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message 1: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 31, 2012 03:30PM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Untitled

So I came across this list about 6 months ago and have been saving it ever since. I thought it would make for a fun challenge. Please note they threw in some of the regular holidays as well so don't be alarmed or offended if you see one of those listed among the bizarre and wild ones. For this challenge try to see how many of these bizarre, crazy, silly and unique holidays you can cross off the list in one year or extend it and try to do more. How you ask? Well, if you see a holiday for let's say Bath Tub Party day, read a book with a bath tub on the cover, in the title, has a bath tub scene, or go for the ever popular spell-it-out challenge format.

Example of a spell-it-out challenge:
P - Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
A - Angels' Blood|3819326] by Nalini Singh
N - Nick from the Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
I - Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon
C - A Cowboy for Christmas by Lori Wilde

D - Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
A - The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Y - Yesterday by Fern Michaels

Main link of the site you can use:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...

Monthly links are listed below each month.

JANUARY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
Some of my personal favorites:
January 6th - Cuddle Up Day
January 8th - Male Watcher's Day
January 11th - Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day
January 12th - Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day

FEBRUARY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
Some of my favs:
February 11th - Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day
February 24th - National Tortilla Chip Day
February 26th - Tell a Fairy Tale Day
February 27th - No Brainer Day

MARCH:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
March 8th - Be Nasty Day
March 9th - Panic Day
March 21st - Fragrance Day
March 22nd - National Goof Off Day
March 24th - National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
March 25th - Waffle Day
March 29 Smoke and Mirrors Day

APRIL:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
April 18th - National High Five Day third Thursday
April 23rd - Take a Chance Day

MAY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
May 4th - Star Wars Day
May 15th - National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16th - National Sea Monkey Day

JUNE:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
June 1st - Dare Day
June 3rd - Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day")
June 22nd - National Chocolate Eclair Day

JULY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
July 3rd - Disobedience Day
July 4th - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day- Hmmmm, I wonder why!?!
July 7th - Chocolate Day
July 7th - National Strawberry Sundae Day

AUGUST:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
August 9th - Book Lover's Day
August 23rd - Ride the Wind Day
27 Just Because Day

SEPTEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
September 13th - Blame Someone Else Day - first  Friday the 13th of the year.
September 13th - Defy Superstition Day
September 28th - Ask a Stupid Question Day (one of my favorite days)

OCTOBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
October 14th - National Dessert Day - take an extra helping, or two
October 30th - Mischief Night

NOVEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
November 6th - Marooned without a Compass Day
November 7th - Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8th - Cook Something Bold Day
November 9th - Chaos Never Dies Day - you've got that right
November 21st - False Confession Day
November 25th - National Parfait Day  
November 29th - Buy Nothing Day - always the day after November Thanksgiving...does anyone abide by it!?!
November 30th - Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

DECEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
My personal favs:
December 2nd - National Fritters Day
December 3rd - National Roof over Your Head Day
December 5th - Bathtub Party Day
December 12th - National Ding-a-Ling Day
December 16th - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 18th - Bake Cookies Day
December 31st - Make Up Your Mind Day

Levels:
Oncer: Read 1 - 12 books
Two Timer: Read 13 - 24 books
Party Hopper: Read 25 - 36
Party Animal: Read 37 or more books in a year


message 2: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Reserved


message 3: by Mandy (new)

Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 173 comments Look like fun!


message 4: by Julianne (new)

Julianne | 63 comments Fun idea, i just keep adding to my 2013 challenges...what's one more right? I guess I'm a Party Animal


message 5: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 120 comments Reserved


message 6: by Stacie (last edited May 06, 2013 10:00AM) (new)

Stacie (cowmingo) | 4769 comments Oh this looks like fun!!! I'm in for at least Oncer but may just up that to another level once I get in. Great idea!

1. January 5: National Bird Day: Enslaved by Ducks 01/03/2013
2. January 3: Festival of Sleep Day: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Several scenes focused on how much the main character sleeps
3. January 10: Peculiar People Day: Slightly Engaged The character Raphael is quirky and intriguing, that's for sure.
4. January 13: Make Your Dream Come True Day: My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses Steven Adler wanted to be a rock star and he made that come true
5. January 25: Opposite Day: Here A lot of parallel universe stuff where the characters are a bit different in each world, almost to the point of being opposites.
6. January 15: Hat Day: Slash
7. January 8: Male Watcher's Day: Exit to Eden
8. January 22: National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day: Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigable Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home (holiday found http://mentalfloss.com/article/32065/...)
9. February 14: World Marriage Day: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (wedding in London)
10. February 13: Get a Different Name Day: The Secret Keeper
11. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: Me Again
12. Act Happy Week: March 18-24: Delirium
13. March 15: Incredible Kid Day: Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders Some pretty amazing kids these people raised
14. March 5: Unique Names Day: Beautiful Creatures
15. March 6: Learn What your Name Means Day: Beautiful Redemption: Characters learn their real name and what it means on their 16th birthday
16. March 13: Smart & Sexy Day: Waiting for You
17. March 15: True Confessions Day: Wait for You
18. April 3: National Walking Day: Walk Me Home
19. April 4: Tell a Lie Day: No Child of Mine: A Novel
20. April 1: International Have Fun at Work Day: Chocolate for Two
21. April 10: National Siblings Day: Summerland
22. May is National Military Appreciation Month: Learning to Stay
23. May 25: National Missing Children's Day: Gone, Baby, Gone


message 7: by Fairlee (new)

Fairlee Corkran | 83 comments I start as a oncer but might go up later.


message 8: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 5051 comments I am sooooo in!!! lol


So I came across this list about 6 months ago and have been saving it ever since. I thought it would make for a fun challenge. Please note they threw in some of the regular holidays as well so don't be alarmed or offended if you see one of those listed among the bizarre and wild ones. For this challenge try to see how many of these bizarre, crazy, silly and unique holidays you can cross off the list in one year or extend it and try to do more. How you ask? Well, if you see a holiday for let's say Bath Tub Party day, read a book with a bath tub on the cover, in the title, has a bath tub scene, or go for the ever popular spell-it-out challenge format.

Example of a spell-it-out challenge:
P - Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
A - Angels' Blood|3819326] by Nalini Singh
N - Nick from the Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
I - Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon
C - A Cowboy for Christmas by Lori Wilde

D - Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
A - The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Y - Yesterday by Fern Michaels

Main link of the site you can use:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...

Monthly links are listed below each month.

JANUARY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
Some of my personal favorites:
January 6th - Cuddle Up Day
January 8th - Male Watcher's Day
January 11th - Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day
January 12th - Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day

FEBRUARY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
Some of my favs:
February 11th - Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day
February 24th - National Tortilla Chip Day
February 26th - Tell a Fairy Tale Day
February 27th - No Brainer Day

MARCH:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
March 8th - Be Nasty Day
March 9th - Panic Day
March 21st - Fragrance Day
March 22nd - National Goof Off Day
March 24th - National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
March 25th - Waffle Day
March 29 Smoke and Mirrors Day

APRIL:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
April 18th - National High Five Day third Thursday
April 23rd - Take a Chance Day

MAY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
May 4th - Star Wars Day
May 15th - National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16th - National Sea Monkey Day

JUNE:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
June 1st - Dare Day
June 3rd - Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day")
June 22nd - National Chocolate Eclair Day

JULY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
July 3rd - Disobedience Day
July 4th - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day- Hmmmm, I wonder why!?!
July 7th - Chocolate Day
July 7th - National Strawberry Sundae Day

AUGUST:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
August 9th - Book Lover's Day
August 23rd - Ride the Wind Day
27 Just Because Day

SEPTEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
September 13th - Blame Someone Else Day - first Friday the 13th of the year.
September 13th - Defy Superstition Day
September 28th - Ask a Stupid Question Day (one of my favorite days)

OCTOBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
October 14th - National Dessert Day - take an extra helping, or two
October 30th - Mischief Night

NOVEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
November 6th - Marooned without a Compass Day
November 7th - Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8th - Cook Something Bold Day
November 9th - Chaos Never Dies Day - you've got that right
November 21st - False Confession Day
November 25th - National Parfait Day
November 29th - Buy Nothing Day - always the day after November Thanksgiving...does anyone abide by it!?!
November 30th - Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

DECEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
My personal favs:
December 2nd - National Fritters Day
December 3rd - National Roof over Your Head Day
December 5th - Bathtub Party Day
December 12th - National Ding-a-Ling Day
December 16th - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 18th - Bake Cookies Day
December 31st - Make Up Your Mind Day

Levels:
Oncer: Read 1 - 12 books
Two Timer: Read 13 - 24 books
Party Hopper: Read 25 - 36
Party Animal: Read 37 or more books in a year


message 9: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 5051 comments quick question...do we have to do the holiday in the pertaining month?


message 10: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 93 comments I'm in and will try for Party Animal:
and will post as I go.


message 11: by Isha (new)

Isha Nothing but Reading Challenges - Reading Challenges
~ 2013 Bizarre, Crazy, Silly and Unique Holidays Year Long Reading Challenge ~

Duration: 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2013


Level: Party Animal
0 read

JANUARY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
Some of my personal favorites:
January 6th - Cuddle Up Day
January 8th - Male Watcher's Day
January 11th - Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day
January 12th - Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day

FEBRUARY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
Some of my favs:
February 11th - Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day
February 24th - National Tortilla Chip Day
February 26th - Tell a Fairy Tale Day
February 27th - No Brainer Day

MARCH:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
March 8th - Be Nasty Day
March 9th - Panic Day
March 21st - Fragrance Day
March 22nd - National Goof Off Day
March 24th - National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
March 25th - Waffle Day
March 29 Smoke and Mirrors Day

APRIL:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
April 18th - National High Five Day third Thursday
April 23rd - Take a Chance Day

MAY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
May 4th - Star Wars Day
May 15th - National Chocolate Chip Day
May 16th - National Sea Monkey Day

JUNE:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
June 1st - Dare Day
June 3rd - Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day")
June 22nd - National Chocolate Eclair Day

JULY:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
July 3rd - Disobedience Day
July 4th - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day- Hmmmm, I wonder why!?!
July 7th - Chocolate Day
July 7th - National Strawberry Sundae Day

AUGUST:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
August 9th - Book Lover's Day
August 23rd - Ride the Wind Day
27 Just Because Day

SEPTEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
September 13th - Blame Someone Else Day - first Friday the 13th of the year.
September 13th - Defy Superstition Day
September 28th - Ask a Stupid Question Day (one of my favorite days)

OCTOBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
October 14th - National Dessert Day - take an extra helping, or two
October 30th - Mischief Night

NOVEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
November 6th - Marooned without a Compass Day
November 7th - Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8th - Cook Something Bold Day
November 9th - Chaos Never Dies Day - you've got that right
November 21st - False Confession Day
November 25th - National Parfait Day
November 29th - Buy Nothing Day - always the day after November Thanksgiving...does anyone abide by it!?!
November 30th - Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

DECEMBER:
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho...
My personal favs:
December 2nd - National Fritters Day
December 3rd - National Roof over Your Head Day
December 5th - Bathtub Party Day
December 12th - National Ding-a-Ling Day
December 16th - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 18th - Bake Cookies Day
December 31st - Make Up Your Mind Day


message 12: by Dessa O'Dette (last edited Jan 05, 2013 07:18AM) (new)

Dessa O'Dette | 20 comments Since I suck at keeping up with challenges I'm going to just do Oncer

January 31 -Backwards Day Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated


message 13: by Barbara ★ (last edited Jul 01, 2013 09:59AM) (new)

Barbara ★ I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do but I'm definitely a Party Animal!

January COMPLETE!
✔3- Festival of Sleep - In Bed With A Stranger - Mary Wine (in bed) 1/17
✔4- Trivia Day - Body of Sin - Eve Silver (heroine spouts trivia when nervous) 1/9
✔5- National Bird Day - Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb 1/4
✔8- Bubble Bath Day - Sin's Daughter - Eve Silver (h/h take bubble bath) 1/9
✔8- Male Watcher's Day - Taking a Shot - Jaci Burton I'll be watching Tyler! 1/19
✔9- Play God Day - Sins of the Flesh - Eve Silver (hero is a half-god) 1/9
✔20- Penguin Awareness - Hungry As The Sea - Wilbur Smith (penguins spotted from ship) 1/27
✔21- Squirrel Appreciation - Love in a Nutshell - Janet Evanovich (squirrel on cover) 1/3
✔25- Opposite Day - Hot Ice - Nora Roberts 1/16
In Bed With A Stranger (McJames, #1) by Mary Wine Body of Sin (Otherkin, #4) by Eve Silver Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3) by Robin Hobb Sin's Daughter (Otherkin, #0.5) by Eve Silver Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3) by Jaci Burton Sins of the Flesh (Otherkin, #3) by Eve Silver Hungry As The Sea by Wilbur A. Smith Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich Hot Ice by Nora Roberts

February COMPLETE!
✔1- National Freedom Day - On Call In Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story - Cdr. Richard Jadick (military) 2/27
✔1- Working Naked Day - Romeo, Romeo - Robin Kaye (working naked indeed!) 2/26
✔2- Ice Cream For Breakfast Day - Calamity Jayne - Kathleen Bacus (ice cream on cover) 2/17
✔6- Lame Duck Day - The Trouble with J.J. - Tami Hoag (birds on cover) 2/20
✔10- Chinese New Year - Legend of the Jade Dragon - Yasmine Galenorn (chinese dragon on cover) 2/17
✔12- Extraterrestrial Visitor Day - Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card (set in space with aliens) 2/13
✔12- Darwin Day - Behemoth - Scott Westerfield (Darwin plays a big role in plot) 2/8
✔15- Singles Awareness Day - Guilty Wives - James Patterson (lone female on cover) 2/25
✔20- Love Your Pet Day - Sea Hunter - Paul Harrison (shark on cover) 2/16
✔23- International Sword Swallowers Day - Stormdancer - Jay Kristoff (sword on cover) 2/13
✔25- Pistol Patent Day - Now or Never - Michele Bardsley (gun on cover) 2/11
✔26- Tell a Fairy Tale Day - The Frog Prince - Jane Porter 2/18
✔26- For Pete's Sake Day - White Elephant Dead - Carolyn Hart (character named Pete) 2/3
✔28- Public Sleeping Day - The Brass Bed - Jennifer Stevenson (bed on cover)

On Call In Hell A Doctor's Iraq War Story by Richard Jadick Romeo, Romeo (Domestic Gods, #1) by Robin Kaye Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus The Trouble with J.J. by Tami Hoag Legend of the Jade Dragon (A Chintz 'n China Mystery, #2) by Yasmine Galenorn Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2) by Orson Scott Card Behemoth (Leviathan, #2) by Scott Westerfeld Guilty Wives by James Patterson Sea Hunter by Paul Garrison Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1) by Jay Kristoff Now or Never (Wizards of Nevermore, #2) by Michele Bardsley The Frog Prince by Jane Porter White Elephant Dead (Death on Demand, #11) by Carolyn Hart The Brass Bed (Jewel Heiss #1) by Jennifer Stevenson

March COMPLETE!
✔Red Cross Month - Delusion in Death - J.D. Robb (red cover) 3/6
✔Irish American Month - Mortal Coil - Derek Landy (set in Ireland) 3/29
✔2- Old Stuff Day - The Taking - Erin McCarthy (on TBR since July 2009) 3/18
✔3- I Want You To Be Happy Day - Double Play - Jill Shalvis (HEA) 3/20
✔4- Hug A GI Day - The Dragon Who Loved Me - G.A. Aiken (H/h are warriors in army) 3/6
✔7- Crown Roast of Pork Day - A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin (crown on cover) 3/25
✔10- Middle Name Day - Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones 3/17
✔15- Incredible Kid Day - The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket (children's book) 3/10
✔17- St. Patrick's Day - Aunt Dimity Down Under - Nancy Atherton (green cover) 3/7
✔17- Submarine Day - Goliath - Scott Westerfeld (H/h stop a submarine attack on NYC) 3/5
✔27- National Joe Day - Superstition - Karen Robards (hero named Joe) 3/31
✔29- National Mom & Pop Business Day - Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder - Joanne Fluke (heroine owns a cookie shop) 3/3
✔30- I am In Control Day - Through Violet Eyes - Stephen Woodworth (psychic/mind control) 3/20
✔31- Bunsen Burner Day - The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (elements of Steampunk) 3/9
Delusion in Death (In Death, #35) by J.D. Robb Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant, #5) by Derek Landy The Taking (Seven Deadly Sins, #3) by Erin McCarthy Double Play (Pacific Heat, #1) by Jill Shalvis The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin, #5) by G.A. Aiken A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4) by Lemony Snicket Aunt Dimity Down Under (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #15) by Nancy Atherton Goliath (Leviathan, #3) by Scott Westerfeld Superstition by Karen Robards Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1) by Joanne Fluke Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde

April COMPLETE!
✔Keep America Beautiful Month - Voice Of Crow - Jeri Smith-Ready (beautiful cover) 4/8
✔2~Children's Book Day - The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan (children's book) 4/30
✔9~ Name Yourself Day - Defending Jacob - William Landay (name in title) 5/11
✔10~ National Siblings Day - Rogue Rider - Larissa Ione (about siblings) 4/6
✔12~ Big Wind Day - Biting Cold - Chloe Neill (windy cover) 4/23
✔14~ Int'l Moment of Laughter Day - Devilish - Maureen Johnson (funny book) 4/14
✔25~ Take your Daughter to Work Day - Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier (daughter in title) 4/21
✔28~ Kiss Your Mate Day - The Next Always - Nora Roberts (romance) 4/9
✔30~ Hairstyle Appreciation Day - Bitten to Death - Jennifer Rardin (great hairstyle on cover) 4/27

Voice of Crow (Aspect of Crow, #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan Defending Jacob by William Landay Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #4 ) by Larissa Ione Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6) by Chloe Neill Devilish by Maureen Johnson Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1) by Nora Roberts Bitten to Death (Jaz Parks, #4) by Jennifer Rardin

May COMPLETE!
✔Foster Care Month - Tiger's Quest - Colleen Houck (heroine is a foster child) 5/4
✔National Police Week - Snow Angels - James Thompson (hero is a cop) 5/7
✔3~ International Tuba Day - Forever - Maggie Stiefvater (backstory is music) 5/11
✔4~ National Candied Orange Peel Day - When the Lion Feeds - Wilbur Smith (orange cover) 5/10
✔4~ Bird Day - Phoenix Rising - Philippa Ballantine (bird in title) 5/2
✔5~ Cinco de Mayo - Crown of Crystal Flame - C.L. Wilson (#5 in series) 5/17
✔8~ Iris Day - Pushing Up Daisies - Rosemary Harris (flowers on cover) 5/19
✔8~ No Socks Day - Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake (no socks on cover) 5/8
✔11~ Eat What You Want Day - Chopping Spree - Diane Mott Davidson (food on cover) 5/5
✔16~ Love a Tree Day - Sleeping Arrangements - Madeline Wickham (tree on cover) 5/29
✔16~ Wear Purple for Peace Day - Deadly Fear - Cynthia Eden (purple cover) 5/29
✔19~ Boy's Club Day - Small as an Elephant - Jennifer Richard Jacobson (m.c. is 11 y.o. boy) 5/9
✔25~ National Missing Children Day - The Girl Who Disappeared Twice - Andrea Kane (child is kidnapped) 5/3
Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2) by Colleen Houck Snow Angels (Inspector Kari Vaara, #1) by James Thompson Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater When the Lion Feeds (Courtney, #1) by Wilbur A. Smith Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1) by Philippa Ballantine Crown of Crystal Flame (Tairen Soul, #5) by C.L. Wilson Pushing Up Daisies (Dirty Business, #1) by Rosemary Harris Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake Chopping Spree (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #11) by Diane Mott Davidson Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham Deadly Fear (Deadly, #1) by Cynthia Eden Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane

June COMPLETE
✔Gay Pride Month - Lover At Last - J.R. Ward (M/M romance) 6/4
✔Adopt a Cat Month - Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters (lion is a cat) 6/11
✔7~National Donut Day - Hannah's Dream - Diane Hammond (Hannah eats donuts daily) 6/15
✔8~Name Your Poison Day - A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin (poison runs rampant in Westros) 6/13
✔18~Int'l Panic Day - On Dublin Street - Samantha Young (heroine has panic attacks) 6/14
✔23~National Pink Day - Before I Wake - Rachel Vincent (pink cover) 6/9
Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11) by J.R. Ward Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peabody, #4) by Elizabeth Peters Hannah's Dream by Diane Hammond A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1) by Samantha Young Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6) by Rachel Vincent


message 14: by Hayley (new)

Hayley This sounds great! I think I'll choose books as I go along. I'm in as a oncer for sure!


message 15: by Suzanne (last edited Dec 11, 2013 06:15AM) (new)

Suzanne (esmerelda1) | 1123 comments Nothing but Reading Challenges
2013 Bizarre, Crazy, Silly and Unique Holidays Year Long Reading Challenge
Duration:
1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013

Rules: For this challenge try to see how many of these bizarre, crazy, silly and unique holidays you can cross off the list in one year or extend it and try to do more. If you see a holiday for let's say Bath Tub Party day, read a book with a bath tub on the cover, in the title, has a bath tub scene, or go for the ever popular spell-it-out challenge format.

Levels: 5 Per Month
Party Animal: Read 37 or more books in a year

Progress: 60 out of 60

JANUARY:
January 8th - Bubble Bath Day -
The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole - Takes lots of Bubble Baths
January 9th - Play God Day -
Undone by Rachel Caine (God Complex)
January 10th - Peculiar People Day -
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
January 11th - Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day -
Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
January 30th - National Inane Answering Message Day -
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2) by E.L. James I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella Undone (Outcast Season, #1) by Rachel Caine The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, #1) by Kresley Cole Witchling (Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon #1) by Yasmine Galenorn

FEBRUARY:
February 3 - The Day the Music Died -
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman - ***** - 2/11/2013
February 11 - Clean out Your Computer Day
Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward - *** - 2/6/2013
February 16 - Do a Grouch a Favor Day
Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn - ***** - 2/7/2013
February 18 - President's Day -
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
February 26 - Carnival Day -
Daytripper by Fábio Moon - ***** - 2/8/2013

Dreams from My Father A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5) by J.R. Ward Darkling (Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon #3) by Yasmine Galenorn Daytripper by Fábio Moon Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) by Rachel Hartman

MARCH:
March 3rd - If Pets Had Thumbs Day - Tabby Cat Shifter -
Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn - **** - 3/5/2013
March 4th - Hug a GI Day -
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand - ***** - 3/18/2013
March 15th - Everything You Think is Wrong Day - Everything he though was wrong -
Storm Front by Jim Butcher - ***** - 3/11/2013
March 18 - Supreme Sacrifice Day - Makes a Supreme Sacrifice in the Book -
A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James - **** - 3/14/2013
March 20th - Proposal Day - Proposal in Story -
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean - ***** - 3/5/2013

Dragon Wytch (Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon, #4) by Yasmine Galenorn A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1) by Sarah MacLean Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1) by Eloisa James Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

APRIL:
April 1st - April Fool's Day -

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin - **** - 4/3/2013
April 2nd - Reconciliation Day -
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani - ***** - 4/1/2013
April 4th - Tell a Lie Day -
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton - **** - 4/4/2013
April 10th - National Siblings Day -
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley - **** - 4/2/2013
April 14th - Look up at the Sky Day -
The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe - ***** - 4/2/2013

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani The Smoke Thief (Drakon, #1) by Shana Abe A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3) by Alan Bradley Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Fifty Shames #1) by Fanny Merkin A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) by Sue Grafton

May:
May 1st - Loyalty Day -
Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost - ***** - 5/6/2013
May 25th - National Missing Children's Day -
Entice by Carrie Jones - *** - 5/2/2013
May 12th - Mother's Day -
Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec - ***** - 5/6/2013
May 29th - Learn About Composting Day -
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - *** - 5/9/2013
May 2nd - Brothers and Sisters Day -
Second Sight by Amanda Quick - *** - 5/13/2013 - Takes care of her brothers and sisters

Entice (Need, #3) by Carrie Jones Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, #2) by Jeaniene Frost Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1) by Tara Sivec Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen, #1) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1) by Amanda Quick

JUNE:
June 5th - World Environment Day -
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine - ***** - 6/15/2013
June 6th - National Gardening Exercise Day - Main Character likes to Garden -
The Witness by Nora Roberts - ***** - 6/6/2013
June 8th - Name Your Poison Day - Drug Addicts -
Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane - ***** - 6/4/2013
June 9th - Donald Duck Day -
Walt Disney World by Laurie Flannery - ***** - 6/16/2013
June 18th - National Splurge Day - Went on a major shopping spree in story -
Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover - ***** - 6/2/2013

Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter, #1) by M.L.N. Hanover Chasing Magic (Downside Ghosts, #5) by Stacia Kane The Witness by Nora Roberts Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1) by Rachel Caine Walt Disney World (Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places) by Laurie Flannery

JULY:
July 1st - Canada Day: Set in Canada:
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong - ***** - 7/2/2013
July 3rd - Stay out of the Sun Day:
Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward - **** - 7/9/2013
July 4th - Independence Day (U.S.): Red White & Blue Cover:
Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - ***** - 7/2/2013
July 11th - Cheer up the Lonely Day:
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell - 7/7/2013
July 28th - Parent's Day: Character discovers her parent's past history:
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West - ***** - 7/5/2013

Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars, #2) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1) by Kelley Armstrong Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6) by J.R. Ward

AUGUST:
August 11th - Son and Daughter Day:
For I Have Sinned by Darynda Jones - ***** - 8/5/2013
August 14/15th - V-J Day:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - ***** - 8/4/2013
August 22nd - Be an Angel Day:
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones - **** - 8/5/2013
August 23rd - Ride the Wind Day:
The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 2: Maelstrom by Jim Butcher - ***** - 8/1/2013
August 26th - Women's Equality Day:
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones - ***** - 8/6/2013

The Dresden Files Storm Front, Volume 2 Maelstrom by Jim Butcher Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson, #1.5) by Darynda Jones Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones

SEPTEMBER:
September 2 - National Beheading Day: No Head on Cover:
Lover Mine by J.R. Ward - *** - 9/5/2013
September 3 - Skyscraper Day: Skyscrapers on cover:
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher - **** - 9/3/2013
September 8 - National Pet Memorial Day:
Zoo by James Patterson - *** - 9/4/2013
September 16 - Working Parents Day:
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings - **** - 9/6/2013
September 20- POW/MIA Recognition Day: Main characters went missing:
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves - ***** - 9/2/2013

On the Island (On the Island, #1) by Tracey Garvis-Graves Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) by Jim Butcher Zoo by James Patterson Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) by J.R. Ward The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

OCTOBER:
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month:
Family adopts a shelter dog:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio - *** - 10/1/2013
October 2 Name Your Car Day:
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones - ***** - 10/6/2013
October 6 Come and Take it Day: He went back and took it:
Uncharted by Tracey Garvis-Graves - ***** - 10/2/2013
October 16 Bosses Day:
Rush by Maya Banks - *** - 10/3/2013
October 31 Halloween:
Face the Fire by Nora Roberts - *** - 10/8/2013

Wonder by R.J. Palacio Uncharted (On the Island, #1.5) by Tracey Garvis-Graves Rush (Breathless, #1) by Maya Banks Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4) by Darynda Jones Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island, #3) by Nora Roberts

NOVEMBER:
November 12 Young Readers Day:

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn
November 22 Go For a Ride Day:
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
November 9 Chaos Never Dies Day:
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
November 13 Sadie Hawkins Day:
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart
November 29 Buy Nothing Day:
Gypsy Wind by Lisa Jackson - Borrowed from the library

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) by Patrick Rothfuss The Boyfriend List 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #1) by E. Lockhart Gypsy Wind by Lisa Jackson

DECEMBER:
December 1 Eat a Red Apple Day:

Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorn - Red Cover
December 5 Bathtub Party Day:
Fever by Maya Banks
December 9 National Pastry Day:
Futures and Frosting by Tara Sivec
December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day:
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
December 21 National Flashlight Day
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton - leaves flashlight at the scene

Bone Magic (Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon, #7) by Yasmine Galenorn Futures and Frosting (Chocolate Lovers, #2) by Tara Sivec How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks Fever (Breathless, #2) by Maya Banks C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone, #3) by Sue Grafton


message 16: by Reed (new)

Reed Raab (reedraab) | 329 comments This is hilarious! I couldn't help but laugh at the National Ding-a-ling Day...I'm so juvenile


message 18: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Katie wrote: "This is hilarious! I couldn't help but laugh at the National Ding-a-ling Day...I'm so juvenile"

It is funny.


Robin (Saturndoo) (robinsaturndoo) LOL A holiday and observance challenge was started last year in another group that I'm in and I went to a website similar to this one to get ideas for holidays/observances for that challenge.

This is the site I used ☺:

http://www.brownielocks.com/month2.html

I think I will jump in with this one because I had a lot of fun with the one I was in last year!!!


message 20: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Neat, ♥Robin♥.


message 21: by Robin (Saturndoo) (last edited Feb 01, 2013 12:37PM) (new)

Robin (Saturndoo) (robinsaturndoo) 2013 Bizarre, Crazy, Silly and Unique Holidays Year Long Reading Challenge

Duration: January 1, 2013-December 31,2013

Party Animal: Read 37 or more books in a year

January 2013

National Blood Donor Month
1. A Christmas Journey
5th:National Bird Day
1. Eggs
12th:National Pharmacist Day
1.Zazoo
23rd: Measure Your Feet Day
1. Eight Keys
8th: Male Watcher's Day
1. A Sudden Silence
20th:Penguin Awareness Day
1. Looking for Alaska
10th: Peculiar People Day
1. Her Fearful Symmetry
2. Cinder
24th: Beer Can Appreciation Day
1.The Young Man and the Sea
13th: Make Your Dream Come True Day
1. Mariana
13th: International Skeptics Day
1.Tilt
3rd: Humiliation Day
1.The Good Dream
28th:Have Fun at Work Day
1.Mr. Churchill's Secretary

A Christmas Journey (Christmas Stories, #1) by Anne Perry Eggs by Jerry Spinelli Zazoo by Richard Mosher Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur A Sudden Silence by Eve Bunting Looking for Alaska by John Green Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger The Young Man and the Sea (After Words) by Rodman Philbrick Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer Mariana by Susanna Kearsley Tilt by Ellen Hopkins The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal


Robin (Saturndoo) (robinsaturndoo) Reserved Just in Case ☺


message 23: by Laurie (last edited Jan 20, 2013 04:32AM) (new)

Laurie | 93 comments 2013 Bizarre, Crazy, Silly and Unique Holidays Year Long Reading Challenge

Duration: January 1, 2013-December 31,2013

Party Animal: Read 37 or more books in a year

January:

8th: Male Watcher's Day: Katie Macalister - Love in the Time of Dragons
9th: Play God Day: Neil Gaiman - American Gods
12th: Feast of Wild Men Day: Katie Macalister - The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons
13th: Make Your Dreams Come True Day: William Goldman - The Princess Bride
26th: National Spouse's Day: Katie Macalister - Sparks Fly (I suppose this one needs explaining - Ysolde's entire job is to reform her husband.)

Love in the Time of Dragons (Light Dragons, #1) by Katie MacAlister American Gods by Neil Gaiman The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons (Light Dragons, #2) by Katie MacAlister The Princess Bride  by William Goldman Sparks Fly (Light Dragons, #3) by Katie MacAlister


message 24: by Dawn (last edited Jan 27, 2013 01:57PM) (new)

Dawn (dawn_e) | 66 comments 2013 Bizarre, Crazy, Silly and Unique Holidays Year Long Reading Challenge
Duration: January 1, 2013-December 31,2013
Party Animal: Read 37 or more books in a year

January:
3rd - Humiliation Day Alpha 1.27
6th - Cuddle Up Day Primal Law 1.8
12 - Feast of Wild Men Day Shift 1.25
13th - Make your Dreams Come True Day Finale 1.12
26th - Spouses Day Reunion in Death 1.23

February:
1 - National Freedom Day
26th - Tell a Fairy Tale Day
27th - No Brainer Day


message 25: by Barbara ★ (last edited Jan 28, 2013 04:08PM) (new)

Barbara ★ January COMPLETE!
✔3- Festival of Sleep - In Bed With A Stranger - Mary Wine (in bed) 1/17
✔4- Trivia Day - Body of Sin - Eve Silver (heroine spouts trivia when nervous) 1/9
✔5- National Bird Day - Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb 1/4
✔8- Bubble Bath Day - Sin's Daughter - Eve Silver (h/h take bubble bath) 1/9
✔8- Male Watcher's Day - Taking a Shot - Jaci Burton I'll be watching Tyler! 1/19
✔9- Play God Day - Sins of the Flesh - Eve Silver (hero is a half-god) 1/9
✔20- Penguin Awareness - Hungry As The Sea - Wilbur Smith (penguins spotted from ship) 1/27
✔21- Squirrel Appreciation - Love in a Nutshell - Janet Evanovich (squirrel on cover) 1/3
✔25- Opposite Day - Hot Ice - Nora Roberts 1/16

onto February...


message 26: by Barbara ★ (last edited Jan 01, 2014 02:59PM) (new)

Barbara ★ READ: 118/118

July
✔National Blueberry Month- A Highlander's Homecoming - Melissa Mayhue (blue cover) 7/10
✔Week 2 Nude Recreation Week- Undercover - Lauren Dane (naked on cover) 7/7
✔7-Chocolate Day- The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up - JoAnna Carl 7/27
✔10-Teddy Bear Picnic Day- A Cold-Blooded Business - Dana Stabenow (bears on cover) 7/8
✔11-Cheer Up the Lonely Day- Slow Heat - Jill Shalvis (need I say more?) 7/31
✔12-Different Colored Eye Day- Delirium - Lauren Oliver (eye on cover) 7/13
✔14-Bastille Day- Citadel - Kate Mosse (set in France) 7/16
✔17-Yellow Pig Day- Enchantment - Orson Scott Card (yellow cover) 7/29
✔19-National Raspberry Cake Day- Sleep No More - Iris Johansen (pink on cover) 7/21
✔31-Mutt's Day- Coyote's Mate - Lora Leigh (shifter) 7/14
A Highlander's Homecoming (Daughters of the Glen, #6) by Melissa Mayhue Undercover (Federation Chronicles, #1) by Lauren Dane The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up (A Chocoholic Mystery #3) by JoAnna Carl A Cold-Blooded Business (Kate Shugak, #4) by Dana Stabenow Slow Heat (Pacific Heat, #2) by Jill Shalvis Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver Citadel (Languedoc, #3) by Kate Mosse Enchantment by Orson Scott Card Sleep No More (Eve Duncan, #15) by Iris Johansen Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #18) by Lora Leigh

August
✔National Eye Exam Month: Kill Me Again - Maggie Shayne (eye on cover) 8/16
✔Romance Awareness Month: Chasing Fire - Nora Roberts (romance) 8/21
✔Water Quality Month: Mutiny on the Bounty - John Boyne (water on cover) 8/20
✔4~Friendship Day: The Ugly Duchess - Eloisa James (on a GRs friends shelf) 8/13
✔5~Work Like A Dog Day: The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog - Elizabeth Peters (dog in title) 8/13
✔6~Wiggle Your Toes Day: The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper (toes on cover) 8/3
✔9~Book Lover's Day: Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare (book on cover) 8/2
✔13~Chinese Valentine's Day: Utterly Charming - Kristina Grayson (heart on cover) 8/30
✔13~Left Hander's Day: The Temptation of Your Touch - Teresa Medeiros (only left arm showing on cover) 8/11
✔25~Kiss and Makeup Day: Winter Kiss - Deborah Cooke (kiss in title) 8/14
✔26~Women's Equality Day: Naked Edge - Pamela Clare (female author) 8/3
✔30~Frankenstein Day: Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan (paranormal) 8/8
Kill Me Again (Secrets of Shadow Falls, #2) by Maggie Shayne Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts Mutiny on the Bounty by John Boyne The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales, #4) by Eloisa James The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7) by Elizabeth Peters The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #2) by Molly Harper Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) by Cassandra Clare Utterly Charming (Fates, #1) by Kristine Grayson The Temptation of Your Touch (Burke Brothers, #2) by Teresa Medeiros Winter Kiss (Dragonfire, #4) by Deborah Cooke Naked Edge (I-Team, #4) by Pamela Clare Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

September
✔Fall Hat Month: The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt (hats on cover) 9/28
✔National Blueberry Popsicle Month: Rebel - Zoe Archer (blue cover & look frozen) 9/8
✔2~National Beheading Day: Kiss Me, Kill Me - Maggie Shayne (head without body on cover) 9/13
✔13~Fortune Cookie Day: Red Phoenix - Kylie Chan (set in China) 9/26
✔21~Int'l Rabbit Day: Aunt Dimity's Death - Nancy Atherton (rabbit on cover) 9/8
✔22~Business Women's Day: Written in Red - Anne Bishop (female author) 9/16
✔27~Native American Day: Spirit Dances - C.E. Murphy (native american heroine) 9/29
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt Rebel (The Blades of the Rose, #3) by Zoe Archer Kiss Me, Kill Me (Secrets of Shadow Falls, #3) by Maggie Shayne Red Phoenix (Dark Heavens, #2) by Kylie Chan Aunt Dimity's Death (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #1) by Nancy Atherton Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop Spirit Dances (Walker Papers, #6) by C.E. Murphy

October
✔International Drum Month: Once Upon a Tower - Eloisa James (m.c. plays instrument) 10/8
✔Fire Prevention Week: Firewalker - Allyson James (fire on cover) 10/27
✔2~Name Your Car Day: Raven Calls - C.E. Murphy (heroine's car is called Petite) 10/6
✔6~Mad Hatter Day: Blood Rites - Jim Butcher (char wearing hat on cover) 10/29
✔6~Physician Assistant Day: Blood Lies - Daniel Kalla (m.c. ER doc) 10/3
✔11~Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day: Aunt Dimity and the Duke - Nancy Atherton (teddy bear on cover) 10/6
✔14~Be Bald and Free Day: Hearts of Smoke and Steam - Andrew Mayer (bald dude on cover) 10/18
✔16~Dictionary Day: R is for Ricochet - Sue Grafton (title like a dictionary entry) 10/4
✔17~Wear Something Gaudy Day: Secondhand Spirits - Juliet Blackwell (tacky dress on cover) 10/10
✔25~Frankenstein Friday: Such Wicked Intent - Kenneth Oppel (m.c. is Victor Frankenstein) 10/26
✔31~Increase Your Psychic Powers Day: Split Second - Catherine Coulter (m.c.s have psychic abilities) 10/25
Once Upon a Tower (Fairy Tales, #5) by Eloisa James The Terror by Dan Simmons Firewalker (Stormwalker, #2) by Allyson James Raven Calls (Walker Papers, #7) by C.E. Murphy Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) by Jim Butcher Blood Lies by Daniel Kalla Aunt Dimity and the Duke (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #2) by Nancy Atherton Hearts of Smoke and Steam (The Society of Steam, #2) by Andrew P. Mayer R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18) by Sue Grafton Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcraft Mystery, #1) by Juliet Blackwell Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #2) by Kenneth Oppel Split Second (FBI Thriller, #15) by Catherine Coulter

November
✔Native American Heritage Month: Mountain Echoes - C.E. Murphy (m.c. is Native American) 11/18
✔4~King Tut Day: Seeing a Large Cat - Elizabeth Peters (set in Egypt) 11/23
✔5~Guy Fawkes Day: Whitechapel Gods - S.M. Peters (fire on cover)11/11
✔6~Marooned without a Compass Day: Stranger - Zoe Archer (steampunk adventure) 11/24
✔11~Veteran's Day: Eternity Base - Bob Mayer (military) 11/21
✔12~Young Readers Day: Kinslayer - Jay Kristoff (young adult) 11/13
✔15~America Recycles Day: Labyrinth - Kat Richardson (got used) 11/29
✔17~Take A Hike Day: The Far West - Patricia Wrede (personal walking on cover) 11/9
✔18~Occult Day: Dead Beat - Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden dabbles in the occult) 11/30
✔28~Make Your Own Head Day: Head Over Heels - Jill Shalvis (head in title) 11/7
Mountain Echoes (Walker Papers, #8) by C.E. Murphy Seeing a Large Cat (Amelia Peabody, #9) by Elizabeth Peters Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters Stranger (The Blades of the Rose, #4) by Zoe Archer Eternity Base by Bob Mayer Kinslayer (The Lotus War, #2) by Jay Kristoff Labyrinth (Greywalker, #5) by Kat Richardson The Far West (Frontier Magic, #3) by Patricia C. Wrede Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor, #3) by Jill Shalvis

December
✔7~National Cotton Candy Day: My Life As a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland (pink cover) 12/6
✔13~Violin Day: Fifth Quarter - Tanya Huff (musical theme) 12/11
✔31~New Year's Eve Day: Thankless in Death - J.D. Robb (m.c. is Eve Dallas) 12/12
My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1) by Diana Rowland Fifth Quarter (Quarters, #2) by Tanya Huff Thankless in Death (In Death, #37) by J.D. Robb


message 28: by Brenda (last edited Jun 07, 2013 07:26AM) (new)

Brenda | 187 comments 2013 Bizarre, Crazy, Silly and Unique Holidays Year Long Reading Challenge
Level: Two Timer

Oh, I love this one. I know it's a little late but I'm in anyway. :)
I found a holiday that falls right on my birthday that made me start laughing so I'll go with that one.

May 13th ~ Frog Jumping Day

Progress: 9/14

F ~ Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh
R ~ Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts 4/22/13
O ~ Ours to Love by Shayla Black
G ~ Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter

J ~ Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley
U ~ The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Crusie 4/28/13
M ~ Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh 2/3/13
P ~ Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston 3/12/13
I ~ If the Ring Fits by Cindy Kirk 5/9/13
N ~ Angels' Flight by Nalini Singh 4/14/13
G ~ Goddess of Spring by P. C. Cast

D ~ Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison 6/6/13
A ~ Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley 6/4/13
Y ~ You Might Be a Zombie 5/4/13

Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling, #4) by Nalini Singh Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Angels' Flight (Angels' Pawn #0.5, Angels' Judgment #0.2, Angel's Wolf #3.5, Angels' Dance #0.1) by Nalini Singh Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Crusie You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News Shocking but Utterly True Facts by Cracked.com If the Ring Fits by Cindy Kirk Mate Claimed (Shifters Unbound, #4) by Jennifer Ashley Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) by Thea Harrison


message 29: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Oh, Brenda! You have a birthday coming up! Happy B-Day. May you see many jumping frogs.


message 30: by Brenda (new)

Brenda | 187 comments @Lisa Kay, thank you! :)

Question: Can I use books I've read since the beginning of the year, even though I started this one a little late?


message 31: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Brenda wrote: "Question: Can I use books I've read since the beginning of the year, even though I started this one a little late?"

Absolutely!


message 32: by Laila Jane (last edited Dec 07, 2013 11:54AM) (new)

Laila Jane (axlilxlala) | 1057 comments Jumping in late. Starting this from June onwards...


***COMPLETE***

Party Animal (37+ books)
Goal: 6 books/month
June 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

JUNE - COMPLETE
      June 1: Dare Day
      Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (06/02/13)
      [the title speaks for itself]

      June 1 - Flip a Coin Day
      Just One Day by Gayle Forman (06/27/13)
      [Willem has a talent of flipping a coin across his knuckles]

      June 8: Best Friends Day
      Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (06/04/13)
      [Anna and Etienne are best friends]

      June 8: Name Your Poison Day
      Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (06/15/13)
      [A character is poisoned]

      June 13: Sewing Machine Day
      Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (06/17/13)
      [Lola designs and makes her own clothes]

      June 13: Father's Day
      My Everything by Heidi McLaughlin (06/30/13)
      [Nick deals with having left behind the son he raised]

      June 15: National Hollerin' Contest Day
      Jet by Jay Crownover (06/11/13)
      [Jet is the lead singer for a heavy metal band]

      June 18: International Panic Day
      Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (06/07/13)
      [another planet attacks Earth = international panic]

      June 28: Insurance Awareness Day
      Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (06/23/13)
      [one character should have paid better attention to their spouse's life insurance]

JULY - COMPLETE
      July 2: I Forgot Day
      Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover (07/17/13)
      [Sky does not/cannot remember the first 5 years of her life]

      July 3: Stay Out of the Sun Day
      The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (07/31/13)
      [The circus is open only at night]

      July 4: National Country Music Day
      Two-Way Street by Lauren Barndholdt (07/09/13)
      [Main characters listen to country music during the road trip]

      July 11: Cheer Up the Lonely Day
      Saving Face by T.J. Dell (07/13/13)
      [Alyssa goes to the retirement home to cheer up the lonely]

      July 20: Ugly Truck Day
      Ruined by S. Pratt (07/20/13)
      [Angel drives a truck]

      July 26: Aunt and Uncle Day
      Dare You To by Katie McGarry (07/02/13)
      [Beth's uncle gains custody of her]

AUGUST - COMPLETE
      August 4: Friendship Day
      I'll Be Here by Autumn Doughton (08/06/13)
      [Willow moves on with the help of her friends]

      August 4: Sisters Day
      If You Stay by Courtney Cole (08/14/13)
      [Mila and Madison are sisters - the only family each other has left]

      August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
      My Fate for Yours by Steph Campbell and Jolene Perry (08/23/13)
      [Rachel works practically all day everyday]

      August 9: Book Lover's Day
      Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (08/17/13)
      [Katy runs her own book blog]

      August 11: Son and Daughter Day
      Here Without You by Tammara Webber (08/08/13)
      [Ending scene features the son and the daughter of the main characters in the series]

      August 13: Left Hander's Day
      Good For You by Tammara Webber (08/04/13)
      [Dori is left handed]

      August 18: Bad Poetry Day
      My Heart for Yours by Jolene Perry & Stephanie Campbell (08/12/13)
      [Though she tries, Delia writes some bad poetry]

SEPTEMBER - COMPLETE
      September 8: National Pet Memorial Day
      After Tuesday by Renee Ericson (09/10/13)
      [Ruby has a pet dog, Dragon, that features prominently in the book]

      September 10: Sewing Machine Day
      Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt (09/22/13)
      [One of Mallory's goals is to sew a homecoming dress]

      September 13: Blame Someone Else Day
      Knee Deep by Jolene Perry (09/07/13)
      [Shawn blames other's for his problems]

      September 15: National Women's Friendship Day
      Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (09/16/13)
      [This is a book about friendship, esp between 4 girls]

      September 15: Make a Hat Day
      My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin
      [Harrison is always wearing a hat]

      September 21: International Peace Day
      Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (09/15/13)
      [The Westerly's heritage is peace]

      September 25: National Comic Book Day
      Down London Road by Samantha Young (09/05/13)
      [Cam and Cole have a shared interest in comic books]

OCTOBER - COMPLETE
      October 2: National Custodial Worker Day
      Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover (10/15/13)
      [Our protagonists meet in a maintenance closet]

      October 6: Come and Take It Day
      The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst (10/04/13)
      [Both protagonists know what they want and take it]

      October 9: Fire Prevention Day
      How My Summer Went Up in Flames by J.A. Redmerski (10/18/13)
      [The protagonist accidentally set her ex's car on fire]

      October 10: World Egg Day
      Trust in Me by J. Lynn (10/31/13)
      [Cam makes eggs for Avery every Sunday]

      October 13: International Skeptics Day
      Convicted by Aleatha Romig (10/12/13)
      [The whole world is skeptical of Tony and Claire's relationship]

      October 19: Evaluate Your Life Day
      The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski (10/09/13)
      [Both protagonists evaluate their lives throughout their roadtrip]

      October 24: United Nations Day
      Just One Year by Gayle Forman (10/21/13)
      [Willem travels all over the world]

      October 25: Make a Difference Day
      Allegiant by Veronica Roth (10/31/13)
      [Tris makes a big difference in the world]

NOVEMBER - COMPLETE
      November 8: Cook Something Bold Day
      Grounding Quinn by Steph Campbell (11/30/13)
      [Quinn cook the strangest combination of food]

      November 11: Veteran's Day
      If You Leave by Courtney Cole (11/25/13)
      [Gabriel is a veteran]

      November 12: Young Readers Day
      Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (11/06/13)
      [One of the main characters has difficulty reading]

      November 17: World Peace Day
      Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (11/22/13)
      [The world is as it is in order to achieve World Peace]

      November 21: False Confession Day
      The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas (11/26/13)
      [Felix makes a false confession]

      November 23: National Adoption Day
      Lost and Found by Nicole Williams (11/03/13)
      [A main character is adopted]


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