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message 1: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 12926 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020-November 30, 2020

Patrizia has created another great adventure for us.
Syria-Tourist-Map
I was lucky enough to be able to visit Syria a few months before the outbreak of the war and now my heart is crying to see that country almost completely destroyed. Our adventure helps remember the many monuments that have been partially or completely destroyed. - Patrizia

Choose a level:
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.

*Please note: the challenge was translated using Google translate.

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Day 1: Damascus
Damascus-Saladin-Tomb-SM
It seems that the origins of Damascus go back more than 11,000 years, making it the oldest city still in existence. During all these centuries it was the seat of local governments on several occasions, until it was named capital of present-day Syria in 1941. Its historic center, still surrounded by Roman walls, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. Among the monuments preserved there is the mausoleum of Saladin, the famous sultan who in 1187 recaptured Jerusalem.

* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.

Museum-Combo-SM
The National Museum of Damascus boasts one of the most important archaeological collections in the Middle East, which is why its visit takes several hours. Also worth seeing is the reconstruction of the synagogue of Dura-Europos, dating back to 245 AD which is known for its frescoes, as well as the over 5000 cuneiform tablets, some of which retain the first known alphabet in history - the Ugaritic alphabet.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus
Grand-Mosque-SM
The Grand Mosque of the Umayyads is the main religious building in the city and its most visited monument. Built at the beginning of the 8th century, it incorporated the church dedicated to John the Baptist, of which only the three bell towers were preserved and transformed into minarets. The building, covered with marble and mosaics, was completely restored after a fire in 1893.

* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

Azem-Palace-SM
The Azm palace was built between 1749 and 1752 by one of the five Ottoman governors of Damascus belonging to the Al-Azm family and is a typical example of the Arab architecture of the period. Since 1954 it has been home to the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

Day 3: Bosra
AWIB-ISAW-Roman-ruins-in-citadel-at-Bosra-Syria-View-of-pathway-and-columns-in-citadel-by-Erik-Herma
The very ancient city, Bosra was an important commercial center for the Nabataeans, second only to Petra. It then became a Roman colony placed at the head of the province of Arabia. Its decline began in the 13th century, after the first Mongol invasion. Thanks to its particularly well preserved archaeological site, Bosra was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.

Bosra-Theater-SM
The 2nd century Roman theater, most likely constructed under Trajan using black basalt, is the only monument of this type with its upper gallery in the form of a covered portico which has been integrally preserved. It was fortified between 481 and 1231 creating a citadel guarding the road to Damascus. This monument was the main point of every visit to Bosra, but unfortunately it was completely destroyed during the war, as well as the rest of the archaeological site.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
Town-of-Maaloula
Maaloula is a small village north of Damascus where there are two monasteries, one of Greek Orthodox rite and the other Catholic of Greek rite. But it owes its fame to the fact that its inhabitants are the only ones, together with those of two other villages, to speak Western Aramaic, i.e. the language spoken by Jesus Christ. Of course they also speak Arabic.

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.

Krak-des-Chevaliers-landscape-SM
Located on a hill near Homs, Krak des Chevaliers represents the typical Crusader castle. Originally built by an Arab Emir, the castle was conquered by the Crusaders around 1110 becoming part of the county of Tripoli. In 1142 it was ceded to those who would later be known as the Knights of Malta, who further fortified it and defended it until 1271, when it was conquered by the Mamluk sultan of Egypt. Since 2006 it has been a World Heritage Site, but it appears to have suffered serious damage during the war, although the government has started restoration work immediately.

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
Hama-Water-Wheel-SM
Hama is renowned for its norias used for watering the gardens since 1100 BC. Today they are exclusively an aesthetic function and are a tourist attraction. The noria is a large water wheel that has the function of lifting water by exploiting the current of a water course; when the buckets mounted on the wheel reach its upper part, they empty their contents into a collection tank. It seems that the noria was invented in either Mesopotamia or ancient Egypt, but it was improved on and its use spread in the Islamic world.

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.

Ebla-Tablet
Ebla was one of the first cities to be born, although today there are not many buildings left. Its fame is due to the discovery in 1975 of the royal archives which contain over 17,000 tablets with cuneiform inscriptions in Eblait, an extinct Semitic language, dating back to the period between 2500 and 2200 BC. Once the writing on the tablets were deciphered they learned a great amount of the history of the area. The excavations have always been carried out by Italian archaeologists. During my visit the excavations were in progress and it was interesting to hear them exchange opinions during their work.

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Continued in Next Post


message 2: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 12926 comments Adventure Continued

Day 6: Aleppo
Aleppo-SM
Aleppo is also one of the oldest cities in the world and lies halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Euphrates River. Its population is made up of Arabs, Armenians, Kurds, Circassians and Turks and despite the majority being Muslims, it
is the third largest Christian city in the Arab world after Beirut and Cairo. This explains the large number of churches inside it. It is the second largest city in Syria, and during the war it was at the center of furious fighting which resulted in serious damage.

* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

Aleppo-Ctadel-SM
The Old City of Aleppo, characterized by large mansions, narrow alleys, covered souqs and ancient caravanserais, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The main monument is the Citadel, located on top of an artificial hill inhabited since the second millennium BC. Throughout its history it has experienced destruction by earthquakes and war events, not the least those of the recent war. With reconstruction work it was able to be reopened in 2017.

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
Al-Madina-Souq-SM
Aleppo's main tourist attraction is perhaps Al-Madina Souq, the covered market located in the Old City. It consists of various souqs named by the professions present or the goods sold there: raw silk from Iran, spices and dyes from India, as well as local products like wool, soap produced with olive oil and laurel oil, agricultural products, etc. Aside from trading, the souq accommodated the traders and their goods in khans (caravanserais) scattered within the souq. Unfortunately, the souk was largely destroyed during the recent war events.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.

Ruins-of-St-Simeon-Stylites-SM
About thirty kilometers from Aleppo stands Qalaat Semaan (i.e. Church of Saint Simeon Stylites). This is the place where the first Christian ascetic, Simeon Stylites, lived for 37 year until he died in 459 AD. During his life the place became an important pilgrimage site. An imposing basilica was built almost immediately, then damaged by an earthquake and later transformed into a fortified citadel by the Arabs. Today only the perimeter walls remain, but the place retains a certain charm.

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
Combo-SM
Moving east of Aleppo and following the course of the Euphrates, you can visit the remains of three ancient cities: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari. In the first, the remains of the city walls and the basilica of Saint Sergius can be visited, while at Dura Europos sixteen different religious buildings are visible, which allow to study the various cults present in the East in the Greco-Roman era. Unfortunately, it seems that ISIL has almost completely destroyed what remained in the latter location.

* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

OLYMPUS-DIGITAL-CAMERA
Of ancient origins, Mari was an important Sumerian center and reached its peak at the beginning of the second millennium BC, until it was destroyed by Hammurabi, the king of Babylon, in 1761 BC. The imposing royal palace covered about 3 hectares of surface, with 260 rooms and 40 courtyards on the ground floor. It originally also had a second floor, which collapsed during the fire set by Hammurabi troops.

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra
Syrian-Desert-SM
The Syrian desert was initially stony, but starting from the end of the last century, unusual winter rains have turned it into a steppe. There are several oases, which have always allowed the Bedouins to live there and which are now often transformed into cities (this is the case with Damascus). Be that as it may, while crossing it, both me and my parents, who visited Syria a few years before me, stumbled upon a sandstorm!

* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

Palmyra-Syria
After a sometimes adventurous journey in the desert, Palmyra appears: here the famous queen Zenobia, who dared to rebel against the Roman Empire, reigned. Unfortunately it is perhaps better to say that it had appeared because, as is known, ISIL destroyed some monuments of the archaeological site, despite the heroic attempt to protect it by its director, who was killed for this.

