2017 Reading Challenges

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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  1. Agnes Grey by Anne BrontëAlphabet Soup 2017
  2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – Finished 1/14/2017
  3. Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils
  4. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017
  7. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James
  8. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – Finished 2/11/2017
  9. Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, The by Sax RohmerFinished 1/31/2017
  10. Journal of the Plague Year, A by Daniel Defoe – Finished 6/17/2017
  11. Killing Floor by Lee Child – Finished 7/15/2017
  12. Lincoln Lawyer, The by Michael Connelly
  13. Mystery of the Yellow Room, The by Gaston Leroux – Finished 1/1/2017
  14. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell – Finished 1/5/2017
  15. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather – Finished 7/16/2017
  16. Passage to India, A by E.M. Forster
  17. Queen of England, The Last by Steve Robinson
  18. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  19. Sorrows of Young Werther, The by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Finished 2/8/2017
  20. Trial, The by Franz Kafka – Finished 5/28/2017
  21. Ultimate Gift, The by Jim Stovall
  22. Voyage to Arcturus, A by David Lindsay
  23. Worm Ouroboros, The by E.R. Eddison
  24. The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart Finished 1/28/2017
  25. Yellow Wallpaper, The by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Finished 1/29/2017
  26. Zuleika Dobson by Max BeerbohmFinished 5/22/2017

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Back to the Classics Challenge

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  1. A 19th Century Classic: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017Back to the Classics 2017
  2. A 20th Century Classic: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  3. A classic by a woman author: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  4. A classic in translation: The Trial by Franz Kafka (translated from German) – Finished 5/28/2017
  5. A classic published before 1800: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe – Finished 6/17/2017
  6. A romance classic: Emma by Jane Austen
  7. A Gothic or horror classic: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  8. A classic with a number in the title: Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell – Finished 1/5/2017
  9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title: The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
  10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit: Romola by George Eliot (Florence, Italy)
  11. An award-winning classic: A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (1924 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Literature)
  12. A Russian Classic: Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

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British Books Challenge

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  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. Zuleika Dobson by Max BeerbohmFinished 5/22/2017
  3. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  4. The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton
  5. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie – Finished 2/13/2017British Books Challenge 2017
  6. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe – Finished 6/17/2017
  7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  8. The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
  9. Romola by George Eliot
  10. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  11. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017
  12. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – Finished 2/11/2017
  13. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell – Finished 1/5/2017
  14. The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax RohmerFinished 1/31/2017
  15. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell- Finished 1/14/2017

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Classics Club Titles for 2017

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  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather- Finished 7/16/2017
  3. Camille by Alexandre Dumas fils
  4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  5. The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
  6. Romola by George Eliot
  7. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  8. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  9. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017
  10. The Trial by Franz Kafka – Finished 5/28/2017
  11. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – Finished 2/11/2017
  12. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Finished 7/11/2017
  13. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell – Finished 1/5/2017
  14. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

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Color Coded Reading Challenge

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  1. Blue: The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings – Finished 3/7/2017
  2. Red: The Ruby Knight by David Eddings – Finished 2/27/2017
  3. Yellow: The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux- Finished 1/1/2017
  4. Green: How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – Finished 2/11/2017
  5. Brown: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  6. Black: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell- Finished 1/14/2017
  7. White: The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton
  8. Any other color: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  9. Implied color: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – Finished 1/11/2017

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eBook Reading Challenge
(Aiming for the Megabyte level, 25 ebooks)

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  1. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux- Finished 1/1/2017
    eBook Challenge 2017
  2. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – Finished 1/5/2017
  3. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – Finished 1/11/2017
  4. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell- Finished 1/14/2017
  5. The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry HughartFinished 1/28/2017
  6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman- Finished 1/29/2017
  7. The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax RohmerFinished 1/31/2017
  8. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- Finished 2/8/2017
  9. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – Finished 2/11/2017
  10. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie- Finished 2/13/2017
  11. The Crucible by Arthur Miller – Finished 3/20/2017
  12. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos – Finished 3/28/2017
  13. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017
  14. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm Finished 5/22/2017
  15. The Trial by Franz Kafka – Finished 5/28/2017
  16. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel DeFoe – Finished 6/17/2017
  17. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Finished 7/11/2017
  18. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather- Finished 7/16/2017

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European Reading Challenge
 (Aiming for Five Star Deluxe Entourage Level, 5 books)


3 / 6European Reading Challenge 2017

  1. France: The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux – Finished 1/1/2017
  2. United Kingdom: Far from the Madding Crowd by
    Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017
  3. Italy: Romola by George Eliot
  4. Russia: Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  5. Germany: The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- Finished 2/8/2017
  6. Norway: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

