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Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall Winter Mystery Reading Challenge

Welcome to my first hosting of a reading challenge and boy am I excited! Since I love reveling in the seasons I thought a reading challenge that at the same time helps us to get into the seasons we tend to rush through would be nice.

*  This reading challenge runs October 1 - February 28

Suspense or police procedures and the entire menagerie under the mystery genre are all available for the challenge.

1 Paranormal or gothic mystery for Halloween (level of spookiness up to you)
2 Autumn/harvest/Thanksgiving related mystery
2 Winter/snow/Xmas//Hanukah etc related mystery
1 resolutions/new begininngs related mystery
1 Romantic mystery/Valentine's related (chocolate, February...) (level of romantic up to you)

Total of 7 books in all over 5 months for 1.4 book per month.  Hopefully not a burden of a reading challenge while adding a little seasonal fun.

 * Cross overs / overlaps to other challenges are okay and the more you can utulize your TBR stack the better.

*  Sign up below with Mr Linky, if you like. If you don't have a blog then post your list of books here in the comments and return to share what you finished.

*  If you have given the book you chose a good chance and you just can't finish it, feel free to pick a new one.

*  Those who complete the challenge get a Badge of Completion that can be posted on their blog or website and entered for a random drawing for one of ten Challenge winners bookmarks to be given away!!

*  Prize restrictions - bookmarks will only mailed within the U.S.
Random drawing winners will have 2 weeks from prize notification to provide a mailing address.  If a mailing address is not provided then a new person will be drawn and notified.

*  The books I am planning to read for the Fall Winter Mystery Reading Challenge are:

1. Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey  DONE
2. Milwaukee Autumns Can Be Lethal by Kathleen Barret The Fall Hunt by Joanne Clarey DONE
3. The Thanksgiving Day Murder by Lee Harris Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy  DONE
4. In the Dead of Winter by Nancy Mehl  Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn DONE

5. Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle  The Oxygen Murder by Camille Minichino DONE

6. Dying to Be Thin by Kathryn Lilley  DONE
7. A Catered Valentine's Day by Iris Crawford  Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton DONE
As you can see I have revised my list already

Feel free to use the graphic in this post for your blogs and please link it back to this post as well.  I am looking forward to hearing from all of you on how you are doing in the challenge.  Let's enjoy the season together!

 Comments are coming in as to how everyone did.  It looks as though Jo read all 7 (plus some extra credit.)  I will give (3) handmade bookmarks to be awarded to the top participants in the challenge.  Of course I will need to get mailing addresses to send the bookmarks to. 

Badge for Jo and anyone who read all 7 out of 7 in the challenge:

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PiperML said...

I'm looking forward to this challenge, but am not sure what a resolutions/new beginings mystery would be?


A.F. Heart said...


I looked at what are typical new years resolutions - like loosing weight. So the book I chose was "Dying to be Thin".

But New Years is also about new beginnings so there are mysteries where the main character is starting over in their life: changed careers, moved to a new location, recently divorced or widowed etc.

I hope that helped explain that category a bit better. :-)

PiperML said...

Thanks! That helped a bunch!

Charlotte Graves, Widow said...

I am really excited to start the reading challenge. I love these because it helps me get motivated to make the time to read. I am going to be starting Angel's Advocate for October after eading the review on here. It seems right up my alley. Happy reading!


A.F. Heart said...

Welcome to the challenge and I am so glad you are joining us! I am equally happy that the review of Angel's Advocate was helpful for you.

Although Angel's Advocate is book #2 in the series, so you might like to start with book #1 "Defending Angels" which is equally good but helps to explain how she got the gig as a Celestial Lawyer.

I look forward to hearing from you and finding out what books you read and how you liked them.

AF Heart

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

THis one looks like a good one.


Grilsgood said...

I just lvoe mysteries and have read nearly 100 this year already

A.F. Heart said...

Michelle and Grilsgood,

I am tickled you joined the challenge! Yes this should be lots of fun. Mystery lovers of the world - come together in reading pleasure :-)


Faith said...

Hi, Im new to blogging and am excited to join this challange and track my progress on my blog! This challenge is right up my ally.


A.F. Heart said...


Welcome to the challenge - so glad you could join us.

Since you have a blog, the "Mr. Linky" sign-up is also available to you. All you do is put your name and the address to your blog to use it.

Or just come back and leave comments as to how you are doing on the challenge so we all get to cheer you on!

AF Heart

Faith said...

Thanks for the note.. I have signed up above. I'm number 5! :-)


April said...

I just stumbled across your blog and LOVE it!! This sounds like a fun challenge and I just may have to join in!!

A.F. Heart said...

Welcome, welcome! I like your blog too. I saw you had joined and just looked over your blog too.

Yes, the reading challenge is meant to be fun and add to the holiday enjoyment!

I will be having a few give aways shortly so stay tuned. I am having fun and hoping the readers area as well.

Jen said...

Hi I just ran across your challenge after viewing "A Novel Challenge" and it sounded like one I definately could complete so here I am. lol Thanks for hosting it!

A.F. Heart said...

Welcome GFDesignz! So glad you found us here and joined the challenge. We are all having fun with this I am sure.

AF Heart

A.F. Heart said...


We are nearing the end of this reading challenge. How is everyone doing on it?

Any books you would like leave a comment that you particularly liked?

Chime in now in the last few days.

AF Heart

Faith said...

I am 4 books short. I started out strong but in the end I came up missing the following:

2 Autumn/harvest/Thanksgiving related mystery -
2 Winter/snow/Xmas/Hannukah etc related mystery -

I tried!

Jo said...

I'm having trouble with the New Year's one. I suppose following your example I could use Throw Darts at a Cheesecake could count for a resolution, but since I don't actually make resolutions... I'm hesitant (Then again, what choice do I have? It's either that or don't finish.)

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I got 5 out of 7 read! I missed my New Years choice and valentine's choice.

I just wrote a post about it today!

Thanks for the great challenge.

A.F. Heart said...

Well so far it looks like Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) is in the lead...

Has anybody else beaten Michelle's 5/7 record???

Jo said...

Okay, I've decided Throw Darts at a Cheesecake counts as a mystery about resolutions.

My wrap up post can be found here.

A.F. Heart said...
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A.F. Heart said...


I have declared you the winner.
I have posted the badge for you to display on your site, please link it back to me.

Please send me your mailing address (send to: mysterysuspense1 at gmail dot com) so I can mail your bookmark to.

Tenia F is first runner up and Michelle (Red Headed Book Child)is second runner up. Please send me your mailing addresses ( send to: mysterysuspense1 at gmail dot com) as well. You will receive bookmarks as well.

I haven't made the bookmarks yet, so give me a little time.

Thank you so much for your support.

Don't forget to vote for this blog in the Blogger Choice Awards:


I appreciate it!
A.F. Heart

Faith said...

Congrats to the winners.. I only had 3/7 complete.

A.F. Heart said...

Hi everyone,

I am starting a new reading challenge on Monday so check back. I hope you enjoy this next reading challenge, I think I am.

A.F. Heart

A.F. Heart said...

Okay fellow readers,

the Historical Mystery Reading Challenge has been posted here:

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