Ok — so I have allowed the success of completing one reading challenge go to my head, and I have decided (or rather, was strongly urged by Kaye) to sign up for another one. This one does sound like a lot of fun, it sounds doable, it will allow me to read some books that are already on my bookshelves, and it will provide a much needed break from all the “big” books that I will have to read this summer for school. How could I possibly pass it up?!
I have signed up for the Cozy Mystery Challenge, hosted by Kris at Not Enough Books, and the specific rules can be found at her site. Essentially, the challenge runs from April 1 to September 30 (6 months) and I must read 6 cozy mysteries in that time frame. The mysteries can be read one a month – all 6 in one month – or any combination in between. Up to 4 of the cozies can count towards other challenges; she only requests that 2 be exclusive to this challenge. While the following list is certainly subject to change (mostly because I read Lesa’s Book Critiques every day and I am constantly adding to my wish list)……here are my initial 6 — all are currently sitting on my bookshelves just waiting for me to read them:
- Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
- On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
- The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly
- Gunpowder Green by Laura Childs
- Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett
I notice a pattern here: all six books either focus on food, caffeine, or bookstores — 3 of my favorite topics. While I do not expect these mysteries to cause me to ponder serious subject matters, or to lead to significant literary discussions, I do expect to be quickly transported to a lovely setting with fun, endearing characters who will certainly face problems, but are sure to find a satisfying solution.
So how about you? Are you a fan of cozy mysteries? Have you never read one but think you might like them? Go ahead and sign up for the challenge today. What have you got to lose?