British Crime Classics Challenge 2021

British Crime Classics Challenge 2021

Rekha at The Book Decoder is hosting the British Crime Classics Challenge again this year. The rules are simple — read British mysteries written before 1965, but this year, we have themes. Read a book by your favourite author: The Hollow by Agatha ChristieRead a book by an author new to you.A Favorite Detective:A Favorite Amateur Sleuth: A Murder Is Announced by Agatha ChristieA Re-read: Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha ChristieDeath by Strangulation | Death by Poison | Death by Drowning | Death by Stabbing: Murder Is Easy by Agatha ChristieThe curious case of the missing documents: A Mystery set in a Foreign Land: A Mysterious Journey: Spooky Doobie Doo: Locked Room Mystery | Trapped on an island: Cliched tropes: Pick a theme and read as many books as you want. Or, choose one book for each theme. Or, pick as many themes as you wish and read a book for each. The choice is yours. You can always go back to reading the mystery classics without following any theme. I'm going to try to...
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Calendar of Crime Reading Challenge 2021

Calendar of Crime Reading Challenge 2021

I didn't do well at the Calendar of Crime challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block last year, mostly because I forgot to keep track. So, I'm trying again this year. Twelve mysteries, one representing each month, are required for a complete challenge. Each month comes with several categories. January - February - March - Premeditated Mortar by Kate Carlisle (title has word starting with "M")April - The Three Locks by Bonnie MacBird (church/minister/religion has major role)May - Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (title has word starting with "M")June - A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie (original publication month)July - Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett (takes place in US)August - Shucked Apart by Barbara Ross (month related item on cover - beach/water)September - The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths by Olivier Barde-Cabuçon (title has word starting with "S")October - November - December - The Hollow by Agatha Christie (house party/family gathering) ...
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2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

I didn't read as much nonfiction in 2020 as I would have liked. Of course, I also didn't do as well as challenges as I would have liked either, but I'm still joining the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book'd Out in the hopes of reading more and varied nonfiction. The challenge is to read nonfiction books from twelve different categories. There’s three different goals, either read: Three Books, Any CategorySix Books, Any CategoryTwelve Books, One from Each Category I’m going to go with the first option reading three from any category. The categories are: Biography Travel Self-helpEssay Collection - White Negroes by Lauren Michele JacksonDisease OceanographyHobbies Indigenous CulturesFoodWartime ExperiencesInventions Published in 2021 - Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain ...
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Back to the Classics 2021

Back to the Classics 2021

I'm happy to see Karen at Books and Chocolate is doing the Back to the Classics Challenge, again this year. Hopefully I'll complete all 12 categories. From Books and Chocolate: THE CATEGORIES:  (My potential reads are in italics, but they’re open to change.) 1. 19th Century Classic. Middlemarch by George Eliot 2. 20th Century Classic. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver 3. Classic by a Woman Author. High Rising by Angela Thirkell 4. Classic in Translation. The Odyssey by Homer 5. Classic by BIPOC Author. Passing by Nella Larsen 6. Classic by a New-to-You Author. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather 7. New-To-You Classic by a Favorite Author. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie 8. A Classic About an Animal, or with an Animal in the Title. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien 9. A Children's Classic. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 10. A Humorous or Satirical Classic. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome 11. A Travel of Adventure Classic (fiction or non-fiction). Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift 12....
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Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge started yesterday Monday, November 23. I love reading Christmassy stories. Thanks to Michelle at Christmas Spirit and Seasons of Reading for hosting. Details: challenge will run from Monday, November 23, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged!These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and a children’s Christmas books level! I’m aiming for the Christmas Tree level, which is 5 or 6 books. This year, the challenge is running in tandem with the Christmas Spirit Readathon. You don’t have to read only Christmas/holiday books during the readathon, but hopefully you will pick up at least one holiday tale. Books Finished: The Hour of Death by Jane WillanThe Christmas Train by David BaldacciAn English Murder by Cyril HareThe Finishing Stroke by Ellery QueenA Resolution at Midnight by Shelley NobleMurder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O'ConnorMistletoe Murder by...
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September and October Reading Challenges

September and October Reading Challenges

Bonfires. Gourds. Sweaters and seasonal socks and candles. It’s the perfect time of year to curl under a blanket with a book an a cup of hot chocolate. And if those books are mystery or gothic or horror, all the better. Both the FrightFall and RIP XV started yesterday. The FrightFall Readathon is sponsored by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. Remember, the one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who, like me, are faint of heart). The rest of the month? Keep reading scary if you want, or read whichever genre you choose. The hashtag is #FrightFall. RIP XV is hosted by @perilreaders on instagram and twitter. As always, the purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as: MysterySuspenseThrillerDark FantasyGothicHorrorSupernatural The hashtag is #RIPXV. Clearly, most of what I read this season will fit these challenges. These are the books I read: A Conspiracy...
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