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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:19 am    Post subject: 2014 Back to School Reading Challenge July through September Reply with quote

The School Day Challenge submitted by Library Addict
Read two books for each of the following subjects/classes:

English:
Two books of any time period set in a country where the primary language is English (US, UK, Australia, parts of Canada, etc.)

Math:
1. A book with 14 letters in the title
2. A book with 14 letters in the author’s name

Science:
Two books where the hero or heroine is a scientist or has a job where they would have studied some science (doctor, astronaut, etc)

History:
Any 2 historical books in your TBR pile
Variation: Any 2 books which have been in your TBR pile for over one year.

Art:
2 books where the hero or heroine is an artist (painter, sculptor, actor, director, etc.) or collect art, manage an art gallery, etc.

PE:
Two books where the hero or heroine is involved in sports as a coach, athlete, manager, etc.

Elective:
Any 2 books from your TBR pile


The Alphabet Challenge submitted by Library Addict
Read fourteen books with a title that starts with the letter N or where the author's first or last name begins with the letter N.

Variation read 14 books where the title/author name starts with the letter A, then B, C, etc through N.

Freshmen (Should be Mostly New to You Authors)
Mix and match to read 10,12 or 14 books

Traditional Style
Four books by a author debuting in 2014
Four first books of an established author (different authors)
Four first book in a series
Two books with title containing one, only or first, in title

Variation:
1. Books by a debut author
2. First book of an established author
3. First book in a series
4. Book with title containing one, only or first, in title
5. Book about a first love (ie h/h reunite with their high school romance etc.)
6. Love at First Sight: Couple has whirlwind courtship
7. Just Starting Out: Freshmen are the new kids at school. Read a book about h/h just starting out in life (ie: New Adult, new job, new town)
8. First among equals: Read a book where the h/h is the top of their respective government or where the h/h is head of their company
9. First Responders: Read a book where the h/h is a rescue worker (firefighter, EMT), emergency room doctor/nurse, police officer, detective or FBI agent.
10. First Place: Read a book where the h/h has won a significant prize such as the lottery, Nobel Peace Prize, Pulitzer, graduated top of their class etc.
11. Read a book which is a winner – ie #1 on the top 100 poll, No. 1 in its category on the Annual Reader Poll, RITA award winner, Cover contest winner etc.
12. Eureka: Read a book where h/h is the first to find something - an explorer, founds a company or is a scientist.
13. Eldest: Read a book where the h/h is the eldest or only child in the family.
14. Year One: Looking at AAR’s website I see that the first ATBF and our first DIK date back to 1996. Read a book published in 1996 or a book that takes place in the 90s.

Music
Mix and match to read 10,12 or 14 books
1. Book title is a song title
2. Book title is lyrics from a song
3. Album Cover: Read a book where the book title is the same (or close to the same) as the title of an album
4. Either the hero or heroine is a musician or music plays a big role in their lives (music teacher, makes instruments, known for their playing or they play music to soothe their nerves etc.). Can be retired musician.
5. Book title contains an instrument name or musical term, ie Lullaby, Rhapsody, Fiddler etc.
6. Opera: Opera’s are epic in scope so read a book that is an epic.
7. The Musical: Read a book that has the same theme as a musical movie or play. IE, The Music Man is about traveling salesmen so h/h can be a travelling salesmen etc.
8. Heard it on the Radio: For years radio was the way to hear the latest and greatest. Read a book where the h/h work for a radio station in some capacity.
9. Gotta Dance: Music and dance go hand in hand. Read a book where the h/h are dancers or work in the entertainment industry in some capacity. Book can revolve around a dance or ball or h/h can meet at dance or ball.
10. Fashion: Part of any music show is the glamour of the clothes. Read a book where the h/h is in fashion design, works at a clothing store, is a model etc.
11. Night Clubs: Read a book where the h/h work in a bar or other type of night club facility.
12. Song bird: Read a book where the h/h is a singer.
13. Bad boys: Musicians are known for their rowdy ways. Read a book where the h/h is a bad boy or girl.
14. She Works Hard for the Money: Read a book about a working class heroine or single mother.

Variation: Song titles are often used for romance book titles. Read 10,12 or 14 books with song titles.

Lunch (The Whittler)
A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Any fourteen books on your TBR

Indoor Recess: GAME'S ON! Submitted by Sandlynn

Read up to 14 romances using the following criteria:

1) Clue: Read a romance or two in which 1) the heroine and/or the hero are detectives or cops; 2) Or, the solving of a murder is a big part of the story; 3) Or, the heroine or hero are suspected of committing a crime.

2) Monopoly: Read a romance or two in which 1) the heroine and/or hero own their own company/business or 2) are executives of a company or are business rivals. Or, if reading an historical, the hero and heroine are from rival families or estates.

3) Chess: Read a romance or two in which 1) the hero and/or heroine are members of the nobility and/or the hero is a knight; 2) Or a romance which takes place in a castle or involves the invasion and capture of another noble’s lands and castle.

4) Pictionary: Read a romance or two in which 1) the hero and/or heroine are artists, painters, cartoonists, illustrators or photographers. 2) Or a romance which has the word "art," "picture," "photo," "draw," "paint," or "shoot" in the title.

5) Operation: Read a romance or two in which 1) the hero and/or heroine work at a hospital and/or is a doctor or a nurse; 2) Or, a romance in which the hero or heroine have had an operation, need an operation, or are suffering a serious illness, whether physical or mental.

6) Battleship: Read a romance or two in which 1) the hero and/or heroine is in the military or is a veteran; 2) Or where a good deal of the action takes place on a ship; 3) Or where a war features prominently in the story.

7) Charades: Read a romance or two in which 1) the hero and/or the heroine are actors; 2) Or, where the action takes place around a TV show/movie; or 3) a story which features life in the theater prominently.

