2020 Library Love Challenge

Updated on 12/28/20: Read 18 library books, all borrowed on Overdrive

I did this challenge for 2019 and didn’t do the best job of keeping track here on the blog toward the end, but I do have a list of what I’ve done (the 12 for Dewey Decimal level) and I’ll update the blog once craft shows are done in December.

I’ll be doing the 2020 Library Love Challenge run by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (the link is where you go to sign up) this year and once again, the lowest level of 12 books. The books can be any type as long as they’re borrowed through a library or somewhere that you’ve signed up for through your library (Overdrive, Hoopla, RB Digital for audios).

Here are the levels, but for all the awesome details visit Angel’s Guilty Pleasures in the link I’ve already posted.

Levels:

  • 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 reads:

  1. Glazed Murder–Jessica Beck
  2. The Bodies in the Library–Marty Wingate

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2020 Alphabet Soup Author Edition Year End

Here’s my list of authors for this year’s challenge. I fell short by two: X and Y. It was quicker to go with the list I had saved instead of trying to match up the titles. I need to rethink that record keeping for 2021 lol.

Angela Pepper

Beck, Jessica

Cole, Lyndsey

Danielle Collins

Elizabeth Penney

Flower, Amanda

Gilbert, Victoria

Hollis, Lee

Isabella Alan

James, CeeCee

Kate Carlisle

Libby Klein

Maddie Cochere

Nancy Coco

Orgain, Diana

Peggy Ehrhart

Q Carolyn Q. Hunter

Ray, Deany

Sennefelder, Debra

Thomas, Lisa B.

Updegraff, Roberta

Vicki Delany

Washburn, Livia J.

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Zara Keane

2021 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

I’ve been doing this challenge for several years  now, and it’s always fun. I’m going to pass on the author version of this though. It’s just too hard to fit in an author for every letter especially using just cozy mysteries, which is my genre of choice.

I’ll link to Lori’s original post about this, so anyone who comes here and doesn’t already know about it can join as well. 2021 Alphabet Soup challenge presented by Escape with Dollycas.

Instead of listing on this page as in the past, I’ll post the whole list once the challenge is over.

Alphabet Soup 2020 Year End

I made it with all 26 letters for this challenge: (just a list of titles to make it quicker)

Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got Nobody

BlackBuried Pie

Cherry Pie or Die

Death of a Dapper Snowman

End of the Lane

Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead

Glazed Murder

Hems and Homicide

In Cold Chamomile

Jammed

Killer Green Tomatoes

Libraries and Larceny

Murder, She Knit

Negative Exposure

One Bad Apple

Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury

Quilt or Innocence

Raining Men and Corpses

Sunshine Hunter

Theater Nights Are Murder

Ukulele Murder

Vanilla Bean Vengeance

W (The) Wedding Cake Murder

X SiX Cloves Under

Yappy Hour

Zombie Waffle Murder

Finished Off in Fondant review

This is the second book in the Courtney Archer series that came out last year by Rosemarie Ross. I really enjoy the setting that was used in the first two books, an old castle with in the Poconos. The castle had a lot of great creepiness factors when it needed to have them.

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of cooking shows, but I’m getting a little attached to the key players in the book, so I’m always interested in seeing what they’re up to. I felt bad for poor Skylar this time being the person accused of murder. And as before, Courtney was determined to prove his innocence. She knew from the first book what being accused was like! I just read on Ms. Ross’s bio page on GR that she’s working on the third book–and it’s Christmas themed! I’m definitely going to want to read that! I linked her page above, so you can read about her if you’re not familiar with this author.

My Goodreads review:

Finished Off in Fondant (A Courtney Archer Mystery Book 2)Finished Off in Fondant by Rosemarie Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this second book in the Courtney Archer series which answered a few questions that were left standing at the end of the first book… or did it? One of those things could cause issues with Courtney’s TV career, but knowing this crew, they’ll work together and come up with something.

When Skylar, Courtney’s co-host and friend on the bake-off show became a murder suspect, she just couldn’t stay out of it. I started suspecting very early the person who ended up as the killer, although I wasn’t sure of they why and all that. Courtney’s showdown with the killer was pretty exciting and helped wrap up all the murder questions. I loved what she ended up doing to distract the person. It’ll be interesting to see how things go for a new venture that was talked about as well as Courtney’s dating life in the next book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Merry Christmas!

