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message 1: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited Jan 02, 2013 08:26PM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments “A Look Back” ~ A Year of Books from Gigi’s Favorite Read of the Month ~

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Yes! We LOVE this thread, so we’ve built a yearly challenge around it.

Rules: Read one book a month from the corresponding months listed below, for a total of twelve months. Re-reads are fine, if it has been six months since you read them (and you don't skim!). Also, audiobooks count, too.

The Cards You Are Dealt
For the year you have two *WILD* cards, one *ACE-Author* up your sleeve, and one *JOKER*.

A *WILD* card allows you to pick from any month posted. So, if you didn't like anything from the selection of a particular month, you can choose one book from any of the other months. Again, you have two (2) of these.

An *ACE-Author** allows you to choose an author featured in the month you're selecting and read anything written by them. You have one (1) of these.

A *JOKER* allows you to read any book in the series of a Favorite Book posted for that month. You have one (1) of these.

ADDED September 12, 2012
A *MAKE-UP MONTH* allows you to skip a month and make-up it up the next month by reading two books from that month's selection. You have two (2) of these. Luckily, you can use it in advance. Meaning, if you know next month is going to be rough, you can use it and read two books.

Levels:
A Pair = 2 books
Two Pair = 4 books
Straight = 6 books
Flush = 8 books
Full House = 10 books
Straight Flush = 12 books
Royal Flush = 24 books – double it! (Of course, double your cards too!)
Duration: A year from your start date.

The books for each month are listed alphabetically from the archives of Gigi’s Favorite Read of the Month , so you will see some books repeated, if they were mentioned again in later months, giving you another shot at them. April’s will be posted as soon as it is complete. Use the hyperlink to review the books before then, if you desire.

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You do NOT need to use these smaller images, if you don't want to. However, here are the html codes to copy, if you want to put them in your challenge when you use them. Just copy & paste.

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Special Credit: The sexy female joker with big whammy hammer is the newly released amazing DC Universe Online statue.

Participant's Post #6

Selections  
MAY, 2011:
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Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Selections...continued  


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Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments
MAY, 2012
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Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Reserved. Just in case.


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Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Reserved. Just in case. ☺


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Member Level Completed Month Started
Susan Straight Flush 12/12 May 2012 - Done!
Jenny Straight Flush 04/12 June 2012
Megan Straight Flush 09/12 June 2012
Gigi Flush 02/08 June 2013
CaroB Royal Flush 06/24 May 2012
Christina (AKA) Straight Flush 07/12 June 2012
Elishia Straight Flush 11/12 May 2012
Robin Royal Flush 04/24 June 2012
Deyara Royal Flush 06/24 June 2012
Susanne Straight Flush 12/12 Aug.2012 - Done!
Lisa Kay Straight Flush 04/12 May 2012
Karen Royal Flush 03/12 December 2012
JenniferJ Royal Flush 00/24 March 2013
Nichole Royal Flush 24/24 May 2013 - Done!
Gisela Straight Flush 04/12 May 2013
Gea Royal Flush 24/24 June 2013 - Done!

Updated Participant Post #6 - 05/30/14 @ 10:10 a.m. Please let me know of any errors. Thanks!


message 7: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments So, let me get this straight, if I start in May, I read from May's list? If I were to start in June, I'd read from June's list?


message 8: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments That is correct, Susan. Of course, you have your four (4) cards to play, which allows you some freedom.


message 9: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (last edited May 01, 2012 07:15PM) (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments RLFTCI - “A Look Back” ~ A Year of Books from Gigi’s Favorite Read of the Month ~

Straight Flush
0/12
Start Date: May, 2012
End Date: April, 2013

Cards to Use:
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May - Soulless


message 10: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Great, Susan! Welcome to the challenge.


message 11: by ~Megan~ (new)

~Megan~ (Megadee) Oh this is neat! I might try this one out!!


message 12: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited May 01, 2012 08:36AM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Super, Megan! Welcome to the challenge.