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Flights of Fancy Reading Challenge

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  1. Flights of Fancy Reading ChallengeThe Diamond Throne by David Eddings – Finished 2/20/2017
  2. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings- Finished 2/27/2017
  3. The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings – Finished 3/7/2017
  4. The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
  5. The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry HughartFinished 1/28/2017
  6. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James
  7. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
  8. Empire of the East by Fred Saberhagen
  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Finished 2/6/2017
  10. The Ring Sets Out by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition) – Finished 3/25/2017
  11. The Ring Goes South by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition) – Finished 4/29/2017
  12. The Treason of Isengard by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition) – Finished 5/25/2017
  13. The Ring Goes East by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition) – Finished 6/28/2017
  14. The War of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition) – Finished 7/31/2-17
  15. The End of the Third Age by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition)

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Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge (Aiming for Felony level, 10 books)

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  1. Follow the Clues ChallengeThe Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux- Finished 1/1/2017 – This book has an introduction by Otto Penzler, which is the clue that leads to another book with an introduction by Otto Penzler…
  2. The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer – The cover of the Open Road edition has a clock tower on the cover, leading to another book with a timepiece on the cover…Finished 1/31/2017
  3. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie – This mystery involves a train, which leads to a book with a form of transportation on the cover, a ship… – Finished 2/13/2017
  4. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie – This book features a ship on the cover, which leads to a book that features another form of transportation, a Lincoln Town Car…
  5. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly – The title of this book mentions Lincoln, a head of state. This clue leads to another head of state…
  6. The Last Queen of England by Steve Robinson – This book leads from the Queen of England to a book written by the Queen of Mystery…
  7. The Murder in the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – This book features a character who is a member of the clergy, leading to a mystery written by a member of the clergy, Jesuit priest Fr. Brad Reynolds…
  8. The Story Knife by Brad Reynolds – The title of this book features the word story, leading to a book that has the word stories in its title…
  9. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James – This collection of gothic tales leads to one of the most famous gothic books of all time…
  10. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Case closed.

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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Millennium Edition) Read-along

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  1. LOTR Read-alongFebruary: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Finished 2/6/2017
  2. March: The Ring Sets Out by J.R.R. Tolkien – Finished 3/25/2017
  3. April: The Ring Goes South by J.R.R. Tolkien – Finished 4/29/2017
  4. May: The Treason of Isengard by J.R.R. Tolkien – Finished 5/25/2017
  5. June: The Ring Goest East by J.R.R. Tolkien – Finished 6/28/2017
  6. July: The War of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – Finished 7/31/2017
  7. August: The End of the Third Age by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Mount TBR Challenge
 (Aiming for Mount Vancouver, 36 books)

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  1. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux- Finished 1/1/2017 Mount TBR Challenge 2017
  2. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell – Finished 1/5/2017
  3. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – Finished 1/11/2017
  4. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell- Finished 1/14/2017
  5. The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry HughartFinished 1/28/2017
  6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman- Finished 1/29/2017
  7. The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax RohmerFinished 1/31/2017
  8. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- Finished 2/8/2017
  9. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – Finished 2/11/2017
  10. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie – Finished 2/13/2017
  11. The Diamond Throne by David Eddings – Finished 2/20/2017
  12. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings- Finished 2/27/2017
  13. The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings – Finished 3/7/2017
  14. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017
  15. Zuleika Dobson by Max BeerbohmFinished 5/22/2017
  16. The Trial by Franz Kafka – Finished 5/28/2017
  17. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel DeFoe – Finished 6/17/2017
  18. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Finished 7/11/2017
  19. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather- Finished 7/16/2017

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What’s In a Name Reading Challenge

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  1. Whats In a Name Challenge 2017A number in numbers: 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie – Finished 2/13/2017
  2. A building: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  3. A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it: The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry HughartFinished 1/28/2017
  4. A compass direction: Empire of the East by Fred Saberhagen
  5. An item/items of cutlery: The Story Knife  by Brad Reynolds
  6. A title in which at least two words share the same first letter: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

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Wild Goose Chase Reading Challenge

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  1. Wild Goose Challenge 2017A book with a word or phrase relating to wildness in the title: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Finished 4/8/2017
  2. A book with a species of bird (or the word “bird”) in the title: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Finished 7/11/2017
  3. A book with an exotic or far-flung location in the title: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – Finished 1/11/2017
  4. A book with an object you might hunt for in the title: The Diamond Throne by David Eddings – Finished 2/20/2017
  5. A book with a synonym for chase in the title: A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
  6. A book with a means of transport in the title: The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton
  7. A book with an object you might take on a search or hunt in the title: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe – Finished 6/17/2017

