Sunday, November 30, 2014

PEOPLE MAGAZINE 40th Anniversary Game Play

From Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads

PEOPLE MAGAZINE 40th Anniversary

Dec 1, 2014 to May 26, 2015 link

CHALLENGE TASKS:


First issue 3/4/74 – Mia Farrow
* Read  a book with two words in the title starting with the same letter. Make-Believe Mistletoe by Gina Wilkins

1/13/75 - Elvis Presley
* Read a book where a  singer is the main character Sweet Possession by Maya Banks

1/12/76 – Liza Minelli
* Read  a book with a 3 in the original publication date. 2013 Just One Night by Kyra Davis

1/10/77 – Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
* Read  a book with a movie star or an actor of some kind Come A Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

1/9/78 – John Travolta
* Read  a book with a night scene on the cover Necessary As Blood by Deborah Crombie

1/8/79 – Christopher Reeve
* Read  a book whose title starts with “S.” Summer Days by Susan Mallery

1/21/80 – Steve Martin
* Read a book with “Humor” on the main genre page Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

1/12/81 – Yoko Ono
* Read a book with an author’s  last name starting with “Y” Where Their Hearts Collide by Zoe York

2/1/82 – Patty Hearst
* Read a book where someone is kidnapped Taken Hostage Boxed Set by Annika Martin

1/17/83 – Dustin Hoffman
* Read a book with a one-word title. Fever by Elizabeth Lowell

1/9/84 – Princess Caroline of Monaco
* Read  a book set in Europe  A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick

2/11/85 – Cagney & Lacey
* Read  a book with a character whose LAST name starts with C . Taryn Crawford When We Met by Susan Mallery

2/10/86 – Christa McAuliffe
* Read  a book about a teacher. Giving Chase by Lauren Dane

2/16/87 – Liberace
* Read  a book where someone plays the piano Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal

1/18/88 – Liz Taylor
* Read  a short book (between 150 and 200 pages) Her Secret Dom by Samantha Cote

1/9/89 – Drew Barrymore
* Read a book where family is important. The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

1/15/90 – Pat Sajak
* Read  a book that starts with a vowel At Last by Barbara Bretton

1/28/91 – Operation Desert Storm
* Read a book with a military theme Masters At Arms by Kallypso Masters

1/27/92 – On the Cutting Edge (Plastic Surgery of the Stars)
* Read a book with a character who has surgery of some kind. No Place To Run by Maya Banks

1/25/93 – Hillary Clinton
* Read a book where the first letter of the first word of the title is H Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane


Part 2

1/24/94 – Poisoned Ice/Nancy Kerrigan
* Read  a book with a competitive athlete.  Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton

2/27/95 – The Vanishing President/Ronald Reagan
* Read  with a doctor/nurse/midwife as a main character  Spitfire by Carla Doolin

1/29/96 – Serenely Single/Sally Field
* Read a book with a single parent Getting Hotter by Elle Kennedy

1/27/97 – Local Hero
* Read  a book set in a small town. Summer Nights by Susan Mallery

1/12/98 – Say It Ain’t So!
* Read  a book with a number in the title. One More Chance by Abbi Glines

2/22/99 – Heaven Help Us!
* Read  a book where the author’s first or last initial is found in the word ANGEL. You Were Mine by Abbi Glines

1/31/00 – In a Heartbeat
* Read Book #5 of a series Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl Woods

1/8/01 – Kilt by Association
* Read  a book with a wedding. The Homecoming by Robyn Carr

1/28/02 – Palace Rebellion
* Read a book set in England Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

2/10/03 – Life After Dale
* Read a book dealing with grief/death/loss. Nobody's Hero by Kallypso Masters

2/23/04 – Learning Curves
* Read a book where the main character is a parent Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

1/17/05 – After the Tsunami: New Heroes New Hope
* Read  a book with water on the cover Love in a Small Town by Zoe York




1/30/06 – New Baby, New Lives
* Read  a book with a family who adopts. One Summer by JoAnn Ross

1/29/07 – Home at Last
* Read  a book set in Missouri  Playing to Win by Jaci Burton

2/4/08 – A Life Cut Short - Heath Ledger
* Read  a book set in New York Holiday In Death by JD Robb

1/26/09 – His Battle Gets Tougher
* Read a book with a romantic dance scene Mountain Angel by Suzie O'Connell

