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Cozy Wednesday featuring Murder at the Lakeside Library: A Lakeside Library Mystery by Holly Danvers #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Murder at the Lakeside Library: A Lakeside Library Mystery
by Holly Danvers

About Murder at the Lakeside Library


Murder at the Lakeside Library: A Lakeside Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (July 13, 2021)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1643856324
ISBN-13: 978-1643856322
Digital ASIN: B08L5VF4X5

In this series debut perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Miranda James, Rain Wilmot must discover the killer, before the book closes on her life.

 

Rain Wilmot has just returned to her family’s waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain’s corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain’s mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.

 

The community of Lofty Pines starts pointing fingers at Willow, since she has been unusually absent from the library this summer. A fishy rumor surfaces when Rain learns that Willow had been spending a lot of time with Thornton. The town even thought they were having an affair.

 

While theories swirl about Thornton’s death, Rain takes it upon herself to solve the case to exonerate her mother. As more clues surface, Rain will have to piece together the mystery. But if she isn’t careful, she may be the next to end up dead in the water in Murder at the Lakeside Library, the first in Holly Danvers’ new Lakeside Library mysteries.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this first Lakeside Library Mystery, we meet Rain Wilmot. She has come home to the family’s cabin in Lofty Pines where she reconnects with her childhood best friend Julia. She hopes for a relaxing solitary summer to start to heal from the grief of losing her husband. Her friend Julia has other ideas. She expects Rain to open the library that is part of the family’s cabin. Rain’s mother usually runs the library but is traveling with no plans to visit Lofty Pines this summer. Julia has big plans so she needs Rain on board and opening the library.

Julia’s plans go seriously awry when they find a very dead Thorton Hughes on the property. Hughes, a real estate developer, had some big plans of his own and had made a few enemies around the area but he was apparently close to Rain’s mother, Willow. Her absence in Lofty Pines this year is questioned and some people think she had something to do with the man’s murder.

Rain decides to do some investigating of her own while rumors fly. She needs to be careful of she could be the next dead body found in Lofty Pines.


I was immediately drawn into this story by the author’s descriptions of Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods. I have been to several places like Lofty Pines, none that had a library in one of the cabins, but Ms. Danvers’s descriptions rang true and made it very easy to picture the setting.

I liked Rain and totally understood her need for a quiet place. I also understood Julia’s quest to not allow her friend to wallow in her pain, but boy, that Julia is a pushy woman. She made plans and expected Rain to just fall in line. There was one scene where Rain spends the night in the library and Julia arrives the next morning like a bull in a china shop. I wish Rain would have responded in a stronger way. More insight into Rain and her adult life would have been helpful. We know that the cabin was a special place for her but because her husband didn’t appreciate the area they rarely went there. Again, she allowed another person to make decisions for her. Her behavior really does show a pattern.

I did love the “Laker” attitude. The people that own property in the area and spend every summer there or live there full time are a very cool group. They reach out to help each other whether it be doing a little yard work or bringing treats to share on the deck or just have a listening ear when needed.

The mystery was a little murky for me. There was a bit of repetition and Rain seemed unfocused at times but again she is dealing with a loss and then found a dead body that was oddly connected to her family. Of course, she does get some assistance from Julia, and an elderly library volunteer Marge. They know the people and all the connections that Rain is now unfamiliar with because she has been away so long. The author has a very descriptive writing style but here some of the narration and descriptions get to be too much. I found the treasure found in the library to be a very interesting twist, revealing something important that did move the story forward.

I did have a few issues with the story but Murder at the Lakeside Library was a very entertaining read. It has laid the groundwork for what I hope will be a long-running series. I really liked how important literacy was to Rain’s family going back to her great grandfather, himself an author. The library is a wonderful family legacy. That gives this series a grand uniqueness that cozy readers will love.

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Holly Danvers grew up devouring every mystery novel on the shelf of her local library. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and 3 chickens, where she’s already plotting her next novel.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring The Weaver’s Revenge (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery) by Kathleen Ernst #Review / #Giveaway

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The Weaver’s Revenge (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin/Upper Michigan
Three Towers Press (an imprint of HenschelHAUS) (May 15, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 398 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1595988106
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1595988102
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09471KLGN

A Killer Weaves a Deadly Blend of Betrayal and Revenge that Threatens Chloe’s Work … and Her Life

When offered a rare opportunity to help develop a fledgling historic site dedicated to Finnish American history and heritage, curator Chloe Ellefson journeys to the remote Northwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

In addition to the consultant job, she’s on a personal quest to learn about the enduring tradition of rag rug weaving. Encountering a dead body upon arrival, however, immediately puts that goal in jeopardy. Although suspicion soon falls on her new colleagues, Chloe is determined to persevere … even if it means ignoring the advice of her new husband, police officer Roelke McKenna. Can she identify the killer and complete her mission, or will all her dreams unravel?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Chloe Ellefson has been given an exciting opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new historic site in Upper Michigan. This site is featuring Finish American History and Chole jumps at the chance to consult and make program recommendations to the people involved in developing this new historic site. She is also excited to meet some rag rug weavers as that was popular in Finnish history and continues to be in the area.

Chloe arrives at one weaver’s home just in time to discover a dead body. She had such high hopes to tap into the woman’s knowledge, her death has her questioning her whole journey. But she can’t back away from her commitment even when there may be a murderer in her midst. Her new husband, police officer Roelke McKenna is not pleased with her decision especially when he is not there to protect her but he knows Chloe is a strong independent woman and that while she may listen to his advice he knows she isn’t coming back to their home in Wisconsin until all her commitments are fulfilled and now that includes murder.


History and mystery come together in the precise way I expect when I pick up a book by Kathleen Ernst.

Chloe’s part of the story takes place in the 1980s, a time where cell phones, GPS., and the internet are still a dream. She is consulting on rebuilding the Hanka Homestead as of 1920 in the Upper Penisula of Michigan. We go back in time to Finland in May of 1915/16 when Matti Peltoniemi immigrates to the United States. His young wife Liana follows when his letters stop coming. She is on a quest to find her husband who should be in the U.P. The characters we are introduced to in this story are so interesting and believable. I quickly became invested in their lives, especially Liana as she endures a lot and stays strong to find the man she loves. Her journey is full of tough and scary times. My heart broke for her so strongly at one point.

The characters in Chloe’s time are also incredibly written with secrets and strife of their own. Chloe meets many people and attends some community events to learn more about the weaving craft and the Hanka’s time period so that she can get the new historic site off to a good start. She imparts her knowledge about collections and uses elbow grease on some wonderful finds. She also uses her sleuthing skills to ferret out a killer.

The investigation into the death of the weaver is compounded by another death. The author has plotted out a tightly woven mystery full of twists and turns. Clues were difficult to pin down. I had just a little feeling as to where I thought the story was heading. I was only slightly right. The ending ended up totally taking me by surprise. Roelke had a mystery of how one to solve back in Eagle and I eagled out that solution fairly quickly even though he had to deal with an over-the-top victim.

Kathleen Ernst is a terrific storyteller and I credit a lot of that to her time spent at Old World Wisconsin.  Finding and overseeing collections that tell historic stories, this series and her young reader mysteries feel like a natural offshoot for a person who loves history as much as this author does. I always learn something new when reading her stories. I took a great interest in the weaving theme this time because that has been a craft I have been interested in forever. I never had anything wonderful like the looms in this story but I did make a few creations with my tabletop loom.

This is the 11th book in this series and I have loved every one of them. I am so happy Ms. Ernst found a new home for this series! It was well worth the wait to find the right fit. I am looking forward to many more journeys with Chloe. I love her plan for the future.

