Connect Five – List C!

I put thorough work into the literature themes I host and join.  Therefore, I only do those with a prize.  Kathryn is generous, with a bimonthly draw.  The chance to win a book is motivating!  I do not use Kindle and gladly accept every advantage on offer!  I will list my connections and I review everything I read, so please check back.  It matters that hostesses visit and comment.  I value that.

I am likelier to win the draws if I compete with multiple entries.  I excel at thinking-up themes and read a great deal!  I will reuse these webpages in succeeding prize draws.  Following along is as simple as reading my date headings.

 

 

I didn’t see Kathryn say how she contacts winners but hope it is e-mail.  Warning, I have had connection trouble with WordPress sites of any kind.  E-mail is where I am sure to get a delightful, important message.  :)

 

 

Carolyn’s June Connections!

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(4)  Five American states.

The Case Of The Killer Divorce”  Barbara Venkataraman  2014  (FLORIDA)
The Scariest Night”  Betty Ren Wright  1991  (WISCONSIN)
Wait Till Helen Comes”  Mary Downing Hahn  1986  (MARYLAND)
Goodnight, My Angel”  Billy Joel & Yvonne Gilbert  2004  (NEW YORK)
“Mystery Of The Black Diamonds”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1954  (COLORADO)

 

Inlinkz only handles one URL per page.  My multiple, creative entries continue here!

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/

 

Please visit my reviews when you see that their links are available.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and my overall reading, are great resources, too.

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Dread & Read Books – 2019

I am a staple at Jane’s three groups and love planning my reading around them!  I had family concerns, am working out an inability to access WordPress for long periods, and even had to rebuy a third modem that was zapped by a storm.  Generally not being one to formulate posts early in the year but despite understandable delays along with that, I am here.  My posts are a final touch because I have been playing along and drafted Jane’s lists, since the beginning of the year.

This theme is helpful to me because there *are* a number of books I hesitate to read, in my collection.  The incentive of Jane’s wonderful rewards that I know well, succeeds at getting me to prioritize a few of them a year.  This group is a must for me from year to year.

 

 

I am reluctant to read general fiction of any kind:  without cats, the spiritual, mystical, or mystery to supplement it.  I am especially wary of historical fiction and classics.  I love atmosphere and nostalgia but need there be horses & buggies?  And although I have proven to love Canadian classics in particular, the school kid in me remembers the word associated with being “boring”.  Could I relate to these stories or societies, especially way off in England?

Another dread are authors I *have* tried and disliked.  But I am a believer in writing skill and style that improves and series that grow more interesting as we go along.  Approaching modernity helps, as well as falling in love with characters, and feeling at home with settings.  Thus disliking one novel does not deter me from the next and owning many series in their entirety are encouragements, to the contrary.

Here is the continuation of my hit list.  Finishing three of these will be a boon:  to our space at home, my education, and satisfaction with the achievement!  It is the most gratifying, to find that I love these books and I will endeavour to stretch the momentum.  Thank you for your idea and your wonderful gifts again, Jane.

 

~ EXPLANATIONS  ~

Monk’s Hood
Ellis Peters  1980

I couldn’t bear the slow writing style of the first novel with superfluous, irritating adjectives and adverbs.  I was glad I read the second novel because it was not only a major improvement.  I was surprised to find it action-packed:  even though, ironically, the first novel was a travelling story and the next, stayed around their monastery.  Let’s see if the sequel removes trepidation about reading the rest of Ellis Peters’s series and Edith Pargeter’s other writing!

The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag
Alan Bradley  2010

To say I loathed the writing style and attitude of the child protagonist in the début novel puts it mildly.  I grit my teeth if I hear “precocious” as a description and found this girl mean and as hated, as other readers.  However, owning the sequel is a large incentive, along with sequels being better in my experience.  I want to like a Canadian author that many of my countrymen and countrywomen favour, so I will give it a fair go.

Slay It With Flowers
Kate Collins  2005

I thought the first volume was poorly-fashioned as a mystery and that it lacked believability.  Here too, I had bought a plethora of softcovers.  However, I glimpsed merit around the end and stopped myself from putting these bright, floral softcovers in a sell pile, until I had read more, at least.  Surely Brooke Shields is not starring as this sleuth in TV films if the writing and plotting of the mysteries had not become fair.

Behind The Scenes At The Museum
Kate Atkinson  1995

I enjoyed her middle novel and received her second-most recent one as a gift and it looks enthralling.  I thought it would be nice to start with her first release, which is well-received and liked.  However, I know Kate’s perspective and style are unusual and these aren’t my usual 300-page novels.  I am game to try her oldie but peeked at the beginning and see that the perspective and premise are bizarre indeed!  However this novel goes, I am certain to enjoy her later work.

