A RIEDEL Clue ~ One

A RIEDEL Clue

 

I hereby launch the first activity for “My Kind Of Mystery” guests:
A RIEDEL Clue!  You may join right up until February 28, 2015.

RIEDEL challenges are about interacting together, in a fun outlet with prizes shared internationally.  They consist of treats from here at home, options that I hope appeal to everyone.  :)  Book taste is so personalized.  I also like the reward of contests that aren’t random.

A RIEDEL Clue gives you 2 days to catch my post.  Alert me, by e-mail, if you have solved it:  AlyshaeB[at]hotmail[dot]com.  Don’t post any guesses in the comment box.  Success swings to those who have a leg up first!

You may use the comment box to request:  “Hint Please” and also chat to your heart’s content.  If 48 hours elapse without a winner, a hint will ensue.  The subsequent round will then be granted 2 days.  If a round garners more than one winning answer, a draw shall be conducted among those.

I am in North American central standard time.
You have 48 hours to solve this riddle, or request a hint, starting…  NOW!

****  CONCLUDED.  I HAD FUN WITH OUR PLAYERS!  ****

 

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WHICH AUTHOR SHOWED AN INTEREST IN THE FAIRY HOAX?
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Cottingley Fairies 1920

 

RIEDEL Clue #1 was answered correctly by every e-mail entrant!
The winner is:  RACHELLE LERNER!  Congratulations!

 

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THE ANSWER IS:  SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
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Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle 1929

Read the 1917 story of Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright.
I learned of the cousins in a 1997 film, “Fairy Tale:  A True Story”.

Frances Griffiths, Elsie Wright

Fairy Tale A True Story 1997

 

PRIZES ARE:
{Door #1}  A used book.  I can e-mail a PDF list.
{Door #2}    A quartet of Canadian postcards.
{Door #3}  A packet of pumpkin planting seeds.

What is “A RIEDEL Clue”?

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RIEDEL Challenges “FAQ”

Get ready…  set…  go!  The RIEDEL challenge trio begins today!
If you’re curious about fitting your reading into any of my themes;  sign-up any old time.  You have until February 28, 2015 to finish the level of your choice.  I hereby launch, with an “FAQ list” of my twist on these festivities!

  

WHY DO I JOIN & HOST READING CHALLENGES?

Our Library Dec-2012 photo OurLibraryDec-2012.jpg

 

The photograph you see is of our home library.  Under the short roof to the right is a workshop.  Otherwise, this is a lounge…  comprised entirely of unread books!!!!  About 44 yearly challenges provide fun ways to augment my reading.  I don’t see a dent.  If your physical or electronic collection is anything close to mine, run to my sign-up button with great speed!  There are options for 10 books and fewer, too.

 

The Stars Of Riedel Cards 

ARE THERE PRIZES?

Yes!  Internationally.  I have a fun assortment of treats to award winners.  Used books, postcards, my line of greeting cards, my portraits, local alternative rock CDs, even plant seeds!  Spring gardening is neigh in many places of the world.  We’ll have activities all along, as well as a 2015 finalist for each group.

 

~ MOST CHALLENGES RUN JAN 1-DEC 31 ~

 Yes, which is why I’d best not add traffic near Christmas.
I endeavour to keep new year’s eve plans for a change.  Q;-)=

 

 

~ “EASY” IS THE NAME OF THE GAME ~

 Except a few special categories out there, I feel picky rules impede reading.  I make one request of non-adult books in “My Kind Of Mystery” and omit one topic in “Ethereal”.  Otherwise, absolutely anything goes.  I don’t care if you borrow, download, are gifted from authors;  if they’re the size of a pamphlet, or you acquired them yesterday.  I don’t require blog subscription and you may count eligible reading as of February 1, 2014, no matter when you join my fold.

  

~ A FRESH SPIN ON REVIEWS ~

 Don’t be afraid of reviews.  If you write one sentence at the location of your choice;  it’s good enough for me to generate an URL and link it up.  The same for sign-ups.  I prefer a direct post for my challenge but accept any public link.  (I.e.  I’m not on ‘facebook’ and it doesn’t open without membership).  This tracks how many are joining us, at a glance.