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Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and author. Her Chloe Ellefson mysteries reflect the decade she spent as a curator at a large outdoor museum, and feature historic sites in the Upper Midwest. Library Journal says, “Ernst keeps getting better with each entry in this fascinating series.” Kathleen has also written many mysteries for young readers. Honors for her work include a LOVEY Award and Agatha and Edgar nominations. Kathleen lives and writes in Wisconsin.

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#FlashbackFriday – Shots in the Dark (Mack’s Bar Mysteries) by Allyson K. Abbott #Review / #Giveaway

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Shots in the Dark (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington (July 26, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496701704
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496701701
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B017G7HDZE

For Mack and her barfly allies, solving homicides calls for equal parts instinct and wit. To strain out a crafty criminal, the mixture has got to be absolutely perfect . . .

It’s a week before Christmas, but Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is hardly in good spirits. Chilled to the core by the murder of bouncer Gary Gunderson, Mack is determined to use her extra perceptive senses to identify the gunman responsible. Did Gary’s patchy past brew up some fatal trouble, or could his death be linked to a series of cryptic letters concocted by Mack’s anonymous adversary? With a second case to crack, innocent lives at stake, and a media frenzy in their midst, Mack and her barstool detectives have little time to mull over the grim details—especially when clues lead dangerously close to home . . .

Includes drink recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Mack’s holiday is not going to be happy until she ends the letter writer’s reign of terror and they are held responsible for the death of her employee Gary Gunderson. While she awaits the next letter and nurses her broken leg she and her fellow barstool detectives agree to look into another case where an innocent man may be serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Can her unique gift of Synaesthesia help break the case wide open?


What I love about this series is the cast of characters the author has created. Everyone has Mack’s back. Her employees keep the bar running while she sleuths out killers. Her relationship with Detective Duncan Albright is in flux because of a case they worked together and the letter-writing criminal has forbidden her to be in contact with the police specifically Detective Albright but they still manage a few meetings. Undercover cop Mal is posing as her boyfriend to help her with both cases but they are clearly developing feelings for each other. The Capone Club, a group of patrons that love to solve mysteries work so well together even when this time a new person is added to the group. Every character is distinct and has a purpose in the story. Their unique talents are used in many ways. They are also very believable and you could find people like them in any Wisconsin bar. They may not all have a group like the one at Mack’s bar but gossip, crime, and current news can all be topics mused over with a shot and a beer.

The mysteries included in this story are gripping. I was really taken in by the Capone Club’s case because I could poke holes in the police investigation immediately. Investigating a crime that takes place during a Wisconsin blizzard is tough but anyone could see they jumped to several conclusions not supported by the evidence. Right alongside that case, Mack is working tirelessly to solve the case she is personally involved in so another one of her friends doesn’t end up dead. This case has unfolded over the course of the series so it is good to read the prior books in order to understand everything but the author does a great job of recapping the highlights in each new book.

Having the series set nearby is an absolute delight especially when my current place of residence is mentioned several times in the story due to the correctional facility just down the road. It is easy to imagine Mack there visiting one or more of the residents using her personal method of lie detection.

Shots in the Dark was a gripping story but only one mystery is solved by the final page. There are also some romantic issues up in the air and I am starting to support one cop over the other so I am very interested in what will happen next. I am thankful that the next book in this series is on my To-Be-Read shelf and I will be jumping into A Toast to Murder soon.

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Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery by Laura Jensen Walker #Review (Includes Spoilers)


Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (June 8, 2021)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643855921
ISBN-13: 978-1643855929
Kindle ASIN: B08HYFYFC6

In Laura Jensen Walker’s second Bookish Baker mystery, Teddie St. John enters a pie-baking contest. But her chances of winning plummet when she’s suspected of killing one of the judges!

August in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, always means one thing: the annual baking contest. Picture The Great British Baking Show, writ Midwestern. It’s a huge draw for the upper crust of Wisconsin pastry aficionados. And, of course, bon vivant baker-turned-mystery writer Teddie St. John has a pie in the ring. The white vinyl baking tent boasts an array of folding tables housing each entrant’s daily baked good. And at one of those tables sits the corpse of the head judge, his face half-buried in a delectable coconut cream pie.

The body in question belonged to notorious Les Morris. Les may have been getting on in years, but he hadn’t outgrown his well-earned reputation for lechery. Now, Les is no more. But unfortunately, by his side lies Teddie’s distinctive embossed rolling pin…covered with blood.

It’s out of the baking pan, into the oven.

Dollycas’s Thoughts – Note there are SPOILERS below.

It’s time for the annual baking contest in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, and illustrious baker Teddie St. John is one of the contestants. Sadly Lester Morris is one of the judges. He’s a man who can’t keep his hands to himself and he preys on young woman and even pinched Teddy’s butt while judging her baked goods. She gets him back with a whack from her rolling pin but that doesn’t even slow him down. He just makes a crude comment and moves along.

Day 2 means it’s time for pies but it looks like Lester has gotten a head start on his judging with his face buried deep in a coconut cream pie when Teddy arrives. She quickly realizes something is amiss because as she moves closes she sees Lester, “the molester” is dead and her rolling pin appears to be the murder weapon. The man has more than a few enemies and Teddy knows she didn’t kill him, she just needs to find who did.


I have been excited to read this book since I turned the last page of Murder Most Sweet. I love Teddie St. John. She is a confident strong woman who is also a breast cancer survivor. She made a huge decision I am not sure I could have made. I admired her immediately. The characters the author surrounds her with were just icing on the cake.

I also enjoy that the story is set in my home state. The author loves the kringles Wisconsin named the official state pastry in 2013. They are a big thing in Racine near where the story is set. They weren’t a family tradition for me like they are for the author and Teddie but they are delicious and I would never walk away from a slice of apple or strawberry kringle.

So I was reading along, dead guy, Teddy’s long-distance relationship, twists, clues, turns, then SPOILER ALERT – there was a suicide, I paused, took a couple of deep breaths, and kept reading. Then SPOILER ALERT – there was another suicide and this time it was way too similar to the way my son took his life. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I closed my Kindle and had a good cry. After more than six years I still can’t read about a death like that. It was hard to move on.

I wasn’t sure I would be able to go back and finish the book but I had committed myself to review this book. So several days later I went back to the story and skipped ahead a bit and let’s just say there was another twist that changed some things from their original appearance. It was still hard to read but I pressed on and I am glad I did because there is a very special event that takes place on the final page. I loved it and it allowed me to close the book with a smile on my face.

Had I known about the subject matter of the book I would have passed on this book even though I loved the characters because I need to protect my heart and I apologize for the spoilers in my review but I needed to explain myself. I am not sure how to rate the book so I won’t here. A person without my history will love this book and while this book didn’t work for me I am looking forward to the next one which I think will be taking Teddy across the pond.

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Laura Jensen Walker has loved mysteries ever since she read Trixie Belden in the fourth grade in her Danish-founded hometown of Racine, Wisconsin–America’s kringle capital. A former journalist and the author of several novels and humorous non-fiction books, including Thanks for the Mammogram! Laura, like her main character, chose to go flat after her second mastectomy and is grateful to be a longtime breast cancer survivor. She lives in California with her Renaissance-man husband and their canine-daughter Mellie. (from Amazon)

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery) by Ginger Bolton #Review / #Excerpt / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks

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Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton

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Beyond a Reasonable Donut (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher: Kensington (May 25, 2021)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725581
ISBN-13: 978-1496725585
Digital ASIN: B08GY9Z1PD

Selling her corn fritters at a carnival, Deputy Donut Café owner Emily Westhill faces off against a murderer who doesn’t play fair . . .

 

Emily and her assistant, Nina, are looking forward to manning the Deputy Donut tent at the Faker’s Dozen Carnival in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin—a festival held on Friday the thirteenth to celebrate good and bad luck. But Emily has barely dropped the corn fritters in oil when bad luck boils up. First, their bucket of confectioner’s sugar disappears—and then while a mime creates a distraction, a magician robs their cash register.

