Can't resist a good challenge.

Monday, September 1, 2014

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril / IX


Dates: September 1 through October 31, 2014
Hosted by: Carl V. Anderson at Stainless Steel Droppings

Guidelines:

✸ There are several different levels of participation:
  • Peril the First: Read four books of any length, from any subgenre you choose.
  • Peril the Second: Read two books of any length, from any subgenre you choose.
  • Peril the Third: Read one book of any length, from any subgenre you choose.
  • Peril of the Short Story: An extra option, for those who want to read shorter works.
  • Peril on the Screen: Another extra option, for those who like to watch scary or suspenseful fare on the large or small screen.
  • Peril of the Group Read: A third extra -- see announcement page for info.
✸ Choose your books from the following subgenres:
  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Supernatural
✷ I'm signing up at the Peril the First level (four books), and I'll be combining that with Peril on the Screen and possibly Peril of the Short Story.

See my original post about the Challenge here.
See the Challenge announcement page here.
See the Challenge review page here


MY BOOK LIST (books read; with links to reviews):
  1. Peter Pan Must Die. John Verdon (thriller)
  2. The Mist in the Mirror. Susan Hill (ghost story) 
  3. The Celtic Dagger. Jill Paterson (mystery)
  4. Children of the Revolution. Peter Robinson (police procedural)
  5. The Dirty Book Murder. Thomas Shawver (bibliomystery)

MY SHORT STORY LIST (with links to reviews):
  1. "The Bus Conductor." E.F. Benson (ghost story)


MY SCREEN PERIL LIST, Part I (Movies):
  1. 13 Ghosts (1960)
  2. Fragile (2005)
  3. The Haunting (1963) 
  4. Insidious (2010)
  5. Laura (1944)
  6. Madhouse (1974)
  7. The Vampire Bat (1933)

MY SCREEN PERIL LIST, Part II (TV Shows):
  1. Agatha Christie's Marple: Endless Night (2014; Season 6/ Episode 3) 
  2. Agatha Christie's Marple: Greenshaw's Folly (2014; Season 6/ Episode 2) 
  3. Agatha Christie's Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (2014; Season 6/ Episode 1)
  4. Cold Case Files: The Black Dahlia (2006; Season 5/Episode 16) 
  5. Inspector Lewis: Entry Wounds (2014; Season 8/ Episode 1) 
  6. Inspector Lewis: The Lions of Nemea (2014; Season 8/ Episode 2)
  7. Midsomer Murders: Death in the Slow Lane (2011; Season 14/Episode 1) 
  8. Midsomer Murders: Death in Chorus (2006; Season 9/Episode 7)
  9. Midsomer Murders: Country Matters (2006; Season 9/Episode 6)
  10. Midsomer Murders: Four Funerals and a Wedding (2006; Season 9/ Episode 5)
  11. Midsomer Murders: Down Among the Dead Men (2006; Season 9/ Episode 4)
  12. Midsomer Murders: Vixen's Run (2006; Season 9/ Episode 3)
  13. Midsomer Murders: Dead Letters (2006; Season 9/ Episode 2)
  14. Midsomer Murders: The House in the Woods (2005; Season 9/ Episode 1)
  15. The Rockford Files: Tall Woman in Red Wagon (1974; Season 1/Episode 5)
  16. The Rockford Files: This Case Is Closed (1974; Season 1/Episode 6) 
  17. The Rockford Files: The Big Ripoff (1974; Season 1/Episode 7)
  18. The Rockford Files: Find Me If You Can (1974; Season 1/ Episode 8)




Sunday, March 23, 2014

Once Upon a Time VIII


Dates: 21 March - 21 June, 2014
Hosted by: Carl V. Anderson @ Stainless Steel Droppings

Guidelines (quoted from the challenge announcement page):
  • Readings should come from these four genres: fantasy, fairy tale, folklore and mythology
  • Participants can choose one or more of the following levels (or Quests):
  1. The Journey - Read at least one book from any of the four genres. No need to commit to any set number of books.
  2. Quest the First - Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time III criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
  3. Quest the Second - Read at least one book from each of the four categories. In this quest you will be reading 4 books total: one fantasy, one folklore, one fairy tale, and one mythology.
  4. Quest the Third - Fulfill the requirements for the Journey, or Quest the First or Quest the Second, AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR a viewing of one of the many theatrical versions of the play.
  5. Short Story Quest - This quest involves the reading of one or more short stories that fit within at least one of the four genres during the course of the weekend. Ideally you would post about your short story readings on Sundays or Mondays, but this is not strictly necessary.
  6. Quest on the Screen - To participate in this quest simply let the other participants know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge.


✸ I'm signing up at the "Journey" level, so I'll be reading at least one book, but (as usual) hope to read a few more.

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

MY READING LIST (books read, with links to reviews):
  1. While Beauty Slept. Elizabeth Blackwell
  2. The Thief of Always. Clive Barker


LIST OF POSSIBLE CHOICES:

Bedknob and Broomstick. Mary Norton
The Bell at Sealey Head
. Patricia A. McKillip  
Black Light. Elizabeth Hand
The Book of Lost Things
. John Connolly
The Castle of Llyr. Lloyd Alexander
The Children of Llyr. Evangeline Walton
The City of Dreaming Books. Walter Moers
The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart
Elidor. Alan Garner
The Eyre Affair. Jasper Fforde
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1). Michael Buckley
Five Children and It. E. Nesbit
The Halloween Tree. Ray Bradbury
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rachel Field
Inkheart. Cornelia Funke 
James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories. Susanna Clarke
Luka and the Fire of Life. Salman Rushdie
The Mabinogion.
The Magic City. E. Nesbit 
The Magic of Finkleton. K.C. Hilton 
Magic or Not? Edward Eager
Mary Poppins Comes Back. Pamela L. Travers
The Mennyms.  Sylvia Waugh 
Miss Hickory. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley 
The Moon of Gomrath: A Tale of Alderley. Alan Garner
The Mysterious Benedict Society. Trenton Lee Stewart
Mythago Wood. Robert Holdstock  
The Other Book. Philip Womack 
The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster 
Photographing Fairies. Steve Szilagyi 
The Prince of Mist. Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Princess and the Goblin. George MacDonald
The Red Pyramid. Rick Riordan 
Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper 
Stuart Little. E.B. White 
The Thief of Always. Clive Barker 
The Trumpet of the Swan. E.B. White 
The Well-Wishers. Edward Eager 
While Beauty Slept. Elizabeth Blackwell 
The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Chunkster Reading Challenge

http://www.chunksterchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-chunkster-challenge-sign-ups.html

Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2014
Hosted by: Vassily (of Thoughts of an Eclectic Reader)

Guidelines:
  • A chunkster is any book (adult or YA) with 450 or more pages.
  • Both fiction and nonfiction are allowed.
  • Audio books and e-books are allowed. Graphic novels are not.
  • Essay, short story, and poetry collections are allowed but must be read in their entirety to count. 
  • Books may crossover with other challenges. 
  • Anyone can join. 
  • You don’t have to list your books ahead of time. 
  • There are no set levels; participants can determine their own level to aim for. 

✵ I'm setting myself a goal of two books for the challenge.

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. Ten Lords A-Leaping. C.C. Benison (490 pages)


POSSIBILITIES:
  • The Book of the Dead. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (454 pages
  • The Children's Book. A.S. Byatt (675 pages)  
  • A Gentle Madness. Nicholas A. Basbanes (638 pages
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire. Stieg Larsson (503 pages
  • Inkheart. Cornelia Funke (500+ pages
  • Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë (450+ pages)
  • The Land of Painted Caves. Jean M. Auel (757 pages
  • The Map of Time. Felix J. Palma (613 pages
  • The Peabody Sisters. Megan Marshall (602 pages
  • The Secret History. Donna Tartt (522 pages
  • The Secret Keeper. Kate Morton (496 pages
  • Ten Lords A-Leaping. C.C. Benison (490 pages)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2014

http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/search/label/Mount%20TBR%20Challenge

Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2014
Hosted by: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK

Guidelines (quoted from the challenge announcement page):
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2014. 
  • You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2014. 
  • Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade. All books counted for lower mountains may carry over towards the new peak.
  • Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2014. 
  • No ARCs (none), no library books. 
  • No rereads. 
  • Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books. 
  • Books may be used to count for other challenges as well. 
  • Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb. 
  • There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings! A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. 
  • There will be a GoodReads group for the challenge, and a site for reviews. 
Levels:
  1. Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
  2. Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
  3. Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
  4. Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
  5. Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
  6. El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
  7. Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
  8. Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

❋ I'm signing up at the "Pike's Peak" level, so I'll be reading twelve books.  

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
~ See the Mount TBR Challenge Review Headquarters HERE.
~ See the March Checkpoint Page HERE
~ See Checkpoint Number Two HERE.
~ See Checkpoint Number Three HERE

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. The Only Problem. Muriel Spark 
  2. The Lady in the Lake. Raymond Chandler
  3. The High Window. Raymond Chandler

POSSIBILITIES:
  1. Afternoon Men. Anthony Powell 
  2. The Art of Mending. Elizabeth Berg  
  3. The Cabinet of Curiosities. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  4. The Children's Book. A.S. Byatt 
  5. The Chrysalids. John Wyndham 
  6. The Conjurer's Bird. Martin Davies 
  7. The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart 
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 
  9. Appointment in Samara. John O'Hara 
  10. The Dud Avocado. Elaine Dundy 
  11. The Family Man. Elinor Lipman
  12. Flaubert's Parrot. Julian Barnes 
  13. Framed in Lace. Monica Ferris
  14. The Ghost Writer. Philip Roth
  15. The Glass Room. Simon Mawer
  16. Invitation to the Waltz. Rosamond Lehmann 
  17. July and August. Nancy Clark 
  18. Just Kids. Patti Smith 
  19. Labyrinth. Kate Mosse 
  20. Los Alamos. Joseph Kanon 
  21. The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot. Angus Wilson 
  22. The Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley 
  23. The Nautical Chart. Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  24. Patterns in the Carpet. Margaret Drabble
  25. The Public Image. Muriel Spark
  26. The Rector of Justin. Louis Auchincloss
  27. The Road to Lichfield. Penelope Lively
  28. The Sea. John Banville
  29. The Sign of the Book. John Dunning 
  30. Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper 
  31. The Wapshot Chronicle. John Cheever
  32. The Winthrop Covenant. Louis Auchincloss

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2014


Dates: 1 January - 31 December, 2014
Hosted by: The Introverted Reader

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'm signing up at the "Dilettante" level, so I'll be reading 1-5 books.

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
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POSSIBILITIES: 
  • 1959: The Year Everything Changed. Fred Kaplan (history)
  • Books: A Memoir. Larry McMurtry (autobiography) 
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Erik Larson (history/true crime)
  • A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. Nicholas A. Basbanes (reading/book collecting)
  • In Cold Blood. Truman Capote (true crime) 
  • Just Kids. Patti Smith (memoir)
  • The Library at Night. Alberto Manguel (reading and books)
  • Manhattan '45. Jan Morris (history) 
  • Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion. Madeleine B. Stern and Leona Rostenberg (book collecting) 
  • The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws. Margaret Drabble (family history) 
  • The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm. Juliet Nicolson (history) 
  • The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels. Janet Martin Soskice (history)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 ARC Reading Challenge


Dates: Throughout 2014
Hosted by: Teddy Rose @ So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement/sign-up page):
  • You can join this challenge at anytime throughout the year. 
  • You don't have to make a list of which ARC's you plan to read, but you can if you want. If you choose a lower level, you can always change it to a higher level if you like. However, you cannot go from a higher level back down to a lower level.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and Audio-books and ebooks are allowed as long as they are ARC's. 
  • Read the books and review them on your blog. If you don't have a blog, you can post your review on sites like Powells, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. 
Levels:
  1. Level Bronze:
    a. All of us who have or will have fewer than 12 ARCs must read all of the ARCs we have. Note that if you have 11 ARCs and then receive a 12th one you will be bumped up to category b.
    b. All of us who have or will have 12 or more than 12 ARCs must read and review at least 12.
  2. Level Silver: Read 24 ARCs
  3. Level Gold: Read 35 ARCs
  4. Level Platinum: Read 40 or more ARCs

✷ I'll be signing up at the Silver Level (read 24 ARCs) this year. 

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


MY READING LIST
(These are the ARCs and other books from publishers or authors that I need to read. As I acquire more books, I'll add them to the list.  As I read and review a book, I'll cross it off the list and add a link to the review.)

