Monday, May 8, 2017

TLC *NEW* Don't Get Fined! A Library Adventure

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads

You will need one six-sided dice to play.

Your library book is due back today but it’s early closing at the library and it’s right on the other side of town!

Move around the town by rolling the dice and completing the reading tasks for each space you land on – but beware, along the way there will be distractions from your mission. Get your book back to the library on time and don’t get fined! 

Duration: Open Ended


Start on the 'Start Here' space, roll your dice and move to a numbered space.

You must complete the task for that space BEFORE rolling again. 

If you land on a “GO BACK” space and get sent back to a task you have already done you must do that task again using a different book. 

*FORFEITS: Some spaces will give you an option of going back OR doing a forfeit. If you choose the forfeit, stay on the space you are on and roll the dice once. The number you roll is the number of the forfeit you must do. Read a book to complete your forfeit task before rolling again and continuing the game. The 6 forfeit categories are listed in msg #3

If you land on a space that requires you to “GO HOME” you must return to the beginning and start over. 

You do not need to land on 'The Library' by exact number to finish. (i.e if you are on 98 and roll a 5, you are done, you don't need to back track)

After each move, as well as updating your original post, please post a new message with the following information.

Roll # (i.e first roll, second roll, third roll etc)
Start Space
Number Rolled
Space Landed On
A link to the book you read for the task, the date you finished it, the cover if the task relates to it and a brief explanation of how the book fits the task.


Roll #2 (or Second Roll)
Start Space: 2
Rolled: 4
Landed on: 6 (Go Back 2 Spaces)
Landed on: 4 (book with dog on cover or in title)
Book Read: A View to Die For - Richard Houston - 5/5/17 - A View to Die For (To Die For series, #1) by Richard Houston - (dog on cover)

*Each book may only be used for one task
*To count a book towards a challenge you must read the majority of it after the start date of the challenge.
* Where more than one option is given for a task, please state which option your book relates to.
*Please explain briefly how your book fits a task.
*If the task relates to the cover of your book, please post the cover AND the book link.
*All genres and formats are fine.
*Re-reads are allowed.
*150 page minimum.

*When you have finished please re-post your whole challenge as a new message or you will not be considered to have completed the challenge and we will not be able to award your Hall of Fame badge 

Please see TLC Standard Challenge Rules for further details. 

The Game - Roll Dice


Your Street

1. Leave your house. Read a book with a house on the cover.

2. Wave to your neighbour. Read a book involving neighbours.

3. The neighbour kid gives you a ride on his handle bars to the end of the streetGO FORWARD 4 SPACES (#7).

4. Read a book with a dog on the cover or the word ‘DOG’ in the title (in order).

5. Walk down your street. Read a book with a title that begins with one of the letters in ‘STREET’ ( ‘the’, ‘a’ or ‘an’ should be ignored)

6. The neighbour’s scary dog is out of the yardGO BACK 2 SPACES (#4)

Your Neighbourhood

7. Pass the SCHOOL - Read a Young Adult or Children’s book. (Must meet the 150 page minimum)

8. Pass the SCHOOL – Read a book that takes place in a school.

9. Pass the SCHOOL - Read a book by an author whose first AND last initials appear in the word ‘SCHOOL’. 

10. Pass the SCHOOL - Read a book with a character who is a teacher.

11. Read a book where the main characters are a group of friends.

12. Pass the SCHOOL - Read a book with a main character who is under 18 years old.

13. Read a book set in a small town

14. You forgot to put the cat out before you leftGO HOME.

15. Your friend is driving past. Catch a liftGO FORWARD 6 SPACES (#21).

16. Pass the CHURCH – Read a book where a wedding, funeral or christening takes place.

17. Pass the CHURCH – Read a book with a religious symbol on the cover.

18. You meet your friend and stop to chatGO BACK 7 SPACES (#11) OR DO A FORFEIT*

19. Pass the POST OFFICE – Read a book where a letter or parcel is important to the plot

20. BUS STOP – You just missed one, keep walkingROLL AGAIN.

21. Read a book with any mode of transportation on the cover.

The Local Park

22. You enter the PARK. Read a book with a green cover or a tree on the cover.

23. Walk through the PARK - Read a book with a title that starts with one of the letters in BENCH (‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘an’ should be ignored)