 

After the carnival, their misfortune continues. Emily discovers that someone has broken into artist Nina’s loft and vandalized a large painting in progress with the bucket of stolen sugar, which is now on the head of the mime, who seems to have been suffocated. Emily would bet Nina was the intended victim, but the cops think Nina silenced the mime. Now Emily must catch the killer white-handed—before someone else kicks the bucket . . .

Excerpt 

Marsha was not at her station. A windowless black van had appeared between the entryway and our donut car

I muttered to Nina, “Did that van escape from a morgue parking lot?”

She giggled. “Usually our first-responder friends attend events with their fire trucks, ambulances, and police cruisers, just to be ready. A van from the morgue is carrying preparedness a little far.”

I intoned in a sinister voice, “Maybe not on Friday the thirteenth.”

We walked around the back of the van. On the other side of our car, Marsha was beside a tiny pink car with MIME MOBILE written in purple on the door.

Marsha shook a finger. “You can’t leave your car here!”

She wasn’t talking to us. She was glowering at a tall, thin woman wearing a black beanie on her fluffy orange hair, a red-and-white-striped T-shirt, pink sandals, and baggy black shorts held up by chartreuse suspenders.

The thin woman turned toward us. She was made up like a sorrowful clown, her face powdery white with a dramatic, down-turned red mouth, a red dot on the tip of her nose, and thick black eyelashes painted on her cheeks and forehead. She wore white gloves with red fingernails inked on them. Without a word, she mimicked Marsha’s stance and finger-shaking.

I restrained a smile. People who had been heading toward the entryway had gathered around us. They laughed.

Marsha’s face reddened. “Don’t you shake your finger at me! Move that car.”

The mime sidled closer to Marsha, peered down at Marsha’s clipboard for a few seconds, and then pretended to hold a clipboard of her own. She ran her gloved finger down the top page of her invisible clipboard, jabbed her finger down on it, looked straight at Nina and me, and pointed two fingers at her eyes and then at us as if to warn she was watching us. Then she made a circle with both hands and planted the circle on her forehead, obviously imitating the donuts on our hats. Holding her stomach with both hands, she bent over and acted like she was laughing uproariously, without the roar.

Our hats were funny, but I didn’t think they were that funny.

Marsha clutched her clipboard close to her chest and ordered, “Now move that car!”

The mime made the exaggerated shrug of a person who could do nothing about a tragic situation, patted the car, and motioned with her hands as if outlining an even smaller car.

Marsha balled her free hand into a fist and put it on her hip. “I don’t care how small it is. It’s in the area designated for dignitaries.”

With great exaggeration, the mime cradled an invisible clipboard lovingly against her heart, plunked a fist on a hip, and then thrust her hands into her pockets, turned them inside out, and looked desolate.

The audience clapped. The mime pulled her beanie off and waded into the crowd. Her posture dejected, she held the beanie upside down and pointed into it. Her pockets were still inside out. People good-naturedly put coins and bills into the hat.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin just in time for the Faker’s Dozen Carnival. The folks from Deputy Donut are serving a variety of corn fritters hoping the event brings them nothing but good luck on this Friday the 13th but soon after their arrival, they notice their container of confectioner’s sugar has gone missing. After a quick delivery from the bakery, fritters are being fried, coated and eaten by many at the fair. The Deputy Donut tent is busy with a long line waiting to be served. Emily and Nina are thrilled that a mime and a magician are entertaining the crowd . . . that is until the magician takes advantage of the crowd and sticks his hand in the cash box grabbing several bills before he and the mime hotfoot it out of the park.

The bad luck continues after the park closes when Nina’s loft is broken into and a huge painting almost ready to be shipped for her upcoming show has been vandalized. On the plus side, the missing confectioner’s sugar has been found. Much of it on the painting and the rest over the mime’s head along with the bucket it came in. Sadly the mime dies after inhaling so much sugar and the police quickly decide Nina is the killer while Emily thinks that beyond a reasonable doubt, Nina was the intended victim. Now, she just has to prove it before the killer strikes again. For right now the safest place for Nina could be a jail cell.


Emily is a wonderful protagonist with a huge heart. She is trying to learn how to live her life after losing her police detective husband in the line of duty. His former partner has feelings for her and she seems to for him as well but she just isn’t ready to move in that direction yet. I really appreciate the author not rushing this relationship and allowing Emily to set her own pace. Ms. Bolton has also surrounded Emily with a great group of family and friends to support her in every way, even when she is tracking down a killer.

Readers are treated to a very complicated mystery with a plethora of suspects. Some I quickly discarded including one I truly shouldn’t have. There were so many twists and the motive was unclear throughout most of the book when finally a connection was found that finally stuck. I was totally caught up in the mystery with one theory after another but never got on the right path to solve the crime. I love when that happens. I love a sticky story that I can sink my teeth into and tests me. Beyond a Reasonable Donut sure did that in more ways than one.

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One little nit-picky thing. I have lived in Wisconsin, where this book is set my entire life, and attended hundreds of fairs, festivals, and carnivals and have never seen or heard of cotton candy being called cotton “floss”. To me, cotton floss is the thread used in embroidery or cross-stitch. So I asked some friends and family if this was something I missed and they all agreed with me. So I went to Mr. Google/Wikipedia and found:

Cotton candy is made and sold globally—as candy floss in the UK, Ireland, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa, and as fairy floss in Australia and New Zealand.

Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton, and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, 

Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New OrleansLouisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. In fact, the Lascaux patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy” and the “fairy floss” name faded away. In the United States, National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated on December 7.

So I learned something new about this spun sugar treat. You will find it called cotton candy in the U.S. and served at festivals everywhere, but also at movie theatres and shops and stores too.

I totally enjoyed Beyond a Reasonable Donut. It was a fun read with characters I am invested in. I can’t wait to see what they get into next.

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About Ginger Bolton

Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series—coffee, donuts, cops, danger, and one curious cat. The first four books in the series are SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD, JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS, and the latest, BOSTON SCREAM MURDER. JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS was chosen as the Woman’s World Best New Cozy Mystery of the week and was named as one of Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2019. BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT will be on store shelves May 25, 2021. When Ginger isn’t writing or reading, she’s crocheting, knitting, sewing, or generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts and coffee. As Janet Bolin, Ginger wrote the Threadville Mysteries—murder and mayhem in a village of crafty shops.

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#FlashbackFriday – In the Drink (Mack’s Bar Mysteries) by Allyson K. Abbott #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


In the Drink (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 075828019X
ISBN-13: 978-0758280190
Kindle ASIN: B00P53BX30

Mack’s Bar and its crime-solving clientele are quickly gaining notoriety for helping solve some high-profile cases. But Mack is learning the hard way that not all press is good press . . .

By day, Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is the proprietress of a popular Milwaukee watering hole. But after last call, she uses her unique cocktail of extra perceptive senses to help solve some of the city’s most grisly homicides. Now, Mack and her barstool detectives are happy to help when Tiny, one of the bar’s newest patrons, asks them to look into his sister’s murder. Though the case has gone cold, Mack’s heightened senses quickly put her on the killer’s trail. But when a throng of reporters intrigued by her talents descends on Mack’s Bar, her efforts are muddled as a real-life Moriarty begins putting her infamous skills to the test, leaving Mack feeling shaken and stirred . . .

Includes drink recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Mack and Detective Duncan Albright’s relationship hits a huge bump in the road just when Mack needs him most. But he comes up with a plan to keep her safe as they try to figure out who is tormenting her with a mindboggling game of cat and mouse with deadly consequences.

The Capone Club is working on the cold case for one member of the group, Tiny. His sister was murdered and the cops never caught the killer. A few members are helping with Mack’s case too on the down-low. Both cases keep Mack and her friends busy while the bar is crowded with many new customers loving the new expansion. Hopefully soon Mack will get to enjoy the fruits of her labor too.


“Fail it and I will leave a body for you somewhere here in the city…It will be someone you know, someone who is close to you…”

This author knows how to grab her readers and hold on tight. Again there are two mysteries within the book, this time running concurrently. They are twisted together the entire way but only one is solved by the final page. At first, I was like NOOOO! Then I was thankful that I am reading this series now when the next book and each book in the rest of the series is in my TBR stacks, so I don’t have to wait months or a year for the next book to be released.

I really enjoy Mack’s unique gift of Synaesthesia and the way she deals with it. The fact that she now what to really use it to help others so much that she is having her reactions cataloged says so much about her as a person. She is still learning and understanding about her extra perceptive senses but is opening up more about them to people she trusts. She is an amazing character.

Ms. Abbott surrounds Mack with a great cast of supporting characters, regulars, and employees of the bar. This time she introduces us to Mal, an undercover cop who steps in to help Mack when Duncan can’t. This sets up a nice romantic triangle. It is too early to choose sides but Mal has definitely drawn my attention. M & M – Mack & Mal just may become a real thing.

Ms. Abbott is an interesting storyteller. She writes her mysteries in a fascinating way. In The Drink is a fine example of that. She has me hooked with engaging characters that I want to know more about and she has set her stories not far from where I live which adds an extra measure of delight. I am so excited for the next book in this series, Shots in the Dark. I will be grabbing a seat at Mack’s Bar again soon.

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About The Author

Allyson K. Abbott is a pseudonym used by suspense writer Beth Amos. Beth has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her “day job” as an ER nurse, where she gets to save lives, the one common factor in her fiction, no matter what name it’s written under, is that someone always dies. Allyson K. Abbott is my little insider joke at having to pick yet another pseudonym. It’s not a coincidence the initials are what they are.  Check out her webpage here and on Facebook here.

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#FlashbackFriday – Murder with a Twist (Mack’s Bar Mysteries) by Allyson K. Abbott #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Murder with a Twist (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher: Kensington (August 5, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 9780758280176
Kindle ASIN: B00IKOTTYG

The regulars at Mack’s Bar love putting their heads together to solve a good mystery. But Mack is learning there’s a big difference between barroom brain teasers and real-life murder. . .

Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton has a unique neurological condition that gives her extra perceptive senses, and police detective Duncan Albright is convinced Mack’s abilities can be used to help catch crooks. Mack may be a pro at mixing drinks, but she’s still an amateur when it comes to solving crimes–and she’s not sure she should mix business with pleasure by working with a man who stirs up such strong feelings in her. At her first crime scene–a suspicious suicide–she experiences a heady cocktail of mixed sensations and emotions that make her question whether police work is right for her. But when Duncan asks her to help find a kidnapped child, she knows she has to give it a shot. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I found this series a few years ago and loved the first book in the series Murder on the Rocks. Then I picked up this book, Murder with a Twist but I immediately had to stop reading. I knew from reading the synopsis there was a suicide element but I hadn’t expected it to be so similar to the way my son took his life back in March of 2015. I put the book back on my To-Be-Read bookshelf but I kept passing over it until last week when I decided I should be able to handle the subject matter by now. Well, I was partly right. I still had to skip or skim some triggering passages but soon the suicide part of the book wrapped up and I was able to enjoy the rest of the story. I am glad I waited and didn’t just skip the book or forget about the series. 

Mack is such an interesting character. She has Synaesthesia which means she experiences everything differently. Over the years she has learned to control it or she would continually be suffering from an overload of her unique senses. While trying to help Detective Duncan Albright solve her father’s murder (in Murder on the Rocks) they realize her unique extra perceptive senses can be helpful in solving his cases. So this time Mack tags along as he investigates a suspicious suicide and a murder with a missing child.

What I really enjoyed was The Capone Club. A bunch of bar regulars that love to solve puzzles and mysteries, both real cases and those dreamed up by members of the group. Some have special talents that become very helpful in closing Duncan’s cases. The investigations take on a real community feel as they sort through clues and dig up new ones. I usually try to solve the mystery before the protagonist but this time I felt like I had a place at the Capone Club table and we were all working it out together. I did like that there were two completely separate mysteries within the book. One wrapped up and another began which is easy to believe for a city like Milwaukee.

There are a wide variety of characters, regulars, and employees of the bar. Even one from “up Nort'”. I love the way the author brings the uniqueness of Wisconsin to the story. It is so comfortable. I was drawn to this series because Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton and I have some things in common. We both grew up in Wisconsin living above and working in our family’s taverns. Walking into Mack’s Bar virtually brings back so many memories. Unlike Mack, thankfully I never had to deal with a dead body.

I have the next book in this series, In The Drink, waiting on my TBR shelf. I hope to visit Mack’s Bar again soon.

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About The Author

Allyson K. Abbott is a pseudonym used by suspense writer Beth Amos. Beth has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her “day job” as an ER nurse, where she gets to save lives, the one common factor in her fiction, no matter what name it’s written under, is that someone always dies. Allyson K. Abbott is my little insider joke at having to pick yet another pseudonym. It’s not a coincidence the initials are what they are.  Check out her webpage here and on Facebook here.

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Cozy Wednesday – Deep Dark Secrets (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series) by Joy Ann Ribar #Review / #Giveaway

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I am pleased to share my thoughts about Deep Dark Secrets today by Wisconsin Author Joy Ann Ribar today!

Deep Dark Secrets (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing (June 15, 2019)
Paperback: 328 pages
ISBN-10: 1645380343
ISBN-13: 978-1645380344
Kindle ASIN: B07YQ4CJM5

You’re invited to visit Deep Lakes, Wisconsin, and meet a new friend, Francine “Frankie” Champagne. The 40-something owner of Bubble and Bake — bakery by day, wine lounge by night — Frankie is a spitfire pastry maker, vintner, and budding journalist.

Frankie finds herself on the perimeter of a suspicious death that upends the peaceful winter slumber in Deep Lakes when the local pastor is found dead inside his fishing shanty on Lake Loki. Frankie sticks her curious nose into the investigation, despite warnings from the local sheriff to leave it alone. But she has something to prove, maybe to the newspaper editor who wouldn’t hire her as a reporter, maybe to herself as she searches for fulfillment. Regardless, her fierce independence won’t allow her to back down. Follow Frankie as she stumbles upon one discovery after another, trails potential suspects, and solves the case!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin where the lakes like Lake Loki are filled with ice fishing shanties and fundraisers, where cars are set on the ice and people guess when the lake will thaw enough to send the car to a watery grave. Unfortunately, a local pastor is the one being buried when he is found dead in his ice shanty covered in blood. Francine “Frankie” Champagne the owner of Bubble and Bake — bakery by day, wine lounge by night, inserts herself right in the middle of the investigation to get the scoop for a newspaper article she hopes to write. Short on clues, she just keeps digging until she breaks through the ice and uncovers some deep, dark, secrets and all the clues fall into place.


Frankie Champagne has a lot on her plate. Baking, wine-making, and bottling that wine, managing the Bubble and Bake, divorced with two daughters in college, a new romance or two on the horizon, all while trying to follow her dream of becoming a newspaper journalist.  Thankfully she has her best friend Carmen as a partner at the Bubble and Bake and a lot of good help, including her mother, because she is bound and determined to find out who killed the pastor and why. I liked Frankie but the woman is in non-stop motion. For me, it was almost too much as she traveled across a lot of Wisconsin and even to Iowa in her quest to solve the murder.  All the characters we meet, and there are a lot, are very fleshed out for the first book in a series.