~ CURRENT PILE:  Books published / to be published in 2014, and those issued in 2013:
  1. The After House. Michael Phillip Cash (30 September, 2014) 
  2. After I'm Gone. Laura Lippman (February 2014)
  3. Andrew's Brain. E.L. Doctorow (January 14, 2014) Library Thing Early Reviewers (see review
  4. Another Side of Bob Dylan. Victor Maymudes and Jacob Maymudes (September 9, 2014
  5. The Antiquarian. Gustavo Faveron Patriau (June 3, 2014)
  6. The Asylum. John Harwood (May 21, 2013)
  7. Bellman & Black. Diane Setterfield (November 5, 2013
  8. Bliss House. Laura Benedict (15 June, 2014) 
  9. Blue Labyrinth. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (11 November 2014)  
  10. The Bookman's Tale. Charlie Lovett (May 28, 2013)
  11. The Burgess Boys. Elizabeth Strout (March 26, 2013)
  12. Children of the Revolution: Inspector Banks #21. Peter Robinson (5 March, 2014)
  13. A Cold Season. Allison Littlewood (September 24, 2013
  14. The Collector of Dying Breaths. M.J. Rose (April 8, 2014)
  15. The Days of Anna Madrigal. Armistead Maupin (1 January, 2014)  
  16. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: Flavia de Luce #6. Alan Bradley (14 January, 2014)
  17. A Delicate Truth. John LeCarré (May 7, 2013
  18. The Dirty Book Murder. Thomas Shawver (13 May, 2014)
  19. The Good Suicides. Antonio Hill (June 2014) Library Thing Early Reviewers (see review)
  20. Guilt by Association (A Rachel Knight Novel). Marcia Clark (26 July 2014)
  21. The Hundred-Year House. Rebeca Makkai (10 July, 2014)
  22. Hunting Shadows: Inspector Rutledge #16. Charles Todd (31 December, 2013)
  23. The Innocent Sleep. Karen Perry (February 2014)  Library Thing Early Reviewers (see review)
  24. Island Girls. Nancy Thayer (17 June 2014) Library Thing Early Reviewers
  25. Kind of Cruel. Sophie Hannah (August 6, 2013)
  26. Last Summer at Mar's Hill. Elizabeth Hand (May 14, 2013)
  27. The Litter of the Law. Rita Mae Brown (January 1, 2013) Library Thing Early Reviewers (see review)
  28. The Mist in the Mirror. Susan Hill (paperback reissue published February 11, 2014)
  29. No Man's Nightingale: Inspector Wexford #24.  Ruth Rendall (5 November, 2013
  30. One Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown. Roger Moore (October 21, 2014
  31. Peter Pan Must Die: Dave Gurney #4. John Verdon (July 2014)  
  32. The Pierced Heart. Lynn Shepherd (21 October, 2014
  33. The Quick. Lauren Owen (17 June, 2014
  34. The Resurrection Maker. Glenn Cooper (15 November 2014
  35. Ripper. Isabel Allende (8 January, 2014
  36. Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories. Elizabeth Hand (30 June, 2014)
  37. Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos. Robert Hofler (15 January, 2014)
  38. Small Blessings. Martha Woodroof (12 August, 2014)
  39. Stranded. Alex Kava (July 16, 2013)
  40. Sweet Thunder. Ivan Doig (August 20, 2013
  41. Ten Lords A-Leaping. C.C. Benison (December 3, 2013)  Library Thing Early Reviewers (see review)
  42. The Transcriptionist. Amy Rowland (May 13, 2014) Library Thing Early Reviewers (see review)
  43. The Two Hotel Francforts. David Leavitt (October 15, 2013)
  44. The Universe Versus Alex Woods. Gavin Extence (June 25, 2013) 
  45. Voyage of the Slave Ship. Stephen May (8 May 2014) Library Thing Early Reviewers
  46. The Weight of Blood. Laura McHugh (March 11, 2014)  
  47. While Beauty Slept. Elizabeth Blackwell (20 February, 2014
  48. The Witch of Painted Sorrows. M.J. Rose (17 March, 2015
~ THE LEFT-BEHIND PILE: Books published in 2012 and earlier (embarrassing, but yes, I do have a stack left over from former years) - I'd still like to read these, as time permits:
  1. Altar of Bones. Philip Carter 
  2. The Blue Death. Joan Brady
  3. Istanbul Passage. Joseph Kanon
  4. The Map of the Sky. Felix J. Palma
  5. The Map of Time. Felix J. Palma
  6. The Secret Keeper. Kate Morton
  7. Torn. Casey Hill
  8. The Yard. Alex Grecian
  9. The House of Velvet and Glass. Katherine Howe
  10. Prophecy. S.J. Parris
  11. Dreams of Joy. Lisa See
  12. Iron House. John Hart
  13. The Land of Painted Caves. Jean M. Auel

