Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2021 Calendar of Crime Challenge


Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: 1 January - 31 December 2021

Guidelines (from announcement page):

  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. All books should be read during this time period. Sign up any time. 
  • All books must be mysteries. Humor, romance, supernatural elements (etc.) are welcome, but the books must be mysteries/crime/detective novels first.
  • Twelve books, one representing each month, are required for a completed challenge and to be eligible for the end-of-year prize drawing. Each month comes with several categories that may be selected to fulfill the month's reading. 
  • To claim a book, it must fit one of the categories for the month you wish to fulfill. Unless otherwise specified, the category is fulfilled within the actual story. For instance, if you are claiming a book for December and you want to use "Christmas" as the category, then Christmas must figure in some way in the plot. Did someone poison the plum pudding? Did Great-Uncle Whozit invite all the family home for Christmas so he could tell them he plans to change his will? 
  • The "wild card" book is exactly that. If July is your birth month, then for category #9, you may read any mystery book you want. It does not have to connect with July in any way — other than a July baby chose it. The other eleven months, you must do the alternate category #9 if you want to fulfill that slot. 
  • For the category that says "Book title contains a word that starts with the letter A," the following do not count: "A" and "An."  
  • Books may only count for one month and one category, but they may count for other challenges. If it could fulfill more than one category or month, then you are welcome to change the category/month at any time prior to the final wrap-up.
  • Books do not have to be read during the month for which they qualify. So if you're feeling like a little "Christmas in July" (or May or...), then feel free to read your book for December whenever the mood strikes.
  • A wrap-up post/comment/email will be requested that should include a calendar of books read and what category they fulfilled. [Example: January: The House of Sudden Sleep by John Hawk (original pub date January 1930)].

Monthly Categories:

 
● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
● See the challenge Headquarters page HERE.
● See the list of challenge participants HERE.
● See my challenge wrap-up post HERE.


MY  READING  LIST:

JANUARY:
Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury #5). Martha Grimes (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "J")

FEBRUARY:
Faithful unto Death (Chief Inspector Barnaby #5). Caroline Graham (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "F") 
A Guilty Thing Surprised (Inspector Wexford #5). Ruth Rendell (Category #2: Author's birth month)

MARCH:
• Oranges and Lemons (Bryant & May: Peculiar Crimes Unit #17). Christopher Fowler (Category #2: Author's birth month)

APRIL:
The Religious Body (Inspector Sloan #1). Catherine Aird (Category #9: Church / Minister / Religion has major role) 

MAY:
• A Body at the Tea Rooms (Kate Palmer Mysteries #3). Dee MacDonald (Category #6: Original publication month)

JUNE:
Dead Dead Girls (Harlem Renaissance Mystery #1). Nekesa Afia (Category #6: Original publication month) 

JULY:
The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew #16), by "Carolyn Keene" (Category #2: Author's birth month - Mildred Wirt Benson, the pseudonymous author who wrote this book in the series, was born July 10, 1905)

AUGUST:
The Postscript Murders (Harbinder Kaur #2), by Elly Griffiths (Category #2: Author's birth month - Elly Griffiths was born August 17, 1963, according to Google) 

SEPTEMBER:


OCTOBER:
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NOVEMBER:
Nemesis (Miss Marple #12). Agatha Christie (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "N") 

DECEMBER:
Suspicious Death (Inspector Thanet #8). Dorothy Simpson (Category #7: Book title has word starting with "D") 


Friday, December 25, 2020

2021 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge


HOST: Carol @ Carol's Notebook

DATES: January 1 - December 31, 2021

Guidelines (quoted from challenge announcement page):

  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up (blog, Goodreads, Instagram, etc.).
  • Books need to be at least 100 pages long. Please no short stories.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge will run from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends March 15th.)
  • There will be a monthly link-up for reviews.

Levels:

  1. Amateur sleuth =  5 - 15 books
  2. Detective =  16 - 25 books 
  3. Inspector =  26 - 35 books 
  4. Special agent =  36 - 55 books
  5. Sherlock Holmes =  56+ books

I'm signing up at the "Amateur Sleuth" level (5-15 books). 

See my original post about the challenge HERE
See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

