2018 Reading Challenges

Back to the Classics 2018

Back to the Classics Challenge – Intro Post

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  1. A 19th century classic: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  2. A 20th century classic: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  3. A classic by a woman author: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. A classic in translation: Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas
  5. A children’s classic: The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  6. A classic crime story: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  7. A classic travel or journey narrative: She by H. Rider Haggard
  8. A classic with a single-word title: Lilith by George MacDonald
  9. A classic with a color in the title: The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. A classic by an author that’s new to you: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  11. A classic that scares you: The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor
  12. Re-read a favorite classic: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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British Book Challenge

British Books Challenge 2018 – Intro Post

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  1. The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  2. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  3. The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
  4. Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
  5. She by H. Rider Haggard
  6. Lilith by George MacDonald
  7. The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
  8. The Well at the World’s End by William Morris
  9. Rumpole and the Golden Thread by John Mortimer
  10. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  11. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
  12. Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy Sayers
  13. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  14. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  15. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

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Charity Reading Challenge

Charity Reading Challenge – Intro Post

For each book I read in 2018, I will donate $1 to Catholic Relief Services.


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Classics Club Titles for 2018

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  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  5. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas
  6. She by H. Rider Haggard
  7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. Lilith by George MacDonald
  9. The Well at the World’s End by William Morris
  10. The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor
  11. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  12. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

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Color Coded Challenge 2017

Color Coded Reading Challenge – Intro Post

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  1. Blue: To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L’Amour
  2. Red: The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
  3. Yellow: Rumpole and the Golden Thread by John Mortimer
  4. Green: These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon
  5. Brown: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
  6. Black: The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. White: Only the Ball Was White by Robert Peterson
  8. Any other color: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  9. Implied color: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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European Reading Challenge 2018

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

  1. France: Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas
  2. United Kingdom: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  3. Italy: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
  4. Russia: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  5. Spain: The Shadows of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

♦♦♦Follow the Clues Challenge

Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge (Aiming for Capital Offense level, 12 books) – Intro Post

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  1. Tripwire by Lee Child – The title of this book is a thread of metal, which leads to a golden thread in the next title…
  2. Rumpole and the Golden Thread by John Mortimer – There’s a color in this title, which leads to another book with a color in the title…
  3. The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne – The book’s title has the initials T.R.H.M., and that is the clue that leads to another book with the exact same initials…
  4. The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen – The author’s last name is a female royal, and that leads to a book with a female royal in the title…
  5. The Lost Empress by Steve Robinson – The book takes place in England, the native country of secret service agent 007, James Bond…
  6. Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming – Bond’s nemesis is SMERSH, a Russian counterintelligence unit, and the ties to Russia leads a book set in Russia…
  7. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoesvsky – Dostoevsky’s novel was translated into English, and this leads to a book translated into English from Spanish…
  8. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The main character’s name is Daniel, which links to the name of the author of the next book…
  9. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva – Artists have taste, and kills artists have a morbid taste…
  10. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters – The auth0r’s last name Peters connects with the name in the title of the next book…
  11. Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy Sayers – There’s a body in the title of this book, and a dead body in the title of the last book in the chain of evidence…
  12. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters – Case closed.

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Monthly Keyword Challenge

Monthly Key Word Challenge – Intro Post

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  1. January (keyword white): Only the Ball Was White by Robert Peterson
  2. February (keyword and): Rumple and the Golden Thread by John Mortimer
  3. March (keyword shout): Cries from the Earth by Terry C. Johnston
  4. April (keyword valley): Lost Stage Valley by Frank Bonham
  5. May (keyword mountain): To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L’Amour
  6. June (keyword live): Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
  7. July (keyword desert): From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
  8. August (keyword sun): The From Where the Sun Now Stands by Will Henry
  9. September (keyword school): The Purpose of Catholic Schooling by James Michael Lee
  10. October (keyword black): The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. November (keyword family): The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
  12. December (keyword Christmas): A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd

♦♦♦Mount TBR 2018

Mount TBR Challenge (Aiming for Mount Ararat, 48 books) – Intro Post

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Read It Again Sam Reading Challenge

Read It Again, Sam Reading Challenge (Aiming for Déjà vu Level, 4 re-reads) – Intro Post

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  1. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  2. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
  3. Only the Ball Was White by Robert Petereson
  4. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

♦♦♦Reading Addict Challenge

Reading Challenge Addict (Aiming for In Flight Level, 11 Challenges)

