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message 1: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 02, 2010 05:47AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments For December we decided to go with a holiday season/winter type challenge. There are 3 levels.




You may choose to do a spell it out challenge or a holiday season/winter challenge. You pick.

As always you may use the title, name of characters, or the name of an author to link it to the letters.You may ignore the 'A', 'An', 'The', etc. at the beginning of titles to get to the first significant word. So "The Virgin's Secret" would be a 'V' title and "A Highlander Christmas" would be an 'H' title." You pick which word/phrase you want or come up with one we haven't.
OR
You may decide to read books related to winter, deal with a December holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc), or have a character with a name that sounds holiday related (Joy, Noel, Holly, etc).

Easy - 3 to 4 books.

Eve
Joy
Noel
Cold
Star
Snow

Moderate - 5 - 7 books.

Angel
Kings
Gifts
Carol
Santa
Sales
Tinsel
Angels
Hustle
Bustle
Frosty
Grinch
Manger
Kinara
Cookies
Dreidel
Menorah
Rudolph
Kwanzaa
Snowman
Icicles

Difficult - Read 8+ books.

Presents
Hanukkah
Hot Cocoa
Shopping
Snowball
Snowballs
Snowflake
Mistletoe
Ornaments
Christmas
Chestnuts
Jack Frost
Snow Angel
Candy Cane
Bah Humbug
Snow Angels
Candy Canes
Ice Skating
Hot Chocolate
Christmas Tree
Happy Hanukkah
Happy Holidays
Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Boy
Merry Christmas
Gingerbread Girl
Christmas Cookies
Winter Wonderland
Gingerbread Woman
Gingerbread House
Seasons Greetings


message 3: by Sherrie (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 120 comments Definitely in on this, will choose and post later.


message 4: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Shay wrote: "Merry Christmas


M= Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley
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Wow you'll be reading a lot this month.


Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ (lb3553) | 466 comments I'll try a moderate...

G- Unraveled by Gena Showalter
I- Intertwined by Gena Showalter
F- Steal Me by Tina Folsom
T- The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Petterson
S- Snowy Night Seduction by Arianna Hart


message 6: by Becky (last edited Dec 02, 2010 10:57AM) (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments Chirstmas the season of MIRACLES!
Complete 1/8

M Medeiros, Teresa: The Devil Wears Plaid
I It's Now or Never by Wendy Davy 12/2
R Ruthless by Anne Stuart
A A Christmas Promis by Mary Balogh
C Case, Ember: My Christmas Wish
L Lover Eternal by JR Ward
E Emma Wildes: My Lord Scandal
S Stockett, Kathern: The Help


message 7: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments Lacy and Becky, I'm always amazed when people plan out their books like that! I don't even know what I'll want to read an hour from now. (Sometimes even 5 minutes from now.)


Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ (lb3553) | 466 comments Shay wrote: "Lacy and Becky, I'm always amazed when people plan out their books like that! I don't even know what I'll want to read an hour from now. (Sometimes even 5 minutes from now.)"

I always like to have an idea of which books I am reading next so that I know what to check out at the library and buy (when I have the money). I am like the queen of lists and planning.


message 9: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments I have to admit, it is hard sometimes to stick with what I plan! I also try for a lot of variety because I never know what I am going to feel like!


message 10: by Sherrie (last edited Dec 02, 2010 05:58PM) (new)

Sherrie (vampirekisses2) | 120 comments I think I'm going to go with moderate this round.

C - The Christmas Cookie Killer by Livia J. Washburn
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message 11: by Lisa S (new)

Lisa S (kasey_k_fan) I'll see what I can do. Will post as I go.


message 12: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments Sherrie, I have The Christmas Cookie Killer on my nightstand. I've been saving it for about 6 months.


message 13: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments Chirstmas the season of MIRACLES!
Complete 2/8

M Medeiros, Teresa: The Devil Wears Plaid
I It's Now or Never by Wendy Davy 12/2
R Ruthless by Anne Stuart
A A Christmas Promis by Mary Balogh
C Case, Ember: My Christmas Wish 12/2
L Lover Eternal by JR Ward
E Emma Wildes: My Lord Scandal
S Stockett, Kathern: The Help


message 14: by The UHQ Nasanta (last edited Dec 16, 2010 12:01AM) (new)

