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Subject: 2016 Mystery/Thriller Challenge --LIST ONLY-----
Date Posted: 11/16/2015 6:48 PM ET
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2016 Challenge - LIST ONLY---

Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

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OK, I'm in! 

Sorry to take up space...posted this and then decided to go ahead and copy the list.  Computer said "I don't think so".  After a few tries just gave up and posted it in a new post.



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Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  • Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  •   Deceived/Randy Wayne White
  • Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)  
  •  The Princess of Burundi/Kjell Eriksson     
  • Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
  •    The Devil's Hatband/Robert O. Greer (Denver and Colorado mountains)
  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010) Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles/A. L. Herbert
  • Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
  • Midnight Riot/Ben Aaronovitch
  • Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  • False Scent/Ngaio Marsh
  • 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. (2012)
  • Amethyst Dreams/Phyllis Whitney
  • War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  • Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante/Susan Elia MacNeal (WWII)
  • A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013)
  •   Night Film/Marisha Pessl (587 pgs)
  • Good to see you againRead an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
  •   Clawback/J. A. Jance
  • Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
  •    The Hanging Wood/Martin Edwards
  • AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)
  •   Seeking the Dead/Kate Ellis

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  • Complete A Series:  Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  •    Driven to Murder/Judith Skillings
  • Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
  •    Flash Flood/Susan Slater
  •    A Man To Die For/Eileen Dreyer
  •    The Secrets of Sadie Maynard/Linda Anderson
  • Somewhere Over the ROY G BIVRead seven books with one color of the rainbow in the title. (2011)
  •   Red  Blood Red/Wendi Corsi Staub
  •   Orange  Blood Orange/Susan Wittig Albert
  •   Yellow  Come Unto These Yellow Sands/Josh Lanyon
  •   Green  The Girl with the Long Green Heart/Lawrence Block
  •   Blue  Baltimore Blues/Laura Lippman
  •   Indigo  Mood Indigo/Charlotte Vale Allen
  •   Violet  Defending Violet/Jennifer Louise Jefferson
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  • 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  •    Mid Atlantic (Upstate New York)  No Stone Unturned/James W. Ziskin
  •    New England (Massachusetts)  A Flame in the Wind of Death/Jen J. Danna
  •    South Central (Louisiana)  Plunder/Mary Anna Evans
  •    Pacific Coast (California)  One O'Clock Hustle/Joanne Pence
  •    South Atlantic (North Carolina)  Missing, Presumed Wed/Sharon Wildwind
  •    Pacific Northwest (Washington/Oregon)  One Kick/Chelsea Cain
  •    Rocky Mountains (Colorado)  The Reckoning Stones/Laura DiSilverio
  •    North Central (Wisconsin)Frozen Stiff/Annelise Ryan
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  • Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  •     Sister Eve and the Blue Nun/Lynne Hinton
  • Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)
  • Africa  The Headhunter's Daughter/Tamar Myers
  • Asia (Philippines)  Smaller and Smaller Circles/F. H. Batacan
  • Australia  Crucifixion Creek/Barry Maitland
  • Canada  If Looks Could Kill/Michael Blair
  • Caribbean Islands  Baja Florida/Bob Morris
  • Europe (England) Good Girls Don't Die/Isabelle Grey
  • Greenland/Iceland The Silence of the Sea/Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Mexico  Skull Duggery/Aaron Elkins
  • Middle East (Turkey) The Kiss Murder/Mehmet Murat Somer
  • New Zealand  Introducing Amanda Valentine/Rose Beecham
  • South America (Peru)  The Moche Warrior/Lyn Hamilton
  • South Pacific Islands  Wake of the Hornet/Val Davis
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  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Foreign Eclairs /Julie Hyzy
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Tainted Mountain / Shannon Baker
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Ice Hunter / Joseph Heywood
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Murder with Fried Chicken & Waffles / A R Hebert    
  5. Scooby, is that you?  The Haunted Season / G M Malliet
  6. Glory Days:  The Ivy Tree / Mary Stewart
  7. The Jewel in the Crown:  The Corpse with an Emerald Thumb / Cathy Ace
  8. War is Hell:  King’s Mountain / Sharyn McCrumb
  9. A long road home:  At All Costs / John Gilstrap
  10. Good to see you again:  Tricky 22 / Janet Evanovich          
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Bigfoot in Tawas /  Madison Johns
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  The Shadow Collector / Kate Ellis

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: McNally’s Bluff / Lawrence Sanders. Vincent Lardo
     
  2. Clean it up!:  Death by Thunder / Gretchen Sprague
                           Poetry of Murder / Bernadette Steele
                           Deadly Diversion / Eleanor Sullivan
     

