Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Marple Poirot Holmes Challenge



Nothing really beats a good old Agatha Christie mystery or an Arthur Conan Doyle masterpiece. I've loved Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes all my life and I doubt we'll find a detective surpassing the unexpected genius of Miss Marple, the exemplary 'little grey cells' of the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and of course, the master himself - Sherlock Holmes.

It's been a while since I re-read them all, which lead me to the first challenge I'm hosting - The Marple Poirot Holmes Challenge

Rules:
1. This  challenge is from  January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010
2. You will have to read a minimum of 6 books in total: two Miss Marple mysteries, two Sherlock Holmes mysteries and two Hercule Poirot mysteries. You can of course, read more than 6 books if you want to.
3. The books you have chosen for this challenge can overlap with other challenges.

Those taking part in the challenge so far are:
1. Kals ( At Pemberley )
2. Jennifer ( Reading with Tequila ) 
3. kt
4. Kara Lindelof
5. Simon ( Savidge Reads )
6. Sherrie ( Just Books )
7. Lynda
8. TexasBookDiva
9. Melissa
10. Beth
11. Velvet ( vvb32reads )
12. Meg ( Yesterday's Tuna )
13. Margot at Joyfully Retired
14. Dave and Tami ( Just One More Thing )
15. Emily ( What Book is That? )
16. AustenWodehouse
17. A Buckeye Girl Reads
18. Susan B. Evans ( Well-Mannered Frivolity )
19. Kim ( Chapter Chit Chat)
20. Angel Borland ( Borland Happenings )
21. Veens ( Giving Reading a Chance )
22. Shona ( Shona's Book Shelves )
23. CeeCee ( Book Splurge )
24. Tigermadstanley ( Healthy Frugal Home )
25. Amanda
26. Laurie
27. Jules
28. Susan ( Bulging Bookshelves )
29. Christa ( Mental Foodie )
30. Old Bookworm ( Pine Cottage Books )
31. Ana T ( Aneca's World)
32. Ana O ( Miss Picky's Column )  
33. The Book Mole
34. BlackSheep Books
35. Birdie
36. Orchid


If you are taking part in this challenge, do leave a comment here and post about the challenge! Post your reviews for the challenge here.

82 comments:

Paperback Reader said...

I don't read much crime but I am intending to read more Sherlock Holmes next year. I'm not committing myself to any more challenges until the year has begun but good luck! If you haven't already then have a read of Simon at Savidge Reads' post yesterday on Agatha Christie and mention the challenge to him.

Kals said...

Thanks so much for referring me to Savidge Reads! I'v posted about the challenge there. Thank you loads =) Feel free to join the challenge whenever you can :)

savidgereads said...

Thanks for popping by my post (and thanks to Claire for mentioning me) I have signed up for this and will mention this challenge when I review A Study in Scarlet later in the month!

Kals said...

Thanks a lot for joining the challenge Simon! Looking forward to your reviews throughout the challenge =)

Sherrie said...

Hi!
I love to read all three authors, I have put a link to this challenge in my sidebar. I will be joining in on this reading challenge. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/

Kals said...

Thanks for joining and posting about the challenge, Sherrie! I love the books you've selected for the challenge too =)

BookDiva said...

Hi ya'll! I'd love to participate in the challenge. I love Christie and Holmes and this will give me a chance to read some that I haven't been able to yet. Thanks!

Kals said...

Thanks so much for joining and posting about the challenge, BookDiva! =)

vvb32 reads said...

yahoo! nice challenge. i've already got sherlock holmes in my tbr pile. even a sherlock holmes comic book. and, the movie will be coming out soon! so you know, which i'll be starting will. will prep my acceptance post soon.

lovelylissie said...

I have been meaning to try a little Agatha Christie and this challenge seems the way perfect way to do! Sharing the fun of a good mystery with others is a wonderful idea! Sign me up!

Kals said...

Velvet - Thanks for joining! Ooh yes, I'm looking forward to the film too ( Yay for Jude Law :P ), though its going to deviate extensively from the books.

Melissa - Thanks so much for joining! I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves a good mystery =)

bethsbooks said...

Thank you for this brilliant challenge! I love reading these books! I had been planning to read some Holmes next year, so this is perfect!
Hugs,Bethxx

Kals said...

Thanks so much for joining in, Beth! =)

yesterdaystuna said...

Kals-I am definitely participating in this! So excited for your first challenge. I'll post the link to my blog entry on Mr. Linky once it's written...hopefully by tonight.

Kals said...

Thanks so much for joining in, Meg! I knew you'd love this challenge, considering the fact that you are a fan of Miss Marple( like me) =)

yesterdaystuna said...

