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message 1: by Sashana (new)

Sashana TBR Challenge: The to Be Read Challenge
Everyone on good reads has a to read list, some of them longer than others. But somehow, we never actually get around to reading them. This challenge is designed to cure this problem. Rules: Select 12 books from your list and read them in the next 30 days. This will average about 3 books per week. The Challenge starts NOW! At the end of each book please post them on this forum and tell us if you liked or disliked them and why. Please be sure to post you start and finish date for each book.

If you find 12 books are too much for 30 days, then you can also read 9 books. This challenge starts on August 1st and will end on August 31st. All books read prior to August 1st will not be counted in this challenge.

Good Luck!


message 2: by Mary C (last edited Sep 05, 2010 04:19PM) (new)

Mary C (marymaryalwayscontrary) | 5086 comments I'm going for 9 because I'm moving next week and will have quite a few no reading days the 1st 2 wks of August.

05/9

1: Deadly Harvest-Heather Graham
2: Bad Luck and Trouble-Lee Child
3: Deadly Love-Brenda Joyce
4: River of Darkness-Rennie Airth
5: State of the OnionJulie Hyzy
6: Proven Guilty-Jim Butcher
7: Deadly Gift-Heather Graham



message 3: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Mary wrote: "I'm going for 9 because I'm moving next week and will have quite a few no reading days the 1st 2 wks of August.

I'll list them as I read them because all my books are packed right now. I'm so..."


Good luck Mary! I'm looking foward to seeing your list.


message 4: by Katherine (new)

Katherine I'll go for 9 as well. With 3 kids it keeps me busy. Good luck all. Will post each book when I start and finish it.


message 5: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Katherine wrote: "I'll go for 9 as well. With 3 kids it keeps me busy. Good luck all. Will post each book when I start and finish it."

Good luck Katherine. I'll be going for 12.


message 6: by Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (last edited Jul 30, 2010 12:33PM) (new)

Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) I'm going to read the following 9 books from my TBR shelf but not necessarily in this order:

1) Comanche Moon - Catherine Anderson
2) Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death - M C Beaton
3) Sugar Daddy - Lisa Kleypas
4) Picture The Quiet Man - Des MacHale
5) Love Come to Me - Lisa Kleypas
6) Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
7) Weep No More, My Lady - Mary Higgins Clark
8) Mrs Polifax on the China Station - Dorothy Gilman
9) Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers - Sean Hepburn Ferrer

I will post when I start and finish each of the books.


message 7: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Good Luck Carol!


message 8: by Alyssa (last edited Jul 31, 2010 07:03AM) (new)

Alyssa (shyluck13) Hm....this is going to be difficult...

1. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick (starting this one right now!)
2. Envy - Anna Godbersen
3. Perfect Recall - Ann Beattie
4. Sunday at Tiffany's - James Patterson
6. Dime Store Magic - Kelley Armstrong
7. Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
8. To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
9. Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson
10. The Last Story - Christopher Pike
11. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen


message 9: by Sashana (new)

Sashana You can do it Alyssa! Good luck.


message 10: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Alyssa you have some great books listed there. If you haven't read it already "The Count of Monte Cristo" is a fabulous book.


message 11: by Lisarenee (last edited Jul 30, 2010 06:14PM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Dear Members,

The following was in a virtual duplicate thread that was created before this one by Archer that will be closing. Sorry for accidentally recreating it and for having to move everything. Accidents do happen and great minds can sometimes think alike.