The mystery itself was not quite as forthcoming. Yes, there are secrets and while the innuendo about the pastor was there, I wished the suspects had been more clearly spelled out. Frankie talks to several people but I never was able to form a real list or eliminate people as I usually do with a cozy mystery. It was a journey from having the method of death explained clearly to Frankie taking some risks until the final reveal. I did like that we did get to read Frankie’s article at the end, it wrapped the mystery up nicely.

Deep Dark Secrets has some good bones and is a nice start for this series. There are a few things I feel could have been omitted or pared down to help the story flow better. It had first in a series -itis, where the author has to introduce the characters and the setting along with a good mystery to hold our interest. The author does this satisfactorily but sometimes less detail is more conducive to a successful introduction.  As a Wisconite like the author, I can say she described the state very well and made Deep Lakes a place I would love to visit. The characters are engaging and I am looking forward to seeing where the author takes them next. Deep Bitter Roots us already downloaded to my Kindle. I hope to be reading and reviewing it soon.

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About the Author (from Amazon)

Joy Ann Ribar is a Wisconsin native who embraces her Scandinavian roots – wine-tasting and food-munching from every culture. A semi-retired English educator, Joy teaches writing classes at Madison College. She earned a Journalism degree from UW-Madison and a Master’s in Education from UW-Oshkosh. She and her husband, John, run a backyard buffet for winged creatures, plus the occasional furry critter. Someday, they plan to sell everything, buy an RV, and escape Wisconsin winters.

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2020 Reading Challenges – Year End Wrap Up


2020 Reading Challenges – Year End Wrap Up

Breast Cancer and COVID 19 dealt some whammies to my reading and reading challenges in 2020.

I was able to complete my GoodReads Reading Challenge because it is the only challenge that allowed me to lower my goal. Something I did after my first week of chemotherapy when I realized my late-night reading would not be happening and that chemo brain would be setting in.

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The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2020
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I am signing up at the Kneading – Read 11-20 cat mysteries 

    1. Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney
      2.Careless Whiskers by Miranda James 
      3. Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico
      4. Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher
      5. On The Lamb by Tina Kashian
      6. Mimi Lee Gets A Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
      7. Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George
      8. A Small Town Can Be Murder by Julie Seedorf
      9. This Magick Marmot by Sharon Pape
      10. Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
      11. Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones
      12. Seas the Day by Maggie Toussaint
      13. Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan
      14. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette
      15. A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker
      16. The Key Lime Crime by Lucy Burdette
      17. Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder by Tina Kashian
      18. Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
      19. Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton
      20. Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan
      21. Wine Tastings Are Murder by Libby Klein

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Baker’s Dozen  |  13 books
Choose one category from any 13 of the topics provided except for the wildcard books

 

DATE FINISHED CATEGORIES BOOK  (READ OR PLANNED)
1 Making Stuff Up
A book with the word “maker” in the title
A book featuring a fictional language
A book about crafts or handiwork Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney
A book about lies
2 Dark Genres
A cult classic book
A dark fantasy book
A gothic horror book
A speculative fiction book
3 Seconds
A book you find in a second hand store
The second book by an author Dead Week by Kelly Brakenhoff
A book with a clock or stopwatch on the cover
A book about eating
4 Quick Decisions
A book based solely on the title or cover
A book you buy on impulse
A book by an author you always read The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams
A book about living with consequences
5 Birds Of A Feather
A book with a feather or wings on the cover
A book about differences
A book about community A Small Town Can Be Murder by Julie Seedorf
A book about twins
6 Where We Live
A book about an apartment building
A book with a mansion on the cover Murder at a Country Mansion by Louise R. Innes
A book about nomads
A book about moving to the country
7 Careers
A book written by a current/former journalist
A book about doctors/nurses/health care professionals The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin
A book about a teacher
A book about blue collar workers
8 Body Parts
A book with feet on the cover
A book with “hand” in the title
A book about heads
A book with a nose on the cover
9 Reading Cliches
A book someone called a “page turner” The Request by David Bell
A “beach read”
A book by an author “everyone has read”
A “best seller” you’ve never heard of
# Music Genres
A book whose title could be a Country song
A book with “opera” in the title
A book whose cover makes you think about Heavy Metal
A book you think should have a Jazz soundtrack
# Recovery
A book about recovering from an accident or illness
A book about dealing with death In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn
A book about a missing person
A book that has been re-issued with a new cover
# Next Door
A book with the word “neighbor” in the title
A book with binoculars on the cover
A book by a local author
A book about the creepy old house in the neighborhood
# Brought To You By The Letter N
A book with the word “novice” in the title
A book that takes place in a country that begins with N Netherlands – Death by Windmill by Jennifer S. Alderson
A book with the word “name” in the title
A book by an author whose name starts with N
# Inspirations
A book that inspires you to go for a walk
A book about improving self image
A book about a place you hope to visit this year
A book by or about a person you admire
# Diversity
A book by an author from a different culture
A book about gender identity
A folk/fairy tale retelling in a non-western setting
A book about a character with a disability
# Check Out Those Lists
A book from NPRs Top 100 Books list
A book from the NY Times Best Sellers list The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben
A book inspired by your shopping list this week
A book from a recommended list you find on the internet
# Singles
A story about a widow or widower
A book with a single word title
A standalone book
A book with a single figure on the cover Glitter, Glam, and Contraband by Heather Weidner 
# Animal Kingdom
An author whose name includes an animal (ie:CATherine)
A non-fiction book about animals
A book with a talking animal
A book with an animal on the cover Mimi Lee Gets A Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
# Hidden
A book with a mask on the cover
A book written by an author who uses a pseudonym Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
A book with the word “hidden” in the title
A book about a treasure hunt
# TBR Crushers
A book from your bookshelves you have to dust off
A book you’ve been meaning to read forever
Anything you want Cold Wind by Paige Shelton
The first book you see on your bookshelf
# Shorts
A book less than 100 pages Botched Butterscotch by Amanda Flower 
A book by an author with fewer than 10 letters in their name
A book with character being “towered over” on the cover
A book of short stories
# Movie Quotes
I see dead people. – a ghost story
I coulda been a contender. – a book about sports
There’s no place like home. – a book about going home
I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way. – a graphic novel
# Places
A book with a place name in the title Death on the Danube by Jennifer S. Alderson
A book with a map on the cover
A book set in the mountains
A book about traveling
# Selfies
A memoir
A book written in first person
A book with a narcissistic character
A self improvement book
# How Old?
A book with obsolete technology on the cover
A contemporary book written by an author older than you
A book about your parents’ generation
A book written before you were born
# Reading Women
A non-fiction book about a famous woman
A book by a woman of color Paw and Order by V.M. Burns
A book with a kick-ass woman on the cover
A children’s book with a strong female lead
WILD- CARD BOOKS Wildcards
A manga book
A book that includes an ocean journey
A book about geeks
A book about Zodiac signs or astrology
A book that centers around a group of friends A Crime of a Different Stripe by Sally Goldenbaum

The 2020 New Release Challenge

2020 New Release Challenge
Hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms

61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran level. #2020NewReleaseChallenge