8 ) Candyland: Read one or two romances with one of the following words in the title: "chocolate," "sweet," "sugar," "spice," "honey," "cream" or "sour," or read a romance in which kids feature prominently in the plot or in which the heroine or hero is involved in the baking/pastry or candy business.

9) Cards: Read a romance or two where the hero or heroine is a gambler; where a bet features prominently (like I bet you can’t sleep with, date, or transform that woman/man); or where the hero and/or heroine is a “Joker,” ... that is, in the latter case, read a romantic comedy.

10) Scrabble: Read a romance or two where either the hero or heroine is an author, book editor, playwright, or songwriter (i.e., a wordsmith) and/or one or the other works for or owns a newspaper, magazine, a tabloid or is a reporter.

11) Dungeons and Dragons: Read one or two romantic fantasy novels or medieval romances.

12) Ouiji Board: Read a romance or two where the hero or heroine is psychic and/or where ghosts feature in the story. Or, read a paranormal romance.

13) Mystery Date: Go to your TBR pile, close your eyes, reach in, and pull out a romance or two to read. Or, do a “random number selection” from your list of TBR books, selecting two books randomly. No cheating! Wink

14) Playground (pick TWO of the following playground games):
a) Tug-of-War: read a romance where the hero and heroine are rivals either in business or any other endeavor or are on opposite sides of a conflict in the story, such as a political/social/environmental/religious issue.
b) Hide and Seek: read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine are in hiding or are on the run together, one of them is seeking the other for part of the book, or one or both of them are seeking a third party, like a missing child.
c) Monkey Bars and See-Saw: read a romance in which a major feature of the story involves the heroine, hero, or both either climbing up or falling down the social ladder and/or acquiring or losing substantial wealth.
d) Dodge Ball: read a romance in which the hero or heroine is the target of or is being sought by either a villain or law enforcement.
e) Hopscotch: read a romance in which the hero and heroine travel to two or more countries or two or more regions of one country during the story or where either of them travel through time.

15) Read a romance or two in which at least one of the following words is in the title of the book: “game,” “play,” “win,” “lose,” “team,” “score,” “goal,” or penalty.”

16) Read a romance or two in which the hero or heroine is an athlete or works in some capacity around the game of baseball, football, soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey or golf.



Study Hall
Get Serieous about your studies!

Any 10, 12 or 14 books that are part of a series (does not have to be the same series) (series can be books like Harlequin, Harlequin Presents or Harlequin Kimani or they can be a series like Nora Roberts Chesapeake Bay.)

Any 10, 12 or 14 books that are by the same author (does not have to be the same series)


Georgraphy
Mix and Match to read any 10, 12, or 14 books
Option 1: Each book is from a different location (can all be continental US but should be different states)

Option 2: Read 2 books from each of the Seven Continents: Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Antarctica: use any location covered in ice for this or a book with the word cold, snow, winter, or ice in the title. Or a book with a winter scene on the cover.


Variation:
1. Read 1 book from each of the Seven Continents for a total of (duh!) Seven: Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Antarctica: use any location covered in ice for this or a book with the word cold, snow, winter, or ice in the title. Or a book with a winter scene on the cover.
2. The Deep Blue Sea: Most of our planet is covered in water. Read a book that takes place on the high seas or where the h/h lives on a house boat or where it takes place on the river. Or a book where the h/h live near the sea/river/lake.
3. Extraterrestrial: We are just one small location on the galactic map. Read a book with extraterrestrials or that takes place in outer space or involves space in some way.
4. Time travel: Time is a just a location in infinity. Read a book about time travel.
5. Treasure Hunt: Treasure hunters use maps to find the geographical location of their booty. Read a book with pirates or that involves a treasure hunt of some kind. Can be a hunt for a missing person.
6. Location, location, location: No one cares about locations more than a realtor. Read a book where the h/h is a real estate agent, the h/h are looking to acquire a specific property (ie reclaim family estate, hold on to inheritance through marriage, perform some task to earn inheritance, buying old family estate, buying their first home etc.) or where the h/h are immigrants.
7. Read a book where the h/h works in the transportation industry or logistics.
8. Rolling Stone: Read a book where the h/h have spent a considerable amount of time not being tied down to any one spot.

English

This is all about England, which has a long and glorious history. Mix and match to read 10,12 or 14 books from the following periods:
Roman England 44-450
Anglo-Saxon England 450-779
Viking Invasion Period 793-1055
Medieval Period: Normans 1066-1154
Plantagnets 1154-1399
Tudor period (1485-1600) : Elizabethan era (1558-1603)
Jacobean era (1567-1625)
Stuart Period (1603-1714)
Georgian era (1714-1830): Regency era (1811-1820)
Victorian Era(1837-1901)
Edwardian era(1901-1910)
WWI (1911-1938)
WWII (1939-1945)
Post War Years (1945-1960)
Modern England (1960-presnet)


Phys Ed
Mix and match to reach 10,12 or 14 books.

1. Read 2 books where the h/h is an athlete, gym teacher or loves sports. IE, Crash Into Me by Jill Sorenson has a professional surfer for the hero, Sushi for One by Cami Tang has a heroine who is in a volleyball league and is completely obsessed with the sport, though she doesn’t play professionally. For the historical you can read a book about someone involved in boxing (Gentleman Jackson) or owns race horses.
2. Read 2 books where the h/h works for a sports team such as in team doctor, team owner, coach, public relations, physical therapist, secretary or sports announcer – any kind of service to an athlete or athletic team. For historical option someone who owns fancy (matched greys etc.) horses or a horse ranch.
3. Read 2 books where the h/h own a sporting goods store or any business that involves athletes, athletic equipment.
4. Sports teams involve travel so read two road trip books.
5. Sports teams involve seasons so read two book that take place during the Season or during the Little Season (September to November).
6. Home field advantage: Read two books that take place in a small town, involves a house party, or involves returning home for the h/h or involves a hometown in some way.
7. Fame & Fortune: Read two books where the h/h are famous or wealthy. Does not have to be directly sports related.

