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message 1: by Lanelle, Production Chief (new)

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Each month a weird, unusual, or odd news story will be featured. Your task will be to read a book associated with words pulled from the account. You choose how the book connects with the word.

No page limit. Re-reads and audio books are okay.
You can read as many or as few as you want.
You can read one of each or focus on two or three words.

Duration : January 1 - 31, 2018

Black Bear Wanders Into Famed Colorado Hotel YouTube video

Black bear wandered into hotel that inspired 'The Shining'
Estes Park, Colo. — Aug 24, 2018, 1:17 PM ET

A black bear wandered the lobby of the Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining."

Stanley Hotel Vice President Reed Rowley tells KDVR-TV that 300 guests were sound asleep as the bruin figured out how to open the door and climbed over furniture. A front desk supervisor captured video of the romp.

There was no damage, but the furniture got rearranged before the bear walked out of the lower level door.

The hotel in Estes Park opened in 1909. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

King wrote "The Shining" after he and his wife stayed at The Stanley in 1974. The 1980 horror film was not shot there.

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message 2: by Cindy III (last edited Oct 01, 2018 12:15AM) (new)

Cindy III | 340 comments Ripped from the Headlines September
No page limit. Re-reads and audio books are okay.
You can read as many or as few as you want.
You can read one of each or focus on two or three words.
Duration : September 1 - 30, 2018

words from the article:
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery 9/15 - 16
black - In those days, you were born black or you were born white in Selma--and there was a big difference. p. 24
king - Dr. King wanted to show Governor Wallace and the world that black people still demanded the right to vote--that beatings and violence would not stop us. p. 72
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300 - Only three hundred of us were permitted to march all the way to Montgomery. p. 82
door - Mrs. Viola Liuzzo from Detroit was staying at the house next door to us. p. 73
front - They knelt in front of the troopers who blocked their way, they prayed, and then they turned around. p. 126

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson 9/7 - 9
hotel - Someone's friend knew someone who lived at the Chelsea Hotel. 81% ch. 14
asleep - Her hair smelled of sweat and Royal Crown hair grease, her breath coming fast, even when she was sound asleep. 69% ch. 12
open - But even though we could hear them crying, they wouldn't open it. 64% ch. 12
Park - Outside, I could see the trees lining Fort Greene Park. 78% ch. 14
shining - The first thing I'll see is the sun shining golden. 14% ch. 1
shot - When she reached for a hand, ours shot out, lacing our fingers desperately into hers. 41% ch. 5
The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle 9/22
historic - In 1851, deeply troubled by the Crimean War, Bremer published a historic peace document in newspapers all over the world... p. 166
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes 9/26-30
video - Knowing what I know now, I wish I hadn't seen the video. 40% p. 106
furniture - The plane is inside the building--breaking apart, exploding, melting, burning furniture and people. 37% p. 95
horror - Can't believe Ben has seen this horror before. 56% p. 146


message 3: by Tania (last edited Sep 18, 2018 08:01PM) (new)

Tania | 180 comments September Ripped from the Headlines
Duration: 9/1 - 9/30

Progress: 11/10

No page limit. Re-reads and audio books are okay.

words from the article:
black - Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick (finished 9/12), Maleficent has black horns and a black heart and rides a black horse, my review is here
hotel - In Bolivia by Eric Lawlor (finished 9/2), the author spent a part of his trip staying in hotels, my review is here
king - Time Out by Claudia Rowe (finished 9/10), case took place in King County WA, my review is here
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asleep - Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal by Joe Nickell (finished 9/9), one explanation for seeing ghosts is the brain's confusion during the time of transition from asleep to awake, my review is here
bruin - Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (finished 9/18), Cheryl runs into several bears on her journey, my review is here
door: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (finished 9/13), no one but the Radley's locked their doors at night, my review is here
damaged: Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (finished 9/7), many of these "origin" stories rely on the main character being damaged or changed in some way (How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Whale Got His Throat), my review is here
furniture - You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman (finished 9/10), furniture (couch, desk, table) in illustrations, my review is here
Park: Umicar's Big Race by Brian L. Perkins (finished 9/11), Umicar raced into a park, my review is here
historic - Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith (finished 9/5), so much of the Prince's life and possessions are historic, my review is here
shot : Alibi For A Life by Roger Granelli (finished 9/11), a lot of people were shot, my review is here

message 4: by Book Concierge (last edited Sep 28, 2018 10:37AM) (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 2371 comments Ripped From the Headlines
Begins: 01Sep18 / Ends: 30Sep18

9 completed

(alphabetized for my convenience



black - Title word - Black and Blue ✔ - 22Sep18

bruin - Bear in story - How to Fall In Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush ✔ - 28Sep18

Colorado - Colorado River formed the Canyon - Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon ✔ - 20Sep18


door - Doors are key to travel in Exit West ✔ - 13Sep18



guest - Stays at a guest house - The Little French Bistro ✔ – 05Sep18

historic - Historical Fiction main page genre - The Chilbury Ladies' Choir ✔ – 09Sep18


hotel - Local Hotel named for Grandpa in Cold Sassy Tree ✔ – 03Sep18




Park - Baby is found in the park - The Trouble with Goats and Sheep ✔ - 19Sep18


shot - Main Char is shot - Shelter in Place ✔ - 06Sep18



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message 5: by Meg (last edited Sep 27, 2018 07:42PM) (new)

Meg (makeli2) | 1155 comments ✔ black - Small Town Suspicions (Some Very English Murders Book 3) by Issy Brooke Small Town Suspicions (mc has a black rescue Rottweiler) 9/3

✔ lobby - Tea Cups and Carnage (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #7) by Lynn Cahoon Tea Cups and Carnage ("She paused, talking to someone in the lobby [of the bank]") 9/5

✔ Colorado Executive Dirt (A Sedona O'Hala Mystery, #4) by Maria E. Schneider Executive Dirt (book is set in Colorado) 9/9

✔ hotel - Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About by Joyce Lavene Give Em Pumpkin To Talk About (mc stays at a small hotel while she sees to selling her grandparents' rural farm) 9/5

✔ Stephen - Apple Strudel Alibi (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 8) by H.Y. Hanna Apple Strudel Alibi (mc and her friends took selfies in front of St. Stephen's Church in Vienna) 9/11

✔ king - Ornamental Danger a holiday short story (Working Stiff Mysteries) by Kerri Nelson Ornamental Danger (a character was forced to move back to a trailer park called King Henry Commons) 9/8

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✔ guest - Death in Room 7 (Pine Lake Inn #1) by K.J. Emrick Death in Room 7 (a guest at the mc's inn is murdered) 9/6

✔ asleep - Never Mess with Mistletoe (Leigh Koslow Mystery #10) by Edie Claire Never Mess with Mistletoe ("...she had a geriatric cat purring in her lap and a well-fed corgi asleep on her feet") 9/25


✔ open - Death by Scones (Danger Cove, #3) by Elizabeth Ashby Death by Scones (mc finds a dead customer in the bathroom soon after her bakery is open for the day) 9/7

✔ door - Missing Under The Mistletoe (A Flower Shop Mystery #19.5) by Kate Collins Missing Under The Mistletoe (when villain grabs mc, she slams open a store's emergency door to set off the alarm) 9/14

✔ front - Karma's A Bitch (A Pet Psychic Mystery, #1) by Shannon Esposito Karma's A Bitch ("He sat by the front door with his head hanging") 9/16

✔ video - Deadly Summer (Darling Investigations #1) by Denise Grover Swank Deadly Summer (video is being shot of mc for a new reality show) 9/10

✔ damaged - Christmas Caramel Murder (Hannah Swensen, #20) by Joanne Fluke Christmas Caramel Murder (a pair of damaged boots leads mc to the killer) 9/25

✔ furniture - Morning Glory Circle (Rose Hill Mysteries #2) by Pamela Grandstaff Morning Glory Circle ("It smelled like lemon furniture polish and old money.") 9/23

✔ Park - Christmas Crazy (Zoe Donovan Mystery #3) by Kathi Daley Christmas Crazy (vendors are set up in a tent in the town park for the annual Christmas event) 9/14

✔ historic - The Silence of the Snakes (Madigan Amos Zoo Mystery #2) by Ruby Loren The Silence of the Snakes (a historic manor is home to a large collection of poisonous snakes) 9/27


✔ Stanley - Feint of Art (An Art Lover's Mystery, #1) by Hailey Lind Feint of Art (a janitor named Stanley Dupont is found shot at the museum where he worked) 9/12

✔ horror - Cupid's Curse (Zoe Donovan Mystery #4) by Kathi Daley Cupid's Curse ("...I kept playing over again and again in my mind the horror of his anticipated announcement...") 9/20

✔ shot - A Novel Death (Danger Cove #10) by Elizabeth Ashby A Novel Death (an author is found shot behind the bookstore) 9/1

message 6: by Richard (last edited Oct 01, 2018 11:01PM) (new)

Richard Moore (richoman25) The Challenge Factory
Ripped from the Headlines ~ September
September 1st - 30th, 2018