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).

Day 10: Palmyra
Temples-SM
Of the many monuments in Palmira I want to highlight a couple that have unfortunately been destroyed by ISIL. The temple of Bel or Baal was dedicated to a Babylonian deity similar to the Greek Zeus, while that of Baalshamin (the lord of heaven) honored a god similar to Hermes and was transformed into a church by the Byzantines. Other buildings dating back to Roman domination have also been destroyed: the Tetrapylon, the facade of the theater, some tombs and the triumphal arch.

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

Palmyra-Columns-SM
I have always been fascinated by the columns and their capitals found in many of the Greco-Roman monuments. In Palmyra, in addition to those present in the numerous temples, there are those of the Great Colonnade. This a road 1100 meters long and 11 meters wide, flanked by arcades 6 meters wide, which overlooked the shops and public buildings.

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).


*Editor's Note: In helping Patrizia with formatting pictures for her challenge I saw many "before and after" images of the monuments and cities she shared about. It was disheartening to see how much destruction was done to these important historical monuments by the war. I'm glad that she had the opportunity to visit before it occurred and can now reflect back on her trip. Thank you Patrizia for sharing!!


message 3: by Jan, Moderator (last edited May 25, 2021 03:00PM) (new)

Jan | 12926 comments Participants


Bev(baglady) ~ Completed
Book Concierge~ Completed
Bryony
Chrystal
Ed
Frankie ~ Completed
Jan ~ Completed
Karen ♐ ~ Completed
Kathryn
Meg ~ Completed
Olivermagnus ~ Completed
Patrizia ~ Completed
Sallie(Georgia Girl)
Sunshine ~ Completed
Tari ~ Completed


message 4: by Jan, Moderator (last edited Nov 02, 2020 02:52PM) (new)

Jan | 12926 comments My Spot

Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
18/10

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book set in a capital city (London): Nero's Fiddle | A.W. Exley 9/5/20***
Nero's Fiddle (Artifact Hunters #3) by A.W. Exley

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum): The Apple Orchard | Susan Wiggs 9/17/20**
The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date 1982): Howliday Inn | James Howe 9/12/20**
Howliday Inn (Bunnicula, #2) by James Howe

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count (391 Pages): A Dying Fall | Elly Griffiths 10/4/20*****
A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5) by Elly Griffiths

* Read the 2nd book in a series: Stop Press Murder | Peter Bartram
Stop Press Murder (Crampton of The Chronicle Mystery, #2) by Peter Bartram

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC: Thin Air: A Ghost Story | Michelle Paver9/25/20****
Thin Air A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver


Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover): Nun Too Soon | Alice Loweecey 10/8/20*****
Nun Too Soon (Giulia Driscoll #1) by Alice Loweecey

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (digs a grave): An Occupied Grave | AG Barnett 10/1/20****
An Occupied Grave (A Brock & Poole Mystery, #1) by AG Barnett

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read the third book in a series: The Return of the King | J.R.R. Tolkien 10/25/20***
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

* Read a book published in 2017: The Strawberry Hearts Diner | Carolyn Brown 10/28/20**
The Strawberry Hearts Diner by Carolyn Brown

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ: Veiled Threat | Alice Loweecey 9/22/20****
Veiled Threat (Falcone & Driscoll Investigation, #3) by Alice Loweecey

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (371 Pages): Raven Black | Ann Cleeves 10/30/20***
Raven Black (Shetland Island, #1) by Ann Cleeves

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order): Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris | R.L. LaFevers 10/9/20***
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris (Theodosia Throckmorton, #2) by R.L. LaFevers

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page: The Invention of Wings | Sue Monk Kidd 10/13/20**
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!): Growing Season | Melanie Lageschulte 11/2/20***
Growing Season by Melanie Lageschulte

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA: Single Malt Murder | Melinda Mullet 9/29/20***
Single Malt Murder (Whisky Business Mystery, #1) by Melinda Mullet

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book where something is destroyed (a ship during war): Heartstone | C.J. Sansom 10/16/20***
Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake, #5) by C.J. Sansom

* Read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover): The Watchmaker's Daughter | C.J. Archer 10/18/20****
The Watchmaker's Daughter (Glass and Steele, #1) by C.J. Archer


message 5: by Patrizia, Contributor (last edited Oct 13, 2020 02:15AM) (new)

Patrizia | 1041 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
15/15

Day 1: Damascus
* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Tokyo (Japan)- The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin 15 September; 4☆
The Little Teashop in Tokyo (Romantic Escapes, #6) by Julie Caplin

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).
Much Ado about Nutmeg by Sarah Fox 30 September;5☆
Much Ado about Nutmeg (Pancake House Mystery #6) by Sarah Fox

Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell 11 September; 4 1/2☆
Murder at Marble House (Gilded Newport Mysteries, #2) by Alyssa Maxwell

Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
189 pages- Covert Cover-Up by Elizabeth Goddard 3 September: 3 1/2☆
Covert Cover-Up by Elizabeth Goddard

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.
See Her Die by Melinda Leigh 24 September; 5☆
See Her Die (Bree Taggert, #2) by Melinda Leigh

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
Murder in Waiting by Lynn Cahoon 27 September; 4 1/2☆
Murder in Waiting (Tourist Trap Mysteries #11) by Lynn Cahoon

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).
SEAL's Honor by Megan Crane 20 September; 4 1/2☆
SEAL's Honor (Alaska Force, #1) by Megan Crane

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
Deep Fried Revenge by Lynn Cahoon 12 October; 4 1/2☆
Deep Fried Revenge (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #4) by Lynn Cahoon

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.
Appuntamento in riva al mare (=Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay) by Ali McNamara 9 September; 4☆
Appuntamento in riva al mare by Ali McNamara

Day 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien 17 September; 4 1/2☆
Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4) by Vivien Chien

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.
Knot on Her Life by Mary Marks 21 September; 5☆
Knot on Her Life (A Quilting Mystery Book 7) by Mary Marks

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
Sleuth on Safari by A.R. Kennedy 7 September; 4☆
Sleuth on Safari (A Traveler Cozy Mystery #1) by A.R. Kennedy

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).
Bacio reale (=Royally Yours) by Emma Chase 22 September; 4☆
Bacio reale (Royal, #4) by Emma Chase

Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
Abby- Death by Jack-O'-Lantern by Alexis Morgan 8 October; 5☆
Death by Jack-O'-Lantern by Alexis Morgan

Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Lighthouse Cottage by Barbara Cool Lee 10 October; 4☆
Lighthouse Cottage (Pajaro Bay, #3) by Barbara Cool Lee


message 6: by Meg, Contributor (last edited Oct 26, 2020 02:39PM) (new)

Meg (makeli2) | 429 comments Remembering Syria
September 1 - November 30, 2020

Beautiful challenge, Patrizia and Jan!

