Thursday, April 26, 2018

CCC 2018/19 Listopia Challenge

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Yearly Challenges  2018/19 Listopia Challenge    

2018/19 LISTOPIA CHALLENGE
DURATION : May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019
Have you used the Listopia function here on Goodreads? It can be very helpful when searching for just the right book for a specific task. For those who aren't familiar with it, at the top of any Goodeads page, hover over the word Browse, then click on Lists in the menu that opens.

This challenge will either introduce you to Listopia or bring you back to visit an old friend. See the different challenge levels for the number of books and lists that are required.

When you sign up for the challenge, be sure to tell us which level you’re attempting. You may upgrade your challenge as the year progresses, if you’d like. Read the Level requirements carefully, as they have changed since last year's challenge! In addition, please be sure to read the Special Notes below. Hopefully, those will answer any questions you may have, but if not, please ask your questions NOW, so you approach the challenge correctly right from the start :)


LEVEL 1:
You must use 25 DIFFERENT lists for this level!
Read one book from each of 25 lists:
* Ten of these lists MUST BE among the lists posted below.
* The remaining 15 books can be from any Listopia list you choose, but you MUST post a link to the list you've used.

For each book, be sure to tell us which list it was on, and the book's position on that list. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for reading the book.

My List:


LEVEL 2:
Each list for this level must be unique. You may repeat up to 10 of the lists you used in Level 1, if you wish, but you can only use each of those duplicates ONE time in this level.
Complete Level 1 AND THEN
Read one book from each of another 25 different lists
:
* Ten books MUST come from ten lists posted below that you haven't already used.
* Another five books must come from the lists below, but you can repeat up to five of the posted lists that you used in Level 1 OR choose five of the posted lists that you haven't yet used OR a combination of repeated lists and new lists. If you repeat lists, please indicate in some way that they are repeats.
* The remaining 10 books can be from any unique Listopia list you choose, but you must post the link to the list. Remember that these 10 books must be from ten different lists that you have not already used in this challenge.

For each book, be sure to tell us which list it was on, and the book's position on that list. If the list is NOT one of those posted below, you MUST post a link to the list you've used. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for reading the book.


LEVEL 3:
Each list for this level must be unique. You may repeat up to 10 lists used in Level 1 or Level 2, if you wish, but you can only use each of those duplicates ONE time in this level.
Complete Level 1, then Level 2 AND THEN
Read one book from each of another 25 different lists
:
* Ten books MUST come from ten lists posted below that you haven't already used.
* Another ten books must come from the lists below, but you can repeat up to 10 of the posted lists you used in Level 1 or 2 OR choose ten lists you haven't yet used OR a combination of repeated lists and new lists.
NOTE: Yes, you may use the same list three times -- once for each level -- if you wish.
* The remaining 5 books can be from any unique Listopia list you choose, but you must post the link to the list. Remember that these 5 books must be from five different lists that you have not already used in this challenge.

For each book, be sure to tell us which list it was on, and the book's position on that list. If the list is NOT one of those posted below, you MUST post a link to the list you've used. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for reading the book.


Whatever level you choose, remember that you MUST tell us which list each and every book is on in order to get credit for that book. It will be easiest for the mods if you separate your lists for each Level into Required Lists and Lists of My Choice, but please remember to post a link to any list you use that is not among the lists posted below.


SPECIAL NOTES:
* YES, you may use a list up to three times, as long as the list is used only ONCE per level.

* NO, you do not have to use your own lists. You may select all of your books from the lists provided, as long as each level has 25 different lists.

* YES, you must complete a level before moving on to another, higher level.

* Remember that these lists are edition-specific, but we're not going to be that picky. Except for the cover-based lists, if any edition of a book is on one of our lists, we'll accept it. For the lists whose theme is a specific cover color/item/whatever, you MUST read the edition of the book that is on the list.

* If a list is shown in italics here, it means we will accept any book from the series on the list. If you use this option, please indicate that you are doing so.

* If a trilogy or boxed set, etc. is on the list and you read one book from that trilogy or set, as long as it meets our page requirement, it will count.


CHALLENGE RULES :
See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by telling us which level you've chosen. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses.

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. For this challenge, you must also post a link to the list each book is on.
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.    

