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Jul 09, 2014 03:17PM

1357 Since I'm crunched on time, due to both Independence Day holiday and having an internet outage in my area for a couple days... I'm reposting our July challenge from 2011. Again, sorry it's late.


This is based on odd or wacky holidays that really exist (at least according to a website online. lol) The dates listed are the dates the wacky holiday falls on. You have the entire month to read one or all of the books. It's up to you. There are 5 categories, and you need only read 1 per category. You can choose to read as many or as few categories as you have time for.

July is National Ice Cream Month
July 1 - Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
July 7 - Chocolate Day
July 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day
July 17 - National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday of the month)
July 17 - Peach Ice Cream Day
July - 23 Vanilla Ice Cream Day

With sooo many ice cream days falling this month, as well as national ice cream month, read a book that either shows ice cream on the cover, has a flavor of ice cream in the title, or someone eats ice cream somewhere in the book.

July 2- I Forgot Day
Read a book you've previously purchased, but forgot to read. Instead of reaching for the top of your TBR pile, reach for something lying forgotten on the bottom of it.

July 11 - Cheer up the Lonely Day
Read a book that you've borrowed from someone else or was given to you, read a book to someone else (reading to your own family counts), or share a book with someone else.

July 13 -Embrace Your Geekness Day
Read a book where someone has a geeky type profession, or read a non-fiction book (to increase your geekness! lol)

3 Stay out of the Sun Day
4 Independence Day (U.S.)
4 Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
6 National Fried Chicken Day
10 Teddy Bear Picnic Day
12 Pecan Pie Day
21 National Junk Food Day
23 National Hot Dog Day

It looks like the above 7 holidays are telling us we should all have a summer picnic. If you have a picnic and read part of a book there, that counts. Or read a book showing a picnic on the cover, in the title (any words from the above picnic related holidays counts, so "pie" or "hotdog" in the title works), or any book where somewhere in the book there is a picnic.

Some of these may be a little harder, but that's also part of the fun. There are so many ice cream flavors I'm sure you can find the name of one of them in a title. The mini-challenges each month are suppose to be fun.
Enjoy!
Jul 09, 2014 03:14PM

1357 This is one of my favorite cozy authors and was our first one featured, four years ago. Since that time, several more in the series have been published. I'm caught up on the series, except for the last one published this spring. I have it, this will just motivate me to finally find time to read it.

Enjoy
P.S. Sorry it was late this month.
Jul 09, 2014 03:00PM

1357 Our first featured author was Nancy Atherton, four years ago. I think it's time to revisit her.

She writes the popular Aunt Dimity series. Her official website is http://www.aunt-dimity.com/. The most recent book in the series came out in Feb.

The series is, in order (featured recipe included):
#1 Aunt Dimity's Death (Beth's Oatmeal Cookies)
#2 Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Nell's Strawberry Tarts)
#3 Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (Uncle Tom's Butterscotch Brownies)
#4 Aunt Dimity Digs In (Lilian's Lemon Bars)
#5 Aunt Dimity's Christmas (Angel Cookies)
#6 Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (Claire's Lace)
#7 Aunt Dimity: Detective (The Pym Sisters' Gingerbread)
#8 Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday (Winnie's Treacle Tart)
#9 Aunt Dimity: Snowbound (Catchpole's Apricot Compote)
#10 Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (Miss Beacham's Raisin Bread)
#11 Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea (Sir Percy's Favorite Sticky Lemon Cake)
#12 Aunt Dimity Goes West (Carrie Vyne's Calico Cookies)
#13 Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter (Charlotte's Jammy Biscuits)
#14 Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon ( King Wilfred's Honey Cakes)
#15 Aunt Dimity Down Under (Donna's Anzac Biscuits)
#16 Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity's Seed Cake)
#17 Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Amelia Thistle's Brown Bread)
#18 Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince(Mama Markov's Russian Tea Cakes)
#19 Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (Sally Pyne's Summer Pudding) [Published Spring 2014, available now]

Also available:
Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective: The First Two Books in the Beloved Series

All recipes can also be found on the author's website listed above.

Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, #1) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity and the Duke (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #2) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (Aunt Dimity, #3) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Digs In (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #4) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity's Christmas (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #5) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #6) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Detective (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #7) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #8) by Nancy Atherton
Aunt Dimity Snowbound (Aunt Dimity #9) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #10) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #11) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Goes West (Aunt Dimity #12) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #13) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #14) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Down Under (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #15) by Nancy Atherton Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective The First Two Books in the Beloved Series by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity, #16) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #17) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #18) by Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #19) by Nancy Atherton

The first book in the series, is Aunt Dimity's Death
Lori Shepherd learns that she will inherit a sizeable estate from her recently deceased Aunt Dimity, but there is a catch--Lori must first discover the secret hidden in the letters in Dimity's cottage.

Awards:
- Aunt Dimity's Death - This first book in the series was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Library thing's average rating in reviews of Aunt Dimity's Death is four stars.
- Aunt Dimity and the Duke - nominated for the Dilys Award by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
Jul 02, 2014 02:12PM

1357 Carolyn, the books on Amazon listed for free are usually only free for 24 to 48 hours. You have to grab 'em quick.
Jun 08, 2014 08:48PM

1357 Please put suggestions in the Suggestions Thread for the Featured Author.
Jun 06, 2014 01:44PM

1357 ☯Emily has reviews on Booklikes wrote: "Just to let people know that Luffy is in another group with me and he is an asset most of the time."

I noticed he's reading one of our featured author books and is also a member of the Agatha Christie Group. I just don't want arguments on our boards. We can all get along.
Jun 05, 2014 02:58PM

1357 Luffy wrote: "Ah but not one book is sure to be a hit with the reader. So a member has gotten used to reading whatever the BOM is, right. They take hours of their leisure time to read. Then they barely participa..."

You obviously haven't been paying much attention to the group, or read our group rules. We have a monthly featured author, not a book of the month. I do list the first in the series on the main page, but you are not obligated to read it. If you don't like our group, perhaps you'd be more comfortable somewhere else. We aren't going to change the entire group to suit one person.
Jun 05, 2014 02:52PM

1357 Luffy wrote: "I'm surprised by this paucity of discussion of the books of the month. Is it over already? I'm at a crossroads here. I don't know if I can operate with a group read agenda with such a relatively me..."

Luffy, please read our group rules.
Your conduct is violating them.
Private warning message (PM) sent.

1357 You don't have to read both books. I pick an author to feature and list all of their books (bibliography). So something shows on our home page, I put up the covers of the first in their series. You can read any book they've written (or skip if the author doesn't interest you). If you've never read them before, the first in the series is a good place to start but it also depends what you can get ahold of. Many are familiar with the series/author, have read some (or all) and pick up where they left off. By posting a featured author instead of a Book-of-the-Month selection, it gives you the option of choosing any book by that author instead of all reading a specific book. I find it helpful that although some are new to the authors we feature, some are familiar with them and post giving us hints like if the series must be read in order, etc.
Jun 04, 2014 02:15PM

1357 Anything counts for a re-read Becky.

Seems I missed June 4th as National Cheese Day to match our featured author this month.
Jun 03, 2014 08:55PM

1357 This might help some of you...

(evidently Nancy Cohen has an entire "Bad Hair Day" series with 10 books in it: https://www.goodreads.com/series/7041...)

Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #10) by Nancy J. Cohen Shear Murder by Nancy J. Cohen

Murder By Manicure (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #3) by Nancy J. Cohen Murder By Manicure by Nancy J. Cohen

Murder on a Bad Hair Day (Southern Sisters Mystery, #2) by Anne George Murder on a Bad Hair Day by Anne George
Jun 03, 2014 11:51AM

1357 As always, read as many or as few as you like based around real but wacky holidays. Books can be all cozy mysteries but don't have to be. It's up to you.


June is National Adopt a Cat Month and June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day - Read a book with a cat as a character, shown on the cover, or listed in the title.

June 3rd is Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day") - Reread a favorite book.

June 4th is Old Maid's Day - Read a book with an old spinster in it (doesn't have to be the main character).

June 26 is Beautician's Day - Read a book that has a scene in a beauty parlor, barber shop, etc. Extra credit if the book's main theme centers around a beauty shop.

June 27 is Sun Glasses Day - Read a book that takes place on or near a beach, shows a beach on the cover, or if sunglasses are specifically mentioned in the title or anyone on the cover is wearing a pair.

BONUS June 4th is National Cheese Day - Read a book that has something to do with cheese, has any kind of cheese in the title or on the cover.

Happy Summer
Enjoy!
1357 Our featured author this month is Daryl Wood Gerber, who also writes as Avery Aames. Official websites: http://www.averyaames.com/ and http://www.darylwoodgerber.com/homepa...

Daryl Wood Gerber is the author of A Cookbook Nook Mystery series, featuring an avid reader, admitted foodie, and owner of a cookbook store in picturesque coastal California. The series will debut in 2013. In addition, under the pen name Avery Aames, Daryl writes the Agatha Award winning, nationally bestselling A Cheese Shop Mystery series.

A Cookbook Nook Mystery series written as Daryl Wood Gerber

1. Final Sentence (Cookbook Nook Mystery #1) by Daryl Wood Gerber Final Sentence

2. Inherit the Word by Daryl Wood Gerber Inherit the Word

3. Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber Stirring the Plot



A Cheese Shop Mystery series written as Avery Aames

Charlotte Bessette, proprietor of Fromagerie Bessette, in fictional Providence, Ohio, in the Cheese Shop mysteries.

1. The Long Quiche Goodbye (A Cheese Shop Mystery #1) by Avery Aames The Long Quiche Goodbye

2. Lost and Fondue (A Cheese Shop Mystery #2) by Avery Aames Lost and Fondue

3. Clobbered by Camembert (A Cheese Shop Mystery #3) by Avery Aames Clobbered by Camembert

4. To Brie or Not To Brie (A Cheese Shop Mystery #4) by Avery Aames To Brie or Not To Brie

5. Days of Wine and Roquefort (A Cheese Shop Mystery #5) by Avery Aames Days of Wine and Roquefort
May 21, 2014 07:24PM

1357 Moderator's Note: This is a controversial topic. Please respect others opinions.
May 08, 2014 01:19PM

1357 Thanks Donna and Marisa. One of my 3 sons had a birthday party this weekend, and two days ago my youngest was playing with matches and started a fire in the basement. Thankfully, only a box of cereal went up into flames so we and the house are all fine. Just scared the crap outta me and he will now take a junior fire safety program the fire department has next week.

Thanks to Heather for helping me out this month with the challenge.
May 07, 2014 04:16PM

1357 Sorry ladies. I've been rather busy the last few days. Heather has graciously offered to create this month's mini-challenge for you. :)
May 05, 2014 09:04PM

1357 Thread locked since it's a duplicate of a thread we already have, that Heather was nice enough to link to.

Group Owner
May 03, 2014 08:08PM

1357 Our featured author this month is Victoria Laurie. Her official website is: http://www.victorialaurie.com/

About this author

Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 books and counting. Victoria divides her time between her two adult mystery series, (The Psychic Eye Mysteries, and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries), and a Y/A thriller, Death Date, to be released in early January of 2015.

As a professional psychic, Victoria's protagonists - psychic Abigail Cooper, and spiritual medium M. J. Holliday - tackle the tricky world of the paranormal while fighting bad guys and demons with plenty of plucky humor and determination.

And using that keen understanding of the paranormal, Victoria also created the character of Maddie Fynn, a teenager with the unique intuitive ability to predict the exact date of someone's death.


Psychic Eye Series

Abby Cooper is a professional psychic intuitive who has everyone else figured out far better than she has her own life managed. She knows all too well that being psychic doesn't let her sidestep murder and mayhem - it just lets her know that it's coming. Luckily, she has plenty of help from her best friend and business partner, Candice Fusco - one badass P.I., along with the love of Abby's life - the gorgeous Dutch Rivers. Together, Candice and Dutch help keep Abby focused on finding the bad guys while often dodging the odd stray bullet or two.

#1 Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye
#2 Better Read Than Dead
#3 A Vision of Murder
#4 Killer Insight
#5 Crime Seen
#6 Death Perception
#7 Doom with a View
#8 A Glimpse of Evil
#9 Vision Impossible
#10 Lethal Outlook
#11 Deadly Forecast
#12 Fatal Fortune: (July 2014)

Ghost Hunter Mystery series

M. J. Holliday is a spiritual medium who's not afraid of a little adventure. Together with her BFF Gilley Gillespie, M. J. runs a ghostbusting business which often puts historical murder and mayhem front and center. With competing love interests, a best friend who's scared of his own shadow, and a parrot with attitude, some days, it's all M. J. can do just to stay focused.

#1 What's a Ghoul to Do?
#2 Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend
#3 Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun
#4 Ghouls Gone Wild
#5 Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls
#6 Ghoul Interrupted
#7 What a Ghoul Wants
#8 The Ghoul Next Door (Jan 2014)

Oracles of Delphi Keep Series

Ian Wigby is an orphan who has been given the task of saving the world by the greatest Oracle of Delphi the world has ever known. Along with his sister, Theo, and his best mate, Carl, Ian must follow a three-thousand-year-old prophecy to gather other orphans, each with a unique and special intuitive talent all while battling sorcerers, hellhounds, and the forces of the German Reich.

#1 Oracles of Delphi Keep
#2 The Curse of Deadman's Forest
#3 Quest for the Secret Keeper
Apr 26, 2014 07:33PM

1357 Vicky wrote: "Perhaps we could have a choice of lesser published authors and/or fairly new authors: Maddy Hunter, Carrie Bebris, Kaitlyn Dunnett, Kathleen Ernest, Lyn Hamilton, Amanda Lee, J.J. Murphy come to m..."

I try to switch it up so it isn't always the same. However, lesser published authors don't have as many published works to choose from. I also occasionally choose from the Authors who have joined our Group thread to feature one of our own.
1357 If the "new" author is any good, then they should write on their own merit and shouldn't need to jump start their career by leeching off the works of good but dead authors. Just my opinion.


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