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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Around the World in 80 Books

You knew it was coming....My first challenge sign up for 2013.  Well, I actually can start now because the challenge dates run from October 1, 2012 on.  And I'll probably start early 'cause I'm an eager beaver like that.  But...we're gonna call this the first 2013 challenge and log it in on next year's list.  So, here's the scoop:  I'm signing up for Stacey over at Have Books, Will Travel's Around the World in 80 Books Reading Challenge.  She says we can adapt her I am, just a bit.  For her full run-down, hop on the link and check things out.  And join us on a trip around the world!

We're off on a voyage of discovery--traveling around the world through the books that we read. The goal: to broaden our literary horizons and learn more about the cultures and life in other countries. So, grab your passport and a great book and we'll take off for places unknown! Bon Voyage!
Rules for this challenge:
  • Five years to complete the journey. Starting date is October 1, 2012 {but you can join this challenge any time} and my end date will be September 30, 2017. 
  • Like Stacey, I'm choosing books that take place in a particular country {since one of my primary goals is to learn about other countries}so it won't matter to me what country the author is from. If a book takes place in multiple countries then I will count it towards the country that it is mostly set in. 
  • I will plan to donate 80 books to my local library.  
  • With five years to read 80 books, I need to read at least 16 books each year and will consider my yearly commitment to be met if I do.
 List of books read and location:
1. The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime by Michael Sims, ed (11/5/12) [England]
2. The Bone Is Pointed by Arthur W. Upfield [Australia] (11/16/12)
3. The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas  [France] (12/15/12) 
4. Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke [US] (12/19/12) 
5. The Man Who Went up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö [Hungary] (1/8/13)
6. Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards by Kit Brennan [Spain] (2/9/13)
7. The Perfect Landscape by Ragna Sigurdardottir [Iceland] (3/12/13)
8. The Lady Vanishes (aka The Wheel Spins) by Ethel Lina White [takes place on train ride through the "Balkans" which could conceivable be part of several countries. I have arbitrarily decided that the bulk of the action takes place in Bulgaria] (3/17/13) 
9. The African Queen by C. S. Forester [Tanzania] (4/6/13) 
    Death in Zanzibar by M. M. Kaye [Tanzania] (6/25/13)
10. Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen [Argentina] (4/30/13) 
11. The Talking Sparrow Murders by Darwin L. Teilhet [Germany] (5/6/13) 
12. Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon [Wales] (5/18/13)
13. Death at Crane's Court by Eilis Dillon [Ireland] (5/23/13) 
14. The Curse of the Bronze Lamp by Carter Dickson [Egypt] (5/27/13) 
15. Murder on Safari by Elspeth Huxley [Kenya] (6/8/13)
16. Devoured by D. E. Meredith [Malaysia (& England)] (6/22/13)

Year One Challenge Goal met!
17. Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov [Russia] (6/23/13)
18. The Scarlet Macaw by S. P. Hozy [Singapore] (8/10/13)
19. The Monster of Florence by Magdalen Nabb [Italy] (8/17/13)
20. Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen [Denmark] (8/20/13)  
21. Cold Earth by Sarah Moss [Greenland] (10/18/13)
22. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell [Sweden] (1/5/13)
23. The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton [Mexico](1/18/14)
24. Exit Actors, Dying by Margot Arnold [Turkey] (2/4/14)  
25. Murder in the Vatican by Ann Margaret Lewis [Vatican City] (3/5/14) 
26. The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd [Tahiti (French Polynesia)] (3/8/14) 
27. The Coral Princess Murders by Frances Crane [Tangier, Morocco] (4/5/14) 
28. Decoded by Mai Jia [China] (4/5/14) 
29. Gale Warning by Hammon Innes [Norway/Norwegian Sea] (4/15/14) 
30. The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Souroudi [Greece] (4/26/14) 
31. 20.12 by Dustin Thomason [Guatemala] (6/6/14) 
32. DeKok & Murder in Ecstasy [Netherlands] (6/27/14) 

Year Two Challenge Goal Met!

