Sunday, January 7, 2018

Follow The Clues: My Trail of Evidence

I participated in the Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge @ My Reader's Block and signed up for the Infraction level which meant I was committed to reading six books in a trail of evidence.


Here are the six books:

1. An Old Fashioned Mystery by Runa Fairleigh  - 21/1/17 (The word "Mystery" in the title leads to:

2. The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts  - 27/1/17 (The word "Hog" in the title leads to:

3. Hag's Nook by J.D. Carr -3/2/17 (HogHag being a word to describe a way of laughing. You can read its definition at Urban Dictionary over here. This being the first in Carr's series Character Dr. Fell, it leads to:

4. A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh  - 7/2/17 (as this is Marsh's  first book about her series character, Roderick Alleyn and is a country-house mystery and so it leads to another country-house mystery:

5. What Happened at Hazelwood by Michael Innes  - 3/3/17. (And this being published in 1946 leads to the last entry which was also published in 1946 and that is:

6. Death and the Pleasant Voices by Mary Fitt - 20/4/17

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

This year, I am again signing up for the Back to the Classics Challenge @ Books and Chocolate.



For 2018, we have to read the following classics:

1.  A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.

2.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications.

3.  A classic by a woman author.

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules.

5. A children's classic. Indulge your inner child and read that classic that you somehow missed years ago. Short stories are fine, but it must be a complete volume. Young adult and picture books don't count!

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. This can be a true crime story, mystery, detective novel, spy novel, etc., as long as a crime is an integral part of the story and it was published at least 50 years ago. Examples include The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, In Cold Blood, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, etc.  The Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones list is an excellent source for suggestions.

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. The journey itself must be the major plot point -- not just the destination. Good examples include The Hobbit, Around the World in 80 Days, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Kon-Tiki, Travels with Charley, etc.

8. A classic with a single-word title. No articles please! Proper names are fine -- Emma, Germinal, Middlemarch, Kidnapped, etc.

9. A classic with a color in the title. The Woman in White; Anne of Green Gables; The Red and the Black, and so on. (Silver, gold, etc. are acceptable. Basically, if it's a color in a Crayola box of crayons, it's fine!)

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Choose an author you've never read before.

11. A classic that scares you. Is there a classic you've been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length? Now's the time to read it, and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised!

12. Re-read a favorite classic. Like me, you probably have a lot of favorites -- choose one and read it again, then tell us why you love it so much.

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For rest of the rules and sign-up, go here.

Full House Reading Challenge 2018



As in the previous years, I am signing up for the Full House Challenge hosted @ The Book Date. The challenge is to read 25 books in different categories. There are also prizes offered by our generous host, Kathryn.

The card for the 2018 edition is this:



LIST 

  1. Mystery or thriller
  2. Historical
  3. Over 500 pages
  4. Setting in library or  bookshop
  5. 4 word title
  6. Last book added to your TBR (as of the time you fulfil this one)
  7. Classic
  8. Fantasy
  9. Coming of Age theme
  10. Adapted to a Movie
  11. Holiday season
  12. Has big plot twist
  13. Humor
  14. Book to improve your life
  15. Redemption theme
  16. Has a number in the title
  17. Under 250 pages
  18. New to you author from another country
  19. From a favorite series of yours
  20. Dual time line
  21. Non fiction hobby book
  22. Children's book ( could be a picture book if wished)
  23. Book chosen randomly from TBR shelf. You might like to do it with your eyes closed from an actual shelf. Or check your TBR on Goodreads, see how many there are and put that number into random.org. Or whatever method you think of.
  24. Memoir or Autobiography
  25. Reread
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Want to take up the challenge too? Click on the link above.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I conquer Mount Blanc

Usually, I struggle to climb even the smallest peak in Bev's Mount TBR Challenge, unable to read even 12 books from my ever-increasing book piles. But this year, I have (much to my own surprise) finished 30 books in all. And what gives me even greater pleasure is that the number of non-fictional reads is more than double the number of novels read. So, though I had signed up for Pike's Peak, I ended up conquering Mount Blanc. Yahoo!!!



