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Cruisin 2013

What: 2013 Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Yvonne (Socrates’ Book Reviews)
Rules: Choose a level. Read the corresponding number of cozy mysteries. All formats — audio and e-book — are acceptable. Reviews not required:

Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books

  1. Fonduing Fathers (Hyzy, Julie) (2 Jan 13) – 4 stars
  2. The Scarlet Pepper (St. James, Dorothy) (3 Jan 13) – 4 stars
  3. And Only to Deceive (Alexander, Tasha) (26 Jan 13) – 4 stars
  4. The Diva Takes the Cake (Davis, Krista) (25 May 13) – 4 stars
  5. Her Royal Spyness (Bowen, Rhys) (10 Aug 13) – 4 stars
  6. The Cocoa Conspiracy (Penrose, Andrea) (17 Aug 13) – 4 stars
  7. Oak and Dagger (St. James, Dorothy) (31 Aug 13) – 4 stars
  8. A Deadly Grind (Hamilton, Victoria) (6 Sep 13) – 4 stars
  9. Books Can Be Deceiving (McKinlay, Jenn) (19 Sep 13) – 3 stars

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2013EbookChallenge

What: 2013 E-book Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Workaday Reads
Rules: Pick a level and read the required number of e-books.

My goal is CD (10 e-books)  DVD – 25 ebooks

  1. The Big Four (Christie, Agatha) (8 Jan 13) – 3 stars
  2. Stepping on Roses, Vol. 2 (Rinko Ueda) (21 Feb 13) – 3 stars
  3. The Earl and the Fairy, Vol. 1 (Ayuko; Mizue Tani) (21 Feb 13) – 4 stars
  4. A Dream of Stone and Shadow (Liu, Marjorie M.) (24 Feb 13) – 5 stars
  5. A Most Naked Solution (Randol, Anna) (24 Feb 13) – 5 stars
  6. The Lion Triumphant (Carr, Philippa) (10 Mar 13) – 3 stars
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling, J. K.) (21 Mar 13) – 5 stars
  8. Reflected Desire (Castle, Kendra Leigh) (31 Mar 13)  – 4 stars
  9. A Little Night Muse (Slade, Jessa) (31 Mar 13) – 4 stars
  10. Pride and Prejudice (Austen, Jane) (6 Apr 13) – 5 stars
  11. The Witch from the Sea (Carr, Philippa) (20 May 13) – 3 stars
  12. Chosen (Swank, Denise Grover) (28 May 13) – 4 stars
  13. Shifter Made (Ashley, Jennifer) (17 Jun 13) – 3 stars
  14. Saraband For Two Sisters (Carr, Philippa) (30 Jun 13) – 3 stars
  15. Murder on the Orient Express (Christie, Agatha) (6 Aug 13) – 5 stars
  16. Her Royal Spyness (Bowen, Rhys) (10 Aug 13) – 4 stars
  17. Lament for a Lost Lover (Carr, Philippa) (11 Sep 13) – 4 stars
  18. After the Funeral (Christie, Agatha) (13 Sep 13) – 4 stars

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What: 2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Historical Tapestry
Rules: Choose a level and read the corresponding number of books. Any type of historical fiction is acceptable — historical fantasy (steampunk?), historical mystery, historical romance:

Medieval – 15 books

  1. And Only to Deceive (Alexander, Tasha) (26 Jan 13) – 4 stars (Victorian)
  2. The Miracle at St. Bruno’s (Carr, Philippa) (28 Jan 13) – 3 stars (Tudor)
  3. The Lion Triumphant (Carr, Philippa) (10 Mar 13) – 3 stars (Elizabethan)
  4. Pride and Prejudice (Austen, Jane) (6 Apr 13) – 5 stars (Regency)
  5. Dark Triumphant (LaFevers, Robin) (13 Apr 13) – 5 stars (14th Century)
  6. The Masque of the Black Tulip (Willig, Lauren) (5 May 13) – 4 stars (Regency)
  7. The Witch from the Sea (Carr, Philippa) (20 May 13) – 3 stars (late Elizabethan)
  8. The Unfinished Clue (Heyer, Georgette) (22 May 13) – 4 stars (after WWI)
  9. The Dragon and the Pearl (Lin, Jeannie) (12 Jun 13) – 5 stars
  10. Saraband For Two Sisters (Carr, Philippa) (30 Jun 13) – 3 stars
  11. Murder on the Orient Express (Christie, Agatha) (6 Aug 13) – 5 stars
  12. Her Royal Spyness (Bowen, Rhys) (10 Aug 13) – 4 stars (before WWII)
  13. The Cocoa Conspiracy (Penrose, Andrea) (17 Aug 13) – 4 stars (Regency)
  14. No Proper Lady (Cooper, Isabel) (29 Aug 13) – 3 stars (alternate reality Victorian Era, but not Steampunk)
  15. My Fair Concubine (Lin, Jeannie) (4 Sep 13) – 5 stars

