Monday, September 18, 2017

CCC Classic Toys

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

DURATION: September 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Who doesn't remember their favorite childhood toys? While I know that many of you belong to younger generations than some of us, I'm hoping that you'll indulge us oldsters as we take a stroll down Memory Lane and revisit some classic toys that we enjoyed "back in the day" :) 

See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this 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 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. 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 or specific author initials or name/s, you must include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
PLEASE NOTE: When we say that an item must be visible in the Goodreads thumbnail, we mean the little cover that shows up in a post, not the cover on the book's main page. 
    * 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. 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, with appropriate links, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

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1. BARBIE : First sold in 1959, Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. American businesswoman Ruth Handler created the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.
✤ Read a book with a woman's name in the title OR a book with a character who works in a fashion-related field; tell us the career
The Secret Life of Violet Grant Beatriz Williams 9/13/17

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2. BARREL OF MONKEYS : Have as much fun as a barrel of monkeys by trying to link together as many monkeys as you can before they all fall off again. 
✤ Read a book with a "chain" of linked items on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book with a plural noun in the title (monkeys, rivers, leaves, etc.)
The Bourbon Kings J.R. Ward 9/14/17

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3. COOTIE : The object of the Game of Cootie is to be the first to build a three-dimensional bug-like object called a "cootie" from a variety of plastic body parts. In 2003, Cootie was named to the Toy Industry Association's "Century of Toys List".
✤ Read a book from the Best Books of the 21st Century list OR a book with an insect of some sort in the title or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover

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4. EASY BAKE OVEN : In 1963, a toy pretzel maker was about to be introduced to children as the Safety Bake Oven. TV broadcasters, not totally convinced of its safety, prompted the name change to Easy Bake Oven.
✤ Read a book with a main character who earns his/her living as a baker (NOT a chef, cook, etc.) OR a book whose title begins with a letter in OVEN (disregard A, An and The)
Wicked Charms Janet Evanovich 9/20/17

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5. ERECTOR SET : Dr. Alfred Carlton Gilbert created the Erector Set in 1912. He was 25 years old. He was inspired by railroad workers along the New Haven-Harlem line as they built an electrical system out of steel girders.
✤ Read a book with railroad tracks on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book by an author who uses three names instead of just first and last names (i.e., Orson Scott Card, Joyce Carol Oates)

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6. ETCH-A-SKETCH : Etch-A-Sketch makes drawing fun and challenging. Turn the big white knobs to draw, and shake to erase the screen and start all over again.
✤ Read a book with at least two words in the title that rhyme OR a book whose plot makes you want to shake the book and start over again; without giving away any spoilers, tell us why

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7. FRISBEE : How is a classic toy like the Frisbee born? In the mid 1940s, Walter F. Morrison sketched a design for the world's first flying disc, based on a popcorn lid tossed about at Thanksgiving dinner. Years later, he sold the disc to Wham-O, who changed the name from Pluto Platter to Frisbee. 
✤ Read a book whose title has changed since its original publication (tell us both titles) OR a book with a round object of some kind on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover. Award seals do NOT count!

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8. HOT WHEELS : Hot Wheels, die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968, were originally intended for children and young adults. But they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.
✤ Read a book with CHILDRENS on its main GR page OR a book with a car or truck on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover
The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings, #2) by J.R. Ward The Angels' Share J.R. Ward 9/15/17

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9. HULA HOOPS : A toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck can provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. The underwriting hula hoop was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. "Spud" Melin and Richard Knerr, but children and adults around the world have played with hoops, twirling, rolling and throwing them throughout history. 
✤ Read a book by an author whose name contains at least one set of consecutive double letters OR a book set in Hawaii
Everything We Keep Kerry Lonsdale 9/1/17

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10. LEGOS : In 1932, carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen created a Toy Company that made wooden pull toys. He called the company LEGO - from the Danish words LEG GODT - which means play well. In 1949, he introduced Automatic Binding Bricks. Tubes were added to the bottom of the bricks in 1958 to create the LEGO we have today. The Lego Group estimates that it has produced over 400 billion LEGO blocks.
✤ Read a book set in a Scandinavian country (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) OR a book with 19 or 32, intact, in the total number of pages; tell us how many pages
320 pages
Her Last Breath Linda Castillo 9/24/17

