Thursday, October 20, 2016

RRRC 2016 November Word Hunt

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads

Monthly Word Hunt 
1 - 30 November 2016

This challenge is to see if you can find all the words listed below within your reading for the month. You do not need to preselect a level.

The maximum number of words for each book is THREE. There is no page limit.

0-3 words : better luck next time
3-5 words : warming up
6-8 words : getting hotter
9-10 words : CHAMPION hunter!


For our over-achievers who just need some extra words because the above weren't enough...

Unlike with the 10 words above - you must find the EXACT word to claim these bonus words, and I try to make them hard.

ad hoc

To prove that you have found the word, please quote the page, percentage or LOC (Kindle) and include the sentence in which it appears.

Audiobooks are allowed so long as you can quote the page/%/LOC and the sentence. (Eg Using whispersync or finding that sentence in some other way.)

You must find the actual word or the word's root word must be at the core with the meaning essentially remaining the same ~ just turned into a noun, adjective, adverb etc. No prefixes or hyphenated extensions. An extension is allowed where it is often the accepted spelling eg goodbye or good-bye.

Where a word has more than one meaning, either meaning may be used. Eg coast (beachfront) or coast (moving without effort) etc

Please post all entries, updates, final posts and questions in this thread.

Examples for 'Reversal'
Reverse - Laser Visions √ 15 May
p50-51 : There were a couple of bands Tam had that this person didn't, but none in the reverse.

Reversing - Sunset √ 10 Jul
p204 : Reversing his grip on his katana, he held it out to Nick.

RRRC 2016 November Monthly Challenge

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads


1. 'N' is for November: Read a book that starts with 'N' or whose author's first or last name starts with 'N'.

2. Happy Anniversary! Read a book that was published in November of any year or read a book found on the shelves of an RRRC member that joined in November of any year. Link to member list, beginning with November 2015

3. Featured Author Challenge - Kaylea Cross: Read a book written by this month's Featured Author, Kaylea Cross, or by any author with her first or last name.

Fun Facts about Kaylea:
★ She writes primarily Military Romantic Suspense
★ She also writes Erotic Romance under the name Callie Croix
★ Her first novel was published in 2008
★ She lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada
★ She is a former nationally-carded softball pitcher.
You may also read a book set in Canada or by an author from Canada, a book published in 2008, any romantic suspense or erotic romance, or a sports romance.

4. November 8 - Young Readers Day: Read a children's or YA book, or a book where a child plays an important role in the story.

5. November 13 - Caregiver Appreciation Day: Read a book in which one of the MCs is a caregiver. This can be as a profession or in their personal life, so medical professional, teacher, parent or other family caregiver, etc.

6. November 17 - Take A Hike Day: Read a book with an athletic MC or an MC that spends a lot of time outdoors, or with an outdoor scene on the cover.

7. November 20 - Absurdity Day: Read a book with a silly, hair-brained or foolish character, or one with a wild and wacky plot. Or just read a book that makes you laugh! 

8. November 24 - All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day: Read a book about shifters, or any paranormal romance, or a book with an animal on the cover or that is important to the storyline.

9. November 28 - Red Planet Day: Read a book with science fiction elements in the storyline, or a book with red or something round on the cover.

10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choosing!

You can choose 3, 5, 8 or all 10 categories depending on your reading speed, book availability and/or time commitment.

When posting your challenge progress, please make sure to put the date/s when you finished your book/s. 

Please repost your progress as it helps when updating.

Happy Reading!! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October Holiday Haul

Stress Free Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads



Does anyone else love celebrating as much as me? Whether it be New Year's, Christmas, or Easter, you can have so much fun gathering with family, binge eating on yummy foods, or getting down on the dance floor.

I know you need some more excuses to party hard and celebrate, so I've hauled in some holidays from all over the world. Get ready to mark your calendars!

In the posts below are 10 holidays with 3 tasks associated with each one. Choose one task from each holiday (or complete them all!) and read a book that fits that task. I know most of you will want to complete the challenge within the month, but that is not a requirement. Relax and enjoy some stress-free celebratory reading!

If you would prefer to spell out the month using book titles and authors first or last name, instead of doing the tasks, you can do that too!

