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Suspense, Mystery, and Crime: A Whodunit Reading Challenge January-June 2011


Thank you Mary for taking the time to create this! Your creative juices are at its peak indeed.

We are very excited to host our very own Reading Challenge for the first half of the year. And to start 2011, we embrace books that are shrouded in secrecy, suspense, and mystery (and crime too) – a Whodunit Reading Challenge for 2011. Here are our Guidelines for the very first Challenge that we are hosting in the Blogosphere:

  1. The Reading Challenge would run from this month until June 30, 2011. We are celebrating books that have a theme of spine-tingling suspense, mystery, and crime – essentially a whodunit feel to it.
  2. We only have 4 levels of participation: Level 1 (1-2 books)Novice Profiler; Level 2 (3-5 books)Crime Detective; Level 3 (6-8 Books) Mythic Crime Buster; Level 4 (over 9 books) Criminal Genius/Mastermind
  3. Book Recommendations are: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the classic Sherlock Holmes, anything from the Artemis Fowl series (criminal genius teenage mastermind), Anthony Horowitz’ Alex Rider Series or The Power of Five, I think you get the drift. It does not have to be YA lit or children’s books. It could be a graphic novel or in the fiction for grown-up category. Biographies/documentaries with this kind of feel to it are likewise welcome.
  4. If you are in doubt whether your book fits into this category – so long as you can justify it in your review, that’s more than fine with us. And yes, you can link this to (or have it overlap with) other reading challenges that you are participating in. We’d probably be doing the same thing ourselves. =)
  5. You would have to write your reviews of what you have read for the challenge. Leave a link to your review here (Whodunit Database). While we appreciate your linking reviews for anything written in 2010 or even way before that, they would not be eligible for prizes.
  6. No, you do not need a blog to participate. Goodreads, Shelfari members are welcome to join – a weblink that leads us to your post should be enough.
  7. We shall do a consolidated blogpost every two months where we also acknowledge your participation, alongside the links to your reviews. We shall also be awarding two book prizes every two months.
  8. We shall read your reviews and we (Fats, Mary, and myself, plus our book prize sponsors) would try to arrive at a consensus as to which would be our two top favorite reviews and the book prizes get sent to you by postal mail.
  9. How do you sign up? Leave a comment in this announcement post if you wish to join in our challenge and the url of your post (not your website) which announces your intention to join in this Reading Challenge – and the level you are aiming for. Feel free to grab these cutesie buttons that Mary has created for our challenge and post it in your blog. 
  10. Join us!

Book prizes are as follows:

Stieg Larsson’s The Millennium Trilogy as sponsored by our GatheringBooks contributor, Professor Libby Cohen (yey! Thanks Libby!).
And six more surprise books (would be unveiled by February) – in the YA lit category.

To know what the surprise books are, click here.


Sign Up Here!

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

43 comments on “Suspense, Mystery, and Crime: A Whodunit Reading Challenge January-June 2011

  1. Hi, Gathering Books! I’m in. Signing up for Level 2-Crime Detective for now. Not really sure which books I’m tackling yet, since I’m limited to my TBR, but I’m fairly certain I have lots that’ll fit the categories.:) Will post the link to my announcement post soon.

    Thanks, by the way, for coming up with this challenge!:)


    • Hi Honey,
      Thanks for joining. We hope other people will join this challenge too. 🙂
      Happy reading. Can’t wait for your reviews/entries.



    • myragarcesbacsal

      Thanks Honey! Crime Detective it is. We are looking forward to knowing more titles through you. I love reading your reviews.


  2. Because i’m feeling ambitious, i’m signing for level 4. I need a little push in finally getting those Sherlock Holmes books out of my TBR, and this challenge might just be the thing. My announcement post and link to follow. Thanks!


  3. Signing up here! 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind that I did an introductory post/review in one. Thanks for proposing this great reading challenge! 🙂


    • Hello.
      Thanks for joining. We don’t mind at all. An instant review on our challenge is an excellent thing. Just keep us posted on your progress and on the reviews. Good luck with the challenge. 🙂


    • myragarcesbacsal

      Hi Chris! This is wonderful. Thanks for joining. =) I’m looking forward to your reviews.


    • Hello Chris! Thanks for joining. Interesting book choice. Looking forward to more. 🙂


  4. Hi, Myra, Mary, and Fats! Here’s my intro post, finally.

    Now to find a mystery book to read.:) Thanks for hosting this!


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  6. Hi, I’ve finally made a masterlist post. Just making my signup official:

    Thanks for this challenge! 😀


  7. mstiptress

    Oh yes, This is something I have been waiting for. I would love to join in and participate in this book challenge. Here is my link It is overlapping others. This is my favorite genre so I have already read about 3 books toward this but Since I am just signing up from today, I will start myself from today.


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  10. I’m in for level 1 I’d hate to say more and then fail but I do hope it ends up being more books then just 1-2

    Here’s my link


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  12. I’m up for this..
    Can I still join?
    I’ll try the Crime Detective level since I got few books waiting on my TBR that I think will fit into this categories,

    Here is my link



    • myragarcesbacsal

      Hi Maricar! Never too late to join. We’d be looking forward to your posts. =)


  13. Huwaida Binte Mohd Faisal

    Hi, Gathering Books! I am 9 years and i want to sign up for Level 2-Crime Detective. i am going to try my best! first time i am reading detectives books. Usually i read fiction books with lots of colours such as Geronimo Stilton.


    • Hi there.
      That’s great. I’m quite familiar with Geronimo Stilton. My niece loves that book and its perfect for this challenge. Keep us posted on your progress. Good luck. 🙂


    • myragarcesbacsal

      Hello! So great to have you join us Huwaida! I agree that Geronimo Stilton sounds perfect for this reading challenge. My own daughter loves that series and they do have a LOT of books on mystery and suspense (adventure stories rock!). Looking forward to reading your reviews!


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  16. I signed up and completed by reading my one book but coming back to say I enjoyed the challenge and plan on increasing to the next level. I’m working on level 2 by reading my third book now but in all have 5 planned before it’s all over.


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