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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments December challenge - Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments January's New Beginnings Challenge:

1. New Author: Eva Ibbotson - Countess Below Stairs - completed

2. Last Six Months: Fobbit by David Abrams - completed

3. New Genre: Steampunk - Soulless by Gail Carriger - completed January 2013

4. New Path for Main Character: Iron House by John Hart - completed

5. Year w/ New Beginnings: 2007 (graduated from law school, passed bar, and began my career as a lawyer) - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - completed

6. Old Childhood Fav: Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - completed

7. Goodreads Choice Awards: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - completed

8. Beginnings: Silent - Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - completed

9. First in Series: Truly Madly by Heather Webber - completed

10. A Author: David Abbott - The Upright Piano Player - completed

10/10


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments December read for 2012, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments Personal challenge - 80 books in 2013!

105/80

Goal accomplished!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments January's Book - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments Quarterly Spell Out Challenge - TV and Movie:

Favorite Show - West Wing and Favorite Movie - Casablanca:

W - Wait for Me: Memoirs by Deborah Devonshire - completed March 2013
E - Eighteen Acres by Nicole Wallace - completed March 2013
S - A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee - completed March 2013
T - The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell - completed January 2013
W - Waiting for Appa by Jennifer Kim - completed March 2013
I - In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson - completed March 2013
N - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - completed January 2013
G - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - completed February 2013

C - The Color Purple by Alice Walker - completed February 2013
A - Age of Desire by Jennie Fields - completed March 2013
S - Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - completed February 2013
A - All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins - completed March 2013
B - Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - completed February 2013
L - Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer - completed March 2013
A - the Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philip-Sendeker - completed February 2013
N - Not What She Seems by Victorine Lieske - completed March 2013
C - Changeless by Gail Carriger - completed February 2013
A - Ape House by Sara Gruen - completed January 2013

18/18 - Challenge Complete!!!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments The Every Year Yearly Challenge - 31 books

1981 - Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson - completed January 2013
1982 - North and South by John Jakes - completed November 2013
1983 - Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood - completed November 2013
1984 - The First Princess of Wales by Karen Harper - completed February 2013
1985 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - completed August 2013
1986 - The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George - completed May 2013
1987 - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg - completed December 2013
1988 - The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - completed December 2013
1989 - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - completed May 2013
1990 - Brida by Paulo Coelho - completed August 2013
1991 - Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama - completed February 2013
1992 - A Break With Charity by Ann Rinaldi - completed December 2013
1993 - The Black Ice by Michael Connelly - completed October 2013
1994 - Mariana by Susanna Kearsley - completed July 2013
1995 - The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - completed December 2013
1996 - Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - completed December 2013
1997 - Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman - completed October 2013
1998 - Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen - completed December 2013
1999 - The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon - completed April 2013
2000 - Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz - completed November 2013
2001 - Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - completed July 2013
2002 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker - completed February 2013
2003 - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik - completed April 2013
2004 - Northern Lights by Nora Roberts - completed June 2013
2005 - The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice - completed August 2013
2006 - Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - completed January 2013
2007 - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - completed January 2013
2008 - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson - completed May 2013
2009 - A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee - completed March 2013
2010 - Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tracie Goyer - completed March 2013
2011 - The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell - completed January 2013
2012 - Fobbit by David Abrams - completed January 2013
2013 - Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews - completed July 2013

32/32 - CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments January book - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments February Monthly Challenge - Cupid

I'm going to join in at 10 Tasks - Happily Ever After (for now, we'll see how it goes towards the end of the month!).