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11. LINCOLN LOGS : Lincoln Logs were the creation of John Lloyd Wright, the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Inspired on a 1916 trip to Tokyo, Japan where his father was building the Imperial Hotel, the young Mr. Wright watched workers build the structure with the revolutionary technique of interlocking beams. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, the original sales slogan was "Interesting playthings typifying the spirit of America."
✤ Read a book written by the son or daughter of a celebrity known for something other than writing (tell us the celebrity) OR a book with a subtitle

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12. LITE BRITE : Originally marketed in 1967, the Lite Brite consists of a light box with small colored plastic pegs that fit into a panel and illuminate to create a lit picture, illuminated by a standard light bulb, by either using one of the included templates or creating a 'freeform' image on a blank sheet of black paper. There are eight peg colors: red, blue, orange, white, green, yellow, pink, violet (purple).
✤ Read a book with an artificial light source on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book with one of the above color names in the title

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13. MAGIC 8 BALL : Ask your Magic 8 Ball a question before you make those big decisions. Flip it over and look in the window on the bottom for the reply. The Magic 8 Ball has all the answers.
✤ Read a book whose title is a question OR a book with an 8 in the original year of publication; tell us the year

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14. MR. POTATO HEAD : Mr. Potato Head is a classic mix and match toy: build him in any combination you would like to make your very own creation. If you'd like to give him a family, add Mrs. Potato Head and Junior Potato Head too! Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on network television. 
✤ Read a book with FAMILY on its main GR page OR a book with an honorific in the title (Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.)

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15. PLAY DOH : In the early 1950's, Joe McVicker created a unique putty-like compound to clean wallpaper. His sister, a teacher, had complained that there was not a good modeling clay for small children. Mr. McVicker had his compound tested for safety and PlayDoh was born.
Make your own Play Doh
✤ Read a book by an author whose name includes the prefix Mc or Mac OR a book whose title contains the letters P, L, A and Y, in any order
Playboy Pilot Penelope Ward 9/23/17

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16. SEE & SAY : See 'N Say, introduced in 1965, was the first Mattel talking toy that allowed children to choose the exact phrase they wanted to hear by adjusting a pointer on the toy's face to a particular item and pulling the "chatty ring."
✤ Read a book set in the 1960s OR a book by an author whose first and last names begin with the same letter
Nauti Temptress Lora Leigh 9/9/17

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17. SILLY PUTTY : Stretch your imagination with Silly Putty - the crazy compound that bounces, molds, stretches, snaps and more! It's the classic 'toy with one moving part' that has been a kid favorite since 1950
Make your own Silly Putty
✤ Read a book whose title contains only words that are no more than five letters long (two-word minimum) OR a book with CLASSIC on its main GR page
Hit the Spot J. Daniels 9/7/17

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18. SIMON : An electronic game of memory skill, Simon creates a series of tones and lights and requires a user to repeat the series. If the user succeeds, the series becomes progressively longer and more complex.
✤ Read book #5 or higher in a series OR a book with a character who is known for his/her excellent memory
Love You More Lisa Gardner 9/4/17 (Detective D.D. Warren, #5)

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19. SLINKY : Since 1945, this toy made of a giant metal spring has walked, bounced and sprung its way into our lives. Sure, you can get it in bright colored plastic now, but part of the fun of a Slinky is the noise made by the metal as it "walks" down the stairs!
✤ Read a book with a staircase on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book with a word ENDING in Y in the title
Y is for Yesterday Sue Grafton 9/10/17

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20. SOCK MONKEY : A sock monkey is a toy made from socks fashioned in the likeness of a monkey. These stuffed animals are a mixture of folk art and kitsch in the culture of the United States and the culture of Canada. The sock monkey's most direct predecessors originated in the Victorian era, when the craze for imitation stuffed animals swept from Europe into North America and met the burgeoning Arts and Crafts Movement.
✤ Read a book set in Canada or by a Canadian author OR a book set in the Victorian era (1837-1901)
Chasing Rhodes Anne Jolin 9/23/17

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21. SPIROGRAPH : This fun drawing set will have your budding artist creating a kaleidoscope of colors on paper. Stars and stripes, ribbons and bows, circles and squares, third dimensional images large and small…you name it.
✤ Read a book with what you consider an artsy cover; post the cover OR a book whose title begins with SP (ALL WORDS COUNT!)