33. The 7 Professors of the Far North by John Fardell [Arctic Circle] (6/29/14)
34. Murder at the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason [Monaco] (7/14/14)
35. The Tattooed Man by Howard Pease [Panama--one of major stops/scenes of action in the sea-faring tale] (7/17/14) 
36. The Dark Ring of Murder by Misa Yamamura [Japan] (11/19/14) 

List of books donated:
Had a clear-out of books today (11/11/12)
1. Some Men Are More Perfect Than Others by Merle Shain
2. The Four Million & Other Stories by O. Henry
3. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
4. The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
5. Weeping on Wednesday by Ann Purser
6. Theft on Thursday by Ann Purser
7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
8. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
9. My Fair Lady by Monica Dickens
10. The Romance of Tristan & Iseult retold by Joseph Bedier
11. The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley
12. I Been There Before by David Carkeet
13. J.B. by Archibald MacLeish
14. The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
15. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
16. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
17. The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel
18. The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel
19. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
20. Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck
21. Time Flies by Bill Cosby 

22. The School of Night by Louis Bayard (donated 11/17/12)
23. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (donated 11/17/12)
24. Death in the Memorial Garden by Kathy Deviny (donated 12/8/12) 
25. Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke (donated 12/21/12) 
26. The Cat Who Came to Christmas by Cleveland Amory (donated 12/21/12) 
27. The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey (donated 1/13/12)
28. Whip Smart by Kit Brennan (donated (2/9/13) 
29. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie (donated 2/16/13)
30. A Holiday for Murder by Agatha Christie (donated 2/16/13)
31. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (donated 2/16/13) 
32. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (donated 3/7/13) 
33. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (donated 3/9/13) 
34. Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (donated 3/11/13)
35. A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield (donated 3/24/13) 
36. In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (donated 4/9/13) 
37. The Silence of Herondale by Joan Aiken (donated 4/21/13) 
38. Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen (donated 4/30/13) 
39. And Having Writ... by Donald R. Bensen (donated 5/11/13)
40. How Not to Murder Your Grumpy by Carol E. Wyer (6/21/13)
41. Mystery Train by David Wojahn (6/21/13) 
42. Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold (7/6/13)
43. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (8/6/13) 
44. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (8/10/13)
45. Age of Desire by Jennie Fields (8/13/13) 
46. The Temple of Death by A. C. & R. H. Benson (9/16/13) 
47. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (10/6/13) 
48. Unsinkable by Richard Cibrano (10/12/13) 
49. The Water Room by Christopher Fowler (10/25/13)
50. The Ten-Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler (10/25/13) 
51. Kemp's Last Case by M. R. D. Meek (11/4/13)
52. Commodore by Simon Sobo (12/21/13)
53. A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry (12/21/13)
54. A Habit for Death by Chuck Zito (12/21/13) 
55. Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson
56. Smart & Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People by Jane Bryant Quinn
57. Yes, You Can Become a Successful Income Investor! by Ben Stein & Phil DeMuth 
58. Braid by Roger Mitchell 
59. Shakespeare's Planet by Clifford D. Simak (1/11/14) 
60. Death by Chick Lit by Lynn Harris (3/5/14)
61. The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie (3/5/14) 
62. Erasmus-Luther: Discourse on Free Will by Ernst F. Winter (trans & ed) [3/12/14]
63. Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings by John Dillenberger (ed) [3/12/14]
64. John Calvin & Jacopo Sadoleto: A Reformation Debate by John C. Olin (ed) [3/12/14] 
65. John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars by Roland Hughes (3/16/14)
66. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (3/18/14)
67. The Awakening & Selected Stories by Kate Chopin (3/18/14)
68. Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye by Kenneth P O'Donnell & David F. Powers w/Joe McCarthy (3/18/14)
69. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (3/18/14)
70. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence (3/18/14)
71. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence (3/18/14)
72. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (3/18/14) 
73. A Deadly Place to Stay by Josephine Bell (3/29/14) 
74. Naked Is the Best Disguise by Samuel Rosenberg (4/8/14) 
75. My Antonia by Willa Cather (4/20/14) 
76. Undead & Unpopular by MaryJanice Davidson (6/22/14) 
77. The Day They Kidnapped Queen Victoria by H. K. Fleming (7/3/14)
78. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott (7/3/14) 
79. Selections from the Essays of Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne (7/14/14)
80. The 7 Professors of the Far North by John Fardell (7/14/14)


Stacey said...

Jolly Ole England to start with too eh? Love it! And donating books to your library too makes me so happy :-)
I'll be popping by to see where you go next because I'll be looking for good recommendations for my adventures too.

Happy Traveling!

Rachel Bradford said...

My first was England as well! :) Popular place.

I think it's a good idea to donate 80 books to your local library in 5 years...only, I do that anyway, so I didn't feel like making it part of the challenge. :)

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories said...

I love that you are donating so many books and love that Agatha Christie is among those donated. I used to love reading her mysteries as a kid and need to revisit them. I have signed up for this challenge too and love learning about new cultures through books. Hope you'll stop by my challenge too.