      1. Glitter, Glam, and Contraband by Heather Weidner 
        2. Silenced in Sequins by Debra Sennefelder
        3. Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson
        4. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
        5. Murder Ink by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson 
        6. Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney
        7. Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
        8. Sealed Off by Barbara Ross
        9. A View To A Kilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett
        10. A Field Guide to Homicide by Lynn Cahoon
        11. Fatal Roots by Sheila Connolly
        12. Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins
        13. A Crafter Quilts A Crime by Holly Quinn
        14. Bonbon With The Wind by Dorothy St. James
        15. The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams
        16.Bitter Alpine by Mary Daheim
        17. Under the Radar by Annette Dashofy
        18. Death by Baguette by Jennifer S. Alderson
        19. The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin
        20. Stayin’ Alive by Julie Mulhern
        21. Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico
        22.In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn 
        23. Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher
        24. On The Lamb by Tina Kashian
        25. Blueberry Cobbler Blackmail by Jodi Rath
        26. The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben
        27. Dressed Up 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
        28. Al Dente’s Inferno by Stephanie Cole
        29. Sleuth on Safari by A. R. Kennedy
        30. Easter Hair Hunt by Nancy J. Cohen
        31. Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs
        32. Mimi Lee Gets A Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
        33. The Evil Men Do by John McMahon
        34. Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade
        35. Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George
        36. Frozen Stiff Drink by James J. Cudney
        37. Who’s Dead Doc? by J.M. Griffin
        38. A Fatal Yarn by Peggy Ehrhart
        39. The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
        40. Deep Fried Revenge by Lynn Cahoon
        41. Staging Wars by Grace Topping
        52. A Small Town Can Be Murder by Julie Seedorf
        43. This Magick Marmot by Sharon Pape
        44. Murder in the Secret Maze by Judith Gonda
        45. To Fetch a Scoundrel, by Heather Weidner, Jayne Ormerod, Rosemary Shomaker, Teresa Inge
        46. Old Friends and New, Another Murder by Christa Nardi
        47. The Dive Spices It Up by Krista Davis
        48. Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones
        49. Seas the Day by Maggie Toussaint
        50. Secrets of the Treasure King by Terry Ambrose
        51. Botched Butterscotch by Amanda Flower
        52. The Secret Life of Bones by Kylie Logan
        53. R.I.P. in Reykjavík by A R Kennedy
        54. Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan
        55. Pulp Friction by Julie Anne Lindsey
        56. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette
        57. A Murderous Misconception by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson
        58. A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker
        59. The House That Vanity Built by Nancy Cole Silverman
        60. Red Hot by Dana Dratch
        61. Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse by Kate Young
        62. No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert
        63. Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower
        64. Sprinkles of Suspicion by Kim Davis
        65.  Murder with Clotted Cream by Karen Rose Smith
        66. Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen by Barbara Monajem
        67. Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert
        68. An Exquisite Corpse by Helen A. Harrison
        69. A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett
        70. Divide and Concord by J.C. Eaton
        71. Death by Windmill by Jennifer S. Alderson
        72. Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan
        73. Game of Dog Bones by Laurien Berenson
        74.From Beer to Eternity by Sherry Harris
        75.Quiche of Death by Mary Lee Ashford
        76.Little Tea by Claire Fullerton
        77.Vangie Vale and the Larcenous Lava Cake by R.L. Syme
        78.The Corpse with the Crystal Skull by Cathy Ace
        79.The Key Lime Crime by Lucy Burdette
        80.Dash Away All by Christina Freeburn 

        81.The Request by David Bell
        82.Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern 
        83.Eddy and Julia by William Zink
        84.15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher
        85.Paw and Order by V.M. Burns
        86.Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
        87.Winner Cake All by Denise Swanson
        88. For Letter or Worse by Vivian Conroy
        89.Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder by Tina Kashian
        90.Cake Popped Off by Kim Davis
        91.Tusk Justice by Victoria Tait
        92. The Solace of Bay Leaves by Leslie Budewitz
        93. Fields’ Guide to Pharaohs by Julie Mulhern
        94. Fields Guide to Dirty Money by Julie Mulhern
        95. Nacho Average Murder by Maddie Day
        96. Egg Drop Dead by Vivian Chien
        97. Iced Over by Heather Day Gilbert
        98. Saddled with Murder by Eileen Brady
        99. Broadcast 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
        100.Fair Trade by Heather Day Gilbert
        101. Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
        102. Spawning Suspicion by Maggie Toussaint
        103. Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton
        104. Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker 
        105. A Crime of a Different Stripe by Sally Goldenbaum
        106. Cold Wind by Paige Shelton
        107. Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan
        108. Premeditated Mortar by Kate Carlisle
        109. Murder at a Country Mansion by Louise R. Innes
        110. Wine Tastings Are Murder by Libby Klein
        111.Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush
        112. A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert
        113. Varnished Without A Trace by Misty Simon
        114. Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower
        115. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien
        116.Candy Cane Caper by Amanda Flower
        117.Closely Harbored Secrets by Bree Baker
        118.The Malt in Our Stars by Sarah Fox
        119. Undone in Uluru by A.R. Kennedy
        120. Absence of Alice by Sherry Harris
        121.Nothing Bundt Trouble by Ellie Alexander
        122. Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander

The NetGalley and Edelweiss Challenge

NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Hosted by Reading Between the Pages

I am signing up at the Bronze Level – 10 Books. 

1. Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien
2. Wonton Terror by Vivien Chein 
3. Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
4. Living the Vida Lola by Melissa Bourbon
5. Murder with Cherry Tarts by Karen Rose Smith
6. Grounds for Remorse by Misty Simon
7. Designed to Death by Christina Freeburn
8. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron
9. Deceased and Desist by Misty Simon
10. Another One Bites the Crust by Ellie Alexander
11. Live and Let Pie by Ellie Alexander
12. Carpet Diem by Misty Simon
13.A Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie Alexander
14. Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan 
15.Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

16. Better Off Read by Nora Page

The For The Love of Books Challenge

FOR THE LOVE OF EBOOKS 2020 READING CHALLENGE
Hosted by As Told by Tina

Just read as many ebooks as you can throughout 2020!

1. Glitter, Glam, and Contraband by Heather Weidner 
2. Silenced in Sequins by Debra Sennefelder
3. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
4. Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney
5. Death on the Danube by Jennifer S. Alderson
6. Dead Week by Kelly Brakenhoff
7. Sealed Off by Barbara Ross
8. Be Still My Bleating Heart by Hannah Reed
9. Fatal Roots by Sheila Connolly
10. Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins
11. A Crafter Quilts A Crime by Holly Quinn
12. Bonbon With The Wind by Dorothy St. James
13. Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien
14. The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams
15. Bitter Alpine by Mary Daheim
16. Under the Radar by Annette Dashofy
17. Death by Baguette by Jennifer S. Alderson
18. The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin
19. Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien
20. Stayin’ Alive by Julie Mulhern
21. Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico
22. In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn
23. Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher
24. On The Lamb by Tina Kashian
25. Blueberry Cobbler Blackmail by Jodi Rath
26. The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben
27. Dressed Up 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
28. Sleuth on Safari by A. R. Kennedy
29. Easter Hair Hunt by Nancy J. Cohen
30. Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George
31. Frozen Stiff Drink by James J. Cudney
32. Who’s Dead Doc? by J.M. Griffin
33. A Fatal Yarn by Peggy Ehrhart
34.The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
35. Wonton Terror by Vivien Chein 
36. Deep Fried Revenge by Lynn Cahoon
37. Staging Wars by Grace Topping
38. A Small Town Can Be Murder by Julie Seedorf
39. This Magick Marmot by Sharon Pape
40. Murder in the Secret Maze by Judith Gonda
41. To Fetch a Scoundrel, by Heather Weidner, Jayne Ormerod, Rosemary Shomaker, Teresa Inge
42. Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
43. Old Friends and New, Another Murder by Christa Nardi
44. Six Cloves Under by Gin Jones
45. Seas the Day by Maggie Toussaint
46. Secrets of the Treasure King by Terry Ambrose
47. Botched Butterscotch by Amanda Flower 
48. On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander
49. The Secret Life of Bones by Kylie Logan
50. R.I.P. in Reykjavík by A R Kennedy
51. Living the Vida Lola by Melissa Bourbon
52. Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan
53. Pulp Friction by Julie Anne Lindsey
54. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette
55. A Murderous Misconception by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson
56. The House That Vanity Built by Nancy Cole Silverman
57. A Catered Wedding by Isis Crawford
58. Red Hot by Dana Dratch
59. Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse by Kate Young
60. No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert
61. Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower
62. Sprinkles of Suspicion by Kim Davis
63. Murder with Cherry Tarts by Karen Rose Smith
64. Murder with Clotted Cream by Karen Rose Smith
65. Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen by Barbara Monajem
66. Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert
67. Board Stiff by Annelise Ryan
68. A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett
69. Divide and Concord by J.C. Eaton
70. Grounds for Remorse by Misty Simon
71. Death by Windmill by Jennifer S. Alderson
72. Larceny at the Library by Colleen J. Shogan
73.From Beer to Eternity by Sherry Harris
74.Quiche of Death by Mary Lee Ashford
75. Little Tea by Claire Fullerton
76. Vangie Vale and the Larcenous Lava Cake by R.L. Syme
77. The Corpse with the Crystal Skull by Cathy Ace
78. The Key Lime Crime by Lucy Burdette
79. Dash Away All by Christina Freeburn 
80. The Request by David Bell
81. Killer Queen by Julie Mulhern
82. Designed to Death by Christina Freeburn
83.15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher
84. Paw and Order by V.M. Burns
85. A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander
86. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron
87. Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
88. Deceased and Desist by Misty Simon
89.Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder by Tina Kashian
90. Cake Popped Off by Kim Davis
91.Tusk Justice by Victoria Tait
92. The Solace of Bay Leaves by Leslie Budewitz
93. Fields’ Guide to Pharaohs by Julie Mulhern
94. Fields Guide to Dirty Money by Julie Mulhern
95. Nacho Average Murder by Maddie Day
96. Mischief in Maggody by Joan Hess
97. Egg Drop Dead by Vivian Chien
98. Iced Over by Heather Day Gilbert
99. Saddled with Murder by Eileen Brady
100.Another One Bites the Crust by Ellie Alexander
101. Broadcast 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton
102. Fair Trade by Heather Day Gilbert
103. Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander
104. Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
105. Spawning Suspicion by Maggie Toussaint
106. Live and Let Pie by Ellie Alexander
107. Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton
108. Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker
109. Carpet Diem by Misty Simon
110. A Crime of a Different Stripe by Sally Goldenbaum
111. Cold Wind by Paige Shelton
112. Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan
113. Ladies of the Lake by Ken Corday
114. Premeditated Mortar by Kate Carlisle
115. Murder at a Country Mansion by Louise R. Innes
116. A Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie Alexander
117. Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan 
118. Wine Tastings Are Murder by Libby Klein
119.Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush
120. Much Ado About Murder by Joan Hess

