Friday, November 9, 2018

TLC Musical Group of the Month: Mumford & Sons

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads

Monthly Challenges   Musical Group of the Month: Mumford & Sons      

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Musical Group of the Month: Mumford & Sons
Duration: November 15, 2018- December 14, 2018


You may do as many tasks as you wish.
You may use the tasks as many times as you wish.
A badge will be awarded for participation.

TASKS:
Mumford & Sons are a British band formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboard, piano, synthesizer), Winston Marshall (vocals, electric guitar, banjo) and Ted Dwane (vocals, bass guitar, double bass).
🎸1. Read a book with an ampersand (&) in the title.
🎸2. Read a book with a title that begins with M.
🎸3. Read a book where the MC is a musician.
🎸4. Read a book published in 2007.


Much of Mumford & Sons' lyrical content has a strong literary influence, its debut album name deriving from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The track "Sigh No More" includes lines from the play such as Serve God love me and mend, For man is a giddy thing, and One foot in sea and one on shore. They also have lines from other classic novels in more songs.
🎸 5. Read a book from the Classics genre.
🎸 6. Read an author's debut book.


Their 2012 sophomore outing, Babel, debuted at number one on the U.K. Albums Chart and the U.S. Billboard 200, and eventually took home that year's Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
🎸 7. Read a book that can be considered a Best Book of 2012. Helper

Recorded live over two nights at Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the band's first live film/recording, Road to Red Rocks, followed in late 2012.
🎸 8. Read a book with a RED cover or with ROCKS on the cover. Please post the cover.
🎸 9. Read a book whose author's initials are in AMPHITHEATRE.
🎸 10. Listen to an audio book.


In early 2015, the band announced both a return to the stage and plans to release Wilder Mind, the group's third studio long-player and most stylistically diverse outing to date, arrived in early May of that year, and charted at number one in seven countries.
🎸 11. Read a book Series #3 or published in May.

In 2009, the band founded Gentlemen of the Road, a live promotions company, record label and organizer of the global series of Stopover Festivals. These festivals tend to take place in towns and villages not normally toured in by bands or singers in an effort to bring money to the place and help businesses there.
🎸 12. Read a book where a festival takes place.
🎸 13. Read a book where charity is an important part of the story.



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Challenge Rules
*Please post a partial list of the challenge when you sign up.
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
*Each book may only be used for one task or letter
*To count a book towards a challenge you must read the majority of it after the start date of the challenge.
* Where more than one option is given for a task, please state which option your book relates to.
*If the task relates to the cover of your book, please post the cover AND the book link.
*All genres and formats are fine.
*Re-reads are allowed.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go.

*When you have finished, please re-post your whole challenge as a new message and MARK AS FINISHED or you will not be considered to have completed the challenge and we will not be able to award your Hall of Fame badge

(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for by the deadline, please re-post your challenge anyway as you may still be eligible for a lower level badge.)

Please use the TLC STANDARD RULES when participating in this challenge.
If you are not familiar with these rules, please click on the link and read them over.

Friday, November 2, 2018

CCC November 2018 Scavenger Challenge : Are You Hungry?

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


ARE YOU HUNGRY?
DURATION : November 1 - November 30, 2018


Even if we've just finished a meal, there are some smells that make us hungry, no matter how full we were just a moment ago. After an informal survey of family and friends, I made a list of the culprits that came up most often, then found an interesting tidbit about each of those foods for the basis of this challenge. Since Goodreads doesn't have scratch & sniff technology, I've included photos just to whet your appetite :)



1. BACON
Bacon dates back at least 3,500 years. The Chinese were the first to cook salted pork bellies. The salt preserved the meat so it could be eaten all year.
✼ Read a book with an intact 00 in its total page count; tell us how many pages OR a book with the letters S-A-L-T in its title, not necessarily in that order or in the same word


2. BAKING BROWNIES
While no one is sure how brownies were first created, the most popular theory seems to be that a woman, who did not have baking powder on hand, improvised and served these "flattened cakes" to her guests. 
✼ Read a book with a baked dessert shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book with a common color name in its title (plurals will be accepted [Blues], but no other variations


3. FRESH BAKED BREAD
Legend has it that whoever eats the last piece of bread from a loaf has to kiss the cook.
✼ Read a book with ROMANCE on its main GR page OR a book that is THE LAST BOOK you need to finish a challenge; tell us the challenge
Lucas Sawyer Bennett 11/4/18



