Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Do You Remember These?

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

DURATION: August 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017

I know we have a lot of young’uns in our group, but there are a lot of us oldsters around too, so this challenge could be a lot of fun :) Every summer, I shake my head in amazement when I read those lists of things today’s college freshmen have never known, and those lists prompted this challenge. How many of these do YOU remember? 


8 TRACK TAPES – An 8-track tape is “a hard plastic cartridge about the size of an external modem that houses a continuous loop of analog audio data stored on magnetic tape.” (from These tapes, holding up to 45 minutes of music, were introduced to the general public in 1966 when Ford included 8-track players as a cutting-edge automotive accessory for the Ford Mustang.
Read an original edition of a book that has been re-released (tell us the year both books were published) OR a book with an 8 in its original year of publication (tell us the year).
Sweet Talk Susan Mallery 9/8/16

ROTARY PHONES – Rotary phones have a dial with a finger hole for each number, 1 through 0. To dial a phone number, you put a fingertip in the corresponding finger hole and rotate the dial clockwise until reaching the metal “finger stop.” Removing your finger allows a spring to return the dial to its resting position so you can dial the next number. It is a tedious process, especially for phone numbers containing higher numbers, which take longer to rotate back to the resting position :) 
Read a book with a circular object on its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with a number from 0-9 in its title (3 works; Fifth or 2nd does not).
First Frost (Waverley Family, #2) by Sarah Addison Allen Sarah Addison Allen 8/11/16

ONLY 3 TV CHANNELS – Before the advent of cable TV, viewers only had three TV channels to choose from: ABC, NBC and CBS. When PBS was launched, it added another choice to the lineup. All channels went off the air after the late news, usually at midnight, and programming didn’t resume until early the next morning, when they signed on again following a rousing rendition of the US National Anthem. 
Read book #1, #2 or #3 in a series (tell us the series number) OR a book that has spawned a TV show that has lasted for at least one full season (tell us the show).
Unafraid Melody Grace 8/4/16 Beachwood Bay #2

PAY PHONES – If your car broke down on the road or if you needed to reach someone when you were away from home before cell phones became common, you had to find a pay phone – and hope you had the necessary change on hand to make the call. Pay phones were found at gas stations, in shopping malls and outside most businesses, but now they’re next to impossible to find. 
Read a book with some form of money in the title or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book in which communication is important to the plot.
Daughters of the Bride Susan Mallery 8/20/16

LICKING A STAMP – Today, we all take those self-adhesive postage stamps for granted, but it wasn’t all that long ago when we had to endure the terrible taste of stamp “glue” when attaching a stamp to an envelope!
Read a book with an envelope or postmark on its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book whose title begins with a letter in LICKING (disregard A, An and The) AND by an author whose LAST initial can be found in STAMP.
Get A Clue Jill Shalvis 8/7/16

MANUAL TYPEWRITERS – Computers, with their easy-to-use keyboards, are everywhere now, but many of us remember how much work was involved in using a manual typewriter. Not only did the typist have to exert more pressure on each key in order to print the corresponding letter properly, it was necessary to manually return the carriage at the end of each line of type. Don’t forget to replace the ribbon when the type starts to fade ... and we won’t talk about correcting mistaeks ... err, mistakes!
Read a book in which a character is an author, journalist or writer OR the first book published by an author of your choice (post a link to the author's GR page showing the publication dates of his/her books).
Hollywood Lights Lana Xavier 8/1/16

DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS – There are still some drive-in restaurants around, but most of them have long since gone out of business. Customers would drive up to designated spaces, park their cars, and wait for a server – sometimes on roller skates! – to come to their cars to take orders. The server would return soon after with the food that was ordered, encouraging customers to remain parked while eating in their cars. 
Read a book with a character who works in a diner/restaurant OR a book with food of some sort on its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover).
Texas Roots Jean Brashear 8/10/16