Day 1: Damascus
* Read a book set in a capital city (London).
Something Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge, #3) by Emma Jameson Something Blue 09/25

* Read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (stick telephone, vintage Mickey Mouse).
The Gun Also Rises (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #6) by Sherry Harris The Gun Also Rises 09/24

Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date. (06/18)
Staged 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery, #3) by J.C. Eaton Staged 4 Murder, J. C. Eaton 09/26

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover.
The Curse of Arundel Hall (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #2) by J. New The Curse of Arundel Hall 10/02

Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (MCs are caterers/bakers).
A Catered Birthday Party (A Mystery with Recipes, #6) by Isis Crawford A Catered Birthday Party 09/15

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA
Mind Your Own Beeswax (Queen Bee Murder Mysteries, #2) by Deb Baker Mind Your Own Beeswax, Deb Baker 09/28

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language.
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1) by Tasha Alexander And Only to Deceive 09/06

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!). (secondary MC, half of the couple); also a book that is set in Middle Ages (set in the 1200's).
Shadow Music (Highlands' Lairds, #3) by Julie Garwood Shadow Music 10/17

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book with a wheel on the cover.
Cooking Up Trouble (A Ravyn Shaw Novel Book 2) by Lisa R. Schoolcraft Cooking Up Trouble 09/07

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (the three lead characters dig for clues behind a threat and attempted murder).
Hook, Line and Blinker (Miss Fortune Mystery #10) by Jana Deleon Hook, Line and Blinker 09/22

Day 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions .
Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4) by Vivien Chien Wonton Terror 09/03

* Read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.
Someone to Remember (Westcott #6.5) by Mary Balogh Someone to Remember 09/26

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.(MC is a blacksmith and custom creates different objects)
The Falcon Always Wings Twice (Meg Langslow, #27) by Donna Andrews The Falcon Always Wings Twice 09/02

*Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (murder victim, who was central to plot)
The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5) by Louise Penny The Brutal Telling 09/13

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
* Read a book with a religious building on the cover.
For Whom Death Tolls (Manor House #3) by Kate Kingsbury For Whom Death Tolls 09/18

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie And Then There Were None 09/01

Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).
Working Stiff (A Mattie Winston Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan Working Stiff by Annelise Ryan 09/08

* Read a book where a character does something heroic (view spoiler)
Dying for a Double (Laurel McKay Mysteries Book 8) by Cindy Sample Dying for a Double 09/08

Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book where something is destroyed (view spoiler)
Double Knot (Davis Way Crime Caper, #5) by Gretchen Archer Double Knot 09/07

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (book works for both tasks).
Bear Witness to Murder (Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery, #2) by Meg Macy Bear Witness to Murder 10/26


message 7: by Frankie (last edited Sep 22, 2020 08:04PM) (new)

Frankie Johnson | 233 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020-November 30, 2020

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

15/15-20 Completed

Day 1: Damascus
Damascus-Saladin-Tomb-SM
01.* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
(Imogene Saunders)
Stacked-Aviva Blakeman 9/10

Museum-Combo-SM
02.* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum).
Say My Name-Aviva Blakeman 9/19

Day 2: Damascus
Grand-Mosque-SM
03.* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date.
(9/08/20)
Say It Ain't So-Lani Lynn Vale 9/10

Azem-Palace-SM
04.* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

05.* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
(400)
The Bitterroot Inn-Devney Perry 9/11

Bosra-Theater-SM
06.* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA.
Tia Louise-Wait for Me 9/09

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
Town-of-Maaloula
07.* Read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
Meet Cute-Helena Hunting 9/12

Krak-des-Chevaliers-landscape-SM
08.* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier.
Dear Aaron-Mariana Zapata 9/18

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
Hama-Water-Wheel-SM
09.* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
(2045)
When We Left Cuba-Chanel Cleeton 9/15

Ebla-Tablet
10.* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo
Aleppo-SM
11.* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

Aleppo-Ctadel-SM
12.* Read a book published in 2017.
The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir-Jenifer Lewis 9/17

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
13.* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ.
Meghan Quinn-That Swoony Feeling 9/20

Ruins-of-St-Simeon-Stylites-SM
14.* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who).
(MC Katya)
Neighbors-Stylo Fantome 9/16

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
Combo-SM
15.* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

OLYMPUS-DIGITAL-CAMERA
16.* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page.
(2581)
Kickin' It-Rachel Van Dyken 9/13

Day 9: Palmyra
17.* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

Palmyra-Syria
18.* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA.
(Blue Skies)
Black Out-Lila Rose 9/14

Day 10: Palmyra
Temples-SM
19.* Read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).
(A Civilation)
Into The Green-Jessica Gadziala 9/22

Palmyra-Columns-SM
20.* Read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Queenie-Candice Carty-Williams 9/21
Stacked (Devil's Bastards MC, #1) by Aviva Blakeman Say My Name (Devil's Bastards MC, #2) by Aviva Blakeman Say It Ain't So (SWAT Generation 2.0, #9) by Lani Lynn Vale The Bitterroot Inn (Jamison Valley, #5) by Devney Perry Wait for Me by Tia Louise Meet Cute by Helena Hunting Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton The Mother of Black Hollywood A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis That Swoony Feeling (Getting Lucky, #4) by Meghan Quinn Neighbors (Twin Estates, #1) by Stylo Fantome Kickin' It (Red Card, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken Black Out (Hawks Motorcycle Club, #3) by Lila Rose Into The Green (The Green #1) by Jessica Gadziala Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams


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Tari (thann) | 498 comments Remembering Syria
September 1 - November 30, 2020


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

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Loretta-Seven Lives to Kill K.M. Waller 9/3/20

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
Old Southern mansion- Murder in the Bayou Boneyard A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron Ellen Byron 9/17/20

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
MC owns a button shop and there's a fair in a town she needs to visit-Button Holed Kylie Logan 9/1/20

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
C-Chili Cauldron Curse Lynn Cahoon 9/2/20

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
Ferris wheel- Fear at the Ferris Wheel (Whodunit Pet Mystery #3) by Mel McCoy Mel McCoy 9/4/20

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
#3 Rooftop Garden series-Murder Just Isn't Faire Thea Cambert 9/7/20

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.
A quilt block-Quilt or Innocence Elizabeth Spann Craig 9/5/20

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
The Secret of Shadow Ranch Carolyn Keene 10/5/20

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
MC is Zoe-Derby Divas Kathi Daley 9/9/20

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Liked this cover- Doggone Murder (A Sissy and Miss Boo Mystery Book 1) by Nancy Smith Gibson Nancy Smith Gibson 9/6/2020



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Bryony (bryony46) | 386 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
0/15

Day 1: Damascus
* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).

Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).


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Tari (thann) | 498 comments Jan wrote: "Enjoy your visit Patrizia, Meg, Frankie & Tari!!"

Thanks, Jan!


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 Olivermagnus (lynda214) | 642 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
15
of 15 Complete

Day 1: Damascus

🍒 Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Blue Dahlia - Nora Roberts - 10/24/20 MC = Stella

🍒 Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).
Straight on 'Til Morning - Liz Braswell - 10/25/20 - SOTM

Day 2: Damascus

🍒 Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.
The Bishop’s Wife - Mette Ivie Harrison - 11/2/20 - Mormon

🍒 Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson - 11/18/20 - set in 1859

Day 3: Bosra

🍒 Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
The Winds of War - Herman Wouk - 10/13/20 - 898 pages

🍒 Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.
Fractured - Karin Slaughter - 9/7/20 - #2 Will Trent

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

🍒 Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland - 11/24/20 - W

🍒 Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).
Divided We Fall - Trent Reedy - 9/24/20

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

🍒 Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
The Lost World - Michael Crichton - 9/28/20 - 3831 reviews

🍒 Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.
Adventures with Waffles - Maria Parr - 10/29/20 - translated from Norwegian

Day 6: Aleppo

🍒 Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
Twisted Loyalties - Cora Reilly - 10/4/20 - #3 Camorra Chronicles

🍒 Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.
Alaska - James A. Michener - 9/6/20

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

🍒 Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.
Lost Girls - Angela Marsons - 9/13/20

🍒 Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.
Descent - Tim Johnston - 9/20/20 - 376 pages

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

🍒 Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris - 10/28/20 whtAngElSFeAR

🍒 Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).
Descent - Tim Johnston - 9/20/20 - 9608 ratings

Day 9: Palmyra

🍒 Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).
Rogue: Information Rogue / Desert Rogue - Anna Hackett - 9/11/20

🍒 Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
To Love Jason Thorn - Ella Maise - 11/1/20 - MC = Olive

Day 10: Palmyra

🍒 Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).
Lauren's Barbarian - Ruby Dixon - 10/27/20 - the island is destroyed by a volcano

🍒 Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Death of an Eye - Dana Stabenow - 11/20/20
Death of an Eye (Eye of Isis, #1) by Dana Stabenow


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Kathryn (an80slady6886) | 539 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
0/10

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).