THE LISTS:REMINDER: If a list is shown in italics here, it means we will accept any book from the series on the list. If you use this option, please indicate that you are doing so.

2014: What Women Born In The 1970s Read in 2014
Anything but vampires, please?
Anything You Really Liked
Art & Artists in Fiction
Awesome Erotic Romance
Awesome Zombie Books for Girls/Women
Beach Reads - Mysteries & Thrillers
Best Action-Adventure Novels
Best Anthologies
Best Alternate History Novels and Stories

Best Banned, Censored, and Challenged Books
Best Books That You Should Read
Best Books to Make into a PBS Series
Best Black/African American Chicklit
Best Book Cover Art
Best Break Out
Best Chick-Lit I've Ever Read
Best Christian & Inspirational Fiction
Best Cozy Mystery Series
Best Detective/Mystery Series


Best Ever Contemporary Romance Books
Best "Eye" on the Cover
Best Fantasy Books Under the Radar
Best Female Lead Characters
Best Feminist Fiction
Best Gothic Books of All Time
Best Historical Fiction Books that Are Actually Historical Fiction
est Horror Books by People Other Than Stephen King
Best Humor Writing
Best Location-Based and History-Based Books to Read While Traveling

Best Middle East Fiction
Best Modern Australian Literature
Best Non Fiction About Music
Best Non-Fiction Books about Books and Reading
Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Books
Best Police Procedurals - Mystery Fiction
Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Best South Asian Fiction

Best Southern Literature
Best Spy Novels

REMINDER: If a list is shown in italics here, it means we will accept any book from the series on the list. If you use this option, please indicate that you are doing so.

Best Steampunk Books
Best Survival Stories
The Best Time Travel Books of All Time
Best Trilogies/Book Series EVER!
Best True Crime
Best Twists
The Best Urban Fantasy
Best Weird Fiction Books
Best Westerns
Best Women's Fiction Novels

Best "World" Mysteries, Thrillers, Detectives and Suspense...
Best Young Adult Realistic Novels
Books about Books
Books Set in High School
Books That Surprised Me - Way Better Than I Thought They Would Be
Books to Read on a Rainy Day
Books with Angels, Gods, or Demons
Bring on the Creepy!
Cat Lovers List
Classics 101

Clean Indie Reads
The Color Purple
Cozy Mystery Series - First Book of a Series
Darkest Books Of All Time
Dog Lovers
Downton Abbey-esque Books
Dragons
Family Saga
Favorite Fantasy Novels, BESIDES those by J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis
faries, vampires, werewolves OH MY!


Favorite Magical Realism Novels
Favorite Travel Books
Favourite Young Adult Books
Fearless Females

Foreign Lands
Ghost Stories
Great Coming of Age Books
Great Romance Novels
Great Women Authors
Haunting Covers


Have Passport Will Travel
Hidden Gems: YA-Fantasy Novels
High Body Counts
Humorous Paranormal Books
Humorous Romance Books
I Like Serial Killers
I Picked It Up Because of the Cover
Light but not (too) dumb
Lovely Tales of Modern Royals
Magic, Adventure, Romance

Magical Creatures

Medicine and Literature
Microhstory: Social Histories of Just One Thing
Middle Grade Novels of 2014
The Most Addictive Page-Turners of All Time
Must Read Books - Different Genres
Mythologies and Retellings of Fairy Tales & Classics
New Speculative Fiction Stars
Non-fiction - Somethng For Everyone
Not The "Normal" Paranormal

Oh, Canada!
Oh My Gosh! Beautiful Covers
Quality Dark Fiction
Regency and Victorian Mysteries
Required Reading in High School
Romance Books: Male POV
Smart Summer ReadsStories for Book Lovers
Swashbucklers
Sword and Laser Sci-Fi List

Teen Historical Novels
This Is the End...
Thrillers You Must Read!
Unique Books
The Unknown, Hidden Gems of Historical Fiction
Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for ADULTS (not YA)
Vicars, Priests, Abbots, Fathers, Abbesses, Pastors, Nuns
What Book Got You Hooked?
What we've read so far in 2016
Werewolf and Shifter Romance

What to Read Next
Women Around the World
Women Who Solve Crimes
WWII Historic Fiction
You Read a Book About What?