1/18/10 – New Year, New Kate!
* Read  a book with hair on the cover Once and Again by Lauren Dane


1/24/11 – He’s Brought Us a New Beginning
* Read a book with a baby important to the story Double Time by Olivia Cunning

1/23/12 - Murder at the Palace
* Read  a book with a castle somewhere in the story. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

2/11/13 – Tim McGraw
* Read a book set in Tennessee The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston

1/13/14 – We Lost Half Our Size!
* Read a book with 7, 4, or 8 in the original publication date 2008 Be With Me by Maya Banks

PEOPLE MAGAZINE 40th Anniversary

PEOPLE MAGAZINE 40th Anniversary on Crazy Challenge Connection on Goodreads
12/1/14 to 11/30/15

People Magazine celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, having premiered in March of 1974. It contains a mix of celebrity and human interest articles.
For the purposes of this challenge, I have chosen a representative title page from January/February of each year that People Magazine has been published. It's fascinating to look back and see what (and who) was on people's minds over the last 40 years.



CHALLENGE RULES: 
♦ If you want to participate in a 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. 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 and not simply skim through it.

♦ 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, 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 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 

♦ If you use books that are in a language other than English, please translate those titles into English for the purposes of our challenges, unless you plan to use that language for the entire challenge. If you do use another language for the whole challenge, please remember that the translations of exempt words/phrases -- for example, A, An and The in most spelling challenges -- would be exempt as well. 

♦ 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.


CHALLENGE TASKS: 

First issue 3/4/74 – Mia Farrow 
Mia Farrow's Set to Star in Next Year's Big Movie, an Adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, with Robert Redford
* Read a book set in the 1930’s OR read a book marked “Classics” on the main genre page OR a book with two words in the title starting with the same letter.

1/13/75 - Elvis Presley
Elvis the Pelvis Presley Turns the Big 4-0, but That Doesn't Mean He's All Shook Up
* Read a book where a musician or singer is the main character OR a book with birthday candles or a cake on the cover OR a book with “40” in the total # of pages (must be in that order, 04 does not work).

1/12/76 – Liza Minelli
As She Approaches 30, Life May Not Be a Cabaret, but Somebody Sure Forgot to Tell Liza Minnelli
* Read a book with the letter “Z” anywhere in the title or in the author’s name OR a book with a 3 in the original publication date.

1/10/77 – Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
Barbra Streisand's A Star Is Born Didn't Fix Kris Kristofferson's Wagon—It Put Him on It
* Read a book whose author’s last name is at least 10 letters long OR a book with a movie star or an actor of some kind OR a book with a star on the cover. 

1/9/78 – John Travolta
Saturday Night Fever Costars Karen Gorney and John Travolta Spin into Stardom with the Disco Docudrama
* Read a book with a day of the week in the title OR a book with a night scene on the cover OR a book featuring a dancer.

1/8/79 – Christopher Reeve
It's His New-Found Stardom, Not Flying High as The Man of Steel, That Christopher Reeve Fears
* Read a book with a superhero somewhere in the story OR a book with a tall building on the cover OR a book whose title starts with “S.”

1/21/80 – Steve Martin
With the Unexpected Success of His First Feature Film, Steve Martin Continues to Crack Up the Masses
* Read a book with “Humor” on the main genre page OR a book with a character or author named Steve (or any derivation—Steven, Stephen, but NOT Stephanie) or Martin (first or last name is OK).

1/12/81 – Yoko Ono
Month After the Eulogies Ended, Yoko Ono Begins to Face the Pain of Life Without John Lennon
* Read a book with an Asian character OR a book with an interracial marriage OR a book with an author’s first or last name starting with “Y” or “O.”

2/1/82 – Patty Hearst
Patty Hearst Relives the Terror of Kidnapping and Brainwashing by the SLA
* Read a book where someone is kidnapped OR a book with a wealthy character or a book with the letters S-L-A found in the title (not necessarily in that order).

1/17/83 – Dustin Hoffman
A New Family Life Has Dustin Hoffman Smiling, but Playing a Woman Has Made Him a Better—and Richer—Man”
* Read a book that has been made into a movie OR a book with consecutive double letters in the author’s name OR a book with a one-word title.