To you and yours, a very Blessed, peaceful and Merry Christmas despite the trying times.

My daughter added this verse to the cover of the usual family yearbook of pictures she’s made for my mom for going on ten years now. She titled it “Never Alone:

“…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…” John 8:12

Murder Is a Must review

I enjoy the first book in this newer series, First Edition Library, by Marty Wingate so much that I knew I’d want to read the next book when it came out. This  book didn’t disappoint, and I think I like it even better than the first book. I like how the book murders and stories parallel a Golden Age mystery from the First Edition Library. This time it was Dorothy L. Sayers and her book Murder Must Advertise. By the end of the book, Hayley was going to be taking on a huge challenge, but I’m pretty sure she’s up for it.

My Goodreads review:

Murder Is a Must (A First Edition Library Mystery Book 2)Murder Is a Must by Marty Wingate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another well plotted installment in an interesting new series. I was glad that Mrs. Woolgar was treating Hayley a lot better in this book. Hayley was doing a good job getting used to her position as curator and actually even got a few compliments from the woman. I was glad to see Hayley and her boyfriend Val were in a good place in their relationship too, and she even met his twins.

The showdown with the killer was a good one, and someone I thought might be a killer turned out to be a big help. I really liked the character of Dom, he kind of cracked me up and reminded me a little of Sheldon on TV with his exactness and how he remembered things. It’ll be interesting to see where Hayley’s adventures take her after the Lady Fowling remembrance exhibition.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Wine Tastings Are Murder review

This is the fifth in what quickly became a beloved series to me by Libby Klein. I just love these characters, the small town and most of all, the author’s sense of humor and voice in writing the series. I can never get through a book unless I’ve laughed more during the book than I did all week (even when things were normal lol). Just reading an account of Poppy talking about getting dressed in an outfit, describing someone or sleuthing from the top of a dumpster made me giggle. It’s genuine ha-ha fun and laughter that makes me feel good for days after reading!

My Goodreads review:

Wine Tastings Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 5)Wine Tastings Are Murder by Libby Klein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, just when you think Aunt Ginny can’t get any funnier or over the top, she never disappoints. She and her posse of biddies (as Poppy lovingly refers to them, she does really love all the ladies) are always so hilarious in this series. Figaro had really amped up his game too, since one of the guests had brought a mini Pom with them. Now Fig had a new victim instead of the humans, wow, what a new concept, torment the dog not Poppy. But the little dog, all four pounds of her, was definitely able to hold her own. Most times I was Team Fig, because I had a feeling this little fuzzy visitor was playing him and making him look bad, lol. Then as if it couldn’t get crazier, Aunt Ginny had bought an Alexa device which kept going off at sometimes very inappropriate times with statements that were, well, appropriate. And somehow, packages from the big box store started showing up on Ginny’s doorstep, a fun little mystery in itself.

There was definitely a murder in all the madcap fun. Poppy’s friend Connie wasn’t in this book much. Instead, there was another friend named Kim who worked at the local winery, and she was afraid her boss was going to be arrested for a murder, which was the murder of one of Poppy’s own B&B guests. Lots of digging later, everyone working together (yes, even Amber was a bit better with wanting Poppy’s help this time), the case was solved. During this whole time, Poppy had told herself she’d make her decision between Tim and Gia, which I’m not even going to go into, since everyone can read that for themselves.

Helpful hint for reading this book: If you’re drinking anything, you might spew it from laughing and drench your book or e-reader. Enjoy, ’cause I know you will. I absolutely can’t wait for the next book!

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The Malt in Our Stars review

This is the third book in the Literary Pub series by Sarah Fox, who also writes the Pancake House mysteries, which along with this is another favorite series of mine. It seemed like ages since I’d read the last one, so I was happy to revisit Shady Creek especially in the spring! 

My Goodreads review:

The Malt in Our Stars (Literary Pub Mystery, #3)The Malt in Our Stars by Sarah Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great to return to Shady Creek, Vermont and visit with Sadie and her friends at her literary pub, Inkwell. I was especially happy with how well things were progressing for her and Grayson. I always love the scenes with Aunt Libby and Sadie.

While a murder occurred at the manor recently bought by a couple named Honeywell, Grayson’s brewery had some filming going on for a craft beer show. That was an interesting side mystery, and I wondered if it was connected to the main mystery. The whodunit was a total surprise for me, and the showdown was pretty awesome. I’m really anxious for the next book!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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