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Last year, the only challenge I entered myself in was a goal of 50 books, tracked by Goodreads. I hit my goal, but this year I wanted to mix things up a little and give some props to other book bloggers. I found a great list of options at Novel Challenges. It’s searchable by keyword and by year.
Merely Mystery Reading Challenge 2012
This challenge breaks down mysteries into sub-genres and the readers are encouraged to choose titles from the various types. Choose from The Whodunit, Locked Room Mystery, Cozy, Hard-Boiled/Noir, The Inverted Detective Story, The Historical Whodunnit, The Police Procedural, The Professional Thriller, The Spy Novel, Caper Stories, The Psychological Suspense, Spoofs and Parodies. And this one has a prize!
Victorian Challenge 2012
So this might not be much of a challenge since I read a great deal of Victorian literature already, but it will help me focus on some authors and works I have yet to delve into. This one works more like a book club, setting authors in advance. January: The Bronte Sisters, February: Charles Dickens, March: Robert Louis Stevenson, April: Emily Dickinson, May: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, June: George Eliot, July: Oscar Wilde, August: Anthony Trollope, September: Elizabeth Gaskell, October: Mark Twain, November: Lewis Carroll, December: Louisa May Alcott.
Tea & Books Reading Challenge
From the site: This challenge was inspired by C.S. Lewis’ famous words, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” You better settle in with a large cup of tea, because in this challenge you will only get to read books with more than 700 pages.
I’ve only committed to two, making me a “Chamomile Lover.”
What will you read this year?
|An incredibly large plant fossil|
|Dozens of pepper plants, or various capsasin content|
|These “lily pads” were at least 4 feet across.|
|The “desert” hothouse|
|A view from outside|
|Yay! I found him. One of the plants he “hunted” and names.|
We took a breather and enjoyed some cider at Jekyll & Hyde. Writer Robert Louis Stevenson is another of Edinburgh’s famous sons.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Wedgewood’s, then took a different route back to our B&B past Greyfriars Kirkyard, home of the famous Greyfriars Bobby.
|Grammarian! My hero!|
It seems a bit redundant to compare a theatre to an asylum, but there you have it.
|Princess Margaret’s wedding tiara|
|Dress worn by Princess Diana at the Bolshoi|
|“I have a secret crush on Prof. Snape!”|
|“I want to steal the crown jewels and wear all of them.”|
|“I sometimes wish I was an Arsenal fan.”|
|The Orangery in the background.|
Since we were in the neighborhood, and were already pretending to be royalty, we stopped by Harrod’s. Just to say hi.
After that, a stop at Wellington’s Arch, the Tate Britain and the Chelsea Physic Garden… stay tuned!
|The National Gallery of Scotland|
The National Gallery is free and open to the public. They house several noted works of art including some by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, and Monet – as well as numerous national works like the Reverend Walker by Raeburn.
|A pot of tea at Jenner’s, overlooking the gardens|
|A view of the castle from below at Grassmarket Square|
|Stumbled upon (quite literally) the grave of Adam Smith, noted economist|
|View of West Bow from above, near High Street|
|A quick interesting milliner’s shop in Grassmarket.|
The friends and family I get to see every year at the fair. It is comforting to have a reunion in a place as lovely and peaceful as Greenup, Illinois — especially in the summer.
Surprises. It’s hard to get me as I am fairly observant, but that’s why I appreciate it all the more when someone manages to surprise me.
Poe. See above.
The 1893 World’s Fair. It brought Chicago to the forefront, inspired a world and showcased dozens of inventions (including the Ferris Wheel).
Sarah Rose, the author of FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA was recently interviewed on NPR. You can listen to the broadcast, and read more about Robert Fortune and the book here:
(For more, check out the author’s article in Smithsonian Magazine here. It’s tags are “crime” and “botany” – you know you want to read it.)