Sincerely,
Lauren, Sashana, and Lisarenee

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message 1: by Archer
Jul 09, 2010 09:08pm

This list contains 25 books:

Caitlin Kittredge : Nocturne City Series
1. Pure Blood Book 2
2. Second Skin Book 3
3. Witch Craft Book 4

JR ward: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
1. Lover Mine - Book 8

Charlaine Harris: Sookie Stackhouse Series
1. Dead in the Family - Book 10

Jenna Black: Morgan Kingsley Series
1. The Devil Inside

Jennifer Estep - Elemental Assassin Series
1. Spiders Bite

C.E. Murphy - Walker Papers
1. Urban Shaman - Book 1

Kim Harrison - Rachel Morgan Series
1. Black Magic Sanction - Book 8

Kelley Armstrong - Darkest Powers Series
1. The Summoning

Ilona Andrews - The Edge Series
1. Magic Burns

Richelle Mead - Georgina Kincaid Series
1. Succubus Blues

Rachel Vincent - Soul Screamers Series
1. My Soul to Take

Devon Monk - Allie Beckstrom Series
1. Magic to the Bone

Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson Series
1. Iron Kissed - Book 3
2. Bone Crossed - Book 4
3. Silver Borne - Book 5

P.C. Cast - House of Night Series
1. Tempted Book 6

Lara Adrian - Midnight Breed Series
1. Veil Of Midnight Book 5
2. Ashes of Midnight Book 6
3. Shades of Midnight Book 7

Kresley Cole - Immortals After Dark Series
1. Kiss of a Demon King book 7
2. Pleasure of a Dark Prince Book 8

Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress Series
1. First Drop of Crimson - Book 1

Laurell K. Hamilton:
1. Bullet

Second Skin (Nocturne City, #3) by Caitlin Kittredge Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10) by Charlaine Harris The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, #1) by Jenna Black Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #8) by Kim Harrison The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) by Kelley Armstrong On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) by Rachel Vincent Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom, #1) by Devon Monk Tempted (House of Night, #6) by P.C. Cast Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #5) by Lara Adrian Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #6) by Lara Adrian Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #7) by Lara Adrian Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7) by Kresley Cole Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #9) by Kresley Cole First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) by Jeaniene Frost



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message 2: by Jasmin
Jul 09, 2010 10:10pm

wee. my TBR pile is 200+ books. Good luck to that, i mean to me :))

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message 3: by Adrienne
Jul 11, 2010 12:40pm

My TBR only has books I own or have borrowed from the library, I think there a reabout 35 on there. I have a Caught my Eye shelf for books I like the look of, and a Pending shelf for books I want to read. Unfortunately the books I own are not necessarily the ones I want to read LOL. However in an attempt to clear the shelf I'm willing to havae a go at this challenge. So I'll maybe list the books as I go along and watch my TBR reduce,hopefully.

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message 4: by Archer
Jul 13, 2010 12:42pm

Jasmin wrote: "wee. my TBR pile is 200+ books. Good luck to that, i mean to me :))"

I picked all the books that were a series.. Maybe you can try that as well.

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message 5: by Archer
Jul 15, 2010 05:13pm

Thats pretty much what this has turned out to be..

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message 6: by Archer
Jul 15, 2010 05:13pm

Rachel Vincent - Soul Screamers Series
1. My Soul to Take

Devon Monk - Allie Beckstrom Series
1. Magic to the Bone

Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson Series
1. Iron Kissed - Book 3
2. Bone Crossed - Book 4
3. Silver Borne - Book 5

P.C. Cast - House of Night Series
1. Tempted Book 6

Lara Adrian - Midnight Breed Series
1. Veil Of Midnight Book 5
2. Ashes of Midnight Book 6
3. Shades of Midnight Book 7

Kresley Cole - Immortals After Dark Series
1. Kiss of a Demon King book 7
2. Pleasure of a Dark Prince Book 8

Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress Series
1. First Drop of Crimson - Book 1

Laurell K. Hamilton:
1. Bullet



Second Skin (Nocturne City, #3) by Caitlin Kittredge Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, #10) by Charlaine Harris The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, #1) by Jenna Black Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #8) by Kim Harrison The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) by Kelley Armstrong On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) by Rachel Vincent Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom, #1) by Devon Monk Tempted (House of Night, #6) by P.C. Cast Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #5) by Lara Adrian Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #6) by Lara Adrian Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #7) by Lara Adrian Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7) by Kresley Cole Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #9) by Kresley Cole First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) by Jeaniene Frost


message 12: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa (shyluck13) Katherine wrote: "Alyssa you have some great books listed there. If you haven't read it already "The Count of Monte Cristo" is a fabulous book."