I’ve given thought to the way reviews land.  Instead of a general melting pot or divvying into months, “My Kind Of Mystery” is semi-alphabetized by author!  Even more fun, “Ethereal” is grouped into broad categories, like “Spirits & Ethereal Places”!  I hope you like this fresh way to browse, resulting in a database.
~ MY KIND OF MYSTERY Reviews ~
~ ETHEREAL Reviews ~
~ GENTLE SPECTRUMS Reviews ~
 

~ STAYING IN TOUCH ~

 I’m on a rural dial-up connection;  surprising but true!  Bells & whistles make it hard to load sites.  The same difficulty arises if blogs add a ‘capcha’ or approval screen, instead of putting comments straight through.  Even if I visit your blog, it’s easiest to reply at mine.  You may e-mail too.  “Gentle Spectrums” has an accompanying ‘Goodreads’ group, due to photo-based contests.  Count on me to answer.  I cherish my subscribers and guests.  Join me!

 

Sincerely, Carolyn Of “RIEDEL Fascination”.

Babies Lawnchair Oct 2010

~ Join “Ethereal” ~
~ Join “Gentle Spectrums” ~
~ Join “My Kind Of Mystery” ~

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Firsts & Seconds 2014

This is a pair of literary themes that are my favourites.  As a matter of fact when the originator, Katy, didn’t host in 2013;  I was determined to take up the reins but glad to find Darlene did.  Belatedly in 2014, she has renewed them.  I plan my reading around my first and second foray with authors’s works and this is a nice place to lay those excursions out.  Please enjoy my reading selections this year.  By the looks of my list, I’ll reach straight ahead for “Series Expert” and “A Full Plate“.

I’ll include Darlene’sMammoth Book” theme herein.  The original “chunkster” group invites audio books but is adult-only.  “Chunkster” allows compilations, whereas this one doesn’t.  I’ll tell you what;  if I get around to reading anything past 450 pages, kids’ or otherwise, you bet I want a place for it to count!  I’ll start with “The Walrus“.  Let’s see how I tackle uncharacteristically long novels.

 

 

 Series Novice:  05 first.
Series Lover:  10 firsts.
Series Expert:  20 first.
Series Fanatic:  30 first.

 

A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
(6)  “Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003

“Through The Door”  Jodi McIsaac  2012
“The Secret Portrait”  Lillian Stewart Carl  2006
“Death Of A Gossip”  Marion C. Beaton  1985
“Caught Dead In Philadelphia”  Gillian Roberts  1987
“The Cold Blue Blood”  David Handler  2001
“The Pink Hot Farmhouse”  David Handler  2002
“Whose Body?”  Dorothy L. Sayers  1923
“Scone Cold Dead”  Kaitlyn Dunnett  2008
“The Ghost Belonged To Me”  Richard Peck  1976 

 

 Just A Spoonful:  05 seconds.
A Few More Bites:  10 seconds.
A Full Plate:  20 seconds.
All You Can Eat:  30 seconds.

 

The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011
 “Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008
What The Witch Left”   Ruth Chew   1973
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
11) “The Doll In The Garden”  Mary Downing Hahn  1989

“The Curse Of The Pharaohs”  Elizabeth Peters  1981
“Into The Fire”  Jodi McIsaac  2013
“Uninvited Ghost”  E.J. Copperman  2011
“Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy L. Sayers  1926
“The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1970
“The Ghost Belonged To Me”  Richard Peck  1976

 

 

 

The Walrus:  03 mammoth-size
Hippopotamus:  06 mammoths
White Rhinoceros:  9 mammoth
African Elephant:  12 mammoth

 

“The Midnight Side”  Natasha Mostert  2000
“The Tommyknockers”  Stephen King  1988
“The Winter Sea”  Susanna Kearsley  2008
“Whispers In The Sand”  Barbara Erskine  2000
“The Falls”  Ian Rankin  2001
“Light A Penny Candle”  Maeve Binchy  1982

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Guilty, Out Of This World, British.

Nina is a person I enjoy very much, who is studying medicine.  Bulgaria will be very blessed to have such a friendly, kind person as a doctor!  Here are both of her very inventive reading challenges.  It is my second time with “Guilty Reads” and the premiere of “Out Of This World“.
I shall also revisit “Brisith Authors” here, with Sarah for a second time.

 

 Free Like An Angel  –  01-05
I Am But A Human  -  05-10
Book List Is Long  -  10-20

 

This is about categorizing reasons for yourself;  why you were reluctant to dive in to a book.  I’m reaching for Nina’s highest level again because I have several.  I gather novels in bulk.  When I check my shelves, sometimes they look a ways out of my preferences, or too political.  I have been very pleasantly surprised many times and look forward to delighting in such discoveries again.

The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Gift Of The Frost Fairy”  Sheila J. Bleeks  1976
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
Then Came Two Women”  Charlotte Armstrong  1962
Iggy’s House”  Judy Blume  1970
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond”  Elizabeth George Speare  1958
 “Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002

 

 •  Visit via books as many places out of this world as possible!  Other planets and stars, worlds like Middle Earth, parallel worlds, dream worlds, distant future and distant past (I am talking dinos here.  Not the 80s) and so on.
•It can be just a visit to this place.  Even if only part of the book is set there.

 

1.  A Few Steps Away – 05 places to visit
2.  Over The Rainbow – 10 places to visit
3.  No One Has Been Before – 15 places
4.  Above And Beyond – 25 places to visit
5.  Out Of This World – 40 places to visit

 

I will challenge myself to 10, “Over The Rainbow“.  I will certainly be happy to up the anti if my novels contain more surreal places after all.

The Gift Of The Frost Fairy”  Sheila J. Bleeks  1976
What The Witch Left”  Ruth Chew  1973
Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969
The Monsters Within”  Corvus Winchester  2013
The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
Elsewhere”  William Peter Blatty  1999
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
The Scariest Stories You’ve Ever Heard”  Mark Mills  1988

 

 

All we need are 12 books but this time, not set in the United Kingdom.  We are experiencing authors of British birth or residence.  I like plenty of them, some of the very best literary contributors and entertainers in the world.  Here are my ideas!

 

Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
“Death Of A Gossip”  Marion C. Beaton  1985
“Death Of A Cad”  Marion C. Beaton  1986
“The Gabriel Hounds”  Mary Stewart  1967
“Whispers In The Sand”  Barbara Erskine  2000
“Whose Body?”  Dorothy L. Sayers  1923
“Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy L. Sayers  1926
“Death Island”  Robert Sutherland  1994
“If Two Are Dead”  Robert Sutherland  1997

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Prequel-Sequel, Series, Bingo.

 1 point for each novella
2 points for each full-length
10 points for completing a full series
This group feels 3 volumes comprise “a series”.

 Newbie  10-25 points
Amateur  25-50 points
Advanced  51-75 points
Professional  76-100
Veteran  101+ points

 

This is a great take on series groups, similar to one I liked last year that isn’t re-running (“Books In A Series”).  Instead of grouping a whole, we scrounge together novels from any series we wish.  In this case, they are awarded points;  which is wonderful because it makes an incentive to incorporate volumes from long ones.  I won’t finish Nancy Atherton, Kate Kingsbury, Agatha Christie for some time to come but will earn points from them.  I foresee achieving “Amateur” at least.

The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  —-  (2)
Vampires Of Ottawa”  Eric Wilson  —-  (2)
The Green Gables Detective”  Eric Wilson  —-  (2)
Code Red At The Supermall”  Eric Wilson  —-  (2)
Aunt Dimity Digs In”  Nancy Atherton  —-  (2)
The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  —-  (2)
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane  —-  (2)
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”  Mildred A. Wirt  —-  (2)
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010  —-  (2)
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011  —-  (2+10)
Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011  —-  (2)
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  —-  (2)
Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  —-  (2)
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  —-  (2)
Terror In Winnipeg”  Eric Wilson  —-  (2)
Cold Midnight In Vieux Québec”  Eric Wilson  —-  (2)
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  —-  (2)
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  —-  (2)
(20)  “The Ghost & The Dead Deb” Alice Kimberly  —-  (2)

“The Fire-Dwellers”  Margaret Laurence  1968
“A Bird In The House”  Margaret Laurence  1970
“The Diviners”  Margaret Laurence  1974

 

 

 

¦ If the series isn’t complete yet, read up to the most recent.
¦ The series has at least 2 books prior to December 1st, 2014.

1-3 series  ~ Bronze Badge
4-6 series  ~ Silver Badge
7-11 series  ~ Gold Badge
12+ series  ~ Platinum Badge

Herein, a duology comprises a series, which allows me to declare “Silver” as my attainment level.  May I say, I appreciate bloggers who don’t require that you subscribe to them in order to win at their festivities.  I find that a bit crass and elected not to join other challenges in view of that.  “Octavia” is direct.  I look forward to playing with you!

