2021 Reading Challenges

2021 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 23 October 2021
  • 2020 Good Reads Reading Challenge. I have set my challenge at 100. Currently: 82
  • Good Reads A-Z of titles: Currently: 17
  • Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Completed in 2014, titles read in 2021: 10
  • USA Fiction Challenge So far 29/51, this year: 5
  • 2021 Aussie Author Reading Challenge: aiming for 20: currently 21
  • 2021 Australian Women Writers Challenge: aiming for 20. Currently 10
  • British Books Challenge 2021 currently 47
  • 2021 Ebook Reading Challenge currently 43
  • New to me authors - a personal challenge currently 29
  • Not crime fiction - a personal challenge currently 1
  • Nordic reading challenge - a personal challenge, currently 0
  • New Zealand reading challenge -again a personal challenge. currently 3
  • Translated crime fiction - a personal challenge that will overlap with many of the other reading challenges that I have undertaken. currently 3
  • Snagged through the Library currently: 46
  • Audio books: currently: 2
  • 2021 Historical Reading Challenge. Currently: 10
A visual summary



 A to Z Reading Challenge
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.

Currently: 15

A: 4.5, AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD, John Le Carre
E:
J:

2021 Good Reads Reading Challenge.
I have set my challenge at 100

My progress will be recorded on
2021 Reviews.  Currently: 82

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M: 4.4, THE MIST, Ragnar Jonasson
N: 4.5, THE NIGHT SWIM, Megan Goldin
O: 4.6, OLD BONES, Aaron Elkins
P: 4.4, THE POSTSCRIPT MURDERS, Elly Griffiths
Q:
R:
S: 4.5, STICKS AND STONES, Katherine Firkin
T: 4.7, THE TALLY STICK, Carl Nixon
U:
V:
W: 4.5, WHITE THROAT, Sarah Thornton
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: 10
  1. 4.5, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES
  2. 4.4, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS
  3. 4.5, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS,- audio book 
  4. 4.4, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD
  5. 4.2, THE BIG FOUR
  6. 4.5, THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN
  7. 4.5, THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE 
  8. 4.5, THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY
  9. 4.5, THE MOVING FINGER
  10. 4.5, A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
    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 29/51
    Books read 2021: 5
    1. 4.6, OLD BONES, Aaron Elkins
    2. 4.3, THE LAST MOVE, Mary Burton
    3. 4.4, DYING ON THE VINE, Aaron Elkins 
    4. 4.4, THE BONE CODE, Kathy Reichs
    5. 4.5, HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Kate White 

    British Books Challenge 2021

    - 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: 47
    1. 4.9, THE DARKEST EVENING, Ann Cleeves 
    2. 4.5, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES, Agatha Christie
    3. 4.8, LOCKDOWN, Peter May
    4. 4.4, THE POSTSCRIPT MURDERS, Elly Griffiths 
    5. 4.3, MYSTERY ON HIDDEN LANE, Clare Chase
    6. 4.4, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS, Agatha Christie 
    7. 4.5, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS, Agatha Christie - audio book 
    8. 4.5, A STRANGER'S HOUSE, Clare Chase
    9. 4.5, AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD, John Le Carre
    10. 4.4, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, Agatha Christie
    11. 4.3, A LATE PHOENIX, Catherine Aird 
    12. 4.5, A LESSON DYING, Ann Cleeves  
    13. 4.0, THE PORT OF LONDON MURDERS, Josephine Bell
    14. 4.5, MURDER IN MY BACKYARD, Ann Cleeves 
    15. 4.2, THE BIG FOUR, Agatha Christie 
    16. 4.5, KILL A STRANGER, Simon Kernick
    17. 4.6, GREENWICH PARK, Katherine Faulkner 
    18. 4.4, A DAY IN THE DEATH OF DOROTHEA CASSIDY, Ann Cleeves
    19. 4.6, THE PRIVATE FACE OF MURDER, John Bonett 
    20. 4.5, THE SOUND OF MURDER, John Bonett
    21. 4.5, THIS SIDE MURDER, John Bonett 
    22. 4.5, THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN, Agatha Christie 
    23. 4.6, KILLJOY, Ann Cleeves
    24. 4.8, THE CUTTING PLACE, Jane Casey  
    25. 4.5, NOT DARK YET, Peter Robinson
    26. 4.5, THE HEALERS, Ann Cleeves 
    27. 4.7, THE LANTERN MEN, Elly Griffiths
    28. 4.8, THE TRESPASSER, Tana French 
    29. 4.6, THE BABY-SNATCHER, Ann Cleeves
    30. 4.5, THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE, Agatha Christie 
    31. 4.4, THE LAST GIRL, Jane Casey 
    32. 4.4, THE COFFINMAKER'S GARDEN, Stuart MacBride
    33. 4.4, THE MARLOW MURDER CLUB, Robert Thorogood 
    34. 4.4, HER LAST HOLIDAY, C. L. Taylor 
    35. 4.6, THE NIGHT HAWKS, Elly Griffiths
    36. 4.5, THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, Richard Osman 
    37. 4.5, THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY, Agatha Christie
    38. 5.0, THE STONE CIRCLE, Elly Griffiths 
    39. 4.8, THE DARK ANGEL, Elly Griffiths 
    40. 4.8, A DIVIDED LOYALTY, Charles Todd 
    41. 4.5, THE MOVING FINGER, Agatha Christie
    42. 4.7, A FATAL LIE, Charles Todd  
    43. 4.5, A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED, Agatha Christie
    44. 4.4, THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS, Pat Barker 
    45. 4.3, THE SKELETONS OF BIRKBURY, Diana Febry
    46. 4.5, HOLDING, Graham Norton 
    47. 4.7, 1979, Val McDermid