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Mount TBR 2013

What: 2013 Mount TBR Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Bev (My Reader’s Block)
Rules: Choose a “mountain”. Only books owned prior to 1 January 2013 count.

I’m doing this one a little differently in 2013. Instead of tracking my progress here, I’ve joined the Goodreads group Bev set up for the challenge. Here is the link to my thread — Climb Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books.

To make it extra challenging, I’m only counting books that have been in my possession since December 2011. No books bought in 2012 will count toward this challenge.

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What: 2013 Off the Shelf Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Dutchie (Bookish Ardour)
Rules: Read books that you own, but haven’t gotten around to reading, for whatever reason. Only books you own prior to 1 January 2012 count toward the challenge.

Level: Trying — 15 books

Instead of doing two nearly identical challenges, I’ve decided to make them a little different. For this challenge, I’m going to read Young Adult only — the only restriction will be that I owned them before 1 January 2013.

I will track this challenge on my master reading list for 2013.

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quick fix2013

What: 2013 Quick Fix Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Jessie (Jessie’s Book Place)
Rules: Read shorter books — less than 300 pages. Pick a level and read the required number of books. Reviews are not necessary, but the hostess will have a linky for them. Manga, graphic novels, and YA/MG count — and so do audiobooks. And re-reads. Visit her blog for more details and to sign up.

My goal is — Gorilla glue (20+ books) 30 Books

  1. Fonduing Fathers (Hyzy, Julie) (2 Jan 13) – 4 stars – (277 pgs.) — story ends on pg 277; recipes end on pg 293
  2. The Big Four (Christie, Agatha) (8 Jan 13) – 3 stars — (eBook) 160 “pages”.
  3. The Wolf’s Surrender (Castle, Kendra Leigh) (18 Feb 13) – 4 stars — 298 pgs.
  4. Stepping on Roses, Vol. 2 (Rinko Ueda (21 Feb 13) – 3 stars — (manga) 185 pgs.
  5. The Earl and the Fairy, Vol. 1 (Ayuko; Mizue Tani) (21 Feb 13) – 4 stars — (manga) 181 pgs.
  6. A Dream of Stone and Shadow (Liu, Marjorie M.) (24 Feb 13) – 5 stars — (ebook) 98 pgs.
  7. A Most Naked Solution (Randol, Anna) (24 Feb 13) – 5 stars — (ebook) 114 pgs.
  8. “Whisper of Sin” (Singh, Nalini), Burning Up (Anthology) (20 Mar 13) – 5 stars — 87 pgs.
  9. White Hot (Bruhns, Nina) (30 Mar 13) – 4 stars — 283 pgs.
  10. The One that Got Away (Hunter, Kelly) (31 Mar 13) – 4 stars — 216 pgs.
  11. Reflected Desire (Castle, Kendra Leigh) (31 Mar 13)  – 4 stars — ebook — 65 pgs.
  12. A Little Night Muse (Slade, Jessa) (31 Mar 13) – 4 stars — (ebook)  — 89 pgs.
  13. A Lot Like Love (James, Julie) (11 Apr 13) – 4 stars — 274 pgs.
  14. Monsoon Wedding Fever (Narayanan, Shoma) (14 Apr 13) – 4 stars — 186 pgs.
  15. About That Night (James, Julie) (11 Jun 13) – 5 stars — 284 pgs
  16. The Dragon and the Pearl (Lin, Jeannie) (12 Jun 13) – 5 stars — 280 pgs.
  17. Shifter Made (Ashley, Jennifer) (17 Jun 13) – 3 stars — (ebook) — 38 pgs.
  18. Primal Bonds (Ashley, Jennifer) (17 Jun 13) – 3 stars — 298 pgs.
  19. Black City (Henry, Christina) (5 Jul 13) – 4 stars — 276 pgs.
  20. “In Darkness Still” (Duvall, Dianne), Predatory (Anthology) (18 Jul 13) – 5 stars — 79 pgs.
  21. Lord of the Abyss (Singh, Nalini) (4 Aug 13) – 5 stars — 281 pgs.
  22. Murder on the Orient Express (Christie, Agatha) (6 Aug 13) – 5 stars — 265 pgs.
  23. Vacation with a Vampire (Hauf, M.; Castle, K. L.; Childs, L.) (30 Aug 12) – 4 stars (anthology) — 282 pgs.
  24. My Fair Concubine (Lin, Jeannie) (4 Sep 13) – 5 stars — 280 pgs.
  25. A Deadly Grind (Hamilton, Victoria) (6 Sep 13) – 4 stars — 288 pgs.
  26. After the Funeral (Christie, Agatha) (13 Sep 13) – 4 stars — 286 pgs.
  27. A Touch of Midnight (Adrian, Lara) (16 Sep 13) – 4 stars — 166 pgs.
  28. Books Can Be Deceiving (McKinlay, Jenn) (19 Sep 13) – 3 stars — 269 pgs
  29. Blue Forever (Bruhns, Nina) (29 Sep 13) – 4 stars — 293 pgs.

