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message 1: by Lisarenee (last edited Nov 17, 2010 04:36AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments This challenge is for serious readers. This is the 6th level of this challenge. The challenge consists of many levels, each level consisting of 100 books. So if you have not completed your first 500 hundred, go back and complete the previous level(s) of the Serious Readers Challenge for 2010 that you haven't already finished. Please one post per player. Just create your list of books (at this level label them 501 through 600) and mark them off with a strike through them as you finish. If you find you can't finish one of the books on your list for any reason, you may replace it with another. Also, if you just want to decide what you read as you go you can do that as well. Since this challenge is for the year 2010 any books you've read this year may be included so we may have quite a few levels being utilized at one time once I get this challenge up. If you get done with one level, but I haven't created the next just let me know and I'll add the next level to our challenge as soon as I can. This is a free choice challenge. Read whatever you want. Hopefully, all is clear. Happy reading.


message 3: by Melanie (last edited Jan 09, 2011 09:18AM) (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments 501. Beyond the Highland Mist - Karen Marie Moning 11/23*****
502. The Dark-Hunters - Sherrilyn Kenyon 11/24****
503. The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 2 - Sherrilyn Kenyon 11/24****
504. To Tame a Highland Warrior - Karen Marie Moning 11/24*****
505. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak 11/24*****
506. Rode Hard, Put Up Wet - Lorelei James 11/25 (3.5*)
507. Cowgirl Up and Ride - Lorelei James 11/25*****
508. The Highlander's Touch - Karen Marie Moning 11/26*****
509. The Mane Attraction - Shelley Laurenston 11/26****
510. The Mane Squeeze - Shelley Laurenston 11/28 (4.5*)
511. Vampire Kisses - Ellen Schreiber 11/28****
512. Kissing Coffins - Ellen Schreiber 11/28****
513. Lessons From a Scarlet Lady - Emma Wildes 11/29*****
514. Desperado - Diana Palmer 11/29****
515. Runaway Duke - Julie Anne Long 11/30****
516. Wed in Winter: Sutton's Way AND Coltrain's Proposal - Diana Palmer 12/01 (4.5*)
517. Seize the Fire - Laura Kinsale 12/01*****
518. A Wallflower Christmas - Lisa Kleypas 12/01*****
519. To Wed a Wicked Earl - Olivia Parker 12/01 - 4.5*
520. Tempt Me with Darkness - Shayla Black 12/02 - 5*
521. White Heat - Cherry Adair 12/02 - 4*
522. Beast Behaving Badly - Shelley Laurenston 12/03 - 5*
523. Sinful - Charlotte Featherstone 12/03 - 5*
524. Eternity - Jude Deveraux 12/03****
525. The Black Lyon - Jude Deveraux 12/04*****
526. The Giver - Lois Lowry 12/05 - 4.5*
527. Rules of the Road - Joan Bauer 12/05 - 5*
528. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne 12/06 - 4*
529. Stolen Kisses - Suzanne Enoch 12/06 - 4.5*
530. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter 12/06 - 4*
531. Roomful of Roses - Diana Palmer 12/06 - 3.5*
532. Tied Up, Tied Down - Lorelei James 12/06 - 3.5*
533. Branded As Trouble - Lorelei James 12/07 - 4*
534. The Dark Highlander - Karen Marie Moning 12/08 - 5*
535. Kiss of the Highlander - Karen Marie Moning 12/08 - 4.5*
536. Rough, Raw and Ready - Lorelei James 12/08 - 5*
537. Uncertain Magic - Laura Kinsale 12/09 - 4*
538. Spell of the Highlander - Karen Marie Moning 12/11 - 5*
539. The Fire Rose - Mercedes Lackey 12/13 - 5*
540. Iron Cowboy - Diana Palmer 12/13 - 3*
541. Smart and Sexy - Jill Shalvis 12/13 - 3*
542. The Shadow and the Star - Laura Kinsale 12/14 - 4.5*
543.Simply Irresistible - Jill Shalvis 12/14 - 5*
544.The Wedding in White - Diana Palmer 12/15 - 4*
545. Heartbreaker (Long, Tall Texans) - Diana Palmer 12/15 - 4*
546. What Happens in London - Julia Quinn 12/15 - 5*
547. Don't Tempt Me - Loretta Chase 12/15 - 4.5*
548. Strange Angels - Lilith Saintcrow 12/15 - 4*
549. Nightkeepers - Jessica Andersen 12/15 - 3*
550. Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" - Cameron Dokey 12/15 - 4*
551. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling 12/16 - 5*
552. The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Moshin Hamid 12/19 - 4*
553. Please Don't Make Me Go - John Fenton 12/19 - 4*
554. My Lord Scandal - Emma Wildes 12/19 - 4.5*
555. Dear Prince Charming - Donna Kauffmann 12/20 - 4*
556. See Jane Score - Rachel Gibson 12/21 - 4.5*
557. Sex, Lies and Online Dating - Rachel Gibson - 5*
558. Just a Hint Clint - Lori Foster 12/21 - 4*
559. Ain't Too Proud to Beg - Susan Donovan 12/22 - 5*
560. My Man, Michael - Lori Foster 12/22 - 3.5*
561. Mercy - Julie Garwood 12/23 - 5*
562. The Big Bad Wolf Tells All - Donna Kauffmann 12/23 - 4*
563. Bending the Rules - Susan Andersen 12/24 - 5*
564. Breathing Room - Susan Elizabeth Phillips 12/24 - 4*
565. Sweet as Sugar, Hot as Spice - Kimberly Raye 12/25 - 3*
566. The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters #1 - Mercedes 567. Lackey 12/25 - 4.5*
568. Our Wicked Mistake - Emma Wildes 12/25 - 4*
569. Back in Black - Lori Foster 12/27 - 4*
570. Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie 12/28 - 4*
571. Cry No More - Linda Howard 12/29 - 5*
572. Silent Truth - Sherrilyn Kenyon 12/30 - 4.5*
573. Seduced By His Touch - Julie Anne Long 12/30 - 4*
574. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie - Jennifer Ashley 12/30 - 5*
575. Rogue In My Arms - Celeste Bradley 12/31 - 4.5*
576. Scoundrel In My Dreams - Celeste Bradley 12/31 - 5*


