One of the reading challenges I’ve loved doing this year is Bev’s Calendar of Crime, so I am delighted to see that she is hosting it again in 2020. This may be the only challenge I take part in next year!
This is a reading challenge that allows mystery readers to include any mystery regardless of publication date. If it falls in a mystery category (crime fiction/detective novel/police procedural/suspense/thriller/spy & espionage/hard-boiled/cozy etc.), then it counts and it does not matter if it was published in 1892 or 2019.
The Challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. All books should be read during this time period and you can sign up on Bev’s blog at any time.
I have summarised the rules below – for all the details see Bev’s sign up post.
- All books must be mysteries.
- Twelve books, one representing each month, are required for a completed challenge. Each month comes with several categories (see chart above) that may be selected to fulfil the month’s reading.
- The “wild card” book is exactly that.
- For the category that says “Book title contains a word that starts with the letter A,” the following do not count: “A” and “An.”
- Books may only count for one month and one category, but they may count for other challenges.
- Books do not have to be read during the month for which they qualify. So–if you’re feeling like a little “Christmas in July” (or May or…), then feel free to read your book for December whenever the mood strikes.
- A wrap-up post/comment/email will be requested that should include a list of books read and what category they fulfilled. [Example: January: The House of Sudden Sleep by John Hawk (original pub date January 1930)]