Monday, April 25, 2016

A Little Romance

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

Duration: February 1 - July 31, 2016

Who doesn't love a little romance? Snuggle into your favorite reading nook and let the romance begin!


1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961): A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. Starring Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard. 
Read a book that takes place in NYC OR read a book with a nice piece of jewelry on the cover OR read a book where the main character has a cat.
Mister O Lauren Blakely 5/8/16

2. Annie Hall (1977): Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. Starring Woody Allen & Diane Keaton. This movie caused a fashion craze in which women wore men’s neckties; I had to ask my father to tie mine before going to school. The funniest scene (IMHO) is when the two actors are trying to cook lobsters. 
Read a book with a man’s tie on the cover OR read a book marked HUMOR OR read a book whose author’s last name is Hall.
Stirred Up S.E. Hall 5/23/16

3. Pretty in Pink (1986): A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. Starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, and Harry Dean Stanton. Read a book with a pink cover (at least 50%) OR read a book involving a love triangle OR read a book written in 1986.
Accepting Fate (Defining Destiny #2) by Deanna Chase Deanna Chase 5/23/16

4. The Princess Bride (1987): While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. Starring Carey Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Robin Wright. 
Read a book featuring a princess OR read a book with any of the following words in the title “AS,” “YOU,” or “WISH” (word must stand alone and match exactly) OR read a book in which a sword fight occurs.
Wicked for You Shayla Black 5/23/16

5. When Harry Met Sally (1989): Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. The deli scene – need I say more?!! Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan & Carrie Fisher. 
Read a book with a character named “HARRY” or “SALLY” (exact match) or read a book featuring friendship OR read a book where part of the plot occurs in a deli.
Pull Rachel Van Dyken 5/6/16

6. Steel Magnolias (1989): Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a tour-de-force of love, laughter, and tears. Starring Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and Julia Roberts. 
Read a book that takes place in the south OR read a book that makes you laugh and cry OR read a book where a character dies from a physical illness or condition.
Connor's Gamble Kathy Ivan 5/5/16

7. Pretty Woman (1990): A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love. Starring Richard Gere & Julia Roberts, and Jason Alexander. 
Read a book with a significant bathtub scene OR a book that takes place in Hollywood OR read a book that ends happily ever after.
One with You Sylvia Day 5/9/16

8. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994): Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. Starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, & James Fleet. 
Read a book in which a wedding or a funeral occurs OR read a book in which someone considered a committed bachelor falls in love OR read book #5 in a series.
 Sinner's Steel Sarah Castille 4/26/15

9. Jerry Maguire (1996): When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. Starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Renee Zellweger. 
Read a book featuring an athlete OR read a book with an author or character named Jerry (reasonable variations okay but note that Gary is not Jerry!) OR read a book with “HELLO” or “MONEY” in the title (exact match).
Tough Enough M. Leighton 5/10/16

10. As Good As It Gets (1997): A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is in an accident. Starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. 
Read a book with a main character who is a single parent OR read a book featuring an author or artist OR read a book whose author’s initials (first and last) are J.N., H.H., or G.K.
Strong Enough M. Leighton 4/30/16

11. Life is Beautiful (1997): A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humor, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi concentration camp. This is one of my all time favorites!! Starring Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, and Giorgio Canterini. 
Read a book that takes place during WWII OR read a book with an Italian character OR read a book whose cover you consider beautiful.
Elude Rachel Van Dyken 5/7/16

12. The Parent Trap (1998): Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid & Natasha Richardson. 
Read a book that features twins OR read a book in which part of the plot is in a camp OR read a book whose main character is named Lindsay or Hayley (Hayley Mills starred in the original film; reasonable variations okay).
Beyond the Cut Sarah Castille 4/25/16

13. Something About Mary (1998): A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster. Starring Peter Farrelly, Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz. 
Read a book where a character runs into a former love OR read a book that occurs mainly in a high school setting OR read a book with a character named MARY.
The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16

14. Shakespeare in Love (1998): A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, and Geoffrey Rush. 
Read any Shakespearean play OR read a book featuring actors or taking place on the stage OR read a book that takes place in London.
Perfectly Imperfect Harper Sloan 5/1/16

15. Notting Hill (1999): The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world. Starring Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts & Richard McCabe. 
Read a romance OR read a book that takes place around a bookstore OR read a book about someone famous (real or fictional).
Beautiful Sacrifice Jamie McGuire 4/30/16

16. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001): A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant. 
Read any book told through a diary format OR read a book in which a character is trying to improve herself in some manner OR read a book whose title begins (ignore a, an, the) with a letter in BRIDGET.
Beautiful Oblivion Jamie McGuire 4/29/16

17. Amelie (2001): Amelie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. Starring Audrey Tautou, and Mathieu Kassovitz. 
Read a book that takes place in Paris OR read a book about young love OR read a book where a character takes justice into their own hands.
Fighting Silence Aly Martinez 5/4/16

18. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003): Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made. Starring Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, & Adam Goldberg. 
Read a book whose total page count includes an intact “10” (i.e. 210, 310, 1023) OR read a book in which at least two characters make a significant bet OR read a book in which something important is lost.
Beautiful Disaster Jamie McGuire 4/27/16

19. Love Actually (2003): Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. Starring Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, and Liam Neeson. 
Read a book that takes place over Christmas OR read a book that focuses on two or more couples OR read a book whose original publication year contains an “8.”
Come Home to Me Brenda Novak 5/14/16

20. Wedding Crashers (2005): John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary. Starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams. 
Read a book where at least one character crashes a party or event OR read a book where the first letter of each title word (exclude a, an, the, 3 word minimum) is in WEDDINGCRASHERS OR read a book in which there is some kind of rivalry.
Weak for Him Lyra Parish 5/11/16

21. Mamma Mia! (2008): The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA. Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried. Read a book that takes place in Greece OR read a book whose setting is in the 1970’s OR read a book where at least one word in its title matches at least one word from an ABBA song title in the movie - exclude a, an, the, on. (List of ABBA songs sung in the movie Lay All Your Love On Me
Love Me, Love Me Not S.M. Koz 5/3/16

22. He’s Just Not That Into You (2009): The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, and Morgan Lily. 
Read a book set in Baltimore OR read a book whose author’s first name is Jennifer OR read a book where a character is not sure how another character feels romantically about her/him.
When Lightning Strikes Brenda Novak 5/13/16

23. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011): A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. Starring Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore. 
Read a book whose title contains the word “CRAZY,” “STUPID,” or “LOVE,” OR read a book in which a couple is in the process of divorce or separated OR read a book that has at least a few bar scenes.
Beautiful Redemption Jamie McGuire 4/29/16

24. Midnight in Paris (2011): While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates. 
Read any book that shifts between time frames OR read a book in which a couple is engaged for most of the book OR read a book whose setting is the 1920’s.
The Mason List S.D. Hendrickson 4/28/16

25. The Silver Linings Playbook (2012): After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro. 
Read a book in which a main character has some type of mental illness OR read a book featuring a psychotherapist or psychiatrist OR read a book in which an unlikely pair of characters become involved (tell us why the pair is unlikely). both
Rock J.A. Huss 4/27/16

Optional: What is your favorite romantic comedy? 

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