Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 What An Animal Reading Challenge List

1. The Doctor's Calling by Stella Bagwell.   This boo`k is bout a vet and his assistant who move to a ranch and set up caring for the ranch's animals.  They each have pets and animals and the care of them are central to this romance.

2.  `Literally Murder (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #4 by Ali Brandon.  Hamlet was the star of a cat video and he is invited to be the star attraction at a cat show in Florida.  One of the things that happens, is that he is catnapped and Darla and Jake have to find who stole him.  He also uses books to give clues to Darla so she can solve the mystery.

3.  By Familiar Means (A Witch's Cat Mystery #2)  by Delia James. Annabelle Britton is an artist wh has decided to make her home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  She has been adopted by a feline familiar named Alistair.  Anna is still learning to be a witch and has joined a coven.  Her Grandma B.B. comes to visit Portsmouth and her old coven.

2017 What An Animal Reading Challenge Sign Up

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 like).  In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that no longer qualifies.  The challenge is for books related to animals and just because theya re in the title or on the cover doesn't mean it's about an animal.

Level 1 - one to six books
Level 2 - seven to twelve books
Level 3- thirteen to twenty books
Level 4- twenty-one and over

I will be trying level 2.

Monday, January 2, 2017

What's in A Name 2017

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!):
  • A number in numbers (84, Charing Cross Road; 12 Years A Slave; 31 Dream Street)
  • A building (The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture The Castle; House Of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it (The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
  • A compass direction (North and South; Guardians Of The West; The Shadow In The North; NW)
  • An item/items of cutlery (The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came From Woolworths)
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration! (The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo’s Calling)
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 I Capture The Castle could be used for ‘a building’ or ‘a title in which at least two words share a first letter’ 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.

My Books:
A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration!:
          Strong Silent SEAL (SEALs of Coronado, #2) by Paige Tyler

  • A compass direction - Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery #4) by Julie Hyzy

Friday, November 25, 2016

Alphabet Soup 2017 Challange

The FiLrst 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.

B   By Familiar Means (A Witch's Cat Mystety #2) by Delia James
C  (A) Churn for the Worse (An Amish Mystery #5) by Laura Bradford
D  (The) Doctor's Calling by Stella Bagwell
L  Literally Murder (A Black Cat Mystery #4) by Ali Brandon
M  Mistletoe Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery # 1)  by Leslie Meier

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cruisin; through the Cozies

This is one of the Goodreads groups that I joined.

Undiplomatic Murder (Capital Crimes #27) by Margaret Truman (Donald Bain)

Last Licks by Claire Donally

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) by Susan Bernhardt

Florist Grump ( A Flower Shop Mystery #17) by Kate Collins

Darned If You Do (A Needlecraft Mystery) by Monica Ferris

Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18) by Kate Collins

Monday, January 4, 2016

Murder Under the Tree

Murder Under the Tree is the 2nd book in the Kay Driscoll Mysteries by Susan Bernhardt.  Kay is a nurse who solves mysteries even when she does not want to be involved.  This book takes place at Christmas time and the tree in the title is a Christmas Tree.

I enhoyed reading this book so much that I read the whole e-book in one sitting.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Welcome to the 2016 What an Animal Reading Challenge IX. I began hosting this challenge in 2010, when I took it over from Kristi at Passion for the Page. I love reading books that feature animals and am going to host this one again. I hope you will join me.

The challenge will begin on January 1st. Read on for more details...

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).

Level 1 - Read at least 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, 2016 to December 31, 2016. That’s a full year to read at least 6 books. 

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)

1. Last Licks (Sunny and Shadow Mystery #3) by Claire Donally  This book also has a cat that comforts those about to die

2. Florist Grump (A Florist Shop Mystery #17)  Seedy is on the cover and finds the murder weapon and has a significant part at the end of the book

3.  Sweet Pepper Hero (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #4)   Hero, a fire dog is on the cover and carries something that is important in the story.

4.  Weekend Warriors by Fern Michaels. Kathryn's dog is always with her and even needs an alibi as much as she does.

5.  Black Cat's Legacy by Elaine Faber. This book qualifies because it has a cat on the cover and Thumper (a Black Cat) is a main character in the book and his thoughts are told. The motel had a black cat for a long time, one appears soon after the one before dies. Thumper is the first other name one of the cats has been given. 

6. Fat Cat Takes the Cake (A Fat Cat Mystery #3) by Janet Cantrell 
7. Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Myster #18) by Kate Collins
8. Faux Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #7) by Sofie Kelly
9. Ripped from the Pages (A Bibliophile Mystery#9) by Kate Carlisle

These all have animals on the cover and talk about the pets in the books.

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