Recap “My Kind Of Mystery”

Here is a muster roll for RIEDEL Fascination groups.  Use this post to share how you are;  personally or book-wise!  Vacations?  Gardens?  Peruse this F.A.Q, interspersed with plans for next year and please pose questions you might have.  Don’t miss scrolling to the end, for tabulation of prizes!  :-)

My Kind Of Mystery 2014

I hope it’s clear:  my challenges run February 2014 to February 28, 2015.  I think some thought we went 1 month.  Those are called ‘read-a-thons’;  not ‘reading challenges’.  There are 4 months in which newcomers may join us, if they find their subject matter has matched.  Anything read since February counts.  I think all of my guests are aware their material can be new, borrowed, on any format they like, and used in multiple challenges.  I didn’t state the obvious.

 

Recap:  “MY KIND OF MYSTERY

Our trait is accepting anything to do with mystery and authors.  Non-fiction works and so does non-crime.  I love a mystery about the thrill of solving a question;  find that most exciting.  The average person can relate to it better than a murder, hence the name I gave this group.  Some thought I only incorporated my kind of mystery, literally.  To the contrary our group is all-encompassing, including teaching books and biographies.  For instance, I look forward to reading Phyllis A. Whitney’s “Guide To Fiction Writing” and covet my crisp copy, dearly.

There is a lot of young adult literature!  It is wonderful to have relatable characters for ages under 20.  I enjoy the greats prior to 1990, like Richard Peck.  Some are deceased or out of print, like Wylly Folk St. John and Ruth Chew.  However there is a difference between making a demographic available and drowning in it.  I’m astonished this is the mainstay category for bloggers over 30!  It affects prizes for grown-up participants of groups they might host.  We are hard-pressed to find themes catering to adult.  Therefore we have one rule in a free-for-all group:  non-adult literature must be published earlier than 1991.  I’m unaware of this small twist scaring anyone away.  All of my participants have linked a wonderful supply, in boundless varities.  I might drop our sole rule next year.

 

Christine found a secret level, hidden on the sign-up page!
If you thought 40 mysteries was the maximum, look again.  Way to go, my friend!  Would anyone else like to rise to the invisible floor?
Find it on the sign-up page and leave a message.

Full Mystery Levels

 

Are you having fun with the author-based review page?  It makes my job easier, plugging your reviews into a menu at the top of this blog.  Yes, your reviews are contributing to a resource for my readers!  Your links will have a purpose after each challenge is finished.  Be sure to follow the entry format (quotation marks instead of apostrophes on titles, for instance) and help a girl out.  ;)  I thought you’d find it easier to spot peers who read the same title and browse.  I am thrilled with the turn-out our first year.  I plan to trim the alphabet to fewer letters at a time.

 

A RIEDEL Clue

*  Our next “A RIEDEL Clue” will appear soon.  Keep your private eyes peeled!

 

TWEAKS FOR ALL RIEDEL THEMES

I love being followed because you enjoy my content.  I don’t enforce it.  What I will suggest next year is activity updating by e-mail.  The Canadian group functions via e-mail.  It’s easy for everyone to know what’s going on, whether available or not.  It makes it a billion times easier to reach members.  Commenting on blogs is a killer with the low speed internet I use and it’s crazy to go back, peering for replies.  Exchanging messages at Goodreads takes too many hoops to get in & out, resulting in a redundant notification by e-mail.  We might as well e-mail.

All Challenge Updates
Subscribing to my blog is another option.  I don’t use it for reviews in post after post.  Those go to Amazon Canada and are gathered in my own review menu.  Subscribers aren’t assailed with frequent posts.  I stick to article-writing and challenge updates.  If you decline both, I hope you return often to look for news in the “All Challenge Updates” menu.  I am considering one more option.

The way to keep informed
I haven’t done monthly posts because I like review pages available all year.  Other groups use those monthly occasions as a hello and members seem to catch them.  I’ve preferred not making an appointment for the organizing of my activities.  This lets me spring surprises.  I haven’t had to worry about missing a deadline, if life throws a curveball;  like the sad death of our young cat, Love.