4. GARLIC
Average consumption of garlic is believed to weigh in at around two pounds per person. That means eating roughly 302 cloves per person per year. 
✼ Read book #2 from a series; tell us the series OR a book with a MAIN character whose FIRST name begins with G; tell us the name


5. GRILLED BURGERS
Many US cities claim to be the birthplace of this popular food, but it is widely believed that it was invented in 1900 in New Haven, Connecticut, by Louis Lassen whose café offered a ground beef sandwich to a worker. 
✼ Read a book set in a location with "New" in its name; tell us where OR a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in GRILLEDBURGERS (to use a letter more than once, it must appear more than once in the phrase) 
New Zealand Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18


6. PIZZA
The first pizza wasn’t made in Italy or the USA, but in ancient Greece. They baked large round breads that were flat and topped them with veggies, potatoes, spices and olive oil.
✼ Read a book with a round object shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book with the name of a spice in its title


7. POPCORN
Sugar shortages during WWII made candy hard to come by, catapulting popcorn consumption to three times its pre-war levels.
✼ Read a book set during World War II OR a book with a 3 in its average GR rating (NOT the number of ratings or reviews!); tell us the rating
Rating 3.49 Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18


CHALLENGE RULES :
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. To avoid spoiling a book for other readers, please use spoiler tags, if necessary, when explaining your book choices.* 
    * For help with posting spoiler tags, see this post: Spoiler tags
    * 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 copy and paste your entire list as a new message at the end of the challenge thread. 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. Please do NOT simply post a link back to your original post.

Precinct 81 216. TV Guide: Body of Proof

Precinct 81 discussion on goodreads


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✘ Case File: 216
✘ Date: November 2018
✘ Case Status: Opens November 1, 2018



Genre: Crime drama
Country of origin: United States
Timeline: 2011 - 2013
Seasons: 3

The former neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner Megan Hunt becomes an unorthodox crime-solver. 

Tagline: Get away with murder? Over their dead bodies.


Medical examiner Megan Hunt's unique approach to solving crimes often puts her at odds with her superiors. 
❏ Read a book where the MC is a doctor or a medical examiner, or where the MC gets into lots of conflicts.

Three of Megan’s closest colleagues are Dr Kate Murphey, Dr Ethan Gross, and Dr. Curtis Brumfield. 
❏ Read a book where a supporting character's first or last name starts with the letter K, M, E, G, C or B.
Ford Komeke Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18

Megan Hunt is portrayed by Dana Delany.
❏ Read a book where the author’s first and last name starts with the same letter.
Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18

Body of Proof aired on ABC. 
❏ Read a book where there title contains the letters ABC in any order. 

Body of Proof aired for 3 seasons. 
❏ Read a book that is part of a trilogy. 

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📺 Make a tracking post in the current show thread
📺 Pick the numbers of episodes (level 1, 2 or 3) that you want to watch
📺 Only books read from the first day to the last day of the month count.

Levels:
Let's give it a try = 1 task
Casual commitment= 3 tasks
Binge-watch = 5 tasks 

Reward:
If you finish 1 episode, you receive 1 free question
If you finish 3 episodes, you receive a total of 2 free questions
If you finish 5 episodes, you receive a total of 3 free questions

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Precinct 81 215. The Sound of Rain

Precinct 81 discussion on goodreads


✘ Case File: 215
✘ Date: November 2018
✘ Cold Case: 215. The Sound of Rain

✘ Crime: murder
✘ Suspect: a pedophile
✘ Location: Washington
✘ Documentation: The Sound of Rain

Information
Former homicide detective Nicole Foster has hit rock bottom. Driven off the force by her treacherous partner and lover, she’s flat broke and struggling with a gambling addiction. All Nicole has left is the dream of a warm bed at a homeless shelter and the haunting memories of three-year-old Kelsey Chase—whose murder case ended her career.

As Nicole obsesses over the old facts, she realizes everything about that case felt off: a disinterested mom, a suicidal pedophile, and too many questions left unanswered. When the little girl’s grieving father begs Nicole for help, she’s drawn back into the investigation…and given one shot at redemption.

But the deeper Nicole digs, the more evil she uncovers, including betrayals that hit painfully close to home. Will a shocking discovery be the key to finally getting justice for Kelsey and resurrecting her own life?