**Be on the lookout for a Holiday Haul each month!**


October got its name from the Latin “octo”, meaning “eight”. If this seems odd to you, considering it’s the tenth month in the modern day calendar (Gregorian), that actually used to not be the case. It was once the eighth month (in the Roman Calendar) and the name simply carried over.

If you complete this bonus task for October, you will receive a special souvenir! (All souvenirs can be found in post 4 of this thread)

- Read a book with the number EIGHT in the title OR a book that is 8th in a series 
(Submissive, #8) The Master Tara Sue Me 10/10/16

1. Wine Day (Oct 1) - Muldova
The “National Wine Day” Festival has been established by Parliament’s Decree 433-XII from December 26, 1990 on Holidays and rest days in Moldova. And by Government’s Decree 988 from July 23, 2002 “it is decided that the Wine Festival will take place every year along with the celebration of the National Wine Day”.

Various events will place during the two days, like: the official opening of the festival, presentation of wine products made by participants, public and professional wine tastings, presentations, contests, artistic and theatrical programs, touristic offers, displays of handcraft objects of folk craftsmen and national cuisine, and so on.

- Read a book published in October
- Read a book where a character drinks alcohol A Necessary Sin Georgia Cates 10/5/16
- Read a book with a wine glass (or something similar) on the cover


2. Child Health Day (Oct 3) - U.S.
Child Health Day in the United States raises people’s awareness of how they can protect and develop children’s health. As part of the annual presidential proclamation for the day, all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare are invited to unite on Child Health Day to observe exercises to stimulate or increase people’s awareness of the need for a year-round program to protect and develop children’s health in the United States.

Health professionals and health organizations across the United States take part in this day through various activities and events. For example, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) takes on an active role in providing educational resources for parents, children and schools about issues such as healthy choices, fitness, and child obesity prevention. 

- Read a book with a main page genre of Children's or Middle Grade
- Read a book where the main character has a child
- Read a book with the letters C, H, and D in the title 
Catching Cassidy Melissa Foster 10/6/16

3. Battle of Angamos (Oct 8) - Peru
The Battle of Angamos was a naval battle fought on 8 October 1879, during the War of the Pacific (1879-1883). Also known as the Saltpeter War, the war began as a dispute between Chile and Bolivia over control of the Atacama Desert a region rich in valuable minerals. Peru became involved when Bolivia declared war on Chile and invoked Peru to fight on their side as part of a secret mutual agreement. The Chilean Navy, under the command of Captains Galvarino Riveros and Juan Jose Latorre surrounded and captured the ironclad steam-propelled warship Huáscar. The captain of the Huáscar was Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario, who was killed by the Chileans. Admiral Grau is considered a hero in Peru and today many streets, parks and other landmarks are named in honour of him and his warship.

Military and civil parades are held across Peru to honour Admiral Miguel Grau and his role in the Battle of Angamos.

- Read a book with a main page genre of War Accidental SEAL Sharon Hamilton 10/13/16
- Read a book published on the 8th of any month
- Read a book set in the desert or a desert-like location


4. Double Tenth Day (Oct 10) - Taiwan & other countries
National Day of the Republic of China which is known as the Taiwan National Day or Double Tenth Day is to commemorate the 1911 Wuchang Uprising, a milestone of China’s politics development and a new chapter in the history of the Chinese which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty. On the 10th of October each year celebration and official ceremony are held around Taiwan. The major official firework event will only hold by one city, but the other cities will proceed with its own celebration and activities.

During this important day of Taiwan, both local and oversea visitors and honored dignitaries from all over the world gather in Taiwan to celebrate and show their respect for the nation. As a tradition, routine celebrations are planned in front of the Presidential Office Building. The celebration ceremony begins with the raising of the flag and national anthem followed by a military parade. The climax of the day is when the President of Taiwan addresses the Presidential Address made to the nation followed by a series of performances by local celebrities and groups. Visitors may also find Taiwan flags fluttering on the major streets and roads of Taiwan during this period of time forming a colorful scene.

- Read a book with 10 intact in the page count
- Read a book where someone visits overseas One Last Sin Georgia Cates 10/6/16
- Read a book with a colorful cover


5. Party Foundation Day (Oct 10) - North Korea
The Party Foundation Day is an annual public holiday in North Korea marking the October 10, 1945 foundation of the "Central Organizing Committee of the Communist Party of North Korea", known as the "North Korea Bureau of the Communist Party of Korea" in the West, and considered a predecessor to the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Celebrations include political speeches, artistic performances and mass events including military parades. Ordinary citizens receive food rations and electricity.

