Saturday, June 11, 2016

Let’s go to the Olympics! Challenge

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads

Let’s go to the Olympics! Challenge
June 15, 2016 through September 14, 2016

The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or 2016 Summer Olympics, will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016. This is expected to be the largest Olympic Games in history, with more than 10,500 athletes from 206 nations scheduled to participate. Let's celebrate their accomplishments with a challenge!


Bronze Medal: Read 10 books
Silver Medal: Read 15 books 
Gold Medal: Read 20 books
World Record Holder: Read 25 books
Bonus: The bonus can be added to any level, and read at any time during the challenge.

The Games (5 books)

Summer: Read a book that takes place in the summer, or that is set somewhere that is known for warm/hot weather
Batter Up Robyn Neeley 6/20/16

Winter: Read a book that takes place in the winter, or is set in a location known for cooler/cold weather
Ain't She Sweet Marie Force 6/19/16 

Paralympics: Read a book with a character who suffers from some sort of illness or disability (physical or mental), or other physical defect (scars, injury, etc.) Hollie starts the book off with a bout of food poisoning, a bird attacks her and she falls and hurts her wrist and hand. Her fiance has scars and a wounded shoulder.
Hollie Porter Builds a Raft Eliza Gordon 6/21/16

Youth Games: Read a children’s or YA book, or a book in which a child figures prominently in the storyline
Worth It All Claudia Connor 6/26/16

Ancient Games: Read a Historical novel or a book with an older character 
And I Love Her Marie Force 6/19/16

Countries (10 books)

Greece (GRE): letters in title Unforgettable: Book One Nelle L'Amour 6/30/16
Brazil (BRA): Host nation of this year’s Summer Olympic Games
 letters in title The Beekeeper's Ball Susan Wiggs 7/12/16
Switzerland (SUI): Home of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee
letters in title Righteous Lies Patricia Watters 7/4/16

Nations that have hosted the Olympics (Winter or Summer) at least three times:
United States setting Whisper Beach Shelley Noble 6/24/16
France 1/2 book set in France Overseas Beatriz Williams 6/15/16 
Japan (JPN) letters in title Justified Deception Patricia Watters 7/4/16
Great Britain (GBR)   The Right Bride Jennifer Ryan 6/28/16
Canada (CAN) letters in title Bad Case of Lovin' You Anita Louise 6/17/16
Italy (ITA) letters in title The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Maggie O'Farrell 6/23/16
Germany (GER) letters in title Charged Jay Crownover 7/9/16

For each of the above countries, read a book that is set in that country, has an author or character from there, or where the three letters in the country’s abbreviation can be found in the title and/or author of the book.

Colors and Symbols (10 books)

The colors on the Olympic Flag: 
Blue: Read a book with blue on the cover, or that is set on or near the water. Newport RI
On the Rocks Erin Duffy 6/20/16

Black: Read a book with black on the cover, or with a darker storyline or a character that you would consider a “bad guy”.
On My Knees (Bridge, #1) by Meredith Wild Meredith Wild 06/20/16

Red: Read a book with a red cover, or that has a suspenseful or mysterious storyline.
Finding North (Naive Mistakes, #1) by Rachel Dunning Rachel Dunning 6/21/16

Yellow: Read a book with yellow on the cover, or with a happy, funny, or lighthearted character or storyline.
Six Months in Montana (Montana Sweet Western Romance, #1) by Pamela M. Kelley Pamela M. Kelley 6/22/16

Green: Read a book that includes an animal or animals prominently in the storyline 
I Want to Hold Your Hand Marie Force 6/16/16

White: Read a book with white on the cover, or with a shy, naïve, or virginal character.
Good Cop (Heroes of Henderson, #1) by Liz Kelly Liz Kelly 6/17/16

Olympic Rings: Read a book with something round on the cover, or a story with multiple POVs or connected storylines.
Here's to Us Elin Hilderbrand 7/1/16

Torch/Flame: Read a book with fire or some other light source on the cover, or with a “hot” storyline.
Silver Linings (Rose Harbor #4) by Debbie Macomber Debbie Macomber 6/26/16

Medals: Read a book that has won or been nominated for an award of any kind. If you need ideas, see the Goodreads Book Awards page
Lovers At Heart Melissa Foster 7/3/16

Olympic Motto "Faster, Higher, Stronger": Read a short book that you can finish Fast, a longer book with a High page count, or a book with a character that is either physically or mentally Strong.
3 Breaths L.K. Collins 6/21/16

**For the colors, the cover does not need to be most or all that color, but if not it must be something that stands out on the cover, not something that just blends in and wouldn’t be noticed if the color were different. For example, Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) by Laura Kaye would work for red, but Rocky Mountain Shelter (Six Pack Ranch, #9) by Vivian Arend wouldn’t

Ice Hockey Major Misconduct Kelly Jamieson 6/27/16
Figure Skating Off Limits Kelly Jamieson 6/27/16
Weightlifting Icing Kelly Jamieson 6/27/16
Athletics (Track & Field) Sign Off Patricia McLinn 6/29/16
Rugby Unwrapping Her Perfect Match Kat Latham 7/6/16
Football (Soccer) The Apple Orchard Susan Wiggs 7/11/16

The following sports are currently included in either the Summer or Winter Olympic Games:

Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Archery, Athletics (Track & Field), Badminton, Basketball, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Boxing, Canoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Football (Soccer), Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Judo, Luge, Modern Pentathlon, Nordic Combined, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Speed Skating, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling

Read one (or more) book in which a MC participates in one of the Olympic sports. Note: This doesn’t have to be in a professional or even organized manner. For example, if one of the MCs lifts weights as part of a workout, it can be used for weightlifting. 

There is no minimum page count, and audiobooks and rereads are allowed. You may either update your original post or repost as the challenge progresses, but please repost upon completion.

Happy Reading!

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