I didn’t put my challenges here. Don’t know why not. Much easier to find. So, I’ll do it now.
Even though I missed it by a half a book last year, I am re-upping and vowing to do better this year. Karen’s categories are fun and you can do as few as six or as many as 12.
20th Century Classic: Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
Classic with a Number in the Title: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Wild Goose Challenge from The Bookshelf Gargoyle sounded fun:
1. A book with a word of phrase relating to wildness in the title – any interpretation of the word “wild” is acceptable (eg: The Call of the Wild, Angry Aztecs, Crazy for You; An Untamed State)
Crazy Pavements – Beverley Nichols
2. A book with a species of bird (or the word “bird”) in the title: (eg: The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Thorn Birds, Turkey: A Modern History)
3. A book with an exotic or far-flung location in the title – fantasy and mythical locations are acceptable (eg: Paradise Lost, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Atlantis Rising)
4. A book with an object you might hunt for in the title (eg: Treasure Island, One for the Money, The History of Love, Dreams from my Father, A Monster Calls, All the Answers)
5. A book with a synonym for chase in the title (or its derivatives: chasing, chased, etc) (eg: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Follow the River, Man’s Search for Meaning, The Night Stalker)
6. A book with a means of transport in the title (eg: If I Built a Car, Walk Two Moons, The Girl on the Train)
7. A book with an object you might take on a search or hunt in the title (eg: The Golden Compass, The Map to Everywhere, Water for Elephants, Team of Rivals )
The Red Notebook – Antoine Laurain
Clarissa – as punishment for not reading a Greek play last year. I was hoping just to read two Greek plays this year, but she isn’t hosting that challenge again. My comment joining went off into cyberspace as they always do with blogspot. But I will give this a shot.
I think I can do books from 5 different European countries.
France: The Red Notebook
All right, I think that’s it. Probably enough to be going on with. Happy New Year, all, and happy reading!
Sherlock Holmes stories throughout the year:
For some reason I can never comment on blogspot blogs with the kind of comment format she has, which seems to be most of them (maybe all?) Very annoying, so unless she stumbles across this blog, she may never know that I’m joining in unless Cleo who pointed it out lets her know. (Thanks, Cleo!)
I’m two stories behind, but since I’m skipping Study in Scarlet, catching up shouldn’t be hard. Provided I actually do it 🙂
And another one, Keely of Achaemenids is hosting a Russian challenge this year instead of the Ancient Greek. I like Russian lit so I’m going to join on the lowest level. Tolstoy, 1-3 works.
I’ve decided that while I’m not doing many challenges, I do keep signing on for readalongs and suchlike, so I should keep track.
G1 – A Study in Scarlet
G2 – A Coffin for Dimitrios
G6 – After the Funeral
L1 – Quick Curtain by Alan Melville
L3 – Green Mask
L4 – The Eames/Erskine Case
L6 – The Hollow Chest
E1 – The Norths Meet Murder
3. A Classic by a Woman Author.
9. A Forgotten Classic. This could be a lesser-known work by a famous author, or a classic that nobody reads any more. If you look on Goodreads, this book will most likely have less than 1000 ratings. This is your chance to read one of those obscure books from the Modern Library 100 Best Novels or 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. Books published by Virago Modern Classics,Persephone, and NYRB Classics often fall into this category.