     
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV: 
    Dead in Red / L L Bartlett    
    Five Quarters of the Orange / Joanne Harris

    Come Unto These Yellow Sands / Josh Lanyon
    Green-Eyed Lady / Chuck Greaves
    Blue Coyote Motel / Dianne Harmon                      

    Wild Indigo / Sandi Ault
    Ultra Violet / Nancy Bush
     
  4. See the USA in Your Chevrolet: 

    New England – Maine – A Whisker of Trouble / Sofie Ryan
    Southeast – Alabama - Fat Tuesday Fricassee / J J Cook
    Pacific West – Oregon - Catfish Cafe / Earl Emerson
    Rocky Mountains – The Readaholics & Poirot Puzzle / Laura DiSilverio

    Desert Southwest – Arizona - Concrete Desert / John Talton
    Great Lakes – Illinois -- 600 Pound Gorilla / Robert Campbell
    Midwest – Michigan – Treasure in Tawas / Madison Johns

     
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Sister Eve, Private Eye / Lynne Hinton
     
  6. Around the World: 

Africa – Iraq = Bringing Back the Dead / Joe Domenici
Asia – Afghanistan = Allure of Deceit / Susan Froetschel
Canada - = Northern Winters are Murder / Lou Allin
Caribbean Islands – Tortuga
= Underwater Suspicion / Kathy Brandt 
Europe – Scotland = Natural Causes / James Oswald
New Zealand – Auckland = Fallout / Paul Thomas

 

 

 



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Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)....Dare to Die by Carolyn Hart....5/24/16

Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)......The Crooked Spire by Chris Nickson......1/3/15

Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010).....Murder, Served Simply by Isabella Alan (Ohio).....2/14/16

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010).....Chicken Soup & Homicide by Janet Gradowski and Gemma Halliday.....5/12/16

Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)....Sweet Somethings by Connie Shelton..............1/16/16

Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)....The Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie.......4/10/16

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. (2012).......Murder in the Pearl District by Dianne Harman.......5/28/16

War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)....The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd.....9/19/16

A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013).....Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb......2/15/16

Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013).....Cancelled Vows by Lauren Carr.....2/6/16

Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)...Nursing Homes are Murder by Mike Befeler......1/10/16

AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)...Two Bronze Pennies by Chris Nickson....1/18/16

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)......Reading up a Storm by Eva Gates....5/1/16

Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)

  • Death Waxed Over by Tim Meyers.....3/27/16
  • Not a Chance in Helen by Susan McBride....1/6/16
  • Bingoed by Patricia Rockwell....4/10/16

Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)

  • Blueburied Muffins by Lyndsey Cole......2/17/16
  • Trouble in Orange Beach by Minnie Crockwell.....4/22/16
  • Dress Her in Indigo by John D. MacDonald.......6/6/16
  • One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald ....5/18/16
  • Murder at Redwood Cove.......Janet Finsilver........5/2/16
  • Greene County Killer by Ann Mullen.....5/17/16
  • Ultra Violet by Nancy Bush.....6/16/16

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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)..

  • A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere  (NV......West)......2/4/16
  • Macaroni and Freeze by Christine Wenger (NY...Northeast).......1/18/16
  • Murder Most Wholesome by Staci MacLaughlin...(CA...Pacific).....2/24/16
  • Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke....(MN....Midwest)...3/5/16
  • Pattern of Betrayl by Mae Fox......(MO....West North Central)......2/6/16
  • Gunfight at Grace Gulch by Darlene Franklin (OK...West South Central)....4/12/16
  • Cinco de Mayhem by Ann Myers....(NM....Mountain)....4/22/16

Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)......Murder at the Mansion by Alison Golden.......2/12/16

Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

  • A Cereal Killer by Morgana Best (Australia).....2/2/16
  • Death in Kashmir by M.M. Kaye (India)......4/16/16
  • Season of the Witch by Árni Þórarinsson (Iceland)......3/3/16
  • Empty Nest by Marty Wingate (England).....2/3/16
  • Drowning Pool by Melanie Jackson....(Mexico).....2/22/16
  • Aunty Lee's Chilled Revenge by Ovidia Yu (Singapore)....4/14/16

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands




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2016 Challenge - LIST ONLY---

Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Against All Enemies by John Gilstrap 1/2/2016
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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2016 Challenge - LIST ONLY---

Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance: Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag (5-12-16)
  2. Something new on the shelf: The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron ( 7-31-16)
  3. Home Sweet Home: The Bone Box by Gregg Olsen (8-17-16)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  If Fried Chicken Could Fly by Paige Shelton (6-26-16)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts (6-26-16)
  6. Glory Days: The Poet by Michael Connelly (8-10-16)
  7. The Jewel in the Crown: The Emerald Scepter by Paul Kemprecos
  8. War is Hell: Murder at Manassas by Michael Kilian
  9. A long road home: The Lion's Game by Nelson Demille
  10. Good to see you again: Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell (6-16-16)
  11. Having a senior moment here:  One for the Money by D.B. Borton
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea: The Picasso Scam by Stuart Pawson

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

Complete a series: Beverly Hills Dead by Stuart Woods (2-18-16)

Clean it up!:

Trial by Fury  by J.A. Jance (1-31-16)

Silent Prey by John Sandford (4-30-16)

Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson (5-4-16)

 

Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo,

Red- Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub

Orange- Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen

Yellow- The Yellow Ribbon Murders by Dr Selden S. Lambert

Green- Green Hell by Ken Bruen

Blue- Blue Labyrinth by Preston & Child

Indigo- Indigo Slam by Robert Crais

Violet- The Violet Hour by Daniel Judson

See the USA in Your Chevrolet:

New England-( Massachusetts) Alone by Lisa Gardner

Southeast- ( Florida) Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman

Pacific West-(California) Run The Risk by Scott Frost

Rocky Mountains-(Wyoming) Open Season by C.J. Box

Desert Southwest- (New Mexico) Tularosa by Michael McGarrity

Great Lakes- (Minnesota) Immoral by Brian Freeman

Midwest- (Oklahoma) The Man in the Green Chevy by Susan Rogers Cooper

Hawaii

Alaska

Don't talk about religion!  In the Bleak Winter  by Julia Spencer-Flemming

Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Canada (Quebec)  Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs            

Asia (Japan) Rain Fall by Barry Eisler                                        

Australia-  7 Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly    

Europe(Norway) The Bat by Jo Nesbo

Middle East ( Israel)  The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

Caribbean Islands  ( Jamaica)  The Goat Woman of Largo Bay by Gillian Royes

              



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2016 Challenge - LIST ONLY---

Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)  Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor
  3. Home Sweet Home Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)  X (Kinsey Millhone #24) by Sue Grafton  --  Santa Barbara, CA  (born and raised there, live 35 mi. away now)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)  Murder With Fried Chicken and Waffles (Mahalia Watkins Soul Food #1) by A. L. Herbert
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)   The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon -- zombie
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)    The Finishing Stroke by Ellery Queen  (pub. 1958)
  7. 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. (2012)  Pearls and Poison (Consignment Shop #3) by Duffy Brown
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013   Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart (404 pages)                                          
  10. Good to see you again Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013) Tricky Twenty Two (Stephanie Plum #22) by Janet Evanovich
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)  Gator Bait (Miss Fortune #4) by Jana DeLeon
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a seriesRead to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)  Foreign Eclairs (White House Chef series)  by Julie Hyzy
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)   New England:  A Whisker of Trouble (Second Chance Cat #3) by Sofie Ryan - Maine ; Rocky Mountains: Devil's Food Cake (Culinary #3) by Josi Kilpack ; Great Lakes: Fat Cat Spreads Out (Fat Cat #2) by Janet Cantrell - Minnesota;  West Coast: Daisies for Innocence (Enchanted Garden #1) by Bailey Cattrell ; Deep South: Fry Another Day (Biscuit Bowl #2) by J. J. Cook
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)                                                                                                                                                                                                          A Turn for the Bad (County Cork #4) by Sheila Connolly  --  Ireland

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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2016 Challenge - LIST ONLY---

Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance: The Black Country by Alex Grecian   Read 7/25/16
  2. Something new on the shelf: Where Angels Fear by CS Harris   Read 2/20/16
  3. Home Sweet Home:  The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. Read 2/7/16
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  The Moor by Laurie R. King   Read 6/17/16
  6. Glory Days:    A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King (1997). Read 4/16/16
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  What Remains of Heaven by CS Harris   Read 6/20/16
  9. A long road home: A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George   1/27/16
  10. Good to see you again:  Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye  Read 3/12/16
  11. Having a senior moment here: A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King  Read 4/7/16
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:    Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George   1/11/16

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)

                                  The Hunter's Tale by Margaret Frazer   Read 7/14/16

  1. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  2. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  3.                           The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye     Northeast     Read 3/19/16  
  4. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  5. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

England - Martyr by Rory Clemson  Read 2/29/16



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Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

 

BONUS for over acheivers:

Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)

Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)

Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)

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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)

Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)

Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

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Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009) A June of Ordinary Murders by Conor Brady - finished 1/3/16
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010) - Cry Wolf by J. Carson Black (almost in my backyard!) - finished 2/21/16
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010) The Child Thief by Dan Smith - finished 7/6/16
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011) The Dark Side of The Road (Ishmael Jones, Bk 1) by Simon Green - finished 1/9/16
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012) Emerald Moon by Rick Murder- finished 7/10/16
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013)  The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo - finished 3/1/16
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013) Silence of Stones by Jeri Westerson - finished 2/18/16
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014) - The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014) The Detective and the Devil by Lloyd Shepherd

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010) Blue Wolf in Green Fire by Joseph Heywood (finished 3/25/16),
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012) The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier - finished 2/3/16 (Seattle)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013) Smaller and Smaller Circles by F H Batacan - finished Jan 30, 2016
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:   Death Fantastical, Patrica Moyes Completed 3/13/16*****
  2. Something new on the shelf: Farm Fresh Murder, Paige Shelton Completed 7/21/16****
  3. Home Sweet Home:  The Boreal Owl Murder, Jan Dunlap Completed 7/13/16****1/2
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Murder at Honeychurch Hall, Hannah Dennison Completed 3/22/16****
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Second Sight, Amanda Quick Completed 10/30/16****
  6. Glory Days:  Death in CyprusM.M. Kaye Completed 2/13/16 ****
  7. The Jewel in the Crown: The Case of the Gilded Fly, Edmund Crispin (cheating a little and going with gold) Completed 5/14/16 ***1/2
  8. War is Hell:  Nine - And Death Makes Ten, Carter Dickson (WWII) Completed 4/13/16****
  9. A long road home:  The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins Completed 7/12/16*****
  10. Good to see you again:   Captain Cut-Throat, John Dickson Carr Completed 2/21/16****
  11. Having a senior moment here: Winking at the Brim, Gladys Mitchell Completed 6/7/16***
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:   Dead Men Don't Ski, Patricia Moyes Completed 3/29/16*****

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Might As Well Be Dead, Rex Stout Completed 8/3/16 *****  The Sleeping Sphinx, John Dickson Carr Completed 8/17/16**** The Wrong Way Down, Elizabeth Daly Completed 10/15/16****
  3. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  4. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  5. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

 



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Connie's List:
Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
  3.  Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
  4.  Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013
10.  Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
11.  Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
12.   AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

BONUS CATEGORIES:
1.  Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
2.   Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
3.   Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
4.  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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
5.  Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
6.   Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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  1. Everyone deserves a second chance: Last Words by Michael Koryta - 3/26/16
  2. Something new on the shelf:  The Killing Lessons by Saul Black - 1/18/16
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman - 2/21/16
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan - 6/12/16
  5. Scooby, is that you? Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James - 4/12/16
  6. Glory Days:  The Distant Echo by Val McDermid - 8/13/16
  7. The Jewel in the Crown: The Pearl Harbor Murders by Max Allan Collins - 3/23/16
  8. War is Hell:  A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd - 3/19/16 (WWI)
  9. A long road home:  What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan - 3/17/16
  10. Good to see you again:  The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear - 2/15/16
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Murder in Moscow by Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain - 1/3/16
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Gods of Gold by Chris Nickson - 1/7/16

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin (Mistress of the Art of Death series) 1/4/16
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)

    1. Mrs.Jeffries Pinches the Post by Emily Brightwell -  1/1/16
    2. A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear - 2/20/16
    3. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie - 3/23/16

     
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)

    Red - TheRed Box by Rex Stout - 6/23/16
    Orange - Blood Orange by Susan Wittig Albert - 4/21/16
    Yellow - The Yellow Room Conspiracy - Peter Dickinson - 6/28/16
    //Green - The Green Bottle - Stuart Kaminsky - 1/9/16
    Blue - Crossroad Blues - Ace Atkins - 3/28/16
    Indigo - Indigo Slam - Robert Crais
    Violet - March Violets - Phillip Kerr - 1/13/16

     
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
    1. New England (Rhode Island - Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell - 1/27/16
    2. Pacific Coast (California) - The Howard Hughes Affair by Stuart M. Kaminsky - 2/8/16
    3. Mid-Atlantic (New York) - Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb - 3/9/16
    4. South (Texas) - Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin - 3/20/16
    5. Pacific Northwest (Washington) - Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni - 6/10/16
     
  5. Don't talk about religion! Reverend Randollph and the Avenging Angel by Charles Merrill Smith - 1/27/16
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

1. Africa - Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey - 1/3/16
2. England - Two Bronze Pennies by Chris Nickson -1/16/16
3. Italy - Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen - 1/17/16
4. India - The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter - 2/6/16

5. France - Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker - 4/6/16
6. Denmark - The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel - 4/22/16  
 



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  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Candy Corn Murder  -  Leslie Meier      January
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:    The Chocolate Falcon Fraud - JoAnna Carl - January
  5. Scooby, is that you?    The Ghost & Mrs. Mewer  -  Krista Davis   -  February
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)             
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013  End Game Catherine Coulter & JT Ellison 447  January
  10. Good to see you again:  Don't go Home   Carolyn Hart    January
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Seven Dials by Anne Perry - January

BONUS CATEGORIES:  

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)  1.                                                                          2.                                                                     3.
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
    Murder on the Iditarod Trail, Sue Henry - July 10
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
    October Killings, Wessel Ebersohn - June 25
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
    Desert Shadows, Betty Webb - July 29
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
    The Cherry Blossom Corpse, Robert Barnard - July 8
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
    A Minister's Ghost, Phillip DePoy - July 20
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
    Shotgun, Ed McBain (1969) - July 9
  7. 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. (2012)
    The Amber Room, Steve Berry - July 15
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012) 
    Faded Coat of Blue, Owen Parry - June 26
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013)
    Purity of Vengeance, Jussi Adler-Olsen - June 22
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
    Dying Crapshooter's Blues, David Fulmer - June 23
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
    Self's Decepton, Bernard Schlink - July 11
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)
    The Mushroom Man, Stuart Pawson - June 24

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died. (2009)
    Jeffrey Deaver's Rune Trilogy: Manhattan Is My Beat, Death of a Blue Movie Star & Hard News - November 12
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
    Dust to Dust, Beverly Connor - June 27
    Gone Girl, Chevy Stevens - June 28
    Whispers of the Dead, Simon Beckett - June 30
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
    Eye of the Red Tsar, Sam Eastland - July 23
    Burnt Orange Heresy, Charles Willeford - July 25
    Little Yellow Dog, Mosley - July 27

    The Green Ripper, John D McDonald - August 1
    Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley - August 23
    Indigo Slam, Robert Crais - August 4
    The Violet Hour, Richard Montanari - August 7
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
    Deadline, John Sanford (Great Lakes) - July 16
    Chop Shop, Tim Downs (Mid-Atlantic States) - June 14
    Dana Cameron book (New England) - July 10
    Cajun Nights, D.J. Donaldson (Southeast) - June 20
    A Dangerous Talent, Charlotte and Aaron Elkins (Desert Southwest) - July 3
    Bad Blood, Dana Stabnow (Alaska) - July 17
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
    Through the Evil Days, Julia Spencer-Fleming - July 1
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)
    Blood on Snow, and The Phantom Jo Nesbo (Norway) - July 12
    The Terra Cotta Dog (Italy) - July 4
    A Rule Against Murder, Louise Penny (Canada) - June 19
    Present Darkness, Malla Nunn book (South Africa) - June 18

    Cold Grainite Stuart MacBride (Scotland) - July 8
    The Merchant's House, Kate Ellis (England) - July 
    Voices, Arnauld Indridason (Iceland) - August 31

     

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

 



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This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
    1. My Lady Judge by Cora Harrison done 1/3
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
    1. Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers done 1/4
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
    1. Death of chocolate Cheater by Penny Pike done 12/3
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
    1. The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones done 1/18
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012)
    1. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Yourng done 11/15
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
    1. To The Grave by Steve Robinson 5/21
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013
    1. Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn done 2/17
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
    1. Name of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley done 1/6
    2. Stolen Memories by Mary Miley done 11/27
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
    1. Six and a half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotteril done 10/6
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
    1. Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriager done 2/2
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
    1. The President's Man by Elliot Roosevelt done 12/17
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
    1. Shimura Trouble by Sujata Massey Hawaii done 4/4
    2. Dance of the Winnebagos Arizona done 5/10
    3. A Barricade in Hell by Jamie Lee Moyer done 7/26 California
    4. The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones done 8/7 New Mexico
    5. Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini done 9/16 Maryland
    6. A Golden Cage by shelley Freydont done 9/30 Rhode Island
    7. Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao done 11/18 Maine
    8. Murder and the First Lady by Elliot Roosevelt done 12/5 Washington DC
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
    1. A Shocking Assissination by Cora Harrison (done 7/21)(Nun)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall -Paris done 3/13
  • Writ in Stone by Cora Harrison  Irelenad done 3/23
  • Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear  Germany done 4/21
  • In the Blood by Steve Robinson England done 5/2
  • City of the Lost by Kelly Armstrong done 8/5  Canada
  • I shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill done 10/23  Laos
  • Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann -Japan 11/30


