Monday, June 26, 2017

Tasty Treat #3 - M&M's

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

Tasty Treat #3 - M&M's
Duration: 4 Months from Start

Welcome to our third Tasty Treat Challenge! Who can resist them - not me!!

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You do not need to have completed the other Tasty Treat challenges to participate. Each challenge in the series is a separate challenge and you can do one or all of them in any order. 


Challenge Rules: We will observe the 125 page limit unless otherwise noted. You may combine books to reach the page limit but BOTH books must meet the requirement and be from the appropriate lists. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine as long you read the entire book. 

Completed Challenges: When you have completed the challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and repost in a new message, letting us know it is completed. We prefer that you do not post links or generic messages regarding updates or completed challenges. 



1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! M&M’s recently had a birthday! We have been enjoying this wonderful Tasty Treat for 75 years! They were introduced in the United States in 1941 and can now be found in over 100 countries. 
Ⓜ Read a book that has the number 75 intact in the TBR # or # of pages listed (75, 175, 750 etc.) OR read a book #5 or #7 of a series. 

2. M&M: These colorful button-shaped chocolates are produced by Mars, Inc. Their name and the “M” printed on the candy shell represents their two founders: Mars and Murrie. 
Ⓜ Read a book whose title begins OR ends with the letter M (disregard A, An or The).

3. RATIONS: M&M’s were originally packaged in cardboard tubes and were sold exclusively to the US military as part of their rations during WW2. Soldiers enjoyed the tasty treats so much they were soon made available to everyone.
Ⓜ Read a book whose plot revolves around “war” OR a book with a character that has a military history. 

4. PLAIN OR PEANUT DEBATE: Peanut M&M’s were introduced in 1954 starting the age old controversy “which is better - Plain or Peanut?”
Ⓜ Read a book by an author whose first AND last initial can be found in PLAINORPEANUT. 

5. SLOGAN: In the same year, M&M’s introduced their famous slogan:"Melts in your mouth, not in your hand". It has made advertising history by being one of the most recognizable and well-loved slogans ever: 
Ⓜ Read a book that has over 50,000 ratings AND an average rating over 4.00. 

6. DISAPPEARING COLOR: In the late 70’s red M&M’s disappeared for a decade during the Red Dye #2 scare. Mars stopped production to avoid controversy even though they were not using the dye in their product. In response to a campaign to bring them back, M&M’s reintroduced the red M&M’s in 1987. 
Ⓜ Read a book that has a red cover OR whose title or author name is printed in red. 

7. FEELING AMOROUS? Green M&M’s are rumored to be an aphrodisiac.The company played along by starting a campaign called "What is it about the green ones?”
Ⓜ Read a book marked Romance on its GR Home Page OR read a book with a “sexy” scene in it. 

8. SPONSORSHIP: In 1990, M & M's became the official sponsor and candy for Nascar Racing.
Ⓜ Read a book with a vehicle on the cover OR a book you considered a fast read. 

9. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: There are 10 different M&M products listed on the Mars website that include peanut butter, crispy, pretzel candies and even a M&M Candy BAR. Throughout the year you can purchase M&M’s in seasonal and holiday themed colors and even get them printed with personalized sayings. 
Ⓜ Read a book from your favorite genre or by one of your favorite authors.

10. TO SORT OR NOT TO SORT: Do you sort your M&M’s before eating them or pick out one color at a time from the bowl? Let us know and tell us what your favorite M&M color is! 
Ⓜ Sort your TBR any way you choose and read the first book listed OR read a book with a cover that corresponds with your favorite M&M color.

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TV Series Showcase: Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel: A Book Homage to ABC's Batman

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TV Series Showcase: Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel: A Book Homage to ABC's Batman 


As part of our ongoing TV Series Showcase here at TCF, and in an effort to pay our respects to the recent passing of Adam West, I have chosen to re-focus TV Showcase on the series Batman, circa 1966.

Duration: Six months from start date, but is intended to be a July to December challenge and is not to be started before July 1st, 2017!

Beat Cop: 3 or less books
Detective: 4-6 books
Police Chief: 7-9 books
***Commissioner: 10-12 books***
Crime Fighter: Complete all tasks (32 books total)

How Tos: 
💥Books must be at least 100 pages in length to count for this challenge.
💥Books can only be used for one task, even if they fit more than one task listed.
💥Re-reads are allowed
💥Participants are encouraged to seek out Superhero books to read that fit the tasks!

