Good morning friends. I hope you’re all doing well and not letting the Christmas stress get to you too much. Today I have another book post for you, because honestly that’s the only thing I have the time or energy for right now! As you can see from the title, it’s the books I plan to read for Erin’s latest challenge, which starts on 1 January. I tried to make my list from books I already own, and I have something for all but one category.
5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages. I chose all my other books first, then Jan challenged me to use a book for my freebie that was set in a different place to all the other books on my list. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie is technically set in fictional places, but is based on the Indian subcontinent so Jan said that was diverse enough ;-).
10 points: Read a book that starts with “I”. I went through all my unread books and would you believe I could only find one that starts with I? Into the Forest by Jean Hegland.
10 points: Read a book written by two or more authors. Beneath the Skin by Nicci French. Nicci French is actually two people, husband and wife Sean French and Nici Gerrard.
15 points: Read a book with a picture of a tree (or forest) on the cover. Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson. My copy has trees on the cover… or tree trunks, but it’s clear it’s a forest.
20 points: Read a book with one of the following words in the title: who, what, when, where, why. The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh. I found this in a free bookcase a while ago and almost didn’t take it, but I’m glad I did because I didn’t seem to have any other unread books with one of those words in the title!
20 points: (selected by Vinay) – Read a book set in Africa. The Various Flavours of Coffee by Anthony Capella. I’ve had this book for years and didn’t even realise it was set in Africa until I read the synopsis when looking for a book for this challenge.
25 points: (selected by Darlene) – As a nod to our female family members, read a book that has one of the words in the title: mother(s), sister(s), wife/wives, grandmother (or variation of), daughter(s), niece(s), aunt(s). My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. I am assuming “mum” also counts!
30 points: (selected by Deborah) – Read a book that has won an Edgar award. I didn’t even know what the Edgar award was! So I looked it up on Wikipedia and went through the winners until I found one I own. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Rorsyth is a BBC Big Read book that I’ve been putting off.
30 points: (selected by Debdatta) – Read a “locked room mystery” book. I don’t actually have one on my shelves here, but I’m going to my dad’s for Christmas so hopefully I’ll be able to find the Agatha Christie books and use one of those (I believe she had a few locked room mysteries). If not this will be the only category I have to buy a book for.
And that’s it. Those are my books. If you are taking part in the challenge, let me know what you’re reading (point me to your blog post if you have one). If you would like to join in, you can find all the information here. All books must be at least 200 pages, but the challenge runs from 1 January to 30 April 2020 so you’ll have plenty of time to read your books!