Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017 Sign Up

Many years ago I found a cat mystery reading challenge on one of the blogs. Being both a cat and mystery lover, it was the *purrfect* reading challenge for me but then it suddenly disappeared and I never saw one again. So, I decided to create my own. It's very simple, this challenge is all about reading mysteries that have cats as the main characters. Here are a few examples...

Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas
A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney
A Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry
Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon
Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass
Theda Krakow Mysteries by Clea Simon
Black Cat Mysteries by Elaine Faber

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more. You can find a list here, but you aren't limited to just these choices. If you find others, that's great.

Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017.

The rules are really simple.

1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.

2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

3. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime for those who make a list in advance.

4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

5. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. I also have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is

6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky below. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

Enjoy and have fun!

I'm signing up for Purring and will read 10 books. I'll list them here throughout the year...

1.  Literally Murder by Ali Brandon (Click here to read my review.)

2.  The Cat, The Lady and The Liar by Leann Sweeney (Click here to read my review.)

3.  Familiar Escape by Caroline Burnes (Click here to read my review.)

4.  The Black Cat Sees His Shadow by Kay Finch (Click here to read my review.)

5.  Cat About Town by Cate Conte (Click here to read my review.)

6.  A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly (Click here to read my review.)

7.   Familiar Trouble by Caroline Haines (Click here to read my review.)

8.   The Counterfeit-Catching Cat by Alannah Rogers (Click here to read my review.)

9.  The Extortion Cat-astrophe by Alannah Rogers (Click here to read my review.)

10.  The Tail of the Secret Identity by Alannah Rogers (Click here to read my review.)


  1. I love this idea. I'd also like to suggest a few more cat mystery series:
    Magical Cats--Sofie Kelly
    Cats and Curios--Rebecca M. Hale
    Sunny and Shadow Mysteries--Claire Donnally

    1. Great recommendations. All authors and series that I love!

  2. Looking forward to the challenge. I am going to
    skign up for Kneading. Thanks for all book suggestions.
    Carol Smith

  3. I joined your group on Goodreads. I will do the Purring Level. 10 books sounds about right. TY!

  4. Great level names! So glad to have this one back, I don't know why I didn't think of it.

    I'll be back to sign up

  5. Thanks for including my Black Cat mysteries in your list. Hope you all start with that one. Black Cat's Legacy,
    Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel! You'll love them... I promise!1

  6. I'm in for this one, too: Purring Level.

  7. This is a great idea. I'll try the Meowing Level. I read a lot and have a lot of cat mysteries on my shelves. Love having another excuse to go through them again.

  8. Great idea, I need to work on my list. I really enjoy Pat Fry's Kleptocat series and Jeanne Foguth's Sea Purrtector Files

  9. Thanks for this purrfect challenge and all the wonderful suggestions!
    As if I need an excuse to find more mystery series with felines...

  10. i cant wait to start! I'm going to sign up for kneading.

  11. This sounds like a blast! Thanks for the inspiration - I'm going to sign up for the purring level, but who knows? I may end up going crazy instead. :)

  12. Really fun idea for a challenge! As a fur-mama to 4 kitties, I'm definitely in. :)

  13. I'm in for this. Some how I missed joining earlier. I have 4 fur babies and am sitting here looking at my kitty curtins.

  14. I'm going to try for the meowing.

  15. This challenge is a very good idea, thanks! I'm trying Purring level.

  16. Just after I hit 'publish' on my sign-up post, I realized the book I posted about was about dogs. You can blame either the lack of caffeine, sleep, or old age. *lol*

  17. Finally, two of my favorite things together in one place: cats and mysteries! I can use this to catch up on series I am woefully behind in reading, and discover some new favorites! I should be able to get Catnip level, easy, by the end of the year! (Now hopefully saying that doesn't come back to claw, I mean bite, me later...) My furbabies will keep me in line, I'm sure!

  18. Here are the 14 books I read to reach the purring level.

    1. How to Live with a Calculating Cat by Eric Gurney

    2. Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon

    3. Much Ado About Felines by Kathi Daley

    4. Legend of Tabby Hollow by Kathi Daley

    5. Cat of Christmas Past by Kathi Daley

    6. Tale of Two Tabbies by Kathi Daley

    7. The Great Catsby by Kathi Daley

    8. The Whole Cat and Caboodle by Sofie Ryan

    9. Count Catula by Kathi Daley

    10. The Cat of Christmas Present by Kathi Daley

    11. A Winter's Tail by Kathi Daley

    12. Taming of the Tabby by Kathi Daley

    13. Frankencat by Kathi Daley

    14. The Cat of Christmas Future by Kathi Daley


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