Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2018

***Challenge Complete. See my wrap-up post HERE.***

Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: Throughout 2018

Guidelines (quoted from announcement/sign-up page):
  • Read at least one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month.
  • The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example: Your title could include the word 'icicle' or 'icing' even though the key word is 'ice.'
  • Key words can be tweaked. For example: You could read a book with "Bowler" or "Bonnet" for the key word 'Hat' and that would be just fine. If the key word is 'Family' then your title could include the word 'Sister' or 'Father.' If the key word is 'Food' then your title could include the word 'Cake.' 
  • You may sign up any time from now until November 1, 2018. But to complete the challenge you will need to read (or have already read) books with keywords from any months missed by the time of sign-up.
  • There will be a headquarters site with links for monthly reviews.
  • You don't need a blog to participate. 
  • Key word books should be read in the month with which they are associated. 

List of Monthly Key Words:

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


• If Morning Ever Comes. Anne Tyler (See Review)

• Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1). Jo Dereske (See Review)

Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (87th Precinct #11). Ed McBain (See Review)

Time Out of Joint. Philip K. Dick (See Review)

At the Mountains of Madness. H.P. Lovecraft (See Review)
Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels. Katherine Anne Porter (See Review)

When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead (See Review)

The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6). Agatha Christie (See Review)

The Dead House. Billy O'Callaghan (See Review)

Call for the Dead (George Smiley #1). John le Carré (See Review)

The Night She Died (Inspector Thanet #1). Dorothy Simpson (review to come)

Broomsticks Over Flaxborough (Flaxborough Chronicles #7). Colin Watson (review to come)

The Red Book of Primrose House (Potting Shed Mystery #2). Marty Wingate (review to come)

  1. The Bell. Iris Murdoch  (1958; 322 pages)
  2. The Bell at Sealey Head. Patricia McKillip  (2008; 288 pages) 
  3. The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath  (1963; 244 pages)
  4. Five Red Herrings (Lord Peter Wimsey #7). Dorothy L. Sayers (1931; 297 pages)
  5. Gently in Trees (Inspector Gently #21). Alan Hunter  (1974; 240 pages) 
  6. The Giver. Lois Lowry  (1993; 204 pages)  
  7. The Red Book of Primrose House (Potting Shed Mystery #2). Marty Wingate (2014; 274 pages)
  8. The Red Box (Nero Wolfe #4). Rex Stout (1937; 189 pages) 
  9. Red Harvest. Dashiell Hammett  (1929; 226 pages) 
  10. A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce #3). Alan Bradley (2011; 417 pages) 
  11. The Singing Sands (Inspector Alan Grant #6). Josephine Tey  (1952; 231 pages)
  12. The Red Notebook. Antoine Laurain  (2014; 240 pages) 
  13. Silver on the Tree (The Dark Is Rising #5). Susan Cooper  (1977; 288 pages) 

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