One-Hundred Years Of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez  1967

This famous and classic story represents the purpose of Jane’s challenge, in the true sense of the world and is the juggernaut of this theme, if there ever was one.  My reticence about it is not mild.  I will be relieved to read it and surprised and thrilled, to find I liked it.  I was a Spanish major and saw that a lot of Hispanic novels, short stories, and indeed history were among the most depressing I had ever heard.  Whether or not I can relate to this any better, I am willing to see the admired elements and classic traits of which it is made.

Wuthering Heights”  Charlotte Brontë  1847
Pride And Prejudice”  Jane Austen  1814

These are big name authoresses and classic novels too, daunting in a quadruple whammy.  Classics are not always my milieu, historic fiction, is not always to my taste, general fiction is not always for me, and naturally, I relate less to fiction not in my country.  However, I have always felt I should read them, as a writer.  Charlotte Brontë seems like she wrote gothic atmospheres I would love and I did enjoy Jane Austen’s first novel.  It will be a feather in my cap to read both of this classic novel juggernauts, with higher certainty and expectations of enjoying these.  However, I am open to being suprised and enjoying them all.

 

 

Incentive Sweeteners  ~

I have ideas but had best name incentive sweetners later.  Please always check before proceeding, that I have not bought items I named but I would e-mail you right away.  Conversely, please tell me if you find something. Whether you nor you mail it ahead, hard-to-find and much-wanted items are a thrill to cross-off my wish list, with gratitude and excitement.  Once again, your mail made my week, last week!  I am grateful WordPress has finally let me on to finish the posts for your groups.

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Birth Year Reading – 2019!

Jane is a pleasure as a guest and a hostess!  I have just received her triple gifts for my contributions last year and am pleased.  I urged her to send pieces earlier or separately, so mail is reasonable enough to continue.  It is a wonderful boost of hard-to-find treasures and personlized gifts.  My favourites are her floral cloth coasters.  I hope to collect four to make a set.  I am thrilled my first has grown into a differently-coloured pair!

I am resolving technical difficulties that bar access to WordPress.  I aim to learn if it is related to slow-speed internet (which should slow webapges, not time them out).  I am hastening to make my posts for her three reading themes and my four, on a good day!  Please contact me by e-mail, until I am assured access to WordPress pages is guaranteed.

One problematic thing is captchas;  especially for a WordPress user commenting on the standard Blogspot form.  I might not be able to comment, unless captchas are off, or Jane switches to a different comment box.

 

 

It took me awhile to choose a year.  Competition is high in this theme now.  I have a good handful from 1973I am reflecting my first full year of life!  Three books and reviews are nearly done.  Please revisit to see my next reviews and other books I might find at home.

 

Finished Books

The Mystery In Dracula’s Castle”  Vic Crume  1973
“Masquerade In Venice”  Velda Johnston  1973
“A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1973

 

Upcoming Books

“The Midnight Dancers”  Anne Maybury  1973
“The Secret Of Devil’s Cave”  Jennifer Hale  1973

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Reading Naturally – 2019!

This is my favourite of Jane’s three reading group themes.  I won’t go a year without it.  It is both an easy breeze and a motivating incentive.  Jane’s gifts are beautiful;  wonderful and mood-boosting to receive in the mail!  I very naturally read about cats, animals, plants, flowers, gardening, Earth, Manitoba, Canada, miracles, and spirituality.

We have prayed for our precious son cat, Conan, to be home at last this spring!  The time feels right to have him back, safely and reassuringly in our fold!

Meantime, a wide variety of reading subjects opens up and prioritizes more nature books.  I have an abundance of them and gathered a fun, new selection in time for this year.  I like being able to share them with Jane and everyone else whose interest is sparked.  Here are the ideas I have sketched out.  Thank you for offering this wonderful group, Jane.

 

Many of my books seem better suited for a category, like water but attend to headings in which they are needed more.  I will flip a few placements around, when I have read books that match and will augment shorter lists.  There are many more books I will read, that are not among these.  Please check for updates.  I will work on WordPress when the website is loading and left messages with two businesses, to resolve all connectivity issues.

 

(01CLASSIC:  by a giant of science or conversation.

“Lost In The Barrens”  Farley Mowat  1956
“The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be”  Farley Mowat  1957

 

(02OUTDOOR ACTIVITY or gear on a cover.

