Time flies, doesn’t it? It seems like yesterday when I said Yay, January 2019! and now I am like, Oh god, is it almost April?!!
Last December, I came up with a reading challenge called the British Crime Classics Challenge. The main aim of the challenge was to get people to read more classics. And with just over 9 months of book blogging, I have come across many book bloggers who aim to read a couple of classics each year. Project Gutenberg offers a couple of crime classics for free and Amazon also has a few deals on classics every now and then. (Check for offers from Dean Street Press. They have at least three free books every week!) Also, British Library, Dean Street Press and Agora Books are coming up with reprints every month and if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can read these books for free.
Bev came across my British Crime Classics Challenge and introduced me to Vintage Mystery Challenge. The challenge is hosted by Bev and the participants are given two options to choose from. Through Bev, I met Kate. Kate gave me a list of bloggers who review crime classics. I am so glad that I met quite a lot of people through my BCCC. 😀 Also, thanks to these guys, I got to read books by some amazing authors like Bellairs and Gilbert.
The third reading challenge that I accepted this year is Lori Caswell’s Craving for Cozies Challenge. As the name suggests, the challenge is those who love cozy mysteries (who doesn’t!)
The fourth challenge that I accepted this year, or rather, last year, is Dora’s Untouched Bookshelf challenge. Forgive the pun Dora but as the name suggests, I haven’t touched the books in this list yet! I listed 15 books for this challenge and so far, I have read just one. And that too, I read it last December! I am not going to make excuses here but I have been going through a reading slump since December 2018! I hope things get better from April onward because I really have so many books to read!
Instead of linking each of the books that I reviewed so far (it is going to be a long list!), I will leave links to the challenge pages. I regularly update the page so if you are seeing this post through your browser, go ahead and click on the “Reading Challenges” in the menu and you will find the list of challenges.
So far, this is the count:
British Crime Classics Challenge: 11 books
Vintage Mystery Challenge: 9 books (all these are in BCCC too)
Craving for Cozies: 18 books
Untouched Bookshelf Challenge: I am ashamed to say this but here it goes – One book! One!!
So, for the next quarter, my aim is to read at least 4 books to up the number on Untouched Bookshelf. Then, a couple of crime classics by authors like Bellairs, Wentworth and Thynne for BCCC and VMC. For the cozy challenge, I have decided to read the cozy series that I started last year. So, that’s it! Hope the numbers will be on the higher side for the next quarter.
For those who want to check out the details on the challenges mentioned above:
You can sign-up for the British Crime Classics Challenge and Untouched Bookshelf Challenge any time. The last date for signing up for Vintage Mystery Challenge is 1st November, 2019. Craving for Cozy sign-up is closed so better luck next time!