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Jan | 14232 comments Russia Summer Adventure
3 Months from Start

Come join our adventure in Russia!! Summer is the best time to visit - the days are long and the weather is perfect!
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Because Russia is so large we are going to focus on the western side of the country for this visit.

Choose a level and enjoy summer in Russia!
Daytripper: Complete one task per day for a total of 10 tasks.
Explorer: Complete 15 of the 20 tasks. You must complete at least one task per day.

Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if it is task appropriate. When you have completed the challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and repost in a new message, letting us know it is completed.

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Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
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Visiting Russian requires some planning up front since you need to apply for a Visa to enter the country. This is often easier if you enlist the help of a tour company, travel agent or tour guide. They can also help get the necessary passes for many of the places we will be visiting. Give yourself plenty of time to obtain all the needed approvals.

*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
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Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia! Our first day is dedicated to exploring the heart of Moscow - The Kremlin & Red Square. The Kremlin is a fortified "city within a city" that includes five palaces, four cathedrals, government buildings and the famous Armoury - all enclosed within the Kremlin wall with its 20 named towers. Take the guided tour and marvel at the gold-domed cathedrals, the Tsar Bell and the Armoury Museum royal treasures which include the famous Faberge Eggs.

*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.

Outside the Kremlin is the famous Red Square. The varied architecture and powerful atmosphere makes this a fascinating place to spend the afternoon. Up for a bit of macabre? Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the chemically preserved body of the Soviet Union's founder has been on public display for 83 years. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the spectacular and brightly colored St Basil’s Cathedral. Be sure to go inside to see the nine beautiful chapels. End the day exploring the elegant 19th century GUM Department Store complex that covers the entire east side of the square.

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
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Today we tour Novodevichy Convent, one of the most beautiful and well known Russian monasteries. Built in the 16th century, it has preserved its original appearance and is one of the few monasteries that remained unscathed during Soviet times. It was closely linked to the Kremlin and was used as a place to send exiled royal wives, daughters, and lovers. The adjoining cemetery with its unique gravestones, is the resting place of many of Russia's most famous and talented literary, artistic, musical, and political figures.

*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is a powerful symbol of Russia’s post-Communist reconstruction. It is an exact replica of the original 19th century church that Stalin demolished and turned into a public swimming pool. After the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s, the new mayor joined forces with the Orthodox Church to have this grand cathedral resurrected. From its observation deck you can see the controversial Peter the Great Monument. Towering higher than the Statue of Liberty it has often been labeled the ugliest statue in the world.

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.

Russians love their vodka! End your day having dinner at the upscale but affordable Petrov Vodkin restaurant, where you'll find more than 300 vodkas on display and 60 types available for tasting. The restaurant also has a vast menu of Russian home-style dishes that are the perfect accompaniment to that perfect shot of vodka.

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
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We are going underground today to discover one of the most amazing subway systems in the world where every station is its own work of art. One of the main architects of the metro said: “They have palaces for kings, we are going to build palaces for the people!”. Follow the available printed Moscow Metro Tour and experience the impressive mosaic murals, inspiring sculptures, beautiful stained glass, and crystal chandeliers. You may actually leave feeling a little like royalty.

*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.

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The Tretyakov Gallery is an essential destination for all visitors to Moscow. Bequeathed to the Russian People by Tretyakov – it was entrusted to the city with instructions that it must remain open and be free to the people. With over 100,000 works of art charting the development of Russian painting from the 10th through the 19th century, it is the perfect place to uncover the mysteries of the Russian soul.

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.

Another important part of Russian culture is their love of ballet. Spend your final night in Moscow at the Bolshoi Ballet, marveling at the perfection of every detail, from the curve of each ballerina's arm to the sparkle of the costumes. Even though the historic Bolshoi Theater is under renovation, the new stage next door is just as impressive.

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
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We leave Moscow and head north to the oldest city of Russia. It was here in 862 AD that Prince Rurik decreed the formation of the Russia state. His dynasty ruled for seven centuries, making Novgorod the birthplace of Russian thought, politics and religion. Inside the city’s Kremlin walls is St. Sophia Cathedral - the oldest orthodox church in Russia. It’s home to the most revered icon of the church: Our Lady of the Sign which has many miraculous events attributed to it.

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

While in the Kremlin area be sure to see The Monument to the Millenium of Russia. Built in 1862 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of Russia, it tells the story of the millennium’s history of the state. The Angel on top symbolizes the Orthodox Church, who is blessing a kneeling woman who is Russia. In the outer gardens of the Kremlin you’ll find another monument. This one is dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff, the famous composer who was born in Novgorod.

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
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Today we visit the Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture, set within a beautiful forested estate. Wooden churches, homes, and mills dating from the 14th to 19th centuries have been reconstructed with interiors full of period furniture, providing a delightful insight into Russia's architectural past and the rural life. The town has many options for the remainder of the day: explore one of the nearby monasteries or medieval churches; take a swim in the nearby Volkhov River or find a local restaurant for some great Russian food and a glass of locally brewed mead.

*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .

Continued in Next Post . . .


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Jan | 14232 comments Continued . . .

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
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We've arrived in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, which served as the capital of Russia until 1918. Our tour begins at the city’s first buildings: Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral. Be sure to walk by the tombs of the tsars and look up for the most unbelievable view. We continue to St. Isaac's Cathedral whose magnificent gold plated dome is visible all over the historic city center. During WWII, the Russians painted over the gold so it wouldn't be looted by the Nazis.

*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

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We spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the city's canals and rivers by boat. You’ll glide under several of its 800 bridges and pass sights like the Summer Garden and the impressive Marble Palace. Indulge in the Russian pastime of afternoon tea at Eliseyev Emporium, an opulent Art Nouveau hall brimming with gourmet sweets. Tonight you're invited to Nikolaevsky Palace for the popular folk show: Feel Yourself Russian. You will be amazed at both the palace and the exciting display of music, costumes and dance.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage
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In 1764, when Catherine the Great became interested in art, she built a private museum in her home, the Winter Palace. Five years later she had collected over 2,500 paintings and named her expanding museum the Hermitage or "Place of Solitude". Now it has 3 million works of art - only a fifth of the collection can be displayed at one time. It’s impossible to see it all but spend the day walking through the palatial rooms and keep your eyes open for masterpieces by Da Vinci, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, or Rembrandt. Stop for lunch at the museum's café and then see what new treasures the afternoon uncovers for you.

*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
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Let's see where royalty spent their summers! Our first stop is Catherine’s Palace - the magnificent summer residence located in Pushkin. Originally a modest home, Empress Elizabeth found her mother's residence outdated and asked her court architect to demolish and replace it with a much grander edifice. This flamboyant palace is best known for its legendary Amber Room - a chamber covered in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. The original was lost during WW II, but Russian artisans have created a perfect replica that is truly outstanding!

*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.

Next we are off to see Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. The palace is absolutely grand but the gardens and spectacular gold fountains are the star of the show. The fountains are an unbelievable technological achievement in that they all operate without the use of pumps utilizing natural springs and reservoirs! The most famous is the Grand Cascade which runs from the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal and is actually 64 different fountains with over 200 bronze statues. It’s an incredible sight to behold!

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.


Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
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Put on your walking shoes to explore the famous street, Nevsky Prospekt. We begin at Alexander Nevsky Monastery, named after the city's patron saint. Wander through the churches and graveyards where many great Russian's have been laid to rest, including Tchaikovsky and Dostoevsky. Our walk continues past the legendary Aurora. The theater opened in 1913 and is a great tribute to cinema. Stop on the Anichkov Bridge and admire the four life-like horse sculptures depicting mankind's struggle against the elements. Grab a coffee from Eliseyev Emporium for a break with Catherine the Great in the park across the street. Her monument is a true testament to girl power!

*Read a book written by a woman.

Let’s go shopping! Gostiny Dvor, housed in a block long 18th-century structure, features a labyrinth of shops selling everything from designer clothes to caviar. We continue to the historic Singer House. This former sewing factory is now the largest bookstore in the city. Browse through the multi-lingual books and cabinets full of matryoshka dolls, amber trinkets, and hand painted porcelain. Both places are a shopper’s paradise! Grab a bowl of borscht in Cafe Singer and enjoy the panoramic view of Kazan Cathedral. After lunch check out the cathedral’s interior which is layered with icons and incense.

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

Veering off Nevsky a couple blocks we view the most photographed building in St Petersburg, The Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, it's covered inside and out with detailed mosaics. Cross the Moyka Bridge to the Field of Mars with its Eternal Flame lit in memory of the revolution victims. Next to it is the tranquil Summer Garden, a lovely place to relax and spend the afternoon. We end our visit with a special gourmet dinner at Gogol. Its elegant interior and authentic Russian cuisine of creamy beef stroganoff with their specialty horseradish vodka is pure heaven!!