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Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 169 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020-November 30, 2020

Day 1: Damascus
Damascus-Saladin-Tomb-SM
* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.

Museum-Combo-SM
The National Museum of Damascus boasts one of the most important archaeological collections in the Middle East, which is why its visit takes several hours. Also worth seeing is the reconstruction of the synagogue of Dura-Europos, dating back to 245 AD which is known for its frescoes, as well as the over 5000 cuneiform tablets, some of which retain the first known alphabet in history - the Ugaritic alphabet.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus
Grand-Mosque-SM
The Grand Mosque of the Umayyads is the main religious building in the city and its most visited monument. Built at the beginning of the 8th century, it incorporated the church dedicated to John the Baptist, of which only the three bell towers were preserved and transformed into minarets. The building, covered with marble and mosaics, was completely restored after a fire in 1893.

* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

Azem-Palace-SM
The Azm palace was built between 1749 and 1752 by one of the five Ottoman governors of Damascus belonging to the Al-Azm family and is a typical example of the Arab architecture of the period. Since 1954 it has been home to the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

Day 3: Bosra
AWIB-ISAW-Roman-ruins-in-citadel-at-Bosra-Syria-View-of-pathway-and-columns-in-citadel-by-Erik-Herma
The very ancient city, Bosra was an important commercial center for the Nabataeans, second only to Petra. It then became a Roman colony placed at the head of the province of Arabia. Its decline began in the 13th century, after the first Mongol invasion. Thanks to its particularly well preserved archaeological site, Bosra was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.

Bosra-Theater-SM
The 2nd century Roman theater, most likely constructed under Trajan using black basalt, is the only monument of this type with its upper gallery in the form of a covered portico which has been integrally preserved. It was fortified between 481 and 1231 creating a citadel guarding the road to Damascus. This monument was the main point of every visit to Bosra, but unfortunately it was completely destroyed during the war, as well as the rest of the archaeological site.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
Town-of-Maaloula
Maaloula is a small village north of Damascus where there are two monasteries, one of Greek Orthodox rite and the other Catholic of Greek rite. But it owes its fame to the fact that its inhabitants are the only ones, together with those of two other villages, to speak Western Aramaic, i.e. the language spoken by Jesus Christ. Of course they also speak Arabic.

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.

Krak-des-Chevaliers-landscape-SM
Located on a hill near Homs, Krak des Chevaliers represents the typical Crusader castle. Originally built by an Arab Emir, the castle was conquered by the Crusaders around 1110 becoming part of the county of Tripoli. In 1142 it was ceded to those who would later be known as the Knights of Malta, who further fortified it and defended it until 1271, when it was conquered by the Mamluk sultan of Egypt. Since 2006 it has been a World Heritage Site, but it appears to have suffered serious damage during the war, although the government has started restoration work immediately.

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
Hama-Water-Wheel-SM
Hama is renowned for its norias used for watering the gardens since 1100 BC. Today they are exclusively an aesthetic function and are a tourist attraction. The noria is a large water wheel that has the function of lifting water by exploiting the current of a water course; when the buckets mounted on the wheel reach its upper part, they empty their contents into a collection tank. It seems that the noria was invented in either Mesopotamia or ancient Egypt, but it was improved on and its use spread in the Islamic world.

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.

Ebla-Tablet
Ebla was one of the first cities to be born, although today there are not many buildings left. Its fame is due to the discovery in 1975 of the royal archives which contain over 17,000 tablets with cuneiform inscriptions in Eblait, an extinct Semitic language, dating back to the period between 2500 and 2200 BC. Once the writing on the tablets were deciphered they learned a great amount of the history of the area. The excavations have always been carried out by Italian archaeologists. During my visit the excavations were in progress and it was interesting to hear them exchange opinions during their work.

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

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Day 6: Aleppo
Aleppo-SM
Aleppo is also one of the oldest cities in the world and lies halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Euphrates River. Its population is made up of Arabs, Armenians, Kurds, Circassians and Turks and despite the majority being Muslims, it
is the third largest Christian city in the Arab world after Beirut and Cairo. This explains the large number of churches inside it. It is the second largest city in Syria, and during the war it was at the center of furious fighting which resulted in serious damage.

* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

Aleppo-Ctadel-SM
The Old City of Aleppo, characterized by large mansions, narrow alleys, covered souqs and ancient caravanserais, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The main monument is the Citadel, located on top of an artificial hill inhabited since the second millennium BC. Throughout its history it has experienced destruction by earthquakes and war events, not the least those of the recent war. With reconstruction work it was able to be reopened in 2017.

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
Al-Madina-Souq-SM
Aleppo's main tourist attraction is perhaps Al-Madina Souq, the covered market located in the Old City. It consists of various souqs named by the professions present or the goods sold there: raw silk from Iran, spices and dyes from India, as well as local products like wool, soap produced with olive oil and laurel oil, agricultural products, etc. Aside from trading, the souq accommodated the traders and their goods in khans (caravanserais) scattered within the souq. Unfortunately, the souk was largely destroyed during the recent war events.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.

Ruins-of-St-Simeon-Stylites-SM
About thirty kilometers from Aleppo stands Qalaat Semaan (i.e. Church of Saint Simeon Stylites). This is the place where the first Christian ascetic, Simeon Stylites, lived for 37 year until he died in 459 AD. During his life the place became an important pilgrimage site. An imposing basilica was built almost immediately, then damaged by an earthquake and later transformed into a fortified citadel by the Arabs. Today only the perimeter walls remain, but the place retains a certain charm.

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
Combo-SM
Moving east of Aleppo and following the course of the Euphrates, you can visit the remains of three ancient cities: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari. In the first, the remains of the city walls and the basilica of Saint Sergius can be visited, while at Dura Europos sixteen different religious buildings are visible, which allow to study the various cults present in the East in the Greco-Roman era. Unfortunately, it seems that ISIL has almost completely destroyed what remained in the latter location.

* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

OLYMPUS-DIGITAL-CAMERA
Of ancient origins, Mari was an important Sumerian center and reached its peak at the beginning of the second millennium BC, until it was destroyed by Hammurabi, the king of Babylon, in 1761 BC. The imposing royal palace covered about 3 hectares of surface, with 260 rooms and 40 courtyards on the ground floor. It originally also had a second floor, which collapsed during the fire set by Hammurabi troops.

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra
Syrian-Desert-SM
The Syrian desert was initially stony, but starting from the end of the last century, unusual winter rains have turned it into a steppe. There are several oases, which have always allowed the Bedouins to live there and which are now often transformed into cities (this is the case with Damascus). Be that as it may, while crossing it, both me and my parents, who visited Syria a few years before me, stumbled upon a sandstorm!

* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

Palmyra-Syria
After a sometimes adventurous journey in the desert, Palmyra appears: here the famous queen Zenobia, who dared to rebel against the Roman Empire, reigned. Unfortunately it is perhaps better to say that it had appeared because, as is known, ISIL destroyed some monuments of the archaeological site, despite the heroic attempt to protect it by its director, who was killed for this.

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).

Day 10: Palmyra
Temples-SM
Of the many monuments in Palmira I want to highlight a couple that have unfortunately been destroyed by ISIL. The temple of Bel or Baal was dedicated to a Babylonian deity similar to the Greek Zeus, while that of Baalshamin (the lord of heaven) honored a god similar to Hermes and was transformed into a church by the Byzantines. Other buildings d


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Karen ♐ (kmk1214) | 718 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
10/10


Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN. - Drew - White Knight Meghan March - 9/2

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) - Obsession in Death J.D. Robb - 9/15

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date. - 1985 - Tempting Fate Nora Roberts - 9/6

* Read a book that takes place in the 1700s. - 1745 - Rebellion Nora Roberts - 1/16

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count. - 292 pgs - Running on Empty L.B. Simmons - 9/3

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA - Recovery L.B. Simmons - 9/3

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language - Capture Me Anna Zaires - 9/7

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier - Bind Me Anna Zaires - 9/8

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page. - 1,916 reviews - El Diablo M. Robinson - 9/5

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) - MC finds diaries from her grandmother which has secrets in it - Tribute Nora Roberts - 10/1

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read the third book in a series. - Claim Me Anna Zaires - 9/10

* Read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage. - An Offer From a Gentleman Julia Quinn - 9/13

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ - An Unexpected Third 2 Nicole Stewart - 9/28

* Read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count. - 378 pgs - Midnight Promises Sherryl Woods - 9/22

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order). - Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor Lisa Kleypas - 3/12

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings - 5,102 ratings - The Summer That Made Us Robyn Carr - 9/11

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!). - snowstorm - Soul Deep Pamela Clare - 10/4

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA - Bella - Bella's Rodeo Alicia White - 9/5

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) - Pg 13 - Amara happens to be the name of our ancient goddess, mate to our god, Amarok - Hungry for Her Wolves Tara West - 10/14

* Read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover). - El Diablo II by M. Robinson M. Robinson - 9/20


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Ed Lehman | 428 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
Explorer: Complete 15 of the 20 tasks. You must complete at least one task per day.
100p. min.
0/15

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).


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Sunshine✰✰✰ | 114 comments Remembering Syria
Duration: Sept 1 - Nov 30, 2020
Explorer: 15/15

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN. - Silver
Shine by Dannika Dark 9/9/20

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS
Undead and Unworthy by MaryJanice Davidson 10/27/20


Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date. - 2008
Bitten to Death by Jennifer Rardin 9/21/20

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover
Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.5) by Chloe Neill 10/15/20


Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count. - 308 Pages
Vampire Moon by J.R. Rain 9/28/20

* Read the 2nd book in a series. - Gatherers, #2
Stealing Kathryn by Jacquelyn Frank 9/22/20


Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language
Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy 9/15/20

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier - Eli Margolis
Marked by Sarah Fine 11/13/20


Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page - 6,699 reviews
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout 9/25/20

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason - She plants her first flower and decides to reopen the garden center
Deadhead and Buried by H.Y. Hanna 9/11/20


Day 6: Aleppo
* Read the third book in a series. - The Veil, #3
Darkest Before Dawn by Pippa DaCosta 10/2/20

* Read a book published in 2017
The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road by M.L. Bullock 9/24/20


Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ
The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn 10/9/20

* Read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count. - 370 Pages
Enemies by Tijan 11/15/20

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title
Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney 11/19/20

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page - 3,431 Ratings
Tall, Dark and Panther by Milly Taiden 9/13/20


Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate - Southern California
Vampire Dawn by J.R. Rain 10/26/20

* Read a book where a character does something heroic - Fights the dragon attacking the city
Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler 10/10/20


Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book where something is destroyed - Half of Chicago
Blade Bound by Chloe Neill 10/15/20

* Read a book with a cover you like
Oogy The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin 10/2/20


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Chrystal | 149 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
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Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).


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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1347 comments Remembering Syria
Begins: 01Sept20 / Ends: 30Nov20



18 / 15 tasks completed
10 / 10 days toured


DAY 1: Damascus
* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN - Daisy in Daisy Jones & The Six ✔ – 24Sept2020

The National Museum of Damascus
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS - Small as an Elephant ✔ – 05Oct2020


DAY 2: Damascus
* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date - 2008 - Olive Kitteridge ✔ – 09Oct2020


The Azm palace was built between 1749 and 1752 by one of the five Ottoman governors of Damascus belonging to the Al-Azm family.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.


DAY 3: Bosra
* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count - 208 pg - Ella Minnow Pea ✔ – 08Sept2020

Roman theater
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA - Lewis Carroll / Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass ✔ – 02Oct2020

DAY 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC - Twenty-One Balloons ✔ – 17Sept2020

Homs, Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier - Simon the Fiddler ✔ – 20Sept2020


DAY 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page - 4586 reviews - Escape ✔ – 16Sept2020

Ebla
* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason - Filomena digs clay for pottery in The Boston Girl ✔ – 02Sept2020


DAY 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions - The Island of Sea Women ✔ – 10Sept2020

UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986
* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL - The Only Woman in the Room ✔ – 10Sept2020


DAY 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ - Lawrence Anthony / The Last Rhinos ✔ – 16Oct2020

Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit - Myron in A Minute to Midnight ✔ – 03Sept2020


DAY 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

Mari
* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page - 4648 ratings - Arguing with Idiots ✔ – 11Sept2020


DAY 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate - Song of the Lion ✔ – 11Sept2020

Queen Zenobia
* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA - Alec in Ashfall ✔ – 20Sept2020


DAY 10: Palmyra
* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned - pg 360 - "Did Odin send you? Or Thor?" in Kiss of Pride ✔ – 02Sept2020


Great Colonnade
* Read a book with a cover you like - Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1) by Julie Murphy ✔ – 04Sept2020


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Frankie Johnson | 233 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020-November 30, 2020

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

15/15-20 Completed. Finished.

Day 1: Damascus
Damascus-Saladin-Tomb-SM
01.* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
(Imogene Saunders)
Stacked-Aviva Blakeman 9/10

Museum-Combo-SM
02.* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum).
Say My Name-Aviva Blakeman 9/19

Day 2: Damascus
Grand-Mosque-SM
03.* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date.
(9/08/20)
Say It Ain't So-Lani Lynn Vale 9/10

Azem-Palace-SM
04.* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.

05.* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
(400)
The Bitterroot Inn-Devney Perry 9/11

Bosra-Theater-SM
06.* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA.
Tia Louise-Wait for Me 9/09

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
Town-of-Maaloula
07.* Read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
Meet Cute-Helena Hunting 9/12

Krak-des-Chevaliers-landscape-SM
08.* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier.
Dear Aaron-Mariana Zapata 9/18

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
Hama-Water-Wheel-SM
09.* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
(2045)
When We Left Cuba-Chanel Cleeton 9/15

Ebla-Tablet
10.* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo
Aleppo-SM
11.* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.

