A number of my fellow bloggers are taking on a variety of Reading Challenges this year and I figured I should be no different. Last year I undertook, to a mild degree of success, the Mysteries in Paradise Challenge – The Alphabet in Crime Fiction – but I trailed off a bit towards the end as, if I was only reading one book per week, it was proving to be a bit restrictive.
This year, I’ve picked a couple of challenges that suit my personal goals well.
Accepted at the Severe Bookaholism level, this challenges me to read 20 historical novels over the course of the year. As last year I managed 37, I think I can probably manage this one… This is being hosted by the Historical Tapestry blog.
Accepted at the Easy level, this requires me to read one book from each continent (and an additional, self-defined, seventh continent) over the course of the year. Translated fiction is not my forte, so I thought this would be good to broaden my horizons a bit.
In addition, I’m setting myself a couple of additional challenges:
The Sort-Out-Your-Bibliographies Challenge
As you may have noticed, the Ellery Queen and Sir Henry Merrivale bibliographies have been neglected recently. My target over the course of the year is to add in twelve more Queen and six more Merrivale reviews into the bibliographies, with the aim of completing both in 2013, even if that does involve re-reading Behind The Crimson Blind.
The Seek-Out-New-Writers Challenge
It’s very easy for me to spend the entire year reading authors that I am familiar with. My aim this year, is that each month, I read at least one book from a writer that I have not read before – actually, let’s make it a writer than I haven’t blogged about before.
The Historical-Fiction-Extra Challenge
As I said, twenty books of historical mysteries should be easy – but I’m going to try in addition for twenty different authors as well in this genre. Not so easy…
I’ll update below as I go along, more for my own book-keeping that anything else and post quarterly updates as well. Any recommendations of translated crime fiction from South America? I thought I’d start over there with the Global Challenge – well, after North America which is the easy one…
The Score So Far – NB I am now updating these on the page accessible from the top menu “2012 Challenges” rather than here.
The Global Reading Challenge: 1/7
The Historical Fiction Challenge: 2/20
The Sort-Out-Your-Bibliographies Challenge – Ellery Queen: 1/12
The Sort-Out-Your-Bibliographies Challenge – Sir Henry Merrivale: 0/6
The Seek-Out-New-Writers Challenge: 0/12
The Historical-Fiction-Extra Challenge: 2/20