Yeah, that's on my summer reading list, too! I just finished Hush, Hush! Pretty good!


message 13: by Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (last edited Aug 02, 2010 05:53AM) (new)

Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) No 1 of 9

1 August

I started Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station (Mrs. Pollifax, Book 6) by Dorothy Gilman today.


message 14: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Mccausland (carrieconnor) oh! Three musketeers is one of my all time favorite books ever!


message 15: by Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (last edited Aug 02, 2010 05:59AM) (new)

Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) No 1 of 9

2 August

Finished Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station today.

From the back cover:

"The cheerful Mrs Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, is once again plunged headfirst into a hair-raising CIA mission.

Posing as a tourist in China, Mrs Pollifax meets the sinister challenges of the Orient to safe-guard a treasure for the CIA ...and all but loses her life in the bargain."

I really enjoyed this comic spy-mystery novel. Mrs Pollifax is a CIA agent with a difference. She is a white-haired lady in her 60s, with a brown belt in karate, who is both charming and resourceful. The book is full of well-drawn characters and there are vivid descriptions of China. My only criticism is that I found one or two of the characters irritating but this did not spoil my overall enjoyment of the book.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) No 2 of 9

2 August

Starting Comanche Moon (Comanche, #1) by Catherine Anderson today.


message 17: by Katherine (last edited Sep 01, 2010 05:39PM) (new)

Katherine No 1 of 9

Covet (The Fallen Angels, #1) by J.R. Ward finished

No 2 of 9

Predator by Terri Blackstock - finished

No 3 of 9


both started. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley finished

No 4 of 9

A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers, #5) by Lisa Kleypas This was the last of the series and I'm so sorry it is over. finished

No 5 of 9

When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6) by Julia Quinn finished

No 6 of 9
High Country Bride finished

No 7 of 9
Twice Tempted by a Roguefinished

No. 8 of 9
Key of Light by Nora Robertsread

No 9 of 9
His at Nightfinished


message 18: by Ingrid (last edited Aug 17, 2010 05:59PM) (new)

Ingrid  (initch) Start Aug. 1
No. 1 - Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4) by Ally Carter - completed

Start Aug. 3
No. 3 - The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) by Holly Black

ok I just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
so I am counting that as no 2. and The Spiderwick chronicles as No. 3


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) No 2 of 9

5 August
finished Comanche Moon (Comanche, #1) by Catherine Anderson

It has been a long time since I read a book that literally took my breath away but this one did. I felt every human emotion when reading this wonderful love story. 5*+

3 of 9

Started Picture The Quiet Man An Illustrated Celebration by Des MacHale


message 20: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments You guys are doing great.


message 21: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Carol I think I need to read Comanche Moon, I have heard so many things about it.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) Katherine - YOU MUST READ IT. I cannot recommend it enough. Beware, the author does not shy away from the realty of the atrocities committed by both the white settlers and the Comanche and there are some brutal scenes. For me, this realism only added to the emotional impact of the book.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 3 of 9

6 Aug

Finished
Picture The Quiet Man An Illustrated Celebration by Des MacHale - 'The Quiet Man' starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is one of my all time favourite movies. This book written by a fan, contains a miscellany of facts about the music, locations, bit part actors and costumes together with lots of trivia. There are lots of candid photos from behind the scenes and stills from the film. A must for anyone who loves this movie.


message 24: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Carol wrote: "Katherine - YOU MUST READ IT. I cannot recommend it enough. Beware, the author does not shy away from the realty of the atrocities committed by both the white settlers and the Comanche and there ar..."

