This one can actually be incorporated into the TBR challenge and the 52 Icelandic books challenge, but it’s still a challenge. I learned of it through Petrona:
The challenge was made by the Mystery Reader Cafe group on Yahoo, which I have promptly joined and am just beginning to explore. The rules go like this:
1. Read a mystery with the word "murder" in the title
2. Read a mystery set in your region
3. Read a mystery that has been on your shelf for at least a year
4. Read a mystery from a "new to you" author
Each book should be different.
I already have books lined up that fulfil all these points.
The “murder” one might be Dorothy L. Sayers’ Murder Must Advertise or any of a number of other books I have with that word in the title.
The “set in your region” will be Tími Nornarinnar by Icelandic author, journalist and critic Árni Þórarinsson. It has been translated into German and French and probably more languages, and I heard somewhere it was going to be published in English as Season of the Witch. This one is also part of my 52 Icelandic books challenge.
I have a couple of hundred that fulfil “on the shelf for a year” – for example King Solomon’s Carpet by Barbara Vine, which is next on my reading list.
The “new to me author” was Dashiell Hammett – I finished reading The Thin Man last night, so that's one book to cross off the list.