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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments I've finally decided that I will miss things if I don't do a better job of keeping track of what I'm reading for each challenge!


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments December Pick It For Me Challenge

Ok Amanda - here are my picks. I hope you find something you will enjoy.

A1:Angels' Blood
A2:Outlander

B1:Grave Secret
B2:Brazen

C1:Holiday With a Vampire
C2:Darklight

D1:The Smoke Thief Completed 12/18
D2:Shiver
Completed 12/19


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Read the Month Challenge: DECEMBER


8/8 Completed


D - Dark Moon by Lori Handeland 12/12
E - Endurance by S. L. Viehl 12/3
C - Covet by J. R. Ward 12/4
E - Everlasting Kiss by Amanda Ashley 12/6
M - Marie Brennan Warrior 12/1
B - Beyond Varallan by S. L. Viehl 12/2
E - Embrace the Twilight by Maggie Shayne 12/8
R - Renegade by Lora Leigh 12/5

Dark Moon (Nightcreature, #3) by Lori Handeland Endurance (Stardoc, #3) by S.L. Viehl Covet (The Fallen Angels, #1) by J.R. Ward Everlasting Kiss (Everlasting, #1) by Amanda Ashley Warrior (Doppleganger, #1) by Marie Brennan Beyond Varallan (Stardoc, #2) by S.L. Viehl Embrace The Twilight (Wings in the Night, #8) by Maggie Shayne Renegade (Elite Ops, #5) by Lora Leigh


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments 2010 December Monthly Challenge

10/10 Completed!


1. December: Dark Moon by Lori Handeland 12/12
2. Birthday: (Drqangel's Bookshelf) Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James 12/13
3. Geography: (Pennsylvania) Devil's Corner by Lisa Scottoline 12/15
4. Pearl Harbor Anniversary: To the Brink by Cindy Gerard 12/16
5. End of the Year: Finish It!: Renegade by Lora Leigh 12/5
6. Challenge Freebie: The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe 12/18
7. Beethoven's Birthday: Six String Rocketeer by Jesse Butterworth 12/18
8. Romance Genre: A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman 12/14
9. Of Lists and Shelves: Holiday With a Vampire II by Merline Lovelace and Lori Devoti 12/8
10. Reader's Choice: Wild Fire by Christine Feehan 12/10

Dark Moon (Nightcreature, #3) by Lori Handeland Tied Up, Tied Down (Rough Riders, #4) by Lorelei James Devil's Corner by Lisa Scottoline To the Brink (Bodyguard, #3) by Cindy Gerard Renegade (Elite Ops, #5) by Lora Leigh The Smoke Thief (Drakon, #1) by Shana Abé Six String Rocketeer Holding Life Together When Your Parents Split Apart by Jesse Butterworth A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman Holiday With a Vampire II by Lori Devoti Wild Fire (Leopard People, #4) by Christine Feehan


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SERIAL KILLER READER CHALLENGE
12/19/10 - 12/18/11

1) Jack the Page Ripper (15 books):

Take 5 series, read:

5 books from 1st series: Darkfever 1/6, Bloodfever 1/15, Faefever 1/17, Dreamfever 1/18, Shadowfever 1/18 by Karen Marie Moning
4 from 2nd:
3 from 3rd:
2 from 4th:
1 from the last one (and you don't have to be starting with 1st book each time):

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu 1/4
Partners by Susan Sizemore 1/5
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7
The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston 1/7
Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9


2) Una-book-bomber (5 books):

Read one book from each of the genres. It does not have to be the first book in the series, but it must be a series book, not a stand-alone:

chick-lit
romance - A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas 12/20
mystery
pnr/urban-fantasy/fantasy/sci-fi
young adult - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 12/19


3) Spree Series Killer (1+ book):
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2

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):
Chesapeake Bay by Nora Roberts

BONUS: Bloody Mary (1 book):

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

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers, #5) by Lisa Kleypas Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1) by Dave Barry Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu Laws of the Blood Partners by Susan Sizemore Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur Born of Night (The League, #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Mane Event (Pride, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Let's Celebrate It! Challenge
Duration: December 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

10/10 Completed

ChristmasA Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman 12/14

HanukkahFull Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6

Boxing DayDark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole 12/27

Winter’s SolsticeShiver by Maggie Stiefvater 12/19

KwanzaaThe Bite of Silence by Mary Hughes 12/21

New Year’s DayAngel's Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1

Three King’s Day - To the Brink by Cindy Gerard 12/16

Chinese New Year - The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe 12/18

Groundhog Day - Crux by Moira Rogers 12/16

Valentine’s Day - Everlasting Kiss by Amanda Ashley 12/6

A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater The Bite of Silence by Mary Hughes To the Brink (Bodyguard, #3) by Cindy Gerard The Smoke Thief (Drakon, #1) by Shana Abé Crux (Southern Arcana, #1) by Moira Rogers Everlasting Kiss (Everlasting, #1) by Amanda Ashley Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Toy Stories Reading Challenge

December 1, 2010 - May 1, 2011
Completed 12/12



1. Barbie - Charmed and Ready by Candace Havens 1/5
2. G. I. Joe - Renegade by Lora Leigh 12/5
3. Easy Bake Oven - Killer Mousse by Melinda Wells 12/3
4. Hot Wheels - Pack Challenge by Shelley Laurenston 12/23
5. Lite Brite - A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas 12/20
6. Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots - Warrior by Marie Brennan 12/1
7. Cabbage Patch Kids - Six String Rocketeer by Jesse Butterworth 12/18
8. Etch-A-Sketch - Key of Light by Nora Roberts 12/18
9. Connect Four - Night's Pleasure by Amanda Ashley 12/6
10. Raggedy Ann and Andy - To the Brink by Cindy Gerard (heroine is a redhead) 12/16
Bonus 1. Star Wars figures - Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2/23
Bonus 2. Legos - The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1

Renegade (Elite Ops, #5) by Lora Leigh Killer Mousse (Della Cooks Mystery, #1) by Melinda Wells Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1) by Shelly Laurenston A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers, #5) by Lisa Kleypas Warrior (Doppelganger, #1) by Marie Brennan Six String Rocketeer Holding Life Together When Your Parents Split Apart by Jesse Butterworth Key of Light (Key trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts Night's Pleasure (My Night, #4) by Amanda Ashley To the Brink (Bodyguard, #3) by Cindy Gerard The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon Charmed & Ready (Bronwyn the Witch, #2) by Candace Havens Born of Fire (The League, #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments READ-THE-SEASON WINTER CHALLENGE: I-N-V-E-R-N-O
Duration: December 21, 2010 - March 19, 2011


8/8 Completed

I: Immortal Bad Boys by Rebecca York, Rosemary Laurey and Linda Thompson-Sundstrom 12/23
N: Nalini Singh Angels' Pawn 2/14
V: Vickie Taylor Carved in Stone 1/10
E: Equinox by Annie Windsor, Kathrine Kingston, and Vonna Harper 2/14
R: Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton, and Kelsey Roberts 12/28
N: Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
O: Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4
Bonus: The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1

Immortal Bad Boys by Rebecca York Angels' Pawn (Guild Hunter, #0.5 prequel) by Nalini Singh Carved in Stone (Les Gargouillen, 1) by Vickie Taylor Equinox by Annie Windsor Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh Over the Line (Bodyguard, #4) by Cindy Gerard The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Challenge Title: The Owned and the Old (stolen from Katherine :) - sorry!)
Duration: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011
Number of Books: 250
Challenge Description:
I constantly have new (to me) books from Paperbackswap or other sources arriving, but am doing a poor job of finishing what is already in my house. My goal for 2011 is that at LEAST 250 books that I read will be those that are physically in my possession prior to 12/31/2010. To that end, I am trying to get them all on my TBR shelves on GR, so that I can see where the end of the tunnel will be! (UPDATE: As of 12/31/2010, I have 425 books physically in my possession on my TBR. There are more ebooks unread that aren't listed, but that's close enough for now!)

