Reading Challenges 2022

On this page, I keep a track of my reading challenges for the year 2022.

The 2022 TBR Pile Challenge

12 books from my shelves:

  1. The Life and Ideas of Shaheed Bhagat Singh (ed) Dr. Vir Singh
    2. Bhagat Singh and Comrades by Malwinder Jit Singh Waraich
    3. Sangharsh ke Path Par by Tansukh Ram Gupt
    4. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi ki Jail Diary (ed) Suresh Salil
    5. Rang Basanti by Pratap Sehgal
    6. Devtaswaroop Bhai Parmanand by Harivansh
    7. Mera Sandesh by Bhai Parmanand
    8. Rail ka Ticket by Bhadant Anand Kauslyayan
    9. Road to Freedom: Revealing Sidelights by Comrade Ram Chandra
    10. Viplavi Battukeshwar Dutt by Bhairab Lal Das
    11. The Roll of Honour by Kali Charan Ghosh
    12. Phansi Lahore Ki (ed) Gurdev Singh Sidhu

The two alternates are:

The Role of the Ghadar Party in the National Movement by G.S. Deol
Mere Saat Janam by Hansraj Rehbar

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Back to the Classics 2022

Sign-Up No. 45

Categories:

1. A 19th century classic. Any book first published from 1800 to 1899
2. A 20th century classic. Any book first published from 1900 to 1972. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1972 and posthumously published.
3. A classic by a woman author: # 22: The Family Man by Anne Meredith
4. A classic in translation.  Any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 
5. A classic by BIPOC author. Any book published by a non-white author.
6. Mystery/Detective/Crime classic: #12: The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert (1943)

7. A classic short story collection: 17. Tales from The Arabian Nights 

8. Pre-1800 classic: # 12: Dasa Kumar Charitam by Dandin (650-750 CE)

9. A nonfiction classic. Travel, memoirs, and biographies are great choices for this category.

10. Classic that’s been on your TBR list the longest. Find the classic book that’s been hanging around unread the longest, and finally cross it off your list!  

11. Classic set in a place you’d like to visit. # 17: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (Champagne Country, France)

12. Wild card classic. Any classic book you like, any category, as long as it’s at least 50 years old! 

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The Backlist Reader Challenge

Goal: 25 Books on TBR published prior to 2021.

  1. The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael
  2. Death of a Star by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  3. Dr. Tancred Begins by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  4. The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert
  5. The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  7. The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr
  8. Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac
  9. Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton
  10. The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
  11. The Family Man by Anne Meredith

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Cloak and Dagger

Goal: Sherlock Holmes – 56+

  1. The Religious Body by Catherine Aird
  2. Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael
  3. The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael
  4. Death of a Star by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  5. Dr. Tancred Begins by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  6. The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert
  7. The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh
  8. The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  10. The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne
  11. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield
  12. The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart
  13. The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr
  14. Measure for Murder by Clifford Witting
  15. Subject-Murder by Clifford Witting
  16. Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac
  17. Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton
  18. Death at Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  19. Death as an Extra by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  20. The House that Died by Josephine Gill

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The European Reading Challenge 2022

FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): At least five books

UK: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird

France: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden

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Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 101: Check Here

  1. The Religious Body by Catherine Aird
  2. Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael
  3. The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael
  4. Death of a Star by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  5. Dr. Tancred Begins by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  6. The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert
  7. The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh

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The Library Love Challenge

Goal: Dewey Decimal – 12 books

Jan-March

  1. Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael
  2. The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael
  3. Death of a Star by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  4. Dr. Tancred Begins by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  5. The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert
  6. The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh
  7. Dasa Kumara Charitam by Dandin
  8. Measure for Murder by Clifford Witting
  9. Subject-murder by Clifford Witting
  10. Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac
  11. Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton
  12. The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
  13. Death at Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  14. Death as an Extra by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  15. The House that Died by Josephine Gill
  16. The Family Man by Anne Meredith

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Mount TBR

Goal: Mount Blanc: 24 Books

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  1. The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne

Reading by the Numbers

Goal: 51 books

  1. The Religious Body by Catherine Aird
  2. Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael
  3. The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael
  4. Death of a Star by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  5. Dr. Tancred Begins by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole
  6. The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert
  7. The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh
  8. The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  10. The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne
  11. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield
  12. The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart
  13. The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr
  14. Dasa Kumara Charitam by Dandin
  15. Measure for Murder by Clifford Witting
  16. Subject-Murder by Clifford Witting
  17. Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac
  18. Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton
  19. The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
  20. Death at the Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  21. Death as an Extra by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  22. The House that Died by Josephine Gill
  23. Tales from The Arabian Nights
  24. The Family Man by Anne Meredith

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Vintage Mystery

Golden Age: 8 Books

Categories:

1. Colorful Crime: A book with a color or reference to color in the title

2. Murder by the Numbers: A book with a number or quantity in the title: The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart

3. Amateur Night: A book with a detective who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; or other official investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.)