Spell Out "Batman"
Batman/Bruce Wayne: Read a book where a character is a millionaire businessman or a vigilante crime fighter
Robin/Dick Grayson: Read a book where a character is an orphan, in high school, or is overly eager to help
Alfred: Read a book where a character is a butler, or where a character is the only one to know a secret
Commissioner Gordon/Chief O'Hara: Read a book where a character is a police officer
Harriet Cooper: Read a book where a female character is an aunt to a younger character
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl: Read a book with a female character that is a librarian, or that has a strong relationship with their father
The Joker: Read a book where a character is a practical joker
The Penguin: Read a book with an umbrella on the cover
The Riddler: Read a book where a male character works in the Intelligence community or a book where a character has to solve a puzzle
The Catwoman: Read a book where a female character is manipulative considers herself a seductress 
King Tut: Read a book where a character is Egyptian or works as a professor or an Egyptologist
Mr. Freeze: Read a book where a character is always cold in some manner
Mad Hatter: Read a book likes to be well dressed or collects hats
Egghead (as played by Vincent Price): Read a book where a character is considered a genius, where a character makes/eats eggs, or a book that is listed as horror 
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds: Read a book that has a diamond on the cover, or where a character is a spell caster or has expensive tastes 
Shame: Read a book where a character is a cowboy
Olga, Queen of the Cossacks: Read a book where a character is Russian, is royalty, or works as a partner to someone else
Louie the Lilac: Read a book where a character is a gangster or a florist
Ran from 1966 to 1968: Read a book set in the 1960s
Considered to be a Campy, Upbeat, and Humorous show with a target audience of teenagers: Read a book that is listed as Young Adult
Ran for 3 seasons: Read the 3rd book in a series
Made into a movie in 1966: Read a book that has been made into a movie 
Did a Crossover with The Green Hornet: Read a book where the characters do an unusual team up or a crossover novel like Star Trek: The Next Generation: Planet X
Adam West was severely typecast after starring as Batman, leading to him becoming a pop culture icon for his work on the role: Read a book where a character is perceived to be something different than they are (like a biker that is actually a good guy, etc), or where they are such a celebrity that they become revered
Adam West's popularity as a pop culture icon was so great that he wound up portraying himself in a number of roles, mostly through voice acting, one of the longest running being his role as the Mayor on Family Guy, where the lead writers went out of their way to avoid typecasting him by deliberately not making any references to Batman.: Read a book where a character is a Mayor of a town, has the ability to change their voice, or where someone goes out of their way to do something nice for someone else
After Adam West's death in 2017, Burt Ward, who played Robin, is the only surviving main cast member: Read a book that is the last in a series or was published in 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

WRC Yellowstone National Park Challenge

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Create a Challenge  Yellowstone National Park Challenge

National Park Challenge #1: Yellowstone National Park

Date: 07/01/17 - 00/00/00

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Welcome to Yellowstone National Park! You are entering one of America’s national treasures, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Whether you are just driving through or spending several days exploring the park, you will be amazed with beautiful landscapes, unique and colorful hot springs, historical buildings, bears, and bison and elk (oh my) and if you are lucky, a glimpse of the gray wolf or the endangered Canadian lynx. Enjoy your visit and remember, leave only footprints so as to preserve the area for many generations of visitors to come.

The park has five entrances that will lead you to one of two park roads, the upper loop road and the lower loop road. For this visit we will enter through the South Entrance because we flew into Jackson Hole, Wyoming and explored the Grand Teton National Park on our way north. We will follow the lower loop road to the town of West Yellowstone, Montana which will be our home base. West Yellowstone has more affordable lodging than what can be obtained in the park and several restaurants. Reservations at lodges inside the park should be made well in advance of your planned visit. There are several restaurants within the park as well but you should check the hours of service and give yourself plenty of time to get there.
The challenge begins on July 1, 2017.

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There are 4 levels to choose from: 

Picnicker-Complete 2 tasks in the Park Overview section and 3 tasks in either the Lower Loop Road or Upper Loop Road (this park is so large that you will only have time to complete one of the loops in a quick drive through so you must choose one or the other). 

Day-tripper-Complete 3 tasks in the Park Overview section, 3 tasks on the Lower Loop Road, 3 tasks on the Upper Loop Road and 1 spell-out.

Over-nighter-Complete 4 tasks in the Park Overview section, 5 tasks on the Lower Loop Road, 5 tasks on the Upper Loop Road and 2 spell-outs.

Explorer-Complete all tasks in each of the sections and 3 spell-outs. 

Challenge Rules: 

The page limit requirement is 125 pages, but you are welcome to combine smaller books to reach the page limit. All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. Repost your challenge when you have completed the challenge, so I can mark you finished!

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Park Overview

☀ Yellowstone was the first national park in the United States and is widely believed to be the first in the world. ✿Read a book that is first in a series.

☀ It was established March 1, 1872 when Ulysses S. Grant signed the law from Congress.✿Read a book that is set during the civil war or has a 1, 8, 7, or a 2 in its page count.

☀ The park spans three states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and is comprised of 3,468.4 square miles. ✿Read a book that is set in one of these three states or has a 3, 4, 6, or 8 in its publication year.

