2015 Reading Challenges

I'm joining in in the 2015 Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge this year. Our wonderful host is Amy at A Bookish Girl. Effective April, our host is Elizabeth at Thoughts from an Evil Overlord. I'm so happy she picked up the challenge. The Rules: The challenge starts January 1, 2015 and ends  December 31, 2015. You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime/thriller.  1 novel counts as 1 novel (1 novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel. I think my goal is 20. Next up is the 2015 TBR Jar Challenge, hosted by NYC BookWorm. Any genre, length, or format of book counts. Doesn’t matter when it was published either. E-books, short stories, novellas, or ARC’s are also allowed. There are many ways to do this, but here are two most common (and easiest): Write (or type and print) out the title & author of...
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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, VIII

  I can't believe fall is almost here. I'll admit it, I'll miss summer when the temperatures start falling, but there are some good things about fall - apple cider, pumpkin pie, lovely leaves, and, of course, Carl's R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, now in its 8th year. September 1st is right around the corner.  It is time to begin. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.  That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.  As time has wound on he's honed this event down to two simple rules: 1. Have fun reading (and watching). 2. Share that fun with others. As he does each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a...
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Where I’m Reading

View 2013 Where I'm Reading in a larger map I thought I'd take a look today at where I've been reading so far this year, that is where the books I've been reading have been set. I'm not doing very well at the Where Are You Reading Challenge. I've only visited 12 countries: US Barbados Costa Rica New Zealand Australia South Africa Norway Italy Germany England Ireland Turkey   I've only hit 10 states and territories: California Arizona New Mexico Tennessee Ohio Pennsylvania New York Illinois Missouri US Virgin Islands It doesn't seem like I've visited many places. Granted, some of the books I've read I haven't really been able to place the setting on a map, either because it's entirely fantasy or it's non-fiction but not about a place or person or thing. My favorite settings so far have probably been the warm, sunny ones.  ...
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2013 Where Are You Reading Challenge

2013 Where Are You Reading Challenge

I love the idea of keeping track of Where I'm Reading and the goal of this challenge is to do just that, and to read a book about or set in each of the 50 states. My map right now is obvious blank, but as the year goes by I'll be filling it in. The Where Are You Reading Challenge is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. You can sign up here. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=206857516808855477049.0004d1366edd11604812c&msa=0&ie=UTF8&t=m&ll=28.921631,-31.992187&spn=97.044676,149.414063&z=2&output=embed&w=425&h=350]. States and Territories: Pennsylvania Ohio California Illinois New York US Virgin Islands Countries: USA Italy England New Zealand  ...
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Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge

The second challenge I'm joining is the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge, reading mysteries first published before 1960, which includes some of my favorites. Bev at My Reader's Block has made it even more fun by using the theme of "Scattegories" this year. The goal is to read 8 books from 8 of the following categories. 1. Colorful Crime: a book with a color or reference to color in the title 2. Murder by the Numbers: a book with a number, quantity in the title 3. Amateur Night: a book with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.) 4. Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc. 5. Jolly Old England: one mystery set in Britain 6. Yankee Doodle Dandy: one mystery set in the United States 7. World Traveler: one mystery set in any country except the US or Britain 8. Dangerous Beasts: a book with an animal in the title...
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Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

I took a year off from year-long reading challenges last year, but I kind of missed them, so I've decided to sign up for a few this year. The first is the Mount TBR Reading Challenge. The goal is to read the books that are already on my shelves, ones I've bought for myself or received as gifts. The ones that are waiting patiently to get around to them and the ones that are screaming "Read me!" I'm signing up to climb Pike's Peak, which means reading 12 books from my TBR pile. I'll keep a running list here, in addition to marking my reviews as part of the challenge. The Mount TBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block. You can sign-up here. False Scent by Ngaio Marsh - on my shelf since 7/14/12 ...
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