Aleppo-Ctadel-SM
12.* Read a book published in 2017.
The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir-Jenifer Lewis 9/17

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
13.* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ.
Meghan Quinn-That Swoony Feeling 9/20

Ruins-of-St-Simeon-Stylites-SM
14.* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who).
(MC Katya)
Neighbors-Stylo Fantome 9/16

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
Combo-SM
15.* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

OLYMPUS-DIGITAL-CAMERA
16.* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page.
(2581)
Kickin' It-Rachel Van Dyken 9/13

Day 9: Palmyra
17.* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

Palmyra-Syria
18.* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA.
(Blue Skies)
Black Out-Lila Rose 9/14

Day 10: Palmyra
Temples-SM
19.* Read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).
(A Civilation)
Into The Green-Jessica Gadziala 9/22

Palmyra-Columns-SM
20.* Read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Queenie-Candice Carty-Williams 9/21
Stacked (Devil's Bastards MC, #1) by Aviva Blakeman Say My Name (Devil's Bastards MC, #2) by Aviva Blakeman Say It Ain't So (SWAT Generation 2.0, #9) by Lani Lynn Vale The Bitterroot Inn (Jamison Valley, #5) by Devney Perry Wait for Me by Tia Louise Meet Cute by Helena Hunting Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton The Mother of Black Hollywood A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis That Swoony Feeling (Getting Lucky, #4) by Meghan Quinn Neighbors (Twin Estates, #1) by Stylo Fantome Kickin' It (Red Card, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken Black Out (Hawks Motorcycle Club, #3) by Lila Rose Into The Green (The Green #1) by Jessica Gadziala Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams


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Bev(baglady) (blbaglady) | 247 comments Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020-November 30, 2020


Day 1: Damascus
* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Disappeared (Disappeared, #1) by Francisco X. Stork Francisco X. Stork 09/11/2020

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards Kim Edwards 11/10/2020

Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.
Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior by Emily Belle Freeman Emily Belle Freeman 04/05/2021

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
The Steam Pump Jump (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #9.6) by Jodi Taylor Jodi Taylor 05/11/2021


Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
Fresh Ink An Anthology by Lamar Giles Lamar Giles 09/01/2020 198 pages

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker Chandler Baker 09/21/2020

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis 12/28/2020

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!)
Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn Kent Nerburn 04/15/2021

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
The Henna Artist (The Henna Artist, #1) by Alka Joshi Alka Joshi 09/15/2020 Rating details · 67,544 ratings · 6,723 reviews

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why)
The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #6) by Karen White Karen White 09/10/2020 looking for treasure

Day 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis 01/15/2021 Series Book #3

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.
The Handyman by Bentley Little Bentley Little 10/09/2020 Published - 2017

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan Ann Morgan 10/15/2020

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.
The Gown by Jennifer Robson Jennifer Robson 10/29/2020 371 pages

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
*read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson Erik Larson 01/27/2021

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).
Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) by Justina Ireland Justina Ireland 01/25/2021 Rating details · 24,832 ratings · 5,041 reviews

Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen Isak Dinesen 04/09/2021

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
Girl at War by Sara Nović Sara Nović 03/25/2021 MC - Ana Juric

Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).
Into the Raging Sea Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade Rachel Slade 04/22/2021 the El Farro was sunk and destroyed in Hurricane Joaquin

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
The Lost City of the Condor by Loretta Jackson Loretta Jackson 05/24/2021


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Jan | 12926 comments Have a nice trip Bev!


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Tari (thann) | 498 comments Finished at Daytripper

Remembering Syria
September 1 - November 30, 2020


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

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Loretta-Seven Lives to Kill K.M. Waller 9/3/20

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
Old Southern mansion- Murder in the Bayou Boneyard A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron Ellen Byron 9/17/20

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
MC owns a button shop and there's a fair in a town she needs to visit-Button Holed Kylie Logan 9/1/20

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
C-Chili Cauldron Curse Lynn Cahoon 9/2/20

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
Ferris wheel- Fear at the Ferris Wheel (Whodunit Pet Mystery #3) by Mel McCoy Mel McCoy 9/4/20

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
#3 Rooftop Garden series-Murder Just Isn't Faire Thea Cambert 9/7/20

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.
A quilt block-Quilt or Innocence Elizabeth Spann Craig 9/5/20

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
The Secret of Shadow Ranch Carolyn Keene 10/5/20

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
MC is Zoe-Derby Divas Kathi Daley 9/9/20

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Liked this cover- Doggone Murder (A Sissy and Miss Boo Mystery Book 1) by Nancy Smith Gibson Nancy Smith Gibson 9/6/2020



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Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
15/15

Day 1: Damascus
* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Tokyo (Japan)- The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin 15 September; 4☆
The Little Teashop in Tokyo (Romantic Escapes, #6) by Julie Caplin

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).
Much Ado about Nutmeg by Sarah Fox 30 September;5☆
Much Ado about Nutmeg (Pancake House Mystery #6) by Sarah Fox

Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell 11 September; 4 1/2☆
Murder at Marble House (Gilded Newport Mysteries, #2) by Alyssa Maxwell

Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
189 pages- Covert Cover-Up by Elizabeth Goddard 3 September: 3 1/2☆
Covert Cover-Up by Elizabeth Goddard

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.
See Her Die by Melinda Leigh 24 September; 5☆
See Her Die (Bree Taggert, #2) by Melinda Leigh

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
Murder in Waiting by Lynn Cahoon 27 September; 4 1/2☆
Murder in Waiting (Tourist Trap Mysteries #11) by Lynn Cahoon

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).
SEAL's Honor by Megan Crane 20 September; 4 1/2☆
SEAL's Honor (Alaska Force, #1) by Megan Crane

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
Deep Fried Revenge by Lynn Cahoon 12 October; 4 1/2☆
Deep Fried Revenge (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #4) by Lynn Cahoon

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.
Appuntamento in riva al mare (=Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay) by Ali McNamara 9 September; 4☆
Appuntamento in riva al mare by Ali McNamara

Day 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien 17 September; 4 1/2☆
Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4) by Vivien Chien

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.
Knot on Her Life by Mary Marks 21 September; 5☆
Knot on Her Life (A Quilting Mystery Book 7) by Mary Marks

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
Sleuth on Safari by A.R. Kennedy 7 September; 4☆
Sleuth on Safari (A Traveler Cozy Mystery #1) by A.R. Kennedy

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).
Bacio reale (=Royally Yours) by Emma Chase 22 September; 4☆
Bacio reale (Royal, #4) by Emma Chase

Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
Abby- Death by Jack-O'-Lantern by Alexis Morgan 8 October; 5☆
Death by Jack-O'-Lantern by Alexis Morgan

Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Lighthouse Cottage by Barbara Cool Lee 10 October; 4☆
Lighthouse Cottage (Pajaro Bay, #3) by Barbara Cool Lee


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Remembering Syria
September 1 - November 30, 2020

Beautiful challenge, Patrizia and Jan!

Day 1: Damascus
* Read a book set in a capital city (London).
Something Blue (Lord and Lady Hetheridge, #3) by Emma Jameson Something Blue 09/25

* Read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (stick telephone, vintage Mickey Mouse).
The Gun Also Rises (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery #6) by Sherry Harris The Gun Also Rises 09/24

Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date. (06/18)
Staged 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery, #3) by J.C. Eaton Staged 4 Murder, J. C. Eaton 09/26

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover.
The Curse of Arundel Hall (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #2) by J. New The Curse of Arundel Hall 10/02

Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (MCs are caterers/bakers).
A Catered Birthday Party (A Mystery with Recipes, #6) by Isis Crawford A Catered Birthday Party 09/15

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA
Mind Your Own Beeswax (Queen Bee Murder Mysteries, #2) by Deb Baker Mind Your Own Beeswax, Deb Baker 09/28

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language.
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1) by Tasha Alexander And Only to Deceive 09/06

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!). (secondary MC, half of the couple); also a book that is set in Middle Ages (set in the 1200's).
Shadow Music (Highlands' Lairds, #3) by Julie Garwood Shadow Music 10/17

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book with a wheel on the cover.
Cooking Up Trouble (A Ravyn Shaw Novel Book 2) by Lisa R. Schoolcraft Cooking Up Trouble 09/07

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (the three lead characters dig for clues behind a threat and attempted murder).
Hook, Line and Blinker (Miss Fortune Mystery #10) by Jana Deleon Hook, Line and Blinker 09/22

