Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CONNECTIONS 2016 - 2017

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

DURATION: October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017

This challenge is all about connections. Each book you read must be connected to the previous book, either by one or more words in their titles, author first or last name or publication date. Books must be linked in chronological order! The second book you read MUST be completed after your first book, but before your third book, and so on down the list. 

For example: If my first book is Them Bones, by Carolyn Haines, the next book I read would need to have "Them" or "Bones" in the title, be written by an author with "Carolyn" or "Haines" in his/her name, or be published in 1999. If I read Death On Demand, by Carolyn Hart, for my second book, my third book could be Iron House, byJohn Hart, published in 2011, and my fourth could be Crunch Time, by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 2011. 

You may read two consecutive books by the same author, but no more until you read something by a different author. A, An and The do NOT count for connecting words, but all other title words will be accepted. If you are using the year of publication, it must be the year the book was originally published, no matter what edition you read now. You may only use the publication date for two consecutive books, then you'll need to match a title word or author name before matching publication date again. 

When you sign up for the challenge, please choose your level of participation. As the challenge progresses, you may move up to the next level if you'd like. 

Level 1: 8 books
Level 2: 9 – 16 books
Level 3: 17 – 24 books
Level 4: 25 – 30 books
Level 5: 31 or more books

Series names do NOT count for this challenge. However, if a subtitle is part of the Goodreads link for that book, that would be accepted. For example: When you search Goodreads for The Reading Promise, by Alice Ozma, you get The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared. In this case, you could also work with "My Father and the Books We Shared."

Words must match exactly -- no plurals, possessives, etc. unless that's the form of the word in the title.

When matching author names, only first and last names can be used, not middle names.

Regional variations in spelling -- i.e., color and colour -- will be allowed in book title words only, not author names, except as noted below. 

You may connect a word in the title with an author's name – i.e., The Once and Future KING and a book by Stephen KING – but the words must match exactly. For the authors' names, if the first name is pronounced the same, with only one different letter – i.e., Carl and Karl – we'll take it. Last names, however, must match exactly. 

Let's say you've read Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
Books that CAN be matched to "Cat" in this title include: 
What the Cat Saw ("Cat" in the title)
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World ("Cat" in the sub-title)
Books that canNOT be matched to "Cat" include:
Cat's Eye (the possessive form of "cat")
The Cats that Surfed the Web (plural form of "cat")
Catnap (a compound word)

If you read Cross-Country Cat, you can use these books to match the title: 
The Cross-Country Quilters
The Water Lily Cross ("Cross" in title)
In a Sunburned Country ("Country" in title)
Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross (author's last name is Cross)

Level 1: 8 books
1. Beneath This Ink Meghan March 10/02/16
2. Beneath These Scars Meghan March 10/02/16 Connection Beneath
3. Never Say Never Winter Renshaw 10/11/16 Connection 2015
4. Never Kiss a Stranger Winter Renshaw 10/11/16 Connection Never
5. Winter Stroll Elin Hilderbrand 10/13/16 Connection Winter
6. Winter Storms Elin Hilderbrand 10/14/16 Connection Hilderbrand
7. The Last True Love Story Brendan Kiely 10/15/16 Connection 2016
8. Blizzard Addison Jane 10/24/16 Connection 2016

Level 2: 9 – 16 books
9. Hadley Addison Jane 10/24/16 Connection Addison
10. 3:AM Kisses Addison Moore 10/25/16 Connection Addison 
11. Sugar Kisses Addison Moore 10/27/16 Connection Addison 
12. My Kinda Kisses Lacey Black 10/29/16 Connection Kisses
13. Trust Me Lacey Black 10/31/16 Connection Lacey
14. Where I Belong J. Daniels 10/31/16 Connection 2014
15. All I Want J. Daniels 11/1/16 Connection Daniels
16. All In Simona Ahrnstedt 11/3/16 Connection All 

Level 3: 17 – 24 books
17. Reckless In Love Bella Andre Jennifer Skully 11/16/16 Connection In 

18. Fearless In Love Bella Andre Jennifer Skully 11/16/16 Connection In
19. Twelve Days of Christmas Debbie Macomber 11/21/16 Connection 2016
20. The Christmas He Loved Her Juliana Stone 11/26/16 Connection Christmas

21. Home For Christmas Melissa McClone 12/14/16 Connection Christmas 
22. Game of Love Melissa Foster 12/18/16 Connection Melissa
23. A Lot like Love Julie James 12/20/16 Connection Love
24. The Courage To Love Christina Tetreault 12/22/16 Connection Love

Level 4: 25 – 30 books
25. Your Irresistible Love Layla Hagen 12/30/16 Connection Love
26. Love the One You're With Lauren Layne 1/19/17 Connection Love
27. Just One Night Lauren Layne 1/23/17 Connection Layne
28. About That Night Julie James 1/24/17 Connection night
29. That Time with Sugar Tess Oliver 1/28/17 Connection that
30. Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb Lexi George 2/1/17 Connection with

Level 5: 31 or more books
31. Flirting with Disaster Ava Catori 2/3/17 Connection with 

32. Shadow Rites Faith Hunter 2/8/17 Connection 2016
33. Shadow of a Century: An Irish Love Story Jean Grainger 2/12/17 Connection shadow 

34. Stirred Nancy S. Thompson 2/13/17 Connection 2015
35. One in Waiting Holley Trent 2/17/17 Connection 2015 


♣ When you sign up for the challenge, please post a challenge template so we have a post to which to link your name; post #2 will list participant links which can then be used for making challenge updates.

♣ For each book you read, please indicate the title, 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. 

♣ 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!

♣ If you choose any of the spelling options, you may use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title (excluding A, An and The) or the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used). 

♣ If you want the challenge moderator to check your progress as you make updates,please copy/paste your update into a new message . We don't have time to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post. 

♣ 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, you won't be included in the list of those who have completed the challenge.

*If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title or cover, see the instructions here: Link Instructions

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