Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Outdo Yourself Challenge 2014



January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

I've regularly posted the fact that I can't keep up with my Outdo Yourself 2013 (and GoodReads) reading goal pace.  I had too many weeks where I seemed to struggle just to get a few books read.  I want to pick up the pace.  I want to be able to go to Mount Olympus on Mars for my very own Mount TBR Challenge in 2014.  So, I'm gonna sign up for the Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge for 2014 sponsored by The Book Vixen and see if I can get motivated. For the full details, click on the link, but here's the scoop in a nut shell: Sign up to read more books than you finish in 2013. That's it. There are several levels and I'm going for
Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books (and aiming for 10)
Currently, I'm sitting on 159...and I'm supposed to read 22 more to meet my Outdo goal for 2013. I better have a book in hand on New Year's Eve and be ready to take off when January 1 rolls around!


To Fill in When 2013 comes to a close:

Well, I finished 2013 with 181  books that means that in order to meet this challenge, I will need to read 191 or more books in 2014. 


Books read: 
1. The Poison Belt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1/2/14) [93 pages]
2. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (1/5/14) [280 pages]
3. Shakespeare's Planet by Clifford D. Simak (1/6/14) [202 pages]
4. The Skeleton in the Clock by Carter Dickson (1/8/14) [284 pages]
5. Dangerous Visions #3 by Harlan Ellison, ed (1/11/14) [224 pages]
6. Angels & Spaceships by Fredric Brown (1/12/14) [186 pages]
7. Shake Hands Forever by Ruth Rendell (1/13/14) [184 pages]
8. The Wonder Chamber by Mary Malloy (1/15/14) [265 pages]
9. Triumph by Philip Wylie (1/18/14) [240 pages]
10. The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton (1/18/14) [290 pages] 
11. The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux (1/20/14) [353 pages]
12. Seven Footprints to Satan by A. Merritt (1/22/14) [225 pages]
13. The Winter Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine (1/23/14) [174 pages]
14. Death on the Aisle by Frances & Richard Lockridge(1/24/14) [256 pages]
15. The Adventure of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons by James Francis Thierry (1/26/14) [120 pages]
16. Other Times, Other Worlds by John D. MacDonald (1/26/14) [287 pages]
17. Too Much of Water by Bruce Hamilton (1/27/14) [272 pages] 
18. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1/28/14) [192 pages] 
19. Darkness at Pemberley by T. H. White (1/30/14) [286 pages] 
20. Death by Chick Lit by Lynn Harris (2/1/14) [242 pages] 
21. Exit Actors, Dying by Margot Arnold (2/4/14) [184 pages] 
22. Where There's Love, There's Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares & Silvina Ocamp (2/5/14) [128 pages]
23. Shelf Life by Douglas Clark (2/6/14) [174 pages] 
24. Gambit by Rex Stout (2/8/14) [155 pages] 
25. You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts (2/9/14) [121 pages] 
26. Dandy Gilver & the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson (2/12/14) [293 pages] 
27. Death Walks on Cat Feet by D. B. Olsen (2/13/14) [144 pages]
28. Cursed in the Act by Raymond Buckland (2/16/14) [304 pages]
29. Made Up to Kill by Kelley Roos (2/18/14) [192 pages]
30. XCIA's Street Project by Hank O'Neal (2/20/14) [208 pages]
31. Ellery Queen's 20th Anniversary Annual by Ellery Queen, ed (2/22/14) [349 pages] 
32. The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie (2/25/14) [384 pages] 
33. The Purple Parrot by Clyde Clason (2/25/14) [191 pages] 
34. To Kingdom Come by Will Thomas (2/26/14) [275 pages] 
35. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick (2/27/14) [218 pages]