I added it and will look for it in the bookstore next time I go. Thanks.


message 25: by Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (last edited Aug 08, 2010 08:41AM) (new)

Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 4 of 9

6 August

Started Weep No More My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark

Finished 8 August

As always, Mary Higgins Clark does not disappoint. An intricate plot, plenty of suspects, red herrings galore, a few murders and a heroine in danger make this a great read.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 5 of 9

9 Aug

Started Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer


message 27: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Carol is this the first time you've read Twilight?


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) Lisarenee wrote: "Carol is this the first time you've read Twilight?"

Yes it is. I have tended to think of it as a book aimed at teenagers but a Goodreads friend recommended that I read it. So now I will be the oldest teenager in the business at 63!! It probably appeals to all ages in the same way as the Harry Potter books.


message 29: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments I saw the movie before I read Twilight. I like the book so much more.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) If I like the book, I may well watch the movie.


message 31: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Carol, believe me you are not the oldest teanager to read it. I went with a bunch of girlfriends to the Eclipse premiere and there were people of all ages. I myself have a daughter 23 and she was with us. LOL It's a fun series.


message 32: by Lisarenee (last edited Aug 09, 2010 07:28PM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Katherine said, "Carol, believe me you are not the oldest teanager to read it."

I don't know if anyone else agrees with me, but I have found the years I spent in school (elementary through college) seemed the longest. I thought I'd never graduate and just be done with school. Then I spent years working, got married, having kids. With all three finally in school I actually have time to reflect and wonder where the heck the time went. It still seems like I graduated a year ago from college and I still picture myself that age in my head.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) Lisarenee wrote: "Katherine said, "Carol, believe me you are not the oldest teanager to read it."

I don't know if anyone else agrees with me, but I have found the years I spent in school (elementary through colleg..."


I know exactly what you mean. My son was 30 last birthday and it only seems like yesterday that he was just a toddler. When I think that my husband and I have been married 37 years, it makes me realise just how quickly time has flown.


message 34: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Agree Lisarenee and Carol, time has just flown. I was offered a part time job at my children's school to work with the preschool. I had to turn it down. I need this time for me now. LOL I'm the librarian at the school and that takes enough time though I enjoy it a lot. It's nice to be at home and everyone else at work or school.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 5 of 9

11 August

Finished Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer - As an older reader, I was not sure how I would feel about this book but I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a beautiful love story between two people who had to contend with more than the usual teenage hormones. I also liked the very different spin on the usual vampire legend. I shall definitely read the other books in the series.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 6 of 9

12 August

Started Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit A Son Remembers by Sean Hepburn Ferrer


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 6 of 9

14 August

Finished Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit A Son Remembers by Sean Hepburn Ferrer - a beautiful and touching book. Sean Hepburn Ferrer's deep love for his mother is evident on every page. He tells her story with dignity and respect. I really got to know the real Audrey Hepburn, someone who was beautiful not only on the outside but also on the inside.


message 38: by Sashana (last edited Aug 14, 2010 05:40PM) (new)

Sashana I'm doing 12 books and so far I've read:

From This Day by Nora Roberts Read from August 06 to 07, 2010 - This was the first book that I ever read by Nora Roberts and I was not impressed. I wanted to see what all the hype about Nora Roberts was since she has like a million books and Lifetime movies. I hated how Taylor treated B.J. He was constantly patronizing her and he is way too dominating for my liking. And B.J was too naïve, no one over the age of 15 is that stupid to be honest. She wanted to be treated like an adult but she acted like a child 95% of the book. And that was the most unromantic marriage proposal I’ve ever read about. Nevertheless, I gave this book three stars because I love reading chick-lit.

Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1) by Nora Roberts - Read from August 07 to 08, 2010
Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2) by Nora Roberts - Read from August 08 to 11, 2010
Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) by Chloe Neill - Read from August 03 to 05, 2010

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Read from August 13 to 14, 2010- This book was ok, it had the potential to get 3 stars from me but I wasn’t feeling very generous. I feel like a lot of YA Paranormal Romance books are becoming more repetitive. In some ways this book reminded me of Twilight. I hate that the author made the characters fall in instantaneous love. I really think that YA authors need to stop doing this. They need to stop pulling the “Girl meets boy, boy meets girl and BAM! They fall in love.” They characters in this book needed to be developed more. It’s as simple as that. I did like the storyline though. I like the idea of a regular human having a werewolf pack.

