Ever since I was a small girl, I was enthralled to read about spirits and anything to do with mysterious places; electric discoveries missed by modern society’s eye. So, I thought a logical place to read about this kind of wonderment should be in the genre called “mystery” and indeed, for children, mysterious mysteries abounded.
When I neared adulthood, the prolific gothic paperbacks dwindled with the rise of “cozy myteries”, which were not as suspenseful or eerie. I’m not into horror but nor do I like spirits and secrecy downplayed by comedy. Like “standard adult mysteries”, they most often comprise with crime cases. I know this because I too, read a good share of the standard, cozy, and classic detective branches. What I realized with a jolt is that properly mysterious mysteries, puzzling out anything but legal trespasses, were so few that most people are unaware of them! It concerned me enough to see people using “crime” as a synonym for the genre, “mystery”, when it is but one possibility; that I created this group to regain attention on the enthralling other kinds.
How did I dream this up?
When I created “My Kind Of Mystery”, there is one other thing I wanted to do: make a home for every kind. This group provides a catch-all for every connection. Here is a place too, for books associated with mystery authors: autobiographies, tutorials, forays into other writing…. I take great interest in real world mysteries, like Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Its boobytrapped money pit has captivated the world since 1795 and investigation is on-going -currently- on television.
I see results of my discussion that make me happy! When encountering folks who said they didn’t care for mystery and clarifying that they can be unrelated to crime: it dawns on them that they enjoy mystery after all. Regaining focus on the many other branches did the trick. Notice on the review page, book covers representing them all: the adult standard, the classic, the lighter tones, and the suspensefully eerie. This is home base!
This is what I matched with My Kind Of Mystery last year.
How to join!
(1) Please comment that you are joining.
Make a blog post or page, including our logo and a link leading folks here. It is all right to combine challenges in one place but a post, or visible display of our group, is appreciated. If you have questions, e-mail RIEDELFascination(at)gmail(dot)com.
In place of a blog, include the URL to somewhere else you will track reading for our group, like your Goodreads webpage. Please advertize for us any way you can: perhaps you have numerous Goodreads or Twitter followers….
(2) Add your review URLs to our review page, categorized by author.
The entry format is shown there. If you don’t review, use the comment box to share a list of titles. I suggest a monthly list if you read profusely. You may also leave an URL where there are updates. That is all!
Unless…. you would like to see the surprises I have in store?
The more interest from you, the more creative activities are worth doing!
(3) Stay tuned for special events, via a “Headquarters” menu at the top of this blog.
Reading groups are a fun social community for book journeys. Rules should not narrow books that qualify but motivate them. Therefore membership is easy: sign-up and share progress. Games and discussions are sprinkled alongside: like desserts you can choose. Hehe!
The keyhole is unlocked!
Click it for an array of activities. This keyhole will unlock at our “Headquarters 2018” page too!
The format and length of literature is of no matter.
There is no fretting about goals, or completing a level and signing off. Better to party all year and see where our reading takes us! These fun names are merely a creative way to share where we are. I also have a Goodreads forum, serving all four of my reading groups.
I award a year-end prize the first week of December! When you join, or any time before December, add yourself to the draw by e-mail or comment box. It is your choice of a novel from my collection, or alternatively, a choice of nice miscellaneous items. My draws extend to everyone internationally!
Get your name in the prize bowl twice! All group members are invited to solve the logo of “My Kind Of Mystery”. E-mail, if you think you know the author and book title. Comment, to request fresh clues. Chat to show that sleuthing is on!
I draw one year-end winner for all four of my groups, due to low participation and finances. If membership booms, I could justify offering an additional prize. If you know readers who favour similar genres, please tell them about us!
* RIEDEL is spelled I before E, like “Justin Bieber” and is pronounced likewise. It rhymes with “needle”. There is a peculiar pull to misspell it, ‘e’ before ‘i’, instead of following what is in front of us. Please resist that pull.
I am glad you found my reading group. I wish you a happy new year 2018!