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message 1: by Amanda (last edited Jul 05, 2018 12:40PM) (new)

Amanda D. (tinyminx) | 207 comments Mod
This quarterly challenge features five themed tasks per month, totaling fifteen tasks total.

Duration: July 1 - September 30

Instructions:

There are five tasks per month.

Tasks can be completed in any order. For example, you can read a book in January that satisfies a March task. The months are only there to serve as task inspiration.

Only one book can be used per task. If a book fulfills two tasks, you'll have to choose!

Books can only be used if they were started and finished during the challenge's time frame.

Please post in this thread if you have any questions! I apologize in advance because I feel like these may be the most difficult tasks I've done yet.

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
2. Fourth of July:: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please.
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter.
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!).
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.


message 2: by Critterbee❇ (last edited Sep 26, 2018 09:22AM) (new)

Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments So happy for another challenge, thanks!
15/15
DONE!
JULY
1. Independence Day: Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler 5 Stars…
2. Fourth of July: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid 4 Stars…
3. Julius Caesar: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 4 Stars…
4. National Hot Dog Month: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory 4 Stars…
5. Shark Week: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 4 Stars…
Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis, #2) by Octavia E. Butler Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg 4 Stars…
2. Leo: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher 2 Stars…
3. Poppies: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 3 Stars…
4. A is for: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 5 Stars…
5. Reader's Choice: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton 4 Stars…
The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Jim Butcher The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton
SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Cinderella Boy by Kristina Meister 3 Stars…
2. Labor Day: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole 5 Stars…
3. Harvest Month: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan 4 Stars…
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley 3 Stars…
5. Forget-Me-Not: Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler 5 Stars…
Cinderella Boy by Kristina Meister A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals, #2) by Alyssa Cole Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1) by Jennifer Ashley Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler


message 3: by Sabrina (last edited Sep 25, 2018 09:36PM) (new)

Sabrina West | 52 comments Yes, thank you, Amanda!! I'm so excited that these are continuing.
Status: 15/15. Finished 9/23

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda. Finished 8/2 ★★★★★
2. Fourth of July: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please.
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. Finished 9/12 ★★★★
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
When a Texan Gambles by Jodi Thomas (historical Western). Finished 8/5. ★★★
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton. Finished 9/21 ★★★
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.
The Sea King by C.L. Wilson. Finished 8/2 ★★
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman When a Texan Gambles (Wife Lottery, #2) by Jodi Thomas Thrown by a Curve (Play by Play, #5) by Jaci Burton The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral, #2) by C.L. Wilson

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
A Texan's Luck by Jody Thomas. Finished 8/19 ★★
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter.
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh. Finished 9/19 ★★★
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!).
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Finished 9/11 ★★★★★★★★★★
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Finished 9/23 ★★★★★
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Finished 9/3. ★★★★
A Texan's Luck (Wife Lottery, #3) by Jodi Thomas Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10) by Ilona Andrews Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #2; Psy-Changeling, #17) by Nalini Singh The Goblin Emperor (The Goblin Emperor, #1) by Katherine Addison Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (zombie fightin' school!). Finished 7/31 ★★★★★
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
Beard Science by Penny Reid. Finished 8/22. ★★★★
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
The Texan's Wager by Jodi Thomas. Finished 7/25 ★★★
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
The Dark Affair by Marie Claremont. Finished 8/6 ★★★★
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti. Finished 8/8 ★★
Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) by Justina Ireland Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3) by Penny Reid The Texan's Wager (Wife Lottery, #1) by Jodi Thomas The Dark Affair (Mad Passions, #3) by Maire Claremont Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti


message 4: by HeatherMarie (last edited Aug 02, 2018 08:26PM) (new)

HeatherMarie (heathermariereads) | 66 comments July -September Quarterly Challenge
Duration: July 1 - September 30
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message 5: by Laure (last edited Sep 19, 2018 11:57AM) (new)

Laure It's a little ridiculous how much I look forward to these! I'm definitely gonna have to branch out on a few of these tasks :)

15/15

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
Marcus by Anna Hackett (7/21/18) ***
2. Fourth of July: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue.
The Thing About Love by Julie James (7/3/18) ***
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare (8/16/18) ***
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
Curveball by V.K. Sykes (7/22/18) ***
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (7/10/18) ***
Marcus (Hell Squad, #1) by Anna Hackett The Thing About Love by Julie James When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3) by Tessa Dare Curveball (Philadelphia Patriots, #4) by V.K. Sykes The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
The Varlet and the Voyeur by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid (7/14/18) ***
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter. Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (9/18/18) ***
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (7/17/18) ***
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
Fair Game by Amy Andrews--Yay for double As! (7/19/18) ***
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!
Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen (7/27/18) ***
The Varlet and the Voyeur (Rugby, #4) by L.H. Cosway Hot and Badgered (Honey Badger Chronicles, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff Fair Game (Women of W.A.R. #3) by Amy Andrews Speakeasy (True North, #5) by Sarina Bowen

