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message 1: by Beth (last edited Mar 31, 2011 02:33PM) (new)

Beth RRRC Monthly Challenge - March 2011: ends 3/31/11
Read the Month Challenge - MARZO: ends 3/31/11
Toy Stories: ends 4/09/11
Couch Potato: Classic TV: ends 5/31/11
SRC Group Spring 2011: ends 5/31/11
Romance 101: ends 7/10/11
Full Moon: ends 8/23/11
A Lifetime of Reading Challenge: ends 10/01/11
Create Your Own: ends 12/31/11
Chubby Chunkster: ends 12/31/11
A-Z Friends: ends 12/31/11
SERIAL READER CHALLENGE the Second : ends 2/17/12

My completed/ended thread :
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...


message 2: by Beth (last edited Mar 10, 2011 12:29PM) (new)

Beth A Lifetime of Reading Challenge
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...
Duration: 04/01/10 – 10/01/11

70s
1979: Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

80s
1980: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
1981: Little, Big by John Crowley
1982: The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
1983: The Witches by Roald Dahl (12/05/10)
1984: First Impressions by Nora Roberts (12/17/10)
1985: Silken Savage by Catherine Hart (4/12/10)
1986: Watchmen by Alan Moore (3/8/11)
1987: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (12/22/10)
1988: Hawk O'Toole's Hostage by Sandra Brown (8/25/10)
1989: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (8/29/10)

90s
1990: Smitten by Janet Evanovich (9/29/10)
1991: The Awakening by L.J. Smith (4/06/10)
1992: The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
1993: The Giver by Lois Lowry (9/14/10)
1994: The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill (10/19/10)
1995: Heaven Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (9/13/10)
1996: Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (5/23/10)
1997: Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (7/07/10)
1998: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (4/05/10)
1999: Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas (5/20/10)

00s
2000: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (4/30/10)
2001: An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn (1/10/11)
2002: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (5/05/10)
2003: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (7/25/10)
2004: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig (4/15/10)
2005: Moonlight on the Millpond by Lori Wick (5/31/10)
2006: Broken by Kelley Armstrong (4/10/10)
2007: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (4/02/10)
2008: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (5/20/10)
2009: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (5/05/10)

10s
2010: Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah (5/12/10)
2011: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (1/20/11)


message 3: by Beth (last edited Apr 07, 2011 08:58AM) (new)

Beth Challenge: Full Moon
Duration: 8/24/10 – 8/23/11
Level: Moon-Walker (1 book from each category)

Group 1 - August 24 to December 20
Sturgeon Moon: Once A Pirate by Susan Grant (9/06/10)
Harvest Moon: Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off by Cara North (11/24/10)
Hunter’s Moon: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (9/27/10)
Beaver Moon: Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (9/14/10)

Group 2 - December 21st to April 16th
Cold Moon: Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen (1/14/11)
Wolf Moon: Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn (1/25/11)
Snow Moon: Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden (12/31/10)
Worm Moon: When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn (2/07/11)

Group 3 - April 17th to August 23rd
Pink Moon: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
Flower Moon:
Strawberry Moon: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Buck Moon: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III


message 4: by Beth (last edited Jan 11, 2011 12:37PM) (new)

Beth Challenge: Toy Stories
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/4...
Duration: 10/10/10 – 04/09/11
11 of 12 done

Barbie: Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella (12/09/10)
GI Joe: The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig (10/26/10)
Easy Bake Oven: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (12/22/10)
Hot Wheels: River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Lite Brite: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (10/17/10)
Rock’em Sock’em Robots: Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood (12/15/10)
Cabbage Patch Kids: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (10/13/10)
Etch-A-Sketch: Stitches by David Small (10/22/10)
Connect Four: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (11/29/10)
Raggedy Ann & Andy: Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead (10/12/10)

BONUS
Beach Pail & Shovel: (seaside setting) The Ocean Inside by Janna McMahan (10/31/10)
My Little Ponies: (rancher or ranch setting) Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off by Cara North (11/24/10)


message 5: by Beth (last edited Feb 11, 2011 07:50AM) (new)