The UHQ Nasanta (uhqs) | 829 comments I'm almost done with the Animal Challenge, and I won't be starting the Classics for the Holidays until after Christmas so guess I'll be joining this one now. :)

G The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks by Josh Lanyon
R The Pretender by Celeste Bradley, hero Simon Montague Rain
I I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy
N Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
C A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
H Seducing the Spy by Celeste Bradley, hero Stanton Horne

Edited the list to be better able to kill two birds with one stone - or to kill any bird at all.


message 15: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Not sure how many I will be able to read but they will be Christmas themed books.

1)Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor finished Dec. 2nd


message 16: by Angela (last edited Dec 22, 2010 09:01PM) (new)

Angela (angieerickson) | 338 comments Reading Challenge: Winter Wonderland
Duration: December 1 - 31, 2010
Level: Difficult




P Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs DONE DEC 8/10
R Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling DONE DEC 23/10
E Web of Lies, Jennifer Estep DONE DEC 2/10
S The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson DONE DEC 14/10
E Venom, Jennifer Estep DONE DEC 5/10
N Stroke of Enticement, Nalini Singh DONE DEC 21/10
T The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins DONE DEC 22/10
S Silver Borne, Patricia Briggs DONE DEC 10/10

Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson, #2) by Patricia Briggs Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3) by Jennifer Estep Stroke of Enticement (Psy Changeling Novella) by Nalini Singh The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson, #5) by Patricia Briggs


message 17: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 03, 2010 11:42AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Love the counter Angie. :)

Becky I like your word, Miracles.

Katherine, I was in a couple of bookstores last weekend and couldn't believe how many holiday themed books there were on their shelves.


message 18: by Lisa S (last edited Dec 06, 2010 06:14PM) (new)

Lisa S (kasey_k_fan) 1/5

B-Broken 12/3/10
E-Easy Prey 12/6/10
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Broken (Grant County Series, #7) by Karin Slaughter Easy Prey (Lucas Davenport, #11) by John Sandford


message 19: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Lisarenee wrote: "Love the counter Angie. :)

Becky I like your word, Miracles.

Katherine, I was in a couple of bookstores last weekend and couldn't believe how many holiday themed books there were on their shelves."


I picked up several in November so I could read them in December. Hopefully they will be good.


message 20: by Sashana (last edited Dec 05, 2010 10:58AM) (new)

Sashana I really can't plan what I read before hand so I'll just list the books I read and see what it spells.

1)Noughts & Crosses-done
2)Two-Way Street- done
3)Nightshade (Night Tales #3 / American Hero)- (currently reading)


message 21: by Rora (last edited Dec 07, 2010 03:27PM) (new)

Rora It' been awhile since I've done a reading challenge, should be fun. I'll try to do the moderate level. : )


G...Gatty's Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland (3 stars)
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message 22: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments Chirstmas the season of MIRACLES!
Complete 3/8

M Medeiros, Teresa: The Devil Wears Plaid 12/5
I It's Now or Never by Wendy Davy 12/2
R Ruthless by Anne Stuart
A A Christmas Promis by Mary Balogh
C Case, Ember: My Christmas Wish 12/2
L Lover Eternal by JR Ward
E Emma Wildes: My Lord Scandal
S Stockett, Kathern: The Help


message 23: by Sheila (last edited Dec 05, 2010 02:40PM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) I've been working on this challenge. This is my progress so far:

Finished so far 4/6

A - The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares Done
N - Winter Study by Nevada Barr Done
G - The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck In Progress
E - Smitten by Janet Evanovich Done
L - Peony in Love by Lisa See
S - Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark Done


message 24: by Jessica (BookRockGoddess) (last edited Dec 10, 2010 04:14PM) (new)

Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton (bookrockgodess) Count me in I will do Candy Canes



C = (Covet) by J.R. Ward DONE 12/1/10
A = Wisdom by (Amanda) Hocking
N
D = 13 to Life by Shannon (Delany)
Y
C = Kiss of Death by Rachel (Caine)
A = (Angel) Star by Jennifer Murgia
N
E = Love Bites by (Ellen) Schreiber
S = Jealousy by Lilith (Saintcrow)