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I'm in. Blue for books I intend to read; Green for books completed. TBR - from the TBR; Lib - regular library; DigLib - digital library; K - purchased Kindle ebook.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
XPlatinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chanceClick Here For Murder by Donna Andrews (Lib) 1/4/16
  2. Something new on the shelf:  An Unspeakable Mission by Judith Campbell (TBR) 2/6/16
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Pushed Too Far by Ann Voss Peterson (K) 1/7/16
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate by Kyra Davis (DigLib) 1/21/16
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Blood Bath & Beyond by Michelle Rowen (Lib) 2/1/16
  6. Glory Days (college degree year, 1983)Dead Man's Thoughts by Carolyn Wheat (DigLib) 2/4/16  
  7. The Jewel in the Crown:  The Case of the Black Pearl by Lin Anderson (Lib) 2/12/16
  8. War is Hell:  An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd (Lib) 2/3/16
  9. A long road home:  Gathering Prey by John Sandford (Lib) 1/29/16 
  10. Good to see you again:  The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini (Lib) 2/21/16
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Full Cry by Rita Mae Brown (Lib) 1/12/16
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Gone to Ground by John Harvey (Lib) 3/28/16

BONUS for over achievers:

XComplete a series: Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong (TBR) 1/3/16 (Nadia Stafford series)

Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.

  • Tahoe Chase by Todd Borg (K) 3/12/16
  • More Twisted by Jeffery Deaver (K) 3/13/16

XSomewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)

RED               Candy Apple Red by Nancy Bush (Lib) 1/31/16

ORANGE          Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (TBR) 3/7/16

YELLOW         Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon (DigLib) 2/17/16

GREEN            Green-Eyed Lady by Chuck Greaves (Lib) 2/16/16

BLUE              Electric Blue by Nancy Bush (Lib) 2/11/16

INDIGO            Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault (TBR) 3/3/16

VIOLET            Ultra Violet by Nancy Bush (Lib) 4/17/16

XSee 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)

  1. West Region/Pacific Division (Washington): One Kick by Chelsea Cain (TBR) (2/5/16)
  2. South Region/West South Central Division (Texas): The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale (TBR) (5/13/16) 
  3. Northeast Region/New England Division (Rhode Island): The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly (TBR) (4/20/16)
  4. Northeast Region/Mid-Atlantic Division (New York): Cold Open by Greg Clarkin (K) (4/24/16)
  5. Midwest Region/East North Central Division (Illinois): Cold Black Earth by Sam Reaves (K) (5/23/16)

XDon't talk about religion!  Buffalo Bill's Dead Now by Margaret Coel (1/27/16)

Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Canada -- Blood Bank, by Tanya Huff (Lib): 2/2/16

Australia  -- Hades, by Candice Fox (DigLib): 2/25/16

Europe (England) -- Who Buries the Dead, by C.S. Harris (Lib): 2/28/16

Asia (Laos) -- The Coroner's Lunch, by Colin Cotterill (Lib): 6/23/16

 

Africa                                     Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
                Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
               Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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I'm gonna try it again this year.  Hopefully I'll get a lot further than last.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009) Murder on Astor Place A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson 2/7/2016
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011) Life Sentences by Alice Blanchard
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013 Notorious (Max Revere Bk 1) by Allison Brennan
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013) The Stranger by Harlan Coben
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands




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Debbie B.'s spot:

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)

Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)

1. The Vanishing Thief (Victorian Bookshop, Bk. 1) by Kate Parker (Feb/London)

Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)

1. Pane and Suffering (Webb's Glass Shop, Bk. 1) by Cheryl Hollon (Jan/FL)

2. Barefoot With a Bodyguard (Barefoot Bay Undercover, Bk. 1) by Roxanne St. Claire (Jan/FL)

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)

Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)

Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)

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. (2012)

War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)

A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013

Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)

Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)

AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)

Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)

Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)

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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)

Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)

Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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I think I'll give it a try this year.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010)
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

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2016 Challenge - LIST ONLY---

Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009)  Shadows in Their Blood by Marian Babson
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009) The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010)  A Dangerous Thing by Josh Lanyon
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010) Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates (Chocolate Covered, Bk 1) by Kathy Aarons
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011) Posted to Death (Simon Kirby-Jones, Bk 1) by Dean James (vampire)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011)  Six Feet Under (Inspector Luke Thanet, Bk 2) by Dorothy Simpson
  7. 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. (2012)
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013)  The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin 453 pages
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)  Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)  Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)  Trick of the Mind by Cassandra Chan

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009)   

          World of Trouble (Last Policeman, Bk 3) by Ben H Winters

 Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)

  • Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon
  • Murder at Shots Hall by Maureen Sarsfield
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Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)