36. The Darker the Night by Herbert Brean (3/3/14) [213 pages]
37. India's Love Lyrics by Laurence Hope (3/4/14) [173 pages] 
38. Murder in the Vatican by Ann Margaret Lewis (3/5/14) [151 pages]
39. The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd (3/8/14) [409 pages]
40. It's Not All Flowers & Sausages by Jennifer Scoggin (3/10/14) [249 pages] 
41. Vicious Circle by Douglas Clark (3/11/14) [230 pages] 
42. A Girl Walks Into a Bar by Helena S. Page (3/12/14) [261 pages] 
43. Endless Night by Agatha Christie (3/13/14) [224 pages]
44. John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars by Roland Hughes (3/17/14) [274 pages]
45. Harlan Ellison's 7 Against Chaos by Harlan Ellison (3/17/14) [200 pages]
46. India Black & the Gentleman Thief by Carol K. Carr (3/19/14) [312 pages]
47. A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan (3/21/14) [304 pages] 
48. The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout (3/23/14) [320 pages] 
49. Tut, Tut! Mr. Tutt by Arthur Train (3/25/14) [315 pages] 
50. Grimms' Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm (3/28/14) [373 pages] 
51. The Clue of the Leather Noose by Donald Bayne Hobart (3/31/14) [254 pages] 
52. The Coral Princess Murders by Frances Crane (4/5/14) [235 pages] 
53. Decoded by Mai Jia (4/5/14) [315 pages] 
54. After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman (4/6/14) [334 pages] 
55. A Hangman's Dozen by Alfred Hitchcock, ed (4/7/14) [223 pages] 
56. Naked Is the Best Disguise by Samuel Rosenberg (4/8/14) [253 pages]
57. The Mammoth Book of the Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes by Denis O. Smith (4/13/14) [503 pages] 
58. Gale Warning by Hammond Innes (4/15/14) [226 pages]
59. Murder at the Museum of Natural History by Michael Jahn (4/18/14) [268 pages] 
60. My Antonia by Willa Cather (4/20/14) [238 pages]
61. Death by the Book by Julianna Deering (4/21/14) [317 pages]
62. The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Zouroudi (4/26/14) [270 pages]
63. Dorothy Dixon & the Double Cousin by Dorothy Wayne (4/26/14) [253 pages]
64. For Old Crime's Sake (aka Lucky Jane) by Delano Ames (4/29/14) [223 pages]
65. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (4/29/14) [120 pages] 
66. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer (5/1/14) [218 pages] 
67. Ship of the Line by Doug Drexler & Margaret Clark (eds) [5/1/14] (176 pages) 
68. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin (5/6/14) [342 pages]
69. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (5/9/14) [412 pages]  
70. Death at the Medical Board by Josephine Bell (5/16/14) [218 pages] 
71. Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (5/16/14) [240 pages]
72. Sinners & the Sea by Rebecca Kanner (5/21/14) [339 pages] 
73. Whispers of Vivaldi by Beverle Graves Myers (5/21/14) [288 pages] 
74. Mind Fields: The Art of Jacek Yerka/The Fiction of Harlan Ellison by Yerka & Ellison (5/22/14) [71 pages]
75. By the Watchman's Clock by Leslie Ford (5/23/14) [280 pages]
76. Red Herring by Edward Acheson (5/25/14) [281 pages] 
77. Beyond Uhura: Star Trek & Other Memories by Nichelle Nichols (5/29/14) [320 pages]
78. Steampunk Poe by Edgar Allan Poe; illustrated by Zdenko Basic & Manuel Numberac (5/30/14) [263 pages] 
79. Invisible Green by John Sladek (6/2/14) [186 pages] 
80. Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell (6/5/14) [320 pages]
81. 12.21 by Dustin Thomason (6/6/14) [326 pages]
82. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo (6/8/14) [220 pages]
83. Plain Sailing by Douglas Clark (6/11/14) [208 pages]
84. The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle (6/11/14) [162 pages]
85. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (6/12/14) [290 pages]
86. Total Harmonic Distortion by Charles Rodrigues (6/12/14) [124 pages]
87. A Hearse on May-Day by Gladys Mitchell (6/15/14) [158 pages]