1/9/84 – Princess Caroline of Monaco
Princess Caroline of Monaco Rushes into Marriage with a Dashing Womanizer, Leaving her family subdued and European society titillated with Rumors of a Royal Pregnancy
* Read a book with a royal character OR a book set in Europe OR a book where a character cheats on a spouse.

2/11/85 – Cagney & Lacey
Cagney & Lacey Grapples with Cancer in a Grueling, Rewarding Episode
* Read a book with two women on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book with “AND” in the title OR a book with a character whose LAST name starts with C or L.

2/10/86 – Christa McAuliffe
Teacher Christa McAuliffe's Example Lives on After the Challenger Tragedy
* Read a book about space or the space program OR a book about a teacher OR a book where a man-made disaster occurs.

2/16/87 – Liberace
His Public Flamboyance Shrouded a Troubled Life
* Read a book with something sparkly on the cover OR a book where someone plays the piano OR a book with a flamboyant character.

1/18/88 – Liz Taylor
Even a legend like Liz Taylor can pack on the pounds, but it took determination—and a few diet tips—to slim down
* Read a book about food (fiction or non-fiction, cookbooks are OK) OR a short book (between 150 and 200 pages) OR a book originally published in 1988.

1/9/89 – Drew Barrymore
America’s favorite child actress fell off-camera into alcoholism and addiction, the curses of her venerable acting family, but now she’s fighting back
* Read a young adult book OR a book with a main character who is addicted to something OR a book where family is important.

1/15/90 – Pat Sajak
For Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, the answer’s easy. Just Buy a vowel and say L-E-S-L-Y-B-R-O-W-N
* Read a book with a multi-color cover (at least 3 bright colors) OR a book that starts with a vowel (Do NOT include A, A, The) OR a book with a wheel or tire on the cover (show us the cover).

1/28/91 – Operation Desert Storm
Operation Desert Storm Commences as White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater Declares, "The Liberation of Kuwait Has Begun."
* Read a book with a military theme OR a book set in a desert location OR a book having some connection to the U.S. White House.

1/27/92 – On the Cutting Edge (Plastic Surgery of the Stars)
Despite the Furor Over Breast Implants in Hollywood's Cult of Youth and Beauty, the Plastic Surgeon Remains High Priest
* Read a book with a knife on the cover OR a book with “Medicine” on the main genre page OR a book with a character who has surgery of some kind.

1/25/93 – Hillary Clinton
She's Been a Sister, Lawyer, Wife, Activist and Mother and Now First Lady. Those Who Know Hillary Rodham Clinton Best Look at Her Spiritual Center
* Read a book where the first letter of the first word of the title is H, R, or C (exclude A, An, The) OR a book about politics OR a book set in Washington DC or Arkansas. 

PEOPLE MAGAZINE - Part 2

1/24/94 – Poisoned Ice/Nancy Kerrigan
A Frightening Attack Puts Two Top American Skaters on a Shocking Collision Course
* Read a book with a rivalry between two individuals OR a book with ice on the cover OR a book with a competitive athlete.

2/27/95 – The Vanishing President/Ronald Reagan
Overtaken by Alzhemer’s, Former President Ronald Reagan Joins Millions of Other Americans Struggling with the Disease That Devastates Families
* Read a book with a character who is a senior citizen OR with a doctor/nurse/midwife as a main character OR with a politician (from any country).

1/29/96 – Serenely Single/Sally Field
After Years of Anxiety, Sally Field Knows What She Really, Really Likes: the Satisfaction of Being Alone
* Read a book with a single parent OR a stand-alone book.

1/27/97 – Local Hero
Christopher Reeve Returns to His Hometown with New Strength in His Body and a Dream in His Heart—to Walk Again
* Read a book with a character who has been injured in some way or a book set in a small town.

1/12/98 – Say It Ain’t So!
After a Sidesplitting Nine-Year Run, Jerry Seinfeld Decides to End His Deliciously Silly Sitcom. 'Get Out!
* Read  a book with a number in the title. One More Chance by Abbi Glines

2/22/99 – Heaven Help Us!
Lifting Hearts, Saving Lives...the Touched by An Angel Cast Marvel at the Miracles Their Show Has Worked
* Read any type of paranormal book OR a book where the author’s first or last initial is found in the word ANGEL. 