RED

ORANGE  Death a l'Orange (Culinary Mystery, Bk 3) by Nancy Fairbanks

YELLOW

GREEN

BLUE   Blue Poppy (Pacific Northwest Mysteries) by Skye Kathleen Moody

INDIGO  Wild Indigo by Sandi Ault

VIOLET

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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)

  •  White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco (Southwest)
  •  Hap and Leonard by Joe Landsdale (South)
  •  Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux (Mid Atlantic)
  •  Spirit of Steamboat: A Longmire Story (A Longmire Mystery) by Craig Johnson (Northwest)
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Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013) Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (Grantchester, Bk 1) by James Runcie (Vicar)

Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

  1. An Obscure Grave by Sara Woods Europe(England)
  2. The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill Asia 
  3. Day Break by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson, translated by Bjorg Arnadottir and Andrew Cauthery Greenland/Iceland
  4. Death of an Effendi by Michael Pearce Africa
  5. Unnatural Habits (Phryne Fisher, Bk 19) by Kerry Greenwood Australia


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Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading The Attenbury Emeralds - Jill Paton Walsh 11/14 Better this time.
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery from an author you've never read before. (2009) Veil of Lies - Jeri Westerson 9/6
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Incriminating Evidence - Sheldon Siegal (San Francisco) 3/15
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Chocolate:  Dying for Chocolate - Diane Mott Davidson 3/21
  5. Scooby, is that you:   paranormal elements Skin Game - Jim Butcher 4/1
  6. Glory Days:  published the year you graduated high school. Elephants Can Remember - Agatha Christie 6/1
  7. 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. (2012) The Diamond Caper - Peter Mayle
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013) The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) 9/23
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013) A Dangerous Place - Jacqueline Winspear 10/9
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth Gasa-Gasa Girl - Naomi Hirahara 12/1
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014) Hard Going - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles 3/25

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming. The Bookwoman's Last Fling - John Dunning    4/26  So sad, no more....
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for 1 year:  A Holy Vengeance - Maureen Ash 4/10,  Taken - Robert Crais 7/29, Wicked Fix - Sarah Graves 11/7
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011) 1. The Assassin in the Greenwood - P.C.Doherty 4/11  2.   The Red Box - Rex Stout 5/10
  4. See the USA in Your Chevrolet:  Read at least five books, each set in a different region of the 48 contiguous United States. Regions could include: New England, Southeast, Pacific West, Rocky Mountains, Desert Southwest, Great Lakes, Midwest etc.Triple Witch - Sarah Graves 8/28 New England, Scents & Sensibility - Spencer Quinn 10/25 Desert Southwest , Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich 11/12 Mid-Atlantic
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013) The Nightingale Gallery - Paul Harding (Doherty) 10/22
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada  The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny 5/2    Iceland Reykjavik Nights - Arnaldur Indridason - 11/19     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands



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  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009) A Moorland Hanging by Michael Jecks
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009) Death of an Amiable Child by Irene Marcuse
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010) The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen (Minneapolis, MN)
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010) If Fried Chicken Could Fly by Paige Shelton
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011) Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch (#3 Peter Grant paranormal mystery)
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011) Long Time No See by Ed McBain (1977)
  7. 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. (2012) Emerald City by Chris Nickson
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012) Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013) If the Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013) The Moneylender of Toulouse by Alan Gordon
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014) Retirement Homes are Murder by Mike Befeler
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014) Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson (DCI Alan Banks series)

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009) Imogen Quy series by Jill Paton Walsh (read the last book, Debts of Dishonor, published in 2006)
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010) #1: A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott, A Watery Grave by Joan Druett,
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011)
  4. 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.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012) Nine Lives to Die by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (southeast) The Whole Lie by Steve Ulfelder (New England)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013)
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014) 1--The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (Sweden) 2--Whispering Death by Garry Disher (Australia)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

 


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2016 Challenge - LIST ONLY---

Here is The Reading Challenge for 2016. Challenge starts Jan 1, 2016.

This year there will be medals for achievements.

