Sunday, October 17, 2021

Nancy Drew Reading Challenge

Back in 2018, Lanelle at The Challenge Factory on Goodreads* put together a reading challenge based on the original 56 Nancy Drew books. It was originally designed as a one year challenge. I missed seeing that at the time, but have decided to do the challenge on my own with no time limit--though I am going to try and finish it by the end of 2022.* I plan on reading 56 books. 

*Update 11/18/22: It's obvious that I am not going to get this challenge done in 2022. I'm switching my goals. I challenge myself to read five Nancy Drew books each year until the challenge is complete. If I finish five books in a year (including 2022), then I may claim the challenge complete for my Challenge Addict page.

The rules are simple:

This is a 1 year challenge.
No page limit. Re-reads are okay.

You can read the book itself, or a book suggested by the title.

*You'll need to be a Goodreads member to view the original challenge.

Hannah Gruen (the housekeeper): 1 - 9 books
Bess Marvin (a delicate, feminine friend): 10 - 18 books
George Fayne (described as a tomboy, friend): 19 - 27 books
Carson Drew (father and attorney): 28 - 35 books
Ned Nickerson (boyfriend, student at college): 36 - 44 books
Nancy Drew (sleuth extraordinaire): 45 - 56 books (my goal)

1. The Secret of the Old Clock (1930) - read a time travel book: Star Trek Voyage to Adventure by Michael J. Dodge (1/22/22)

2. The Hidden Staircase (1930) [10/27/21]

3. The Bungalow Mystery (1930) [10/28/21]
4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn (1930) - [10/31/21]
5. The Secret of Shadow Ranch (1931) [10/30/21]
6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm (1931) [11/2/21]
7. The Clue in the Diary (1932) - read an epistolary book: What Just Happened by Charles Finch (6/12/22)
8. Nancy's Mysterious Letter (1932) - read a book with a first name in the title: Evan's Gate by Rhys Bowen (4/13/22)
9. The Sign of the Twisted Candles (1933) - read a book where the mc uses a candle
10. Password to Larkspur Lane (1933) - read a book with flowers on the cover
11. The Clue of the Broken Locket (1934) - read a book where the mc receives jewelry
12. The Message in the Hollow Oak (1935) - read a book with a tree on the cover
13. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (1936) - read a book with a lot of white on the cover
14. The Whispering Statue (1937) - read a book that has been recommended to you
15. The Haunted Bridge (1937) - read a book set near a river
16. The Clue of the Tapping Heels (1939) - read a book where the mc dances: The Bluebeard Room by Carolyn Keene (6/6/22)
17. Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (1940) - read a book with some kind of metal in the title
18. The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion (1941) - read a book with a very large building on the cover
19. The Quest of the Missing Map (1942) - read a book where the mc uses a map
20. The Clue in the Jewel Box (1943) - read a book with jewelry on the cover
21. The Secret in the Old Attic (1944) - read a book with antiques in the story
22. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (1945)  [5/29/22]
23. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell (1946) - listen to an audio book
24. The Clue in the Old Album (1947) - read a book where the mc uses a camera
25. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall (1948) OR read a book with a ghost in the story: Nancy Drew Ghost Stories (4/15/22)
26. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney (1949) - read a book where the mc builds a fire
27. The Secret of the Wooden Lady (1950) - read a book written by a female author: Murder at St. George's Church by Lee Straus (7/29/22)
28. The Clue of the Black Keys (1951) - read a book with a lot of black on the cover
29. The Mystery at the Ski Jump (1952) - read a book set during the wintertime
30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask (1953) [12/12/22]
31. The Ringmaster's Secret (1953) - read a book with an animal on the cover
32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (1954) - read a book with a lot of red on the cover
33. The Witch Tree Symbol (1955) [9/19/22]
34. The Hidden Window Mystery (1956) - read a book with a window on the cover
35. The Haunted Showboat (1957) - read a book that has been made into a movie
36. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion (1959) [6/26/22]
37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach (1960) - read a historical book
38. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon (1961) - read a fantasy book
39. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet (1962) - read a book with a small child in the story
40. The Moonstone Castle Mystery (1963) - read a book with a moon on the cover
41. The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes (1964) - read a book where the mc plays a musical instrument
42. The Phantom of Pine Hill (1965) - read a book set in the mountains
43. The Mystery of the 99 Steps (1966) - read a book with a number in the title
44. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher (1967) - read a book where a puzzle of some kind is solved
The Spider Sapphire Mystery (1968) [8/17/21]

46. The Invisible Intruder (1969) - read a book with less than 50 ratings
47. The Mysterious Mannequin (1970) - read a book by an relatively unknown author
48. The Crooked Banister (1971) - read a book with stairs on the cover
49. The Secret of Mirror Bay (1972) - read a book that is set near a body of water
50. The Double Jinx Mystery (1973) - read a book with twins in it
51. Mystery of the Glowing Eye (1974) - read a book with glowing reviews
52. The Secret of the Forgotten City (1975) - re-read a book that you read a long time ago
53. The Sky Phantom (1976) - read a book where the mc flies on an airplane
The Triple Hoax by Carolyn Keene [ND #57] (12/31/22)
54. The Strange Message in the Parchment (1977) - read a hardback or paperback book (no ebooks)
55. Mystery of Crocodile Island (1978) - read a book set on an island
The Haunting of Horse Island by Carolyn Keene [ND #98] (4/27/22)
56. The Thirteenth Pearl (1979) - read a book published in 2013

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