88. Undead & Unpopular by MaryJanice Davidson (6/17/14) [175 pages]
89. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker (6/19/14) [201 pages]
90. No. 9 Belmont Square by Margaret Erskine (6/21/14) [190 pages]
91. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie (6/23/14) [197 pages]
92. This Private Plot by Alan Beechey (6/26/14) [307 pages]
93. DeKok & Murder in Ecstasy by A. C. Baantjer(6/28/14) [219 pages]
94. The 7 Professors of the Far North by John Fardell (6/29/14) [220 pages] 
95. The Day They Kidnapped Queen Victoria by H. K. Fleming (7/2/14) [171 pages] 
96. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott (7/3/14) [354 pages]
97. The Chief Inspector's Daughter by Sheila Radley (7/5/14) [211 pages] 
98. On the Beach by Nevil Shute (7/7/14) [312 pages]
99. Selections from the Essays of Montaigne by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (trans & ed by Donald M. Frame) [7/7/14] (120 pages)
100. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby [7/8/14] (333 pages) 
101. The Forgotten War by William R. Forstchen [7/9/14] (270 pages) 
102. Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout [7/12/14] (190 pages) 
103. Murder at the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason [7/14/14] (216 pages) 
104. Death in an Ivory Tower by Maria Hudgins [7/16/14] (208 pages) 
105. The Tattooed Man by Howard Pease [7/17/14] (332 pages) 
106. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis [7/20/14] (188 pages)
107. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes [7/21/14] (369 pages)
108. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child [7/22/14] (468 pages)
109. Who Guards a Prince by Reginald Hill [7/23/14] (338 pages)
110. Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym [7/25/14] (218 pages)
111. Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell [7/30/14] (307 pages)
112. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley [7/31/14] (215 pages)
113. The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Angel of the Opera by Sam Siciliano (8/4/14) [309 pages] 
114. The Mangle Street Murders by M. R. C. Kasasian (8/5/14) [329 pages]
115. Introducing C. B. Greenfield by Lucille Kallen (8/6/14) [201 pages]
116. Date With Danger by Roy Vickers (8/11/14) [193 pages]
117. Button, Button by Marion Bramhall (8/13/14) [199 pages]
118. Book of the Dead by Elizabeth Daly (8/14/14) [245 pages]
119. Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett (8/16/14) [308 pages]
120. New Orleans Requiem by D. J. Donaldson (8/17/14) [280 pages]
121. Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card (8/19/14) [214 pages]
122. Zingers, Quips, & One-Liners by Geoff Tibballs, ed (8/25/14) [596 pages]
123. The Bigger They Come by A. A. Fair (8/28/14) [200 pages]
124. The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh (8/29/14) [338 pages]
125. The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh (8/30/14) [356 pages]
126. The Shakespeare Mask by Newton Frohlich (9/2/14) [348 pages]
127. Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes (9/5/14) [336 pages]
128. Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh (9/6/14) [274 pages]
129. The Unfinished Crime by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (9/8/14) [249 pages]
130. Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet by Harry Kemelman (9/8/14) [312 pages]
131. Red Cent by Robert Campbell (9/10/14) [221 pages]
132. Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie (9/11/14) [264 pages--length of my paperback copy]
133. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie (9/12/14) [192 pages--length of paperback copy I read earlier]
134. The Herb of Death & Other Stories by Agatha Christie (9/14/14) [80 pages]
135. Death Takes a Sabbatical by Robert Bernard (9/16/14) [213 pages]
136. The Edison Effect by Bernadette Pajer (9/20/14) [246 pages]
137. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy (9/21/14) [204 pages]
138. The Footprints on the Ceiling by Clayton Rawson (9/25/14) [256 pages]
139. Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson (9/27/14) [482 pages]
140. A Death for a Dancer by E. X. Giroux (9/28/14) [180 pages]
141. Bleeding Maize & Blue by Susan Holtzer (9/30/14) [294 pages]
142. Blood on the Stars by Brett Halliday (10/4/14) [192 pages]
143. The Witch's Grave by Philip DePoy (10/5/14) [301 pages]
144. Death by Hitchcock by Elissa D. Grodin (10/6/14) [208 pages]
145. Lament for a Maker by Michael Innes (10/8/14) [264 pages]
146. The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie (10/11/14) [255 pages]
147. Death on Allhallowe'en by Leo Bruce (10/11/14) [176 pages]
148. Only a Matter of Time by V. C. Clinton-Baddeley (10/13/14) [187 pages]
149. Murder on Mike by H. Paul Jeffers (10/15/14) [167 pages]
150. Appleby's Answer by Michael Innes (10/17/14) [158 pages]
151. The Haunted Lady by Mary Roberts Rinehart (10/19/14) [269 pages]
152. Too Many Doctors by Holly Roth (10/22/14) [204 pages]
153. Madman's Bend by Arthur W. Upfield (10/24/14) [187 pages]
154. Roast Eggs by Douglas Clark (10/25/14) [175 pages]
155. Nor Live So Long by Sara Woods (10/26/14) [221 pages]
156. Head of a Traveller by Nicholas Blake (10/29/14) [233 pages]
157. The Mind-Murders by Janwillem van de Wetering (10/30/14) [201 pages]
158. Copper Gold by Pauline Glen Winslow (11/1/14) [100 pages]
159. The Lady in Black by Anna Clarke (11/1/14) [165 pages]
160. Guest in the House by Philip MacDonald (11/2/14) [157 pages]
161. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart (11/4/14) [301 pages]
162. The Final Deduction by Rex Stout (11/10/14) [172 pages]
163. American Eve by Paula Uruburu (11/11/14) [386 pages]
164. Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier (11/12/14) [256 pages]
165. Two Men in Twenty by Maurice Procter (11/14/14) [247 pages]
166. Death by Sheer Torture by Robert Barnard (11/15/14) [186 pages]
167. The D. A. Breaks a Seal by Erle Stanley Gardner (11/16/14) [154 pages]
168. Murder Within Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge (11/17/14) [163 pages]
169. The Pavilion by Hilda Lawrence (11/17/14) [234 pages]
170. Death of a Dutchman by Magdalen Nabb (11/18/14) [216 pages]
171. The Dark Ring of Murder by Misa Yamamura (11/19/14) [189 pages]
172. Oxford Knot by Veronica Stallwood (11/20/14) [298 pages]
173. The Curious Affair of the Third Dog by Patricia Moyes (11/24/14) [203 pages]
174. Lament for the Bride by Helen Reilly (11/24/14) [249 pages]
175. Past Encounters by Davina Blake (11/29/14) [428 pages]
176. Alone Against Tomorrow by Harlan Ellison (11/30/14) [277 pages]
177. Mayhem in B-Flat by Elliot Paul (12/4/14) [304 pages]
178. Black-Headed Pins by Constance & Gwenyth Little (12/7/14) [155 pages]
179. The Secret of the Gondola by David Alan Brown (12/7/14) [44 pages]
180. A Curtain Falls by Stefanie Pintoff (12/10/14) [405 pages]
181. The Finishing Stroke by Ellery Queen (12/13/14) [190 pages]
182. Then Gone by Romayne Rubinas (12/13/14) [15 pages]
183. The White Dress by Mignon Eberhart (12/15/14) [191 pages]
184. Words for Murder Perhaps by Edward Candy (12/16/14) [183 pages]
185. Sick to Death by Douglas Clark (12/17/14) [155 pages]
186. A Crossworder's Holiday by Nero Blanc (12/21/14) [193 pages]
187. The Night Before Christmas Profusely Illustrated  by Clement Moore, et al (12/24/14) [134 pages]
188. Star Wreck III: Time Warped by Leah Rewolinski (12/26/14) [117 pages]
189. The Films of Sherlock Holmes by Chris Steinbrunner and Norman Michaels (12/30/14) [253 pages]
190. Book Lovers' London by Lesley Reader (12/30/14) [185 pages]
191. Tzimmes by Arthur Marshall Fell (12/31/14) [90 pages]




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