24. Cut through the PLAYGROUND - Read a book with any kind of playground equipment on the cover (swing, roundabout etc)

25. Cut through the PLAYGROUND - Read a book with a main character who has children.

26. Cut through the PLAYGROUND - Read a book with a child on the cover.

27. In the PARK - Take a moment to smell the flowers. Read a book with the name of a flower in the title.

28. Read a book that is longer than 300 pages.

29. In the PARK - Read a book where a character has a picnic.

30. You take what you think is a short cut. It isn’tGO BACK 2 SPACES (#28)

31. ICE-CREAM STAND – Read a book with a title where each word begins with one of the letters in ‘ICE-CREAM’ (two word minimum – include ‘the’, ‘an’ or ‘a’)

32. ICE-CREAM STAND - Read a book with an ice-cream on the cover.

33. PUBLIC TOILETS - Nip into the toilets to ‘spend a penny’. Read a book by an author whose initials are W.C. (I will accept C.W also)

34. You take what you think is a shortcut. You’re correct. GO FORWARD 3 SPACES (#37) 

35. In the PARK - Take a stroll past the pond. Read a book with water on the cover.

36. In the PARK - Feed the ducks. Read a book with the letters ‘D U C K’ in the title (in any order)

37. Read a book that is between 150 and 200 pages.

Shopping District

38. OFF LICENCE – Read a book with an alcoholic beverage on the cover or in the title

39. DEPARTMENT STORE – Read an anthology of short stories

40. ANTIQUE SHOP – Read a book published before 2000

41. JUICE BAR - Read a book with a cover that is mainly orange.

42. GROCERY STORE - Read a book with some kind of food on the cover OR in the title

43. NEWSAGENT – Read a non-fiction book

44. NEWSAGENT - Read a book with a character who is a journalist.

45. Your mum calls and asks you to pick her up some orange juiceGO BACK 4 SPACES (#41)

46. JEWELLER – Read a book with jewellery on the cover.

47. Oh no! You left a pan on the stoveGO HOME

48. COFFEE SHOP – Read a book with a title that starts with one of the letters in ‘COFFEE’ (‘the’, ‘a’, and ‘an’ should be ignored)

49. COFFEE SHOP - Grab a takeaway coffee for a burst of energyGO FORWARD 3 SPACES (#52)

50. CINEMA - Read a book that has been made into a film OR with a character who is an actor.

51. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic book.

52. Read a book with any kind of drink on the cover.

53. PET SHOP – Read a book with a character who is an animal (for example: Black Beauty, Charlotte’s Web, Watership Down)

54. PET SHOP - Read a book with any animal on the cover.

55. A man wearing a sign that reads ‘THE END IS COMING’ stops youGO BACK 4 SPACES (#51) OR DO A FORFEIT*

56. SPORTS SHOP – Read a book with a character who is a professional athlete.

57. BEAUTY SALON – Read a book with a character who works in or visits a beauty salon or hairdressers etc

58. PHARMACY – Read a book where the use of drugs is important to the story

59. Read a book that involves a bad boy OR a group of criminals.

60. FLORIST – Read a book with flowers on the cover.

61. FLORIST - Read a book where a character receives flowers.

62. BAKERY – Read a book with a character who cooks for a living.

63. Time’s running out. Start jogging! GO FORWARD 7 SPACES (#70)

64. BURGER BAR – Read a book where somebody eats fast food.

65. BURGER BAR - Read a book with a title where all the words start with the same letter (including ‘the’, ‘a’, ‘an’ etc)