Beth Challenge: Romance 101
Duration: 1/11/11 - 7/10/11
6 of 12 completed

1. Contemporary Romance - 44 Cranberry Point by Debbie Macomber (1/31/11)
2. Historical Romance - Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (2/01/11)
3. Romantic Suspense or Suspenseful Romance - White Lies by Jayne Anne Krentz (2/03/11)
4. Paranormal Romance – TBD
5. Science-Fiction or Futuristic Romance - Naked in Death by JD Robb
6. Fantasy Romance - TBD
7. Time-travel Romance - TBD
8. Inspirational or Christian Romance - TBD
9. Multi-cultural or Interracial Romance - Playing with Fire by Katie MacAlister Heroine is a white American; hero is the son of an Australian aborigine.
10. Erotic Romance – Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh (1/13/11)
11. Serial or Category Romance (Silhouette, Harlequin, Mills&Boon, etc) - TBD
12. Classic or Mainstream Fiction that includes a love story as a major part of its storyline – Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (1/24/11)


message 6: by Beth (last edited Mar 09, 2011 07:57AM) (new)

Beth Challenge: Clean Sweep 2011
Duration: 1/1/11 – 12/31/11

Last year I read 159 books but still managed to fall just shy of my "create your own challenge" mark by finishing only 36/40 from my owned-and-unread shelf. This was due entirely to my torrid affair with the public library.

To combat this fact I’m going to try a different approach and set forth two separate challenges for myself that when worked together, will effectively eliminate the number of books collecting dust in my basement, decrease the number of books collecting virtual dust on my to-read shelf AND permit me to carry-on with my main squeeze, the library.

A – Read the 12 oldest books from my owned-and-unread shelf (sort: owned-and-unread by date added)

1 – Truth Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett (257 pages)
2 – The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett (543 pages)
3 – Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen (288 pages) (1/14/11)
4 – Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (444 pages)
5 – The Known World by Edward P. Jones (388 pages)
6 – The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman (608 pages)
7 – The Queen's Man by Sharon Kay Penman (288 pages)
8 – When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman (768 pages)
9 – The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman (936 pages)
10 – The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd (800 pages)
11 – House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (365 pages)
12 – Until I Find You by John Irving (848 pages)

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B – Borrowing on the idea from other posters, read an additional 50 books from either my owned-and-unread or my to-read shelves that were added prior to 1/1/11.
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1 – Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller added: 9/9/10, read: 1/3/11
2 - *An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn added: 5/24/10, read: 1/10/11
3 - Jessica Z by Shawn Klomparens added: 12/11/08, read: 1/11/11
4 – *Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh added: 11/28/08, read: 1/13/11
5 – *Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning added: 12/21/09, read: 1/20/11
6 – Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh added: 6/16/10, read: 1/20/11
7 – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead added: 1/29/10, read: 1/23/11
8 - Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn added: 5/24/10, read: 1/25/11
9 – *Playing with Fire by Katie MacAlister added: 1/03/09, read: 1/27/11
10 – Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith added: 5/24/10, read: 1/27/11
11 – *The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith added: 12/10/10, read: 1/29/11
12 – *44 Cranbery Point by Debbie Macomber added: 2/04/10, read: 1/31/11
13 – *The 158 Pound Marriage by John Irving added: 2/20/09, read: 1/31/11
14 – Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn added: 5/24/10, read: 2/01/11
15 – *The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lillian Jackson Braun added: 10/24/10, read: 2/04/11
16 – To Sir Phillip With Love by Julia Quinn added: 5/24/10, read: 2/07/11
17 – When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn added: 5/24/10, read:2/07/11
18 – The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie added: 10/23/10, read: 2/08/11
19 – It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn added: 5/24/10, read: 2/14/11
20 – The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown added: 8/02/10, read: 2/15/11
21 – On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn added: 5/24/10, read: 2/15/11
22 – The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen added: 8/16/10, read: 2/16/11
23 – Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden added: 12/27/08, read: 2/19/11
24 – The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray added: 3/01/09, read: 2/23/11
25 – Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong added: 1/25/09, read: 2/25/11
26 – The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams added: 7/16/08, read: 3/2/11
27 – * Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy added: 2/19/10, read: 3/3/11
28 – Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas added: 11/21/08, read: 3/4/11
29 – Watchmen by Alan Moore added: 10/22/10, read: 3/8/11
30 – The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley added: 10/16/08, read:
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message 7: by Beth (last edited Feb 23, 2011 07:10AM) (new)