33/250

1. The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1
2. Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurd 1/1
3. The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1
4. Cool Hand Hank by Kathleen Eagle 1/1
5. Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1
6. The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe 1/2
7. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2
8. Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3
9. Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4
10. Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu 1/4
11. Partners by Susan Sizemore 1/5
12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson 1/5
13. Charmed and Ready by Candace Havens 1/5
14. Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7
15. Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9
16. Immortals: The Awakening by Joy Nash 1/9
17. Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor 1/10
18. Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley 1/10
19. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 1/20
20. The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22
21. Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard 1/22
22. Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24
23. Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
24. Unbound by Lori Devoti 1/29
25. Immortal Ops by Mandy M. Roth 2/3
26. Familiar Stranger by Michele Hauf 2/5
27. Pleasurably Undone! by Christine Merrill, Michelle Willingham, Louise Allen, Terri Brisbin, Diane Gaston 2/8
28. Honk if You Love Real Men by Carrie Alexander, Pamela Britton, Susan Donovan, and Lora Leigh 2/10
29. Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh 2/10
30. When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy 2/11
31. Equinox by Katherine Kingston, Vonna Harper, and Annie Windsor 2/14
32. Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands 2/21
33. Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2/23


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Full Moon Challenge
Moon-Runner (3 in each category)
Group 2 - December 21st to April 16th


12/12 Completed

Cold Moon - Book that has a dark cover, set during the Dark Ages (Medieval Romance)
1. Missing Justice by Alafair Burke (dark blue cover) 12/26
2. Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4
3. Partners by Susan Sizemore 1/5
Wolf Moon - Book that has a moon or wolf on the cover, a werewolf/shifter romance
1. Pack Challenge by Shelley Laurenston 12/23
2. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2
3. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6
Snow Moon - Book that has a Winter Scene on cover, or set during winter or a cold country/place
1. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas 12/21
2. Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark 12/30
3. The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1
Worm Moon -Book that has Spring scene cover, has a rake/rouge hero (okay he is not exactly worm, but close enough...LOL!), or has the word Spring in the title
1. This Rake of Mine by Elizabeth Boyle 12/26
2. Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard 1/1
3. The Wicked House of Rohan by Anne Stuart 1/15


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments For Play Book Tag group on Shelfari:
Read 12 books released during 2011

1/12

1. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18
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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Dare You to Read: Wedding/Marriage Theme

2/10 Completed

Theme:
*Something old: improvise as desired (within the theme)
*Something new: improvise as desired (within the theme)
*Something borrowed: improvise as desired (within the theme)
*Something blue: improvise as desired (within the theme)
*book with a wedding scene
With this Ring by T.A. Chase
*book where character is planning a wedding
*book with married characters as hero/heroine
*book with engaged characters as hero/heroine
*book with divorced characters as hero/heroine: To the Brink by Cindy Gerard 12/16
This romantic suspense novel is about a divorced Special Forces officer turned bodyguard and his ex-wife, a embassy employee that calls and leaves him a message that something may be wrong. Before Ethan can call her back, she is kidnapped by terrorists and Ethan and Co. ride to the rescue. I really enjoyed the story, but like I prefer my fiction, it felt unreal. :) I loved the way they had to deal with their past to make their future possible.

*BONUS (Optional)

Discussion: Did the story & characters sound realistic? Could you relate to any of the characters or certain things that happened in the story? If so, can you share an example?
Duration: October 15, 2010 to October 15, 2011

*Credit to our FlibBity who suggested this theme in the Challenge suggestion thread!
If you want some suggestions i have placed a few on the group bookshelf here: http://www.goodreads.com/group/bookshelf...


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Nothing But Reading Challenges
December Reading in a Winter Wonderland


Completed!

M: Magnate's Mistress... Accidentally Pregnant! by Kimberly Lang 12/28
E: Elizabeth Boyle This Rake of Mine 12/26
R: Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton, and Kelsey Roberts 12/28
R: Robb, J.D. Strangers in Death 12/29
Y: Yardley, Cathy Guilty Pleasures 12/28

C: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas 12/21
H: Hammett, Dashiell The Thin Man 12/30
R: Rowe, Stephanie Date Me, Baby, One More Time 12/27
I: Immortal Bad Boys by Rebecca York, Rosemary Laurey, and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom 12/23
S: Sherwood, Kate Dark Horse 12/22
T: Too Wilde to Tame by Janelle Denison 12/25
M: Missing Justice by Alafair Burke 12/26
A: Ashley Zacharias A Lady Pays Her Penalties 12/26
S: Shelley Laurenston Pack Challenge 12/23

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (Friday Harbor, #1) by Lisa Kleypas Dark Horse (Dark Horse, #1) by Kate Sherwood Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Immortal Bad Boys by Rebecca York Too Wilde to Tame (Wilde Series, #7) by Janelle Denison A Lady Pays Her Penalties by Ashley Zacharias This Rake of Mine (Bachelor Chronicles, #2) by Elizabeth Boyle Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid Mysteries) by Alafair Burke Date Me, Baby, One More Time (Immortally Sexy, Book 1) by Stephanie Rowe Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair Magnate's Mistress...Accidentally Pregnant! (Harlequin Presents) by Kimberly Lang Guilty Pleasures (Harlequin Blaze, No 59) by Cathy Yardley Strangers in Death (In Death, #26) by J.D. Robb The Thin Man (PermaBooks, M4202) by Dashiell Hammett


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NBRC: New Year's Extravaganza Challenge
January 1 - January 31, 2011


Difficult - Read 8+ books.

8/8 Done

- Read an equal number of books from Old/Favorite authors and New/Never before read authors.
New: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6
Favorite: Men of Courage I by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis 1/6
- Read one or more books which celebrate the New Year.
The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston 1/7
- Read one or more books that have been on your TBR (To Be Read) list for a long time.
Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard 1/1
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 1/20
The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22
Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24
Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
Unbound by Lori Devoti 1/29


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NBRC: I Heart Indie Books Reading Challenge


» All genres welcome
» Runs the entire year
» Must be self-published titles or small indie press

Here are the challenge goals for the year:

1-12 books - Bronze
13-24 books - Silver
25-36 books - Gold
37+ books - Platinum!

Don't know where to find Indie authors? Smashwords is a great place to start and provides many different file formats to download. Amazon and B&N stores also has self-pubbed authors now. These ebooks are often priced quite low. You can even find quite a few that are free. Many of these books are also available in paperback. Not sure if you want to take a chance on an unknown author? No problem because you can download a sample first for free to see if you like their writing style.

I hope some people will join me this year. I found some great reads and some new favorite authors last year. Give it a shot and maybe you will find some new great reads too!

Copping to It by Ava Myers 1/14
Alison by M.B. Forster-Smythe 2/7

Copping To It by Ava Meyers Alison by M.B. Forester-Smythe


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NBRC: A Sign of the Times: CAPRICORN
December 23 to January 22

Completed

C: Cole, Kresley Dark Desires After Dusk 12/27
A: Alafair Burke Missing Justice 12/26
P: Pack Challenge by Shelley Laurenston 12/23
R: Rowe, Stephanie Date Me, Baby, One More Time 12/27
I: Immortal Bad Boys by Rebecca York, Rosemary Laurey, & Linda Thomas-Sundstrom 12/23
C: C. S. Lewis Prince Caspian 12/28
O: Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4
R: Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton, and Kelsey Roberts 12/27
N: Nalini Singh Angels' Blood 1/1

Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole Missing Justice (Samantha Kincaid Mysteries) by Alafair Burke Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Date Me, Baby, One More Time (Immortally Sexy, Book 1) by Stephanie Rowe Immortal Bad Boys by Rebecca York Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) by C.S. Lewis Over the Line (Bodyguard, #4) by Cindy Gerard Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments 2011 Chubby Chunkster Challenge
Too Big To Ignore Anymore

GOAL: 1/12

(After having discovered exactly how many large books are on my bookshelf, I have decided it is more reasonable to try to read at least one a month.)