1/31/00 – In a Heartbeat
After Quintuple Bypass Surgery, David Letterman Joked with Nurses and Got a Call from Johnny Carson. But Will the Hard-Driving Host Be Able to Slow Down for Long?
* Read Book #5 of a series OR a book with a heart on the cover OR a book with a character who likes to tell jokes.

1/8/01 – Kilt by Association
Amid Tears, Tiaras and Scottish Tartan, Madonna and Guy Ritchie Baptize Baby Rocco and Tie the Knot
* Read a book with a one-word title OR a book set in Scotland OR a book with a wedding.

1/28/02 – Palace Rebellion
Prince Harry, 17, Gets Caught Drinking, Smoking Marijuana and Partying Hard; Prince Charles, Not Amused, Takes Action
* Read a book where a main character is under 18 years old OR a book set in England OR a book with some sort of party.

2/10/03 – Life After Dale
The Racing Legend's Widow, Teresa Earnhardt, Talks for the First Time About Her Loss
* Read a book with a car on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book dealing with grief/death/loss.

2/23/04 – Learning Curves
She Has a New Movie, a Blockbuster New Love Life and at 29, Drew Barrymore Is Thinking About Having Kids. What Could She Be Missing? Oh, About 20 Lbs.
* Read a book where the main character is a parent OR a book set in California.

1/17/05 – After the Tsunami: New Heroes New Hope
Out of the Growing Catastrophe—More Than 155,000 Dead, 5 Million Homeless—Emerge Remarkable Tales of Courage, Survival and Compassion
* Read  a book with water on the cover . Love in a Small Town by Zoe York



1/30/06 – New Baby, New Lives
Side by Side on the Activist Trail and in Sync as a Family, Expectant Parents Brad and Angelina Launch Their Next Phase—Together
* Read a romance book OR a book with a family who adopts.

1/29/07 – Home at Last
Ben Ownby Was Missing for Four Days, Shawn Hornbeck for More Than Four Years. Then, a Miracle: FBI Agents Found the Two Kidnapped Teens Alive in the Same Apartment. Why Were They Taken? And Why Hadn't Shawn Tried to Flee Their Abductor?
* Read a book marked “Crime” on the GR main genre page OR a book set in Missouri OR a book where someone is arrested or goes to/is in jail.

2/4/08 – A Life Cut Short - Heath Ledger
He Had a Red-Hot Career and a Daughter He Adored. But at 28, the Actor Was Found Dead in His New York Apartment. How the Life of One of Hollywood's Brightest Young Stars Came Apart
* Read a book about someone in the entertainment business (real or fictional) OR a book set in New York OR a book with 2 or 8 in the # of pages.

1/26/09 – His Battle Gets Tougher
After a Setback in His Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer, Patrick Swayze Stays Strong—with Wife Lisa by His Side
* Read a book with a romantic dance scene OR a book with a character who becomes ill OR a book set in a hospital.

1/18/10 – New Year, New Kate!
Changing Her Look and Her Life, Reality Star Kate Gosselin Opens Up About Starting Over as a Single Mom and How She's Helping Her Kids Heal
* Read a book with multiple children in the plot of the story OR a book with a divorce OR a book with hair on the cover (show us the cover).

1/24/11 – He’s Brought Us a New Beginning
In an Exclusive Interview and Photos, John Travolta and Kelly Preston Introduce Baby Benjamin, the Little Miracle Who Has Melted Their Hearts and Renewed Their Family's Spirit.
* Read a book with a baby important to the story OR a book with a main character or author named Ben, John, or Kelly. (other spellings are OK, but the names should sound the same).

1/23/12 - Murder at the Palace
The Shocking Discovery of a 17-Year-Old Girl's Body on the Queen's Beloved Sandringham Estate Rocks the Windsor Clan-While Police Race to Solve the Killing
* Read a murder mystery OR a book with a castle somewhere in the story.

2/11/13 – Tim McGraw
The Country Star Quit Drinking and Amped Up His Workouts. The Result? A Solid Marriage-and Solid Abs
* Read a book set in Tennessee OR a book with “Exercise” or “Health” on the GR main genre page OR a book with an author whose name starts with Mc or Mac.

1/13/14 – We Lost Half Our Size!
How Did These Five People Lose a Total of 748 Lbs.? One Abandoned Candy Binges, Another Adopted Running, and All of Them Discovered Easy Ways to Stay Motivated
* Read a book with 7, 4, or 8 in the original publication date OR a book that you find inspirational. 