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22. TIDDLYWINKS : Tiddlywinks is played on a flat surface with sets of small discs called "winks", a pot, which is the target, and a collection of squidgers, which are also discs. Players use a "squidger" to shoot a wink into flight by flicking the squidger across the top of a wink and then over its edge, thereby propelling it into the air, and hopefully, into the pot to earn points. 
✤ Read a book with an airborne object on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book whose title or author's name contains a Q
American Queen Sierra Simone 9/11/17

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23. TINKERTOYS : Inspired by watching children play with pencils, sticks and empty spools of thread, Charles Pajeau and Robert Petit created Tinker Toys in 1914. Tinker Toys originally sold for 60¢ and were first called the “Thousand Wonder Builder.”
✤ Read a book written by two or more authors OR a book with a number in the title (One, 19 work, Second does not)

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24. TONKA TRUCKS : Using the Dakota Sioux word "Tanka" or Tonka, which means "great" or "big", the Mound Metalcraft company began selling metal toys which soon became the primary business. In November, the company name was changed to Tonka Toys Incorporated, and in 2001, Tonka trucks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester NY.
✤ Read a book with a Native American character or by a Native American author OR a book originally published in 2001
Less than a Treason Dana Stabenow 9/16/17

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25. VIEW MASTER : In 1939, View-Master was first introduced at the New York World’s Fair. During World War II View-Master produced millions of reels for the U.S. Government that aided the military in airplane/ship identification and range estimation.
✤ Read a book with a character who is serving or who has served in the military (any branch, any country, any era) OR a book set during World War II
Dearest Rogue Elizabeth Hoyt 9/21/17

Sources include:
Burlingame Pez

Sunday, September 17, 2017

RRRC Candyland Quarterly Challenge

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads

Candyland Quarterly Challenge
Sept. 15, 2017- Dec. 14, 2017

Candyland- based on the children's board game

Candyland Board Game- Candyland is a game designed to help young children learn through recognition of colors. Play proceeds as the players draw colored cards, then move to the next square that shares that color. Players must face adventures such as the "peppermint forest" and "licorice squares."

Candyland Pieces-This game is perfect for young children who want to play games but can't read. Candyland is a colorful board with gingerbread man playing tokens that appeals to young children. Candyland does not require any reading for play.

Pick a level and begin reading on September 15th! 

5 Books- Original Candyland Game
10 Books- Winnie the Pooh Edition
15 Books- Dora the Explorer Edition My Level
20 Books- Disney Princess Edition
25 Books- Candyland: Chocolate Edition
30 Books- Candyland Deluxe
Bonus- 6 books that can be added to any level

**There is no minimum page requirement for this challenge.
Audiobooks and rereads are allowed.
You can always add levels as you go.
You may update your original post with your progress or repost , it is your choice. But please repost upon completion**


Characters depend on the version of the game.

1. The Kids – In the classic version, they are two blonde twins. In 2002, there are four kids of varying races.
-Read a YA book or a book with children in the story line
Breaking Silence Linda Castillo 9/22/17

2. Mr. Mint – He lives in the Candycane Forest, and is a candy cane "woodcutter". He was removed from World of Sweets and then brought back for the 2013 version as an ice skater instead of a woodcutter.
-Read a book with a character that works outdoors and/or with their hands (i.e. doctor, builder, painter, tennis player, chef, pilot)
Lizzie - Head Groundskeeper
Devil's Cut J.R. Ward 9/15/17

3. Duke of Swirl – Mr. Mint's replacement in the 2010 edition.
-Read a book published in 2010 or a book with a step-parent, second wife, second husband or a character who had their boyfriend/girlfriend 'replace' them.

4. Gramma Nutt – Gramma Nutt lives in a peanut brittle house on the corner of Candyland.
-Read a book with extended family members somewhere in the story or a book coming up on your to-read list ('right around the corner')
Her Last Breath Linda Castillo 9/24/17

5. King Kandy – the king of Candyland. He lives in a castle made of sweets.
-Read a story with a King or any nobility or a book with a character who thinks he/she is the boss.
Dearest Rogue Elizabeth Hoyt 9/21/17

6. Jolly – He was removed in the 2010 version and then after widespread outcry and demand was brought back for the 2013 edition.
-Read a humorous book or a book with someone smiling on the cover
Duet in September by Gina Ardito Duet in September Gina Ardito 9/18/17

7. Mamma Ginger Tree – Makes the best gingersnaps in all of Candyland. She was removed from the game.
-Read a book where a character goes to jail or is in jail or a book where law enforcement plays a part.
Justice for Mackenzie Susan Stoker 9/17/17

