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Subject: 2012 Mystery Readers Challenge (and discussion)
Date Posted: 12/1/2011 12:16 AM ET
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Here for your consideration is The 2012 PBS Mystery Challenge!  You will recognize a few of the categories (recycling is a good thing!) but I’ve added a several new ones to keep us on our toes. I hope you find lots of new books to read with this challenge!

As with our challenges, the purpose of this exercise is to have fun and broaden our reading horizons. There are no real rules except that you should not “double dip” or use one book to complete two categories in this challenge. If a book you are reading for this challenge satisfies another forum challenge, rock on! No one is keeping track and there are no prizes. Read at your own pace and complete the categories in any order you choose. Feel free to be creative with the categories but stay true to the spirit of the challenge. Be sure to let us know when you read an outstanding book! 

This thread will serve as the gathering place for all challenge conversations.  If you have suggestions for authors, or if you are having difficulty finding books to fulfill a requirement, post HERE and someone will come to your aid.  As with the previous years, there will be another thread for posting (and editing) your challenge lists.

Without further adieu…The 2012 Mystery Challenge!

1. THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN:  Read a mystery that has a precious or semi-precious gem in the title: ruby, sapphire, emerald, diamond, pearl etc.

2.   WAR IS HELL, HISTORICALLY SPEAKING:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!

3.  PICK A NUMBER:  Read a mystery that has a number in the title.  The number can be numeric (1, 2, 3…) or written out (four, five, six). Cardinal or ordinal numbers are fine.

4. GOIN’ NATIVE:  Read a mystery that features any aboriginal peoples of the world.  This could include any Native American tribe, First Nations of Canada, Australian Aboriginals etc.

5.  DEAD, DEATH, MURDER, MAYHEM:  Read any mystery with the word dead, death, murder or mayhem in the title.  This one should be easy!

6. ALL ABOUT ALLITERATION:  Read a mystery in which the title contains at least three words with the same initial sound, as in “All About Alliteration”. (Hey, I can’t help it.  I’m an English major!)

7. SNUG AS A BUG:  Read the next mystery in any cozy series that you have already started.  If you don’t read cozies, now is a good time to give one a try! (Everyone should read at least one cozy a year!)

8. YOU GONNA EAT THAT?  Read a mystery with food or a beverage in the title.

9. THE BIG APPLE:  Read a mystery that is set primarily in one of the five boroughs New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island).

10. DON’T I KNOW YOU?  Read the second book in a series that you have already started. We all have started a series that we’ve been meaning to get back to.  Now is your chance!

11. THE SUN NEVER SETS:  Read a mystery that is set anywhere in the British Isles because let’s face it, the empire is much smaller than it used to be!

12. THE THRILLING SPY WHO LOVED ME:  Read a straight up thriller or espionage novel.

 

BONUSES:

BONUS ONE: See the USA in Your Chevrolet:  Read at least five books, each set in a different region of the 48 contiguous United States. We’re in a Chevy and we don’t have a passport. Regions could include: New England, Southeast, Pacific West, Rocky Mountains, Desert Southwest, Great Lakes, Midwest etc.  (If you must, Hawaii and Alaska can be added AFTER the first five!)

BONUS TWO: I’d Like to Thank the Academy:  Chose any SIX mystery book awards (Agatha, Dagger, Edgar etc.) and read any winner or nominee from the past five years for each award. The SYKM website has all the awards and titles you’ll need!



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Date Posted: 12/1/2011 12:31 AM ET
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Another great challenge LeeAnne--I can't wait to finish my last 2011 challenge books so I can start choosing books for this one!

Diane

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 12:30 PM ET
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LeeAnne --- What a clever new challenge for 2012.  Thank you so much for all of the effort that you put into these challenges.  It is such a wonderful avenue for all of us to meet, greet and learn about new authors & books. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 1:11 PM ET
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Looks like a great list, LeeAnne!  Thanks for putting it together.

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 4:05 PM ET
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Okay, I couldn't resist, I just spent the last hour finding titles for the parts of the challenge that I thought it would be hardest for me to find books for...the award winners, and the alliteration...I think I'm all set for those!  I will resist looking for any more challenge books today!!

Diane

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 5:11 PM ET
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HEADS UP!!! I have already made a slight change to the second bonus of the challenge!!  You may choose a winner or nominee of six awards.

After looking over the various awards and winners, I found that I have already read more than 60% of them surprise so I assume that many of you have as well. When I included the nominees, my numbers fell off sharply.  So...sorry for the change less than 24 hours in but I think we're good now! :)

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 9:08 PM ET
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Oh sure LeeAnne, make it easier after I agonized over my choices!!  LOLOL!!

I think I'm going to stick with the ones I chose, which were all winners--because I have two Louise Penny books on my TBR pile and they can both qualify.  (I had no idea how many awards she's won!)  I also found a couple of books that I had never head of before that sounded good.

