2021 Craving for Cozies Challenge

Once again, I’m going to take part in Lori’s Craving for Cozies Challenge, mainly because reading the lists of what people have read in the Facebook group is a lot of fun–and my TBR has grown, but that’s half the fun too. Although I got really behind posting in the group this year and didn’t post anything after I hit the goal. (I kinda wish the group wasn’t a public group–my family already thinks I’m nuts LOL!).

Anyway to sign up for the Escape with Dollycas 2021 Craving for Cozies Challenge, just follow the blue linked words in this sentence.

Since I only read cozy mysteries, my entire Read shelf will serve as how I’m keeping track of this year’s challenge. If I made a specific Craving for Cozies shelf, I know I’d forget to tag the book when I was done with it. 😉 (Maybe I should make a shelf for any possible books that aren’t cozies. It would honestly be easier to keep track of that.)

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.



Zara Keane

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


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

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 2020

This one will be a new one for me. It’s run by Kim and Tanya of Girlxoxo, and this is their Montly Motif Reading Challenge 2020 sign-up link.

NOTE: Image is from the Girl xoxo site and created by Kim and Tanya. 

Hopefully books I pick for other challenges will fit in here too. This is the list of monthly motifs, and when it’s closer to the beginning of the year, I hope to have a tentative list of books I hope to read for it:


JANUARY-  Winter Wonderland

Focusing on ‘wonderland’, read a book set in a truly wonderful place- somewhere you’ve always thought was beautiful, somewhere with a wonderfully rich culture, a snowy setting, or maybe even a magical realm. It’s your interpretation, so have fun with it.

FEBRUARY- Seeing Red

Read a book with the word ‘red’ in the title OR a book with a red-ish cover. Bonus if it has both.

MARCH- Sub-Genre Sound Off

Choose a sub-genre of your favorite genre and read a book from it. Make sure you mention the sub genre you chose in your review. (Ex. Sub Genres of Fantasy could be Magical Realism, Fairytale Retellings, or Epic Fantasy to name just a few.)

APRIL- Classics or Currents

Read a book published before the year you were born (classic-ish) OR a book published between April 2019 and April 2020 (current.)

MAY- Author Introduction

Read a book written by an author who you’ve never read anything by. Bonus if its been on your TBR for more than a year.

JUNE- Name or Number

Read a book in which a name OR a number is part of the title. Bonus if the title includes both a name and a number.

JULY- Around or Out of this World 

Read a book set in a country other than the one you live in OR written by an author who is from a country other than your own OR read a book that takes place in space or on another planet.

AUGUST- Creature Feature

Read a book that includes a creature of some kind on the cover or in the story. Cat, dog, dragon, werewolf – mythical or real – find a book that features a creature.

SEPTEMBER- When Text Just Isn’t Enough

Read a book that includes more than just text. Maybe it’s a map, a family tree, illustrations, documents like emails or letters- something else that helps to paint the picture.

OCTOBER- Thrills and Chills

Ghost stories, haunted houses, true crime, murder mysteries, a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat- it’s up to you!

NOVEMBER- Dynamic Duos

Read a book with a couple of characters that make the perfect pair whether in business or in love. (Ex. Sherlock & Holmes, Elizabeth & Darcy)

DECEMBER- Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice

Holiday or winter themed reads, love stories and romances, happy cries, comedies; round out your year with a truly feel good read.

Here’s the sign-up post at Kim and Tanya’s blog again. Have fun if you decide to join us!

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2020

Last year was my first year to do this challenge, and I’ve had fun finding books to go with the words. Bev from My Reader’s Block ran it last year and the year before, but now Kim and Tanya of Girl xoxo who originated the challenge are hosting it once again. The link I used was Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2020 by Girl xoxo.

NOTE: The image above was found on My Reader’s Block, may have been made by Girlxoxo, and I’m only using it since I couldn’t find any other image to use for this challenge.

To read all the details and rules, please use the link above as there’s no point in copy and pasting everything already on Kim and Tanya’s site. The main thing is to read one book with one or more of the keywords in the title. Variations of words can be used, or synonyms can be used (the example on the Girl xoxo site is that “cinder” or “ashes” could be used for a keyword of “fire.”)

For more details, if you have questions or want to sign up, the link again is: Girl xoxo’s Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2020.

Here’s the keyword list we’ll be using this year and if/when I choose books ahead of time, I’ll post those closer to the beginning of the new year:


JANUARY – Water, This, Hello, Sun, New, Six

FEBRUARY – Girl, Any, Love, Red, Note, Throne

MARCH – Dream, Day, In, House, Luck, Friend

APRIL – Lost, Below, City, Jewel, Night, My

MAY – Sky, Name, Blue, Book, Enchant, Is

JUNE – And, Beach, Number, Wish, Down, Word

JULY – Boy, Last, Day, Into, Dear, Summer

AUGUST – Kiss, Flower, When, Happy, North, Right

SEPTEMBER – Star, Cry, She, Window, Forever, Eye

OCTOBER – Haunt, Around, Shadow, Grave, Murder, Deep

NOVEMBER – Look, Forest, Out, Color, Lock, Now

DECEMBER – Sword, Magic, Fly, Of, Silver, Crown

Calendar of Crime Challenge 2020

This was a fun challenge this year (yes, I still need to update the blog page, but I’ll do that when my craft shows are done), so I am happy to join Bev at My Reader’s Block once again for the Calendar of Crime Challenge for next year.

If you want to join the fun, visit the link highlighted above and fill out the form. You don’t need a blog, so if you don’t have one or yours isn’t a book one, you can easily keep track on Goodreads.

Instead of copy and pasting all the details here, I’ll just send you right over to Bev’s and let you read everything there from the challenge leader herself. Here’s the link again to sign up for the Calendar of Crime for 2020 at My Reader’s Block. Have fun! This challenge definitely gave me the push I needed to get some fun cozies read. If you end up with any questions, just ask Bev on that page.

January book: Jammed by Deany Ray, prompt #7, starts with J

Summer Semester 2019 Challenge

UPDATE: Finished on 8/18/19

I saw this challenge on a blog too. Here is where you can sign up and from that link, there’s a link to see the original post with how it’s done. I’ve never done this particular challenge, and thought it sounded easy enough to do just the summer semester.

I’m choosing Professor AuthorLuv’s Beginner Class for one credit and will commit to reading three books by Tonya Kappes over the three months of the challenge. I have lots of fave authors, but this will help me catch up a little in one or two of her many series. If this works for me, I might just do the fall semester challenge with a different author.

June–A Killer Latte, #6 Killer Coffee–read 6/23/19

July–Christmas, Criminals and Campers–#4 Campers and Criminals–read 7/11/19

August–Motorhomes, Maps and Murder–#5 Campers and Criminals–read 8/18/19