Evan Help Us”  Rhys Bowen  1998
“A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1973

 

(03ANIMAL-RELATED.

“Baby Brother”  Tanneke Wigersma & Nynke Mare Talsma  2005
“Wild In The City”  Jan Thornhill  1995
“Different Dragons”  Jean Little  1986
“Wild Geese”  Martha Ostenso  1925

 

(04OUTDOORSY HERO / HEROINE.

The Great Airport Mystery”  Leslie McFarlane  1930
The Password To Larkspur Lane”  Walter Karig  1933
Wait Till Helen Comes”  Mary Downing Hahn  1986

 

(05WATER-RELATED.

Mystery Mile”  Margery Allingham  1930
The Last Word”  Ellery Adams  2011
Rivers Of London”  Ben Aaronovitch  2011
“Masquerade In Venice”  Velda Johnston  1973
“Echoes”  Maeve Binchy  1985

 

(06DYSTOPIA-FLAVOURED:  emphasizing consequences.

“Timescape”  Robert Liparulo  2009
“A Dry Spell”  Susie Moloney  1997
“Into The Fire”  Jodi McIsaac  2013
“The Darkest Road”  Guy Gavriel Kay  1986

 

(07EXTREME ELMENT:  sailing, mountain-climbing.

Robert Service:  A Great Canadian Poet’s Romance With The North
Elle Andra-Warner  2004
Survivors, True Death-Defying Escapes”  Larry Verstraete  2003
“Mystery Of The Black Diamonds”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1954

 

(08PLANT-RELATED.

“It Happened In Arles”  Mabel Esther Allan  1964
“I Wonder Why Trees Have Leaves”  Andrew Charman & Tony Kenyon  1997
“Monk’s Hood”  Ellis Peters  1980
“Settlers Of The Marsh”  Frederick Philip  1925
“More Strawberries, Reflections In Fiction”  Joseph S. Banel  1990

 

(09SET IN A WILDERNESS LOCALE.

Payment In Blood”  Elizabeth George  1989
Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy Sayers  1927
One Book In The Grave”  Kate Carlisle  2012
“Bury Your Dead”  Louise Penny  2010

 

(10SPIRITUAL, EMPHASIZING CONNECTION.

“Life On The Other Side”  Sylvia Browne  2000
“The Figure In The Shadows”  John Bellairs  1975
“Return To Tradd Street”  Karen White  2014
“The Owl Service”  Alan Garner  1967

 

(11SKILLS-RELATED.

Cause Of Death”  Patricia Cornwell  1996
“The Coroner’s Lunch”  Chris Cotterill  2004
“Solace For A Sinner”  Caroline Roe  2000
“Made In Canada:  101 Amazing Achievements”  Bev Spencer  2003

 

(12ADVOCACY-RELATED:  SPEAKING UP FOR NATURE.

Tears Of The Giraffe”  Alexander McCall Smith  2000
“The Anodyne Necklace”  Martha Grimes  1983
“The Hidden Messages In Water”  Dr. Masaru Emoto  2001
“The True Power Of Water”  Dr. Masaru Emoto  2005

 

(13BIOGRAPHY / MEMOIR of an environmentalist or conservationist.

“Owls In The Family” Farley Mowat 1961
“Reflections Of Eden:  My Years With The Orangutans Of Borneo”
Biruté M.F. Galdikas  1995

 

(14ORION BOOK AWARD-WINNER OR FINALIST.

“The Soul Of An Octopus”  Sy Montgomery  2016
“Braiding Sweetgrass”  Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer  2013

 

Books on hand from which to choose.

“The Cow-Tail Switch & Other West African Stories”  Harold Courlander  1947
The Mysterium”  Eric McCormack  1992
“Night Travellers”  Sandra Birdsell  1982
“Ladies Of The House”  Sandra Birdsell  1984
“Bone Dance”  Martha Brooks  1997
“Newbrunswick Short Stories”  Dorothy Dearborn  2003
“Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw”  Will Ferguson  2004
“Cirak’s Daughter”  Charlotte MacLeod  1982
“The Dragon & The Dry Goods Princess”  David Arnason  1991

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Connect Five – List B!

I put thorough work into the literature themes I host and join.  Therefore nowadays, I only do those with a chance of winning a prize.  Do hosts store webpages and reviews they receive?  I do:  everything contributed to my groups are referenced in my “past challenge” menus.

Kathryn is generous, with a draw  bimonthly.  The chance to win a book is motivating for me!  I do not use Kindle and gladly accept every advantage on offer!  I will list my connections under the months in which I make them.  I review everything I read, so please check back.  It matters that hostesses acknowledgeparticipation by visiting and commenting.  I value that.

I am likelier to win if I compete more.  I excel at thinking-up themes and read a great deal!  The same post URL cannot repeat in the same link-up month, therefore I am making different pages.  I avoid excess posting about reading challenges.  I will reuse these webpages in succeeding prize draws.  Following along is as simple as reading my date headings.

 

I didn’t see Kathryn say how she contacts winners but hope it is e-mail.  Warning, I have had connection trouble with WordPress sites of any kind.  E-mail is where I am sure to get a delightful, important message.  :)

 

 

Carolyn’s June Connections!

 

(3)  These books are from five European countries!

Aunt Dimity And The Next Of Kin”  Nancy Atherton  2005  (ENGLAND)
“Baby Brother”  Tanneke Wigersma & Nynke Mare Talsma  2005  (HOLLAND)
“It Happened In Arles”  Mabel Esther Allan  1964  (FRANCE)
“Masquerade In Venice”  Velda Johnston  1973  (ITALY)
“A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1973  (SWITZERLAND)

 

Inlinkz only handles one URL per page.  My multiple, creative entries continue here!

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/

 

Please visit my reviews when you see that their links are available.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and my overall reading, are great resources, too.

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Connect Five – List A!

I renewed my four reading groups for 2019 and hope you will join me: “Ethereal“, “Celtic Coasts“, “My Kind Of Mystery“, “Gentle Spectrums“!

Too many hosts stretched rules across bingo cards, a publication year, or purchase year limit.  Finally, challenges with no chance of winning a prize is fruitless work.  Do hosts store their webpages and reviews they receive?  I do:  everything contributed to my groups are referenced in my “past challenge” menus.

Kathryn is generous, with a draw  bimonthly.  She does not say we need to review.  The chance to win a book is motivating for me!  I do not use Kindle and gladly accept every advantage on offer!  I will list my connections under the months in which I make them.  I review everything I read, so please check back.  It matters that hostesses especially, acknowledge my participation by visiting and commenting.  I look forward to that.

Because draws are random among prize entrants:  I am likelier to win if I make more entries.  I excel at thinking-up theme ideas and read a great deal!  However, the same post URL cannot repeat in the same link-up month, therefore I am making differentiated pages.

 

I avoid excess posting about reading challenges.  I will reuse these webpages in succeeding prize draw months.  Following along is as simple as reading my date headings.

I didn’t see Kathryn say how she contacts winners but hope it is e-mail.  Warning, I have had connection trouble with WordPress sites of any kind.  E-mail is where I am sure to get a delightful, important message.  :)

 

Carolyn’s June Connections!

(2)  These are books comprising five different countries!

Death In The Devil’s Acre”  Anne Perry  1985  (ENGLAND)
“The Coroner’s Lunch”  Chris Cotterill  2004  (LAOS)
Evan Help Us”  Rhys Bowen  1998  (WALES)
One For The Money”  Janet Evanovich  1994  (USA)
Wild In The City”  Jan Thornhill  1995  (CANADA)

 

Inlinkz only handles one URL per page.  My multiple, creative entries continue here!

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/

 

Please visit my reviews when you see that their links are available.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and my overall reading, are great resources, too.

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Welcome To RIEDEL Challenges 2019!

To my subscribers and peers, returning to support my reading groups:  hello and thank you!  I started as a blogger and cherish this place where we write articles about topics that matter, exert our creativity, and play.  The Goodreads community became important to me as well.  We welcome a number of them into the blogging world:  hi guys!!!!

Join by adding yourself the linky buttons of your choice.  Never, have I been asked to explain as often as this month how to use a “linky button”.  But basic questions signify the influx of new people discovering what WordPress offers;  a happy event!  Rather than chase all over WordPress and Goodreads, be sure to return and read my reply where you posted it.  I respond to comments and questions I have seen, within two days.

The key is to re-read instructions.
They are all there, on every question asked.  Click, experiment, task from a clearer perspective.  All that the sign-up buttons request, is a name and a website URL.  If you don’t have a blog for making a post;  create a Goodreads shelf for each group theme you join, as your website URL.

Our headquarters is one of the menus atop this blog:  a handy place for our related pages and activities.  https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/headquarters-2019/

 

 

Veteran challenge participants value this:  we avoid finishing reviews and websites in busy November and December, by running from Feburary 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020!  Your book lists may span the calendar year but I felt long ago, that the best way to accommodate reading right up to New Year’s Eve, is to let us breathe.  Tally things in January, when we have much more time.

