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2017 Reading Challenge: Foodies Read 2017


I’m glad that I found this Foodies Read Challenge for my 2017 reading adventures!

We all know I love reading cozy mysteries and some of my absolute favorites are those that are food based such as coffee shops, tea shops, spice shops, bakeries, cafes, and the list could go on and on and on . . .

For this challenge I am putting it all out there and going with the level of CORDON-BLEU CHEF More than 19 books!!

Looking forward to this one.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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2017 Reading Challenge: Craving for Cozies 2017 Challenge


Given that I’m a huge cozy mystery reader I always choose at least one cozy challenge each year.  This year I have chosen the Craving for Cozies 2017 Challenge sponsored by Escape with Dolly Cas Into a Good Book.

All of the details of the challenge are available here . . .

For this year I have chosen the level FAMISHED 11-20 Cozy Mysteries

Happy reading Cozy Lovers,

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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2017 Reading Challenge: 2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

Happy New Year’s Eve all you book lovers!

New Year’s Eve for this book lover means sitting around in my sweat pants and comfy shirt underneath a cozy blanket choosing my new book challenges for the year and getting my blog ready a new and amazing reading year!!

So here goes it . . .


I am excited to once again participate in a reading challenge that takes me throughout the entire United States . . . this year it is the 2017 Literary Escapes Challenge hosted by none other than Escape with Dollycas into A Good Book.

All information regarding the challenge can be found here . . .

This is a simple challenge: read your way throughout the United States and the District of Columbia, read one book set in each state.

I have my map of the USA all printed out and I’m ready to travel . . .

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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Book Review: “Swag Bags and Swindlers” (Haley Randolph Mystery #11)


Title:  Swag Bags and Swindlers

Author:  Dorothy Howell

Series:  Haley Randolph Mystery #11

Synopsis (from  Haley Randolph’s 25th birthday is just around the corner, and the full-time fashionista is ready to quit her credit card-paying job at Holt’s Department Store. All she has to do is make sure nothing goes wrong with the big party she’s planning at the Hollywood Haven retirement home. But when Haley finds the home’s assistant director sprawled on his bloody office floor, she sees her hope of keeping her job—not to mention the dream of owning a Sassy, the season’s hottest handbag—vanishing before her eyes.

Finding the killer is Haley’s only hope . . . but it turns out the list of suspects is longer than her last credit card statement. To make matters worse, Haley’s kind-of-ex-boyfriend Ty is now a suspect in a different murder. Solving two murders while planning the perfect party—and always keeping her sights on a Sassy—won’t be easy . . . especially now that there’s more than one killer ready to select Haley’s final outfit!

My thoughts:  I found this cozy mystery series completely by mistake a number of years ago in my library and needless to say have been following it ever since.

This is by far not my favorite cozy mystery series but it is a cute, fun series.  Picture Sophie Kinsella’s series . . . with a much less annoying main character.

The characters are fun and overall it is just a nice, simply series.

And remember,

Books Are Life,




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Book Review – “First Degree Mudder” by Kate Dyer-Seeley (Pacific Northwest Mystery #4)


Title:  First Degree Mudder

Author:  Kate Dyer-Seeley

Series:  Pacific Northwest Mystery #4


Synopsis (from  Back home in Portland, Oregon, Meg is ready to take her career as an outdoor writer for Extreme magazine to the next level. Lesser journalists sling mud—Meg plans to run through it. To train hard for Mud, Sweat & Beers, an extreme 5K mud run, she’s signed on with the Mind Over Mudder team, run by ten-time mud marathon champ—and former drill sergeant—Billy the Tank. But when Meg finds her tenacious trainer dead in the locker room, she has a sinking feeling someone may have been pushed too far. Digging through the hidden secrets at Mind Over Mudder is a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Meg will have to tread carefully, though—or she may soon be running for her life . . .


My thoughts:  I love, love, love this series.  I couldn’t wait until the publication date for this one and sure enough I pre-ordered it and had it delivered to my door on the date it was out.

This cozy mystery series truly has it all . . . humor, great characters, a little intrigue, and a great continuing storyline from book to book.

The first couple books in this series definitely had a bit more humor that the ensuing ones – it was hilarious seeing the main character trying to fit into this outdoor world and conquer mountains and ski slopes.  As Meg starts to gain more “experience” in her outdoor pursuits, I guess I see why the author has backed off on the humor and gaffes of her outdoor adventures – but I certainly wouldn’t mind some more of that in the next books.

I love that the author  has kept a couple underlying storylines not only going but growing and getting more and more intriguing throughout the series – what is happening with Meg’s relationship with Matt?  What is the true story about Meg’s dad?  And the Sheriff?


I of course can’t wait for the next one – and now I will have to wait a year – sniff, sniff,  . . .

A great cozy mystery series that everyone should get their hands on . .

And remember,

Books are Life,


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Book Review: “The Book Stops Here” by Kate Carlisle (Bibliophile Mystery #8)



Title:  The Book Stops Here

Author:  Kate Carlisle

Synopsis (from  You never know what treasures can be found in someone’s attic. Unfortunately for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some of them are worth killing for in the latest in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Brooklyn is thrilled to be appearing on the hit TV show This Old Attic as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a valuable first-edition copy of the children’s classic The Secret Garden.

After the episode airs, a man storms onto the set claiming that the owner of the book, a flower seller named Vera, found the book at his garage sale, and he wants it back—or else. Afterward, Randolph Rayburn, the show’s host, confides in Brooklyn that he’s terrified by the man’s threats and fears that he is being stalked.

When several violent incidents occur on the set, Brooklyn and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, are shaken. But Brooklyn’s discovery of Vera’s corpse in her flower shop convinces her she has to find the killer—before her chance at prime time and her life are canceled…permanently.


My thoughts:  Another great book in the Bibliophile Mystery series.  Another great showing from Brooklyn Wainwright and her fabulous cast of characters.  I love this series, all of the characters are great, from Brooklyn’s somewhat odd family on the commune in Dharma, to her sister, to her friends, to her gorgeous boyfriend Derek!  Love them all.

I know cozies aren’t exactly meant to have deep, thought provoking storylines which are exactly the reason that I read them – but I must say that I am becoming quite a bit intrigued by the growing relationship between Brooklyn and Derek!  Perhaps a wedding in the future dear Ms. Carlisle . . . yes, yes!!!!

Anyway, if you are a cozy lover and a book lover (which of course you already are) . . . this is a series for you!

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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2015 Challenges: 2015 Cruisin Thru the Cozies Challenge

 Happy Holidays Books Are Life – Vita Libri readers and followers . . . it is that wonderful, exciting time of year to once again choose which book challenges I am going to participate in for 2015!  I spent a good portion of my day off today on different book blogs (fabulous!!) finding some new reading challenges.  Here we go readers! 

My level choice for this challenge is Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 books or more.  (I got this!!!!)

Cruisin thru cozies 2015

Welcome to the fifth annual Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! Wow, this is the fifth year I’m hosting this challenge and I’m still loving the cozies.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it’s just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

So, here are the rules…

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:

Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books

Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books

Level 3 – Super Sleuth – Read 13 or more books

Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more

2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2015 and ends December 31, 2015.

3. You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebooks…it all counts!

5. You don’t have to post a review, but I’m sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

NOTE: If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, that’s fine. You don’t have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that’s fine too. Just leave us the link.  I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up by clicking here.

6. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

7. I’m going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won’t be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.

Have fun!

This reading challenge is hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.


And remember,

Books Are Life,


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