- Read a book where a character attends a party
- Read a book with the letters P, F, and D in the title
- Read a book where a character is some type of artist (actor, musician, painter, etc.) 

Ocean Jo Raven 10/7/16

6. Columbus Day (Oct 12) - Mexico & other countries
Columbus Day commemorates when Italian explorer Christopher Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492. He was not the first person to discover the Americas but he established contact between Renaissance Europe and the indigenous peoples he encountered. With support from the Spanish monarchy, he completed four voyages that eventually instigated the Spanish colonization of the New World. Columbus Day has raised not just praise but also skepticism, as it serves as a reminder of conflicts that arose later between Spanish conquerors and indigenous peoples.

Columbus Day is viewed as a celebration of Hispanic heritage for Mexicans who celebrate it. However, it has also been a day chosen for protests, rallies and street marches in past years.

- Read a book set in Mexico
- Read a book with an author whose initials are C.C Benched Boxed Set: Ice Hockey Romance Colleen Charles 10/17/16
- Read a book published on the 12th of any month


7. United Nations Day (Oct 24) - Norway & other countries
United Nations Day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 24 the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which "shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for" its work.

In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states. U.N. Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world with meetings, discussions and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization.

- Read a book set in the 1970's
- Read a book where two characters unite All Fired Up Carmine Valentine 10/12/16
- Read any book and discuss it with a friend


8. Labour Day (Oct 24) - New Zealand
During the 19th century, workers in New Zealand tried to claim the right for an 8-hour working day. In 1840, carpenter Samuel Parnell fought for this right in Wellington, NZ, and won. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on October 28, 1890, when thousands of workers paraded in the main city centres. Government employees were given the day off to attend the parades and many businesses closed for at least part of the day.

Labour Day is a public holiday so many workers in New Zealand take the time off to relax and enjoy their spare time. It is on a Monday, so some people make the most of the long weekend by going on short trips out of town. Street parades and protest marches to voice out the importance of workers' rights are also held on or around Labour Day.

- Read a book with a title that starts with N or Z Never Kiss a Stranger Winter Renshaw 10/11/16
- Read a book that takes 8 hours to read
- Read a book where a character protests something


9. Diwali (Oct 29) - Singapore & other countries
Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Indian festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

- Read a book with lights on the cover
- Read a book with a title that starts with D
- Read a book that takes place in autumn or spring 
The Cure for Dreaming Cat Winters 10/9/16

10. Halloween (Oct 31) - U.S. & other countries
Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

- Read a book with a Halloween theme
- Read a book with a spooky cover
- Read a book with a main page genre of Horror or Thriller
 Live Wire Harlan Coben 10/15/16

Saturday, October 1, 2016

All Encompassing A-Z Challenge

♥♥ Serious About Series ♥♥ discussion on goodreads

 photo design-tshirt-a-z-alphabet_zps3qkzg5va.gif

All Encompassing A-Z Challenge

Duration: October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017
Number of Books: 26


- Read one book for every letter
- You can read in any order you wish
- Letters Q, X and Z can be positioned anywhere 

Choose Your Option: 

1. Title: the first letter in the title of the books (not the title of the series) 

Beneath This Ink Meghan March 10/2/16
The Cure for Dreaming Cat Winters 10/9/16
D Dirty Love Meghan March 10/8/16
Heat Exchange Shannon Stacey 10/9/16
Just What I Needed Lorelei James 10/16/16
 Last Resort Jill Sanders 10/4/16
The Master Tara Sue Me 10/10/16
Never is a Promise Winter Renshaw 10/11/16
The Obsession Nora Roberts 10/19/16
Protege Lydia Michaels 10/12/16
Southern Comfort Ciana Stone 10/4/16
Trapped Under Ice M.J. Schiller 10/2/16

2. Author: the first letter in the author’s name (first or last) 

3. Female Character: the first letter in the main character’s name (first or last) 

4. Male Character: the first letter in the main character’s name (first or last) 

5. Series: the first letter in the series name
A: Artemis Fowl #1: Artemis Fowl
B: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1: Dark Lover 
C: Caster Chronicles #1: Beautiful Creatures

6. Your TBR: Try to use titles that you already own. 

7. Countries/Places: Read internationally A to Z (books representing 26 different countries) (The books could be from international authors (writers from that country); however, it's fine if a book is only set in that country. 
If need be, instead of countries one could use cities, states, regions, etc. The idea is to use proper place names. If you'd like you could even use a few fictional countries.)
A: Austria
B: Brooklyn
C: China

8. Genres a genre list Sub-genres are allowed as long as the first letter matches.
A: Art
B: Biography
C: Children's

9. Children's/YA: Any book that has Children's or YA on the MPG. A challenge you can do with your children, if they need to read for 30 minutes a day!!

10. Mix and Match: Make this challenge your own. One drawback! You must say what you are doing in your original post!

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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Amazing Mazes!

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

Amazing Mazes!
Duration: Oct 01, 2016 - Mar 31, 2017

One of my earliest toys was a little circular maze, the handheld one where you make your little steel ball move to the center. I think I've been fascinated by mazes ever since, but I've never actually been to any of the physical mazes, not even the corn mazes that farms put up every fall. So, here's a virtual experience, a challenge based on some of the more amazing mazes of the world. 

Since it's a maze challenge, it needs to be finished in order, but with a twist! When you sign up for the challenge, go to this Sequence Generator. Enter Smallest Value=1, Largest Value=15, and Get Sequence. The resulting sequence is your order. For example, I got this: 13, 5, 8, 10, 9, 6, 1... and so on. So I'd be completing the tasks in the same order: The Tangled Maze (#13), Longleat Maze (#5), Penpont Maze (#8), and so on. Once you're done with the first 15, just read the last book, and you're done searching your way out of the labyrinth. :) 

My sequence: 10-15-11-12-7-14-8-2-13-6-4-3-5-9-1

Wikimedia Commons

1. Andrassy Castle Maze, Tiszadob, Hungary: Located along the Tisza River near the Hungarian-Slovakian border, the hedge maze at the Andrássy Castle is supposed to resemble a squid. The castle itself was constructed in the 19th century for Count Gyula Andrássy, complete with the boxwood maze decorated by yew trees.
⇝ Read a book with a sea creature (real or imagined) on the cover (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover) -or- read a book that is mostly set in the 19th century -or- read a book where the title begins with a letter in TISZADOB (ignore A, An, The).

2. Ashecombe Maze, Australia: The unique soft textures of Australia’s Ashcombe Maze are provided by more than 1000 Monterey cypress trees, maintained with careful trimming several times a year (each trimming session lasts an entire month). Visitors must traverse two halves, each with a separate layout, and there are no straight lines anywhere in the maze. The grounds also boast a lavender labyrinth constructed out of more than 4,000 lavender plants—which sounds like one of the most relaxing places in the world to get lost.
⇝ Read a book with a mostly light purple cover (post the cover) -or- read a book with at least two separate POVs (mention how the book fits) -or- read a book that you consider light reading. 


3. Davis Mega Maze: Davis' Mega Maze in Sterling, Massachusetts, has been a popular seasonal attraction since 1998. Davis' Farmland, a seventh-generation family-owned farm, holds this unique maze that changes completely from year to year. Designed in Dorset, England, by maze designer Adrian Fisher who is often credited with creating the modern maize maze craze, the Mega Maze takes more than 12,800 labor hours to be created each year. 
⇝ Read a book with two of the following numbers in their year of publication: 0, 1, 2, 8 (mention year first published) -or- read a book set in Massachusetts -or- read a book that has the genre Childrens or Young Adult on its main GR page.

4. Hampton Court Maze: Commissioned by William III around 1700, the Hampton Court Palace Maze is the oldest surviving hedge maze in the United Kingdom. Its original hornbeam has been replaced by holly and yew, but that hasn’t made it any less difficult—it’s known as a puzzle maze, and has a reputation for being devilishly difficult to complete. Supposedly, the key is to turn left on entering, and then stay to the left, even through the apparent dead ends.
⇝ Read a book set in the UK -or- read a book in which a royal character is present -or- read a book in which a puzzle is important to the plot (mention how the book fits).