1. Dark Days: Nightwalker and Dayhunter by Jocelynn Drake 550 pages
2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 640 pages
3. Sanctuary edited by Robert Lynn Asprin 600 pages
4. The Chaos Balance by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. 596 pages
5. Legacies by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. 597 pages
6. Deathstalker by Simon R. Green 523 pages
7. Men of Mystery by Gayle Wilson 715 pages
8. Camber the Heretic by Katherine Kurtz 506 pages
9. The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser 872 pages
10. Night World, No. 1 by L. J. Smith 729 pages
11. Berserker Man by Fred Saberhagen 680 pages
12. Berserker Death by Fred Saberhagen 755 pages
13. Black Wind by Clive and Dirk Cussler 530 pages
14. Banewrecker by Jacqueline Carey 502 pages
15. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb 675 pages
16. Mad Ship by Robin Hobb 850 pages
17. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb 662 pages
18. Gideon's Torch by Charles Colson and Ellen Vaughn
19. Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy 990 pages
20. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 655 pages 1/20
21. Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey 750 pages
22. Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey 703 pages
23. Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey 753 pages
24. Cyteen by CJ Cherryh 680 pages
25. The Saga of the Renunciates by Marion Zimmer Bradley 1116 pages
26. A World Divided by Marion Zimmer Bradley 686 pages
27. Darkover: First Contact by Marion Zimmer Bradley 518 pages
28. The Alpine Mysteries Omnibus by Mary Daheim 738 pages
Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Paranormal Romance Group: 2011 January Reading Challenge: Paranormal Creatures

Duration: January 1, 2011 - January 31, 2011

10/10 Completed

1. vampires
Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3
2. werewolves
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6
3. shifters
The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston 1/7
4. gods/goddesses/immortals
Immortals: The Awakening by Joy Nash 1/9
5. demons/angels
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1
6. witches/warlocks/sorcerers/mages
Charmed and Ready by Candace Havens 1/5
7. fae/fairies
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/6
8. aliens/space cowboys/space adventurers/space mercenaries
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7
9. psychics/ghosts/humans with paranormal abilities
Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9
10. hunters/warriors/slayers/guardians
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu 1/4

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur The Mane Event (Pride, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Immortals The Awakening (The Immortals 3) by Joy Nash Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh Charmed & Ready (Bronwyn the Witch, #2) by Candace Havens Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Born of Night (The League, #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments READ YOUR NAME CHALLENGE
Duration: December 23, 2010 - March 22, 2011

27/27 Completed!


I'm going to use my full name :)

A: Alafair Burke Missing Justice 12/26
M: Magnate's Mistress... Accidentally Pregnant! by Kimberly Lang 12/28
A: Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1
N: Niffenegger, Audrey The Time Traveler's Wife 1/8
D: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole 12/27
A: Adrian, Lara Kiss of Crimson 1/3

B: Boyle, Elizabeth This Rake of Mine 12/26
R: Rowe, Stephanie Date Me, Baby, One More Time 12/27
O: Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4
O: Only in My Dreams by Dana Marie Bell 1/13
K: Keri Arthur Full Moon Rising 1/6
E: Eagle, Kathleen Cool Hand Hank 1/1

T: Too Wilde to Tame by Janelle Denison 12/25
U: Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard 1/22
R: Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton, & Kelsey Roberts 12/27
N: Nash, Joy Immortals: The Awakening 1/9
E: Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
R: Robb, J.D. Strangers in Death 12/29

B: Barbara Gale The Farmer Takes a Wife 1/1
E: Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks 2/5
Y: Yardley, Cathy Guilty Pleasures 12/28
E: Esther Forbes Johnny Tremain 2/23
R: Robin McKinley Dragonhaven 1/10
L: Laurenston, Shelly Pack Challenge 12/23
E: Equinox by Annie Windsor, Vonna Harper, and Kathrine Kingston 2/14
I: Immortal Bad Boys by Rebecca York, Rosemary Laurey, and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom 12/23
N: Nancy V. Berberick The Jewels of Elvish 1/22


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments January 2011 Monthly Reading Challenge

10/10 Completed

1. January: Read a book which title starts with “J”.
The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22

2. Birthday: (Kerste)
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7

3. Geography: (Delaware)
Very Much Alive and Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12

4. New Year: Author that is 'new' to you.
Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor 1/10

5. Beginnings:
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1

6. Appreciate your Dragon Day
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley 1/10

7. National Take Back Your Time Week
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 1/8

8. Rose Parade: Read a book that has flowers on its cover or as part of its title.
Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9

9. January Weather
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6

10. Reader's Choice
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/15

Challenge Duration: January 1 – January 31, 2011

You can choose 3, 5, 8 or all 10 categories depending on your reading speed, books availability and/or time commitment.


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NBRC: Level 1 of the Serious Readers Challenge for 2011: Read 100 Books


1. The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1
2. Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard 1/1
3. The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1
4. Cool Hand Hank by Kathleen Eagle 1/1
5. Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1
6. The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe 1/2
7. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2
8. Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3
9. Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4
10. Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu 1/4
11. Partners by Susan Sizemore 1/5
12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson 1/5
13. Charmed and Ready by Candace Havens 1/5
14. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/6
15. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6
16. Men of Courage I by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis 1/6
17. Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7
18. The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston 1/7
19. Men of Courage II by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis 1/8
20. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 1/8
21. Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9
22. Immortals: The Awakening by Joy Nash 1/9
23. Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor 1/10
24. Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley 1/10
25. Very Much Alive by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
26. Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
27. The Wallflower by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
28. Sweet Dreams by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
29. Cat of a Different Color by Dana Marie Bell 1/13
30. Steel Beauty by Dana Marie Bell 1/13
31. Only in My Dreams by Dana Marie Bell 1/13
32. Bear Necessities by Dana Marie Bell 1/13
33. Dare to Believe by Dana Marie Bell 1/14
34. Joy Ride by J.M. Snyder 1/14
35. Brier's Bargain by Carol Lynne 1/14
36. Code Blue by Stephani Hecht 1/14
37. Alexi's Secret by Kate Hill 1/14
38. Rough Rider by Taylor McKay 1/14
39. Coming Back by M. King 1/14
40. Erotic Tales: Ride a Cock Horse by Severin Rossetti 1/14
41. Coconuts Over You by Yeva Wiest 1/14
42. Be My Handyman by Claire Thompson 1/14
43. Rough Road to Happiness by Shabbu 1/14
44. A Little Piece of Heaven by Christine Pope 1/14
45. Caffeine for a Marine by Kiernan Kelly 1/14
46. Copping to It by Ava Myers 1/14
47. Cruel Pleasures by Jude Mason 1/14
48. Dark Angel by G.A. Hauser 1/14
49. Render by J.M. Snyder 1/14
50. Running in Fear: Escaped by Trinity Blacio 1/15
51. The Wicked House of Rohan by Anne Stuart 1/15
52. Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/15
53. With This Ring by T.A. Chase 1/15
54. Bewitched by Lori Foster 1/17
55. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning 1/17
56. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18
57. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18
58. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 1/20
59. The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22
60. Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard 1/22
61. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 1/22
62. Frostbite by Richelle Mead 1/23
63. More Than Just a Good Book by Sloan Parker 1/24
64. Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24
65. Bran's Story by Maculategiraffe 1/26
66. Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
67. Dark Side of the Veil by Stormy Glenn 1/27
68. Jesse's Story by Maculategiraffe 1/27
69. Lee's Story by Maculategiraffe 1/28
70. Holden and Yves by Maculategiraffe 1/28
71. Unbound by Lori Devoti 1/29
72. Immortal Ops by Mandy M. Roth 2/3
73. Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird 2/3
74. Familiar Stranger by Michele Hauf 2/5
75. Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks 2/5
76. Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey 2/5
77. Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood 2/7
78. Alison by M.B. Forester-Smythe 2/7
79. Our December by Diane Adams 2/7
80. The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field 2/8
81. Pleasurably Undone! by Christine Merrill, Michelle Willingham, Louise Allen, Terri Brisbin, Diane Gaston 2/8
82. An Officer and His Gentleman by Ryan Field 2/10
83. American Star by Ryan Field 2/10
84. Honk if You Love Real Men by Carrie Alexander, Pamela Britton, Susan Donovan, and Lora Leigh 2/10
85. Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh 2/10
86. When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy 2/11
87. Call Me Sir by Stormy Glenn 2/11
88. Equinox by Katherine Kingston, Vonna Harper, and Annie Windsor 2/14
89. Angel's Pawn by Nalini Singh 2/14
90. Santa, Baby by Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster, and Carly Phillips 2/20
91. Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands 2/21
92. Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2/23
93. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 2/24
94. Call Me Sir Too by Stormy Glenn 2/24
95. Unexpected by Lori Foster 2/25
96. Killing Time by Linda Howard 2/26
97. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3/3

