2018 Reading Challenges

2018 reading challenges I'm following

Mostly the challenges that I follow help me direct my reading. As such, some will not provide a challenge, simply indicate how well I am doing. Some of the challenges are external to this blog while others are hosted here or on a blog that I manage. In practical terms I do allow some challenges to overlap, that is, most books will appear in more than one challenge. In addition many of the challenges are simply continuations of challenges I took on last year

This page is a work in progress
Last updated 23 April 2018
  • 2018 Good Reads Reading Challenge. I have set my challenge at 110. Currently: 43
  • Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Completed in 2014, titles read in 2018: 1
  • 2018 Global Reading Challenge currently 10
  • USA Fiction Challenge So far 21/51, this year: 6
  • 2018 Aussie Author Reading Challenge: aiming for 20: currently 10
  • 2018 Australian Women Writers Challenge: aiming for 20. Currently 5
  • British Books Challenge 2018 currently 20
  • 2018 Ebook Reading Challenge currently 10
  • New to me authors - a personal challenge currently 16
  • Not crime fiction - a personal challenge currently 6
  • Nordic reading challenge - a personal challenge, currently 2
  • New Zealand reading challenge -again a personal challenge. currently 0
  • Translated crime fiction - a personal challenge that will overlap with many of the other reading challenges that I have undertaken. currently 4
  • Snagged at the Library currently: 20
  • Audio books: currently: 7
  • 2018 Historical Reading Challenge. Currently: 3
A visual summary
2018 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge hosted by Corinne Rodrigues Aiming for 130.
So far this year: 43
This challenge has its own record page at 2017 Reviews.
2018 Good Reads Reading Challenge. I have set my challenge at 110
Currently : 43
Agatha Christie Reading Challenge How to join the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge This is one that I host. I completed the challenge in 2014 and so here this year I'll record blog posts related to Agatha Christie, probably mainly related to short stories.

Currently: 1
    I haven't managed to put a GRC site together yet, but it will take the same format as in previous years. 2018 Global Reading Challenge: 9/21

    I have committed myself to reading 21 titles, all crime fiction, 3 titles each from 7 "continents". My 7th continent - historical crime fiction.

    Africa - 0

    Asia - 1
    1.  4.5, DEATH AT THE DURBAR, Arjun Gaind
    2.  
    Australasia/Oceania (my modification) - An extra hurdle for Australasia - at least one from New Zealand. I can count separate Australian states - 3
    1.  5.0, FORCE OF NATURE, Jane Harper (Victoria)
    2. 4.4, 10 SHORT STORIES YOU MUST READ THIS YEAR
    3. 4.9, UNDER THE COLD BRIGHT LIGHTS, Garry Disher (Victoria) 
    Europe - 3
    1. 4.4, MIDNIGHT SUN: BLOOD ON THE SNOW 2, Jo Nesbo (Lapland)
    2. 4.0, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, David Lagercrantz (Norway)
    3. 4.5, ACT ONE, SCENE ONE ...MURDER, A.H. Richardson (England)
    North America - 3
    1. 4.6, IN THE DARK, Chris Patchell (Seattle)
    2. 4.3, DADDY'S GIRL, Lisa Scottoline (New England)
    3. 4.4, THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne (Michigan)
    South America - 0

    7th Continent: Historical -0

    USA Fiction Challenge ongoing
    USA Fiction Challenge ongoing
    This is one I'm hosting on its own site. I'm keeping my own records on a page on my blog. So here I will just keep a summary of the number of states covered, as well as a list of US crime fiction I've read in 2018.

    Total so far 21/51
    Books read 2018: 6
    1. 4.6, IN THE DARK, Chris Patchell
    2. 4.3, DADDY'S GIRL, Lisa Scottoline
    3. 4.4, THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne  
    4. 4.7, DARKTOWN, Thomas Mullen
    5. 4.5, THE SWITCH, Joseph Finder 
    6. 4.5, DOWNFALL, Margot Kinberg 



    British Books Challenge 2018 - mine will be crime fiction

    The aim is to read at least 12 books by British authors. This is really not much of a challenge for me as I read so much British crime fiction, so the challenge is really just a way of keeping my records. Not sure I will join an "official" challenge.

    Currently: 20
    1.  4.5, ACT ONE, SCENE ONE ...MURDER, A.H. Richardson
    2. 4.4, THE MURDER AT SISSINGHAM HALL, Clara Benson
    3. 4.6, A IS FOR ARSENIC: THE POISONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, Kathryn Harkup 
    4. 4.3, BORROWED TIME, Robert Goddard
    5. 5.0, THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE, Roald Dahl
    6. 4.7, MATILDA, Roald Dahl 
    7. 4.5, SLEEP NO MORE, P. D. James 
    8. 4.3, THE WORD IS MURDER, Anthony Horowitz
    9. 4.3, TALKING TO THE DEAD, Harry Bingham
    10. 4.4, THE MALICE OF THE WAVES, Mark Douglas-Home 
    11. 4.4, THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER, Kate Mosse 
    12. 4.7, FRIDAY ON MY MIND, Nicci French
    13. 4.4, THE TANGO SCHOOL MYSTERY, Peter Bartram
    14. 4.8, THE WILDLING SISTERS, Eve Chase 
    15. 4.5, RUMPOLE: THE PENGE BUNGALOW MURDERS, John Mortimer - audio book
    16. 5.0, THE GIRL BEFORE, J P Delaney 
    17. 4.2, MURDER ISN'T EASY, Richard Hull 
    18. 4.3, THE DETECTION COLLECTION, by members of the Detection Club 
    19. 4.4, FATTY O'LEARY'S DINNER PARTY, Alexander McCall Smith
    20. 4.6, A SPOT OF FOLLY, Ruth Rendell    
      The Aussie Author Challenge 2018 is being hosted at Booklover Book Reviews I'm aiming initially at Kangaroo (12 titles) but the reality is that I will read many more than that. Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female F, at least 4 of those authors are male M, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you N; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 3 genre I can see I may have a problem with the 3 genre aspect.
       Currently: 10
      1. 5.0, FORCE OF NATURE, Jane Harper
      2. 4.4, 10 SHORT STORIES YOU MUST READ THIS YEAR
      3. 4.9, UNDER THE COLD BRIGHT LIGHTS, Garry Disher  
      4. 5.0, THE WRITING BOOK, Kate Grenville
      5. 4.5, DEATH OF A LAKE, Arthur Upfield 
      6. 4.4, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB, Sophie Green 
      7. 5.0, ON THE JAVA RIDGE, Jock Serong
      8. 4.4, THE BONE IS POINTED, Arthur Upfield 
      9. 4.2, A ROYAL MURDER, Sandra Winter-Dewhirst
      10. 4.5, TRULY MADLY GUILTY, Liane Moriarty   
      2018 Australian Women Writers Challenge I will be aiming to read about 20 titles, all crime fiction. They will also count for the Aussie Author Challenge (above)
      Currently: 5
      1. 5.0, FORCE OF NATURE, Jane Harper
      2. 5.0, THE WRITING BOOK, Kate Grenville
      3. 4.4, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB, Sophie Green
      4. 4.2, A ROYAL MURDER, Sandra Winter-Dewhirst
      5. 4.5, TRULY MADLY GUILTY, Liane Moriarty   
      2018 Ebook Reading Challenge Here is another that is probably not much of a challenge for me as I read so much on my Kindle. Levels:
      1. Bits - 5 e-books
      2. Bytes - 10 e-books
      3. Megabytes - 25 e-books
      4. Gigabytes - 50 e-books
      5. Terabytes – 75 ebooks
      6. Empty the Cloud – 100 ebooks
      Currently: 10
      1. 4.4, MIDNIGHT SUN: BLOOD ON THE SNOW 2, Jo Nesbo
      2. 4.6, IN THE DARK, Chris Patchell
      3. 4.0, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, David Lagercrantz 
      4. 4.4, THE MURDER AT SISSINGHAM HALL, Clara Benson
      5. 4.6, A IS FOR ARSENIC: THE POISONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, Kathryn Harkup
      6. 4.4, THE TANGO SCHOOL MYSTERY, Peter Bartram
      7. 4.2, MURDER ISN'T EASY, Richard Hull
      8. 4.7, DARKTOWN, Thomas Mullen 
      9. 4.5, DOWNFALL, Margot Kinberg
      10. 4.5, DEATH AT THE DURBAR, Arjun Gaind 
      This is a personal challenge. I intend to read as many new-to-me authors as I can.