I completed 2 series thus far.
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011

“Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003
Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008 
The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
“The Fire-Dwellers”  Margaret Laurence  1968
“A Bird In The House”  Margaret Laurence  1970
“The Diviners”  Margaret Laurence  1974 

 

 

 

I’m trying a very new concept.  ‘Kristilyn’ defines “new release” as 2014.  Today, it has only existed ten days.  2012 novels are rare enough in my collection at present.  This hostess kindly permits re-writing the board, therefore my newness will be 2012 upward.  If squares of “five” etc mean that quantity, the bingo entails more books than I thought.  I think I’ll do famously.  :)

 ~ SERIES ~
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
Aunt Dimity Digs In”  Nancy Atherton  1995
Vampires Of Ottawa”  Eric Wilson  1984
The Green Gables Detective”  Eric Wilson  1987
Code Red At The Supermall”  Eric Wilson  1988
The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008
(15)  “Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002

****  FINISHED THIS LINE  ****

~ MIX IT UP ~
What The Witch Left”  Ruth Chew  1973
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
The Tomorrow-Tamers”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
“Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
“Pleasing The Ghost”  Sharon Creech  1996
“Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003

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Translation, South, Non-Fiction.

 

For A Beginner:  01-03
Conversationalist:  04-06
I Am Trilingual!:  07-09
I Am A Linguist:  10-12

 

I truly am a linguist but the great diving I do into fiction hasn’t left time for translated works.  However I’m going to strive for “Conversationalist” at the very least and may rise.  I own an ample supply of foreign works and have noticed that more English novels are translated than we might be aware.

 

Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe” Russell Hoban 1969
The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
“The Road Past Altamont”  Gabrielle Roy  1966
“Wildflower”  Gabrielle Roy  1970
“The Alchemist”  Paul Coelho  1988

 

 

 

 

C’mon into the house!   1 book
Pull up a seat, stay a while!  2 books
Have a glass of tea, honey.  3 books
Y’all come back, y’hear!  4 books

North Carolina ~ South Carolina ~ Virginia ~ West Virginia ~ Louisiana ~Florida ~ Kentucky ~ Tennessee ~ Mississippi ~ Texas ~ Alabama ~ Arkansas ~ Georgia ~

 

Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
“Grey Stones”  Antonia Lamb  1966
“Rosemary’s Witch”  Ann Turner  1991

 
I’m far from the USA south but own a great deal of fiction in those vivid settings and enjoy it.  I will happily commit to “Y’all come back, y’hear” and venture to suggest that this highly creative hostess raise the bar!  :)

 

 

 

Dilettante  01-5
Explorer  06-10
Seeker  11-15
Master  16-20

 

Mysteries and paranormal, often fictional, are my mainstays.  However non-fiction arises across my reading and I’m pleased to have a flexible place in which to allocate it.  Put me up for “Dilettante” but please re-visit and stay tuned for the feasible possibility of me ranging higher.

 

“That Quail, Robert”  Margaret A. Stanger  1966
“On The Way Home”  Laura Ingalls Wilder  1962
“West From Home”  Laura Ingalls Wilder  1974

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Real Book Challenge!

 

Real Book Newbie  1-10
Book Enthusiast  11-20
Real Book Snob  21-30
Book Aficionado  31-40
Real Book Hoarder  41-50
Real Book Queen!  50+

 

I’m glad I found this circle, because it’s everything I believe in and fits me to a T!  I support and respect physical, paper books;  stopping myself from the words “real books” only to avoid offense to others.  I’ve never felt this wonderful hobby should be digitized, when so few pastimes don’t depend on a computer or electricity as a whole.  I very recently composed an article explaining why real books are the only form I will ever read.  I welcome you to understand my love for them.

This reading challenge is the easiest for me on the face of the planet.  I accept the quest of “Real Book Queen!” without blinking!  I thank the hostesses for rolling out the red carpet for all who share the tangible, time-crossing passion.  http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/physicalbooksmattertome/

Note to the girls, since I don’t see a comment box.  A monthly post doesn’t work for me, with book activities already dominating my blog.  I have readers and articles outside of literature.  What I’ll do is keep this whole page, rather than sharing as usual.  I’ll link this URL at every check-in but mark down months, to show when my books have been read.  Sound good?


I wish our very dear Marigold a happy fourth birthday!
She’s a wonderful cat and mother of our four grown kitties.
We love you very much, Marigold!
Happy birthday to you today!

