Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Happy 75th Anniversary Archie Comics! Quarterly Challenge- Dec. 15, 2016- March 14, 2017

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion


Happy 75th Anniversary Archie Comics!
Quarterly Challenge- Dec. 15, 2016- March 14, 2017

Archie Comics Celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2016

Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and many more. Archie Comics have sold billions comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music.

Happy 75th Anniversary Archie Comics!

Level 1-Read any 5 books- Visit Riverdale
Level 2- Read any 10 books- Meet the Archie Gang
Level 3- Read any 15 books- Hang out at Pop's Soda Shop
Level 4- Read any 20 books- Date one of the gang!
Bonus- 5 books (can be added to any level)

Tasks-
Fun Facts about the Archie Comics-
1. In an upcoming special issue, the Archies travel back in time and meet legendary punk band the Ramones.
-Read a book with time travel or a story with a 'punk' or rough around the edges character.

2. In 2004, Veronica lost her bikini top to a wave. Racy!
- Read a book published in 2004 or a book with a naked torso or water on the cover.

3. Archie's ancient red jalopy - which was forever breaking down and being repaired by Betty Cooper - was a 1916 Ford Model T. In more recent comics, he's seen driving a red Ford Mustang from the 1960s.
-Read a book with a car or any type of vehicle on the cover, or a book cover that has the color red.(bonus if you can find a red car!)

4. True to his Scottish roots, Archie can play the bagpipes and has worn a kilt.
- Read a book set in Scotland or a character from Scotland, or a Historical romance.

5. Though Jughead's love of food is legendary, he's generous if others are hungry. He's given a bag of candy to a penniless boy and donated pizzas to a soup kitchen where he volunteered.
- Read a book with an altruistic, good-hearted character, or a book with something round on the cover.

6. The iconic Archies song "Sugar, Sugar" was rumoured to be offered to the Monkees before the Archies.
- Read a book whose title repeats two of the words, or a book with a band or concert in the story. (i.e. Love Me or Lose Me, One Plus One Equals Trouble)

7. Big Moose's real name is Marmaduke Mason.
- Read a book whose author goes by a pseudonym, or uses more than one pen name, or has repeating initials ( i.e. Melissa McClone)

8. Jughead's real first name is Forsythe.
-Read a book with a character that hides their identity, or has amnesia, or goes by a nickname.

9. Betty is allergic to strawberries. Veronica once fed them to her so that she could steal Betty's modelling job.
- Read a book with a devious character, or a book with food on the cover.

10. Today, there are a number of highly successful Archie spinoff series, like Afterlife with Archie, in which Jughead is a zombie.
- Read a Paranormal Romance, or a book with zombies or a book that is part of a series.

11. The Archies' rock band consisted of Archie Andrews on lead guitar and vocals, Reggie Mantle on bass, Jughead Jones on drums, Veronica Lodge on keyboard and Betty Cooper on tambourine.
-Read a book that has a group of friends in the story, or a book with more than 2 people on the cover (needs to be people).

12. Archie comic's first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, appeared in Veronica #202 in Sept. 2010. The issue was so popular it prompted the series first- ever reprint.
- Read an LGBT book, or a book with an LGBT character, or a book that has had more than one printing.

Characters-
13.Archie Andrews- Archie is a typical small-town teenager. Generous, well-mannered, but clumsy, he is genuinely liked by many of his friends. Archie goes crazy when he sees an attractive girl, but his two main crushes are Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper, forming the love triangle driving the comic's plot-lines. He has the best intentions, but often comes into conflict with Veronica's father Hiram Lodge and Riverdale High's principal, Waldo Weatherbee. As the lead singer of The Archies, Archie performs with Betty and Veronica, as well as his rival Reggie, and best buddy Jughead.
- Read a small-town romance or a romance containing a love triangle.

14.Betty Cooper-The very kind hearted, though temperamental girl next door. She is romantically obsessed with Archie. She has a passion for writing and is a good student, athlete, cook, and auto mechanic.
- Read a book with an innocent, or kind character or a character who likes to cook or work on cars, or a book with a scene set in a school.

