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Women Writers Bingo / Project: Done!

 

I spent some hours today curled up and wrapped in a blanket on my living room couch, with a mug of tea and my plate of Christmas cookies on the table next to me (and a cat or two occasionally coming by to pick up a few pets before curling up in my general vicinity and going back to sleep again), listening to Christmas carols on Classic FM -- and finishing the final two books of my Women Writers challenge / bingo, Xinran's Sky Burial (outstanding) and Anna Quindlen's Short Guide to a Happy Life (somewhat underwhelming).

 

So, with one week to go in 2018, here's the tally to date (I'm going to keep the score open during the final week, but only for purposes of yearly stats):

 

Read:

A - Margery Allingham: The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look to the Lady, Police at the Funeral, Sweet Danger, Death of a Ghost, Flowers for the Judge, The Case of the Late Pig, Dancers in Mourning, The Fashion in Shrouds, Traitor's Purse, and The Tiger in the Smoke (all new); The Man With the Sack (revisited on audio);

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun (new);

Margaret Atwood: The Penelopiad (new) and The Blind Assassin (both audio);

Elizabeth von Arnim: The Solitary Summer (new);

Donna Andrews: Six Geese A-Slaying and Lark! The Herald Angels Sing (both new)

B - Anne Brontë: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (revisited on audio);

Phyllis Bottome: The Lifeline (new)

C - Helen Czerski: Storm in a Teacup (new);

Agatha Christie: The Moving Finger, One, Two, Buckle my Shoe, Murder Is Easy, They Do It With Mirrors, N or M?, Ordeal by Innocence, The Murder at the Vicarage, A Pocket Full of Rye, and Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (all revisited on audio), Crooked House (revisited on audio and DVD), Destination Unknown, and They Came to Baghdad (both new);

Peter Finn & Petra Couvee: The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book (new);

Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber and Nights at the Circus (both new)

D - Margaret Drabble: The Red Queen (new);

Daphne Du Maurier: Frenchman's Creek (new) and Rebecca (revisited on audio)

E - Joy Ellis: Their Lost Daughters (new);

Esi Edugyan: Washington Black (new)

F - Karin Fossum: He Who Fears the Wolf (new);

Joanne Fluke: Candy Cane Murder (new)

G - Elizabeth George: For the Sake of Elena, Playing for the Ashes, Well-Schooled in Murder, Payment in Blood, and A Traitor to Memory (all revisited on audio);

Elizabeth Gaskell: Cranford (revisited on audio) and Cousin Phillis (new)

H - Radclyffe Hall: The Well of Loneliness (new);

Mavis Doriel Hay: Death on the Cherwell and Murder Underground (both new);

Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley (revisited on audio);

Kathryn Harkup: A Is for Arsenic (new);

Georgette Heyer: Penhallow and Behold, Here's Poison (both new);

Susan Howatch: The Waiting Sands (new)

I - Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Long Winter (new)

J - P.D. James: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories (new), Original Sin, Death of an Expert Witness, Unnatural Causes, and The Skull Beneath the Skin (all revisited on audio);

J.A. Jance: Desert Heat (new)

K - Rosalie Knecht: Who Is Vera Kelly? (new);

Susanna Kearsley: A Desperate Fortune (new)

L - Valerie Plame Wilson & Sarah Lovett: Blowback (new);

E.C.R. Lorac: Bats in the Belfry (new);

Carole Lawrence: Edinburgh Twilight (new);

Laura Levine: The Dangers of Candy Canes (part of Candy Cane Murder, published together with Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier) (new)

M - Val McDermid: The Distant Echo and Trick of the Dark (both new);

Ngaio Marsh: Death in a White Tie, Off With His Head (aka Death of a Fool), Clutch of Constables, Death at the Dolphin (aka Killer Dolphin), Hand in Glove, and Death in a White Tie (all revisited on audio);

Francine Mathews: The Cutout (new);

Helen MacInnes: Above Suspicion (new);

Patricia A. McKillip: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (new);

Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Frankie Silver (new);

Leslie Meier: Candy Canes of Christmas Past (part of Candy Cane Murder, published together with Joanne Fluke and Laura Levine) (new);

Jill McGown: Murder at the Old Vicarage (new)

N - Irène Némirovsky: Rausch (Les fumées du vin) and Noël (short story, contained in the anthology A Very French Christmas) (both new)

O - Emmuska Orczy: The Old Man in the Corner (new), The Scarlet Pimpernel (revisited on audio), and I Will Repay (new)

P - Anne Perry: A Dangerous Mourning, The Whitechapel Conspiracy, A Christmas Guest, and A Christmas Secret (all new);

Ellis Peters: The Sanctuary Sparrow, Dead Man's Ransom, The Pilgrim of Hate, and The Confession of Brother Haluin (all revisited on audio);

Valerie Plame Wilson: Blowback and Fair Game (both new)

Q - Anna Quindlen: A Short Guide to a Happy Life (new)

R - J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith): The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, and Lethal White (all new);

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (all on audio);

Stella Rimington: Secret Asset, Illegal Action, and Open Secret (all new);

Mary Roberts Rinehart: Locked Doors (new)

S - Dennis McCarthy & June Schlueter: "A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels" by George North -- A Newly Uncovered Manuscript Source for Shakespeare's Plays (new);

Diane Setterfield: The Thirteenth Tale (new);

Kamila Shamsie: Home Fire;

Dorothy L. Sayers: Unnatural Death (revisited on audio)

T - Josephine Tey: Brat Farrar and The Franchise Affair (both new);

Amy Tan: The Chinese Siamese Cat (new);

Jane Thynne: Black Roses (new)

Helen Tursten: Detective Inspector Huss (new)

U - Ludmila Ulitskaya: Ergebenst, euer Schurik (Sincerely yours, Shurik) (new)

V - Barbara Vine: The Brimstone Wedding (new)

W - Ethel Lina White: The Lady Vanishes (aka The Wheel Spins) and The Spiral Staircase (aka Some Must Watch) (both new);

Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver Intervenes, Latter End, Poison in the Pen, The Watersplash, The Traveller Returns, and The Clock Strikes Twelve (all new);

Kate Westbrook: The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel (new);

Edith Wharton: Ghosts: Edith Wharton's Gothic Tales (new);

Jennifer Wright: Get Well Soon (new)

X - Xinran: Sky Burial (new)

Y - Banana Yoshimoto: Kitchen (new)

Z - Juli Zeh: Schilf (English title: Dark Matter) and Unterleuten (both new)

 

Free / center square: Detection Club: Verdict of 13 (new; anthology);

Certain Members of the Detection Club: The Sinking Admiral;

Various Authors (+ Martin Edwards, ed.): The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (British Library Crime Classics anthology) (new);

Various Authors: Murder for Christmas (revisited on audio; anthology);

Various Authors: A Vintage Christmas (new; anthology);

Various Authors: Skandinavische Weihnachten (mostly new; anthology)

 

On the card, I only tracked new reads, not rereads.

 

Read, in 2018:

Books by female authors: 135

- new: 96

- rereads: 39

 

Books by male authors: 80

- new: 69

- rereads: 11

 

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 9

- new: 8

- rereads: 1