I draw our prize in December to avoid Canada Post’s annual rise in postage costs.  The festitivities that come with my four themes have no qualification except membership.  They are for seeing how much you read;  not decreeing how many that should be.  I solely ask that you please comment somewhere or e-mail before December, stating entry into the draw.  Some participation fizzles, others do not want a second-hand book or alternate goodies.  I want to award our annual prize to folks who are keen on it and still playing.

Please sign-up if you intend to play.   When I see that we have ample guests in my four groups, I will deliver on games, trivia, and fun that I have had in mind for years.  I will stick to one prize representing my whole quartet at the end of this year.  When we reach ten people in each, I can return to a draw per group and ask authors for sponsorship of festivities throughout a year.  For now, they are for fun.  Knowing how many guests there are, lets me know that these are worthwhile as well.

 

 

I write a notepad or word document to keep track of each group.  This is an organized place to paste all website links connected with my themes:  the sign-up page with information, the review page with instructions, the URL to our blog post or Goodreads shelf, and our list of books that fit.  See mine under each of our 2019 logos.  Planning how many suitable books I have here at home, starts my fun!

Because we start in February and are following the calendar year, many of us have finished and reviewed several books.  Paste your review links with each title.  It is easy to copy and paste them into buttons.  Notepad and word documents are great for seeing if your book choices match my other themes.  Sign-up for these any time.

A useful chat among comment boxes, is hard to find titles.  Many of us are fond of trading paperbacks we have on-hand, for books we seek!  There are swapping resources for Britain and the USA but we Canadians need people willing to trade with us by mail.  Currency, postage, and prices differ but exchanging books evens out wonderfully.

 

 

The review pages are open!  After joining a group, add reviews answering that theme!  Please read the instructions on each of them.  By written description and by example, I explain the forumula for writing our entries.  One thing longtime guests have not done is chat in the comment boxes.  Say hi and tell us how you are;  personally or in books.

Please subscribe to my blog to guarantee catching information, news, and activities.  Or watch for updates here, which I mirror in my Goodreads group.  I am not repeating those years, when I put a lot of effort into entertainment that people did not see.  It is of course voluntary.  You may spend the year adding reviews but an occasional comment to news and discussions is appreciated.

Stay tuned for an activity I will post shortly.  It will be open to everyone:  my blog-readers, Goodreads friends, and people who see it!  You do not need to be a challenge member, if I don’t specify this.

 

 

One riddle for members of any of my groups is already on, a tradition of ours every year:  the “My Kind Of Mystery” logo!  While I am doing one year-end draw, it makes sense that every member, in the mystery theme or not, may solve this logo.  Being a game-player, here in one of my RIEDEL Fascination themes, is enough.  You win a second entry in the year-end draw.

The first clue is already visible:  do you recognize the book cover out of which I made the 2019 logo?  I will let that sit, lest anyone know it right away.  I will gradually add clues until people solve the title, author, and year.  Guesses are unlimited.  Send them by e-mail (RIEDELFascination(at)Gmail(dot)com) so that answers aren’t given away.

A positive new category in “Gentle Spectrums” is for our dear 8 year-old, Conan.  He has been missing since July 2017:  travelling in response to unusual confinement that week.  There are a lot of places a strong, people and forest smart cat can be, in a year and a half.  Ron & I have a very good feeling that this spring of 2019, we are finally going to get this son of ours home.  Please add your healing, protecting, positive energy to this prayer and to anything your life requires.

Reading is entertaining but also a balm for us.  My answer to what reading themes are and why I love them, is that they make sport of a solitary hobby.  Here is a way that it is communal, self-competitive, and fun.  May 2019 be a wonderful, “Hope And Triumph” for all!  Yours truly, Carolyn and family.

Carolyn, baby Love, baby Conan (top), baby Petal (bottom), baby Angel.

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Connect Five Reading Challenge

As I renewed my four reading groups for 2019, I explained that criteria needs to accommodates the books and reading I naturally do.  I like a scavenger hunt more than a challenge;  merely a fun way to categorize and share what I am reading.  I hope you will join me for any of them: “Ethereal“, “Celtic Coasts“, “My Kind Of Mystery“, “Gentle Spectrums“!

 Too many hosts put us through hoops;  stretching rules across bingo cards, a publication year, or purchase limit.  Finally, challenges with no chance of winning a prize are fruitless.  Do hosts store the webpages they create and reviews they receive?  I do:  everything contributed to my groups are referenced in my “past challenge” menus.