15.Veronica Lodge-Veronica (sometimes called Ronnie or Ron by her close friends) is a very rich girl, the daughter of the billionaire Hiram Lodge. She is a spendthrift, quite spoiled and very vain, but gets along well with most of her classmates. Like her best friend Betty, she is romantically obsessed with Archie and constantly competes for his affections, though she is quick to fall in love with the next hunk around the corner, and occasionally dates Reggie. She rarely gets along with Jughead due to his sloppiness.
- Read a book with a wealthy or vain character, or a book whose author has an initial of V, L, or R.

16.Jughead Jones-Archie's best friend ever since they met as children is named Forsythe. Jughead is obsessed with food, and is a moocher, constantly asking his friends, especially Archie, for money and food. he maintains loyalty to Archie, and is usually the one who has to bail him out of trouble. He usually wears his trademark gray crown beanie.
- Read a book with a 'knight in shining armor' character, or a character who needs a friend's help, or a book with a hat, or crown on the cover.

17.Reggie Mantle-Archie’s main rival, particularly for Veronica's affections. Though they are ultimately good friends, he often taunts Archie and does not understand why girls prefer to date him. He is highly vain and conceited, thinks he can date anyone he wants, and expects everyone to think the world of him.
- Read a book with a character who thinks very highly of themselves, or a book with a title that has repeating letters in one of the words (i.e. Apples Should Be Read, Just Desserts)

18.Moose Mason-Marmaduke Mason is a muscular star athlete who is a poor student, He is dimwitted and can be easily manipulated by others, particularly Reggie. At the same time, he is also kind, sensitive and helpful toward his closest friends.
- Read a book with an athletic character, or a sensitive character, or read a book with any kind of sports equipment or an animal on the cover.

19.Kevin Keller- The first openly gay character in Archie Comics. Kevin is an aspiring journalist, with many hobbies including collecting comics and competitive eating.
- Read a book with a character who likes to write, or a character who is competitive, or a book that is the first in a series or an author's debut book.

20.Terry "Pop" Tate- is the owner and manager of the Chok'lit Shoppe, an ice cream parlor and frequent hangout of Archie's Gang. Pop Tate is the self-designated philanthropist for the Archie gang, hearing about their problems while serving ice cream and a variety of other goodies.
- Read a book with a character in the food industry, or a business owner, or a book with an older character in it.


*Bonus -
Josie and the Pussycats-
Josie was introduced in Archie's Pals 'n' Gals #23 (Winter 1962-1963). Occasionally Josie and her friends would appear in "crossover" issues with the main Archie characters.
Josie and the Pussycats became its own comic book about a fictional rock band, in 1963.

1 .Josie- levelheaded, sweet-natured redhead. She is the lead vocalist and plays guitar.

2. Melody- a cute blond, She is an absent-minded, bubbly sort of character who provides much of the comic relief of the series

3. Valerie- plays the bass and is the main songwriter. good at science and a skilled auto mechanic

Sabrina the Teenage Witch-
Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a comic book series published by Archie Comics about the adventures of a fictional teenager named Sabrina Spellman. She first appeared in Archie's Madhouse #22 (cover-dated Oct. 1962).
The series' premise is that Sabrina, a "half-witch" – her mother is an ordinary human, or "mortal" as witches refer to them, while her father is a witch – lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda Spellman, both witches themselves, in the fictional town of Greendale, which is located somewhere near Riverdale, the home of Archie Andrews. Also living with the three women as the family pet is Salem Saberhagen, a witch who's been turned into a cat as punishment for world domination attempts.

4. Sabrina- the lead character of the series. In the early comic series, Sabrina is a well-meaning girl, but she struggles with constant pressure to be "bad" from all the other witches around her, especially her aunts, as well as learning to master her powers. 

5. Salem Saberhagen: the Spellmans' American shorthair cat. Salem was formerly a witch, who was turned into a cat as punishment by the Witches' Council for plotting to take over the world. Salem has the ability to talk and possesses a sarcastic and somewhat self-centered attitude.