✥ Read a book with a blue or purple cover
Playing For Fun (Stewart Island, #6) by Tracey Alvarez Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18

✥ Read a book set in Washington

✥ Read a book where the main character is female
His Perfect Bride Merry Farmer 11/5/18

✥ Read a book tagged suspense
The Hexed Heather Graham 11/10/18

✥ Read a book by a male author
Dead Simple Peter James 11/10/2018


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Search for Clues
(Find the following in the text of books. Add location and sentence)

TV Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18 p 184 ...caught a line of dialogue from Holly's TV.
Storage A Time to Fall Jess Vonn 11/6/18 p 170 They passed by a storage shed tucked into the shadows...
House The Hexed Heather Graham 11/10/18 p 11 It was filled with old houses, history and die-hard...
Tape Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18 p 152 ...since I hadn’t thought to buy tape.
Prison His Perfect Bride Merry Farmer 11/5/18 p 50 ...iron cage, a prison that he willfully closed himself in.



Dots A Time to Fall Jess Vonn 11/6/18 p 124 He saw three dots appear immediately in response.
Church Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18 p 68 Composed of Mrs. Taylor and her church ladies...
Silver His Perfect Bride Merry Farmer 11/5/18 p 2 ...Hotel, the Silver Dollar Saloon, and the town’s...
Dinner Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18 p 25 “If you hold out, you can bump them up to dinner.”
Kid The Hexed Heather Graham 11/10/18 p 22 “I saw it in a movie,” a kid said, nodding sagely.



Vodka A Time to Fall Jess Vonn 11/6/18 p 94 ...and she ordered a vodka tonic before turning...
Stable Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18 p 285 ...shook the stable ground under his feet,...
Game His Perfect Bride Merry Farmer 11/5/18 p 24 ...much about the game since the end of the war,...
Paper Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18 p 97 ...found her a piece of paper and a pen in...
Story The Hexed Heather Graham 11/10/18 p 34 ...pressed to death and told his story, Devin could...



Feline Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18 p 97 ...what Holly interpreted as a feline up yours gesture...
Gym A Time to Fall Jess Vonn 11/6/18 p 50 ...that no public gym operated in Bloomsburo, Cal...
Parents His Perfect Bride Merry Farmer 11/5/18 p 57 ...that his parents were hosting a supper for...
Creamer The Hexed Heather Graham 11/10/18 p 57 “It’s black, but I have sugar and creamer inside.”
Bed Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18 p 16 ...when I crawled out of bed in Des Moines...    


✘ If you wish to help solve the above Case, just leave your information below.

✘ There are 5 sections. You can use the same book once for each section. So if you work it right, you only have to Read a total of 5 books.

✘ Books DO NOT need to be Mystery/Thrillers, any type of book will work for solving cold cases.

✘ You do not need to read the book that case is about....however it might help since all the words are found in the book!

✘ Start date: November 1, 2018

TDD November Reading Wheel and Random Reads

Tall, Dark & Deadly discussion on goodreads



READING WHEEL

Purpose: Reduce that TBR / Choose your next book

How it works:

OPTION #1
* Every month I will spin the wheel and participants will read a book from the resulting category. See below for a list of categories and their corresponding shelves. 
* You can read as many books from the category as you like. 

OPTION #2
* Participants spin their own wheel.
* Click on the Reading Wheel Link and spin the wheel.

* Read a book from the Goodreads shelf for the category that you land on - see below for a list of categories and their corresponding shelves. 

OPTION #3
*Do both option #1 and option #2

NOVEMBER CATEGORY: 
FIREFIGHTER: Hot Shot (North Ridge, #3) by Karina Halle Karina Halle 11/12/18
Private Investigator The Taken (Celestial Blues, #1) by Vicki Pettersson Vicki Pettersson 11/14/18


Random Reads - November 2018

Purpose: Reduce that TBR

#970 - Smoke and Sin (The Perfect Gentlemen, #4) by Shayla Black Shayla Black

How it works
* In this challenge, each participant picks a random book from their personal TBR to read during the upcoming month.

* Sort your TBR shelf (or any other shelf you want to use for the challenge) by position. Make sure the numbers are enabled on your shelf. You do this by going to "settings" on the "my books" tab, clicking on the "position" option and pressing "save". 

* Go to Random.org. Type 1 in the "Min" box and the total number of books of your shelf in the "Max" box. Click "generate".

* Scroll to the number obtained from Random.org. This is the book you will read for this month. 

* Post your book in this thread and be sure to come back and tell us what you thought of it. 

* Feel free to ask any questions in this thread. 

