Thursday, November 5, 2020

The 52 Book Club Reading Challenge


Will be joining Liz for the fourth round of her reading challenge at The 52 Book Club. 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. I can honestly say that I probably won't read all of them. I'm not real keen on the prompt every year that requires a book published that year--I struggled to find one for 2020 that appealed to me. And "set before the 17th century isn't exciting me much either...but we'll see. I've listed tentative selections below.

1. Set in a school: Amends for Murder by M. D. Lake
2. Featuring the legal profession: Murder's Out of Tune by Sara Woods
3. A dual timeline: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
4. An author that is deceased: pick one of my GAD mysteries, any one
5. Published by Penguin: Death of a Millionaire by G. D. H. & Margaret Cole
6. Character with same name as male family member: The Young Widow by Cassandra Chan (Phillip--same name as my dad) (library)
7. Author with only one published book: Theoretically Dead by Tinker Marks [as far as I can tell this is the only book by this husband/wife team]
8. Book in 900s of Dewey Decimal system: Warped Factors by Walter Koenig (autobiography)
9. Set in Mediterranean country: The Catacomb Conspiracy by Margot Arnold [Italy]
10. Related to the word "fire": Fire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac
11. Book with discussion questions inside: Dracula by Bram Stoker (graphic novel version adapted by Naunerle Farr)
12. Title starting with letter "D": Dead Man Manor by Valentine Williams
13. Includes an exotic animal: Sinful Safari by Michael Killian OR
14. Written by an author over 65 (when published): Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner
15. Book mentioned in another book: Wylder's Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (mentioned in The  Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers)
16. Set before 17th Century: Aristotle, Detective by Margaret Doody (also set in Greece/Mediterranean)
17. Character "on the run": Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler
18. Author with nine-letter last name: The Cannibal Who Overate by Hugh Pentecost
19. Book with deckled edge: The Sound of Insects by Mildred Davis
20. Made into a TV series: Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
21. Book by Kristin Hannah: The Nightingale (library)
22. A family saga: The Watsons by Jane Austen & John Coates
23. An ending that surprises you: TBD
24. Book you think they should read in schools: 
25. Book with multiple POV:
26. Author of color: The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher 
27. First chapter ends in odd number: The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club (Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, et. al) [ends on page 21]
28. Includes a historical event you know little about:
29. Featuring the environment:
30. Watch out for dragons!: Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
31. Shares similar title to another book: Murder by the Book by Frances & Richard Lockridge (same title as a book by Rex Stout)
32. Selfish character:
33. Featuring adoption: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick OR Innocent Blood by P. D. James
34. Book you'd rate five stars:
35. Set in country that starts with "S": Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser (Sweden)
36, Nameless narrator:
37. Educational read:
38. Recommended on BookBub: Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs (library)
39. Alternate history: The Fantastic Civil War by Frank D. McSherry (ed)
40. Found via #bookstagram: Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange (library)
41. Endorsement by famous author on cover: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz [endorsed by Jacqueline Winspear, A. J. Finn, and Sophie Hannah]
42. An Epistolary: The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers & Robert Eustace
43. Character with a pet cat: One Lady, Two Cats by Richard Lockridge
44. Includes a garden: Green Trigger Fingers by John Sherwood
45. Coming of age novel: A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
46. National Book Award Winner: World's Fair by E. L. Doctorow (1986 winner) OR A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle (children's winner 1980)
47. Character with a disability: Blind Man's Bluff by Baynard Kendrick
48. Cover with woman facing away: A Scream in Soho by John G. Brandon
49. Flavor in the title: The Bitter Path of Death by Pierre Audemars 
50. Shoe on cover: The Unexpected! by Bennett Cerf (ed) 
51. Published in 2021
52. Re-do one of previous categories from this challenge

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