Foreign Language
Mix and match to read any 10,12 or 14

1. Multicultural – h/h are a mixed nationality couple.
2. H/h is from a country that does not have English as their primary language (Ireland and Scotland do not count.)
3. Read a book that involves h/h visiting a country that is not England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Ireland or Scotland.
4. Read a book where the h/h is second generation American.
5. Read a book where “the old country” culture plays a big part in the characters’ lives.
6. Read a book where a character works in a country that is not their homeland.
7. Read a book where the h/h need to speak a foreign language as part of their job (with all those Regency spies there have to be a lot of French speakers.) or where the character is learning a foreign language.
8. Read a book where the h/h is a diplomat, ambassador, works at the UN or for the UN or peace corp worker (or something similar to peace corp)
9. Read a book that includes a foreign language, foreign country reference or foreign terms in the title such as French Lessons, Roman Holiday, Ooo La La, or Cha Cha Cha .
10. Read a book where the couple is from two distinct cultures, ie French Canadian and Canadian or Northerner and Southerner (American) or city/country etc.
11. Part of learning a foreign language is tasting the cuisine. Read a book where the h/h is a chef or cook or works in a restaurant. Or food/drink is listed in the title.
12. Flaura and fauna: Foreign lands have strange plants and animals. Read a book where the h/h work with either plants or animals.
13. Colonization: Read a book where the h/h is helping to settle or living in a colony (outer space is fine. Can also be commune.)
14. Epidemic: Germs cross barriers faster than people. Read a book where h/h works for the medical field.

English Class: The 2014 Sonnet Romance Reading Challenge submitted by Kim76

Sonnets traditionally have fourteen lines and are often about romantic love…so pick fourteen books in the following sonnet-inspired categories for this year’s challenge.

1) The sonnet is a form of poetry many learn about in high school or college. Read a romance where the hero or heroine is a writer, teacher, or librarian.

2) The sonnet has its origins in the poetry of the 13th century. Read a romance set in the medieval period, 5th-15th century.

3) Italian poets such as Giacomo da Lentini and especially Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) were the earliest and best-known sonneteers. Read a romance set in Italy or the Mediterranean region or with an Italian or Italian-American hero or heroine.

4) Sonnets are written in iambic pentameter, which sets the rhythm of the syllables in the lines of verse. Rhythm and verse are, of course, part of the language of music as well. Read a romance where the hero or heroine is a musician or works in the entertainment business.

5) Dante Alighieri, the author of The Divine Comedy, also wrote sonnets. The Divine Comedy was an allegorical vision of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Read a paranormal romance featuring angels, demons, or vampires.

6) Thomas Wyatt wrote some of the first sonnets in English in the 16th century. He was an advisor to Henry VIII and was imprisoned in the Tower of London because of a rumored affair with Anne Boleyn. Read a romance where the hero or heroine is a politician, has strong political beliefs, or was/is imprisoned.

7) Shakespeare was, of course, the most famous English sonneteer. Read a romance set in England in the Tudor/Elizabethan period, 1485-1603.

Cool Edmund Spenser, the author of The Faerie Queene, created a variant form of the English sonnet. Read a paranormal romance featuring faeries or, alternatively, any romance where the hero or heroine is a member of a royal family.

9) The sonnet format was also used in traditional poetry in South Asia, in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and other languages. Read a romance set in Asia or with an Asian hero or heroine.

10) Many famous Irish poets, such as William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney, have used the sonnet form. Read a romance set in a Celtic nation or region, such as Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, or Wales or with an Irish or Irish-American hero or heroine.

11) Shakespeare’s ode to beauty and love, Sonnet 18, begins, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Read a romance that is set in the summer months, revolves around a vacation, or has a tropical or beach setting.

12) Shakespeare’s ode to marriage, Sonnet 116, begins, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.” Read a romance where there is a marriage of convenience plot or the couple are married and estranged at the beginning of the novel.

12) Shakespeare’s Sonnet 1 begins “From fairest creatures we desire increase that thereby beauty’s rose might never die.” Read a romance where a child/children or pregnancy is central to the plot.

14) Shakespeare wrote several sonnets about “The Dark Lady” which are more lusty, aggressive, and “darker” than the rest of his sonnets. Read an erotic romance.

English Class: The 2014 Shakespearean Romance Reading Challenge submitted by Kim76

Since Shakespeare wrote sonnets that have fourteen lines, read one book from your TBR pile that fits each of these fourteen categories inspired by Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

1) Romeo & Juliet – Read a romance where the H/h are from feuding families or from opposite sides of an armed conflict or are teenagers when they meet for the first time. Or, alternatively, a young adult or new adult romance.

2) King Lear – Read a romance where there is a plot device involving madness (feigned or real), a plot device surrounding an inheritance, or there is conflict between siblings. Or, alternatively, a gothic romance.

3) Hamlet – Read a romance where there are some serious parent/child “issues”, where the heroine spends time in a nunnery, features a ghost, or is set in Scandinavia or has Scandinavian characters. Or, alternatively, a romantic suspense.

4) Much Ado About Nothing – Read a romance that features an enemies-to-lovers romance, mistaken identity, or where the H/h is a detective or police officer (preferably more competent than Dogberry). Or, alternatively, a “funny” romance, i.e. romantic comedy or light historical with witty dialogue.

5) Macbeth – Read a romance featuring witches, evil exes, or set in Scotland. Or, alternatively, a paranormal romance.

6) Julius Caesar – Read a romance where the H/h is a politician or has strong political beliefs, is betrayed by a friend, or is set in Italy or features Italian or Italian-American characters. Or, alternatively, is set during the Roman Empire, 27 BC – 476 AD.

7) Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V – Read a romance where the hero or heroine keeps company with shady and/or comical characters or works in a pub or winery, the hero is a reformed rake, or where the heroine is French. Or, alternatively, where the H/h is a military hero.