Bonus Tasks-
Read 5 books that include any or all of the following :
(items below can be used more than once, or not at all. i.e. you can read all 5 books about music if you choose to)
1. Friendship
2. Music
3. Family
4. Witchcraft
5. Cats (all varieties, including shapeshifters)

**There is no minimum page requirement for this challenge. Audiobooks and rereads are allowed.** 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

AMMP December Word Hunt

A Million More Pages discussion on goodreads



Holiday Eating Word Hunt

December has many special days that involve baking and cooking, or just food in general. Here is a short list of some of them:

Dec. 1-7 - Cookie Cutter Week
Dec. 2 - National Fritters Day
Dec. 2 - National Rhubarb Vodka Day
Dec. 3-9 - Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week
Dec. 4 - Cookie Day
Dec. 4-8 - Cookie Exchange Week
Dec. 8 - National Brownie Day
Dec. 9 - National Pastry Day
Dec. 9 - Gingerbread Decorating Day
Dec. 12 - Gingerbread House Day
Dec. 12 - National Cocoa Day
Dec. 15 - National Lemon Cupcake Day
Dec. 15 - National Cupcake Day
Dec. 16 - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Dec. 17 - National Maple Syrup Day
Dec. 17-23 - Gluten-free Baking Week
Dec. 18 - Bake Cookies Day
Dec. 19 - Oatmeal Muffin Day
Dec. 20 - National Sangria Day
Dec. 22 - National Date Nut Bread Day 
Dec. 24 - National Chocolate Day
Dec. 24 - National Egg Nog Day
Dec. 25 - National Pumpkin Pie Day
Dec. 25 - Christmas Pudding Day
Dec. 26 - National Candy Cane Day
Dec. 27 - National Fruitcake Day
Dec. 28-29 - National Chocolate Day
Dec. 29 - Pepper Pot Day
Dec. 30 - Bacon Day
Dec. 31 - Global Champagne Day

This month's word list is based on these food-oriented celebration days. There are 25 words to find. Plurals are OK. You may find up to 5 words per book. You may want to have a snack while reading...

Word List

Cookie(s) Long Time Coming p 29
Fritter(s)
Chocolate(s) Quick Trick Loc 747
Bacon Snow Belle Loc 1234 
Champagne Quick Trick Loc 2640
Vodka Quick Trick Loc 165
Sangria
Fruitcake(s)
Brownie Greenglass House p 8
Pastry Quick Trick Loc 2711
Gingerbread Snowbound at Christmas p 6
Cocoa Looking Inside p 278 
Lemon Snowbound at Christmas p 4
Cupcake(s) Seduction and Snacks p 42
Muffin Seduction and Snacks p 23
Pudding Snowbound at Christmas p 32
Candy Cane Snowbound at Christmas p 31
Maple Syrup Greenglass House p 38
Egg Nog Greenglass House p 8
Pepper Long Time Coming p 20
Gluten-free When All The Girls Have Gone p 101
Bread Snowbound at Christmas p 54
Holiday(s) Snow Belle Loc 396
Christmas Quick Trick Loc 2235
Hanukkah (or any of the various spellings)


Reading The Seasons - Winter

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads


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Read books for each task listed. Some (but not all) tasks will have opportunities to collect bonus points. 

You can read one book for every task or read multiple books for some tasks. (For example - you could choose to just focus on task 5 and read books with white covers. That's fine - you can claim points for each one that fits). 

Each book may only be used for one task. (For example, you might read a book that is set in December, where somebody receives a gift - you can count this book for task 2 OR 10 but not both)

The aim of the game is to score as many points as possible by the end of the quarter.

Scoring: Score 1 point for each book read that fits a task plus 2 points for each bonus task.

EXAMPLE: 

TASK: Read a book set in USA (Bonus: set in Atlanta or Memphis)

You read a book set in California = 1 point for USA : Total 1 point

You read a book set in Memphis = 1 point for USA + 2 points for Memphis: Total 3 points


Please keep a record of your points at the top of your post.

The person with the most points each month will get a 'Player of the Month' badge in the 'Hall of Fame' and the highest scorer at the end of the challenge will get a 'Champion' badge.

All players who score at least 5 points will be awarded a badge.
 


