I’m delighted that these 3M is continuing these challenges in 2010.  Needless to say I’m in – bringing total challenges for the year to 13.  I say that’s enough for any one bookworm.

The Pub 2010 – 10 books, published for the first time in the UK during 2010

Award Winners IV – 10 months, 10 awards, January – October 2010

Decades challenge 2010 – 10 books from 10 consecutive decades, January – December 2010

Reading lists for all to be compiled as I go along.


A Few More

Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge.  I’m off to the Saturday Matinees again next year. I’m feeling ever so nostalgic ….. Read 4 books, watch 4 movies.

Chunkster Challenge 2010 – 3 books of 450 pages or more. I’ll select from: Wolf Hall, The Tin Drum, My Mutual Friend, The Moonstone, East Lynne, Lady Audley’s Secret





Colourful Reading Challenge 2010

9 books with 9 colours in the title: Black, red, white, blue, gold/yellow, silver plus 3 discretionary


What’s In A Name 3?

January 1 – December 31, 2010

Beth at Beth Fish Reads is the new host of What’s In A Name 3 Challenge. Here’s how it works: Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:
  1. A book with a food in the title:  An Apple In The Dark- Clarice Lispector
  2. A book with a body of water in the title: The Draining Lake – Arnaldur Indridason
  3. A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The White Queen – Phillipa Gregory
  4. A book with a plant in the title:  A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees – Clare Dudman
  5. A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada
  6. A book with a music term in the title: The Long Song – Andrea Levy

I’m delighted this challenge continues.  Great timing as I have just finished What’s In A Name 2.

Building:  Castle in the Clouds / Medical Condition: Dismissed Dead /Time of Day:  Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day / Body Part: The Blind Side of the Heart / Profession: My Cleaner /Relative:  Midnight’s Children

TwentyTen Challenge

 TwentyTen Reading Challenge @ Barts Bookshelf

This is such a creative challenge –  how can I resist?  The rules according to Bartsbookshelf:

  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.

So, on with the categories (and my first thoughts on what I will read …)

  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.  (Two books by Philip Reeve,  A Darkling Plain / Here Lies Arthur/The Moonstone Legacy)
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09. (The only difficulty here is selecting two from the 700+ TBR!)
  3. Shiny & New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count!  (To be determined) The Long Song / Even The Dogs
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago). 
    *** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on. (I already have a mountain of these.  The first two to spring to mind are:  The Flying Camel and the Golden Hump, recommended by Dovegreyreader and Colony, recommended at the Asylum.)
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop. (To be decided)
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!) The Existential Detective /
  7.  Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior! (I’ll  probably select two C19th sensational novels for this.) The Moonstone / Dirty Snow
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so! (To be determined.) Suite Francaise / Stevenson under the Palm Trees
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before! (Cue 2 debut novels …..) Miss Thing / The Still Point
  10. Up to You!
    The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post. (Two non-fiction titles for me.) The Snows of Yesteryear / Family Romance

More Challenges

Wilkie Collins Mini-Challenge – 2 books 01.10.2009- 30.11.2010

Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge – 40% of books read between 01.10.2009 and 30.11.2009 must have been on the shelves for 6 months or longer.

November Novella Challenge – 4 novellas in November

Potential reads: Cheerful Weather for a Wedding, Mathilda, The Lemoine Affair, The Green Dwarf, Something (anything!) by Theodor Storm, A Minute’s Silence, Confusion

Really Old Classics Challenge – One book pre-1600 by 28.02.2010.

Awesome Author Challenge – Moderate level – 6 new-to-me authors 01.01.2010 – 31.12.2010.  To be chosen from the following:  Anton Szerb, Willa Cather, John D MacDonald, Joyce Carol Oates, Colette, Anthony Trollope, Alice Munro, Virginia Woolf, Hilary Mantel

 With two weeks to go, I still had 3 titles to read and a major distraction in the form of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF).  Short stories to the rescue then.  But I couldn’t find a single short story published in 2003 on my shelves!  As I was trawling through the TBR, however,  I came across The Atlantic Ocean, a compilation of essays on Britain and America, which contained a variety of short pieces originally published in the years I needed to complete this challenge.  I was so relieved.  I was too close not to make it to the finishing line on this particular challenge.  Now that I have crossed that line, here’s a list of what I read, with hyperlinks to my reviews, where these exist.