1. It Takes Two To Tango: Two books from the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger - "Changeless" and "Blameless" - Completed
2. The Heart of the Matter: "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" by Jan-Phillip Sendker - completed
3. The Color of Love: Black Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - completed
4. Covers of Color: "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver - completed
5. The Month of Marriage: "What Happened to Sophie Wilder" by Christopher Beha (published June 2012) - completed after challenge ended
6. Breaking Up is Hard to Do: "The Age of Desire" by Jennie Fields - completed after challenge ended
7. Holy Matrimony: "The Stolen Crown: the Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England" by Susan Higginbotham
8. Cupid's Arrows: "The Fiery Cross" by Diana Gabaldon - completed after challenge ended
9. Be My Valentine: "The Rose Garden" by Susanna Kearsley
10. A Date with Prince Charming: "The First Princess of Wales" by Karen Harper - completed

4/10 by end of challenge

After challenge ended 8/10


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments February Book - Color Purple by Alice Walker


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments January New Beginnings Challenge 10/10 completed w/ 1.5 hours to spare!


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Jack (jack_) Woo! Go Megan! :-D


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments February Book - The Color Purple by Alice Walker - completed:)


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments March Book - The Life of Pi - previously read


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments Darn, February challenge was not completed. Only 4/10.


message 16: by Megan, Challenges (last edited Nov 09, 2013 12:12PM) (new)

Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments 2nd Quarter Survival Challenge - PhD level of at least 12 books.

Current list is subject to change:

1. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - completed May 2013
2. North and South by John Jakes (over 500 pages and has been on my bookshelf for almost three years) - completed November 2013
3. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (over 900 pages and has been on my list for almost three years)
4. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon - completed April 2013
5. The Autobiography of Henry VIII - completed May 2013
6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - completed June 2013
7. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (over 500 pages and has been on my list for almost three years)
8. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (over 500 pages and has been on my list for almost three years)
9. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (has been on my list for almost three years and have tried to read twice in the past)
10. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (have owned since college and have never been motivated to open it)
11. Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner (have tried to read three times and never been able to get past the first 50 pages)
12. The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes (over 500 pages)
13. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - completed June 2013

5/12 - 6/12 after challenged completed


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments April Book - Matched by Ally Condie


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments Quarter 1 Challenge completed with just under 24 hours to spare!!!!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments April book - completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments May book - Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments May book - completed few days late


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments June book - Princess Bride by William Goldman - completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments 3rd quarter challenge - I spy:

1. I spy elements from the Periodic Table - The Silver Boat by Luanne Rice - completed August 2013

2. I spy celestial bodies - The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant - completed August 2013

3. I spy things related to sports - Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - completed July 2013

4. I spy things/people related to the hospital - What Happened to Sophie Wilder - completed August 2013

5. I spy magical beings - Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - completed July 2013

6. I spy animals in the circus - Club Dead by Charlaine Harris - completed August 2013

7. I spy world leaders - Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis (Leonardo Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli) - completed July 2013

8. I spy things from “down under” - The Secret River by Kate Grenville - completed September 2013

9. I spy a body of water - Divergent (Lake Michigan on cover) by Veronica Roth - completed July 2013

10. I spy a month of the year - The Violets of March by Sarah Jio - completed August 2013

11. I spy a day of the week - Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee - completed July 2013

12. I spy countries in Europe - Mariana by Susanna Kearsley - completed July 2013

12/12 - CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments July Must Read Classics Challenge:

1. 1984 by George Orwell - completed
2. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - completed

2/2 - challenge completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments July group read - Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - completed


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments 3rd Quarter Challenge 2 - Author Challenge:

1. Read a book by an author who shares your initials (first and last only, no need to match middle initials). - Michael Ennis, Malice of Fortune - completed July 2013

2. Read a book by an author from your home country. - Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - completed July 2013

3. Read a book written by an author whose first language is different from your own. - Brida by Paolo Coelho - completed August 2013

4. Read a book by a new-to-you author. - Mariana by Susanna Kearsley - completed July 2013

5. Read a book by an author who's known for a genre you don't primarily read. - Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (fantasy) - completed July 2013

6. Read a book by an author born in your birth month. - Elizabeth Kostova, re-reading The Historian (actually have the same birth date, just a few years apart) - completed July 2013