REMINDER: If a list is shown in italics here, it means we will accept any book from the series on the list. If you use this option, please indicate that you are doing so.   

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

TLC May Monthly: National Library Week Themes

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Monthly Challenges    May Monthly: National Library Week Themes

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May Monthly: National Library Week Themes
Duration: May 1- May 31, 2018


This is a challenge based on themes for National Library Week from years past.

Levels:
Level One: 1-6 tasks
Level Two: 7+ tasks

Pick your level.
You may use the tasks as many times as you wish.

TASKS:


1. 1958-9 Wake Up and Read!
📚 Read a book with the words WAKE or UP in the title.

2. 1960 Open wonderful new worlds...wake up and read
📚 Read a Sci-Fi or Fantasy book.

3. 1963 Read -- the fifth freedom, enjoy it
📚 Read the 5th book in a series OR with the word FIFTH in the title.

4. 1964 Reading is the key
📚 Read a book with the letters K-E-Y in the title. Does not have to be in order.

5. 1966 Read -- keep growing; Know what you are talking about -- read
📚 Read a book with a character that is a farmer or gardener.

6. 1967 Explore inner space; Reading is what's happening
📚 Read a book whose title begins with I.

7. 1971 You've got a right to read
📚 Read a book with a lawyer as the MC.

8. 1974 Grow with books; Get it all together
📚 Read a book from a series that has more than 10 books.

9. 1975-9 Information Power
📚 Read a non-fiction book.

10. 1979 The Library is Filled with Success Stories
📚 Read a book that you got from the library! (Can be paper, ebook, audio, etc.)

11. 1981 America, the library has your number
📚 Read a book with a number in the title.

12. 1986 Get a head start at The Library
📚 Read a book with a HEAD on the cover.

13. 1987 Take time to read...use your library
📚 Read a book with books on the cover.

14. 1989 Ask a Professional. Ask a Librarian.
📚 Read a book where a character is a librarian.
Helper: Books About Librarians

15. 1991 Read. Succeed.; Kids Who Read Succeed.
📚 Read a Children's or YA book.

16. 1997-8 Kids Connect @ the Library
📚 Read a book your child would read (does not matter how old your child is - does not have to be a children's book) OR reread one of your childhood favorites.

17. 2006 Change your world @ your library®
📚 Read a book with a building on the cover.

18. 2007 Come together @ your library®
📚 Read a book by an author whose name is John, Paul, George or Richard (Ringo).

19. 2008 Join the circle of knowledge @ your library®
📚 Read a book with a circle on the cover.

20. 2009 Worlds connect @ your library®
📚 Read a book set in a country that is not where you live.

BONUS BADGE:
📚 Read a book from a LIST whose title contains the word BOOK or PRINTZ or AWARD or ALA or Newbery or CALDECOTT. Tell us the name of the list and the book's number on that list.

Help Lists:
Listopia Search: Library
Books about Books and Libraries
DCPL's Teen Humor Booklist
Little Library for a Daughter



Info from:
http://www.libraryhistorybuff.com/lib...
http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips...


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Challenge Rules
*Please post a partial list of the challenge when you sign up.
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
*Each book may only be used for one task or letter
*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.
*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.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go.

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

(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for by the deadline, please re-post your challenge anyway as you may still be eligible for a lower level badge.)

Please use the TLC STANDARD RULES when participating in this challenge.
If you are not familiar with these rules, please click on the link and read them over.    

TLC May Scavenger Hunt - Library

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Monthly Challenges  May Scavenger Hunt - Library

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Each month we will give you a list of 50 themed words to find in your books.

There is no limit to how many words you can get per book.

For each word please post a link to the book, the author, the date you finished it, plus the page number/location and sentence where you found the word.

EXAMPLE -
Apple - A Touch of Ice - L.J. Charles (1/10/16)
I had a weakness for apple pie, heavy on the cinnamon... (loc. 245)

Any genre/format is fine.
Re-reads are OK.
No page minimum.
To count a book towards the challenge you must read the majority of it after the start date of the challenge.
Please post a partial list of the challenge when you sign up.