66. MUSIC STORE – Read a book by an author whose initials are CD or LP 

67. MUSIC STORE - Read a book with an instrument on the cover.

68. MUSIC STORE - Read a book with a music related word in the title (for example: song, melody, rhythm)

69. A group of thugs block your path. Run away! GO BACK 10 SPACES (#59)

70. Read a book where a character runs to keep fit.

71. TRAVEL AGENCY – Read a book set in a different country from where you live.

72. TRAVEL AGENCY - Read a book where somebody takes a vacation.

73. THRIFT SHOP – Read a book that you got second hand or that you borrowed from somebody (not the library)

74. PIZZA PLACE – Read a book set in Italy or with an Italian character.

75. You took too long. The library has closedGO HOME. 

76. Read a book with cake on the cover.

77. CARDS & GIFTS – Read a book where somebody celebrates a birthday.

78. POLICE STATION – Read a book that is tagged mystery or crime.

79. POLICE STATION - Read a book where something is stolen.

80. CAFÉ - Stop for cake and a restGO BACK 4 SPACES (#76) OR DO A FORFEIT*

81. SOLICITOR’S OFFICE – Read a book with a main character who works in the legal profession.

82. ESTATE AGENT – Read a book where somebody moves house.

83. BANK – Read a book with a wealthy main character

84. BANK - Read a book with the letters ‘B A N K’ in the title (in any order)


86. BOOK STORE - Read a book by your favourite author.

87. BOOK STORE - Read a book from your favourite genre.

88. BOOK STORE - Read a book by a new to you author.

89. BOOK STORE - Read a book from a genre that you wouldn’t normally choose.

90. BOOK STORE - Your favourite author is doing a signing at the book store. The queue is long!GO BACK 4 SPACES (#86)

91. BOOK STORE - Read a book that you bought within the last 6 months.

92. BOOK STORE - Read a book published in the last 12 months.

93. You help an old lady safely across the roadGO FORWARD 3 SPACES (#96).

94. Read a book where a character is involved in an accident.

95. MUSEUM – Read a book that is tagged historical fiction.

96. Read a book that involves grandparents OR with a main character who is over 60.

97. ART GALLERY – Read a book with a character who is an artist.

98. ART GALLERY - Read a book with a cover that you think is artistic.

99. You trip on the steps outside the libraryGO BACK 5 SPACES (#94) OR DO A FORFEIT*

100. THE LIBRARY! Congratulations you have successfully returned your book!


If you have chosen to do a forfeit, stay on your current space and roll the dice. The number you roll is the number of the forfeit you must do. Complete the forfeit task then roll again to continue the game.

1. Read a book with a title that begins with Q, V or Y
2. Read a book by an author whose last name begins with E or I
3. Read a book by an author whose last name begins with Q, U or V
4. Read a book with a title that begins with U, X or Z
5. Read a book by an author whose last name begins with O or U
6. Read a book by an author whose last name begins with X, Y or Z


Roll #1
Start Space: START
Number rolled: 
Landed on: 4. Read a book with a dog on the cover or the word ‘DOG’ in the title (in order).
Book Read: Saving Justice (Dog Haven Sanctuary Romance, #1) by Tasman Gibb Tasman Gibb 5/19/17

Roll #2
Start Space: 4
Number rolled: 
Landed on: 9. Pass the SCHOOL - Read a book by an author whose first AND last initials appear in the word ‘SCHOOL’.  

Book Read: Beautiful Christina Lauren 5/24/17

Roll #3
Start Space: 9
Number rolled: 
Landed on: 11. Read a book where the main characters are a group of friends.
Book Read: 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea - Louisiana

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

From Sea to Shining Sea - Louisiana
Duration: May 01, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

1. The 18th state to enter the United States, Louisiana did so on Apr 30, 1812. Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643-1715. When French explorer Rene-Robert Cavalier claimed the territory drained by the Mississippi River for France, he called it "La Louisiane". United States acquired Louisiana (among land from 14 other US states and 2 Canadian provinces) from France in 1803. The transaction was called the Louisiana Purchase. Louisiana is bordered to the west by Texas, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by the state of Mississippi and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. Its capital is Baton Rouge.
✒ Read a book written in French or translated from it -or- read a book with an intact 12 in the year it was first published (tell us the year) -or- read a book with the word Red or a synonym in its title.