7. Read a book by an author born in the same decade as you. (If you are born in or after 1990, you may read an author born in the 80s.) - Divergent by Veronica Roth - completed July 2013

8. Read a book by an author who has penned an autobiography (you can, but do not have to, read the autobiography itself). - George Orwell, 1984 (penned several memoirs) - completed August 2013

9. Read a book by a self-published author (the book you read does not have to be self-published, but the author must have self-published at some point in his or her career). - Catherine Bybee, Wife by Wednesday - completed July 2013

10. Read a book by a Goodreads author. - Heartless by Gail Carriger - completed August 2013

11. Read a book by a debut author. - What Happened to Sophie Wilder by Christopher Beha - completed August 2013

12. Read a book by an author who has published more than 15 books by July 1, 2013. - Private by James Patterson - completed July 2013

13. Read a book by an author who has fewer than 25 fans. (See the number of fans on an author's profile.) - Song of Renewal by Emily Sue Harvey - completed September 2013

14. Read a book by an author who has greater than 1,000 fans. - Nora Roberts, Whiskey Beach - completed August 2013

15. Read a book by your favorite author. - Mary Kay Andrews, Ladies Night - completed July 2013

15/6 - CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments July Monthly challenge 2 - Definition of Classics

What makes a book a classic? According to Italo Calvino, there are 14 definitions of a classic. Read a book that suits each one! (Note: your book doesn't have to be a classic; it just needs to fit the task.)

1. The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: 'I'm rereading…', never 'I'm reading….' Read a book on this Read Them Twice...At Least list. - 1984 by George Orwell - completed

2. The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them; but they remain just as rich an experience for those who reserve the chance to read them for when they are in the best condition to enjoy them. Read a book that has been recommended to you by a friend that you've been putting off. - Divergent by Veronica Roth - completed

3. The classics are books which exercise a particular influence, both when they imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable, and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual's or the collective unconscious. This task is all about imagination--read a fantasy or science fiction book. - Mariana by Susanna Kearsley - completed

4. A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading. Reread a book. - The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - completed

5. A classic is a book which even when we read it for the first time gives the sense of rereading something we have read before. Read a new to you book. - wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee - completed

6. A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers. Read a book still popular today which was written over 50 years ago. - Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - completed

7. The classics are those books which come to us bearing the aura of previous interpretations, and trailing behind them the traces they have left in the culture or cultures (or just in the languages and customs) through which they have passed. Read a book about a culture you consider not your own. - Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis (Italian) - completed

8. A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off. "Pulviscular" means "dusty; resembling fine powder." Read a book whose title contains a word you consider unusual. (Proper nouns can count toward this task.) - Insurgent by Veronica Roth - completed

9. Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them. Read a book you've heard about on TV, on the radio, in a magazine, from a blog, or through another book. - Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews - completed

10. A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans. A talisman is a magical device that brings good luck. Read a book that contains magic in some form. - Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - completed

11. 'Your' classic is a book to which you cannot remain indifferent, and which helps you define yourself in relation or even in opposition to it. Read a coming of age book.

12. A classic is a work that comes before other classics; but those who have read other classics first immediately recognize its place in the genealogy of classic works. Read a book that's part of a series. - Private by James Patterson - completed

13. A classic is a work which relegates the noise of the present to a background hum, which at the same time the classics cannot exist without. Read a book about a historical event.

14. A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway. Read a book that has "Classic" listed as a genre on its main page.

11/11 - Challenge complete (not bad, given my original goal was 2 books!)


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments August Types of Nonfiction Challenge
Duration: August 1 - 30, 2013

This challenge is about the different types of nonfiction books. You have two choices: read that type of nonfiction book OR do the task instead. Either counts towards this one!