Cool The Taming of the Shrew – Read a romance where the hero or heroine is tricked into marriage, or there is a marriage of convenience plot, or the heroine is considered a “shrew” or spinster. Or, alternatively, in honor of the classic Moonlighting episode, the hero or heroine are co-workers who dislike each other at the beginning of the novel.

9) Midsummer Night’s Dream – Read a romance which features faeries or other fantastical creatures, where the H/h is an actor/actress or in the entertainment world, or is set in Greece or features Greek characters. Or, alternatively, a science-fiction romance.

10) Othello – Read a romance featuring an African-American hero or heroine, an interracial romance, or romance where the H/h is “persuaded” that the other has been unfaithful though it’s not true. Or, alternatively, any multicultural romance.

11) Twelfth Night – Read a romance where the heroine is disguised as a man or generally the hero or heroine wears some kind of disguise (figurative or literal), or features an unrequited love (at first). Or, alternatively, since this play was written to be performed at the end of the Christmas season, a holiday romance.

12) The Merchant of Venice – Read a romance where the hero or heroine is a wealthy businessperson or who owns a small business, or where the hero or heroine is Jewish. Or alternatively, since Portia disguises herself as “a doctor of law” a romance where the hero or heroine is a doctor or lawyer.

13) The Tempest – Read a romance set upon the high seas, or one where the hero and heroine are “stranded” somewhere, or where the hero or heroine is, or was raised by, a single parent. Or, alternatively, a time travel romance.

14) Love’s Labour’s Lost – Read a romance where the hero or heroine is trying to avoid marriage, forms some kind of pact or club with their friends, or where the H/h is of royal birth. Or, alternatively, any book from your TBR pile!

Extra Credit) Any title by Eloisa James, since she's a Shakespeare scholar and often references the Bard in her writing.

The Library: The Genre Challenge submitted by PWM in MI
Read 1 or 2 of the following

1) The Classics: A book from AAR top 100 list.
2) Mystery: A mystery with strong romantic elements

4) Contemporary
5) Historical
6) Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
7) Western- Read a romance that takes place in the American west involves cowboys or Native Americans.
8 ) Time Travel
9) Erotic Fiction
10) Romantic Suspense
11) Woman’s Fiction
12) Young/New Adult
13) Science Fiction/Dystopian
14) Steam Punk
15) GLBT Romance
16) New Releases: a book published in 2014
17) Award Winner: Read a Rita award winner, or any book that was named to “best of” or “top ten” list
18 ) Book Within a Book: read a book based on or about another book: ie”Austenland” “Fifty Shades of Grey” etc. or the hero or heroine is a writer.
19) Bonus: Read a book where the hero or heroine is a librarian

The Days of the Week Challenge
submitted by Karat
A school project combining astronomy and mythology!
Read two books for each day of the week to get to 14 books. You can select 2 out of the 4 alternatives suggested for each day of the week.

In many languages, the days of the week have been named after seven planets or celestial bodies of classical astronomy since the Roman period. These planets, in turn, have names that are associated to mythological gods. For the English language, we have:

1) Sunday - Sun – associated with Sol, the god of the sun, and one of the main representations of light
- Read a book that is the first in a series
- Read a book that has in its title the word "Sunday", "Sun", "light", "shine", "hot, "star" or “day”, or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
- Read a book that is set in the summer or is set on a "sunny" place - the beach, a desert, a Mediterranean country, etc
- Read a book where the hero or heroine is an astronomer, astrologist, astronaut, or is a "star" (e.g., a movie star, a famous athlete, etc)
2) Monday - Moon – associated with Luna, the goddess of the moon, one of the agricultural guardian gods and another representation of light
- Read a book that is the second in a series
- Read a book that has in its title the word "Monday", "Moon", "dark", "shade", or “night”, or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
- Read a book that is set in the winter or that has a "dark atmosphere" (eg. a gothic book)
- Read a book where the hero or heroine is a landowner, a farmer, a gardener, a botanist, or a book that has the words "garden" or "flower" in its title, or the book is set in the country side
3) Tuesday - Mars – associated with Mars, the god of war
- Read a book that is the third in a series
- Read a book that has in its title the word "Tuesday", "Mars", "war", "fight" or "battle" or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
- Read a book that is set in during war time (American Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, etc)
- Read a book where the hero or heroine is a warrior, or is in the military, or is in law enforcement
4) Wednesday - Mercury – associated with Mercury, the messenger of the gods, patron of commerce, communication, travelers and thieves
- Read a book that is the fourth in a series
- Read a book that has in its title the word "Wednesday", "Mercury", "message", "letter" "business", "travel" or "thief" or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
- Read an epistolary novel, or a book where letters, phone, text or email messages are relevant to the story
- Read a book where the hero or heroine works in media or communication, or owns a business, or works in commerce, or has to travel to a distant place, or is a con or thief
5) Thursday - Jupiter – associated with Jupiter, the king of the gods and the god of sky and thunder
- Read a book that is the fifth in a series
- Read a book that has in its title the word "Thursday", "Jupiter", "king", "sky" or "thunder" or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
- Read a book that is set in a country ruled by a king or queen
- Read a book where the hero or heroine is the main leader of a group of people (e.g., a king or queen, a CEO, a captain of a ship, the commander of a special forces team, etc)
6) Friday - Venus – associated with Venus, the goddess of Love. She embodies sex, love, beauty, enticement, seduction, and persuasive female charm
- Read a book that is the sixth in a series
- Read a book that has in its title the word "Friday", "Venus", "love", "passion", "sex", "heart", "beauty" or "seduction", or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
- Read a book with any of these romantic plots: Love at first sight, Unrequited love, From friends to lovers, or Best enemies, or read a book that has received "hot" or "burning" sensuality rating at AAR (or a book not reviewed at AAR that you would consider "hot" or "burning").
- Read a book where the hero or heroine are considered to be quite handsome / beautiful, or where the heroine can be said to embody "persuasive female charm"
7) Saturday - Saturn – associated with Saturn, god of time. Also god of wealth, periodical renewal, and liberation
- Read a book that is the seventh in a series
- Read a book that has in its title the word "Saturday", "Saturn", "time", "wealth", "rich", "new", "old" or "free", or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
- Read a book with any of these "time/age related" romantic plots: Reunited, May-December or December-May romances, Met as friends, Time travel, or Older couples, or read a book where all events occur within a short time frame (a fortnight or less), or a long time frame (14 months or more)
- Read a book where the hero or heroine is or becomes wealthy, or read a book where the hero or heroine is fighting for his/her own freedom or the freedom of others