Covet (The Fallen Angels, #1) by J.R. Ward Jealousy (Strange Angels, #3) by Lilith Saintcrow Wisdom (My Blood Approves, #4) by Amanda Hocking Love Bites (Vampire Kisses, #7) by Ellen Schreiber 13 to Life (13 to Life, #1) by Shannon Delany Angel Star (Angel Star, #1) by Jennifer Murgia Kiss Of Death (The Morganville Vampires, #8) by Rachel Caine


message 25: by Alicia (last edited Dec 31, 2010 11:59AM) (new)

Alicia Now that class is over I have tons of time to read, so I am going to go with a difficult one!


G - Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George - read 29/12/10
I - If I Stay by Gayle Forman - read 26/12/10
N -
G - Going Bovine by Libba Bray - read 16/12/10
E - Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong - read 25/12/10
R - The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong - read 08/12/10
B - What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell - read 31/12/10
R -
E - The Bells on Finland Street by Lyn Cook (main character Elin + Christmas themes) - read 30/12/10
A - The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong - read 07/12/10
D -

W - Wings by Aprilynne Pike - read 11/12/10
O - Delirium by Lauren Oliver - read 11/12/10
M - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
A - The Anatomy of Wings by Karen Foxlee - read 13/12/10
N - The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard - read 17/12/10

11/16 Complete

**Ok, so it's the 31st and I didn't get through all 16, but 11 is pretty decent so I'll have to abandon this challenge at that. I like how I spelled woman completely, even though I didn't make it through the "gingerbread" - it's all girlpowerish.


message 26: by Rachel (last edited Dec 22, 2010 10:53PM) (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments I will take SNOW because living in Texas this will be the only way I get to see it!

S- Shadowland by Alyson Noel 12/5
N-Nightshade by Angela Cremer 12/18
O-On Locationby Elizabeth Sims 12/23
W-Character Ethan Wate from the novel, Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 12/15

Shadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel Nightshade (Nightshade, #1) by Andrea Cremer On Location (A Rita Farmer Mystery) by Elizabeth Sims Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) by Kami Garcia


message 27: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments I only have two books with an "O" for the title out of 250 books: On Location which is a mystery and Once Bitten Twice Dead which is an urban fiction/zombie/PNR. I don't have any authors with a last name that starts with "O" and I don't know how to search for first names in my books.


message 28: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 05, 2010 08:03PM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Here are a some:
Once and Always by Judith McNaught Only For You  by Hannah Howell One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2) by Jeaniene Frost Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter One Dance with a Duke (Stud Club, #1) by Tessa Dare (haven't read Oh, My Goth or Only for You, but I love the authors so I figure they've got to be good).


message 29: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments Thanks girls! I will have to see if my library has any of them.


message 30: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments Chirstmas the season of MIRACLES!
Complete 4/8

M Medeiros, Teresa: The Devil Wears Plaid 12/5
I It's Now or Never by Wendy Davy 12/2
R Ruthless by Anne Stuart 12/5
A A Christmas Promis by Mary Balogh
C Case, Ember: My Christmas Wish 12/2
L Lover Eternal by JR Ward
E Emma Wildes: My Lord Scandal
S Stockett, Kathern: The Help


message 31: by Rora (new)

Rora G...Gatty's Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland (3 stars)
R...When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (4 stars)
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message 32: by Kathleen (last edited Dec 06, 2010 07:10PM) (new)

Kathleen | 3 comments I'd better start small - this is my first challenge.


N - A Northern Light
O - O Jerusalem
E - The Elegance of the Hedgehog
L - Lady of Skye

Now to start reading them!


message 33: by Heather (new)

Heather T (horrorvacui000) Angie - Your list is full of great books.


message 34: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Chm (froggette) Here is my list for the Winter Wonderland challenge:

S - Santa Steps Out, Robert Devereaux.
A - The Antipope, Robert Rankin
L - The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle.
E - Expiration Date, Duane Swierczynski
S - Sunset with a Beard, Carlton Mellick III.

Now I have to finish the book I'm reading and start on the list. Currently reading Dexter is Delicious.


message 35: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Ttaylor | 3 comments This is my first challenge so I'm going easy.

