2010 Reading Challenges Update

This year I have committed myself to a number of challenges and I just though it would be a good idea to see were do I stand at this stage.

2010 Global Reading Challenge (Extremist Level, 19/21 books) 

I guess I’m pretty well on track here.


1. A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley (Botswana)

2. Like Clockwork by Margie Orford (South Africa)

3. Bait by Nick Brownlee (Kenya)


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

5. Out by Natsuo Kirino (Japan)

6. Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong (China)


7. Dead Point by Peter Temple (Australia)

8. Overkill by Vanda Symon (New Zealand)

9.  Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland (Australia) Currently reading


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)

18. Blood of the Wicked by Leighton Gage (Brazil)


19. Purgatory Road by Bob Reiss

20. In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews


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


Scandinavian Reading Challenge (6/6 books)

This one I’ve completed.

The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (Sweden)

Sun Storm (aka The Savage Altar) by Asa Larsson (Sweden)

The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser (Sweden)

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin (Sweden)

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø (Norway)

Missing by Karin Alvtegen (Norway)


The CWA International Dagger 2010: Shortlist (6/6 books)

I’ve completed this one too.

Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista

August Heat by Andrea Camilleri (in Spanish)

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson (Read before I started to write this blog)

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer.

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin.


Typically British Reading Challenge 2010 (‘Bob’s Your Uncle’ – 2/6 books)

The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards

The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine

Plan to read next: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin, Written in Bone by Simon Beckett and Bloodline by Mark Billingham. So pretty well on track to finish prior 31 December.


Finalists Inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award (1/3)

I’m behind this one. I might not be able to finish since some books are difficult to get hold or too expensive at this point.

Cut & Run by Alix Bosco  TBR

Burial by Neil Cross

Containment by Vanda Symon TBR


Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

I love this challenge which I’ve just joined recently. My aim here is just to read some AC books and write a post. So far I’ve read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Planning to read next And Then There Were None.



Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (in Spanish)

My intention here was to read each month one book in order of publication. So far I’m pretty much behind, I’ve only read this year the first four books. Anyhow I plan re-start reading them soon.


Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö: The Martin Beck Series

Since the Spanish publisher started to release two books in the series every year I’m reading them in order. So far the first six books have been published. I still have to read the last one, the second one published this year, Murder at the Savoy.


Looking forward

I have some very exciting books ahead. Just to name a few, besides Gunshot Road, The Devil’s Star, Delincuente Argentino, Affairs of State, No-One Loves a Policeman, La Venganza del Silencio, The Man from Beijing……


My Last Acquisitions:

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