Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Welcome to the Baker Street Challenge! (Rules & Information)

Welcome to the Baker Street Challenge, a 2009 reading challenge for one of the most iconic and enigmatic literary figures, Sherlock Holmes. This year will mark Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 150th birthday. Join us as we celebrate Doyle's original stories as well as the rich world of new adventures his work has inspired.

The Rules

1. Choose a goal from the reading tier below and add your name to the sign up page.

2. The challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2009. You can sign up for the challenge at any time before December 31, 2009.

2. You do not have to choose your books in advance. You may change your reading list at any point in the challenge.

3. Overlapping with other challenges is fine.

4. Audio books and eBooks are allowed.

5. Feel free to post reviews or general thoughts about your reading to the Baker Street Challenge blog. Please e-mail me at bookishruth [at] gmail [dot] com to be added as a contributor.

Reading Tier

Three Pipe Problem: 3 books
The Sign of Four: 4 books
Five Orange Pips: 5 books
Seven Percent Solution: 7 books

Book Guidelines & Suggestions

The Canon: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels (A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear) and 56 short stories (compiled in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes).
Pastiches: Sherlock Holmes stories by authors other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, such as The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer, The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King, The Montana Chronicles by John S. Fitzpatrick, etc.
Non-Fiction: Books about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or the Holmes phenomenon.
Other Doyle Works: Books such as The Lost World, The Coming of the Fairies, The Maracot Deep, and non-Holmes short stories do count for this challenge.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sign Up for the Challenge

Please be sure to read the Rules post before signing up. After reading the rules, please sign Mr. Linky. If you have a specific post on your blog to keep track of your progress in this challenge, please leave the link to that entry, not your main URL. Thank you!

Also, if you'd like to be added as a contributor to this blog so you can post your book list and reviews here, please send me an e-mail at ruth [at] bookishruth [dot] com for posting access.

Updated June 6, 2009: There have been some issues with Mr. Linky lately. If you're a new participant looking to sign up and there's no form visible on this post (I've upgraded to a gold membership so you should see a form and list of participants) please leave a link to your challenge entry in the comments and let me know that Mr. Linky is not working. Thanks!