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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Follow The Clues: My Trail of Evidence

I participated in the Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge @ My Reader's Block and signed up for the Infraction level which meant I was committed to reading six books in a trail of evidence.

Here are the six books:

1. An Old Fashioned Mystery by Runa Fairleigh  - 21/1/17 (The word "Mystery" in the title leads to:

2. The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts  - 27/1/17 (The word "Hog" in the title leads to:

3. Hag's Nook by J.D. Carr -3/2/17 (HogHag being a word to describe a way of laughing. You can read its definition at Urban Dictionary over here. This being the first in Carr's series Character Dr. Fell, it leads to:

4. A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh  - 7/2/17 (as this is Marsh's  first book about her series character, Roderick Alleyn and is a country-house mystery and so it leads to another country-house mystery:

5. What Happened at Hazelwood by Michael Innes  - 3/3/17. (And this being published in 1946 leads to the last entry which was also published in 1946 and that is:

6. Death and the Pleasant Voices by Mary Fitt - 20/4/17

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

This year, I am again signing up for the Back to the Classics Challenge @ Books and Chocolate. And will link-up the books read in this post itself.

Well, the 31st of December has dawned, and I have been able to complete only six of the 12 categories. Here are the books read:

1.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify: LONELY MAGDALEN by HENRY WADE (1940)

2.  A classic by a woman author. THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE by PATRICIA WENTWORTH

3.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. THE EMPEROR'S SNUFF BOX by JOHN DICKSON CARR

4. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. WHILE SHE SLEEPS by ETHEL LINA WHITE. (Ayoung woman travels to London and Switzerland with murderers on her heel).

5. A classic with a color in the title. THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ROOM by GASTON LEROUX

6. A classic by an author that's new to you. Choose an author you've never read before. THE DINER'S CLUB by SAPPER.


I plan to do better in the 2019 edition which I'll be signing-up soon. If you want to sign-up for 2019 too, here are the details.

Full House Reading Challenge 2018

As in the previous years, I am signing up for the Full House Challenge hosted @ The Book Date. The challenge is to read 25 books in different categories. There are also prizes offered by our generous host, Kathryn.

The card for the 2018 edition is this:


  1. Mystery or thriller
  2. Historical
  3. Over 500 pages
  4. Setting in library or  bookshop
  5. 4 word title
  6. Last book added to your TBR (as of the time you fulfil this one)
  7. Classic
  8. Fantasy
  9. Coming of Age theme
  10. Adapted to a Movie
  11. Holiday season
  12. Has big plot twist
  13. Humor
  14. Book to improve your life
  15. Redemption theme
  16. Has a number in the title
  17. Under 250 pages
  18. New to you author from another country
  19. From a favorite series of yours
  20. Dual time line
  21. Non fiction hobby book
  22. Children's book ( could be a picture book if wished)
  23. Book chosen randomly from TBR shelf. You might like to do it with your eyes closed from an actual shelf. Or check your TBR on Goodreads, see how many there are and put that number into Or whatever method you think of.
  24. Memoir or Autobiography
  25. Reread

Want to take up the challenge too? Click on the link above.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I conquer Mount Blanc

Usually, I struggle to climb even the smallest peak in Bev's Mount TBR Challenge, unable to read even 12 books from my ever-increasing book piles. But this year, I have (much to my own surprise) finished 30 books in all. And what gives me even greater pleasure is that the number of non-fictional reads is more than double the number of novels read. So, though I had signed up for Pike's Peak, I ended up conquering Mount Blanc. Yahoo!!!