1. Autobiography. Read an autobiography OR read a book told in the first person. - Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris - completed

2. Diary. Read a diary OR read a book written in diary entries or letters. Some examples can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of... - Violets of March by Sarah Jio - completed

3. Dictionary. You're probably not going to read a whole dictionary, so instead, read a book whose title is only a single word that can be found in the dictionary. Examples: Speak, Dune - Heartless by Gail Carriger - completed

4. History. Read a nonfiction book about history OR read a book that takes place over 100 years ago. - Brida by Paolo Coelho - completed

5. Philosophy. Read a book of philosophy OR read a book in which the protagonist must make an ethical decision of some sort. (Don't forget to mark spoilers!) - Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts - completed

6. Self-help. Read a self-help book OR read a book in which one character gives advice to another. - Silver Boat by Luanne Rice - completed

7. Popular science. Read a science book OR read a science fiction book. - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - completed

8. Travel writing. Read a travel writing book OR read a book that takes place in a country that you would like to visit. - Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant - completed

8/2 - Got them all!!!!

COMPLETED!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments September's Back to School Challenge
Duration: September 1 - 30, 2013

1. Math. Read a book with three digits for its total page count in which the first two digits added together equal the third. Examples: 134, 257, 178. - Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (336 pages) - completed

2. Foreign Language. Read a book initially written in a language that's not one you speak.

3. Art. Read a book whose cover has all three primary colors (red, yellow, blue) on it. - All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris - completed

4. Music. Read a book in which the main character is musical or plays a musical instrument. - Song of Renewal by Emily Sue Harvey - completed

5. Chemistry. Read a book whose title contains at least one word with three letters or more that can be spelled with the abbreviations of chemical elements. (Click here for a link to the periodic table.) Examples: A Scanner Darkly (Scanner = S Ca N N Er), Quidditch Through the Ages (Ages = Ag Es)

6. History. Read a book classified as historical fiction. - To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander - completed

7. Geography. Read a book that takes place in a country you've never visited. - Secret River by Kate Grenville - completed

8. Creative writing. Read a book you consider to be "creatively" written. Maybe it takes a unique point of view or isn't written in standard prose. This is up to your interpretation, so have fun with it.

9. Government. Read a book that is about politics or has a character who participates in politics in some way. - In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener - completed

10. Recess. Freebie! Read a book of your choice just for fun. - From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris - completed

Ender's Shadow - Creative

7/5 - achieved my goal but will keep going


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments September's Labor Day Mini Challenge
Duration: September 1 - 30, 2013

Labor day falls on the second day of September. In the US, it's the day we celebrate what everyday workers do for the well being of their country.

1. Read a book that highlights a particular worker (teacher, doctor, writer, etc). - From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (highlights the barmaid/waitress) - completed

2. Read a book in which someone achieves his or her career goal. - Song of Renewal by Emily Sue Harvey - completed

3. Read a book where a parent or guardian is a workaholic. - Secret River by Kate Grenville - completed

4. Read a book that has a character that does either what you do or what you dream to do.

5. Labor Day also marks the official last day of summer, so read a book you've been dying to read all summer but haven't gotten to it yet. - Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris - completed

4 - Ender's Shadow

4/3 - achieved my goal but going to keep adding books


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments September Book - The Secret History. Have decided to skip this month's read.


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS CHALLENGE
Duration: October 1 - December 31, 2013

1. As a kid at Halloween I used to love dressing up in cool costumes – Read a book where the main character leads a double life or pretends to be something they are not. - Black Ice by Michael Connelly - completed October 2013

2. Trick or treat is a great Halloween tradition – Read a book where a tradition is central to the story. - The Almond Tree by Michelle Corasanti - completed October 2013

3. Telling scary stories and watching horror movies are activities often associated with Halloween – Read a book from the horror genre which was made into a movie.

