Cozy Mystery Series Readathon (Nov 2018) — Let’s choose the author / series

Based on last week’s poll, you voted to combine two of the options into a single approach for our November 2018 Readathon. The winner is: “Cozy Mystery Series.” Many thanks to all the voters and promoters for the readathon. I’m very excited to choose a series with 4 or 5 books that we can read all throughout November and post our reviews. Some of the suggestions may have more than 5, but we will only read the first 5. I’ve chosen authors I’ve never read before but have on my TBR.

I’ve listed a few suggestions below, but I’d love input and feedback on authors and series to include in the poll. I plan to post the poll on 10/5 and run it thru 10/11 for everyone to vote. We’ll have 3 weeks to buy or borrow the books and set the reading and review schedule. Given it’s a series, we might be more informal with the dates and just note that all should be done by 11/30.  Thoughts? Suggestions? I’d like to have 10 or 12 in the poll. Here goes:


November 2018 - Choose 4 Books to Read & Review (1)

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Hi. I’m very excited for our November 2018 Readathon. If you’re new to my readathons, read the original post below or check out the main pages on my blog to read all about the past ones: Children’s Books and Agatha Christie. For the November 2018 readathon, we’ll read 4 or 5 books throughout the month based on the votes in this week’s poll. I suggested four categories. You added six new ones rounding out the total to ten options.

I’ve created the poll below. You have until 9/28 to respond. Please pick your two favorites, and based on the responses, we can decide in early October what the focus will be… e.g. cozy mysteries with numbers in the title, supernatural holidays, or fairy tale re-tellings about food. Ha! If you want to add a new categories, let me know and I’ll update the poll. I can’t wait to see what everyone picks.



With two successful readathons under our belt this year, I’m ready to plan the next one. In April, we held the fantastic Agatha Christie Readathon where we read 4 of her amazing books and shared brilliant reviews. In August, we held the fun Children’s Books Readathon where we read 10 books from a range of authors and shared awesome reviews. What’s next?

I’m targeting November for the readathon so we’re not too busy at the end of the year and right around some of the bigger holidays. I’ve got a few ideas, but I’d love to hear suggestions from everyone before I send out a poll with the topics and books. To kick it off, here’s a few thoughts:

  1. Book Series
    • Choose a book series with 4 books and read them all
  2. Cozy Mysteries
    • Pick a few themes from cooking to ghosts to pets to quilting
  3. Books with Numbers as the Title
    • It could be only a number or just be the main part of the title
  4. Historical Fiction By Year
    1. Pick books taking place in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s and 1900s

November 2018 - Choose 4 Books to Read & Review

Let’s start thinking through our options… reply here thru 9/15 and then I’ll setup a poll to pick which one. Thanks!


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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.



  1. Some other suggestions:

    Wishcraft series by Heather Blake. There’s more than 5 but as you said we could read the firat five.

    Gunn Zoo series by Betty Webb – only 5 books currently.

    Daryl Wood Gerber – Cookbook Nook series.

    Eva Gates – Lighthouse Library series

    Jenn McKinlay – Hat Shop Mysteries

    Jim & Joyce Lavene – Renaissance Faire Mysteries

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  2. Hm…I don’t know if I enjoy cozy mysteries. Were Agatha Christie books considered cozy? If so, I may have to wait until the next readathon to participate unfortunately. If we were just doing a book series, I would totally participate, but cozy is a genre that I’m not really invested in. :/ Anyway, hope you have fun with this readathon, and I’ll keep my eye out for the next one! 🙂

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    • No worries, I understand. Agatha was definitely the early version of cozy. Today, they’re more focused on humor, themes (like baking or ghosts or holidays), and very amateur sleuths. They have such a wide range, there’s probably some you’d like, but we’d have to chat thru it (which I’m happy to do).

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      • Thank you for the offer to chat it through. Maybe I’ll wait to see what’s picked via your poll (as I have no opinion on the ones you’ve listed or what others may suggest) and then if I have questions about the series at hand, then maybe we can chat about the series. In general, I’ll hold off in finding a cozy book to read right now since I have a bunch lined up to read. You know, the usual. 🙂

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  3. Unfortunately I have no suggestions for this on because other than your newest book I’ve never read any cozy mysteries and I don’t know if any so I am looking forward to seeing what everyone recommends and hopefully I’m able to borrow whatever is chosen from my library.

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  4. Laura Childs has another set that are scrapbooking related. They are good too. I haven’t read any of the other authors but they all look like fun ones. Just doing a quick Google search I saw these:

    BOOKTOWN MYSTERY BY LORNA BARRETT – set in a town of book stores
    AUNT DIMITY MYSTERIES BY NANCY ATHERTON – Aunt Dimity is deceased but she “talks” to her family via a blue leather journal.

    Really looking forward to this one, Jay! Thanks again for organizing it.

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  5. Ooooh this is a steep one. I think you should add Spells and Caramels (not just because it means I’ve already it 😉)… you’ve gotten quite a few ppl interested in that one too. There’s also The Cue Ball Mysteries by Cindy Blackburn and the Miss Fortune series by Jana DeLeon

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