Reading Challenges in 2017

Below are those I read for the reading challenges hosted by Bev.

Color Coded ChColor Codedallenge (I think this is my 3rd year doing this challenge!)

  1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) –  Once in a Blue Moon Lodge. One of those books I picked up from the library- it was alright, had everything from a one- night stand leading to triplets to the reunion of a long lost love!
  2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc). Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers
  3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) – The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam. Set in Pakistan, this author weaves the lives of his characters (men and women belonging to different religions) beautifully . Loved it
  4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) The Green Man by Kate Sedley. Another random library pick- little did I know it would be the beginning of a series of books that I would read that were set in England, Scotland or Ireland! I thought it was a decent mystery book.
  5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover. The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong
  6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) – The Black Eyed Stranger by Charlotte Armstrong
  7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)- Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena. A coming of age tale of a young boy. I liked it- a short, engaging read
  8. 8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.) Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. A poignant WWII tale about rabbits, a.k.a experimental subjects
  9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.). All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. Another beautiful WWII tale- I had tears in my eyes.

Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt

(I may have forgotten to sign up for this challenge though!)

Golden Age Mysteries (8)

Shadowy figure- A Woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1860)

Painting: The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers (1931)

Cobweb- The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong (1948)

A tree- The Blue Diamond by Annie Haynes (1925)

Telephone: Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes (1936)

Chandelier, candle (Lamp)- They found him dead by Georgette Heyer (1937)

Dead Body- The Red Box by Rex Stout (1937)

A blonde- A dishonest murderer by Frances Lockridge & Richard Lockridge (1949)

Silver Age Mysteries (5)

Damsel in Distress- The Black Eyed Stranger by  Charlotte Armstrong (1951)

Spooky house- The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart, 1967

A tree- Fletch by Gregory McDonald, 1974

Revolver- The goodbye Look by Ross MacDonald, 1969

Bottle/Glass for drinking- The wrong case by James Crumley, 1979

Among these, Death at a President’s Lodging was hard to read and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did most of the others. Fletch was a surprise, since I just happened to pick up the book from the book store- it was a fast read and kept me engaged! I really like Mary Stewart, Charlotte Armstrong and Wilkie Collins books 🙂

Happy reading in 2018 everyone!

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