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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Jan | 14232 comments My Spot

Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Explorer: 16/15

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA.
I'm Kona Love You Forever by JoAnn Bassett 6/3/18***
I'm Kona Love You Forever (Islands of Aloha Mystery Series #6) by JoAnn Bassett

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN (Laguna Beach)
Barking with the Stars by Sparkle Abbey 6/10/18****
Barking with the Stars (The Pampered Pets Mysteries Book 9) by Sparkle Abbey

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage.
Dark Matter | Michelle Paver 7/3/18****
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book with a character that is a writer.
A Year of New Adventures | Maddie Please 6/23/18****
A Year of New Adventures The hilarious romantic comedy that is the perfect holiday read by Maddie Please

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s (1997).
Endangered Species | Nevada Barr 7/3/18****
Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5) by Nevada Barr

*Read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
Bone Hook by Toby Neal 6/14/18****
Bone Hook (Lei Crime, #10) by Toby Neal

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. There is an underground passageway that is important to the plot.
Murder at the Mansion | Alison Golden 8/8/18**
Murder at the Mansion (Reverend Annabelle Dixon Mystery, #1) by Alison Golden

*Read a book that you purchased for free.
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan 6/17/18*****
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET (Em)
Mai Tai One On | Jill Marie Landis 7/27/18****
Mai Tai One On (A Tiki Goddess Mystery, #1) by Jill Marie Landis

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read a series book #7.
Moloka'i Lullaby by JoAnn Bassett 6/5/18***
Moloka'i Lullaby (Islands of Aloha Mystery #7) by JoAnn Bassett

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting.
The Taxidermist's Daughter | Kate Mosse 6/22/18****
The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book that takes place in Russia.
A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles 8/2/18****
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE.
O'ahu Lonesome Tonight? by by JoAnn Bassett 6/2/18***
O'ahu Lonesome Tonight? (Islands of Aloha Mystery Series #5) by JoAnn Bassett

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover.
Chasing Fire | Nora Roberts 7/11/18*****
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.
Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky 6/12/18****
Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed (Timber Creek K9 Mystery).
Burning Ridge | Margaret Mizushima7/21/18*****
Burning Ridge (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #4) by Margaret Mizushima


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I'm in

Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Explorer: 15/15

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip ✔

*Read a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library. - Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (Overdrive hold) (6/18/17)

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square ✔

*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN - On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett (North Carolina) (6/5/18)

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage - Nightmare House by Douglas Clegg (6/11/18)

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral ✔

*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure - The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (6/3/18)

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date. - Unnatural History by Jonathan Green (takes place 1997) (6/27/18)

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text - Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (Why store bin bags in your cellar when you could flood it with blue light, ship in a pyramide of leggy chrome stools, cover the crappy walls with distorting mirrors, and charge twenty quid for a vodka Martini? (p 297) (6/8/18)

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery ✔
We are going underground today to discover one of the most amazing subway systems in the world where every station is its own work of art. One of the main architects of the metro said: “They have palaces for kings, we are going to build palaces for the people!”. Follow the available printed Moscow Metro Tour and experience the impressive mosaic murals, inspiring sculptures, beautiful stained glass, and crystal chandeliers. You may actually leave feeling a little like royalty.

*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) - Eversea by Natasha Boyd (kindle freebie) (6/10/18)

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET. - Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips (Amanda) (6/9/18)

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin ✔
We leave Moscow and head north to the oldest city of Russia. It was here in 862 AD that Prince Rurik decreed the formation of the Russia state. His dynasty ruled for seven centuries, making Novgorod the birthplace of Russian thought, politics and religion. Inside the city’s Kremlin walls is St. Sophia Cathedral - the oldest orthodox church in Russia. It’s home to the most revered icon of the church: Our Lady of the Sign which has many miraculous events attributed to it.

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

*Read a book with tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one). - In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo (7/16/18)

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod ✔

*Read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. . - One Shade of Gray by Monica Corwin (219 p) (6/17/18)

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour ✔

*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted. - Peter Stier Jr. wrote Planet Fever (7/19/18)

We spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the city's canals and rivers by boat. You’ll glide under several of its 800 bridges and pass sights like the Summer Garden and the impressive Marble Palace. Indulge in the Russian pastime of afternoon tea at Eliseyev Emporium, an opulent Art Nouveau hall brimming with gourmet sweets. Tonight you're invited to Nikolaevsky Palace for the popular folk show: Feel Yourself Russian. You will be amazed at both the palace and the exciting display of music, costumes and dance.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage ✔

*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum). - Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips (6/9/18)

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof ✔

*Read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”. - Murder in Murloo by Brigid George (witnesses) (7/11/18)

*Read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was. - Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction (time travel and space travel and terraforming and energie generation, and nanotechnology and robots and new materials and a lot of other stuff I STILL don't understand) (7/8/18)


Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt ✔

*Read a book written by a woman. - Janet Evanovich wrote Sizzling Sixteen (7/3/18)

Let’s go shopping! Gostiny Dvor, housed in a block long 18th-century structure, features a labyrinth of shops selling everything from designer clothes to caviar. We continue to the historic Singer House. This former sewing factory is now the largest bookstore in the city. Browse through the multi-lingual books and cabinets full of matryoshka dolls, amber trinkets, and hand painted porcelain. Both places are a shopper’s paradise! Grab a bowl of borscht in Cafe Singer and enjoy the panoramic view of Kazan Cathedral. After lunch check out the cathedral’s interior which is layered with icons and incense.

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

Veering off Nevsky a couple blocks we view the most photographed building in St Petersburg, The Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, it's covered inside and out with detailed mosaics. Cross the Moyka Bridge to the Field of Mars with its Eternal Flame lit in memory of the revolution victims. Next to it is the tranquil Summer Garden, a lovely place to relax and spend the afternoon. We end our visit with a special gourmet dinner at Gogol. Its elegant interior and authentic Russian cuisine of creamy beef stroganoff with their specialty horseradish vodka is pure heaven!!

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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Denise wrote: "really cool! but...I've never played a challenge where it says complete one tqsk per day

how do you mean? a book a day?

Daytripper: Complete one task per day for a total of 10 tasks.
Explorer: Co..."


Denise, it just means you need to read one of the tasks for each day of "travel" , you can read them in any order and take as long for each book as you want

like, for day two:

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia! Our first day is dedicated to exploring the heart of Moscow - The Kremlin & Red Square. The Kremlin is a fortified "city within a city" that includes five palaces, four cathedrals, government buildings and the famous Armoury - all enclosed within the Kremlin wall with its 20 named towers. Take the guided tour and marvel at the gold-domed cathedrals, the Tsar Bell and the Armoury Museum royal treasures which include the famous Faberge Eggs.

*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.

Outside the Kremlin is the famous Red Square. The varied architecture and powerful atmosphere makes this a fascinating place to spend the afternoon. Up for a bit of macabre? Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the chemically preserved body of the Soviet Union's founder has been on public display for 83 years. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the spectacular and brightly colored St Basil’s Cathedral. Be sure to go inside to see the nine beautiful chapels. End the day exploring the elegant 19th century GUM Department Store complex that covers the entire east side of the square.

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.


you can either do the task for the Kremlin OR the task for the Red Square, but in the end, you should have read one task from each "day"


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Jan | 14232 comments Denise wrote: "really cool! but...I've never played a challenge where it says complete one tqsk per day

how do you mean? a book a day?


Welcome Denise - there are 10 days of travel listed in the challenge. You will complete at least 1 of the tasks for each day.


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Jan | 14232 comments Have fun Rosa!


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Denise | 2575 comments Rosa wrote: "Denise wrote: "really cool! but...I've never played a challenge where it says complete one tqsk per day

how do you mean? a book a day?

Daytripper: Complete one task per day for a total of 10 task..."


Thank you!


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Denise | 2575 comments Choose a level and enjoy summer in Russia!
Daytripper: Complete one task per day for a total of 10 tasks.
Explorer: Complete 15 of the 20 tasks. You must complete at least one task per day.

16/15

Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if it is task appropriate. When you have completed the challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and repost in a new message, letting us know it is completed.

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√Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
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√*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA The Alice Network by Kate Quinn 8.12.18

√Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
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√*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN - location is Isola He Who Hesitates by Ed McBain 6.7.18

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.

√Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
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√*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile". Patti Smith, writer, artist, musician, poet Just Kids 6.10.18


√*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date. The Summons by Peter Lovesey published in 1995, takes place in the 1990s. 6.8.18


√* read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN. Ruth Downie Tabula Rasa 6.12.18

√Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery

√*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred. In Ashes To Dust 30+ years after a volcano eruption, four bodies are found in the basement of an excavated house - murders to solve. By Ysar Sigurdardottir 6.22.18


√*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) I got this book at a library sale under "free books" Q's Legacy: A Delightful Account of a Lifelong Love Affair with Books by Helene Hanff 6.27.18

√*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET. - Billy Beal To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear 6.24.18

√Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
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√*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list Miss Silver Intervenes 1943 by Patricia Wentworth 7.10.18

√* read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one). Detroit: 1930-1969 by David Lee Pombera 7.25.18

√Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
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√*Read a book with a rural setting
- both rural England and rural France Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 7.8.18

Continued in Next Post . . .


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Denise | 2575 comments Continued . . .

√Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
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We've arrived in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, which served as the capital of Russia until 1918. Our tour begins at the city’s first buildings: Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral. Be sure to walk by the tombs of the tsars and look up for the most unbelievable view. We continue to St. Isaac's Cathedral whose magnificent gold plated dome is visible all over the historic city center. During WWII, the Russians painted over the gold so it wouldn't be looted by the Nazis.

√*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.
Bad Boy by Peter Robinson 7.3.18

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We spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the city's canals and rivers by boat. You’ll glide under several of its 800 bridges and pass sights like the Summer Garden and the impressive Marble Palace. Indulge in the Russian pastime of afternoon tea at Eliseyev Emporium, an opulent Art Nouveau hall brimming with gourmet sweets. Tonight you're invited to Nikolaevsky Palace for the popular folk show: Feel Yourself Russian. You will be amazed at both the palace and the exciting display of music, costumes and dance.

√*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author. Mind The Doors: Long Short Stories by Zinovy Zinik who is Russian and one of the long short stories takes place in Moscow 7.12.18

√Day Eight: The Hermitage
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In 1764, when Catherine the Great became interested in art, she built a private museum in her home, the Winter Palace. Five years later she had collected over 2,500 paintings and named her expanding museum the Hermitage or "Place of Solitude". Now it has 3 million works of art - only a fifth of the collection can be displayed at one time. It’s impossible to see it all but spend the day walking through the palatial rooms and keep your eyes open for masterpieces by Da Vinci, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, or Rembrandt. Stop for lunch at the museum's café and then see what new treasures the afternoon uncovers for you.

√*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum). Dark in Death by J.D. Robb 7.21.18

√Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
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Let's see where royalty spent their summers! Our first stop is Catherine’s Palace - the magnificent summer residence located in Pushkin. Originally a modest home, Empress Elizabeth found her mother's residence outdated and asked her court architect to demolish and replace it with a much grander edifice. This flamboyant palace is best known for its legendary Amber Room - a chamber covered in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. The original was lost during WW II, but Russian artisans have created a perfect replica that is truly outstanding!

√* read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”. Death in Midsummer and Other Stories by Yukio Mishima 7.5.18

Next we are off to see Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. The palace is absolutely grand but the gardens and spectacular gold fountains are the star of the show. The fountains are an unbelievable technological achievement in that they all operate without the use of pumps utilizing natural springs and reservoirs! The most famous is the Grand Cascade which runs from the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal and is actually 64 different fountains with over 200 bronze statues. It’s an incredible sight to behold!

√*read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman by Teresa Warfield 7.18.18 has a section about the discovery of ether and how it profoundly changed the experience of surgery.


√Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
Commercial Photography
Put on your walking shoes to explore the famous street, Nevsky Prospekt. We begin at Alexander Nevsky Monastery, named after the city's patron saint. Wander through the churches and graveyards where many great Russian's have been laid to rest, including Tchaikovsky and Dostoevsky. Our walk continues past the legendary Aurora. The theater opened in 1913 and is a great tribute to cinema. Stop on the Anichkov Bridge and admire the four life-like horse sculptures depicting mankind's struggle against the elements. Grab a coffee from Eliseyev Emporium for a break with Catherine the Great in the park across the street. Her monument is a true testament to girl power!

√*Read a book written by a woman. - Donna Leon wrote The Waters of Eternal Youth 6.4.18

Let’s go shopping! Gostiny Dvor, housed in a block long 18th-century structure, features a labyrinth of shops selling everything from designer clothes to caviar. We continue to the historic Singer House. This former sewing factory is now the largest bookstore in the city. Browse through the multi-lingual books and cabinets full of matryoshka dolls, amber trinkets, and hand painted porcelain. Both places are a shopper’s paradise! Grab a bowl of borscht in Cafe Singer and enjoy the panoramic view of Kazan Cathedral. After lunch check out the cathedral’s interior which is layered with icons and incense.

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

Veering off Nevsky a couple blocks we view the most photographed building in St Petersburg, The Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, it's covered inside and out with detailed mosaics. Cross the Moyka Bridge to the Field of Mars with its Eternal Flame lit in memory of the revolution victims. Next to it is the tranquil Summer Garden, a lovely place to relax and spend the afternoon. We end our visit with a special gourmet dinner at Gogol. Its elegant interior and authentic Russian cuisine of creamy beef stroganoff with their specialty horseradish vodka is pure heaven!!

√*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name. Noonday by Pat Barker 8.4.18 is the 3rd and final book of a series/trilogy of the Life Class series.


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Michelle's Empty Nest (mlundy5) | 141 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Explorer: 9/15



✔ Day One: Preparing for Your Trip

✔ *Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA.
Spilled Coffee by J.B. Chicoine 6-2-2018 | 4*

✔ Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square

✔ *Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN. Share the location or what the treasure was.
The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen 6-2-2018 | 3* {Newport Cove}

✔ *Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 6-4-2018 | 3*

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral

*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".

✔ *Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton 6-10-2018 | 3* {1992}

✔ *Read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
Murder in Chinatown by Victoria Thompson 6-1-2018 | 4*

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery

✔ *Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 6-5-2018 | 3* {Slave movement}

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod

*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour

*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage

*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof

*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt

✔ *Read a book written by a woman.
Find Her by Lisa Gardner 6-6-2018 | 5*

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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Jan | 14232 comments Have fun Michelle!


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Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 177 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Explorer: Complete 15 of the 20 tasks. You must complete at least one task per day.

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip

Visiting Russian requires some planning up front since you need to apply for a Visa to enter the country. This is often easier if you enlist the help of a tour company, travel agent or tour guide. They can also help get the necessary passes for many of the places we will be visiting. Give yourself plenty of time to obtain all the needed approvals.

*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square

Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia! Our first day is dedicated to exploring the heart of Moscow - The Kremlin & Red Square. The Kremlin is a fortified "city within a city" that includes five palaces, four cathedrals, government buildings and the famous Armoury - all enclosed within the Kremlin wall with its 20 named towers. Take the guided tour and marvel at the gold-domed cathedrals, the Tsar Bell and the Armoury Museum royal treasures which include the famous Faberge Eggs.

*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.

Outside the Kremlin is the famous Red Square. The varied architecture and powerful atmosphere makes this a fascinating place to spend the afternoon. Up for a bit of macabre? Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the chemically preserved body of the Soviet Union's founder has been on public display for 83 years. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the spectacular and brightly colored St Basil’s Cathedral. Be sure to go inside to see the nine beautiful chapels. End the day exploring the elegant 19th century GUM Department Store complex that covers the entire east side of the square.

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral

Today we tour Novodevichy Convent, one of the most beautiful and well known Russian monasteries. Built in the 16th century, it has preserved its original appearance and is one of the few monasteries that remained unscathed during Soviet times. It was closely linked to the Kremlin and was used as a place to send exiled royal wives, daughters, and lovers. The adjoining cemetery with its unique gravestones, is the resting place of many of Russia's most famous and talented literary, artistic, musical, and political figures.

*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is a powerful symbol of Russia’s post-Communist reconstruction. It is an exact replica of the original 19th century church that Stalin demolished and turned into a public swimming pool. After the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s, the new mayor joined forces with the Orthodox Church to have this grand cathedral resurrected. From its observation deck you can see the controversial Peter the Great Monument. Towering higher than the Statue of Liberty it has often been labeled the ugliest statue in the world.

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.

Russians love their vodka! End your day having dinner at the upscale but affordable Petrov Vodkin restaurant, where you'll find more than 300 vodkas on display and 60 types available for tasting. The restaurant also has a vast menu of Russian home-style dishes that are the perfect accompaniment to that perfect shot of vodka.

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery

We are going underground today to discover one of the most amazing subway systems in the world where every station is its own work of art. One of the main architects of the metro said: “They have palaces for kings, we are going to build palaces for the people!”. Follow the available printed Moscow Metro Tour and experience the impressive mosaic murals, inspiring sculptures, beautiful stained glass, and crystal chandeliers. You may actually leave feeling a little like royalty.

*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.