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Duration: December 1st 2016 - February 28th 2017

***Reserve your spot but no reading till the 1st!***

*Books must be started and finished within this time frame*

5 -10 points - Super Seasonal
11-20 points - Winter Wonderful
21+ points - Fantastically Frosty



TASKS

1. Read a book originally published in December, January or February of any year. (Bonus: originally published in December 2016 or Jan/Feb 2017)
Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16

2. Read a book set in December, January or February.

3. Read a book with the letters C O L D somewhere in the title. Does not have to be in order. (Bonus: The letters 'Cold' in order in the title, so Cold, Colder, Scold etc)
Cowboy, It's Cold Outside Katherine Garbera 12/9/16

4. Read a book with a weather word in the title (Bonus: 'Snow' in the title)

5. Read a book with a cover that reminds you of winter. This can be as simple as a white cover. (Bonus: Actual winter scene on cover)

6. Snow – Read a book where bad weather is important to the story. (Bonus: Someone gets snowed in)
Storm hits just as last guest arrives.
Greenglass House Kate Milford 12/2/16


7. Saint Nicholas - Read a book with an author OR character named Nicholas or Nick.
Faith Nicholas
Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16


8. Hanukkah – Read a book with a Jewish character (Bonus: Hanukkah is celebrated in the story)

9. Christmas – Read a book set during Christmas.

10. Christmas – Read a book where somebody receives a gift. (Bonus: A Christmas gift)

11. New Year's Eve - Read a book where characters attend a party (Bonus: A New Years Eve Party)

12. New Year – Read a book that is first in a series (Bonus: Also by an author you have not read before)
Seduction and Snacks Tara Sivec 12/1/16

13. Resolutions - Read a book where somebody makes a resolution or sets a goal. (Bonus: The resolution made is - Stop smoking, cut down on alcohol, or lose weight)
Well Hung Lauren Blakely 12/5/16

14. Twelfth Night (Jan 5/6) – Read a book with a number in the title (Bonus: The number 12 in the title)

15. Martin Luther King Day (US) – Read a book set in USA (Bonus: Set in Atlanta or Memphis)

16. Chinese New Year - Read a book with a red cover.

17. Chinese New Year - Read a book with the word 'rooster' somewhere in the text.

18. Mardi Gras – Read a book featuring a parade or carnival. (Bonus: A Mardi Gras parade)

19. Valentine's Day – Read a book with a heart on the cover or 'LOVE' in the title.

20. Valentine's Day – Read a book from one of these listopias - Love StoriesContemporary RomanceHistorical Romance

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What’s In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017 

This is the sign-up post for the tenth – yes, tenth! – annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued here at The Worm Hole. Bloggers have written up this post in other languages: ItalianPortuguese.
I decided to go back to interpretations for the logo this time, choosing the painting by Henri Pierre Picou.
The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):
  • A number in numbers (84, Charing Cross Road; 12 Years A Slave; 31 Dream Street)
  • A building (The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture The Castle; House Of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it (The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
  • A compass direction (North and South; Guardians Of The West; The Shadow In The North; NW)
  • An item/items of cutlery (The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came From Woolworths)
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration! (The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo’s Calling)
As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.
Extra information
  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my example of I Capture The Castle could be used for ‘a building’ or ‘a title in which at least two words share a first letter’ but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.
Everything else
On January 1 I’ll publish 7 posts, one for each category and one for your wrap-up post. These posts will be published as WordPress pages and linked to from the What’s In A Name logo on the sidebar. You will be able to post your links to your reviews or leave comments, depending on whether you’re a blogging reader or a non-blogger reader. If you are a blogger, please leave one review per category. You’ll be able to find the gateway post through a link I’ll be adding to the navigation section of my sidebar. 

Alternatively, for ease, you might want to subscribe to this blog via Feedly or email so that the gateway post will be immediately available to you without you having to search the site. The non-Feedly feed link and also a Bloglovin’ link are on the sidebar.

If you have trouble finding a book for a category, have a look at the corresponding page for it here once the challenge has started – readers who’ve already completed the category will have linked to their reviews and added titles that you can look through.