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school. When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen *** (8/13/18)
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts--Hero is a police officer who makes detective before becoming chief of police for a small island (7/6/18) ****
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert (7/28/18) ***
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
Bountiful by Sarina Bowen (7/24/18) ****
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
Deerskin by Robin McKinley (8/6/18) ***
When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert Bountiful (Brooklyn Bruisers #3.5; True North, #4) by Sarina Bowen Deerskin by Robin McKinley


message 6: by Anne Boleyn's Ghost (last edited Sep 29, 2018 06:52AM) (new)

Anne Boleyn's Ghost | 27 comments Yay! Oh-so excited for another challenge ☺️

15/15

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens. Gladiator by Anna Hackett
2. Fourth of July: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please. The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk (late 19th century New York)
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.
The Selkie Spell by Sophie Moss

Gladiator (Galactic Gladiators, #1) by Anna Hackett The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks Restless Spirits (Spirits, #1) by Jordan L. Hawk Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2) by Jaci Burton The Selkie Spell (Seal Island Trilogy #1) by Sophie Moss

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.A Shot in the Bark by C.A. Newsome
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter.
Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!).
Balefire by Jordan L. Hawk
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

A Shot in the Bark (Dog Park Mystery, #1) by C.A. Newsome Hexbreaker (Hexworld, #1) by Jordan L. Hawk Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin, #10) by Jordan L. Hawk Take the Lead (Dance Off, #1) by Alexis Daria A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
Taxes and TARDIS by N.R. Walker
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
Love Will Always Remember by Tracey Livesay

The Headmaster (Shivers) by Tiffany Reisz Taxes and TARDIS by N.R. Walker Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory Love Will Always Remember (Shades of Love, #3) by Tracey Livesay


message 7: by Ginger (last edited Aug 08, 2018 03:57PM) (new)

Ginger W | 40 comments Thank you Amanda!
15/15

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens. Obsidian
2. Fourth of July: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England. An Extraordinary Union
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball. Called Up
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water. Beautiful Tempest
Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout How to Run with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #3) by Molly Harper An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole Called Up (Calling It, #2) by Jen Doyle Beautiful Tempest (Malory Family, #12) by Johanna Lindsey

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet. Silent Threat
2. Leo: R Read a book with a shifter. The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. Iron and Magic
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A. Fair Game
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like! Challenge
Silent Threat (Mission Recovery #1) by Dana Marton The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #2) by Molly Harper Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1) by Ilona Andrews Fair Game (Women of W.A.R. #3) by Amy Andrews Challenge (Harris Brothers, #1) by Amy Daws

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school. Puddin'
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero. Heat Exchange
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character. Nuts
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding. All Through the Night
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia. Identity: Unknown
Puddin' (Dumplin', #2) by Julie Murphy Heat Exchange (Boston Fire, #1) by Shannon Stacey Nuts (Hudson Valley, #1) by Alice Clayton All Through the Night (Troubleshooters, #12) by Suzanne Brockmann Identity Unknown (Tall, Dark and Dangerous, #8) by Suzanne Brockmann


message 8: by The Bookstore Vixen (last edited Sep 21, 2018 11:51AM) (new)

The Bookstore Vixen  (thebookstorevixen) | 31 comments Great list! Yay!
15/15 DONE!

JULY
✔ 1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
Lauren's Barbarian by Ruby Dixon

✔ 2. Fourth of July:: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please.
The Assassin next Door by Eve Langlais (cover is all the colors!)

✔ 3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

✔ 4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
Thrown By a Curve by Jaci Burton

✔ 5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.
Captive Passions by Fern Michaels

Lauren's Barbarian (Icehome, #1) by Ruby Dixon Assassin Next Door (Bad Boy Inc., #1) by Eve Langlais My Highland Spy (Highland Spies, #1) by Victoria Roberts Thrown by a Curve (Play by Play, #5) by Jaci Burton Captive Passions (Captive, #1) by Fern Michaels

AUGUST
✔ 1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
Cover Me by Catherine Mann

✔ 2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter.
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

✔ 3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!).
Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan (ironically enough, the heroine in this book is named Poppy -- extra points for me! haha!)