8. Cupcake Commons – Mamma Ginger Tree's replacement in the 2010 version.
-Read a book with a baker or bakery or food on the cover or a book with two words that have repeating first letters in a row (i.e. Cocky Client, The Sheik and the Bought Bride ).
Wicked Charms Janet Evanovich 9/20/17

9. Princess Lolly – She was renamed 'Lolly' after 2002 edition and later renamed Princess Lolly in 2010 edition.
-Read a book with double letters in the title or author's name or a book published in 2010.
Gone Missing Linda Castillo 9/23/17

10.Queen Frostine – She was renamed 'Princess Frostine' after 2002 edition.
-Read a book by an author or character that uses a pseudonym or a book with a character who is undercover or has changed their name.

11. Lord Licorice – He is the villain of Candyland.
-Read a book with a character who is evil or mean. 
The Angels' Share J.R. Ward 9/15/17

12.Gloppy – Friendly monster made of chocolate (originally made of molasses)
-Read a book with a friendly or nice character or a book with a character that goes through a transformation.


13.Candy Castle – The location the players are attempting to reach.
-Read a book set in a castle or has a castle or any type of dwelling on the cover. 

14. Gingerbread Plum Trees – Where Plumpy sits eating plums from his gingerbread trees.
-Read a book that has a scene in the woods or a park or has trees on the cover.
ALL - the park is a National Park in Alaska
Less than a Treason (Kate Shugak, # 21) by Dana Stabenow Less than a Treason Dana Stabenow 9/16/17

15. Gumdrop Mountains – Offers a "gumdrop path", or a shortcut.
-Read a shorter book (less than 200 pages).  183 pages 
Chasing Rhodes Anne Jolin 9/23/17
16.Licorice Castle – A black and red licorice castle with licorice bats.
-Read a book with a title that has red or black letters.

17. Lollipop Woods – A forest of rainbow lollipops, which resemble trees.
-Read a book with a colorful cover or a LGBT book.
Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs Map of the Heart Susan Wiggs 9/25/17

18.Molasses Swamp – A swamp of molasses with brown popsicle plants.
-Read a book set in a swampy area (i.e. Louisiana) or a book that has a body of water in the story or on the cover.

19.Peanut Brittle House – A cottage made of peanut brittle with peanut plants growing outside.
-Read a book you have a feeling you will go 'nuts' over.

20.Peppermint Forest – A snowy thicket of peppermint candy canes.
-Read a holiday romance or a book set in Winter. 

21.Ice Cream Sea – A bubbly ice cream sea where Queen Frostine resides.
-Read a book set at sea or a book with a Queen or a book with a character with a 'bubbly' personality.

Cool and Interesting Facts about Candyland -

22. Candy Land: The Great Lollipop Adventure is a 2005 animated direct-to-DVD film based on the board game- In the film, the evil Lord Licorice starts to take over Candy Land, assisted by his Bites, changing it from a brightly colored happy kingdom to a somber, drab-hued place.
-Read a Dystopian or Apocalyptic story, or a book with a character who likes power and/or being in charge.

23. In the first edition, the pawns were wooden but was changed in the 1967 version to plastic gingerbread men
-Read a book with a fake or 'plastic' character, or a book with a character that has had a hard life.

24. Two or more Gingerbread men may be on the same space at the same time.
-Read a romance with a love triangle, menage or with characters who are vying for the same job, love interest, etc.

25. The Candyland deck consists of 66 cards.
-Read a book with a '6' in the page count, number of ratings or date published.
Playboy Pilot Penelope Ward 9/23/17

26. Eleanor Abbot created the game in San Diego, California.
-Read a book whose author's first or last name begins with either an A or E or read a book set in California.

27. The first Candyland board game sold for $1.
-Read a book that you thought was a 'great deal' (i.e. it was on sale, you borrowed it, it was so good and worth any amount you paid for it)

28. Over 40 million copies of Candyland have been produced.
-Read a book that has a large family in the story, or a book with many characters.

29. The first Candy Land box stated that the game was “A Sweet Little Game . . . For Sweet Little Folks.”
-Read a book with a character who plays games with a nice or sweet person's heart, or a book with something 'sweet' on the cover (i.e. a heart, flower, candy, cute face, etc.)

30. In 2005, the game was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York.
-Read a book that has won an award or is a best-seller or a book with a character who is famous.


There are 6 different card colors used in Candyland -
Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Orange and Yellow.
-Read 6 books, each with a different one of the above colors found on the cover.

Happy Reading!