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
  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
  11. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  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
  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
  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 Beerbohm

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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 HardyBack 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)
  5. A classic published before 1800: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
  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 Beerbohm
  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
  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
  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
  3. Camille by Alexandre Duma 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
  10. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  11. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn – Finished 2/11/2017
  12. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  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
  2. Red: The Ruby Knight by David Eddings
  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

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


2 / 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
  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
  2. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings
  3. The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
  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)
  11. The Ring Goes South by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition)
  12. The Treason of Isengard by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition)
  13. The Ring Goes East by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition)
  14. The War of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR Millennium Edition)
  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
  3. April: The Ring Goes South by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. May: The Treason of Isengard by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. June: The Ring Goest East by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. July: The War of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  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

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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
  2. A book with a species of bird (or the word “bird”) in the title: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  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
  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

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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
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)
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
Q♦ “The Man Who Liked Dickens” by Evelyn Waugh
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
2♥ “Lukundoo” by Edward Lucus White – Finished 1/29/2017
3♥ “A Woman Seldom Found” by William Sansom
4♥ “The Perfectionist” by Margaret St Clair
5♥ “The Price of the Head” by John Russell
6♥ “Love Comes to Miss Lucy” by Q. Patrick
7♥ “Sredni Vashtar” by H.H. Munro (as Saki)
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)
J♥ “The Voice in the Night” William Hope Hodgson
Q♥ “How Love Came to Professor Guildea” by Robert S. Hichens
K♥ Wild Card

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

A♣ “The Baby” by Jonathan Craig
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
8♣ “The Swinging Sheriff” by Ed Lacy
9♣ “On a Desert Island by Donald E. Westlake”
10♣ “Bite of Revenge” by James McKimmey, Jr.
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

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

A♠ “Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book”
2♠ “Lost Hearts”
3♠ “The Mezzotint”
4♠ “Number 13”
5♠ “Count Magnus” – Finished 2/5/17
6♠ “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”
7♠ “The Treasure of Abbot Thomas”
8♠ “A School Story”
9♠ “The Rose Garden”
10♠ “The Tractate Middoth”
J♠ “The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral”
Q♠ “Martin’s Close”
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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