Monday, October 24, 2011
Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2012
It's a little bit early, but I've noticed that folks are starting to put their 2012 Challenges out there and I want you to have time to put your thinking caps on. Once again, I will be sponsoring the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge--but with a bit of a twist. I wanted to mix things up a bit to keep it interesting for all of you who have joined me in Vintage fun for 2011. This year it's all about Vintage Themes. In order to participate, you will need to choose at least one Vintage Theme listed below (minimum 8 book commitment)**. Here are the general rules:
*All books must have been written before 1960 and be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). Please remember that some of our Vintage authors wrote well after 1959--so keep an eye on the original publish date.
*You are welcome to count these books towards any other challenges as well.
*Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Sign up any time between now and November 30, 2012. If you have a blog, please post about the challenge and your theme commitment. Then sign up via the linky below. And please make the url link to your Challenge post and not your home page.
*I would love to see reviews of your challenge books, but it is not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments what your challenge commitment will be and then post again at the progress site (see below) when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read).
*No matter what theme you choose, please read from at least two different vintage authors.
*Everyone who completes their declared theme/s will be entered for a prize drawing at the end of the year. Anyone who completes two or more themes (16 or more books) will automatically receive their choice from a prize list.
*On January 1st, I will post a site where you can link up your reviews/progress.
1. Colorful Crime: 8 books with colors in the title
2. Murder by the Numbers: 8 books with a number in the title
3. Occupational Hazards: 8 books with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.)
4. Perilous Policemen: 8 books with a policeman as the primary investigator
5. Lethal Locations: 8 books that are all about place (for instance: country houses, hospitals, schools or even particular cities/countries)
6. Dangerous Beasts: 8 books with an animal in the title (The Bat; The Canary Murder Case; etc.)
7. Deadly Decades: 8 books, one from each time period plus one of your choice (Pre-1900s; 1900-09; 1910-19; 1920-1929; 1930-1939; 1940-1949; 1950-59)
8. Golden Age Girls: 8 books by female authors OR 8 books with female detectives
9. Cherchez le Homme: 8 books by male authors OR 8 books with male detectives
10. Murderous Miscellany: Choose your own theme. Get creative--surprise us! The only stipulation is that the theme cannot be reading books by a single author.
**Addendum: Mini-Challenge Level--for those who would like to participate at a lower commitment. Choose any theme for a commitment of 4 books. Challengers who complete this level will be eligible for a separate year-end prize drawing. Anyone who has already committed to an eight-book theme and would like to change levels may do so until the end of January. Please let me know by posting the new commitment on your sign-up post and in a comment below.
For those who are new to the Vintage Mystery field, you can find some great ideas for reading at the Progress Site for the 2011 Vintage Mystery Challenge. Participants have shared reviews for a wide assortment of authors.