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.)

Here’s the 201 required for Pigged Out Level:

1. Slay Bells Ring—Mona Marple
2. Murder Turns a Page—Thea Cambert
3. Cherry Cheesecake Murder—Joanne Fluke
4. Tomes and Terriers—Hillary Avis
5. Pages and Pyrenees—Hillary Avis
6. A Pie to Die For—Stacey Alabaster
7. Brewing Up Trouble—Constance Barker
8. Christmas Cake Murder—Rosie A. Point
9. A Wicked Yarn—Emmie Caldwell
10. S’more Murder—Rosie A. Point
11. Libraries and Labradors—Hillary Avis
12. Grounds for Murder—Tara Lush
13. Gunpowder Chowder—Lyndsey Cole
14. Rock Candy and Robberies—Patti Benning
15. Escape From Danger—Courtney McFarlin
16. RaspBuried Tort—Lyndsey Cole
17. A Deadly Edition—Victoria Gilbert
18. Perpetrators and Pumpkins—Summer Prescott
19. A Slippery Slope of Murder—Summer Prescott
20. Rhubarb Pie Before You Die—Gin Jones
21. Antique Secrets—Libby Howard
22. Eggnog, Extortion and Evergreens—Tonya Kappes
23. Specters and Sage—Corina Woolsey
24. Murder Spoils the Sweets—Thea Cambert
25. A Murder Between the Pages—Amy Lillard
26. Fatally Frosted—Jessica Beck
27. Bait and Witch—Angela M. Sanders
28. Seriously Serial—Patti Benning
29. Your Eight O’Clock Is Dead—Kat Jorgensen
30. Cranberry Spice Murder—Belinda J. Evaline
31. A Catered Book Club Murder—Isis Crawford
32. Cocoa Chaos—Allyssa Mirry
33. The Broken Spine—Dorothy St. James
34. A Hiss-tory of Magic—Harper Lin
35. A Curious Incident—Vicki Delany
36. One Poison Pie—Lynn Cahoon
37. Prove It: Murder in the Mix—Hannah Kurz
38. Hope, Faith and a Corpse—Laura Jensen Walker
39. The Eleventh Hour—Anina Collins
40. Breakfast Can Be Murder—Arlene Morgan
41. A Tourist’s Guide to Murder—V.M. Burns
42. Flower Dead—Linnea West
43. Death in Room 7—K.J. Emrick
44. The Garden Plot Thickens—Linnea West
45. Death Comes to Town—K.J. Emrick
46. Ink and Shadows—Ellery Adams
47. Murder Is the Pits—J.A. Whiting and Amanda Diamond
48. Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Hope Callaghan
49. Irish Parade Murder—Leslie Meier
50. Murder Paints a Picture—Thea Cambert
51. Bomb Pop Threat—Christy Barritt
52. Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder—Meg Macy
53. A Glimmer of Death—Valerie Wilson Wesley
54. Nearly Dead in Iowa—Wendy Byrne
55. Dead in the Doorway—Diane Kelly
56. True Confections—Ruth Hartzler
57. Murder with a View—Diane Kelly
58. Sinister Sprinkles—Jessica Beck
59. Sweet Deceit—J.A. Whiting.
60. Unbaked Croakies—Sam Cheever
61. Ropes, Riddles and Robberies—Tonya Kappes
62. Key Lime Die—Summer Prescott
63. Death by Pumpkin Spice—Alex Erickson
64. Cruel Candy—Mildred Abbott
65. Don’t Taco ‘Bout Murder—Mona Marple
66. Cranberry Candies and Murder—Patti Benning
67. Mixing Up Murder—Emmie Lyn
68. Key Lime Pie Murder—Joanne Fluke
69. Catalina, Crimes and Coconut Pie—Kailin Gow
70. Dog Days, Murderous Nights—Emily Page
71. The Legacy—JA Whiting and Nell McCarthy
72. Fruit of All Evil—Paige Shelton
73. Dead Velvet Cake—Emily James
74. Undercover on the Calypso—Lizzie Josephson
75. Gum Drop Dead—Emily James
76. Vicious Valentine—Patti Benning
77. Maddie’s Recipe for Mysteries—Emily Page
78. Murder in the City—Susan Harper
79. Peril Through the Panama—Lizzie Josephson
80. A Sampling of Murder—Emily James
81. Farm to Trouble—Amanda Flower
82. Whiskers of Murder—Patti Benning
83. Fudge & Felonies—Lisa Siefert
84. Murder Makes a Toast—Thea Cambert
85. Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop—Darci Hannah
86. Long Island Iced Tina—Maria DiRico
87. Murder and Marshmallows—Rosie A. Point
88. A Game of Cones—Abby Collette
89. No Lathering Matter—S.E. Babin
90. Risky Bisqueness—Elizabeth Rain
91. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder—Joanne Fluke
92. The Squeaky Clean Skeleton—R.A. Muth
93. Momentary Paws—Corrinne Winters
94. Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle—Sarah Graves
95. Murder Loves a Fair—Thea Cambert
96. Frothy Foul Play—Tonya Kappes
97. Paris, Before You Die—Mary Bowers
98. Witches and Wine—Samantha Silver & Megan Marple
99. A Deadly Chapter—Essie Lang
