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message 1: by Stephanie (last edited Nov 23, 2018 10:17AM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments AROUND THE WORLD IN 52 BOOKS CHALLENGE:
(Rating system used is the goodreads system)

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Completed 1st January 2018

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list - It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder. Completed 13th Jan 2018.

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Completed 20th Jan 2018.

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...) The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett Completed 7th September 2018.

5. A book about or inspired by real events- The Truth of the Lie http://truthofthelie.com Completed 30th Jan 2018.

6. A book originally written in a language other than English- The Trial by Franz Kafka Completed 21 January 2018.

7. A gothic novel- Rawblood by Catriona Ward Completed 28 Jan 2018.

8. An "own voices" book* Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza Completed 24th Feb 2018.

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc) Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Completed 4th Feb 2018.

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Completed 31 March 2018.

11. A literary fiction- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Completed 13th april 2018.

12. A book set in Africa or South America- The Testament by John Grisham Completed 25th April 2018.

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater Completed 5th Jan 2018.

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire - A Column of Fire by Ken Follett Completed 1 Nov 2018

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
16. A narrative nonfiction

17. A book you expect to make you laugh- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Completed 10 July 2018.

18. A book with a location in the title
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)- World Without End by Ken Follett Completed 12th October 2018.

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends

21. A book written in first person perspective- Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder Completed 14th January 2018.

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
23. A medical or legal thriller
24. A book with a map
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
26. A book with a text only cover

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water-Winter by Marissa Meyer. Completed 29th May 2018

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
30. A short book
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to

32. An alternate history book-11/22/63 by Stephen King Completed 4th July 2018.

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call- A book involving advanced technology (computers, spaceships, robots, networks, etc) Cress by Marissa Meyer Completed 18th May 2018.

35. A book featuring a murder- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Completed 12th Jan 2018.

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)

38. A science book or a science fiction book-Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Completed 9th May 2018.

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Completed 6th Jan 2018.

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)-The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright Completed 9th June 2018.

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials- Cinder by Marissa Meyer Completed 28th April 2018.

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
44. A ghost story

45. A book that intimidates/ scares you- The Witch Finders Sister by Beth Underdown. Completed 13th July2018.

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own- China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan Completed 20th Nov 2018.

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Completed 16 Nov 2018.

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Completed 10th Feb 2018.

52. A book published in 2018- Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza Completed 14th March 2018.


message 2: by Stephanie (last edited Jan 29, 2018 09:57PM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments MARATHON CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - January 31, 2018

1) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
2) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.
3) Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.
4) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.
5) It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder.
6) Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder.
7) Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder.
8) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
9) The Trial by Franz Kafka
10) Rawblood by Catriona Ward
11) The truth of the lie by Gonçalo Amaral


message 3: by Stephanie (last edited Dec 27, 2017 01:48PM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments AN AUTHOR'S WORKS CHALLENGE - 2018
Duration: January 1 to December 31, 2018

Do you have authors you like but haven't had the chance to explore his or her writing to the extent you would like? Here's your chance! For this challenge, pick an author (or two or three) that you really enjoy reading. Look him or her up on Goodreads, and pick at least 5 unique works he or she has written (if an author has written less than 5 works, make sure to pick at least 2 authors so that your total is more than 5). You do NOT need to count short stories or books your author has merely contributed to, introduced, edited or translated.

Aim-5 from 1 author


message 4: by Stephanie (last edited Nov 23, 2018 10:18AM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments SERIAL READER CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 – December 31, 2018

We definitely have some serious series readers in our group! As you showed us last year, series readers tend to be in it for the long haul, and here is another full year to provide more reading opportunities in a series challenge. All with the flexibility to choose series with longer books, long or short series, be able to move between series, etc. Here’s how it will work!

Aim-I will read 20 number of books that are part of a series. Hopefully more but will try of 20 initially please

1) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
2) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.
3) Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.
4) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.
5) It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder.
6) Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder.
7) Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder.
8) Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.
9) Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza.
10) Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
11) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
12) Cress by Marissa Meyer
13) Winter by Marissa Meyer
14) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
15) World without end by Ken Follett
16) Column of Fire by Ken Follett
17) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
18) China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan


message 5: by Stephanie (last edited Apr 12, 2018 09:05PM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments PLACES AND SPACES
Duration: January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Through books, we can travel anywhere. We often think of visiting different countries, or even different planets, but books can also take us on topographical journeys. For this challenge, see how many places and spaces you can visit. The place or space should be a primary element of the story or historical account and may include natural, man-made, and imaginary terrains and structures.

Here are some ideas to get you started; however, you may also think of your own:

The beach; an island or peninsula; a body of water; swampland or marsh; the desert; an extraterrestrial surface or environment (e.g., another planet, a star, space, etc.); underground; a cave; a mountains; the woods; a prairie or field; a glacier; a volcano; a single room, building, or other structure; a biological cell or organism; through time (i.e., time travel).

