In short, status: failed.
The rules to the 2014 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge are explained over at My Reader’s Block. Basically I decided to complete the Silver bingo card which covers books first published in the period 1960 to 1989.
As you’ll see below, I haven’t done very well, partly because I haven’t read as much as usual this year, partly because I have been reading older books. Still, I’ll be giving it another whirl in 2015 (you can sign up for next year’s challenge here).
- Book with a colour in the title:
- Book published under more than one title:
- Book with a ‘spooky’ title:
- Book by an author you’ve read before: Agatha Christie’s The Clocks (1963)
- Book with a detective team: P. D. James’ A Taste for Death (1987)
- Book with an animal in the title: Philip Youngman Carter’s Mr Campion’s Falcon (1970)
- Book set anywhere except the US or England: Len Deighton’s Mexico Set (1984)
- Book with a number in the title:
- Book that has been made into a movie:
- Book with a lawyer, courtroom, judge etc.:
- Book with a time, day, month, etc. in the title:
- Book with a place in the title: Len Deighton’s London Match (1986)
- Book which involves a crime other than murder: Dick Francis’s The Danger (1983)
- Book that features food/cooks in some way:
- Book with an amateur detective:
- Book already read by a fellow challenger:
- One translated work:
- One book with a size in the title:
- One locked room mystery:
- Book by an author you’ve never read before: Len Deighton’s Berlin Game (1984)
- Book with a man in the title:
- Book with a professional detective: Margery Allingham’s Hide My Eyes (1963)
- One short story collection:
- One medical mystery:
- One academic mystery:
- One book with a method of murder in the title: Joan Hess’s Strangled Prose (1986)
- One country house mystery:
- Mystery that involves water: Peter Lovesey’s The False Inspector Dew (1982)
- Book set in England: Philip Youngman Carter’s Mr Campion’s Farthing (1969)
- One book written by an author with a pseudonym:
- Book set in the entertainment world: Simon Brett’s What Bloody Man is That? (1987)
- One book with a woman in the title: Margery Allingham’s The China Governess (1963)
- One book that involves a mode of transportation:
- One book outside your comfort zone: Tom Sharpe’s Riotous Assembly (1971)
- One book that you have to borrow:
- One book set in the US: Hillary Waugh’s Prisoner’s Plea (1963)
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Rich, I did fail also on my attempt to complete the 2014 Global Reading Challenge. It takes courage to recognise it.
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It’s a hard challenge, so well done on what you *did* read! 🙂
It’s not a failure if you managed to extend your reading to something new and different from your usual reading, even if it wasn’t quite as much as you had hoped.
A good haul Rich
You did well Rich. I found I had to think “creatively” and juggle some of the titeles around to complete one bingo line even though I read 14 books in the Silver category. Did you realise some of the categories have changed for 2015?
I hadn’t spotted that – thanks Kerrie
Rich: You read some interesting titles this year. Sorry, my categories didn’t line up properly for you to claim a Bingo on them. Maybe next year though–as Kerrie pointed out, I did give the cards a twist and moved categories around as well as changed a few. [Trying to keep it interesting. 🙂 ]