Reading Challenges

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

My challenge to myself is to read (or re-read) classics that I currently own. For this personal challenge I am including books that are at least as old as I am. 😉 I’m giving myself 3-1/2 years, ending 12/31/17. I will update this list as I go.

  1. The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon Completed 7/7/14
  2. Betsy and Mr. Kilpatrick by Carolyn Haywood Completed 7/12/14
  3. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells  Completed 7/23/14
  4. Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd Completed 7/24/14
  5. Washington Square by Henry James Completed 8/9/14
  6. All in Good Time by Edward Ormondroyd Completed 8/11/14
  7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis Completed 8/19/14
  8. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis Completed 8/28/14
  9. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary Completed 8/28/14
  10. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Completed 8/31/14 
  11. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis Completed 9/12/14
  12. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary Completed 9/14/14
  13. A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry Completed 9/17/14 
  14. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie Completed 9/23/14
  15. The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis Completed 9/24/14
  16. A Room With a View by E. M. Forster Completed 9/28/14
  17. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Completed 9/29/14 
  18. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Completed 10/11/14
  19. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery Completed 10/28/14
  20. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll Completed 11/12/14 
  21. The Saving Of P. S by Robbie Branscum Completed 11/27/14
  22. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Completed 12/19/14
  23. The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis Completed 1/9/15
  24. The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis Completed 1/16/15
  25. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis Completed 1/26/15
  26. The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White Completed 2/6/15
  27. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells Completed 2/24/15
  28. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene Completed 2/25/15
  29. The A. B. C. Murders by Agatha Christie Completed 3/2/15
  30. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Completed 3/6/15
  31. A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery Completed 3/9/15
  32. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery Completed 3/13/15
  33. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Completed 3/23/15
  34. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton Completed 3/28/15
  35. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie Completed 4/3/15
  36. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass Completed 4/16/15
  37. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli Completed 4/24/15
  38. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Completed 5/1/15
  39. Silas Marner by George Eliot Completed 6/5/15
  40. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond Completed 6/8/15
  41. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Completed 6/9/15
  42. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie Completed 6/19/15
  43. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Completed 6/25/15
  44. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Completed 6/30/15
  45. More About Paddington by Michael Bond Completed 7/3/15
  46. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Completed 7/3/15
  47. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien Completed 7/10/15
  48. The Princess Bride by William Goldman Completed 7/18/15
  49. Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt Completed 7/23/15
  50. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie Completed 8/3/2015
  51. Heidi by Joanna Spyri Completed 8/4/15
  52. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit Completed 8/7/15
  53. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie Completed 8/9/15
  54. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Completed 8/21/15
  55. Ink on His Fingers by Louise A. Vernon Completed 8/28/15
  56. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White Completed 9/3/15
  57. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne Completed 9/24/15
  58. Thunderstorm in Church by Louise A. Vernon Completed 9/24/15
  59. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Completed 10/2/15
  60. Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe Completed 10/23/15
  61. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery Completed 11/6/15
  62. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie Completed 11/23/2015
  63. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Completed 11/24/15
  64. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Completed 12/5/15
  65. Emma by Jane Austen Completed 12/9/15
  66. The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie Completed 12/20/15
  67. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Agatha Christie Completed 1/1/2016
  68. Howards End by E. M. Forster Completed 1/13/2016
  69. Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/17/2016
  70. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/18/2016
  71. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/19/2016
  72. Salome by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/20/2016
  73. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare Completed 2/11/2016
  74. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie Completed 2/11/2016
  75. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Completed 2/27/2016
  76. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl Completed 4/18/2016
  77. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie Completed 4/21/2016
  78. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie Completed 4/30/2016
  79. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery Completed 5/8/2016
  80. The Hollow by Agatha Christie Completed 5/10/2016
  81. The Blue Castle  by L. M. Montgomery Completed 5/29/2016
  82. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson Completed 6/10/2016
  83. The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery Completed 6/10/2016
  84. Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie Completed 6/13/2016
  85. Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie Completed 6/23/2016
  86. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie Completed 6/24/2016
  87. Kilmeny of the Orchard by L. M. Montgomery Completed 6/26/2016
  88. Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie Completed 7/4/2016
  89. Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie Completed 8/2/2016
  90. Persuasion by Jane Austen Completed 8/3/2016
  91. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie Completed 8/4/2016
  92. 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie Completed 8/23/2016
  93. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie Completed 8/25/2016
  94. The Clocks by Agatha Christie Completed 8/30/2016
  95. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt Completed 9/7/2016
  96. Crooked House by Agatha Christie Completed 9/10/2016
  97. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie Completed 9/16/2016
  98. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Completed 9/20/2016
  99. The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie Completed 9/27/2016
  100. The Golden Road by L. M. Montgomery Completed 9/28/2016
  101. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie Completed 10/8/2016
  102. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie Completed 10/12/2016
  103. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White Completed 10/12/2016
  104. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie Completed 10/13/2016
  105. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie Completed 10/18/2016
  106. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe Completed 10/18/2016
  107. Macbeth by William Shakespeare Completed 10/29/2016
  108. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Completed 10/31/2016
  109. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie Completed 11/17/2016
  110. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie Completed 12/4/2016
  111. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie Completed 12/9/2016
  112. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Completed 12/17/16
  113. The Mysterious Shrinking House by Jane Louise Curry Completed 1/10/17
  114. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie Completed 1/10/17
  115. Beauty by Robin McKinley Completed 3/12/17
  116. At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie Completed 3/26/17
  117. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare Completed 4/24/17
  118. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne Completed 5/1/17
  119. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Completed 5/24/17
  120. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Completed 5/29/17
  121. Othello by William Shakespeare Completed 6/28/17
  122. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery Completed 7/7/17
  123. Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery Completed 7/17/17
  124. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare Completed 7/22/17
  125. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff Completed 7/24/17
  126. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen Completed 8/12/17
  127. The Tempest by William Shakespeare Completed 8/18/17