4. Witches, werewolves, vampires, ghosts and zombies are just some of the creatures commonly associated with Halloween stories – Read a book which features one or all of these creatures. - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - completed October 2013

5. Carved pumpkins (also known jack o’ lanterns) are another Halloween tradition. The name jack-o’-lantern is a term used to describe a visual phenomenon of strange light seen flickering over peat bogs. In English folklore, this is also known as will-o’-the-wisp – Read a book about folklore, a specific phenomenon, or with a pumpkin on the cover. - The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - completed December 2013

6. “First Thanksgiving” was believed to have been celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621 – Read a book about harvest, the pilgrims or where the main character undertakes an epic journey. - A Break With Charity by Ann Rinaldi - completed December 2013

7. Thanksgiving holiday has been an annual tradition since Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens” in 1863. Lincoln was recently portrayed by Daniel Day Lewis, who has portrayed many roles in films around periods in American history e.g. The Last of the Mohicans, The Crucible, Gangs of New York, Lincoln – Read a book about a period of American history, or a book which has been adapted into a film which Daniel Day Lewis has starred in. - North and South by John Jakes - completed November 2013

8. The Pilgrims settled in New England following their flight from the volatile political environment in England in 1620 – Read a book set in New England, or where the main characters are involved in a political struggle. - The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham - completed October 2013

9. TV shows often have Thanksgiving Special episodes, 2 of my favourites from the last decade being The West Wing episode “The Indians in the Lobby” from 2001, where 2 Native Americans are looking for reparations from land which was promised to them and stolen by the Government over the years; and Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Pangs” where they encounter a vengeful Native American spirit whose tribe were wiped out by white settlers – Read a book about Native Americans or where one of the main characters is Native American, or a book based on the theme of a TV Thanksgiving Special show. - The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz - completed October 2013

10. On Thanksgiving Day, families and friends often gather for a large meal or dinner – Read a book centred on a large family or group of friends. - Gone by James Patterson - completed October 2013

11. Over the years there have been many great and classic Christmas movies – Read a book which was adapted into a Christmas movie or a book with Christmas in the title. (There is a useful list here) - Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews - completed December 2013

12. Santa Claus is thought to be based on a historical saint from the 4th century, Saint Nicholas, patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe – Read a book about Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas

13. The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany – Read a book set in Germany, by a German author, or with a Christmas tree on the cover

14. When it came to Christmas holidays as a child, I always used to wish for snow, so we could have snowball fights build snowmen, and go sledging – Read a book set in a snowy place, where the characters have to overcome snowy conditions, or which involves a great journey through the snow. - Allegiant by Veronica Roth - completed November 2013

15. We give presents and gifts at Christmas to those who we love, but not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to do that – Read a book where sharing with others is a strong theme or where the main character selflessly provides for others who are less fortunate. - We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman - completed November 2013

16. Christmas carols and songs are more and more popular every year, and the first time of the year I hear them always makes me excited and looking forward to Christmas – Read a book about music, musicians or where celebration through music is a key theme. - Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - completed October 2013

17. Food is a big part of the tradition around most if not all holiday celebrations and festivals – Read a book about food, written by a chef, or where a character is a chef or someone who enjoys food. - Summer Desserts by Nora Roberts - completed December 2013

18. Hanukkah, is a Jewish festival also known as the Festival of Lights – Read a book about a festival or religious celebration, or a book with candles or a Menorah on the cover. - Villette by Charlotte Bronte - completed October 2013

19. In many homes it is customary to play the dreidel game after lighting the Menorah – Read a book about games or where a character or characters are Jewish. - Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman - completed October 2013

20. The United States has a history of recognizing and celebrating Hanukkah in a number of ways, from Menorah lighting ceremonies to a 1996 postage stamp, jointly issued with Israel, to special receptions in the White House – Read a book where a character adopts or celebrates traditions that are not their own. - Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card - completed October 2013

17/5 - completed goal but will keep adding more titles


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments LOOKING BACK ON 2013 CHALLENGE
Duration: October 1 - December 31, 2013

2014 is almost here, but before it comes, let's revisit some of the challenges we've done this year.

For this challenge, do tasks from previous monthly challenges. You can choose to do one task (but no more than one) from as many previous 2013 monthly challenges as you would like. There are 18 altogether.

January's New Beginning's Challenge - The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz - completed October 2013
January's Goodreads Chice Awards Mini Challenge
February's ALl About Cupid Challenge - The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - completed December 2013
February's History of Civil Rights Mini Challenge - the Almond Tree by Michelle Corasanti - completed October 2013
March's Award Cover Hunt - Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card - completed October 2013
March's Literary Awards Mini Challenge - Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz - completed November 2013
April's Word Play Challenge - The Traitor's wife by Susan Higginbotham - completed October 2013
April's Poem Types Mini Challenge - Gone by James Patterson - completed October 2013
May's Spell It Out Challenge
May's Decades Mini Challenge - Black Ice by Michael Connelly - completed October 2013
June: Kelsi's Royalty Challenge - Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman - completed October 2013
June's Colors of Royalty Mini Challenge - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - completed October 2013
July's Definition of a Classic Challenge - North and South by John Jakes - completed November 2013
July's Must Read Classics Challenge - Villette by Charlotte Bronte - completed October 2013
August's Types of Nonfiction Challenge - Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - completed October 2013
August's Spell Out Challenge - Allegiant by Veronica Roth - completed November 2013
September's Back to School Challenge - We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman - completed November 2013
September's Labor Day Mini Challenge - Summer Desserts by Nora Roberts - completed December 2013

16/5 - challenge completed but will keep adding titles


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments THE CLUE CHALLENGE
Duration: October 1 - 31, 2013

Clue, or Cluedo outside North America, is a popular board game that matches our October theme, cozy mysteries. Mix and match the suspects, weapons, and rooms to "solve" the mystery! Each book you use for this challenge must have all three elements: the color that matches the suspect, the weapon that matches the title, and the room that matches the author.

You can reuse suspects, weapons, and rooms as long as the final answer is different in at least one element than a previous answer you've done. For example, if you use "Mrs. Peacock with the rope in the ballroom," you can't use it again, but you could use "Mrs. Peacock with the rope in the conservatory."


Suspects
The cover must contain the color of the suspect:
Miss Scarlett - Red
Colonel Mustard - Yellow
Mrs. White - White
Reverend Green - Green
Mrs. Peacock - Blue
Professor Plum - Purple

Weapons
One of the words in the title of the book must start with the same first letter as the weapon:
Candlestick - C
Knife - K
Lead Pipe - L
Revolver - R
Rope - R
Wrench - W

Rooms
One of the author's names must start with the same first letter as the room:
Kitchen - K
Ballroom - B
Conservatory - C
Dining Room - D
Lounge - L
Hall - H
Study - S
Billiard Room - B
Library - L

1. Mrs. Peacock w/ the Candlestick in the Lounge - The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz - completed

2. Colonel Mustard w/ the Wrench in the Study - The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham - completed

3. Reverend Green w/ the Lead Pipe in the Study - Linger by Maggie Stiefvater - completed

3/3 - CHALLENGE COMPLETE!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments THE HALLOWEEN COSTUME MINI CHALLENGE
Duration: October 1 - 31, 2013

Below are the top five costumes, per the LA Times, in 2012. Read a book that suits each costume.


1. Zombie. Read a book that contains zombies OR read a book that's classified as "horror."


2. Batman. Read a graphic novel OR read a book that contains superheroes.


3. Pirate. Read a book that at least partially takes place at sea OR read a book with a body of water on its cover. - The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham - completed


4. Vampire. Read a book that contains vampires OR read a book classified as "paranormal." - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - completed October 2013


5. Witch. This costume is a timeless classic. Read a book that contains witches OR read a book classified as a classic. - Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card - completed and Villette by Charlotte Bronte - completed

3/3 - challenge complete!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments THE DUSTY NOVEMBER CHALLENGE
Duration: November 1 - 30, 2013

The word "dusty" has many different meanings. To create this challenge, we ran it through a Google search, and all the tasks are inspired by the results.

1. Dusty: Covered or filled with dust. Read a book that has been on your bookshelf (physically or just on your TBR list) for over a year.