People appear to dump main pages, after signing up.  Mine contains that secret level and I frequently revamped my description.  Review pages are utilized but even news posted there, seemed unnoticed.  When “A RIEDEL Clue” is live, I put it on every group page.  There have been opportunities to catch up with guests at Goodreads but I’m uncomfortable, wondering whether it’ll be interpreted as harassing or enlightening!  As my groups grow, we will have ample players, whether everyone tunes in or not.  We can leave stragglers to their straggling.  ;)

Nonetheless what I will strive to do is lay out a drafted summary, by month.  It will be sketched on the main page from the start, in February.  Months will be filled in, with a post that members can click.  Perhaps they will return to look for updates, if they know a blank schedule is there.

Don’t be afraid to weigh in on contests and clues.
When we are a small group or there are few entrants for whatever reason;  I might draw winners from those who made a guess!  It isn’t about correct answers.

 

PRIZE TABULATION FOR RIEDEL CHALLENGES!

I’m neither picky nor sticky;  except in watermelon season!  :-)  What it boils down to is, my challenges don’t technically need to be complete!  People can’t participate as consistently as they’d like to.  Simply, I appreciate that you were here.  I want to encourage mild readers and first time challengers, as well as give heavy readers enough highway to hit a high gear and go to town.  I have found a way for prize qualification to be easy, while simultaneously rewarding extra effort.

 

MY KIND OF MYSTERYANDETHEREAL
1 name in a bowl ~ You officially joined and linked 1 review.
1 name in a bowl ~ You finished your original commitment level.
1 name in a bowl ~ For each level risen higher than you planned.

 

How does this grab you?  :)  I will probably put out a closing linky.  If you have a post to attach there, please tell me how many points you earned.  If you don’t have a blog post about my challenges, please tell me via comment box how many points you earned.  I literally handwrite names into a bowl and draw them personally.  It will be my pleasure to award my guests with prizes they shall choose!
Yours sincerely, Carolyn.

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A prize activity for everyone… about spirits!

This event includes all of my peers!  For eclectic prizes:  used books, photo prints, Canadian postcards…  All are invited!  Subscribers of this blog, friends at Goodreads.com, and newcomers.

Use the comment box below, or leave a link to your own post.  Please name the places where we are connected.  Complete one option, or chime in on more.

(A)  YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED A SPIRIT / GHOST / SOUL. Was it a presence, or more tangible contact?  I would love to hear those stories!

(B)  YOU HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED A HALLOWED LOCATION. Please link it with date & location.  A photo is meaningless without stats. – or – GIVE THE WEBSITE OF A HALLOWED SPOT NEAR YOU, or anyplace you visited.

(C)  RECOMMEND A GREAT GHOST BOOK, FOR ADULTS!  Fiction or non-fiction.  No ‘cozy mysteries’.  See my description at the bottom.  Skip suggestions already made and see what I’ve already read in my review menu.

~~  This activity is open until October 28th, 2014.  ~~
I would love comments on my answers, below, even if you don’t make an entry!
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*** THE WINNER IS SARAH!  CONGRATULATIONS!  WHICH PRIZE WILL YOU CHOOSE?  I thank very much everyone who played.  I am already reading one of your suggestions, “Ammie, Come Home” and it does fit the bill!  I’ll keep an eye out for your, Sue.  I do have books by Maggie S.  I invite comments from all blog browsers on the stories we’ve told here and for you to contribute your own websites and experiences.  I would take pleasure from reading them all.  Sincerely, Carolyn.  ***

THE HOSTESS’ ANSWERS?

(A)  My previous post sadly announced the unexpected passing of my young Love.  He is part of a family group, who are dearest in my life.  I’ve felt his presence and was comforted.  Grief comes from a snipping of physical, Earthly contact together;  two decades too early.  Well, last month I heard his voice!  He doesn’t meow.  Love has a distinct voice, a unique sound.  Regardless, I turned in an instant to see which of our other cats must be sounding like him.  I was tending flowers.  No wishful thinking, no ethereal thoughts.

There was no one there.  It was a firm, long note, unmistakably his.  When I absorbed that, the message came to me:  “I’m all right and I’m still here“!

(B)  Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Taken this month in 2006.  It is the house of Hugh MacDonald, son of Canada’s very first prime minister.  Hugh’s son, Jack died there.  It was a rooming house a long while, before its resurrection by Manitoba’s heritage society.  Click my photo to access the website.

Copyright (C) 2006 C.M. Riedel.

