Mount TBR 2017


This is my first year participating in Bev’s Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017. For details and to sign up, see Bev’s Blog post or Goodreads group.

My goal is to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro (Level 5) and read a miniumum of sixty books which were on my TBR as of January 1, 2017. I’ll be keeping track at Goodreads. The 164 eligible books include:
I Am Frankenstein by C. Dean Andersson
Heart of the World (Carlotta Carlyle #11) by Linda Barnes
Lie Down with the Devil (Carlotta Carlyle #12) by Linda Barnes
Vitals by Greg Bear
Pushing Up Daisies (Agatha Raisin #27) by M.C. Beaton
Lovecraft’s Providence & Adjacent Parts by Harry Beckwith
The Queen of Atlantis by Pierre Benoît
Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #8) by Rhys Bowen
Malice at the Palace (Her Royal Spyness #9) by Rhys Bowen
Crowned and Dangerous (Her Royal Spyness #10) by Rhys Bowen
Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery #1) by Laura Bradford
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Deception Point by Dan Brown
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon #1) by Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon #3) by Dan Brown
Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown
Claws and Effect (Mrs. Murphy #9) by Rita Mae Brown
A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan
Writers in Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light by David Burke
Carl Sandburg: His Life and Works by North Callahan
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Lovecraft Remembered by Peter H. Cannon
Scream for Jeeves: A Parody by Peter H. Cannon
Pulptime by Peter H. Cannon
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Blood Memory (Catherine McLeod #1) by Margaret Coel
Scratch the Surface (A Cat Lover’s Mystery #1) by Susan Conant
Marker (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #5) by Robin Cook
Abduction by Robin Cook
The Garment by Catherine Cookson
Hannah Massey by Catherine Cookson
The House Of Women by Catherine Cookson
Justice Is A Woman by Catherine Cookson
Katie Mulholland by Catherine Cookson
The Menagerie by Catherine Cookson
Miss Martha Mary Crawford by Catherine Cookson
The Moth by Catherine Cookson
The Obsession by Catherine Cookson
The Silent Lady by Catherine Cookson
The Spaniard’s Gift by Catherine Cookson
The Upstart by Catherine Cookson
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
Diana: Secrets & Lies by Nicholas Davies
Out of Africa/Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen
A Single Eye (Darcy Lott #1) by Susan Dunlap
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) by Lawrence Durrell
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2) by Tana French
Steppin’ on a Rainbow (Kinky Friedman #14) by Kinky Friedman
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (Kinky Friedman #15) by Kinky Friedman
The Prisoner of Vandam Street (Kinky Friedman #17) by Kinky Friedman
Ten Little New Yorkers (Kinky Friedman #18) by Kinky Friedman
Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned by Kinky Friedman
Lady L by Romain Gary
A Scots Quair (Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, Grey Granite) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Strait is the Gate by André Gide
A Life’s Morning by George Gissing
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
The New Colossus by Marshall Goldberg
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
The Private Diaries of Sir H. Rider Haggard, 1914-1925 by H. Rider Haggard
Dead Water (Benjamin January #8) by Barbara Hambly
The Shirt on His Back (Benjamin January #10) by Barbara Hambly
Ran Away (Benjamin January #11) by Barbara Hambly
Song of Orpheus (Beauty and the Beast #3) by Barbara Hambly
Ghost-Walker (Star Trek #53) by Barbara Hambly
Crossroad (Star Trek #71) by Barbara Hambly
The Xibalba Murders (Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery #1) by Lyn Hamilton
The Maltese Goddess (Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery #2) by Lyn Hamilton
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris
Death on the River Walk (Henrie O #5) by Carolyn Hart
Resort to Murder (Henrie O #6) by Carolyn Hart
Set Sail for Murder (Henrie O #7) by Carolyn Hart
Lovecraft’s New York Circle: The Kalem Club, 1924-1927 by Mara Kirk Hart
Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt’s Past by Zahi A. Hawass
Valley of the Golden Mummies by Zahi A. Hawass
The Woman and the Ape: A Novel by Peter Høeg
H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq
Silence of the Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries #2) by Arnaldur Indriðason
Strangled in Paris (Victor Legris Mystery #6) by Claude Izner
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
Firestorm by Iris Johansen
I Lived to Tell It All by George Jones
Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes
Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi
The Game of Thirty by William Kotzwinkle
Boundary Waters (Cork O’Connor #2) by William Kent Krueger
In the Forbidden Land by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
The Priestess (Dr. Owen Orient #5) by Frank Lauria
The Seth Papers (Dr. Owen Orient #6) by Frank Lauria
Blue Limbo (Dr. Owen Orient #7) by Frank Lauria
Sideshow by Anne D. LeClaire
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
Escape From Tomorrow: 3 Previously Unreprinted Weird Tales by Frank Belknap Long
Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside by Frank Belknap Long
To Quebec and the Stars by H.P. Lovecraft
Letters to Alfred Galpin by H.P. Lovecraft
Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters by H.P. Lovecraft
Letters to Rheinhart Kleiner by H.P. Lovecraft
The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft & Donald Wandrei (Letters 1) by H.P. Lovecraft
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili McConnon
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy
The PMS Outlaws (Elizabeth MacPherson #9) by Sharyn McCrumb
Too Many Murders: A Carmine Delmonico Novel by Colleen McCullough
Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz
Locked In (Sharon McCone #26) by Marcia Muller
Coming Back (Sharon McCone #27) by Marcia Muller
City of Whispers (Sharon McCone #28) by Marcia Muller
Looking for Yesterday (Sharon McCone #29) by Marcia Muller
Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli
I Am Not Spock by Leonard Nimoy
Leaf in the Storm by Ouida
The Second Opinion: A Novel by Michael Palmer
Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski #9) by Sara Paretsky
Total Recall (V.I. Warshawski #10) by Sara Paretsky
Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski #11) by Sara Paretsky
Fire Sale (V.I. Warshawski #12) by Sara Paretsky
Hardball (V.I. Warshawski #13) by Sara Paretsky
Body Work (V.I. Warshawski #14) by Sara Paretsky
Breakdown (V.I. Warshawski #15) by Sara Paretsky
Critical Mass (V.I. Warshawski #16) by Sara Paretsky
The Vanishing Thief (Victorian Bookshop Mystery #1) by Kate Parker
That Bringas Woman by Benito Pérez Galdós
Balzac by V.S. Pritchett
Still Me by Christopher Reeve
The Night Stalker (The Night Stalker #1) by Jeff Rice
Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal
The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
The Delegates’ Choice (Mobile Library Mystery #3) by Ian Sansom
The Bad Book Affair (Mobile Library Mystery #4) by Ian Sansom
The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott
Olympic Gold: A Runner’s Life And Times by Frank Shorter
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith
The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
The Pearl/The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The Short Reign of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
Curse of Al Capone’s Gold by Mike Thompson
Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery #9) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Mystery #10) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery #11) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #14) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery #15) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Murray Hill (Gaslight Mystery #16) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #17) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Morningside Heights (Gaslight Mystery #19) by Victoria Thompson
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Vicar of Wrexhill by Frances Trollope
The Lost Chronicles: The Official Companion Book by Mark Cotta Vaz
Emile Zola – Novelist and Reformer by Ernest A. Vizetelly
True Women by Janice Woods Windle
97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman
The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola
The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola
Truth (Les Quatre Évangiles #3) by Émile Zola


