Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014


Welcome to the fourth annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! I'm still loving the cozies and this is one of the few challenges I plan to continue hosting.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out Cozy-Mystery.com. This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it's just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

So, here are the rules...

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:

Level 1 - Snoop - Read at least 6 books

Level 2 - Investigator - Read 7-12 books

Level 3 - Super Sleuth - Read 13 or more books


****AMENDED: LEVEL 3 - SUPER SLEUTH - READ 13-20 BOOKS

LEVEL 4 - Sleuth Extraordinaire - Read 20 or more



2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2014 and ends December 31, 2014.

3. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, ebooks...it all counts!

5. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link.  I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up by clicking here.

6. Take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky below. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

7. I'm going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won't be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.



Have fun!

Sign up link...



Completed reviews link (all books must be read after 1/1/14).



Wrap up challenge posts link




As for me, I will be going to level 2 this year and will list my reads here...

1.  Paws for Murder by Annie Knox (Click here for review.)

2.  Don't Cry Over Killed Milk by Stephen Kaminski (Click here for review.)

3. Playing with Fire by J.J. Cook (Click here for review.)

4. Lending A Paw by Laurie Cass (Click here for review.)

5. A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan (Click here for review.)


6. A Tough Nut to Kill by Elizabeth Lee (Click here to read review.)

7. Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette (Click here to read review.)

8.  Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti (Click here for review.)

9.  Tax Cut by Michele Lynn Seigfried (Click here for review.)

10.  Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi (Click here for review.)

11.  Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown (Click here to read review.)

12.  Iced to Death by Peg Cochran (Click here to read review.)

51 comments:

  1. Wow, it's already time for the 2014 one! Time flies!

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  2. This sounds like "cozy" fun, Yvonne! :)

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  3. I utterly fail at remembering to link up my reviews, sigh. But I'm in again for 2014. Maybe I'll do better at linking next year. :)

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  4. Love this one - signed up again. hope to do better.

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  5. Hi, I mistakenly posted my blog link to the completed challenge list. Can you please remove it? I loved this challenge last time and am eager to do it again.

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  6. I just found this challenge, and it sounds great--I'm a huge cozy mystery fan (although I love almost any kind of mystery!). Do we have to choose a level to begin and stick to it, or can we change it during the year to a higher level? Thanks for hosting this challenge!

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    1. Welcome to the challenge. Yes, you can change during the year.

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  7. This looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for hosting.

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  8. I am excited to find others who have joined to participate in this cozies read challenge. I would say I'm a Snoop most definitely but would probably fit up in Level 2.

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  9. Sounds like fun :) I'm going for level 4!

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  10. Signing up for the 2014 Super Sleuth. Finished the 2013 challenge with 15 books~

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  11. Can you change levels during the year...say I choose conservatively and go for Level 1-Snoop, then find I'm finishing up my 6th book in March?

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  12. You can change if you are going to go to a higher level, but you shouldn't go down.

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  13. Sounds a fun challenge I love reading cozy mysteries.

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  14. That's why I'm starting at the Snoop Level!

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  15. Since I read cozies mysteries, I gave in and joined the challenge. Well, it is only one more challenge, right?

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  16. I skipped last year, but I'm back! Love this challenge :)

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  17. I have upgraded to Sleuth Extraordinaire. I will be keep track on my Challenges Page :)

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  18. I have upgraded to Sleuth Extraordinaire and will be keeping track on my Challenges Page :)

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  19. I'm in! Excited. Now I can't wait for the new year to begin.

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  20. I'm in! Can't wait for the new year to begin.

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  21. I just joined! Thank you for coming up with this :)

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  22. I just entered! Thank you for coming up with this!

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  23. I just entered and shooting for level 2 investigator, I can't wait to start. My post is here:
    http://deborahsbitsandpieces.blogspot.com/2013/12/one-more-reading-challenge.html

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  24. This looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for hosting.

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  25. I was wondering, are we supposed to add a comment after each book review we post? I've already left a comment after signing up for the challenge, and just posted my first review. Thanks.

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    1. No, you don't have to comment after each book you review. Just post the link to your review, the way you did. That's fine.

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  26. My first link is correct too but the name is NOT. Please do remove it!

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  27. I am extremely sorry for goofing up twice! :(

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  28. Just finished my second cozy. Really having fun with this reading challenge. Had to get use to the #39 thingy.:)

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  29. Excited to be joining you this year for the first time. Lots of cozies on my shelves to be read!

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  30. Just found out about the 2014 CHALLENGE!! Very exciting to be joining all you cozy lovers out there! I'm a voracious reader and gobbled up 129 titles last year!! I just started #15 today - 'While My Pretty One Knits' by Anne Canadeo -- the 1st in the Black Sheep Knitting mystery series, circa 2009.. LET THE READING BEGIN!!!!

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  31. Just stumbled on this challenge and it looks perfect for me! I'm a little late to the fun but hopefully not too late. Can't wait to read all the other cozy reviews!

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  32. Oops! Just noticed I put my Murder with Peacocks in the wrong linky. Should have been a review and not a wrap-up. I don't see a way to delete it, so if you can and want to??? Thanks and sorry! Guess I was in too much of a hurry that day....

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  33. Sorry, I ended up posting my wrap up link twice. Please delete one. Thanks. And thanks for providing this challenge, I've enjoyed it!

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  34. Whoo-hoo! Six already, and it's only March! I'm enjoying everyone's reviews, too - I always find a few new series from this challenge.

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  35. Can you believe it is nearly the end of March and I just linked up my first review? *SHEESH* (Book was read, reviewed and posted on my blog back in January.) Can I plead temporary ... forgetfulness? :O)

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  36. Thank you again for hosting this, Yvonne! I'm up to 9 reviews already, and having great fun!

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  37. I am quite new to this challenge and this is the first time I have looked at this blog. Is it necessary to have a blog in order to add a link to my reviews etc to the lists here? It would appear so.

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    1. Hi Susan, Welcome! No, you do not have to have a blog to link up. You can link up to your Goodreads shelf, if you'd like. There's a paragraph above, in the directions, that says what to do if you don't have a blog. We're glad to have you join us!

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  38. Hi Socrates, are you receiving my links? I have three.

    http://teaandinspiration.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_27.html

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  39. Yvonne, thanks for alerting me. I think the link is fixed now. If you have any trouble, let me know. I'm sorry to take up so much time. Thanks for giving the challenge too.

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  40. Just linked up A Killing Notion by Melissa Bourbon. It's actually #16 on my challenge list, but I've got to get up some reviews of books 2-5 of Avery Aames' Cheese Shop Mysteries. Looking over things, I may have to bump myself up to then next level. :O)

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  41. Socrates, thanks for being so helpful. Your instructions are simple. I just get nervous or something with links. (:

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  42. I've moved up to the Super Sleuth level....still reading.

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  43. Hi Socrates, you've been so nice. I'm having so much trouble with the links. I'm going to bow out. I haven't wasted time. I like and would have read the cozies anyway. Thanks for giving the Cruisin' Through The Cozies challenge. We'll see each other around on the blogs.

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  44. I have really had fun and learned so much.

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  45. Yvonne, I accidentally added one of my mystery reviews (Of Merlot and Murder) to the Wrap-Up Post linkup. I'm sorry - is there any way you can delete it? After I realized my mistake, I added it to the Reviews linkup as well, so it's in the right place - it's just also in the wrong place. Thanks, and my apologies.

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