Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2017 Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge

TOnce again, I'm signing up for the Cruisin' Thru the Cozies challenge at Socrates' Book Reviews. This year, she'd doing it a differently.  I will at least try to complete Level One. Click the link for more details.

Welcome to the seventh annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! I'm changing things up a bit this year. Sometimes we get hooked on one type of genre or sub-genre and don't venture out of our comfort zone. Maybe some only read culinary cozies, maybe some only animals or crafts.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out Cozy-Mystery.com. This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it's just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

Whatever you might like, I thought it might be fun to read a bit of everything. So here is this year's cozy mystery reading challenge:

Level one (Snoop) - Read one book in each of these cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from British cozy mysteries (example:  Belinda Lawrence series)
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

ADDENDUM:  (I'm adding one more thing for those who aren't sure they want to read some of the sub-genres.)

If you can't find or don't want to read a certain sub-genre, you can switch it out for another one of your choice. However, this can only be done one time.

Level two (Investigator) - Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)
Level three (Super Sleuth) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)
Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

I'm going for Level One (Snoop) this year and I will list my progress here:

1. Culinary: Killer Gourmet--G.A. McKevett
2. Animal: The Cat Who had 14 Tales--Lilian Jackson Braun
3. Craft: Patterns in the Sand--Sally Goldenbaum
4. Paranormal: Southern Ghost--Carolyn G. Hart
5. British cozy mysteries: A Dead Liberty--Catherine Aird
6. Career-based: 12th of Never--James Patterson (news reporters)
7. Holiday: Easter Bunny Murder--Leslie Meier
8. Travel:  Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch--Nancy Atherton
9. Historical: The Hound of the Baskervilles--Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Freebie: Turbo Twenty-Three--Janet Evanovich

Challenge completed on October 3

1 comment:

Yvonne said...

Welcome to the challenge, Jamie! Thank you for joining.