I’m sneaking in one more post before the end of the year to wrap up my Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt challenge, hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. The goal was to read at least six vintage mysteries published before 1960 (for the gold level, which is the one I participated in) and to find one of the following objects on each book’s cover:
Here are the books I read and the objects I found:
My favorite read for this challenge was Case for Three Detectives, a spot-on parody of three of the most famous detectives of Golden Age fiction! My least favorite was Penhallow, which is relentlessly depressing and also not a good mystery. But overall, I liked what I read for this challenge and look forward to participating in the 2018 vintage mystery challenge as well!
Bout of Books 18 concluded yesterday, and I’m counting my readathon a success! I was hoping to read two books from start to finish, and I did: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley. (I also finished Crosstalk by Connie Willis.) I really enjoyed all three books I read this past week! Additionally, I wanted to participate in at least one Twitter chat, and I ended up doing both. So I’m very happy with my progress and will almost definitely be back for Bout of Books 19 in May. If you participated this time around, what did you read?
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:
Well, another Bout of Books has come and gone! Sadly, I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped — my goal was 1,000 pages, and I only read 226! *blush* But at least I read something, right? I think part of my problem was that I alternated between two sizable books: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which is just a brick, and Frances de Pontes Peebles’ The Seamstress, which is a slow-moving historical saga of 600+ pages. Don’t get me wrong; both books are good — War and Peace, in particular, is a very pleasant surprise! But they couldn’t quite hold my focus for sustained periods of time. I would have been better off with shorter books; then I’m sure I would have gotten a lot closer to my goal. I also participated in almost every challenge, which was fun as always. Looking forward to the next installment of Bout of Books in May! 🙂
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?
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:
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!
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:
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?
The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. This time, it’s THREE days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 24th. Let’s get those reviews done!
This is the perfect event for me, as I am currently nine reviews behind, and I’m hoping to get them all done this weekend! Here are the books I’m planning to review and schedule posts for:
Mhairi McFarlane, Here’s Looking at You
Ellis Peters, The Rose Rent
Ellie Marney, Every Breath
Anna Gavalda, French Leave
Katie Van Ark, The Boy Next Door
Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Annie Barrows, The Truth According to Us
Sharon Cameron, Rook
Kiersten White, Illusions of Fate
I’ll aim to post three reviews per day this weekend, and hopefully by Sunday night I’ll be all caught up!
So, embarrassingly, I only wrote ONE review this weekend, instead of the nine I’d planned! What can I say? I had a lot going on this weekend and just didn’t really have the time. (Plus I have been binge-watching my “Ugly Betty” DVDs.) But I did manage to review Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane, so the weekend wasn’t a total waste, review-wise! Hoping to do better next time!
Wow, this first month of 2015 has just flown by! And with the end of the month comes the end of Jazz Age January, a challenge hosted by Books Speak Volumes in which participants were asked to read at least one book about or set during the 1920s. I only managed to read one book for this challenge — The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine — but I really enjoyed it! I also obtained a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Flappers and Philosophers, which I unfortunately didn’t get around to reading. But maybe now I’ll save it for next year’s challenge! 🙂 Did you participate in Jazz Age January? If so, what did you read?
Participants were asked to read historical fiction from any subgenre: YA, romance, mystery, and fantasy were all fair game. I chose the Ancient History level, which set a goal of 25 books, and here’s what I read:
1. Mary Miley — The Impersonator
2. Julia Quinn — Just Like Heaven
3. Elizabeth Hay — Late Nights on Air
4. Alan Bradley — The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
5. Georgette Heyer — The Spanish Bride
6. Ellis Peters — The Raven in the Foregate
7. Elizabeth Blackwell — While Beauty Slept
8. Kathryn Miller Haines — The Girl Is Murder
9. Hannah March — The Complaint of the Dove
10. Kate Quinn — Mistress of Rome
11. Lauren Owen — The Quick
12. Ismail Kadare — Broken April
13. Sharon Kay Penman — The Sunne in Splendour
14. Juliet Marillier — Blade of Fortriu
15. Jessica Brockmole — Letters from Skye
16. Elizabeth Wein — Rose Under Fire
17. William Ritter — Jackaby
18. Robin LaFevers — Mortal Heart
19. Lauren Willig — That Summer
20. Caryl Brahms & S.J. Simon — No Bed for Bacon
21. Rhys Bowen — Naughty in Nice
22. Baroness Orczy — I Will Repay
23. Sara Gruen — Water for Elephants
24. Jennifer Robson — Somewhere in France
25. Carlos Ruiz Zafón — The Shadow of the Wind
26. Lauren Willig — The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla
27. Ashley Weaver — Murder at the Brightwell
28. Shusaku Endo — Silence
29. Roberto Ampuero — The Neruda Case
30. Diane Setterfield — Bellman & Black
31. Kate Lord Brown — The Beauty Chorus
32. Anthony Doerr — All the Light We Cannot See
33. Rose Lerner — In for a Penny
34. Charles Finch — The Laws of Murder
35. Rhys Bowen — The Twelve Clues of Christmas
36. Kate Ross — The Devil in Music
As always, check out my Review Index page for more info on any of these books. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, so it’s always fun to give myself an excuse to read it! 🙂