 

 

Kathryn is generous, with a draw  bimonthly.  We do not need to review.  The chance to win a book, since I do not use Kindle and gladly accept every advantage on offer, is motivating for me!

I will maintain this blog post and list my connections under the months in which I make them.  I review everything I read when I have time, so please check back.

Thank you for thinking-up something fun again, Kathryn.  Perhaps I host something for you and your subscribers, as well!  It matters that you visit and comment.  I look forward to it.  :)
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Carolyn’s January Connections.

These are my first return to authors, since trying them!  How is that for creative?  Some, I jumped to continue with;  others have taken a few years to revisit.

Murder On St. Mark’s Place”  Victoria Thompson  2000
Payment In Blood”  Elizabeth George  1989
Tears Of The Giraffe”  Alexander McCall Smith  2000
Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy Sayers  1927
Mystery Mile”  Margery Allingham  1930

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Carolyn’s June Connections!

(1)  These are 40+ year-old heroes and heroines!  Now, that is creative and a pleasure to read:  realistic, adult age protagonists!

The Last Word”  Ellery Adams  2011
Cause Of Death”  Patricia Cornwell  1996
Stalking Lamb”  Marian Babson  1974
So Much Blood” Simon Brett  1976
“Bury Your Dead”  Louise Penny  2010

 

Inlinkz only handles one URL per page.  My multiple, creative entries continue here!

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/

 

Please visit my reviews when you see that their links are available.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and my overall reading, are great resources, too.

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Carolyn’s Gentle Spectrums 2019

I created Gentle Spectrums, after enjoying title and word games but finding rules narrrow.  I love scavenger hunts through my shelves, that fit my reading fancy.  I have many colour titles and would not abide a limit of one hue in a year.  The thrill of matching books is to keep on adding them, isn’t it?

Six years ago, Gentle Spectrums solved that problem:  the first group with unlimited colours!  This remains the only one mixing that theme, with an easy-to-fill game of broad headings.  I blended my favourite traits in an inclusive way.  If you like my creativity and flexibility:  join via this year’s beautiful butterfly logo!

Here are my ideas for the new selection of headings.  Please visit again for the book reviews I link up to my lists.

 

(1)  LIMITLESS PALETTE ~ COLOURS!
Include:  colourful, colour, bright, light, iridescent, iridescence, dark, shade, hue, spectrum, rainbow, prism.

“Golden Threads”  Kay Hooper  1989
“Mystery Of The Black Diamonds”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1954
“Grey Mask”  Patricia Wentworth  1928

 

(2)  CANADIAN

“The Stonewalkers”  Vivien Alcock  1981
“The Great Airport Mystery”  Leslie McFarlane  1930

 

(3)  CONTINENTS
Choose titles that mention continents, any books in or from continents other than yours, general atlases, geography;  spotlights other than of your continent.

“Payment In Blood”  Elizabeth George  1989  (Scotland)
“Mystery Mile”  Margery Allingham  1930  (England)
“It Happened In Arles”  Mabel Esther Allan  1964  (France)
“Death In The Devil’s Acre”  Anne Perry  1985  (England)

 

(4)  FASHION AND DECOR
Include titles containing words that go with fashion or home decor and books about these things as well!

“The Anodyne Necklace”  Martha Grimes  1982  (the word “necklace”)
“The Lamp At Noon And Other Stories”  Sinclair Ross  1968  (the word “lamp”)

 

(5)  EDUCATIONAL
Look for words associated with education.  Or the books may be instructional:  manuals, school readers….

“Morality For Beautiful Girls” Alexander McCall Smith  2001

 

(6)  HOPE AND TRIUMPH!
A new one, with our kitty in mind, whom we pray is returned home to us this year!

“Always Give A Penny To A Blind Man”  Eric Wright  1999

 

(7)  ANIMALS

“The Password To Larkspur Lane”  Walter Karig  1933
“Different Dragons”  Jean Little  1986
“Reflections Of Eden:  My Years With The Orangutans Of Borneo”  Biruté M.F. Galdikas  1995
“Wild Geese”  Martha Ostenso  1925
“Where Nests The Water Hen”  Gabrielle Roy  1950
“Tears Of The Giraffe”  Alexander McCall Smith  2000

 

(8)  NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

“Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy Sayers  1927  (the word “clouds”)
“A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1973  (the word “palm”)
“Evan Help Us”  Rhys Bowen  1998  (set in the Welsh mountains)
“Sea Swept”  Nora Roberts  1998  (the word “sea”)
“The Secret Of Devil’s Cave”  Jennifer Hale  1973  (the word “cave”)
“Settlers Of The Marsh”  Frederick Philip  1925  (the word “marsh”)

 

(9)  THE ARTS
Fine arts, photography, music, film-making, poetry.  Key words in titles, or books about these.