Variation 1: Mix and match – Instead of selecting exactly 2 alternatives from each of the days of the week, you can as many as you want until you read 10, 12 or 14 books, as long as you pick at least one alterative for each day

Variation 2: you can read 10, 12 or 14 books with themes that can be associated with mythological creatures and/or with astronomy.

The History Class Challenge submitted by Karat

Read 10, 12 or 14 books that can be associated with historical or cultural events which occurred on a Day 14 (January, 14th, February, 14th , etc) or on a Year 14 (1914, 1814, etc). You can select any event that in your knowledge can be associated to a Day 14 or Year 14. You just have to describe why the book you picked can be associated with the event you selected.

To kick things off, here are a couple of examples:

Day 14 – Examples:
1) January 14th: Ratification Day in the United States - anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the American Revolution and established the U.S. as a sovereign entity
- Read a book where people are fighting for freedom, independence, or human rights, or where a main character can be considered a revolutionary
2) February 14th: Valentine's Day
- (As in the 2013 Holiday challenge!) - Read a book that has in its title the word "valentine", "heart", "flower", "chocolate", "candy" or "love", or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
3) March 14th: Pi Day - annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant pi. This date was selected because 3/14 (in the U.S. month/day date format) has the sequence 3, 1, and 4, the three most significant digits of pi in the decimal form
- Read a book where a main character is a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer or an inventor, or is considered an intellectual or a bluestocking
4) April 14th: RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic
- Read a book where there is a sea voyage, or that is set in a cold location, or a book where many people are killed, or is an “Across the Tracks” romance
5) July 14th: Bastille Day - the French National Day
- Read a book that is set in France or where a main character has a profession that reminds you of France: e.g., chef, a sommelier or someone who is in the wine business, a chocolatier, a fashion designer, a perfumer, etc
6) October 14th: National Education Day (in Poland)
- Read a book where a main character is a student, a teacher, a professor or any professional who works in a school or college
7) November 14th: Children's Day (in India)
- Read a book where the hero or the heroine has a child, or where a child is one of the main characters in the story

Year 14 - Examples
1) 1914: Beginning of World War I
- Read a book that is set in during war time or a book where the hero or heroine is a warrior, or is in the military
2) 1814: Napoleon is exiled to Elba
- Read a book where a main character has to (or decides to) live away from his/her home town, or a book where a main character returns to it home town (since Napoleon did return to France after his exile in Elba…)
3) 1714: King George I becomes the monarch of Great Britain and Ireland on the death of Queen Anne
- Read a book where a main character dies, or where the hero or heroine receive an inheritance, or where the hero or heroine is a noble (king, prince, duke, etc)
4) 1614: Pocahontas marries John Rolfe
- Read an Inter-Ethnic romance, or a book where a main character is Native American
5) 1214: The Emperor Xuanzong of Jin China surrenders to the Mongols under Genghis Khan
- Read a romance set in Asia, or where a main character is Asian
6) 914: The Vikings conquer much of Ireland
- Read a romance set in Ireland, or where a main character is Irish, or read a Viking romance
7) 14AD: Augustus, the first Roman emperor dies
- Read a book set in any country that once was a part of the Roman Empire under Augustus (Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey, etc)

Once again, feel free to use any variation of the events or the Days 14/Years 14 listed above, or even to not use any of them and select your own Days 14/ Years 14, based on your general knowledge!

Summer School

Did you miss a challenge last year you were dying to do? Here's your chance to catch up! Do a challenge from a previous year, adding enough books to the total to reach 10, 12, or 14.

Final Exams submitted by PWM in MI

1) Read a book that is the last in the series, or has “last”, “final”, “end”, or “test” in the title, or the H/h is considered the “last hope” or the “last in line” for inheritance.

2) Multiple Choice- Read a book where the H/h is choosing between multiple suitors, or jobs, or was rejected by someone (an eliminated choice), or is a ménage a trois theme.

3) Matching-Read a book about an arranged marriage, or forced marriage, or marriage of convenience. Or read a book with a “fated mates”, or love at first sight theme. Or the H/h are opposites ( mis-matched)

4)True or False- Read a book where the H/h is a detective or cop, or is a con artist or criminal, or where the truth or falsehoods is component in the plot i.e.: cheating spouse, swindling business partner, family lies etc.

5) Blue Book- Read a book where the H/h is a writer or the story includes letters or journal entries, or has “Blue” or “Book” in the title.

6) Draw a Diagram- Read a book where the H/h is an artist, architect, party planner, engineer, or builder

7) Balance the Equation- Read a book where the H/h is in business, math, chemistry, accountanting or works with numbers. Or where the H/h comes from different classes, races or religions.

Cool Physical Test- Read a book where the H/h works as a physical laborer, or has a job that requires passing a physical fitness test: cop, fireman, athlete, in the military.

9) Spelling Test- Read a self-published book ( self published books often have spelling errors) or a book that was originally self –published before signed to a publisher.

10) Oral exam- Read a book where the H/h is a singer, chef, baker, waitress, dentist, dental hygenist,politician (gives speeches), or actor( uses spoken word in their job).

11) Fill in the Blank- Read a book where the H/h has amnesia or any other neurological disorder
or fill in one or 2 of the blanks :


a)______________is a friends to lovers book.

b)______________ is an enemies to lovers book.

c)______________ is a take on the fairy tale _____________.

d)_____________ is a May/December romance.

e)______________ is too funny!

f)_____________ is angstastic!

g)_____________ is about _____________, who has more baggage than a cruise liner!

