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message 1: by Debbie (last edited Nov 25, 2011 08:04PM) (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments December Monthly Challenge

This thread is the suggestions thread for the different categories. The participants thread is located HERE .
Many thanks to the those who shared their input at the Suggestions Thread. It is very much appreciated.

1. 'D' is for December: Read a book that starts with 'D' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'D'.

2. Happy Birthday!: Read a book from a December birthday celebrant's GR bookshelf whose "day" falls on the same "day" as yours. If no one has the same day, choose someone with the closest day to yours. December Birthday List

3. Geography: Read a book whose author, setting or character is from Italy.

4. Christmas Theme: : Read a book that has a "Christmas" word in its title (mistletoe, christmas, holiday, santa, reindeer, etc) or has a Christmas theme cover.

5. Walt Disney's Birthday: Read a young adult book or a book that has been made into a family friendly movie.

6. Explore-A-Series: Start a new series or continue a series that you have wanted to get back to.

7. Pearl Harbor Day: Read a book that has war related theme or characters.

8. Fruitcake & Pumpkin Pies: Read a book that the character, the title or the cover is food related. (ie. Visions of Sugar Plums)

9. Holiday Clean-Up: Read a book that you need for another challenge. Be sure to say for which challenge. (Monthly or a Yearly Challenge)

10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice.

Challenge Duration: December 1 – Decbember 31, 2011

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

When posting your challenge progress, please make sure to put the date/s when you finished your book/s.
Please repost your progress as it helps when updating.

Happy Reading Everyone!


message 2: by Debbie (last edited Nov 27, 2011 10:17AM) (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments Suggestions:
Here are a few to start with - Good Luck :)

Italian Authors

Books set in Italy

Books about Italy

Italian Fiction

Made into Disney Movie

Young Adult books turned Movie

Books to Big Screen

War - Romance books

Books on Pacific Wars

World War II - Fiction

That is a good start anyways. Hope everyone can find something they need for the category they are looking for.

Any more suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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message 4: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (last edited Nov 25, 2011 08:36PM) (new)

~KarenH~ | 4067 comments Debbie, your War - Romance Books link appears to be wrong - it just sends me back to my home page! :(


message 5: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments I'm not sure if this is the list Debbie meant but this does say War/Romance Novels.


message 6: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments I'm going to recommend Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris for the War category. I've read it and loved it.


message 7: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (new)

~KarenH~ | 4067 comments Vi wrote: "I'm not sure if this is the list Debbie meant but this does say War/Romance Novels."

Thanks, Vi!


message 8: by Penney (new)

Penney (pschoener) | 3553 comments Am I reading # 5 incorrectly, read any ya book or ya book that's been made into a movie?


message 9: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Same question as Penney here.


message 10: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (last edited Nov 26, 2011 10:36PM) (new)

~KarenH~ | 4067 comments Penney wrote: "Am I reading # 5 incorrectly, read any ya book or ya book that's been made into a movie?"

I read that as any YA book or any book (not necessarily YA) that had been made into a kids/family movie.


message 11: by Joanne (new)

Joanne | 195 comments I read #5 the same as Karen.


message 12: by Lacy (last edited Nov 27, 2011 09:49AM) (new)

Lacy (Lacy_Stewart) | 1806 comments Good question. I read it the same as Karen: as #1. read a YA book or #2 read any book that has been made into a family friendly movie.


message 13: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments ~KarenH~ wrote: "Debbie, your War - Romance Books link appears to be wrong - it just sends me back to my home page! :("

Buggers, thanks for letting me know - yes, you have the right link. I will fix mine :)


message 14: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments Penney wrote: "Am I reading # 5 incorrectly, read any ya book or ya book that's been made into a movie?"

5. Walt Disney's Birthday: Read a young adult book or a book that has been made into a family friendly movie.

yep, Karen got it,

If you want, you can read any YA book or read any book that has been made into a family friendly movie. Any book as long as the movie is G, PG, PG-13.

so, no Bridget Jones's Diary (it is rated R)


message 15: by Lacy (last edited Nov 27, 2011 10:29AM) (new)

Lacy (Lacy_Stewart) | 1806 comments For 'Pearl Harbor day' does a battle between good and evil count here? I was wondering if the book Envy would fit in the category


message 16: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments hmm, I am going to say that would be fine.
I was thinking more along the lines of military style actions, but Envy does draw battle lines.


message 17: by Lacy (new)

Lacy (Lacy_Stewart) | 1806 comments Debbie wrote: "hmm, I am going to say that would be fine.
I was thinking more along the lines of military style actions, but Envy does draw battle lines."