“Robert Service:  A Great Canadian Poet’s Love Affair With The North”  Elle Andra-Warner  2004

 

(10)  TOYS OR HOBBIES
Let’s make these well-established toys or hobbies, in title or contents.

“Murder Pans Out”  Emily Toll  2003  (gold-panning country)
“Ajax Penumbra 1969”  Robin Sloan  2013  (riddle-solving and books)

 

(11)  HEALTHFULNESS!
Happy feelings, drink, food, exercise, medicine, energy, medical or spiritual professionals.

“Murder On St. Mark’s Place”  Victoria Thompson  2000  (a midwife)
“Monk’s Hood”  Ellis Peters  1980  (an herbalist monk)
“Solace For A Sinner”  Caroline Roe  2000  (a doctor)
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Here is what I read for Gentle Spectrums last year!
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/carolyns-gentlespectrums2018/

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Carolyn’s My Kind Of Mystery

I have run My Kind Of Mystery since 2014!  It is the only group to cover every kind of book about mysteries;  even biographies and tutorials!  If you read any mystery material:  this group is for you.  I created it, in answer to excessive focus on the crime type.  Many think of that as a synonym, rather than one branch.  I love solving MYSTERIES, far better than solving crimes.  When hosts devised bingo cards, or capped publishing dates;  the books we could qualify narrowed more.  Here is a place for all of them!

I don’t have time to break-up genres and groups with no prizes are pointless work.  My criteria is to join and share, with optional festivities.  I have been happy to contribute to the wonderful mystery community for six years!

Join me via the link in our logo!  The identify of its originating novel is a riddle to solve.  Contact me with guesses any time you would like to venture them.  Please enjoy and return to see my reviews as I write them.

 

 

 

CAROLYN’S MY KIND OF MYSTERY 2019 ~

Murder On St. Mark’s Place”  Victoria Thompson  2000
Payment In Blood”  Elizabeth George  1989
Tears Of The Giraffe”  Alexander McCall Smith  2000
Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy Sayers  1927
Mystery Mile”  Margery Allingham  1930
The Last Word”  Ellery Adams  2011
One Book In The Grave”  Kate Carlisle  2012
Death In The Devil’s Acre”  Anne Perry  1985
The Secret Of Chimneys”  Agatha Christie  1925
(10) “The Great Airport Mystery”  Leslie McFarlane  1930

The Password To Larkspur Lane”  Walter Karig  1933
Aunt Dimity And The Next Of Kin”  Nancy Atherton  2005
The Case Of The Killer Divorce”  Barbara Venkataraman  2014
One For The Money”  Janet Evanovich  1994
Cause Of Death”  Patricia Cornwell  1996
Wait Till Helen Comes”  Mary Downing Hahn  1986
The Scariest Night”  Betty Ren Wright  1991
The Mystery In Dracula’s Castle”  Vic Crume  1973
“Bury Your Dead”  Louise Penny  2010

(20) “Rivers Of London”  Ben Aaronovitch  2011

“The Coroner’s Lunch”  Chris Cotterill  2004
So Much Blood”  Simon Brett  1976
Death Of A Perfect Mother”  Robert Barnard  1981
Stalking Lamb”  Marian Babson  1974
Evan Help Us”  Rhys Bowen  1998
“The Anodyne Necklace”  Martha Grimes  1983
“It Happened In Arles”  Mabel Esther Allan  1964
“The Cold Heart Of Capricorn”  Martha C. Lawrence  1997
“Masquerade In Venice”  Velda Johnston 1973
(30) “A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1973

“Mystery Of The Black Diamonds”   Phyllis A. Whitney   1954

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Upcoming Ideas

“Golden Threads”  Kay Hooper  1989
“The Stonewalkers”  Vivien Alcock  1981
“Cirak’s Daughter”  Charlotte MacLeod  1982
“Grey Mask”  Patricia Wentworth  1928
“The House On The Roof”  Mignon G. Eberhart  1934
“The Secret Of Devil’s Cave”  Jennifer Hale  1973
“Haunted”  Patricia Rosemoor  1993
“Bride Of Pendorric”  Victoria Holt  1963
“Solace For A Sinner”  Caroline Roe  2000
“Her Royal Spyness”  Rhys Bowen  2007
“The Death Of Riley”  Rhys Bowen  2002
“The League Of Frightened Men”  Rex Stout  1935
“Death At The President’s Lodging”  Michael Innes  1936
“The Missing Madonna”  Sister Carol Anne O’Marie  1988
“A Dry Spell”  Susie Moloney  1997
“The Body On The Beach”  Simon Brett  2000
“Let Us Prey”  Dorothy Eden  1952
“Phénomènes Inexpliqués”  Janet Lunn & Claudine Azoulay  2008
“The House Next Door”  Ann Rivers Siddons  1978
“Ajax Penumbra 1969”  Robin Sloan  2013
“Illusion At Haven’s Edge”  Dorothy Daniels  1975

