Wednesday, March 30, 2016

April Word Hunt

A Million More Pages discussion on goodreads



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This April, we will be doing a Spring word Hunt

This month there are four categories of words. Each book can be used a maximum of once per category. Please post word, book, and page number/location.

Words

Flowers
Daffodil The Lace Makers of Glenmara Heather Barbieri 4/7/16 p. 206
Lily Fire Touched Patricia Briggs 4/3/16 p. 312
Tulip Playing for Keeps R.L. Mathewson 4/7/16 p. 1
Rose The Friends We Keep Susan Mallery 4/1/16 p. 79
Poppy p 231 Just This Once Rosalind James 4/3/16

Weather
Showers Just Good Friends Rosalind James 4/4/16 p. 223
Rainbow The Friends We Keep Susan Mallery 4/1/16 p. 185
Sunshine Overlook Elizabeth Hein 4/6/16 p. 34
Clouds Secret Sisters Jayne Ann Krentz 4/2/16 p. 40
Puddle Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey Jami Davenport 4/2/16 LOC 3003

Animals
Bunny Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey Jami Davenport 4/2/16 LOC 2921
Robin The Friends We Keep Susan Mallery 4/1/16 p. 194
Chick Rose Sydney Landon 4/4/16 LOC 119
Butterfly Drawn Lilliana Anderson 4/5/16 p. 230
Bees Playing for Keeps R.L. Mathewson 4/7/16 p. 3

Gardening
Seeds The Lace Makers of Glenmara Heather Barbieri 4/7/16 p. 203
Sprout Rose Sydney Landon 4/4/16 LOC 1024
Grass Drawn Lilliana Anderson 4/5/16 p. 116
Leaf Fire Touched Patricia Briggs 4/3/16 p. 11
Plant The Friends We Keep Susan Mallery 4/1/16 p. 25

Rules 
1. Books may be used a maximum of four times.
2. Please post word, book, and page number/location found. Sentence NOT required.
3. Plural/singular are accepted, any other variations please ask!
4. Standard AMMP Rules apply:
✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? Yes 
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? Yes
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes 
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April 2016 Mini Challenge

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April 2016 Mini Challenge
Date: 04/01/16 - 04/30/16

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In case April showers have arrived in your corner of the world, here's a small challenge to help start your reading! Nothing better on a rainy day than a good book and a comfortable place to read, while the rain patters on the roof!

This is a combination spell/task challenge, where you pick and choose the task, spell out option, or a combination of both, to complete your challenge.

Challenge Rules:
The page limit requirement is 125 pages, but you are welcome to combine smaller books to reach the page limit. All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book.

TASKS: 
1. April:
Read a book published in April. 
Playing for Keeps R.L. Mathewson 4/6/16

2. Fourth Month:
April is the fourth month of the year. Read the fourth book of a series or book #4 from your TBR.
Truce R.L. Mathewson 4/10/16


3. Daisy or Sweet Pea:
April's flower is listed both as the Daisy and the Sweet Pea. Read a book with the name of a flower in the title, or a book with a white or pink cover. 

4. Zodiac:
The zodiac signs for April are Aries (until April 20) and Taurus (April 21st forward). Read a book with an adventurous character or a character that is stubborn or strong-willed, OR a book in which the author's first or last name that begins with 'A' or 'T'.
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SPELL OUT: 
Using the first letter of a book title or the first letter of the authors first or last name, spell out an April item. A list is provided below. You may choose from the list, or use a word of your own that represents April to you.

1. April
Say When Tara West 4/5/16

3. Daisy
4. Sweet Pea
5. Aries
6. Taurus
7. Autism Awareness 
8. April Fools 

Monday, March 28, 2016

APRIL FOOL!

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APRIL FOOL!
DURATION: April 1 – April 30, 2016

Source: April Fool's Day Top 10

April Fool's Day is a holiday where people play pranks on each other all across the world, and has been celebrated since Roman times. While you might be switching the salt and the sugar, or putting a plastic spider in someone's tea, there have been some truly incredible pranks that fooled the entire world. 

Here are the top 10 April Fool’s pranks as recorded by the UK’s Mirror. To complete this month’s challenge, choose seven of these pranks WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE and read the books associated with those seven. If you do not post your choices when you sign up, we will assume that you’re going to complete all ten tasksand will not consider your challenge complete until you've done all ten. 