The Tretyakov Gallery is an essential destination for all visitors to Moscow. Bequeathed to the Russian People by Tretyakov – it was entrusted to the city with instructions that it must remain open and be free to the people. With over 100,000 works of art charting the development of Russian painting from the 10th through the 19th century, it is the perfect place to uncover the mysteries of the Russian soul.

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.

Another important part of Russian culture is their love of ballet. Spend your final night in Moscow at the Bolshoi Ballet, marveling at the perfection of every detail, from the curve of each ballerina's arm to the sparkle of the costumes. Even though the historic Bolshoi Theater is under renovation, the new stage next door is just as impressive.

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin

We leave Moscow and head north to the oldest city of Russia. It was here in 862 AD that Prince Rurik decreed the formation of the Russia state. His dynasty ruled for seven centuries, making Novgorod the birthplace of Russian thought, politics and religion. Inside the city’s Kremlin walls is St. Sophia Cathedral - the oldest orthodox church in Russia. It’s home to the most revered icon of the church: Our Lady of the Sign which has many miraculous events attributed to it.

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

While in the Kremlin area be sure to see The Monument to the Millenium of Russia. Built in 1862 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of Russia, it tells the story of the millennium’s history of the state. The Angel on top symbolizes the Orthodox Church, who is blessing a kneeling woman who is Russia. In the outer gardens of the Kremlin you’ll find another monument. This one is dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff, the famous composer who was born in Novgorod.

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod

Today we visit the Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture, set within a beautiful forested estate. Wooden churches, homes, and mills dating from the 14th to 19th centuries have been reconstructed with interiors full of period furniture, providing a delightful insight into Russia's architectural past and the rural life. The town has many options for the remainder of the day: explore one of the nearby monasteries or medieval churches; take a swim in the nearby Volkhov River or find a local restaurant for some great Russian food and a glass of locally brewed mead.

*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .


Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 177 comments Continued . . .

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour

We've arrived in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, which served as the capital of Russia until 1918. Our tour begins at the city’s first buildings: Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral. Be sure to walk by the tombs of the tsars and look up for the most unbelievable view. We continue to St. Isaac's Cathedral whose magnificent gold plated dome is visible all over the historic city center. During WWII, the Russians painted over the gold so it wouldn't be looted by the Nazis.

*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.


We spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the city's canals and rivers by boat. You’ll glide under several of its 800 bridges and pass sights like the Summer Garden and the impressive Marble Palace. Indulge in the Russian pastime of afternoon tea at Eliseyev Emporium, an opulent Art Nouveau hall brimming with gourmet sweets. Tonight you're invited to Nikolaevsky Palace for the popular folk show: Feel Yourself Russian. You will be amazed at both the palace and the exciting display of music, costumes and dance.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage

In 1764, when Catherine the Great became interested in art, she built a private museum in her home, the Winter Palace. Five years later she had collected over 2,500 paintings and named her expanding museum the Hermitage or "Place of Solitude". Now it has 3 million works of art - only a fifth of the collection can be displayed at one time. It’s impossible to see it all but spend the day walking through the palatial rooms and keep your eyes open for masterpieces by Da Vinci, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, or Rembrandt. Stop for lunch at the museum's café and then see what new treasures the afternoon uncovers for you.

*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof

Let's see where royalty spent their summers! Our first stop is Catherine’s Palace - the magnificent summer residence located in Pushkin. Originally a modest home, Empress Elizabeth found her mother's residence outdated and asked her court architect to demolish and replace it with a much grander edifice. This flamboyant palace is best known for its legendary Amber Room - a chamber covered in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. The original was lost during WW II, but Russian artisans have created a perfect replica that is truly outstanding!

*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.

Next we are off to see Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. The palace is absolutely grand but the gardens and spectacular gold fountains are the star of the show. The fountains are an unbelievable technological achievement in that they all operate without the use of pumps utilizing natural springs and reservoirs! The most famous is the Grand Cascade which runs from the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal and is actually 64 different fountains with over 200 bronze statues. It’s an incredible sight to behold!

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.


Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt

Put on your walking shoes to explore the famous street, Nevsky Prospekt. We begin at Alexander Nevsky Monastery, named after the city's patron saint. Wander through the churches and graveyards where many great Russian's have been laid to rest, including Tchaikovsky and Dostoevsky. Our walk continues past the legendary Aurora. The theater opened in 1913 and is a great tribute to cinema. Stop on the Anichkov Bridge and admire the four life-like horse sculptures depicting mankind's struggle against the elements. Grab a coffee from Eliseyev Emporium for a break with Catherine the Great in the park across the street. Her monument is a true testament to girl power!

*Read a book written by a woman.

Let’s go shopping! Gostiny Dvor, housed in a block long 18th-century structure, features a labyrinth of shops selling everything from designer clothes to caviar. We continue to the historic Singer House. This former sewing factory is now the largest bookstore in the city. Browse through the multi-lingual books and cabinets full of matryoshka dolls, amber trinkets, and hand painted porcelain. Both places are a shopper’s paradise! Grab a bowl of borscht in Cafe Singer and enjoy the panoramic view of Kazan Cathedral. After lunch check out the cathedral’s interior which is layered with icons and incense.

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

Veering off Nevsky a couple blocks we view the most photographed building in St Petersburg, The Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, it's covered inside and out with detailed mosaics. Cross the Moyka Bridge to the Field of Mars with its Eternal Flame lit in memory of the revolution victims. Next to it is the tranquil Summer Garden, a lovely place to relax and spend the afternoon. We end our visit with a special gourmet dinner at Gogol. Its elegant interior and authentic Russian cuisine of creamy beef stroganoff with their specialty horseradish vodka is pure heaven!!

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


message 16: by Patrizia, Contributor (last edited Jul 29, 2018 07:43AM) (new)

Patrizia | 1100 comments Russia Summer Adventure
Date: June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Daytripper: 10/10
Explorer: 15/15

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.
title's initial- Maya Corrigan, Scam Chowder 5 June
Scam Chowder (A Five-Ingredient Mystery #2) by Maya Corrigan

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.
book set in Missoula (Montana)- Nora Roberts, Le parole infinite 19 July
Le parole infinite by Nora Roberts

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".
MC is a ghostwriter- Alice Basso, La scrittrice del mistero 29 July
La scrittrice del mistero by Alice Basso

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
setting in July 1995- Nevada Barr, The Rope 3 June
The Rope (Anna Pigeon, #17) by Nevada Barr

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
author's initials- Krista Davis, Murder Most Howl 17 June
Murder Most Howl (Paws and Claws Mystery, #3) by Krista Davis

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.
visit to a cave-Kate E. Dyer-Seeley, In Cave Danger 10 July
In Cave Danger (Pacific Northwest Mystery #5) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.
Brooklyn- Kate Carlisle, One Book in the Grave 29 June
One Book in the Grave (A Bibliophile Mystery, #5) by Kate Carlisle

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.
series book #7- Maddy Hunter, Dutch Me Deadly 13 June
Dutch Me Deadly (Passport to Peril, #7) by Maddy Hunter

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count.
rural setting- Lynn Cahoon, Who Moved My Goat Cheese? 10 June
Who Moved My Goat Cheese? (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #1) by Lynn Cahoon

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.
Paul- Paolo Ciampi, La strada delle legioni 24 June
La strada delle legioni by Paolo Ciampi

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
Dorothy St. James, Asking for Truffle 26 June
Asking for Truffle (A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery, #1) by Dorothy St. James

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.
amber colored cover- Molly MacRae, Scones and Scoundrels 8 July
Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) by Molly MacRae

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.
Annette Dashofy, Uneasy Prey 3 July
Uneasy Prey (Zoe Chambers Mysteries #6) by Annette Dashofy

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.
Amy Lillard, Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper 25 July
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery #1) by Amy Lillard

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.
Undercover Dish Mystery- Julia Buckley, Pudding Up With Murder 27 July
Pudding Up With Murder by Julia Buckley


message 17: by Marina H (last edited Sep 25, 2018 03:43AM) (new)

Marina H | 327 comments Russia Summer Adventure
Date: June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Completed: 15/15

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
✔ *Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.
I denne stille nat by Mari Jungstedt 09/06/18

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
✔ *Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.
Set in Miami: Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich 04/06/18

✔ *Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.
Billedet af Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 10/06/18

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
✔ *Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".
For at kunne leve - En nordkoreansk piges rejse mod friheden by Yeonmi Park 17/07/18

✔ *Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date: 1997
Rachels ferie by Marian Keyes 17/07/18

✔ *Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher 28/06/18

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
✔ *Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred: They work in a gold mine
Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais 17/06/18

✔ *Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume 21/06/18

✔ *Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.
Alex from Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich 05/06/18

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

✔ *Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).
Anne Franks Dagbog by Anne Frank 24/09/18

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
✔ *Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count.
Simpel sandhed by Jodi Picoult 03/06/18

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage
✔ *Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler 25/07/18

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
✔ *Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.
Den du ikke ser by Mari Jungstedt 07/06/18

✔ *Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.
Smitten by Janet Evanovich 06/06/18

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
✔ *Read a book written by a woman.
Dette burde skrives i nutid by Helle Helle 13/06/18

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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 Olivermagnus (lynda214) | 699 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

20
of 20 Complete

Explorer: Complete 15 of the 20 tasks. You must complete at least one task per day.