Wikimedia Commons

5. Longleat Maze, Warminster, Wiltshire, England: Constructed from more than 16,000 English yews, the maze at Longleat is the longest hedge maze in the world, stretching for close to 1.7 miles. It’s part of 8,000 acres that have belonged to the various Marquesses of Bath since the 16th century, 900 of which were beautified by famed landscape designer Lancelot “Capability” Brown (so nicknamed for his tendency to describe landscapes as having “great capabilities”). The estate also now includes a Safari Park, said to be the first outside Africa, as well as three smaller garden mazes.
⇝ Read a book in which a main character has a nickname (mention how the book fits) -or- read a book set on Earth but not in Africa -or- read a book in which a vacation is taken by the MCs.

6. Masone Labyrinth, Parma, Italy: The world’s largest maze, the Masone Labyrinth, is located in an Italian town better known for giving the world Parmesan cheese. It’s also the result of a dare, made between Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci and author Jorge Luis Borges after Ricci declared he wanted to build the world’s largest maze and Borges said it couldn’t be done. The star-shaped maze, which opened in May 2015, was constructed using 200,000 bamboo plants and stretches for 20 acres. The septuagenarian Ricci used fast-growing bamboo, as opposed to more traditional trees and shrubs, so he could see the maze completed before his death.
⇝ Read a book in which a dare between two people is a plot point -or- read a book that is fast paced -or- read a book that has a food item on the cover, bonus and a cookie if it's a cheese (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover).

7. Peace Maze, Northern Ireland: At 2.7 acres, Northern Ireland’s Peace Maze is one of the largest permanent mazes in the world. It also has one of the coolest backstories—it was planted in 2000 to celebrate the signing of the Good Friday agreement and the end of the region’s “Troubles.” The hedge height is lower than normal for mazes, in order to encourage interaction while the maze is completed. The maze has two halves, and completing the maze requires crossing both. Those who finish are encouraged to ring the “Peace Bell” in the center.
⇝ Read a book in which peace (or war) is an important plot point -or- read a book whose author is Irish, has an Irish character or is set in Ireland -or- read a book whose title contains a word rhyming with Bell or Peace (bell or peace are fine too).

8. (Green Man) Penpont Maze, Wales: The spectacle of Penpont Maze, considered the largest representation of the pagan Green Man in the world, makes a private visit to this Brecon estate worthwhile. Local artist David Eveleigh was commissioned to create the maze in celebration of the new millennium and it symbolizes renewal. Its intrigue is enhanced by the beauty of its meandering hedges, the local sourcing of its materials and the reward of the secret wild flower meadow at its centre.
⇝ Read a book in which a pagan ritual is observed or is spoken of (explain how it fits) -or- read a book first published in 2000 or 2001 -or- read a book with a flower (or flowers) on the cover (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover).

Wikimedia Commons

9. Pineapple Garden Maze, Hawaii: The world’s largest permanent maze until the Masone Labyrinth came along, the Pineapple Maze at the Dole Plantation includes 14,000 varieties of Hawaiian vegetation (many deliciously fragrant) crafted into two-and-a-half miles of paths. Not surprisingly, there’s a pineapple at the center, as well as eight “secret stations” and awards for those who travel through it the fastest.
⇝ Read a book that you can read in one sitting -or- read a book set in a location that starts with a letter in HAWAII (mention the location) -or- read a book with a fruit in the title.


10. Reignac-Sur-Indre Maze, France: Called the largest plant maze in the world, the ever-changing maze at Reignac-sur-Indre, France blossoms into a brilliant field of sunflowers in summer and in winter is remarked and sown to reappear as a new design in spring. In 1996, the maze’s debut year, over 85,000 people attempted to find passage through the 10-acre puzzle.
Read a book from a series which has had two books released in the same year (mention the books and the dates of publication) -or- read a book with a circular object on the cover (must be large enough to occupy 25% of the cover, post the cover) -or- read a book published after the year 1996.

