I posted about Bev's fabulous challenge a few weeks ago, but now it's Official. I'm doing what Ryan very smartly did at his blog, I'm copying the rules and featuring them here. (Plus I did up my own Challenge pix. Couldn't resist.)
Bev's blog, MY READER'S BLOCK is the home base for this year's Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2012.
I participated last year and won a terrific Dorothy Sayers book. I'm hoping to win a prize this year as well. Bev is a very generous lady. I hope you'll be joining us in this fun challenge. Use the link to go ahead and sign up.
So here are the rules in Bev's own words:
Once again, I will be sponsoring the Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge--but with a bit of a twist. I wanted to mix things up a bit to keep it interesting for all of you who have joined me in Vintage fun for 2011. This year it's all about Vintage Themes. In order to participate, you will need to choose at least one Vintage Theme listed below (minimum 8 book commitment). Here are the general rules:
*All books must have been written before 1960 and be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). Please remember that some of our Vintage authors wrote well after 1959--so keep an eye on the original publish date.
*You are welcome to count these books towards any other challenges as well.
*Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Sign up any time between now and November 30, 2012. If you have a blog, please post about the challenge and your theme commitment. Then sign up via the linky below. And please make the url link to your Challenge post and not your home page.
*I would love to see reviews of your challenge books, but it is not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments what your challenge commitment will be and then post again at the progress site (see below) when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read).
*No matter what theme you choose, please read from at least two different vintage authors.
*Everyone who completes their declared theme/s will be entered for a prize drawing at the end of the year. Anyone who completes two or more themes (16 or more books) will automatically receive their choice from a prize list.
*On January 1st, I will post a site where you can link up your reviews/progress.
1. Colorful Crime: 8 books with colors in the title
2. Murder by the Numbers: 8 books with a number in the title
3. Occupational Hazards: 8 books with a "detective" who is not a P.I.; Police Officer; Official Investigator (Nurse Keate, Father Brown, Miss Marple, etc.)
4. Perilous Policemen: 8 books with a policeman as the primary investigator
5. Lethal Locations: 8 books that are all about place (for instance: country houses, hospitals, schools or even particular cities/countries)
6. Dangerous Beasts: 8 books with an animal in the title (The Bat; The Canary Murder Case; etc.)
7. Deadly Decades: 8 books, one from each time period plus one of your choice (Pre-1900s; 1900-09; 1910-19; 1920-1929; 1930-1939; 1940-1949; 1950-59)
8. Golden Age Girls: 8 books by female authors OR 8 books with female detectives
9. Cherchez le Homme: 8 books by male authors OR 8 books with male detectives
10. Murderous Miscellany: Choose your own theme. Get creative--surprise us! The only stipulation is that the theme cannot be reading books by a single author.
I've decided to go with Numbers 5, 8 and 9:
Lethal Locations - 8 Books Set in England
Golden Age Girls - 8 Books by Women Writers
Cherchez L'Homme - 8 Books by Men Writers
But unlike the oh so organized Bev, I don't know what books I'll be reading yet except for these seven which I've managed to line up:
DEAD MAN'S WATCH by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole - 1931 (A book sent to me as a nifty surprise by John Norris of Pretty Sinister Books, another generous blogger and friend.)
BODIES IN THE BOOKSHOP by R.T. Campbell - 1946
THE BENEVENT TREASURE by Patricia Wentworth - 1953 (Thanks Picky Girl for reminding me of the Miss Silver books!)
HAG'S NOOK by John Dickson Carr - 1933
THE CASE OF THE CONSTANT SUICIDES by John Dickson Carr - 1941
THE MOONSTONE by Wilkie Collins - 1868
DEATH IN KASHMIR by M.M. Kaye - 1953
I'll add more as we go along and I get my hands on them.
So, why don't you join in? If you've never read any Vintage Mysteries then this is definitely the time to start. But if you're an old Vintage hand like some of us, then what are you waiting for?