COYER Summer Wrap-Up

X marks the spot. I made it the 65 steps to the treasure for Summer COYER.

Books read / points earned:

24 in 48 Readathon

I can’t resist. I’m joining in on the 24 in 48 Readathon this weekend. I’ll be posting updates on Instagram and Twitter.

I ended up finishing two books and starting a third. I consider that a success.

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

In case you couldn’t tell from my last couple of posts, I’m already in the mood for Christmas reading, so of course I’m joining the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge that starts Monday. It’s hosted by Michelle at Christmas Spirit.

From Christmas Spirit:

Challenge will run from Monday, November 20, 2017 through Saturday, January 6, 2018, Twelfth Night (or Epiphany for the Christians among us).

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 for the first time…a children’s Christmas books level!

I’m signing up for the Christmas Tree level which is 5 or 6 books.

Christmas Readathon

And, since it lines up so well, I’m also joining Michelle’s Christmas Spirit Readathon hosted at Seasons of Reading, which also starts Monday.

From Seasons of Reading:

Read-a-Thon dates: Monday, November 20 at 12:00am CDT until Sunday, December 3 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly…there’s a time zone converter in the blog menu)

You do not have to be signed up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge to participate (but I sure would love for you to join us!)

I am not requiring that you read only Christmas/holiday books during the read-a-thon, but I hope you will pick up at least one holiday tale, even if it’s just to read some children’s books with your kids or some holiday short stories…and perhaps some scary fare…

To check in on social media, we’ll use hashtag #CSreadathon

As usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate…feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc. AND interact with us in our Facebook group.

Christmas Spirit Reading Lists:

First I need to finish:

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan
Twelve Slays of Christmas by Frost, Jacqueline Frost

Then I’ll start with this list, but who know what I’ll actually end up reading:

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (scary, but it’s also a story told around the fire on Christmas Eve)
Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
I’m Scheming of a White Christmas by Kate O’Keeffe
A Christmas Peril by J. A. Hennrikus

#FrightFall Readathon

The FrightFall Readathon begins October 1 and lasts for a month this time around. I always love Michelle’s Readathons, so of course I’m participating, even if most of my reads will not be necessarily as frightening as other folks’.

From Seasons of Reading:

Just remember…the one main “rule” of FrightFall is that you must read at least ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). Since we are doing a month long, I hope you will indulge the scary a bit more, but that is entirely up to you. It is all about the reading after all.

Our social media hashtag is #FrightFall and we have our outstanding Facebook group which has become quite the reading community.

I am definitely one of the faint of heart. My “scary read” this time around will probably be Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.

Other possible reads:

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Slade House by David Mitchel
The Shimmering Road by Hester Young

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge XII

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII starts today. Our fabulous hosts are Heather at My Capricious Life and Andi at Estella’s Revenge. Head over to either blog to sign-up.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:




Dark Fantasy.




There are two simple goals for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII Challenge:

1. Have fun reading.

2. Share that fun with others.

I don’t read much horror, but a mystery and a cup of hot chocolate is perfect for fall. I’m signing up for Peril the First. Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (our very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Jackson or Tananarive Due…or anyone in between. I’m also going to try to participate in the group read of Slade House by David Mitchell.

My tentative reading list:

Glass Houses by Louise Penny
Slade House by David Mitchell
Weycombe by G. M. Malliet
Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
The Shimmering Road by Hester Young


  1. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  2. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
  3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  4. Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon
  5. Scared to Death by Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  6. Slade House by David Mitchell
  7. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Yesterday’s Bout of Books Challenge:

Book Spine Rainbow

Take a selection of your favorite book spines to make a rainbow! Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #bookspinerainbow and #boutofbooks!

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#bookspinerainbow #boutofbooks #bookish #booknerd

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