At the end of the month please re-post your whole challenge as a new message so that we can award your Hall of Fame badge!

(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for, you can still claim a badge for the words you did get.)



May Scavenger Hunt - Library
Duration: May 1-May 31, 2018

Choose your level:
Reader: 10-20 words
Book Club: 21-40 words
Addict: 41-50 words

List:
1. Action
2. Audio
3. Author
4. Book
5. Borrow
6. Catalog
7. Chapter
8. Children
9. Collection
10. Computer
11. Cover
12. Desk
13. DVD
14. E-book
15. Fantasy
16. Fiction
17. Film
18. Fine
19. Hardback
20. Hold
21. Index
22. Information
23. Internet
24. Learn
25. Lend
26. Library
27. Magazine
28. Map
29. Mystery
30. Newspaper
31. Novel
32. Number
33. Paperback
34. Picture
35. Program
36. Quiet
37. Read
38. Renewal
39. Return
40. Research
41. Search
42. Section
43. Shelf/shelves
44. Spine
45. Stack
46. Story
47. Study
48. Subject
49. Thriller
50. Title    
      

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

TLC Spring Countdown

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Semi-Annual Challenges      Spring Countdown      

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Spring Countdown
Duration: Six Months From Starting Date


Read 15 books associated with these tasks.

TASKS:

1. Read 5 books whose titles begin with a letter in SPRING.
2. Read 4 books whose covers are Pastel Colored. Post the covers.
3. Read 3 books from a LIST with SPRING in the name. Tell us the name of the list and what # the book is.
4. Read 2 books with Spring flowers on the cover. Post the covers.
5. Read 1 book published in the Spring of 2018.

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Challenge Rules
*Please post a partial list of the challenge when you sign up.
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
*Each book may only be used for one task or letter
*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.
*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.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go.

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

(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for by the deadline, please re-post your challenge anyway as you may still be eligible for a lower level badge.)

Please use the TLC STANDARD RULES when participating in this challenge.
If you are not familiar with these rules, please click on the link and read them over.    

Monday, April 23, 2018

TLC The 10 Deadliest Wild West Gunfighters

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Yearly Challenges  The 10 Deadliest Wild West Gunfighters

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The 10 Deadliest Wild West Gunfighters
Duration: May 1, 2018-April 30, 2019

Levels:

Addle-pot: 5-15 books
Mouldy Grubs: 16-30 books
Dabster: 31-45 books

The Gunfighters:

James “Wild Bill” Hickok

Deadly gunman and Old West folk hero James “Wild Bill” Hickok was born in Illinois on May 27, 1837. Hickok is said to have been a great shot, even as a youngster, and was well known for his marksmanship with a pistol. He had many nicknames. A few he gave himself.

On April 15, 1871, Hickok took over as the marshal of Abilene, Texas. Hickok traveled with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show for a few years, performing as himself. Fate caught up with Hickok on August 2, 1876 when a man named Jack McCall walked into the Deadwood, (South) Dakota saloon in which Hickok was playing poker and shot him in the head from behind.
The hand of cards which he supposedly held at the time of his death has become known as the dead man's hand: two pairs, aces and eights.


✹ 1. Read a book with a character that is a law man.
✹ 2. Read a book with a poker scene.
✹ 3. Read a book with a character that has a nickname.
✹ 4. Read a book where a character has to travel to earn his/her living.
✹ 5. Read a book with a moustache or playing cards on the cover. Please post the cover.

William “Curly Bill” Brocius
Born around 1845, William Brocius, better known as “Curly Bill” Brocius, may well be Arizona’s most famous – or infamous – outlaw. He was involved in multiple gunfights and related incidents, including the accidental shooting of Tombstone town marshal Fred White on October 27, 1880 and the March 8, 1881 killing of a cowboy named Dick Lloyd.

Brocius was known for a mean sense of humor when drunk. He was reported to have perpetrated such "practical jokes" as using gunfire to make a preacher "dance" during a sermon and making Mexicans at a community dance take off their clothes and dance naked.

On March 24, 1882, Wyatt Earp killed Brocius during a shootout involving the Earp posse, Brocius and several other cowboys in Iron Springs, Arizona.


