2019 Reading Challenges


2019 reading challenges I'm following

As in the past, mostly the challenges listed here 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. Most of the challenges are simply continuations of ones I took on last year as I have found that these work for me.

This page is a work in progress
Last updated 19th May 2019
  • 2019 Good Reads Reading Challenge. I have set my challenge at 120. Currently: 48
  • Good Reads A-Z of titles: Currently: 16
  • Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Completed in 2014, titles read in 2019: 0
  • USA Fiction Challenge So far 21/51, this year: 8
  • 2019 Aussie Author Reading Challenge: aiming for 20: currently 10
  • 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge: aiming for 20. Currently 4
  • British Books Challenge 2019 currently  28
  • 2018 Ebook Reading Challenge currently 12
  • New to me authors - a personal challenge currently  19
  • Not crime fiction - a personal challenge currently 5
  • Nordic reading challenge - a personal challenge, currently 1
  • New Zealand reading challenge -again a personal challenge. currently 1
  • Translated crime fiction - a personal challenge that will overlap with many of the other reading challenges that I have undertaken. currently 21
  • Snagged at the Library currently: 27
  • Audio books: currently: 6
  • 2019 Historical Reading Challenge. Currently: 6
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2019 Good Reads Reading Challenge.
I have set my challenge at 110
My progress will be recorded on
2019 Reviews.  Currently: 48

Reading A-Z for Aussie Readers
For each letter A through Z, read a book in which the title begins with that letter. For the hard letters Q, X, Y and Z, you may use a book in which the letter is found anywhere in the title.
Hosted at Good Reads Au
Currently: 15/ 26

A: AS THE CROW FLIES, Damien Boyd
B: THE  BODY IN THE DALES, J. R. Ellis
C: COLD BLOOD, Robert Bryndza
D: THE DEVIL'S NOVICE, Ellis Peters
E
F
G: THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, Kate Riordan
H: HOUSE OF GLASS, Susan Fletcher
I: ILLUSION OF DEATH, Brian Kavanagh
J
K; KILL SHOT, Garry Disher
L; LAST BREATH, Robert Bryndza
M, MINE, J.L. Butler
N, THE NIGHT STALKER, Robert Bryndza
O
P: THE PROMISED LAND, Barry Maitland
Q, QUOTA, Jock Serong
R
S, THE STRANGER DIARIES, Elly Griffiths
T, TWISTED, Linda La Plante
U
V
W: WEEPING WATERS, Karin Brynard
X
Y
Z
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.

The time may have come to do some re-reading

Currently: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 2019: 8
  1. 4.4, THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT, Jonathon King 
  2. 4.4, THE BOOK CLUB, Mary Alice Monroe
  3. 4.7, SHARP OBJECTS, Gillian Flynn  
  4. 4.8, NINTH AND NOWHERE, Jeffery Deaver
  5. 4.4, A KILLING NIGHT, Jonathon King
  6. 4.3, LAST WORDS, Michael Koryta 
  7. 4.5, CITY OF THE SUN, David Levien  
  8. 4.5, WHERE THE DEAD LAY, David Levien

British Books Challenge 2019

- 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: 28
  1. 4.6, MINE, J.L. Butler
  2. 4.2, THE MARMALADE MURDERS, Elizabeth J. Duncan
  3. 4.5, TWISTED, Linda La Plante
  4. 4.8, THE NIGHT STALKER, Robert Bryndza
  5. 4.8, LAST BREATH, Robert Bryndza 
  6. 4.2, THE DEVIL'S NOVICE, Ellis Peters
  7. 4.7, LETHAL WHITE, Robert Galbraith
  8. 4.6, THE STRANGER DIARIES, Elly Griffiths
  9. 4.7, COLD BLOOD, Robert Bryndza 
  10. 4.7, THE DARKEST PLACE, Jo Spain
  11. 4.7, THE TURN OF MIDNIGHT, Minette Walters 
  12. 4.2, AS THE CROW FLIES, Damien Boyd 
  13. 4.3, THE  BODY IN THE DALES, J. R. Ellis  
  14. 5.0, IN A HOUSE OF LIES, Ian Rankin 
  15. 4.4, A STRANGER IN THE FAMILY, Robert Barnard
  16. 4.2, SOMETHING IN THE WATER, Catherine Steadman 
  17. 4.3, THE LISTENERS, Anthony J. Quinn
  18. 4.4, THE QUARTET MURDERS, J. R. Ellis
  19. 4.1, MURDER UNDER A GREEN SEA, Phillip Hunter
  20. 4.5, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, Kate Riordan 
  21. 3.5, THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE, Marnie Riches 
  22. 4.4, THE MURDER AT REDMIRE HALL, J.R. Ellis 
  23. 3.6, DISAPPEARED, Anthony J. Quinn
  24. 4.4, THE SHAPE OF LIES, Rachel Abbott 
  25. 4.5, THE SHADOW HOUR, Kate Riordan
  26. 4.4, HOUSE OF GLASS, Susan Fletcher
  27. 4.5, THE AFTERMATH, Rhidian Brook 
  28. 4.6, HIDDEN KILLERS, Lynda La Plante         
The Aussie Author Challenge 2019 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.
My genre will be restricted to crime fiction.

Currently: 10
  1. 4.7, KILL SHOT, Garry Disher
  2. 4.5, QUOTA, Jock Serong
  3. 4.2, ILLUSION OF DEATH, Brian Kavanagh  
  4. 5.0, THE PROMISED LAND, Barry Maitland
  5. 4.4, THE KOOKABURRA CREEK CAFE, Sandie Docker 
  6. 4.3, THREE GOLD COINS, Josephine Moon  
  7. 4.4, THE NOWHERE CHILD, Christian White
  8. 4.8, THE MARRIAGE CLUB, Kate Legge  
  9. 4.6, MARLBOROUGH MAN, Alan Carter
  10. 4.7, THE SINGLE LADIES OF THE JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE, Joanna Nell
2019 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: 4
  1. 4.4, THE KOOKABURRA CREEK CAFE, Sandie Docker 
  2. 4.3, THREE GOLD COINS, Josephine Moon
  3. 4.8, THE MARRIAGE CLUB, Kate Legge 
  4. 4.7, THE SINGLE LADIES OF THE JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE, Joanna Nell

    2019 Ebook Reading Challenge hosted at the Book Dragon's Lair

    Levels
    bit – 1 book
    Byte – 10 books
    Megabyte – 25 books
    Gigabyte – 50 books
    Terabyte – 75 books
    Petabyte – 100 books
    Empty the Cloud - 101+ books
    . . . yeah, this look good.

    About one third of my reading is done on my Kindle

    Currently: 12
    1. 4.2, THE MARMALADE MURDERS, Elizabeth J. Duncan
    2. 4.7, LETHAL WHITE, Robert Galbraith
    3. 4.7, THE DARKEST PLACE, Jo Spain 
    4. 4.6, WEEPING WATERS, Karin Brynard 
    5. 5.0, IN A HOUSE OF LIES, Ian Rankin  
    6. 4.4, THE NOWHERE CHILD, Christian White
    7. 3.5, THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE, Marnie Riches
    8. 4.8, NINTH AND NOWHERE, Jeffery Deaver 
    9. 4.4, THE SHAPE OF LIES, Rachel Abbott
    10. 4.3, LAST WORDS, Michael Koryta 
    11. 4.6, MARLBOROUGH MAN, Alan Carter 
    12. 4.5, WHERE THE DEAD LAY, David Levien 
    This is a personal challenge. I intend to read as many new-to-me authors as I can.

    Currently: 19
    1. 4.6, MINE, J.L. Butler
    2. 4.7, THE DARKEST PLACE, Jo Spain 
    3. 4.6, WEEPING WATERS, Karin Brynard
    4. 4.2, AS THE CROW FLIES, Damien Boyd 
    5. 4.3, THE  BODY IN THE DALES, J. R. Ellis
    6. 4.4, THE KOOKABURRA CREEK CAFE, Sandie Docker 
    7. 4.3, THREE GOLD COINS, Josephine Moon 
    8. 4.4, THE NOWHERE CHILD, Christian White 
    9. 4.4, THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT, Jonathon King
    10. 4.2, SOMETHING IN THE WATER, Catherine Steadman
    11. 4.1, MURDER UNDER A GREEN SEA, Phillip Hunter
    12. 4.4, THE BOOK CLUB, Mary Alice Monroe
    13. 4.8, THE MARRIAGE CLUB, Kate Legge
    14. 4.5, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, Kate Riordan 
    15. 3.5, THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE, Marnie Riches
    16. 4.3, LAST WORDS, Michael Koryta
    17. 4.5, THE AFTERMATH, Rhidian Brook 
    18. 4.5, CITY OF THE SUN, David Levien
    19. 4.7, THE SINGLE LADIES OF THE JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE, Joanna Nell    
        
    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:4
    1. 4.7, THE TURN OF MIDNIGHT, Minette Walters
    2. 4.4, THE KOOKABURRA CREEK CAFE, Sandie Docker 
    3. 4.3, THREE GOLD COINS, Josephine Moon   
    4. 4.4, THE BOOK CLUB, Mary Alice Monroe
        

      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: 1
      1. 4.4, THE THIN BLUE LINE, Christoffer Carlsson
      New Zealand authors
      New Zealand Reading challenge
      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.  4.6, MARLBOROUGH MAN, Alan Carter (setting)
        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: 2
        1. 4.4, THE THIN BLUE LINE, Christoffer Carlsson 
        2. 4.6, WEEPING WATERS, Karin Brynard 

          Audio Books
          Audio Books

          A Personal challenge/record  

          Currently: 5
          1. 4.2, THE DEVIL'S NOVICE, Ellis Peters 
          2. 4.5, QUOTA, Jock Serong 
          3. 4.3, THE  BODY IN THE DALES, J. R. Ellis
          4. 4.4, THE QUARTET MURDERS, J. R. Ellis 
          5. 4.4, THE MURDER AT REDMIRE HALL, J.R. Ellis 
          6. 4.6, MARLBOROUGH MAN, Alan Carter
            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: 27
            1. 4.6, MINE, J.L. Butler 
            2. 4.5, TWISTED, Linda La Plante 
            3. 4.8, THE NIGHT STALKER, Robert Bryndza
            4. 4.7, KILL SHOT, Garry Disher 
            5. 4.8, LAST BREATH, Robert Bryndza 
            6. 4.6, THE STRANGER DIARIES, Elly Griffiths 
            7. 4.7, COLD BLOOD, Robert Bryndza
            8. 4.5, QUOTA, Jock Serong   
            9. 4.7, THE TURN OF MIDNIGHT, Minette Walters 
            10. 4.2, AS THE CROW FLIES, Damien Boyd
            11. 5.0, THE PROMISED LAND, Barry Maitland 
            12. 4.4, THE KOOKABURRA CREEK CAFE, Sandie Docker 
            13. 4.3, THREE GOLD COINS, Josephine Moon 
            14. 4.4, THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT, Jonathon King 
            15. 4.2, SOMETHING IN THE WATER, Catherine Steadman 
            16. 4.3, THE LISTENERS, Anthony J. Quinn
            17. 4.4, THE BOOK CLUB, Mary Alice Monroe 
            18. 4.7, SHARP OBJECTS, Gillian Flynn
            19. 4.8, THE MARRIAGE CLUB, Kate Legge 
            20. 4.5, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, Kate Riordan
            21. 4.4, A KILLING NIGHT, Jonathon King
            22. 3.6, DISAPPEARED, Anthony J. Quinn
            23. 4.5, THE SHADOW HOUR, Kate Riordan  
            24. 4.4, HOUSE OF GLASS, Susan Fletcher 
            25. 4.5, THE AFTERMATH, Rhidian Brook
            26. 4.5, CITY OF THE SUN, David Levien
            27. 4.7, THE SINGLE LADIES OF THE JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE, Joanna Nell  

            2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
             A challenge hosted at Passages to the Past

            Again mainly 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: 6
            1. 4.2, THE DEVIL'S NOVICE, Ellis Peters (Shrewsbury 1180) 
            2. 4.7, THE TURN OF MIDNIGHT, Minette Walters (The Black Death 1348) 
            3. 4.1, MURDER UNDER A GREEN SEA, Phillip Hunter (London 1936) 
            4. 4.5, THE SHADOW HOUR, Kate Riordan (Bristol 1880-1922) 
            5. 4.4, HOUSE OF GLASS, Susan Fletcher England 1914 
            6. 4.5, THE AFTERMATH, Rhidian Brook Germany 1946

                1 comment:

                Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews said...

                Fantastic to have you joining us again in the Aussie Author Challenge 2019 Kerrie! I'm aiming to find more time for crime fiction this year, so I'll be looking to your recent reads for inspiration.

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