Challenges and Projects

On this page I will be keeping track of my progress in any 2017 reading challenges and events I decide to participate in. For details of challenges completed in the years 2009-2016 see my Completed Challenges page.


R.I.P XII Challenge

Hosted at: Estella’s Revenge and My Capricious Life
My sign-up post

The aim: To read at least 4 books in the genres of Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Gothic, Horror and/or Dark Fantasy between 1st September and 31st October 2017.

Books read for the challenge:

1. Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes
2. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
3. Death in Bordeaux by Allan Massie
4. The Man of Dangerous Secrets by Maxwell March
5. Heartstone by CJ Sansom
6. Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate



2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Hosted at: Passages to the Past
My sign-up post

The aim: To read 50+ historical fiction novels in 2017 between 1st January and 31st December.

Books read for the challenge:

1. The Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas
2. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
3. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
4. First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson
5. The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn
6. The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
7. The Merry Mistress by Philip Lindsay
8. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
10. The Good People by Hannah Kent
11. Fatal Rivalry by Mercedes Rochelle
12. The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
13. At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
14. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
15. The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
16. The Muse by Jessie Burton
17. Under the Hog by Patrick Carleton
18. Wintercombe by Pamela Belle
19. Herald of Joy by Pamela Belle
20. The Coroner’s Daughter by Andrew Hughes
21. The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans
22. The Hurlyburly’s Husband by Jean Teulé
23. The King’s Favourite by Marjorie Bowen
24. To Sleep No More by Deryn Lake
25. Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian
26. Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge
27. The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull
28. Circle of Pearls by Rosalind Laker
29. Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt
30. The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
31. The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien
32. The Valentine House by Emma Henderson
33. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
34. The Empress of Hearts by E. Barrington
35. The Vatican Princess by CW Gortner
36. House of Names by Colm Tóibín
37. Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull
38. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
39. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
40. Prague Nights by Benjamin Black
41. The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy
42. The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
43. The Last Son’s Secret by Rafel Nadal Farreras
44. Mata Hari by Michelle Moran
45. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
46. Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, a King’s Obsession by Alison Weir
47. Soot by Andrew Martin
48. The Winter Isles by Antonia Senior
49. House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick
50. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
51. For the Winner by Emily Hauser
52. Beneath a Burning Sky by Jenny Ashcroft
53. Eugenie by Marjorie Bowen
54. A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore
55. Widdershins by Helen Steadman
56. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
57. Fortune’s Wheel by Rhoda Edwards
58. Some Touch of Pity by Rhoda Edwards
59. Shadow of the Moon by M.M. Kaye
60. By Gaslight by Steven Price
61. The Tudor Heritage by Lynda M. Andrews
62. Elizabeth the Witch’s Daughter by Lynda M. Andrews
63. Crimson and Bone by Marina Fiorato
64. Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
65. The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian
66. Red Sky at Noon by Simon Sebag Montefiore
67. Death in Bordeaux by Allan Massie
68. The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
69. Blood and Sand by Rosemary Sutcliff
70. Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer
71. Heartstone by CJ Sansom


One thought on “Challenges and Projects

  1. Lee J Tyler says:

    I adore your blog and have contemplated putting my closed sign permanently on my site and just reading. I’m reading Nom de Plume currently (Carmela Ciuraru) and it is no slouch at all. Very in-depth look at the lives of each author and the reasons never thought of for our craft that we should consider, even as writers, but do not. I have a whole library of books and am too busy to update my Goodreads account; otherwise, I would display it on my page. I like how you have laid this page out, dear and am going to follow your blog. (I’m on as well only spend my time tinkering with code over at org 😉 sigh…) Lovely job. I would sign up for the challenge, but the list of books that I must review is frightfully long and are all in the present time. ;( Best! Lee

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