RMFAO 2017 Reading Challenges

Join us at RMFAO !

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Hey, everyone. 2017 is almost upon us! It is December, the most magical time of the year, and more so because this is the month we decide and announce the RMFAO Reading Challenges for the coming year!

If you don’t already know, RMFAO is my reading group on Goodreads and it is co-moderated by my very dear friend, Dagny. We have quite a few reading challenges there and have around 300 members. We talk about books and reading related stuff and recommend absolutely amazeballs books to each other. It is a place to be for all the book lovers as you’ll meet some serious bookaholic bibliophiles there.

Back to the point, we just announced the 3rd installment of our most popular challenge on RMFAO – RMFAO 2017 Genre Challenge. In this challenge, we read as per the pre-decided Genre-List that changes every year. This year we’re doing it our old…

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20 Books of Summer 2016

It’s almost here!

20 Books of Summer 2016

Twitter: #20booksofsummer


20 Books of Summer is hosted by the lovely Cathy at 746 Books. For those of you who don’t read quite as much, you may choose 10 Books of Summer or 15 Books of Summer. The Challenge begins Wednesday, June 1 and runs through Monday, September 5 – almost fourteen full weeks this year. Go for it, you know you want to. This is your big chance to take part in a Challenge in which you have total control over which books you read – no set list, genre or format. Check out Cathy’s post “20 Books of Summer is back! Who’s in?”