Monday, December 30, 2013

Vintage Mystery Bingo 2014


Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2014
Hosted by: Bev @ My Readers Block

Guidelines (quoted from the challenge announcement page):
  • "Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Sign up any time between now and November 30, 2014. Any books read from January 1 on may count regardless of your sign-up date.... If you decide to go for broke and try to score on both cards, you only need sign up once--pick a card, any card for your link."
  • "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."
  • "Challengers may play either the Silver Age or Golden Age Card—or both. 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 feature stories first published during the declared Silver Age years and include no stories first published later than 1989."
  • "One Free Space per card—you may use your Free Space to cover any spot on the board. The Free Space book must fulfill one of the categories from the card, but it may fulfill ANY space you like—even a category you have already fulfilled. For example…if you are having trouble finding a book to meet the 'mode of transportation' category, but you really need that space to complete a BINGO then you may read a book that meets any other category on the board and use your Free Space to claim the 'mode of transportation' space."
  • "No double-counting. A book may not count for both the original category (say, 'Woman in the Title') and as the Free Space to replace 'mode of transportation.' A second 'Woman in the Title' would need to be read to complete the Free Space and replace 'mode of transportation'."
  • "BINGOS may be claimed by completing all spaces in a row--horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. You may also claim a 'Four Corner' BINGO by reading a book for each of the four corners plus two more spaces—any two. A valid BINGO must have six complete spaces."
  • Book may crossover with other challenges.
  • Reviews are not required.

✷ I'm going to start with the Gold Edition card (mysteries published before 1960), and try to complete one whole line (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally - haven't decided which yet).  Then if I can complete that one I might go for the Silver as well - that would be a total of 12 books, and I definitely have that many want-to-read mysteries on my shelves.


Update 1/10/2014:  At the moment, I'm thinking I'll start by trying to complete a vertical line, using the second column ("O").  This plan could change.
Update 7/21/2014: Plan has changed. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing the four-corner-plus-two plan.

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

~ Review link-up pages: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.



MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. Corner 1 - Read one book with a color in the title: 
  2. Corner 2 - One book with an animal in the title:
  3. Corner 3 - One book set in the entertainment world: 
  4. Corner 4 - One book set in the U.S.:
  5. Plus One - One mystery that involves water: The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler, pub. 1943
  6. Plus Two: ???


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Quick Fix Challenge 2014

http://xjessiexbellex.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-quick-fix-challenge.html

Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2014
Hosted by: Jessie @ Jessie's Book Place

Guidelines:
  • Books must have fewer than 300 pages to qualify.
  • You don't need a blog to participate.
  • Reviews aren't required, but there will be a link-up for reviews if you do them.
  • Books can crossover with other challenges.
  • MG/YA, graphic novels/manga, audio, rereads, anthologies and short stories, can all count toward your goal.
Levels:
  1. String: 5 books
  2. Paperclips: 15 books
  3. Duck tape: 25 books
  4. Gorilla glue: 30+ books

✷ I'm signing up at the second level ("Paperclips"), so I'll be reading fifteen books.

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. Coup de Grâce. Marguerite Yourcenar (151 pages)
  2. The Only Problem. Muriel Spark (188 pages)
  3. Fog Magic. Julia L. Sauer (104 pages)
  4. Andrew's Brain. E.L. Doctorow (200 pages)
  5. The Book Boy. Joanna Trollope (94 pages)
  6. The Thief of Always. Clive Barker (288 pages)
  7. The Litter of the Law. Rita Mae Brown (233 pages)
  8. Midnight in Europe. Alan Furst (272 pages
  9. The Antiquarian. Gustavo Faverón Patriau (240 pages
  10. The Lady in the Lake. Raymond Chandler (272 pages)
  11. The High Window. Raymond Chandler (272 pages)
  12. The Quilter's Apprentice. Jennifer Chiaverini (272 pages)
  13. Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster. Terrance Dicks (192 pages)
  14. The Colors of Space. Marion Zimmer Bradley (114 pages
  15. The Transcriptionist. Amy Rowland (246 pages
  16. The Mist in the Mirror. Susan Hill (288 pages
  17. The Two Hotel Francforts. David Leavitt (272 pages
  18. The Celtic Dagger. Jill Paterson (221 pages
  19. The Dirty Book Murder. Thomas Shawver (220 pages
  20. Murder at the Painted Lady. Barbara Warren (186 pages