✔ 4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
All Night with a Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins

✔ 5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!
Ex Games by Stella Rhys

Cover Me (Elite Force, #1) by Catherine Mann Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12) by Charlaine Harris Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3) by Kristen Callihan All Night with a Rogue (Lords of Vice, #1) by Alexandra Hawkins Ex Games by Stella Rhys

SEPTEMBER
✔ 1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

✔ 2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
Twist by Kylie Scott (hero is a carpenter)

✔ 3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
Bittersweet by Serina Bowen (hero is a farmer)

✔ 4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
Their Kidnapped Bride by Vanessa Vale

✔ 5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James Twist (Dive Bar, #2) by Kylie Scott Bittersweet (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen Their Kidnapped Bride (Bridgewater Menage, #1) by Vanessa Vale Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti


message 9: by Amanda (last edited Sep 25, 2018 02:08PM) (new)

Amanda (dcromancereader) 15/15 read -- completed 9/25

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens. Erstwhile by H.E. Trent (3.5 stars)
2. Fourth of July: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please. Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas (4 stars)
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin (4 stars)
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball. Levi by Justine Elvira (2.5 stars)
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water. Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert (4.5 stars)

Erstwhile (Jekh Saga, #1) by H.E. Trent Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas Butterfly Swords (Tang Dynasty, #1) by Jeannie Lin Levi (Forbidden Desires, #2) by Justine Elvira Damaged Goods (Ravenswood, #1.5) by Talia Hibbert

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon (4 stars)
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter. Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (5 stars)
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!) After the Wedding by Courtney Milan (4.5 stars) -- okay this one might be juuuuust a bit of a stretch given the entire plot of the book but I'm counting it
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A. A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole (5 stars)
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like! Caroline's Heart by Austin Chant (4 stars)

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10) by Ilona Andrews After the Wedding (The Worth Saga #2) by Courtney Milan A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals, #2) by Alyssa Cole Caroline's Heart by Austin Chant

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school. The Chase by Elle Kennedy (2 stars)
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero. Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely (3 stars)
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character. Sanctuary by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3.5 stars)
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (3.5 stars)
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia. Joy to the Earl by Nicola Davidson (3 stars)

The Chase by Elle Kennedy Joy Ride (Big Rock #5) by Lauren Blakely Sanctuary (Beards and Bondage, #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory Joy to the Earl by Nicola Davidson


message 10: by Claire (last edited Sep 29, 2018 09:22PM) (new)

Claire (cacromwell) | 24 comments Looks like a fun set!! I've got ideas for a few and will have to comb through my TBR for others.


JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens. Sweep in Peace (vampires, otrokars, Merchants, and Quillonians!)
2. Fourth of July:: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please. Must Love Dukes (blue)
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England. Tempting the Marshal (set in 1850's Kansas)
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball. Thrown by a Curve (hero is a pitcher, heroine is on the sports medicine staff for the team)
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water. Ocean Light (so much water!)

1. Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2) by Ilona Andrews 2. Must Love Dukes (Tricks of the Ton, #1) by Elizabeth Michels 3. Tempting the Marshal (Dodge City Brides, #2) by Julianne MacLean 4. Thrown by a Curve (Play by Play, #5) by Jaci Burton 5. Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #2; Psy-Changeling, #17) by Nalini Singh

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet. Lady Rogue (heroine has a beagle named Brinley.)
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter. Clean Sweep (Sean, Wilmos, and Beast are all shifters.)
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!). Bane (H&h were married before start of book)
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A. Undiscovered (Anna Hackett)
i5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like! I Am Justice

1. Lady Rogue (The Royal Rewards #3) by Theresa Romain 2. Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) by Ilona Andrews 3. Bane (The Westmorelands, #31) by Brenda Jackson 4. Undiscovered (Treasure Hunter Security, #1) by Anna Hackett 5. I Am Justice (Band of Sisters, #1) by Diana Munoz Stewart

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school. The One You Can't Forget (hero is a teacher in an after-school cooking class.)
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero. Roadside Assistance (hero is a car mechanic at a garage.)
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character. All I Want (heroine is a goat farmer)
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
The Virgin and the Viscount (wedding between H&h)
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (hero has amnesia)

1. The One You Can't Forget (The Ones Who Got Away, #2) by Roni Loren 2. Roadside Assistance (Body Shop Bad Boys, #2) by Marie Harte 3. All I Want (A Farmers' Market Story, #3) by Nicole Helm 4. The Virgin and the Viscount (The Bachelor Lords of London, #2) by Charis Michaels 5. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys, #2) by Julia Quinn


message 11: by Harmonyb (last edited Aug 22, 2018 09:42AM) (new)

Harmonyb | 19 comments 10/15

JULY
1. Independence Day: Waking Gods (7/27) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. Fourth of July: Protected (7/26) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Julius Caesar: An Extraordinary Union
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
5. Shark Week: Into the Drowning Deep
Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) by Sylvain Neuvel Protected (Diablo Lake, #2) by Lauren Dane An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1) by Mira Grant

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Clean Sweep (7/12) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. Leo: Sweep in Peace (7/14) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Poppies: Iron and Magic (8/21) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
4. A is for: The Hate U Give (8/15) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5. Reader's Choice: One Fell Sweep (7/16) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) by Ilona Andrews Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2) by Ilona Andrews Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1) by Ilona Andrews The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) by Ilona Andrews