☀ Native American tribes in the area obtained obsidian to make tools from the park and also hunted and fished the area.✿Read a book that contains Native Americans as a major character or a book that has a character that hunts or fishes.

☀ The landscape of Yellowstone is diverse and consists of lakes, mountains, canyons and rivers.✿Read a book whose primary settings is one of these landscapes.

☀ Situated in the park is one of the largest highest elevation lakes in North America (Yellowstone Lake). ✿Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in Yellowstone Lake. 

☀ Yellowstone National Park is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. ✿Read a book that is large, 400+ pages. 

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Lower Loop Road:

☀ Since our home base for our visit is located in West Yellowstone we will visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center located there. This will give us a safe, up-close look at some of the animals that we might see in the wild.-Read a book with a bear or a wolf on the cover or a book whose characters encounter a wild bear or wolf or read a book with the word Wild in the title.

☀ Madison River-The road into the park from West Yellowstone follows the Madison River. Be on the lookout for elk, bison, bear and other wildlife near the river. This is an excellent river for trout fishing.-Read a book that follows another (any series book besides #1) or read a book with a fish on the cover.

☀ Artist Paintpots-If you are already tired of the crowds in Yellowstone a short walk to the Artist Paintpots will give you some relief. This is just one of the many areas that the geothermal features of the park are showcased. Beautiful colors of minerals show through in the hot spring pools and mud pots.-Read a book that has a colorful cover or a book that you would consider to be “hot” (hot is up to your interpretation). 

☀ Gibbon Falls-This is one of the most popular falls in the park. It is about 84 feet and drops gradually for a beautiful cascade.-Read a book with consecutive double letters in the title or a book whose total page count contains the number 8 or 4.

☀ Firehole Canyon- Firehole Canyon Drive, a side road, follows the Firehole River upstream from Madison River Junction to just above Firehole Falls. The drive takes sightseers past 800-foot thick lava flows. Firehole Falls is a 40-foot waterfall.-Read a book whose publication year contains a 0 or 4 or read a book that is thick, 400+ pages.

☀ Grand Prismatic Spring-This is the largest hot springs (370 feet in diameter) in the United States and is a must-see. This is a photographer’s delight with vivid hues of green, blue, orange and yellow.-Read a book whose cover is primarily green, blue, orange or yellow.

☀ Sapphire Pool-Sapphire Pool is named for its beautiful sapphire blue color. The water in this hot pool is crystal clear with a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit.-Read a book that has a jewel or a pool on the cover.

☀ Old Faithful-Old Faithful isn’t quit as faithful as it used to be but check at the Old Faithful Inn for approximate eruption times. Old Faithful isn’t the largest geyser in the park but it is still the most regular. Eruption intervals average 92 minutes and the eruption could last as long as 5 minutes.-Read a book with a timepiece on the cover (watch, clock, sundial, hourglass) or a book whose final page count contains a 5. 

☀ Yellowstone Lake- The largest high-altitude lake on the continent (7,737 feet), Yellowstone Lake and is great for fishing. There are several small townships with hotels, campgrounds, boat rentals and other leisure activities.-Read a book where camping, boating, hiking, or a picnic takes place. 

☀ Mud Volcano-Mud Volcano Area is very acidic. Iron sulfide is responsible for the dark-gray, blacker brown-colored water, while hydrogen sulfide produces the “rotten egg” smell common to the Mud Volcano area. One interesting feature in this area is Dragon’s Mouth. As hot water rises to the surface of this spring and explosion occurs that causes a belching and sloshing noise along with steam coming from the spring. It really does sound like a dragon is in the small cave.-Read a “rotten egg” off this list, don’t worry there are some really great books on this list. Or read a book with a dragon on the cover, the word dragon in the title or contains a dragon in the text. 

☀ Hayden Valley-This is a prime spot to view wildlife. If you see a great number of cars pulled over in this area then more than likely there is a bear or a wolf in the valley. Along with bear, expect to see bison, elk, coyote, and bald eagles. Be careful in this area and don’t wander too far from your vehicle as several hikers have been killed by bear in this area.-Read a book where someone is/was killed. Or read a book with binoculars, telescope or eyeglasses, or monocle on the cover.

☀ Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Upper and Lower Falls- Emerging from Yellowstone Lake, the Yellowstone River flows through beautiful Hayden Valley before it forms two spectacular waterfalls as it plunges into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a steep 20-mile-long gorge that resembles Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The upper falls drop a 109 feet and the lower falls drop 308 feet with a roar of crashing water. The artist point cliff provides a wonderful view and a great photo backdrop. Many famous artists have captured the beauty of the falls in their work.- Read a book that has a waterfall on the cover or read a book whose author’s initials can be found in the words Grand Canyon.

