A RIEDEL Clue 2, Round 2 – Updated.

MY KIND OF MYSTERY” participants:  for the first time we are going to round 2!
‘A RIEDEL Clue #2‘ proposes the riddle:  “What unusual circumstances do
PAT BENATAR, TINA TURNER, and AGATHA CHRISTIE have in common?

 

Pat Benatar Red Seats

Round 2 lasts until Thursday evening, July 24th.
A fast look at short biographies of these women is all it takes.
Brainstorm on a discreet, even plain:  (AlyshaeB[at]hotmail[dot]com).

 

Tina Turner Performance Lights

Guesses by e-mail are unlimited and certainly chatting via comments.  You may guess and request a hint.  Multiple correct sleuths result in a draw.  Don’t withhold answers due to uncertainty.  I’ll tell you how warm you are.  If none hit the nail on the head, I would draw from among all who gave it a try!  :-)

 

Agatha Christie

The following hint does not comprise the answer.  It shows you were to look.

Life is a play and all the world is a X”.
A rose by any other X would -NOT- smell as sweet”.

_S_T_A_G_E   _N_A_M_E_

 

 

** WINNER UPDATE! **

In the nick of time, a sweet person from my 3 groups ‘made a wild guess’.  I’ll say:  Nina dictated the answer I had in mind with exactitude!  It was uncanny.

BENATAR, TURNER, and CHRISTIE were last names of husbands whom PAT, TINA, AGATHA divorced.  In an odd set of circumstances, they kept these ex-husbands’ names because they became famous during those marriages”.  PAT later married her soul mate guitarist, Neil (I have beheld their talent in concert!!!);  AGATHA spent her life with Mr. Mallowan, and interestingly TINA stayed away from marriage since 1978….  until just in July 2013!

Congratulations, Nina!  Choose from used books, my 8×11 prints, or Canadian postcards.  :)  Hats off to Kristine for coming close in a second guess, Laura and Margaret for participating aloud.  I hope everyone is pleased to find their reviews from all groups, in a menu at the top of this blog.  :)  Yours, Carolyn.

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A RIEDEL CLUE ~ TWO!

All right, “MY KIND OF MYSTERY“…  you’re up!  This prize activity is for all members.  -Anybody may join the reading group, then weigh in.-

I’m excited about game two.  We warmed up with Dr. Doyle and the Cottingley fairies.  But this is the first riddle I dreamed up, the moment I knew I was going to launch this group.  I’ve been saving it and hope every member joins in and has fun.

Here is a traditional riddle!  It won’t take much digging but isn’t a one-click answer to a plain question.

 

A RIEDEL Clue 2:  “What do PAT BENATAR, TINA TURNER,
and AGATHA CHRISTIE have in common?

 

Pat Benatar Red Seats

 

It isn’t general, like “They are successful women, or artists”.  It is specific.
Round 1 lasts until Tuesday, July 22nd.

 

Tina Turner Performance Lights

 

Answer only by e-mail so guessing isn’t spoiled (AlyshaeB[at]hotmail[dot]com).  Hazard unlimited guesses.  A prize draw will be made after round 1 if there are correct answers, or a sole guesser might win.

 

Agatha Christie

 

If you can’t find an answer that feels right, comment:  “Hint“.  I have the second hint ready for July 22nd if needed.  More time would be granted to solve anew.  With exception of riddle answers:  please begin chatting, commenting, inquiring, as much as you like.

 

Today, July 19th happens to be our dear tabby’s big tenth birthday.
Happy 10th birthday to our very loved boy, Spirit!  :) 

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Ethereal, Gentle Spectrums: show your seasons!

It’s time for the festivities of “ETHEREAL” and “GENTLE SPECTRUMS“!
This prize activity is for all members:  whether or not you have begun posting reviews, or are finished.

There is nothing more special than learning about where our peers live.  Let’s show our seasons!  Photos don’t need to be new.  You may use a link you already have.  This is easy so everyone jumps in.  If you don’t take many, or your country doesn’t change, a current photo of your region is great.

 

Comment with a link, anywhere that is membership-free.
(ie  I can’t open ‘facebook’).  In lieu of a blog, you could store shots at Photobucket and send us there.  Describe where & when your scenes are.  :-)  Mention:  “I’m from Ethereal”, “I’m from Gentle Spectrums”, “I’m from both”.

- Alternatively, you could put photos on our Goodreads companion group.
It was set-up to accommodate activities just like this.

- I will draw a prize winner for each group on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014!
* We aren’t adding photos directly to this page because I’m on slow speed internet.
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 ~~ CAROLYN’S CONTRIBUTION ~~

We are prairie forestland.  It took this long for the snow to melt.  It was so deep:  see a mallard couple swimming in our field!  Compost is in the background.

Two Mallards April 25-14
SPRING:  South-Eastern Manitoba ~ April 25, 2014

 

This is a long, diagonal vista of our gorgeous autumn.  My “circle flower garden” is in the centre and a birdbath to the far left.  Behind it is that compost pile corner.

Richer Yard Oct-2-12
AUTUMN:  South-Eastern Manitoba ~ October 2, 2012

 

There is snow well through March.  My fiancé shovels a path, for our cats and us to walk our property.  The birdbath is stored so it doesn’t crack in -20 Celcius.

