Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cruisin' Thru The Cozies Reading Challenge 2019 - Sign Up

Welcome to the ninth annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! Once again, I'm giving challengers two options - one is to read only sub-genres and the other is to read cozy mysteries of your choice.

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.

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, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019.

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, ebooks...it 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.  Not A Creature Was Stirring by Christina Freeburn (Click here to read my review.)

2.  Murder Likes It Hot by Tracy Weber (Click here for my review.)

3.  Murder Wears A  Little Black Dress by Debra Sennefelder (Click here for my review.)

4.   No Escape Claws by Sofie Ryan (Click here for my review.)

5.  Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan (Click here to read my review.)

6.  One Feta In The Grave by Tina Kashian (Click here for my review.)

7.  Corned Beef and Casualties by Lynn Cahoon (Click here for my review.)

8.  Broken Bone China by Laura Childs (Click here for my review.)

9.  Pinot Red or Dead? by J.C. Eaton (Click here for my review.)

10.  Bittersweet Betrayal by Stephanie Damore (Click here to read my review.)

11.  Designs on Murder by Gayle Leeson (Click here for my review.)

12.  A Hint of Murder by Mary Maxwell (Click here for my review.)

13.  An Artful Assassination by Susan Harper (Click here for my review.)

14.  Mother's Day Mahem by Lynn Cahoon (Click here for my review.)

15.  Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young (Click here for my review.)

16.  Drowning Lessons by Rachel Neuburger Reynolds (Click here for my review.)

17.  A Twist in the Tail by Leighann Dobbs (Click here for my review.)

18.  Murder, She Uncovered by Peg Cochran (Click here for my review.)

19.  Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert (Click here for my review.)

20.  Murder's No Votive Confidence by Christin Brecher (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. Charming challenge! I am currently reading a cozy, but not for review on my blog.

  2. Thanks for hosting again! I'm in for Level 1 Option A.

  3. I'm thinking about it! I seem to read more historical or traditional mysteries these days, than cozies, but there are some series I'm still trying to follow.

  4. I'm looking forward to it! I'm aiming for level two option B.

  5. It's been awhile since I did any challenges and this one seems interesting and bound to get me out of my reading comfort zone. Thanks for hosting!

  6. ACK! The darn link was pre-filled cause my browser remembers the last challenge I signed up for. Yvonne, can you delete #8 for me? I'll redo it once it's deleted. It would sit empty if I did one right away. Thanks and sorry about that!

  7. Oh I like this one I am in Level three (Super Sleuth) B) Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

  8. I would join this, but I don't know what a URL is.

    1. An url is a link to your blog post about the challenge.

  9. I am in! Thank you for doing this each year

  10. I live cozies and this seems like the perfect challenge to justify reading more of them! Thanks for hosting.

  11. Thanks for hosting!
    I'm going for level 1 option A but I've listed the sub-genres just in case

  12. I'm in.I joined the Goodreads group.

  13. I'm in! I do love a checklist. :)

  14. Super excited to join in! http://frominktopaper.com/index.php/2018/12/29/2019-book-reading-challenges/

  15. Hi! I love cozies. So, it's a level 2 A for me.

  16. Hi Yvonne,
    This is my first year participating in reading challenges on various blogs. Thank you for hosting this one. I am embarrassed, I accidentally posted to my home page through Mr. Linky. Can you please delete it, so I can fix it when I have the post up.
    Christina/The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    1. It's fixed. You can add your link to it now. welcome to the challenge and have fun!

    2. Thank you so much, Yvonne for hosting this fun challenge!😊

  17. Hi Yvonne,
    This is a great post! 🙂 I joined this challenge.
    I just wanted to let you know that in my latest post about collaboration with other bloggers, I have a link to your site as a featured blogger. It is https://www.teacher-librarian-forlife.com/2019/02/21/collaborate-featured-bloggers/
    I appreciate all the things you do for other bloggers.

    1. Thank you for the shout out. I tried to post on your blog but I'm not sure if it showed up or not.

  18. It is half way through the year and I have read 21 cozies so I would like to change my challenge level from Investigator to Sleuth Extraordinare. Can I do that?

    1. Yes, you can always change levels up, you just can't go down :)

  19. I'm just now finding this challenge, is it too late to enter/join? If so, my bad, I'll have to wait till the beginning of the year again, thank you 😊

    1. Sure. As long as you complete it before 12/31, it’s fine. Enjoy!


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