100. Purrs for Murder—Patti Benning
101. Cookies and Scream—CeeCee James
102. Criminals on Campus—Susan Harper
103. All Wands on Deck—Mara Webb
104. Misfits and Mazes—Morgan Vale
105. Sugar and Vice—Eve Calder
106. The Missing Pom—Donna Doyle
107. Thread and Dead—Elizabeth Penney
108. A Peel of Murder—Belinda J. Evaline
109. Loaf or Death—A.R. Winters
110. Kiss ‘n Tell—Kathi Daley
111. Artistic License to Kill—Paula Darnell
112. Muffin But Murder—Rosie A. Point
113. Mewy Christmas—Summer Prescott
114. Murder on the Menu—Fiona Leitch
115. Vanilla & Vendettas—Lisa Siefert
116. Tall Tails Secret Book Club—CeeCee James
117. Party Perils—Patti Benning
118. Peril at Pumpkin Hill—Thea Cambert
119. Murder by Page One—Olivia Matthews
120. The Queen of Cozy Mountain—Pamela Grandstaff
121. Once Upon a Crime—Mona Marple
122. Seaside Magic—Constance Barker
123. Murder Mansion—M.K. Scott
124. The Body in the Park—Courtney McFarlin
125. Murder at the Ranch—Kathleen Suzette
126. A Tale of Two Bodies—Mona Marple
127. Temporary Paws—Corrine Winters
128. Deed for a Deathbed—Sue Preston
129. Alaskan Alliance—Kathi Daley
130. Derailed Plot—Summer Campbell
131. Paddlers, Promises & Poison—Tonya Kappes
132. Proof of Murder—Lauren Elliott
133. Bodies and Bows—Elizabeth Penney
134. A Page Marked for Murder—Lauren Elliott
135. Victim at the Vet—Susan Harper
136. Give Me Chocolate—Annie Hansen
137. Donut Murder—Rosie A. Point
138. Under the Cover of Murder—Lauren Elliott
139. Suitable for Framing—Lori Roberts Herbst
140. A Garden to Die For—T. Lockhaven
141. Raspberry Cupcake Mistake—Renee Summers
142. Vanished Into Plein Air—Paula Darnell
143. What Not to Wear to a Graveyard—Debra Sennefelder
144. Fresh Brewed Murder—Emmaline Duncan
145. Buttercream Murder—Rosie A. Point
146. Death by Pink Flamingo—Elisabeth Crabtree
147. Pumpkin Pie or Die—Eva Belle (aka Dawn Pearson)
148. Charming Chalice—Summer Prescott
149. Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress—Traci Wilton
150. A Flair for Chardonnay—Deborah Garner
151. The Sea Witch—JA Whiting & Nell McCarthy
152. Poppy Harmon & the Pillow Talk Killer—Lee Hollis
153. Death of a Christmas Caterer—Lee Hollis
154. Death at the Salon—Louise R. Innes
155. Honey Butter at the Hill—Thea Cambert
156. Claws of Murder—Patti Benning
157. Laid Out in Lavender—Gin Jones
158. Cuppa Chaos—Melinda Craig
159. Marshmallow Malice—Amanda Flower
160. A Matter of Hive and Death—Nancy Coco
161. Dangers of Dog Walking—Susan Harper
162. Candy Cane Crime—Amanda Flower
163. Chicken Murder Soup—Rosie A. Point
164. Raspberry Revenge—Rosie A. Point
165. Raspberry Ripple Murder—Abby Byne
166. A Tale of Two Cookies—Eve Calder
167. Planted on Perry Street—L.B. Holder
168. Lemon Drop Dead—Amanda Flower
169. Whole Latte Murder—Lena Gregory
170. Cruising for a Bruising—M.E. Harmon & Paula Lester
171. Murder in the Cookbook Nook—Ellery Adams
172. Murder 101—Lynn Cahoon
173. Serving Up Suspects—Emmie Lyn
174. Wining and Dying—Daryl Wood Gerber
175. Egg Shooters—Laura Childs
176. Peril in the Pines—Sharon Bradford Lunn
177. Strawberry Cakes and Corpses—Patti Benning
178. Insects, Ivy & Investigations—Tonya Kappes
179. The Magician—Vickie Carroll
180. A Page of Murder—Penny Brooke
181. Three Treats Too Many—Debra H. Goldstein
182. Paws for Concern—Amy Hueston
183. Mint Murder—Rosie A. Point
184. Tall, Dark and Deadly—Patti Benning
185. The Case of the Confused Canine—Donna Doyle
186. The Whacked Witch—F.M. Storm
187. The Trouble at City Hall—Courtney McFarlin
188. Punning with Scissors—Becky Clark
189. Cozy Mystery Sampler 12—various
190. Claws of Justice—Emmie Lyn
191. A Trail of Lies—Kylie Logan
192. Murder in the Reading Room—Ellery Adams
193. Deadly Ever After—Eva Gates
194. Open for Murder—Mary Angela
195. The Chocolate Cat Caper—JoAnna Carl
196. Wedding Woes—Patti Benning
197. Peaches and Schemes—Anna Gerard
198. Chocolate Cherry Murder—Rosie A. Point
199. Canines, Costumes and Murder—Allyssa Mirry
200. Barkers, Birthdays and Murder—Allyssa Mirry
201. Nothing Like a Pool Party—Jennifer M. Baldwin