  1. Back to the Classics Challenge – Intro Post
  2. British Books Challenge
  3. Charity Reading Challenge – Intro Post
  4. Color Coded Reading Challenge – Intro Post
  5. Deal Me In Short Stories Challenge
  6. European Reading Challenge – Intro Post
  7. Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge – Intro Post
  8. Monthly Keyword Challenge – Intro Post
  9. Mount TBR Challenge – Intro Post
  10. Read It Again, Sam Reading Challenge – Intro Post
  11. Victorian Reading Challenge – Intro Post
  12. Wild Wild West Reading Challenge – Intro Post

♦♦♦Victorian Reading Challenge 2018

 

Victorian Reading Challenge (Option C – Do as many books from the checklist as you can) – Intro Post

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  1. A book that was originally published serially: She by H. Rider Haggard
  2. A book published between 1837-1840: Oliver Twist (1838) by Charles Dickens
  3. A book published between 1841-1850: Twenty Years After (1845) by Alexandre Dumas
  4. A book published between 1861-1870: Crime and Punishment (1866) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  5. A book published between 1881-1890: The Black Arrow (1888) by Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. A book published between 1891-1900: Lilith (1895) by George MacDonald
  7. A book published between 1902-1999 with a Victorian setting: The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Burnett
  8. A book with a place name in the title: The Well at the World’s End by William Morris

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Wild Wild West Challenge 2018

 

Wild Wild West Reading Challenge (Aiming to earn lasso, chaps, bandana, vest, saddle, horse, boots, spurs, six-guns, and stetson) – Intro Post

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  1. Lost Stage Valley by Frank Bonham
  2. The Nameless Breed by Will C. Brown
  3. From Where the Sun Now Stands by Will Henry
  4. Cries from the Earth by Terry C. Johnston
  5. The Drifter by William C. Johnstone
  6. Hombre by Elmore Leonard
  7. Sackett’s Land by Louis L’Amour
  8. To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L’Amour
  9. The Warrior’s Path by Louis L’Amour
  10. The Montanans edited by Bill Pronzini

 


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Deal Me In Challenge 2017

 

Deal Me In Short Stories Challenge

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Diamonds (From The October Country by Ray Bradbury)

A♦ “The Dwarf”
2♦ “The Next in Line”
3♦ “The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse”
4♦ “Skeleton”
5♦ “The Jar”
6♦ “The Lake”
7♦ “The Emissary”
8♦ “Touched with Fire”
9♦ “The Small Assassin”
10♦ “The Crowd”
J♦ “Jack-in-the-Box”
Q♦ “The Scythe”
K♦ “Uncle Einar”

♥ Hearts (From The October Country by Ray Bradbury and The Hardboiled Dicks, edited by Ron Goulart)

A♥ “The Wind” (from The October Country)
2♥ “The Man Upstairs” (from The October Country)
3♥ “There Was an Old Woman” (from The October Country)
4♥ “The Cistern” (from The October Country)
5♥ “The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone” (from The October Country)
6♥ “Don’t Give Your Right Name” by Norbert Davis
7♥ “The Saint in Silver” by John K. Butler
8♥ “Winter Kill” by Frederick Nebel
9♥ “China Man” by Raoul Whitfield
10♥ “Death on Eagle’s Crag” by Frank Gruber
J♥ “A Nose for News” by Richard Sale
Q♥ “Angelfish” by Lester Dent
K♥ “Bird in the Hand” by Erle Stanley Gardner

♣ Clubs (From Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy Sayers)

A♣ “The Abominable History of the Man with the Copper Fingers”
2♣ “The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question”
3♣ “The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager’s Will”
4♣ “The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag”
5♣ “The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker”
6♣ “The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention”
7♣ “The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps that Ran”
8♣ “The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste”
9♣ “The Learned Adventure of the Dragon’s Head”
10♣ “The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach”
J♣ “The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face”
Q♣ “The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba”
K♣ “Homecoming” (from The October Country by Ray Bradbury)

♠ Spades (From The Montanans, edited by Bill Pronzini)

A♠ “The Lamb of the Flying U” by B.M. Bower
2♠ “Bannack Doctor” by Norman A. Fox
3♠ “Beyond the Frontier” by Dorothy M. Johnson
4♠ “Killers’ Country” by Dan Cushman
5♠ “Psychology and Copper” by W.C. Tuttle
6♠ “No-Fights” by T.V. Olsen
7♠ “Bargain” by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
8♠ “All the Long Years” by Bill Pronzini
9♠ “Bet the Wild Queen!” by Norman A. Fox
10♠ “Blood Truth” by Ed Gorman
J♠ “Wooden Indian” by Jack Foxx
Q♠ “Buffalo Horns” by Arthur Winfield Knight
K♠ “Queen of Rustler’s Range” by Les Savage, Jr.