The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard The Farmer Takes A Wife (Silhouette Special Edition) by Barbara Gale Cool Hand Hank (Silhouette Special Edition, #2024) by Kathleen Eagle Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh The Shy Bride (Traditional Greek Husbands, #1) (Harlequin Presents, #2929) by Lucy Monroe Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1) by Dave Barry Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Over the Line (Bodyguard, #4) by Cindy Gerard Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu Laws of the Blood Partners by Susan Sizemore The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3) by Stieg Larsson Charmed & Ready (Bronwyn the Witch, #2) by Candace Havens Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur Men of Courage I by Lori Foster Born of Night (The League, #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Mane Event (Pride, #1) by Shelly Laurenston Men Of Courage II (Harlequin Signature Select - Collection) by Lori Foster The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Immortals The Awakening (The Immortals 3) by Joy Nash Carved in Stone (Les Gargouillen, 1) by Vickie Taylor Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley Very Much Alive (True Destiny, #1) by Dana Marie Bell Eye of the Beholder (True Destiny, #2) by Dana Marie Bell The Wallflower (Halle Pumas, #1) by Dana Marie Bell Sweet Dreams (Halle Pumas, #2) by Dana Marie Bell Cat Of A Different Color (Halle Pumas, #3) by Dana Marie Bell Steel Beauty (Halle Pumas, #4) by Dana Marie Bell Only in My Dreams (Halle Pumas, #5) by Dana Marie Bell Bear Necessities (Halle Shifters, #1) by Dana Marie Bell Dare to Believe (Gray Court, #1) by Dana Marie Bell Joy Ride by J.M. Snyder Brier's Bargain (Bodyguards in Love, #1) by Carol Lynne Code Blue (EMS Heat, #5) by Stephani Hecht Alexi's Secret by Kate Hill Rough Rider by Taylor McKay Coming Back by M. King Erotic Tales Ride A Cock Horse by Severin Rossetti Coconuts Over You by Yeva Wiest Be My Handyman by Claire Thompson Rough Road to Happiness by Shabbu A Little Piece of Heaven by Christine Pope Caffeine for a Marine by Kiernan Kelly Copping To It by Ava Meyers Cruel Pleasures by Jude Mason Dark Angel by G.A. Hauser Render  by J.M. Snyder Running in Fear Escaped by Trinity Blacio The Wicked House of Rohan by Anne Stuart Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning With This Ring (Tabloid Star, #2) by T.A. Chase Bewitched In Too Deep\Married to the Boss by Lori Foster Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy Varian Berberick Under the Wire (Bodyguard, #5) by Cindy Gerard Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead More Than Just a Good Book by Sloan Parker Thr3e by Ted Dekker Bran's Story (The Slave Breakers, #1) by Maculategiraffe Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh Dark Side of the Veil (Dark Court, #1) by Stormy Glenn Jesse's Story (The Slave Breakers, #2) by Maculategiraffe Lee's Story (The Slave Breakers, #3) by Maculategiraffe Holden and Yves – The Early Years (The Slave Breakers, mini-prequel) by Maculategiraffe Unbound (Unbound, #1) by Lori Devoti Immortal Ops (Immortal Ops, #1) by Mandy M. Roth Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird Familiar Stranger (Harlequin Next) by Michele Hauf Eat Prey Love (Love at Stake, #9) by Kerrelyn Sparks Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey Gentle Warrior (Tapestry Romance) by Julie Garwood Alison by M.B. Forester-Smythe Our December (The Making of a Man, #1) by Diane Adams The Virgin Billionaire (Virgin Billionaire, #1) by Ryan Field Pleasurably Undone! Seducing a Stranger\The Viking's Forbidden Love-Slave\Disrobed and Dishonored\A Night for Her Pleasure\The Unlacing of Miss Leigh by Terri Brisbin An Officer and His Gentleman by Ryan Field American Star by Ryan Field Honk If You Love Real Men Four Tales of Erotic Romance (Includes Tempting SEALs, #1) by Carrie Alexander Dangerous Games (Tempting SEALs, #2) by Lora Leigh When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, #1) by Alexandra Ivy Call Me Sir (Sir, #1) by Stormy Glenn Equinox by Annie Windsor Angels' Pawn (Guild Hunter, #0.5 prequel) by Nalini Singh Santa, Baby by Jennifer Crusie Born to Bite (Argeneau Vampires, #13) by Lynsay Sands Born of Fire (The League, #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes Call Me Sir, Too (Sir, #2) by Stormy Glenn Unexpected by Lori Foster Killing Time by Linda Howard City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Count off Challenge
Happy New Year Challenge

Goal: 6556 pages
Duration: Dec 26-Jan 15
Bonus: Double Pages if the book is the first in a series
Reward: 4 new or 8 used

6608/6556 YAHOO! (Now what?)

Completed:
This Rake of Mine by Elizabeth Boyle (started on page 67): 308 pages 12/26
Missing Justice by Alafair Burke (started on page 90): 265 pages 12/26
Date Me, Baby, One More Time by Stephanie Rowe: (324 x 2) 648 pages 12/27
Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole: 368 pages 12/27
Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton, & Kelsey Roberts: 325 pages 12/28
Magnate's Mistress... Accidentally Pregnant! by Kimberly Lang: 182 pages 12/28
Guilty Pleasures by Cathy Yardley: 250 pages 12/28
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis: 240 pages 12/28
Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb: 356 pages 12/29
Suite 606 by J.D. Robb, Mary Blaney, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Mary Kay McComas: 344 pages 12/29
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett: 184 pages 12/30
Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark: 154 pages 12/30
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: (563 x 2) 1126 pages 12/31
The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon: 185 pages 1/1
Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard: 317 pages 1/1
The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale: 251 pages 1/1
Cool Hand Hank by Kathleen Eagle: 213 pages 1/1
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh: (353 x 2) 706 pages 1/1
The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe: 186 pages 1/2

In Progress:

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (pg. 80/255)


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS:

Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's 40! *<|:)

I'm celebrating my 40th in January and move a little higher up the proverbial 'hill'!

Duration: January 2011
Goal: Rock it out with your choice of 3 books chosen from the "Party like it's 1971" hits below! 3+ options are listed under each song, they are 'either-or' options, pick the three songs you'd like to read and choose your books using 1 or more of the options provided. You can list now or as you read. Anything goes - all formats, re-reads, non-PNR/UF allowed.

5/3 Done

Some Top Hits of 1971

'Joy to the World' by Three Dog Night
Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27

'Maggie May' by Rod Stewart
Maggie's Mates by Bronwyn Green 1/1 (short story) so I also read a full book -
Maggie Tremont from The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1

'Knock Three Times' by Tony Orlando & Dawn
Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24

'Family Affair' by Sly & The Family Stone
The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1

'Me & Bobby McGee' by Janis Joplin
Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS

What's the Rush? Firsts:
Duration: July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011

Read 12 books that are the first novel in a new-to-you series. Read one book per calendar month (that means, can't read and count 3 new ones in ONE month...)

For those joining later: You may include "extra" firsts in your first month of the challenge to reach a total of 12 books by June 30, 2011. After the first month, only ONE book per month will count!
Revision for people joining later: 1 book for the month you join, plus 3 or more back books along with your monthly first until you're caught up.

Example:
Joining in December: Read Dec. book, plus 3 books (July, Aug, Sept), read Jan. book plus 2 books(Oct, Nov).

Please post the date you finish the book you're counting.

July Book: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 12/31
August Book: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2
September Book: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6
October Book: Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7
November Book: The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston 1/7
December Book: Date Me, Baby, One More Time by Stephanie Rowe 12/27
January Book: Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1
February Book: Immortal Ops by Mandy M. Roth 2/3
March Book: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3/3
April Book: A Perfect Darkness by Jaime Rush 4/17
May Book:
June Book:


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS

Over in a Flash JAN 2011: Cover Hunt Mini-Challenge


Duration: 1/1 - 1/31/11
Rules: Read 2 books with the following items found on their covers; Choose 2 of the 3 options below (or all 3, if you'd like); Be sure to post your book covers

3/3 Completed

Cover Art Hunt

COLOR: Blue or white cover
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/6

ITEM #1: A baby or animal
Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard 1/1

ITEM #2: Character with a tattoo
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu 1/4

Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: What's the Rush: "I Spy" Title Challenge
Duration: December 27, 2010 - December 26, 2011
16/24 Completed

In the TITLE of a book, find a word that fits the below categories:

***items below in italics are just suggestions from me, use them or come up with new ones, I just wanted to give examples and I got carried away. :)

1. Color don't forget the good ones like crimson & indigo
Red Hot Santa by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton, & Kelsey Roberts 12/28

2. Number one, two, three, as well as once, twice, first, second
Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24

3. Things That Grow flower, tree, rose, orchid, garden, lily, forest, seed, thorn, ivy
Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9

4. 4 Seasons spring, summer, fall, autumn, winter

5. First Name Dick, Tom, Harry, Harriet
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2

6. Places city, state, country, land, town, empire, kingdom, world OR the proper name of a city, state or country (NY, London)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3/3

7. Body Part heart, eye, hand, bone, skin, mind, foot
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 12/31

8. Weapon knife, sword, arrow, dart, poison, blade, razor

9. Body of Water sea, ocean, river, lake, pond, bayou

10. Form of Water ice, fog, rain, snow, water, mist
Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon 4/15

11. Product of Fire
Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27

12. Heavenly Body sun, moon, star
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6

13. Architecture castle, house, tower, bridge, gate

14. 5 Senses sight, sound, touch, scent, taste

15. Royal Title king, queen, princess, duke

16. Family Member brother, daughter, mother
The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1

17. 4 Elements fire, earth, air/wind, water
Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2/23

18. Time of Day morning, noon, night, evening, midnight, twilight, dusk, dawn
Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole 12/27
Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark 12/30

19. Metal gold, silver, bronze, iron, steel

20. Emotion/Feeling love, hate, pride, passion, desire, fear, envy
The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe 1/2

21. Animal/Insect dog, cat, wolf, tiger, bird, spider, fox, crow, goose, snake
Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard 1/1

22. Something to Read book, tale, story

23. Gender Identifier boy, girl, man, woman, wife, husband, lady
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 12/30

24. Paranormal Being vampire, demon, angel, succubus, ghost, zombie, devil, unicorn, dragon
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1

GET YOUR CHALLENGE ON.