F - Frankenstein - currently reading
R -
O -
S -
T - Tess of the D'Urbervilles - currently reading
Y -


message 36: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Amanda, I'm laughing at you reading Frankenstein while spelling out Frosty. I'm envisioning a cartoon called Frosty meets Frankenstein. lol


message 37: by Jayne (last edited Dec 20, 2010 04:42PM) (new)

Jayne (littlemissskittles) I think I might give this one a go. Not going to go too bonkers with my book list since I've got a ton of revision to do this month as well as my reading.

5/5 Done

C - Crossfire :: Done 13/12
A - Arctic Chill :: Done 14/12
R - Rebecca :: Done 08/12
O - On Writing :: Done 09/12
L - The Light Fantastic :: Done 21/12


message 38: by Rora (new)

Rora G...Gatty's Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland (3 stars)
R...When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (4 stars)
I...Savvy by Ingrid Law (4 stars)
N
C
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Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ (lb3553) | 466 comments G- Unraveled by Gena Showalter
I- Intertwined by Gena Showalter
F- Steal Me by Tina Folsom 12/6/2010 ***
T- The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Petterson
S- Snowy Night Seduction by Arianna Hart 12/3/2010 ****


message 40: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) I just completed the 6 letter moderate challenge.


- December Challenge
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A - The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
N - Winter Study by Nevada Barr
G - The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
E - Smitten by Janet Evanovich
L - Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr
S - Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark

Thanks for the challenge and Happy Holidays to all!


message 41: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments Chirstmas the season of MIRACLES!
Complete 5/8

M Medeiros, Teresa: The Devil Wears Plaid 12/5
I It's Now or Never by Wendy Davy 12/2
R Ruthless by Anne Stuart 12/5
A A Christmas Promis by Mary Balogh
C Case, Ember: My Christmas Wish 12/2
L Lover Eternal by JR Ward
E Emma Wildes: My Lord Scandal 12/10
S Stockett, Kathern: The Help


message 42: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Ttaylor | 3 comments Lisarenee wrote: "Amanda, I'm laughing at you reading Frankenstein while spelling out Frosty. I'm envisioning a cartoon called Frosty meets Frankenstein. lol"

Haha. With how they are rewriting some of the classics (Pride and Zombies) we could see actually see that title. lol


message 43: by Sashana (last edited Dec 12, 2010 11:09AM) (new)

Sashana Books I've read for this Challenge:

1)Noughts & Crosses
2)Two-Way Street
3)Drive Me Crazy
4)You Know You Love Me
5)Faking 19
6)Irish Thoroughbred (Irish Hearts #1)

Can someone help me decide on a word? I have no idea what to spell. I'll probably read 2 or 3 more books for this challenge.


message 44: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments Chirstmas the season of MIRACLES!
Complete 6/8

M Medeiros, Teresa: The Devil Wears Plaid 12/5
I It's Now or Never by Wendy Davy 12/2
R Ruthless by Anne Stuart 12/5
A A Christmas Promis by Mary Balogh
C Case, Ember: My Christmas Wish 12/2
L Lover Eternal by JR Ward 12/11
E Emma Wildes: My Lord Scandal 12/10
S Stockett, Kathern: The Help


message 45: by Shay (last edited Dec 18, 2010 06:39AM) (new)


message 46: by Rebecca Kent (new)

Rebecca Kent | 9 comments S
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Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ (lb3553) | 466 comments G- Goddess of Legend by PC Cast 12/11/2010 ****
I- Intertwined by Gena Showalter
F- Steal Me by Tina Folsom12/6/2010 ***
T- The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Petterson 12/13/2010 ***
S- Snowy Night Seduction by Arianna Hart 12/3/2010 ****


message 48: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments @Sashana- You need an R and you can spell [snow] DRIFT. Or an R and an A and you can spell DRAFTY.


message 49: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Rachel wrote: "@Sashana- You need an R and you can spell [snow] DRIFT. Or an R and an A and you can spell DRAFTY."

Thank you, Rachel. I really appreciate it :)


message 50: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Not sure how many I will be able to read but they will be Christmas themed books.

1)Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor finished Dec. 2nd

2) An Affair Before Christmas fnished Dec. 16th Loving this series.


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