Thursday, December 28, 2023

Linz the Bookworm/Logophile Reading Challenge


Linz the Bookworm and Tress @The Logophile co-sponsor a 2024 Reading Challenge that works on a tiered-level format. There are five levels for a total of 60 books if all levels are completed. I plan on opting in for the first level: Book of the Month Club. After that, I may read more books for the challenge--just to see how many categories I can fill--but my personal commitment will be met at Level 1. I've filled in possible choices.

Level 1 Book of the Month Club
1. Book you got for free: Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles by Martin Edwards, ed [Christmas gift] 
2. Book by an author you've previously read: Man of Two Tribes by Arthur W. Upfield (2/22/24)
3. Book Under 400 pages: Bodies from the Library 3 by Tony Medawar, ed [374 pages] (1/7/24)
4. Book published in 2014: The Penny Detective by John Tallon Jones
5. Reread a book you've recommended to someone:
6. A fairytale or classic book retelling:
7. Read a comedy/satire:
8. Book that's been on the shelf over a year: The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr [on my shelf since 2010] (1/3/24)
9. Book with a color in the title: The Blue Geranium by Dolan Birkley (3/3/24)
10. Book from LA Public Library Staff Recommendations: The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa (2/14/24)
11. Read a caper story (heist/theft/etc.): Grand Cru Heist by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balen (3/28/24)
12. Free Space (any book): The Passenger from Scotland Yard by H. F. Wood (1/11/24)

Level 2 Casual Reader Club
13. Book One of a Duology: Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (1/21/24)
14. Book Two of a Duology: Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb (3/27/24)
15. Book about faeries: 
16. Book you meant to read for last year's challenge:
17. Book with 3 or more colors on cover: The Mystery at Orchard House by Joan Coggin (1/13/24)
18. Book by author who shares a name with a family member: A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell [Grandma Ruth] (1/28/24)
19. Published by Simon & Schuster (or one of its imprints)
20. Book with "Dark" in the title: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (3/26/24)
21. Book published in 2004: The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth (2/16/24)
22. Book with a Gothic theme:
23. Banned Book:
24. Free Space (any book): There Is a Tide by Agatha Christie (1/14/24)

Level 3 Dedicated Reader Club
25. Enemies to Lovers Story:
26. Lovers/Friends to Enemies Story:
27. Starts with Letter "S": (The) Silent Speaker by Rex Stout (3/5/24)
28. Book from Refinery 29's "The Ultimate Book Bucket List"
29. Book with a grey cover: Death has a Small Voice by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1/31/24)
30. Book by author with an interesting name: Playing with Myself by Randy Rainbow (1/31/24)
31. Historical fiction novel: Murder & Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood (1/27/24)
32. Place name in title: The Cambridge Murders by Glyn Daniel (1/24/24)
33. Book about a vet/someone who works with animals:
34: First in a series you've wanted to start: A Fete Worse Than Death by Dolores Gordon-Smith (2/20/24)
35. Published before you were born: The Song of Roland translated by Dorothy L. Sayers (2/2/24)
36. Free Space (any book): Murder in C Major by Sara Hoskinson Frommer (1/15/24)

Level 4 Speed Reader Club
37. Book by Eleanor Hibbert (or one of her pseudonyms): 
38. Memoir:
39. Book referenced in a film/TV show:
40. Book with a skull on the cover:
41. Book with "Truth" in the title:
42. Book that involves a game/fandom/geek culture: Making It So by Patrick Stewart [he talks about his interactions with Trek fans at conventions in one section] (4/10/24)
43. Book with scientist main character: Death, My Darling Daughters by Jonathan Stagge (1/1/24)
44. Takes place in a cold climate:
45. Book with double letters in the title: The HoLLow (aka Murder After Hours) by Agatha Christie (2/26/24)
46. By two or more authors: Death Takes a Bow by Frances & Richard Lockridge (2/24/24)
47. Book involving/inspired by Egyptian mythology:
48. Free Space (any book): The Final Days of Abbot Montrose by Sven Elvestad (2/3/24)

Level 5 Overachiever Club
49. Book with a unicorn in it: The Unicorn Murders by Carter Dickson (2/28/24)
50. Takes place in the 18th Century:
51. Book by Jonathan Coe
52. Book over 700 pages:
53. Title has five words: One by One They Disappeared by Moray Dalton (3/2/24)
55. Picture of food or drink on cover:
56. Author has "Fred" in their name: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Seance for a Vampire by Fred Saberhagen (4/9/24)
57. Takes place in South America:
58. Book previously started but did not finish: Q-Squared by Peter David (3/17/24)
59. Rickrolled: Book that has one (or more) of the following words in title--Never Going To Give You Up: 
60. Free Space (any book): Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell (2/7/24)

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