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. Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie Completed 10/3/14
  19. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Completed 10/11/14
  20. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery Completed 10/28/14
  21. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll Completed 11/12/14 
  22. The Saving Of P. S by Robbie Branscum Completed 11/27/14
  23. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Completed 12/19/14
  24. The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis Completed 1/9/15
  25. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie Completed 1/14/15
  26. The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis Completed 1/16/15
  27. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis Completed 1/26/15
  28. The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White Completed 2/6/15
  29. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie Completed 2/21/15
  30. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells Completed 2/24/15
  31. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene Completed 2/25/15
  32. The A. B. C. Murders by Agatha Christie Completed 3/2/15
  33. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Completed 3/6/15
  34. A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery Completed 3/9/15
  35. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery Completed 3/13/15
  36. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Completed 3/23/15
  37. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton Completed 3/28/15
  38. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie Completed 4/3/15
  39. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass Completed 4/16/15
  40. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli Completed 4/24/15
  41. Cards on the Table Agatha Christie Completed 4/27/15
  42. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren Completed 4/30/15
  43. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Completed 5/1/15
  44. Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren Completed 5/6/15
  45. Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren Completed 5/8/15
  46. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Completed 5/8/15
  47. Silas Marner by George Eliot Completed 6/5/15
  48. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond Completed 6/8/15
  49. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Completed 6/9/15
  50. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie Completed 6/19/15
  51. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Completed 6/25/15
  52. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Completed 6/30/15
  53. More About Paddington by Michael Bond Completed 7/3/15
  54. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Completed 7/3/15
  55. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien Completed 7/10/15
  56. The Princess Bride by William Goldman Completed 7/18/15
  57. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie Completed 7/23/15
  58. Kneeknock Rise by Natalie Babbitt Completed 7/23/15
  59. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie Completed 8/3/2015
  60. Heidi by Joanna Spyri Completed 8/4/15
  61. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit Completed 8/7/15
  62. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie Completed 8/9/15
  63. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Completed 8/21/15
  64. Stuart Little by E. B. White Completed 8/27/15
  65. Ink on His Fingers by Louise A. Vernon Completed 8/28/15
  66. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White Completed 9/3/15
  67. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey Completed 9/15/15
  68. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne Completed 9/24/15
  69. Thunderstorm in Church by Louise A. Vernon Completed 9/24/15
  70. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Completed 10/2/15
  71. Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey Completed 10/3/15
  72. Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe Completed 10/23/15
  73. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery Completed 11/6/15
  74. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie Completed 11/23/2015
  75. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Completed 11/24/15
  76. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Completed 12/5/15
  77. Emma by Jane Austen Completed 12/9/15
  78. The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie Completed 12/20/15
  79. Howards End by E. M. Forster Completed 1/13/2016
  80. Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/17/2016
  81. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/18/2016
  82. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/19/2016
  83. Salome by Oscar Wilde Completed 1/20/2016
  84. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare Completed 2/11/2016
  85. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie Completed 2/11/2016
  86. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Completed 2/27/2016
  87. Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary Completed 4/16/16
  88. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl Completed 4/18/2016
  89. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie Completed 4/21/2016
  90. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie Completed 4/30/2016
  91. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery Completed 5/8/2016
  92. The Hollow by Agatha Christie Completed 5/10/2016
  93. The Blue Castle  by L. M. Montgomery Completed 5/29/2016
  94. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson Completed 6/10/2016
  95. The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery Completed 6/10/2016
  96. Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie Completed 6/13/2016
  97. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Completed 6/18/2016
  98. Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie Completed 6/23/2016
  99. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie Completed 6/24/2016
  100. Kilmeny of the Orchard by L. M. Montgomery Completed 6/26/2016
  101. Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie Completed 7/4/2016
  102. Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie Completed 8/2/2016
  103. Persuasion by Jane Austen Completed 8/3/2016
  104. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie Completed 8/4/2016
  105. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie Completed 8/5/2016
  106. Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie Completed 8/12/2016
  107. 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie Completed 8/23/2016
  108. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie Completed 8/25/2016
  109. N or M? by Agatha Christie Completed 8/26/2016
  110. The Clocks by Agatha Christie Completed 8/30/2016
  111. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie Completed 9/2/2016
  112. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt Completed 9/7/2016
  113. Crooked House by Agatha Christie Completed 9/10/2016
  114. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie Completed 9/16/2016
  115. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Completed 9/20/2016
  116. Third Girl by Agatha Christie Completed 9/21/2016
  117. The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie Completed 9/27/2016
  118. The Golden Road by L. M. Montgomery Completed 9/28/2016
  119. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie Completed 10/8/2016
  120. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie Completed 10/12/2016
  121. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White Completed 10/12/2016
  122. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie Completed 10/13/2016
  123. Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie Completed 10/16/2016
  124. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie Completed 10/16/2016
  125. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie Completed 10/18/2016
  126. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe Completed 10/18/2016
  127. Macbeth by William Shakespeare Completed 10/29/2016
  128. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Completed 10/31/2016
  129. Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie Completed 11/1/2016
  130. The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie Completed 11/11/2016
  131. Towards Zero by Agatha Christie Completed 11/13/2016
  132. Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie Completed 11/15/2016
  133. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie Completed 11/17/2016
  134. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie Completed 12/4/2016
  135. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie Completed 12/9/2016
  136. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie Completed 12/11/2016
  137. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie Completed 12/14/2016
  138. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Completed 12/17/16
  139. Nemesis by Agatha Christie Completed 12/23/2016
  140. The Mysterious Shrinking House by Jane Louise Curry Completed 1/10/17
  141. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie Completed 1/10/17
  142. Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery Completed 2/6/17
  143. Beauty by Robin McKinley Completed 3/12/17
  144. At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie Completed 3/26/17
  145. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Completed 4/23/17
  146. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare Completed 4/24/17
  147. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne Completed 5/1/17
  148. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Completed 5/24/17
  149. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Completed 5/29/17
  150. Othello by William Shakespeare Completed 6/28/17
  151. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery Completed 7/7/17
  152. Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery Completed 7/17/17
  153. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare Completed 7/22/17
  154. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff Completed 7/24/17
  155. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen Completed 8/12/17
  156. The Tempest by William Shakespeare Completed 8/18/17
  157. Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery Completed 9/4/17
  158. Hamlet by William Shakespeare Completed 9/8/17
  159. Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery Completed 9/10/17
  160. The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie Completed 9/18/17
  161. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Completed 9/24/17
  162. Endless Night by Agatha Christie Completed 10/14/17
  163. Dracula by Bram Stoker Completed 10/24/17
  164. They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie Completed 11/1/17
  165. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Completed 11/4/17
  166. The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene Completed 11/4/17
  167. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie Completed 11/6/17
  168. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Completed 11/14/17
  169. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie Completed 11/15/17
  170. King Lear by William Shakespeare Completed 11/17/17
  171. Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie Completed 11/24/17
  172. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Completed 11/30/17
  173. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Completed 12/1/17
  174. The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year in by Charles Dickens Completed 12/2/17
  175. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens Completed 12/5/17

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
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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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