Saturday, December 22, 2018

Outdo Yourself Challenge

The Outdo Yourself Challenge is sponsored by Corinne at Everyday Gyaan. The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2019 than you did in 2018. There are various levels (see below). 

You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.).
Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed. 

For full details click the link above.

Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages) 
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages) 
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages) 
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

I used to participate in this one regularly, but I kept outdoing myself till I felt like I just couldn't go any higher. And then middle-age (or something happened) and my reading speed dropped. But this year I seem to be going crazier than usual with challenges [I've already got 30 and 2018 isn't even over yet]. If I'm going to meet all those challenges, then I'm going to have to read more books. We'll see if signing up to Outdo myself will help motivate me. Just to be safe, I'm going to start with Out of Breath and aim for at least 134 books in 2019. 

1. The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W. E. Bowman (1/2/19)
2. The Winter Women Murders by David A Kaufelt (1/5/19)
3. Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh (1/10/7)
4. An African Millionaire by Grant Allen (1/10/19)
5. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers (1/12/19)
6. The Dead Shall Be Raised by George Bellairs (1/13/19)
7. The Murder of a Quack by George Bellairs (1/14/19)
8. A Whiff of Cyanide by Guy Fraser-Sampson (1/15/19)
9. The Haunted Man & The Haunted House by Charles Dickens (1/16/19)
10. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (1/18/19)
11. Tales of Terror & Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1/23/19)
12. Hitler's First Victims by Timothy W. Ryback (1/24/19)
13. The Secret Files of Sherlock Holmes by June Thomson (1/25/19)
14. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie  (1/25/19)
15. Tower of London: A Chilling Interactive Adventure by Blake Hoena (1/26/19)
16. Terror on the Titanic by Jim Wallace (1/26/19)
17. Blind Corner by Dornford Yates (1/27/19)
18. A Death in the Night by Guy Fraser-Sampson (1/30/19)
19. Zion's Fiction by Sheldon Teitelbaum & Emanuel Lottem, eds (2/6/19)
20. A Treasury of Great Recipes by Mary & Vincent Price (2/13/19)
21. Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh (2/14/19)
22. Blood of the North by James B. Hendryx (2/15/19)
23. Where the Snow Was Red by Hugh Pentecost (2/16/19)
24. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle (2/17/19)
25. Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins (2/19/19)
26. No Patent on Murder by Akimitsu Takagi (2/21/19)
27. Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau (2/27/19)
28. The Lucky Stiff by Craig Rice (3/1/19)
29. Code Talker by Chester Nez w/Judith Schieff Avila (3/8/19)
30. Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (3/9/19)
31. A Wreath for Rivera by Ngaio Marsh  (3/11/19)
32. Murdered: One by One by Francis Beeding (3/16/19)
33. Books to Die For by John Connolly & Declan Burke, eds (3/22/19)
34. Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (3/23/19)
35. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (3/24/19)
36. Becoming by Michelle Obama (3/27/19)
37. The Man Born to Be King by Dorothy L Sayers (3/31/19)
38. A Knife in the Back by Bill Crider (4/2/19)
39. Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh (4/4/19)
40. Mossflower by Brian Jacques (4/8/19)
41. Swing, Brother, Swing by Ngaio Marsh (4/6/19) [audio novel version]
42. When in Rome/Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh [BBC audio] (4/11/19)
43. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie (4/13/19)
44. Gallows Court by Martin Edwards (4/13/19)
45. The Pocket Detective: 100+ Puzzles by Kate Jackson (4/19/19)
46. Murder at the Mardi Gras by Elisabet M. Stone (4/20/19)
47. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (4/22/19)
48. Trixie Belden & the Mystery on the Mississippi by Kathryn Kenny (4/23/19)
49. Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers (4/23/19)
50. The March Hare Murders by Elizabeth Ferrars (4/23/19)
51. Murder in a Nunnery by Eric Shepherd (4/26/19)
52. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers (4/28/19)
53. Is Skin Deep, Is Fatal by H.R.F. Keating (5/1/19)
54. Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer (5/3/19)
55. Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane (5/5/19)
56. Spinsters in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh (5/6/19)
57. Death on a Warm Wind by Douglas Warner (5/8/19)
58. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (5/11/19)
59. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (5/12/19)
60. Miss Agatha Doubles for Death by H.L.V. Fletcher (5/16/19)
