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Monday, December 19, 2016

2017 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge



Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017


This challenge presents six keywords associated with each month in 2017. Participants read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement page):
  • Books must be read and reviewed in 2017
  • You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.
  • The book title you choose can be a variation on one of the keywords. Meaning, you can tweak the keywords. For example, your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’ Further, if the key word is ‘family‘ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’ It’s similar to the word game Word Association.
  • Lastly, have fun! This challenge is simply for the pure satisfaction of reading so please don’t worry if you have to skip a month or if you have to read your books out of order!

Monthly Keywords:
  • JAN -- Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep, Thousand
  • FEB -- And, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing  
  • MAR -- Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga
  • APR -- From, Trigger, Tale, His, Crown, Mist
  • MAY -- Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade
  • JUN -- Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have
  • JUL -- Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream
  • AUG -- Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most
  • SEP -- Sand, From, Between, Ever, Reasons, Clash
  • OCT -- Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea
  • NOV -- Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet
  • DEC -- Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, On, Will

See my original post about the challenge HERE.
See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
See the Book Review Link-up pages: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. JANUARY: Smooth Talker: Trail of Death. Steve Jackson 
  2. FEBRUARY: The Blazing World. Siri Hustvedt
  3. MARCH: Magic By the Lake. Edward Eager 
  4. APRIL:
  5. MAY:
  6. JUNE:
  7. JULY:
  8. AUGUST:
  9. SEPTEMBER:
  10. OCTOBER:
  11. NOVEMBER:
  12. DECEMBER:

Some possible choices (definitely subject to change):

JANUARY
The Burning Court. John Dickson Carr
Deep Storm. Lincoln Child 
The Fall Guy. James Lasdun
Falling Angels. Tracy Chevalier
Falling Slowly. Anita Brookner
Mistress of the Art of Death (#1 in the series). Ariana Franklin
Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe

FEBRUARY
The City and the Stars. Arthur C. Clarke
Death and the Dancing Footman (Roderick Alleyn #11). Ngaio Marsh
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. Chris Cleave
Family and Friends. Anita Brookner
Fathers and Sons. Ivan Turgenev
Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus #2). Ian Rankin
Mrs. Malory and a Death In the Family (Sheila Malory #17). Hazel Holt
Promised Land (Spenser #4). Robert B. Parker
Rose Cottage. Mary Stewart
A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor

MARCH
The Go-Between. L.P. Hartley
Hanging By a Thread. Monica Ferris
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rachel Carson
Horseman, Pass By. Larry McMurtry
The House of Silence. Blanca Busquets
Magic By the Lake. Edward Eager
North By Northwest. Ernest Lehman
The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe #11). Rex Stout
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse #3). Colin Dexter
They Shall Have Stars. James Blish

APRIL
4:50 From Paddington (Miss Marple #8). Agatha Christie
Dancer From the Dance. Andrew Holleran
Far From the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy
The Flight from the Enchanter. Iris Murdoch
Flowers For His Funeral (Mitchell & Markby #7). Ann Granger
A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden #6). Charlaine Harris
His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes #8). Arthur Conan Doyle
The Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley
Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. Barbara Comyns
The Prince of Mist. Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Saint Meets His Match (Simon Templar #7). Leslie Charteris
Some Kind of Fairy Tale. Graham Joyce
Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce #5). Alan Bradley

MAY
All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West
All the Bells on Earth. James P. Blaylock
Deadly Nightshade (Henry Gamadge #2). Elizabeth Daly
Goodbye to All That. Robert Graves
How It All Began. Penelope Lively
Service of All the Dead (Inspector Morse #4). Colin Dexter
Six Days of the Condor. James Grady
Two Days Gone. Randall Silvis
We Are All Welcome Here. Elizabeth Berg
The Wind from the Sun. Arthur C. Clarke
The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame

JUNE
The Children of Green Knowe. L.M. Boston
Durable Goods. Elizabeth Berg
Good Morning, Midnight. Jean Rhys
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia De Luce #3). Alan Bradley
See What I Have Done. Sarah Schmidt

JULY
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick
Dreamside. Graham Joyce
Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Elizabeth Berg
Final Curtain (Roderick Alleyn #14). Ngaio Marsh
The Girl Before. J.P. Delaney
The Hour Before Dark. Douglas Clegg
I Still Dream About You. Fannie Flagg
A Kiss Before Dying. Ira Levin
Still Life. A.S. Byatt
Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache #1). Louise Penny
Still Life with Bread Crumbs. Anna Quindlen
Still Life with Crows. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

AUGUST
Farewell, My Lovely. Raymond Chandler 
Gently In the Sun (Inspector George Gently #6). Alan Hunter
My Latest Grievance. Elinor Lipman
Over My Dead Body (Nero Wolfe #7). Rex Stout
The Sunlight Dialogues. John Gardner 
Travels With My Aunt. Graham Greene

SEPTEMBER
Between the Acts. Virginia Woolf
Head in the Sand (DI Nick Dixon #2). Damien Boyd
If Death Ever Slept (Nero Wolfe #29). Rex Stout
If Morning Ever Comes. Anne Tyler
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Henry Farrell

OCTOBER
Crooked House. Agatha Christie 
The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories. Algernon Blackwood
The House in Paris. Elizabeth Bowen
I Still Dream About You. Fannie Flagg
Pictures of You. Caroline Leavitt
Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy #1). Charlotte MacLeod
The Sea. John Banville
When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead
Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys
A Writer's House in Wales. Jan Morris

NOVEMBER
The Death of the Heart. Elizabeth Bowen
Heartbreak Hotel. Jonathan Kellerman
The Heart of the Matter. Graham Greene
The Summer Before the War. Helen Simonson

DECEMBER
The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart
The Forgetting Room: A Fiction. Nick Bantock
Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie


(Notice that there are two keywords repeated: ALL in May and July, and FROM in April and September. I believe those are the only repeats.)


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