A - 9/9/18 *** - Cooking Up a Business: Lessons from Food Lovers Who Turned Their Passion Into a Career -- And How You C An, Too by Rachel Hofstetter
black - 8/9/18 ** - Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar
bear - 1/9/18 * - Hydraulics of Groundwater by Jacob Bear
the - 2/9/18 *** - The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Danny Schuman
of - 6/9/18 **** - A Brief History Of Time: From the Big Bang To Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
the - 7/9/18 *** - The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson
hotel - 15/9/18 *** - The Heart of Hospitality: Great Hotel and Restaurant Leaders Share Their Secrets by Micah Solomon
that - 6/9/18 *** - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
inspired - 10/9/18 ** - Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus
Stephen - 23/9/18 *** - The Science of Stephen King: From 'Carrie' to 'Cell,' The Terrifying Truth Behind the Horror Master's Fiction by Lois H. Gresh
to - 7/9/18 *** - Getting to Yes with Yourself: And Other Worthy Opponents by William Ury
write - 19/9/18 *** - How to Write Everything by David Quantick
The - 22/9/18 **** - The Naked Millionaire: The Ultimate Fast-Track Guide to Wealth, Freedom and Fulfillment by David Taylor
Shining - 17/9/18 **** - All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert L. Dreyfus
tells - 15/9/18 ** - Ultimate Guide to Poker Tells: Devastate Opponents by Reading Body Language, Table Talk, Chip Moves, and Much More by Randy Burgess
that - 21/9/18 *** - You Are That by Gangaji
300 - 20/9/18 *** - Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year by Del Sroufe
guests - 1/9/18 * - Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism by Valene L. Smith
were - 21/9/18 *** - You Were Born To Be An Entrepreneur: The Mystery of Discovering your Calling and Career by Jeremy Lopez
sound - 21/9/18 *** - Tibetan Sound Healing: Seven Guided Practices to Clear Obstacles, Cultivate Positive Qualities, and Uncover Your Inherent Wisdom by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
asleep - 8/9/18 *** - Fast Asleep, Wide Awake: Discover the secrets of restorative sleep and vibrant energy by Nerina Ramlakhan
as - 22/9/18 **** - As a Man Thinketh / The Path of Prosperity by James Allen
the - 19/9/18 **** - Think Yourself Successful: Rewire Your Mind, Become Confident, and Achieve Your Goals by Alireza Azmandian
out - 22/9/18 *** - Drop Out And Get Schooled: The Case for Thinking Twice About College by Patrick Bet-David
how - 25/9/18 ** - How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
to - 15/9/18 *** - Think to Lose Weight - The W.E.D. Method. by Brian Ellis
the - 24/9/18 *** - The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
door - 11/9/18 *** - The Secret Door to Success by Florence Scovel Shinn
and - 23/9/18 * - Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt
climbed - 10/9/18 * - The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
furniture - 12/9/18 ** - Furniture Styles by Oliver Knežević
front - 22/9/18 *** - The New Front Page by Tim Dunlop
desk - 8/9/18 * - Engineering Materials and Processes Desk Reference by Robert W. Messler Jr.
supervisor - 15/9/18 *** - First Responder Supervisor Guide by Trennis E. Killian
video - 24/9/18 ** - Video Games and Creativity by Garo Green
the - 23/9/18 ** - The Easy Vegan Week by The Easy Vegan Home
was - 22/9/18 ** - The Problem Was Me: How to End Negative Self-Talk and Take Your Life to a New Level by Thomas Gagliano
damage - 19/9/18 *** - Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Stop Pain, and Reverse the Path to Diabetes by Richard P. Jacoby
furniture - 10/9/18 ** - Guerilla Furniture Design: A Manual for Building Lean, Modern Furnishings from Salvaged and Sustainable Materials by Will Holman
before - 24/9/18 ** - Think Before You Swallow by Noel O'Hare
bear - 17/9/18 * - Bear Attacks: The Deadly Truth by James Gary Shelton
walked - 12/9/18 ** - The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island by Terry Hunt
of - 13/9/18 ** - The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel
lower - 11/9/18 * - Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan Cottom
hotel - 18/9/18 ** - Guide To Hotel Housekeeping by Alex Buenafe
opened - 17/9/18 ** - Autism: The Gift That Needs to Be Opened by Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador
It - 2/9/18 ** - Build It: The Rebel Playbook for World Class Employee Engagement by Glenn Elliott
of - 20/9/18 ** - The Simple Act of Reading by Debra Adelaide
after - 14/9/18 * - After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory by Alasdair MacIntyre
horror - 19/9/18 **** - Cult Horror Movies: Discover the 33 Best Scary, Suspenseful, Gory, and Monstrous Cinema Classics by Danny Peary
shot - 20/9/18 *** - Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes by Amy F. Ryan

message 7: by Tania (new)

Tania | 180 comments Update to message 3, complete with 11 books read

message 8: by Book Concierge (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 2371 comments Update message # 4 - Got 9 done

message 9: by Cindy III (new)

Cindy III | 340 comments found 16 words on message 2

message 10: by Richard (new)

Richard Moore (richoman25) Didn't complete the challenge at msg 6, but I was also reading for another challenge with different books. Completely loving my learning journey.


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