Here we go again! Each year, Bev - the keeper of the keys at the marvelous blog called My Reader's Block - sponsors a reading challenge involving vintage mysteries. Not one to rest on her laurels for long, Bev has announced plans to hold two vintage mystery reading challenges in 2014 - one "Gold" and the other "Silver."
Both of the challenges will be in the form of a Bingo game. The Gold and Silver cards are identical: each consists of 36 squares, in a six-by-six grid (regular Bingo is played on a card with 25 squares in a five-by-five grid). Each square contains a "rule" - in order to get credit for that square, you must read a mystery that meets the criteria set by that rule. For example, one of the squares says, "Read one book with a color in the title." When you do, you can claim the square. There are all different ways to win - fill in a row or column of six squares, for example.
So what's the difference between the Golden and Silver challenges? Well, for the Golden challenge, all the books must have been first published before 1960. And for the Silver challenge, the books must have been first published between 1960 and 1989. The challenge begins on January 1, 2014, and runs all the way through the year.
For full details, including copies of the Golden and Silver Challenge Cards, be sure to check out the registration site at Bev's blog, where you'll find all the rules, get an idea about the prizes, and register for the challenge. You do NOT have to be a blogger to join in the fun - and to win some books, while you're at it! I'll certainly be going for the Gold...and may try to fill in some squares on the Silver card as well!