Here are the books read:


Fiction:

1. Clockwork by Philip Pullman
2. The Child Inside by Suzanne Buglar
3. The Safe House by Nicci French
4. The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
5. Coup D'etat by Ben Coes
6. The Inheritance by Tom Savage
7. Shadow Sister by Simone Van Der Vlugt
8. The Cat's Table by Michael Ondatjee
9. The Blue Note by Charlotte Bingham



Non-Fiction:

1. Nehru Benqab by Hansraj Rahbar
2. Maut ke Intezar Mein by Shiv Verma
3. Krantikarni Durga Bhabhi by N.K. Gupta
4. Krantimurti Durga Bhabhi by Vachnesh Tripathi
5. Batukeshwar Dutt: Bhagat Singh ke Sahyogi by Anil Verma
6. Krantikari Batukeshwar Dutt by Sudhir Vidyarthi
7.  The Deportation of Lala Lajpat Rai and Sardar Ajit Singh by Ganda Singh
8. History of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha by Comrade Ram Chandra
9. Inqlabi Yatra by Manorama Dewan
10.The Contribution of the Revolutionists in India's Freedom Struggle by Hiren Gohain
11.The Indian Ferment by H.G. Alexander
12. Gandhi's Encounter with Indian Revolutionaries by Rama Hari Shankar
13. Bejoy Kumar Sinha: A Revolutionary's quest for Sacrifice by Srirajyam Sinha
14. Shaheedon ke Humsafar by Sudhir Vidyarthi
15. Bhagat Singh par Durlabh Lekh by M.M. Juneja, Raghubir Singh
16. Krantiveer Chandrashekhar Azad aur Unke Do Sathi by Dharmender Goud
17. Lajpat Rai: Life and Work by Feroz Chand
18. Aapbeeti by Bhai Parmanand
19. Gandhi Benqab by Hansraj Rahbar
20. Sardar Bhagat Singh ke Sahyogi: Shiv Verma by Pramod Kumar
21. Bandi Jeewan by Sachindranath Sanyal

And for the first time, I am attempting "The Words to the Wise". This is how Bev explains it: "The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, see how many of the familiar proverbs and sayings below you can complete with a book read on your journey up the Mountain."

So here goes:

A stitch in time...[saves]  The Inheritance 
Don't count your chickens...[at] The Cat's Table
A penny saved is.... [in] The Safe House
All good things must come... [to a] Coup D'etat
When in Rome... [forget] The Indian Ferment 
All that glitters is..... The Contribution of the Revolutionists in India's Freedom Struggle
A picture is worth... [a] Shadow Sister
When the going gets tough, the tough get... [ready for]  The Summer of the Bear
Two wrongs don't make... [right] The Deportation of Lala Lajpat Rai and Sardar Ajit Singh
The pen is mightier than.... The Blue Note
The squeaky wheel gets... [a] Clockwork
Hope for the best, but prepare for... Gandhi's Encounter with Indian Revolutionaries
Birds of a feather flock...[to] The Child Inside

Challenge Complete: Vintage Mystery 2017



I have successfully completed the Vintage Mystery Challenge 2017 @ My Reader's Block. I read around  25 golden age mysteries but the ones with the covers that corresponded with the objects in the card are the following:

1. Plane: Lost Horizon by James Hilton (1933)
2. Building (other than House): Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers (1913)
3. Blonde: Target for Conquest by Berkeley Gray (1953)
4. Snow/ Snowy scene: Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1938)
5. Body of Water: The Manasco Road by Victor Canning (1957)
6. Skeletal Hand: The Black Gloves by Conyth Little (1939)
7. Revolver: A Time to Die by Hilda Lawrence (1945)
8. Shadowy Figure: The Content Assignment by Holly Roth (1954)
9. Castle: Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne (1931)
10. Any Piece of Furniture: Murder Comes Home by Anthony Gilbert (1950)
11. Nurse: Death Takes a Wife by Anthony Gilbert (1959)
12. Door: Film of Fear by Fredric Arnold Kummer jr. (1917)
13. Magnifying Glass: Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert (1947)
14. Car: Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer (1941)
15. Dog: The Mouse in the Mountain by Norbert Davis (1943)
16. Food: Vegetable Duck by John Rhode (1944)
17. Flashlight: The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts (1933)
18. Red Object: A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh (1934)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Read of 2017: Clockwork or All Wound Up by Philip Pullman




"And once you've wound up a clock, there's something frightful in the way it keeps on going at its own relentless pace. Its hands move steadily round the dial as if they had a mind of their own. Tick, tock, tick, tock!"


A Very Happy 2018 to all.

Oh and the book: Deliciously creepy.

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First Line: In the old days, when this story took place, time used to run by clockwork.

First Published: 1996

Source: Bought @ 2016 DBF


Review: The Washer of the Dead

The Washer of the Dead The Washer of the Dead by Venita Coelho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the midst of middling, okay reads - books that you read one minute and forget the next - comes that one book that simply blows you away. One that tells you what literature is all about and the power of the written word. The book is subtitled: A Collection of Ghost Stories and it is totally appropriate because these are absolutely haunting.

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Opening Lines: Do You Believe in Ghosts? That's the sort of question you ask yourself at that part of the night when the ordinary noises of the day have eased into such a deep quiet that it's impossible to sleep.

First Published: 2010

Source: CL [823 C65W]

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