Happy New Year, everyone! I’m so excited to get started on the 2017 Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt, but before I do that, I should probably post my 2016 wrap-up! Here’s what I read for the 2016 challenge, along with the items I “found” for the scavenger hunt:
1. Georgette Heyer, No Wind of Blame – cigarette
2. Alan Melville, Quick Curtain – performer
3. Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison – bottle of poison
4. Christopher St. John Sprigg, Death of an Airman – plane
5. Alice Tilton, Beginning with a Bash – blunt instrument
6. Georgette Heyer, Envious Casca – brunette
If you also participated in this challenge, don’t forget to add your wrap-up post here!
It’s that time of year again — time to sign up for next year’s challenges! I don’t want to overcommit myself, especially because 2016 was a pretty slow reading year for me, but of course I have to do Bev’s Vintage Mystery Challenge again! Just like last year, the challenge is a scavenger hunt: participants are asked to read at least six vintage mystery novels, and the cover of each book must contain an item on the scavenger hunt list.
As you can see, I’m signing up for the Golden Age challenge (books published before 1960). Click here to learn more about the challenge and to sign up!
I’m pretty late to the party, but autumn is FINALLY on the horizon, which means it’s time for the annual R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge at Stainless Steel Droppings! The challenge simply asks participants to read at least one book that fits within one or more of the following genres:
- Dark Fantasy
The challenge has several tiers depending on how much you feel like reading, and there are also options to watch movies or play games (video or tabletop) that fit into the challenge genres! Personally, I’m going to tackle Peril the First and attempt to read four books.
I’ve already read one mystery in September, The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honigford (review to come). Other potential reads include Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I may also attempt Peril on the Screen by finally checking out “Stranger Things”!
Are you participating in this challenge? If so, what are you planning to read? If not, what kinds of books and movies get you in the mood for Halloween?
Spring has finally begun, which means it’s time for Carl’s annual Once Upon a Time reading event! The challenge runs from March 21 to June 21, and the basic goal is simple: read books that fit within the genres of fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and/or folklore. You can also read short stories, watch movies and TV shows, and play video games that explore these genres. The challenge has several levels, so it’s easy to participate whether you’re planning to read 20 fantasy novels or just one. I’m hoping to read several books this spring that will qualify, but I’m only going to sign up for “The Journey,” which asks me to read at least one book. Some possibilities include: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney, and Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. As a bonus, I may also watch the 1999 version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in June, since it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it. If this challenge sounds exciting to you, be sure to sign up here! And if you’re already planning to participate, what will you be reading?
Since 2015 is now behind us, it’s time to say goodbye to the 2015 Vintage Mystery Bingo challenge at My Reader’s Block. I completed my goal of one straight-line Bingo by filling in the L column with the following books:
- Book set in the entertainment world -> FREE SPACE -> Book set in England/U.S.: Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (set in London)
- Book made into a movie/TV show: John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (most famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935)
- Book with an amateur detective: Dorothy L. Sayers, Unnatural Death (featuring aristocratic sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey)
- Man in the title: E.C. Bentley, Trent’s Last Case (protagonist is Philip Trent)
- Academic mystery: T.H. White, Darkness at Pemberley (first section of the book involves a locked-room murder at Cambridge)
- Involves a mode of transportation: Mavis Doriel Hay, Murder Underground (victim is strangled in a London Underground station)
And for a little bonus, I also read Cyril Hare’s An English Murder, which fits nicely in the “country house mystery” square.
As always, this was a really fun challenge for me. I think the Sayers books and Trent’s Last Case were my favorite reads, but I didn’t really have any clunkers. If you participated in this challenge, did you read any of the same books? What were your favorite reads of the challenge?
So we’re alarmingly close to the end of 2015, which means it’s time to start looking at 2016 challenges! One of my perennial favorites is the vintage mystery challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. For the past few years, the challenge has been a game of Bingo, but this year she’s switching things up: participants must complete a scavenger hunt by finding certain objects on the covers of their books. For more information (and the lists of items), check out the sign-up post! I’m going to do the Golden Age list, but I’ll probably only read the six-book minimum instead of a different book for every single item. Some options include:
- Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
- Georgette Heyer, No Wind of Blame
- Nicholas Blake, A Question of Proof
- Elizabeth Daly, Unexpected Night
- John Bude, The Lake District Murder
- Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton), The Cut Direct
I’ve fallen so far behind on blogging (11 reviews behind, you guys!) that I forgot to do my wrap-up post for R.I.P. X! But better late than never, right? I ended up reading four books that fit within the challenge guidelines, thus completing Peril the First. Here’s what I read:
- Dorothy L. Sayers, Unnatural Death
- Deanna Raybourn, A Curious Beginning
- Rainbow Rowell, Carry On
- Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
I liked all the books, more or less, although A Curious Beginning was probably my least favorite (the heroine was far too modern). Six of Crows was my favorite for sheer entertainment value, and I also liked Carry On more than I was expecting to. Yet another fun year for this challenge, and I’m sure I’ll be participating again next year!
It’s hard to believe, but this year marks the 10-year anniversary of Carl’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge! This year, it’s being hosted by The Estella Society, but it’s still the same gothic, spooky, autumnal reading event we know and love! The idea behind this event is to read at least one book that fits within the following genres between September 1 and October 31:
- Dark fantasy.
- Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
I’m not a big horror reader, so I’m planning to focus on mysteries and dark fantasy for my R.I.P. reading. Possible books include A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn, A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire, Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers, and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. What are you going to read for R.I.P. X? Any great, atmospheric (but not too scary!) reads that I should try?
If you’re interested in joining R.I.P. X, click here for more info and to sign up!
Well, I forgot to mention that the Once Upon a Time IX event at Stainless Steel Droppings ended last Sunday, June 21! The challenge was to read at least one book within the genres of fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and/or folklore. I committed to reading one book but actually read three:
- Juliet Marillier, Dreamer’s Pool
- Kiersten White, Illusions of Fate
- Naomi Novik, Uprooted
I really enjoyed all of these books, but Uprooted is the standout — it will undoubtedly end up on my top 10 books of the year! I haven’t had a chance to write my review yet, but trust me: if you like fairytale-inspired fantasy with a kickass heroine and a slow-burning romance, you should definitely read this book!
If you participated in this challenge, what books did you read? Which were your favorite and least favorite? Did you discover any great new authors or books to recommend?
It’s officially the first day of spring, which means it’s time for Carl’s annual Once Upon a Time Challenge! The “rules” are simple: Read at least one book that fits within the genre of fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, or folklore. You can choose to read from all four genres or just one, short stories or novels, one book or 100. There’s even a “Quest on Screen” for people who want to watch movies and TV shows that fit within these genres!
Personally, though, I’m only committing to one book. I have Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier from the library, and I’m looking forward to reading it within the next few weeks. After that, I’ll just see what happens — although I suspect I may end up adding a few more books to my total. 🙂 Are you participating in this event? If so, what are you planning to read?