61. The Lover by Laura Wilson (5/17/19)
62. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers (5/19/19)
63. Beverly Gray's Island Mystery by Clair Blank (5/21/19)
64. The Cream of Crime edited by Jeanne F. Bernkopf (5/26/19)
65. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield (6/1/19)
66. River of Darkness by Rennie Airth (6/3/19)
67. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie (6/6/19)
68. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/13/19)
69. Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh (6/16/19)
70. The Father Hunt by Rex Stout (6/18/19)
71. Killing the Goose by Frances & Richard Lockridge (6/24/19)
72. Mystery of the Emerald Buddha by Betty Cavanna (6/29/19)
73. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers (7/1/19)
74. Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh (7/7/19)
75. The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams (7/12/19)
76. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster (7/21/19)
77. 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie (7/28/19)
78. A Tenant for the Tomb by Anthony Gilbert (7/28/19)
79. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon by Carolyn Keene (7/29/19)
80. A Hard Rain by Dean Wesley Smith (7/31/19)
81. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (8/2/19)
82. Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes by J.R. Campbell & Charles Prepolec (8/5/19)
83. Family Affair by Ione Sandberg Shriber (8/6/19)
84. Murder in the Maze by J. J. Connington (8/10/19)
85. Death After Breakfast by Hugh Pentecost (8/10/19)
86. Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh (8/17/19)
87. The Swimming Pool by Mary Roberts Rinehart (8/21/19)
88. Dr. Fell, Detective & Other Stories by John Dickson Carr (8/24/19)
89. The Spanish Cape Mystery by Ellery Queen (8/28/19)
90. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (8/31/19)
91. And Hope to Die by Richard Powell (9/2/19)
92. The Holmes-Dracula File by Fred Saberhagen (9/4/19)
93. Black Aura by John Sladek (9/9/19)
94. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (9/11/19)
95. The Case of the Ill-Gotten Goat by Claudia Bishop (9/14/19)
96. False Scent by Ngaio Marsh (9/15/19)
97. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (9/16/19)
98. Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh (9/19/19)
99. The Fate of the Immodest Blonde by Patrick Quentin (9/22/19)
100. The House on Downshire Hill by Guy Fraser-Sampson (9/23/19)
101. The Two-Pound Tram by William Newton (9/24/19)
102. The Murder Book of J. G. Reeder by Edgar Wallace (9/28/19)
103. The Restless Corpse by Alan Pruitt (9/29/19)
104. Let's Kill George by Lucy Cores (10/1/19)
105. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (10/4/19)
106. Hand in Glove by Ngaio Marsh (10/9/19)
107. The Dutch Shoe Mystery by Ellery Queen (10/13/19)
108. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (10/15/19)
109. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (10/16/19)
110. The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie & Charles Osbourne (10/17/19)
111. The Perfect Murder by H. R. F. Keating (10/19/19)
112. The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall (10/22/19)
113. Blueprint for Murder by Roger Bax (10/25/19)
114. Ellery Queen's Challenge to the Reader edited by Ellery Queen (11/5/19)
115. Dead Water by Ngaio Marsh (11/9/19)
116. The Eel Pie Murders by David Frome (11/13/19)
117. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers (11/19/19)
118. The Noel Coward Murder Case by George Baxt (11/20/19)
119. Tragedy at the Unicorn by John Rhode (11/23/19)
120. Eyes at the Window by George Selmark (11/25/19)
121. Said With Flowers by Anne Nash (11/26/19)
122. When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Sandra Martz [ed] (11/28/19)
123. The Case of the Second Chance by Christopher Bush (12/4/19)
124. Death Knell by Baynard Kendrick (12/5/19)
125. Murder Breaks Trail by Eunice Mays Boyd (12/15/19)
126. Killer Dolphin by Ngaio Marsh (12/18/19)
127. The Bells of Old Bailey by Dorothy Bowers (12/22/19)
128. Star Over Bethelem by Agatha Christie Mallowan (12/23/19)
129. Huckleberry Hound Newspaper Reporter by Horace J. Elias (12/23/19)
130. Mickey Mouse: Mystery at Disneyland by Walt Disney Co. (12/26/19)
131. Bugs Bunny and Klondike Gold by unknown author (12/26/19)
132. Goofy in Giant Trouble by Don R. Christenson (12/26/19)
133. The Pink Panther at Castle Kreep by Don Glut (12/26/19)
134. Unholy Dying by R. T. Campbell (12/29/19)
135. Trixie Belden & the Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell (12/30/19)
136. Trixie Belden & the Red Trailer Mystery by Julie Campbell (12/30/19)
137. Trixie Belden & the Mysterious Visitor by Julie Campbell (12/31/19)


Corinne Rodrigues said...

Looking forward to seeing your number! All the best for the New Year. Thanks for joining the Challenge.

Bev Hankins said...

Glad to be back!