Let us know how many places and spaces you would like to visit.. Remember, the above are only suggestions - you can make your own as well! Excluded: Cities & Countries (e.g., New York City or Kenya).

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Aim-10 places

1) A churchyard- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
2) An ancient forest- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
3) A cave- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
4) A valley- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
5) A cupcake shop- It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder.
6) A school- Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder.
7) A kitchen- Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder.
8) A suburb- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
9) An apartment- The Trial by Franz Kafka
10) An old house-Rawblood by Catriona Ward
11) A resort- The truth of the Lie by Gonçalo Amaral
12) Space-Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.
13) Another planet- Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.
14) A cornfield- Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.
15) A spaceship- Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza.
16) The circus-The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
17) A campground- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Completed 1st January 2018. ★★★

"“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore."

Promising start. Looking forward to the second book.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Completed 5th January 2018. ★★

"Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…"

Not sure why I don't seem to be enjoying this book as much as others clearly do or as much as i expected. Parts of the time I'm really into it and at others I'm checking to see how much I've got left to read.....however will progress to the next.


message 8: by Stephanie (last edited Jan 06, 2018 11:12AM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater Completed 6th Jan 2018. ★★★ and a half.

"Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel."

Yay. I enjoyed this book :-)


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 35. A book featuring a murder- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Completed 12th January 2018. ★★

"All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore. "


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list - It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder. Completed 13th January 2018.
★★★.

"Twelve-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of her small town of Willow, Oregon, and travel like her best friend, Sophie. But when Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer…until she learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the final bake-off. But Sophie is also entering the contest, and Isabel’s mother has reservations. Can Isabel finally realize her dreams of leaving Willow without hurting two of the most important people in her life? "

A really quick and easy read. I liked it.


message 11: by Stephanie (last edited Jan 12, 2018 11:37PM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 30. A short book-Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder. Completed 13th January 2018. ★★★

This book was 224 pages however I chose it as my short book as it only took a couple of hours to read.

"In this companion novel to It's Raining Cupcakes, twelve-year-old Sophie has a dream come true when she's offered a TV commercial spot. She's not just happy about the opportunity, she's over the moon happy!

But then she finds out what exactly she'll be advertising: the delectable, ever-popular brownies from Beatrice's Brownies, which just so happens to be the number one competitor to It's Raining Cupcakes, a cupcake shop owned by her best friend, Isabel's, family.

Sophie has a tough choice to make: Follow her dreams or crush her best friend. What's a girl to do?"


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 21. A book written in first person perspective-Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder Completed 14th January 2018. ★★★

"Has Lily bitten off more than she can bake? A sweet treat from the author of It’s Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets.

On a scale of one to ten, twelve-year-old Lily Hubbard is a zero when it comes to baking. Her cookies turn out salty, her cakes tend to lean, and things are always overcooked.

When Lily is invited to be a part of a mother-daughter book club called The Baking Bookworms, she is excited—and terrified. It seems like she’s the only one who didn’t inherit the baking gene.

But she does have the music gene, which is why she’s forming a band that will audition for their school’s annual Spring Fling. If, that is, Lily can balance her priorities. Because Isabel, one of the Baking Bookworms, has asked Lily to help plan a surprise party for their mutual friend Sophie. And the task is…creating a showstopping, mouthwatering, thirteenth-birthday-party-worthy dessert. Uh. Oh.

Soon, Lily finds herself knee-deep in sugar and sheet music as she tries to juggle her responsibility to her bandmates AND give her friend the best party ever."


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Completed 20th Jan 2018. ★★★★

"Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's."

Really enjoyed this book. Well written. Look forward to reading her other book.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 6. A book originally written in a language other than English- The Trial by Franz Kafka Completed 21 January 2018. ★

"Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, The Trial has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers."

Just couldn't get into this book. Didn't finish.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 7. A gothic novel- Rawblood by Catriona Ward. Completed 28 Jan 2018. ★

"In 1910, eleven year old Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. Iris and her father are the last of their name. The Villarcas always die young, bloodily. Iris knows it’s because of a congenital disease which means she must be strictly isolated. Papa told her so. Forbidden to speak to other children or the servants, denied her one friend, Iris grows up in solitude. But she reads books. And one sunlit autumn day, beside her mother’s grave, she forces the truth from her father. The disease is biologically impossible. A lie, to cover a darker secret.

The Villarcas are haunted, through the generations, by her. She is white, skeletal, covered with scars. Her origins are a mystery but her purpose is clear. When a Villarca marries, when they love, when they have a child – she comes and death follows.

Iris makes her father a promise: to remain alone all her life. But when she’s fifteen, she breaks it. The consequences of her choice are immediate and horrific.

