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Subject: 2009 Mystery Readers Challenge
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:22 AM ET
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On some of the other genre forums, I've noticed that they are doing "challenges" related to that particular genre, so I decided to come up with one for the Mystery readers. Anyone else game to give this a try? I don't want to make it too difficult, but it should be at least a LITTLE challenging, otherwise why call it a challenge, right? LOL Let's have some fun!! Purloining the idea from Valli, who developed the historical fiction challenge, let's say you can do either the full challenge, or do "challenge lite" where you pick half of these to complete. Obviously some of these will be easier than others, and what constitutes easy will likely vary from person to person.

For myself, I'm going to limit my selections to books that are already on my TBR stacks (that I already own) but you certainly don't have to restrict yourself that way if you don't want to. Come to think of it, I may have to acquire a few books if I come up with questions that I don't have books on my TBR to match. LOL

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long.

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.

Are you game? Let's have some fun and broaden our horizons a little! :-)

I will have to choose my selections later tonight, I'm heading out for work....and my computer is actually dead. I'm posting from my son's laptop so will be back when he lets me. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Okay. I'm in. I'm going to print off this list and see what I can come up with! I'm on a Mac and I don't want to download Firefox so I can't do any formatting of my posts so...I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to list my stuff as I go. I'll just post when I've made progress and keep an accounting off line.
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 11:32 AM ET
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I just want to add that requirement #6 is going to kill me. **shudder** I'm not big into precious so...recommendations would be appreciated.
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 11:49 AM ET
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I in, sounds like a fun way to find new authors and get down the TBR pile - mine is huge!

One question about the bonus - does anyone have an idea about a series?  I finished one about 3 months ago but I would think it would have to be something starting from today forward.

LeeAnne - do you have preference on an animal i.e., cats, dogs etc?

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:13 PM ET
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I'm probably more of a dog person. I like cats but I'm allergic. I'm also allergic to cute. ;-p I tried to read one of those Sneaky Pie (is that the name?) books but I just couldn't do it. That was many years ago. Maybe I'm less jaded now? (I doubt it!)
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:29 PM ET
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I know what you mean - I wonder if the Charline Harris books would work - after all Vampires are bats right?

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:32 PM ET
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Ok - I have started reading Nancy Pickard - Jessica Cain series and must say I was surprised at much I liked them - So there is number 1 out of the way.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:33 PM ET
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Ha! I like the way you think! I actually received the first seven Sookie Stackhouse (Charlaine Harris) books for Christmas. However, part of me feels like that might be stretching things a bit much. I'm sure I'll find something! :-)
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:42 PM ET
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I am trying to think of something - the only ones for #6 that I can think of are The Cat Who books by Braun but I am sure there are more out there. If you think of one give me a holler. If you like Harris - her Lilly Baird series is a completed series and there are only 5 books in them. They are cozys and a quick read. Personally I like a bit more blood and gore sometimes!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 1:14 PM ET
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Sounds like fun!  I'm doing several other challenges this year, but as long as you give me all of 2009 to complete this mystery challenge, I'll give it a go :-)

I'm going to use this post to keep my records:

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long.

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Doughgirl,

What other challengs are you doing? Maybe there is something else I would like to try.

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 1:22 PM ET
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This sounds like fun!

I will also print out the list and see what I can "check off" with my TBR pile (which seems to be getting longer by the day).  I also have to admit #6 will be the hardest.  #10 may need a bit of searching...

 

For the bonus...does this mean finish a 'dead' series I already started?  Or start and finish a new one?  I am halfway through P.B. Ryan's 'Guilded Age' series and this may get me to the library and finish it off....

 

Deb

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Subject: #6 Animals
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 2:01 PM ET
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Do you think sharks would qualify?

How about Jaws by Peter Benchley?  Will the shark get them all?

Or, Laurien Berenson;s books about champion poodles.  They do include a poodle named Faith.  She doesn't talk or solve mysteries, she's just a charatcher in the books.  The first is A Pedigree to Die For.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 2:03 PM ET
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I will probably do all of these in 2009 (except number 6) without even trying, since I read more mysteries than anything else!  Maybe I'll come back next December and see if I did it.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 2:16 PM ET
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Do you think if I read the complete sherlock holmes books that I have reprinted in 1 volume it would qualify for 2, 3 & 4 or would that be cheating?????

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 2:44 PM ET
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Heh. I'd vote for no "double dipping" but...strictly speaking, I think you'd be about to cover all three categories with your Sherlock Holmes book! :)
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:11 PM ET
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I agree no "double dipping" would make it more interesting. What does everyone else think?

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:25 PM ET
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Okay, I'm knocking #5 off the list right away with Henning Mankell's "Faceless Killers". I'm an honorary Scandinavian anyhow (by virtue of a Norwegian husband), so a Swedish mystery suits! Also, Mankell's mysteries are supposed to be really good.
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:34 PM ET
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Never heard of that one - let me know if it is any good and I will request it. I now have to decide which number to knock off with Sherlock Holmes!

I will keep track here also:

1. Read one mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.  Nancy Pickard - Say No To Murder

2. Read one mystery that was written before the year you were born.

3. Read one historical mystery. (Set during or before--shall we say, WW II, just as an arbitrary cutoff.)

3 (a). If you regularly read historical mysteries, read one set in a place or time that you've never read about before.

4. Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long.

5. Read one mystery written first in another language and translated to English.

6. Read one mystery where one of the main characters is an animal.

7. Read a new release--something published within the past six months.

8. Everyone deserves a second chance--read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.

9. Read a mystery set in an exotic location--that is to say, other than the USA, Canada or UK.

10. Read a mystery with the word "Blood" or "Bloody" in the title.

BONUS: Complete a series--read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.



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Kat (polbio) -
Subject: Challenge
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:34 PM ET
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I'm in!! THis should be fun. I agree no double dipping. Although, I would like to know the answer to the series question. Does it have to be a new series, or one we have already started? Also, when you say the animal has to be the main character, I am assuming that means not as a companion pet, but as the one solving the mystery. Or can it be a companion pet that doesnt really talk?

I wish I would have known about this sooner, I would have held off on Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leoni ( it would have counted  for #5), but I read it last month. Oh well.

 

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Subject: Kat's 2009 Challenge
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:38 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 4:10 PM ET
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Cheryl:

Could you start a discussion group JUST for people wanting to keep track of their progress in the 'challenge?'  That way, all we see are the challenges and what people are reading to fulfill them and NOT questions about the challenge as well as my obscure ramblings :)  Maybe just re-post the challenges so people can cut and paste in their own reply section ???

P.S.  I like your idea to use only books in the TBR pile.  Plus: no double-dipping!

 

Deb

 

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 6:52 PM ET
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I would say NO to double dipping. The series question can be one you're in the middle of, or if you want to start one (there are quite a few really short series out there that died out) it's up to you. The animal one--well, it would be nice if the animal was the sleuth, but those are fairly limited...as long as the animal features prominently, it's fine. (Vampires don't count though! LOL)I don't intend to be a Czar with a bunch of rules--we're having fun!

Just getting ready to leave work for home, so will get back to this later tonight. I'll post a separate thread then for keeping track of your progress, then everyone can have one post and just keep editing/updating it.

Toodles for now!

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 7:13 PM ET
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I'm in on this one - this should be fun! Let us know when you post the thread for recording our progress.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 7:30 PM ET
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I need some suggestions for #6 - don't even know where to start!

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