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
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

Y Yews With Caution (Flower Shop Mystery #19) by Kate Collins

Sunday, July 2, 2017

What's in A Name 2017 Final

My Books: 

The last was the hardest to find.

  • A compass direction - Buffalo West Wing (A White House Chef Mystery #4) by Julie Hyzy
  • A building = The Secret of the Ice Castle by SeriesDude
  • A  title with an "x" in it - Wicked Fix (Home Repair is Homicide #3) by Sarah Graves
  • A number in numbers- 3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder (The Sleuth Sisters Mystery #2)  by Maggie Pill
  • 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 title which has ‘an item or items of cutlery’:  Forks, Book One by a.e. davis

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Secret of the Ice Castle

The Secret of the Ice Castle by SeriesDude is fan fiction based on the Dana Girls Stories.  It can be found on wattpad.  It has 21 chapters and it a complete book.  Since the requirements say in any format, I will consider this to be the equivalent of an e-book.  I believe SeriesDude is a friend that loves series books and has written other fan fiction.

It is well written, stays true to the Dana Girl Stories and has a realistic ending.  If anyone is interested in reading this they can join wattpad and choose it for their library.

Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 What An Animal Reading Challenge List

2017 What An Animal Reading Challenge List

 1.   The Doctor's Calling by Stella Bagwell.  This is the story of Laurel Stanton and Dr. Russ Hollister. Dr. Hollister decides to be the vet on the Cantrell ranch vs having his own practice. He decides to take Laurel with him. He realizes that he is in love with her and they have intercourse. She is 30 and it is her first time. She really just wants to have an affair. He does all he can to convince her to be his wife. Will he succeed.
      The cover shows a calf. Laurel and Russ mention their pets and tell about the animals they work with which makes this suitable for the Animal challenge.

  2.  Literally Murder (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #4) by Ali Brandon.  Hamlet becomes the star of a U-Tube video. The bookstore is having a Coffee Bar added to it. So it is a great time for Darla and Jake to agree to come to a cat show and have Hamlet center stage. After the show, they will stay with Jake's mother who lives in Florida.
     At the show, Hamlet is cat-napped and then a man is murdered in another's room. Hamlet helps find out who did the deed.

3.  By Familiar Means (A Witch's Cat Mystery #2)  by Delia James. Annabelle Britton is an artist who 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.

4. 3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder (The Sleuth Sisters #2) by Maggie Pill;  The 2 dogs are mentioned in many chapters of this book.  They even play a part in saving the lives of the Sleuths.

5.  About a Dog (A Bluff Point Romance #1) by Jenn McKinley.  Mac Harris finds a dog,  She takes it to the Vet, who is her best friend's brother and her "date" for her friend's wedding.  The dog brings them together in unexpected ways.  The book is about their romance and how the dog plays a part in the romance.

6. No Cats Allowed (Cat in the Stacks #7) by Miranda James.  Diesel, the main coon goes almost every where that Charlie Harris goes so he is a large part of this book.  There is a dog named Dante that comes to visit and becomes part of the household.

 7.  Familiar Trouble (Familiar Legacy #1) by Carolyn Haines.  Getting out of trouble is really what Trouble, the black cat, seems to do. He helps his human, Tammy Lynn, when she needs him the most. He loves Sherlock Holmes
     A black cat, a bookstore owner and a cop determined to find a serial killer. These are the main characters in Familiar Trouble.
     Trouble is definately a main character in this book and it qualifies for the animal challenge. It is also the Cat Lovers book for September. I had bought the book before it was mentioned as being free by the group.

7.  Plot Boiler (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #5)  by Ali Brandon.  Hamlet helps the humans to find two bodies.  He also gets two books off the shelves to help Darla solve the mystery.  He also manages to help save a life.

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 title winot 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.