Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What’s In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017 

This is the sign-up post for the tenth – yes, tenth! – annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued here at The Worm Hole. Bloggers have written up this post in other languages: ItalianPortuguese.
I decided to go back to interpretations for the logo this time, choosing the painting by Henri Pierre Picou.
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 – translations and other languages most definitely count!):
As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. 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 I Capture The Castle could be used for ‘a building’ or ‘a title in which at least two words share a first letter’ 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 the What’s In A Name logo on the sidebar. 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 once the challenge has started – 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 please email me your details (I’ve had to turn off comments on this post because the spam has become too much). 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 2017, you can sign up at any time during the year.
Hope you enjoy the challenge and best of luck! The hashtag for Twitter is #whatsinaname2017 (the number included so we don’t get lost amongst various Romeo And Juliet quotes!)

Blooms in Winter

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017

Wishing for some hints of summer in the dead of winter? There are a surprising number of plants and flowers hardy enough to weather though cold temperatures and snow. Read on!

**A huge 'shout out' to Barb who formatted the photographs so that I could post them in this challenge!

Amaryllis: Legend has it that the stunning red flower we've come to associate with the holidays - began as a shy, timid nymph. Amaryllis fell deeply in love with Alteo, a shepherd, but her affections were unrequited. Amaryllis sought advice from the oracle of Delphi. Following his instructions, Amaryllis dressed in maiden's white and appeared at Alteo's door for 30 nights, each time piercing her heart with a golden arrow. When at last Alteo opened his door, there before him was a striking crimson flower, sprung from the blood of Amaryllis's heart. It's not surprising that today the amaryllis has come to symbolize pride, determination and radiant beauty.
Read a book marked “Romance” OR read book #30 on your TBR (sorted any way you choose) OR read a book with any type of arrow on its cover.
Rustler's Moon Jodi Thomas 12/7/16

Camellia: One of the most popular winter plants is the Camellia which blooms from fall to early spring. Its brightly colored rose-like flowers offer a striking contrast to a dull winter landscape. Like an unexpected gift, some varieties of camellia will ‘arrive’ with a showy display of rose-like blossoms in the middle of January. Evergreen camellias have thick green leaves, will easily grow 10 feet tall, and can live 50-100 years.
Read a book with a bleak landscape on its cover (bonus for bleak, winter landscape!) OR read a book in which a main character receives a pleasant surprise (tell us what) OR read a book whose total number of pages is evenly divisible by 10 (tell us how many pages).
Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim Butcher Cold Days Jim Butcher 12/10/16

Christmas Rose: This beautiful flower is actually a member of the buttercup family. Plant Christmas roses in shady spots along your walkways and this winter-loving plant will blossom from late December through early spring on stout stems that rise above modest snowfalls. Blooms are usually white although there are some pink varieties.
Read a book in which there is some kind of significant misconception (tell us what) OR read a book that occurs over Christmas OR read a book with a “shady” character.
Hiding From Danger Olivia Jaymes 12/12/16

Firethorn: This hardy perennial is an attractive sight all year round. It has small clusters of sparkling white flowers in spring and bright glossy green leaves the rest of the year. The small pea like berries, which can be either orange or yellow, remain long after fall is over. 
Read a book whose cover is mostly orange or yellow OR read a book whose plot duration is at least one year OR read a book in which the author’s first and last initial may be found in FIRETHORN.
A Death in Summer (Quirke, #4) by Benjamin Black A Death in Summer Benjamin Black 12/14/16

Flowering Quince: If you’ve got a black thumb, flowering quince is a good choice. Virtually indestructible, flowering quince tolerates climate extremes and neglect. This deciduous thorny shrub can stretch up to 8 feet wide, makes great natural fencing, and puts on a big show of blossoms in winter.
Read a book whose cover shows a shrub and/or a fence OR read a book whose publication year includes an “8” (tell us the year published) OR read a book in which a character is inept at something (tell us what).
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer The Guest Cottage Nancy Thayer 12/16/16