Five down, seven more to go.


message 39: by Lauren (new)

Lauren | 931 comments Great job Sashana!


message 40: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Thanks Lauren.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 7 of 9

14 August

Started Sugar Daddy (Travises, #1) by Lisa Kleypas


message 42: by Mary C (new)

Mary C (marymaryalwayscontrary) | 5086 comments I'm not doing so good on this one. I've been mostly reading my booksfree books because all my books are packed up. I've had some arrive from various trading sites and managed to get 2 book boxes out. So I'm going to make myself read a couple of TBR books before I read anymore booksfree books (after I finish the one I'm reading now).


message 43: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Mary wrote: "I'm not doing so good on this one. I've been mostly reading my booksfree books because all my books are packed up. I've had some arrive from various trading sites and managed to get 2 book boxes ..."

Mary, the thing about challenges is that you have to work your way into them. I started 4 other books for this challenge and I didn't even finish them. What is booksfree if you don't mind me asking?


message 44: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Carol, you are on a roll! You could really go for 12 if you wanted to.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) Sashana wrote: "Carol, you are on a roll! You could really go for 12 if you wanted to."

Thanks Sashana. I think I will stick with the 9 books at the moment as I have a group read to do as well this month. Maybe I might try for the additional three books if time permits.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 7 of 9

16 August

Finished Sugar Daddy (Travises, #1) by Lisa Kleypas - enjoyed the first part of this book very much and really became absorbed in the characters of Liberty and Hardy. However, I found the second half rather disappointing because I could not seem to connect with Gage. I thought the scenes between Liberty and Hardy in the first half were emotionally intense but the scenes between Liberty and Gage seemed to be all about sex.


Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie* (httpsrakesandrascalswordpresscom) 8 of 9

17 August

Started Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 1) by M.C. Beaton today


message 48: by BJ Rose (last edited Aug 26, 2010 02:54PM) (new)

BJ Rose (bjrose) | 253 comments Edited 8/26 - 14/15 completed
I met my goal of 12 books, and don't think I'm going to get to that 15th book

I'm doing 12, but may keep going

* 1. Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh 8/1-8/3 4* - I love this series
* 2. Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn 8/3-8/4 4* lighthearted & silly, but enjoyable
* 3. Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander 8/5-8/6 4*
* 4. The Care and Taming of a Rogue by Suzanne Enoch 8/7-8/8 5*
* 5. A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch 8/13-8/14 5*
* 6. To Scotland, With Love MacLean Curse #2 by Karen Hawkins 8/4-8/5 4*
* 7. To Catch a Highlander MacLean Curse #3 by Karen Hawkins 8/11-8/12 3.5*
* 8. Sleepless in Scotland MacLean Curse #4 by Karen Hawkins 8/16-8/17 4*
9. The Laird Who Loved Me MacLean Curse #5 by Karen Hawkins
* 10. She's No Faerie Princess by Christine Warren 8/8-8/9 a weak 3* I loved the first book in this series, but this one just didn't have it for me
* 11. As an Earl Desires by Lorraine Heath 8/9-8/11 4* One of my favorite authors
* 12. Water Bound by Christine Feehan 8/15-8/16 4.5*
* 13. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley 8/23
* 14. Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare - 8/24 - 8/24 - 8/25
* 15. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson - 8/21-8/24 5* this was a great read - all 563 pages of it!



message 49: by Ash_Comm (new)

Ash_Comm | 6 comments I've decided I'm doing this for september because I just found this group and I really like the challenge. I hope no one minds. Any other new people are welcome to join me :)


message 50: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Carol, we don't mind at all. The more the merrier!


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