Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Baker Street Challenge

I've been hooked on Sherlock Holmes ever since an 8th grade English assignment. With Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 150th birthday, a new Mary Russell book, and a new Sherlock Holmes movie (although I must admit to some reservations regarding casting), 2009 is going to be a fun year for Sherlockians. There will be a lot of Holmes-related events in the coming months at Bookish Ruth. The first of these, The Baker Street Challenge, kicks off on January 1st. It's a year-long challenge and participants can join at any time before the end of 2009. If you're interested in participating, click here for more details.

I'll be reading seven books for the challenge:
  1. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  2. A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
  3. The Mysterious World of Sherlock Holmes by Bruce Wexler
  4. The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. The Science of Sherlock Holmes by E.J. Wagner
  6. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
  7. The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer


  1. I would love to join this too. But I am not really that familiar with Sherlock Holmes, as in I have heard of him but never read any Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

    Will 'The Lost World' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle count?

  2. Oh my goodness, there's going to be a new Mary Russell novel this year?? Thank you SO much for the link! I love those books.

  3. violetcrush: You know, since there isn't another Sir Arthur Conan Doyle challenge out there, I think I will include his other works. (Amazingly, I still haven't read The Lost World. It's one of only three of Doyle's works that I haven't read. I absolutely devoured his writing when I was a teenager.)

    Ruth: You're welcome! I'm really excited about The Language of Bees.

  4. Ruth, thank you so much! I didn't realize there was a new Mary Russell book out until I read your post. I went immediately to my library's website, found they have it on order, and put in a request - and I'm first in the queue!

    I'm going to sign up for the Baker Street Challenge. I love Sherlock Holmes. It will be so much fun. I see you mention The Montana Chronicles at the challenge site - I will definitely have to look that one up, as I haven't read it yet. I already have Nancy Springer on my i-want list.

  5. I haven't read Sherlock Holmes in ages.