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Note that it is a rare mystery indeed that I rate higher than four stars.  The exception is The Last Policeman trilogy.  It's exceptional.

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 with Peacocks by Donna Andrews, 2/17/2016, 2 stars
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)  Rumpole and the Age of Miracles by John Mortimer, 3/4/2016, 3 stars
  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)  Dakota by Martha Grimes, 4/6/2016, 4 stars
  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):  Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Isabel Dalhouse, Bk 2) by Alexander McCall Smith, 1/16/2016, ok, 2 stars by GR, rated 3 stars here because I liked Isabel Dalhousie, the key character.
  5. Scooby, is that you?  Read a mystery that has a paranormal element to it, ghost, zombies, vampires etc.  (2011)  Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, 1/23/2016, 4 stars
  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)  Amethyst Dreams by Phyllis A. Whitney, 4/12/2016, 3.5 stars
  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)  Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidente bySusan Elia MacNeal (WWII), 6/19/2016, 4 stars
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013)  Something by Elizabeth George
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)  What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris, 2/13/2016, 4 stars
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014):   Painted Lady by Peter Abresch 1/5/2015, 3 stars
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)  Countdown City by Ben H. Winter, 1/2/2015, 5 stars.

 

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)  World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters, 1/3/2015, 5 stars
  2. Clean it up!:  Read three mysteries that have been sitting on your TBR stacks for at least a year.(2010)  1) The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout, 7/31/2016, 4 stars; 2)  Murder on Black Friday by P.B, Ryan, 9/6/2016, 3.5 stars, 3)  Murder on Mulberry Bend(Gaslight Mystery, #5) by Victoria Thompson, 9/12/2016, 4.5 stars
  3. Somewhere Over the ROY G BIV:  Read seven books with one color of the rainbow (red - Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, 1/23/2016, 4 stars; orange - Five Quarters of Orange, 10/8/2016, 4 stars; yellow; green - The House of Green Turf (Inspector Felse, Bk 8) by Ellis Peters;, blue - A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch; 4/5/2016; 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 - Blood Red Rose by Margaret Lawrence, 7/26/2016, 4.5 stars; Southeast - Demise in Denim by Duffy Brown, 8/16/2016, 2.5 stars; Mid Atlantic states (New York) - City of Glass by Paul Auster, 10/6/2016. 3starsPacific West, The Impersonator by Mary Miley, 10/2/2016, 4 stars; Rocky Mountains, Desert Southwest; Great Lakes, Midwest, Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger, 9/27/2016, 4 stars. 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)  Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters, 9/29/2016, 3.5 stars
  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) Spain:  Message From Málaga by Helen McInness, 9/20/2016, 3 stars; 2) England:  A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet, 3/12/2016, 2 stars; 3)  Ireland:  The Irish Cottage Murder by Dicey Deere, 3/11/2016, 3 stars; 4) France:  The World at Night (Jean Casson, Bk 1) by Alan Furst, 4/21/2016, 4 stars; 5) Italy:  Acqua Alta by Donna Leon,5/6/2016, 4 stars; 6)  China:   The Lord of Death by Eliot Pattison, 5/10/2016, 4.5 stars

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



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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) John Grisham
  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) The Poet
  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) Firespell by Chloe Neill
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011) Silence of the Lambs
  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)  Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013 The Guilty by David Baldacci  03/16
  10. Good to see you again:  Make Me by Lee Child 03/16
  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) Monkey Wrench by Terrie Thayer  3/16
  2. Clean it up!: (Read 3)  Gone Missing by Linda Castillo 3/16;
  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)
  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    Burial Rites    
  • New Zealand
  • Asia                
  • Caribbean Islands     
  • Mexico                       
  • South America
  • Australia        
  • Europe (England)      
  • Middle East               
  • South Pacific Islands


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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) SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourn
  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) Terminal by Brian Keene
  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)  Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  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)
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before.  The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe 3/3/16 
  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)
  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. Lost Among the Living : Simone St. James 7/21/16
  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)
  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) The Walnut Tree (Larger Print) by Charles Todd 1/6/16
  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. Geared for the Grave (Cycle Path, Bk 1)by Duffy Brown5/23/16 
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014)  Swamp Sniper (Miss Fortune, Bk 3) :: Jana DeLeon  5/13/16
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)L

 

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)    Great Lakes - The Life We Bury: Allen Eskens  5/26/16
  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)A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash 1/17/16
  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.  Canada That Night: Chevy Stevens 4/24/16   