To join the challenge, sign up using the Mr Linky if you’re a blogger, and if you’re not a blogger please email me your details (I’ve had to turn off comments on this post because the spam has become too much). If at any time you have difficulties adding your link, email me at the address on my contact page with your information, and I’ll add it myself.

How to use Mr Linky: put your name and/or your blog’s name in the top box and the URL (web address) of your blog in the second box. If you have a Tumblr or use a Facebook page instead of a blog, use the web address to that instead.
How you link is up to you, but it’s suggested that you include both your name and blog name in the first box.
If you have any suggestions for this year’s challenge, let me know in the comments (again, if you’ve not commented here before the comment will show up after I’ve approved it as part of my site spam moderation).
And remember that you don’t have to sign up today – as the challenge runs until the end of 2017, you can sign up at any time during the year.
Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname2017 (the number included so we don’t get lost amongst various Romeo And Juliet quotes!)

Blooms in Winter

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


BLOOMS IN WINTER
December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017


Wishing for some hints of summer in the dead of winter? There are a surprising number of plants and flowers hardy enough to weather though cold temperatures and snow. Read on!

**A huge 'shout out' to Barb who formatted the photographs so that I could post them in this challenge!

Amaryllis: Legend has it that the stunning red flower we've come to associate with the holidays - began as a shy, timid nymph. Amaryllis fell deeply in love with Alteo, a shepherd, but her affections were unrequited. Amaryllis sought advice from the oracle of Delphi. Following his instructions, Amaryllis dressed in maiden's white and appeared at Alteo's door for 30 nights, each time piercing her heart with a golden arrow. When at last Alteo opened his door, there before him was a striking crimson flower, sprung from the blood of Amaryllis's heart. It's not surprising that today the amaryllis has come to symbolize pride, determination and radiant beauty.
Read a book marked “Romance” OR read book #30 on your TBR (sorted any way you choose) OR read a book with any type of arrow on its cover.
Rustler's Moon Jodi Thomas 12/7/16


Camellia: One of the most popular winter plants is the Camellia which blooms from fall to early spring. Its brightly colored rose-like flowers offer a striking contrast to a dull winter landscape. Like an unexpected gift, some varieties of camellia will ‘arrive’ with a showy display of rose-like blossoms in the middle of January. Evergreen camellias have thick green leaves, will easily grow 10 feet tall, and can live 50-100 years.
Read a book with a bleak landscape on its cover (bonus for bleak, winter landscape!) OR read a book in which a main character receives a pleasant surprise (tell us what) OR read a book whose total number of pages is evenly divisible by 10 (tell us how many pages).


Christmas Rose: This beautiful flower is actually a member of the buttercup family. Plant Christmas roses in shady spots along your walkways and this winter-loving plant will blossom from late December through early spring on stout stems that rise above modest snowfalls. Blooms are usually white although there are some pink varieties.
Read a book in which there is some kind of significant misconception (tell us what) OR read a book that occurs over Christmas OR read a book with a “shady” character.


Firethorn: This hardy perennial is an attractive sight all year round. It has small clusters of sparkling white flowers in spring and bright glossy green leaves the rest of the year. The small pea like berries, which can be either orange or yellow, remain long after fall is over. 
Read a book whose cover is mostly orange or yellow OR read a book whose plot duration is at least one year OR read a book in which the author’s first and last initial may be found in FIRETHORN.


Flowering Quince: If you’ve got a black thumb, flowering quince is a good choice. Virtually indestructible, flowering quince tolerates climate extremes and neglect. This deciduous thorny shrub can stretch up to 8 feet wide, makes great natural fencing, and puts on a big show of blossoms in winter.
Read a book whose cover shows a shrub and/or a fence OR read a book whose publication year includes an “8” (tell us the year published) OR read a book in which a character is inept at something (tell us what).