My progress will be tracked on my 2016 Reading Challenges Page. The planned list:

It Takes a Witch (Wishcraft Mystery #1) by Heather Blake
The Edge of Dreams (Molly Murphy #14) by Rhys Bowen
Royal Blood (Royal Spyness #4) by Rhys Bowen
A Walk in the Woods, Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
Embrace the Grim Reaper (Grim Reaper #1) by Judy Clemens
The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #5) by Michael Connelly
Catering to Nobody (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #1) by Diane Mott Davidson
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Revolt of the Angels (La Révolte des anges) by Anatole France
Shakespeare’s Champion (Lily Bard #2) by Charlaine Harris
The Predator of Batignolles (Le Léopard des Batignolles) by Claude Izner
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant
Leon Roch by Benito Perez Galdos
A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mysteries #1) by Victoria Thompson
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Join us this summer! If not the full 20, then for 15 or 10. Don’t forget to visit Cathy’s 746 Books to sign up.

Reading Challenges – 4th Quarter and 2015 Wrap-up




RMFAO 2015 Classics Challenge

With the top level being Level 5: Professor – 12 or more books, this one was a piece of cake for me and was completed during the second quarter. Extras added this quarter:

30. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells
31. Mont Oriol or A romance of Auvergne by Guy de Maupassant
32. Notre Coeur or A Woman’s Pastime by Guy de Maupassant
33. Evan Harrington by George Meredith
34. The Distracted Preacher by Thomas Hardy
35. The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris
36. Diary of a Pilgrimage by Jerome K. Jerome

RMFAO 2015 Genre Challenge

October – Horror (Level 4: Bibliophile – 4 books)
1. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris
2. A Touch of Dead (collection of the Sookie short stories) by Charlaine Harris
3. After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
4. Those Who Hunt the Night (James Asher #1) by Barbara Hambly

November – Historical (Level 1: Casual Reader – 1 book)
1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

December – Adventure/Fantasy (Level 2: Frequent Reader – 2 books)
1. The Martian by Andy Weir
2. Shackleton’s Forgotten Men by Leonard Bickel

A success with at least one book for each genre. February – Crime/Mystery, with eight books read was my biggest month, followed by May – Classics/Literary with seven books.

RMFAO 2015 Series Challenge

The same as Finishing the Series Reading Challenge 2015 below with the addition of:

AMELIA PEABODY series by Elizabeth Peters
18. Tomb of the Golden Bird

A miserable fail! Out of five series I had planned to finish, I only finished one (the Stephanie Plum series shown below).



What An Animal Reading Challenge VIII 2015

Level 2 – Read 7-12

7. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris
8. The Elegance of the Hedgehog (L’elegance du herisson) by Muriel Barbery
9. Tomb of the Golden Bird (Amelia Peabody #18) by Elizabeth Peters
10. A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2) by Charlaine Harris
11. The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris

Completed. Luckily for me, the qualification rules are very broad.

Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2015

Level 4: Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more

17. Death of a Liar (Hamish Macbeth #31) by M. C. Beaton
18. Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum #19) by Janet Evanovich
19. Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum #20) by Janet Evanovich
20. Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum #21) by Janet Evanovich
21. Tomb of the Golden Bird (Amelia Peabody #18) by Elizabeth Peters
22. A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2) by Charlaine Harris

Successfully completed and loads of fun doing it!

Finishing the Series Reading Challenge 2015

Level 4: Expert series reader – Complete 4 or more series. A massive failure. It seemed so doable in January, yet I only managed to complete one series. There were seven unread books on the list (eight counting the extra series for the RMFAO Challenge). I blame my failure on getting hooked on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series and reading nine of them in 2015. They weren’t on the list – but it was worth it as I really enjoyed the series.

Books read this quarter and the only series completed this year:

STEPHANIE PLUM series by Janet Evanovich
19. Notorious Nineteen
20. Takedown Twenty
21. Top Secret Twenty-One



My Kind Of Mystery 2015

February 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Level 5: Invisible Floor 41 or more:

33. Roadkill by Kinky Friedman
34. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
35. Death of a Liar by M. C. Beaton
36. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
37. Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly
38. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
39. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
40. Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters
41. A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris

Since this is not a calendar year Challenge, there is still one month to go. But it is already completed, so – success!



My 2015 Goodreads Challenge was 100 books. Success! Completed on the last day of the year.

2016 Reading Challenges – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Two Reading Challenges which will be new for me in 2016 are hosted at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.

I am making it easy on myself and keeping track at Goodreads.


2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


I’ve spotted this one on several blogs this year and it always looked like fun, so I’m in for 2016! Track my progress at Goodreads.

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2016, your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet. Each letter counts as one spoonful.


Craving For Cozies Challenge 2016

I’m already reading plenty of mysteries, including cozies, and participating in challenges for them, so why not one more! Here’s the special shelf at Goodreads.

I’ll be shooting for Satisfied: 21 – 40 Cozy Mysteries


If either of these appeal to you, join me in giving them a try! Just click on the Challenge title for details and the sign up page at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.

2016 Reading Challenges – Classics and Genre

I’ll be participating in two Reading Challenges at the Goodreads group RMFAO in 2016.