Marigold Paperback Jan-15-13

 

~ JANUARY LINK-UP ~

The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
The Monsters Within”  Corvus Winchester  2013
Elsewhere”  William Peter Blatty  1999
Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
(10)  “Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011

 

~ FEBRUARY LINK-UP ~

Witch In The House”  Ruth Chew  1975
Then Came Two Women”  Charlotte Armstrong  1962
Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
Vampires Of Ottawa”  Eric Wilson  1984
The Green Gables Detective”  Eric Wilson  1987
Iggy’s House”  Judy Blume  1970
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond”  Elizabeth George Speare  1958
The Scariest Stories You’ve Ever Heard”  Mark Mills  1988
Aunt Dimity Digs In”  Nancy Atherton  1995
(20)  “Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008

Code Red At The Supermall”  Eric Wilson  1988
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Gift Of The Frost Fairy”  Sheila J. Bleeks  1976
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
What The Witch Left”   Ruth Chew   1973
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
Terror In Winnipeg”  Eric Wilson  1979
Cold Midnight In Vieux Québec”  Eric Wilson  1989
(30)  “The Mystery Of Pony Hollow”  Lynn Hall  1978

 

~ MARCH LINK-UP ~

The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005

“Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
“Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
(40)  “Pleasing The Ghost”  Sharon Creech  1996
“Time For Andrew”  Mary Downing Hahn  1994
“My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne Du Maurier  1951
“The Doll In The Garden”  Mary Downing Hahn  1989

“Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003

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Key Word, Motif, & Middle.

Hello from the throes of Carolyn’s challenge extravaganza!  Not the trio I launch February 1, 2014.  The slough in which this year will find me competing!  With myself.  That’s the form of competition I love.  Okay, I don’t mind a smidgen if I blow ranks out of the water and turn heads.  Multiple challenges are very much like a chess game:  seeing how many one book will fit.  If it were about who reads fastest or has time to read most, it wouldn’t be fun.  There is skill, planning, and selection involved and I’ve taken to these festivities like a duck to water.  Watch my posts and cheer me on, will you?  :)

I aim to finish what I start.  To succeed to the tune of 30-40, picky groups wouldn’t do.  Thus I strode past “key word” types before.  This will be my third year playing literary games however, so I stopped to examine them.  Neither the key words nor motifs are difficult.  They are expansive, granting much choice.  I’m excited to dive in.  My mind is whirling with what I might include in these remarkably inventive categories.  Happy new year, lady of “Key Word” and “Monthly Motif“!  I’d love to know if you picked them out of a pail, or sat down to brainstorm.

 

 

 JAN-  ANGEL, Secret, Clock, Black, Day, Wild
FEB-  Her, Life, Night, Red, Dark, ISLAND
MAR-  Forever, Inside, Storm, Sky, FLOWER, Stay
APR-  Star, Light, Never, Princess, Break, Clear
MAY-  Dawn, Death, End, Lost, Beautiful, AND
JUN-  Colour, Beyond, Found, Place, Grave, Road
JUL-  Crash, Ship, Prince, Whisper, Sun, Of
AUG-  Forgotten, Down, True, Run, Danger, Me
SEP-  Number, Take, Shadow, Ice, Who, After
OCT-  Ocean, Blood, Still, Out, The, Fate
NOV-  Into, Sound, Blue, House, My, Last
DEC-  Kiss, Fire, Ruin, White, Promise, Infinity.

The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
“The Moonflower”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1958
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
 

 

 

 Jan – Around The World
Different country than that in which you live, author from a different country.
Feb – Award Winner
Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award.
Mar -  Fairy tales or fairy creatures
Read a fairy tale, a re-telling, or a book with fey/fairies in it.
Apr – Short & Sweet
Read a collection of short stories or anthologies.
May – Mystery, Murder, & Mayhem
A mystery, dies of mysterious causes, a mystery must be solved.
June -  A Long Journey
Characters take a trip, go on a quest, are on a journey toward something.
July – Assassins, Warriors, & Rebels
Main character is one of these things, or fights against one of these things. 
Aug – Alternate Reality
Set in the future, another planet, another dimension, in an unknown world.
Sep – Book To Film
Has a movie based off of it.  For an extra challenge, see the movie as well.
Oct – The Witching Hour
This year include a ‘witchy’ book in your scary reads – about or has witches.
Nov – An oldie but a goodie!
Published before 2000 you’ve wanted to read.  Or pick a book set in the past.
Dec – That’s a wrap!
Finish a series you’ve been meaning to finish, or the next book in a series.

