Friday, August 16, 2013

Challenge Updates, part 1

Host: Roof Beam Reader
Name: TBR Pile
Dates: Jan - Dec
# of Books: 12
Limitations: Must be from list of 12 +2 alternates; pre-2012 publication date

I've read ELEVEN out of twelve books. That is the good news. This is the closest I've come to finishing Adam's challenge! The bad news? Well, the three remaining books on the list have fallen into the I would rather be reading anything else category. I have zero interest in reading them this year--if at all. How does this happen? Why??? Can I choose one of the three and persevere through it? Perhaps! I do have four months for an attitude adjustment.

1. Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter, 1913
2. Pollyanna Grows Up, Eleanor Porter, 1915
3. Brentwood, Grace Livingstone Hill, 1937
4. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer, 1928
5. Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer, 1930
6. Party Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, 1946
7. Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, 1951
8. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer, 1941
9. The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout, 1935
10. The Rubber Band by Rex Stout, 1936
11. The Red Box by Rex Stout, 1937  

My three choices: Lord Peter Complete Stories by Dorothy Sayer. The sad thing? I started this one last winter got about halfway through and decided I just didn't care for her short stories. I Will Repay by Baroness Emma Orczy. If I can work past my need to reread Scarlet Pimpernel, this one might not be as intimidating? But my reread of Scarlet Pimpernel--I started in the spring--hasn't gone well. Lighthouse by Eugenia Price. I started this one last spring too. But my paperback copy stinks.

Host: My Reader's Block
Name: Vintage Mysteries
Dates: Jan - Dec
# Target Books: 8 - 16
Limitations: Mysteries published BEFORE 1960

I have to confess that I ADORE this challenge. I've always managed to complete the vintage mystery challenge in previous years, but this challenge just brings me so much joy!!!  It is challenging and rewarding.

So far, I've definitely finished 18 books. I will probably keep adding books in the various categories. There are several easy categories that I haven't used up just yet. But my goal was 16 and I've matched that!!! The 18th book will be reviewed later this month.

What I read:

1. Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh (1947) qualifies as #4 leave it to the professionals
2. The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1931) qualifies as #3 amateur night
3. Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer (1933) qualifies as #23 the butler did it...or not
4. The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham (1948) qualifies as #8, dangerous beasts
5. Hamlet, Revenge by Michael Innes (1937) qualifies as #13 staging the crime
6. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie (1932) qualifies as #33 international detectives
7. Lord Edgware Dies (aka Thirteen at Dinner) (1933) qualifies as #11, a book with a man in the title
8. Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers (1928) qualifies as #14 scene of the crime
9. The Daughter of Time. (Inspector Grant #5). Josephine Tey. 1955 qualifies as #35 authors who wrote under a pseudonym
10. The Red Box. Nero Wolfe. (Nero Wolfe #4) 1936. qualifies as #1 a book with a color in the title
11. Envious Casca. Georgette Heyer. 1941. qualifies as #16 a locked-room mystery
12. Strong Poison. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1930 qualifies as #27 as psychic phenomenon*
13. The Five Red Herrings. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1931. qualifies as # 2 murder by the numbers
14. A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer (1938) qualifies as #12 murderous methods
15. The Case of the Cautious Coquette by Erle Stanley Gardner (1949) qualifies as #10 a book with a woman in the title
16. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (1937) qualifies as #18 murder on the high seas
17. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie (1935) qualifies as #19 planes, trains, and automobiles
18.The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham (1929) qualifies as #17 country house murder

Host: Turning the Pages
Name: 2013 pre-1960 Classic Children's Books
Dates: Jan- Dec
# of Books: my goal is 52

What I Read:

1. Thomas the Tank Engine Collection--512 pages; 14 picture books published as one story collection, 1945-1960.
2. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery, 1908
3. Pollyanna, Eleanor Porter, 1913
4. Racketty-Packetty House, Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1906
5. Heidi, Johanna Spyri, 1880
6. The Real Mother Goose, 1916
7. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911
8. Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery, 1909
9. Pollyanna Grows Up, Eleanor Porter, 1915
10. Elsie Dinsmore, Martha Finley, 1867
11. The Story Girl, L.M. Montgomery, 1911
12. Daddy-Long-Legs, Jean Webster, 1912
13. The Golden Road, L.M. Montgomery, 1913
14. Anne of the Island, L.M. Montgomery, 1915
15. Understood Betsy. Dorothy Canfield Fisher. 1916.
16. Anne's House of Dreams. L.M. Montgomery. 1917.
17. Rainbow Valley. L.M. Montgomery. 1919.
18. Rilla of Ingleside. L.M. Montgomery. 1921
19. Party Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 1946. Oxford Children's Classics. 320 pages.
20. Skating Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 1951. 224 pages.
21. Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1883. 311 pages.
22. The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Exupery. 1943/2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 112 pages.
23. A Little Princess. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 1905.
24. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis. 1950.
25. The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1937.
26. Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1932.
27. Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1935.
28. Pinocchio. Carlo Collodi.  1883.
29.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum. 1900.
30. The Marvelous Land of Oz. L. Frank Baum. 1904.
31. Ozma of Oz. L. Frank Baum. 1907.
32. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum. 1908.
33. Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery. 1923.
34. Emily Climbs. L.M. Montgomery. 1925.
35. Emily's Quest. L.M. Montgomery. 1927.
36. Mary Marie. Eleanor H. Porter. 1920.
37. The Belgian Twins. Lucy Fitch Perkins. 1917. 124 pages.
38. The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1894/1895/2012. Random House. 320 pages.
39. Magic for Marigold. L.M. Montgomery. 1929. 274 pages.
40. The Magic Pudding. Norman Lindsay. 1918. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]
41. Half Magic. Edward Eager. 1954. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
42. Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. 1934/2006. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
43. I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book. Iona and Peter Opie. Illustrations by Maurice Sendak. 1947/2012. Candlewick Press. 160 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
44. The Road to Oz. L. Frank Baum. 1909. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
45. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Library]

Host: Doing Dewey
Name: Book to Movies
Dates: Jan - Dec
# Books & Movies: Movie Lover, 9

What I Read & Watched:

1. Book review: Anne of Green Gables  movie review: Anne of Green Gables
2. Book review: Heidi movie review: Heidi
3. Book review: Pollyanna movie review: Pollyanna
4. Book review: Pygmalion movie review: Pygmalion
5. Book review: English Governess at the Siamese Court; movie review: King and I
6. Book review: Les Miserables; movie review: Les Miserables
7. Book review: Stardust; movie review: Stardust
8. Book review: Invention of Hugo Cabret; movie review: Hugo
9. Book review and movie review: Death on the Nile.
Just realized I finished this one!!! 

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


JaneGS said...

I'm surprised that you are struggling with the Dorothy Sayers short stories--they seem like just the thing, given your completed reading.

Good job on your challenges progress--I particularly like the book to movie one. I may have to add something like that next year myself.

Becky said...

Jane, I feel the same way. I'm a bit shocked I'm struggling with the Lord Peter short stories. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lord Peter, I do ;) Maybe I'll give it another try and like it better if I'm in the right mood for it.

Bev Hankins said...


Congratulations on completing your 16 for the Vintage Mystery Challenge! Since you've conquered that amount--you qualify for a prize. If you'd like to claim it just send me an email at phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com and I'll send you the current list.