Friday, August 26, 2016

Monthly Spell Challenge-September 2016

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Monthly Spell Challenge
Duration: September 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016


Each month we will post a selection of words based on our yearly challenges, Monthly Observances Challenge and Monthly Keyword Challenge 

Choose one of the words from the list. 
You may only use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title – excluding A, An and The – 
OR the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used). 
As usual, you may go crazy and select more than one word!!

List:
first 
golden 
lovely 
past 
sweet 
better 
breakfast 
national 
piano 

Challenge Rules:
If you want to participate in a challenge, sign up by posting a list of the challenge requirements. 
This gives us a message to link you to so you can use to update your tasks as the challenge progresses. 
Click on the edit link at the bottom of your message to add additional tasks or updates.

All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). 
Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. 
There is no page requirement.

When updating your challenge with the books you've read, please include: (1) book title link, (2) the author's name, (3) the date you finished reading the book.

If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. 
If the task calls for an item/color on the cover, please include a link to the book cover. 
A book may be used for only one task.

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 and we can add finished to your name!

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


CCC RaT #8, August 28 - September 3

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CCC RaT #8, August 28 - September 3 

Here we are, near the end of another month. Is it just me, or is this year simply flying by? The year is 2/3 over, and Christmas is only four months away!

On that bright note... This month's RaT will begin at 12:01am on Sunday, August 28, and end at midnight on Saturday, September 3, a total of seven days. (Use your local time for start/end times.) We're hoping that this will help you finish your August reading lists/challenges and get a head start on September's reading!

Again, our goals for this RaT will be to:
(1) complete any challenges ending in August that you haven't finished yet and start on your September challenges (remember that in order to count a book for most of our September challenges, you must read more than half of it in September) and/or
(2) work on that pile of library or borrowed books that's waiting for your attention and/or
(3) read anything you want to read, just because!

If none of these suit you this month, create your own goal and let us know what you hope to accomplish :) As you read, be sure to check in here and let us know what you've read, what you think of the book, and anything else you want to tell us about it!

What do you "need" to read during this time? And what do you *want to read? If you want to set a goal -- books finished, pages read, time spent reading -- you can do that too :) So dig out those meals you've stashed in the freezer, set up play dates for the kids (and hubby too?), or maybe borrow some movies from the library to keep them occupied. Then get ready to start reading!

WRC September 2016 Word Search

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September 2016 Word Search
September 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

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The Child Thief by Brom

Our September Word search is inspired by our August Group Read: The Child Thief

Important Rule: You CANNOT use this book when looking for the words. That would be just too easy.

Below is the list of words to find. They can only be found within the text of the book - no covers, titles or authors, please. For each word you find, provide the book title, page or location, and the sentence containing the word. You can use one book to find all the words, or as many as you like. 

Optional Words: You can choose to look for them or leave them off your list...it's up to you. 

***If you don't find all the words this month, you are welcome to carry them over to next month's word search challenge.***

Words
barrel
cage
captain
enchanted
fort
grown-up
island
lost
mist
monster
profanity
runaway
scar
snort
thief

Optional Words
abomination
playground
pixie
silhouette
warrior 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

September 2016 Scavenger Challenge - Avast, me hearties!

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September Monthly Scavenger - Avast, me hearties!
Timeframe: 9/1/16 to 9/30/16

Are you one of the millions who party like pirates every September 19th on International Talk Like A Pirate Day?

Many seamen, who had served in merchant or naval ships, turned to the lucrative, but dangerous occupation of a pirate. Pirate crews were treated much better than navy crews who were subjected to harsh, rules, treatment, punishment and low wages, often press-ganged into service. The pirate ships were governed by their own laws, called Articles, agreed between the pirate crew and the captain, also determining how prize money from their raids would be shared. The history of pirates was based on money.

Here are some of the more notorious pirates:

1. Sir Francis Drake (English, 1540-1595)
Francis Drake, nicknamed “my pirate” by Queen Elizabeth I, was among the “Sea Dog” privateers licensed by the English government to attack Spanish shipping. Spain, his life-long foe, saw repeated devastation as he relentlessly plundered Spanish cities off the coast of Florida. He also claimed new land on the Pacific coast for Queen Elizabeth, becoming the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. A delighted Queen Elizabeth knighted him upon his return. After an illustrious career, Drake died of something as mundane as dysentery.
♦ Read a book with the word "MY" in the title - OR - a book with royalty somewhere in the story - OR - a book with any kind of ship on the cover (a ship, not a sailboat or rowboat, but a ship--show us the cover).