Or create your own fill in the blank with your favorite trope.

12) Extra Credit: read a book where the H/h is a teacher, instructor, or librarian.

GRADUATION submitted by Sandlynn:

Read up to 14 romances using the following criteria:

1) Read one or two romances set on a college campus and/or in which the hero, heroine or both are either college professors/instructors or are students of any level whether in college or other post-secondary school, i.e., medical, culinary, law, etc.

2) Read one or two romances where the hero or heroine has been hired for their first job or is starting their first business.

3) Read one or two romances in which the hero or heroine moves back home to a) live with or near their parents; b) take care of their parents or family; 3) take over or help a family business or run an ancestral estate.

4) Read one or two romances where the hero or heroine acquires or attains a higher title, e.g., from Prince/Princess to King/Queen, commoner to any title, from Marquess/Earl/Viscount to Duke, etc. Any movement up by either party.

5) Read one or two romances in which the hero or heroine has made it in the pros, i.e., is a sports professional/athlete of some sort (baseball, basketball, hockey, football, golf, tennis, etc.)

6) Read a romance in which an important plot point of the story involves the hero or heroine traveling abroad to either “do the grand tour,” take a job, join the military, or do charitable work.

7) Read a romance in which the hero and heroine “graduate” in a personal respect (to parenthood). That is they become young parents or one of them has/had a baby out of wedlock as teens or young college-aged adults.

8 ) Read a romance in which a high school or a college reunion features in the plot or is a catalyst for the story.

9) In homage to the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” read a romance where a) the hero purposely breaks up the heroine’s relationship/engagement (like Ben breaks up Elaine’s wedding); b) the hero and heroine reunite after a long period apart (like Ben and Elaine); or c) where the heroine is older than the hero (like Mrs. Robinson and Ben).

10) Read a romance where the hero or heroine receive a promotion or are put in charge of any business, enterprise, investigation or operation for the first time, including a military operation or law enforcement activity.

11) Read any romance by an author who has written both a teen/young adult/new adult and an adult romance, e.g. Meg Cabot and her various aliases.

12) Read a romance where the hero, heroine or both “graduate” to an advanced time, i.e., they travel forward in time.

13) Read a romance where either the hero or heroine go through a “Pygmalion” transformation, advancing them in life in some way.
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The Days of the Week Challenge:
Thursday - Read a book that is the fifth in a series
Then Came You by Jill Shalvis – fifth in Animal Magnetism series:
This book was Shalvis at the top of her game; a great blend of romance, family, and humor with a dash of angst. The hero and heroine both had baggage and let pride get in their way. Yet each remained sympathetic despite their mistakes. I loved their various sisters (her one and his two) and the way their family dynamics affected their relationship. My only two issues were [spoiler] I wish the heroine had figured out the problem with her neighbor earlier since it seemed obvious to me from the first time she heard the dogs. And I felt there needed to be a scene with the vet practice’s owner and the hero once he learned of the h/h’s romantic relationship given that the hero was the heroine’s direct supervisor. There was a scene with the owner and the heroine, but I felt that was played more for the humor factor. It was made very clear they were consenting adults and there was no sexual harassment, but in this day and age it seemed off that it wasn’t more directly addressed by their boss. But those were minor quibbles.

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Love Finds You in Groom Texas

Jancie Hanna


It’s 1914, and Jake O’Farrell's best friend is getting married. Which wouldn't typically be a problem but that leaves Jake as the last single man in Groom, TX. Never ones to let an opportunity to tease their younger brother go by, Jake's four older siblings are teasing him mercilessly about the fact. Throw in the fact that he's the only brother not working the ranch (he's a railroad employee) and he's beginning to feel a bit too much like the odd man out. Should he just settle down with one of the pretty local gals and quit being such a weirdo?

Anne Denning's fathers death has left her with no choice but to take her sisters to Dallas to live with a cantankerous uncle. A train derailment finds her and her sisters making a side stop in the Texas panhandle. They have no money and are unsure what to do till a kindly railroad employee takes them to the family ranch where Maggie O'Farell welcomes them like long lost family. Soon Anne and her sisters find themselves feeling more at home in Groom then they have felt in years. Anne and Jake find themselves increasingly thrown in each others company and loving it. What will happen when Jake finishes fixing the rails and Anne and her sisters are forced to head to Dallas?

This is a very light hearted story with sweet characters and a simple, romance centered plot. Everything worked out a bit too easily but that is okay in something meant to be fun rather than serious. My two complaints are that the author made no use of her time period (I kept forgetting when I was) and that the hero vacillated far too much on moving forward with this feelings.

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Love Finds You in Valentine Nebraska
Irene Brand


Kennedy Blaine was born on the Cross C Ranch, which has been in the family for generations, but she hasn't returned to Nebraska since she was an infant. Her Blaine relatives had visited them in CA but her mother's family, The Morgans, carried a grudge and never have. When her father dies unexpectedly she inherits the ranch along with the rest of his considerable wealth. Her cousin, the accountant in charge of the books for the ranch, wants her to sell but Kennedy refuses to do so without at least seeing the place.

Her arrival is unexpected and her initial meeting with ranch foreman Derek Sterling is a bit hostile. Like the mature adults they are, they talk their way through the problem and Kennedy finds herself sitting down to dinner with Derek and his mom. He takes her by the ancestral home and she determines to stay and get to know the ranch. Everything seems to be going well enough until she starts getting threatening notes ordering her to leave Nebraska. She is enjoying being on her family's land and enjoying getting to know Derek even more. Should she leave for her own safety or stay and fight for what is rightfully hers?

