Saturday, June 28, 2014

Challenge Complete: Around the World

Back in November 2012, I signed up for a 5-year journey 'round the world. The goal? To read 80 books set in 80 countries by the end of the five-year period. I started my journey on January 1, 2013, so I've got a deadline of December 31, 2018. I decided that to meet my goal I needed to average 16 books per year. My two-year mile marker is 32 books.  Mission accomplished and I still have time for more travels....

List of books read so far 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!

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