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: The Year We Fell Down (7/22) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. Labor Day: Hurts to Love You Gabe is a tattoo artist (7/31) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Harvest Month: Bittersweet
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: The Wedding Date (8/10) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1) by Sarina Bowen Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts, #3) by Alisha Rai Bittersweet (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory


message 12: by Amanda (new)

Amanda | 22 comments This looks great, I can't wait to plan everything out! But first I just need to finish updating last quarter's challenges... o.o;


message 13: by Anne (last edited Sep 27, 2018 04:02AM) (new)

Anne | 22 comments 15/15 - DONE!
JULY
1. Independence Day: Touched by an Alien (read 26.09.2018)
2. Fourth of July:: A New York Christmas Fairy Tale (From Manhattan with Love, #3.5) by Sarah Morgan (read 05.06.2018)
3. Julius Caesar: The Gunslinger's Bride
- set in Montana. (read 23.09.18)
4. National Hot Dog Month Irresistibly Yours Hero/heroine are sports editors and meet at a baseball game. (reread 10/7/2018)
5. Shark Week: First Time in Forever Heroine is afraid of water. (reread 14/7/18)
The Gunslinger's Bride (Montana Mavericks Historicals #1) by Cheryl St. John A New York Christmas Fairy Tale (From Manhattan with Love, #3.5) by Sarah Morgan Irresistibly Yours (Oxford, #1) by Lauren Layne First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan Touched by an Alien (Katherine "Kitty" Katt, #1) by Gini Koch
AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer Shelter in Place Barney, the Deputy police dog - (read 01/07-18)
2. Leo: Wolf Signs (read 03/07-18)
3. Poppies: Shadowed Heart: A Luc and Summer Novel(Reread 04.07.2018)
4. A is for: Wolf Games by Vivian Arend. (read 04.07.2018)
5. Reader's Choice Plus One (read 09.07.2018)
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts Wolf Signs (Granite Lake Wolves, #1) by Vivian Arend Shadowed Heart A Luc and Summer Novel (Amour et Chocolat, #5.5) by Laura Florand Wolf Games (Granite Lake Wolves #3) by Vivian Arend Plus One by Mae Wood

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: A Father's Vow heroine is a teacher (read 08.07.2018)
2. Labor Day Considering Kate Brody is a contractor/carpenter. (reread 09.07.18)
3. Harvest Month This Time Is Different Hero is a hobby gardener and court the heroine by working on her garden. (read 09.07.18)
4. Earth, Wind & Fire : Someone like You hero&heroine are best-man/maid of honor at wedding. (reread 11.07.18)
5. Forget-Me-Not :Tempting the Bride Heroine gets amnesia after a collision with a carriage.(reread 10.07.18)
A Father's Vow (Montana Mavericks Return To Whitehorn #3) by Myrna Temte Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis Those Wild Ukrainians #6) by Nora Roberts This Time Is Different by Mae Wood Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3) by Sherry Thomas Someone like You (Oxford, #3) by Lauren Layne


message 14: by Anne (new)

Anne | 22 comments I think the Alien one is probably going to be the most difficult for me. Any recs?


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Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments Anne wrote: "I think the Alien one is probably going to be the most difficult for me. Any recs?"

Interpreting it loosely, the hero in Roomies is an illegal alien to the USA...

I am reading book two in the Xenogenesis series by Octavia E. Butler: Adulthood Rites. The first book, Dawn was great. She is an amazing writer. This series is solidly Sci-Fi, not romance at all.


message 16: by Koozebane (last edited Jul 25, 2018 09:24AM) (new)

Koozebane | 67 comments 15/15

JULY
1. Independence Day: ALIEN QUEST by Mark Zubro (finished 7/21) Alien Quest (Alien Danger, #1) by Mark Zubro
2. Fourth of July: IN OTHER LANDS by Sarah Rees Brennan (finished 7/2) In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
3. Julius Caesar: THE PERSIAN BOY by Mary Renault (finished 7/14) The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2) by Mary Renault
4. National Hot Dog Month: BASEBALLISSIMO by Dave Bidini (finished 7/19) Baseballissimo by Dave Bidini
5. Shark Week: SANTA CRUZ NOIR, edited by Susie Bright (finished 7/8) Santa Cruz Noir by Susie Bright