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip

Visiting Russian requires some planning up front since you need to apply for a Visa to enter the country. This is often easier if you enlist the help of a tour company, travel agent or tour guide. They can also help get the necessary passes for many of the places we will be visiting. Give yourself plenty of time to obtain all the needed approvals.

✔ *Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.
Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro - 6/25/18

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square

Welcome to the glorious capital of Russia! Our first day is dedicated to exploring the heart of Moscow - The Kremlin & Red Square. The Kremlin is a fortified "city within a city" that includes five palaces, four cathedrals, government buildings and the famous Armoury - all enclosed within the Kremlin wall with its 20 named towers. Take the guided tour and marvel at the gold-domed cathedrals, the Tsar Bell and the Armoury Museum royal treasures which include the famous Faberge Eggs.

✔ *Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.
Third Degree - Greg Iles - 6/21/18 - set in Mississippi

Outside the Kremlin is the famous Red Square. The varied architecture and powerful atmosphere makes this a fascinating place to spend the afternoon. Up for a bit of macabre? Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the chemically preserved body of the Soviet Union's founder has been on public display for 83 years. At the south end of the square, feast your eyes on the spectacular and brightly colored St Basil’s Cathedral. Be sure to go inside to see the nine beautiful chapels. End the day exploring the elegant 19th century GUM Department Store complex that covers the entire east side of the square.

✔ Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.
Lightning - Dean Koontz - 7/29/18

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral

Today we tour Novodevichy Convent, one of the most beautiful and well known Russian monasteries. Built in the 16th century, it has preserved its original appearance and is one of the few monasteries that remained unscathed during Soviet times. It was closely linked to the Kremlin and was used as a place to send exiled royal wives, daughters, and lovers. The adjoining cemetery with its unique gravestones, is the resting place of many of Russia's most famous and talented literary, artistic, musical, and political figures.

✔ *Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".
Hour of the Hunter - J.A. Jance - 6/23/18 - MC is a writer

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is a powerful symbol of Russia’s post-Communist reconstruction. It is an exact replica of the original 19th century church that Stalin demolished and turned into a public swimming pool. After the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s, the new mayor joined forces with the Orthodox Church to have this grand cathedral resurrected. From its observation deck you can see the controversial Peter the Great Monument. Towering higher than the Statue of Liberty it has often been labeled the ugliest statue in the world.

✔ Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
Blood Will Tell- Dana Stabenow - 7/7/18 - pub 5/7/1996

Russians love their vodka! End your day having dinner at the upscale but affordable Petrov Vodkin restaurant, where you'll find more than 300 vodkas on display and 60 types available for tasting. The restaurant also has a vast menu of Russian home-style dishes that are the perfect accompaniment to that perfect shot of vodka.

✔ *Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
Mother Night - Kurt Vonnegut - 6/4/18 - KV

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery

We are going underground today to discover one of the most amazing subway systems in the world where every station is its own work of art. One of the main architects of the metro said: “They have palaces for kings, we are going to build palaces for the people!”. Follow the available printed Moscow Metro Tour and experience the impressive mosaic murals, inspiring sculptures, beautiful stained glass, and crystal chandeliers. You may actually leave feeling a little like royalty.

✔ *Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.
The Chalk Pit - Elly Griffiths - 6/19/18 - homeless population living in underground tunnels

The Tretyakov Gallery is an essential destination for all visitors to Moscow. Bequeathed to the Russian People by Tretyakov – it was entrusted to the city with instructions that it must remain open and be free to the people. With over 100,000 works of art charting the development of Russian painting from the 10th through the 19th century, it is the perfect place to uncover the mysteries of the Russian soul.

✔ *Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.
Bloody Mary - J.A. Konrath - 7/19/18

Another important part of Russian culture is their love of ballet. Spend your final night in Moscow at the Bolshoi Ballet, marveling at the perfection of every detail, from the curve of each ballerina's arm to the sparkle of the costumes. Even though the historic Bolshoi Theater is under renovation, the new stage next door is just as impressive.

✔ *Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.
Force of Nature - Jane Harper - 6/3/18 - MC = Aaron

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin

We leave Moscow and head north to the oldest city of Russia. It was here in 862 AD that Prince Rurik decreed the formation of the Russia state. His dynasty ruled for seven centuries, making Novgorod the birthplace of Russian thought, politics and religion. Inside the city’s Kremlin walls is St. Sophia Cathedral - the oldest orthodox church in Russia. It’s home to the most revered icon of the church: Our Lady of the Sign which has many miraculous events attributed to it.

✔ *Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith - 8/12/18 - published in 1948

While in the Kremlin area be sure to see The Monument to the Millenium of Russia. Built in 1862 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of Russia, it tells the story of the millennium’s history of the state. The Angel on top symbolizes the Orthodox Church, who is blessing a kneeling woman who is Russia. In the outer gardens of the Kremlin you’ll find another monument. This one is dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff, the famous composer who was born in Novgorod.

✔ *Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Rob Thomas - 8/27/18

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod

Today we visit the Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture, set within a beautiful forested estate. Wooden churches, homes, and mills dating from the 14th to 19th centuries have been reconstructed with interiors full of period furniture, providing a delightful insight into Russia's architectural past and the rural life. The town has many options for the remainder of the day: explore one of the nearby monasteries or medieval churches; take a swim in the nearby Volkhov River or find a local restaurant for some great Russian food and a glass of locally brewed mead.

✔ *Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count.
Prison Planet - William C. Dietz - 7/9/18 - 196 pages


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Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour

We've arrived in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, which served as the capital of Russia until 1918. Our tour begins at the city’s first buildings: Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral. Be sure to walk by the tombs of the tsars and look up for the most unbelievable view. We continue to St. Isaac's Cathedral whose magnificent gold plated dome is visible all over the historic city center. During WWII, the Russians painted over the gold so it wouldn't be looted by the Nazis.

✔ *Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.
Dead If You Don't - Peter James - 6/4/18

We spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the city's canals and rivers by boat. You’ll glide under several of its 800 bridges and pass sights like the Summer Garden and the impressive Marble Palace. Indulge in the Russian pastime of afternoon tea at Eliseyev Emporium, an opulent Art Nouveau hall brimming with gourmet sweets. Tonight you're invited to Nikolaevsky Palace for the popular folk show: Feel Yourself Russian. You will be amazed at both the palace and the exciting display of music, costumes and dance.

✔ *Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.
The Other Woman - Daniel Silva - 8/19/18

Day Eight: The Hermitage

In 1764, when Catherine the Great became interested in art, she built a private museum in her home, the Winter Palace. Five years later she had collected over 2,500 paintings and named her expanding museum the Hermitage or "Place of Solitude". Now it has 3 million works of art - only a fifth of the collection can be displayed at one time. It’s impossible to see it all but spend the day walking through the palatial rooms and keep your eyes open for masterpieces by Da Vinci, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, or Rembrandt. Stop for lunch at the museum's café and then see what new treasures the afternoon uncovers for you.

✔ *Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
The Escape Artist - Brad Meltzer - 6/21/18 - TEA

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof

Let's see where royalty spent their summers! Our first stop is Catherine’s Palace - the magnificent summer residence located in Pushkin. Originally a modest home, Empress Elizabeth found her mother's residence outdated and asked her court architect to demolish and replace it with a much grander edifice. This flamboyant palace is best known for its legendary Amber Room - a chamber covered in amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. The original was lost during WW II, but Russian artisans have created a perfect replica that is truly outstanding!

✔ *Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.
Yesterday's Echo - Matt Coyle - 7/18/18
Yesterday's Echo (Rick Cahill, #1) by Matt Coyle

Next we are off to see Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland. The palace is absolutely grand but the gardens and spectacular gold fountains are the star of the show. The fountains are an unbelievable technological achievement in that they all operate without the use of pumps utilizing natural springs and reservoirs! The most famous is the Grand Cascade which runs from the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal and is actually 64 different fountains with over 200 bronze statues. It’s an incredible sight to behold!

✔ *Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.
Piranha - Clive Cussler - 6/5/18


Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt

Put on your walking shoes to explore the famous street, Nevsky Prospekt. We begin at Alexander Nevsky Monastery, named after the city's patron saint. Wander through the churches and graveyards where many great Russian's have been laid to rest, including Tchaikovsky and Dostoevsky. Our walk continues past the legendary Aurora. The theater opened in 1913 and is a great tribute to cinema. Stop on the Anichkov Bridge and admire the four life-like horse sculptures depicting mankind's struggle against the elements. Grab a coffee from Eliseyev Emporium for a break with Catherine the Great in the park across the street. Her monument is a true testament to girl power!

