Life As a Reading Challenge
Last year, I was fond of saying that I don't join Reading Challenges because my life is already a reading challenge. Then the R.I.P. V Challenge reared its Gothic head--with a "Peril of the Screen" portion for movies--and I just "sold out." =P
But I'm still pretty picky, which is why I have only three challenges lined up for this year:
The first one came out of nowhere. (I still think Birdie has mysterious powers.) But the second and third are kind of meaningful to me in a special way I'll tell you about the next time I do a random post about nothing at all. This post's proper focus is the challenge which would have been my fourth . . . had it not come with a rule I just couldn't live with.
you might decide it's totally for you.
So I'm linking to it, anyway! =)
If you like unusual challenges that are also unusually challenging, then the A-Z Mystery Authors Challenge is just what you want! The object is to read one Mystery novel by every writer whose last name begins with one of the letters on your alphabetical checklist. (You can do A-I, J-P or Q-Z--or a combination.) It's such a great idea that I would have joined immediately if it hadn't been for one minor rule: "Adult novels only please."
Oh, come on . . .
Young Adult and Middle Grade novels are certainly not the most grown up reading there is, but they have their share of great Mystery stories. On my "TBR" shelf right now are Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison and The Christopher Killer (LOL!) by Alane Ferguson. And it would be so easy for me to go out and get Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer, The Falcon's Malteaser by Anthony Horowitz, and Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man by Donald J. Sobol as well. (Except that the last book is a Q-Z one.) The Gothic mysteries of John Bellairs have recently been brought to my attention, with a strong recommendation from a reader I respect. And if I wanted to look up the list of writers whose YA novels have won Edgar Awards, I'd have the rest of my reading list in a jiffy.
I'm sure the hostess has good reasons for this rule and I don't mean to bash her at all. In fact, this "snub" is inspiring me to start a personal reading challenge . . .
A few months ago, I started toying with the idea of reading one "Girl Detective" book a month, after seeing so many young female sleuths on the bookstore shelves. I wanted to make it a proper feature, with a badge and everything. (Remind me to tell you about my graphic design woes . . . in yet another post.)
Of course, I'm as much for "Boys and Adventures" as I am for "Girls and Adventures"--so this planned feature is better called "Young Detectives." (If you can think of a better name, I'll be totally grateful!)
But yes, I've already commissioned a badge.
And I want to do something alphabetical, too.
Just because I can, you know?