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.


  1. I'm definitely signing up for this one! I've already got my list together too. I'm not going to put my post up until after the new year, so I can't sign up with Mr. Linky until then. But I just had to post a comment to let you know that I'm DEFINITELY participating.

  2. Heather J., thanks so much! I'm thrilled that you'll be participating.

  3. Thank you, thank you for hosting this. I'm really looking forward to the challenge.

  4. Thanks for a great challenge idea!

  5. This sounds like a great challenge. Looking forward to it.

  6. Hello everyone. I have written my first review for this challenge. You can click on Book Psmith under Mr. Linky and it will take you to my Baker Street post or go to this link...


  7. Hello everyone - I just posted my first review for this challenge, for Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice. You can find a link under Mr. Linky on this page (Ruth), or go here:


  8. Book number 2: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Here is my review:


  9. Book #3: His Last Bow. Here is my review: