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Fascinating Fun Facts ...

About U.S. Presidents and First Ladies

Duration: One year starting February 1, 2017

Challenge Rules:

Pick your level and complete your tasks.
Each book may only be used for one task.
All genres/formats are fine. Re-reads are OK. No page minimum.
Show which option for each task you are reading for.
If the cover is asked for, PLEASE post it.

Level 1: 10 Facts
Level 2: 20-25 Facts
Level 3: 26-30 Facts
Level 4: 36 Facts


1. Three presidents married while in office.
John Tyler wed Julia Gardiner, his second wife, in New York City on June 26, 1844;
bachelor Grover Cleveland (the only president to be married in a White House ceremony) wed Frances Folsom, the daughter of a former law partner, on June 2, 1886;
Woodrow Wilson, whose wife Ellen had died a year and four months before, married Edith Bolling Galt at the bride's Washington, D.C. home on December 18, 1915.
Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.

2. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to travel outside the United States on official business.
His destination was Panama and he arrived there on November 14, 1906.
Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.

3. Lucy Webb Hayes was the first first lady to earn a college degree; she received a degree in liberal arts from Cincinnati Wesleyan Female College in 1850.
Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.

4. William Howard Taft was the first president to have an official White House automobile, a White Motor Company Model M seven-passenger steam-powered touring car.
Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.

5. The Fourth of July is a date on which three presidents died – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both in 1826) and James Monroe (1831). It is also the birthday of a president: Calvin Coolidge in 1872.
Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.

6. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to hold a doctorate – he received a degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886. His dissertation was entitled "Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics."
Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.

7. The Gilbert Stuart likeness of George Washington, obtained in 1800, is the oldest remaining possession of the White House. During the War of 1812, Dolley Madison saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington before approaching British troops torched the White House on August 24, 1814.
Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to fly overseas.
In January 1943, he took a Boeing 314 flying boat from Miami with stops in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Belém, Brazil to Bathurst, British Gambia (now Banjul, The Gambia), where a TWA C-54 then took him to Morocco for the Casablanca Conference.
Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.

9. Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside the White House in 1889.
Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.

10. William Howard Taft was the only man ever to serve as president and chief justice of the United States; he is also one of two presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery (John F. Kennedy is the other).
Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.

11. Letitia Tyler (1842), Caroline Harrison (1892) and Ellen Wilson (1914) are the three first ladies who died while their husband was in office.
Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.

12. In 1812, Dolley Madison arranged the first nuptials held at the White House – the wedding of her widowed sister, Lucy Payne Washington, to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.

13. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to cross the Atlantic Ocean, traveling from December 4 to December 13, 1918 aboard the U.S.S. George Washington to the Paris Peace Conference.
Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.

14. In 1881, a metal detecting device invented by Alexander Graham Bell was used in an attempt to locate a bullet and save President Garfield's life after an office-seeking fanatic shot him. The bed's steel springs were not removed, as Dr. Bell had ordered, and the attempt failed.
Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) OR by an author with three names.

15. The first first lady to fly in an airplane was Eleanor Roosevelt, on April 20, 1933. Following a White House dinner with famed aviator Amelia Earhart and other guests, Mrs. Roosevelt, Ms. Earhart and some of the guests went to Hoover Field (where the Pentagon stands today), boarded a Curtis Condor twin-motor Eastern Air Transport plane and took a flight over the area between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.

16. On February 25, 1828, young John Adams, grandson of one president and son of President John Quincy Adams, married Mary Catherine Hellen in the White House. The event marks the only time that a President's son has been married in the mansion.
Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 *** (check at the end of Message 2 for another option) or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).

17. The first president to ride in an automobile was William McKinley, who took a ride in November 1899 in a Stanley Steamer driven by Stanley Motor Carriage Co. co-founder Freelan O. Stanley.
The first president to use an automobile on official government business and be photographed in a car was Theodore Roosevelt, on August 22, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The first president who knew how to drive was Warren G. Harding.
Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

18. No alcoholic beverage was served at any function during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration (1877-81) – a prohibition earning the First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes the nickname of "Lemonade Lucy."
Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade.


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19. After applauding war hero Andrew Jackson's first inaugural address at the Capitol on March 4, 1829, a crowd of thousands descended on the White House to enjoy the reception for the "People's President" – to the accompaniment of crashing china and glassware. President Jackson escaped the crush of the crowd of merrymakers and would-be handshakers by leaving through a window.
Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.

20. Abigail Fillmore, a former schoolteacher, obtained congressional funds in 1850 for the first official library in the Executive Mansion.
Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.

21. Eight presidents have died in office: William Henry Harrison (1841, pneumonia); Zachary Taylor (1850, acute gastroenteritis); Abraham Lincoln (1865, assassination); James Garfield (1881, assassination); William McKinley (1901, assassination); Warren G. Harding (1923, apoplexy); Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945, cerebral hemorrhage); John F. Kennedy (1963, assassination).
Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.

22. All of the presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Chester A. Arthur wore beards. Cleveland broke the custom, although he did wear a mustache.
Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.

23. Very few cut flowers were used in the White House during the James K. Polk administration (1845-49) because it was a commonly held belief at that time that flowers in close quarters gave off unhealthy vapors and absorbed valuable elements from the air.
Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.

24. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to have a telephone and a typewriter in the White House – the telephone was installed in May 1879 and the typewriter arrived in February 1880.
Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.

25. In 1881, President James Garfield was the first to review the inaugural parade from a specially built platform in front of the White House. In 1897 William McKinley became the first president to review the parade from a glass-enclosed stand as protection from the weather.
Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.

26. The White House's first web site was developed during the Clinton administration and made its debut on October 20, 1994.
Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.

27. Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been leader of a union – he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild during 1947-52 and 1959-60.
Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.

28. Only two elected vice presidents were then elected president – Martin Van Buren (1836) and George H.W. Bush (1988).
Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.

29. Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital – in the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924.
Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.

30. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president whose mother was able to vote for him for president.
Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.

31. Calvin Coolidge was both the first president sworn into office by his father (notary public John Coolidge, August 3, 1923), and the first sworn into office by a former president (Chief Justice William H. Taft, March 4, 1925).
Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.

32. Woodrow Wilson was the only president to have two daughters get married in the White House–Jessie to Francis B. Sayre, Sr. on November 25, 1913, and Eleanor to Secretary of the Treasury William G. McAdoo on May 7, 1914.
Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.

33. James Garfield's mother Eliza was the first mother to witness her son's inauguration as president.
Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).

34. George W. Bush was the first president to complete a marathon, finishing the Houston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds on January 24, 1993.
Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.

35. Three presidents have won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album – Bill Clinton (2005), Jimmy Carter (2007) and Barack Obama (2006, 2008).
Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.

36. Only two First Ladies have not been born in the USA. London-born Louisa Adams, wife of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, was the first. Slovenia-born Melania Trump, wife of the forty-fifth U.S. president Donald J. Trump, has become the second.
Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.


Option #2 for Task 16 ***If you do not have that many pages in My Books, you may use a Series/TBR #18 or #28.


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Fascinating Fun Facts ...
Duration: February 1, 2017-January 31, 2018
Level 4: 36 Facts
36/36


1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C. BOTH
Hate F*@k: The Complete Story Ainsley Booth 2/3/17

2. Read a book where someone travels for business
Flirting with Disaster Ava Catori 2/3/17

3. Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio. BOTH
Collision Course Chuck Gleason 3/9/17

4. Read a book with a car on the cover.
My One and Only by Kristan Higgins My One and Only Kristan Higgins 3/28/17

5. Read a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
The Trouble with Love Lauren Layne 2/24/17

6. Read a book with a 1 in the publication date. 2015
What Love Can Do Virna DePaul 3/2/17

7. Read a book where a building burns down.
Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb Lexi George 2/1/17

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas.
Over the Edge Meredith Wild 2/19/17

9. Read a book where characters celebrate Christmas.
Never Let You Go Chevy Stevens 3/26/17

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge.
Stirred Nancy S. Thompson 2/13/17

11. Read a book with a woman's name in the title.
Saving Grace Norah Wilson 2/6/17

12. Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride
Beautiful Day Elin Hilderbrand 3/16/17

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic. (in a ship in 1921)
Shadow of a Century: An Irish Love Story Jean Grainger 2/12/17

14. Read a book by an author with three names.
Sweet Water Christina Baker Kline 2/4/17

15. Read a book with a female character that is a pilot.
Fool Me Once Harlan Coben 4/5/17

16. Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28
Under His Command Kristine Cayne 3/28/17

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive.
Nine Minutes Beth Flynn 2/21/17

18. Read a book where a character drinks lemonade.
Garden of Lamentations Deborah Crombie 2/27/17

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window.
Visited a young lady and left through the window to save her reputation.

The Wicked City Beatriz Williams 2/10/17

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library
All the Little Liars Charlaine Harris 3/5/17

21. Read a Series #8.
Eighth Grave After Dark Darynda Jones 2/22/17

22. Read a book where a man has a beard
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter 2/8/17

23. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
Sting Sandra Brown 2/10/17

24. Read a book by an author with a last initial that is H.
Never Never Colleen Hoover 2/5/17

25. Read a book where something is built.
The Story of Jax and Payton Anita Claire 2/23/17

26. Read a Series #20.
Darkest Journey Heather Graham 3/1/17

27. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
Dominance Never Dies Lexi Blake 2/16/17

28. Read the second book in a series.
The Billionaire Next Door Jessica Lemmon 3/31/17

29. Read a book with a hospital birth.
Frigid Affair Jennifer Foor 2/3/17

30. Read a book where a character votes for something. moving away from Florida
A Gift of Time Beth Flynn 3/14/17

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son
Accidentally on Purpose Jill Shalvis 2/2/17

32. Read a book where two different women get married.
Desire After Dark Marie Force 3/26/17

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son
Slip of the Knife Denise Mina 2/2/17

34. Read a book where character runs to stay in shape.
Make Me Beth Kery 2/11/17

35. Read a book with WORD in the title.
Four Letter Word J. Daniels 3/30/17

36. Read a book with a woman on the cover.
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs 3/12/17


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Fascinating Fun Facts about Presidents...

Start Date: 1/2/17
Duration: 1 year
Level: 4 = 36 facts
Progress: 33/36
Date Completed:


1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.
Confessions of a Wedding Planner - Michelle Jo Quinn (23/3/17)

2. Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.
Consequences - Aleatha Romig (19/3/17) - Tony travels around the US for business

3. Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.
Don't Look Now - Richard Montanari (10/6/17) - Cleveland, Ohio

4. Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling (2/7/17) - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

5. Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride - Cora Seton (15/7/17) - Ethan, Rob, Jamie & Cab

6. Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.
Cupid's Way - Joanne Phillips (13/2/17) - 2014

7. Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.
An Accident Waiting to Happen - Adrian White (26/2/17) - a house on the estate where Gregory lives is deliberately burned

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.
A Discovery Of Witches - Deborah Harkness (23/2/17) - Diana and Matthew fly from England to France and then from France to USA

9. Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.
The Torment of Others - Val McDermid (8/2/17) - Carol Jordan - Detective Chief Inspector

11. Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.
Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory (19/2/17) - Margaret's first husband is killed in battle

12. Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.
4.50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie (25/2/17) - Lucy Eyelesbarrow

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.
Sister Sister - Sue Fortin (10/2/17) - Clare flies from UK to USA

14. Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) OR by an author with three names.
Lure - Alyssa Rose Ivy (12/2/17)

15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (10/2/17) - Wade and Aech - "It was the first time either of us had ever flown..." (pg 320)

16. Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine(in any form).
A Crowded Marriage - Catherine Alliott (15/3/17)

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

18. Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade.
A Zen for Murder - Leighann Dobbs (1/2/17) - "Dom took a sip of his lemonade". (loc. 5615)

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.
Murder House - James Patterson (12/2/17) - Aiden - "The window, open. He escaped out the back window" (pg 354)

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.
The Good Girl - Fiona Neill (6/2/17) - Ailsa Field - head teacher

21. Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.
The Surrogate - Tania Carver (3/2/17) - several murders

22. Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.
The Snow Rose - Lulu Taylor (4/2/17) - Archer - "...a mass of thick brown hair falling around his ears and a beard and moustache obscuring half his face." (pg 190)

23. Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
Run Run as Fast as You Can - Willow Rose (20/2/17)

24. Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.
A View to Die For - Richard Houston (15/2/17)

25. Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.
All Over the Place - Serena Clarke (24/2/17) - Livi and her friends attend the Notting Hill Carnival parade

26. Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.
Killer Profile - Max Allan Collins (27/2/17) - Penelope Garcia - 'digital intelligence officer'

27. Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
Death Turns a Trick - Julie Smith (5/2/17)

28. Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.
Aunt Bessie Believes - Diana Xarissa (17/2/17) - Isle of Man #2

29. Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.
The Family Trap - Joanne Phillips (6/3/17) - Lipsey gives birth to her son Phoenix in the hospital

30. Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.
One by One - Chris Carter (7/4/17) - A killer is kidnapping victims, putting them on the internet and asking the public to vote on how he kills them

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.
The Girl Who Lied - Sue Fortin (25/2/17) - Max and Joe Wright run a motorcycle repair business

32. Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (7/2/17) - Elinor and Marianne

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).
The Old-Girl Network - Catherine Alliott (2/3/17)

34. Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.
I'm Watching You - Mary Burton (30/3/17) - Lindsay - "Most mornings she ran or did yoga." (pg 248)

35. Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.

36. Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.
Beauty and the Beast - K.M. Shea (4/2/17) - Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales, #1) by K.M. Shea


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1. Three presidents married while in office.
John Tyler wed Julia Gardiner, his second wife, in New York City on June 26, 1844;
bachelor Grover Cleveland (the only president to be married in a White House ceremony) wed Frances Folsom, the daughter of a former law partner, on June 2, 1886;
Woodrow Wilson, whose wife Ellen had died a year and four months before, married Edith Bolling Galt at the bride's Washington, D.C. home on December 18, 1915.

Read a book that features a wedding - The Delectable and Resourceful Esme Lefevre: A Georgian Romance Novel by Catherine Hudson (4/6/17)

2. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to travel outside the United States on official business.
His destination was Panama and he arrived there on November 14, 1906.

Read a book where someone travels for business - Quiet the Dead by Morgan James (Promise) (2/9/17)

3. Lucy Webb Hayes was the first first lady to earn a college degree; she received a degree in liberal arts from Cincinnati Wesleyan Female College in 1850.
Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.

4. William Howard Taft was the first president to have an official White House automobile, a White Motor Company Model M seven-passenger steam-powered touring car.
Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover. - Hidden Attraction - Hidden Attraction by Frank Malone (MC is a former race car driver and builds sport cars) (3/24/17)
Hidden Attraction (Shifting Gears, #1) by Frank Malone

5. The Fourth of July is a date on which three presidents died – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both in 1826) and James Monroe (1831). It is also the birthday of a president: Calvin Coolidge in 1872.
Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July - Murder Under Construction by Maddie Cochere (4/5/17)

6. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to hold a doctorate – he received a degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886. His dissertation was entitled "Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics.
Read a book 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date. - Death among the Roses by Anna Drake (publ. 10/6/2014) (2/4/17)

7. The Gilbert Stuart likeness of George Washington, obtained in 1800, is the oldest remaining possession of the White House. During the War of 1812, Dolley Madison saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington before approaching British troops torched the White House on August 24, 1814.
Read a book where a building burns down. - The Case of the Sliding Pool by E.V. Cunningham (3/3/17)

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to fly overseas.
In January 1943, he took a Boeing 314 flying boat from Miami with stops in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Belém, Brazil to Bathurst, British Gambia (now Banjul, The Gambia), where a TWA C-54 then took him to Morocco for the Casablanca Conference.
Read a book where a character flies overseas OR a book with a plane on the cover.

9. Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside the White House in 1889.
Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.

10. William Howard Taft was the only man ever to serve as president and chief justice of the United States; he is also one of two presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery (John F. Kennedy is the other).
Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind. - Written to Death by Zach Abrams (MC Alex is a Detective Chief Inspector) (2/26/17)

11. Letitia Tyler (1842), Caroline Harrison (1892) and Ellen Wilson (1914) are the three first ladies who died while their husband was in office.
Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death - Death Of A Pig In A Poke by Matthew Hole (Tarricone) (5/7/17)

12. In 1812, Dolley Madison arranged the first nuptials held at the White House – the wedding of her widowed sister, Lucy Payne Washington, to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
Read a book with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas. - The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (the MC's boss, Thomas Nightingale) (2/15/17)

13. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to cross the Atlantic Ocean, traveling from December 4 to December 13, 1918 aboard the U.S.S. George Washington to the Paris Peace Conference.
Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.

14. In 1881, a metal detecting device invented by Alexander Graham Bell was used in an attempt to locate a bullet and save President Garfield's life after an office-seeking fanatic shot him. The bed's steel springs were not removed, as Dr. Bell had ordered, and the attempt failed.
Read a book by an author with three names. - Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island (4/16/17)

15. The first first lady to fly in an airplane was Eleanor Roosevelt, on April 20, 1933. Following a White House dinner with famed aviator Amelia Earhart and other guests, Mrs. Roosevelt, Ms. Earhart and some of the guests went to Hoover Field (where the Pentagon stands today), boarded a Curtis Condor twin-motor Eastern Air Transport plane and took a flight over the area between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
Read a book with a female character that is a pilot. - Squall by Sean Costello (Mandy) (4/15/17)

16. On February 25, 1828, young John Adams, grandson of one president and son of President John Quincy Adams, married Mary Catherine Hellen in the White House. The event marks the only time that a President's son has been married in the mansion.
Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 *** (check at the end of Message 2 for another option) - Black As He's Painted by Ngaio Marsh (Roderick Alleyn #28) (4/9/17)

17. The first president to ride in an automobile was William McKinley, who took a ride in November 1899 in a Stanley Steamer driven by Stanley Motor Carriage Co. co-founder Freelan O. Stanley.
The first president to use an automobile on official government business and be photographed in a car was Theodore Roosevelt, on August 22, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The first president who knew how to drive was Warren G. Harding.

Read a book where a character learns to drive - Hot Six by Janet Evanovich (Grandma Mazur) (6/18/17)

18. No alcoholic beverage was served at any function during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration (1877-81) – a prohibition earning the First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes the nickname of "Lemonade Lucy."
Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol - Watered Down Death by Lucinda D. Davis (Dr. Bill) (2/28/17)


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19. After applauding war hero Andrew Jackson's first inaugural address at the Capitol on March 4, 1829, a crowd of thousands descended on the White House to enjoy the reception for the "People's President" – to the accompaniment of crashing china and glassware. President Jackson escaped the crush of the crowd of merrymakers and would-be handshakers by leaving through a window.
Read a book where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why. - Tricky Blueberry Murder by Susan Gillard (waitress lets dishes and stuff fall down) (3/12/17)

20. Abigail Fillmore, a former schoolteacher, obtained congressional funds in 1850 for the first official library in the Executive Mansion.
Read a book where a character is a librarian - Murder Most Witchy by Emily Rylands (the MC) (3/6/17)

21. Eight presidents have died in office: William Henry Harrison (1841, pneumonia); Zachary Taylor (1850, acute gastroenteritis); Abraham Lincoln (1865, assassination); James Garfield (1881, assassination); William McKinley (1901, assassination); Warren G. Harding (1923, apoplexy); Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945, cerebral hemorrhage); John F. Kennedy (1963, assassination).
Read a book where someone dies - Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman (3/18/17)

22. All of the presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Chester A. Arthur wore beards. Cleveland broke the custom, although he did wear a mustache.
Read a book where a man has a beard - The Devil's Grin
by Annelie Wendeberg (several men) (3/11/17)

23. Very few cut flowers were used in the White House during the James K. Polk administration (1845-49) because it was a commonly held belief at that time that flowers in close quarters gave off unhealthy vapors and absorbed valuable elements from the air.
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS. - Sunkissed by Leigha Lennox (2/19/17)

24. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to have a telephone and a typewriter in the White House – the telephone was installed in May 1879 and the typewriter arrived in February 1880.
Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer - Dead Water by Ngaio Marsh (2/23/17)

25. In 1881, President James Garfield was the first to review the inaugural parade from a specially built platform in front of the White House. In 1897 William McKinley became the first president to review the parade from a glass-enclosed stand as protection from the weather.
Read a book where characters watch a parade. - A Ghost for Christmas by J.D. Winters (Mele and the detective) (2/5/17)

26. The White House's first web site was developed during the Clinton administration and made its debut on October 20, 1994.
Read a book with a character that works with computers - The Library: Where Life Checks Out by Carmen DeSousa (3/8/17)

27. Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been leader of a union – he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild during 1947-52 and 1959-60.
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD. - Livin' Lahaina Loca by JoAnn Bassett (3/19/18)

28. Only two elected vice presidents were then elected president – Martin Van Buren (1836) and George H.W. Bush (1988).
Read a book where someone gets promoted. - The Case of the Guest Who Stayed Over by K.W. Callahan (the MC) (2/21/17)

29. Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital – in the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924.
Read a book set in Georgia. - Fakers by Meg Collett (6/4/17)

30. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president whose mother was able to vote for him for president.
Read a book where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is. - Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (the jury votes for guilty/not guilty) (3/21/17)

31. Calvin Coolidge was both the first president sworn into office by his father (notary public John Coolidge, August 3, 1923), and the first sworn into office by a former president (Chief Justice William H. Taft, March 4, 1925).
Read a book with characters that are father and son. Bean in Love by Annie Hansen (Bob senior and Bob junior) (3/14/17)

32. Woodrow Wilson was the only president to have two daughters get married in the White House–Jessie to Francis B. Sayre, Sr. on November 25, 1913, and Eleanor to Secretary of the Treasury William G. McAdoo on May 7, 1914.
Read a book where a father has two daughters that are married. - Give Me Chocolate by Annie Hansen (Adelle and Nikki) (3/10/17)

33. James Garfield's mother Eliza was the first mother to witness her son's inauguration as president.
Read a book with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum). - The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack (2/18/17)

34. George W. Bush was the first president to complete a marathon, finishing the Houston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds on January 24, 1993.
Read a book where a character runs to stay in shape. - Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie and Joe) (4/3/17)

35. Three presidents have won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album – Bill Clinton (2005), Jimmy Carter (2007) and Barack Obama (2006, 2008).
Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.

36. Only two First Ladies have not been born in the USA. London-born Louisa Adams, wife of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, was the first. Slovenia-born Melania Trump, wife of the forty-fifth U.S. president Donald J. Trump, has become the second.
Read a book set in the European Union - The Art of Murder by Nicola Slade (UK) (3/23/17)


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Fascinating Fun Facts ...
Duration: February 1, 2017-January 31, 2018
Level 4: 36 Facts
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1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.

2. Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.

3. Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.

4. Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.

5. Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.

6. Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.

7. Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.

9. Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.

11. Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.

12. Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.

14. Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) OR by an author with three names.

15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.

16. Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

18. Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade.

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.

21. Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.

22. Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.

23. Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.

24. Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.

25. Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.

26. Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.

27. Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.

28. Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.

29. Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.

30. Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.

32. Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).

34. Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.

35. Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.

36. Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.


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Elaine Fascinating Fun Facts...About US Presidents and First Ladies

Challenge Accepted: February 1, 2017
Challenge (hopefully) Completed: January 31, 2018

I'll start with Level 2 (20-25 tasks) and see if I can move up.

1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.

2. Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.

3. Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.

4. Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.

5. Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.

6. Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.

7. Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.

9. Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.

11. Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.

12. Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.

14. Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) OR by an author with three names.

15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.

16. Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).
(***Option #2 for Task 16 ***If you do not have that many pages in My Books, you may use a Series/TBR #18 or #28.)

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

18. Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade.

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.

21. Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.

22. Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.

23. Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.

24. Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.

25. Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.

26. Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.

27. Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.

28. Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.

29. Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.

30. Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.

32. Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).

34. Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.

35. Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.

36. Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.


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Sunshine✰✰✰ | 456 comments Fascinating Fun Facts ... About U.S. Presidents and First Ladies
Duration: Feb 1, '17 - Jan 31, '18
Level 3: 32/30


1. 3 presidents married while in office. John Tyler wed Julia Gardiner, his 2nd wife, in NYC, June 1844; bachelor Grover Cleveland (only president married in a White House ceremony) wed Frances Folsom, June 1886; Woodrow Wilson married Edith Bolling Galt, Dec 1915.
Read a book that features a wedding
One Flight Stand by Kim Linwood 8/18/17

2. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to travel outside the US on official business. His destination was Panama
Read a book where someone travels for business
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie 4/9/17

3. Lucy Webb Hayes was the 1st first lady to earn a college degree
Read a book in which a female character graduates from college
Devil Hour by Sara Bourgeois 11/8/17

4. William Howard Taft was the first president to have an official White House automobile
Read a book with a car on the cover.
Satan's Sword (Imp, #2) by Debra Dunbar 8/10/17

5. July 4th is a date on which 3 presidents died – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both in 1826) and James Monroe (1831). It is also the birthday of Calvin Coolidge, born in 1872.
Read a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
Marked by P.C. Cast 2/26/17

6. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to hold a doctorate – he received a degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886.
Read a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date. - 2010
Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost 2/20/17

7. The Gilbert Stuart likeness of George Washington, obtained in 1800, is the oldest remaining possession of the White House. Read the oldest book on your TBR - Added Feb 2014
The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish 2/17/17

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to fly overseas.
Read a book where a character flies overseas
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead 2/15/17

9. Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside the White House in 1889.
Read a book where characters celebrate Christmas. Turbulence by Elaine Meece 12/17/17

10. William Howard Taft was the only man ever to serve as president and chief justice of the US; he is also one of 2 presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery (John F. Kennedy is the other).
Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.

11. Letitia Tyler (1842), Caroline Harrison (1892) and Ellen Wilson (1914) are the 3 first ladies who died while their husband was in office.
Read a book with a woman's name in the title.
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie 4/14/17

12. In 1812, Dolley Madison arranged the first nuptials held at the White House – the wedding of her sister, Lucy Payne Washington, to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
Read a book with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.
Deadly Magic by Elisabeth Crabtree 2/6/17

13. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to cross the Atlantic Ocean, traveling to the Paris Peace Conference.
Read a book where a character travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.
Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright 7/25/17

14. In 1881, a metal detecting device invented by Alexander Graham Bell was used in an attempt to locate a bullet and save President Garfield's life after an office-seeking fanatic shot him. The bed's steel springs were not removed, as Dr. Bell had ordered, and the attempt failed.
Read a book where something is invented - Weightloss Powder
Natural Causes by Michael Palmer 5/20/17

15. The 1st first lady to fly in an airplane was Eleanor Roosevelt. .
Read a book where a character flies for the first time
Her Own Devices by Shelley Adina 6/10/17

16. On 2/25/1828, young John Adams married Mary Catherine Hellen in the White House. The event marks the only time that a President's son has been married in the mansion.
Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 ***If you do not have that many pages in My Books, you may use a Series/TBR #18 or #28.

17. The first president to ride in an automobile was William McKinley. The first president to use an automobile on official government business and be photographed in a car was Theodore Roosevelt. The first president who knew how to drive was Warren G. Harding.
Read a book where a character learns to drive
Necroscope by Brian Lumley 10/25/17

18. No alcoholic beverage was served at any function during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration (1877-81) – a prohibition earning the First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes the nickname of "Lemonade Lucy."
Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol
Soul Thief by Jana Oliver 10/9/17

19. After applauding war hero Andrew Jackson's first inaugural address at the Capitol on 3/4/1829, a crowd of thousands descended on the White House to enjoy the reception for the "People's President" President Jackson escaped the crush of the crowd of merrymakers and would-be handshakers by leaving through a window.
Read a scene where china and glassware gets broken. - Bar Fight
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews 3/13/17

20. Abigail Fillmore, a former schoolteacher, obtained congressional funds in 1850 for the first official library in the Executive Mansion.
Read a book where a character is a school teacher.
Genesis by Michaelbrent Collings 2/21/17

21. 8 presidents have died in office: William Henry Harrison (1841, pneumonia); Zachary Taylor (1850, acute gastroenteritis); Warren G. Harding (1923, apoplexy); Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945, cerebral hemorrhage); Abraham Lincoln; James Garfield; William McKinley; & John F. Kennedy (1865; 1881; 1901; 1963; assassination).
Read a book where someone dies
Murder to Go by Chloe Kendrick 2/10/17

22. All of the presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Chester A. Arthur wore beards. Cleveland broke the custom, although he did wear a mustache.
Read a book where a man has a beard
Onyx Dragon by Terry Bolryder 8/12/17

23. Very few cut flowers were used in the White House during the James K. Polk administration because it was a commonly held belief at that time that flowers in close quarters gave off unhealthy vapors and absorbed valuable elements from the air.
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
Stepbrother Studs by Selena Kitt 3/10/17

24. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to have a telephone and a typewriter in the White House – the telephone was installed in May 1879 and the typewriter arrived in Feb. 1880.
Read a book by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.
Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead 3/4/17

25. In 1881, President James Garfield was the first to review the inaugural parade from a specially built platform in front of the White House. In 1897 William McKinley became the first president to review the parade from a glass-enclosed stand as protection from the weather.
Read a book where something is built
Southern Spirits by Angie Fox 10/23/17

26. The White House's first web site was developed during the Clinton administration and made its debut on 10/20/1994.
Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.

27. Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been leader of a union – he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild during 1947-52 and 1959-60.
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
The Living And The Dead by Todd Travis 2/23/17

28. Only two elected vice presidents were then elected president – Martin Van Buren (1836) and George H.W. Bush (1988).
Read the 2nd book in a series
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews 2/9/17

29. Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital – in the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia on 10/1/1924.
Read a book set in Georgia.
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews 3/7/17

30. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president whose mother was able to vote for him for president.
Read a book where where a character votes for something. - MC is a member of the Library Board and they vote on a new member
Valentine Murder by Leslie Meier 7/26/17

31. Calvin Coolidge was both the first president sworn into office by his father (notary public John Coolidge, 8/3/1923), and the first sworn into office by a former president (Chief Justice William H. Taft, 3/4/1925).
Read a book where father and son work together.
Pride by Rachel Vincent 6/11/17

32. Woodrow Wilson was the only president to have 2 daughters get married in the White House–Jessie to Francis B. Sayre, Sr. on 11/25/1913, and Eleanor to Secretary of the Treasury William G. McAdoo on 5/7/1914.
Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.

33. James Garfield's mother Eliza was the first mother to witness her son's inauguration as president.
Read a book with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION.
Atlantis Riptide by Allie Burton 3/10/17

34. George W. Bush was the first president to complete a marathon, finishing the Houston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds on 1/24/1993.
Read a book where a character runs to stay in shape.
Hold by Jayne Blue 3/31/17

35. 3 presidents have won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album – Bill Clinton (2005), Jimmy Carter (2007) and Barack Obama (2006, 2008).
Read a book where a character wins an award
The House of Grey - Volume 1 by Collin Earl 10/28/17

36. Only 2 First Ladies have not been born in the USA. London-born Louisa Adams, wife of 6th U.S. president John Quincy Adams and Slovenia-born Melania Trump, wife of the 45th U.S. president Donald J. Trump.
Read a book with a woman on the cover.
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs 2/3/17


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Agnieszka (agnieszka7) | 563 comments I just have to - this challenge looks much too much fun to miss it ;-)

Fascinating Fun Facts... About U.S. Presidents and First Ladies
Duration:
February 1, 2017-January 31, 2018
Level 4: 36 Facts
Completed: 35/36

1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.
Verlorene Seelen by Nora Roberts = Sacred Sins (D.C. Detectives, #1) by Nora Roberts by Nora Roberts D.C. Detectives #1 & set in D.C.

2. Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.
A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick #1) by Kendra Elliot by Kendra Elliot MC travels for business

3. Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.
Closer Than You Think (Romantic Suspense, #16; Cincinnati, #1) by Karen Rose by Karen Rose set in Cincinnati, Ohio

4. Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.
Zdrada Bourne'a by Eric Van Lustbader = The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne, #5) by Eric Van Lustbader by Eric Van Lustbader (cover)

5. Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
Eine für vier (EINE FÜR VIER (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) 1) by Ann Brashares = The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1) by Ann Brashares by Ann Brashares - group of 4 friends

6. Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.
Z notatnika stanu rzeczy by Andrzej Szczypiorski by Andrzej Szczypiorski published 1989 - lit. translation: From the Notebook of Status Quo

7. Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.
Die Hütte - Ein Wochenende mit Gott by William Paul Young = The Shack by William Paul Young by William Paul Young - 2nd added to GR (first added I read 2016)

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.
Nicholas' Geheimnis by Nora Roberts = The Right Path by Nora Roberts by Nora Roberts female MC flies from the US to Greece

9. Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.
A Death in Duck (A Lindsay Harding Mystery, #2) by Mindy Quigley book 2 of The Mount Moriah Mysteries Box Set Lindsay Harding Books 1, 2 and 3 by Mindy Quigley by Mindy Quigley Christmas celebration & a Christmas wedding

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.
Loving The Fire Chief Loving The Fire Chief by Michelle Grotewohl Michelle Grotewohl male MC is fire chief

11. Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.
What Wendy Wants What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex by Nikki Sex Wendy in title

12. Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.
Tea with Emma (The Teacup Novellas, #1) by Diane Moody The Teacup Novellas - The Collection by Diane Moody by Diane Moody Lucy is MC in the primary story line

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.
Das Gesicht des Drachen by Jeffery Deaver = The Stone Monkey (Lincoln Rhyme, #4) by Jeffery Deaver by Jeffery Deaver a group of (illegal) immigrants comes from China to New York via northern Russia and than cosses the Atlantic

14. Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) OR by an author with three names.
Happily Ever After (Deep Haven, #1) by Susan May Warren book 1 of Deep Haven Collection 1 (Deep Haven #1-3) by Susan May Warren by Susan May Warren author with three names

15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.
Die Firma by John Grisham = The Firm by John Grisham by John Grisham MC flies for the first time (to the Cayman Islands for business)

16. Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).
If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg by John Ortberg author's first name: John

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

18. Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade.
The Keeneston Roses by Kathleen Brooks by Kathleen Brooks the Rose sister's lemonade is famous and the special blend a recipe for all kind of emotional pain - in this book is described how the sisters came up with this special recipe - and were the first to experience its effects :-)

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.
Hurricane Force (Miss Fortune Mystery #7) by Jana Deleon by Jana Deleon MC escapes through a window

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.
Lingerie Wars (Invertary, #1) by Janet Elizabeth Henderson by Janet Elizabeth Henderson female MCs best friend is libriarian

21. Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.
Der Täuscher by Jeffery Deaver = The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8) by Jeffery Deaver by Jeffery Deaver Lincoln Rhyme #8 & there are some dead people :-)

22. Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.
Strike the Match (The Teacup Novellas, #2) by Diane Moody book 2 of The Teacup Novellas - The Collection by Diane Moody by Diane Moody male MC's father has a beard

23. Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
OctoberBaby by Eric Wilson = October Baby by Eric Wilson by Eric Wilson & Theresa Preston title starts with O

24. Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.
The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris by Yvonne Harris author's last name starts with H

25. Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.
Tief im Herzen by Nora Roberts = Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga #1) by Nora Roberts by Nora Roberts the brothers started a business and build boats

26. Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.
Tödliche Verehrung (Eve Dallas) by J.D. Robb = Promises in Death (In Death, #28) by J.D. Robb by J.D. Robb Eve's fights with her computer are sometimes really funny & Roarke's hacking skills are somtimes big help for Eve :-)

27. Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
Gezeiten der Liebe by Nora Roberts = Rising Tides (Chesapeake Bay Saga #2) by Nora Roberts by Nora Roberts title starts with G

28. Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.
Perfection (Neighbor from Hell, #2) by R.L. Mathewson & Perfection's Honeymoon from Hell II by R.L. Mathewson by R.L. Mathewson Neighbor from Hell #2 & Honeymoon from Hell #2 - all the books from the Honeymoon from Hell series are set between last chapter and epilogue of the corresponding Neighbor from Hell series book :-)

29. Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.
Lethal Action (Danger in the Deep South Book 1) by Rachel Dylan by Rachel Dylan set mostly in Georgia

30. Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.
Belonging (Where the Heart Lives, #1) by Robin Lee Hatcher by Robin Lee Hatcher school board votes - if I say more I'll spoil it for all those who want read this book

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.
Sheriff's Legacy (Western Brides of Tombstone #1) by Samantha Jillian Bayarr book 1 of Western Brides of Tombstone (Western Brides of Tombstone #1-3) by Samantha Bayarr by Samantha Bayarr male MC comes to his shot father and ends up working with him

32. Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.
Tödliche Flammen by Nora Roberts = Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts by Nora Roberts two of the sisters marry within the story

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).
Big Rock Big Rock (Big Rock Series, #1) by Lauren Blakely by Lauren Blakely - inauGuRation

34. Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.
Im Namen des Todes (In Death, #27) by J.D. Robb = Salvation in Death (In Death, #27) by J.D. Robb by J.D. Robb 2/2/17 - Pater Miguel Flores (the guy killed on the first page) was jogging every day

35. Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.
In Rache entflammt (Eve Dallas #33) by J.D. Robb = New York to Dallas (In Death, #33) by J.D. Robb by J.D. Robb Peabody and Eve are awarded for bravery

36. Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.
On Trial (Amber Reed Mystery #1.5) by Zanna Mackenzie by Zanna Mackenzie set in UK & a woman on cover :-)


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Melissa (melissaboedigheimer) Fascinating Fun Facts about Presidents...

Duration: 02/01/17 - 01/31/18
Level: 3 = 26-30 tasks


1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.

2. Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.

3. Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.

4. Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.

5. Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.

6. Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.

7. Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.

9. Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.

11. Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.

12. Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.

14. Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) OR by an author with three names.

15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.

16. Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).
(***Option #2 for Task 16 ***If you do not have that many pages in My Books, you may use a Series/TBR #18 or #28.)

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

18. Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade.

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.

21. Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.

22. Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.

23. Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.

24. Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.

25. Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.

26. Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.

27. Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.

28. Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.

29. Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.

30. Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.

32. Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).

34. Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.

35. Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.

36. Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.


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Melissa (ladybug) (ladybugsdoodles) | 219 comments Fascinating Fun Facts about Presidents...
Start Date: 1/2/17
Duration: 1 year
Level: 1 = 10 facts (to start but I might upgrade later)
Progress: 31/10
Date Completed:
1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.

☑ 2. Read a book where someone travels for business.
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin (3/30/17)

☑ 3. Read a book set in Ohio.
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (4/10/17)

☑ 4. Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc). 1 MC is a Race Car Driver
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (4/12/17)

☑ 5. Read a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz (3/17/17)

☑ 6. Read a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.
Tales Of The Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green Publication date: 1958 (1/3/17)

☑ 7. Read a book where a building burns down.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (2/7/17)

☑ 8. Read a book with a plane on the cover.
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (1/18/17)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1) by John Marsden

☑ 9. Read a book where characters celebrate Christmas.
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (2/21/17)

☑ 10. Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.
Main character is a Sheriff in a small town
Vanished by Margaret Daley (3/27/17)

☑ 11. Read a book with a woman's name in the title.
Christy by Catherine Marshall (3/6/17)

☑ 12. Read a book with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.
Behind the Veils of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby (9/22/17)

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.

☑ 14. Read a book by an author with three names.
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney (3/1/17)

☑ 15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (8/23/17)

☑ 16. Read a book by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).
The Maples Stories by John Updike (7/14/17)

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

☑ 18. Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol.
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (3/15/17)

☑ 19. Read a book with a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.
A MC gets upset and destroys his grandmother's sitting room and destroys everything in the room. China and glassware are just some of the things destroyed.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (3/16/17)

☑ 20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.
Once A Wife by Patricia Keelyn (1/15/17)

☑ 21. Read a book where someone dies.
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett (1/10/17)

22. Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.

☑ 23. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
Van Gogh by Jessica Bailey (1/24/17)

☑ 24. Read a book by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.
Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation by Helen McCarthy (1/23/17)

☑ 25. Read a book where where characters watch a parade.
Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang (3/23/17)

☑ 26. Read a book with a character that works with computers.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (1/23/17)

☑ 27. Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (2/5/17)

☑ 28. Read the second book in a series.
Diver Down by A.W. Hartoin (3/6/17)

☑ 29. Read a book with a hospital birth.
War Dances by Sherman Alexie (9/21/17)

☑ 30. Read a book where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.
The Rock Chicks vote for their men to keep investigating a crime lord who is threatening their lives.
Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley (3/27/17)

☑ 31. Read a book where father and son work together.
The Apple and the Arrow by Mary Buff (2/14/17)

☑ 32. Read a book where two different women get married.
Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling (2/1/17)

☑ 33. Read a book with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).
Touch and Go by A.W. Hartoin (3/22/17)

☑ 34. Read a book where a character runs to stay in shape.
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (9/14/17)

35. Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.

☑ 36. Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.
The Bridge to Brilliance by Nadia Lopez (2/9/17)
The Bridge to Brilliance How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World by Nadia Lopez


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Erin | 467 comments Fascinating Fun Facts ...

About U.S. Presidents and First Ladies

Duration: One year starting February 1, 2017

Level 2: 20-25 facts

21/21 completed, Finished 5/16/17

1. Three presidents married while in office.
Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C.
Tatterdemalion by Anah Crow, read 2/3/2017

2. Lucy Webb Hayes was the first first lady to earn a college degree.
Read a book set in Ohio. Opposites Distract by Stephani Hecht, read 2/5/17

3. William Howard Taft was the first president to have an official White House automobile.
Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover. Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane, read 2/10/17

4. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to hold a doctorate
Read a book with a character in politics. House of Cards by Michael Dobbs, read 2/11/17

5. Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside the White House in 1889.
Read a book where characters celebrate Christmas. Hudson's Christmas Wish Christian's Coven 12 by Lynn Hagen, read 2/5/17

6. Letitia Tyler (1842), Caroline Harrison (1892) and Ellen Wilson (1914) are the three first ladies who died while their husband was in office.
Read a book with a woman's name in the title. Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America by Kevin Cook, read 3/22/17

7. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Read a book where a character travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship. An Unexpected Vintage by Andrew Grey, read 3/3/17

8. In 1881, a metal detecting device invented by Alexander Graham Bell was used in an attempt to locate a bullet and save President Garfield's life after an office-seeking fanatic shot him.
Read a book by an author with three names. Rikki's Star by Laura Jo Phillips, read 4/21/17

9. On February 25, 1828, young John Adams, grandson of one president and son of President John Quincy Adams, married Mary Catherine Hellen in the White House.
Read a book by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form). Two Pet Dicks by John Inman, read 3/20/17

10. Abigail Fillmore, a former schoolteacher, obtained congressional funds in 1850 for the first official library in the Executive Mansion.
Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library. Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton, read 2/7/17

11. Eight presidents have died in office.
Read a book where someone dies. Fallout by Lisa Henry, read 3/3/17

12. All of the presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Chester A. Arthur wore beards.
Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover. Shanghaied by Shannon West, read 2/7/17

13. Very few cut flowers were used in the White House during the James K. Polk administration (1845-49) because it was a commonly held belief at that time that flowers in close quarters gave off unhealthy vapors and absorbed valuable elements from the air.
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS. The Virgin Manny by Amy Lane, read 5/16/17

14. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to have a telephone and a typewriter in the White House.
Read a book by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.
Signed Over To The Billionaire by Caitlin Ricci, read 2/5/17

15. The White House's first web site was developed during the Clinton administration and made its debut on October 20, 1994.
Read a book with a character that works with computers. Loving the Bull Rider by Sam E. Kraemer, read 2/1/17

16. Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been leader of a union – he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild during 1947-52 and 1959-60.
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, read 2/23/17

17. Only two elected vice presidents were then elected president.
Read the second book in a series. Claiming Their Mate by B.A. Tortuga, read 4/27/17

18. Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital – in the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924.
Read a book set in Georgia. Technically Dead by Tia Fielding, read 5/15/17

19. James Garfield's mother Eliza was the first mother to witness her son's inauguration as president.
Read a book with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum). As Old as Time by Liz Braswell, read 5/14/17

20. Three presidents have won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album – Bill Clinton (2005), Jimmy Carter (2007) and Barack Obama (2006, 2008).
Read a book with BEST or WORD in the title. The Best Revenge by Andrew Grey, read 3/1/17

21. Only two First Ladies have not been born in the USA.
Read a book with a woman on the cover. Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson, read 3/28/17

Tatterdemalion (Foundations of Magic, #1) by Anah Crow Opposites Distract by Stephani Hecht Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane House of Cards (Francis Urquhart, #1) by Michael Dobbs Hudson's Christmas Wish (Christian's Coven 12) by Lynn Hagen Kitty Genovese The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America by Kevin Cook An Unexpected Vintage (Bottled Up, #5) by Andrew Grey Rikki's Star (Hearts of ICARUS Book 8) by Laura Jo Phillips Two Pet Dicks by John Inman Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton Fallout by Lisa Henry Shanghaied (Mate of the Tyger Prince #4) by Shannon West The Virgin Manny (The Mannies, #1) by Amy Lane Signed Over To The Billionaire (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #7) by Caitlin Ricci Loving the Bull Rider (The Cowboys of Katydid Farm Book 1) by Sam E Kraemer Idaho by Emily Ruskovich Claiming Their Mate (Two Is Never Enough, #2) by B.A. Tortuga Technically Dead by Tia Fielding As Old as Time A Twisted Tale (A Twisted Tale, #3) by Liz Braswell The Best Revenge (Bottled Up, #2) by Andrew Grey Deja Who (Insighter #1) by MaryJanice Davidson


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Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 183 comments Fascinating Fun Facts ...

About U.S. Presidents and First Ladies

Duration: One year starting February 1, 2017

Challenge Rules:
Pick your level and complete your tasks.
Each book may only be used for one task.
All genres/formats are fine. Re-reads are OK. No page minimum.
Show which option for each task you are reading for.
If the cover is asked for, PLEASE post it.

Level 1: 10 Facts
Level 2: 20-25 Facts
Level 3: 26-30 Facts
Level 4: 36 Facts

1. Three presidents married while in office.
John Tyler wed Julia Gardiner, his second wife, in New York City on June 26, 1844;
bachelor Grover Cleveland (the only president to be married in a White House ceremony) wed Frances Folsom, the daughter of a former law partner, on June 2, 1886;
Woodrow Wilson, whose wife Ellen had died a year and four months before, married Edith Bolling Galt at the bride's Washington, D.C. home on December 18, 1915.

Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C. Town in a Cinnamon Toast, B.B. Haywood...04.09.2017

2. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to travel outside the United States on official business.
His destination was Panama and he arrived there on November 14, 1906.
Read a book where someone travels for business OR travels to a foreign country.
Royal Blood, rhys bowen...04.02.2017


3. Lucy Webb Hayes was the first first lady to earn a college degree; she received a degree in liberal arts from Cincinnati Wesleyan Female College in 1850.
Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio.

4. William Howard Taft was the first president to have an official White House automobile, a White Motor Company Model M seven-passenger steam-powered touring car.
Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.

5. The Fourth of July is a date on which three presidents died – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both in 1826) and James Monroe (1831). It is also the birthday of a president: Calvin Coolidge in 1872.
Read a book where characters celebrate the Fourth of July OR a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
Blood Orange Brewing, Laura Childs...04.30.2017

6. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to hold a doctorate – he received a degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886. His dissertation was entitled "Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics."
Read a book with a character in politics OR a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date. A First Date with Death, Diana Orgain...02.20.2017 (2015)

7. The Gilbert Stuart likeness of George Washington, obtained in 1800, is the oldest remaining possession of the White House. During the War of 1812, Dolley Madison saved the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington before approaching British troops torched the White House on August 24, 1814.
Read the oldest book (by publication date or longest on your list) on your TBR OR a book where a building burns down.

8. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to fly overseas.
In January 1943, he took a Boeing 314 flying boat from Miami with stops in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Belém, Brazil to Bathurst, British Gambia (now Banjul, The Gambia), where a TWA C-54 then took him to Morocco for the Casablanca Conference.
Read a book where a character flies overseas OR with a plane on the cover.

9. Benjamin Harrison brought the first Christmas tree inside the White House in 1889.
Read a book with a Christmas tree on the cover (please post the cover) OR where characters celebrate Christmas.

10. William Howard Taft was the only man ever to serve as president and chief justice of the United States; he is also one of two presidents buried in Arlington National Cemetery (John F. Kennedy is the other).
Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.

11. Letitia Tyler (1842), Caroline Harrison (1892) and Ellen Wilson (1914) are the three first ladies who died while their husband was in office.
Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death OR with a woman's name in the title.
Classified as Murder, Miranda James...04.16.2017

12. In 1812, Dolley Madison arranged the first nuptials held at the White House – the wedding of her widowed sister, Lucy Payne Washington, to Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride OR with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.

13. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to cross the Atlantic Ocean, traveling from December 4 to December 13, 1918 aboard the U.S.S. George Washington to the Paris Peace Conference.
Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.

14. In 1881, a metal detecting device invented by Alexander Graham Bell was used in an attempt to locate a bullet and save President Garfield's life after an office-seeking fanatic shot him. The bed's steel springs were not removed, as Dr. Bell had ordered, and the attempt failed.
Read a book where something is invented (tell us what the invention is) ORby an author with three names
A Decadent Way to Die, g.a. mckevett...03.05.2017

15. The first first lady to fly in an airplane was Eleanor Roosevelt, on April 20, 1933. Following a White House dinner with famed aviator Amelia Earhart and other guests, Mrs. Roosevelt, Ms. Earhart and some of the guests went to Hoover Field (where the Pentagon stands today), boarded a Curtis Condor twin-motor Eastern Air Transport plane and took a flight over the area between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.

16. On February 25, 1828, young John Adams, grandson of one president and son of President John Quincy Adams, married Mary Catherine Hellen in the White House. The event marks the only time that a President's son has been married in the mansion.
Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28 *** (check at the end of Message 2 for another option) or by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).

17. The first president to ride in an automobile was William McKinley, who took a ride in November 1899 in a Stanley Steamer driven by Stanley Motor Carriage Co. co-founder Freelan O. Stanley.
The first president to use an automobile on official government business and be photographed in a car was Theodore Roosevelt, on August 22, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The first president who knew how to drive was Warren G. Harding.
Read a book where a character learns to drive OR a cover with just a man and a car.

18. No alcoholic beverage was served at any function during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration (1877-81) – a prohibition earning the First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes the nickname of "Lemonade Lucy."
Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol OR where a character drinks lemonade
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger...03.02.2017


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Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 183 comments 19. After applauding war hero Andrew Jackson's first inaugural address at the Capitol on March 4, 1829, a crowd of thousands descended on the White House to enjoy the reception for the "People's President" – to the accompaniment of crashing china and glassware. President Jackson escaped the crush of the crowd of merrymakers and would-be handshakers by leaving through a window.
Read a book where a character escapes through a window OR a scene where china and glassware gets broken. Tell us why.

20. Abigail Fillmore, a former schoolteacher, obtained congressional funds in 1850 for the first official library in the Executive Mansion.
Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.

21. Eight presidents have died in office: William Henry Harrison (1841, pneumonia); Zachary Taylor (1850, acute gastroenteritis); Abraham Lincoln (1865, assassination); James Garfield (1881, assassination); William McKinley (1901, assassination); Warren G. Harding (1923, apoplexy); Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945, cerebral hemorrhage); John F. Kennedy (1963, assassination).
Read a book where someone dies OR a Series/TBR #8.
Dead and Berried, Karen MacInerney...04.30.2017

22. All of the presidents from Ulysses S. Grant to Chester A. Arthur wore beards. Cleveland broke the custom, although he did wear a mustache.
Read a book where a man has a beard OR with a bearded man on the cover.

23. Very few cut flowers were used in the White House during the James K. Polk administration (1845-49) because it was a commonly held belief at that time that flowers in close quarters gave off unhealthy vapors and absorbed valuable elements from the air.
Read a book with cut flowers on the cover OR with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.

24. Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to have a telephone and a typewriter in the White House – the telephone was installed in May 1879 and the typewriter arrived in February 1880.
Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone or a typewriter (not computer) OR by an author with a first or last initial that is a R or H.

25. In 1881, President James Garfield was the first to review the inaugural parade from a specially built platform in front of the White House. In 1897 William McKinley became the first president to review the parade from a glass-enclosed stand as protection from the weather.
Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.) OR where characters watch a parade.

26. The White House's first web site was developed during the Clinton administration and made its debut on October 20, 1994.
Read a book with a character that works with computers OR a Series/TBR #20.

27. Ronald Reagan was the first president to have been leader of a union – he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild during 1947-52 and 1959-60.
Read a book with a character in a union OR with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.

28. Only two elected vice presidents were then elected president – Martin Van Buren (1836) and George H.W. Bush (1988).
Read the second book in a series OR a book where someone gets promoted.

29. Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital – in the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924.
Read a book with a hospital birth OR set in Georgia.

30. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president whose mother was able to vote for him for president.
Read a book where women get the vote OR where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.

31. Calvin Coolidge was both the first president sworn into office by his father (notary public John Coolidge, August 3, 1923), and the first sworn into office by a former president (Chief Justice William H. Taft, March 4, 1925).
Read a book with characters that are father and son OR where father and son work together.

32. Woodrow Wilson was the only president to have two daughters get married in the White House–Jessie to Francis B. Sayre, Sr. on November 25, 1913, and Eleanor to Secretary of the Treasury William G. McAdoo on May 7, 1914.
Read a book where two different women get married OR a father has two daughters that are married.

33. James Garfield's mother Eliza was the first mother to witness her son's inauguration as president.
Read a book with characters that are mother and son OR with a title in which the first letter in each word starts with a letter in INAUGURATION (two word minimum).

34. George W. Bush was the first president to complete a marathon, finishing the Houston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds on January 24, 1993.
Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.

35. Three presidents have won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album – Bill Clinton (2005), Jimmy Carter (2007) and Barack Obama (2006, 2008).
Read a book where a character wins an award OR with BEST or WORD in the title.
Death by the Dozen, Jenn McKinlay...03.26.2017

36. Only two First Ladies have not been born in the USA. London-born Louisa Adams, wife of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, was the first. Slovenia-born Melania Trump, wife of the forty-fifth U.S. president Donald J. Trump, has become the second.
Read a book set in the European Union OR with a woman on the cover.
Majoring In Murder, Jessica Fletcher...04.08.2017


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JoAnne, would a Detective Chief Inspector work for #10 - "a chief of some kind" ?


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Caroline wrote: "JoAnne, would a Detective Chief Inspector work for #10 - "a chief of some kind" ?"

Yes, it would!!


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Thanks JoAnne :)


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Sorry, I have another question - #32 - read a book where two different women get married. I'm wondering whether I could use Sense and Sensibility for this. At the end of the book, both Elinor and Marianne are married but you don't actually "see" either of their weddings. Would that work or do you need the weddings to be more of a feature of the plot?


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Rina | 1084 comments Fascinating Fun Facts ...
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1. Read a book that features a wedding
Black Rabbit Hall, Eve Chase, 03.03.2017, wedding of Caroline Shawcross & Hugo Alton

2. Read a book where someone travels to a foreign country.
Wenn du mich tötest, 15.02.2017, Julian and Laura Tahn travel to Scotland.

3. Read a book set in Ohio.
Beloved, Toni Morrison, 26.03.2017

4. Read a book where cars are featured (like racing, selling, restoring, etc) OR with a car on the cover.
The Obsession, Nora Roberts, 18.07.2017 - Xander is a mechanic

5. Read a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares, 17.06.2017

6. Read a book with a 1, 8 or 6 in the publication date.
Siebenschön, Judith Winter, 24.02.2017, Publication date is 01.02.2014

7. Read a book where a building burns down.
Zorn und Morgenröte, Renee Ahdieh, 31.03.2017; the whole city (Ray) burns down.

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas
Sturmherz, Corina Bomann, 08.02.2017
Main character flies from Germany to the USA and back

9. Read a book where characters celebrate Christmas.
Eva Luna, Isabel Allende, 03.06.2017 - Characters celebrate Christmas at Professor's house.

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge OR a chief of some kind. Tell us what kind.
Deadly Heat, Cynthia Eden, 14.04.2017 - Chief Garrison is a Fire Chief

11. Read a book where the MC has lost a spouse to death.
Der Klang deines Lächelns, Dani Atkins, 01.03.2017

12. Read a book with a character named Madison, Lucy or Thomas.
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen, 18.03.2017; Sir Thomas Bertram

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic OR travels on an ocean liner/cruise ship.
Der grüne Palast, Peggy Hohmann, 11.03.2017;
Leopoldine of Austria travels from Austria to Brasil by ship

14. Read a book by an author with three names.
Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 02.04.2017

15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, 07.06.2017 - Harry flies on the broom for the first time.

16. Read a book by an author with the name John, Adam, Mary or Catherine (in any form).
Die Grausamen, John Katzenbach, 21.04.2017

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye, Cynthia Hand, 13.04.2017 - Alexis teaches Tyler to drive.

18. Read a book with a character that does not drink alcohol.
The other Girl: Du kannst niemals ganz entkommen, Maggie Mitchell, 12.03.2017; Delia doesn't drink alcohol

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window. Tell us why.
Lotusblut, Judith Winter, 02.03.2017; Kaylin escapes through a window first in hotel, then in the house of her teacher.

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library OR is a school teacher.
No Time for Goodbye, Linwood Barclay, 09.04.2017 - MC is a teacher

21. Read a book where someone dies
Das Lied der Dünen, Doris Cramer, 22.04.2017 - Lalla Ghariba dies.

22. Read a book where a man has a beard.
The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams, 08.04.2017; Isgrimnur has a beard.

23. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
Schweig für immer, Linwood Barclay, 12.04.2017

24. Read a book where a character uses a (landline) telephone
Der Schacht: Kriminalroman, 12.02.2017,
Characters use the landline telephone at the police station a couple of times

25. Read a book where something is built (house, deck, building, birdhouse, etc.).
At Home with Beatrix Potter: The Creator of Peter Rabbit, Susan Denyer, 31.05.2017 - Many things (walls, addition to the house etc.) are built at the Hill Top in the book.

26. Read a book with a character that works with computers.
Targa - Der Moment, bevor du stirbst, B.C. Schiller, 13.07.2017 - Pierre is an IT Specialist.

27. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
Lost Voices, Sarah Porter, 23.03.2017

28. Read the second book in a series.
Insomnia (FBI Agent Bobby Dees #2), Jilliane Hoffman, 21.02.2017

29. Read a book with a hospital birth.
Invincible Summer, Alice Adams, 13.09.2017 - Sylvie gives birth to Allegra in a hospital.

30. Read a book where a character votes for something. Tell us what that is.
Dunkle Flammen, Cynthia Hand, 27.04.2017 - In a history class students vote on how the others succeed in their imitation of the Medieval times.

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son
The Youngest Miss Ward, Joan Aiken, 21.03.2017; Mr. Ward and his sons Edward, Sydney and Tom.

32. Read a book where a father has two daughters that are married.
Emma, Jane Austen, 16.04.2017 - Both daughters of Mr. Woodhouse are married at the end of the book.

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son
Mordstrand, Thomas Finn, 14.03.2017; MC is Gesa Harms, some chapters are told from her son's POV.

34. Read a book where someone runs a marathon OR a character runs to stay in shape.
Hush Little Baby, Suzanne Redfearn, 03.04.2017 - Gordon runs regularly to stay in shape

35. Read a book where a character wins an award.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall, 26.04.2017 - Deena Kastor got the Humanitarian Athlete of the Year award.

36. Read a book set in the European Union.
Wolfsbeute, 16.02.2017; The book is set in France.


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
Caroline wrote: "Sorry, I have another question - #32 - read a book where two different women get married. I'm wondering whether I could use Sense and Sensibility for this. At the end of the book, both..."

That will work for me!


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
Welcome Rina!


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JoAnne wrote: "Caroline wrote: "Sorry, I have another question - #32 - read a book where two different women get married. I'm wondering whether I could use Sense and Sensibility for this. At the end ..."

Thanks again JoAnne!


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
I only have 1 more! Looking for a female pilot character....


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JoAnne wrote: "I only have 1 more! Looking for a female pilot character...."

That's a tough one! If I come across anything I'll let you know :)


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
Caroline wrote: "JoAnne wrote: "I only have 1 more! Looking for a female pilot character...."

That's a tough one! If I come across anything I'll let you know :)"


Thanks!


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Rina | 1084 comments These books have a female pilot character:

Fool Me Once
Her Perfect Life
Clear to Lift
Hover
Deadly Descent


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
Rina wrote: "These books have a female pilot character:

Fool Me Once
Her Perfect Life
Clear to Lift
Hover
Deadly Descent"


Thanks Rina! I'll check them out!!!


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
I have Fool Me Once on my wish list from the library. I love Harlen Coben and did not look at the storyline.


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JoAnne wrote: "I have Fool Me Once on my wish list from the library. I love Harlen Coben and did not look at the storyline."

I actually read that fairly recently (within the last year) and had completely forgotten that she was a pilot!

Good book btw :)


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
Caroline wrote: "JoAnne wrote: "I have Fool Me Once on my wish list from the library. I love Harlen Coben and did not look at the storyline."

I actually read that fairly recently (within the last y..."


Gonna go check it out!


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1. Read a book that features a wedding OR set in Washington D.C. BOTH
Hate F*@k: The Complete Story Ainsley Booth 2/3/17

2. Read a book where someone travels for business
Flirting with Disaster Ava Catori 2/3/17

3. Read a book in which a female character graduates from college OR set in Ohio. BOTH
Collision Course Chuck Gleason 3/9/17

4. Read a book with a car on the cover.
My One and Only by Kristan Higgins My One and Only Kristan Higgins 3/28/17

5. Read a book with a character who is in a group of 4 friends.
The Trouble with Love Lauren Layne 2/24/17

6. Read a book with a 1 in the publication date. 2015
What Love Can Do Virna DePaul 3/2/17

7. Read a book where a building burns down.
Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb Lexi George 2/1/17

8. Read a book where a character flies overseas.
Over the Edge Meredith Wild 2/19/17

9. Read a book where characters celebrate Christmas.
Never Let You Go Chevy Stevens 3/26/17

10. Read a book with a character that is a judge.
Stirred Nancy S. Thompson 2/13/17

11. Read a book with a woman's name in the title.
Saving Grace Norah Wilson 2/6/17

12. Read a book where the MC is a sister of a bride
Beautiful Day Elin Hilderbrand 3/16/17

13. Read a book where a character crosses the Atlantic. (in a ship in 1921)
Shadow of a Century: An Irish Love Story Jean Grainger 2/12/17

14. Read a book by an author with three names.
Sweet Water Christina Baker Kline 2/4/17

15. Read a book with a female character that is a pilot.
Fool Me Once Harlan Coben 4/5/17

16. Read a book from any shelf (on My Books), page 18, #28
Under His Command Kristine Cayne 3/28/17

17. Read a book where a character learns to drive.
Nine Minutes Beth Flynn 2/21/17

18. Read a book where a character drinks lemonade.
Garden of Lamentations Deborah Crombie 2/27/17

19. Read a book where a character escapes through a window.
Visited a young lady and left through the window to save her reputation.

The Wicked City Beatriz Williams 2/10/17

20. Read a book where a character is a librarian/works in a library
All the Little Liars Charlaine Harris 3/5/17

21. Read a Series #8.
Eighth Grave After Dark Darynda Jones 2/22/17

22. Read a book where a man has a beard
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter 2/8/17

23. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VAPORS.
Sting Sandra Brown 2/10/17

24. Read a book by an author with a last initial that is H.
Never Never Colleen Hoover 2/5/17

25. Read a book where something is built.
The Story of Jax and Payton Anita Claire 2/23/17

26. Read a Series #20.
Darkest Journey Heather Graham 3/1/17

27. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in GUILD.
Dominance Never Dies Lexi Blake 2/16/17

28. Read the second book in a series.
The Billionaire Next Door Jessica Lemmon 3/31/17

29. Read a book with a hospital birth.
Frigid Affair Jennifer Foor 2/3/17

30. Read a book where a character votes for something. moving away from Florida
A Gift of Time Beth Flynn 3/14/17

31. Read a book with characters that are father and son
Accidentally on Purpose Jill Shalvis 2/2/17

32. Read a book where two different women get married.
Desire After Dark Marie Force 3/26/17

33. Read a book with characters that are mother and son
Slip of the Knife Denise Mina 2/2/17

34. Read a book where character runs to stay in shape.
Make Me Beth Kery 2/11/17

35. Read a book with WORD in the title.
Four Letter Word J. Daniels 3/30/17

36. Read a book with a woman on the cover.
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs 3/12/17


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Well done JoAnne!


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

Sorry to be a pain in the butt JoAnne, but I just noticed you used a book twice - #11 and #28 :)


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
Caroline wrote: "Sorry to be a pain in the butt JoAnne, but I just noticed you used a book twice - #11 and #28 :)"

oh thank you - I will check it out!!! Sorry.


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Caroline wrote: "Sorry to be a pain in the butt JoAnne, but I just noticed you used a book twice - #11 and #28 :)"

Fixed it! Gosh, I don't think I've ever done that before.....


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JoAnne wrote: "Caroline wrote: "Sorry to be a pain in the butt JoAnne, but I just noticed you used a book twice - #11 and #28 :)"

Fixed it! Gosh, I don't think I've ever done that before....."


It's easily done, especially on a big challenge :)


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JoAnne | 40922 comments Mod
And I started reading a book this morning - Blush for Me - a woman has never flown before!

For the last task that I had been missing....15. Read a book where a character flies for the first time OR with a female character that is a pilot.


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That's happened to me before. I spend ages trying to fill in the last few tricky ones and then after I'm done, the things I was looking for pop up all over the place!


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