Holly: Often called “Christ’s thorn,” the European holly is commonly associated with Christmas. Since the Middle Ages the plant has carried a Christian symbolism, as expressed in the well-known Christian Christmas carol "The Holly and the Ivy," in which the holly represents Jesus and the ivy represents the Virgin Mary. The sharpness of the leaves help to recall the crown of thorns worn by Jesus; the red berries serve as a reminder of the drops of blood that were shed for salvation; and the shape of the leaves, which resemble flames, can serve to reveal God's burning love for His people. 
Read a book whose title fits into the following format: The _____ and the ______; OR read a book with any type of berry on its cover OR read a book with a character or author whose name is HOLLY (reasonable variations accepted; last names may be use, as well as first – no compound words).
Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1) by Tara Sivec Seduction and Snacks Tara Sivec 12/1/16



Ivy: Ivies may creep on level ground or climb on any suitable surface, reaching heights of 30m. The flowers are greenish-yellow with five small petals; they bloom in autumn to early winter and are very rich in nectar. The fruit is a greenish-black or dark purple berry with one to five seeds, ripening in late winter to mid-spring. Ivy leaves symbolize eternity and resurrection.
Read a book with either a very dark green or deep purple cover OR read a book that is anywhere between first and fifth in a series OR read a book whose primary theme is redemption or resurrection.
Quick Trick (Rough Riders Hockey, #1) by Skye Jordan Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16



Mistletoe: In medieval times mistletoe symbolized fertility and vitality. The serving class of Victorian England is credited with the tradition stating a man was allowed to kiss any woman standing underneath mistletoe, and that bad luck would befall any woman who refused the kiss. One variation on the tradition stated that with each kiss a berry was to be plucked from the mistletoe, and the kissing must stop after all the berries had been removed.
Read a book that takes place in Victorian England (1837 - 1901) OR read a book with a significant kissing scene OR read a book in which a character has domestic help.


Poinsettia: Indigenous to Mexico, it derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday and was inspired by an angel to gather weeds and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus. In the United States, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.
Read a book that takes place in Mexico OR read a book that has a very poor character OR read a book with an intact “12” its total page count.
Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16



Snowdrop: When most other plants are hiding away from winter’s chill, snowdrop is eager to shine. One of the first blossoms of late winter, snowdrops are still shy, preferring to hide away in rock gardens and under taller shrubs. Plant these bulbs in fall.
Read a book with a shy character OR read a book whose location begins with a letter in SNOWDROP (tell us the location) OR read a book with a primarily white cover (remember to post the cover).
 (Seattle, Washington) 
When All The Girls Have Gone Jayne Ann Krentz 12/6/16



Winterberry: is a cousin of holly but loses its leaves in the fall so that the bright red berries come into their own. This plant is a staple of winter landscaping and if you like birds, those that come out in winter will thank you for the berries you provide them. The seeds must be sown in the fall in a cold frame and should be transplanted to rich moist soil in the spring. This is a slow growing plant and germination can take 2 to 3 years. 
Read a book which features at least two characters who are cousins OR read a book whose cover is bright red (remember to post the cover) OR read a book that has any bird name in its title or author’s name (compound words are okay).
Lucy & Gabe
Cowboy, It's Cold Outside Katherine Garbera 12/9/16




Witch Hazel: Fragrant in summer, witch hazel puts out clusters of spidery red-and-yellow flowers that blaze like little suns in the midst of winter. You’ll want to find the right place in your garden for this sizable shrub — it can grow up to 15 feet tall and nearly as wide. Plant witch hazel in the fall.
Read a book with an obvious summer or winter scene on the cover OR read a book whose title contains a synonym of red or yellow (i.e. crimson, mustard) OR read a book whose main character is “sunny” (i.e. optimistic, outgoing; tell us the name of the character).


Sources: hgtv.com - 9 Winter Garden Plants That Dazzle (Even When It Snows)
Wikipedia


CHALLENGE RULES

♣ When you sign up for the challenge, please post a challenge template so we have a post to which to link your name; post #2 will list participant links which can then be used for making challenge updates.

♣ For each book you read, please indicate the title, 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. 

♣ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long.

♣ Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged!

♣ If you want the challenge moderator to check your progress as you make updates, please copy/paste your update into a new message . We don't have time 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, you won't be included in the list of those who have completed the challenge.

*If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title or cover, see the instructions here: Link Instructions