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES by Maureen Johnson (Mari owned dogs and foxes, while Thomas has three pugs; finished 7/9) 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1) by Maureen Johnson
2. Leo: HELL & HIGH WATER by Charlie Cochet (finished 7/22) Hell & High Water (THIRDS, #1) by Charlie Cochet
3. Poppies: LADY ISABELLA'S SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE by Jennifer Ashley (finished 7/17) Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2) by Jennifer Ashley
4. A is for: TRACKER HACKER by Jeff Adams (finished 7/5) Tracker Hacker (Codename Winger, #1) by Jeff Adams
5. Reader's Choice: MEN UNDER THE MISTLETOE, edited by Angela James (finished 7/23) Men Under the Mistletoe by Angela James
SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: THIEF OF SHADOWS by Elizabeth Hoyt (Winter is a headmaster; finished 7/3) Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4) by Elizabeth Hoyt
2. Labor Day: THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL by Maurene Goo (Hamlet is a barista; finished 7/10) The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
3. Harvest Month: TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by James A. Michener (Emile is a sugarcane farmer; finished 7/25) Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: UNDERCOVER BOYFRIEND by Jacob Z. Flores (finished 7/20) Undercover Boyfriend (One Fine Day, #1) by Jacob Z. Flores
5. Forget-Me-Not: MY ZOMBIE BOYFRIEND by T. Strange (finished 7/14) My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian, #1) by T. Strange


message 17: by Sarena (last edited Sep 25, 2018 08:23PM) (new)

Sarena | 26 comments Let's try this again!

12/15
JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
2. Fourth of July: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue.
Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
Breathless by Beverly Jenkins
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.

Midnight Captive (Killer Instincts, #6) by Elle Kennedy Breathless (Old West, #2) by Beverly Jenkins The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert (heroine has a cat)
2. Leo: R Read a book with a shifter.
Shielding Her by Kelly Lucille
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple.
Leverage in Death by JD Robb
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!
Managed by Kristen Callihan

The Princess Trap (Dirty British Romance, #1) by Talia Hibbert Shielding Her (Keeping Her, #7) by Kelly Lucille Leverage in Death (In Death, #47) by J.D. Robb Take the Lead (Dance Off, #1) by Alexis Daria Managed (VIP, #2) by Kristen Callihan

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert (hero is a blacksmith)
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen (hero is a farmer)
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood, #1) by Talia Hibbert Bittersweet (True North, #1) by Sarina Bowen Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti


message 18: by Ashley (last edited Aug 08, 2018 10:08AM) (new)

Ashley (simplybookdrunk) | 22 comments 8/15


JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
2. Fourth of July:: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please.
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata (finished 7/2) ★★★★★
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4) by Ilona Andrews (finished 7/31) ★★★★★
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter.
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3) by Ilona Andrews (finished 7/18) ★★★★★
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!).
Free Fall (Fly Me to the Moon, Book Five) by Emma Barry (finished 8/8) ★★★★
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman (finished 7/30) ★★★★★
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong (Blackshear Family, #0.5) by Cecilia Grant (finished 7/21) ★★★★★

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers (finished 7/23) ★★★
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
A Gentleman Never Keeps Score (Seducing the Sedgwicks, #2) by Cat Sebastian (Sam is a bartender/pub owner)(finished 7/20) ★★★★
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.


message 19: by Critterbee❇ (new)

Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments So, I just finished a book, and am wondering, could black out drunkenness be acceptable for the amnesia category? There are lost memories that are eventually regained.


message 20: by Jae (last edited Sep 15, 2018 07:31PM) (new)

Jae | 127 comments 15 of 15 Done!
JULY
1. Complete July 23 Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
Heat by R. Lee Smith, erotic sci-fi romance, no rating, my review here
2. Complete July 31 Fourth of July:: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Sudden Fire by Elizabeth Oldfield, contemporary romance 3.5 stars
3. Complete August 12 Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase, set in Egypt, 4 stars
4. Complete Sep 15 National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis; contemporary with a pro ball player and the team publicist, with a pretend relationship that surprise! turns real 2 stars
5. Complete July 24 Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.
Dawn of a New Day by Claudia Jameson; set on a fictional island, the couple-to-be spends a ton of time swimming or boating; contemporary romance, 3.5 stars

AUGUST
1. Complete July 31 Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
Kim & Kim Vol. 2 by Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera; LGBT sci-fi graphic novel, 4 stars (one of the Kim's friends has a cat, a la Mr Bigglesworth. Kim and Kim also have a cat, but it isn't shown on page)
2. Complete July 31 Leo: R Read a book with a shifter.
Moonstruck, Volume One: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle; LGBT urban fantasy graphic novel, 3.5 stars
3. Complete July 27 Poppies: Read a book with a married couple.
The Space Between Us by Megan Hart. contemporary erotic romance, 4ish stars
4. Complete July 29 A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. YA Sci-fi, the final book of the Illuminae Files trilogy, the whole series was great, 4 strong stars
5. Complete July 10 Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!
It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America

