Can't resist a good challenge.

Monday, November 30, 2015

What's In A Name Reading Challenge 2016

Link to sign-up post
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016
Host: Charlie @ The Worm Hole

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  • A country: 
  • An item of clothing: 
  • An item of furniture: The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #34). Agatha Christie 
  • A profession: Dreaming Spies. Laurie R. King
  • A month of the year: The Last September. Nina de Gramont [note to self: linked to review page 7/14/2016]
  • Title with the word "tree" in it: 

Other Possibilities:
  • Category 1 - A country
    The China Governess. Margery Allingham
    Death in Kenya. M.M. Kaye
    England Made Me. Graham Greene
    From Russia With Love. Ian Fleming
    Little Egypt. Lesley Glaister 

  • Category 2 - An item of clothing
    Death in a White Tie. Ngaio Marsh
    The Dutch Shoe Mystery
    . Ellery Queen
    The Green Hat. Michael Arlen
    The Roman Hat Mystery. Ellery Queen
    The Spanish Cape Mystery. Ellery Queen

  • Category 3 - An item of furniture
    The Cabinet of Curiosities. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
    The Clocks. Agatha Christie
    Isabel's Bed. Elinor Lipman
    Separate Beds. Elizabeth Buchan
    They Do It with Mirrors. Agatha Christie

  • Category 4 - A profession
    The Nine Tailors. Dorothy L. Sayers
    The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Natasha Pulley

  • Category 5 - A month of the year
    August Folly. Angela Thirkell
    The Enchanted April. Elizabeth von Arnim
    July and August. Nancy Clark
    Three Junes. Julia Glass
    The Violets of March. Sarah Jio

  • Category 6 - Title with the word "tree" in it
    Gently in Trees. Alan Hunter
    The Grail Tree. Jonathan Gash
    The King in the Tree: Three Novellas. Steven Millhauser
    Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper
    The Wizard in the Tree. Lloyd Alexander


Sunday, November 29, 2015

2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Link to Challenge Announcement Post
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2016
Host: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK

Guidelines
  • Sign-up anytime before November 1, 2016.
  • Choose a level of participation. Once you choose, you're locked in for at least that many books. You can increase your level; all books counted for lower levels carry over towards the new level.
  • Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2016. No library books.
  • Books can be counted for other challenges.
  • Reviews aren't required, and a blog isn't necessary.
  • Rereads may count (see challenge announcement page for details).
  • 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 in 2015.
  • "Did Not Finish" books can be counted, under some circumstances (see challenge announcement page for details).
  • You can submit a list in advance, or add your books as you read them.
  • There will be quarterly check-ins.

Challenge 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 first level (Pike's Peak), so I'll be reading at least 12 books from my TBR pile.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement page HERE.
● See the review pages: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC.
● See the quarterly check-in pages:

MY READING LIST (Books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. Mrs. Malory and the Lilies That Fester (Sheila Malory series #11). Hazel Holt (2001)
  2. Daisy Miller. Henry James (first published 1878)  [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
  3. To Have and Have Not. Ernest Hemingway (first published 1937)  [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
  4. Inkheart. Cornelia Funke (first published 2003)  [linked to review page 7/14/2016]
  5. The Vanishment. Jonathan Aycliffe (1994) 
  6. The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #34). Agatha Christie (1963)
  7. Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (Hercule Poirot #39). Agatha Christie (1975) 



Books I'd Like to Read in 2016 (all long-time TBR titles):
  • Afternoon Men. Anthony Powell
  • The Art of Mending. Elizabeth Berg
  • The Berlin Stories. Christopher Isherwood
  • The Book of the Dead. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child 
  • Busman's Honeymoon. Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • The Children's Book. A.S. Byatt 
  • Daisy Miller. Henry James 
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 
  • The Enchanted April. Elizabeth von Arnim 
  • The Europeans. Henry James 
  • The Fencing Master. Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte 
  • Five Red Herrings. Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • Flaubert's Parrot. Julian Barnes 
  • Foundation. Isaac Asimov 
  • The Glass Room. Simon Mawer 
  • Identity. Milan Kundera 
  • Inkheart. Cornelia Funke
  • Invitation to the Waltz. Rosamond Lehmann 
  • Istanbul Passage. Joseph Kanon 
  • Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte 
  • July and August. Nancy Clark 
  • Jumping the Queue. Mary Wesley 
  • Just Kids. Patti Smith 
  • Los Alamos. Joseph Kanon 
  • Mrs. Malory and a Death in the Family. Hazel Holt
  • Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End. Hazel Holt
  • Mrs. Malory and the Lilies That Fester. Hazel Holt
  • The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins 
  • Murder At the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1). Agatha Christie 
  • Murder Must Advertise. Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • The Nine Tailors. Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • Prater Violet. Christopher Isherwood 
  • Prophecy. S.J. Parris 
  • Providence. Anita Brookner 
  • Relic. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child 
  • The Road to Lichfield. Penelope Lively 
  • The Secret Keeper. Kate Morton 
  • Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper 
  • Time and Again. Clifford D. Simak 
  • Two Serious Ladies. Jane Bowles 
  • The Spoils of Poynton. Henry James 
  • Unnatural Death. Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor 
  • The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion