I have been a member of Goodreads (www.goodreads.com) for several years, but after an initial burst of activity, I let my participation fall away. This year, I have resolved to become more active, to post my reads and participate in some discussions. Therefore I have taken on a Cozy Mysteries reading challenge. The goal is to read ten books by July 31. Each book must fit a particular category/theme. The themes are
#1 British – English – Books that take place in the United Kingdom countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
#2 Historical/Period – Any book that takes place prior to 1940.
#3 Animals – Any book with an animal as a main character, subject of the book, book takes place in a pet shop, stable, etc.
#4 Culinary/Cooking – Food themed mysteries.
#5 Paranormal – Anything centered around the occult, witches, vampires, werewolves, Psychics, ghosts, etc.
#6 Vacation Mysteries/Exotic Locations – Any book that takes place outside the United States and/or outside the country in which you live.
#7 Holidays – Any holiday themed mystery.
#8 Hobbies – Any mystery that centers around a hobby, craft, sport, etc.
#9 Professions/Careers/Jobs/Occupations – Any mystery that centers on or highlights a particular job. Doesn’t matter if the job is that of the person murdered, or that of the amateur slueth.
#10 Senior Slueths – Read a mystery where the sleuth is 50 or older.
My personal challenge is to see how many books I can find that fit not only the challenge theme, but my personal theme of mysteries with recipes. Some will be easy as I already am aware of a series that does both. For example, Maggie Sefton’s knitting series covers the hobbies theme and includes a recipe.
Feel free to play along.
Happy reading and happy eating!