Thursday, November 14, 2019

2020 Reading Challenge: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Will be joining Liz @ Mommy Mannagren for her third round of 52 Books in 52 Weeks. Hers is a low-key challenge, so there is no pressure to fulfill all 52 categories. I'm setting a personal goal of 20--I may read more that fit the categories, but at 20 I can claim my challenge goal fulfilled.

Commitment fulfilled: 4/18/20)

Some thoughts that I have percolating on choices for some of the categories:

Prompt #1: "W" in the title: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett (2/18/20)
Prompt #2: A Hardcover: Silver Wings for Vicki by Helen Wells (2/15/20)
Prompt #3: By an indigenous author: This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila [native Hawaiian] (6/16/20)  
Prompt #4: Set in winter: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers (1/28/20)
Prompt #5: Character who is a senior: The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie [Mr. Satterthwaite, recurring character, is described as an "elderly" late sixties man] (7/6/20)
Prompt #6: Written in the 1970s: The Dreadful Lemon Sky (1974) by John D. MacDonald (5/9/20)
Prompt #7: An author local to you: In Search of the Great Dead by Richard Cecil (professor emeritus living in Bloomington) [11/20/20]
Prompt #8: Orange on cover: Red Threads by Rex Stout (2/14/20)
Prompt #9: Set in space: Neuromancer by William Gibson (8/22/20)
Prompt #10: A bestseller: Peril at End House by Agatha Christie (best-selling author of all-time; outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare) [11/19/20]
Prompt #11: Book that leaves you thinking: Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg (3/9/20)
Prompt #12: A "guilty pleasure book": The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (1/24/20)
Prompt #13: Written by a female author: Mystery of the Haunted Pool by Phyllis A. Whitney (1/3/20)
Prompt #14: Book in a series: Information Received by E. R. Punshon [first in Bobby Owens series] (2/6/20)
Prompt #15: Book with romance: Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer (1/27/20)
Prompt #16: Borrowed from friend: Where Serpents Sleep by C. S. Harris (11/11/20)
Prompt #17: More than one author: Spin Your Web, Lady! by Frances & Richard Lockridge (2/8/20)
Prompt #18: Published in 2020: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (11/10/20)
Prompt #19: Stephen King novel: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (6/17/20)  
Prompt #20: An author whose last name starts with the same initial as yours: The Christening Day Murder by Lee Harris (4/7/20)
Prompt #21: Written by a blogger or journalist: Good Luck to the Corpse by Max Murray (spent much of his life as a journalist) [3/30/20] 
Prompt #22: Character that frustrates you: The Death of a Joyce Scholar by Bartholowmew Gill [pretty much all of them--but especially the three women that call themselves "Sisters"] (1/31/20)
Prompt #23: Title begins with "A": (The) Arsenic Labyrinth by Martin Edwards (8/4/20)
Prompt #24: Title begins with "B": (The) Bar Mitzvah Murder by Lee Harris (4/30/20)
Prompt #25: Title begins with "C": (The) Crying Sisters by Mabel Seeley (2/23/20)
Prompt #26: Strong friendship theme: Betsy & Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace (3/10/20)
Prompt #27: Comic book: The Beatles--Yellow Submarine story adapted by Bill Morrison (2/20/20)
Prompt #28: Literary Fiction: Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow (3/15/20)
Prompt #29: An award-winning novel: The Grey Flannel Shroud by Henry Slesar (Edgar Award 1960) [4/6/20]
Prompt #30: A book with recipes inside: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott
Prompt #31: A book featuring royalty: Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh [Emperor of Japan; his sons; etc] (2/6/20)
Prompt #32: A spy novel: Deep Lay the Dead by Frederick C. Davis (2/14/20)
Prompt #33: Book featuring poetry: A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (9/10/20)
Prompt #34: Book with illustrations: The Quotable Sherlock Holmes by John H. Watson, M.D. [Gerard Van Der Leun] (5/12/20)
Prompt #35: An author's debut novel: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (1/15/20)
Prompt #36: Written in 1st person: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (1/9/20)
Prompt #37: Featuring medical profession: Stand Up & Die by Frances & Richard Lockridge [doctor is one of the suspects in the murder] (3/31/20)
Prompt #38: Set in future: Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre (6/20/20)
Prompt #39: A book used in a celebrity book club: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster [Andrew Luck (NFL star) Book Club 2017] (5/13/20)
Prompt #40: A book on the Mensa reading list for grades 9-12: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers (11/2/20)
Prompt #41: Published when you were 20: Foul Deeds by Susan James (6/26/20)
Prompt #42:  Reuse a prompt from a past year: Book by Agatha Christie (from 2018): The Big Four by Agatha Christie (2/27/20)
Prompt #43: Set in country never visited: The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson [England--had hoped to fix that "never visited" thing this summer] (1/26/20)
Prompt #44: Recommended to you by Amazon: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks by John Curran (5/25/20)
Prompt #45: A book that cost you less than $5: The Ebony Bed Murder by Rufus Gillmore (4/18/20)
Prompt #46: By author already used in previous category: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (3/1/20)
Prompt #47: Takes place on mode of transportation: Murder on the Waterfront by Michael Jahn (1/20/20)
Prompt #48: Character wears glasses: Have His Carcase by Dorothy L Sayers [two suspects have glasses frequently mentioned when Lord Peter, Harriet, & the police are considering them as murderers] (1/13/20)
Prompt #49: About a World leader: R.F.K: A Photographer's Journal by Harry Benson (8/27/20)
Prompt #50: An author you previously disliked: Into the Valley of Death by H.R.F. Keating [written as Evelyn Hervey] (9/13/20)
Prompt #51: A genre you don't normally care for: Between the Devil & the Duke by Kelly Bowen (7/24/20)
Prompt #52: Book with a foreward: Death in Kenya by M. M. Kaye (2/20/20)

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