2. Much of the state's lands were formed from sediment washed down by the Mississippi River, leaving enormous deltas and vast areas of coastal marsh and swamp. These contain a rich southern biota; typical examples include birds such as ibis and egrets. There are also many species of tree frogs, and fish such as sturgeon and paddlefish. In more elevated areas, fire is a natural process in the landscape, and has produced extensive areas of longleaf pine forest and wet savannas. These support an exceptionally large number of plant species, including many species of orchids and carnivorous plants.
✒ Read a book which has a natural scene on its cover (without any man made items visible; post the cover) -or- read a book whose author initials are MN, WI, IA, IL, MO, KY, TN, AR, MS or LA (vice versa is acceptable - SM or AL are fine as well) -or- read a book with a main character who works or lives amid nature.

3. Louisiana's state bird is the brown pelican, which also appears on the state seal and its flag. Louisiana is also nicknamed the Pelican State among others. The state flower is Magnolia, the state symbol is the fleur-de-lis. The state tree is the Bald Cypress. The state has an official boat, the Pirogue. Its cuisine is Gumbo and the musical instrument is the Cajun Accordion. "Union, Justice and Confidence" is its motto.
✒ Read a book with a mostly brown cover (post the cover) -or- read a book whose main character stands for union, justice or confidence (tell us how your book fits) -or- read a book with a boat used in the story.

4. The Battle of New Orleans was an engagement fought between January 8 and January 18, 1815, constituting the final major battle of the War of 1812 between United States and United Kingdom, and the most one-sided battle of that war. American combatants, commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, prevented an overwhelming British force, commanded by Admiral Alexander Cochrane and General Edward Pakenham, from seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. The Treaty of Ghent, the peace treaty to end the war, had been signed on December 24, 1814 (but was not ratified by the US Government until February 1815), and hostilities continued without the involved parties knowing about the Treaty, until January 18 by when all of the British forces had retreated, finally putting an end to the Battle of New Orleans.
✒ Read a book whose author or main character is called Edward, Andrew or Alexander (reasonable variations are fine) -or- read a book where characters work without knowing the whole story (tell us how your book fits) -or- read a book set within a period of 10 days.
(Jaime finds some ghost children that seem to be in an in between dimension. She needs help to figure out how to free them. She does not know what happened to them. ) 
No Humans Involved Kelley Armstrong 5/9/17

5. Louisiana is often affected by tropical cyclones and is very vulnerable to strikes by major hurricanes, particularly the lowlands around and in the New Orleans area. The unique geography of the region, with the many bayous, marshes and inlets, can result in water damage across a wide area from major hurricanes. The area is also prone to frequent thunderstorms, especially in the summer. The state was hit by two Category 3 hurricanes in 2005, causing widespread death and devastation. On Aug 29, 2005, Katrina breached and undermined levees in New Orleans, causing 80% of the city to flood. Most people had been evacuated, but the majority of the population became homeless. On Sep 24, 2005, Rita hit the already devastated state, flooding many parishes and cities along the coast, including Cameron Parish, Lake Charles, and other towns. The storm's winds weakened the damaged levees in New Orleans and caused renewed flooding in parts of the city. The city was virtually closed until October. It is estimated that more than two million people in the Gulf region were displaced by the hurricanes, and that more than 1,500 fatalities resulted in Louisiana alone. Louisiana residents relocated across the country for temporary housing, and many have not returned.
Read a book in which a natural disaster strikes -or- read a book whose author's first name starts with the first three letters of any hurricanes that have hit Louisiana since 1950 (for this task: Audrey, Betsy, Camille, Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac) -or- read a book first published in 2005.
Cold Reign Faith Hunter 5/11/17

6. Cajuns are an ethnic group that are mainly living in Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speakers from Acadia in what are now The Maritimes of Eastern Canada). Today, the Cajuns make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture. The British Conquest of French Acadia happened in 1710. Over the next 45 years, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. During this period, Acadians participated in various militia operations against the British and maintained vital supply lines to the French fortress of Louisbourg and Fort Beausejour. The deportation of the Acadians from these areas has become known as the Great Upheaval or Le Grand Dérangement. The Acadians' migration from Canada was spurred by the Treaty of Paris (1763) which ended the war. The treaty terms provided 18 months for unrestrained emigration. Many Acadians moved to the region of the Atakapa in present-day Louisiana, often travelling via the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti).
✒ Read a book set in Canada (bonus for a book set in the Maritimes: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island) -or- read a book in which a group rebels against a ruling or invading force (tell us how your book fits) -or- read a book first published in the last 18 months (for the purpose of this task, any publication date after Nov 2015 is fine; tell us when it was published).