✹ 6. Read a book set in Arizona.
✹ 7. Read a book with a character that is very mean.
✹ 8. Read a book whose author or MC has an unusual last name. Tell us the name.
✹ 9. Read a book with a character that has curly hair.

Dallas Stoudenmire
Dallas Stoudenmire was born in Aberfoil, Alabama on December 11, 1845. He fought in the Civil War, and he later operated as a Texas Ranger for three or more years.

In April 1881, Stoudenmire became marshal of El Paso, Texas – this being an infamously lawless and violent town at the time. On his third day on the job, Stoudenmire killed three men with two .44 caliber Colt revolvers in a famous incident known as the “Four Dead In Five Seconds” gunfight. Although the crime rate in El Paso fell significantly, and Stoudenmire earned himself repute as a legendary lawman and gunslinger, he also made himself a lot of enemies. On September 18, 1882, he was shot and killed during a shootout with the Manning brothers, the culmination of a feud. He was 36 years old.


✹ 10. Read a book with a title that has a number in it.
✹ 11. Read a book a character that dies young - 36 or younger.
✹ 12. Read a book where characters are involved in a feud or vendetta.
✹ 13. Read a book with a character whose name is also a name of a city, country or place. Example: Dallas - Dallas, Tx.
✹ 14. Read a book set in a town/city on or near a border. Tell us which border. May be a state or country's border.

Luke Short
Fast-drawing gunslinger and killer Luke Short was born in Mississippi in 1854 but was raised in Texas. Leaving home whilst in his teens, Short worked as a cowboy, an illegal whiskey trader, a professional gambler and an investor in various saloons. Short had a reputation for his skill with a gun. Short had been in over thirty engagements fighting Indians while working for the government. His first Indian fight was in 1869.

After buying shares in the Long Branch Saloon, Short was branded “undesirable” by the Dodge City, KS authorities, and they made attempts to get rid of him. He was determined not to go down without a fight, Short reached out to Old West lawman Bat Masterson, who in turn got in touch with Wyatt Earp. Earp then descended on Dodge City with a posse of desperados. And in order to prevent any conflict, Short was allowed back into Dodge and given permission to reopen his saloon – all without a single gunshot sounding. Short is also famous for winning a duel against Jim Courtright on February 8, 1887 in Forth Worth, Texas, where his ability to pull a pistol saved his own life – and ended Courtright’s.


✹ 15. Read a book where a character owns a bar.
✹ 16. Read a book where a character participates in a duel.
✹ 17. Read a book with a Native American character.
✹ 18. Read a book where a character works for the government. Tell us what their job is.

Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan
Born in Tama County, Iowa in 1867, Harvey Logan – otherwise known as “Kid Curry” – was caught up in criminal activity such as robbery from a young age, and in 1894 he got on the wrong side of the law in Montana. As the story goes, a miner and lawman named Powell “Pike” Landusky believed that Logan was involved with his daughter and accused him of assault. Logan was taken away by police and beaten. So on December 27, the 27-year-old Logan confronted Landusky in a saloon and shot and killed him with a pistol. Afterward the daughter said it was Lonny Logan she was involved with.
Forced to flee, Logan would ride with outlaw Black Jack Ketchum, form his own gang, and eventually join Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s Wild Bunch.

According to some, Logan was considered “the fastest gun in the West” and is thought to be the basis for the Sundance Kid character as depicted by Hollywood. Logan participated in a series of train robberies in South Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado, and Wild West magazine even claims that he was “the wildest of the Wild Bunch.”

This gunman escaped from prison on two occasions and allegedly killed nine men in various shooting incidents during his time. In the end, on June 17, 1904, Logan took his own life after being wounded in a gunfight in Parachute, Colorado – perhaps to evade capture one last time. It is also said that he did not die in Colorado but escaped to South America with Butch and Sundance.


✹ 19. Read a book with the word WILD in the title.
✹ 20. Read a book where a bank/train is robbed.
✹ 21. Read a book where a character commits suicide.
✹ 22. Read a book where a character escapes from something. Tell us what.
   
William “Wild Bill” LongleyWilliam Preston Longley – better known as “Wild Bill” Longley – is regarded as one of the most lethal gunfighters of the Old West. He had a notoriously short fuse and killed upon the slightest provocation. In fact, he may even have been what today we’d call a psychopath. By his own account, he was instructed from an early age to “believe it was right to kill sassy Negroes,” and by the age of 17 he had committed his first murder.

Longley was born in Austin County, Texas on October 6, 1851 and grew up on a farm close to Evergreen in Lee County, where he mastered the art of shooting. This dangerous gunfighter was known to carry two Dance .44 caliber revolvers, but he used a shotgun as well. At the time of his hanging, on October 11, 1878, Longley said that he had killed eight people – although he earlier claimed the figure was 32. Either way, CBS News calls him “one of the first two-gun fast draw experts.”


✹ 23. Read a book where a character is a psychopath.
✹ 24. Read a book set in Texas.
✹ 25. Read a book published in October (of any year).

Dan Bogan
Born in Alabama in 1860, Dan Bogan relocated and grew up in Texas, where he started working as a cowboy from an early age. Bogan moved to Wyoming after being blacklisted in a wage dispute.

It is believed that by 1886 this cowboy had taken the lives of three men. What’s more, Bogan’s rabblerousing didn’t end there, and on January 15, 1887 he murdered Constable Charles S. Gunn, shooting the onetime Texas Ranger with a revolver. Before he could get away, though, Bogan was himself shot in the shoulder and then captured – although he managed to make a getaway in the midst of a raging blizzard.

Bogan later turned himself into the authorities because his wounds had caused him to get sick. However, in October 1987 he succeeded in breaking out of jail. And although famous detective Charlie Siringo pursued him, Bogan vanished without leaving much of a trace and possibly escaped to Argentina. While Bogan is not as well known as some of his contemporaries, author Robert K. DeArment considers him among the Old West’s most underestimated gunslingers.


✹ 26. Read a book with a detective character.
✹ 27. Read a book where a bad guy escapes and is never seen again.
✹ 28. Read a book where a character gets caught in a blizzard.

John Wesley Hardin
According to an article in True West magazine, a contemporary of John Wesley Hardin’s claimed that Hardin “could get out a six-shooter and use it quicker than a frog could eat a fly.” And describing Hardin’s skills, Texas Ranger James B. Gillett said, “The quick draw, the spin, the rolls, pinwheeling, border shift – he did them all with magical precision.” Hardin is also said to have been a crack shot from horseback, able to unload his ammo into the knot of a tree trunk while galloping past.

Unfortunately, he used his skills for ill. Born on May 26, 1853, this Texan desperado and gunfighter shot and killed his first victim in 1868, when he was just 15 years old. Publications of the period say that he dispatched with 27 men during his lifetime. However, he got his comeuppance on August 19, 1895 when he was shot and killed at the age of 42 by outlaw-cum-constable John Selman.

Interestingly, whilst he was a teenager going by the alias Wesley Clemmons, Hardin encountered another individual covered in this article, “Wild Bill” Hickok. Hardin was captivated by Hickok and in awe of his gun-fighting reputation.


✹ 29. Read a YA book or a book where the MC is a teenager.
✹ 30. Read a book where a teenager is in awe of an older man.
✹ 31. Read a book where a character has skills. (Tell us what they are skillful in.)
✹ 32. Read a book with an author that also publishes under another name. Tell us both of the names.

James “Killin’ Jim” Miller
James “Killin’ Jim” Miller was born in Van Buren, Arkansas on October 25, 1866, but his family moved to Texas when he was a baby. Miller’s parents died when he was young, and he moved in with his grandparents. Yet he was orphaned for a second time when his grandparents were murdered, with Miller himself arrested for the crime, even though he was only eight years old. In the end, he wasn’t charged, and he went to live with his sister and her husband. Later, as a teenager, Miller blasted his sister’s husband in the head with a shotgun after a quarrel. He was handed a life sentence for the murder but escaped justice owing to a technicality.

Next, Miller was implicated in another shotgun attack, this time on Ballinger City lawman Joe Townsend. Following this incident, “Killin’ Jim” spent time traveling and ran a saloon. He then turned lawman himself, eventually becoming the marshal of Pecos. In 1894, an ongoing feud between Miller and Pecos sheriff George A. “Bud” Frazer led to Frazer shooting Miller in the arm, groin and chest – but thanks to a steel plate under his shirt, Miller survived.