Holly: Often called “Christ’s thorn,” the European holly is commonly associated with Christmas. Since the Middle Ages the plant has carried a Christian symbolism, as expressed in the well-known Christian Christmas carol "The Holly and the Ivy," in which the holly represents Jesus and the ivy represents the Virgin Mary. The sharpness of the leaves help to recall the crown of thorns worn by Jesus; the red berries serve as a reminder of the drops of blood that were shed for salvation; and the shape of the leaves, which resemble flames, can serve to reveal God's burning love for His people. 
Read a book whose title fits into the following format: The _____ and the ______; OR read a book with any type of berry on its cover OR read a book with a character or author whose name is HOLLY (reasonable variations accepted; last names may be use, as well as first – no compound words).
Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1) by Tara Sivec Seduction and Snacks Tara Sivec 12/1/16

Ivy: Ivies may creep on level ground or climb on any suitable surface, reaching heights of 30m. The flowers are greenish-yellow with five small petals; they bloom in autumn to early winter and are very rich in nectar. The fruit is a greenish-black or dark purple berry with one to five seeds, ripening in late winter to mid-spring. Ivy leaves symbolize eternity and resurrection.
Read a book with either a very dark green or deep purple cover OR read a book that is anywhere between first and fifth in a series OR read a book whose primary theme is redemption or resurrection.
Quick Trick (Rough Riders Hockey, #1) by Skye Jordan Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16

Mistletoe: In medieval times mistletoe symbolized fertility and vitality. The serving class of Victorian England is credited with the tradition stating a man was allowed to kiss any woman standing underneath mistletoe, and that bad luck would befall any woman who refused the kiss. One variation on the tradition stated that with each kiss a berry was to be plucked from the mistletoe, and the kissing must stop after all the berries had been removed.
Read a book that takes place in Victorian England (1837 - 1901) OR read a book with a significant kissing scene OR read a book in which a character has domestic help.
Victoria Daisy Goodwin 12/11/16

Poinsettia: Indigenous to Mexico, it derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday and was inspired by an angel to gather weeds and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus. In the United States, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.
Read a book that takes place in Mexico OR read a book that has a very poor character OR read a book with an intact “12” its total page count.
Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16

Snowdrop: When most other plants are hiding away from winter’s chill, snowdrop is eager to shine. One of the first blossoms of late winter, snowdrops are still shy, preferring to hide away in rock gardens and under taller shrubs. Plant these bulbs in fall.
Read a book with a shy character OR read a book whose location begins with a letter in SNOWDROP (tell us the location) OR read a book with a primarily white cover (remember to post the cover).
 (Seattle, Washington) 
When All The Girls Have Gone Jayne Ann Krentz 12/6/16

Winterberry: is a cousin of holly but loses its leaves in the fall so that the bright red berries come into their own. This plant is a staple of winter landscaping and if you like birds, those that come out in winter will thank you for the berries you provide them. The seeds must be sown in the fall in a cold frame and should be transplanted to rich moist soil in the spring. This is a slow growing plant and germination can take 2 to 3 years. 
Read a book which features at least two characters who are cousins OR read a book whose cover is bright red (remember to post the cover) OR read a book that has any bird name in its title or author’s name (compound words are okay).
Lucy & Gabe
Cowboy, It's Cold Outside Katherine Garbera 12/9/16

Witch Hazel: Fragrant in summer, witch hazel puts out clusters of spidery red-and-yellow flowers that blaze like little suns in the midst of winter. You’ll want to find the right place in your garden for this sizable shrub — it can grow up to 15 feet tall and nearly as wide. Plant witch hazel in the fall.
Read a book with an obvious summer or winter scene on the cover OR read a book whose title contains a synonym of red or yellow (i.e. crimson, mustard) OR read a book whose main character is “sunny” (i.e. optimistic, outgoing; tell us the name of the character).
A Werewolf in Manhattan (Wild About You, #1) by Vicki Lewis Thompson A Werewolf in Manhattan Vicki Lewis Thompson 12/12/16

Sources: - 9 Winter Garden Plants That Dazzle (Even When It Snows)


♣ 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!

