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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Sci-Fi Summer Wrap-Up

Sci-Fi Summer Wrap-Up

The Sci-Fi Summer Readathon wraps up this evening. Thanks, Michelle, for hosting again this year. I finished several books: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan; finished June 8, reviewBishop to Queen by Lexy Wolfe; finished June 10, review coming in JulyFinder by Suzanne Palmer; finished June 15, reviewThe Caledonian Gambit by Dan Moren; finished June 22, review“Pilot Error” by Dan Moren; finished June 22A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine; finished June 22, review And started a couple that I haven't quite finished yet: Westside by W.M. AkersThe Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin My favorite was A Memory Called Empire. I loved the world-building and the characters. It's also one of the finalists for this year's Hugo Award. My least favorite was Bishop to Queen. I didn't really connect with any of the characters and the story itself wasn't full enough for me. ...
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Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge

I am an unapologetic series reader. Mysteries of course, vintage and contemporary, but also sci-fi, fantasy, and even the occasional romance. The two books I’m in the middle of right now, listed on my sidebar, are both parts series. So, when I saw Michelle and Berls’ Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge at Because Reading Is Better than Real Life, I had to join in. The challenge is to pick 1 series, and then read EVERY book in that series during May. To count as a series, there needs to be at least 3 published books, so trilogies work. If the series isn’t complete yet, as long as the first 3 books have been published it counts. The hashtag is #SeriesinaMonth. Wanna join in? Sign up here. I’m choosing Elly Griffiths' Stephens & Mephisto Mysteries. The Zig Zag Girl - finished 5/13, reviewSmoke and Mirrors - finished 5/20, reviewThe Blood Card - finished 5/24, reviewThe Vanishing Box - finished 6/1, reviewNow You See Them As you...
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Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge Wrap-up

Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge Wrap-up

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge ended Monday. Here's what I read: Books Finished: Lord James Harrington and the Christmas Mystery by Lynn FlorkiewiczThe Christmas Egg by Mary KellyAn Ale of Two Cities by Sarah FoxThe Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories edited by Martin EdwardsA Rumpole Christmas by John MortimerThe Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys BowenMerry Murder by C. S. McDonald Novellas Finished: Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine WilsonGrievance in Gingerbread Alley by Leighann DobbsCadaver on Candy Cane Lane by Leighann DobbsThe Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie FoxThe Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward I really enjoy holiday reading, especially Christmas. My favorite was probably The Twelve Clues of Christmas. I didn't watch any Christmas movies this year though, which seems a little sad. I should have at least pulled out A Muppet Christmas Carol. Thanks, Michelle, for hosting. I had fun as always. ...
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2020 Audiobook Challenge Sign-Up

2020 Audiobook Challenge Sign-Up

I’m signing up for the Audiobook Challenge again this year, hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer; I just forgot to sign up earlier. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, while I'm doing chores, walking, sometimes even at work. The goal of the challenge is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2020 than you did in 2019. I read 51 in 2019, so I'm just going for the Marathoner level again, which is 50+. ...
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2019 Audiobook Challenge Wrap-up

2019 Audiobook Challenge Wrap-up

I complete the Marathoner level of the Audiobook Challenge, hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer. Here's my list: Kingdom of the Blind by Louise PennySapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah HarariThe 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonVoice of the Violin by Andrea CamilleriThe World Beneath by Rebecca CantrellSomething Fresh by P.G. WodehouseThe Library Book by Susan OrleanSo Pretty a Problem by Francis DuncanSwing, Brother, Swing by Ngaio MarshMurder at the Mousetrap by Helena MarchmontA Murderous Ride by Helena MarchmontCherringham, Episodes #7-9 by Matthew CostelloCherringham, Episodes #10-12 by Matthew Costello, Neil RichardsThe Secret Agent by Joseph ConradKiller Thriller by Lee GoldbergWillful Behavior by Donna LeonThe Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och DagBlood Money by Doug RichardsonThe Dispatcher by John ScalziThe Crime at Black Dudley by Margery AllinghamLook To The Lady by Margery AllinghamAccessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis LangThe Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea CamilleriWe by...
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