4. Leave It to the Professionals: A book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc.: Subject-Murder by Clifford Witting; The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey, Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac

5. Jolly Old England: A mystery set in the United Kingdom: Death of a Star by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole

6. Yankee Doodle Dandy: A mystery set in the United States: The House that Died by Josephine Gill

7. World Traveler: A mystery set in any country except the U.S. or U.K: The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield (Australia)

8. Dangerous Beasts: A book with an animal in the title: The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert

9. A Calendar of Crime: A mystery with a date/holiday/year/month/etc. in the title

10. Wicked Women: A book with a woman in the title–either by name (Mrs. McGinty’s Dead) or by reference (The Case of the Vagabound Virgin)

11. Malicious Men: A book with a man in the title–either by name (Maigret & the Yellow Dog) or by reference (The Case of the Haunted Husband): The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim

12. Murderous Methods: A book with a means of death in the title (The Noose5 BulletsDeadly Nightshade, etc.)

13. Staging the Crime:  Measure for Murder by Clifford Witting

14. Scene of the Crime: A book with the location of the crime in the title (The Body in the LibraryMurder at the Vicarage, etc): Death at Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell

15. Cops & Robbers: A book that features a theft rather than murder

16. Locked Rooms/Impossible Crimes: A locked-room or otherwise impossible crime mystery (locks not necessary).

17. First Impressions: Randomly select four books from your TBR pile. Read only the first line of each book and select one of them to read based on your first impression of the book.

18. Country House Criminals: A standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age-style country house murder

19. Murder on the High Seas: A mystery involving water: The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne

20. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles: A book with a mode of transportation in the title

21. Murder is Academic: A mystery involving a scholar, teacher, librarian, etc. OR set at a school, university, library, etc.

22. Things That Go Bump in the Night: A book with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title: The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh

23. Repeat Offenders: A mystery featuring your favorite series detective or by your favorite author or reread an old favorite

24. The Butler Did It…Or Not: A mystery where the butler is the victim, the sleuth…(gasp) the criminal…or is just downright memorable for whatever reason.

25. A Mystery by Any Other Name: Any book that has been published under more than one title (Murder Is Easy–aka Easy to Kill [Christie]; Fog of Doubt–aka London Particular [Christianna Brand], etc.): Four-Ply Yarn/ The Shadow on the Cliff by Miles Burton

26. Dynamic Duos: A mystery featuring a detective team (Holmes & Watson; Pam & Jerry North; Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin, or a little-known team that you introduce to us)

27. Size Matters: A book with a size or measurement in the title (Death Has a Small VoiceThe Big FourThe Weight of the Evidence; etc.)

28. Psychic Phenomena: A mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or “supernatural” characters/events

29. Book to Movie: A book that has appeared on screen (feature film or TV)

30. The Old Bailey: A courtroom drama mystery OR a mystery featuring a judge, lawyer, barrister, district attorney

31. Serial Killers: Books that were originally published in serial format (from the pulp era) OR a book that includes three or more deaths–all committed by the same person.

32. Killed in Translation: A work that originally appeared in another language and has been made available in English–original publication date determines Gold or Silver Age–OR if your native language is not English, then a work that originally appeared in English which you read in your native language.

33. History Mysteries: The bulk or focus of the mystery must take place at least 15 years prior to the date of publication. Flashback stories are fine as long as the modern events frame the story OR the historical events are absolutely vital to the present day story. Example: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Artur Conan Doyle.

34. International Detectives: A variation on “World Traveler”–but instead of the crime being set in another country, the detective is not from the U.S. or U.K.

35. Somebody Else’s Crime: Read a book that someone else has already read for the challenge.

36. Genuine Fakes: Read a book by an author who wrote under a pseudonym (Josephine Tey [Elizabeth Mackintosh]; Nicholas Blake [Cecil Day Lewis]; etc.):

37. Hobbies Can Be Murder: A mystery that involves a hobby in some way: stamp, coin, book collecting, etc; knitting; birdwatching; hunting; etc.

38. Snatch & Grab: Read the first book you pick up off your shelf or TBR stack/s

39. I’ve Got You Covered: Pick a book to read based on the cover

40. Get Out of Jail Free: One per customer. You tell me what special category the book fits and it counts–the only thing I won’t accept is “It’s a vintage mystery!” The genre/time period is a given: Death as an Extra by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell (Murder occurs on a film-set)

Silver Age: Eight Books

1. Colorful Crime: A book with a color or reference to color in the title

2. Murder by the Numbers: A book with a number or quantity in the title

3. Amateur Night: A book with a detective who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; or other official investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.)