Bronze Medal -- read 3 categories
Silver Medal -- read 6 categories
Gold Medal -- read 12 categories
Diamond Medal -- read 12 categories plus 2 bonus
Platinum Medal -- read 12 categories plus 4 bonus
Titanium Medal - read 12 categories plus 6 bonus

  1. Everyone deserves a second chance:  Read a mystery by an author you previously tried reading and didn't care for.  (2009) Murder, Money & Marzipan, Leighann Dobbs 9/5/16 (I was going to wait until another Betty Hechtman rolled my way, but decided not to go out out of my way to obtain a book by someone I didn't like the first time!)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009) The Picasso Scam, Stuart Pawson 3/12/16; The Good Friday Murder, Lee Ellis 3/15/16; Death of an Amiable Child, I. Marcuse 3/26/16; Bruno, Chief of Police, Martin Walker 3/31/16;
  3. Home Sweet Home:  Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.  (2010) Pane and Suffering, Cheryl Hollon 3/8/16 - right here in St. Pete, FL
  4. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changesRead a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.  (2010) Chasing Away the Devil, Susan Rogers Cooper 3/7/16;
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011) To Die Fur, Dixie Lyle, 2/6/16; Some Like it Witchy, Heather Blake 4/13/16;
  6. Glory DaysRead a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011) Target Practice, Nicholas Meyer 3/5/15
  7. 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. (2012) The Emporer's Pearl - Robert Van Gulik 1/27/16; The Diamond Caper, Peter Mayle 3/4/16;
  8. War is Hell:  Read a mystery that is set during any American war through World War II. Revolutionary, Civil, 1812…they all qualify!   (2012)
  9. A long road homeRead a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013 Brush Back, Sara Paretsky 2/4/16
  10. Good to see you againRead an author that you always enjoy. (2013) Murder at the Ball Park, Robert Goldsborough 1/8/16; A Churn for the Worse, Laura Bradford 4/14/16;
  11. Having a senior moment hereRead a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014) Murder She Wrote: The Queens' Jewels 1/2/16; Knot in My Backyard, Mary Marks 2/3/16; One Dollar Death, Richard Barth 3/11/16;
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for teaRead a Brit police mystery (2014) A Fox in the Night (Superintendent Roper), Roy Hart 3/5/16; The Innocent Victims, (Inspector West) John Creasey 3/6/16;

 

BONUS CATEGORIES:

  1. Complete a series: Read to the end of a 'dead' series, one that will have no further books forthcoming.  Either it’s been completed or the author has died.  (2009) Good Buy Girls - All Sales Final, Josie Belle 1/22/16; The Cinco De Mayo Murders, Lee Harris; 3/26/16;
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)  Home Sweet Homicide, Craig Rice - 1/7/16; Murder, Maestro, Please, Delano Ames 2/26/16; Dragonfire, Bill Pronzini 3/10/16; The Christening Day Murder, Lee Ellis 3/15/16;
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) in the title. (2011) Green Grow the Dollars - Emma Lathan 1/1/16; The Red Pavilion - Robert Van Gulik 1/29/16; The Old Blue Line, J.A. Jance 2/18/16; The Five Orange Pips, Arthur Conan Doyle 3/24/16: Murder in Burnt Orange, Jeanne M. Dams 5/1/16; 
  4. See the USA in Your ChevroletRead 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 Murder on Sisters' Row, Victoria Thompson; Who's Sorry Now, Jill Churchill 1/23/16;The Passover Murder, Lee Harris 3/18/16; The New Year's Eve Murder, Lee Harris,, 3/18/16;, Southeast, Pacific West Hook, Line and Murder Thom Elkjer 1/19/16, High End Finish, Kate Carlisle (CA) 1/21/16; Hoodwink, Bill Pronzini 3/10/16;Scattershot, Bill Pronzini 3/11/16; Camoflage, Bill Pronzini 3/11/16;  Rocky Mountains, Desert Southwest, Chili con Carnage, Kylie Logan (New Mexico (1/15/16); Great Lakes In the Drink (Mack's Bar) Allyson Abbott 1/11/16, Midwest Pouncing on Murder, Laurie Cass 4/19/16; Finding a Trace, David Pitzele 9/2/16;;.  You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  5. Don't talk about religion!  Read a book with a main character who is a leader in a religious organization---Priest, Priestess, Pastor, Nun, Shaman, etc. (2013) Night Watch, Stephen Kendrick 3/2/16; Bad Samaritan, Amy & David Thurlo 5/15/16
  6. Around the World:   Read six books set in a different location – Not the U.S.!  Try to read a book from a place you’d like to visit for a bit more of a challenge.  (2014)

Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

The Late Monsuer Gallet, Georges Simenon (France) 1/20/16

The Chinese Gold Murders, Robert Van Gulik (China) 1/19/16

Night Watch, Stephen Kendrick  (Europe/England) 2/6/16

The Girl of His Dreams, Donna Leon (Europe) 2/9/16

Raisins and Almonds, Kerry Greenwood (Australia) 2/24/16

Urn Burial, Kerry Greenwood (Australia) 2/14/16

Murder - London, South Africa (Inspector West) John Creasey 3/9/16

The Bar Mitzvah Murder, Lee Harris (Israel) 3/26/16

The Dark Vineyard, Martin Walker (France) 4/7/16



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