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rrcnew2013

What: 2013 Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Naida (the bookworm)
Rules: Read and review 5 romance books. Naida is also doing two give-a-ways this year, so go visit her blog for more details and to join.

Once again I’m going set extra guidelines for myself — these are NOT required by the hostess. I do it to make it more challenging and to ensure I have a bit of variety:

  • Only one category romance (Harlequin Historical, Superromance, etc.)
  • No re-reads
  • No Young Adult/New Adult, except Wild Card
  • Four of the 5 must have been in my TBR prior to 31 December 2010

And…

  • 1 Historical RomanceThe Dragon and the Pearl (Lin, Jeannie) (12 Jun 13) – 5 stars
  • 1 Paranormal RomanceAshes of Midnight (Adrian, Lara) (21 Jan 13) – 4 stars
  • 1 Contemporary Romance (w/o paranormal elements or romantic suspense)A Lot Like Love (James, Julie) (11 Apr 13) – 4 stars
  • 1 Romantic Suspense (FBI, military, cops, etc.) — Fade to Black (Parrish, Leslie) (24 Aug 13) – 3 stars
  • Wild CardDark Triumphant (LaFevers, Robin) (13 Apr 13) – 5 stars (YA, Speculative Fiction, Historical Fiction)

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2013seqchall2

What: 2013 Sequel Challenge 2009
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Auntie Spinelli Reads
Rules: Started a new series, but haven’t gotten around to reading the next book? The goal of this challenge is to read as many sequels as you can — or need. As long as the book is the 2nd, or later, in the series it counts. Novellas and short stories that are half-steps also count (#1.5 counts, but not #0.5). The total number of books is entirely up to the individual.

My goal will be 12 books. Additionally, I’ve decided that they will all be the 2nd in the series.

  1. The Scarlet Pepper (St. James, Dorothy) (3 Jan 13) – 4 stars (White House Gardner #2)
  2. White Hot (Bruhns, Nina) (30 Mar 13) – 4 stars (Men in Uniform #2)
  3. A Lot Like Love (James, Julie) (11 Apr 13) – 4 stars (FBI/US Attorney #2)
  4. Dark Triumphant (LaFevers, Robin) (13 Apr 13) – 5 stars (His Fair Assassin #2)
  5. The Masque of the Black Tulip (Willig, Lauren) (5 May 13) – 4 stars (Pink Carnation #2)
  6. The Diva Takes the Cake (Davis, Krista) (25 May 13) – 4 stars — (Domestic Diva #2)
  7. Primal Bonds (Ashley, Jennifer) (17 Jun 13) – 3 stars (Shifters Unbound #2)
  8. Embrace the Night Eternal (Ware, Joss) (13 Jul 13) – 4 stars (Envy Chronicles #2)
  9. Archangel’s Kiss (Singh, Nalini) (31 Jul 13) – 4 stars (Guild Hunter #2)
  10. The Cocoa Conspiracy (Penrose, Andrea) (17 Aug 13) – 4 stars (Lady Arianna #2)
  11. Midnight Reckoning (Castle, Kendra Leigh)  (22 Sep 13) – 5 stars (Dark Dynasties #2)