 

The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
The Gift Of The Frost Fairy”  Sheila J. Bleeks  1976
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
What The Witch Left”  Ruth Chew  1973
Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969 

 

 

 

This young lady in the United States came up with a concept I like very much.  At first, I mistook “Middle” to mean ‘middle grade age’.  I looked again but passed, perceiving chunkster-length.  I considered thrice and understood.  It features books from average size to low-range chunkster.  I have ample candidates for 300-450 pages and delightedly join ‘Rachel’s’ fold.  Please watch for those candidates I add:  “Leafing Through“.

 

LEVELS:
Leafing Through  05
Cruising Through  10
Fly Through Pages  15
Never Stop Reading  20

 

 “Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011
The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
“My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne DuMaurier  1951

“The Curse Of The Pharaohs”  Elizabeth Peters  1981
“Come Like Shadows”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1993
“The Vines Of Yarrabee”  Dorothy Eden  1969

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Ireland, One-Hundred, & Off!

I wonder why original hostess, Carrie, deleted reviews and comments collected for her long-running theme?  I loved being a part of it twice.  I hoped someone new would take the reins and spotted the new post today!  May we all enjoy Irish reading this 2014.  Hey, there was no way I was going to read a whole bunch of 450+ page Maeve Binchy novels without making them count in all of the right groups!  I’ll say “Shamrock” for now but I’m known to pleasantly surprise all of my efforts.

 

The Shamrock ~ 04
Luck O’ The Irish ~ 06
Kiss Blarney Stone ~ 08
Level Ceilidh ~ 10+

 

The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
“Through The Door”  Jodi McIsaac  2012
“Light A Penny Candle”  Maeve Binchy  1982

  

 

Once I pondered something unusual I wanted to do, which cost a bit of money.  In an unusual philosophic moment of wisdom, my fiancé encouraged me with the most eloquent answer.  He’s right.  “You are solely guaranteed to lose if you don’t try at all”.  Many read in excess of 100 books annually.  For a wide variety of reasons including habit, I read at night.  However by the end of 2013 I squeezed in 100!  If I don’t reach that number every time, so what?  As a new hostess myself February 1, 2014;  I’m sure “Freda” has the same view.  She’s merely thrilled to have people join.  I hope you enjoy my titles all along.

  

 

These same books are going to go towards the creation by a lovely Australian, Bonnie.  Watch my progress additionally geared for “Off The Shelf 2014“!  Aha;  this time I got the right lists on the same post.  Can we say “Easier to update”?  Yeah!  I’m raising my participation level to a healthy 75, called “Flying Off“.

 

The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
The Monsters Within”  Corvus Winchester  2013
Elsewhere”  William Peter Blatty  1999
Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
(10)  “Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011

Witch In The House”  Ruth Chew  1975
Then Came Two Women”  Charlotte Armstrong  1962
Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
Vampires Of Ottawa”  Eric Wilson  1984
The Green Gables Detective”  Eric Wilson  1987
Iggy’s House”  Judy Blume  1970
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond”  Elizabeth George Speare  1958
The Scariest Stories You’ve Ever Heard”  Mark Mills  1988
Aunt Dimity Digs In”  Nancy Atherton  1995
(20)  “Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008

Code Red At The Supermall”  Eric Wilson  1988
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Gift Of The Frost Fairy”  Sheila J. Bleeks  1976
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
What The Witch Left”   Ruth Chew   1973
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
Terror In Winnipeg”  Eric Wilson  1979
Cold Midnight In Vieux Québec”  Eric Wilson  1989
(30)  “The Mystery Of Pony Hollow”  Lynn Hall  1978

The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
“Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
“Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
(40)  “Pleasing The Ghost”  Sharon Creech  1996

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Historic, Chunky, Lucky 2014!

~LEVELS~
Testing bonds of time ~ 1-5
Slipping through time ~ 6-12
Traveling back in time ~ 13-20
Living in the past ~ 21+

 

‘Marie’ is an enthusiastic Canadian I’m thrilled to support, despite returning to the Australian’s group this 2014.  All of the content will match!  I should have liked for them to have shared a page but it’s a thrill to discover these fun themes as we frolic around the world of blogs.  I must compliment ‘Marie’s‘ banner, elegant and bright.  Count on me for ‘Slipping Through Time‘.