4. Leave It to the Professionals: A book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc.

5. Jolly Old England: A mystery set in the United Kingdom: The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael

6. Yankee Doodle Dandy: A mystery set in the United States

7. World Traveler: A mystery set in any country except the U.S. or U.K.

8. Dangerous Beasts: A book with an animal in the title

9. A Calendar of Crime: A mystery with a date/holiday/year/month/etc. in the title

10. Wicked Women: A book with a woman in the title–either by name (Mrs. McGinty’s Dead) or by reference (The Case of the Vagabound Virgin)

11. Malicious Men: A book with a man in the title–either by name (Maigret & the Yellow Dog) or by reference (The Case of the Haunted Husband)

12. Murderous Methods: A book with a means of death in the title (The Noose5 BulletsDeadly Nightshade, etc.)

13. Staging the Crime: A mystery set in the entertainment world (theatre, musical event, pageant, Hollywood, etc)

14. Scene of the Crime: A book with the location of the crime in the title (The Body in the LibraryMurder at the Vicarage, etc)

15. Cops & Robbers: A book that features a theft rather than murder

16. Locked Rooms/Impossible Crimes: A locked-room or otherwise impossible crime mystery (locks not necessary).

17. First Impressions: Randomly select four books from your TBR pile. Read only the first line of each book and select one of them to read based on your first impression of the book.

18. Country House Criminals: A standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age-style country house murder

19. Murder on the High Seas: A mystery involving water

20. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles: A book with a mode of transportation in the title

21. Murder is Academic: A mystery involving a scholar, teacher, librarian, etc. OR set at a school, university, library, etc.

22. Things That Go Bump in the Night: A book with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title (The Skeleton in the ClockHaunted LadyThe Bat; etc): The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr

23. Repeat Offenders: A mystery featuring your favorite series detective or by your favorite author or reread an old favorite: Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael

24. The Butler Did It…Or Not: A mystery where the butler is the victim, the sleuth…(gasp) the criminal…or is just downright memorable for whatever reason.

25. A Mystery by Any Other Name: Any book that has been published under more than one title (Murder Is Easy–aka Easy to Kill [Christie]; Fog of Doubt–aka London Particular [Christianna Brand], etc.)

26. Dynamic Duos: A mystery featuring a detective team: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (Sloan & Crosby)

27. Size Matters: A book with a size or measurement in the title (Death Has a Small VoiceThe Big FourThe Weight of the Evidence; etc.)

28. Psychic Phenomena: A mystery featuring a seance, medium, hypnotism, or other psychic or “supernatural” characters/events

29. Book to Movie: A book that has appeared on screen (feature film or TV)

30. The Old Bailey: A courtroom drama mystery OR a mystery featuring a judge, lawyer, barrister, district attorney

31. Serial Killers: Books that were originally published in serial format (from the pulp era) OR a book that includes three or more deaths–all committed by the same person.

32. Killed in Translation: A work that originally appeared in another language and has been made available in English–original publication date determines Gold or Silver Age–OR if your native language is not English, then a work that originally appeared in English which you read in your native language.

33. History Mysteries: The bulk or focus of the mystery must take place at least 15 years prior to the date of publication. Flashback stories are fine as long as the modern events frame the story OR the historical events are absolutely vital to the present day story. Example: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Artur Conan Doyle.

34. International Detectives: A variation on “World Traveler”–but instead of the crime being set in another country, the detective is not from the U.S. or U.K.

35. Somebody Else’s Crime: Read a book that someone else has already read for the challenge.

36. Genuine Fakes: Read a book by an author who wrote under a pseudonym (Josephine Tey [Elizabeth Mackintosh]; Nicholas Blake [Cecil Day Lewis]; etc.)

37. Hobbies Can Be Murder: A mystery that involves a hobby in some way: stamp, coin, book collecting, etc; knitting; birdwatching; hunting; etc.

38. Snatch & Grab: Read the first book you pick up off your shelf or TBR stack/s

39. I’ve Got You Covered: Pick a book to read based on the cover

40. Get Out of Jail Free: One per customer. You tell me what special category the book fits and it counts–the only thing I won’t accept is “It’s a vintage mystery!” The genre/time period is a given.

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Virtual Mount TBR

Goal: Mount Crumpit: 24 books

  1. Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael
  2. The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael
  3. The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert
  4. The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh
  5. The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  7. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield
  8. The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart
  9. The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr
  10. Dasa Kumara Charitam by Dandin
  11. Measure for Murder by Clifford Witting
  12. Subject-Murder by Clifford Witting
  13. Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac
  14. Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton
  15. The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
  16. Death at Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  17. Death as an Extra by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell
  18. The House that Died by Josephine Gill
  19. Tales from The Arabian Nights
  20. The Family Man by Anne Meredith

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While I Was Reading

A book with a question in the title.
A book of non-violent true crime.
A book with a cover you don’t like.
A historical fiction novel not set in Europe.
A book with a character’s name in the title: The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim
A book featuring paranormal activity (fiction or non.)
A book with a number in the title: The Patient in Room 18 by Mignon G. Eberhart
A food related memoir.
A book that’s won an award.
A middle grade novel.
A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign.
A book that’s a combination of genres: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (Bildungsroman + mystery)