PARTY LINES – A “party line” was a phone line shared by more than one household. Not only were you unable to make a call if someone else was using the line, but no one could call you either. If you picked up your line while someone else was using it, you could hear their conversation – and join in, if you cared to! Most people endured the party line system to save money; private lines were significantly more expensive. 
Read a book in which a party is thrown (tell us the occasion) OR a book in which a character eavesdrops, intentionally or not, on someone else's conversation.
Carolina Girl Virginia Kantra 8/1/16

RECORD STORES – For many teenagers, the local record store was the place to see and be seen, as well as a place to buy the latest album by your favorite artists. 
Read a book in which the main character owns a store of some kind (tell us what kind of store) OR a book with YOUNG ADULT on its main GR page. Mary owns a flower shop -sells plants, flowers, and bouquets
Bottom Line Abbie Zanders 8/25/16

SLIDE RULES – The simplest slide rule uses two logarithmic scales to allow rapid multiplication and division of numbers. More elaborate versions do more, like square roots, exponentials, logarithms, and trigonometric functions. I never used one, but my hubby did and he loved it for its accuracy and compact size. 
Read a book with a geeky/nerdy character OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in SLIDERULE
Redesigning Rose Lydia Laceby 8/13/16

FLOPPY DISKS – A floppy disk is a soft magnetic disk that is all but obsolete today. The first diskette, invented in the late 1960s by IBM, was an 8” disk. The 5” disk followed, then was more or less replaced by the 3” disk, which can store up to 1.44MB of data. 
Read a book with a character who works with computers OR a book whose title contains consecutive double letters.
Unwritten Melody Grace 8/6/16

FILM CANISTERS – Back when casual photographers still used 35mm film instead of digital cameras, rolls of film came in individual canisters. Those canisters seemed to multiply like wire hangers, especially in the homes of avid photographers :) 
Read a book in which a character is a photographer, either amateur or professional OR a book a book whose main character's first initial can be found in FILM (tell us the character). 
Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16

PRIZES IN CEREAL BOXES – Back in the day, many kids begged Mom to buy Brand X Cereal because of the prize inside the box. If they succeeded, their next trick would be to beat their siblings to the box in order to claim the prize! 
Read a book with short chapters/sections that you could read in "small bites" OR a book with a Z somewhere in the title or the author's name.
First and Only Abbie Zanders 8/22/16

B&W TV – Even before PBS was added to the TV lineup in most cities, everything – commercial programs, news shows, sports – was broadcast in black and white ... and shades of gray! The first commercial color TV program was aired by CBS in June 1951, but the public didn’t begin buying color televisions until the 1960s. 
Read a book whose cover is ONLY black and white (author and/or title name can be other colors; post the cover) OR a book originally published between 1928 and 1950, inclusive (tell us the year).
Everything I Left Unsaid (Everything I Left Unsaid, #1) by Molly O'Keefe Everything I Left Unsaid Molly O'Keefe 8/12/16

SHOOTING MARBLES – Have you ever bought a bag of marbles and wondered why there was one large marble in among all the smaller ones? That big marble can be used as a “shooter” when playing a game of marbles, where players try to knock marbles out of a ring. 
Read a book with a main character who is under 15 years old OR a book in which a game is played (sports or board/card games, not mind games). baseball
Strike Out Cheryl Douglas 8/7/16

CURSIVE WRITING – Learning how to write in cursive was the bane of many elementary student’s existence. Trying to duplicate the sample that hung above the blackboard in the classroom was more than tedious! Today, most schools don’t teach cursive, or only give it a cursory overview, since kids rarely use it anymore. 
Read a book written in letter/email format OR a book whose title is in cursive/script (post the cover). 
Harmony (The Club Girl Diaries, #1) by Addison Jane Addison Jane 8/3/16

PAPER MAPS – My dad used to collect road maps from every gas station he stopped at, especially when we were on road trips in different states. He taught us to read those maps when we were young, but refolding a map is a skill in and of itself. Now, it’s more common for drivers to print turn-by-turn directions from a website – or use a GPS system – than to use a paper map. 
Read a book with a map or globe on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book in which a character travels at least 100 miles from home.
Unstoppable Melody Grace 8/5/16