This came as part of a two-pack sale and I didn't really expect to enjoy it. Ranches aren't really my thing. But Kennedy and Derek were winsome characters and the story moved at a brisk pace. I found myself liking it and especially enjoyed the role reversal between Derek and Kennedy. She is the alpha, wealthy, confident, attractive and a go-getter. He works for her, is relatively poor and isn't used to chasing after what he wants. he is still very masculine - the type of guy to take charge on the range and is protective and strong but it is Kennedy that has the reigns in the relationship. It worked well for them as a couple.


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Graduation

4) Read one or two romances where the hero or heroine acquires or attains a higher title, e.g., from Prince/Princess to King/Queen, commoner to any title, from Marquess/Earl/Viscount to Duke, etc. Any movement up by either party.

Lord of Dishonor by Edith Layton

Amanda Amberley is the daughter of a scandalous countess with several illegitimate children, known as the Amberley assortment. Although she's legitimate, she's seen as unmarriageable as all her half-siblings.
When her mother tricks the notorious rake Christian Jarrod to make him marry her, she decides to go ahead with a fake engagement waiting to be saved by her true love interest. Christian is a viscount, but everybody knows he's illegitimate and he feels guilty because his brother should have the title.
A character-driven romance beautifully written and with very endearing protagonists.


Phys Ed

7. Fame & Fortune: Read two books where the h/h are famous or wealthy. Does not have to be directly sports related.

The Golden Touch by Sharon and Tom Curtis

Kathy Carter, a young widow in a small town meets rockstar Neil Stratton when he stops by at ther music instruments repair shop. He pursues her, but she's afraid of the big difference in their situations.
This was a great read with witty banter and touching moments, just a little over the top in the last scene at his concert.

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MUSIC: done
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 12 down, 2 to go
SHAKESPEAREAN: 12 down, 2 to go
GEOGRAPHY VARIATION: 12 down, 2 to go
FINAL EXAMS: 12 down, 2 to go
HISTORY CLASS: 8 down, 6 to go
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK: 6 down, 8 to go
SONNET: 9 down, 5 to go
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Final Exams

11) Fill in the Blank
[u]Devil’s Game by Johanna Wylde[/u] is a best enemies romance.

Emmy Hayes can not keep a boyfriend to save her life. Her father is the president of Reapers motorcycle club and has scared off any man that was ever interested in her. Things were looking up for Em, when she met Liam online. They develop a friendship, and when the latest local guy lets Em down, Liam suggests they meet, because, he want to date her. Her father has no idea Liam exist, so off Em goes to Portland to meet her potential dream boat. And then it goes very wrong. Because “Liam” is also Hunter, a member of the Devil’s Jacks motorcycle club and the Reapers sworn enemy. Hunter has been casing Em, in the hopes of using their relationship to further a truce between the clubs. On the night the truce is made, a rogue Reaper attacks the Jacks, and in retaliation, Hunter is ordered to kidnap Em. Quite a first date!

The rest of the book follows the star crossed lovers as they negotiate if and how to act on their strong feelings for one another when they were born sworn enemies.

Yes this is Romeo and Juliette on Motorcycles. And yes this had potential to be a complete train wreck, but it TOTALY WORKED! This is the 3rd book in the Reapers M/C series and the best so far. It is fascinating to watch a writer come into their own, and Wylde really hit her stride with this book. Both Liam and Em balanced their yearning for each other with the guilt and conflict of betraying their respective clubs/families. Wylde also has fleshed out the turf war that has been fueling the violence between the Reapers and Jacks, and introduced a third party that may make it possible for the peace between the clubs.
Bravo Ms. Wylde!

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p.s. I hope this makes sense, had surgery Wed. and am writing this on painkillers
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It does make sense. I wish you a speedy recovery.
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The Days of the Week Challenge

3) Tuesday - Mars – associated with Mars, the god of war

- Read a book that is set in during war time (American Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, etc)

Rosie’s Promise by Selena Kitt

This is a little novella set during the war in Vietnam. Billy Ray is a preacher's son. His father is against war and told a lie to avoid his son's drafting, but Billy Ray enlists. Rosie promises to wait for him and she does even when it seems everything's lost. It's sweet, there's some hot sex, but it's not erotic as the author's usual style.


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Study Hall (Series Challenge)

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil OR
Miralee Ferrell

School teacher Margaret Garvey is still reeling from the death of her father when her life gets shifted into high gear. Two young orphans in need of a home land on her doorstep. Former love Nathaniel shows up in town once more, looking to rekindle the old flame and good friend Andrew wants to take their relationship to the next step. Add in a murder and a woman determined to use the kids for child labor and life in Bridal Veil becomes anything but peaceful.

The author does a great job of describing life in a mining town at the turn of the twentieth century. Everything from the company store, company owned houses and the twists and turns of living in a town controlled by the local business come to life. The story is a bit convoluted - especially the ending but the history was good and the romance was okay.



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puce wrote:
pwm in mi wrote:

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It does make sense. I wish you a speedy recovery.


Thanks Puce, everyday is better than the last Smile
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The Library: The Genre Challenge
Read 1 or 2 of the following:
Historical


Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long

#2 in the Pennyroyal Green series. The hero, Miles Redmond, is an entomologist and has successfully led an exploration across the "South Seas". He is also a very serious and formal man, and after his elder brother Lyon disappeared, became the Redmond heir. Miles agrees to marry Georgina Mossgate, Lady Rutland, a nice young lady whose wealth and position in society fit very well to the rich and powerful Redmond family. Miles is supposed to propose to Georgina in a house party at the Redmond estate but, unfortunately for him, his sister brings home an unexpected guess: Cynthia Brightly, a beautiful and a bit mysterious young woman who gets under Miles's skin. Cynthia cannot afford to marry for love, and she has very little time to find a wealthy husband before she runs out of what little money she still has. She needs, most of all, to avoid the temptation of Miles Redmond, a man who sees beyond her façade. Given all the high stakes, can Miles and Cynthia make the right choices?
I liked this book a lot. Julie Ann Long is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical romance authors. I am glad there are still many book in this series for me to catch up with.