    The Aussie Author Challenge 2021 is being hosted at Booklover Book Reviews
    I'm aiming initially at Emu (24 titles)
    Read and review 24 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 10 of those authors are female, at least 10 of those authors are male, and at least 10 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 4 different genre. My genre will likely be restricted to crime fiction.

    Currently: 21
    1. 4.4., THE BLUFFS, Kyle Perry
    2. 4.5, STICKS AND STONES, Katherine Firkin
    3. 4.4, THE SAFE PLACE, Anna Downes 
    4. 4.5, THE NIGHT SWIM, Megan Goldin 
    5. 4.5, SHELTER, Catherine Jinks 
    6. 4.5, WHITE THROAT, Sarah Thornton
    7. 4.4, MY BEST FRIEND'S MURDER, Polly Phillips 
    8. 4.4, THE BURNING ISLAND, Jock Serong  
    9. 4.6, THE NIGHT WHISTLER, Greg Woodland
    10. 4.5, DOOM CREEK, Alan Carter 
    11. 4.5, THE FAMILY DOCTOR, Debra Oswald
    12. 4.8, TELL ME LIES, J. P. Pomare
    13. 5.0, WHEN YOU ARE MINE, Michael Robotham 
    14. 4.6, LUCIFER FALLS, Colin Falconer  
    15. 4.5, INNOCENCE DIES, Colin Falconer
    16. 4.6, THE THREE MISS ALLENS, Victoria Purman 
    17. 4.5, THE LONG GAME, Simon Rowell
    18. 4.6, THE ORCHARD MURDERS, Robert Gott 
    19. 4.7, THE GOOD TEACHER, Petronella McGovern 
    20. 4.4, BENEVOLENCE, Julie Janson
    21. 4.2, THE NANCYS, R.W.R McDonald  



    2021 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)
    • Stella: read 4 – if reviewing, review at least 3
    • Miles: read 6 – if reviewing, review at least 4
    • Franklin: read 10 – if reviewing, review at least 6
    • Create your own Challenge
    Currently: 10
    1. 4.5, STICKS AND STONES, Katherine Firkin
    2. 4.4, THE SAFE PLACE, Anna Downes
    3. 4.5, THE NIGHT SWIM, Megan Goldin  
    4. 4.5, SHELTER, Catherine Jinks
    5. 4.5, WHITE THROAT, Sarah Thornton 
    6. 4.4, MY BEST FRIEND'S MURDER, Polly Phillips 
    7. 4.5, THE FAMILY DOCTOR, Debra Oswald
    8. 4.6, THE THREE MISS ALLENS, Victoria Purman
    9. 4.7, THE GOOD TEACHER, Petronella McGovern 
    10. 4.4, BENEVOLENCE, Julie Janson  





    Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with twice the Storage (8GB)
    2020 Ebook Reading Challenge - a personal challenge