Miller married Sallie Clements, daughter of Mannen Clements, in 1891. Assuming the appearance of a devout Methodist, he would earn the nickname Deacon Jim. He was well liked by the townspeople because he was polite and an avid member of the church. Regardless of the weather, he would wear a large black frock coat.

“Killin’ Jim” went on to become a Texas Ranger as well as a professional assassin. However, on April 19, 1909, following the murder of former Deputy US Marshal Allen “Gus” Bobbitt, Miller was hanged. Apparently, he screamed, “Let ‘er rip,” before stepping off the box. This outlaw once claimed that he’d killed 51 men; other sources say he dispatched with 12 in gunfights.


✹ 33. Read a book where a child is responsible for killing his parents or caregivers.
✹ 34. Read a book with a character that is an outlaw or assassin.
✹ 35. Read a book with a character that attends church regularly.
✹ 36. Read a book with a black coat on the cover. Please post the cover.
✹ 37. Read a book where a character is well liked.

Billy the Kid
Legend has it that famous outlaw Billy the Kid had killed as many as 26 men by the time he died at age 21, although the total seems more likely to have been under 10. While there’s conflicting information about Billy the Kid’s true name and origins, he is widely reported to have been excellent with a gun. It seems most likely that he was born in an Irish district of New York City on November 23, 1859 and then settled in New Mexico in 1873, after being moved around the country by his mother.
Billy was 14 when his mother died. He started his criminal career by stealing food and clothing and two pistols. He was caught and sent to jail. He escaped two days later and went on a crime spree.

In 1877 – following his engagement in criminal activity such as livestock rustling – Billy the Kid was hired by a wealthy English cattle rancher named John Tunstall in Lincoln County, New Mexico. The Kid’s job was to protect Tunstall and watch over his animals. And he was known for his lightning-fast draw, his lithe frame, and his readiness to fight with his fists if necessary. The Kid is said to have thought highly of his boss, and the two had a mutual respect. So when Tunstall was murdered in cold blood, Billy vowed to exact revenge on the killers.

Billy the Kid’s favorite gun is believed to have been a .44 caliber Colt “Peacemaker,” and he became notorious due to his involvement in the Lincoln County War. Much violence and many escapades ensued, and on July 14, 1881, he was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett.


✹ 38. Read a book where the MC is an orphan.
✹ 39. Read a book where someone exacts revenge.
✹ 40. Read a book where a character is a bodyguard.
✹ 41. Read a book where the MC is a rancher.

✹ 42. Read a book set in the "Wild West" - The term Wild West refers to area of the United States west of the Mississippi river, specifically during the latter part of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.
✹ 43. Read a Western.
✹ 44. Read a book with a hat or gun on the cover. Please post the cover.
✹ 45. Read a book from a list with the words WILD or WEST or WESTERN or COWBOY. Tell us the name of the list.

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*All genres and formats are fine.
*Re-reads are allowed.
*No page minimum.
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TLC Hit Songs of 1968

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Quarterly Challenges     Hit Songs of 1968

songs 1968

Hit Songs of 1968
Duration: May 1, 2018-July 31, 2018

Tasks:

1. Hey Jude by the Beatles
♪ Read a book where a man lets a woman into his heart OR with a name in the title.

2. Honey by Bobby Goldsboro
♪ Read a book where a loved one dies OR where a character is called Honey by another character. Give us a sentence and page/Loc #.

3. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
♪ Read a book where a character is lonely OR with a dock on the cover. Please post the cover.

4. People Got To Be Free by Rascals
♪ Read a book where a character needs to be free OR with the letters F-R-E-E in the title.

5. Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
♪ Read a book with a MC who is a musician OR with a title that begins with S.

6. This Guy's In Love With You by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
♪ Read a book with the word LOVE in the title OR with a brass musical instrument on the cover. Please post the cover.

7. Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel
♪ Read a book where a married person has an affair OR by two authors.

8. Harper Valley P.T.A. by Jeannie C. Riley
♪ Read a book where a character is bullied OR whose author uses a middle initial.

9. Little Green Apples by O.C. Smith
♪ Read a book where a couple is in love OR with a green cover. Please post the cover.