Day 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions .
Wonton Terror (A Noodle Shop Mystery, #4) by Vivien Chien Wonton Terror 09/03

* Read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.
Someone to Remember (Westcott #6.5) by Mary Balogh Someone to Remember 09/26

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.(MC is a blacksmith and custom creates different objects)
The Falcon Always Wings Twice (Meg Langslow, #27) by Donna Andrews The Falcon Always Wings Twice 09/02

*Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (murder victim, who was central to plot)
The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5) by Louise Penny The Brutal Telling 09/13

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
* Read a book with a religious building on the cover.
For Whom Death Tolls (Manor House #3) by Kate Kingsbury For Whom Death Tolls 09/18

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie And Then There Were None 09/01

Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).
Working Stiff (A Mattie Winston Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan Working Stiff by Annelise Ryan 09/08

* Read a book where a character does something heroic (view spoiler)
Dying for a Double (Laurel McKay Mysteries Book 8) by Cindy Sample Dying for a Double 09/08

Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book where something is destroyed (view spoiler)
Double Knot (Davis Way Crime Caper, #5) by Gretchen Archer Double Knot 09/07

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (book works for both tasks).
Bear Witness to Murder (Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery, #2) by Meg Macy Bear Witness to Murder 10/26


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Remembering Syria
Begins: 01Sept20 / Ends: 30Nov20



18 / 15 tasks completed
10 / 10 days toured


DAY 1: Damascus
* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN - Daisy in Daisy Jones & The Six ✔ – 24Sept2020

The National Museum of Damascus
* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS - Small as an Elephant ✔ – 05Oct2020


DAY 2: Damascus
* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date - 2008 - Olive Kitteridge ✔ – 09Oct2020


The Azm palace was built between 1749 and 1752 by one of the five Ottoman governors of Damascus belonging to the Al-Azm family.

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.


DAY 3: Bosra
* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count - 208 pg - Ella Minnow Pea ✔ – 08Sept2020

Roman theater
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA - Lewis Carroll / Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass ✔ – 02Oct2020

DAY 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC - Twenty-One Balloons ✔ – 17Sept2020

Homs, Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier - Simon the Fiddler ✔ – 20Sept2020


DAY 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page - 4586 reviews - Escape ✔ – 16Sept2020

Ebla
* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason - Filomena digs clay for pottery in The Boston Girl ✔ – 02Sept2020


DAY 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions - The Island of Sea Women ✔ – 10Sept2020

UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986
* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL - The Only Woman in the Room ✔ – 10Sept2020


DAY 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ - Lawrence Anthony / The Last Rhinos ✔ – 16Oct2020

Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit - Myron in A Minute to Midnight ✔ – 03Sept2020


DAY 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
* Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).

Mari
* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page - 4648 ratings - Arguing with Idiots ✔ – 11Sept2020


DAY 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate - Song of the Lion ✔ – 11Sept2020

Queen Zenobia
* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA - Alec in Ashfall ✔ – 20Sept2020


DAY 10: Palmyra
* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned - pg 360 - "Did Odin send you? Or Thor?" in Kiss of Pride ✔ – 02Sept2020

Great Colonnade
* Read a book with a cover you like - Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1) by Julie Murphy ✔ – 04Sept2020


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Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
18/10

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book set in a capital city (London): Nero's Fiddle | A.W. Exley 9/5/20***
Nero's Fiddle (Artifact Hunters #3) by A.W. Exley

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum): The Apple Orchard | Susan Wiggs 9/17/20**
The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date 1982): Howliday Inn | James Howe 9/12/20**
Howliday Inn (Bunnicula, #2) by James Howe

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count (391 Pages): A Dying Fall | Elly Griffiths 10/4/20*****
A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5) by Elly Griffiths

* Read the 2nd book in a series: Stop Press Murder | Peter Bartram
Stop Press Murder (Crampton of The Chronicle Mystery, #2) by Peter Bartram

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC: Thin Air: A Ghost Story | Michelle Paver9/25/20****
Thin Air A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver


Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover): Nun Too Soon | Alice Loweecey 10/8/20*****
Nun Too Soon (Giulia Driscoll #1) by Alice Loweecey

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (digs a grave): An Occupied Grave | AG Barnett 10/1/20****
An Occupied Grave (A Brock & Poole Mystery, #1) by AG Barnett

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read the third book in a series: The Return of the King | J.R.R. Tolkien 10/25/20***
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

* Read a book published in 2017: The Strawberry Hearts Diner | Carolyn Brown 10/28/20**
The Strawberry Hearts Diner by Carolyn Brown

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ: Veiled Threat | Alice Loweecey 9/22/20****
Veiled Threat (Falcone & Driscoll Investigation, #3) by Alice Loweecey

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (371 Pages): Raven Black | Ann Cleeves 10/30/20***
Raven Black (Shetland Island, #1) by Ann Cleeves

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order): Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris | R.L. LaFevers 10/9/20***
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris (Theodosia Throckmorton, #2) by R.L. LaFevers

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page: The Invention of Wings | Sue Monk Kidd 10/13/20**
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!): Growing Season | Melanie Lageschulte 11/2/20***
Growing Season by Melanie Lageschulte

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA: Single Malt Murder | Melinda Mullet 9/29/20***
Single Malt Murder (Whisky Business Mystery, #1) by Melinda Mullet

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book where something is destroyed (a ship during war): Heartstone | C.J. Sansom 10/16/20***
Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake, #5) by C.J. Sansom

* Read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover): The Watchmaker's Daughter | C.J. Archer 10/18/20****
The Watchmaker's Daughter (Glass and Steele, #1) by C.J. Archer


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Remembering Syria
Duration: Sept 1 - Nov 30, 2020
Explorer: 15/15

Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN. - Silver
Shine by Dannika Dark 9/9/20

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS
Undead and Unworthy by MaryJanice Davidson 10/27/20


Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date. - 2008
Bitten to Death by Jennifer Rardin 9/21/20

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover
Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.5) by Chloe Neill 10/15/20


Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count. - 308 Pages
Vampire Moon by J.R. Rain 9/28/20

* Read the 2nd book in a series. - Gatherers, #2
Stealing Kathryn by Jacquelyn Frank 9/22/20


Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language
Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy 9/15/20

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier - Eli Margolis
Marked by Sarah Fine 11/13/20


Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page - 6,699 reviews
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout 9/25/20

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason - She plants her first flower and decides to reopen the garden center
Deadhead and Buried by H.Y. Hanna 9/11/20


Day 6: Aleppo
* Read the third book in a series. - The Veil, #3
Darkest Before Dawn by Pippa DaCosta 10/2/20

* Read a book published in 2017
The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road by M.L. Bullock 9/24/20


Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ
The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn 10/9/20

* Read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count. - 370 Pages
Enemies by Tijan 11/15/20

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title
Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney 11/19/20

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page - 3,431 Ratings
Tall, Dark and Panther by Milly Taiden 9/13/20


Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate - Southern California
Vampire Dawn by J.R. Rain 10/26/20

* Read a book where a character does something heroic - Fights the dragon attacking the city
Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler 10/10/20


Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book where something is destroyed - Half of Chicago
Blade Bound by Chloe Neill 10/15/20

* Read a book with a cover you like
Oogy The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin 10/2/20


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Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
15
of 15 Complete

Day 1: Damascus

🍒 Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Blue Dahlia - Nora Roberts - 10/24/20 MC = Stella

🍒 Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).
Straight on 'Til Morning - Liz Braswell - 10/25/20 - SOTM

Day 2: Damascus

🍒 Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.
The Bishop’s Wife - Mette Ivie Harrison - 11/2/20 - Mormon