SEPTEMBER
1. Complete August 27 Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
Stray
2. Complete August 3 Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
Informed Risk by Robyn Carr, dude is a firefighter, 3.5 stars
3. Complete Jul 11 Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
Growing Attraction
4. Complete July 23 Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark. Contemporary LGBT YA fiction, the narrator takes a road trip with her bestie to crash her dad's wedding. I liked it but the ending was abrupt and felt sorta incomplete, 3.5 stars
5. Complete August 2 Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.
A Sudden Sunlightby Laurey Bright; contemporary romance 3 stars

J1. Heat by R. Lee Smith J2. Sudden Fire by Elizabeth Oldfield J3. Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2) by Loretta Chase Slow Heat (Pacific Heat, #2) by Jill Shalvis J5. Dawn of a New Day by Claudia Jameson A1. Kim & Kim, Vol. 2 Love is a Battlefield (Kim & Kim Love Is A Battlefield #1-4) by Magdalene Visaggio A2. Moonstruck, Volume One Magic to Brew (Moonstruck #1) by Grace Ellis A3. The Space Between Us by Megan Hart A.4 Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman A5. It's Even Worse Than You Think What the Trump Administration is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston S1. Stray (Touchstone, #1) by Andrea K. Höst S2. Informed Risk by Robyn Carr S3. Growing Attraction by Ellen James S4. Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark S5. A Sudden Sunlight (Silhouette Special Editions, #516) by Laurey Bright


message 21: by Amanda (new)

Amanda D. (tinyminx) | 207 comments Mod
❇Critterbee wrote: "So, I just finished a book, and am wondering, could black out drunkenness be acceptable for the amnesia category? There are lost memories that are eventually regained."

I would say no, since those amnesia and getting blackout drunk are two separate things.


message 22: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina West | 52 comments Anne, regarding aliens, any particular genres you do/do not like? (pure romance, YA, sci-fi...). I could give you recs in any of those three categories, but I’m most versed in the second two. :)


message 23: by Anne (new)

Anne | 22 comments Sabrina wrote: "Anne, regarding aliens, any particular genres you do/do not like? (pure romance, YA, sci-fi...). I could give you recs in any of those three categories, but I’m most versed in the second two. :)"

If you have any YA recs - that would be amazing.


message 24: by Amanda (new)

Amanda D. (tinyminx) | 207 comments Mod
Anne wrote: "Sabrina wrote: "Anne, regarding aliens, any particular genres you do/do not like? (pure romance, YA, sci-fi...). I could give you recs in any of those three categories, but I’m most versed in the s..."

Have you read Illuminae? I've heard really great things about it and I think it has aliens.


message 25: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (ohshanada) | 11 comments This one will definitely push me outside of my comfort zone on a few topics - I'm excited!

Progress: 0 / 15 books

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens.
2. Fourth of July:: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please.
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England.
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball.
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water.

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet.
2. Leo: R Read a book with a shifter.
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!).
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A.
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like!

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school.
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero.
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character.
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia.


message 26: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (ohshanada) | 11 comments Any recommendations for the Shifter category? It's not a genre I usually seek out. I know there have been many talked about on the podcast, but I can't seem to remember any! (YA, adult, contemporary, historical...I'll take any suggestions!)


message 27: by Critterbee❇ (new)

Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments Shannon wrote: "Any recommendations for the Shifter category? It's not a genre I usually seek out. I know there have been many talked about on the podcast, but I can't seem to remember any! (YA, adult, contemporar..."

Shifters are not really my thing, but I tend to think of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hide as a classic, Tamora Pierce's Immortals series for YA fantasy (about 25 years old) and all the hilarious shifter books that have been reviewed on SBTB. Oh! A relatively new series is the Invisible Library fantasy series by Genevieve Cogman, there are some shifters in that.


message 28: by Anne Boleyn's Ghost (last edited Jul 05, 2018 11:29AM) (new)

Anne Boleyn's Ghost | 27 comments Shannon wrote: "Any recommendations for the Shifter category? It's not a genre I usually seek out. I know there have been many talked about on the podcast, but I can't seem to remember any! (YA, adult, contemporar..."

Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. The Changeling heroes and heroines are either leopard or wolf shifters.


message 29: by Amanda (new)

Amanda D. (tinyminx) | 207 comments Mod
Shannon wrote: "Any recommendations for the Shifter category? It's not a genre I usually seek out. I know there have been many talked about on the podcast, but I can't seem to remember any! (YA, adult, contemporar..."

