Book Challenge By Erin 6.0: Complete

I woke up early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to make the most of my time and read the last remaining book I needed to complete Erin‘s latest reading challenge. My preliminary list was here, for those who are interested. I did end up changing my picks for one or two categories…


5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.

The Disappearance by Annabel Kantaria (382 pages). I guessed most of the twists in this one before the end, well kind of at least… one event didn’t go down exactly as I thought it had. Parts of the story felt vaguely familiar as well, which spoiled my enjoyment a bit. I ended up giving this one 3 stars.

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “W”.

Without a Trace by Lesley Pearse (406 pages) – which I forgot to include on the photograph with the others. I quite enjoyed this, although it wasn’t as good as other books I’ve read by the same author. Everything seemed to come out too well in the end. It was an intriguing mystery though. 4 stars.

10 points: Read a book with six words in the title.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (434 pages). I’m not sure I’d call what I was reading about here “love”… obsession maybe? And – trying not to give too much away – there was one extremely disturbing aspect of the storyline. The writing was good though. 4 stars.


15 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover.

I was stuck on this one, but then the lovely Alison who blogs at View from the Teapot sent me a green book – The Conjuror’s Bird by Martin Davies (305 pages). Part love story, part mystery, part historical fiction, this is not a book I would have picked up myself but it turned out to be really enjoyable. My only complaint is that there were three stories within the book and I felt like none of them got the attention they deserved in such a short book. 4 stars. Photo to the left to prove it’s green 😉

20 points: Read a book with a homonym in the title.

The Secret by the Lake by Louise Douglas (410 pages), with the homonym being by (buy/bye). I really wanted to enjoy this book. It was spooky and atmospheric with a family tragedy and a mystery from the past… but somehow it didn’t really suck me in. I got through it quickly enough but ended up feeling unsatisfied. And I guessed one of the big things that was going on way before the end. A rather meh 3 stars.

20 points: (Submitted by Linda) Read a book by your favourite author.

I don’t have a favourite author (although I might say Terry Pratchett if absolutely forced to choose), so I read a book by one of the authors I can’t get enough of: The Trespasser by Tana French (468 pages). I have enjoyed all of her books, although the first one disappointed me slightly, and each one seems to get that little bit better. I LOVED this one and gave it 5 stars.

25 points: (Submitted by Christina) Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live.

Yeah, it doesn’t say country anywhere here, but I’m hoping Erin will let this count anyway. I did find one book that was set in Basel but it turned out not to be long enough, so I read And Both Were Young by Madeleine L’Engle (238 pages). It is set in Switzerland, but in the French-speaking part, somewhere near Lake Geneva. It’s a boarding school book, and I do love a good boarding school book (I’m still trying to collect all the Chalet School books!). This one is quite a sweet one and has all the “traditional” ingredients – awkward or unlikeable girl realises things aren’t so bad and manages to make friends. It takes place just after World War 2 and I felt like the events of the war were glossed over a bit, despite being a major plot point, which is why I only gave it 4 stars.

30 points: (Submitted by Peggy) Read a “Rory Gilmore” book.

I read High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (245 pages) just this morning. It was a quick and fairly easy read, full of fun pop culture references (I’m sure you all know the story). However… and pay attention to this  next bit because I doubt I will ever say/type it again… the film was better! Something about the story just seemed to work better on the screen… Only 3 stars for this one.

30 points: (Submitted by Stef Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat (444 pages) is a war story and I really don’t like war stories… usually. This one surprised me by actually being quite readable! It’s basically a story of the British navy’s part in World War 2, focusing on a particular ship that had the job of escorting non-navy ships to their destinations. 4 stars.

35 points: (Submitted by Ferne) Read a book with time travel.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril (360 pages). I absolutely loved this book! The writing style, the characters. And even though it’s about time travel, it wasn’t too sci-fi-ish (if that makes any sense?). It was basically an action/adventure/romance that just happened to involve travelling back in time. Highly recommend! 5 stars.

And that’s all. I’m amazed that I actually managed to read all my books within the first month of the challenge! And 3 of them also count for the BBC Big Read, which is nice. Now I shall await the bonus round…

21 thoughts on “Book Challenge By Erin 6.0: Complete

  1. I always say I’m going to do a reading challenge, but I never do. My life is too all over the place. Reading about everyone elses reading challenges always gives me more books to add to my “to read” list, though. And I also want to go full Rory Gilmore and crack through her reading list 😉

  2. I’ve loved all of Tana French’s books (I think Faithful Place was my favourite) but was really disappointed in The Trespasser which I thought needed a good edit and, well, a better plot!

    1. Oh, that’s a shame. I really liked The Trespasser. Okay, the “mystery” of whodunnit was a bit weak, but I loved getting to know Antoinette better and the developing relationship there. My favourite of her books was the one before this, The Secret Place… probably a left over from my love of boarding school stories. Least favourite is Broken Harbour.

  3. hmm i am intrigued by Love in the Time of Cholera. maybe one day. The Conjuror’s Bird sounds like my kind of book. I haven’t read High Fidelity but I have seen the movie.. I don’t like to read the book after I’ve seen the movie, so I’m glad I’m not missing out 😉 All Our Yesterdays is on my shelf at home, so I’m super glad to hear you liked it! I have 3 books left on Erin’s challenge, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this far lol. congrats on finishing!

  4. I do like war stories, so I’m going to take a look at The Cruel Sea. Way to go, Bev! I shared your blog with the facebook group. I hope you’re cool with that.

  5. Congrats on finishing Erin’s challenge. I’m doing it too. I usually lag behind in the first month, because I am completing another challenge that ends in January and usually the categories don’t overlap. I am committed to working on my TBR in February though so I can join your finished ranks 🙂
    I came over from Erin’s Facebook link and subscribed to your blog. Woohoo. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  6. Woah, I like the new layout!! Especially the red text, makes me want some coloured text on my own blog… hmm, I might go and tinker with the HTML/CSS after I have caught up with blogs.

    First off, congrats on finishing the challenge! It’s only just the end of January so that’s a lot of books to get through in one month! I just had a quick look of the challenges and if I was playing along I would have completed five of them already this month and could easily find a book for all the other challenged minus the one where you live.

    I do plan to read some Tana French this year, so I hope I will enjoy her as much as you do.

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