✔ *Read a book written by a woman.
Damaged - Lisa Scottoline - 6/29/18

Let’s go shopping! Gostiny Dvor, housed in a block long 18th-century structure, features a labyrinth of shops selling everything from designer clothes to caviar. We continue to the historic Singer House. This former sewing factory is now the largest bookstore in the city. Browse through the multi-lingual books and cabinets full of matryoshka dolls, amber trinkets, and hand painted porcelain. Both places are a shopper’s paradise! Grab a bowl of borscht in Cafe Singer and enjoy the panoramic view of Kazan Cathedral. After lunch check out the cathedral’s interior which is layered with icons and incense.

✔ *Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.
Night of the Living Deed - E.J. Copperman - 6/22/18

Veering off Nevsky a couple blocks we view the most photographed building in St Petersburg, The Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, it's covered inside and out with detailed mosaics. Cross the Moyka Bridge to the Field of Mars with its Eternal Flame lit in memory of the revolution victims. Next to it is the tranquil Summer Garden, a lovely place to relax and spend the afternoon. We end our visit with a special gourmet dinner at Gogol. Its elegant interior and authentic Russian cuisine of creamy beef stroganoff with their specialty horseradish vodka is pure heaven!!

*✔ Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.
World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters - 6/13/18 - The Last Policeman series final book


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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1458 comments Russia Summer Adventure
Begins: 01June18 / Ends: 31Aug18


LEVEL: Explorer
16 / 15 tasks completed
10 / 10 days explored


Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
Apply for a Visa
* Title starts with a letter in VISA - I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter ✔ – 12June18



Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
Welcome to Moscow
* Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN - London - Call the Midwife15810860 ✔ – 17June18

Red Square
*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.



Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
Novodevichy Convent
* Read a book with a character that is a writer - Eliza is a write in The Forgotten Garden ✔ – 30June18

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior *Read a book that takes place in the 1990’s - 1997 to 2002 (But at just over half is in the '90s before it goes forward to 2000 and later) - Digging to America ✔ – 01Aug18

Russians love their vodka! * Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text - Honeymoon with My Brother ✔ – 29June18 - Pg 89 - "…empty vodka bottles and potato…"


Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
Subway system
* Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND - Gambo and (view spoiler) in ... Island Beneath the Sea ✔ – 28July18

The Tretyakov Gallery * Read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page - 256,036 for Island of the Blue Dolphins ✔ – 01June18

Russian ballet * Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET - Thomas in Days Without End ✔ – 11June18



Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
Oldest city of Russia
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

Monument to the Millenium of Russia * Read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage - The Professor and the Madman ✔ – 17July18



Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Wooden Architecture
* Read a book with a rural setting - Ethan Frome ✔ – 09June18



Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
St. Petersburg
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

The city's canals and rivers * Read a book that is written by a Russian author - Bel Kaufman / Up the Down Staircase ✔ - 18Aug18



Day Eight: The Hermitage
The Hermitage
* Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE - T.F.C. - The Fiery Cross ✔ – 22July18



Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
Amber Room
* Read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home” - Bitter Grounds ✔ – 23June18 - Elena & Cecelia visit "la nina Ceci's lake house" pg 129

Peterhof * Read a book with a one word title - Moonraker ✔ – 21Aug18



Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
Nevsky Prospekt
* Read a book written by a woman - Suzanne Collins / Catching Fire ✔ – 04June18

Let’s go shopping!
*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

The Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood *Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed.- # 3 in the Latin America Trilogy - The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzmán ✔ – 16Aug18


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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1458 comments QUESTION

I'm confused by this task for Day 4
*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count)

How do you "purchase for Free" ? A gift? An exchange (though if you exchange a book you had bought for another one, it isn't really free is it)? A loan from a friend?


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Patrizia | 1100 comments I think it's good a book / ebook that you bought for free on the occasion of an offer. I have someone, if only I remembered which ones ...


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Jan | 14232 comments Book Concierge wrote: "QUESTION

I'm confused by this task for Day 4
*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count)

How do you "purchase for Free" ? A gift? An exchange (though if you exchange a ..."


I guess I'm very ebook oriented BC. I get ebooks all the time that I've purchased for 00.00. That's what I had in mind but I will accept books you received as a gift for this one or an ARC.

Does that help?


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Jan | 14232 comments Welcome Sallie, Patrizia, Marina, Lynda & BC! Let me know if I missed getting someone linked up.


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Jan | 14232 comments Have fun Dee!!!


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Karen ♐ (kmk1214) | 813 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Explorer: 14/15


Day One: Preparing for Your Trip

*Read a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library. - Birthright Nora Roberts - 6/3
Birthright by Nora Roberts

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square

*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN. Share the location. - Los Angeles - Chasing Perfection: Vol. IV M.S. Parker - 6/6
Chasing Perfection Vol. IV (Chasing Perfection, #4) by M.S. Parker

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral

*Read a book with a character that is a artist - Shelter in Place Nora Roberts - 6/29
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date. - 1996 - Mackenzie's Magic Linda Howard - 6/7
Mackenzie's Magic (Mackenzie Family, #3.5) by Linda Howard

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text - Curious R.G. Alexander - 6/14
Curious (The Finn Factor, #1) by R.G. Alexander

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery

*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) - A Cold Dark Place Toni Anderson - 6/19
A Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice, #1) by Toni Anderson

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET. - Ellie - Until Fountain Bridge Samantha Young - 6/6
Until Fountain Bridge (On Dublin Street, #1.5) by Samantha Young

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list. - Added 12/22/13 - Unleashed Cherrie Lynn - 8/2
Unleashed (Ross Siblings, #1) by Cherrie Lynn

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod

*Read a book with a rural setting - A Rancher's Heart Vivian Arend - 6/16
A Rancher's Heart (Heart Falls, #1) by Vivian Arend

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour

*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage

*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum). - Infinite Possibilities Lisa Renee Jones - 6/10
Infinite Possibilities (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof

*Read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”. - Love and Other Words Christina Lauren - 7/6
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

*Read a book with a one word title - Passion Shelly Bell - 6/5
Passion (White Collared, #4) by Shelly Bell

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt

*Read a book written by a woman. - Down with Love Kate Meader - 6/2
Down with Love (Laws of Attraction, #1) by Kate Meader

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name. - MacKenzie Family - A Game of Chance Linda Howard - 6/8
A Game of Chance (Silhouette Romantic Suspense Bestselling Author) by Linda Howard


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Bev(baglady) (blbaglady) | 314 comments Finished !

Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018


Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.
Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1) by Jill Shalvis Simply Irresistible Jill Shalvis 07/09/18

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.
When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker When I'm Gone Emily Bleeker 06/07/18 Michigan

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.
The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey The Curse of Crow Hollow Billy Coffey 07/16/18

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".
The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street, #3) by Karen White The Strangers on Montagu Street Karen White 06/25/18 Nola is musician and Jack is a writer

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt 07/07/18 Published - 01/13/1994

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider Extraordinary Means Robyn Schneider 06/22/18

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.
The Guests on South Battery (Tradd Street, #5) by Karen White The Guests on South Battery Karen White 07/12/18 An old cistern is discovered in the backyard and the anthropology department at the college explores it.

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.
Once Upon a Time A Story Collection (Ever After High) by Shannon Hale Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection Shannon Hale 07/09/18


*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.
The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High, #1) by Shannon Hale The Storybook of Legends Shannon Hale 06/05/18 Characters named - Apple White and Blondie Lockes

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.
The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings Nathaniel Hawthorne 07/17/18 Published in 1850

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).
The Devil's Highway A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea The Devil's Highway: A True Story Luis Alberto Urrea 6/11/18

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .
Manhunt (Michael Bennett, #10.5) by James Patterson Manhunt James Patterson 06/09/18 145 Pages

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.


*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles 07/19/18

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
Cross the Line (Alex Cross, #24) by James Patterson Cross the Line James Patterson 07/21/18

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.
The Trial (Women's Murder Club, #15.5) by James Patterson The Trial James Patterson 06/30/18

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.
Everland (Everland, #1) by Wendy Spinale Everland Wendy Spinale 06/27/18

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.
The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High, #2) by Shannon Hale The Unfairest of Them All Shannon Hale 06/17/18

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett 07/11/18

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.
A Wonderlandiful World (Ever After High, #3) by Shannon Hale A Wonderlandiful World Shannon Hale 06/27/18


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Jan | 14232 comments Enjoy your trip Karen & Bev!!