10. Hello, I Love You by the Doors
♪ Read a book with a scene where a male character tries to get the attention of a female character OR with a door on the cover. Please post the cover.

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*Please post a partial list of the challenge when you sign up.
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
*Each book may only be used for one task or letter
*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.
*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.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go.

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

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

RRRC 2018 May Monthly Challenge

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Monthly Challenges      2018 May Monthly Challenge    


May 1 - May 31 2018 Super excited to guest-host this challenge for May!

1. 'M' is for May:
READ a book that starts with 'M' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'M'.

2. Olympian Gods and Goddesses - ATHENA Athena was the Goddess of War, the female counterpart of Ares. She is one of three virgin goddesses; the other two were Hestia and Artemis. Athena served as a guardian of Athens, where the Parthenon served as her temple.
READ a book with a parent/guardian character OR a book that is part of a trilogy OR a goddess in the story.

3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author – Ilona Andrews. Read one book written by Ilona Andrews or any author with her first or last name. Link to Ilona Andrew’s backlist- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Fun Facts about Ilona Andrews -
* ‘Ilona Andrews’ is a pseudonym for the husband-and-wife writing team, Ilona and Gordon.
* Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the US Army.
* This dynamic duo writes bestselling urban and romantic fantasy.
* Ilona and Gordon live in Texas with two kids, three dogs and a cat.

You may also READ a book by an author who is from Texas. You can also read any book shelved as Fantasy, or a book with an animal or child on the cover. Or you may read a book with a team in the story.

4. May 1st is International Worker’s Day: Also known as Labour Day or Workers’ Day in some countries, and often referred to as May Day, is the celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.
READ a book with a ‘Springy’ cover OR the main character is of the a working class OR has a 5 and 1 in the page count.

5. May is National Barbeque Month in the USA: “Barbeque” originally referred to pork cooked over a high smoke fuel source like wood or charcoal. The term has now come to include other meats and foods and refers to more to the cooking method rather than the specific dish. The method is commonly believed to have originated from aboriginal peoples in the Caribbean and Florida, where the word “barbeque” first entered the English language as “barbacoa”, which translated as “sacred fire pit.”
READ a book that has a chef/baker/cook character OR is set in the Southern United States (where BBQ is king!) OR features a hunk of ‘beef’(naked person) or fire on the cover.

6. May 4th is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!): Celebrated and observed by fans of George Lucas’ epic Star Wars franchise. The date was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase “May the Force be with you”. Some fans also recognize the next day, May 5th as ‘Revenge of the Fifth”, a play on “Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” which celebrates the Sith Lords and other villainous characters from the franchise.
READ a book that has a star on the cover or in the title OR features opposing groups of heroes and villains in the story (like the Jedi and Sith) OR has all the letters of STAR WARS in the title and author's name (any order and yes ‘S’, ‘R’ and ‘A’ must be counted twice).

7. May 8th is World Red Cross Day: The Red Cross provides humanitarian efforts and disaster relief around the world, wherever it is needed. May 8th remembers and recognizes the efforts of the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. Worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, famine, disaster or war. In America on May 8th, the American Red Cross puts special focus on US programs that keep children healthy and safe around the globe.
READ a book with RED or a CROSS on the cover OR has a character who is a doctor/nurse/volunteer OR is tagged as a YA.

8. May 13th is Mother’s Day: The first Mother’s Day in the US was on May 10th, 1908 in Philadelphia. Everybody has a mother and absolutely no one is more special than mom. Sure, dad is really important. And, grandparent's too. But moms, well they are just the greatest. Often taken for granted, they are always our strongest supporter. You can't do wrong in Mom's eyes.
READ a book with a prominent ‘mom’ character (good or bad) OR with flowers on the cover OR the numbers ‘1908’ in the page count and publication date (any order, can be combined).

9. May 22nd is World Goth Day: Originated in the United Kingdom in 2009, World Goth Day has quickly spread and is now celebrated in many countries around the world. Goth is not just about wearing black clothing. It’s a whole culture!
READ a book with a ‘goth’ or a ‘bad boy/girl’ character OR with music or fashion in the storyline OR an author born in the UK.

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