Kals,

Maybe I could host a giveaway or something for the challenge? I haven't thought much about what I would do but I'd love to do something for it during the year :)

Kals said...

Oh of course! Go ahead =) Do let me know what you'd like to giveaway and when and you can go ahead. Thanks so much! * Hugs *

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I'm currently in a challenge (perpetual) in which I am reading all the Agatha Christie's in order of their publication date. In 2010 I will finally get to the Miss Marple books. Your challenge will fit in nicely with what I plan to read in 2010 with the addition of the two Sherlock Holmes books. If crossovers are allowed, count me in on this challenge.

Kals said...

Crossovers are definitely allowed (I've mentioned that in the post too ) :)

Thanks so much for joining! I'll add your name to the list. Hope you enjoy the challenge =)

Dave and Tami said...

Thanks for sponsoring the challenge. It's just the prompt I needed to get back to reading Agatha Christie's wonderful books. We are spreading the word on our blog: http://tdreads.blogspot.com/2009/11/marple-poirot-homes-challenge.html

Kals said...

Thank you so much for participating! =)

vvb32 reads said...

kals, i don't know much about marple or poirot. can you recommend at least one from each that i should read? and did you see the sherlock holmes - victorian undead comic book i mentioned on my September Zombies site?

Emily said...

I'm on board for this challenge, I think it's going to be a lot of fun. Thanks for hosting it!

AustenWodehouse said...

I'm on board; I am a fan of Doyle, Christie and the pre-WWII mysteries in general, so much so that I even took university courses in the genre for my English Lit degree.

Kals said...

Velvet - I'm not really a fan of Zombies so I'll probably be giving that Holmes comic book you've mentioned a miss =)Recommendations - for Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express or Sad Cypress .For Miss Marple - Nemesis or A Murder is Announced.

Emily, thanks so much for joining! =)

AustenWodehouse - That is so cool that you took the genre as part of your University courses! I'm glad you're joining!

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I can't believe I missed this post-I'm so joining! I haven't read Miss Marple in forever, and I have collection of her stories just sitting in my TBR pile.

Kals said...

Colette - Thanks a lot for joining :D Miss Marple is too sweet and amazing :D

vvb32 reads said...

Kals, thanks for the recs. Will add them to my post which I'm still preparing. Still joining in the fun...

Kals said...

You're welcome Velvet =) I hope you enjoy those books!

Jennie said...

I'm in! I'm excited to read these!

Kals said...

Thanks for joining, Jennie! =)

Veens said...

Let me see if I can get some books for this challenge. I have just one book and i ve not read it yet. If I can get 6 books... i m in :)

Have u sent this to A Novel's challenge?!

Kals said...

Yay..cool! I hope you get your 6 books. I think you'll enjoy the challenge =)

Yeah..I sent this to A Novel Challenge and they featured it too :)

Kim said...

I'm in...for sure! Thanks for hosting this.

Kals said...

You're welcome, Kim. I hope you enjoy this challenge! =)

Angel Borland said...

I am joining the challenge! Read about why in my post about it here:

http://borlandfam.blogspot.com/2009/12/marple-poirot-holmes-challenge.html

Kals said...

Thanks for joining, Angel! =)

Veens said...

I m in and my post is up - http://nidhiveens-loveforbooks.blogspot.com/2009/12/marple-poirot-holmes-challenge.html

Kals said...

Thanks for posting! I'm adding you to the list now =)

Shona said...

I am in Kals .. Here's my post :) http://shonasbookshelves.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/the-marple-poirot-holmes-challenge/

Kals said...

Yay, awesome! :) Thanks for joining, Shona!

CeeCee said...

Thanks for hosting this fun challenge. My post's up!

Kals said...

Thanks for joining, CeeCee! I'm adding your name to the list now :)

Tigermadstanley said...

I've never done a reading challenge before but when I found this one I just knew it was meant for me:D
I LOVE crime and I'm an avid Christie and Doyle fan amongst other authors.
I'm off to post about this now. I may even use this as one of my homeschool challenges for my younger son.
Please add me to your list. I'll look on this as bonus as 1st January is my first day of unemployment (sorry becoming a WAHM who homeschools - I must remember to be positive).
Blessings & thanks for this wonderful opportunity
Amanda

Kals said...

Thanks a lot of joining, Amanda =) When I started the challenge, I wondered if there were many others who liked the same authors and detectives that I do, but I'm glad now that I've found so many people with similar tastes!

I hope you enjoy this challenge and I'm adding you to the list right now =)

Amanda said...

count me in! http://blogjar.blogspot.com/2009/12/2010-reading-challenge-roundup.html

Kals said...

Thanks for joining Amanda! :)

Laurie said...

