Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Back to the Classics Challenge 2021

Click HERE for guidelines and sign-ups.

Host: Karen K @ Books and Chocolate
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2021

How the challenge works:
  • Complete six categories, and you'll get one entry in the drawing; 
  • Complete nine categories, and you'll get two entries in the drawing; 
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you'll get three entries in the drawing
The Categories:
  1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899.
  2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published.
  3. A classic by a woman author.
  4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 
  5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
  6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.
  7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author — a new book by an author whose works you have already read. 
  8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).
  9. A children's classic
  10. A humorous or satirical classic.
  11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure. 
  12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category.

The Rules (quoted from the challenge announcement post):
  • All books must have been written at least 50 years ago to qualify; therefore, books must have been published no later than 1971 for this challenge. The only exceptions to this rule are books which were published posthumously but written before 1971. Recent translations of classic novels are acceptable. 
  • All books must be read from January 1 through December 31, 2021. Books started before January 1 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by 11:59 p.m. on January 1, 2022. Links for each category will be posted during the first week of January, and will be featured on a sidebar of the host blog for convenience through the entire year. (The link for the final wrap-up will be posted towards the end of the year, to avoid confusion). 
  • The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 31, 2021. After that, the link will be closed and you'll have to wait until next year's challenge. 
  • Books may NOT cross over within this challenge — that is, you may not count the same book multiple times within this challenge. You MUST read a different book for each category in this challenge, or it doesn't count. 
  • Participants must post a wrap-up and link it to the challenge, and it must include links to all the books they've read for this challenge, specifying which books for each challenge. . . . It is fine to rearrange books for the challenge, since many books can fit multiple categories.
  • The wrap-up post MUST include contact information so the winner can be contacted privately before being announced on the blog. If your blog doesn't have a link, or if you have a Goodreads account, indicate that in the comments of wrap-up post.
  • The winner will be announced on the blog the first week of January, 2021. All qualifying participants will receive one or more entries, depending upon the number of categories they complete as stated above. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries. Winner will be contacted privately before being announced on the blog. 
  • The winner will receive a gift certificate in the amount of $30 (US) from Amazon.com (US) OR $30 in books from The Book Depository. Winners must live in a country that receives shipment from one of these online retailers. 
See the challenge announcement page for more details and FAQs. 

I'll probably be trying for six categories, at least to start. But I would love to read something for all twelve.

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  • Category 1: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë (pub. 1846) 
  • Category 2:
  • Category 3: 
  • Category 4:
  • Category 5:
  • Category 6:
  • Category 7: 
  • Category 8: 
  • Category 9:
  • Category 10: 1066 And All That: A Memorable History of England, by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, illus. by John Reynolds (pub. 1931)
  • Category 11:
  • Category 12:

POSSIBLE  READS:

This is my list of TBR classics that match up with one or more of the categories in the challenge.

The 101 Dalmatians. Dodie Smith (1956) 
All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West  (1931)
The Ambassadors. Henry James  (1903)
The American. Henry James  (1877)
Animal Farm. George Orwell  (1945) 
Anna Karenina. Leo Tolstoy  (1877)
Appointment in Samarra. John O'Hara (1934)
Barchester Towers (Barsetshire #2). Anthony Trollope (1857)
Barry Lyndon. William Makepeace Thackeray (1844)
The Beckoning Fair One. Oliver Onions (1911)
The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath (1963)
The Bostonians. Henry James (1886)
The Code of the Woosters. P.G. Wodehouse (1938)
Cranford. Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)
Cry, the Beloved Country. Alan Paton (1948)
The Custom of the Country. Edith Wharton (1913)
Delta Wedding. Eudora Welty (1946)
Demian. Hermann Hesse (1919)
The Edwardians. Vita Sackville-West (1930)
Eight Cousins. Louisa May Alcott (1874)
The Enchanted April. Elizabeth von Arnim (1922)
The Europeans. Henry James (1878)
Far from the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy (1874)
Fathers and Sons. Ivan Turgenev (1862)
The 42nd Parallel (USA Trilogy #1). John Dos Passos (1930)
Foundation. Isaac Asimov (1951)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Anita Loos (1924)
The Go-Between. L.P. Hartley (1953)
The Golden Bowl. Henry James (1904)
Grand Hotel. Vicki Baum (1929)
The Heart of the Matter. Graham Greene (1948)
High Rising (Barsetshire #1). Angela Thirkell (1933)
Horseman, Pass By. Larry McMurtry (1961)
The House of Mirth. Edith Wharton (1905)
In Chancery (Forsyte Sage #2). John Galsworthy (1920)
The Invention of Morel. Adolfo Bioy Casares (1940)
Invitation to the Waltz. Rosamond Lehmann (1932)
Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë (1847)
King, Queen, Knave. Vladimir Nabokov (1928)
Lady Windermere's Fan. Oscar Wilde (1893)
The Magnificent Ambersons. Booth Tarkington (1918)
The Man in the Queue. Josephine Tey (1929)
The Marble Faun. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1860)
Medea. Euripides (431 BC)
The Metamorphosis. Franz Kafka (1915)
Misty of Chincoteague. Marguerite Henry (1947)
The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins (1868)
The Mousetrap. Agatha Christie (1952)
The Old Wives' Tale. Arnold Bennett (1908)
One Hundred Years of Solitude. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1967)
Our Man in Havana. Graham Greene (1959)
Persuasion. Jane Austen (1818)
Pinocchio. Carlo Collodi (1883)
The Ponder Heart. Eudora Welty (1954)
Rabbit, Run. John Updike (1960) 
A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry (1959) 
The Red Pony. John Steinbeck (1937) 
Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen (1811)
The Sheltering Sky. Paul Bowles (1949)
She Stoops to Conquer. Oliver Goldsmith (1773)
Sister Carrie. Theodore Dreiser (1900)
Six Characters in Search of an Author. Luigi Pirandello (1921)
Something Fresh (Blandings Castle #1). P.G. Wodehouse (1915) 
Stuart Little. E.B. White (1945) 
The Spoils of Poynton. Henry James (1896)
Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe (1958)
Where Angels Fear to Tread. E.M. Forster (1905)
Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys (1966) 
The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame (1908) 
Winesburg, Ohio. Sherwood Anderson (1919)
The Wings of the Dove. Henry James (1902)
A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor (1949)


Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 What's in a Name Challenge

 


Hosted by: Andrea @ Carolina Book Nook
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2021

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


Guidelines (from announcement post):
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. You can sign up any time, but only count books that you read between those dates.
  • Read a book in any format (hard copy, ebook, audio) with a title that fits into each category.
  • Don’t use the same book for more than one category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You can choose your books as you go or make a list ahead of time.

Categories for 2021 (with links to review pages):
  1. One/1 (example: One Second After; The 100)
  2. Doubled word (ex: In a Dark, Dark Wood; Wolf by Wolf)
  3. Reference to outer space (ex: The Fault in Our Stars)
  4. Possessive noun (ex: The Zookeeper’s Wife)
  5. Botanical word (ex: The Language of Flowers; The Sandalwood Tree)
  6. Article of clothing (ex: Bossypants)


MY  READING  LIST (books read, with links to reviews):
  • Category 1: 1066 And All That, by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, illus. by John Reynolds (1930)
  • Category 2: Dead Dead Girls, by Nekesa Afia (2021) 
  • Category 3: 
  • Category 4: 
  • Category 5: Oranges and Lemons (Bryant & May: Peculiar Crimes Unit #17), by Christopher Fowler (2020)
  • Category 6: 

POSSIBILITIES:

● Category 1 (One/1 - word or numeral):


● Category 2 (Doubled word):
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Tom Franklin
  • Dead Dead Girls. Nekesa Afia 
  • Three Times Time. Jack Matthews
 
● Category 3 (Reference to outer space):
  • The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins 
  • Number the Stars. Lois Lowry 
  • Star Trap (Charles Paris #3). Simon Brett 

● Category 4 (Possessive noun):
  • Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #3). Ellis Peters
  • Saint Peter's Fair (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #4). Ellis Peters 

● Category 5 (Botanical word):


● Category 6 (Article of Clothing):
  • Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins #1). Walter Mosley 
  • Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #3). Ellis Peters
  • Red Mandarin Dress (Inspector Chen Cao #5). Qiu Xiaolong 


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2021 World War II Challenge

 

J. Howard Miller 1918-2004,
artwork details on wikimedia commons

HOST: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
DATES: January - December 2021

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

GOALS: Read, Watch, Listen, Share WWII related stuff

Books
  • Fiction published during 1939-1945
  • Fiction set during 1939-1945
  • Fiction that is about the leading up to the war
  • Fiction that is about the direct aftermath of the war
  • Nonfiction books about the War
  • Biographies or Autobiographies with sections about the war
  • Poetry or verse novels with a WWII setting OR publication date
  • Essays, Articles, Op-Ed pieces
  • historical-historical (straight up historical with no sub-genres)
  • historical romance
  • historical mysteries
  • historical coming-of-age
  • historical thrillers/suspense/spy novels

Music
  • See YouTube Pop Hits Chronologies for the years 1938-1946

Films and documentaries
  • any film made/released during 1939-1945
  • any film set during the war 
  • any documentary about the war


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

  1. The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew #16). Carolyn Keene (1939)
  2. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew #22). Carolyn Keene (1945) 

MY  WATCH  LIST (films/docs I've watched, with links to any reviews):
1. 
2. 
3. 


STUFF  I'VE  LISTENED  TO:


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POSSIBLE  READS
  • Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn #12). Ngaio Marsh (1943)
  • Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn #13). Ngaio Marsh (1945)
  • The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10). Susan Elia MacNeal (2021; set in 1943) 
  • Los Alamos. Joseph Kanon (1997; set in 1945) 

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Books in Translation Reading Challenge 2021



HOST: Jen @ IntrovertedReader.com 
DATES: 1 January - 31 December 2021

● See the Challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE
● See my original post about the Challenge HERE
● See the link for reviews HERE


Guidelines (quoted from announcement page):
  • You can read a book that’s been translated from any language into the language of your choosing. The challenge is not limited to translations to or from English.
  • You can read any genre
  • You can read books meant for any age group
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine
  • Any format that you choose is also acceptable
  • The challenge will run from January 1 through December 31, 2021
  • A blog is not required for participation; you can also link to reviews on other sites such as GoodReads or LibraryThing
  • Sign up anytime throughout the year 

Levels:
  1. Beginner: Read 1-3 books in translation (my choice)
  2. Conversationalist: 4-6 books
  3. Bilingual: 7-9 books
  4. Linguist: 10+ books

MY  READING  LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. The Lost Village. Camilla Sten; trans. by Alexandra Fleming (Swedish) 




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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2021 Calendar of Crime Challenge


Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: 1 January - 31 December 2021

Guidelines (from announcement page):

  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. All books should be read during this time period. Sign up any time. 
  • All books must be mysteries. Humor, romance, supernatural elements (etc.) are welcome, but the books must be mysteries/crime/detective novels first.
  • Twelve books, one representing each month, are required for a completed challenge and to be eligible for the end-of-year prize drawing. Each month comes with several categories that may be selected to fulfill the month's reading. 
  • To claim a book, it must fit one of the categories for the month you wish to fulfill. Unless otherwise specified, the category is fulfilled within the actual story. For instance, if you are claiming a book for December and you want to use "Christmas" as the category, then Christmas must figure in some way in the plot. Did someone poison the plum pudding? Did Great-Uncle Whozit invite all the family home for Christmas so he could tell them he plans to change his will? 
  • The "wild card" book is exactly that. If July is your birth month, then for category #9, you may read any mystery book you want. It does not have to connect with July in any way — other than a July baby chose it. The other eleven months, you must do the alternate category #9 if you want to fulfill that slot. 
  • For the category that says "Book title contains a word that starts with the letter A," the following do not count: "A" and "An."  
  • Books may only count for one month and one category, but they may count for other challenges. If it could fulfill more than one category or month, then you are welcome to change the category/month at any time prior to the final wrap-up.
  • Books do not have to be read during the month for which they qualify. So if you're feeling like a little "Christmas in July" (or May or...), then feel free to read your book for December whenever the mood strikes.
  • A wrap-up post/comment/email will be requested that should include a calendar of books read and what category they fulfilled. [Example: January: The House of Sudden Sleep by John Hawk (original pub date January 1930)].

Monthly Categories:

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


MY  READING  LIST:

JANUARY:
Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury #5). Martha Grimes (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "J")

FEBRUARY:
Faithful unto Death (Chief Inspector Barnaby #5). Caroline Graham (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "F") 
A Guilty Thing Surprised (Inspector Wexford #5). Ruth Rendell (Category #2: Author's birth month)

MARCH:
• Oranges and Lemons (Bryant & May: Peculiar Crimes Unit #17). Christopher Fowler (Category #2: Author's birth month)

APRIL:


MAY:
• A Body at the Tea Rooms (Kate Palmer Mysteries #3). Dee MacDonald (Category #6: Original publication month)

JUNE:
Dead Dead Girls (Harlem Renaissance Mystery #1). Nekesa Afia (Category #6: Original publication month) 

JULY:
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew #16), by "Carolyn Keene" (Category #2: Author's birth month - Mildred Wirt Benson, the pseudonymous author who wrote this book in the series, was born July 10, 1905)

AUGUST:
The Postscript Murders (Harbinder Kaur #2), by Elly Griffiths (Category #2: Author's birth month - Elly Griffiths was born August 17, 1963, according to Google) 

SEPTEMBER:


OCTOBER:
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NOVEMBER:
Nemesis (Miss Marple #12). Agatha Christie (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "N") 

DECEMBER:
Suspicious Death (Inspector Thanet #8). Dorothy Simpson (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "D") 


Friday, December 25, 2020

2021 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge


HOST: Carol @ Carol's Notebook

DATES: January 1 - December 31, 2021

Guidelines (quoted from challenge announcement page):

  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up (blog, Goodreads, Instagram, etc.).
  • Books need to be at least 100 pages long. Please no short stories.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge will run from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends March 15th.)
  • There will be a monthly link-up for reviews.