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Kathryn (an80slady6886) | 541 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Daytripper: 8/10

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip

*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas Sherryl Woods 6/9/18

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square

*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.

Love and First Sight Josh Sundquist 6/25/18 **** book takes place in Kansas

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet Melissa Fay Greene 6/23/2018 *

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.

The Long Winter Laura Ingalls Wilder 6/5/18

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Little Town on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder 7/17/18 ***

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod

*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .

Love You Stacy Finz 7/6/18 ****

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour

*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage

*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.

Then Again, Maybe I Won't Judy Blume 8/7/18 ** Mr. Miglione invented an electric cartridge. (What that is I don't know, nor do they describe it. Just that the Miglione's are now rich and move to Long Island from Jersey.)

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt

Read a book written by a woman.

The Home for Unwanted Girls Joanna Goodman 6/28/18 ****


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Jan | 14232 comments Enjoy your trip Kathryn!


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Patrizia | 1100 comments Ehm.... I've two questions...

1) Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.
Can I use the Italian variant of these names?

2) Read a book with an amber colored cover
Is this cover dark amber? For me it's.
Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) by Molly MacRae


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Tanya | 19 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1st-August 31st
Completed: 0/15

I'll try for Explorer. (Note: Must complete at least one task for every day).


message 33: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14232 comments Patrizia wrote: "Ehm.... I've two questions...

1) Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.
Can I use the Italian variant of..."


The amber cover is great Patrizia!

With the names, let me know what the italian equivalent would be if you find one and I'll let you know.


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Jan | 14232 comments Welcome to the challenge Tanya!


message 35: by Patrizia, Contributor (new)

Patrizia | 1100 comments The name is Paolo (Paul in English).


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Jan | 14232 comments That works fine Patrizia!


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Amanda A | 264 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Completed: 14/15


Explorer: Complete 15 of the 20 tasks. You must complete at least one task per day.

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.
A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer 6/11

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.
An Invitation to Murder by Leighann Dobbs & Harmony Williams 6/7

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
Kiss the Girls by James Patterson 7/9
First published 1/11/95

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
Veterinarian's Vacation by Pamela Kelley 6/15

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.
Her Dakota Man by Lisa Mondello 6/1

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.
Aurora Sky by Nikki Jefford 6/2

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.
Wild Hunger by Suzanne Wright 6/1

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count.
Rogues Rush In by Tessa Dare and Christi Caldwell 6/17

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.
Some Were In Time by Robyn Peterman

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young 6/14

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.
The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr 7/30

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.
Kulti by Mariana Zapata 6/8

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase 6/5

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.
Get Witch or Die Trying by Tonya Kappes 6/21

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.
Rogue Royalty by Meghan March 8/19
Savage Trilogy


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Jan | 14232 comments Enjoy your trip Amanda!


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Sunshine✰✰✰ | 119 comments Russia Summer Adventure
Duration: June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Explorer: 150/15

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip

*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA
Sterling by Dannika Dark 7/3/18

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN - Maine
Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler 6/16/18

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage
House Beneath the Bridge by Iain Rob Wright 8/9/18

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure
The House on Tradd Street by Karen White 7/9/18

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.

*Read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz 6/24/18

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. - Granuaile goes underground to find a lost horse
Staked by Kevin Hearne 6/13/18

*Read a book that you purchased for free
A Sweet Chunk of Madness by Deany Ray 6/8/18

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET. - Betsy
Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson 6/1/18

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book
The Call of the Wild by Jack London 6/28/18

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting - Edge of a forest
Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn 8/2/18

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia
Necroscope III: The Source by Brian Lumley 6/7/18

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
Out of Time by Monique Martin 7/27/18

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover
Ruby Dragon by Terry Bolryder 6/28/18

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.
Half Baked Murder by Carol Durand 7/5/18

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.
Undead and Unappreciated by MaryJanice Davidson 7/16/18

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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Jan | 14232 comments Have fun Sunshine!


message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm so stupid I should be allowed one of those disabled parking spots.

I really struggle with this challenge because I want to do "explorer" and I don't have a russian book. and all the time I thought: in the last ones, we didn't have to do EVERY task, there were always more than you needed!!

Yes. there still are. I just only copied the tasks up to day eight. *facepalm*


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Jan | 14232 comments LOL....I'm glad you figured it out Rosa. I do add a few extra tasks in these adventures.


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Yes I'm too! I wouldn't even have finished it at all if not because I wouldn't have done anything for days 9/10


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Finished my travel:

Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Explorer: 15/15

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip ✔

*Read a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library. - Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs (Overdrive hold) (6/18/17)

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square ✔

*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN - On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett (North Carolina) (6/5/18)

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage - Nightmare House by Douglas Clegg (6/11/18)

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral ✔

*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure - The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (6/3/18)

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date. - Unnatural History by Jonathan Green (takes place 1997) (6/27/18)

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text - Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (Why store bin bags in your cellar when you could flood it with blue light, ship in a pyramide of leggy chrome stools, cover the crappy walls with distorting mirrors, and charge twenty quid for a vodka Martini? (p 297) (6/8/18)

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery ✔
We are going underground today to discover one of the most amazing subway systems in the world where every station is its own work of art. One of the main architects of the metro said: “They have palaces for kings, we are going to build palaces for the people!”. Follow the available printed Moscow Metro Tour and experience the impressive mosaic murals, inspiring sculptures, beautiful stained glass, and crystal chandeliers. You may actually leave feeling a little like royalty.

*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) - Eversea by Natasha Boyd (kindle freebie) (6/10/18)

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET. - Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips (Amanda) (6/9/18)

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin ✔
We leave Moscow and head north to the oldest city of Russia. It was here in 862 AD that Prince Rurik decreed the formation of the Russia state. His dynasty ruled for seven centuries, making Novgorod the birthplace of Russian thought, politics and religion. Inside the city’s Kremlin walls is St. Sophia Cathedral - the oldest orthodox church in Russia. It’s home to the most revered icon of the church: Our Lady of the Sign which has many miraculous events attributed to it.

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

*Read a book with tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one). - In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo (7/16/18)

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod ✔

*Read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. . - One Shade of Gray by Monica Corwin (219 p) (6/17/18)

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour ✔

*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted. - Peter Stier Jr. wrote Planet Fever (7/19/18)

We spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the city's canals and rivers by boat. You’ll glide under several of its 800 bridges and pass sights like the Summer Garden and the impressive Marble Palace. Indulge in the Russian pastime of afternoon tea at Eliseyev Emporium, an opulent Art Nouveau hall brimming with gourmet sweets. Tonight you're invited to Nikolaevsky Palace for the popular folk show: Feel Yourself Russian. You will be amazed at both the palace and the exciting display of music, costumes and dance.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage ✔

*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum). - Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips (6/9/18)

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof ✔

*Read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”. - Murder in Murloo by Brigid George (witnesses) (7/11/18)

*Read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was. - Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction (time travel and space travel and terraforming and energie generation, and nanotechnology and robots and new materials and a lot of other stuff I STILL don't understand) (7/8/18)


Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt ✔

*Read a book written by a woman. - Janet Evanovich wrote Sizzling Sixteen (7/3/18)

Let’s go shopping! Gostiny Dvor, housed in a block long 18th-century structure, features a labyrinth of shops selling everything from designer clothes to caviar. We continue to the historic Singer House. This former sewing factory is now the largest bookstore in the city. Browse through the multi-lingual books and cabinets full of matryoshka dolls, amber trinkets, and hand painted porcelain. Both places are a shopper’s paradise! Grab a bowl of borscht in Cafe Singer and enjoy the panoramic view of Kazan Cathedral. After lunch check out the cathedral’s interior which is layered with icons and incense.

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

Veering off Nevsky a couple blocks we view the most photographed building in St Petersburg, The Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood. Built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881, it's covered inside and out with detailed mosaics. Cross the Moyka Bridge to the Field of Mars with its Eternal Flame lit in memory of the revolution victims. Next to it is the tranquil Summer Garden, a lovely place to relax and spend the afternoon. We end our visit with a special gourmet dinner at Gogol. Its elegant interior and authentic Russian cuisine of creamy beef stroganoff with their specialty horseradish vodka is pure heaven!!

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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Claire  | 73 comments Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
✔️*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.

I Am Number Four I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore Pittacus Lore 465 p. 11 july 2018 3 stars
Starts with I

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
✔️*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit Anna and the Swallow Man Gavriel Savit 256 p. 13 july 2018 5 stars

Krakov

✔️*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.
The Nightmare Room The Nightmare Room (The Messy Man #1) by Chris Sorensen R.L. Stine 274 p. 26 july 2018 3 stars
MPG horror

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
✔️*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".

