Saturday, December 3, 2022

#TBR challenge

 While prepping for another challenge I found this additional TBR challenge hosted by Wendy the Super Librarian on her blog.  Since I would really like to work through my TBR list so this seems like a perfect addition.  There is no formality to this challenge only that you blog about the book you read from your TBR list on the 3rd Wed of the month   I will work to pick books from my TBR list to fit the prompts for other challenges so this should be rather straightforward to follow.


January 18 - Starting Over  
February 15 - Getaway
March 15 - Baggage
April 19 - Unusual Historical
May 17 - Freebie
June 21 - Love is Love
July 19 - Opposites Attract
August 16 - Tropetastic!
September 20 - New Author
October 18 - Danger Zone
November 15 - Once Upon a Time...
December 20 - Festive

If possible I will try to complete the 2022 prompts that I missed participating in.  I will first see if I read anything in 2022 that meets the prompt but will finish any of the others as possible.

January 19 - Quickie
February 16 - Fairy Tale
March 16 - Grumpy
April 20 - Location, Location, Location
May 18 - Tales of Old
June 15 - After the War
July 20 - Vintage
August 17 - Blue Collar
September 21 - Animals
October 19 - Flirting with Danger
November 16 - Lies
December 21 - Festive

Audio books

 Sometimes the books I want to read are only available in audio format through the library so this helps with trying to "read" more audiobooks.  Additionally, in 2023 I would really like to spend more time listening to audiobooks while walking and exercising.  This is a win-win for me in my 2023 goals.  

This is hosted by Kimberly at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jen at That's What I'm Talking About  This will be my 3rd year attempting this challenge.  I am going to increase my goal to 

  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10  <== My Goal
Still waiting on the announcement of the 23 challenge

Total Audiobooks Enjoyed:  0/5


Library Love 23


 Library Love Challenge


I am going to participate in this challenge gain in 2023.    It is being hosted at Angel's Guilty Pleasures and Books of My Heart.     They are doing monthly challenges and giveaways if you review the books you read.   Check out the sign up by clicking here or on the logo above.  They have a Goodreads group to join and see what everyone is reading.

This one has a minimum of 12 books from the Library to be read in 2023.  The only requirement is you check it out from the library, no restrictions on format or genre.   Just support your local library.

I get most of my books from my TBR pile or the Library so this challenge along with the TBR ones are perfect for me.  I admit I do not buy books very often if I can find them at the library or in their ebook catalog.  I do have a Kindle Unlimited account which I use for additional titles.  

The levels available to set your target are:

  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books   <== My Goal for 2023

Library Books read in 2023:

0/60 Books

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Critter Characters

 Hosted at Socrates Reviews this is all about the animals as the name implies.  This is a new to me challenge but I figured there are plenty of cozies out there that have animals as main characters/supporting characters.  

Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.) It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). 

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12  

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4
- Read 21 or more<=   My Goal

Animal Books read in 2023:

55/7 Books

Cruisin Cozies in 23


 I am definitely going to participate in this challenge again this year.  Hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews.  I enjoyed trying to find cozies that fit into different categories this year.  It added an extra bit of interest to my already busy cozy reading schedule.   Cozies are definitely my go-to read when I am looking to escape into a book without having to focus too hard. 

The levels of the challenge are as follows:

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) -  Going for this in B
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)

So pick up a cozy and get reading.

- 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!)


Mystery Fun


Mysteries and Thrillers

There are several challenges that track how many mysteries, thrillers and cozies you read in a given year.  

Cloak and Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal

The first mystery based genre challenge I will do again this year is the Cloak and Dagger challenge

 It is hosted by  Carol on her CarolsNotebook blog.  This tallying includes cozy mysteries but also traditional mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels.  Basically, anything with a mystery can be tracked at this challenge


  •  5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
  • 16-25 books – Detective- 
  • 26-35 books – Inspector
  • 36 – 55 – Special agent 
  • 56+ books – Sherlock Holmes  My Choice

Susannah Shines Through

 This prequel is a charming introduction to the life of Dr. Susannah Shine that is presented in the Chiro cozy series.  This story introduces Dr. Shine and Bitsy to the readers.  Their initial contact that leads to a friendship is described in detail and is the source of the mystery central to this story.  This story cursorily introduces many of the characters that become a part of the Dr. Shine universe as the series progresses.  We also gain insight into the start of both women's businesses.  If you have not read any of the series, this is a good place to start.  

Susannah Shines Through: A Chiro Cozy Mystery PrequelSusannah Shines Through: A Chiro Cozy Mystery Prequel by Cathy Tully
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great prequel that shows how Bitsy and Susannah became friends. The whole extended family warmth definitely shines through in this installment

It is always enjoyable to read a cozy where there is a crime other than murder.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2022  Series: 59 Book #1
  2. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2022   Book #122
  3. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #91
  4. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #87
  5. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #115
  6. Craving for Cozies  Book #105