Monday, December 28, 2015

Challenge Complete: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Hosted by Robin at My Two Blessings
This was my fourth year joining in for the book a week challenge.  See below for my list (I actually have read 161 books total this year, but these are the ones I listed for the challenge). She has also asked us some questions as we wrap it up for 2015. I've chosen three to answer.

Top five books (of this list):
Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home
Strange Wine 
Conundrums for the Long Week-End
The Golden Age of Murder
Call for the Dead

Books/Authors Didn't Think I'd Read and Was Surprised By: 
Call for the Dead and Game Without Rules -- Both of these are spy thrillers and those aren't really my cup of tea. But they were exceptionally good and entertaining.

One Book I Thought I'd Love, But Didn't:
The Ghost Writer -- The synopsis sounded good. It had connections to the Victorian period--which I love, but ultimately it just didn't deliver.
Thanks for hosting this year!
1. Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home by James Tiptree, Jr. (1/2/15)
2. Police Procedurals by Martin H. Greenberg & Bill Pronzini, eds (1/9/15)
3. A Dead Man in Istanbul by Michael Pearce (1/14/15)
4. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1/22/15)
5. The Golden Slipper & Other Problems for Violet Strange by Anna Katharine Green (1/26/15)
6. One Touch of Blood by Samm Sinclair Baker (2/5/15)
7. Caught Dead in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts (2/11/15)
8. A Stitch in Time by Emma Lathen (2/17/15)
9. The World's Best 100 Detective Stories Vol. 1 by Eugene Thwing, ed (2/26/15) 
10. Death & Mr. Prettyman by Kenneth Giles (3/6/15)
11. Night Train to Paris by Manning Coles (3/14/15)
12. Playground of Death by John Buxton Hilton (3/18/15)
13. Malice Domestic by Sara Woods (3/26/15)
14. The False Inspector Dew by Peter Lovesey (4/1/15)
15. The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey by John Dickson Carr (4/8/15) 
16. RFK His Life & Death by Editors of American Heritage (4/15/15) 
17. The Smiler with the Knife by Nicholas Blake (4/21/15)
18. The Case of Colonel Marchand by E. C. R. Lorac (4/27/15)
19. The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (5/5/15)
20. Dead Lion by John & Emery Bonett (5/13/15)
21. Strange Wine by Harlan Ellison (5/21/15)
22. Bones in the Barrow by Josephine Bell (5/29/15)
23. Double Cross Purposes by Ronald A. Knox (6/3/15)
24. Falling Star by Patricia Moyes (6/12/15)
25. The Diamond-Studded Typewriter by Carlton Keith (6/14/15)
26. The Riddle of the Traveling Skull by Harry Stephen Keeler (6/21/15)
27. The Summer School Mystery by Josephine Bell (6/29/15)
28. The Crime & the Crystal by Elizabeth Ferrars (7/9/15)
29. Resorting to Murder by Martin Edwards, ed (7/18/15)
30. Two & Two Make Twenty-Two by Gwen Bristow & Bruce Manning (7/23/15)
31. The Penny Murders by Lionel Black (7/31/15)
32. Conundrums for the Long Week-End: England, Dorothy L. Sayers, & Lord Peter Wimsey by Robert Kuhn McGregor & Ethan Lewis (8/7/15)
33. The Cases of Susan Dare by Mignon G. Eberhart (8/10/15)
34. Ringworld by Larry Niven (8/20/15)
35. Death in Kashmir by M. M. Kaye (8/25/15)
36. The Fourteen Dilemma by Hugh Pentecost (9/3/15)
37. The Bat Flies Low by Sax Rohmer (9/10/15)
38. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (9/14/15)
39. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (9/28/15)
40. At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie (10/6/15)
41. The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (10/16/15)
42. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (10/20/15)
43. Murder on Cue by Jane Dentinger (10/27/15)
44. Murder in the Hellfire Club by Donald Zochert (11/3/15)
45. The Red Redmaynes by Eden Phillpotts (11/14/115)
46. Call for the Dead by John le Carré (11/18/15)
47. Chef Maurice & a Spot of Truffle by J. A. Lang (11/24/15)
48. The Corpse & 3 Ex-Husbands by Sue McVeigh (12/5/15)
49. The Monday Theory by Douglas Clark (12/7/15)
50. Game Without Rules by Michael Gilbert (12/14/15)
51. Body of Opinion by Susannah Stacey (12/26/15)
52. Three Doors to Death by Rex Stout (12/26/15)

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