 

 

The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond”  Elizabeth George Speare  1958
The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005

“Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
“Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
“Time For Andrew”  Mary Downing Hahn  1994
“My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne Du Maurier  1951
(15) “The Doll In The Garden”  Mary Downing Hahn  1989

 

 

 

I tease my man, he’s best at this!  He isn’t on-line much but reads chunksters all the time (rest in peace Tom Clancy).  I looked  last year and recorded the details.  I own several 450-page novels but didn’t have time to commit.  This will be a big deal for me.  Most conclude prior to 300 pages.  Last year ‘Vasilly’s‘ highest level sought in excess of 550 and 750 pages!  Eek!  I’m joining and will be proud of every cover I close!  I’ll try 4.  Fortunately, there is no longer a quota.  When a book is great, we won’t notice page lengths, will we?

 

The Midnight Side”  Natasha Mostert  2000
Whispers In The Sand”  Barbara Erskine  2000
Light A Penny Candle”  Maeve Binchy  1982
The Winter Sea”  Susanna Kearsley  2008
The Tommyknockers”  Stephen King  1988
The Falls”  Ian Rankin  2001
 

 

 

This Indonesian, ‘Astrid’, has garnered early popularity.  I hope all word game enthusiasts join me in launching Gentle Spectrums.  :)  In the meantime I had fun looking in my private library for novels to suit her 14 themes.  She requests one ‘chunkster’, which isn’t the length I read.  However timing is opportune to take part in both challenges and it is my pleasure.

 

01.  Visit The Country:
A country you want to visit.  The setting teaches about your dream destination.
02.  Cover Lust:
A book bought because you fell in love with the cover.  Is the content as good?
03.  Blame it on Bloggers:
Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers.
04.  Bargain All The Way:
Ever buy a book because it’s so cheap?  Find out if it’s worth your cents.
05.  (Not So) Fresh From the Oven:
Do you remember what you bought last year?  Dig it from your pile.
06.  First Letter Rule:
Read a book whose title begins with the same letter as your name.
07.  Once Upon a Time:
Choose a book published before you were born.
08.  Chunky Brick:
Take a breath and read more than 500 pages. Yep, the one you’ve been afraid of!
09.  Favourite Author:
You like them but too many titles. This is your chance, choose your favourite.
10.  It’s Been There Forever:
On your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust, and start to read it now. 
11.  Movies Versus Books:
You’ve seen the movie adaptation.  It’s time to read it, compare the movie.
12.  Freebies Time:
Most recent free book?  Whether a birthday gift, surprise from someone special.
13.  Not My Cup of Tea:
Reach out to a genre untried (or disliked).  Maybe you will find a hidden gem!
14.  Walking Down Memory Lane:
Wish you had read when you were a child.  Prepare now, for a wonderful journey.

 

01.  “Mystery Of The Hidden Hand”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1963  (Greece)
02.  “Uninvited Ghost”  E.J. Copperman  2011  (Cat and ghosts)
03.  “Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975  (Everyone loves)
04.  “The Gabriel Hounds”  Mary Stewart  1967
05.  “The African Quest”  Lyn Hamilton  2001
06.  “Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy L. Sayers  1926  (C for Carolyn‘)
07.  “The Moonflower”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1958  (Way, way, earlier)
08.  “The Winter Sea”  Susanna Kearsley  2008
09.  “The Balloon Man”  Charlotte Armstrong  1968
10.  “Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
11.  “The Wizard Of Oz”  L. Frank Baum  1900
12.  “The Monsters Within”  Corvus Winchester  2013
13.  “Two Moons In August”  Martha Brooks  1991  (Family fiction)
14.  “The Summer Tree”  Guy Gavriel Kay  1984  (Local fantasy!)

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Postal, History, Food!

 

Postcard Level:  4 with a postal theme.
Snail Mail Level:  8 with a postal theme.
Parcel Post Level:  12 with a postal theme.

 

Is this an odd combo, or rather a great place to store my more unique books!?  I’m going to re-join Melanie’s fantastic, patriotic-feeling group at “Postcard Level” again.  However just like before, I’m sure I’ll raise the anti as I discover epistolary or postal-themed books along my 2014 journey.  :)

 

Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969
Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011
Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
Iggy’s House”  Judy Blume  1970

The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
“My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne Du Maurier  1951

“Mariana”  Susanna Kearsley 1994
“On The Way Home”  Laura Ingalls Wilder  1962
“West From Home”  Laura Ingalls Wilder  1974
“The Road Past Altamont”  Gabrielle Roy  1966

 

 

20th Century - 02
Victorian - 05
Renaissance - 10
Medieval Reader  - 15
Ancient History - 25
Pre ~ Historic  - 50+

 

I believe I can achieve “Renaissance” easily.  Here are novels that might fit.