message 13: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (Jyl22075) | 2336 comments I'm in starting this month and I'll got for the Straight Flush. I'm a little nervous though. This will be my first long-term challenge. Books to come, but I will definitely be reading: Surrender (MacKinnon’s Rangers, #1) by Pamela Clare as my book for May.


message 14: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Wonderful, Jenny! I have every faith in you. Welcome to the challenge.


message 15: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Added this to the rules: Re-reads are fine, if it has been six months since you read them (and you don't skim!). Also, audiobooks count, too.


message 16: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments Jenny, I read Surrender (MacKinnon’s Rangers, #1) by Pamela Clare in April and LOVED it!! Enjoy!


message 17: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (Jyl22075) | 2336 comments You are actually one of the reasons I'm looking forward to reading it, Susan. I saw you mention it in another post and moved it up my TBR since you liked it so well.


message 18: by Gigi, Moderator (new)

Gigi | 833 comments Oooh, I'm in. Not sure which one I'll do yet


message 19: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments Awww Jenny, that's so sweet! I hope it lives up to all my hype :D


message 20: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Gigi wrote: "Oooh, I'm in. Not sure which one I'll do yet"

Fabulous, Gigi! It is YOUR challenge, after all, LOL!!


message 21: by Gigi, Moderator (new)

Gigi | 833 comments ROFLMAO!!!! This looks like fun !


message 22: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited May 01, 2012 07:12PM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Crap, Susan. This formatting problem has screwed up the html code. You'll have to hyperlink to get that *ACE-Author Card*, copy the URL (right mouse click), and replace it between the first two quotes... " " ...Sorry.


message 23: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments That's ok....I hadn't even noticed it wasn't there LOL Maybe I should just go to bed ;0)


message 24: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited May 01, 2012 07:17PM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments I wonder why it is doing it with one and not the others?...

Sweet Dreams, Susan!


message 25: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments Thanks! Sweet dreams to you too :)


message 26: by CaroB (new)

CaroB (CarobSimms) | 5551 comments Oooh, love how it's turned out Lisa Kay. I'm in for 12, please!


message 27: by Christina (AKA Babbling) (last edited Jan 06, 2013 11:17AM) (new)

Christina (AKA Babbling) (BabblingBookReviews) | 27 comments I'm in! I'm starting in June and I already know what my book will be for that month.


A Look Back Challenge
Level: Straight Flush = 12 books
Jun 12 - May 13

7/12


Jun 12 - One Foot in the Grave - 9 Jun 12
Jul 12 - WILD CARD #1: Sep 2011 - Vengeance in Death - 17 Jul 12
Aug 12 - Angels' Blood - 16 Aug 12
Sep 12 - ACE - J. D. Robb - Holiday in Death - 15 Sep 12
Oct 12 - Changeless - 28 Oct 12
Nov 12 - Blameless - 25 Nov 12
Dec 12 - Heartless - 31 Dec 12

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2) by Jeaniene Frost Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh Holiday in Death (In Death, #7) by J.D. Robb Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2) by Gail Carriger Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3) by Gail Carriger Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate, #4) by Gail Carriger


message 28: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited May 06, 2012 02:25PM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Marvelous, CaroB & Christina! Welcome to the challenge.


message 29: by ~Megan~ (new)

~Megan~ (Megadee) I will start with this month, hopefully!

A Look Back Challenge
Level: Straight Flush (12 books)
May 2012-April 2013

0/12


May 2012: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
June 2012:
July 2012:
August 2012:
September 2012:
October 2012:
November 2012:
December 2012:
January 2013:
February 2013:
March 2013:
April 2013:


message 30: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Great, Megan! Yeah, I'm really bitting my lip over what to do for this month. I don't want to use one of my cards so early, but the one book I'm looking at, The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett is a chunkster... and the other one, Sarah's Child by Linda Howard is a little angstier than I want to go right now. **sigh**


message 31: by CaroB (last edited May 07, 2012 08:07PM) (new)

CaroB (CarobSimms) | 5551 comments RLFTCI: ~A Look Back Challenge - A Year of Gigi's Faves~
Duration:
May 2012-April 2013
Straight Flush

0/12
Read

May 2012: Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole
June 2012:
July 2012:
August 2012:
September 2012:
October 2012:
November 2012:
December 2012:
January 2013:
February 2013:
March 2013:
April 2013:

Read:


message 32: by Elishia (last edited Feb 25, 2013 05:54PM) (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments Ok can I join this looks good and will make me read some different books. Have to read through the instructions properly but I'll go for 12.