Friday, December 27, 2013

USA Fiction Challenge: State By State in 2014

http://readingusafiction.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/join-up-join-up-join-up.html

Dates:  Throughout 2014
Hosted by:  Kerrie @ Mysteries in Paradise

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement/sign-up page):
  • "Ever thought you would like to read your way across America? The USA Fiction Challenge asks you to do just that. Read just one novel from each state - you choose whether the link is the setting or the author. You choose whether you confine yourself to a particular genre or not."
  • "You can also regard it as an ongoing challenge to be completed when and if you can." 

✷ I don't expect to complete this in one year, so for me it will definitely be ongoing.

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. ALABAMA 
  2. ALASKA 
  3. ARIZONA 
  4. ARKANSAS 
  5. CALIFORNIA: The Lady in the Lake. Raymond Chandler
  6. COLORADO
  7. CONNECTICUT
  8. DISTRICT of COLUMBIA 
  9. DELAWARE 
  10. FLORIDA 
  11. GEORGIA 
  12. HAWAII 
  13. IDAHO 
  14. ILLINOIS 
  15. INDIANA 
  16. IOWA 
  17. KANSAS
  18. KENTUCKY 
  19. LOUISIANA 
  20. MAINE
  21. MARYLAND 
  22. MASSACHUSETTS: Island Girls. Nancy Thayer
  23. MICHIGAN 
  24. MINNESOTA 
  25. MISSISSIPPI 
  26. MISSOURI: The Weight of Blood. Laura McHugh 
  27. MONTANA
  28. NEBRASKA
  29. NEVADA 
  30. NEW HAMPSHIRE 
  31. NEW JERSEY 
  32. NEW MEXICO 
  33. NEW YORK: The Transcriptionist. Amy Rowland / Peter Pan Must Die. John Verdon
  34. NORTH CAROLINA
  35. NORTH DAKOTA
  36. OHIO 
  37. OKLAHOMA 
  38. OREGON
  39. PENNSYLVANIA: The Quilter's Apprentice. Jennifer Chiaverini 
  40. RHODE ISLAND
  41. SOUTH CAROLINA
  42. SOUTH DAKOTA 
  43. TENNESSEE 
  44. TEXAS
  45. UTAH 
  46. VERMONT
  47. VIRGINIA: The Litter of the Law (A Mrs. Murphy Mystery). Rita Mae Brown
  48. WASHINGTON
  49. WEST VIRGINIA 
  50. WISCONSIN 
  51. WYOMING

