Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2017

I'm getting anxious to start signing up for the 2017 reading challenges. So far, there aren't very many out there. But, rest assured, I've got the vintage mystery fans covered and I'm ready to sign folks up for another round of mystery cover scavenging. The 2017 Vintage Scavenger Hunt cards are set--I've traded out some of the categories for new ones and condensed a few. I hope you all will be ready to hunt with me again.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to find as many objects on the scavenger hunt list as possible on the covers of the mystery books you read. Once again,  ou may play along in either the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras (or, for the more adventurous, both). See check lists below.

* All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore. 

*For the purposes of this challenge, the Golden Age Vintage Mysteries must have been first published before 1960. Golden Age short story collections (whether published pre-1960 or not) are permissible provided all of the stories included in the collection were originally written pre-1960.  Please remember that some of our Golden Age Vintage authors wrote well after 1959--so keep an eye on the original publication date and apply them to the appropriate card.  Silver Age Vintage Mysteries may be first published any time from 1960 to 1989 (inclusive).  Again, Silver Age short story collections published later than 1989 are permissible as long as they include no stories first published later than 1989.  Yes, I admit my dates are arbitrary and may not exactly meet standard definitions of Golden or Silver Age.  

*Minimum number of items to complete the challenge and to be eligible for the participation prize drawing at the end of the year is six items from the covers of books read from a single Vintage Mystery Era.  If you choose to do both eras, you must use separate checklists. You may not, for example, find three golden age items and three silver age items to claim the minimum six.
*Challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. All books should be read during this time period. Sign up any time between now and November 1, 2017.  Any books read from January 1 on may count regardless of your sign-up date. If you have a blog, please post about the challenge and a little bit about your commitment—if you’re going Silver or Gold…or maybe both. Then sign up via the linky below. And please make the url link to your Challenge post and not your home page. (Links that do not follow this rule will be removed.) If you do not have a blog, links to an online list (Goodreads, Library Thing, etc.) devoted to this challenge are also acceptable OR you may comment below to indicate your sign up.

*"On the cover" may apply to either the front or the back cover of the book. For example, if you need a map or a chart for your scavenger hunt list, then Dell Mapbacks are perfect--with the map in question on the back cover. Also, the item should be found on the cover of the edition that you read. If at all possible either post a picture showing the item on the cover or provide a link to a page showing us. Exception:  If the edition you read has no picture whatsoever (hardbacks that have no dust jacket or e-copies, for example), then you may go on another scavenger hunt online to find a cover image--again, please provide a link to the edition used. Bottom line: if I choose to check up on entries, I must be able to find the item claimed on a cover for the book read.

*No double-counting within the challenge. If a book's cover has both a shadowy figure and a weapon, you may only use it to check off one item from the list. You are welcome to change the item claimed at any time prior to submitting it for prizes. 

*Books read for this challenge may be used for other challenges as well.

*Reviews are encouraged, but they are not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments below that you intend to join and then post again at the end-of-year wrap-up site when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read, categories you have completed, and how to find images of covers).

*The Headquarters link which appears on my sidebar will be updated for 2017 once the new year begins. You can go there for review links and information.

1. Challengers who complete the minimum six books from a single era will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the year for a book from the prize list.  
2. Challengers who complete 12 or more books (either from the same era or six from each era) will also be entered in a separate drawing--for another chance to win, again for their choice of a book from the prize list. 

In addition:
1. There will be periodic check-in posts and drawings. I will choose specific scavenger items ahead of time and keep them in reserve for check-in drawings. Those who have already found those items will be eligible for bonus prizes.
2. A grand prize for the participant who finds the most objects overall. In case of a tie, there will be a tie-breaker round. Tie-breaker to be determined.

Please keep track of your progress and be prepared to submit a final wrap-up post or comment at the end of the year. Please DO NOT submit completion notifications prior to the posting of the Wrap-Up Link. Thank you. 

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neer said...

Glad you are hosting it again Bev. Will do a sign-up post soon.

Anonymous said...

Now posted Bev - roll on 2017!

Jamie Ghione said...

Hi, Bev, I decided to try this one next year. I want to read more vintage mysteries, and I will try to get the minimum six for each era.

Peggy Ann said...

I'm in again Bev. Trying for 12 in both era's.

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

I finally got my sign up post up. I'm going to try for Gold and Silver this year.

Anonymous said...

Happy new year 2017, Bev and everyone else! I coped both your PNGs last year and declared: "I will settle in for a few months, see how many matching covers I am reading, then do a post". The year zipped by and I found myself at my birth month, November! :-) I'll settle in with these lists again, printing them this time and am sure I will sign-up in short order. If your new game is merely about connecting one book to the next one creatively and it doesn't appear we need many of them: I think I could have creative fun with that too. I need to put up a post for Mount TBR too. I love a year's accounting of all reading. Your mystery tally in my group seems higher than ever, Bev. Bravo!

Because my groups restart in February, few notice my quartet, including My Kind Of Mystery and Gentle Spectrums, with a colour category for four years! The fans are certainly around. If you wouldn't mind telling them about me, this could be the year they find me. :) I've thought Celtic Coasts could overlap for Gilion's players too, where she takes one book among the English-speaking countries. My fond wishes to fellow women and men hosts for 2017! Was very pleased to have your Christmas card, Bev. Thank you! Yours Truly, Carolyn