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments January Pick It For Me Challenge

Amanda:

You have sooooo many books and are so well organized. I just joined in December and my lists are still somewhat a mess. I hope I did this right and picked some good options for you.


A: Something new:

1: New author: Keri Arthur. I read the Riley Jensen series. Keri Arthur writes in the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre. I haven't read them all yet but love them so far. Different.
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6

2: New series: Nalini Singh - Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters I chose as your new series since this was on your tbr list. This series was quite different from her Psy/changeling series. The archangels are so sexy. Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1

3: New genre: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 1/8
B: Better You
1: Lose weight: I went with the longest book on your TBR that I'd enjoyed - This book and the entire series are my favorite books of all time and the books I measure all others to :Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It took me a couple of chapters to actually get into the book but then I was totally and completely hooked.
2: Save money: The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston 1/7. This was on your wish list - here is my email nirons@optonline.net. Send me a message and I will send you the ebook. It wasn't one of my favorites but it was on your wish list and a book I have.

3: Get organised::This is a series you started and is one I am currently reading (listening to) Lara Adrian Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series is one well worth continuing.
Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3

Enjoy Life More:
1: Fun 1:Perfect For The Beach - a fun easy read
2: Fun 2:Heart of the Matter - another nice book

Brodie


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: "Time to Climb Mt. TBR" Challenge
Duration: 1/1 - 12/31/11
Rules: Read 5-25 books from Mt. TBR; oldest books first.
**After reading 2 of your oldest TBR adds**, you can move on to more recently added books.

Mt. Everest: 8,848 metres
Read 25 books

6/25 Completed

1. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard 1/1
2. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2
3. This Scepter'd Isle by Mercedes Lackey & Roberta Gellis
4. George W. Bush on God and Country by George W. Bush
5. Babylon Rising by Tim LaHaye
6. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 1/20
7. The Mystery by Ray Comfort
8. Caught in a Higher Love by Carolyn Nabors Baker
9. Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24
10. Gideon's Torch by Charles Colson
11. Abiding in Christ: A Month of Devotionals by Cynthia Heald
12. I'm Not Wonder Woman: But God Made Me Wonderful! by Sheila Walsh
13. Murderers Prefer Blondes by Amanda Matetsky
14. The Case of the Deadly Toy by Erle Stanley Gardner
15. Solar Flare by Larry Burkett
16. The Billy Graham Story by John Pollock
17. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
18. The Keeper's Shadow by Dennis Foon
19. A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
20. The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
21. Win, Place, or Show by Dick Francis
22. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
23. Foxe's Book of Martyrs
24. Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
25. Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley 1/10
Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1) by Dave Barry Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke Thr3e by Ted Dekker Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NBRC: A Sign of the Times Reading Challenge: Chinese Zodiac Edition

March: Compassionate SHEEP

C: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3/3
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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

February: HORSE Completed

H: Hauf, Michele Familiar Stranger 2/5
O: Our December by Diane Adams 2/7
R: Roth, Mandy M. Immortal Ops 2/3
S: Santa, Baby by Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster, and Carly Phillips 2/20
E: Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks 2/5

Immortal Ops (Immortal Ops, #1) by Mandy M. Roth Familiar Stranger (Harlequin Next) by Michele Hauf Eat Prey Love (Love at Stake, #9) by Kerrelyn Sparks Our December (The Making of a Man, #1) by Diane Adams Santa, Baby by Jennifer Crusie

January: SNAKE Completed

S: The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe 1/2
N: Niffenegger, Audrey The Time Traveler's Wife 1/8
A: Arthur, Keri Full Moon Rising 1/6
K: Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3
E: Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12

The Shy Bride (Traditional Greek Husbands, #1) (Harlequin Presents, #2929) by Lucy Monroe Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Eye of the Beholder (True Destiny, #2) by Dana Marie Bell


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Read-the-Month Italian Edition: GENNAIO (January) Challenge

7/7 Completed

G: Gordon, Lucy The Italian's Miracle Family 1/1
E: Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
N: Nalini Singh Angels' Blood 1/1
N: Niffenegger, Audrey The Time Traveler's Wife 1/8
A: Adrian, Lara Kiss of Crimson 1/3
I: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 1/20
O: Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4

The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Over the Line (Bodyguard, #4) by Cindy Gerard The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Eye of the Beholder (True Destiny, #2) by Dana Marie Bell Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments 2011 A-Z Book Challenge

22/26 Completed

A: Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 1/1
B: Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7
C: Cool Hand Hank by Kathleen Eagle 1/1
D: Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu 1/4
E: Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
F: The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1
G: Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood 2/7
H: Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard 1/1
I: The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1
J: The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22
K: Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3
L: Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird 2/3
M: Men of Courage I by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis 1/6
N: Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
O: Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4
P: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2
Q:
R: Rescued by Bailey Bradford 9/21
S: The Shy Bride by Lucy Monroe 1/2
T: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 1/8
U: Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard 1/22
V: Very Much Alive by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
W: The Wallflower by Dana Marie Bell 1/13
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Z: Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville 3/21

The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard The Farmer Takes A Wife (Silhouette Special Edition) by Barbara Gale Cool Hand Hank (Silhouette Special Edition, #2024) by Kathleen Eagle Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh The Shy Bride (Traditional Greek Husbands, #1) (Harlequin Presents, #2929) by Lucy Monroe Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1) by Dave Barry Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Over the Line (Bodyguard, #4) by Cindy Gerard Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu Men of Courage I by Lori Foster Born of Night (The League, #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Very Much Alive (True Destiny, #1) by Dana Marie Bell Eye of the Beholder (True Destiny, #2) by Dana Marie Bell The Wallflower (Halle Pumas, #1) by Dana Marie Bell The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy Varian Berberick Under the Wire (Bodyguard, #5) by Cindy Gerard Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird Gentle Warrior (Tapestry Romance) by Julie Garwood Zero at the Bone (Zero at the Bone, #1) by Jane Seville Rescued (Southwestern Shifters, #1) by Bailey Bradford


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments 2011 A-Z Author Challenge

19/26 Completed

A: Adrian, Lara Kiss of Crimson 1/3
B: Barbara Gale The Farmer Takes a Wife 1/1
C: Cindy Gerard Over the Line 1/4
D: Dana Marie Bell Eye of the Beholder 1/12
E: Esther Forbes Johnny Tremain 2/24
F: Funke, Cornelia Inkspell 1/20
G: Gordon, Lucy The Italian's Miracle Family 1/1
H: Hannah Hurnard Hinds' Feet on High Places 1/1
I:
J: Jayne Castle Amaryllis 1/9
K: Keri Arthur Full Moon Rising 1/6
L: Laurenston, Shelley The Mane Event 1/7
M: McKinley, Robin Dragonhaven 1/10
N: Niffenegger, Audrey The Time Traveler's Wife 1/8
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R: Richelle Mead Vampire Academy 1/22
S: Susan Sizemore Partners 1/5
T: Ted Dekker Thr3e 1/24
U:
V: Vickie Taylor Carved in Stone 1/10
W:
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Y: Yansky, Brian Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences 3/15
Z: Zathyn Priest The Curtis Reincarnation 3/22

The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard The Farmer Takes A Wife (Silhouette Special Edition) by Barbara Gale Over the Line (Bodyguard, #4) by Cindy Gerard Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Laws of the Blood Partners by Susan Sizemore Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur The Mane Event (Pride, #1) by Shelly Laurenston The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Carved in Stone (Les Gargouillen, 1) by Vickie Taylor Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley Eye of the Beholder (True Destiny, #2) by Dana Marie Bell Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead Thr3e by Ted Dekker Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes Alien Invasion and Other Inconviences by Brian Yansky The Curtis Reincarnation by Zathyn Priest