A Look Back Challenge
Level: Straight Flush = 12 books
May 12 - April 13

11/12
May 2012: Naked in Death 10/05/12
June 2012:Go the Fuck to Sleep 23/06/12
July 2012:Glory in Death 31/07/12
August 2012:Trial by Fire 26/08/12
September 2012:Virgin River 02/09/12 (wild card From Aprils list)
October 2012:Rapture in Death 28/10/12 (Ace author card JD Robb)
November 2012:Vengeance in Death 2/11/12 and Blameless 07/11/12
December 2012: Conspiracy in Death 03/12/12
January 2013:Anna and the French Kiss 01/01/13
February 2013: Dragon Bound 07/02/13 Visions in Death19/01/13(Make up month)
March 2013:
April 2013:

Wild cardAce Card[


message 33: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Wonderful, Elishia, and welcome! So glad you joined our challenge.


message 34: by Elishia (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments Thank you. I'm trying to decide between 3 books for May :-(


message 35: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments I was thinking I would just re-read Duncan's Bride (Patterson/Cannon Family, #1) by Linda Howard and get this month off my mind. But I can't find the book in this messy office. **sigh**


message 36: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Elishia wrote: "Thank you. I'm trying to decide between 3 books for May :-("

Which three?


message 37: by Elishia (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments These 3. None of them are what I'd usually read but they all sound good.
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett Surrender (MacKinnon’s Rangers, #1) by Pamela Clare Naked in Death (In Death, #1) by J.D. Robb


message 38: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited May 07, 2012 09:59PM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Oh, I think you might like Naked in Death (In Death, #1) by J.D. Robb, Elishia. Of course, I think everyone will. LOL!

I loved Surrender (MacKinnon’s Rangers, #1) by Pamela Clare but not everyone did when we did it as a BOM just a while ago.

Man-oh-man! I'm tempted to say I'll do a "buddy read" with you on The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett... but my schedule is so tight this month. I have an "buddy read" addiction.


message 39: by Elishia (last edited May 07, 2012 10:21PM) (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments I actually got that recently so think I might choose that one and just read the others later.
ha ha I really enjoyed that last one but haven't had a look to see if there are any new ones yet.


message 40: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Yup, three:

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett



message 41: by Elishia (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments sorry meant the last buddy read :-)


message 42: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments Hi Elishia, I loved both Surrender (MacKinnon’s Rangers, #1) by Pamela Clare and Naked in Death (In Death, #1) by J.D. Robb Both are very good :)


message 43: by Elishia (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments Thanks Susan, think I'll go with the JD Robb one.


message 44: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited May 08, 2012 08:21AM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Elishia wrote: "sorry meant the last buddy read :-)"

Ah! Ain't communication grand? LOL!


message 45: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Elishia, we just started a "buddy read" of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation, #4) by Lauren Willig.


message 46: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments **whispers to Susan** "Think she'll fall for you-know-who?"


message 47: by Elishia (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments Do I have to have read the others to follow along? Although i'm really funny about reading in order. Going to quickly see how long they are and if I could catch up.


message 48: by Lisa Kay, Moderator (last edited May 08, 2012 10:09AM) (new)

Lisa Kay (LisaKayAliceMaria) | 20309 comments Oh, I would definitely say you have to read them in order, Elishia. I'm not a BIG stickler for sticking to a series' order, just a little one, but in this case, yes.

It is alright, we are all on different books in the In Death series!


message 49: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6061 comments Lisa Kay wrote: "**whispers to Susan** "Think she'll fall for you-know-who?""

gosh yes! I almost warned her about him, but I want to see Elishia's response without any prompting heehee


message 50: by Elishia (new)

Elishia | 2571 comments ha ha You're making me want to start now.


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