Can't resist a good challenge.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Reporter's Challenge 2015


Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2015
Hosted by: Ellie Oberth (Dead Herring)

This is a GoodReads Challenge.
Sign up for the challenge on GoodReads (In The Challenge Factory under 2015 yearly challenges)

Guidelines (quoted from Dead Herring's announcement page):
  • For this challenge – Each book can only be used for 1 category (Ex: Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap – victim is strangled, the setting is in England and they are cut off from the world due to bad weather. But you can only place this story in 1 of the categories)
  • You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year.
  • Books can be in any format – paper, ebooks, audio…
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

Levels:
  • Cub reporter: 5 books (1 from each category) 
  • Columnist: 10 books (2 from each category) 
  • News Anchor: 15 books (3 from each category) 
  • Editor: 20 books (4 from each category) 
  • Newspaper Mogul: 25 books 

✹ I'll be trying for Cub Reporter, to start. (I'm hoping to become a Columnist some day, but this might not be my year.)

LIST OF CATEGORIES 
WHO
  1. Protagonist is a librarian: The Book of Speculation. Erika Swyler
  2. Protagonist is a government agent 
  3. Protagonist is a ghost 
  4. Protagonist works with animals (vet, dog walker, zoo, etc) 
  5. Protagonist is a crook 
WHAT
  1. Holiday in the title 
  2. Animal in the title: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ("Sister" Jane #9). Rita Mae Brown
  3. Weather in the title 
  4. Poison in the title 
  5. Title starts with the same letter as your last name 
WHERE
  1. Set in England 
  2. NOT set on land (cruise ship, boat, airplane, spaceship, etc) 
  3. Set on an Island 
  4. Set on foreign soil (not America or England) 
  5. Historical novel: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia De Luce #7). Alan Bradley (The Flavia De Luce novels are set during and just after World War II.)
WHEN
  1. One book set during any holiday 
  2. One that centers around a convention or conference 
  3. One Dark & Stormy night – bad weather plays big role in story 
  4. One where the protagonist has to beat the clock (time is crucial to solving mystery)
  5. One set during a vacation: Gently Does It (Inspector George Gently #1). Alan Hunter (Inspector Gently is on vacation when a local murder case catches his attention.)
HOW (Method of Murder)
  1. Poison is murder weapon 
  2. Knife/stabbing is murder weapon 
  3. Gun/shooting is murder weapon: The Red House Mystery. A.A. Milne
  4. Blunt object is murder weapon 
  5. Rope/strangulation is murder weapon 

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