Monday, October 30, 2023

Read Your Shelf 2024

 

 
READ YOUR SHELF CHALLENGE

A new TBR reading challenge that I'm hoping to fit in with my own Mount TBR Challenge--hopefully, I'll be able to move a whole mountain off my mountain range.

📚HOW IT WORKS:
* Starts: November 1, 2023
* Ends: December 31, 2024
* There are 60 prompts (some repeated) to help you pick and read books you already have on your shelves.
* Books must be at least 100 pages
* Books must be middle grade or higher

📚BOOKS THAT QUALIFY
🔹 books on your shelf now (physical, digital, or audio)
🔹 books you put on hold at your library before Nov. 1, 2023
🔹 arcs currently on your NetGalley shelf (new or backlist)
🔹 arcs you have requested before Nov. 1, 2023
🔹 pre-ordered books you ordered before Nov. 1, 2023
🔹 gifts you receive during the challenge at any time
🔹 audiobooks you have already downloaded or saved before Nov. 1, 2023, on apps like Audible, Scribd, etc.

📚BOOKS THAT DO NOT QUALIFY:
🔸 any books you buy AFTER Nov. 1, 2023 (physical, digital, or audio)
🔸 arcs you request AFTER Nov. 1, 2023
🔸 library hold you place AFTER Nov. 1, 2023
 
1. Last Book You Bought: Death of a Dietitian by E. X. Giroux
2. Shortest Book on Your Shelf: The Harrison Road Mystery by John Bechtel
3. Most Intimidating Book:
4. By Indie/Self-Published Author: The Red Death Murders by Jim Noy (11/6/23)
5. Published in Winter (Dec-Feb)
6. Bought Because of Social Media: Bodies from the Library 3 by Tony Medawar, ed (1/7/24)
7. Pick 10 Books, Spin Wheel to Pick Next Read
8. Book Over 500 Pages
9. Recommended by a Friend: The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien [rec by Jeff Wallace] (11/12/23)
10. Flowers on cover: Murder & Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood (1/27/24)
11. Blue Cover: The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr (1/3/24)
12. Favorite Genre: Death of a Doll by Hilda Lawrence (11/17/23)
13. Continuation of a Series: The Mystery at Orchard House by Joan Coggin [Lady Lupin #2] (1/13/24)
14. By a Favorite Author: Death Has a Small Voice by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1/31/24)
15. Bought Because of Cover
16. First in a Series: The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace (11/10/23)
17. Published in Spring (Mar-May): There is a Tide by Agatha Christie [March 1948] (11/14/24)
18. Less Than 200 Pages
19. By Male Author: The Passenger from Scotland Yard by H. F. Heard (1/11/24)
20. Published in Fall (Sep-Nov)
21. By a BIPOC Author
22. Close Eyes & Pick Book at Random
23. At Least 4 Colors on Cover: Murder for Two by George Harmon Coxe (11/9/23)
24. Oldest Book on TBR: The Song of Roland (1115 AD) translated by Dorothy L. Sayers (2/2/24)
25. One You've Been Meaning to Get To: Death, My Darling Daughters by Jonathan Stagge [meant to read it last year] (1/1/24)
26. Stand Alone Book: Only the Good by Mary Collins (11/12/23)
27. By "New to You" Author: Black Friday by David Goodis (11/3/23)
28.Close Eyes & Pick Book at Random
29. Recommended by a Friend: The Murder Wheel by Tom Mead [rec by Paul Gutjahr]
30. By a Favorite Author
31. By Female Author: Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (1/21/24)
32. People on the Cover
33. Number in the Title: Man of Two Tribes by Arthur W. Upfield (2/22/24)
34. Your Initials in the Title or Author's Name
35. Water on the Cover
36. White Cover
37. Chapters Have Title: Uncoffin'd Clay by Gladys Mitchell (11/2/23)
38. 300+ Pages
39. Trees on Cover: A Fete Worse Than Death by Dolores Gordon-Smith (2/20/24)
40. By "New to You" Author: Vultures in the Sky by Todd Downing (11/22/23)
41. Favorite Genre: The Cambridge Murders by Glyn Daniel (1/24/24)
42. Published in Summer (Jun-Aug)
43. Two-Word Title
44. By Female Author: Winter in June by Kathryn Miller Haines (2/12/24)
45. Pick 10 Books, Spin Wheel to Pick Next Read
46. By a BIPOC Author
47. Bought Because of Cover
48. Bought Because of Social Media
49. Use a Poll to Pick Next Read: Dorothy & Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers & C. S. Lewis by Gina Dalfonzo
50. 300+ Pages: Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell (2/7/24)
51. Stand Alone Book
52. Black Cover
53. No People on Cover: Murder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson Frommer (1/15/24)
54. Animated Cover: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce
55. Animal on Cover
56. Male Author: The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth (2/16/24)
57. Made into a TV Show/Movie
58. Published During Birth Month
59. Over 500 Pages
60. Use a Poll to Pick Next Book
 