2015 What's In A Name Challenge

This is the sign-up post for the eighth annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued here at The Worm Hole. Information in other languages: Portugu√™s
The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets):
  • A word including ‘ing’ in it (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute, Lex Trent Fighting With Fire) My examples are verbs but you can of course use other words.
  • A colour (The Red Queen, White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain)
  • A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.
  • A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea)
  • A city (Barcelona Shadows, Shanghai Girls, Under The Tripoli Sky)
  • An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed, The Horse And His Boy)
Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.
Extra information
  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my example of Black Swan Rising for ‘an animal’ could be used for the ‘colour’ category or ‘animal’ category, but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.
Everything else
On January 1 I’ll publish 7 posts, one for each category and one for your wrap-up post. These posts will be published as WordPress pages and linked to from one main, ‘gateway’, post on the blog. You will be able to post your links to your reviews or leave comments, depending on whether you’re a blogging reader or a non-blogger reader. If you are a blogger, please leave one review per category. You’ll be able to find the gateway post through a link I’ll be adding to the navigation section of my sidebar. Alternatively, for ease, you might want to subscribe to this blog via Feedly or email so that the gateway post will be immediately available to you without you having to search the site. The non-Feedly feed link and also a Bloglovin’ link are on the sidebar.

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

To join the challenge, sign up using the Mr Linky if you’re a blogger, and if you’re not a blogger simply leave a comment below (please note that if you’ve not commented on this blog before your comment will not show up straight away as per my site moderation but I will see it so do come back if you’ve asked a question). If at any time you have difficulties adding your link, email me at the address on my contact page with your information, and I’ll add it myself.

How to use Mr Linky: put your name and/or your blog’s name in the top box and the URL (web address) of your blog in the second box. If you have a Tumblr or use a Facebook page instead of a blog, use the web address to that instead.
How you link is up to you, but it’s suggested that you include both your name and blog name in the first box.
If you have any suggestions for this year’s challenge, let me know in the comments (again, if you’ve not commented here before the comment will show up after I’ve approved it as part of my site spam moderation).
And remember that you don’t have to sign up today – as the challenge runs until the end of 2015, you can sign up at any time during the year.
Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname2015 (the number included so we don’t get lost amongst various Romeo And Juliet quotes!)
Sign up here! Review Link
My List:
A word including ‘ing’ in it Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
A familial relation Colters' Daughter by Maya Banks
A colour On Lavender Lane by JoAnn Ross
An animal Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren
A city  Choosing Charleston by T. Lynn Ocean

2015’s Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge



January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015
So here are the rules should you want to join in the fun: Sign Up Here:

1.) The challenge starts January 1, 2015 and ends  December 31, 2015.

2.) You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime/thriller.

3.) 1 novel counts as 1 novel( 1 novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel.

4.) There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you have made so far. There will be two link-ups on each reading challenge post, one is a text link-up for those of you who are participating without a blog/through Goodreads/or through another way and then a thumbnail link-up for those of you that are participating from a blog.

5.) There will be a book giveaway each month and for initially signing up.
As an incentive each month’s link-up post (including this sign-up link-up post) will be followed by another link-up post that will be a giveaway of a mystery/crime/thriller from my own bookshelf, just a note that these are used books but I would never give away something not up to par so even though it is used it is still in good condition.

The post for the giveaway and reading challenges are separate you will be able to see which book I am giving away and then you get to decide whether you want to enter for the giveaway or not, you do have to sign-up to enter the sign-up giveaway and then for the monthly giveaway you will have had to link-up a read for that month.

If you read a certain number of novels you receive a rank at the end I will award a secret prize to the person who reads the most books:
5 books= Inspector Lestrade
10 books = Amelia Peabody
15 books = Flavia de Luce
20 books = Inspector Ian Rutledge
25 books = Detective Simon Ziele
30 books= Miss Marple
35 books= Hercule Poirot
40+ books= Sherlock Holmes

Link
I will start with 20 books:
1. Midnight In Death by JD Robb
2. A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
3. Ghost Layer by Robin D Owens
4. Conspiracy In Death by JD Robb
5. Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
6. Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods
7. Redwood Violet by Robin Mahle  link
8. Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones
9. Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones
10. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
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