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♣ 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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Reading Wheel - December 2016

Tall, Dark & Deadly discussion on goodreads

Purpose: Reduce that TBR / Choose your next book

How it works:


* Every month I will spin the wheel and participants will read a book from the resulting category. See below for a list of categories and their corresponding shelves. 
* You can read as many books from the category as you like. 


* Participants spin their own wheel.
* Click on the Reading Wheel Link and spin the wheel.

* Read a book from the Goodreads shelf for the category that you land on - see below for a list of categories and their corresponding shelves. 

*Do both option #1 and option #2.


Military Hero
FBI Agent
Kick-Ass Heroine
Small Town Cop - (for this shelf be sure your selection also has ROMANTIC SUSPENSE as a genre on the main book page)
Female Detective
Serial Killer
Private Investigator
Dare Devil
Covert Operative / Spy Romance / Regency Spy Romance

* Be sure to let us know the book that you read and what you thought of it. 

* Feel free to ask any questions in this thread. 




I choose Option #2.

Covert Operative: Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1) by Lee Child 12/13/16 or Live and Let Die (James Bond #2) by Ian Fleming
Spy Romance: If You Dare (MacCarrick Brothers, #1) by Kresley Cole

The Lost Challenges December 2016 Scavenger Hunt

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads


Each month we will give you a list of 50 themed words to find in your books. 

There is no limit to how many words you can get per book.

*Any genre/format is fine. Re-reads are OK. No page minimum.* 

For each word please list the book, date read, page number/location and sentence where you found it.

Apple - A Touch of Ice - L.J. Charles (1/10/16) 
I had a weakness for apple pie, heavy on the cinnamon... (loc. 245)

It’s December so our theme this month is CHRISTMAS!


Choose your Level:
Season's Greetings – 10-20 words
Happy Holidays – 21-40 words  Found 48/40
Merry Christmas – 41-50 words

DURATION: 1st December 2016 - 31st December 2016

**Books must be started and finished within this time frame.**

***Reserve your spot but no hunting till the 1st!***

Happy holiday hunting!

Word List

1. Advent Home For Christmas Melissa McClone 12/14/16 Loc 66 Decorating her tree, hanging lights on her apartment's balcony, counting down the days to December twenty-fifth with a chocolate-filled Advent calendar, hiking South Mountain on Christmas day...

2. Angel Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 379 “Sleep tight, angel.”

3. Bell Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 1198 He stepped into the darkened store to the familiar tinkle of a bell and the rasp of his own quick breath.

4. Candle Long Time Coming Jayne Rylon 12/1/16 p 98 When her medicines began to kick in and her eyelids grew heavy, Willie dragged the afghan over them and blew out the lone remaining candle.

5. Carols Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 2235 They've even got Giselle Diamond singing Christmas carols.

6. Chestnuts Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 2235 “They’re putting special lights on the tree, selling gourmet hot cider, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, s**t like that.

7. Chimney Greenglass House Kate Milford 12/2/16 p 126 The very oldest was nothing but three walls and two-thirds of a chimney, and it was pretty much held up by the vines that had grown around it.

8. Christmas Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 2235 It’s his Christmas Tree. In front of his house.

9. Cold Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 48 The man stopped and straightened out of the cold hunch that populated the streets of Holly this time of year. 

10. December Looking Inside Beth Kery 12/3/16 p 164 I think their electric bill for December must be about equivalent to all of the other eleven months of the year.

11. Decorations Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 49 And he was sure Holly dominated ninety percent of North Carolina’s power grid from Halloween through New Year’s with all the additional lights and moving decorations residents added for the holidays.

12. Eggnog Greenglass House Kate Milford 12/2/16 p 8 Eggnog bootlegger?

13. Elf Greenglass House Kate Milford 12/2/16 p 8 An elf on the lam from the North Pole?

14. Frost Cowboy, It's Cold Outside Katherine Garbera 12/9/16 Loc 802 He thought of himself like Jack Frost blowing into her life and spreading some wintery cheer and then he’d move on.

15. Garland Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16 Loc 1798 For the next few hours, Ethan hung garland and decorated the tree.

