Thursday 10 December 2015

The Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2016

I am keeping my reading challenges for 2016 to a bare minimum. I signed up for Bev's Mount TBR again as that's really useful and fun but I wanted one other that would be also be fun. My choice is to return to the vintage crime that I enjoy so much so I'll be doing Bev's Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2016.

This is slightly altered from her vintage bingo challenge of the last few years and I must say I love the idea of a scavenger hunt type of challenge.

The Rules:

*All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore.

*For the purposes of this challenge, the Golden Age Vintage Mysteries must have been first published before 1960. Golden Age short story collections (whether published pre-1960 or not) are permissible provided all of the stories included in the collection were originally written pre-1960. Please remember that some of our Golden Age Vintage authors wrote well after 1959--so keep an eye on the original publication date and apply them to the appropriate card. Silver Age Vintage Mysteries may be first published any time from 1960 to 1989 (inclusive). Again, Silver Age short story collections published later than 1989 are permissible as long as they include no stories first published later than 1989. Yes, I admit my dates are arbitrary and may not exactly meet standard definitions of Golden or Silver Age.

*Minimum number of items to complete the challenge and to be eligible for the participation prize drawing at the end of the year is six items from the covers of books read from a single Vintage Mystery Era. If you choose to do both eras, you must use separate checklists. You may not, for example, find three golden age items and three silver age items to claim the minimum six.

*Challenge runs from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Sign up any time between now and November 1, 2016. Any books read from January 1 on may count regardless of your sign-up date. If you have a blog, please post about the challenge and a little bit about your commitment—if you’re going Silver or Gold…or maybe both. Then sign up via the linky below. And please make the url link to your Challenge post and not your home page. (Links that do not follow this rule will be removed.) If you do not have a blog, links to an online list (Goodreads, Library Thing, etc.) devoted to this challenge are also acceptable OR you may comment below to indicate your sign up.

*"On the cover" may apply to either the front or the back cover of the book. For example, if you need a map or a chart for your scavenger hunt list, then Dell Mapbacks are perfect--with the map in question on the back cover. Also, the item should be found on the cover of the edition that you read. If at all possible either post a picture showing the item on the cover or provide a link to a page showing us. Exception: If the edition you read has no picture whatsoever (hardbacks that have no dust jacket or e-copies, for example), then you may go on another scavenger hunt online to find a cover image--again, please provide a link to the edition used. Bottom line: if I choose to check up on entries, I must be able to find the item claimed on a cover for the book read.

*No double-counting within the challenge. If a book's cover has both a shadowy figure and a weapon, you may only use it to check off one item from the list. You are welcome to change the item claimed at any time prior to submitting it for prizes.

*Books read for this challenge may be used for other challenges as well.

*Reviews are encouraged, but they are not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments below that you intend to join and then post again at the end-of-year wrap-up site when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read, categories you have completed, and how to find images of covers).

*A Headquarters link will appear on my sidebar once the new year begins. You can go there for review links and information.

1. Challengers who complete the minimum six books from a single era will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the year for a book from the prize list.
2. Challengers who complete 12 or more books (either from the same era or six from each era) will also be entered in a separate drawing--for another chance to win, again for their choice of a book from the prize list.

In addition:
1. There will be periodic check-in posts and drawings. I will choose specific scavenger items ahead of time (some time today, actually). Those who have already found those items will be eligible for bonus prizes.
2. A grand prize for the participant who finds the most objects overall. In case of a tie, there will be a tie-breaker round. Tie-breaker to be determined.

Please keep track of your progress and be prepared to submit a final wrap-up post or comment at the end of the year. Please DO NOT submit completion notifications prior to the posting of the Wrap-Up Link. Thank you.

This is the list of items to be found... I'll be doing the 'Gold' category. (Click to enlarge the pic.)

I have a feeling this is going to be a 'lot' of fun.



DesLily said...

well.. the year has not begun and you are in 2 challenges already LOL. I will admit that you would read mysteries anyway (as do I) so at least it's not going to be a difficult one to do! :)

Just finished a book that I have the review half done. will try to post it today.

TracyK said...

I will be signing up for this one too. I like mysteries from before 1960 and also ones from 1961-1989.

BooksPlease said...

I am tempted to sign up for this too - but I don't think I have enough vintage crime fiction to qualify. Now, if it was for all crime fiction I'd be in like a shot. I may do it just for me on that basis.

Cath said...

LOL, Pat. These two may be it though. Not even sure I'll do the usual ones we both do. We'll see. Exactly... I read mysteries all the time and I love the old ones. I'm going to read a couple of Wilkie Collins books for the challenge.

Tracy: Excellent. Will look out of your reviews.

Margaret: I checked and I have six real books on my shelves, which is exactly the right number, but I know I have a few on my ereaders as well. So plenty to choose from.

Bev Hankins said...

Cath: Thanks for coming back for another round of Vintage!

BooksPlease said...

I checked my shelves too and found I have more than I thought - 8 from the Golden Age and 5 from the Silver, but some are the green Penguin books with no items on the covers. I haven't checked my Kindle. Maybe I could do this challenge - but it would be my third and I am trying to cut back. I'm still debating with myself :)

Cath said...

Bev: My pleasure. I love the new format!

Margaret: LOL... I too thought I'd only got 2 or 3... 'wrong'. The little penguin on the front of the Penguin books would do for, 'Bird'. I have Mystery in White to read for it, but had thought I wouldn't be able to as the cover shows a train and that's not a category. 'Then' I spotted the little Christmas tree on the front of the train. Bingo! LOL (I also realise now that it could be used to cover the category of 'A painting', so I have a choice.) It's huge fun to find a category for those you have.

I know what you mean, I too decided not to burden myself with too many challenges this year... as you know. And I think I will stick with these two... my debate with myself is whether I'll do Carl's challenges this year. We'll see.

Bev Hankins said...

Margaret: If you have the green Penguins with nothing on the cover, I would accept an alternate cover (provided you can point me to the one you have in mind).