1. 2018 European Reading Challenge.
Rose City Reader, and I signed up for a total of three books (the "Business Traveler" level). Here's what I read, with links to a couple of reviews:
1. United Kingdom: How to Be Human. Paula CocozzaIf I had to choose a favorite from these three, I think it would be How to Be Human. A real surprise and not at all what I was expecting. Actually, all of the authors were new to me, and I enjoyed them all. That's one of the things I like about these reading challenges -- the little nudge they give me to try new things.
2. Ireland / Irish Author: The Dead House. Billy O'Callaghan
3. Italy: A Long Time Coming. Aaron Elkins (set in Milan)
2. 2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.
Hosted by Amy @ Passages to the Past. My goal was five books ("Victorian Reader"), and I managed to get six read, but didn't review them all. My list:
- Holmes Entangled. Gordon McAlpine (2018; set in early 20th Century)
- The Cottingley Secret. Hazel Gaynor (2017; set in early 20th Century)
- Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels. Katherine Anne Porter (1939; pre-WWI setting)
- When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead (2009; set in 1970s)
- A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael #1). Ellis Peters (1977; set in Medieval Wales)
- A Shadow on the Wall. Jonathan Aycliffe (2000; set in Victorian England)
3. 2018 Mount TBR Reading Challenge.
This annual challenge is hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. I signed up at the first level ("Pike's Peak") and wanted to read at least 12 books from my various must-read stacks and shelves. I did pretty well, and actually read 15 books, although I didn't get them all reviewed. What I read:
- Five Children and It. E. Nesbit
- Just Kids. Patti Smith
- A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple #5). Agatha Christie
- Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn #5). Ngaio Marsh
- Time Out of Joint. Philip K. Dick
- The Cottingley Secret. Hazel Gaynor
- The Quiet American. Graham Greene
- Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels. Katherine Anne Porter
- At the Mountains of Madness. H.P. Lovecraft
- When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead
- The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6). Agatha Christie
- A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael #1). Ellis Peters
- The Night She Died (Inspector Thanet #1). Dorothy Simpson
- Last Bus to Woodstock (Inspector Morse #1). Colin Dexter
- Last Seen Wearing (Inspector Morse #2). Colin Dexter
I have a few more challenges I need to wrap up, but I'll save that for a later post. Thanks so much to all the hosts for keeping these going, and to all the other participants for giving me lots of great ideas about what to read next.