Seconding Nalini Singh. I also love Maria Vale's books. Donna Grant has dragon shifters, and I like them well enough.


message 30: by Sabrina (last edited Jul 05, 2018 11:11PM) (new)

Sabrina West | 52 comments @ Anne: Here are my favorite YA novels with aliens, in no particular order:
1. These Broken Stars (romance/sci-fi) (a soldier and the daughter of one of the richest men in the world are the only survivors when their luxury spaceship crashes, and they must survive on an alien planet).
2. The 5th Wave (post-apocalypse thriller). Aliens have caused the apocalypse and are hunting down the last survivors.
3. Revenger. (dense space-opera). This one is not a fast read, and I almost didn't add it because the first ten or so Goodreads reviews are one star. It was a slow read for me, but I enjoyed it all the same, because I liked the worldbuilding. It picks up after the first third.
4. Ultraviolet. (paranormal). I can't tell you about the aliens, because spoilers, but the first half takes place in a mental institution.

That was.... fewer than I thought I had. Here is a bonus list that I found on google when I was thinking that I'd surely read more books with aliens than I could remember: https://bookriot.com/2017/07/05/3-ya-...

One more thing on YA/Aliens: I'm actually fairly certain Illuminae has no aliens in it, which is kind of amusing, because it has everything else (spaceship battles! Plagues as bioweapons! Insane AIs!). And it's amazing and everyone should read it. Now, the sequel (Gemina) has worm creatures which I'm pretty sure count as alien. One of my favorite all-time series, but I have to give all the content warnings for gore and people dying horribly.

I hope one of the above sounds good to you!


message 31: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina West | 52 comments @ Shannon: Ilona Andrews has some of my favorite shifter series: Kate Daniels (post-apocalyptic fantasy) and the Inkeeper series (light-hearted fantasy). The first Kate Daniels book is a little rough, but I adore the series as a whole (note #3 on my August list).

Another option is Thea Harrison; Dragon Bound is absolutely fantastic.


message 32: by Jae (last edited Jul 06, 2018 07:13AM) (new)

Jae | 127 comments @Shannon Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series is great. The first entry in the series is in the anthology On the Prowl but is published alone as Alpha & Omega, and the first full length novel is Cry Wolf. I highly recommend reading the short story first but I think you could probably skip it and still get what's going on.

I second the recommendation for Thea Harrison's The Elder Races series, even though not all of the books are about shifters. Dragon Bound is very good, but I think my fav of the series is Oracle's Moon which focuses on a Djinn/human+ couple.

@Anne Andrea Höst writes great YA sci-fi with aliens. Stray is the first part of the Touchstone series, about a young girl who stumbles through a wormhole-type thing and ends up on an alien planet. And And All the Stars is about an alien invasion. I love basically everything she's written.


message 33: by Cat (new)

Cat | 26 comments Placeholder! Love me a quarterly challenge


message 34: by HeatherMarie (new)

HeatherMarie (heathermariereads) | 66 comments For "September- Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero." Could I substitute a blue collar heroine? If no then totally cool, I was just stoked to read a book with a lady builder/handyman.
Miss Fix-It
Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart


message 35: by Critterbee❇ (new)

Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments HeatherMarie wrote: "For "September- Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero." Could I substitute a blue collar heroine? If no then totally cool, I was just stoked to read a book with a lady builder/handyman.
[b..."


Ooer, that looks good! How was it?


message 36: by Koozebane (new)

Koozebane | 67 comments I feel like a dim bulb asking, but is blue-collar always a repair/building job (plumber, carpenter, etc), or just a catchall term for working-class gigs? (Plus, I just read Elizabeth Hoyt's THE LEOPARD PRINCE, and for the life of me I can't figure out what category a land steward would occupy...)


message 37: by Critterbee❇ (new)

Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments Koozebane wrote: "I feel like a dim bulb asking, but is blue-collar always a repair/building job (plumber, carpenter, etc), or just a catchall term for working-class gigs? (Plus, I just read Elizabeth Hoyt's THE LEO..."

Think police, firefighters, builders, contractors, mechanics, factory workers, miners, oil workers, and other manual labor.


message 38: by HeatherMarie (new)

HeatherMarie (heathermariereads) | 66 comments ❇Critterbee wrote: "Ooer, that looks good! How was it?"

It was cute! It's small town contemporary- A single dad is new in town & needs some work done on his house so he hires the heroine. If kids in romance novels annoy you, then give it a hard pass- lots 4 yr old twin hijinks. But good banter. I gave it 3⭐️s.


message 39: by Critterbee❇ (new)

Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments HeatherMarie wrote: "It was cute! It's small town contemporary- A single dad is new in town & needs some work done on his house so he hires the heroine. If kids in romance novels annoy you, then give it a hard pass- lots 4 yr old twin hijinks. But good banter. I gave it 3⭐️s..."

