Slow start to 2021

So, we’re over a week into the new year and I have yet to open a book. Why? Discovery+, that’s why.

I signed up for the 7 day free trial just to see what they’d have to offer and was blown away! All of the shows I started later in the series run and was never able o watch all the way through were there – Building Alaska, The Dead Files, Renovation Realities, the list goes on and on. So for $7 a month, I can binge my heart out. I’m so terrible but man it’s so worth it to see all of the shows I want to watch completely ad free.

But! I did make up the full list for my r/CozyMystery Book Bingo. It was tough to choose which book for some of the categories, but I think I managed to put together a great list!

Takes place in a non-English speaking country – Old Bones (Gideon Oliver, #4) By Aaron Elkins (France)

Setting Featuring Lakes, Rivers, or Streams – Berried Secrets (Cranberry Cove #1) by Peg Cochran (HARD MODE: The entire book takes place in this setting.)

Historical – Murder at Wedgefield Manor By Erica Ruth Neubauer, (HARD MODE: Not Regency)

Paranormal/supernatural/alternate reality – A Ghoul’s Guide to Love and Murder by Victoria Laurie (HARD MODE: No vampires or witches.)

No romantic subplot  – The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book & Scone Society #3) by Ellery Adams (HARD MODE: Features Asexual and/or Aromantic character(s). It should be explicitly stated (either by the character themselves, another character, or the author) that a character isn’t interested in romance or sex.)

Agatha Christie – The Pale Horse (Ariadne Oliver #5) by Agatha Christie ( HARD MODE: Not Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, or Then There Were None.)

Book/series has been turned into movie or TV series or vice versa: – Garage Sale Stalker (Garage Sale Mysteries #1) By Suzi Weinert (HARD MODE: Not Agatha Christie or Murder She Wrote.)

Gay – Time Bomb (Alex Delaware #5) By Jonathan Kellerman (HARD MODE: Not a sassy gay friend.) (using my re-read card)

Plant in the title – Nightshade for Warning (Enchanted Garden #2) By Bailey Cattrell (Is Nightshade a flower? Does a flowering plant count as a flower or not? I have no idea)

Read with a book club, read along or buddy read: – Left Fur Dead by J.M. Griffin

Self Published – Malice in Miami (Jamie Quinn Mystery #6) by Barbara Venkataraman

Set in your home state/province/district/department/other principal administrative entity – The Body in the Beauty Parlor (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #6) By Judi Lynn (HARD MODE: Same city where you currently reside or grew up in that is not a capital of the country or administrative unit.)

Published 2021 – Details in the Document (The Inn at Holiday Bay #14) by Kathi Daley

TBR >3 months Any Given Sundae by Morgana Best (HARD MODE: On your TBR for over a year.)

Book about Books – Ink and Shadows (Secret, Book and Scone Society #4) by Ellery Adams (HARD MODE: Does not feature a library (public, school, or private).)

Set in an abbey, monastery, or other religious house  – Novena for Murder: A Sister Mary Helen Mystery (Sister Mary Helen #1) by Carol Anne O’Marie HARD MODE: Not Cadfael.

Occupation of the protagonist is a career you would have liked to be a part of it – The Breaking Point (Body Farm #9) by Bill Bass (HARD MODE: Not one you can be a hobbyist in.)

Referral from a book blog, instabook, or booktube: Haven’t decided yet. Keep the reviews coming, I’m looking for a book to fill this one! 🙂 ( HARD MODE: Review referring review or submit annotated resource.)

Social Issues – Dog Eat Dog (Andy Carpenter #23) by David Rosenfelt (HARD MODE: Social issue is central to the plot.)

Indian Author – Any suggestions?

Features an Animal– Tequila Mockingbird (Australian Amateur Sleuth) by Morgana Best (HARD MODE: Not a cat or dog.) (Parrot)

Published before 2000 – Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton

Transportation in the title – Any recommendations?

Audio Book – I don’t usually listen to audio books. If I happen to listen to one, I’ll fill it in.

Features Politics  Any suggestions!

None of these are set in stone, just organizing ideas. If you have any suggestions, drop me a comment. And if you’d like to participate, click the link above and join us!

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