East Vista March-13-14
WINTER:  South-Eastern Manitoba ~ March 13, 2014

 

Here we are exactly last month.  In the Canadian prairies, every week is a race to flourish!  Now there is a plethora of buds, lushness, and flowers that weren’t yet in evidence here.  Thank you for visiting my home.  :)

East Lawn June 9, 2014
SUMMER:  South-Eastern Manitoba ~ June 9, 2014

 

Comments are welcome from everyone.  I am excited to make conversation about what I’ve shown of my home.  It’s my reward.  Ready, set?  SHOW YOUR SEASONS!
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****  THE FIRST ACTIVITY WINNERS ARE  ****

Rain Jeys shared 4 vivid seasons, where she lived (visited?) in the USA.
Nina shot a bright, urban, Black Sea vista for us from Burgas, Bulgaria.
Ladies, congratulations.  Thank you both very much for playing!

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What a book IS, versus how it GOES.

Feedback from fans carries weight.  The flipside is I’m uncomfortable with how the majority of reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc are handled.  I avoid them as a result, unless I have read the book!  This isn’t what reviewers or authors want but this can change if a few guidelines are made clearer.  Eager reviewers mean well but spoil unknowingly and some lack tact.  I wince for new authors.  Stephen King and Joanne Rowling can afford a rant.  An independent author is vulnerable.  Here are tips based on my observations.

 

(1)  Go no further than telling what a book is.  Never tell how A BOOK GOES!  A play-by-play of action is too much information.  Withholding the ending doesn’t mean it isn’t spoiler. I like to be oblivious to plots.  A review should merely describe age/tone/subject:  as a gauge of whether a book is for us.  Paired with that, the point of a review is to explain -without giving away plots- why we like, or dislike each book.

(2)  “Sounding outdatedisn’t on an author’s head.  A novel is current when it is written.  If there are horses and buggies instead of laptops, what of it?  That is no reason to dock a star.  All authors would be docked stars thirty years forward.  Protest a cover or synopsis that was misleading but evaluate a book on what it IS.  Not on expectation and especially, whether it matches society today.

(3Oh, how tired I am of the smug declarationFigured out the culprit”.  You didn’t.  You did nothing more than guess person A or B.  This is touted as a bad thing;  docked stars ensuing.  I applaud a decipherable mystery.  Honestly, if we can’t expound on person A or B’s motive and method, smug guessing does not amount to a weak novel.

(4Be kind.  There is no credibility in the assertion that “something sucks”.  Identify likes and dislikes.  If preference is a factor, explain.  I’ve seen a deceased author, who can produce no more, get two measeley stars because a person “can’t recall how the book goes, so it must not be good”.  Ouch!  Better to re-read rather than needlessly sink its averages.  There are many reasons, completely unrelated to quality, for not recalling the contents of a book in the past.  Many that I have refreshed, were found to be of five-star calibre.

 

Tiger Lily

 

I hope this is helpful.  Happy spring!  My first article on this topic is found here.  http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/spoiler-reviews-need-to-stop/

I reiterated this subject, in a large quiz for the Canadian reading challenge.
http://www.bookmineset.com/2013/11/7-from-100-profile-of-canadian-book.html

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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 ~

 

Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Other Side Of Dark”  Joan Lowery Nixon  1986
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1966
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1967
Cat Who Turned On And Off”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1968
The Cat Who Saw Red”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1986
That Quail, Robert”  Margaret A. Stanger  1966
Caught Dead In Philadelphia”  Gillian Roberts  1987
(13)  “Death On Demand”  Carolyn G. Hart  1987

 
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

 
~ APRIL LINK-UP ~

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 LoweRy Nixon  1986
The Curse Of The Pharaohs”  Elizabeth Peters  1981
Something The Cat Dragged In”  Charlotte MacLeod  1983
  

~ MAY LINK-UP ~

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1966
(50)  “The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1967
Cat Who Turned On And Off”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1968
The Cat Who Saw Red”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1986
That Quail, Robert”  Margaret A. Stanger  1966
Caught Dead In Philadelphia”  Gillian Roberts  1987
Death On Demand”  Carolyn G. Hart  1987

 

JUNE LINK-UP ~

The Merlot Murders”  Ellen Crosby  2006
The Tale Of Oat Cake Crag”  Susan Wittig Albert  2010
Light A Penny Candle”  Maeve Binchy  1982
Curse Of The Giant Hogweed”  Charlotte MacLeod  1985
(60) “Death Island”  Robert Sutherland  1994

Mariana”  Susanna Kearsley  1994
The Black Joke”  Farley Mowat  1962
Two Moons In August”  Martha Brooks  1991
Come Like Shadows”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1993
Remedy For Treason”  Caroline Roe  1998
The Family Vault”  Charlotte MacLeod  1979
The Withdrawing Room”  Charlotte MacLeod  1981
The Night The Gods Smiled”  Eric Wright  1983
Smoke Detector”  Eric Wright  1984
(70) “Death In The Old Country”  Eric Wright  1985

 “Cure For A Charlatan”  Caroline Roe  1999
False Face”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1987
Kiss Me”  Andrew Pyper  1996
Reflections In Poetry & Pictures”  P.J. Peters  1984
Spring Floods: Poems, Stories”  Mari Pineo  1990

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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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