121. A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert
122.Much Ado in Maggody by Joan Hess
123. Varnished Without A Trace by Misty Simon
124. Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower
125.Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien
126.The Worst Noel by Amy M. Reade
127.Candy Cane Caper by Amanda Flower
128.Closely Harbored Secrets by Bree Baker
129,The Malt in Our Stars by Sarah Fox
130.Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
131. Undone in Uluru by A.R. Kennedy
132. Absence of Alice by Sherry Harris
133.Nothing Bundt Trouble by Ellie Alexander
134. Better Off Read by Nora Page
135. Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander

and the Finish the Series Challenge


2020 FINISHING THE SERIES READING CHALLENGE
Hosted by Celebrity Readers

This series gives me the push I need and help me clear my TBR stacks. I am again signing up at the B-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 5-8 SERIES. 

 

1. Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien ChienMurder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien  – Wonton Terror by Vivien Chein Egg Drop Dead by Vivian ChienKiller Kung Pao by Vivien Chien
2. Plum Tea Crazy by Laura ChildsBroken Bone China by Laura ChildsLavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs
3. Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower – Mums and Mayhem by Amanda Flower
4. On Thin Icing by Ellie AlexanderCaught Bread Handed by Ellie AlexanderFudge and Jury by Ellie AlexanderA Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie AlexanderAnother One Bites the Crust by Ellie AlexanderTill Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander Live and Let Pie by Ellie AlexanderA Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie AlexanderNothing Bundt Trouble by Ellie AlexanderChilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander
5. Murder with Cherry Tarts by Karen Rose SmithMurder with Clotted Cream by Karen Rose Smith
6. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron  – Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
7. Grounds for Remorse by Misty SimonDeceased and Desist by Misty Simon Carpet Diem by Misty Simon Varnished Without A Trace by Misty Simon
8. Fields’ Guide to Pharaohs by Julie MulhernFields Guide to Dirty Money by Julie Mulhern

So that makes 7 out of 19 Challenges Completed. 

I was unable to complete the Alphabet Soup Challenge, the Alphabet Soup- Author Edition Challenge, the Literary Escapes Challenge, the Craving for Cozies Challenge, the Crusin’ Thru the Cozies Challenge, the What’s In A Name Challenge, the Backlist Reading Challenge, the Mount TBR Challenge, the Cloak and Dagger Challenge, the Print Only Challenge, the Literary Road Trip Challenge, the Pages Read Challenge, and the Reading Challenge Addicts Challenge. You can find the lists of the books I did read for these challenges here.

I hope to do much better this year.

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2021 Reading Challenges I Will Be Participating In


In addition to the four challenges, I am hosting.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be participating in these challenges.

The 2021 GoodReads Reading Challenge 

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Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

Hosted by CAROL’S NOTEBOOK

Challenge Rules:

  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, Goodreads, Instagram, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to at least 100 pages long. Please no short stories.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge will run from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends March 15th)

We still have our Facebook group so if you haven’t joined we would love for you too! Here’s the group’s link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/350512171977943/. It’s a closed group so just ask to join and we’ll let you in.

There will be a monthly link-up so we can see what everyone’s reading – and probably add some to our own tbr lists. At the halfway mark and at the end we will have a giveaway for those participating.

We’ll continue to use the hashtag #CloakDaggerChal.

Levels:

5-15 books – Amateur Sleuth – This is my goal for the year.

16-25 books – Detective

26-35 books – Inspector

36 – 55 – Special agent 

56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

Sign Up Here

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2021 New Release Challenge

Hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms

The rules for the 2021 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2021.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2021 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2021, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2021.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
  • If you want to spread the love, please use #2021NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter 😉

There are five levels  in the 2021 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran – This is my goal for 2021 
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed

There is a Facebook Group for the New Release Challenge, to have a place where we can keep up with each other, cheer each other on, and get to know each other better. It is also a place where we can help each other find even more new releases.

Sign Up Here

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2021 FINISHING THE SERIES READING CHALLENGE

Hosted by Celebrity Readers 

guidelines:

While we’re pretty lax about how you wish to set up this challenge for yourself, we do have a few guidelines to follow.

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2021, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.
  • Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published by the end of 2021.
  • We don’t care if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2021 (ie read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.
  • Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.
  • Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).
  • Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!
  • Reviews are not required but highly encouraged.

how to play:

  • Declare your intentions to participate in this challenge somewhere on the internet!!  You do not need to be a blogger to participate, there are many ways to declare.  You could write a blog post, create a reading challenge page, create a Goodreads shelf containing series you hope to finish, post about it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Some things you could include (but that aren’t required):
    • A link to this page so that others may find us and join the fun as well (feel free to download the button at the top to use in your posts).
    • A list of series you hope to read for this challenge.  You could even get fancy and list the length of the series, or the books you’ve already read, etc.
    • The level you are aiming for.
  • Sign up for the challenge using the link up below, and link directly to where you’ve declared your intentions (ie to the specific blog post, the goodreads shelf, the facebook post, etc).
  • We will be posting quarterly link-ups for you to add links to your reviews or any wrap-up/overview posts you wish to share.
  • Go forth and READ!!  And have fun!!
  • Use the hashtag #FinishingTheSeries2021 on any social media to keep up with other participants!

the reward:

Uh…your own sense of pride in achieving a goal?  Sorry folks, we’re not actually that motivated by prizes ourselves, so we’re just offering bragging rights.  But we can offer you some pretty graphics to either declare your goal or to use as a badge once achieved!

the levels:

We offer you 3 different “Celebrity” levels of achievement for this reading challenge:

C-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 1-4 SERIES.