2024 Mystery Marathon

 

 
Rick over at the Mystillery has decided that we need to stretch our mystery-reading muscles and start training for the first-every Mystery Marathon in 2024. [Full disclosure: I've been in training for this since my mom introduced me to Nancy Drew.] Details will be posted at the beginning of the new year (at the link). But my understanding is we'll just need to read at least 26 mystery books plus one short story. That's what I've got my sights set on....who knows, maybe I'll run two marathons next year.

1. Death, My Darling Daughters by Jonathan Stagge [219 steps] (1/1/24)
2. The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr [160 pages] (1/3/24)
3. Bodies from the Library by Tony Medawar (ed) [374 pages] (1/7/24)
4. The Passenger from Scotland Yard by H. F. Wood [295 pages] (1/11/24)
5. The Mystery at Orchard House by Joan Coggin [188 pages] (1/13/24)
6. There Is a Tide by Agatha Christie [175 page] (1/14/24)
7. Murder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson Frommer [214 pages] (1/15/24)
8. Murder by the Book by Martin Edwards [288] (1/21/24)
9. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb [212 pages] (1/21/24)
10. The Cambridge Murders by Glyn Daniel [250 pages] (1/24/24)
11. Murder & Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood [327 pages] (1/27/24)
12. A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell [193 pages] (1/28/24)
13. Death Has a Small Voice by Frances & Richard Lockridge [186 pages] (1/31/24)
14. The Final Days of Abbot Montrose by Sven Elvestad [196 pages] (2/3/24)
15. Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell [342 pages] (2/7/24)
16. Miraculous Mysteries by Martin Edwards, ed [351 pages] (2/9/24)
17. Winter in June by Kathryn Miller Haines [320 pages] (2/12/24)
18. Gently Down the Stream by Alan Hunter [248 pages] (2/13/24)
19. The Blood Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth [341 pages] (2/16/24)
20. When Blood Lies by C. S. Harris [355 pages] (2/18/24)
22. A Fete Worse Than Death by Dolores Gordon-Smith [284 pages] (2/20/24)
23. Man of Two Tribes by Arthur W. Upfield [215 pages] (2/22/24)
24.
25.
26.
Short Story: "Jericho & the Silent Witnesses" by Hugh Pentecost [58 pages] (2/4/24)

2024 Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge

 


I'm heading out to the shooting range again with Rick and his Six Shooter Mystery Reading Challenge in 2024. The goal is pretty straight-forward--read six books on the same target (by the same author) to complete your round. Any targets started in 2023 but not yet complete will carry over to the new year, so Rick's page won't be fully updated for a while. Once it's updated, you can check out the full details at the link above.

As with his other challenges, Rick doesn't ask for a commitment. But I will set a personal goal in order to claim the challenge complete for 2024. I've been setting it at four targets--and I will be aiming for the same in the new year.  Most likely targets will include Agatha Christie, the Lockridges, and Carolyn Keene. Other authors TBD.
 
Target #1: Carolyn Keene (carried over from 2023)
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Target #2: John Dickson Carr
2. "Grand Guignol" (1/7/24)
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6.
 
Agatha Christie
2. There Is a Tide by Agatha Christie (1/14/24)
3. "Poirot Indulges a Whim" (aka "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat") (2/4/24)
4. "Miss Marple Tells a Story" [listened to a Youtube reading] (2/4/24) 
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6.
 
Frances &/or Richard Lockridge
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2024 Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge

 

 


Once again Rick at the Rick Mills Project will be offering up the Medical Examiner Mystery Reading Challenge as well as the Six Shooter Challenge. I, having no self-control when it comes to challenges--especially mystery-related challenges, will--of course--sign up for both. He's also got a brand-new Mystery Marathon for 2024, so here I go again....For full details, check out the link above after the new year starts. Basically, just read mysteries and log the number of named corpses on his handy form.

Rick doesn't require a sign-up post, but in order to claim this one as complete on my own personal challenge tally sheet, I must submit at least 20 death certificate reports. With the number of mysteries I read per year, this doesn't prove too difficult--so, there should be plenty of toe tags signed by "Quincy" Hankins at the Mystillery Morgue.
 
1. Death, My Darling Daughters by Jonathan Stagge [4 deaths] (1/1/24)
2. The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr [2 deaths] (1/3/24)
*********The following are all from Bodies from the Library 3 edited by Tony Medawar 1/7/24
3. "The Murder at Warbeck Hall" by Cyril Hare (Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark) [2 deaths]
4. "The House of the Poplars" by Dorothy L. Sayers [3 deaths]
5. "The Hampstead Murder" by Christopher Bus (Charles Christmas Bush) [one death]
6. "The Scarecrow Murders" by Joseph Commings [2 deaths]
7. "The Incident of the Dog's Ball" by Agatha Christie [2 deaths]
8. "The Case of the Unlucky Airman" by Christopher St. John Sprigg [one death]
9. "The Riddle of the Black Spade" by Stuart Palmer [3 deaths]
10. "A Torch at the Window" by Josephine Bell (Doris Bell Collier) [one death]
11. "Grand Guignol" by John Dickson Carr [3 deaths]
12. "A Knotty Problem" by Ngaio Marsh [one death]
13. "The Orange Kid" by Peter Cheyney [4 deaths]
14. "He Stooped to Live" by David Hume (John Victor Turner) [one death]
15. "Mr. Prendergast & the Orange" by Nicholas Blake (Cecil Day-Lewis) [one death]
16. "The 'Eat More Fruit' Murder" by William A. R. Collins [one death]
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17. The Passenger from Scotland Yard by H. F. Wood [2 deaths] (1/11/24)
18. There Is a Tide by Agatha Christie [9 deaths] (1/14/24)
19. Murder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson Frommer [2 deaths] (1/15/24)
**************The following are all from Murder by the Book edited by Martin Edwards 1/20/24
20. "A Lesson in Crime by G.D.H. & M. Cole [one death]
Commitment met!
21. "Trent & the Ministering Angel" by E. C. Bentley [one death]
22. "A Slice of Bad Luck" by Nicholas Blake (Cecil Day-Lewis) [one death]
23. "Malice Domestic" by Philip MacDonald [one death]
24. "A Savage Game" by A. A. Milne [one death]
25. "The Clue in the Book by Julian Symons [one death]
26. "The Manuscript" by Gladys Mitchell [one death]
27. "A Man & His Mother-in-law" by Roy Vickers [4 deaths]
28. "Dear Mr. Editor..." by Christianna Brand [2 deaths]
28. "Murder in Advance" by Marjorie Bremner [4 deaths]
29. "A Question of Character" by Victor Canning [2 deaths]
30. "We Know You're Busy Writing..." by Edmund Crispin [2 deaths]
31. "Chapter & Verse" by Ngaio Marsh [4 deaths]
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32. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb [2 deaths] (1/21/24)
33. The Cambridge Murders by Glyn Daniel [3 deaths] (1/24/24)
34. Murder & Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood [5 deaths] (1/27/24)
35. A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell [4 deaths] (1/28/24)
36. Death Has a Small Voice by Frances & Richard Lockridge [3 deaths] (1/31/24)
37. The Final Days of Abbot Montrose by Sven Elvestad [2 deaths] (2/3/24)
*****************The following are from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Nov 1965 (2/4/24)
38. "Jericho & the Silent Witnesses" by Hugh Pentecost [Judson Philips] (one death]
39. "The Scientist & the Bagful of Water" by Arthur Porges (one death)
40. "The Tecommshire Fen Mystery" by Cathie Haig Star [Norma Schier] (one death)
41. "The Halloween Mystery" by Ellery Queen (one death)
52 "They's Things in the Deep Woods" by M. L. Dunn (4 deaths)
53. "A as in Accident" by Lawrence Treat (one death)
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54. "Miss Marple Tells a Story by Agatha Christie (listened to a Youtube reading [2 deaths] (2/4/24)
55. Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell [15 deaths] (2/7/24)
*******************The following are from Miraculous Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (2/9/24)
56. "The Lost Special" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [3 deaths]
57. "The Case of the Tragedies in the Greek Room" by Sax Rohmer [2 deaths]
58. "The Aluminum Dagger" by R. Austin Freeman [2 deaths]
59. "The Miracle of Moon Crescent" by G. K. Chesterton [one death]
60. "The Invisible Weapon" by Nicholas Olde [one death]
61. "The Diary of Death" by Marten Cumberland [4 deaths]
62. "The Broadcast Murder" by Grenville Robbins [3 deaths]
63. "The Music-Room" by Sapper (Herman Cyril McNeile) [3 deaths]
64. "Death at 8.30" by Christopher St. John Sprigg [2 deaths]
65. "Too Clever by Half" by G.D.H. & Margaret Cole [2 deaths]
66. "Locked In" by Charles Vivian [one death]
67. "The Sands of Thyme" by Michael Innes (J.I.M. Stewart) [one death]
68. "Beware of the Trains" by Edmund Crispin (Robert Bruce Montgomery) [one death]
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69. Winter in June by Kathryn Miller Haines [4 deaths] (2/12/24)
70. Gently Down the Stream by Alan Hunter [3 deaths] (2/13/24)
71. The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth [10 deaths] (2/16/24)
72. When Blood Lies by C. S. Harris [13 deaths] (2/18/24)
**********************The following are from Ellery Queen's Anthology 1966 Mid-Year Edition (2/18/24)
73. "You Can't Love Two Women" by L.A.G. Strong [one death]
74. "The Clue of the Scattered Rubies" by Erle Stanley Gardner [2 deaths]
75. "I Killed John Harrigan" by Thomas Walsh [2 deaths]
76. "The Grave Grass Question" by MacKinlay Kantor [2 deaths]
77. "Blind Man's Bluff" by Roy Vickers [2 deaths]
78. "The Crime by the River" by Edmund Crispin (Robert Bruce Montgomery) [2 deaths]
79. "This Was Willi's Day" by Aaron Marc Stein [one death]
80. "Blackmail" by Stephen McKenna [one death]
81. "Murder on St. Valentine's Day" by Mignon G. Eberhart [one death]
82. "A Piece of String" by Clarence Budington Kelland [one death]
83. "Taboo" by Geoffrey Household [2 deaths]
84. "The Silver Curtain" by John Dickson Carr [one death]
85. "The Girl Who Lived Dangerously [3 deaths]
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86. A Fete Worse Than Death by Dolores Gordon-Smith [6 deaths] (2/20/24)
87. Man of Two Tribes by Arthur W. Upfield (2/22/24)
88.
 