       Currently: 16
      1. 4.6, IN THE DARK, Chris Patchell
      2. 4.0, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, David Lagercrantz 
      3. 4.4, THE MURDER AT SISSINGHAM HALL, Clara Benson 
      4. 4.6, A IS FOR ARSENIC: THE POISONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, Kathryn Harkup 
      5. 5.0, THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE, Roald Dahl 
      6. 4.4, THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne
      7. 4.0, BOOKSTORE CATS, Brandon Schultz
      8. 4.4, THE MALICE OF THE WAVES, Mark Douglas-Home 
      9. 4.5, THE LITTLE BRETON BISTRO, Nina George 
      10. 4.4, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB, Sophie Green
      11. 4.4, THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER, Kate Mosse
      12. 4.8, THE WILDLING SISTERS, Eve Chase 
      13. 5.0, THE GIRL BEFORE, J P Delaney 
      14. 4.2, MURDER ISN'T EASY, Richard Hull 
      15. 4.7, DARKTOWN, Thomas Mullen
      16. 4.5, THE SWITCH, Joseph Finder   
        Not crime fiction
        Not crime fiction Another personal challenge: a reminder to myself that I need occasionally to read outside the crime fiction genre. Currently: 7
        1. 5.0, THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE, Roald Dahl
        2. 4.7, MATILDA, Roald Dahl 
        3. 5.0, THE WRITING BOOK, Kate Grenville
        4. 4.5, THE LITTLE BRETON BISTRO, Nina George
        5. 4.4, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB, Sophie Green
        6. 4.5, TRULY MADLY GUILTY, Liane Moriarty 
        7. 4.4, FATTY O'LEARY'S DINNER PARTY, Alexander McCall Smith  
        Nordic Reading challenge Another personal challenge: a reminder to myself that I want to keep an eye on Nordic/Scandinavian crime fiction and to keep records of my reading.

         Currently: 2
        1.  4.4, MIDNIGHT SUN: BLOOD ON THE SNOW 2, Jo Nesbo
        2. 4.0, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, David Lagercrantz
        New Zealand authors
        New Zealand Reading challenge Resource on CrimeWatch Another personal challenge: a reminder to myself that I want to keep an eye on New Zealand crime fiction and to keep records of my reading. Currently: 0

        1.  
          Translated crime fiction This will overlap with a number of the other challenges and is really just a record of translated titles that I've read this year.

          Currently: 4
          1. 4.4, MIDNIGHT SUN: BLOOD ON THE SNOW 2, Jo Nesbo (Norwegian)
          2. 4.0, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, David Lagercrantz (Swedish)
          3. 4.7, THE STRANGER, Melanie Raabe (German) 
          4. 4.5, THE LITTLE BRETON BISTRO, Nina George (French)
          Audio Books
          A Personal challenge/record  

          Currently: 7
          1.  4.5, DRAWING CONCLUSIONS, Donna Leon
          2. 5.0, THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE, Roald Dahl 
          3. 4.7, MATILDA, Roald Dahl 
          4. 4.5, DEATH OF A LAKE, Arthur Upfield 
          5. 4.4, THE BONE IS POINTED, Arthur Upfield  
          6. 4.5, RUMPOLE: THE PENGE BUNGALOW MURDERS, John Mortimer
          7. 4.4, FATTY O'LEARY'S DINNER PARTY, Alexander McCall Smith 
            Snagged at the Library I am a consistent "supporter" of my local library, but it will help me keep a nice record of my borrowed books. That is a picture of my local library on the left.

             Currently: 20
            1. 4.5, SLEEP NO MORE, P. D. James
            2. 4.7, THE STRANGER, Melanie Raabe
            3. 4.3, THE WORD IS MURDER, Anthony Horowitz 
            4. 4.4, THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne
            5. 4.0, BOOKSTORE CATS, Brandon Schultz
            6. 4.3, TALKING TO THE DEAD, Harry Bingham 
            7. 5.0, THE WRITING BOOK, Kate Grenville 
            8. 4.4, THE MALICE OF THE WAVES, Mark Douglas-Home
            9. 4.5, THE LITTLE BRETON BISTRO, Nina George 
            10. 4.4, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB, Sophie Green
            11. 5.0, ON THE JAVA RIDGE, Jock Serong 
            12. 4.4, THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER, Kate Mosse 
            13. 4.7, FRIDAY ON MY MIND, Nicci French 
            14. 4.5, TRULY MADLY GUILTY, Liane Moriarty
            15. 4.8, THE WILDLING SISTERS, Eve Chase 
            16. 5.0, THE GIRL BEFORE, J P Delaney 
            17. 4.3, THE DETECTION COLLECTION, by members of the Detection Club
            18. 4.4, FATTY O'LEARY'S DINNER PARTY, Alexander McCall Smith 
            19. 4.6, A SPOT OF FOLLY, Ruth Rendell 
            20. 4.5, THE SWITCH, Joseph Finder  
            2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Again a record just for me. I'm going to be a bit flexible here and allow myself to include books that have a fair bit of history included in the story. They will still be crime fiction. I will indicate which historical period they relate to.

            Currently: 23
            1. 4.4, THE TANGO SCHOOL MYSTERY, Peter Bartram (Britain 1964) 
            2. 4.7, DARKTOWN, Thomas Mullen (Atlanta, Georgia 1948)
            3. 4.5, DEATH AT THE DURBAR, Arjun Gaind (India 1911)

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