7. Louisiana Creole people are persons descended from the inhabitants of colonial Louisiana during the period of both French and Spanish rule. The term creole was originally used by French settlers to distinguish persons born in Louisiana from those born in the mother country or elsewhere. As in many other colonial societies around the world, creole was a term used to mean those who were "native-born". It also came to be applied to African-descended slaves and Native Americans who were born in Louisiana. Louisiana Creole cuisine is recognized as a unique style of cooking originating in New Orleans, starting in the early 1700s. It makes use of what is sometimes called the Holy trinity: onions, celery, and green peppers. Gumbo is a traditional Creole dish from New Orleans with French, Spanish, Native American, African, German, Italian and Caribbean influences. It is a meat-based soup, sometimes made with some combination of any of the following: seafood (usually shrimp, crabs, with oysters optional, or occasionally crawfish), sausage, chicken (hen or rooster), alligator, turtle, rabbit, duck, deer or wild boar. Gumbo is often seasoned with filé, which is dried and ground sassafras leaves. It developed from French colonists trying to make bouillabaisse with New World ingredients (they found onions and celery, but no carrots).
✒ Read a book which begins with a letter in the word CREOLE (ignore A, An and the; tell us the first word of the book; I do mean the book, not its title!) -or- read a book with Food as one of its genres on the main page -or- read a book with any of the gumbo ingredients mentioned above on its cover (post the cover). 

8. Jazz is a music genre that originated among African Americans in New Orleans, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in Blues and Ragtime. Since the 1920s jazz age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the Black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".
Read a book written by an African American author -or- read a book about music (bonus if it's a jazz book) -or- read a book set during the Jazz age (for the purpose of this task, after WWI through the Great Depression; mention when your book is set).
Dangerous Curves Ahead Ines Johnson 5/11/17

9. The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in Southern Louisiana. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (falling in February or March). Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place in the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls). The parades in New Orleans are organized by social clubs known as krewes; most follow the same parade schedule and route each year. Several modern "super krewes" are well known for holding large parades and events, such as the Krewe of Endymion (which is best known for naming celebrities as grand marshals for their parades). Float riders traditionally toss throws into the crowds; the most common throws are strings of colorful plastic beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic "throw cups", Moon Pies, and small inexpensive toys.
✒ Read a book you added to your TBR in February 2017 (if you don't have any books that fit, you may go back to Feb 2016; let us know when you added it) -or- read a book in which a main character is either part of or has to deal with an organization committee of any form -or- read a book with a (formal dance) ball in it.

10. In Louisiana, it is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the teller with a water pistol. Biting someone with your natural teeth counts as "simple assault" here, but if you bite someone with your false teeth, it is "aggravated assault". It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend, if the friend has no knowledge of the coming pizza. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked. And you absolutely must not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant. 
✒ Read a book set in an Alligator state of America (Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, South and North Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas; tell us where your book is set) -or- read a book in which a main character is older than 65 -or- read a book in which a pizza is eaten. 
Blood of the Earth Faith Hunter 5/7/17

See this thread for more detailed rules for CCC challenges.

❖ If you want to participate in a challenge, sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

❖ Books must be at least 150 pages long (unless they are graphic novels, see below) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ Graphic novels must be at least 300 pages long, but two books can be combined to make up the page count as long as they both meet the same criteria.

❖ For each book you read, please post a link to the title and mention the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item/color on the cover, include a link to the book cover.* If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 

❖ If you want the challenge moderator to verify those books as you post them, please copy/paste your update into a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. It will make it easier on the moderators if we won't have to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post.

❖ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

❖ Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not just skim the best portions! :)

* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions HERE.