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments 2011 A-Z Character Challenge (Male)

14/26 Completed

A: Alex Ross in Our December by Diane Adams 2/7
B: Barrons, Jericho Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18
C:
D: Drago di Luca The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1
E:
F:
G: Garth The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22
H: Harris, Jack in Familiar Stranger by Michele Hauf 2/5
I:
J: Jake Mendoza in Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley 1/10
K: Kevin Parson in Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24
L: Lucas Trent in Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9
M: Michael Corday in Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
N: Nathan Cross in Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor 1/10
O:
P:
Q: Quinn O'Conor Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
R: Rafe Burnside The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1
S: Syn in Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2/23
T: Talon in Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird 2/3
U:
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W:
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Z:

The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon The Farmer Takes A Wife (Silhouette Special Edition) by Barbara Gale Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Carved in Stone (Les Gargouillen, 1) by Vickie Taylor Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy Varian Berberick Thr3e by Ted Dekker Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird Familiar Stranger (Harlequin Next) by Michele Hauf Our December (The Making of a Man, #1) by Diane Adams Born of Fire (The League, #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments 2011 A-Z Character Challenge (Female)

11/26 Completed

A: Alysa Denis The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1
B: Bane, Mersey in Familiar Stranger by Michele Hauf 2/5
C: Clary in City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3/3
D:
E: Elizabeth Montwright in Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood 2/7
F:
G:
H:
I:
J: Jennifer Peters Thr3e by Ted Dekker 1/24
K:
L: Lane, MacKayla Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18
M: Maggie Tremont The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1
N: Nikia The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22
O:
P:
Q:
R: Riley Jenson Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6
S: Simone de la Fer Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27
T:
U:
V: Vandermere, Rachel in Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor 1/10
W:
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The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon The Farmer Takes A Wife (Silhouette Special Edition) by Barbara Gale Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur Carved in Stone (Les Gargouillen, 1) by Vickie Taylor Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy Varian Berberick Thr3e by Ted Dekker Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh Familiar Stranger (Harlequin Next) by Michele Hauf Gentle Warrior (Tapestry Romance) by Julie Garwood City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments A Lifetime of Books Challenge
January 2011 - July 2012

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1985: Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood 2/7
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1989: The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22
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1996: Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9
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2003: Men of Courage I by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis 1/6
2004:
2005: Men of Courage II by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis 1/8
2006: Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard 1/22
2007: The Farmer Takes a Wife by Barbara Gale 1/1
2008: The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon 1/1/2011
2009: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/6
2010: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson 1/5
2011: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18

The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon The Farmer Takes A Wife (Silhouette Special Edition) by Barbara Gale The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Men of Courage I by Lori Foster Men Of Courage II (Harlequin Signature Select - Collection) by Lori Foster Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy Varian Berberick Under the Wire (Bodyguard, #5) by Cindy Gerard Gentle Warrior (Tapestry Romance) by Julie Garwood


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NRBC: Around the World in 80 Days

I am attempting platinum level, starting today.

6/13 Completed

1. The Italian's Miracle Family by Lucy Gordon (England/Italy) 1/1
2. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard (England/Switzerland/Israel) 1/1
3. Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh (New Zealand) 1/1
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Sweden) 1/5
5. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur (Australia) 1/6
6. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Germany) 1/20

The Italian's Miracle Family (Harlequin Romance) by Lucy Gordon Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Count-Off Challenge:
Happy 2nd Day of the New Year Challenge

Goal: 4,022 (2011*2)
Duration: Jan 2 - Jan 18
Reward: 3 new books or 6 used ones
Bonus: Double pages if the book is the second of a series.

4048/4022!!!

Completed Books:
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: 451 pages 1/2
Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian: (387 x 2) 774 pages 1/3
Over the Line by Cindy Gerard: 337 pages 1/4
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu: (303 x 2) 606 pages 1/4
Laws of the Blood: Partners by Susan Sizemore: (279 x 2) 558 pages 1/5
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson: 563 pages 1/5
Charmed & Ready by Candace Havens: (292 x 2) 584 pages
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (started on pg. 80): 255 - 80 = 175 pages 1/6


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS
2011: Challenge Addicts' R Us!
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2011
12/36 Challenges Completed

Complete 36 challenges( 1 year participants). The challenges can be of any type, excluding this one, and in any group or personal, but all must start on or after January 1.

How to play:
1.Post a list of completed challenges including "sponsoring" site (can be your list too for personal challenges), challenge details(duration, etc, don't need full details if you post the link...another fun way to find more sites with challenges!) and number of books read.
2. Challenges must have a minimum of 2 books.
3. One year participants must include at least one year-long challenge.
4. Please update your original post!

Yearlies

1. "Time to Climb Mt. TBR" Challenge: 4/25 books
2. 2011 A-Z Books Challenge: 13/26 books
3. "I Second That!" Challenge: 3/12 books
4. "Reading Resolutions" Challenge: 5/24 books
5. "The End..." Challenge:
6. A-Z Series Challenge: 4/26 books
7. 2011 A-Z Author Challenge: 10/26 books
8. 2011 A-Z Male Character Challenge: 4/26 books
9. 2011 A-Z Female Character Challenge: 3/26 books

Six-Months

1. Romance 101 Reading Challenge: 1/12 books

Quarterlies

1. "Twenty Ten" Challenge": 0/10 books

Monthlies

1. Jan Month in Italian Challenge : 7/7 books FINISHED 1/20
2. Paranormal Romance 2011 January Reading Challenge : 10/10 books FINISHED 1/9
3. Jan Cover Hunt Challenge : 3/3 books FINISHED 1/6
4. 2011 January Monthly Reading Challenge : 10/10 books FINISHED 1/22
5. Read The Month Italian FEBBRAIO : 8/8 books FINISHED 2/23
6. Feb Cover Hunt : 2/2 books FINISHED 2/21
7. Feb Genre Juice : 3/3 books FINISHED 2/23
8. Read the Month MARZO : 5/5 books FINISHED 3/29
9. Read the Month APRILE : 6/6 books FINISHED 4/21
10. April Reading Challenge in Paranormal Romance : 10/10 books FINISHED 4/28
11. Shifter Love April Challenge : 5/5 books FINISHED 4/27
12. April 2011 Monthly Challenge : 10/10 books FINISHED 4/25
13. Read the Month 2011: MAGGIO : 6/6 books FINISHED 5/29


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: Challenges: What's the Rush
"The End..." Challenge
1 of 5 Series Completed

I thought it was only fair we balance out Judithe's "Firsts" Challenge with a challenge to read series that either have or will be ending soon.

Goal: Read at least one full series for each category listed.
Duration: 1 Year from start date (to begin on/after 15 July 10)
Rules: Please try to keep your series within the PNR or UF genres, closely related genres will be allowed. Members may join in at any time. Lists can be added in advance or as you read them (changes to your list are allowed). Members are welcome to add more than 1 series to each category, if they wish, but only 1 is needed to complete the challenge. Members may also choose to complete 1, 3 or all 5 categories. Note your start - end read dates to reflect 1 yr.

Categories:
The End ... Is Near
"Fever" by Karen Marie Moning: Darkfever 1/6
Bloodfever 1/15 Faefever 1/17 Dreamfever 1/18 Shadowfever 1/18

The End ... Is Here
Read a series that will be ending with the book released in 2010

The End ... Was Expected
Read a duology or trilogy

The End ... Passed Me By
Read a series that ended before you even started it

The End ... Or Is It?
Read a series that is set to have a spin-off (or already does)


++ See "Spin-Off" thread for suggestions in that category

++ Spin-off series reads must either (1) already have a spin-off published or (2) have confirmation of an upcoming spin-off to qualify

++ Yes, it can be a series you have already started, but not yet completed. If this is the case, list all the books for the series stating which books you have already read

Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: Challenges: Pace Yourself
"Holiday Hodgepodge"
Celebrating the holiday season in countries around the world

Duration: 12/1/10 - 1/31/11


7/7

**Continent of Africa**
Over the Line by Cindy Gerard 1/4

**Continent of North America**
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur 1/6

**Continent of South America**
Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27

**Continent of Asia**
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson 1/2

**Continent of Australia and Oceania**
The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick 1/22

**Continent of Europe**
Partners by Susan Sizemore 1/5


**Continent of Antarctica**
Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3

Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1) by Dave Barry Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Over the Line (Bodyguard, #4) by Cindy Gerard Laws of the Blood Partners by Susan Sizemore Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy Varian Berberick Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: What's The Rush: "I Second That!"