Beneath This Ink Published February 9th 2015 Beneath These Chains Published June 16th 2015 
Beneath This Ink Meghan March 10/2/16

richardson adventure farm

11. Richardson Adventure Corn Farm, Illinois: The world’s largest corn maze involves not one, but five, separate “a-maize-ing” mazes inside 33 acres of live corn. The design is rebuilt each year—2013 was a portrait of the Beatles, 2014 a tribute to the “Star Spangled Banner,” 2015’s design celebrates NHL Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks and the 2016 one is a tribute to 50 years of Star Trek
⇝ Read a book by an author who has written at least 5 books -or- read a book set in space -or- read a book where music or sports are important to the plot.
Dirty Girl Meghan March 10/8/16

12. Schoenbrunn Palace Maze, Vienna, Austria: This labyrinth was planted in 1998 in homage to the earlier Schonnbrunn maze that once stood in its place. The 20-year-old maze extends over 2,700 msq. There are plenty of games to try out while in the maze. For example, you can hop your way across the bouncing boards. And for everyone who likes a mental challenge, there are mathematic riddles to solve. Numbers on stone plates tell you how many steps you're allowed to take, by the end you should find yourself right in the middle of the game.
Read a book in which math is important -or- read a book translated from any European language (an original English book only counts if you read the book in a different language) -or- read the middle book of a completed series (if it's a series with even numbered books, like 6, either book #3 or book #4 work).
ROAR Kallypso Masters 10/19/16

13. The Tangled Maze, Australia: A rabbit warren of flowering plants, creepers and blossoms, constantly changing depending on the season, this labyrinth of vegetation never ceases to surprise. The 2m-high hedges, twisting paths and aroma of wisteria, jasmine and honeysuckle add to the maze’s confusion. Should they escape, families can enjoy the mini golf course, synthetic ice rink or indoor play structure.
⇝ Read a book in which a main character works with flowers or perfumes in any fashion (mention how the book fits) -or- read a book set in Australia -or- read a book with a confusing plot-line.

14. Villandry: Villandry’s maze, or labyrinth, part of the Chateau Villandry grounds, is formed of hornbeam hedges, known as charmilles. It is based on the designs of Renaissance gardens, in which the labyrinth was a crucial element. This labyrinth is different from the Greek Labyrinth in that the latter was a place where men would get lost and endlessly search for a way out in the midst of ambushes and dead ends. In contrast, the Renaissance hedge maze was, in the Christian spirit, a place of progression, where the path taken by the walker symbolised the progress of life and the centre of the maze, on an elevated plane, stood for the encounter with God.
⇝ Read a book in which a main character gets lost -or- read a book in which religion plays an important role -or- read the next book in a series that you've already started.

15. Villa Pisani, Stra, Italy: Often said to be the most difficult maze in the world, the Villa Pisani labyrinth is also among the most photogenic—and the most historic, having been constructed in 1720. Even Napoleon has tried to complete it, after he seized the estate in 1807. (Rumor has it that Napoleon was stumped by the winding paths and their many perplexing dead ends, and he gave up.) Hitler and Mussolini also had their first official meeting at the villa. Visitors who successfully navigate the labyrinth are rewarded with lovely views from an 18th-century turret.
⇝ Read a book with a scenic view on the cover (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover) -or- read a book whose author's first and last initials are in any of the following words: "HITLER", "MUSSOLINI" or "NAPOLEON" -or- read a book which has "History" or "Historical" on its main page.
Kiss and Tell (Sunrise Key Trilogy, #1) by Suzanne Brockmann Kiss and Tell Suzanne Brockmann 10/7/16
Congratulations, the end is in sight! To complete your maze, just read a bonus book for one of my favorite temporary maze installations (and I suspect that of every book lover):

The last one! - aMAZEme Labyrinth: An incredible installation created with thousands of tomes that will literally make you lose yourself in books, on display in 2012 at London's Southbank Center. Created by Brazilian artists Marco Saboya and Gualter Pupo, the art installation directed visitors through meandering walls of stacked books.
⇝ Read any book that you like!

See this thread for more detailed rules for CCC challenges.

❖ If you want to participate in a challenge, 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. 

❖ Books must be at least 150 pages long (unless they are graphic novels, see below) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ Graphic novels must be at least 300 pages long, but two books can be combined to make up the page count as long as they both meet the same criteria.

❖ For each book you read, please post a link to the title and mention the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item/color 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 want the challenge moderator to verify those books as you post them, please copy/paste your update into a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. It will make it easier on the moderators if we won't have 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, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

❖ Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not just skim the best portions! :)

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