CHALLENGE RULES :
See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting your list of seven pranks. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ 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.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. Please make it clear which option you’ve chosen for each task. If the task calls for an item on the cover or specific author initials or name/s, youmust include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.


THE PRANKS, RANKED FROM #10 DOWN TO #1
10. In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement shocked listeners, who protested the change. The BBC Japanese service also announced the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.
Read a book with a clock or other timepiece on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR book #4 in a series.
Rose Sydney Landon 4/4/16

9. In 2007, images of an 8-inch mummified creature resembling a fairy were posted on the website of the Lebanon Circle Magik Co. The site explained how the creature had been found by a man walking his dog along an old Roman road in rural Derbyshire. By April 1 the Lebanon Circle website had received tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of emails. 
     But, at the end of April 1, Dan Baines, the owner of the site, confessed the fairy was a hoax. He had used his skills as a magician's prop-maker to create the creature. Baines later reported that, even after his confession, he continued to receive numerous emails from people who refused to accept the fairy wasn't real.
Read a book with a fairy in the story OR a book with MAGIC or MAGICAL REALISM on its main GR page
Magic Fire Touched Patricia Briggs 4/3/16

8. A barge towing a giant iceberg appeared in Sydney Harbor in April 1978. Dick Smith, a local adventurer and millionaire businessman, had been loudly promoting his scheme to tow an iceberg from Antarctica, saying he was going to carve the berg into small ice cubes, which he would sell to the public for ten cents each. These cubes, fresh from the pure waters of Antarctica, were promised to improve the flavour of any drink they cooled.
     Local radio stations provided blow-by-blow coverage of the scene, but when it started to rain the firefighting foam and shaving cream the berg was really made of washed away, uncovering the white plastic sheets beneath.
Read a book with ICE in the title (NO compound words) or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with a 7 or 8 in its year of original publication (tell us the year)
 title Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey Jami Davenport 4/2/16

7. In 1860 people throughout London received the following invitation: "Tower of London: Admit Bearer and Friend to view annual ceremony of Washing the White Lions on Sunday, April 1, 1860. Admittance only at White Gate." By noon a large crowd had gathered outside the tower. They were disappointed to find that lions hadn't been kept in the tower for centuries, let alone white lions.
Read a book set in London OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in WHITELION
Say When Tara West 4/5/16

6. Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today in 1998. The advert announced a new item on their menu: the Left-Handed Whopper. Especially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans, the new burger included the same ingredients as the original Whopper, but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees. 
     Thousands of customers went into restaurants to request the new sandwich, while many others requested their own 'right handed' version.
Read a book with “32” intact in its total number of pages (tell us how many pages) OR a book with a royal character (king, queen, prince, princess, lord or lady) in the story (tell us the character’s title) Lady Elizabeth
Truce R.L. Mathewson 4/10/16

5. On 1 April 1972, newspaper headlines around the world announced the dead body of the Loch Ness Monster had been found. A team of zoologists from Yorkshire's Flamingo Park Zoo, who were at Loch Ness searching for proof of Nessie's existence, had discovered the carcass floating in the water the day before. Initial reports claimed it weighed a ton and a half and was 15½ feet long. Upon inspection, Nessie turned out to be a bull elephant seal.
     The zoo's education officer, John Shields, confessed he had been responsible for placing the body in the Loch. The seal had died the week before, and he had shaved off its whiskers, padded its cheeks with stones, and kept it frozen for a week, before dumping it in the Loch. The seal's body was displayed at the Flamingo Park Zoo for a few days before being properly disposed of.
Read a book with a character who plays practical jokes OR a book with a real water creature of some kind on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover)
Starfish
Just Good Friends (Escape to New Zealand, #2) by Rosalind James Rosalind James 4/4/16


4. In 1977 the Guardian published a seven-page "special report" about San Serriffe, a small country located in the Indian Ocean consisting of several islands that make the shape of a semi-colon. The two main islands were called Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. They did an in-depth series of articles on the history, geography and daily life on these idyllic islands.
     The Guardian's phones rang all day as readers wanted more information about the perfect-sounding fictional holiday spot, and the hoax began a tradition in newspapers to try and fool their readers.
Read a book set on an island OR a book whose title is a pun
The Boat Builder's Bed Kris Pearson 4/7/16

