Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A few more completed challenges


Here are some more challenges that I was able to successfully finish this year.










The 2013 GENRE VARIETY was hosted @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts. I aimed to read 12 books in 12 different genres. I was able to read 18 books in 18 genres.

Contemporary
Historical :  Mari by Easterine Kire
Paranormal:Visits from the Afterlife by Sylvia Browne
Fantasy: Drinking Midnight Wine by Simon R. Green
Romance: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Sci-Fi: Star Trek: Prime Directive
Crime: Light of the Day by Eric Ambler
Thriller:  Lady-Killer by Anthony Gilbert
Adventure
Non-Fiction: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Women’s Fiction: Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand
Chick-Lit
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Western: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Comedy: The Affair at Aliquid by G.D.H and Margaret Cole
Horror: Night Screams by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
MANfiction
Self-Help
Biography
Auto-biography: Beloved Witch: An Autobiography by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti
Religious
Fairy Tales
Classics: Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
Erotica The Case of Lucy Bending by Lawrence Sanders:
Short Stories: Great Detective Stories
Travel Guides
Mystery: Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar 
Suspense: The Last Labyrinth by Arun Joshi













I am Sherlock Holmes because I read more than 30 Mystery/ Crime books for the 2013 MYSTERY/ CRIME @ The Crafty Book Nerd.

1. Lady-Killer by Anthony Gilbert
2. Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
3. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
4.  The Case of Lucy Bending by Lawrence Sanders
5. Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar 
6. The Body on the Beam by Anthony Gilbert
7. Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout
8. Death in Cyprus by M.M. Kaye
9. Derby Day: A Victorian Mystery by D.J. Taylor
10. Maigret Loses His Temper by Georges Simenon
11.  Fuzz by Ed McBain
12. The Devotion of Suspect X
13.  Star Trek: Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
14. Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand
15. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
16. Death Whispers by J.B. Carr
17. The Teller of Tales by Bhaskar Ghose
18. In Matto's Realm by Friedrich Glauser
19. The Musical Comedy Crime by Anthony Gilbert
20. Black Plumes by Margery Allingham
21. Death in Retirement by Josephine Bell
22. Night Screams by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
23. The Last Labyrinth by Arun Joshi
24. The Affair at Aliquid by G.D.H and Margaret Cole
25. Burglars in Bucks by G.D.H and Margaret Cole
26. The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais
27.  Light of the Day by Eric Ambler
28.  Dirty Story by Eric Ambler
29. The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
30.  The Secret History by Donna Tartt
31. Drinking Midnight Wine by Simon R. Green
32. Dhabba by Surender Mohan Pathak
33. A Little Local Murder by Robert Barnard
34. Great Detective Stories













I did well in the BRITISH BOOKS challenge hosted @ Feeling Fictional. The challenge requires one to read 12 books written by British authors. I read 18.


1. Lady-Killer by Anthony Gilbert
2. The Body on the Beam by Anthony Gilbert
3. Death in Cyprus by M.M. Kaye
4. Derby Day: A Victorian Mystery by D.J. Taylor
5. Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand
6. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
7. The Musical Comedy Crime by Anthony Gilbert
8. Black Plumes by Margery Allingham
9. Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Death in Retirement by Josephine Bell
11. The Affair at Aliquid by G.D.H and Margaret Cole
12. Burglars in Bucks by G.D.H and Margaret Cole
13. Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
14.  Light of the Day by Eric Ambler
15.  Dirty Story by Eric Ambler













THE CLASSICS READING CHALLENGE @ Thoughts at one in the Night is a cool challnge because there is no minimum requirement. Even one classic read makes you successfully complete the challenge. I read the following classics:

1. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
2. The Last Musha'irah of Dehli by Mirza Farhatullah Baig
3. In Matto's Realm by Friedrich Glauser
4. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
5. Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
6.  Lenz by Peter Schneider
7. A Runaway Horse by Martin Walser
8.  Arogyaniketan by Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay
9. Great Detective Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and Others
10. Light of the Day by Eric Ambler










The CRIMINAL PLOTS III challenge @ Criminal Plots required one to read books in the following categories:


1. Novel with an animal in the title 
 The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais

2. Two short stories written by two different authors who are new to you - you can take these from magazines, anthologies, ezines. 
 Great Detective Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and Others

3. Book written by more than one person
Burglars in Bucks by G.D.H and Margaret Cole

4. A YA crime novel.
Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt

5. A book from a series optioned for televsion.
 Star Trek: Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens


6. A novel that's been nominated for an Edgar® in the last five years. This should be a book you haven't read before. 
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino










[Artwork used (with permission) for the button is Anglerfish by Vlad Gerasimov.]

The NEW AUTHORS @ Literary Escapism. I thought I'll discover 25 new authors, in fact I hit half-century, with Philip K. Dick being the only author I couldn't review.

1. Easterine Kire
2.  Norbert Davis
3. Mildred A. Wirt
4. Knut Hamsun
5.  Ipsita Roy Chakraverti
6.  Hisham Matar 
7.  Mirza Farhatullah Baig
8 D.J. Taylor
9. Ed McBain
10. Keigo Higashino
11.& 12.  Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
13. Christianna Brand
14 Sister Jesme
15. J.B. Carr
16. Bhaskar Ghose
17. Friedrich Glauser
18. Carmen Carter
19. Josephine Bell
20 & 21. Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
22. Arun Joshi
23 & 24: G.D.H and Margaret Cole
26. Frantz Fanon
27. Pat Conroy
28. Christopher Isherwood
29. Anirban Bose
30. Robert Crais
31.  Peter Schneider
32. Martin Walser
33. Friedrich Christian Delius
34.  Henning Mankell
35. Rita Kotari
36. Dr. Brian Weiss
37. Sylvia Browne
38.  Donna Tartt
39. Patrick DeWitt
40. Simon R. Green
41.Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay
42. Alberto Manguel
43. Robert Flaceliere
44. Robert Barnard
45. L.T. Meade
46. Robert Eustace
47. Arnold Bennett
48. Baroness Orczy
49. R. Austin Freeman
50. Philip K. Dick








WHAT COUNTRIES HAVE I VISITED 2013 @ Christian Novels.

I did a lot of travelling this year, visiting 15 countries in all, beyond my expectation of 10.

1. Lady-Killer by Anthony Gilbert (England)
2. Holocaust House by Norbert Davis (USA)
3. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun (Norway)
4. Beloved Witch: An Autobiography by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti (Canada)
5. Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar (Egypt)
6. Death in Cyprus by M.M. Kaye (Cyprus)
7. Maigret Loses His Temper by Georges Simenon (France)
8. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Japan)
9. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon (Algeria)
10& 11.  Lenz by Peter Schneider (Italy, Germany)
12. The Sunday I Became World Champion by Friedrich Christian Delius (Germany)
13 & 14. The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (Sweden, China)
15.  A Burden of Refuge by Rita Kothari (Pakistan)



Barring a couple, all these challenges are being hosted again at the same blogs. I'll be participating in them once again in 2014.










4 comments:

  1. Great job on finishing these challenges! Thanks for being a part of What Countries Have I Visited!

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    1. Thanks Abbi. I had great fun keeping a record of the countries I visited. Will be signing up for 2014 soon.

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  2. Congrats Neer! You have read an interesting selection of books. Happy New year and happy reading!

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  3. Thanks Srivalli.

    Happy New Year and Many Challenges Conquered to you too.

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