🍒 Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson - 11/18/20 - set in 1859

Day 3: Bosra

🍒 Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
The Winds of War - Herman Wouk - 10/13/20 - 898 pages

🍒 Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.
Fractured - Karin Slaughter - 9/7/20 - #2 Will Trent

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

🍒 Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland - 11/24/20 - W

🍒 Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!) or read a book that is set in Middle Ages (between 476 and 1492).
Divided We Fall - Trent Reedy - 9/24/20

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

🍒 Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
The Lost World - Michael Crichton - 9/28/20 - 3831 reviews

🍒 Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) or read a book that has been translated from its original language.
Adventures with Waffles - Maria Parr - 10/29/20 - translated from Norwegian

Day 6: Aleppo

🍒 Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
Twisted Loyalties - Cora Reilly - 10/4/20 - #3 Camorra Chronicles

🍒 Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.
Alaska - James A. Michener - 9/6/20

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

🍒 Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ or read a book in which the MC is an artisan or produces something with his own hands.
Lost Girls - Angela Marsons - 9/13/20

🍒 Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.
Descent - Tim Johnston - 9/20/20 - 376 pages

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

🍒 Read a book with a religious building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris - 10/28/20 whtAngElSFeAR

🍒 Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).
Descent - Tim Johnston - 9/20/20 - 9608 ratings

Day 9: Palmyra

🍒 Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate or read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!).
Rogue: Information Rogue / Desert Rogue - Anna Hackett - 9/11/20

🍒 Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
To Love Jason Thorn - Ella Maise - 11/1/20 - MC = Olive

Day 10: Palmyra

🍒 Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).
Lauren's Barbarian - Ruby Dixon - 10/27/20 - the island is destroyed by a volcano

🍒 Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
Death of an Eye - Dana Stabenow - 11/20/20
Death of an Eye (Eye of Isis, #1) by Dana Stabenow


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Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020 - November 30, 2020
10/10


Day 1: Damascus

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN. - Drew - White Knight Meghan March - 9/2

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) - Obsession in Death J.D. Robb - 9/15

Day 2: Damascus

* Read a book with an 8 in its publication date. - 1985 - Tempting Fate Nora Roberts - 9/6

* Read a book that takes place in the 1700s. - 1745 - Rebellion Nora Roberts - 1/16

Day 3: Bosra

* Read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count. - 292 pgs - Running on Empty L.B. Simmons - 9/3

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA - Recovery L.B. Simmons - 9/3

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers

* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language - Capture Me Anna Zaires - 9/7

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier - Bind Me Anna Zaires - 9/8

Day 5: Hama and Ebla

* Read a book that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page. - 1,916 reviews - El Diablo M. Robinson - 9/5

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why) - MC finds diaries from her grandmother which has secrets in it - Tribute Nora Roberts - 10/1

Day 6: Aleppo

* Read the third book in a series. - Claim Me Anna Zaires - 9/10

* Read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage. - An Offer From a Gentleman Julia Quinn - 9/13

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ - An Unexpected Third 2 Nicole Stewart - 9/28

* Read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count. - 378 pgs - Midnight Promises Sherryl Woods - 9/22

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari

* Read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order). - Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor Lisa Kleypas - 3/12

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings - 5,102 ratings - The Summer That Made Us Robyn Carr - 9/11

Day 9: Palmyra

* Read a book where a sudden storm occurs (it doesn't have to be sand!). - snowstorm - Soul Deep Pamela Clare - 10/4

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA - Bella - Bella's Rodeo Alicia White - 9/5

Day 10: Palmyra

* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) - Pg 13 - Amara happens to be the name of our ancient goddess, mate to our god, Amarok - Hungry for Her Wolves Tara West - 10/14

* Read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover). - El Diablo II by M. Robinson M. Robinson - 9/20


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Remembering Syria
September 1, 2020-November 30, 2020


Day 1: Damascus
* Read a book set in a capital city (tell us which one) or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in SALADIN.
Disappeared (Disappeared, #1) by Francisco X. Stork Francisco X. Stork 09/11/2020

* Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DAMASCUS (three word minimum) or read a book with an artifact worthy of being in a museum on the cover (your interpretation; post the cover).
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards Kim Edwards 11/10/2020

Day 2: Damascus
* Read a book with a religious theme (tell us which one) or read a book with an 8 in its publication date.
Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior by Emily Belle Freeman Emily Belle Freeman 04/05/2021

* Read a book with a palace, a mansion or a similar building on the cover (post the cover) or read a book that takes place in the 1700s.
The Steam Pump Jump (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #9.6) by Jodi Taylor Jodi Taylor 05/11/2021


Day 3: Bosra
* Read a book in which commerce plays an important role (the MC owns or works in a shop, there is a fair, etc. - tell us what) or read a book with 1, 9, 8 or 0 in the total page count.
Fresh Ink An Anthology by Lamar Giles Lamar Giles 09/01/2020 198 pages

* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in CITADEL OF BOSRA or read the 2nd book in a series.
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker Chandler Baker 09/21/2020

Day 4: Maaloula and the Krak des Chevaliers
* Read a book a book where a character speaks more than one language or read a book whose title begins with a letter found in WESTERN ARAMAIC.
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis 12/28/2020

* Read a book where the MC is or was a soldier (bonus if he's a medieval knight!)
Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn Kent Nerburn 04/15/2021

Day 5: Hama and Ebla
* Read a book with a wheel on the cover (post the cover) or read that has more than 1100 reviews on its GR page.
The Henna Artist (The Henna Artist, #1) by Alka Joshi Alka Joshi 09/15/2020 Rating details · 67,544 ratings · 6,723 reviews

* Read a book in which a character digs for some reason (plant a flower, hide a treasure, discover a person's hidden past, etc. - tell us why)
The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #6) by Karen White Karen White 09/10/2020 looking for treasure

Day 6: Aleppo
* Read a book with characters from different cultures or religions or read the third book in a series.
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis 01/15/2021 Series Book #3

* Read a book published in 2017 or read a book tagged HISTORICAL or HISTORY on its GR homepage.
The Handyman by Bentley Little Bentley Little 10/09/2020 Published - 2017

Day 7: Aleppo and Qalaat Semaan
* Read a book whose author's first and last initial can be found in AL-MADINA SOUQ
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan Ann Morgan 10/15/2020

* Read a book with a lonely character, almost a hermit (tell us who) or read a book with 37 (intact) in the total page count.
The Gown by Jennifer Robson Jennifer Robson 10/29/2020 371 pages

Day 8: Resafa, Dura-Europos and Mari
*read a book with all the letters of RESAFA found in the title (any order).
The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson Erik Larson 01/27/2021

* Read a book that has more than 2000 ratings on its GR home page or read a book with a royal character (real or fictitious).
Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) by Justina Ireland Justina Ireland 01/25/2021 Rating details · 24,832 ratings · 5,041 reviews

Day 9: Palmyra
* Read a book that is set in a desert or in a particularly hot climate
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen Isak Dinesen 04/09/2021

* Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with a letter in ZENOBIA or read a book where a character does something heroic (your interpretation: tell us what).
Girl at War by Sara Nović Sara Nović 03/25/2021 MC - Ana Juric

Day 10: Palmyra
* Read a book in which an ancient deity is mentioned (share the text) or read a book where something is destroyed (tell us what).
Into the Raging Sea Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade Rachel Slade 04/22/2021 the El Farro was sunk and destroyed in Hurricane Joaquin

* Read a book with columns on the cover or read a book with a cover you like (in both cases post the cover).
The Lost City of the Condor by Loretta Jackson Loretta Jackson 05/24/2021


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