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Wrap-Up 2016 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

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I ended up reading 7 books for the 2016 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, which means I hit the Christmas Tree level. As always, I enjoy Chrismassy reads. Thanks Michelle at Christmas Spirit for hosting this great challenge again this year.

Here are my books I read. I think the titles should link to my reviews.

  1. Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
  2. Told After Supper by Jerome K. Jerome
  3. Mistletoe Mysteries: Tales of Yuletide Murder by Charlotte MacLeod
  4. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
  5. Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey
  6. Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod
  7. Cozy Christmas Shorts published by Gemma Halliday Publishing

 

2017 Back to the Classics Challenge

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I mentioned the other day that I want to read more classics next year. To that end, I’m joining the Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate.

Here’s how it works:

The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read 12 books to participate in this.
Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing at the end of the year
Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing

Here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge. Some of my tentative selections are in parenthesis.

1. A 19th Century Classic (The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde)

2. A 20th Century Classic (Orlando by Virginia Woolf)

3. A classic by a woman author (something by Agatha Christie)

4. A classic in translation (Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne)

5. A classic published before 1800 (Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe)

6. An romance classic (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Amber’s going to read it for school, so I might as well join)

7. A Gothic or horror classic (The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins)

8. A classic with a number in the title (The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas)

9. A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title. It can be an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name (Lord of the Flies by William Golding)

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. It can be real or imaginary. (Death in Venice by Thomas Mann)

11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received. (The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – Pulitzer)

12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author. (something by Alexander Pushkin)

And now, the rest of the rules:
All books must be read in 2017. Books started before January 1, 2017 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by December 31, 2017.
You must also post a wrap-up review and link it to the challenge no later than December 31, 2017. Please include links within your final wrap-up to that I can easily confirm all your categories. Also, it is OK to rearrange books to fit different categories in your wrap-up post.
All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1967 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously.
E-books and audiobooks are eligible! You may also count books that you read for other challenges.
Books may NOT cross over within this challenge. You must read a different book for EACH category, or it doesn’t count.
Children’s classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge.

I don’t think I’ll be able to read 12, but I’m sure I can do six.

Wrap-Up 2016 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

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I read more than my goal of 31 books for the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge. I’m reading a book of short story mysteries right now, but don’t think I’ll finish it by the new year.

Here’s my list:

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  3. All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
  4. Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  5. “A” Is for Asshat by Rebecca Cantrell, Sean Black
  6. Dead & Buried by Leighann Dobbs
  7. The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini
  8. “B” Is for Bad Girls by Rebecca Cantrell, Sean Black
  9. The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  10. The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton
  11. The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
  12. Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
  13. The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff
  14. Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh
  15. Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron
  16. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  17. Murder Al Dente by Jennifer L. Hart
  18. The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: Season One by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Ian Tregillis, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Michael Swanwick
  19. The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  20. The Sans Pareil Mystery by Karen Charlton
  21. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
  22. A Midsummer’s Equation by Keigo Higashino
  23. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
  24. Death Likes It Hot by Edgar Box
  25. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  26. Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
  27. The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri
  28. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
  29. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
  30. The Dying Alderman by Henry Wade
  31. The Bay – The Tenderloin by Trent Kennedy Johnson
  32. IQ by Joe Ide
  33. Arsène Lupin, The Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc
  34. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde by Gemma Halliday, Kelly Rey
  35. Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett
  36. The Sculthorpe Murder by Karen Charlton
  37. The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon
  38. Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
  39. Through a Glass, Darkly by Donna Leon
  40. Mistletoe Mysteries: Tales of Yuletide Murder by Charlotte MacLeod
  41. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
  42. Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod

I think the titles link to my reviews. Two of my favorites by authors I’ve read before were A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny and A Midsummer’s Equation by Keigo Higashino. A few others by new to me authors that I really enjoyed were IQ by Joe Ide, The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff,  and The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: Season One by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Ian Tregillis, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Michael Swanwick. The only one I hated was The Bay – The Tenderloin by Trent Kennedy Johnson.

Thanks Stormi at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and Barb from Booker T’s Farm for hosting. I’m looking forward to doing the challenge again next year.

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