I signed-up for 8 and finished 6.
Challenge One – One, Two, Theme!
Hosted at http://onetwotheme.blogspot.com/
Theme One: Finish the trilogy – Via Delle Oche – Carlo Lucarelli
Theme Four: Food and Drink: Chocolate Wars – Deborah Cadbury / The Tea Lords – Hella S Haase / The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine – Alina Bronsky / Unusual Uses for Olive Oil – Alexander McCall Smith (not reviewed)
Challenge Two: What’s In A Name 4?
Hosted at http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/
1) A book with evil in the title: Crime – Ferdinand von Schirach
2) A book with a life stage in the title: Death at Pemberley – P D James
3) A book with a jewel or gem in the title: The Rajah’s Diamond – R L Stevenson (no review)
4) A book with travel or movement in the title: The Foxes Come at Night – Cees Nooteboom
5) A book with a size in the title: Great House – Nicole Krauss
6) A book with a number in the title: The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (No review.)
Challenge 3 – Criminal Plots 2010
Hosted at http://networkedblogs.com/brlC6
I knew this would be tough. I read 27 crime novels in 2011 and still didn’t complete the challenge!
1) A book by a new to you author who’s blurbed a book you enjoyed. Didn’t read one.
2) A book that has been made into a movie. Another miss.
3)A book with a protagonist opposite your own gender. So if you’re female, the protagonist should be male; if you’re male the protagonist should be female. The Taint of Midas – Anne Zouroudi (No review – The protagonist annoyed me too much!)
4) A book set outside the country in which you live. A Short Cut to Paradise – Teresa Solana
5)A book that’s the first in a new-to-you series. City of Dreadful Night – Peter Guttridge
6)A book by a 2011 debut author. Snowdrops – A D Miller
Challenge 4 – Not Really A Challenge, just The TBR Dare – Hosted by Ready when you are, C B
Reading only from my TBR stacks (with the exception of book group reads) for 6 weeks starting from 1.1.2011. I made it!
5. The 2011 Challenge (Hosted at Bart’s Bookshelf)
The requirement will be a total of 20 books from 11 categories.
To YA or not YA…
Thyme Running Out- Panama Oxridge
With a Twist
Of Italian Noir: Carte Blanche and The Damned Season by Carlo Lucarelli
Will-Power? What Will-Power? (Bought in 2011)
Mind the Gap (Finish that Trilogy)
Via Delle Oche – Carlo Lucarelli
Challenge Six Seconds Challenge 2011 – hosted by A Few More Pages
A Short Cut to Paradise – Teresa Solana
The Liberation of Celia Kahn – David J Simons
The Dark Vineyard – Martin Walker
On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry
Blow on A Dead Man’s Embers – Mari Strachan
Law and Peace – Tim Kevan
Challenge 7: The Themed Reading Challenge is my favourite. My theme for 2011 was Revisiting Real Life Destinations. I meant this to be an international trip but in the end I ended up staying on mainland Britain!
City of Dreadful Night – Peter Guttridge
The London Train – Tessa Hadley
A Dark Anatomy – Robin Blake
Challenge Eight: Pink Sheep Cafe‘s challenge was too much for me. It seems I am incapable of picking up a book with an ugly cover. But I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the ugliest cover I came across in 2011. Sarah Hall – The Beautiful Indifference