Levels:

  1. Amateur sleuth =  5 - 15 books
  2. Detective =  16 - 25 books 
  3. Inspector =  26 - 35 books 
  4. Special agent =  36 - 55 books
  5. Sherlock Holmes =  56+ books

I'm signing up at the "Amateur Sleuth" level (5-15 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. Nemesis (Miss Marple #11). Agatha Christie (1971) 
  2. Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury #5). Martha Grimes (1984)
  3. Suspicious Death (Inspector Thanet #8). Dorothy Simpson (1988) 
  4. Bryant & May: Oranges and Lemons (Peculiar Crimes Unit #17). Christopher Fowler (2021) 
  5. The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew #16). Carolyn Keene (1939)
  6. A Guilty Thing Surprised (Inspector Wexford #5). Ruth Rendell (1970)
  7. Faithful Unto Death (Chief Inspector Barnaby #5). Caroline Graham (1996) 
  8. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew #22). Carolyn Keene (1945)
  9. The Postscript Murders (Harbinder Kaur #2). Elly Griffiths (2021)
  10. An Extravagant Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries #14). Charles Finch (2021)
  11. A Body at the Tea Rooms (Kate Palmer Mysteries #3). Dee MacDonald (2021) 
  12. Dead Dead Girls. Nekesa Afia (2021) 
  13. Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17). Agatha Christie (1929)

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

2021 European Reading Challenge


Hosted by: Gilion @ Rose City Reader

Dates:
January 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement page):
The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. 
  • Books should be read between January 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022.  If you participated in the 2020 European Reading Challenge, you can only count books read in January 2021 for one year  either the end of the 2020 challenge or the start of the 2021 challenge  you don't get to count one book for both challenges. 
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; and 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. 
  • There will be a page for linking your reviews. Reviews are not necessary, unless you are going for the Jet Setter Prize, in which case only books reviewed count.
  • If you do not have a blog, put your reviews or reports in a comment on the review list page. 
  • There will be a page for posting links to wrap-up posts. 
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.
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.

✹ I'm signing up for the Three Star ("Business Traveler") level.


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


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

  1. The Lost Village. Camilla Sten (set in Sweden

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

 
HOST:
Marg @ The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.

DATES: January - December 2021

Guidelines:

  • Read historical fiction. Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)
  • Anyone can participate. A blog isn't necessary - you can post your reviews on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section of the review link-up page.
  • Monthly review link-ups will be posted. Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky.

Levels:

20th Century Reader - 2 books
Victorian Reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books
Prehistoric - 50+ books

I'm signing up at the "20th Century Reader" level. 

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


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

  1. An Extravagant Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries #14). Charles Finch (2021; set in 19th Century London and Newport, RI)
  2. Dead Dead Girls (Harlem Renaissance Mystery #1). Nekesa Afia (2021; set in Harlem, NYC, 1920s)


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2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Hosted by: Celebrity Readers
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2021

Guidelines:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2021, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.
  • Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published by the end of 2021.
  • It doesn't matter if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2021 (i.e., read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.
  • Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.
  • Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).
  • Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!
  • Reviews are not required, but highly encouraged.

Levels:

  1. C-List Series Finisher = complete 1-4 series
  2. B-List Series Finisher = complete 5-8 series
  3. A-List Series Finisher = complete 9+ series

I'm signing up at the "C-List" level.

● 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. Faithful unto Death (Chief Inspector Barnaby series, #5). Caroline Graham (1996)

2. 

3. 

4. 


Series I'd like to finish:

Robert Langdon series, by Dan Brown (1 book left)

Origin (2017)

The Dark Is Rising series, by Susan Cooper (1 book left)

Silver on the Tree (1977)

Mrs. Malory Mysteries, by Haze Holt (3 books left)

Mrs. Malory and a Death in the Family (2006)
Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End (2012)
Death Is a Word (2014)

Dave Gurney Mysteries, by John Verdon (4 books left)

Let the Devil Sleep (2012)
Wolf Lake (2016)
White River Burning (2018)
On Harrow Hill (coming in 2021) 

Inspector Barnaby series, by Caroline Graham (4 books left)

Death of a Hollow Man (1989)
Death in Disguise (1993)
Faithful Unto Death (1996) 
A Ghost in the Machine (2004) 

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Friday, September 4, 2020

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XV


Dates: September 1 thru October 31, 2020

No sign-ups or rules. Read as much or as little as you want, from any "dark" genre or subject.

Participants can join the discussions on Instagram or Twitter (hashtags: @PerilReaders, and #ripxv). 

See my original blog post about the challenge HERE


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MY  READING  LIST (stuff I've read, with links to any reviews/notes):
  1. The Suicide House. Charlie Donlea 
  2. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin #5). M.C. Beaton
  3. Snow (St. John Strafford #1). John Banville 
  4. The Talented Miss Farwell. Emily Gray Tedrowe 

MY  WATCH  LIST, Part 1 (Movies):
  1. "The Haunting" (1963) - The original version, directed by Robert Wise; starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Lois Maxwell, and Rosalie Crutchley. A classic and probably my favorite spooky movie -- I rewatch this one just about every October.
  2. "Island of Terror" (1966) - Above-average creature feature, directed by Terence Fisher; starring Peter Cushing and Edward Judd. Very watchable.

MY  WATCH  LIST, Part 2 (TV shows): 


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Reading Possibilities:
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin #5). M.C. Beaton
  • Beyond the Ice Limit. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 
  • The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1). Raymond Chandler
  • Blue Labyrinth. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 
  • The Book of Lost Things. John Connolly 
  • Cast, in Order of Disappearance (Charles Paris #1). Simon Brett 
  • The Colony. F.G. Cottam 
  • The Complete Wandering Ghosts (Stories). Marion Crawford 
  • Dark Entries (Stories). Robert Aickman 
  • The Dead of Winter. Chris Priestley 
  • Doll Bones. Holly Black; illus. by Eliza Wheeler 
  • Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander #1). Henning Mankell 
  • Full Dark, No Stars (Stories). Stephen King 
  • Gallows View (Inspector Banks #1). Peter Robinson 
  • A Garden Lost in Time. Jonathan Aycliffe 
  • Haunted (David Ash #1). James Herbert
  • The Haunted Hotel. Wilkie Collins 
  • Imaginary Friend. Stephen Chbosky 
  • The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck Police Mystery #4). Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  • Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney #3). John Verdon 
  • The Long Call (Two Rivers #1). Ann Cleeves 
  • The Lost Village. Camilla Sten 
  • Lovecraft Unbound (Stories). Ellen Datlow, ed. 
  • The Man Who Died Laughing (Stewart Hoag Mysteries #1). David Handler
  • The Man Who Lived By Night (Stewart Hoag Mysteries #2). David Handler
  • The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald (Stewart Hoag Mysteries #3). David Handler
  • The Midnight Side. Natasha Mostert 
  • A New Lease of Death (Inspector Wexford #2). Ruth Rendell 
  • Old Bones (Nora Kelly #1). Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child 
  • Origin. Dan Brown 
  • Plain Bad Heroines. Emily M. Danforth 
  • Pursuit. Joyce Carol Oates 
  • Roseanna (Martin Beck Police Mystery #1). Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  • Shadow Ritual. Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne 
  • Snow. John Banville 
  • A Song of Shadows. John Connolly 
  • A Stitch in Time. Penelope Lively 
  • The Suicide House. Charlie Donlea 
  • The Talisman. Jonathan Aycliffe 
  • This House Is Haunted. John Boyne 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2020 Reading Challenge Announcements

Hello again! Hard to believe we're already coming to the end of another year of reading (and other) challenges, isn't it? I'm not really ready to commit to any new ones just yet, but since the 2020 challenges are beginning to show up around the 'net, I'll be keeping track as usual. 

So, to start with, some general info:

The challenges listed here are, for the most part (although it's not a strict rule), year-long challenges, open to everyone. I don't usually list read-a-thons, read-alongs, "personal" challenges, or challenges linked to special days or time periods (except for the annual RIP challenge in the fall). 

Also please NOTE: This list is NOT meant to be a complete list of ALL the reading challenges available for 2020. It's mainly just challenges that seem attractive to me. And I'm not necessarily recommending any of these — just keeping track.

Two more things. In general I'm not a fan of the "check list" type of reading challenge with a bunch of set categories — so I'll list a few, but not every one of them. Also, I don't do a lot of social media hanging out, so if a challenge is being hosted primarily on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, etc., you probably won't find it on this list.

And now....

The List
(In roughly alphabetical order,
with links to announcement/signup posts/pages.)

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For more comprehensive, up-to-date lists of 2020 Reading Challenges, you can check the A Novel Challenge website or the Reading Challenge Addict website.

Challenges in red are ones I've signed up for.
  1. 2020 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
  2. 2020 A to Z Reading Challenge (3rd Annual) | Hosts: Ginger Mom & Company
  3. Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Booklover Book Reviews
  4. Back to the Classics Challenge 2020 | Host: Karen K. @ Books and Chocolate
  5. Beat the Backlist 2020 Reading Challenge | Hosts: Austine & Katie @ Novelknight
  6. 2020 Bookish Resolutions Challenge | Host: Michelle & Berls @ Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life.
  7. Book Jar/Book List Challenge - Randomize Your Reading 2020 | Host: Michelle @ Gather Together and Read
  8. 2020 Book to Movie Challenge | Host: Michelle @ Gather Together and Read
  9. British Crime Classics Challenge 2020 | Host: Rekha @ The Book Decoder
  10. Calendar of Crime Challenge 2020 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  11. 2020 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge | Host: Carol @ Carol's Notebook.
  12. Color Coded Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  13. 2020 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge | Host: Andi @ Andi's ABCs
  14. 2020 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge | Host: Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book
  15. Creativity Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!
  16. Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  17. Diversify Your Reading 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Kelly Mongan @ Mongan Moments
  18. 2020 Dystopia Reading Challenge | Host: Brittani @ Hope, Faith & Books
  19. Epistolary Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! 
  20. 2020 European Reading Challenge | Host: Gilion @ Rose City Reader
  21. 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge | Host: Celebrity Readers
  22. For the Love of Ebooks 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Tina @ As Told By Tina
  23. 2020 Georgian Reading Challenge | Host: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
  24. Go Big or Go Home - 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Annemieke @ A Dance With Books
  25. 2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge | Host: Amy @ Passages to the Past
  26. History Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Hibernator's Library
  27. Horror Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: damaen @ damaen.net. 
  28. Humor Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!
  29. Kindle Unlimited 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Tina @ As Told By Tina.
  30. #LetsReadIndie 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Tina @ As Told By Tina
  31. 2020 Library Love Challenge | Hosts: Books of My Heart & Angel's Guilty Pleasures
  32. 2020 Literary Escapes Challenge | Host: Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
  33. Memoir Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!
  34. Mental Health Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! 
  35. 2020 Middle Grade Reading Challenge | Host: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews. 
  36. Monthly Book Award Reading Challenge 2020 | Hosts: Kim & Tanya @ GirlXOXO
  37. Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2020 | Hosts: Kim & Tanya @ GirlXOXO
  38. Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Kimberly Lynne @ GirlXOXO
  39. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  40. NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Tina @ Reading Between the Pages
  41. 2020 Newbery Reading Challenge | Host: Julie @ Smiling Shelves
  42. 2020 New Release Challenge | Host: (un)Conventional Bookworms
  43. 2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge | Host: Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
  44. Out of Your Comfort Zone 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Caro @ BookCheshireCat
  45. 2020 Paranormal Reading Challenge | Host: Julie Cornewell @ juliecornewell.net
  46. 2020 Picture Book Reading Challenge | Host: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
  47. 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge | Host: Popsugar.com. (If you're interested in this, here's the Printable List of Categories.)
  48. Print Only 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Tina @ As Told By Tina
  49. The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  50. 2020 Reading Assignment Challenge | Host: Michelle @ Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life
  51. Read It Again Sam 2020 Reading Challenge | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  52. 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge | Host: Tracy @ Cornerfolds
  53. 2020 Review Writing Challenge | Host: Shari @ Delighted Reader
  54. 2020 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge | Host: Rick @ Rick Mills Project
  55. Social Justice Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Hibernator's Library
  56. Spacetime Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Jemima Pett
  57. Sweet Southern Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Readeropolis
  58. 2020 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
  59. Vintage Mystery Extravaganza: Reading Challenge 2020 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  60. Virtual Mount TBR 2020 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  61. 2020 What An Animal Reading Challenge | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews.
  62. What's in a Name 2020 Challenge | Host: Andrea @ Carolina Book Nook
  63. When Are You Reading? Challenge 2020 | Host: Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

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2020 Newbery Reading Challenge



Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2020
Hosted by:  Julie @ Smiling Shelves

Guidelines:
  • Choose books from among Newbery Award winners and Honor Books; Caldecott Medal winners and Honor books.
  • Rereads count.
  • Audiobooks and e-books count.
  • All books must be read between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Books begun before January 1 don’t count. 
  • Books can overlap with other challenges.
  • Reviews are encouraged, but not necessary.
  • Choose your point level. You can always aim for a higher point level, but you can't move to a lower one.
Each book you read is worth points:
  • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
  • 1 point for a Caldecott Medal Winner or Honor Book
Choose a level to aim for.  "You can get to this level with any combination of points you want. You can read all Newbery Medal winners. You can throw in a few Honor Books. If you want, you can even read 75 Caldecott Medal winners! How you get to your point level is totally up to you."
  1. L'Engle: 15 - 29 points
  2. Spinelli: 30 - 44 points
  3. Avi: 45 - 59 points
  4. Lowry: 60 - 74 points
  5. Konigsburg: 75+ points
✷ I'm signing up at the first level (L'Engle = 15-29 points)

• List of Newbery Medal and Honor books.
• List of Caldecott Medal and Honor books.

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


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to any reviews):
  1. Ramona and Her Father (Ramona Quimby #4). Beverly Cleary (1977; 1978 Honor = 2 points)
  2. Little Red Riding Hood. Retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (1983; 1984 Caldecott Honor = 1 point) 
  3. Dear Mr. Henshaw. Beverly Cleary; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky (1983; 1984 Newbery Medal = 3 points)
  4. Sarah, Plain and Tall. Patricia MacLachlan (1985; 1986 Newbery Medal = 3 points)


POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Newbery Winners (3 points each)
  • The Bronze Bow. Elizabeth George Speare (1961; 1962 Medal) 
  • Caddie Woodlawn. Carol Ryrie Brink (1935; 1936 Medal)
  • Dead End in Norvelt. Jack Gantos (2011; 2012 Medal)
  • The Door in the Wall. Marguerite De Angeli (1949; 1950 Medal)
  • Ginger Pye. Eleanor Estes (1951; 1952 Medal) 
  • The Giver. Lois Lowry (1993; 1994 Medal) 
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village. Laura Amy Schlitz (2007; 2008 Medal) 
  • The Graveyard Book. Neil Gaiman (2008; 2009 Medal) 
  • The Higher Power of Lucky. Susan Patron (2006; 2007 Medal) 
  • Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rachel Field; illus. by Dorothy Lathrop (1929; 1930 Medal) 
  • It's Like This, Cat. Emily Cheney Neville (1963; 1964 Medal) 
  • Miracles on Maple Hill. Virginia Sorensen (1956; 1957 Medal) 
  • Miss Hickory. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1946; 1947 Medal) 
  • Rabbit Hill. Robert Lawson (1944; 1945 Medal) 
  • Roller Skates. Ruth Sawyer (1936; 1937 Medal) 
  • Secret of the Andes. Ann Nolan Clark (1952; 1953 Medal) 
  • Strawberry Girl. Lois Lenski (1945; 1946 Medal)
  • Thimble Summer. Elizabeth Enright (1938; 1939 Medal)
  • The Trumpeter of Krakow. Eric P. Kelly (1928; 1929 Medal) 
  • The Twenty-One Balloons. William Pène du Bois (1947; 1948 Medal) 
  • Up a Road Slowly. Irene Hunt (1966; 1967 Medal) 
  • The View from Saturday. E.L. Konigsburg (1996; 1997 Medal)
  • A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers. Nancy Willard; illus. by Alice & Martin Provensen (1981; 1982 Medal) 
  • The Westing Game. Ellen Raskin (1978; 1979 Medal) 
  • The Wheel on the School. Meindert De Jong (1954; 1955 Medal) 
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Elizabeth George Speare (1958; 1959 Medal)
  • A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L'Engle (1962; 1963 Medal) [re-read?] 
  • A Year Down Yonder. Richard Peck (2000; 2001 Medal) 
  • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze. Elizabeth Lewis (1933 Medal)

POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Newbery Honor Books (2 points each)
  • The ABC Bunny. Wanda Gág (1933; 1934 Honor)
  • Afternoon of the Elves. Janet Taylor Lisle (1989; 1990 Honor) 
  • The Animal Family. Randall Jarrell (1965; 1966 Honor) 
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain. Alice Dalgliesh (1952; 1953 Honor) 
  • Because of Winn-Dixie. Kate DiCamillo (2000; 2001 Honor) 
  • Belling the Tiger. Mary Stolz (1961; 1962 Honor) 
  • Black Fox of Lorne. Marguerite De Angeli (1956; 1957 Honor) 
  • Blue Willow. Doris Gates (1940; 1941 Honor) 
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House #5). Laura Ingalls Wilder (1939; 1940 Honor) 
  • The Cricket in Times Square. George Selden (1960; 1961 Honor) 
  • Doll Bones. Holly Black (2013; 2014 Honor) 
  • Downright Dencey. Caroline Dale Snedeker (1927; 1928 Honor) 
  • Ella Enchanted. Gail Carson Levine (1997; 1998 Honor)
  • The Fearsome Inn. Isaac Bashevis Singer; illus. by Nonny Hogrogian (1967; 1968 Honor) 
  • Feathers. Jacqueline Woodson (2007; 2008 Honor) 
  • Floating Island. Anne Parrish (1930; 1931 Honor) 
  • The Gammage Cup. Carol Kendall (1959; 1960 Honor) 
  • The Golden Name Day. Jennie Lindquist (1955; 1956 Honor)
  • Gone-Away Lake. Elizabeth Enright (1957; 1958 Honor) 
  • The Great Wheel. Robert Lawson (1957; 1958 Honor) 
  • The Headless Cupid. Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1971; 1972 Honor) 
  • Jane's Island. Marjorie Hill Allee (1931; 1932 Honor) 
  • Little Town on the Prairie (Little House #7). Laura Ingalls Wilder (1941; 1942 Honor) 
  • A Long Way from Chicago. Richard Peck (1998; 1999 Honor) 
  • The Long Winter (Little House #6). Laura Ingalls Wilder (1940; 1941 Honor) 
  • Mice Twice. Joseph Low (1980; 1981 Honor) 
  • Misty of Chincoteague. Marguerite Henry (1947; 1948 Honor)
  • The Moorchild. Eloise McGraw (1996; 1997 Honor) 
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins. Florence & Richard Atwater (1938; 1939 Honor) [re-read] 
  • Olive's Ocean. Kevin Henkes (2001; 2004 Honor) 
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House #4). Laura Ingalls Wilder (1937; 1938 Honor) 
  • Penny from Heaven. Jennifer L. Holm (2006; 2007 Honor) 
  • The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot, the Shoe-King's Son. Catherine Besterman (1947; 1948 Honor) 
  • Ramona and Her Father (Ramona #4). Beverly Cleary (1977; 1978 Honor) 
  • Rascal. Sterling North (1963; 1964 Honor) 
  • The Silver Pencil. Alice Dalgliesh (1944; 1945 Honor) 
  • Splendors and Glooms. Laura Amy Schlitz (2012; 2013 Honor) 
  • A String in the Harp. Nancy Bond (1976; 1977 Honor) 
  • Surviving the Applewhites. Stephanie S. Tolan (2002; 2003 Honor)
  • These Happy Golden Years (Little House #8). Laura Ingalls Wilder (1943; 1944 Honor)
  • Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries #1). Sheila Turnage (2012; 2013 Honor) 
  • Whittington. Alan Armstrong; illus. by S.D. Schindler (2005; 2006 Honor) 
  • The Windy Hill. Cornelia Meigs (1921; 1922 Honor) 
  • The Witches of Worm. Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1972; 1973 Honor)

POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Caldecott Winners (1 point each)
  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Dan Santat (2914; 2015 Medal) 
  • Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper. Marcia Brown (1954; 1955 Medal)
  • The Egg Tree. Katherine Milhous (1950; 1951 Medal) 
  • The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. Arthur Ransome; illus. by Uri Shulevitz (1968; 1969 Medal) 
  • The Funny Little Woman. Arlene Mosel; illus. by Blair Lent (1972; 1973 Medal) 
  • Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall (2018; 2019 Medal) 
  • Hey, Al. Richard Egielski (illus.); text by Arthur Yorinks (1986; 1987 Medal) 
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian Selznick (2007; 2008 Medal) 
  • Jumanji. Chris Van Allsburg (1981; 1982 Medal) 
  • Many Moons. James Thurber; illus. by Louis Slobodkin (1943; 1944 Medal)
  • Owl Moon. Jane Yolen; illus. by John Schoenherr (1987; 1988 Medal)
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. William Steig (1969; 1970 Medal)
  • This is Not My Hat. Jon Klassen (2012; 2013 Medal) 

POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Caldecott Honor Books (1 point each)
  • Blueberries for Sal. Robert McCloskey (1949) 
  • Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction. David Macaulay (1973; 1974 Honor) 
  • Extra Yarn. Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen (2012; 2013 Honor)
  • Flora and the Flamingo. Molly Idle (2013; 2014 Honor) 
  • Hansel and Gretel. Rika Lesser; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky (1984; 1985 Honor) 
  • In the Night Kitchen. Maurice Sendak (1971) 
  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. Audrey Wood; illus. by Don Wood (1985; 1986 Honor) 
  • Little Red Riding Hood. Trina Schart Hyman (1983; 1984 Honor) 
  • The Most Wonderful Doll in the World. Phyllis McGinley; illus. by Helen Stone (1950; 1951 Honor) 
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. John Steptoe (1986; 1988 Honor) 
  • Nana in the City. Lauren Castillo (2014; 2015 Honor) 
  • On Market Street. Arnold Lobel; illus. by Anita Lobel (1981; 1982 Honor) 
  • Outside Over There. Maurice Sendak (1981; 1982 Honor) 
  • The Relatives Came. Cynthia Rylant; illus. by Stephen Gammell (1985; 1986 Honor) 
  • Rumpelstiltskin. Paul O. Zelinsky (1986; 1987 Honor) 
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen (2014; 2015 Honor) 
  • Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs. Randall Jarrell; illus. by Nancy Ekholm Burkert (1972; 1973 Honor) 
  • Strega Nona. Tomi dePaola (1975; 1976 Honor) 
  • The Treasure. Uri Shulevitz (1978; 1980 Honor)