message 4: by Sashana (new)

Sashana *child like voice* When I grow up, I wanna be just like Melanie. Seriously though, you are a beast!


message 5: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments I am woman, hear me roar:-p I've been sick for the last two weeks, so I've had a lot of time to read, lol:-)


message 6: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Lol, on average how long does it take you to read 100 books?


message 7: by Melanie (last edited Nov 22, 2010 03:12PM) (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments Between 5 to 9 weeks? It really depends on the month:-)


message 8: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Wow that's a lot.You'll be done with this in no time.


message 9: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments I am officially on level 6:-)


message 10: by Lauren (last edited Nov 23, 2010 03:33PM) (new)

Lauren | 931 comments Wow. Need I say more? :)


message 11: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Congrats Melanie.


message 12: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments Hmmm.. I have 85 bks to read by Dec 31st to make 600 for the 2010 year... I might be able to make it, seeing as I get a two week holiday in the sun...


message 13: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments LOL Should I be contemplating a Level 7?


message 14: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments Lisarenee wrote: "LOL Should I be contemplating a Level 7?"

Lol no!! I'm not even sure I'll finish this one! But thanks:-)


message 15: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Well there's always next year. I'll have to start creating the 2011 levels soon.


message 16: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments Passed the halfpoint mark, but not sure I'll make it:-s


message 17: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Melanie, if you read 50 books in 2 weeks I would...I don't know what I'd do but I'd do something.


message 18: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments Sashana wrote: "Melanie, if you read 50 books in 2 weeks I would...I don't know what I'd do but I'd do something."

Lol... You probably won't have to do anything to me:-D Although I would like to round it out.. Pity I couldn't start listing my books since January instead of March, I probably would have attained the 600:-)


message 19: by Melanie (last edited Jan 09, 2011 09:20AM) (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments Ok... I just got back from Jamaica (loved it!), so I'm still getting caught up on three weeks without a computer, lol:-)
576 books from March 15th to December 31st:-) Didn't make 600, but got close:-)


message 20: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Melanie wrote: "Ok... I just got back from Jamaica (loved it!), so I'm still getting caught up on three weeks without a computer, lol:-)
576 books from March 15th to December 31st:-) Didn't make 600, but got clos..."


Awesome, Melanie! I'm Jamaican you know. Where'd you go?!


message 21: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Congrats Melanie. Were you there for 3 weeks?


message 22: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments I was in Montego Bay for 19 days, and loved it (got back Fri,, and left Sat morning for a family birthday in Paris last night, which lasted till 7am.. Finally back in Geneva today, lol):-)

The Jamaicans were all great fun, and I got to kiss a dolphin! "Unfortunately" my family was more interested in the beach than actually visiting Jamaica (I'd have LOVED to go to Negril and Ocho Rios)...
But soaking in Vitamin D when it's raining here in Geneva was great:-D
Sashana, where in Jamaica are you from?


message 23: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Awesome, Melanie. I'm super jealous. From Jamaica to Paris(!), to Geneva (where exactly is that)?