3. During an interview on BBC Radio 2, on the morning of 1 April 1976, the astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to take place. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would reduce the Earth's own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation.
     The BBC received hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported she and her 11 friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.
Read a book with a series of at least three nearly identical objects lined up in a row on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book set in space
 The Lace Makers of Glenmara Heather Barbieri 4/7/16



2. The best known public prank is the 1957 news show broadcast by Panorama. It was a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. This was apparently because of an unusually mild winter and the "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil," with video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The show said: "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti."
     Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC simply said: "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." 
Read a book with a large tree on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with a main character who is a chef/cook (NOT a baker, candy-maker, etc.)  
Rings On Her Fingers (Psychic Seasons #1) by ReGina Welling Rings On Her Fingers ReGina Welling 4/8/16

1. In Sweden, in 1962, there was only one television channel, and it was shown in black and white. The station announced that their "technical expert," Kjell Stensson, was going to tell people how to view color images on their black-and-white sets. Researchers, he said, had recently discovered that covering your television screen with a pair of tights would cause the light to bend in such a way that it would appear as if the image was in color. All viewers had to do, Stensson said, was to cut open a pair of stockings and tape them over the screen of their television set.
     Thousands of viewers fell for the hoax. Many say today that they remember their parents (their fathers in particular) rushing through the house trying to find stockings to place over the TV set. Regular colour broadcasts began in Sweden on April 1, 1970.
Read a book whose cover is only black, white and gray (title and/or author’s name can be in a different color; post the cover) OR a book with over 6,200 ratings on GR (tell us how many) 

Drawn (Drawn, #1) by Lilliana Anderson Drawn Lilliana Anderson 4/5/16 

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Date: April 1, 2016-October 31, 2016


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) is a romantic fantasy film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. The director was Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 
It is based on a 1945 novel written by Josephine Leslie under the pseudonym of R. A. Dick. 
In 1945, 20th Century Fox bought the film rights to the novel, which had been published only in the United Kingdom at that time. It was shot entirely in California.

From 1968 to 1970, a TV series titled The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, starring Hope Lange and Edward Mulhare, aired on NBC and then ABC. It had the same premise and main characters as the book and film, but was a sitcom, downplaying the romantic fantasy elements and focusing on broad humor. The time and setting were changed, with the action taking place in a contemporary American coastal town. For the series, Mrs. Muir's
first name was changed from Lucy to Carolyn and the children's names were changed from "Cyril" and "Anna" (in the original novel) to "Jonathan" and "Candace".

The film was released on Blu Ray in 2013 by 20th Century-Fox after being selected in Fox's Voice Your Choice promotion. 
It was previously released on DVD as part of the 20th Century Fox Studio Classics collection.


Challenge Rules:
Books should be at least 125 pages. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine--just be sure to re-read the entire book. 
When updating your challenge with books you've read, please include the title, author, and date you finished reading the book.

Make sure to tell us which option in each category, you have chosen.
Repost your challenge when you have completed the challenge, so I can mark you done!

Categories:

1. Read a book set in England OR California OR has a black and white cover.
California The Friends We Keep Susan Mallery 4/1/16

2. Read a book with a main character who is a widow OR a mother OR MRS. in the title.
Escape Plan Elizabeth Hein 4/6/16

3. Read a book that has a character that is a captain (of any kind) OR a writer OR a Series/TBR #10.
Captain of the rugby team
Just This Once Rosalind James 4/3/16


4. Read a book where a person has horrible in-laws OR a maid OR a publisher.
A Humble Heart R.L. Mathewson 4/12/16


5. Read a book where the author's name (first or last) OR character's name is Lucy, Anna, Daniel, Martha, Eva, Angelica, Muir, Joseph, Gregg or Miles. 
Some Women Emily Liebert 4/7/16

6. Read a book with a ghost OR a haunting OR a book in the Paranormal genre.
Fire Touched Patricia Briggs 4/3/16

7. Read a book where a character  a character is a renter OR landlord OR a male character has a beard.
Perfection R.L. Mathewson 4/9/16

8. Read a book where characters fall in love OR someone cheats OR with a publication date that contains a 4 or 5.
Overlook Elizabeth Hein 4/6/16

9. Read a book with a house on the cover OR where a character buys a house OR where a character watches people through a telescope.
Wild Irish Heart (Mystic Cove, #1) by Tricia O'Malley Wild Irish Heart Tricia O'Malley 4/8/16