2024 Read It Again, Sam--My Sign-Up

 


I don't do a lot of re-reading, but it does seem that I wind up with at least a handful each year. So, I'm going to sign up for my Read It Again, Sam Challenge again.
 
There are several levels (below) and the full rules may be found at the link above.
Déjà vu: Reread 4 books  
Feeling Nostalgic: Reread 8 books
A Trip Down Memory Lane: Reread 12 books  
Living in the Past: Reread 16+ books

I'm just going to go for Déjà vu: Reread 4 books. If I find myself doing more rereads, then I'll level up.
 
1. There Is a Tide by Agatha Christie (1/14/24)
2. Death Has a Small Voice by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1/31/24)
3. When Blood Lies by C. S. Harris (2/18/24)
4.
 

2024 Color Coded Reading Challenge--My Sign-Up

 


Every year I think I've used up my last title with "Brown" (or a shade of brown) for the Color Coded Reading Challenge and every year I prove myself wrong (or buy more books with suitable titles). I'll keep signing up as long as I have suitable titles (I'm determined to use titles and not covers).

Here's the basic rule: read nine books with the various colors listed below in their titles or as a dominant color/image on their covers. For full details, click the link above. I'll list my books and date read as they come.

1. Read book with "Blue" (or a shade of blue):

2. Read a book with "Red" (or a shade of red):

3. Read a book with "Yellow" (or a shade of yellow):
 
 
4. Read a book with "Green" (or a shade of green):
 

5. Read a book with "Brown" (or a shade of brown):
 

6. Read a book with "Black" (or a shade of black):
 

7. Read a book with "White" (or a shade of white): 
 

8. Read a book with any other color:
 

9. Read a book a word/image that implies color (rainbow, polka dot, etc): 
 
 
 

Sunday, October 29, 2023

2024 Calendar of Crime--My Sign-Up

 


As I mention elsewhere, mysteries are my genre of choice. So, I have little difficulty filling up my calendar with all sorts of mysterious dates and dastardly deeds. The goal--to read one month-related mystery book per month for a total of twelve books. See link at the Calendar of Crime for details and a link to the monthly prompts.

January:
February: Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell [Takes Place in Feb] (2/7/24)
March: Death, My Darling Daughters by Jonathan Stagge [Author DOB--Hugh Wheeler; one half of the pseudonym] (1/1/24)
April:
May: There Is a Tide by Agatha Christie [military figure has role] (1/14/24)
June: Murder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson Frommer [Author DOB] (1/15/24)
         Winter in June by Kathryn Miller Haines [Month in Title] (2/12/24)
July: The Mystery at Orchard House by Joan Coggin [Author DOB] (1/13/24)
August:
September:
October:
November: The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr [Author DOB] (1/3/24)
December: The Passenger from Scotland Yard by H. F. Wood [Takes Place in Dec] (1/11/24)