9 from 2009

1. Land of Marvels – Barry Unsworth 2. The Crossroads – Niccolo Ammaniti 3. Grace – Alex Pheby 4. The Hidden – Tobias Hill 5. The Outlander – Gil Adamson 6. The Letters – Fiona Robyn 7. The Earth Hums In B-Flat – Mari Strachan 8. The Sweetness at The Bottom of The Pie – Alan Bradley 9. Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie 10. The Wilderness – Samantha Harvey 11. A Cool Head – Ian Rankin 12. The Salati Case – Tobias Jones 13. Adam Gould – Julia O’Faolain 14. My Driver – Maggie Gee 15. Berlin Tales – Edited by Helen Constantine  16. The Blind Side of the Heart – Julia Franck (Trans. 2009) 17. Ice Cold – Andrea Maria Schenkel

8 from 2008

 1. A Case of Exploding Mangoes – Mohammed Hanif 2. Country of the Grand – Gerard Donovan 3. Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay 4. This is Not About Me – Janice Galloway 5. Burning Secret – Stefan Zweig 6. The Bachelors – Adalbert Stifter 7. Glenfarron – Jonathan Falla 8. The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga 9. Typhoon – Charles Cumming 10. The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry 11. The Behaviour of Moths – Poppy Adams 12. Castle In The Clouds – Monica Janssens 13. Sorbonne Confidential – 14. Don’t Get Fooled Again – Richard Wilson 15. Fleck – Alasdair Gray 16. Shakespeare on Toast – Ben Crystal 17. Dear Everybody – Michael Kimball 18. Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden 19. Mystic Pig – Richard Katrovas 20. Home – Marilynne Robinson 21. The Invention of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt 22. Scottsboro – Ellen Feldman

 7 from 2007

1. The Road of Bones – Anne Fine 2. Helpless – Barbara Gowdy 3. Binu and The Great Wall- Su Tong 4. Amok and Other Stories – Stefan Zweig 5. The Road Home – Rose Tremain 6. No Word From Gurb – Eduardo Mendoza (Spanish 1999 – Trans 2007) 7. The Murder Farm – Andrea Maria Schenkel (German 2007 – Trans 2008)

6 from 2006

1. The Book of Chameleons – Jose Agualusa 2. Mothers and Sons – Colm Toibin 3. Beyond Sleep – W F Hermans (Translated 2008) 4. Child’s Play – Carmen Posadas (Translated 2008) 5. Fists – Pietro Grossi (Translated 2009) 6) Beware of Pity – Stefan Zweig (Translated 2006)

5 from 2005

1) The Big Over Easy– Jasper Fforde 2) My Cleaner – Maggie Gee 3) Three Bags Full (Trans 2006) 4) One City 5) After Hurricane Katrina – Essay from The Atlantic Ocean – Andrew O’Hagan 

4 from 2004 1. Author! Author! – David Lodge 2. The Blue Fox – Sjon (Translated 2008) 3. 98 Reasons for Being – Clare Dudman 4. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

 3 from 2003

1. Me and Kaminski – Daniel Kehlmann (German 2003 Translated 2008) 2. All My Friends are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufmann 3. Celebrity Memoirs – Essay from The Atlantic Ocean – Andrew O’Hagan

2 from 2002 1. One Step Behind – Henning Mankell 2. Pharos – Alice Thompson

1 from 2001

1. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

Objective: 5 titles containing numbers.

January 2009 – August 2009

For the second year running, I had to resort to a short story to finish this challenge.  I’m simply rubbish at Challenges that don’t run from January to December.  However, I have completed it and that is the main thing.

I read:

1) The Two Faces of January – Patricia Highsmith

2) Three Bags Full – Leonie Swann

3) 98 Reasons for Being – Clare Dudman

4) One City – Alexander McCall-Smith, Ian Ranking and Irwine Welsh.  (Review will appear tomorrow.)

5) Bed 29 – Guy de Maupassant  (Review to follow in due course.)

All were enjoyable reads.  And, I’ll sign up, if there’s a Numbers Challenge III.


All with the exception of the Fforde were great reads.  I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to joining in again next year.