  1. Nemesis (Miss Marple #11). Agatha Christie (1971) 
  2. Jerusalem Inn (Richard Jury #5). Martha Grimes (1984)
  3. Suspicious Death (Inspector Thanet #8). Dorothy Simpson (1988) 
  4. Bryant & May: Oranges and Lemons (Peculiar Crimes Unit #17). Christopher Fowler (2021) 
  5. The Clue of the Tapping Heels (Nancy Drew #16). Carolyn Keene (1939)
  6. A Guilty Thing Surprised (Inspector Wexford #5). Ruth Rendell (1970)
  7. Faithful Unto Death (Chief Inspector Barnaby #5). Caroline Graham (1996) 
  8. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew #22). Carolyn Keene (1945)
  9. The Postscript Murders (Harbinder Kaur #2). Elly Griffiths (2021)
  10. An Extravagant Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries #14). Charles Finch (2021)
  11. A Body at the Tea Rooms (Kate Palmer Mysteries #3). Dee MacDonald (2021) 
  12. Dead Dead Girls. Nekesa Afia (2021) 
  13. Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17). Agatha Christie (1929)
  14. Castle Shade (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #17). Laurie R. King (2021)
  15. Killing in a Koi Pond (Murder, She Wrote #53). Terrie Farley Moran (2021) 
  16. Smilla's Sense of Snow. Peter Høeg (1992) 
  17. The Religious Body (Inspector Sloan #1). Catherine Aird (1966) 
  18. The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10). Susan Elia MacNeal (2021) 
  19. Wolf Lake (Dave Gurney #5). John Verdon (2016) 
  20. The Victim in Victoria Station (Dorothy Martin #5). Jeanne M. Dams (1999) 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

2021 European Reading Challenge


Hosted by: Gilion @ Rose City Reader

Dates:
January 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement page):
The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. 
  • Books should be read between January 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022.  If you participated in the 2020 European Reading Challenge, you can only count books read in January 2021 for one year  either the end of the 2020 challenge or the start of the 2021 challenge  you don't get to count one book for both challenges. 
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; and you can change your mind about books at any time. 
  • Overlap with other challenges is allowed  and encouraged! 
  • Re-reads count. 
  • Audiobooks count. 
  • E-books count. 
  • Self-published books count. 
  • There will be a page for linking your reviews. Reviews are not necessary, unless you are going for the Jet Setter Prize, in which case only books reviewed count.
  • If you do not have a blog, put your reviews or reports in a comment on the review list page. 
  • There will be a page for posting links to wrap-up posts. 
Levels of participation:
  1. Five Star (Deluxe Entourage): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.
  2. Four Star (Honeymooner): Read four qualifying books.
  3. Three Star (Business Traveler): Read three qualifying books.
  4. Two Star (Adventurer): Read two qualifying books.
  5. One Star (Pensione Weekender): Read just one qualifying book.
List of Countries:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

✹ I'm signing up for the Three Star ("Business Traveler") level.


● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See my challenge wrap-up post HERE.
● See the challenge announcement page HERE.
● See the review page HERE.
● See the page for challenge wrap-ups HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

  1. The Lost Village. Camilla Sten (set in Sweden
  2. Castle Shade (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #17). Laurie R. King (set in Romania)
  3. Smilla's Sense of Snow. Peter Høeg (set mainly in Denmark

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

 
HOST:
Marg @ The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.

DATES: January - December 2021

Guidelines:

  • Read historical fiction. Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)
  • Anyone can participate. A blog isn't necessary - you can post your reviews on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section of the review link-up page.
  • Monthly review link-ups will be posted. Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky.

Levels:

20th Century Reader - 2 books
Victorian Reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books
Prehistoric - 50+ books

I'm signing up at the "20th Century Reader" level. 

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.  


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

  1. An Extravagant Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries #14). Charles Finch (2021; set in 19th Century London and Newport, RI)
  2. Dead Dead Girls (Harlem Renaissance Mystery #1). Nekesa Afia (2021; set in Harlem, NYC, 1920s) 
  3. Castle Shade (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #17). Laurie R. King (2021; set in 1920s Romania) 
  4. The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10). Susan Elia MacNeal (2021; set during WWII, in Hollywood, California) 


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2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Hosted by: Celebrity Readers
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2021

Guidelines:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2021, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.
  • Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published by the end of 2021.
  • It doesn't matter if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2021 (i.e., read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.
  • Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.
  • Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).
  • Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!
  • Reviews are not required, but highly encouraged.

Levels:

  1. C-List Series Finisher = complete 1-4 series
  2. B-List Series Finisher = complete 5-8 series
  3. A-List Series Finisher = complete 9+ series

I'm signing up at the "C-List" level.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

1. Faithful unto Death (Chief Inspector Barnaby series, #5). Caroline Graham (1996)

2. Wolf Lake (Dave Gurney series, #5). John Verdon (2016) 

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Series I'd like to finish:

Robert Langdon series, by Dan Brown (1 book left)

Origin (2017)

The Dark Is Rising series, by Susan Cooper (1 book left)

Silver on the Tree (1977)

Mrs. Malory Mysteries, by Hazel Holt (3 books left)

Mrs. Malory and a Death in the Family (2006)
Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End (2012)
Death Is a Word (2014)

Dave Gurney Mysteries, by John Verdon (4 books left)

Let the Devil Sleep (2012)
Wolf Lake (2016)
White River Burning (2018)
On Harrow Hill (coming in 2021) 

Inspector Barnaby series, by Caroline Graham (4 books left)

Death of a Hollow Man (1989)
Death in Disguise (1993)
Faithful Unto Death (1996) 
A Ghost in the Machine (2004) 

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