Friday, November 17, 2023

The 52 Book Club Reading Challenge


I'm back for another round of Liz's 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 26. I may read more that fit the categories, but at 26 I can claim my challenge goal fulfilled. Each of the last three years I've managed to pull off all 52--so who knows, maybe I'll get there again. I'll list some tentative selections below and update as needed.
1. Locked Room: Miraculous Mysteries by Martin Edwards, ed.
2. Bibliosmia (a smelly book): Death, My Darling Daughters by Jonathan Stagge [has that old, used bookstore smell] (1/1/24)
3. More Than 40 Chapters: When Blood Lies by C. S. Harris (2/18/24)
4. Lowercase Letters on the Spine: The Passenger from Scotland Yard by H. F. Wood (1/11/24)
5. Magical Realism: Big Fish: A Novel of Epic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
6. Women in STEM: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
7. At Least 4 Different POV: Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb (3/27/24)
8. Features the Ocean: The Patient in Cabin C by Mignon G. Eberhart or Murder on Deck by Rosemary Herbert, ed.
9. Character-Driven Novel: The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr [Eve Neill's character is vital to the plot] (1/3/24)
10. Told in Non-Chronological Order: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (3/26/24)
11. Title Starts with "K": Kiss the Blood Off My Hands by Gerald Butler
12. Title Starts with "L": The Lady in the Tower by Katherine Newlin Burt
13. Academic Thriller: The Cambridge Murders by Glyn Daniel (1/24/24)
14. A Grieving Character: Winter in June by Kathryn Miller Haines (2/12/24)
15. Part of a Duology: Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (1/21/24)
16. Omniscient Narrator: There Is a Tide (aka Taken at the Flood) by Agatha Christie (1/14/24)
17. Nominated for the Booker Prize: A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell [1970 long list] (1/28/24)
18. Apostrophe in the Title: The Queen's Awards by Ellery Queen, ed.
19. Buddy Read:
20. Revenge Story: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (3/21/24)
21. Written by a Ghostwriter: Nice Fillies Finish Last by Brett Halliday OR a Nancy Drew
22. Plot Similar to Another Book: Murder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson Frommer (1/15/24)
23. The Other Book with the Similar Plot: Murder & Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood (1/27/24)
24. Cover Without People on It: The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa (2/14/24)
25. Author "Everyone" Has Read Except You: The Moving Target by Ross MacDonald (my "everyone" is based on those with interests in vintage mysteries that are similar to mine)
26. Hybrid Genre: A Fete Worse Than Death by Dolores Gordon-Smith [Historical Fiction/Mystery] (2/20/24)
27. Neurodivergent Author: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
28. Yellow Spine: Plunder of the Sun by David Dodge
29. Published in a Year of the Dragon: One by One They Disappeared by Moray Dalton (3/2/24)
30. Picked Without Reading the Blurb: The Blue Geranium by Dolan Birkley (3/3/24)
31. Includes a Personal Phobia: The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth [losing a child to violence] (2/16/24)
32. Time Frame Spans Week or Less: Death Takes a Bow by Frances & RIchard Lockridge (2/24/24)
33. Abrupt Ending: The Hollow (Murder After Hours) by Agatha Christie (2/26/24)
34. Set in Landlocked Country: Death on the Agenda by Patricia Moyes [Switzerland] OR Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac [Austria]
35. Title Matches Lyrics from a Song: Gently Down the Stream by Alan Hunter (2/13/24)
Out of the Ruins by Sally Wright [title/lyrics by Pat Benatar]
36. Futurist Technology: Q-Squared by Peter David (3/17/24)
37. Palindrome on the Cover: Nightmare at Noon by Stewart Sterling OR The Golden Deed by Andrew Garve
38. Published by Hatchette: Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell (2/7/24)
39. Non-Fiction Rec by a Friend: Dorothy & Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers & C. S. Lewis by Gina Dalfonzo (3/11/24)
40. Set During Holiday You Don't Celebrate: Death of a Fool by Ngaio Marsh [Winter Solstice] (3/4/24)
41. Sticker on the Cover: Sinister Stones by Arthur W. Upfield
42. Author Debut in Second Half of 2024:
43. About Finding Identity: Playing with Myself by Randy Rainbow (1/31/24)
44. Includes a Wedding: The Mystery at Orchard House by Joan Coggin (1/13/24)
45. Chapter Headings Have Dates: Death Has a Small Voice by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1/31/24)
46. Features Indigenous Culture: Man of Two Tribes by Arthur W. Upfield (2/22/24)
47. Self-Insert by Author: The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
48. Word "Secret" in Title: The Secret of High Eldersham
49. Set in City Starting with the Letter "M": Still Life by Louise Penny
50. Musical Instrument on Cover: The Murder Sonata by Frances Fletcher
51. Related to Word "Wild": The Wild Palms by William Faulkner
52. Published in 2024: What Cannot Be Said by C. S. Harris

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