Iris’s story is interwoven with the past, the voices of the dead – Villarcas, taken by her. Iris’s grandmother sets sail from Dover to Italy with a hired companion, to spend her final years in the sun before consumption takes her. Instead she meets betrayal, and a fate worse than death. Iris’s father, his medical career in ruins, conducts unconscionable experiments, to discover how she travels in the Villarca blood. Iris’s mother, pregnant, walks the halls of Rawblood whispering to her, coaxing her to come. As the narratives converge, Iris seeks her out in a confrontation which shatters her past and her reality, revealing the chasm in Iris’s own, fractured identity. Who is she? What does she desire? The answer is more terrible and stranger than Iris could have imagined."

Hate not finishing books and this is the second one this year. Just couldn't get into it. Hadn't a clue what was happening and it was very slow.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 5. A book about or inspired by real events- The Truth of the Lie http://truthofthelie.com Completed 30th Jan 2018. ★★★


message 17: by Stephanie (last edited Nov 15, 2018 02:27PM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments A-Z CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Read a book for each letter of the alphabet. You can use ANY of the first letters of the main words in a title of a book (don't use words like "a", "the", "or", and "of").

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A- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
B- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.
C- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
D- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.
E- Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.
F-Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder
G- Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.
H- Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza.
I- Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
J- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
K
L-Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
M- The Testament by John Grisham
N- Winter by Marissa Meyer
O-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
P-Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Q-The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright.
R-The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
S-Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder
T-The Trial by Franz Kafka
U-The Truth of The Lie
V
W-Rawblood by Catriona Ward
X
Y
Z-Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


message 18: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 07, 2018 03:36PM) (new)

Stephanie Rose | 258 comments COLOR CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 to December 31, 2018

This challenge requires you find books that have certain colors in their covers or in the title. An extra challenge would be to find books with all of these colors in their covers AND in their titles. Let the challenge leader know how many you would like to do and post your number below!

TIP: This is a fun challenge to use the "add book/author" option (located just above the comment box) and selecting "cover."

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1. Read a book with "White" or any shade of white in the cover (ivory, cream, bone, etc...). The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

2. Read a book with "Pink" or any shade of pink in the cover (rose, magenta, salmon, etc...). It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder.

3. Read a book with "Red" or any shade of red in the cover (maroon, brick, scarlet, etc...). The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4. Read a book with "Orange" or any shade of orange in the cover (apricot, ginger, carrot, etc...). Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

5. Read a book with "Yellow" or any shade of yellow in the cover (blond, chartreuse, canary, etc...). Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.

6. Read a book with "Green" or any shade of green in the cover (sage, lime, jade, etc...). Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

7. Read a book with "Light Blue" or any shade of light blue in the cover (teal, sky, cerulean, etc...). Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder.

8. Read a book with "Dark Blue" or any shade of dark blue in the cover (indigo, denim, navy, etc...). Cress by Marissa Meyer.

9. Read a book with "Purple" or any shade of purple in the cover (lavender, plum, orchid, etc...). Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder.

10. Read a book with "Brown" or any shade of brown in the cover (tan, mahogany, coffee, etc...). Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

11. Read a book with "Black" or any shade of black in the cover (grey, slate, coal, etc...). The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

12. Read a book with a Metallic color in the cover (gold, silver, bronze, etc...). Empress of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza.

13. Read a book with at least 5 colors on the cover- 11/22/63 by Stephen King

14. Read a book with a color in the title of the book. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.

15. Read a book with a word describing colors in the title (rainbow, stripes, polka dots, etc...). Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 51. An award-winning short story or short story collection- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. Completed 10th Feb 2018. ★★

"Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive."

COLOUR CHALLENGE: 4. Read a book with "Orange" or any shade of orange in the cover (apricot, ginger, carrot, etc...). Binti by Nnedi Okorafor


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 8. An "own voices" book* Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. Completed 24 Feb 2018. ★★★★

"Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta'an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne - and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding - even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee's name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy."

A-Z CHALLENGE- E

COLOUR CHALLENGE: 12. Read a book with a Metallic color in the cover (gold, silver, bronze, etc...).


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)- Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Completed 4th Feb 2018. ★★ and half.

"Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are."

A-Z CHALLENGE-G

COLOUR CHALLENGE: 5. Read a book with "Yellow" or any shade of yellow in the cover (blond, chartreuse, canary, etc...).


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 52. A book published in 2018- Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza Completed 14th March 2018 ★★★★.

"Empress

With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.

Fugitive

Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.

Princess

Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering—and erasing—the princess she once was.

Madman

Villainous media star Nero is out for blood, and he’ll go to any means necessary to control the galaxy.

Vicious politics and high-stakes action culminate in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of the universe."