“The Mysterium”  Eric McCormack  1992
“The Trickster”  Muriel Gray  1994
“Secret Of The Samurai Sword”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1958
“Secret Of The Tiger’s Eye”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1961
“Mystery Of The Angry Idol”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1965
“Secret Of The Spotted Shell”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1967
“Secret Of Goblin Glen”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1968
“The Mystery Of The Crimson Ghost”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1969
“Secret Of The Missing Footprint”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1970
“The Vanishing Scarecrow”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1971
“Mystery Of The Scowling Boy”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1973
“Secret Of The Stone Face”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1977
“The Shadow Wife”  Dorothy Eden  1967
“The Unpleasantness At Scargrave Manor”  Stephanie Barron  1996
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Here is what I read for My Kind Of Mystery last year!
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/carolyns-my-kind-of-mystery/

Here are our 2019 reviews.
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/mykindmystery2019/my-kind-reviews/

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Carolyn’s Celtic Coasts

I have run it since 2016:  the perfect name for the only group that covers all three Celtic countries!  Whatever genre your passion might be;  if your author is born or residing in Celtic country, if your literature takes place among these countries, or is connected to them strongly:  this group is for you.

I created Celtic Coasts, after the Irish group retired that I enjoyed.  Ireland is part of my heritage, as is Scotland.  Ron & I had the thrill of seeing Scotland for ourselves in 2009.  There have been Scottish challenges but none for Wales.  Whether you sum up a few groups here as your home base, or like me, prefer a place to mix and match these three cultures:  I am very proud to provide this unique forum, Celtic Coasts.

Join me via the link in this logo!  I also invite you to visit the reviews I write, of Celtic books I read this year.  Here are my plans.

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CAROLYN’S CELTIC COASTS ~

“Payment In Blood”  Elizabeth George  1989
“Tears Of The Giraffe”  Alexander McCall Smith  2000

“Bridge Of Friendship”  Mabel Esther Allan  1975
“Central Line”  Maeve Binchy  1978
“Echoes”  Maeve Binchy  1985
“The Ghost Children”  Eve Bunting  1989
“Death At The President’s Lodging”  Michael Innes  1936
“Into The Fire”  Jodi McIsaac  2013
“The Trickster”  Muriel Gray  1994

 

Here are the Celtic-related books I read last year.
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/carolyns-celtic-coasts-2018/

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Carolyn’s Ethereal 2019

I have run ETHEREAL since 2014:  the perfect name for the only group to cover all metaphysical, spiritual, and magical ground!  Real spiritual, healing, psychic disciplines….  paranormal, fantasy fiction….  religious or folk traditions, mythology, legends, or science fiction that is out of this world.

I created ETHEREAL, after not encountering a group for what I am most passionate:  about spirits.  I am excited about a lot of extra-sensory subjects, that had fit nowhere.  I created this place that covers everything;  even children’s books with inanimate personages.

Please join through the link in the logo.  Here are my plans for spiritual, encouraging, mystical, and empowering reading this year!  Visit my reviews, as I write them.  I also have alphabetized menus at the top of this blog.

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CAROLYN’S ETHEREAL 2019 ~

“The Missing Madonna”  Sister Carol Anne O’Marie  1988
“Shattered Silk”  Juliet Blackwell  2016
“Timescape”  Robert Liparulo  2009
“Into The Fire”  Jodi McIsaac  2013
“Owls In The Family”  Farley Mowat  1961
“The Darkest Road”  Guy Gavriel Kay  1986
“A Dry Spell”  Susie Moloney  1997
“The Mysterium”  Eric McCormack  1992
“The Dragon & The Dry Goods Princess”  David Arnason  1991
“More Strawberries, Reflections In Fiction”  Joseph S. Banel  1990

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Here is what I read last year.
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/carolyns-ethereal-2018/

Here are our 2019 reviews.
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/ethereal-2019/ethereal-reviews/

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