Copyright (C) 2006 C.M. Riedel.

(C)  An excellent adult book pertaining to ghosts?  Old titles are debunked.  I don’t seek horror but modern titles are too ‘cozy’.  I love Nancy Atherton, Juliet Blackwell, Annette Blair, Alice Kimberly but gothic mystery comes closest.  Books needn’t be spooky but a ghost appearance should be enchanting.  The best I recall is “Night Echoes” by Holly Lisle, 2007.

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Celebrating Lovey & Three Siblings.

I have a parental relationship with my family of seven cherished cats, which is reciprocated by them.  I wouldn’t trade their dear hearts for anthing, even though it’s a bond beset by a limitation.  We love them as much as anyone (or more!) but these are children who do not outlive us.  They live five times less long.  The love doesn’t end and is worth having.  Being together, if we pay attention here & now and savour all of it, cancels brevity by being wonderfully full.

The unthinkable hit us July 31.  My cats are my brightest joys.  All I ask is full lifetimes;  that they reach their twenties or at least become elderly.  One of the four born here, not 4 years-old until this Sunday, September 7, inexplicably died.  No chance of toxins:  those weren’t the symptoms and he hadn’t been out.  He ate early enough that it wasn’t that either.  It was internal.  He was breathing fast.  A vet offered non-threatening explanations and said I needed a major vet, if there were a problem.  Those were closed.  The options were an after hours drive to the city, or watching for an improvement.  He died in 5 hours!  For weeks there was guilt:  “How could I not save my son, the only time he had a problem”!  It could only be natural and without remedy:  a ruptured or stopped body system.  My fiancé believes it was his time, 20 years too early to accept.

Love Tall II, May-20-2014

LOVE RIEDEL (this May 2014).

Most anguish is resolved because I’m reassured God didn’t pick on us.  Terrible things happen, like loss despairingly early.  But the rapidity and his age make it hard to grasp he’s gone.  I gaze at his face and wonder how could he not be here?  What’s left is getting through the kittens’ September 7 birthday, kittens I’ve been with EVERY DAY ever since they first breathed in 2010!  A month is a long time without our son, Love.  I’m expressing this news because he is worth knowing.  I at least have the power to share how special he is.  To garner support from you who understand, or strive to.  I don’t have to explain cats for anyone to understand what Love means to us.  Everybody has someone who is the centre of their life, whom they would be aggrieved to lose.  Telling you that this is mine, under the most peaceful circumstances God could contrive, can be understood.

I wish he hadn’t stopped at 1/5 of his lifespan.  But I learned something good, through photographs of this dear, familiar face.  Future writings about Lovey will be happy stories to acquaint him with.  I’ve become aware years don’t matter, if they were full and paid attention to, in the moment!  I notice every time a cat sits next to me and shower them with affection.  I strongly remember petting Love before I let him out the day before, saying I love him before he took a walk.  I have always paused to take all of these daily joys in.  I smile when they walk up to me in the gardens or lawn.  I have always spoken and played with them.  It struck me that four years of photographs, highlighting many of our activities, overflow!  They surpass low quantity of years.  Lovey is our largest but wonderfully gentle, respectful, and loyal.  He is named Love because he GAVE so much love since he was a newborn.  He placed a bright light of joy in our family, so bright:  it is permanent.  When we’re through the understandable duration of grief, especially considering the shock of an unforeseen passing, I hope to notice his presence in all non-physical forms, a great deal more.  Especially his bright smiling light that doesn’t end in physical death, any more than our reciprocated love.

Carolyn & The Four, Nov-20-2010

Nov 2010: LOVEY (lap), CONAN (orange/white), PETAL (orange), ANGEL (white).

May we face the just-missed birthday, find it hopeful!  We will honour Lovey and his three siblings, also celebrating this birthday!  His sisters Angel, Petal, and brother Conan will officially be four, as we will refer to Lovey’s age.  As sad as we are by this special group being broken (a litter seldom has a home together with their Mom), the rest of them are here.  Their Mom is Marigold and our elder cats are McCartney and Spirit.  Each of them and my spouse, all adore and remember Love well.  My parents are going to celebrate with us this Sunday.  Our cats have been their Grandchildren, well before a brother provided a human Granddaughter!  ;)  I will be grateful for warm words from you.  Yours truly, Carolyn.

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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 ~

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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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