2021 Literary Escapes Reading Challenge

I’ll be doing this one again. I came closer on the states this year and only missed four. As always, it’s hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas–2021 Literary Escapes Challenge.

I’ll keep a list offsite that I’ll share when 2021’s challenge is over, but it’s basically all the US states and as many countries you can read.

Updated 12/30/21: Didn’t make it (again) lol but it’s still fun. Here’s what I did get done:

Alabama—Murder in the City—Susan Harper

Alaska—Alaskan Alliance—Kathi Daley

Arizona—Artistic License to Kill—Paula Darnell

Arkansas—Raspberry Ripple Murder—Abby Byne

California—Hope, Faith and a Corpse—Laura Jensen Walker

Colorado—Cruel Candy—Mildred Abbott

Connecticut—The Time for Murder Is Meow—T.C. LoTempio


District of Columbia– The Coloring Crook—Krista Davis

Florida—Brewing Up Trouble—Constance Barker

Georgia—Murder by Page One—Olivia Matthews


Idaho—A Slippery Slope of Murder—Summer Prescott

Illinois—Perpetrators and Pumpkins—Summer Prescott

Indiana—A Cut Above—Judi Lynn

Iowa—Nearly Dead in Iowa—Wendy Byrne


Kentucky—Eggnog, Extortion and Evergreens—Tonya Kappes

Louisiana—Momentary Paws—Corrinne Winters

Maine—Gunpowder Chowder—Lyndsey Cole

Maryland—The Eleventh Hour—Anina Collins

Massachusetts—Rhubarb Pie Before You Die—Gin Jones

Michigan—Rock Candy and Robberies—Patti Benning

Minnesota—Cherry Cheesecake Murder—Joanne Fluke

Mississippi—A Murder Between the Pages—Amy Lillard

Missouri—Breakfast Can Be Murder—Arlene Morgan

Montana—Murder at the Ranch—Kathleen Suzette



New Hampshire—RaspBuried Tort—Lyndsey Cole

New Jersey—Cocoa Chaos—Allyssa Mirry

New Mexico

New York—A Catered Book Club Murder—Isis Crawford

North Carolina—Fatally Frosted—Jessica Beck

North Dakota

Ohio—Death by Pumpkin Spice—Alex Erickson


Oregon—Tomes and Terriers—Hillary Avis

Pennsylvania—A Wicked Yarn—Emmie Caldwell

Rhode Island

South Carolina—The Broken Spine—Dorothy St. James

South Dakota—Escape from Danger—Courtney McFarlin

Tennessee—Murder Turns a Page—Thea Cambert

Texas—Cranberry Spice Murder—Belinda J. Evaline


Vermont—Christmas Cake Murder—Rosie A. Point

Virginia—A Deadly Edition—Victoria Gilbert

Washington—Kiss ‘N Tell—Kathi Daley

West Virginia—Seriously Serial—Patti Benning

Wisconsin—Whiskers of Murder—Patti Benning

Wyoming—Murder on Display—Thea Cambert


Australia—Death in Room 7—K.J. Emrick

Canada—A Hiss-tory of Magic—Harper Lin

England—Slay Bells Ring—Mona Marple

France (Paris)—Paris, Before You Die—Mary Bowers

Mexico—Don’t Taco ‘Bout Murder—Mona Marple

Spain—Derailed Plot—Summer Campbell

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