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GAME'S ON!

Read a romance or two in which the hero or heroine is an athlete or works in some capacity around the game of baseball, football, soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey or golf


Offside by Juliana Stone

#1 in The Barker Triplets series.
Billie-Jo Barker was a successful professional hockey player. She won many championships and an olympic medal, and was happily playing for a team in Sweden when she suffered a hard hit, was diagnosed with a concussion, and told she should avoid contact hockey. Back home, Billie was trying to figure out what to do with her life when she heard of a local hockey league which played no contact hockey. Perfect, right? The only problem: it is, in theory, a male hockey league, and although Billie prefers to play with the men (because they are more capable to play somewhat closer to her skill level), the guys in the league are not ready to welcome her with open arms... And rest of the small town where Billie lives is not very supportive of her idea. The only person who gets on her side, at least at first, is Logan Forest, the local team captain. Too bad that Billie has mixed feelings about him, since he inadvertently broke her heart years ago.
I did not love this book. First of all, there were too many things going on, because the author was setting up the next two books in the series. And I thought some of the conflict was too forced. I got a little bit curious about the story of the next sister (Bobbie), mostly because I love reunited romances, but I think I will pass.

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Study Hall – Spring River Valley series by Clarice Wynter:
One of the things I found most enjoyable about this series of novellas was the various connections between the main characters. For example, the hero of book 1 was college roommates with the hero of book 12; the heroine of book 6 worked for the hero of book 11 who was the twin brother of the hero of book 4 who worked with the hero of book 9; the hero of book 2 was the cousin of the heroine of book 12 and the roommate of the hero in book 3; etc. The characters’ lives intertwined via friendship, family, and work so various characters from all the stories interacted in each novella in a way that did not feel like sequel bait or like previous couples showing up out of the blue just to show how happy they were. Every story took place during the course of one month, so often ended with a HFN which could grow into a HEA rather than a full-blown HEA.

Jilted in January: The heroine’s fiancé dumped her and left her to deal with paying all of the bills associated with their cancelled wedding. She felt guilty over the fact she was more relieved than devastated as everyone assumed she was. It was tiring that she took so long to learn to stand up for herself, but I liked the h/h as a couple. This story suffered the most from the rushed timeline.

Fixed Up in February: The heroine agreed to be set up on a blind date by an acquaintance of her bff. However the perfect guy took ill, so the matchmaker arranged for her cousin to fill in. Their first date started off as a disaster with the restaurant catching fire, but things improved from there. The conflict toward the end of the story seemed forced. But overall an entertaining read about a fun couple.

Mixed Up in March: While I liked the h/h as characters, I had difficulty buying into their reactions after their meet-cute. They came off as either TSTL or elitist to have believed their actions would not have repercussions on their jobs. So the plot was a disappointment.

An Affair in April: The chemistry between the h/h was slow to develop for me. The heroine did something I felt the hero forgave her way too easily for. This was another story which suffered from the one-month timeline, though not quite as much as the first book.

Matched Up in May: Another “blind date goes awry” set-up. This time the heroine ended up with the part-time bartender when her date left. The heroine had major trust issues and had been out of the dating scene for a year. The hero was a sweet guy willing to do whatever it took to make sure she knew he could be trusted. It was nice that the author took what could have been a clichéd conflict at one point and zigged instead of zagged. My favorite book of the series.

Jaded in June: Tired of being misled by the men she’d dated in the past, the heroine decided to try a “friends with benefits” approach with the hero. The hero never wanted to get married so was happy to find a woman with the same attitude as his. There were some fun scenes when the hero finally realized what it was like to be on the other side of the way he’d treated the women in his past relationships. But it was tiring that the h/h refused to have an honest conversation about their feelings and each made too many assumptions about the other’s feelings.

Jealous in July: There were some timeline issues with the previous book. Several things about the law offices where the h/h worked rang false. As much as I liked the heroine, her pining after another guy (who she was supposedly in love with but did not really know) for more than half the story made her seem shallow. Way too much of the story focused on the hero of the next book. But despite the plot flaws, I really enjoyed the h/h as a couple and wanted more of their romance without all the shenanigans the author used to keep them apart.

Awakened in August: The hero had acted like a self-centered jerk in the previous books he’d appeared in. Thankfully he improved somewhat in his own story. But I could not buy into the idea he’d have his own big office and the firm’s senior partners would rely so heavily upon him when he was still awaiting the results of his bar exam Rolling Eyes . Forced to take time off, the hero went on a retreat to a relaxation resort where the heroine, an old friend from law school, worked. The story had an interesting premise, but it didn’t gel for me.

Seduced in September: I liked the h/h, but wish the story had concentrated more on their relationship and less on external matters. The heroine was determined to not date anyone remotely connected to her job at the hospital, but we never learned why she felt that way. Despite my issues, overall I enjoyed it.

Outmatched in October: The h/h of this story had known each for years, but seemed the least capable of communicating honestly with one another. Lots of self-inflicted angst for the hero who felt he wasn’t good enough for the heroine and assumed he knew what she wanted and needed from life. Some of their various friends’ comments seemed judgmental just to move the plot along. The heroine should have been more upfront about her feelings, too. And there needed to be some groveling from the hero.

Naughty in November: The veterinarian hero had been out of the dating scene since his high school sweetheart left him two years before. The heroine just wanted to date casually after the breakup of her long term relationship. The lack of talking about what they truly wanted worked much better as a conflict in this story than the previous one. The h/h made a likeable couple.

Desire in December: The hero was back in town after five years in the army. He did not grovel nearly enough in the beginning for the way he’d treated the heroine when he dumped her. But ultimately they had a believable HEA.

The author is writing a follow-up novella about one of the couple’s weddings which will be published in December. So I am looking forward to reading that.

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Hope you are feeling better.


Thanks so much! Leaving the house today for the first time today Smile hoping sitting by a lake and reading a book = increased healing
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