read nine books in the following categories:
1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover.
6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title/on the cover.
8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).
• Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2016 will count.
• Crossovers with other challenges are OK.
• A blog isn't necessary, and reviews are not required.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the challenge Headquarters page HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
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7.
8.
9.

POSSIBLE CHOICES:

1. Blue, etc:
  • A Beautiful Blue Death. Charles Finch 
  • The Blue Fairy Book. Andrew Lang 
  • The Blue Flower. Penelope Fitzgerald 
  • The Blue Hammer. Ross Macdonald 
  • Blue Labyrinth. Preston & Child 
  • The Deep Blue Goodbye. John D. MacDonald 
  • Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Elizabeth Berg
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Susan Vreeland 
  • The Pale Blue Eye. Louis Bayard 
  • The Turquoise Mask. Phyllis A. Whitney 

2. Red, etc:
  • Crimson Shore. Preston & Child 
  • Death of a Red Heroine. Qui Xiaolong 
  • Five Red Herrings. Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Red Harvest. Dashiell Hammett
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard. Alan Bradley
  • The Red Lamp. Mary Roberts Rinehart 
  • Rose Cottage. Mary Stewart 
  • Vanish with the Rose. Barbara Michaels 
  • A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor 

3. Yellow, etc:
  • BUtterfield 8. John O'Hara
  • The Canary Murder Case. S.S. Van Dine
  • Crome Yellow. Aldous Huxley
  • The Golden Bowl. Henry James 
  • Good As Gold. Joseph Heller 
  • The Mystery of the Yellow Room. Gaston Leroux 
  • The Realms of Gold. Margaret Drabble 
  • The Yellow Room. Mary Roberts Rinehart

4. Green, etc:
  • Anne of Green Gables. Lucy M. Montgomery
  • The Children of Green Knowe. L. M. Boston
  • Emerald. Phyllis A. Whitney 
  • The Greene Murder Case. S.S. VanDine
  • Green for Danger. Christianna Brand
  • The Greengage Summer. Rumer Godden
  • The Green Hat. Michael Arlen
  • The Green Knight. Iris Murdoch
  • Olive Kitteridge. Elizabeth Strout 
  • Thrush Green. "Miss Read"

5. Brown, etc:
  • The Bronze Pen. Zilpha Keatley Snyder 
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl
  • Chocolat. Joanne Harris
  • The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper. John D. MacDonald 
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case. Anthony Berkeley 
  • Portrait in Sepia. Isabel Allende 

6. Black, etc:
  • Bellman and Black. Diane Setterfield 
  • Black Dog. Stephen Booth 
  • Black Light. Elizabeth Hand 
  • Black Money. Ross Macdonald
  • The Black Prince. Iris Murdoch
  • Black Water. Joyce Carol Oates
  • Blackwork. Monica Ferris 
  • The Ebony Swan. Phyllis A. Whitney 
  • The Master of Blacktower. Barbara Michaels 
  • Raven Black. Anne Cleeves

7. White, etc:
  • Death in a White Tie. Ngaio Marsh 
  • The Ivory Grin. Ross Macdonald 
  • White Nights. Ann Cleeves 
  • The Window at the White Cat. Mary Roberts Rinehart

8. Other Color:
  • The Amber Room. Steve Berry 
  • Black Amber. Phyllis A. Whitney 
  • The Ghost Orchid. Carol Goodman 
  • Greygallows. Barbara Michaels 
  • Grey Mask. Patricia Wentworth 
  • James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl 
  • Miss Silver Deals With Death. Patricia Wentworth 
  • Nightmare in Pink. John D. MacDonald 
  • Prater Violet. Christopher Isherwood 
  • A Purple Place for Dying. John D. MacDonald 
  • Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper
  • The Violets of March. Sarah Jio 

9. Implied Color:
  • All the Colors of Darkness. Lloyd Biggle, Jr. 
  • All the Colors of Darkness. Peter Robinson 
  • Ancient Light. John Banville 
  • Black Rainbow. Barbara Michaels 
  • The Color of Light. Karen White 
  • The Dark on the Other Side. Barbara Michaels 
  • The Dark Place. Aaron Elkins 
  • Darkwater. Dorothy Eden 
  • House of Many Shadows. Barbara Michaels 
  • Into the Darkness. Barbara Michaels 
  • The Land of Painted Caves. Jean M. Auel 
  • Light Years. Elizabeth Jane Howard 
  • Murder in Primary Colors. Nora Barker 
  • Pale Fire. Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Pale Horse. Agatha Christie 
  • Pale Horse, Pale Rider. Katherine Anne Porter
  • The Painted Kiss. Elizabeth Hickey
  • The Painted Veil. W. Somerset Maugham 
  • Search the Shadows. Barbara Michaels 
  • Shadow Tag. Louise Erdrich 
  • The Walker in the Shadows. Barbara Michaels 
  • The Zebra-Striped Hearse. Ross Macdonald