Friday, November 24, 2017

2018 Cruisin' Thru The Cozies Reading Challenge - Sign Up

Welcome to the eighth annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! I'm changing things up again this year. Some readers enjoyed reading the sub-genres, others found it too difficult. So, this year, we’re going to have something for everyone.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out 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.

This year's cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate and you can choose whichever suits you the best:

A) Read only cozy mysteries of your choice.


B) Read one book from these sub-genres:

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from cozy mysteries based outside the US (example:  Belinda Lawrence series (British))
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Here are the levels you can join for either A or B…

Level one (Snoop) -
A) Read 10 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read one book in each of the above cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

Level two (Investigator) -
A) Read 20 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) -
A) Read 30 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) -
A)Read 40 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B)Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018.

2. 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.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!

4. 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 here.

5. If you do have a blog, 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.

6. 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.

I'm going to go for Level 2 (Investigator) and I'm going to go with option A (20 cozy mysteries of my choice). I'll be listing them here...

1.  Hiss and Hers by M.C. Beaton (Click here for my review.)

2.  Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber (Click here for my review.)

3.   Something Borrowed, Something Dead by M.C. Beaton (Click here for my review.)

4.  Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton (Click here for my review.)

5.  Scone Cold Killer by Lena Gregory (Click here for my review.)

6.  Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby Klein (Click here for my review.)

7.  Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian (Click here for review.)

8.  Lethal In Old Lace by Duffy Brown (Click here for review.)

9.  Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig (Click here for review.)

10.  Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs (Click here for my review.)

11.  The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder (Click here for my review.)

12.  Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett (Click here for my review.)

13.  Hiking and Homicide by Danielle Collins (Click here for my review.)

14.  Cast for Murder by Jeanne Quigley (Click here for my review.)

15.  For Sale by Killer by Catherine Bruns (Click here for my review.)

16.  Chocolate Tiramisu Murder by Susan Gillard (Click here for review.)

17.  Bear Witness to Murder by Meg Macy (Click here for review.)

18.  Rockets' Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon (Click here for my review.)

19.  Murder Made to Order by Lena Gregory (Click here for review.)

20.  Italian Iced by Kylie Logan (Click here for my review.)

Line #1: Your name (blog if you have one)
Line #2: Link to your sign up post (please post the direct link to your sign up post, not to your blog's homepage).


  1. Yvonne, I hope to read some cozies this year! But I doubt I'd be able to read 10.

  2. I'm in! Thanks for the option as to whether to read sub-genres or not. I found that I didn't read as many cozies this year as last year, so I'm happy with the "any cozy" option! Like Suko, 10 will probably be a stretch for me but we'll see!

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. I'm going to sign up with the Goodreads group since I don't have a blog but I do post reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon. I'm gonna aim high for Level 4, 40 cozies of my choice. Would having a Facebook group for this also work? Although I guess most who are on FB are also on GR :)

    1. I figure the GR groups should suffice for those without a blog. If necessary, I'd consider an FB group but for now I think we're good :)

  4. I am going to do Level one Snoop and read one of each sub-genre

  5. I'll try level 2 - and while I'll try for the genre prompts -I'll probably not hit them all.

  6. I'm trying for level 4B. I'm almost there for this year so I'm going to do it again next year! :)

  7. I am going to do Level 4B and books crossing over to my Cravings for Cozies Challenge..

  8. Hi - I am all in. I am going for 4A. Thank you :)


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