2017 Reading Challenge: Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

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I am excited to again participate in this Mount TBR Reading Challenge sponsored by My Reader’s Block at the following link:

https://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2016/11/2017-mount-tbr-challenge-sign-up.html

This is the challenge that I really, really, really need as I’m sure most of us readers do because I quite literally have piles and book shelves and closet shelves full of books that I need to get to reading.  Hopefully this helps.

So I’m participating at level Mount Blanc 24 books from you TBR Pile.

Here goes it . . .

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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2017 Reading Challenge: Full House Reading Challenge

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I’m excited to participate in this Full House Reading Challenge again in 2017 sponsored by The Book Date.  All of the information you need to know about the challenge is at the following link:

http://bookdate.blogspot.com/2016/12/full-house-reading-challenge-2017-sign.html

I like that the categories have changed up a bit this year and excited to fill the board up.  Last year I came within 1 square of the covering the whole board.

So here we go . . .

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And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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2017 Reading Challenge: Foodies Read 2017

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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,

Heather

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2017 Reading Challenge: Craving for Cozies 2017 Challenge

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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 . . .

http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/reading-challenges/craving-cozies-2017-reading-challenge/

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

Happy reading Cozy Lovers,

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/reading-challenges/2017-literary-escapes-challenge/

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,

Heather

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

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Title:  Swag Bags and Swindlers

Author:  Dorothy Howell

Series:  Haley Randolph Mystery #11

Synopsis (from bn.com):  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,

Heather

 

 

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

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Title:  First Degree Mudder

Author:  Kate Dyer-Seeley

Series:  Pacific Northwest Mystery #4

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):  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,

Heather

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