And I'm proud of the fact that I found an alliteration book--finding THREE words is HARD! 

Diane

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 10:36 PM ET
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Great change LeeAnne --- but good for you Diane for having already chosen your books.  Thus far I have only saved my place --- have not put in any titles whatsoever!!!!

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 11:13 PM ET
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Becky, I only chose the awards books and the alliteration.  And didn't even put them in the thread yet.  I'm trying to wait but couldn't resist choosing some of the books.

I only have 2 books to go to complete all my 2011 challenges and after that I can have fun with the 2012 books.

Diane

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 11:38 PM ET
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Diane, if it's any consolation, I chose all my books from the winners and then decided that was too hard and had pity on the rest of you!  I reserve the right to switch out titles at anytime! :)

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 1:00 AM ET
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Count me in this year!  This will be my very first reading challenge.  Sounds like a lot of fun!

Thanks for putting this together LeeAnne!

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 9:07 AM ET
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This was pretty easy as 90% of the categories I could fill from my TBR stacks or my list of books I want to read anyway. The one I will have problems with is Alliteration, since I am caught up with Dexter and the most recent only has two words. I'm sure will get there in the end though.

Oh! Just noticed the change to award 'nominees' instead of just 'winners.' I'd already picked from the winners (5 of 6 were on my 'want to read list anyway) so no biggie here.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 9:55 AM ET
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Wow Cheryl, I didn't even think of the Dexter books for alliteration--good thinking.  I'm guessing they're not everyone's cup of tea...I enjoyed the first book and have the next few but haven't gotten to them yet.

Diane

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 4:48 PM ET
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Cheryl, I was hoping that many people could just pull titles from their TBR lists.  That's exactly what I'm trying to do.

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 5:08 PM ET
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Hi All..........I have a question........can you re-read a book you have read years ago (but for the most part have forgotten) to qualify for a category???? Great ideas for the categories...must have taken a lot of thought ....Thank you for all the work that you put into this.......Linda

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 6:55 PM ET
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Hi Linda! Strictly speaking, unless the challenge specifically calls for revisiting a book that you've already read, a first time reading is what is expected.  However, no one checks up on anyone so no one would really know if you were rereading!  This challenge is all about new discoveries and there is no rush to finish.  If you don't have a book for a category on January 1st, don't worry about it. You're sure to come across something as the months roll along. :)

If you're really stumped on a category, check out the lists of other participants and you might snag an idea or two.

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 8:03 PM ET
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OK....Thanks  , LeeAnne.............OH........and your lists are to be ready by  Jan 1 and are they posted here?   and one title per reader? .......Linda

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 8:08 PM ET
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OOOPs  I see lists will be posted on another thread.................L

Date Posted: 12/2/2011 8:44 PM ET
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Yes, lists are posted to the "Lists only" thread and you can really manage your list however you want.  Some people fill in everything and abide by it.  Others add the titles as they read them and still others list a bunch of titles only to change them down the road.  Whatever works for you.  We're easy over here! :)

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 9:53 AM ET
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I'll mark a spot for myself but this year, I'm looking to read a lot of what I already have on my TBR so if I read a book and it fits the challenge - good. If not, I won't stress over it. Somehow, I've learned over the years that doing challenges usually means an increase in an already overwhelming TBR pile for me! crying



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Date Posted: 12/3/2011 11:07 AM ET
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Great Job Leanne can't wait to start!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 1:27 PM ET
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Okay, I should be doing a million other things on this Saturday in December, BUT, I sat here and have filled in my Challenge books from TBR except for three.  A jewel, a number and an alliteration!!!   Now, I must develop an attitude that it is okay to read a non challenge book and that it is also OKAY if I do not finish said Challenge.  This year I felt myself being a little resentful of ONLY being able to read Challenge books --- why do humans impose such stress on themselves when certain things are meant to be FUN????  All this said, am quite happy so many came right off my shelves --- YIPPEE!!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 1:40 PM ET
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Okay --- Me again --- I need a bit of help here.  Can anyone out there give me any tips on how to find books with a jewel, a number and alliteration in the title???  I know one can go to Fantastic Fiction and put in "diamond", etc. but it brings up a zillion books, alot of them romance, alot of them with a series name diamond, but not title, etc.  So if any of you have suggestions I sure would welcome them.  Otherwise, it will just become a matter of secretly scoping out all of your lists and "borrowing" a title.  Many thanks.

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 1:51 PM ET
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Becky you can do the same thing at Stop You're Killing Me, they have a search feature like that too. Put in keyword "Diamond" or "Pearl" or "ruby" or whatever and see what comes up.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 1:54 PM ET
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Cheryl --- Thanks so much. 

Also, am going to get a Patterson Women's Murder Club Number book from the library.  YES, I will finally go join my library and join and get my very own card!!!!  Perhaps I will even find my jewel there as well.

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