2. Urban Dictionary, Dusty: describes someone or something that's ugly and/or badly dressed. Read a book with a cover you consider to be ugly. - Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz - completed

3. Dusty (1983) - IMDb. Read a book later made into a movie.

4. Dusty: slightly gray, somewhat dark or dull in color. Read a book with a dark cover. - We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman - completed

5. Reds fire manager Dusty Baker. Read a book about sports or in which a main character plays a sport.

6. Dusty, Washington. Read a book that takes place in the Pacific Northwest.

7. Dusty Groove: Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Brazil Latin, and more... Read a book whose title shares a word with a title of one of your favorite songs. Make sure to tell us the name of the song!

8. Dusty Armadillo - The Place Country Comes To. Read a book that involves dancing or that has an animal as a character.

9. Dusty Strings Co. Read a book that incorporates music in some way.

10. Dusty Davidson (dustyd) on Twitter. Read a book whose author has the same initial for both his or her first and last names. - North and South by John Jakes - completed

3/3 - Challenge completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments GOODREADS NOVEMBER EVENTS MINI CHALLENGE
Duration: November 1 - 30, 2013

There are lots of exciting things happening in November both on Goodreads and in this group. This challenge is to get pumped up and celebrate them.

1. The Goodreads Choice Awards. All three rounds of voting are in November to determine the favorite books of 2013 of Goodreads users. For this task, read a book published in 2013. (All books published in 2013 are eligible.) - Allegiant by Veronica Roth - completed

2. Group Reads. For the first time ever, we have TWO group reads. Read one of the group reads OR read a book that comes with a pair (i.e., a book that has a sequel or prequel).

3. 2014 Yearly Challenges. We'll start posting 2014 challenges this month. Double-dip by reading a book that qualifies for one of our 2013 Yearly Challenges that you're participating in. - North and South by John Jakes - completed

4. Secret Santa. We did Secret Santa last year, and we're going to do it again this year! We'll start sign-ups at the end of November. Read a book that makes you think of the holidays, that you received as a gift, or that has been on your wishlist. - We Band of Angels - completed

3/2 - Challenge completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments December book selection - The Golem and the Jinni by Hellen Wecker. Checked out from the library and going to start today! - Completed!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments THE ANYTHING GOES SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION CHALLENGE
December 1-31, 2013

With anything goes as a theme, this was a wide open challenge but try this little tour for some added fun over the festive season. See how easy it is to get from anything goes to Christmas, with a tour of various genres en route :)

1. "Anything Goes" is a musical written by Cole Porter - read a book which was adapted into a musical, or a book either set in or written in the 1930's - Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - completed

2. The song "Anything Goes" can be heard at the start of the movie "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" - read an action or adventure book, or a book about archaeology, or a book by an author with the surname "Jones". - The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - completed

3. "Indiana Jones" was famously played by Harrison Ford, who also famously played "Han Solo" in the original "Star Wars" movies - read a book from the sci-fi genre, or read a solo book i.e. one which is not part of a series. - A Break With Charity by Ann Rinaldi

4. The original "Star Wars" was a great trilogy as was "The Lord of the Rings" - read a book from the fantasy genre, or a book which is part of a trilogy, or a book where the authors name contains the letters J.R.R. - The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - completed

5. Lord and Lady are titles traditionally associated with the aristocracy, positions which in olden days would have held a lot of power, influence, wealth and lands - read a book which features the aristocracy, or a book recognised as a classic. - The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - completed

6. Tradition plays a central part of many festive celebrations, and I have fond memories of Christmas every year, but especially when I was younger - read a childrens or young adult book, or a book featuring Christmas, or a book which has fond memories for you. - Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews - completed

6/3 - Challenge complete!


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Megan (lahairoi) | 6301 comments I have completed my final challenge for 2013. I will, of course, keep reading over the next week but feel I have accomplished quite a lot in 2013. Cannot wait to start the challenges for 2014!


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