Challenges and Projects

On this page I will be keeping track of my progress in any 2018 reading challenges and events I decide to participate in. For details of challenges completed in the years 2009-2017 see my Completed Challenges page.



Hosted at: Readers Imbibing Peril
My sign-up post

The aim: To read at least 4 books in September and October from the following categories – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror and Supernatural.

Books read for this challenge:

1. Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart
2. Cruel as the Grave by Sharon Penman
3. Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins
4. The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine
5. Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
6. The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
7. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley
8. Dark Summer in Bordeaux by Allan Massie
9. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins
10. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie


2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Hosted at: Passages to the Past
My sign-up post

The aim: To read 50+ historical fiction novels in 2018 between 1st January and 31st December.

Books read for the challenge:

1. Traitor by David Hingley
2. The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley
3. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
4. A Falling Star by Pamela Belle
5. Court of Lions by Jane Johnson
6. The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
7. The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
8. Marry in Haste by Jane Aiken Hodge
9. The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
10. The Savage Brood by Martha Rofheart
11. The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn
12. Penmarric by Susan Howatch
13. Ill Will by Michael Stewart
14. Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce
15. With All My Heart by Margaret Campbell Barnes
16. Destiny’s Lady by Maureen Peters
17. The Queen’s Caprice by Marjorie Bowen
18. The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies
19. The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor
20. The Pharmacist’s Wife by Vanessa Tait
21. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
22. Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge
23. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
24. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
25. Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer
26. Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
27. Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
28. The Winter Prince by Cheryl Sawyer
29. Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
30. Sugar Money by Jane Harris
31. Templar Silks by Elizabeth Chadwick
32. The English Girl by Katherine Webb
33. The Cursed Wife by Pamela Hartshorne
34. The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer
35. House of Gold by Natasha Solomons
36. The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst
37. The Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle
38. The Last Pier by Roma Tearne
39. Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien
40. Smile of the Wolf by Tim Leach
41. The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola
42. My Beautiful Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis
43. The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman
44. Dark Quartet by Lynne Reid Banks
45. The Lady Agnes Mystery Vol. 1 by Andrea Japp
46. Warwyck’s Wife by Rosalind Laker
47. Claudine’s Daughter by Rosalind Laker
48. Lamentation by CJ Sansom
49. The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry
50. That Lady by Kate O’Brien
51. By Sword and Storm by Margaret Skea
52. Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer
53. The Tudor Crown by Joanna Hickson
54. Court of Wolves by Robyn Young
55. The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault
56. Cruel as the Grave by Sharon Penman
57. The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd
58. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller
59. The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine
60. Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
61. First Night by Jane Aiken Hodge
62. The Abbess of Whitby by Jill Dalladay
63. Dark Summer in Bordeaux by Allan Massie
64. Young Bess by Margaret Irwin
65. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
66. The Magick of Master Lilly by Tobsha Learner
67. Tapestry of War by Jane MacKenzie
68. The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters
69. The Witches of St Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones
70. The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau
71. House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
72. The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr
73. The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin
74. Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies
75. Bardelys the Magificent by Rafael Sabatini
76. An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
77. Savage Magic by Lloyd Shepherd


What’s in a Name? 2018

Hosted at: The Worm Hole
My sign-up post

The aim: To read a book which fits each of the six categories below.

– The word ‘the’ used twice
– A fruit or vegetable
– A shape
– A title that begins with Z
– A nationality
– A season

Books read for the challenge:

1. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
2. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
3. The Winter Prince by Cheryl Sawyer
4. Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor

One thought on “Challenges and Projects

  1. Lee J Tyler says:

    I adore your blog and have contemplated putting my closed sign permanently on my site and just reading. I’m reading Nom de Plume currently (Carmela Ciuraru) and it is no slouch at all. Very in-depth look at the lives of each author and the reasons never thought of for our craft that we should consider, even as writers, but do not. I have a whole library of books and am too busy to update my Goodreads account; otherwise, I would display it on my page. I like how you have laid this page out, dear and am going to follow your blog. (I’m on as well only spend my time tinkering with code over at org šŸ˜‰ sigh…) Lovely job. I would sign up for the challenge, but the list of books that I must review is frightfully long and are all in the present time. ;( Best! Lee

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