POSSIBILITIES:
  1. ALABAMA 
  2. ALASKA 
  3. ARIZONA 
  4. ARKANSAS 
  5. CALIFORNIA
    Tales of the City. Armistead Maupin
  6. COLORADO
    Pale Horse, Pale Rider. Katherine Anne Porter
  7. CONNECTICUT
    Ginger Pye. Eleanor Estes
    Mister Blandings Builds His Dream House. Eric Hodgins
    A Season in Purgatory. Dominick Dunne
  8. DISTRICT of COLUMBIA 
  9. DELAWARE 
  10. FLORIDA 
  11. GEORGIA 
  12. HAWAII 
  13. IDAHO 
  14. ILLINOIS 
  15. INDIANA 
  16. IOWA 
  17. KANSAS
    In Cold Blood. Truman Capote
    Still Life With Crows. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  18. KENTUCKY 
  19. LOUISIANA 
  20. MAINE
    The Burgess Boys. Elizabeth Strout
  21. MARYLAND 
  22. MASSACHUSETTS
    The Cranefly Orchid Murders. Cynthia Riggs
    Night Passage (Jesse Stone #1). Robert B. Parker
  23. MICHIGAN 
  24. MINNESOTA 
  25. MISSISSIPPI 
  26. MISSOURI 
  27. MONTANA
    The Whistling Season. Ivan Doig
  28. NEBRASKA
    My Antonia. Willa Cather
  29. NEVADA 
  30. NEW HAMPSHIRE 
  31. NEW JERSEY 
  32. NEW MEXICO 
  33. NEW YORK
    The League of Frightened Men. Rex Stout
  34. NORTH CAROLINA
    Guests on Earth. Lee Smith
  35. NORTH DAKOTA
    Ancient Shores. Jack McDevitt
    The Beet Queen. Louise Erdrich
    Born Brothers. Larry Woiwode
  36. OHIO 
  37. OKLAHOMA 
  38. OREGON
    The Quick and the Thread (Embroidery Mystery #1). Amanda Lee
  39. PENNSYLVANIA
    Mickelsson's Ghosts. John Gardner
  40. RHODE ISLAND
    The Ivory Tower. Henry James
    Theophilus North. Thornton Wilder
    The Witches of Eastwick. John Updike
    The Widows of Eastwick. John Updike
  41. SOUTH CAROLINA
    The House on Tradd Street. Karen White
  42. SOUTH DAKOTA 
  43. TENNESSEE 
  44. TEXAS
    Texas. James Michener
  45. UTAH 
  46. VERMONT
    The Secret History. Donna Tartt
  47. VIRGINIA 
  48. WASHINGTON
  49. WEST VIRGINIA 
  50. WISCONSIN 
  51. WYOMING

Read Scotland 2014

http://peggyannspost.blogspot.com/2013/11/read-scotland-2014.html

Dates:  January 1 - December 31, 2014
Hosted By:  Peggy Ann @ Peggy Ann's Post

Guidelines:
  • Read and review Scottish books - either written by a Scottish author (by birth or immigration), or set in Scotland.
  • Any genre or format is allowed.
  • Books can overlap with other challenges.
  • You don't need a blog to participate.
  • There will be a page for linking up reviews. 
  • There is a group at GoodReads you can join.
Levels:
  1. Just A Keek (a little look): 1-4 books read 
  2. The Highlander: 5-8 books 
  3. The Hebridean: 9-12 books 
  4. Ben Nevis: 13+ books 

✷ I'm signing up for the second level ("The Highlander"), so I'll be reading 5-8 books. 

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
~ See the review/progress/chit-chat page HERE.
~ See the GoodReads group HERE.

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. The Only Problem. Muriel Spark 
  2.  

Thursday, December 26, 2013

European Reading Challenge 2014

http://www.rosecityreader.com/p/2014-european-reading-challenge.html

Dates: January 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Hosted by: Rose City Reader

Guidelines:
  • Read books by European authors; or books set in European countries, no matter where the author comes from.
  • All genres are allowed.
  • Each book read must be by a different author and set in a different country.
  • For this challenge, "Europe" refers to the list of 50 sovereign states that mostly fall within the geographic territory of the continent of Europe (or those countries that belong to international European organizations such as the Council of Europe).  See the list of countries, below.
  • All books must be read between January 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014.
  • You don't need to commit to your choices now; you can change your mind about books at any time.
  • Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged! 
  • Re-reads count. 
  • Audiobooks count. 
  • E-books count. 
  • Self-published books count. 
  • You don't need a blog to participate. 
  • As you progress, please link to your reviews on the review list page. However, reviews are not mandatory, unless you're going for a prize, in which case only books reviewed count. 
The List of Countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

Levels of Participation:
  1. Five Star (Deluxe Entourage): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries. 
  2. Four Star (Honeymooner): Read four qualifying books. 
  3. Three Star (Business Traveler): Read three qualifying books. 
  4. Two Star (Adventurer): Read two qualifying books. 
  5. One Star (Pensione Weekender): Read just one qualifying book. 

✷ I'm signing up at the Four Star Level (Honeymooner), so I'll be reading at least 4 books.

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. FRANCE: The Only Problem. Muriel Spark
    (Even though the book is about English characters, written by a Scot, the action takes place in France.)
  2. UK (Wales): Love Story, with Murders. Harry Bingham 
  3. SPAIN: The Good Suicides. Antonio Hill
  4. PORTUGAL: The Two Hotel Francforts. David Leavitt