Captain Corelli's Mandolin Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières Louis de Bernières 534 p. 29 july 2019 4 stars

Corelli is a musician

✔️*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
What a Carve Up! What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe Jonathan Coe 501 p. 7 july 2018 5 stars
Published in 1994

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
✔️*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.

Pompeii by Robert Harris Pompeii Robert Harris 416 p. 2 july 2018 4 stars
Explosion Vesuvius

✔️*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.

The Seven Dials Mystery The Seven Dials Mystery (Superintendent Battle, #2) by Agatha Christie Agatha Christie 375 p. 11 june 2018 3 stars

Got it from someone who threw out old books

✔️*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.

Us Against You Us Against You (Beartown, #2) by Fredrik Backman Fredrik Backman 448 p. 29 august 2018 4 stars
B in Benji

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin

*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

✔️*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Shakespeare Shakespeare by Bill Bryson Bill Bryson 214 p. 22 august 2018 3 stars

MPG: history
Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
✔️*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .
Veenbrand by Karin Fossum Veenbrand Karin Fossum 288 p. 7 july 2018 4 stars
Rural setting Scandinavia

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
✔️*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

The Witch of Portobello The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho 368 p. 5 july 2018 3 stars
Author Paulo

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Wolves Eat Dogs Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith Martin Cruz Smith 368 p. 19 june 2018 4 stars
Partly set in Russia

Day Eight: The Hermitage
✔️*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).

Under Orders Under Orders by Dick Francis Dick Francis 384 p. 19 august 2018 3 stars

OU

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
✔️*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.

Lustrum by Robert Harris Lustrum Robert Harris 466 p. 20 august 2018 5 stars
Cicero owns and visits summer home

✔️*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.
Saturday Saturday by Ian McEwan Ian McEwan 289 p. 24 august 2018 5 stars
1 word

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
✔️*Read a book written by a woman.

Unveiled: Tamar Unveiled Tamar (Lineage of Grace Book 1) by Francine Rivers Francine Rivers 204 p. 1 august 2018 3 stars

✔️*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

De tijgerkat by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa De tijgerkat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 312 p. 22 june 2018 4 stars
Guiseppe

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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Jan | 14232 comments Enjoy your trip Claire!!


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Bev(baglady) (blbaglady) | 314 comments Finished !!
Russia Summer Adventure
June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018


Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.
Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1) by Jill Shalvis Simply Irresistible Jill Shalvis 07/09/18

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.
When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker When I'm Gone Emily Bleeker 06/07/18 Michigan

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.
The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey The Curse of Crow Hollow Billy Coffey 07/16/18

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".
The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street, #3) by Karen White The Strangers on Montagu Street Karen White 06/25/18 Nola is musician and Jack is a writer

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt 07/07/18 Published - 01/13/1994

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider Extraordinary Means Robyn Schneider 06/22/18

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.
The Guests on South Battery (Tradd Street, #5) by Karen White The Guests on South Battery Karen White 07/12/18 An old cistern is discovered in the backyard and the anthropology department at the college explores it.

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.
Once Upon a Time A Story Collection (Ever After High) by Shannon Hale Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection Shannon Hale 07/09/18


*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.
The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High, #1) by Shannon Hale The Storybook of Legends Shannon Hale 06/05/18 Characters named - Apple White and Blondie Lockes

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.
The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings Nathaniel Hawthorne 07/17/18 Published in 1850

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).
The Devil's Highway A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea The Devil's Highway: A True Story Luis Alberto Urrea 6/11/18

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .
Manhunt (Michael Bennett, #10.5) by James Patterson Manhunt James Patterson 06/09/18 145 Pages

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.


*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles 07/19/18

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
Cross the Line (Alex Cross, #24) by James Patterson Cross the Line James Patterson 07/21/18

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.
The Trial (Women's Murder Club, #15.5) by James Patterson The Trial James Patterson 06/30/18

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.
Everland (Everland, #1) by Wendy Spinale Everland Wendy Spinale 06/27/18

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.
The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High, #2) by Shannon Hale The Unfairest of Them All Shannon Hale 06/17/18

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett This is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett 07/11/18

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.
A Wonderlandiful World (Ever After High, #3) by Shannon Hale A Wonderlandiful World Shannon Hale 06/27/18


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Jan | 14232 comments Yay Bev!! Terrific job!


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Melanie WC Russia Summer Adventure
Challenge duration: June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Choose a level and enjoy summer in Russia!
Daytripper: Complete one task per day for a total of 10 tasks.
Explorer: Complete 15 of the 20 tasks. You must complete at least one task per day.


Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count. .

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.


Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.


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Patrizia | 1100 comments Finished!

Russia Summer Adventure
Date: June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Explorer: 15/15

Day One: Preparing for Your Trip
*Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in VISA or a book you were ON HOLD for at your local or online library.
title's initial- Maya Corrigan, Scam Chowder 5 June
Scam Chowder (A Five-Ingredient Mystery #2) by Maya Corrigan

Day Two: Moscow: The Kremlin & Red Square
*Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in KREMLIN or read a book with a treasure of some sort in it. Share the location or what the treasure was.
book set in Missoula (Montana)- Nora Roberts, Le parole infinite 19 July
Le parole infinite by Nora Roberts

*Read a book tagged HORROR on its GR homepage or read a book with a brightly colored building on the cover.

Day Three: Moscow - Convent & Cathedral
*Read a book with a character that is a writer, artist, musician, political figure or with a character that is in "exile".
MC is a ghostwriter- Alice Basso, La scrittrice del mistero 29 July
La scrittrice del mistero by Alice Basso

*Read a book that was published in or takes place in the 1990’s. Tell us the publication date.
setting in July 1995- Nevada Barr, The Rope 3 June
The Rope (Anna Pigeon, #17) by Nevada Barr

*Read a book with the word “vodka” found in its text or read a book where the authors first and last initial can be found in PETROV VODKIN.
author's initials- Krista Davis, Murder Most Howl 17 June
Murder Most Howl (Paws and Claws Mystery, #3) by Krista Davis

Day Four: Moscow Metro & Tretyakov Gallery
*Read a book where something happens UNDERGROUND. Tell us what occurred.
visit to a cave-Kate E. Dyer-Seeley, In Cave Danger 10 July
In Cave Danger (Pacific Northwest Mystery #5) by Kate E. Dyer-Seeley

*Read a book that you purchased for free (library books do not count) or read a book that has over 100,000 RATINGS on its GR home page.

*Read a book with a Main Character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in BALLET.
Brooklyn- Kate Carlisle, One Book in the Grave 29 June
One Book in the Grave (A Bibliophile Mystery, #5) by Kate Carlisle

Day Five: Veliky Novgorod's Kremlin
*Read the oldest book (date added or publication date) on your WTR list or a series book #7.
series book #7- Maddy Hunter, Dutch Me Deadly 13 June
Dutch Me Deadly (Passport to Peril, #7) by Maddy Hunter

*Read a book with the word THOUSAND in the title or read a book tagged HISTORY on its GR homepage (Historical Fiction will not count for this one).

Day Six: Veliky Novgorod
*Read a book with a rural setting or read a book with 14 or 19 (intact) in the total page count.
rural setting- Lynn Cahoon, Who Moved My Goat Cheese? 10 June
Who Moved My Goat Cheese? (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #1) by Lynn Cahoon

Day Seven: St. Petersburg City Tour
*Read a book by an author whole first or last name is Peter, Paul or Isaac. Variations such as Peterson, Paula, etc. are accepted.
Paul- Paolo Ciampi, La strada delle legioni 24 June
La strada delle legioni by Paolo Ciampi

*Read a book that takes place in Russia or is written by a Russian author.

Day Eight: The Hermitage
*Read a book where the first letter of each word of the title can be found in PLACE OF SOLITUDE (Two Word Minimum).
Dorothy St. James, Asking for Truffle 26 June
Asking for Truffle (A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery, #1) by Dorothy St. James

Day Nine: Catherine’s Palace & Peterhof
*Read a book with an amber colored cover or read a book where someone owns and visits their “summer home”.
amber colored cover- Molly MacRae, Scones and Scoundrels 8 July
Scones and Scoundrels (Highland Bookshop Mystery #2) by Molly MacRae

*Read a book with a one word title or read a book that has an ingenious technological achievement in it. Be sure to tell us what it was.

Day Ten: Nevsky Prospekt
*Read a book written by a woman.
Annette Dashofy, Uneasy Prey 3 July
Uneasy Prey (Zoe Chambers Mysteries #6) by Annette Dashofy

*Read a book with “pp” (must be together) in the title or author’s name.
Amy Lillard, Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper 25 July
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery #1) by Amy Lillard

*Read the final book in a series you have enjoyed. Tell us the series name.
Undercover Dish Mystery- Julia Buckley, Pudding Up With Murder 27 July
Pudding Up With Murder by Julia Buckley


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