My family is originally from Westmoreland where Negril is located. Think: miles and miles of white sandy beaches. It really is beautiful. Montego Bay is great, we consider it our second city (it comes second to Kingston), you couldn't have chosen a better place.


message 24: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 287 comments Sashana wrote: "Awesome, Melanie. I'm super jealous. From Jamaica to Paris(!), to Geneva (where exactly is that)?

My family is originally from Westmoreland where Negril is located. Think: miles and miles of white..."


Credit goes to my mom:-D but the beaches really are gorgeous! Do you live in JA?

Geneva is in the Southwest corner of Switzerland (3hrs from Paris where I was born..) and is an less than three hours away from France, Germany, Austria and Italy:-) (it's a itsy bitsy little country:-D)


message 25: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Nope, I migrated to the U.S. almost 6 years ago. I should be going to Jamaica this year too, so I'm very excited.

I just Googled Geneva :P (yes, I'm that curious) and it is beautiful. Plus great central location if it's located to all of those countries. You're just a train ride away from some really great countries. *Jealous stare*


message 26: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments I didn't know you were Jamaican, Sashana. That's awesome!

I have cruised to Jamaica twice. I truly loved it. Once we even flew to Jamaica to catch the ship. I hated the flight, but Jamaica made up for it. Would love to go back one day. A beach house would be awesome, but I don't see that happening on a teacher's salary!


message 27: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Lol you never know. The strength of the U.S. $ may be in your favor. I would love to go on a cruise *dreamy stare*. Especially on that new cruise ship.


message 28: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments This is true. Maybe one day.

Oh I know. Cruises are awesome. The ships keep getting bigger and better. I remember when Royal Caribbean began sailing Voyager of the Seas. Everyone thought that ship was massive. It was at the time, I guess. That would have to be my favorite cruise ship so far. I can't wait to get on one of the bigger ones. Ohhh... sounds like a graduation present to me!


message 29: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Rachel wrote: "This is true. Maybe one day.

Oh I know. Cruises are awesome. The ships keep getting bigger and better. I remember when Royal Caribbean began sailing Voyager of the Seas. Everyone thought that sh..."


You should drop hints to your boyfriend. Where would you go this time (if it happened again)? And forgive my very naive question but what did you do on the cruise? (On board and off.)


message 30: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments More like drop hints to my mother. The bf is just as broke as me. Haha. I would either go to more places I have yet to visit in the Caribbean like Aruba, Puerto Rico, St. John, St Kitts, Barbados, etc. I wouldn't mind revisiting Jamaica, Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras either. I would also like to move away from this side of the world and go to Europe and Australia.

On the cruise we ate a LOT, played bingo, went to the shows they but on (yes, they do dance and even ice skate while the ship is moving!), late night comedys were always fun, you can go to the casino, hang out by the pool, shop. There is just so much. Off of the ship we would take one of the excursions that the ship offered. We were never brave enough to venture out on our own in a taxi or anything. The excursions include just about anything you want to do for a price. You can go to the beach all day, or snorkel, or on a shopping tour, or fishing tour, historical outings. Sometimes scuba diving, hiking, and swimming with stingrays are available. Just depends on what ports you go to.

So much more also. I just thought I would stop while I still had some restraint!


message 31: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I love travelling, granted I haven't done much of it. Did you study abroad in college, Rachel? I think I'd like to if I had the money.

All of those Caribbean places sound good. How long would it take for a cruise to Europe (I refuse to think about the price *lalalalala*)? Did you have to pay extra for the shows or were they included?


message 32: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments I would have loved to study abroad, but I hate to be away from my family and boyfriend. I honestly have separation issues when it comes to the bf and my mother. He is the only thing that keeps me from not running back home before I graduate! If they would have offered a study abroad program for the student and a guest then oh heck yes! :D

Cruise lengths depend on how long you want to cruise for. A week, two, three, a month, transatlantic... You can even take cruises where you are on a ship for 2, 3, 4 days and then you finish out the rest of your vacation the way you want to and then fly back to the states. Surprisingly cruises are not all that expensive. Food, lodging, and entertainment is included unless you want to gamble, play bingo, drink cokes and alcohol, and of course buy souvenirs and such. The airfare is what makes the cost outrageous!


message 33: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments Royal Caribbean offeres European cruises from $649 for a 6 night to 14 night for $2600. Airfare to the UK is about $800-$1200 round trip depending on time of year. I know it sounds expensive and it is, but cruises really are one of the best values around.

Oh...and shows were included. :)


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