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:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)  Silver Lies by Ann Parker
  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) North Star Conspiracy by Miriam Grace Monfredo (Seneca Falls NY)
  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) Home for the Haunting by Juliet Blackwell
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011) Laidlaw by William McIlvanney (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) Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander
  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) Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal
  9. A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. (2013) The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (501pgs)
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)  A Bad Day for Mercy by Sophie Littlefield
  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) The Treatment by Mo Hayder

 

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) Broken by Karin Slaughter 2) Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson
  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) Alaska:  Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley; California:  The Spooks Light Affair by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini; Massachusetts:  Deep Pockets by Linda Barnes Minnesota:  Stolen Prey by John Sandford; Nevada: Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell; New York & New Jersey:  Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben;  Washington:  Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl
  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) A Shameful Murder by Cora Harrison
  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  
A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint/ Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach (Thailand)                Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America  Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage (Brazil)
Australia:  The Bone is Pointed by Arthur W. Upfield        Europe (England):  The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri (Italy) / The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (England)  / The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (Norway)     Middle East              South Pacific Islands:  


 



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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:  Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
  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) Found one! Dark & Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley
  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?  Ghost of a Potion by Heather Blake
  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:  Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  10. Good to see you again: Kiss of Revenge by Debbie Viguie
  11. Having a senior moment here: Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Seven For a Secret by Lindsay Faye

 

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: Skeleton Haunts a House, Southeast: Out of Circulation, Pacific West, Rocky Mountains, Desert Southwest: Dance of the Winnebagos, Great Lakes: Five-Alarm Fudge, Midwest etc.  Northeast: Musseled Out 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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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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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) The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009) Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner
  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) Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
  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) 7th Heaven by James Patterson
  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)
    1) Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich,  2) First Degree by David Rosenfelt
  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) Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain (Pacific West) 2) Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler (Gulf Coast) 3) Back Spin by Harlan Coben (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)
  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)
  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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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)  Death at St. Asprey's School by Leo Bruce - February 23, 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)The Clairvoyant Countess - October 11, 2016
  6. Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated high school. (2011) A Case of Need by Michael Chrichton - May 30, 2016
  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 Sunday Woman (408 pages) by Carlo Fruttero  July 10, 2016
  10. Good to see you again:  Read an author that you always enjoy. (2013)  Jimmy the Kid by Donald Westlake January 2, 2016
  11. Having a senior moment here:  Read a mystery with a senior citizen as sleuth (amateur or retired professional) (2014) Faintley Speaking by Gladys Mitchell (Mrs. Bradley) March 8, 2016
  12. AH! Inspector, just in time for tea:  Read a Brit police mystery (2014)  Gideon's Fire by J.J. Marric January 14, 2016

 

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. The Left Leg by Phoebe Atwood Taylor - August 3, 2016   2. The 31st of February by Julian Symons - August 21, 2016  3. The House at Satan's Elbow by John Dickson Carr - October 5, 2016
  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 for Danger by Christianna Brand - March 15, 2016
  4. See the USA in Your Chevrolet: (5 books)
  • New England Figure Away by Phoebe Atwood Taylor - May 25, 2016
  • Southeast Dark of the Moon by John Dickson Carr - July 2, 2016
  • Pacific West Sleeping Dog by Dick Lochte - November 20, 2016
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Desert Southwest The Nightrunners by Joe R. Lansdale - May 16, 2016
  • Great Lakes
  • Midwest
  • You can add Hawaii and Alaska AFTER the first five!  (2012)
  1. 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 Haunted Season by G. M. Malliet - January 23, 2015 (Father Max Tudor - Episcopal Priest)
  2. 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
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Europe (England) The Mysterious Mickey Finn by Elliot Paul - January 15, 2016 (Paris)
  • Greenland/Iceland
  • Mexico Puzzle for Pilgrims by Patrick Quentin - May 1, 2016
  • Middle East
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • South Pacific Islands


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

The Wright Special  by Mary Ellen Cooper 8-12-2016 (3stars)

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

The Matchmaker by: Jamie Denton 1-7-2016 (3stars)

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.Slow Death and Other Oklahoma Murders by M. E. Cooper (negative stars) 4-19-2016

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  Read a mystery that contains ONE of the following words in the title: Chocolate, Cherry, Chai, or Chicken.             China Trade [Lydia Chin, Bill Smith, Bk 1]  s. j. Rozan  4-12-2016

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

Cold Hearted: A Yancy Lazarus Novel (Episode Two) (Volume 2)  by: James A. Hunter  1-4-2016 (4stars)

Warlock Holmes - A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning  7-17-2016 (5stars)

Glory Days:  Read a mystery that was published the year you graduated 

College 1970-. The Smog by John Creasey 2-8-2016 (3stars)   High school 1966-The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax, Bk 1) by Dorothy Gilman-  3-17-2016(5stars)

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. The Ruby Raven (Finnegan Zwake, Bk 3)  Author: Michael Dahl 2-9-2016  (YA 3stars)

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

Dragon America by Mike Resnick  6-16-2016 (3stars) Revolutionary war with a twist.