DRIVE-IN MOVIES – In my family, "going to the movies" meant a night at the drive-in. We would load up the station wagon with blankets, a bag of snacks and a cooler full of the beverages of our choice, then arrive at the drive-in theater early so we kids could play on the playground while our parents hooked the speakers over the car window and set up our family feast on the tailgate of the car. When it was showtime, we almost always got two movies for the price of admission, which was charged by the car, not by the person :) 
Read a book that ties in to a movie in some way OR a book with a car on the cover (cars ONLY, no other vehicles! Must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover).
The Taming of the Bachelor (Taming of the Sheenans #4) by Jane Porter The Taming of the Bachelor Jane Porter 8/21/16

DIAL-UP INTERNET – Someone once described the sounds of dial-up internet as "sounding as if your computer was trying to make contact with aliens."( I remember the sounds, but I also remember that it took so long to make a connection, we usually had time to get a snack and a drink and use the facilities before actually being able to log in to check email!
Read a book that takes you longer to finish that you expected OR a book whose title begins with I (disregard A, An and The).
Idol Kristen Callihan 8/8/16

TV GUIDE MAGAZINE – While TV Guide still publishes a magazine, few viewers subscribe to the print edition, preferring instead to look up programming online. 
Read a book that you first learned about from a magazine (physical magazine or online; tell us the magazine) OR a book in which a character has to make a significant decision (whether or not to marry works; what to have for dinner does not). Blue decides to tell the truth about what happened when he was in Afghanistan.
Tangled Up in Blue J.D. Brick 8/3/16

S&H GREEN STAMPS - In the 1960s, the heyday of S&H Green Stamps, thousands of shoppers saved these little stamps, collecting them from gas stations, grocery stores and other retailers whenever they made a purchase. Collectors could trade Green Stamps for merchandise; items like an end table could be "purchased" for 15 books of stamps (each book held 1200 stamps). 
Read a book whose cover is predominantly green (post the cover) OR a book with a character who has a serious collection of some sort.
His Wicked Games Ember Casey 8/12/16

CRANK HANDLE TO LOWER A CAR WINDOW – In the days before power brakes, power steering, power everything in a car, the only way to lower a window in a car was to crank the handle on the inside of the door. Older cars still have this feature, but most vehicles these days allow you to put your window down with a simple push of a button. 
Read a book with a window on its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book that you consider "hot."
Music of the Heart Katie Ashley 8/18/16

MIX TAPES – Nothing said “You’re special to me!” more than a mix tape, a collection of songs, often recorded from a radio broadcast, that were significant to you and the recipient of the tape. No one knows how many mix tapes were ruined when a radio DJ talked over the end of a song!
Read a book that is a collection of short stories OR a book in which music is important to the plot.
Uninhibited Melody Grace 8/5/16

ENCYCLOPEDIA – Encyclopedias, which are defined as “a comprehensive summary of knowledge,” have existed for nearly 2,000 years. Popular and affordable encyclopedias first appeared in the 1920s, and they reached the height of their popularity in the US in the 1960s. Encyclopedias used to be a student’s best friend when it came time to write a report or paper for school, but now they are few and far between, especially in the home.
Read a non-fiction book OR a book in which the first letter of every word in its title (ALL WORDS COUNT!) can be found in ENCYCLOPEDIA (minimum three words). 
Cowboys Don't Cry Anne McAllister 8/29/16

HAND CRANK PENCIL SHARPENER – Artists and students who use colored pencils still use pencil sharpeners, but to most of the world, these tools have gone the way of the dinosaur. Many of my classmates begged for the opportunity to empty the classroom’s pencil sharpener so they could inhale the smell of fresh wood shavings ... and getting out of a few minutes of class time was an added bonus :)
Read a book with the word SHARP in the title (no compound words) or in the author's name (post the author’s name) OR book with a sharp object of some sort on its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover). 
Sharp Edges Kristen Middleton 8/20/16

See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

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♦ 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.

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