16. Gift Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 99 A flower shop, chocolate shop, gift shop, bookstore, and coffee shop, and, of course, what would Holly be without a Christmas store?

17. Holly Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 58 Some of the best he had of his youth here in Holly.

18. Merry Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 2625 “I’d say this is going to be one very merry Christmas.”

19. Mince pies

20. Mistletoe Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16 Loc 1933 “I found the mistletoe.”

21. Mulled wine Snowbound at Christmas Jennifer Ryan 12/4/16 p 39 The mulled wine isn’t going to drink itself.”

22. Nativity Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16 Loc 1801 He’d found a nativity set, which he placed on the mantle over the fireplace where a fire now burned.

23. Noel Crepe Factor Laura Childs 12/16/16 p 62 A spicy duck gumbo; a colorful Noel salad topped with strawberries, cranberries, and walnuts; and an entree of blackened redfish with pommes Anna.

24. North Pole Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 47 Not much had changed about the storybook setting— one that belonged at Santa’s workshop in the North Pole.

25. Nutcracker Snow Angel Melanie Shawn 12/22/16 Loc 1152 She had actually been cast in the Nutcracker, which ran in San Francisco.

26. Pantomime Victoria Daisy Goodwin 12/11/16 p 43 Her uncle Cumberland had his hand to his ear in a pantomime of deafness.

27. Party Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 496 Grant looked down into her crystal-blue eyes and realized that if he didn’t know her, if they’d met somewhere else, like at a party in DC, he’d be all over the idea of getting her back to his place.

28. Pine Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 337 Loc Close enough to smell his spicy scent mixed with fresh pine.

29. Presents Greenglass House Kate Milford 12/2/16 p 170 Two presents in less than ten minutes?

30. Pudding Snowbound at Christmas Jennifer Ryan 12/4/16 p 32 A veritable treasure trove of stashed snacks: chocolate pudding cups, granola bars, pretzels, and an eclair from Haute Coffee and Bakery.

31. Reindeer Snowbound at Christmas Jennifer Ryan 12/4/16 p 9 Santas, reindeers, wreaths, and balls glistened with colored sugar and sprinkles.

32. Robin Long Lost Harlan Coben 12/23/16 p 19 The one with the bad cable-show dye job and Robin Hood facial hair.

33. Rudolph Snowbound at Christmas Jennifer Ryan 12/4/16 p 39 I just spied Rudolph’s nose.

34. Santa Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 47 Not much had changed about the storybook setting— one that belonged at Santa’s workshop in the North Pole.

35. Sled Greenglass House Kate Milford 12/2/16 p 193 “The sleds are in here somewhere,” Mr. Pine said, surveying the space.

36. Sleigh Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16 Loc 1762 Sleigh rides, games, dancing in the barn, and lots of warm drinks and food.

37. Snow Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 91 Snow padded the cobblestone streets, but Grant could still feel the familiar roll beneath his feet.

38. Snowball Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 307 Outside, the air hit Faith like a snowball, but that didn’t do much to straighten out the buzz in her head.

39. Snowflake Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 92 Snowflakes drifted from the sky, and he pulled the brim of his ball cap lower.

40. Snowman Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16 Loc 2695 It was wrapped in snowman paper with a bright red bow, and was the size of a shirt box.

41. Star Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 101 “Wait until everyone hears we’ve got a star in our midst this Christmas.”

42. Stocking Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 758 Makes a great stocking stuffer.

43. Tinsel Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 295 No stand, no ornaments, no tinsel.

44. Toys Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 327 They flashed their money and their shiny toys.

45. Tree Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 330 “Your mama’s tree is right out here.”

46. Turkey Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16 Loc 812 He wasn’t a fan of turkey but ate it anyway.

47. Winter Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 427 “You remember, the biggest draw of the Winter Wonderland Festival?

48. Wrapping Quick Trick Skye Jordan 12/1/16 Loc 1514 He lost his balance and put out a hand to catch the wall, wrapping his other arm around Faith, and steadied them as they both floated back to baseline.

49. Wreath Snow Belle Jackie Castle 12/3/16 Loc 1800 A wreath hung on the front door.

50. Yule