A long road home:  Read a mystery that is at least 400 pages long. Wendigo Rising: A Yancy Lazarus Novel  by James A. Hunter  2-6-2016 (4stars)

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

The Nightingale Before Christmas (Meg Langslow, Bk 18) by: Donna Andrews 1-5-2016 (3stars)

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

White Corridor  by Christopher Fowler  1-15-2016 (3stars)

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

When Falcons Fall: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C. S. Harris 3-16-2016 (5stars)

BONUS CATEGORIE

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 on TBR  for a yr

                                               Beneath the Bleeding (Dr. Tony Hill by Val McDermid  2-1-2016 (3stars)

                                               The Detective Wore Silk Drawers (Sergeant Cribb, Bk 2) by Peter Lovesey  6-29-2016 (3stars)

                                               The White Magic Five & Dime (Tarot, Bk 1)  by Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco 10-15-2016 (4stars)

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.                                                 Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by Larry Millett   6-4-2016 (2 +stars)

                                                 The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  7-21-2016( 3stars)

                                                 Murder on the Yellow Brick Road   by Stuart M. Kaminsky  5-29-2016 (3stars)

                                                  The Green Ripper (Travis McGee, Bk 18)  by John D. MacDonald 6-10-2016 (3stars)

                                                  Funeral in Blue (William Monk, Bk 12)  Author: Anne Perry   

                                                 Wild Indigo (Wild, Bk 1) by Sandi Ault

                                                  Through Violet Eyes (Violet , Bk 1)  Author: Stephen Woodworth                   

  1. 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! 

SW-Coyote Sky by Gerri Hill 7-19-2016 ( 4 stars) maybe more of a mystery writer story than mystery

Murder at the Locksmith Convention   Author: Mary Ellen Cooper 8-13-2016 (3stars)

NW Washington State-Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death (Miss Zukas, Bk 3) :: Jo Dereske,  6-26-2016 (3stars)

East Coast Scranton, New York-Hard Spell (Occult Crimes Unit Investigation, Bk 1)    by: Justin Gustainis  1-23-2016 (4stars)

Rocky Mountains-Dead of Winter (Cora Oglesby, Bk 1) by Lee Collins  02-23-2016 (4stars)

Gulf Coast -Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian, Bk 1)  Author: Diana Rowland 9-18-2016 (3stars)

West Coast-The Body Snatchers Affair  by Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller  4-9-2016 (3stars)

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 : A Long-Lost Adventure in Which Sherlock Holmes Meets Father Brown by Stephen Kendrick 1-19-2016 (3stars)

  1. 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)

Russia / China  Mirage by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul (audio CD) 5-2-2016 (5 stars)         

                          The Chinese Nail Murders - Judge Dee  by Robert van Gulik 5-27-2016 (3stars)

Canada    The Stonecroft Incident: A Deadly Sin Mystery (Deadly Sin Mysteries) :: Sandra Kay          10-16-2016 (2stars)         

Greenland/Iceland   Sacred Stone (Oregon Files, Bk 2) (Audio CD) (Abridged) by Clive Cussler         1-12-2016 (4stars) 

Europe (England)     .Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick 3-24-2016  

                                 The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King 4-19-2016 (4stars)

                                   'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick 5-27-2016 (5stars)

 

 




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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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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)
    • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  2. Something new on the shelf:  Read a mystery/thriller from an author you've never read before. (2009)
    • Drood by Dan Simmons
  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)
    • House Rules by Mike Lawson
  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)
    • Dead Souls by Ian Rankin
  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)
    • A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson
  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)
    • Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin

 

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)
    • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
    • Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson
  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)
    • Roses are Red by James Patterson
    • Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
    • Violets are Blue by Ian Rankin
  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)
    • Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  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)
    • Dead Cold by Louise Penny (CANADA)
    • Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin (SCOTLAND)
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Africa              Canada                        Greenland/Iceland     New Zealand
Asia                 Caribbean Islands      Mexico                        South America
Australia         Europe (England)       Middle East                South Pacific Islands

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