A-Z CHALLENGE-H

COLOUR CHALLENGE: 15. Read a book with a word describing colors in the title (rainbow, stripes, polka dots, etc...).


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Completed 31 March 2018. ★★★★ and a half.

"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway - a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart."

A-Z CHALLENGE-C

COLOUR CHALLENGE- 3. Read a book with "Red" or any shade of red in the cover (maroon, brick, scarlet, etc...)


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments A CENTURY OF BOOKS
Duration: 1 April 2018 - 30 June 2018

For this quarterly challenge, we would like you to pick a century and read books that are either published or set in that century.

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Aim-4

1) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- Published 2012
2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer Published 2012
2) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Published 2013
3) Cress by Marissa Meyer Published 2014
4) Winter by Marissa Meyer Published 2015
5) The Looming Tower:Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright.
6) 11/22/63-Stephen King


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 11. A literary fiction-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Completed 13th April 2018 ★★★★ and a half.

"On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?"

I have been putting off reading this book for ages. I think the main reason was the all the hype surrounding it. Whenever a book is really popular I hardly ever enjoy it.
I finally succumbed to pressure based on the topic of week 11 and thank goodness for week 11.
I really enjoyed this book. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars? I can't disclose without spoiling it for others....

The Bibliophile Challenge-6. Read a book before you see the movie/watch the tv show

A-Z CHALLENGE-O


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 12. A book set in Africa or South America- The Testament by John Grisham Completed 25th April 2018. ★★★

"In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions, a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives.

Because Troy Phelan's new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Enter the lawyers. Nate O'Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan's family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate is crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman - pursued by enemies and friends alike - holds a stunning surprise of her own."

A-Z CHALLENGE-M


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
Duration: May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

Many flowers, herbs, trees, and other plants traditionally symbolize feelings, moods, or ideas, and each flower has its own particular meaning. For this monthly challenge, we have 12 tasks based on the language of flowers.

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1. Aloe = healing. Read a book about medicine or a book that features a character who has a medical career. World Without End by Ken Follett

2. Apple blossom = preference. Reread one of your favourite books.

3. Bay = glory. Read a book featuring a competition.

4. Daisies = innocence or hope. Read a book where someone may or may not have committed a crime and is claiming innocence- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

5. Honeysuckle = bonds of love. Read a book featuring a long distance relationship. Winter by Marissa Meyer.

6. Hyacinth = playfulness. Read a book with a sporting theme.

7. Iris = a message. Read an epistolary book.- Cina Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan.

8. Lilac = the joy of youth. Read a book where the main character is a child. Cress by Marissa Meyer.

9. Magnolia = a love of nature. Read a book set in the great outdoors.

10. Rosemary = remembrance. Read a book that contains flashbacks or a book where a character has an unreliable memory.

11. Red Tulips = a declaration of love. Read a book about a topic you love.

12. Violets = loyalty, devotion and faithfulness. Read a new-to-you book by one of your favourite authors.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials- Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Completed 28th April 2018. ★★★★ and a half

"A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget."

A-Z CHALLENGE- I

The Bibliophile Challenge-9. Read a book that is a retelling of a classic or modern classic.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 38. A science book or a science fiction book- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Completed 9 May 2018. ★★★★ and a half

"Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner."

A-Z CHALLENGE-A

The Bibliophile Challenge-14. Read a book with a one-word title

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS CHALLENGE- 4. Daisies = innocence or hope. Read a book where someone may or may not have committed a crime and is claiming innocence.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)- A book involving advanced technology (computers, spaceships, robots, networks, etc) Cress by Marissa Meyer. Completed18th may 2018 ★★★★ and a half.

"In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. "

COLOUR CHALLENGE- 8. Read a book with "Dark Blue" or any shade of dark blue in the cover (indigo, denim, navy, etc...).

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS CHALLENGE- 8. Lilac = the joy of youth. Read a book where the main character is a child. Cress by Marissa Meyer.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water- Winter by Marissa Meyer. Completed 29th May 2018.★★★★

"Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long."

A-Z CHALLENGE-I

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS CHALLENGE- 5. Honeysuckle = bonds of love. Read a book featuring a long distance relationship.


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments MARATHON CHALLENGE

Duration: June 1 - June 30, 2018

Message 63

Aim 4

1)The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright.
2) 11/2/63-Stephen King


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)- The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright Completed 9th June 2018. ★★

"A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States."

A-Z CHALLENGE-Q


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Stephanie Rose | 258 comments 32. An alternate history book- 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Completed 4th July 2018. ★

"Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful."
Really disappointed with this book. It wasn't badly written at all but I just couldn't get into it. After 2 and a half weeks and not even halfway through I decided to abandon it.

THE COLOUR CHALLENGE: 13. Read a book with at least 5 colors on the cover


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