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What: 2013 Seriously Series Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Reading the Paranormal & On a Book Bender
Rules: The goal is to catch up on as many series as you want by the end of the year. The hostesses made the challenge very flexible. Go here to see the guidelines and sign up.

Despite the fact I have many series that I’m trying to read (having arrived late to the game), I’m only tackling three for this challenge.

SEMI-SERIOUS (3 series, all started prior to 2013)

Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed: 3/6 7

  • A Touch of Midnight (Midnight Breed 0.5) (16 Sep 13) – 4 stars
  • Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed 6) (21 Jan 13) – 4 stars
  • Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed 7) (14 Apr 13) – 4 stars
  • Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed 8) (8 May 13) – 4 Stars
  • Deeper than Midnight (Midnight Breed 9) (17 Jul 13) – 4 stars
  • “A Taste of Midnight” (Midnight Breed 9.5)
  • Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed 10)

Jessica Andersen’s Final Prophecy/Nightkeepers: 0/1

  • Spellfire (Nightkeepers 8)

Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling: 4/4 (COMPLETE!!)

  • “Whisper of Sin” (#8.5) (#0.6), Burning Up (anthology) (20 Mar 13) – 5 stars
  • Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling 11) (16 Mar 13) – 5 stars
  • Wild Invitation (Psy-Changeling Anthology) (17 Mar 13) – 5 stars
  • Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling 12) (6 Jun 13) – 4 stars

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What: 2013 Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge: Scattergories
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Bev (My Reader’s Block)
Rules: Read at least 8 vintage (pre-1960) mysteries. Each book must fit one of the categories from a list created by the hostess. There is a mini-challenge (4 books) for those who are looking for a smaller commitment. To sign up or to see more details and the full list of categories, go here.

  • 2. Murder by the Numbers: a book with a number, quantity in the title ~ The Big Four {HP #5} (Agatha Christie) — 8 Jan 13 – 3 stars
  • 4. Leave It to the Professionals: a book featuring cops, private eyes, secret service, professional spies, etc. ~ They Found Him Dead {Inspector Hannasyde #3} (Georgette Heyer)
  • 5. Jolly Old England: one mystery set in Britain ~ A Blunt Instrument {Inspector Hannasyde #4} (Georgette Heyer)
  • 7. World Traveler: one mystery set in any country except the US or Britain ~ Death on the Nile {HP #15} (Agatha Christie)
  • 12. Murderous Methods: a book with a means of death in the title (The Noose, 5 Bullets, Deadly Nightshade, etc) ~ Behold, Here’s Poison {Inspector Hannasyde #2} (Georgette Heyer)
  • 14. Scene of the Crime: a book with the location of the crime in the title (The Body in the Library, Murder at the Vicarage, etc.) ~ Death in the Stocks {Inspector Hannasyde #1} (Georgette Heyer) — (5 Sep 13) – 3 stars
  • 17. Country House Criminals: a standard (or not-so-standard) Golden Age country house murder ~ The Unfinished Clue (Georgette Heyer) — (22 May 13) – 4 stars
  • 19. Planes, Trains & Automobiles: a mystery that involves a mode of transportation in a vital way–explicitly in the title (Murder on the Orient Express) or by implication (Death in the Air; Death Under Sail) or perhaps the victim was shoved under a bus…. ~ Murder on the Orient Express {HP #9} (Agatha Christie) — (6 Aug 13) – 5 stars

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UNCOMPLETED

What: 2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2013
Who: Auntie Spinelli Reads & Megan Likes Books
Rules: Read as many paranormal books as you can/want. Each month the hostesses will feature a different paranormal creature.

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