I'm joining up- this should be fun!

http://inlauriesmind.blogspot.com/2009/12/marple-poirot-holmes-challenge.html

Kals said...

Thanks for joining, Laurie =)

Jules said...

I'm in! I've been meaning to read Holmes for a Long Time, and the others will be great ways to broaden my reading genres.

http://bkwrmjchallenges.blogspot.com/2009/12/marple-poirot-holmes-challenge.html

Kals said...

Thanks so much for joining in, Jules! I hope you enjoy the challenge :)

Susan said...

Count me in. My post is here.

Kals said...

Thanks for joining! Happy New Year :)

christa said...

Sounds like fun!

Christa @ Mental Foodie:
http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/01/marple-poirot-holmes-challenge-for-2010.html

Kals said...

I hope it is! :) Thanks for joining, Christa!

yesterdaystuna said...

Woo day 1!! Happy New Year Kals!

Kals said...

Happy New Year, Meg! Have a great year ahead :)

Old Bookworm said...

Great challenge! All old favorites. I'm slow to find this challenge and would like to 'unofficially' participate and follow along. I'd like to post about this challenge on my blog and maybe more will find you. Have fun!

Kals said...

Thanks a lot for joining! It's never really too late to join in for some reading fun :)

Ana T. said...

What a great challenge! Thanks for organising it Kals!!

http://anecasworld.blogspot.com/2010/02/marple-poirot-holmes-challenge.html

Kals said...

Thanks for joining, Ana! Hope you enjoy it :)

Ana O. said...

What a great opportunity to reread a couple of books I've been meaning to pick up for a while. Thanks for hosting it Kals! :-)

Here's my sign up post.

Kals said...

You're welcome :) Thanks for joining and have fun, Ana!

thecoolmom said...

I'd like to join in. I grew up on these books and love them still. Here's my reading challenge post

Kals said...

Hi, thecoolmom ( nice name! :) ) Thanks for joining and have fun!

The Book Mole said...

I am a huge British Crime fan, and I am pondering about joining this challenge. Do the Sherlock Holmes books have to be two out of the four novels?

Kals said...

Do join in :)

No, the books need not be out of the four novels though that would be more preferable. You can pick any of the short story 'cases' that Holmes solves for the challenge :)

SpitFire said...

http://onestepjourneys.blogspot.com/2010/03/catching-infection-from-my-mother.html

I'm joining this as well...TheCoolMom got me hooked on these :)

The Book Mole said...

Count me in, Kals! I have a volume with about 10 Holmes short stories which I will consider as one book for the challenge. The other will be a novel.

I'm not sure how to officially sign up for the challenge - forgive me, I'm very new to blogging. Here is the link to my post on the challenge:

http://bookmole.blogspot.com/2010/03/mystery-challenge.html

TheBlackSheep said...

Sign me up! I've added the link and logo to my blog and mentioned it in a first post.

http://blacksheepbooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/challenge-crazy.html

Kals said...

The Book Mole - You've signed up perfectly :) Welcome to the challenge and have fun!

The Black Sheep - I'm glad you're joining this challenge and hope you enjoy it :)

Virgulina said...

Hi Kals! Please update my blog's link, Miss Picky's Column is now here.

Kals said...

Done :)

Kim said...

I read 2 Sherlock Holmes. Different than the Hounds of B I remember because of the split time frames. Miss Marples is next.

Kals said...

Miss Marple is one of my favourites! :) I hope you enjoy reading her mysteries.

If you have/will review any of the books you read for this challenge, you can link it to this:
http://atpemberley.blogspot.com/2010/01/marple-poirot-holmes-challenge.html

Birdie said...

Woot!
I'm late on this one, but I'm SO in!
I'm also new at the blogging thing, so please forgive any faux pas.
My blog: http://featherednest-birdie.blogspot.com/2010/05/facepalm.html

Kals said...

Hi Birdie and welcome! Have fun with the challenge :)

Lady Scribbles said...

This is fantastic!!!! I'm late joining but this challenge is what I've been looking for! you are a genius for thinking it up!!! ^_^ Don't mind me I just get so excited when i find book blog's with mystery challenges on it or pretty much any fan's of Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (:

Kals said...

Lady Scribbles..thank you for the high praise! I'm glad people love both Christie and Conan Doyle like I do. Have fun with the challenge :)

vvb32 reads said...

hi kals,
can you email me about this. i wanted to know if you'd join me during the mansfield park event on my site in june as the character poirot?
vvb32 at yahoo.com

Orchid said...

I cannot believe that I didn't hear about this challenge sooner! I'm a huge fan of Agatha Christie's detectives, count me in (better late than never). I cannot wait to get started. :)

Kals said...

Hi Orchid, thanks for joining! I hope you have loads of fun with the challenge :)

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