2018 Monthly Keyword Challenge

I am joining in the 2018 Monthly Keyword Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block



Here is my preliminary list; subject to change during the year.

January: Snow Baby by Brenda Novak

February: Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

March: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

April: Rain Song by Alice Wisler

May: The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard

June: Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

July: Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans by Joanne DeMaio

August: The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

September: The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

October: Beewitched by Hannah Reed 

November: Devil’s Food Defense by Jessica Beck

December: A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange by Isis Crawford


2016 New to You Reading Challenge

This sounds like a fun challenge and a good way for me to start reading those books piling up on my shelves (both print & virtual!)




I am going to start with Level 2 (Dipping the Toes ) – 12 books.


I have a few series/authors in mind so I will start with the list below and update as needed~


  1. Liane Moriarty – new author
  2. Josie Belle – Good Buy Girl – new author & series
  3. Elizabeth Lee – Nut House – new author & series
  4. Nancy Coco – Candy Coated – new author & series
  5. Nancy J. Parra – Baker’s Treat – new author & series
  6. Anita Hughes – new author
  7. Christine Wenger – new author & series

2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Several years ago I participated in this challenge and when I decided I’d like to enter challenges again, this challenge is the first one that came to mind.  I LOVE series and have many started and unfinished. Newer series, long term series, series that have ended, etc.




I am entering Level 4 (Expert series reader) – Complete 7 or more series. I know I can do this!


This is the list I came up with…over 30 books, some series are only 1 book so will be easy to catch up on those. Others have 2-3 books, may be a few more.  I still have a lot of series I could add but these books are what I will focus on when looking for a book to read in 2016.  I will add on to these series with any 2016 releases so I can stay caught up.


Maggie Sefton – Knitting

#13 – Purl Up and Die


Ellery Adams – Books by the Bay

#7 – Writing All the Wrongs


Paige Shelton – Farmers Market

#7 – Bushel Full of Murder


Duffy Brown – Consigment Shop

#5 – Demise in Denim


Beverly Allen – Bridal Bouqet

#3 – Floral Depravity


Ellery Adams – Book Retreat

#2 – Murder in the Paperback Parlor


Ellery Adams – Charmed Pie Shoppe

#4 – Lemon Pies & Little White Lies


Stuart Woods – Stone Barrington

#35 – Foreign Affairs – finished 1/8/16

#36 – Scandalous Behavior


Cleo Coyle – Coffeehouse

#14 – Once Upon a Grind

#15 – Dead to the Last Drop


Krista Davis – Domestic Diva

#8 – The Diva Wraps It Up – finished 1/7/16

#9 – The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss

#10 – due out in June


Jacklyn Brady – Piece of Cake

#5 – Rebel without a Cake

#6 – The Cakes of Monte Cristo


Nora Roberts – Inn Boonsboro Trilogy

#2 – The Last Boyfriend

#3 – The Perfect Hope


Leslie Ann Budewitz – Food Lovers Village

#2 – Crime Rib

#3 – Butter Off Dead


Ellie Alexander – Bake Shop

#2 – A Batter of Life and Death

#3 – On Thin Icing


Debbie Macomber – Rose Harbor

#3 – Love Letters

#4 – Silver Linings


Paige Shelton – Country Cooking School

#4 – If Catfish Had Nine Lives

#5 – If Onions Could Spring Leeks


Diane Mott Davidson – Goldy Schulz  (one of my very first series started long ago…!)

#15 – Fatally Flaky

#16 – Crunch Time

#17 – The Whole Enchilada


Livia J. Washburn – Fresh Baked

#8 – The Fatal Funnel Cake

#9 – Trick or Deadly Treat

#10 – The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer


Ellery Adams – Cheese Shop

#4 – To Brie or Not to Brie

#5 – Days of Wine and Roquefort

#6 – As Gouda as Dead


Jessica Beck – Donut Shop

#17 – Old Fashioned Crooks

#18 – Dangerous Dough

#19 – Troubled Treats

#20 – Sugar Coated Sins

#21 – Criminal Crumbs

#22 – Vanilla Vices