Hmm, I generally do not like kids in romance novels, but I could read it for least favorite genre. :D


message 40: by Amanda (new)

Amanda D. (tinyminx) | 207 comments Mod
I always associate blue collar with working class people or people who work with their hands. So lots of possibilities!


message 41: by Norette Ferns (last edited Sep 19, 2018 03:46AM) (new)

Norette Ferns | 24 comments 18 September - 15/15

JULY
1. Independence Day: Read a book with aliens. Mastered by Her Mates by Grace Goodwin - 4 stars
2. Fourth of July:: Read a book whose cover predominantly features red, white, or blue. Include the cover, please. I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting - 3.5 stars
3. Julius Caesar: Read a historical not set in England. Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins - 5 stars
4. National Hot Dog Month: Read a book that features baseball. All Wound Up by Jaci Burton - 4 stars
5. Shark Week: Read a book with a connection to water. The Vast and Brutal Sea by Zoraida Córdova - finished 11 September - 4.5 stars
Mastered by Her Mates (Interstellar Brides #6) by Grace Goodwin I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up, #3) by Helena Hunting Forbidden (Old West, #1) by Beverly Jenkins All Wound Up (Play by Play, #10) by Jaci Burton The Vast and Brutal Sea (The Vicious Deep #3) by Zoraida Córdova

AUGUST
1. Dog Days of Summer: Read a book where a character owns a pet. Holding On by Pamela Clare - finished 4 July - 5 stars
2. Leo: Read a book with a shifter. The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston - finished 11 September - 3.5 stars
3. Poppies: Read a book with a married couple. (Apparently poppies are the birth flower for August and they symbolize love and marriage. Who knew!). Cherish Me by Farrah Rochon - 4.5 stars
4. A is for: Read a book where the author’s first or last name begins with A. A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole - 5 stars
5. Reader's Choice: Read whatever you like! Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert - 5 stars
Holding On (Colorado High Country, #6) by Pamela Clare The Mane Event (Pride, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Cherish Me by Farrah Rochon A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals, #2) by Alyssa Cole Sweet on the Greek (Just for Him #3) by Talia Hibbert

SEPTEMBER
1. Back to School: Read a book with a teacher or someone who’s in school. The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren - finished 6 July - 5 stars
2. Labor Day: Read a book with a blue collar hero. Gimme Some Sugar by Kimberly Kincaid - 4.5 stars
3. Harvest Month: Read a book with a farmer or gardener character. Crossing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid 4 stars
4. Earth, Wind & Fire: Read a book with a wedding It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday - 4.5 stars
5. Forget-Me-Not: Read a book with amnesia. Love Will Always Remember by Tracey Livesay - 3.5 stars (only because i don't like amnesia plots, I actually really liked the writing and characters)
The One You Can't Forget (The Ones Who Got Away, #2) by Roni Loren Gimme Some Sugar (Pine Mountain, #2) by Kimberly Kincaid Crossing the Line (Cross Creek #2) by Kimberly Kincaid It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday Love Will Always Remember (Shades of Love, #3) by Tracey Livesay


message 42: by Cat (new)

Cat | 26 comments I made the mistake of searching "free alien romance Kindle books" and wow that's a lot of erotica. I'm glad I made the search though because I found Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt, from reviews it looks like a clean teen romance that does involve aliens. Excited that I've found something bucking the norm for the subgenre, haha

I'm trying not to do rereads but if you're looking for some good alien crazysauce I enjoyed Bridal Pact by Leora Gonzales


message 43: by Jae (new)

Jae | 127 comments Congrats to Koozebane for finishing both challenges!


message 44: by Laure (new)

Laure Wow! Way to go Koozebane!


message 45: by Koozebane (last edited Jul 28, 2018 07:57PM) (new)

Koozebane | 67 comments Ah, thank you! I'd been wanting to try the double-fulfillment method (ooh, that's a book waiting to happen) for a while, but it wasn't easy. I hated having to jilt a couple of books I thought would work near the end. I was very thankful for MY ZOMBIE BOYFRIEND'S amnesia plot point, the existence of BASEBALLISSIMO, and ALIEN QUEST's being part of a trilogy...


message 46: by Koozebane (new)

Koozebane | 67 comments Oh, and Charlie Cochet's military shifters--they really saved me!

Koozebane wrote: "Ah, thank you! I'd been wanting to try the double-fulfillment method (ooh, that's a book waiting to happen) for a while, but it wasn't easy. I hated having to jilt a couple of books I thought would..."


message 47: by Ginger (new)

Ginger W | 40 comments Finished! List at message 7. Now to go finish off the numbers challenge...


message 48: by Jae (new)

Jae | 127 comments Way to go Ginger!


message 49: by Critterbee❇ (new)

Critterbee❇ (critterbee) | 251 comments Great job Ginger!
Cheers and waves.


message 50: by Claire (new)

Claire (cacromwell) | 24 comments Congrats to everyone that's finished so far!

I'm getting closer - just knocked out the month of August!! I think the baseball book is going to trip me up the most. I was counting on The Proposal for that slot, but now it's not being published until the end of October!!! I've looked at everyone who's finished that challenge and have a couple ideas, so it mostly depends on what my library has.


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