Duration: August 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011
Goal: Time to Go Back for Seconds! Read book #2 for those series that, for whatever reason, you've only read #1 so far. Read one book per calendar month.

ETA: Late join-in rule (same as "Firsts" Challenge) For those joining later - You may include "extra" second-in-series reads in your first month joining the challenge to reach a total of 12 books by July 31, 2011. After the first month, only ONE book per month will count!

August Book: Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu 1/4
September Book: Partners by Susan Sizemore 1/5
October Book: Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
November Book: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 1/20
December Book:
January Book: Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian 1/3
February Book: Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2/23
March Book:
April Book:
May Book:
June Book:
July Book:

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2) by Lara Adrian Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu Laws of the Blood Partners by Susan Sizemore Eye of the Beholder (True Destiny, #2) by Dana Marie Bell Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke Born of Fire (The League, #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: "Reading Resolutions"

Duration: 1/1/11 - 12/31/11
Goal: Read 2 books for each resolution using the descriptions listed = 24 books
Rules:
✘8 non PNR/UF books will be allowed (used 5/8 so far)
✘You may post as you go or right away
✘Please edit your initial list with updates stating # of books read so far, date read and # of stars given
✘All formats of books (eBook, audio, paperback, hardcover) are allowed
✘Re-reads are not allowed

13/24 Completed

Categories:
Quit Smoking: A hard habit to break - Read a book in a series that wish you could stop reading, but stick with anyway (If you don't have a series like that -lucky you!- read a book with a character who is a police officer (smoking is a vice))

ETA: Other options for ^this^ category ... (thanks to Babbling AKA Christina) "a book about firefighters or dragons. Going with the whole "smoke" theme".

Lose weight: drop those extra lbs - Read a book that has been on your tbr shelf (real or virtual) for more than 6 months -OR- Read a chunky book that's been sitting on your TBR, but you keep passing it by because of it's size
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke 1/20

Exercise more: get active - Read a UF book
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3/3

Eat better: smaller portions - Read an anthology
(not just one story, but all the stories in the anthology)
Men of Courage I by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis 1/6

New job: make a good first impression - Read a book who's cover drew you to it

Save money: pinch those pennies - Read a book you borrowed (from anyone or anywhere - friend, library, swap, online loan) -OR- Read a book you bought using a gift card you received in 2010
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 1/8

Have a baby: new life - Read a 1st in series book
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/7
Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9

Go back to school: new professors - Read a book by a new-to-you author
Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood 2/7

Get married: blissfully in love - Read a PNR book
The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston 1/7
Familiar Stranger by Michele Hauf 2/5

Take a vacation: get away for a while - Read a book set somewhere you've been or would like to go on vacation
Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor 1/10 (set in Chicago)
Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh 1/27 (set in France)

Buy a house: personal property - Read a book you own
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley 1/10

Reconnect with old friends: long time no see - Pick a book off of one of your first 5 GoodReads friends' bookshelf (I'm sure they'd love to hear how you liked it when you're done)
Possibilities: Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy, Tamar Myers, Tainted by Julie Kenner, The Man with the Golden Torc

To find your first 5 GoodReads friends:
Click on friends along the GR menu bar
Sort by date added
Newest friends show up first, so scroll to the bottom of the list and pick a book from the "last" 5 listed (those are your 1st 5 friends added)

Men of Courage I by Lori Foster Born of Night (The League, #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Mane Event (Pride, #1) by Shelly Laurenston The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Carved in Stone (Les Gargouillen, 1) by Vickie Taylor Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning Inkspell (Inkheart, #2) by Cornelia Funke Night Fires (Vampire, #1) by Karen Harbaugh Familiar Stranger (Harlequin Next) by Michele Hauf Gentle Warrior (Tapestry Romance) by Julie Garwood City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Looking for fun inspiration I discovered that January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day, in honor of AA Milne's birthday. http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreho... So....

Warm Up with Warm Fuzzies Challenge
Goal: 5832 pages (18 cubed)
Duration: January 6th - January 24th (18 days)
Reward: 3 new or 6 used (3 x 6 = 18!)
Bonus: Double pages for childhood classics; triple pages for books by A.A. Milne

2071/5832


Completed:
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur: 416 pages 1/6
Men of Courage I by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis: 379 pages 1/6
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon: 539 pages 1/7
The Mane Event by Shelley Laurenston: 391 pages 1/7
Men Of Courage II by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Jill Shalvis: 366 pages 1/8
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: 546 pages 1/8
Amaryllis by Jayne Castle: 328 pages 1/9
Immortals: The Awakening by Joy Nash: 358 pages
Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor: 327 pages 1/10
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley: 342 pages 1/10
Reset to Zero - bought an ebook
Very Much Alive by Dana Marie Bell: 223 pages 1/12
Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell: 113 pages 1/12
The Wallflower by Dana Marie Bell: 85 pages 1/12
Sweet Dreams by Dana Marie Bell: 77 pages 1/12
Cat Of A Different Color by Dana Marie Bell: 84 pages 1/13
Steel Beauty by Dana Marie Bell: 67 pages 1/13
Only in My Dreams by Dana Marie Bell: 72 pages 1/13
Bear Necessities by Dana Marie Bell: 188 pages 1/13
Dare to Believe by Dana Marie Bell: 120 pages 1/14
Joy Ride by J.M. Snyder: 28 pages 1/14
Caffeine for a Marine by Keirnan Kelly: 9 pages 1/14
Brier's Bargain by Carol Lynne: 91 pages 1/14
Code Blue by Stephani Hecht: 99 pages 1/14
Coconuts Over You by Yeva Wiest: 21 pages 1/14
Dark Angel by G.A. Hauser: 25 pages 1/14
Render by J.M. Snyder: 11 pages 1/14
Rough Road to Happiness by Shabbu: 20 pages 1/14
Cruel Pleasures by Jude Mason: 12 pages 1/14
Coming Back by M. King: 12 pages 1/14
Running in Fear: Escaped by Trinity Blacio: 174 pages 1/15
The Wicked House of Rohan by Anne Stuart: 38 pages 1/15
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning: 306 pages 1/15

In Progress:
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes: (x2) 58 pages: 116 pages
Angels' Pawn by Nalini Singh: 80 pages


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: When the Mood Hits: Self-Challenge: A-Z Series

I firmly stated that I would NOT join another A-Z challenge this year after some of the difficulties finding a female character starting with "U" and such. However, I could not resist! There are lovely challenges for authors, books, male and female characters, shifters...

Then, inspired by Steph's ABC Series game right here on SOS, I realized what my self-challenge for 2011 would be. Yep, another A-Z challenge of SERIES! Please feel free to join me reading through the alphabet and enjoying many series!

How To:
Read one book of a series beginning with each letter of the alphabet using the first letter of the series name (can ignore a, an, the). The series do not have to be PNR/UF, but should have some element of paranormal in them.
*Re-reads and any format are allowed.
*Anthologies are not allowed.
*Duration: January 1 to December 31, 2011
**Please update original post**

B: Bodyguards: Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard 1/22
D: Dark Enchantments: Familiar Stranger by Michele Hauf 2/5
F: Fever: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning 1/18
H: Halle Shifters: Bear Necessities by Dana Marie Bell 1/13
I: Immortals: Immortals: The Awakening by Joy Nash 1/9
L: Les Gargouillen: Carved in Stone by Vickie Taylor 1/10
S: St. Helen's: Amaryllis by Jayne Castle 1/9
T: True Destiny: Eye of the Beholder by Dana Marie Bell 1/12
V: Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 1/22

Amaryllis (St. Helen's, #1) by Jayne Castle Immortals The Awakening (The Immortals 3) by Joy Nash Carved in Stone (Les Gargouillen, 1) by Vickie Taylor Eye of the Beholder (True Destiny, #2) by Dana Marie Bell Bear Necessities (Halle Shifters, #1) by Dana Marie Bell Shadowfever (Fever, #5) by Karen Marie Moning Under the Wire (Bodyguard, #5) by Cindy Gerard Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead Familiar Stranger (Harlequin Next) by Michele Hauf


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Love, they say, is a many splendored thing. Well, so are romance books. They come in many forms and faces, but all celebrates the power of love.

Whether you are a veteran romance reader or a novice to the genre, here is a challenge designed to make you fall in love over and over again.

Romance 101 Reading Challenge

Duration: 6 months (January 9 - July 8, 2011)

Goal: Read one book for each romance sub-genre listed.

Total: 4/12 books

1. Contemporary Romance
2. Historical Romance
Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood 2/7
3. Romantic Suspense
Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard 1/22
4. Paranormal Romance
Immortals: The Awakening by Joy Nash
5. Science-Fiction or Futuristic Romance
Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2/23
6. Fantasy Romance
7. Time-travel Romance
8. Inspirational or Christian Romance
9. Multi-cultural or Interracial Romance
10. Erotic Romance
11. Serial or Category Romance (Silhouette, Harlequin, Mills&Boon, etc)
12. Classic or Mainstream Fiction that includes a love story as a major part of its storyline.
(What is the difference between a 'love story' and a 'romance'? The former does not guarantee a happy ending. Examples: Love Story, The Bridges of Madison County, The Time Traveler's Wife, Nicholas Spark's books, etc)

Resource: Definitions

When signing up, don't forget to post your start and end dates.


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments New Year, New TBR Pile Challenge
Duration: Jan 16 - Jan 31

Goal: 8,000
Reward: 5 new books or 10 used ones
Bonus: Double pages if the book has been on your TBR shelf/list since April 2010. Triple pages if it's been on there since 2009.

8048/8000

Completed:
With This Ring by T.A. Chase: 51 pages 1/15
Bewitched: In Too Deep\Married to the Boss by Lori Foster: 376 pages 1/17
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning: 263 pages 1/17
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning: 357 pages 1/18
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning: 510 pages 1/18
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke: (x3 on TBR since 2008) 655 pages = 1965 pages 1/20
The Jewels of Elvish by Nancy V. Berberick: (x3 on TBR since 2008) 343 pages = 1029 pages 1/22
Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard: (x2) 341 pages = 682 pages 1/22
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: 332 pages 1/22
Frostbite by Richelle Mead: 327 pages 1/23
More Than Just a Good Book by Sloan Parker: 18 pages 1/24
Thr3e by Ted Dekker: (x3) 368 pages = 1104 pages 1/24
Bran's Story by Maculategiraffe: 112 pages 1/26
Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh: (x3) 356 pages = 1068 pages 1/27

In Progress:
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (started on pg. 58): 127 pages
Outlander by Diana Galbaldon: 84 pages


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments SOS: "Twenty Ten" Challenge
2010 flew by! So many great books were released, did you have a chance to read them all? Here's your chance to catch up on some you might have missed.

Duration: 3 months (February 1 - Apr 30, 2011)

Rules: Pick 10 of the 20 categories below. Read one book for each category you choose. You may post your list now or as you read. Two non-PNR/UF are allowed, except where a specific genre is listed. Re-reads are not allowed. Any format is allowed.

Categories
1. A new PNR book/series started in 2010
Immortal Ops by Mandy M. Roth 2/3
2. A new UF book/series started in 2010
3. A next-in-series PNR book published in 2010
Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks 2/5
4. A next-in-series UF book published in 2010
5. An author who published their first book (either YA or adult) in 2010
6. An author who wrote only YA novels, but published an Adult release in 2010
7. An author who wrote only Adult novels, but published a YA release in 2010
8. A book you added to your TBR list in 2010 (any genre, any author, any age)
9. A book recommended to you in 2010 (recs not limited to "official" GR recommendations; can be a book a friend read and loved, so you decided to read it as well)
10. A male author who is new-to-you who published a book in 2010
Ryan Field The Virgin Billionaire 2/8
11. A female author who is new-to-you who published a book in 2010
Diane Adams Our December 2/7
12. A YA series/book that was published in 2010 that is new-to-you (must be book #1)
13. An Adult series/book that was published in 2010 that is new-to-you (must be book #1)
14. A YA stand-alone book published in 2010 (any genre, any author)
15. An Adult stand-alone book published in 2010 (any genre, any author)
16. An eBook (no other format available) released in 2010 (any genre, any author)
17. A book published in 2010 in a genre that was new-to-you last year (ie: You read a historical romance for the first time in 2010; choose another HR novel to read)
18. A book you were given as a gift Christmas 2010
19. A book you bought in 2010
20. A book you got for free in 2010 (ie: Kindle, KOBO, Nook freebie, bought with holiday/other gift card, library/online loan service book you rec'd in 2010, but haven't read/returned)

**For 2010 release suggestions, don't forget to look through the New Releases listed around SOS which show a lot of new and next-in-series releases. They can be viewed in our New Release Folder, Archived Adult New Release Folder, Archived YA New Release Folder and our Bookshelf. Goodreads also has a list "Top 200 books published in 2010 that people have added on Goodreads" which can be viewed here.

Immortal Ops (Immortal Ops, #1) by Mandy M. Roth Eat Prey Love (Love at Stake, #9) by Kerrelyn Sparks Our December (The Making of a Man, #1) by Diane Adams The Virgin Billionaire (Virgin Billionaire, #1) by Ryan Field


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NBRC: Hurricane Season Challenge

7 pts.

BASICS: The challenge-- read books that either
* are written by someone with one of the names on the list (first, middle, or last, doesn't matter)
* have one or more main characters with a name from the list.

Additional coolness: you can knock out more than one name at a time! For example, Vince Flynn writes books where his main character is named Mitch. Both Vince and Mitch are on the list, so that would be a twofer!

TIME FRAME: Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov 30, which is six months, so you can either do it actually during hurricane season or make it the same length as hurricane season and do the six-month period of your choice. January 23 - July 22, 2011

POINTS: Give yourself one point for every name you knock out, keep your log/ points here, and see how you stack up!

Alex: Our December by Diane Adams 2/7
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Igor
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tomas: Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey 2/5
Virginie
Walter

Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Don
Emily: Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey 2/5
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irene
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney

Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sandy
Tony
Valerie
William

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred
Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fred
Grace
Henri
Ida
Joaquin
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose: Frostbite by Richelle Mead 1/23
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda

Carol
Hazel
Connie
Diane: Diane Adams Our December 2/7
Ione
Janet
Audrey
Donna
Carla
Hattie
Flora
Cleo
Dora
Hilda
Betsy
Inez
Beulah
Edna
Camille
Celia
Agnes
Carmen
Fifi
Eloise
Anita
David
Frederic
Allen
Alicia
Elena
Gloria
Gilbert
Joan
Hugo
Diana: Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey 2/5
Klaus
Bob
Andrew
Luis: The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field 2/8
Marilyn
Opal
Roxanne
Cesar
Fran
Hortense
Georges
Mitch
Floyd
Lenny
Keith
Allison
Iris
Michelle
Isidore
Lili
Fabian
Isabel
Juan
Charley
Frances
Ivan
Jeanne
Dennis
Katrina
Rita
Stan
Wilma
Dean
Felix
Noel
Gustav
Ike
Paloma


message 49: by Mandy (last edited Feb 07, 2011 11:25AM) (new)

Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments An Affair To Remember Challenge
Duration:
Jan 27th - Feb 14th

Goal: 5,600 pages
Reward: 5 new books or 10 used ones
Bonus: Double pages if the story is one found on this list (Best of the Best Romance Novels).

5422/5600

Completed:
Dark Side of the Veil by Stormy Glenn: 80 pages 1/27
Jesse's Story by Maculategiraffe: 167 pages 1/27
Lee's Story by Maculategiraffe: 545 pages 1/28
Holden and Yves – The Early Years by Maculategiraffe: 85 pages 1/28
Unbound by Lori Devoti: (x2) 288 pages = 576 pages 1/29
FanFics:
How to Turn a Straight Guy... by Lou-La: 341 pages 1/30
Raw and Rosy by tuesdaymidnight: 222 pages 1/30
Twinned by Conversed: 282 pages 1/31
Seventeen Men by Conversed: 241 pages 2/1
Tropic of Virgo by In.a.blue.bathrobe: 389 pages 2/2
Tropic of Gemini by In.a.blue.bathrobe: 236 pages 2/2
Manic by Savannah-vee: 321 pages 2/6
Immortal Ops by Mandy M. Roth: 100 pages 2/3
Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird: 318 pages 2/3
Familiar Stranger by Michele Hauf: (x2) 288 pages = 576 pages 2/5
Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks: 373 pages 2/5
Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey: 351 pages 2/5

In Progress:
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (started at pg. 185): 11 pages
Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood: (x2) 104 = 208 pages


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Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments NBRC: My Hero Challenge
1/1/11 - 12/31/11

2/10 Done

1. Bad Boy Hero Unbound by Lori Devoti 1/27
2. Alpha Hero
3. Brooding Hero
4. Rogue Hero
5. Nerd Hero
6. Tycoon Hero
7. Protector Hero
8. Daredevil Hero
9. Warrior Hero Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood 2/7
10. Paranormal Hero


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