Hi friends! This blog is for teachers and families- all for the sheer joy of literacy. When we are enthusiastic about reading and writing our students and our own kids become excited to read and write. I hope that we all can be models for those in our care- how did you show your passion for reading, writing, learning, language, or words today?? It's in those small, daily moments that we teach kids to love literacy.

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Reading Challenge: Cruisin' Thru the Cozies

It's June, so what better time to start a 2011 reading challenge?!! Since I'm new to blogging about reading, teaching, and books this spring, I didn't sign up for any challenges in January. I just couldn't resist joining in the fun and wait until next January.

I was inspired by another fashionably late blogger, Irregular Silsbee (check out her awesome book blog), to give it a go mid-year.

This challenge is right up my alley! I wasn't sure what the cozies were. But Socrates Book Reviews has a nifty link that explains it all.

According to Cozy-Mystery.com a Cozy mystery is:
  • Many cozy mystery readers are intelligent women looking for a “fun read” that engages the mind, as well as provides entertainment 
  • The crime-solver in a cozy mystery is usually a woman who is an amateur sleuth. Almost always, she has a college degree, whether she is using it or not. Her education and life’s experiences have provided her with certain skills that she will utilize in order to solve all the crimes that are “thrown her way.” The cozy mystery heroine is usually a very intuitive, bright woman. The occupations of the amateur sleuths are very diverse: caterer, bed and breakfast owner, quilter, cat fancier/owner, nun, gardener, librarian, book store owner, herbalist, florist, dog trainer, homemaker, teacher, needlepoint store owner, etc.
  • The cozy mystery usually takes place in a small town or village (click here to read more on the village setting). The small size of the setting makes it believable that all the suspects know each other. The amateur sleuth is usually a very likeable person who is able to get the community members to talk freely (i.e. gossip) about each other. 
Well that just describes every guilty pleasure mystery that I read- PD James being my go to and absolute favorite! Hmmm, I think this challenge may be easier than I think!

I am going to try Investigator level. I am not a fast reader (as compared to many in bloglandia), so I am hoping I can do this! Wish me luck- I know it will be a fun ride!

Investigator Level:
3. Daughters of Cain, by Colin Dexter

Be Well! Read on!


  1. You did it! I hope you have an awesome time! :)

  2. Welcome to the challenge! Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great.

  3. Silsbee, Thanks for the nudge ;) and yvonne, I can't wait to get started :)


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