Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 What an Animal List

1.  Pop Goes the Murder (Popcorn Shop Mystery #2) by Kristi Abbott

     Rebecca Anderson owns a poodle named Sprocket.  If Sprocket is not by her side, you know where the dog is and who he is with.  He is Rebecca's sidekick.  Therefore, I am considering this book as a fit for this challenge.

2.  Cat in an Alien X-Ray (Midnight Louie #25) by Carole Nelson Douglas

     Midnight Louis "writes" part of each of his books as well as being there to get information and help the humans in his life stay alive.  I have loved Louie from the first book about him that I read and will be sorry to see the series end.

3.  Classified (The Godmothers #6) by Fern Michaels

   The book has the owners feeding the animals regularly.  When someone is not home, you are told who is caring for the animals.  A foundation is started to take care of animals called Dogs Displaced by Disaster is created by one of the characters.  Another character decides to open The Canine and Feline Cafe.

4.  Circle of Heroes (The Familiars, #3) by Adam Jay Epstein *

      In this book, the animal familiars of humans have to act together to save each other and the humans from being destroyed.  Most of the characters are various animals.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Alphabet Soup 2018 Listing

Here is the list of books I read in 2018.

C Classified (The Godmothers #6)  by Fern Michaels
D  Death by Cashmere (Seaside Knitters #1) by Sally Goldenbaum
 Eaves of Destruction (Fixer-Upper Mystery #5) by Kate Carlisle.
F  Fiction Can Be Murder  by Becky Clark
Lethal in Old Lace (Consignment Shop Mystery #5) by Duffy Brown.
Pop Goes the Murder (Popcorn Shop Mystery #2) by Kristi Abbott
V (A) Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery #1) by Annette Blair
Cat in an Alien X-Ray (Midnight Louis #25) by Carole Nelson Douglas

Saturday, December 23, 2017

2018 What's In A Name Challenge

This is the sign-up post for the eleventh annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued here at The Worm Hole.
The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):
  • The word ‘the’ used twice: The Cats That Chased the Storm (The Cats That #2) by Karen Ann Golden
  • A fruit or vegetable: Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9) by Joanne Fluke
  • A shape : Circle Of Friends (The Familiars, #3) by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
  • A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda)
  • A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood)
  • A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne)
As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.
Extra information
  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my example of The Square Root Of Summer could be used for ‘a shape’ or ‘a season’ but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.
Everything else
On January 1 I’ll publish 7 posts, one for each category and one for your wrap-up post. These posts will be published as WordPress pages and linked to from the What’s In A Name logo on the sidebar. You will be able to post your links to your reviews or leave comments, depending on whether you’re a blogging reader or a non-blogger reader. If you are a blogger, please leave one review per category. You’ll be able to find the gateway post through a link I’ll be adding to the navigation section of my sidebar.
If you have trouble finding a book for a category, have a look at the corresponding page for it here once the challenge has started – readers who’ve already completed the category will have linked to their reviews and added titles that you can look through.
To join the challenge, sign up using the Mr Linky if you’re a blogger, and if you’re not a blogger please email me your details (I’ve had to turn off comments on this post because the spam has become too much). If at any time you have difficulties adding your link, email me at the address on my contact page with your information, and I’ll add it myself.
How to use Mr Linky: put your name and/or your blog’s name in the top box and the URL (web address) of your blog in the second box. If you have a Tumblr or use a Facebook page instead of a blog, use the web address to that instead.
How you link is up to you, but it’s suggested that you include both your name and blog name in the first box.
If you have any suggestions for this year’s challenge, let me know in the comments (again, if you’ve not commented here before the comment will show up after I’ve approved it as part of my site spam moderation).
And remember that you don’t have to sign up today – as the challenge runs until the end of 2018, you can sign up at any time during the year.
Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname2018 (the number included so we don’t get lost amongst various Romeo And Juliet quotes!)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What An Animal 2018

The rules are really simple. I am changing it up a little bit, on...

1. Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)
 It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal. 

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

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, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

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.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

10. To sign up, use the Mister Linky below. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

That's it! Enjoy and have fun!

I will sign up for  level 1 and hope I can do 2.

Cruising Thru Cozies 2018

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.


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)

Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018.

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, 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.

I will be doing Snoop, not sure if I am doing A or B,

I will be keeping track via Goodreads.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

2018 Alphabet Soup

This challenge will run from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018.
You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.
You do not need to link up each spoonful.
Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page.
Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!
It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

The First Main Word Needs To Be

The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.
A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.
B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – Antiques Wanted by Barbara Allan B – Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day C – Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein D- The Diva Cooks Up A Storm by Krista Davis, etc.. 
Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 Alphabet Challenge

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

A   About a Dog (A Bluff Point Romance #1) by Jenn McKinley
  By Familiar Means (A Witch's Cat Mystety #2) 
 (A) Churn for the Worby se (An Amish Mystery #5) by Laura Bradford
D  (The) Doctor's Calling Stella Bagwell
E  Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory (Jeff Resnick Mystery #7) by L.L. Bartlett
F  From Fortune to Family Man by Judy Duarte
G  Gotcha!  by Fern  Michaels
 (To) Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery, #1) by Paige Shelton
I  Irish Creme Killer (INNcredibly Sweet #1) by Summer Prescott
 The Junket by Mike Albo
Kernel of Truth (Popcorn Shop Mystery #1) by Kristi Abbott
L  Literally Murder (A Black Cat Mystery #4) by Ali Brandon
M Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #1)  by Leslie Meier
N  No Cats Allowed ( A Cat in the Stacks Mystery #7) by Miranda James
Off Script by L.L. Bartlett
P  (The) Perfect Paragon (Agatha Raisin, #16) by M.C. Beaton
(The) Quirky Quiz Show Caper (Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries #4)  by Sally Carpenter
Raspberry Ripple Murder (Killer Cupcakes #1) by Abby Byne
S  Strong Silent SEAL by Paige Tyler
T  Twisted Threads (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery #1) by Lea Wait
U Undercover Princess (Royally Wed, #2) by Suzanne Brockmann
V (A) Very ...Pregnant New Year's (36 Hours #16) Silhouette Intimate Moments Number 1047 by Doreen Roberts
W Wicked Fix (Home Repair is Homicide, #3) by Sarah Graves
X  or X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
Y Yews With Caution (Flower Shop Mystery #19) by Kate Collins
Zero-Degree Murder by M.L. Rowland