Sunday, November 24, 2019

Cruisin' Thru The Cozies Reading Challenge 2020 - Sign Up

Welcome to the tenth 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 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, 2020 and ends December 31, 2020.

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.  Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson (Click here for my review.)

2. Hems and Homicide by Elizabeth Penney (Click here for my review.)

3. Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins (Click here for my review.)

4. Southern Double Cross by Caroline Fardig (Click here to read my review.)

5. Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico (Click here to read my review.)

6. Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher (Click here to read my review.)

7. Easter Hair Hunt by Nancy J. Cohen (Click here to read my review.)

8. The Potion Commotion by Constance Barker (Click here to read my review.)

9. Mysterious Merchandise by Astoria Wright (Click here to read my review.)

10. Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs (Click here to read my review.)

11. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook (Click here to read my review.)

12. Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon (Click here to read my review.)

13. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette (Click here to read my review.)

14. Trouble is Brewing by Ellie Alexander (Click here to read my review.)

15. Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan (Click here to read my review.)

16. The House That Vanity Built by Nancy Cole Silverman (Click here to read my review.)

17. And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder (Click here to read my review.)

18. Murder in Cottonwood Springs by Dianne Harman (Click here to read my review.)

19. Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing (Click here to read my review.)

20. Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert (Click here to read 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. I'm thinking of doing this again next year. I'm behind on this year's but hoping to complete it in December. Got a bunch of fun cozies coming up.

  2. I'm in! Getting back to reading and this is great to help me decide where to start. :-)

  3. Love my cozies. Glad i found this challenge. Hoping to do the optional categories but I'm not sure if i will succeed
    Thanks for hosting

  4. Marian of the Marian Ways

  5. Thank you so much for hosting this Challenge again this year! :) I am trying option B and Level 2. I am hoping to write more reviews this year. :)

  6. I'm going to go crazy and sign up for Option A, Level 3. Thanks for hosting!

  7. I have already read 43 cozies this year. In fact, I am aiming to read 31 books (novellas don't count), in 31 days this month.

    Now I just have to figure out how to post them...

    I am retired, so I actually havetime to read every day now.


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