2. Sir Henry Morgan (Welsh, 1635-1688)
Captain Morgan is one of the most famous pirates who terrorized Spain’s Caribbean colonies in the late 1600s. He may have pillaged more than 400 ships throughout his career. His greatest achievement was capturing wealthy Panama City with 30 ships and 1,200 men, acquiring his largest plunder yet. It was due to his raid on Panama City that he was arrested and brought back to England, but because battle resumed between England and Spain, King Charles II knighted Morgan and released him as deputy governor of Jamaica. There, he lived as a well respected planter until his death. Ironically, the Jamaican legislature passed an anti-piracy law during his administration, and Morgan even assisted in pirate prosecution.
♦ Read a book set somewhere in the Caribbean (this list might help) - OR - read a book in which a character works for the government - OR - read a book with the number "30" intact in the number of pages (tell us how many pages).

3. William Kidd (Scottish, 1645 - 1701)
A stylish Scotsman who had been a leading citizen of New York City, actively involved in the building of Trinity Church, Captain Kidd began his career as a privateer, originally commissioned to rid the seas of pirates. Only reluctantly, did he cross into piracy (having been elected pirate captain by his crew), although his piracy itself may be questionable as his exploits may have been sensationalized. His greatest misfortune was attacking an East India Company vessel. When he learned that he was hunted for that deed, he buried some of his treasure on Gardiners Island, anticipating its usefulness as a bargaining tool. But, captured in Boston along with his wife, William Kidd was eventually sent to England for trial. He was sentenced to death, some said unjustly, and suffered a wretched execution - the noose by which he was hung broke twice, and after he was killed on the third hanging his body was doused in tar and hung by chains along the Thames River as a warning to other pirates.
♦ Read a book with a character who starts out as a "good guy" but who falls into a life of crime or at least commits an illegal act of some kind - OR - read a book where something valuable is hidden - OR - read a book where someone is executed.

4. Edward Teach "Blackbeard" (English, 1680- 1718)
Though there have been more successful pirates, Blackbeard is one of the best-known and widely-feared of his time. He commanded four ships and had a pirate army of 300 at the height of his career, and defeated the famous warship, HMS Scarborough in sea-battle. He was known for barreling into battle clutching two swords, coiling smoking fuses into his long, braided facial hair, and slinging multiple pistols and daggers across his chest. In November 1717 he captured a French slave ship, later renamed the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and refitted it with 40 guns. With that extra firepower he then blockaded the port of Charleston, South Carolina, until the town’s residents met his demands for a large chest of medicine. After a fierce battle in which he made a stand with candle smoke rising from his beard, he was overtaken by the Royal Navy and beheaded. His head was then raised upon a stake as a warning to other pirates near Virginia’s Hampton River.
♦ Read a book with long hair or a beard on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book whose title contains at least 2 B's - OR - read a book where the author's first OR last name starts with B.

5. Bartholomew Roberts "Black Bart" (Welsh, 1682 - 1722)
Roberts’ crew admired his adventurist courage, calling him “pistol proof” - though he had been forced into piracy, having once been an officer on board a ship that was captured by the pirate Howell Davis. After taking over, Roberts’ navigational skills, charisma, and bravado painted him golden in the eyes of his men. He plundered over 400 ships.
♦ Read a book that has more than 400 pages (tell us how many pages) - OR - read a book with a color word in the title - OR - read a book where a character has a nickname (tell us the name).

6. Anne Bonny (Irish, 1700-1782)
Having traveled to the New World with her family, Anne fell in love and married a poor sailor named James Bonny. But when she grew increasingly disappointed by her husband’s lack of valor, she began seeking out the company of many different men in Nassau. Among these men was “Calico Jack” Rackham, captain of a pirate ship. She joined his crew while acting and dressing like a man (including drinking and fighting profusely). Thus, she fought under his command, and along with fellow female pirate Mary Read, she coaxed the crew into even greater bloodshed and violence and became a formidable pirate herself. However, she was captured with Rackham’s crew and sentenced to death. Both she and Mary Read claimed pregnancy in prison, and their death sentences weren’t carried out. No one is sure how the famous female pirate died, though there is speculation that she returned home to her husband or her father.
♦ Read a book with a female character who holds a job normally held by a male - OR read a book with a pregnancy in the story somewhere - OR - read a book whose title starts with a letter in RACKHAM (exclude A, A, The).