    About one third of my reading is done on my Kindle and I am also now using Libby

    Currently: 43

    Kindle: 26
    1. 4.5, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES, Agatha Christie
    2. 4.5, SHELTER, Catherine Jinks
    3. 4.5, WHITE THROAT, Sarah Thornton 
    4. 4.4, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS, Agatha Christie
    5. 4.6, OLD BONES, Aaron Elkins 
    6. 4.6, A MURDER AT MALABAR HILL, Sujata Massey 
    7. 4.4, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, Agatha Christie
    8. 4.7, THE TALLY STICK, Carl Nixon 
    9. 4.2, MURDER ON THE MENU. Fiona Leitch
    10. 4.6, THE NIGHT WHISTLER, Greg Woodland  
    11. 4.2, THE BIG FOUR, Agatha Christie
    12. 4.6, THE PRIVATE FACE OF MURDER, John Bonett
    13. 4.5, THE SOUND OF MURDER, John Bonett
    14. 4.5, THIS SIDE MURDER, John Bonett
    15. 4.5, THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE TRAIN, Agatha Christie 
    16. 4.8, THE CUTTING PLACE, Jane Casey 
    17. 4.3, T
    18. HE GINZA GHOST, Keikichi Osaka
    19. 4.8, THE TRESPASSER, Tana French 
    20. 4.5, THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE, Agatha Christie
    21. 5.0, WHEN YOU ARE MINE, Michael Robotham 
    22. 4.4, THE LAST GIRL, Jane Casey
    23. 4.5, THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY, Agatha Christie
    24. 4.5, THE MOVING FINGER, Agatha Christie 
    25. 4.5, A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED, Agatha Christie 
    26. 4.3, THE SKELETONS OF BIRKBURY, Diana Febry      

    Libby: 17

    1. 4.9, THE DARKEST EVENING, Ann Cleeves
    2. 4.4, THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, Rose Carlyle
    3. 4.5, THE NIGHT SWIM, Megan Goldin  
    4. 4.5, A LESSON DYING, Ann Cleeves
    5. 4.5, DOOM CREEK, Alan Carter  
    6. 4.5, MURDER IN MY BACKYARD, Ann Cleeves
    7. 4.6, KILLJOY, Ann Cleeves 
    8. 4.5, THE HEALERS, Ann Cleeves
    9. 4.6, THE BABY-SNATCHER, Ann Cleeves  
    10. 4.5, THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, Richard Osman
    11. 4.8, A DIVIDED LOYALTY, Charles Todd 
    12. 4.6, THE THREE MISS ALLENS, Victoria Purman 
    13. 4.7, A FATAL LIE, Charles Todd
    14. 4.5, THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE, Sujata Massey 
    15. 4.7, NEVER FORGET, Michel Bussi
    16. 4.6, THE ORCHARD MURDERS, Robert Gott 
    17. 4.4, BENEVOLENCE, Julie Janson
    This is a personal challenge. I intend to read as many new-to-me authors as I can.

    Currently: 31
    1. 4.4., THE BLUFFS, Kyle Perry
    2. 4.5, STICKS AND STONES, Katherine Firkin
    3. 4.4, THE MIST, Ragnar Jonasson 
    4. 4.4, THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, Rose Carlyle
    5. 4.4, THE SAFE PLACE, Anna Downes 
    6. 4.5, SHELTER, Catherine Jinks 
    7. 4.4, MY BEST FRIEND'S MURDER, Polly Phillips 
    8. 4.3, MYSTERY ON HIDDEN LANE, Clare Chase  
    9. 4.6, OLD BONES, Aaron Elkins
    10. 4.3, THE LAST MOVE, Mary Burton 
    11. 4.7, THE TALLY STICK, Carl Nixon 
    12. 4.2, MURDER ON THE MENU. Fiona Leitch
    13. 4.6, THE NIGHT WHISTLER, Greg Woodland  
    14. 4.3, A STUDY IN STONE, Michael Campling
    15. 4.5, THE FAMILY DOCTOR, Debra Oswald 
    16. 4.0, THE PORT OF LONDON MURDERS, Josephine Bell 
    17. 4.5, KILL A STRANGER, Simon Kernick 
    18. 4.6, GREENWICH PARK, Katherine Faulkner 
    19. 4.6, THE PRIVATE FACE OF MURDER, John Bonett 
    20. 4.5, HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Kate White 
    21. 4.3, THE GINZA GHOST, Keikichi Osaka 
    22. 4.4, THE MARLOW MURDER CLUB, Robert Thorogood 
    23. 4.4, HER LAST HOLIDAY, C. L. Taylor
    24. 4.6, LUCIFER FALLS, Colin Falconer 
    25. 4.5, THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, Richard Osman 
    26. 4.6, THE THREE MISS ALLENS, Victoria Purman 
    27. 4.5, THE LONG GAME, Simon Rowell 
    28. 4.3, THE SKELETONS OF BIRKBURY, Diana Febry 
    29. 4.5, HOLDING, Graham Norton 
    30. 4.4, BENEVOLENCE, Julie Janson 
    31. 4.2, THE NANCYS, R.W.R McDonald 

     



    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: 1
    1. 4.4, BENEVOLENCE, Julie Janson




    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 MIST, Ragnar Jonasson

    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: 3
    1. 4.4, THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, Rose Carlyle
    2. 4.7, THE TALLY STICK, Carl Nixon
    3. 4.2, MURDER ON THE MENU. Fiona Leitch 
    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: 3
    1. 4.4, THE MIST, Ragnar Jonasson (Icelandic)
    2. 4.3, THE GINZA GHOST, Keikichi Osaka (Japanese)
    3. 4.7, NEVER FORGET, Michel Bussi (French)
    Audio Books
    Audio Books

    A Personal challenge/record  

    Currently: 2
    1. 4.5, THE MURDER ON THE LINKS, Agatha Christie
    2. 4.5, AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD, John Le Carre
    Campbelltown Library SA
    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. This includes books on Libby as these come through the Library service.

     Currently: 46
    1. 4.4., THE BLUFFS, Kyle Perry
    2. 4.5, STICKS AND STONES, Katherine Firkin
    3. 4.9, THE DARKEST EVENING, Ann Cleeves e-book  
    4. 4.4, THE MIST, Ragnar Jonasson
    5. 4.4, THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, Rose Carlyle 
    6. 4.4, THE SAFE PLACE, Anna Downes 
    7. 4.8, LOCKDOWN, Peter May 
    8. 4.4, THE POSTSCRIPT MURDERS, Elly Griffiths
    9. 4.5, THE NIGHT SWIM, Megan Goldin
    10. 4.5, SHELTER, Catherine Jinks  
    11. 4.3, MYSTERY ON HIDDEN LANE, Clare Chase
    12. 4.5, A STRANGER'S HOUSE, Clare Chase 
    13. 4.3, THE LAST MOVE, Mary Burton
    14. 4.3, A LATE PHOENIX, Catherine Aird  
    15. 4.5, A LESSON DYING, Ann Cleeves
    16. 4.0, THE PORT OF LONDON MURDERS, Josephine Bell  
    17. 4.5, MURDER IN MY BACKYARD, Ann Cleeves
    18. 4.4, DYING ON THE VINE, Aaron Elkins 
    19. 4.5, KILL A STRANGER, Simon Kernick
    20. 4.4, A DAY IN THE DEATH OF DOROTHEA CASSIDY, Ann Cleeves 
    21. 4.6, KILLJOY, Ann Cleeves
    22. 4.8, TELL ME LIES, J. P. Pomare 
    23. 4.5, HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Kate White
    24. 4.5, THE HEALERS, Ann Cleeves 
    25. 4.7, THE LANTERN MEN, Elly Griffiths
    26. 4.6, THE BABY-SNATCHER, Ann Cleeves
    27. 4.4, THE COFFINMAKER'S GARDEN, Stuart MacBride 
    28. 4.4, THE MARLOW MURDER CLUB, Robert Thorogood  
    29. 4.4, HER LAST HOLIDAY, C. L. Taylor
    30. 4.6, LUCIFER FALLS, Colin Falconer 
    31. 4.6, THE NIGHT HAWKS, Elly Griffiths
    32. 4.5, THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, Richard Osman 
    33. 4.5, INNOCENCE DIES, Colin Falconer 
    34. 5.0, THE STONE CIRCLE, Elly Griffiths
    35. 4.8, THE DARK ANGEL, Elly Griffiths  
    36. 4.8, A DIVIDED LOYALTY, Charles Todd
    37. 4.6, THE THREE MISS ALLENS, Victoria Purman 
    38. 4.7, A FATAL LIE, Charles Todd
    39. 4.5, THE LONG GAME, Simon Rowell 
    40. 4.5, THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE, Sujata Massey
    41. 4.4, THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS, Pat Barker 
    42. 4.5, HOLDING, Graham Norton
    43. 4.7, NEVER FORGET, Michel Bussi
    44. 4.6, THE ORCHARD MURDERS, Robert Gott 
    45. 4.4, BENEVOLENCE, Julie Janson 
    46. 4.2, THE NANCYS, R.W.R McDonald 





    2021 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: 10
    1. 4.4, THE BURNING ISLAND, Jock Serong 
    2. 4.6, OLD BONES, Aaron Elkins
    3. 4.6, A MURDER AT MALABAR HILL, Sujata Massey 
    4. 4.0, THE PORT OF LONDON MURDERS, Josephine Bell 
    5. 4.6, THE THREE MISS ALLENS, Victoria Purman 
    6. 4.5, THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE, Sujata Massey
    7. 4.4, THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS, Pat Barker 
    8. 4.6, THE ORCHARD MURDERS, Robert Gott  
    9. 4.7, 1979, Val McDermid
    10. 4.4, BENEVOLENCE, Julie Janson  


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