Beth Challenge: Chubby Chunkster (Mor-bookly-Obese)
Duration: 1/1/11 - 12/31/11

1 - 594 pages Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (1/20/11)
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message 8: by Beth (last edited Mar 02, 2011 07:34AM) (new)

Beth 2011 A-Z Friends Challenge
Duration: 2/01/11 – 1/31/11

Amy or “Ames” – Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong (2/25/11)
Beth – Where or When by Anita Shreve (2/11/11)
Coco – The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lillian Jackson Braun (2/04/11)
Dottie - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (3/2/11)
Emily – The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (2/08/11)
Fazebook – High Five by Janet Evanovich (2/12/11)
gina~* - It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn (2/14/11)
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Janene - The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2/15/11)
Kristian Mustafic – Frostbite by Richelle Mead (2/28/11)
Lady Vale – When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn (2/07/11)
MelissaB – White Lies by Jayne Anne Krentz (2/03/11)
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O: open
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Q: open
Ronda Gardner – The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (2/23/11)
SJ – Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho (2/28/11)
Trish Hobson – The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (2/16/11)
U: open
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X: open
Y: open
zHaNe – Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (2/01/11)


message 9: by Beth (last edited Mar 27, 2011 05:02PM) (new)

Beth Challenge: Couch Potato – Classic TV
Duration: 3/01/11 – 5/31/11
7 of 15 complete

*=OWNED
Welcome Back Kotter: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (3/24/11)
Laverne & Shirley: Truth & Beauty: A Friendship* by Ann Patchett
Happy Days: Crave by JR Ward
WKRP in Cincinatti: Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn
Gilligan's Island: 74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber
One Day at a Time: What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (3/10/11)
Dallas: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
MASH: Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Hawaii 5-0: 50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber (3/7/11)
E.R.: Virgin River by Robyn Carr (3/27/11)
Green Acres: Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy*, anthology (3/3/11)
I Love Lucy!: Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (3/4/11)
The Brady Bunch: 92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbi Macomber
Star Trek: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
A- Team: Watchmen by Alan Moore (3/7/11)


message 10: by Beth (last edited Apr 07, 2011 08:58AM) (new)

Beth Challenge: SERIAL READER CHALLENGE the Second
Duration: 2/18/11 – 2/17/12

1) Jack the Page Ripper (15 books):

1: 50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber (3/7/11)
2: 6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber
3: 74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber
4: 8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber
5: 92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber
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1: The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun (2/20/11)
2: The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson Braun (2/21/11)
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2) Una-book-bomber (5 books):

chick-lit: Boy Meeets Girl by Meg Cabot (4/7/11)
romance: Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas (3/15/11)
mystery: Naked in Death by JD Robb
pnr/urban-fantasy/fantasy/sci-fi: Frostbite by Richelle Mead (2/28/11)
young adult: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (2/23/11)

3) Spree Series Killer (1+ book):

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah & James Howe (3/6/11)

4) Author-ican Psycho (1 book)

Try a book from the author you've "given up" on - call it one more try. It can be the same series you previously found only so-so, or a totally different series by the same author. It's up to you.

5) Dr. Hannibal Lecturer (1 book):

Start on that series that everybody is praising so much but you keep postponing it for later.
Just read it already. Go on!

6) The Book Strangler (1+ books):

Read a whole series from the beginning to the end (or to the last published book). You choose whether it's going to be a 15-book-long-monster or a 1-book-long-freshly-started-baby series...

7) 3rd Degree (3 books):

Read a trilogy. An old fashioned trilogy that wraps up at book 3.

BONUS: Bloody Mary (1 book):

A series with a strong female kick-ass protagonist, something like: police detective, body builder, warrion. So for example LKH Anita Blake would work.


message 11: by Beth (last edited Apr 11, 2011 09:30AM) (new)

Beth The Seasonal Reading Challenge Group: Spring 2011
Duration: 3/01/11 - 5/31/11
Task List:http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/4...
*=OWNED

5.1 Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand
5.2 Poison Study
5.3 Crave
5.4 The Flame and the Flower (3/18/11)
5.5 The Sister
5.6 74 Seaside Avenue
5.7 8 Sandpiper Way
5.8 92 Pacific Boulevard
5.9 Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (3/6/11)
5.10 Pippi Longstocking

10.1 Singer of Souls
10.2 What I Did for Love (3/10/11)
10.3 The Gates of Rome
10.4 Naked in Death
10.5 Suddenly You (3/4/11)
10.6 The Glass Menagerie (3/2/11)
10.7 In a Sunburned Country
10.8 The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
10.9 Kitty Raises Hell
10.10 Emerald Magic:Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (3/3/11)

15.1 Mutant Message Down Under (3/9/11)
15.2 The Wood Wife & Dreams Underfoot
15.3 Truth Beauty: A Friendship & Elsewhere (3/24/11)
15.4 60 Quick Knits in Cascade 220: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens
15.5 The Blind Assassin
15.6 Infidel
15.7 Prodigal Summer
15.8 Boy Meets Girl (4/7/11)
15.9 The Cinderella Deal (3/1/11)
15.10 To Tame a Highland Warrior (3/xx/11)

20.1 The Game of Kings
20.2 Ashes in the Wind
20.3 Living with the Dead
20.4 The Princes of Ireland
20.5 Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (3/29/11)
20.6 The Magician’s Nephew & The Horse and His Boy
20.7 The Warlord Wants Forever
20.8 Changes
20.9 pending
20.10 I Am Number Four

25.1 6 Rainier Drive & House of Sand and Fog
25.2 Shopaholic and Baby & Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass
25.3 Watchmen (3/7/11) & Illicit
25.4 Angry Candy & Little Big
25.5 Room & Then We Came to the End
25.6 The Pilot’s Wife (3/31/11) & The House on Mango Street

30.1 One Foot in Eden & Tell No One
30.2 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate & Trash Sex Magic
30.3 Mine Till Midnight (3/15/11) & 50 Harbor Street (3/7/11)
30.4 Speed Knitting: 24 Quick and Easy Projects (3/16/11) & The Undomestic Goddess (4/6/11)
30.5 Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor (4/10/11) & Into the Wild
30.6 The Known World & The Queen's Man
30.7 Virgin River (3/27/11) & River Marked

50.1 pending


message 12: by Beth (last edited Apr 11, 2011 09:20AM) (new)

Beth April 2011
3 of 10 completed

1. April: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
2. Happy Birthday, Sheila: Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas (4/10/11)
3. Maryland: Naked in Death by JD Robb
4. Fourth Month: Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong
5. The Royal Wedding: Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot (4/7/11)
6. April Fool's Day: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
7. Find-A-Rainbow Day: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (4/6/11)
8. Taxes are due in US (15 April): Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
9. Pets Are Wonderful: Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn
10. Reader's Choice: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender


message 13: by Beth (new)

Beth A: Andre Dubus III – House of Sand and Fog
P: Penman, Sharon Kay – The Queen’s Man
R: River Marked - Patricia Briggs
I: Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
L: Little Big - John Crowley
E: Edward P. Jones - The Known World


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