POIROT CHALLENGE

I read or re-read ALL of Poirot between May, 2013 and October, 2016.

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1920
  • Murder on the Links 1923
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926
  • The Big Four 1927
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train 1928
  • Peril at End House 1932
  • Black Coffee 1998
  • Lord Edgware Dies 1933
  • Murder on the Orient Express 1934
  • Three Act Tragedy 1935
  • Death in the Clouds 1935
  • The ABC Murders 1936
  • Murder in Mesopotamia 1936
  • Cards on the Table 1936
  • Dumb Witness 1937
  • Death on the Nile 1937
  • Appointment with Death 1938
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas 1938
  • The Labours of Hercules (original short stories published 1939-1940)
  • Sad Cypress 1940
  • One, Two Buckle My Shoe 1940
  • Evil Under the Sun 1941
  • Five Little Pigs 1943
  • The Hollow 1946
  • Taken at the Flood 1948
  • Mrs McGinty’s Dead 1952
  • After the Funeral 1953
  • Hickory Dickory Dock 1955
  • Dead Man’s Folly 1956
  • Cat Among the Pigeons 1959
  • The Clocks 1963
  • Third Girl 1966
  • Hallowe’en Party 1969
  • Elephants Can Remember 1972
  • Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case 1975
  • The Monogram Murders 2014
  • Closed Casket 2016
  • Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

8 thoughts on “Reading Challenges

  1. Gwyn says:

    Last year my challenge was to read 52 books, which I have already passed. I like your choices. One of my goals this year is to read what I already have, but I like the idea of concentrating on cozy mysteries. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      I did a “read my shelves” personal challenge recently, which convinced me that I need to be more cautious about what I spend my money on. :/ I tend to buy bargain books, so I’m not out a bunch of money, but man, there were some real clunkers. There were also a few lovely surprises, so it wasn’t a total loss. 😉

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