Here are the books read:


1. Clockwork by Philip Pullman
2. The Child Inside by Suzanne Buglar
3. The Safe House by Nicci French
4. The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
5. Coup D'etat by Ben Coes
6. The Inheritance by Tom Savage
7. Shadow Sister by Simone Van Der Vlugt
8. The Cat's Table by Michael Ondatjee
9. The Blue Note by Charlotte Bingham


1. Nehru Benqab by Hansraj Rahbar
2. Maut ke Intezar Mein by Shiv Verma
3. Krantikarni Durga Bhabhi by N.K. Gupta
4. Krantimurti Durga Bhabhi by Vachnesh Tripathi
5. Batukeshwar Dutt: Bhagat Singh ke Sahyogi by Anil Verma
6. Krantikari Batukeshwar Dutt by Sudhir Vidyarthi
7.  The Deportation of Lala Lajpat Rai and Sardar Ajit Singh by Ganda Singh
8. History of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha by Comrade Ram Chandra
9. Inqlabi Yatra by Manorama Dewan
10.The Contribution of the Revolutionists in India's Freedom Struggle by Hiren Gohain
11.The Indian Ferment by H.G. Alexander
12. Gandhi's Encounter with Indian Revolutionaries by Rama Hari Shankar
13. Bejoy Kumar Sinha: A Revolutionary's quest for Sacrifice by Srirajyam Sinha
14. Shaheedon ke Humsafar by Sudhir Vidyarthi
15. Bhagat Singh par Durlabh Lekh by M.M. Juneja, Raghubir Singh
16. Krantiveer Chandrashekhar Azad aur Unke Do Sathi by Dharmender Goud
17. Lajpat Rai: Life and Work by Feroz Chand
18. Aapbeeti by Bhai Parmanand
19. Gandhi Benqab by Hansraj Rahbar
20. Sardar Bhagat Singh ke Sahyogi: Shiv Verma by Pramod Kumar
21. Bandi Jeewan by Sachindranath Sanyal

And for the first time, I am attempting "The Words to the Wise". This is how Bev explains it: "The Words to the Wise According to Mount TBR: Using the titles of the books you read this year, see how many of the familiar proverbs and sayings below you can complete with a book read on your journey up the Mountain."

So here goes:

A stitch in time...[saves]  The Inheritance 
Don't count your chickens...[at] The Cat's Table
A penny saved is.... [in] The Safe House
All good things must come... [to a] Coup D'etat
When in Rome... [forget] The Indian Ferment 
All that glitters is..... The Contribution of the Revolutionists in India's Freedom Struggle
A picture is worth... [a] Shadow Sister
When the going gets tough, the tough get... [ready for]  The Summer of the Bear
Two wrongs don't make... [right] The Deportation of Lala Lajpat Rai and Sardar Ajit Singh
The pen is mightier than.... The Blue Note
The squeaky wheel gets... [a] Clockwork
Hope for the best, but prepare for... Gandhi's Encounter with Indian Revolutionaries
Birds of a feather flock...[to] The Child Inside

Challenge Complete: Vintage Mystery 2017

I have successfully completed the Vintage Mystery Challenge 2017 @ My Reader's Block. I read around  25 golden age mysteries but the ones with the covers that corresponded with the objects in the card are the following:

1. Plane: Lost Horizon by James Hilton (1933)
2. Building (other than House): Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers (1913)
3. Blonde: Target for Conquest by Berkeley Gray (1953)
4. Snow/ Snowy scene: Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon (1938)
5. Body of Water: The Manasco Road by Victor Canning (1957)
6. Skeletal Hand: The Black Gloves by Conyth Little (1939)
7. Revolver: A Time to Die by Hilda Lawrence (1945)
8. Shadowy Figure: The Content Assignment by Holly Roth (1954)
9. Castle: Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne (1931)
10. Any Piece of Furniture: Murder Comes Home by Anthony Gilbert (1950)
11. Nurse: Death Takes a Wife by Anthony Gilbert (1959)
12. Door: Film of Fear by Fredric Arnold Kummer jr. (1917)
13. Magnifying Glass: Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert (1947)
14. Car: Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer (1941)
15. Dog: The Mouse in the Mountain by Norbert Davis (1943)
16. Food: Vegetable Duck by John Rhode (1944)
17. Flashlight: The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts (1933)
18. Red Object: A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh (1934)