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Deal Me In Short Story Challenge

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Diamonds (From Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 12 Stories for Late at Night)

Deal Me In Challenge 2017A♦ “Death Is a Dream” by Robert Arthur
2♦ “The Whole Town’s Sleeping” by Ray Bradbury
3♦ “Evening Primrose” by John Collier – Finished 4/9/2017
4♦ “The Cocoon” by John B. L. Goodwin
5♦ “Vintage Season” by C. L. Moore
6♦ “The Ash Tree” by M. R. James (also in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary) – Finished 8/6/2017
7♦ “Side Bet” by Will F. Jenkins – Finished 1/22/2017
8♦ “Second Night Out” by Frank Belknap Long
9♦ “Our Feather Friends” by Philip MacDonald
10♦ “Back There in the Grass” by Gouverneur Morris
J♦ “D-Day” by Robert Trout – Finished 4/23/2017
Q♦ “The Man Who Liked Dickens” by Evelyn Waugh – Finished 5/14/2017
K♦ “Prolonged Visit” by Hal Dresner (From Alfred Hitchcock’s Hard Day at the Scaffold) – Finished 1/15/2017

♥ Hearts (From Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 12 Stories They Wouldn’t Let Me Do on TV)

A♥ “Being a Murderer Myself” by Arthur Williams – Finished 4/30/2017
2♥ “Lukundoo” by Edward Lucus White – Finished 1/29/2017
3♥ “A Woman Seldom Found” by William Sansom – Finished 7/16/2017
4♥ “The Perfectionist” by Margaret St Clair
5♥ “The Price of the Head” by John Russell – Finished 7/30/2017
6♥ “Love Comes to Miss Lucy” by Q. Patrick
7♥ “Sredni Vashtar” by H.H. Munro (as Saki) – Finished 5/7/2017
8♥ “Love Lies Bleeding” by Philip MacDonald – Finished 1/1/2017
9♥ “The Dancing Partner” by Jerome K. Jerome
10♥ “Casting the Runes” by M.R. James (also in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary) – Finished 3/26/2017
J♥ “The Voice in the Night” William Hope Hodgson – Finished 4/23/2017
Q♥ “How Love Came to Professor Guildea” by Robert S. Hichens – Finished 4/4/2017
K♥ Wild Card – “Massinello Pietro” by Ray Bradbury from We’ll Always Have Paris – Finished 7/16/2017

♣ Clubs (From Alfred Hitchcock’s Hard Day at the Scaffold)

A♣ “The Baby” by Jonathan Craig – Finished 5/28/2017
2♣ “Don’t Live in a Coffin” by Helen Nielsen
3♣ “A Hundred Times” by Syd Hoff – Finished 2/12/2017
4♣ “Weep for the Guilty” by Henry Slesar
5♣ “Point the Man Out!” by Duane Decker
6♣ “Crooks, Satchels, and Selma” by Michael Brett
7♣ “Not Exactly Love” by Fletcher Flora – Finished 5/21/2017
8♣ “The Swinging Sheriff” by Ed Lacy – Finished 6/4/2017
9♣ “On a Desert Island by Donald E. Westlake”
10♣ “Bite of Revenge” by James McKimmey, Jr. – Finished 3/5/2017
J♣ “Lily Bell” by Richard Deming
Q♣ “Flora and Her Fauna” by C. B. Gilford – Finished 1/8/2017
K♣ “The Pulque Vendor” by Hal Ellson – Finished 7/9/2017

♠ Spades (From Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James)

A♠ “Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book”
2♠ “Lost Hearts”- Finished 2/27/2017
3♠ “The Mezzotint” – Finished 7/25/2017
4♠ “Number 13”
5♠ “Count Magnus” – Finished 2/5/2017
6♠ “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” – Finished 6/18/2017
7♠ “The Treasure of Abbot Thomas” – Finished 2/19/2017
8♠ “A School Story”
9♠ “The Rose Garden” – Finished 7/2/2017
10♠ “The Tractate Middoth”
J♠ “The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral” – Finished 3/13/2017
Q♠ “Martin’s Close” – Finished 3/19/2017
K♠ “Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance”

5 Responses

  1. I am absolutely impressed you have your year so well organized. Wish you the best with your goals!

  2. Welcome to the What’s in a Name challenge, Nick. Love your choice for a building and the use of a time for the ‘number’ category. I hadn’t heard of the Back to the Classics challenge – going to have to check it out as I’ve a sort-of goal to read a classic every couple of months. Enjoy your books!

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