Reading Challenges for 2012

I'm planning to compete/complete the following two reading challenges:

 British Book Challenge

Where I plan to read 12 books all written by authors from the UK before the end of this year (I have already read two this month and luckily all british authors so that's an added impetus)

1. Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
2. Last bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
3. Murder must advertise by Dorothy Sayers
4. The Jackal Man by Kate Ellis
5. The Peacock Feather Murders by Carter Dickson
6. Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr
7. The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter
8. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
9. The Curse of the Bronze Lamp aka Lord of the Sorcerers by Carter Dickson
10. Trial and Error by Anthony Berkeley
11.  A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
12. The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton




Vintage Mystery reading challenge

In this challenge I have to read 8 books written before 1960, and there is an added stipulation of reading books by all male authors(so no Agatha Christie) "Cherchez le homme"

1. Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout
2. The Case of the constant suicides by John Dickson Carr
3. The Case of the Crooked Candle by Erle Stanley Gardner
4. Picture Imperfect and other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay
5. The Peacock Feather Murders by Carter Dickson
6. Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr
7. The Curse of the Bronze Lamp aka Lord of the Sorcerers by Carter Dickson
8. Trial and Error by Anthony Berkeley

As Per Neer's advise I'm enrolling myself for part 2 of the Vintage Mystery Challenge which is Occupational Hazards: 8 books with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.).

1. The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
2. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
3. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
4. Nemesis by Agatha Christie
5. Hag's Nook by John Dickson Carr
6. Nine and Death makes Ten by Carter Dickson
7. The Incredulity of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton 
8. The Arabian Nights Murder by John Dickson Carr




2012 Global Reading Challenge





In this challenge I have to read a novel from each of the below continents:

Africa  - Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
Asia - Picture Imperfect and other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay (India)
Australasia/Oceania
Europe - The Case of the constant suicides by John Dickson Carr (Scotland)
North America - Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout (USA)
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)

The Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future - Nine and Death makes Ten by Carter Dickson

Criminal Plots II 2012 

Have to read six books with each belonging to a different category

a) novel with a weapon in the title - The Hound of the Baskervilles
b) Book published at least 10 years ago - Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr
c) Book written by an author from the state/provinence/etc. where you live - Picture Imperfect and other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay (India)
d)  Book written by an author using a pen name - The Peacock Feather Murders by Carter Dickson
e)  Crime novel whose protagonist is the opposite gender of the author - Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers
f)   A stand-alone novel written by an author who writes at least one series - Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie




Color Coded Challenge 2012

The Color Coded Reading Challenge:

Here are the rules:

*Read nine books in the following categories.

1. A book with "Blue" in the title
2. A book with "Red" in the title - The Man in a Red Coat and other Byomkesh Bakshi
3. A book with "Yellow" in the title
4. A book with "Green" in the title - The Problem of the Green Capsule
5. A book with "Brown" in the title - The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
6. A book with "Black" in the title
7. A book with "White" in the title - The White Priory Murders
8. A book with any other color in the title - A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.) - The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

5 comments:

  1. Welcome to the Vintage Challenge! I'm so glad to have you join in. I look forward to seeing the rest of your picks.

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  2. Please see my comments on your Dexter review re: copyright date which I always check for entries--I hadn't done that yet on my first visit.

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