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Upper Loop Road

☀ Dunraven Pass-At 8,859 feet this is the highest pass in the park. Because of the elevation it can get snow at any time of the year.-Read a book from this list

☀ Mount Washburn-Mount Washburn is a spectacular peak in Yellowstone National Park. It rises to an impressive 10,243 feet and is the highest in the Washburn Range. Various hikes lead up its flanks including the Mount Washburn Trail, considered one of the best hikes in the park. In summer, visitors can see beautiful wildflowers here as well as bighorn sheep grazing on its slopes.-Go to the bottom of your “to-read” and click the little arrow next to the sort box and choose “num ratings” and then in the box per page choose 40. Read a book on this page or read a book whose first letter in each title word can be found in bighorn sheep, title must have at least 3 words and all words count.

☀ Roosevelt Lodge Historic District-This area contains 143 buildings ranging in size from cabins to the lodge, built starting in 1919. It was planned to give the ambience of a dude ranch.-Read a book that is tagged as a western or read a book published in the 1900’s.

☀ Petrified Tree-Trying to fathom that something can be tens of millions of years old is hard to do. Well, that is how old the Petrified Tree is. This now solid rock was once a giant redwood tree surrounded by a forest of trees just like it.-Read one the 10 oldest books on your “to-read” list.

☀ Lamar Valley-This expansive valley along the Lamar River, in Yellowstone’s northeast section, is often called America’s Serengeti for its large and easy-to-see populations of large mammals. Among the most popular are the wolf packs that live in this area. Others include grizzly bear, badgers, pronghorn, deer and bison. There are multiple pull-offs and if you see lots of vehicles pulled over there is something to see. Be sure not to walk between the photographers and their subjects because they WILL yell at you.-Read a book whose author’s first and last initial can be found in Serengeti. 

☀ Minerva Terrace- On the east flank of Terrace Mountain (8,012 feet), Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the world's finest examples of thermal springs that deposit travertine. Some 60 hot springs pepper the area at temperatures of between 64 degrees and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and their scalding waters dissolve calcium carbonate in the surrounding limestone forming a series of constantly evolving travertine steps. One of the most beautiful examples is multi-hued Minerva Terrace.-Read a book that has a colorful cover or has a staircase on the cover.

☀ Fort Yellowstone- Yellowstone's first superintendents struggled with poaching, vandalism, squatting and other problems. In 1886, the U.S Army soldiers marched into Mammoth Hot Springs at the request of the Secretary of the Interior and took charge of Yellowstone. Soldiers oversaw Fort Yellowstone's construction—sturdy red-roofed buildings still in use today as the Albright Visitor Center, offices, and employee housing.-Read a book that is tagged as historical or is about an army or a war.

☀ Albright Visitor Center- The Albright Visitor Center is located at Mammoth Hot Springs, five miles inside the North Entrance and at the northwest corner of the upper loop of the Grand Loop Road. This historic structure was built by the United States Army in 1909 as bachelor officers' quarters for the cavalry troops who protected the park before the creation of the National Park Service. Exhibits help orient you to Yellowstone’s natural and cultural treasures, and provide information for a safe and enjoyable visit by visitors of all abilities. Albright Visitor Center has served the visitors and resources of Yellowstone National Park since 1909.-Read a book where one of the main characters is a bachelor or the final page count contains a 1, 9, or 0.

☀ Roaring Mountain-This hissing mountain of steam is the only thing like it in the park. Roaring Mountain is a barren hillside of thermal features called fumaroles. It got its name from the loud hissing and roaring that it makes due to thermal activity and could be heard miles away in the days of its discovery. Nowadays the roaring has quieted a bit but can still be heard if you listen carefully. There are no trees on the most active parts of Roaring Mountain due to the intense heat and gases that emanate through its vents.-Read a book that has smoke, steam, or fog on the cover or a book whose author’s first and last initials can be found in Fumaroles. 

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When spelling out, you may use the first letter of the book's title or series name or the first letter of the author's first or last name.
*For book titles beginning with the words "A", "An", "The", you may use these words or not - your choice.


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AMMP July 2017 Word Hunt

A Million More Pages discussion on goodreads

This month we're going on vacation to the beach. Whether your preferred beach vacation house looks like this,

like this, 

or like this,

we've got you covered.

Since one of the wonderful things about vacation is that we can relax the rules, for this month only you may find as many words as you want in each book. However, the badges this month are per book. So if you find all 25 words in one book, you get one badge. If you find one word per book for all 25 words you get 25 badges. It is not necessary to include the sentence, unless you want to. Page number or location are fine. 

There is a bonus badge for reading a book set at a beach, as well as one for reading a book with any type of vacation in it.

Word List:
Bathing suit (variants such as swimming suit or bikini are fine)
Ice cream
(Sand) Castle

Badges (may be claimed in any order):

Bonus badge for reading a book set at a beach. Ladies Choice:

Bonus badge for reading a book with a vacation in it: