2010 Global Reading Challenge Update – The Extremist Level

global As some fellow bloggers have put it, reading is a never-ending-story or an infinite plan. Therefore it has come as a no surprise to me that, once the first participant has reached the Expert Level in the 2010 Global Reading Challenge, there was a need for an additional level, the Extremist Level.

First I’d like to congratulate Craig at Crime Watch for his achievement and next I can’t resist the idea to upgrade my participation to this level.

My aim is to read, during the course of this year, three novels from each one of these continents: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America (incl Central America), South America, two novels set in Antarctica plus a “wildcard” novel (a novel from a place or period that is NEW to me). My personal requirements also include to read only crime fiction books from completely new to me authors. My selection at this point include the following books (the ones I’ve already read are highlighted).


1. A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley (Botswana)

2. Like Clockwork by Margie Orford (South Africa)



4. The Gigolo Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer (Turkey)

5. Out by Natsuo Kirino (Japan)



7. Dead Point by Peter Temple (Australia)

8. Overkill by Vanda Symon (New Zealand)



10.  Death Rites by Alicia Giménez- Bartlett (Spain)

11. Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum (Norway)

12. Basic Shareholder by Petros Márkaris (Greece)

North America:

13. Havana Gold by Leonardo Padura (Cuba)

14. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (USA)

15. A Sweet Scent of Death by Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico)

South America:

16. Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru)

17. Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina)



19. Purgatory Road by Bob Reiss

20. In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews


21. City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri (Potosí, now Bolivia)

Since I could not find any other book in my TBR pile that meets those requirements, any assistance I can get to fill up the gaps would be very much welcome.

Saturday Film Noir: Laura

Laura (1944) is an American noir film directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Elizabeth Reinhardt is based on the 1943 novel of the same title by Vera Caspary. Laura was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 1999.



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