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Bimonthly Theme for May-June: Whodunit! Suspense, Crime, Mystery

For May and June, we decided to add to our Whodunit Database by featuring books on suspense, mystery, crime, whodunit! For those who still wish to join, our Reading Challenge is still open until 30 June 2011. We have announced our first batch of winners here and we hope to announce our final batch of winners (three possible winners in all) by the first week of July.

We are a tad excited about this theme because finally we get to read quite a bit of YA literature and it would truly be a challenge to find picture books with this kind of theme. If you have suggestions, we’d be happy to hear them. I have found several helpful websites that pointed me to the right direction. We’re exploring titles from The Edgar Award for Best YA Mystery Novel, we’re digging into our own TBR stack, and of course books that we can borrow (and are available) from the library.

I’ve been on a book borrowing frenzy from our libraries and here are some photos taken of books that I hope to/would like to read for our bimonthly theme. Good intentions count for something, right? Given my crazy schedule this May/June, I sincerely doubt I can manage to cover all, but it’s good to aim for the stars.

From our Community Library

Since I found it hard to find picture books that deal with suspense and mystery, I’d try to squeeze in the strange, the missing, the lost, the mysterious, the indecipherable to make up for the lack of murder and crime in these picture books.

From my own bookshelf.

I actually have a few more tucked in my bookshelves like The End of Mr. Y, the Alex Rider Series, Pseudonymous Bosch Books 1-3 and The Mysterious Benedict Society Series, but I have to be realistic here. We shall see how it goes.

More picture books! And yes more Shaun Tan and Chris Van Allsburg!

Now, these are my dreaded books – I borrowed them, yes, but I have serious doubts I can read them all, yikes! I am halfway through The Maze of Bones Book 1. The reading part I can easily manage (like Fats and Mary, I read really really really fast), it’s really the sitting down and generating my ideas/thoughts about the book and sourcing for reference materials that kind of gets to me.

yummy YA titles, yes, but the million-dollar question: when do I find the time to read them? WHENNNNN?????

If you have suggestions for our Bimonthly theme, we’d be happy to hear them!

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).

4 comments on “Bimonthly Theme for May-June: Whodunit! Suspense, Crime, Mystery

  1. Oh, I read The End of Mr. Y for a reading challenge I took on last year, and I enjoyed it immensely. I was entertained AND learned a lot, too. Have fun!


    • myragarcesbacsal

      Hi Ajie, I know that there is a sequel to the book. I haven’t gotten hold of it yet so I am postponing reading this book. And yeah, I heard great reviews as well. For the other YA series (such as Pseudonymous Bosch and Benedict Society) – we (Fats, Mary and myself) have read all of them for our now-defunct virtual book club/discussion. Writing about them, though, is another matter altogether. Hahaha.


  2. Hi! Have you seen Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing by Satoshi Kitamura? Has a gritty, noir feel to it. 🙂


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