TLC November Challenges

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads


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The general rules of Scattergories are you are given a list of categories and a time limit. Then the letter dice is rolled and you have to come up with something that matches the letter and the category


The object of this challenge is the same sort of thing as the board game. We give you a list of 12 categories/words and a letter and you find items that fit those categories in your books. The goal is to find all 12 items. You may use a book to fulfill as many categories as it fits (you don't have to read 12 books this month...don't worry!)

The first 6 categories will stay the same, the second 6 will be announced each month.


Please remember to add a link to the book, the author and give the date you finished reading it.
You also need to post the sentence and page/loc# for items 7-12.



November Scattergories
Duration: November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Recurring Items:
1. Book Title: A Time to Fall Jess Vonn 11/6/18
2. Author: Tracey Alvarez Playing For Fun 11/2/18
3. Main Character: Tessa Evans All We Want J. Daniels 11/17/18
4. Secondary Character: Tag Griffin Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18
5. Place/Setting: Texas A Light at Winter's End Julia London 11/11/18
6. Item on cover: Trees
The Hexed (Krewe of Hunters, #13) by Heather Graham
The Hexed Heather Graham 11/10/18


And the Specials for November are: 
7. Weekend Activities: TV Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18 p 184 ...caught a line of dialogue from Holly's TV.

8. Stones/Gems: Turquoise A Light at Winter's End Julia London 11/11/18 p 255 Or her black and turquoise cowboy boots, or her denim jacket... 

9. Things That Are Sticky: Tape Wallflower in Bloom Claire Cook 11/8/18 p 152 ...since I hadn’t thought to buy tape.

10. Items in Your Purse/Wallet: Ticket Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18 p 286 Holding two ferry tickets in his hand...

11. Words Associated With Fall/Autumn: Thanksgiving A Time to Fall Jess Vonn 11/6/18 p 206 ...family can come to you for Thanksgiving or Christmas...

12. Names: Mrs. Taylor Playing For Fun Tracey Alvarez 11/2/18 p 68 Composed of Mrs. Taylor and her church ladies...


Your letter is:
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Stand (1)

Stand Alone Monthly Challenge
Duration: November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018


Do you like standalone books? Want to read more? Tired of cliffhangers or series books? Take a break and read a standalone! 

Solo: Read 1-2 books
Single: Read 3-4 books
Solitary: Read 5-6 books

Stand Alone Monthly Challenge
My List:

Challenge Rules
*Please post a partial list of the challenge when you sign up.
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
*Each book may only be used for one task or letter
*To count a book towards a challenge you must read the majority of it after the start date of the challenge.
* Where more than one option is given for a task, please state which option your book relates to.
*If the task relates to the cover of your book, please post the cover AND the book link.
*All genres and formats are fine.
*Re-reads are allowed.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go. 

*When you have finished, please re-post your whole challenge as a new message and MARK AS FINISHED or you will not be considered to have completed the challenge and we will not be able to award your Hall of Fame badge 

(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for by the deadline, please re-post your challenge anyway as you may still be eligible for a lower level badge.)

Please use the TLC STANDARD RULES when participating in this challenge.
If you are not familiar with these rules, please click on the link and read them over. 

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"Easy As 1, 2, 3" Monthly Challenge
Duration: November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018


This challenge is an ongoing monthly mini-challenge to keep us all motivated to start, (and then continue), some of the many series in our TBR. 

My List:
His Perfect Bride Merry Farmer 11/5/18 (The Brides of Paradise Ranch #1)
Hot Shot Karina Halle 11/12/18 (North Ridge #3)

A Time to Fall Jess Vonn 11/6/18 (Love by the Seasons #1)
A Light at Winter's End Julia London 11/11/18 (Cedar Springs #3)
Shades of Wicked Jeaniene Frost 11/7/18 (Night Rebel #1)Dead Simple Peter James 11/10/2018 (Roy Grace #1)


Rules:
1) You must read one of each: a 1st, a 2nd, and a 3rd book in a series.
2) Any genre of series is acceptable.
3) 'Half-step' short-stories (i.e., shorts in anthologies), do not count.
**For uniformity, the numbering on GR will be the judge of this.**
4) Rereads do count.
5) No more than 2 of the 3 books each month can be from the same series.
6) Please post a link to the book and the author and also the date you finished the book.
7) *Please post a partial list of the challenge when you sign up.
8) Please repost your entire challenge when you are finished to get your badge.