Thanks, Debbie!


message 18: by Penney (new)

Penney (pschoener) | 3553 comments Thank you ladies :)


message 19: by Juana "Darkness" (new)

Juana "Darkness" Duran | 384 comments I'm in.


message 20: by Lindy (new)

Lindy (LindyLee) | 260 comments I am in, library is tomorrow


message 21: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments This is the suggestions thread, please make sure that you go to the participants thread to post our books.

December Monthly Challenge Participants Thread is HERE !


message 22: by Susan (new)

Susan Wells (SpinningTalesandWeavingDreams) Christmas book - The Last Christmas Card Laura Briggs
D is for December - Duck by Kim Dare
Explore a Series - The Chronicles of Narnia


message 23: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments Good list Suzy, don't forget to post it in the participants thread.


message 24: by Hayley (new)

Hayley (mrsjohnson1985) Can anyone recommend a good Christmas read??


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan Wells (SpinningTalesandWeavingDreams) Hayley wrote: "Can anyone recommend a good Christmas read??"
I just finished reading Fannie Flaggs "A Red Bird Christmas." It was delightful.


message 26: by Hayley (new)

Hayley (mrsjohnson1985) Thanks :)


message 27: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 9119 comments Hayley wrote: "Can anyone recommend a good Christmas read??"

Hi Hayley,

I made a Holiday shelf and a bunch of them are lendable if you would like to borrow one or just check it out for ideas. If you read any m/m I really liked Dickens With Love and it's lendable. Also Mistress Christmas by Lorelei James is a fun read.


message 28: by Lindy (new)

Lindy (LindyLee) | 260 comments a good Christmas read could be Leslie Meuer mystery, sure she has a Christmas one, I have A Christmas in Wales to read


message 29: by Hayley (new)

Hayley (mrsjohnson1985) Thanks Fran and Lindy =). I have decided on Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (Friday Harbor, #1) by Lisa Kleypas. It'll be my first Lisa Kleypas book. I've heard many people love her work so we shall see how this one is.


message 30: by Lindy (new)

Lindy (LindyLee) | 260 comments i read Fri Harbor the only one i did and actually enjoyed it.


message 31: by Maureen (new)

Maureen | 2 comments . can i join this challenge?


message 32: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments anytime :)
add your list and progress to the
December Monthly Challenge Participants Thread is HERE !


message 33: by Ceej (new)

Ceej (drqangel) | 1015 comments Would the Ascension in the Immortals After Dark Series be considered a war?


message 34: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments I haven't read that one yet, not sure.
Is it more than just a few people fighting, are they fighting for a cause (good vs. evil type)? I think it is, so yes I am going to say go with it this time.


message 35: by Ceej (new)

Ceej (drqangel) | 1015 comments The line in the series is that the Ascension happens every 500 years. It's sort of a weeding out of good vs evil Lore species. If you like paranormal you should check it out.


message 36: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments wow, sounds good. I think I will have to soon.


message 37: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Debbie, will The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf work for the Christmas category? It seems to have the trees used during then as background.. (Long shot, I know!!)


message 38: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments Vi, go for it. Looking at the cover with the red and the trees males me think Christmas
Enjoy :)


message 39: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Thanks, Debbie. I had almost given up on it.


message 40: by Bookchaser (new)

Bookchaser | 1564 comments For the Walt Disney Birthday category, I was wondering if we could use a book that had been made into a family friendly series instead of movie? I was thinking about listening to the audiobook of Anne of Green Gables.


message 41: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments Yeah, there has actually been a few movies and tv movies made based on it. Go for it and enjoy :)


message 42: by Bookchaser (new)

Bookchaser | 1564 comments Thank you!


message 43: by Christine (new)

Christine | 955 comments For the geography category, does the main character have to be from Italy or can it be a supporting character? I'm reading Glory in Death and one of the possible suspects is Italian. Alternatively, I read Heartless, and the main character in that is half-Italian. Would either of those count?


message 44: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (onyx95) | 2757 comments I would suggest using Heartless. It sounds like the main character is half. Italian, which would be better.


message 45: by Christine (new)

Christine | 955 comments Thanks!


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