RMFAO 2016 Classics Challenge


I’m signing up for the top level of the Classics Catchup again this year:

Level 5: Professor – 12 or more books

This is a casual approach with a cut-off date of 1940 and everyone chooses their own books; there is no set list.



It’s back and with a new and improved version including twenty-four genres!

In this favorite Challenge, a different genre is offered monthly. For 2016 there were be two genres from which to choose each month. Books may be chosen from either or, for the ambitious, both. Participants make their own choices and many books cross genres to make it even easier.

Here is the monthly line-up for 2016.

January: Science-Fiction + New Adult
February: Mystery-Thriller + Speculative-Fiction
March: Romance + Literary Fiction
April: Young Adult + Apocalyptic-Post Apocalyptic
May: Classics + Steampunk
June: Non-Fiction + Mythological/Regional
July: Dystopian + Graphic Novels
August: Contemporary + Historical
September: Humour + Retellings (Mythological or Fairytales)
October: Horror + Paranormal
November: Fantasy + Gothic
December: Action + Adventure

Join us if you dare!

Just click on the link at the top.


2016 Reading Challenges – Socrates’ Book Reviews

I plan to participate in both the Reading Challenges hosted by Yvonne at Socrates’ Book Reviews!

My progress will be recorded at Goodreads (so easy and simple). You can find out more information about each individual Challenge at the link provided and sign up there or at Goodreads. Just click on the title below.

Cruisin’ Thru The Cozies 2016


It’s Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 21 or more books for me again this year! Piece of cake, love the fun Cozies.


What an Animal IX 2016


I don’t read a lot of books featuring animals, but the guidelines are very broad. Level 2 – Read 7-12 worked for me in 2015, so I will go for that level again in 2016.


If either of these peak your interest, visit Yvonne’s blog and join us there or at Goodreads.

Reading Challenges – 3rd Quarter 2015



20 Books of Summer 2015 hosted by Cathy at 746 Books ended September 4. My wrap-up post is here.


RMFAO 2015 Classics Challenge

The top level for this Challenge is Level 5: Professor – 12 or more books which I completed during the second quarter. Extras for this quarter include:

21. Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot
22. The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
23. The Magician by Somerset Maugham
24. The Nemesis of Fire by Algernon Blackwood
25. Fifteen Hundred Miles an Hour by Charles Dixon
26. Ourika by Claire de Duras
27. The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard
28. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
29. Wyllard’s Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

RMFAO 2015 Genre Challenge

This is still my favorite Reading Challenge for the year! A different genre is explored each month and a different level may be chosen for each month. The third quarter of 2015:

July – Dystopian/Apocalyptic (Level 1: Casual Reader – 1 book):
1. Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

August – Contemporary (Level 2: Frequent Reader – 2 books):
1. U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone #21) by Sue Grafton
2. Deep Pockets (Carlotta Carlyle #10) by Linda Barnes

September – Humour (Level 2: Frequent Reader – 2 books):
1. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
2. Roadkill (Kinky Friedman #10) by Kinky Friedman

RMFAO 2015 Series Challenge

Again this quarter, the same as Finishing the Series Reading Challenge 2015 below.


What An Animal Reading Challenge VIII 2015

Level 2: Read 7 – 12

6. Fever Season (Benjamin January #2) by Barbara Hambly

Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2015

Level 4: Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more

13. U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone #21) by Sue Grafton
14. A Royal Pain (Royal Spyness #2) by Rhys Bowen
15. Deep Pockets (Carlotta Carlyle #10) by Linda Barnes
16. Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1) by Charlaine Harris

Finishing the Series Reading Challenge 2015

Level 4: Expert series reader – Complete 4 or more series. During this quarter, I only read one of the eleven remaining on the list as of June 30, leaving ten to be read during the last quarter of 2015.

KINSEY MILLHONE series by Sue Grafton
21. U is for Undertow


My Kind Of Mystery
February 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Level 5: Invisible Floor 41 or more:

26. Fever Season by Barbara Hambly
27. The Overlook by Michael Connelly
28. U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
29. A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
30. Deep Pockets by Linda Barnes
31. Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
32. Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly


My 2015 Goodreads Challenge is one hundred books. As of September 30, I have finished seventy-six books.

20 Books of Summer – Complete


Thank you to Cathy at 76 Books for hosting the fun Challenge 20 Books of Summer!

The Challenge began June 1 and ends tomorrow, September 4. Sliding under the wire, I finished my 20th book this morning. Classics topped the list with eight Classic books, followed closely by seven Series Mysteries. There were two non-fiction books and three in other genres.

If you participated, how are you doing?