March Mystery Madness 2020 Announcement | The Fifth Anniversary Edition

Hi there! I’m Jen. This is Remembered
Reads. And this is going to be an announcement video for the 2020 March
Mystery Madness mystery-themed readathon. And excitingly, this is the fifth
anniversary of March Mystery Madness! March Mystery Madness was created by
Elizabeth from LizzieFaylovesbooks and Troi Towel back five years ago and
in the second year they were joined by Di from disis19 hearts. And in years 3
4 & 5 a whole hosts of extra hosts have been added to encourage people
in different subsections of booktube to think about the various subgenres that
fall into mystery reading. Because if you don’t like whodunits or you don’t like
thrillers there’s actually quite a bit more to the category and the overlapping
genres that can be considered mysteries that people don’t necessarily think
about there are after all pieces of literary fiction that have mystery
elements that would count, thrillers of not only the domestic thriller type but
political thrillers and military thrillers also could be considered
mystery. And of course traditional whodunits
run the gamut from the hard-boiled pulpy style to the very light cozy style and
everything in between. And of course mysteries can be found in
every format you don’t need to read a full novel – if you want to read a short
story right that’s participation too. There are all kinds of comic series that
also fall into the category. There’s a lot of variety that you could be
enjoying. As always, I will link to the official social media channels below as
well as to all of the channels of the creators and the hosts who are involved.
Because this is the fifth anniversary, there is a set of number five and fifth
themed prompts now you don’t have to participate in these prompts, they’re
just for fun. If you read one mystery in the entire month, you’re participating. If
you choose to read nothing but mystery is in March you are *definitely*
participating! But if you are the kind of person who loves extra prompts or
reading challenges we have some prompts for you.
One prompt is to read the fifth book in a series now a lot of traditional style
mysteries do come in series that can be almost endless. For example if you think
about Sue Grafton’s alphabet series this obviously not the fifth one because it’s
W but he is for evidence that would be a great example of something that you
could do for this one. If you were reading short stories, you could read the
fifth short story in a collection. Or if you’re reading comics in floppies you
could read issue five in a series. Another prompt is a book with five words
in the title. So something like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha
Christie, that fulfills it. And I think a lot of traditional mysteries are titled
in this style so it will be fairly easy to find other ones like this. Another
prompt is to pick up a book with a page count that’s divisible by five. So for
example Whitewater Terror from the Nancy Drew Files series is 150 pages. So you
could wander through a library or bookstore and just take a peek at the
page counts and find something that would fulfill that one. I would just like to
take a moment to enjoy the pure ’80s-ness of this cover for a moment while I’m
holding this up. Because that is actually really hilarious.
Another challenge would be to pick a book with the word either 5 or 5th or
the number 5 in the title. This is again not the right book in the series to
fulfill it but be John the Eunuch mysteries by Mary Reed and Eric Meyer
each start with a number, so 5 is for Silver, the book that’s immediately
before this one that I’m holding up would easily fulfill this prompt. And
frankly, because a lot of books will have the volume number on the cover this
would be an easy one to tie together with the fifth book in the series prompt.
Because if something says “volume 5” on the cover, there you go double up on that
one! Another prompt is to pick a book that was first published in a year
that’s divisible by 5. In that case, this book Six for Gold does actually fulfill
that prompt itself. This is from 2005. And again this is another one where you can
scan through your books , the books at the library, the books of the
bookstore just to specifically look at the copyright dates. Technically the
rules are that it has to be first published in a year divisible by five
like this one but I think if you were to cheat and pick a book that had just had
an edition published in a year that’s divisible by five I don’t think anyone’s
going to complain. Another prompt is to read a book that’s published in the
fifth month of the year, which is May. I don’t tend to pay close attention to
publication months, but if you receive review copies from publishers, or if you
request review copies through net galley this would be a great way to get some of
those off the list if they’re being published this May. And finally, since the
fifth wedding anniversary gift is wood, this prompt would be to pick a book
with a tree or something else wooden on the cover. I think there are a lot of
cozy mysteries that have historic wooden buildings so there would be one. I think
there are a lot of mysteries set in rural areas where someone has wooden
duck decoys on a shelf on the cover that could count. And if you don’t have any of
those things the very easy way to fulfill this prompt is just to read a
physical book, because most physical books – unless you happen to have a very
odd or antique cloth or leather book – are printed on paper, which is a tree, which
is wood. So there you go! Whether you are an avid mystery reader regularly or not
I hope you’ll be joining us for this fifth anniversary of March Mystery
Madness. It is always great fun to get all those mysteries out of your system if
you’re not a regular reader of mysteries but you have some on your TBR, it’ll be
great. Anyway, that’s it for now. Ciao!

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  1. Fun prompts! In 2019 I read over 100 mysteries/thrillers which included many re-reads of Daphne du Maurier, Wilkie Collins and other Classics, as well as Agatha Christie. They are amongst my favourite winter comfort reads.

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