 

The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond”  Elizabeth George Speare  1958
The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005

“Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
“Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
“Time For Andrew”  Mary Downing Hahn  1994
“My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne Du Maurier  1951
(15) “The Doll In The Garden”  Mary Downing Hahn  1989

 

 

Short-Order Cook  1 – 3
Pastry Chef  04 – 08
Sous-Chef  09 – 13
Chef De Cuisine  14 – 18
Cordon-Bleu Chef  19 +

 

I’m going to cautiously re-join at “Pastry Chef” again.  I own an enormous supply of food ‘cozy’ fiction but have kept finding that other subjects override it.  If I can raise the bar, believe me that I shall.

 

Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
“Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003
“The Long Quiche Goodbye”  Avery Aames  2010

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Protagonists And Rewind!

 I share the company of two other fine, creative, women launching brand new themes this year!  Please join me in welcoming ‘Joanne’ in the south and ‘Bree’, a fellow Canadian!  I admire their ideas.  Prizes certainly won’t be unavailable to Canada.  ;)  Choose a book for the following 8 topics.

 

•  A mother.
•  A real life person written into a fictional story.
•  A person or character who changes forms.
•  A person from a country different than yours.
•  A person who lived before WW1.
•  A person who lives by a body of water.
•  A person younger than 18.
•  A character in a book series.

 

Then Came Two Women”  Charlotte Armstrong  1962
Time For Andrew”  Mary Downing Hahn  1994
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
What The Witch Left”  Ruth Chew  1973
The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964

 

* Joanne, thanks a million for joining some of my challenges.  I’m glad you created your word games too, which have been a whole lot of fun!  “Time For Andrew” is a stretch for the second category but not for lack of options.  I could add “Eerie Tales Of The Old West” (see it below) but loved the former so much, I want folks to know of it.  I finished all 8 books weeks ago.  It was mere matter of writing reviews.

 

 

 If this theme is similar to “Dusty Bookshelf” 2013, it’s about reading something you want, more than sticking to what you have owned.  I believe you can purchase books you have your eye on.  They merely must be published before 2014.  You are entered for a monthly prize, based on how many reviews you link!

 

The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
The Monsters Within”  Corvus Winchester  2013
Elsewhere”  William Peter Blatty  1999
Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
(10)  “Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011

Witch In The House”  Ruth Chew  1975
Then Came Two Women”  Charlotte Armstrong  1962
Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
Vampires Of Ottawa”  Eric Wilson  1984
The Green Gables Detectives”  Eric Wilson  1987
Iggy’s House”  Judy Blume  1970
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond”  Elizabeth George Speare  1958
The Scariest Stories You’ve Ever Heard”  Mark Mills  1988
Aunt Dimity Digs In”  Nancy Atherton  1995
(20)  “Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008

Code Red At The Supermall”  Eric Wilson  1988
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Gift Of The Frost Fairy”  Sheila J. Bleeks  1976
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
What The Witch Left”  Ruth Chew  1973
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
Terror In Winnipeg”  Eric Wilson  1979
Cold Midnight In Vieux Québec”  Eric Wilson  1989
(30) “The Mystery Of Pony Hollow”  Lynn Hall  1978

The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. WhitneY  1964
Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
(40) “Pleasing The Ghost”  Sharon Creech  1996

Time For Andrew”  Mary Downing Hahn  1994
“My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne Du Maurier  1951
“The Doll In The Garden”  Mary Downing Hahn  1989
“Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003
“Mystery Of The Golden Horn”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1962
“The Other Side Of Dark”  Joan Lowrey Nixon  1986
“The Curse Of The Pharaohs”  Elizabeth Peters  1981
(48) “Something The Cat Dragged In”  Charlotte MacLeod  1983

 

 *  ‘Amy’ cancelled and recommended me!  Those who did her ‘Mystery / Crime’ are welcome in my parlour all the way to February 2015.  http://www.a-bookish-girl.com/2013/12/no-mystery-reading-challenge-in-2014.html

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