B-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 5-8 SERIES. – This Is my goal for 2021.

A-LIST SERIES FINISHER ⇒ COMPLETE 9+ SERIES.

Sign Up Here

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Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2021

Hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews…

This year’s cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate and you can choose whichever suits you the best:

A) Read only cozy mysteries of your choice.

Or

B) Read one book from these sub-genres:

– 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 cozy mysteries based outside the US (example: Belinda Lawrence series (British))
– 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!)

Here are the levels you can join for either A or B…

Level one (Snoop) –
A) Read 10 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read one book in each of the above cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

Level two (Investigator) 
A) Read 20 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) –
A) Read 30 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) 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) – My goal for 2021 
A)Read 40 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B)Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Here are the rules…

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021.

2. You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

3. Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebooks…it all counts!

4. You don’t have to post a review, but I’m sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

NOTE: If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, that’s fine. You don’t have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that’s fine too. Just leave us the link. I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.

5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog, and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky below. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

6. I’m going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews, and one link for your wrap up posts. I won’t be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge

Sign Up Here

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Mount TBR Challenge 2021

Hosted by MY READER’S BLOCK

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mont Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s – My goal for 2021
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro*: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s (*aka Cerro El Toro in South America)
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. You are welcome to voyage further and conquer taller mountains after your commitment is met. All books from lower mountains carry over towards the next peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2021

*You may sign up at any time–no matter when you see this challenge. All qualifying books read after January 1st count.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2021–items requested or ordered prior to January 1, may count even if they arrive in the new year. No library books~. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see Mount TBR’s sister challenge: the Virtual Mount TBR Challenge.
~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. For example–if you own a hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you have questions.

*Rules for Rereads: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you’ve owned it, provided you have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count provided they are yours prior to January 1. ARCs are also fine.

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception is if you have participated in Mount TBR in 2020 and were unable to finish the book in time for the final Check-in Post. Then–if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, remove from e-resources, etc.]. For example, my personal rule (unless it’s a very short book) is to give it 100 pages. If I decide I just can’t finish it and won’t ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory–the stack is smaller!

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance or to tally them as you climb.

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post about the challenge and link that post (not your home page) in the form below. My link provider has limited the number of link “parties” I can have open at a time–so I will be using Google forms for all my sign-up links this year. Non-bloggers may enter their names only without a blog link OR members of Goodreads are welcome to join the Goodreads group HERE.

*If you post on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media to log a book, please use #MountTBR2021.

* As I have in the past, I will have a headquarters link in the left hand side-bar which will offer links to this original post, monthly review links, and the final wrap-up. I will update it at the beginning of the new year The Headquarters will also have a link to a list of our climbing crew with their commitments.

Happy climbing!

Sign Up Here 

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The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021

Hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

I am combining this challenge will the Mount TBR Challenge with a goal of 36 books.

 

The Backlist Reader Challenge (#BacklistReader) encourages us to read all those older books that have been piling up on our TBR piles or lists. And by “older,” I mean books that came out before 2020 (so, in 2019 or earlier.)

The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. It ends at midnight in whatever timezone you’re in. You can still post reviews, and link them, up until January 5, 2022, but only for books you finished reading in 2021.

The Rules

Rule #1: To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2020 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. 

In other words, you don’t have to own the book. If it was on your want-to-read list when you signed up for the challenge, and it came out in 2019 or earlier, it counts… regardless of format (ebook, print book, audiobook) and regardless how or where or when you acquired it. Library books totally count, as long as you had the book on your want-to-read list before you signed up for the challenge.

What does”TBR list” or “to-read” list” mean, exactly? It means whatever you use to keep track of the books you want to read. If that’s a shelf or a pile of physical books, great. If it’s the “to-read” shelf on Goodreads, also fine. If you keep a spreadsheet on your computer or a list in a notebook or a “for later” list in your library account, those work too. Just as long as you have something to keep track of what you want to read, but haven’t read yet. (In my experience, most book-lovers have a to-read list of some sort, somewhere.)

Do rereads count? Personally, I love rereading familiar books, and in any given year, at least a third of my reading is rereads. But back when I first created this challenge, the goal was to encourage myself to read books I hadn’t ever gotten around to reading. On the other hand, there are some books on my TBR list that I read a long time ago but want to reread, because I can barely remember them. So here’s the compromise I came up with: you can only count a book you have read before IF (a) you haven’t read the book in the last 10 years, and (b) you can’t remember much about it.

Rule #2: Create a goal or sign-up post on your blog

…or wherever you usually post your reviews or your thoughts about a book (e.g., Goodreads, LibraryThing, Instagram, Facebook.) Please link back to this post! Then link your sign-up post below, where you see the “Add your link” button. (Please link your actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.)  You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read this year, or leave it up to your mood at the time—as long as they are already on your TBR list when you sign up! You can sign up through December 1, 2021; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.

Rule #3 (optional): Review the books you read for the challenge, and post your links on the review linky

 After Jan. 1, 2021, I’ll post a page with the review linky widget and link it here; you’ll also be able to get to it from the top menu bar. You can certainly do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway. Reviews don’t have to be long; a few sentences is fine. If you don’t have a blog, you can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing or even on your Facebook or Instagram. Please link to your review itself (not to your blog’s main page, your profile, or the book’s main Goodreads or LibraryThing page.) If you’re not sure how to find that link, email me and I’ll walk you through it.

Rule #4: Before January 5, 2022, create and link a wrap-up post

Let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post like this one for the wrap-up posts, so you can share your achievement with others who are participating!

Show your support for other participants

Please support other members of The Backlist Reader Challenge by reading and commenting on their reviews, found in the review linky. This isn’t a rule, and you don’t have to check out every review on the list, but please try to visit a few every time you post a review of your own. Your fellow readers will appreciate it!

What else you need to know

There will be at least one giveaway: a $15 Amazon gift certificate (US), or up to that amount in books from Book Depository (as long as they deliver to your country.)  The winner will be chosen from the review links at the end of the year, using a random number generator.

You will find the review linky on the top menu bar in early January, with a link from the sidebar as well. The review linky will stay open through 11 p.m. EST on January 5, 2021, to give you a couple of days to review any books you finished on December 31.

Social media: Please use #BacklistReader on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else hashtags are useful!

Sign Up Here

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2021 Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 

Hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews…

What the challenge is all about…

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of NetGalley/Edelweiss books sitting on your shelf to be read?
Have you lost your 80% rating and would love to get it back?
Do you want to challenge yourself to read more NetGalley/Edelweiss books?
Do you need extra inspiration to achieve that next badge?

If the answer is “YES” to any of these questions then this is the challenge for you!

Challenge guidelines…

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. There is no deadline to sign up.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts – it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
  • Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below.

The Levels…

Bronze – 10 Books – My goal for 2021

Silver – 25 Books

Gold – 50 Books

Platinum – 75 Books

Diamond – 100 Books

To sign-up…

  • Make a blog post stating the level you intend to read in 2020 and link that blog post to Mr. Linky below.  The first Link should be your name, the url should be the direct link to that blog post, not your main blog page.
  • If you do not have a blog then state your reading level in the comments below and how you will be sharing your book reviews.
  • Last but not least, be sure to come back every month and link in those reviews. This is really the hardest part – remember to do the monthly “link-ups”!

Sign Up Here

My Personal Challenges

Wisconsin Authors or Settings

My goal is to read at least 10 books by Wisconsin Authors or Wisconsin Settings.

 

Pages Read

via GIPHY

My goal is 48,000 Pages for 2021.

I am participating in 14 Challenges!

I hope you will join me and challenge yourself.

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