7. Cheung Po Tsai (Chinese, early 1800s - mid 1800s)
Cheung Po Tsai was a fisherman’s son, captured by a pirate and his wife to later be adopted by them and become a pirate himself. At the height of his career, he commanded an army of over 50,000 men and several hundred ships. He terrorized the Guangdong coastline, amassing great treasure, which he hid in a small cave that is today named after him. Eventually the Chinese government managed to catch him, though he struck a deal with them and became enlisted as a captain in the Qing Imperial Navy. He was appointed to the rank of colonel and spent the rest of his life aiding the Chinese government in capturing other pirates.
♦ Read a book with a Chinese character - OR - read a book where a main character is in the military (any country, but he or she must be active) - OR - read a book with a 5 in the original year of publication (tell us the year).


CHALLENGE RULES: 
♦ If you want to participate in a challenge, please 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. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link here 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 and not simply skim through it. 

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item 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 don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: 
Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ 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.

AMMP Back to School Read-a-Thon

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Join us for our Back to School Read-a-Thon!
Dates: August 26 - September 6, 2016
Time: Start at midnight your time zone on Friday night/Saturday "morning"!
End at Midnight your time zone on the following Tuesday night! This way you get two weekends PLUS the Labor Day holiday:-)

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Details:
1. Start when you feel like it
2. Finish when you feel like it
3. Read whatever you want (Any number of pages or books; finish books already started or start books from scratch, doesn't matter. You can even read things not normally included in the AMMP guidelines!)
4. Set a goal or don't! It's up to you! (Goal ideas: Number of books you want to read; number of pages you want to read; finish or start a certain book or series; work on books toward challenges, etc!)
5. Share your progress here in this thread! Set up a tracking post!
6. There will be badges! (Info in Post #2) 


 Badge for Participating in this Read-a-Thon! (Any number of pages or books read, whether finished or not!)

 Badge for Reading A Book for a Challenge

 Badge for Reading One Book in a Series

 Badge for Reading a book that fits the "School" theme in some way

 Badge for reading a Children's/Middle Grade/YA book

 Badge for Finishing One Book (doesn't matter when you started it)

 Badge for Finishing Two Books

 Badge for Finishing Five Books

 Badge for Finishing Six-to-Ten Books

 Badge for Reading Eleven-to-Fifteen Books

 Badge for Reading Sixteen-to-Twenty Books

 Badge for Reading Twenty-one or more Books

 Badge for Reading at least 100 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 250 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 500 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 750 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 1000 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 1250 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 1500 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 1750 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 2000 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 2500 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 3000 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 3500 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 4000 Pages

 Badge for Reading at least 4500 Pages

 Badge for Reading 5000 or more pages 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fall Fun Bingo

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Fall Fun Bingo
September 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016

Are you ready for another round of Seasonal Bingo? We have changed one of the requirements (#4) to make it just a little bit harder. Have fun!

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Each bingo space has a “FALL” word in it - complete a space one of four ways:
1. Item Found on the Cover of Your Book (Post Cover) OR
2. Word Found in the Title - Partial Words or Variations Allowed OR
3. Author’s First AND Last Initials Found in the Word OR
4. Title Begins with the First OR Last letter of the Word (please note that this task has changed from last quarter making it a little bit harder). You can chose to use A, An or The OR you can disregard it. 

You only need ONE of the above to complete the square AND you can mix and match tasks to complete a line. 

**When posting your completed books include Word from Square and how the book completes the task. Include a cover if using that choice. All formats are acceptable and we will observe the 125 page limit but you may combine books to reach it but both books must meet the requirement of the task.

Choose a level of participation or work the levels as you go:
Level One: Complete One Line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal)
Level Two: Complete Two Lines
Level Three: Complete Three Lines
Level Four: Complete Four or More Lines

Enjoy the challenge!

