martedì 31 dicembre 2013

Vintage Mystery BINGO 2014: Silver & Gold Edition

Here are the rules:
All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.).  The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore.

Golden qualifiers will be books originally published pre-1960 and silver qualifiers will come from the period 1960 to 1989.

The same book can't be used twice to fill two squares.

The challenge is running from January 1st through to December 31st, 2014.

*BINGOS may be claimed by completing all spaces in a row--horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  You may also claim a “Four Corner” BINGO by reading a book for each of the four corners plus two more spaces—any two.  A valid BINGO must have six complete spaces.

*Any challenger who completes one BINGO will be entered in a drawing at the end of the year.  Any challenger who completes two or more BINGOs (either from the same card or BINGOs from each card) will automatically be offered a prize from the prize list.  Any challenger who covers a card by completing all categories will automatically be offered a prize from the prize list (as referred to in the "two or more BINGOs" section) PLUS a special surprise bonus.

Check them out and sign up HERE.

The cards for Gold and Silver have the same categories. 

I might try for both of them

Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014

This challenge is again hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.  

Here are the rules...

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
Level 1 - Snoop - Read at least 6 books
Level 2 - Investigator - Read 7-12 books
Level 3 - Super Sleuth - Read 13 - 20 books
Level 4 - Sleuth Extraordinaire - Read 20 or more

2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2014 and ends December 31, 2014.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, ebooks....  It all counts!

For more info, and to sign up, go to Socrates' Book Reviews

No review needed, but it is encouraged. You don't need to post your list in advance. If you do, you can always modify it. Any format. Overlap accepted. Full details HERE!

And in case you're wondering what constitutes a "Cozy Mystery", let THIS SITE help you with that.

2014 What An Animal Reading Challenge VII

This challenge is hosted by Socrate's book reviews 

The rules are really simple...1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book

b. there is an animal on the cover of the book

c. an animal plays a major role in the book

d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. That’s a full year to read at least 6 books (you can read more if you’d like). 

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.


Level 1 - Read up to 6 books
Level 2 - Read 7-12
Level 3 - Read 13 or more 

I am going to try level 2:  Read 7-12 books
1. The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond horse in the cover
2. Mistletoe Magic by Melissa McClone cat in the cover
3. Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny
4. Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert horse in the cover

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge


Hosted by: Evie Bookish.

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you’ve read!
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Short stories and novellas are OK, too! Only books released in 2013 and earlier! NO  2014 ARCs and 2014 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!

    You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
    When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBRPILE Reading Challenge. (If you don’t have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
  4. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  5. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  6. On the 20th of each month we will post a wrap-up post, here, on BOOKISH. Every wrap-up will have it’s unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It’s open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
  7. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
  8. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you’ll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.
  9. You don’t have to follow Bookish Blog to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in giveaways!
(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2014)

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children

My goal is to read 21-30 books released before 2014 (Level First Kiss).
Books read:

lunedì 30 dicembre 2013

USA Fiction Challenge - state by state in 2014

USA Fiction Challenge - state by state in 2014

Hosted by Kerrie.

Duration January 1- December 31, 2014

Read just one novel from each state - you choose whether the link is the setting or the author. 
You choose whether you confine yourself to a particular genre or not.

Sign up here

Alaska: The Edge of You by Theresa Dalayne
California: Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner
Colorado: Thirty-Two Going On Spinster by Becky Monson
Washington DC
Florida: The Gull Motel by Amie Denman
Georgia: The Clock strikes Midnight by Joan C. Curtis
Indiana: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Minnesota: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Montana: Kiss Me, Cowboy by Melissa McClone
New Hampshire
New Jersey: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
New Mexico
New York: The Quickie by James Patterson
North Carolina: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
North Dakota
Ohio: Beloved by Toni Morrison
Oklahoma: The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond
Pennsylvania: Renaissance of the Heart by Lori M. Jones
Rhode Island
Tennessee: Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid 
Texas: Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate Kevin Finn
Virginia: Life Next Door by J.D.Hollyfield
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
West Virginia
Wisconsin: Cash Kills by Nanci Rathbun

create your own personalized map of the USA
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