Row 1: Maize, Pumpkin, Scarecrow, Basket, Leaf
Row 2: Squirrel, Barn, Pilgrim, Cider, Ghost
Row 3: Oktoberfest, Acorn, Fall, Sunflower, Turkey
Row 4: Orchard, Rake, Bonfire, Spider Web, Apple
Row 5: Haystack, Thankful, Football, Candy Corn, School 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monthly Observances Challenge

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Monthly Observances
Duration: September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017


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You MUST read one book each month to participate. You may go crazy and read a book from each task if you wish. 
BUT you may not read ahead. You may go back and read for a previous month.

September 
Better Breakfast Month
National Piano Month


Read a book with recipes.
Read a book with a food word in the title.
Read a book with a breakfast food on the cover.
Read a book with an MC that is a musician.
Read a book with a piano in the story or on the cover.

October
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
National Applejack Month


Read a book where a character has a pet.
Read a book with a pet on the cover.
Read a book where a character works at an animal shelter/vet office.
Read a book where a character is a farmer.
Read a book with a cocktail/beverage on the cover.

November
National Novel Writing Month
Native American Heritage Month


Read a book with a character that is a writer.
Read a book with books on the cover.
Read a Western OR a Historical set in the west.
Read a book with a Native American character.
Read a book with the author's initials are in NOVEL HERITAGE.

December
Bingo Month
Write a Friend Month


Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in BINGO.
Read a book where a character uses math OR has a math related job (accountant, bookkeeper, teacher).
Read a book where a character plays Bingo or another board game.
Read a book where the characters are friends.
Read a book where the characters write to each other - emails, letters, texts. The writing needs to be part of the story. 

January
National Blood Donor Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National Book Blitz Month


Read a book in the Paranormal genre.
Read a book that features vampires.
Read a book with a blind character OR where a character's eyes are hurt.
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in BRAILLE.
Read a book where a character reads.
Read a book with a book or books on the cover.

February
An Affair to Remember Month
Great American Pie Month


Read a Romance.
Read a book where the MC is a baker OR a character loves to bake.
Read a book where characters have an affair.
Read a book where a character eats pie.
Read a book with pie on the cover.
Read a book with a couple kissing on the cover.

March
National Irish American Heritage Month
Music in Our Schools Month


Read a book set in Ireland.
Read a book with an Irish character.
Read a book that features fairy/fae characters.
Read a book with a character that is a music teacher.
Read a book set at a school/college/university.

April
National Humor Month
Lawn and Garden Month


Read a book with humor listed on the main page genre list.
Read a book with a character that you think is funny.
Read a book with a lawn or garden on the cover.
Read a book a character that gardens.
Read a book a title that starts with a letter in HUMOR GARDEN.

May
National Bike Month
Older Americans Month
National Recommitment Month


Read a book about bikers. May be bicycles or motorcycles.
Read a book with a bike (of any kind) on the cover.
Read a book with an older character.
Read a second chance romance novel.
Read a book with double consonants in the title.

June
Gay Pride Month
Aquarium Month
Rose Month


Read a book that has a LGBTQ character.
Read a book with a Q in the title or author's name.
Read a book with a sea creature on the cover.
Read a book set by the water. 
Read a rose on the cover or ROSE in the title.

July
National Ice Cream Month
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
National Hot Dog Month


Read a book with a cover that is the same as your favorite flavor of ice cream. Please tell us that flavor!
Read a book an "ice cream" word in the title. Tell us what that word is.
Read a book where a character uses a cell phone.
Read a book that features a BBQ/Outdoor party.
Read a book a title that starts with a letter in HOTDOG.

August
Admit You're Happy Month
Family Fun Month


Read a book with a HEA ending.
Read a book with a generally happy character.
Read a book that features a family.
Read a book a title that starts with a letter in HAPPY FAMILY.
Read a book with something that is happy or fun on the cover. Tell us what that is!

Challenge Rules:
If you want to participate in a challenge, sign up by posting a list of the challenge requirements. 
This gives us a message to link you to so you can use to update your tasks as the challenge progresses. 
Click on the edit link at the bottom of your message to add additional tasks or updates.

All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). 
Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. 
There is no page requirement.

When updating your challenge with the books you've read, please include: (1) book title link, (2) the author's name, (3) the date you finished reading the book.

If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. 
If the task calls for an item/color on the cover, please include a link to the book cover. 
A book may be used for only one task.

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 and we can add finished to your name!

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