10. Read a book with racy scenes OR a couple on the cover OR a Romance.
Drawn (Drawn, #1) by Lilliana Anderson Drawn Lilliana Anderson 4/5/16 

11. Read a book where a character lives near the water OR with a ship OR beach on the cover.
cover.
Just Good Friends Rosalind James 4/4/16


12. Read a book with the number 1, 9, 4 or 7 in the total number of pages, OR read Book #1 of a series OR the word GHOST in the title.
The Boat Builder's Bed Kris Pearson 4/7/16

13. Read a book in which the author writes under more than one name (e.g. Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb) OR an author that uses initials instead of a first name. Amanda Quick Jayne Castle
Secret Sisters Jayne Ann Krentz 4/2/16

14. Read a book that was made into a movie OR a Series/TBR #4 OR #5. Series #4
Truce R.L. Mathewson 4/10/16

15. Read a book that is funny OR a book you think would make a great movie/TV show OR a Classic.
Kaleidoscope Hearts Claire Contreras 4/18/16

Info from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gho... 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Let's Go to Disneyland!

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April 1, 2016 - Completion

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Disneyland is in the midst of celebrating their 60th Year Anniversary. Let's join the fun and visit the happiest place in the world together!

*You must complete tasks A-D for each land. 
*Task E (the spell out task) is OPTIONAL - its up to you if you want to complete it. But be sure to save an additional post if you plan on doing the spell out! I chose not to do the Spell Out.

Challenge Rules:
We will observe the 125 page limit but you may combine books to reach the page limit but all combined books must meet the challenge requirement. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine but please be sure to re-read the entire book. When updating your challenge with books you've read, please include a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover when a cover item has been asked for. 


Main Street USA
A. Read a book that takes place in a small town in the US.
B. Read a book with a vehicle or street scene on the cover.
Ruthless Hold (Back Down Devil MC, #9) by London Casey London Casey 5/10/16
C. Read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in MAIN STREET ARCADE.
D. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title (include a,an,the) may be found in DISNEYLAND RAILROAD (3 Word Minimum),
Damsel In Danger Olivia Jaymes 5/31/16
E. Spell Out MAIN STREET USA.

Adventureland
A. Read a book that is tagged Adventure on its GR Homepage. You may use this link to help find a book but the book you choose does NOT have to be listed here:Adventure.
Fallen Out Wayne Stinnett 5/29/16
B. Read a book you think has an exciting cover. Please explain what made the cover exciting to you. I have always wondered what it would be like to be around men in kilts!
Highland Soldiers 1: The Enemy J.L. Jarvis 6/14/16C. Read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in JUNGLE CRUISE.
D. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title (include a,an,the) may be found in INDIANA JONES ADVENTURE (3 Word Minimum).

E. Spell out ADVENTURELAND.

Frontierland
A. Read a book that is tagged Historical Fiction on its GR Homepage AND takes place after 1800 in the US. 
The Cheyenne Mail Order Bride Dreams of a Rich Life Iris Kelly 5/31/16
B. Read a book that has either  a cowboy or a horse on the cover
C. Read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in TOM SAWYER'S ISLAND.
D. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title (include a,an,the) may be found in MARK TWAIN RAILROAD (3 Word Minimum).

E. Spell out FRONTIERLAND.

Fantasyland
A. Read a retelling of a fairy tale or a book that is tagged Fantasy on its GR Homepage. 
B. Read a book with a castle, knight or a woman in a beautiful dress on the cover.
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane, #9) by Elizabeth Hoyt Elizabeth Hoyt 6/9/16
C. Read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in MATTERHORN.
D. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title (include a,an,the) may be found in SLEEPINBEAUTY CASTLE (3 Word Minimum).


E. Spell out FANTASYLAND.

Tomorrowland
A. Read a book that is tagged Dystopia or Science Fiction or a book that takes place in the future. 
Overseas Beatriz Williams 6/15/16
B. Read a book with a planet or stars on the cover. 
The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride (The Heroes of Chance Creek, #1) by Cora Seton Cora Seton 5/27/16
C. Read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in AUTOPIA.
Wild Irish Heart Tricia O'Malley 4/8/16
D. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title (include a,an,the) may be found in SPACE MOUNTAIN (3 Word Minimum).
Trust No One Jayne Ann Krentz 5/12/16

E. Spell out TOMORROWLAND.

New Orleans Square
A. Read a book that is set in New Orleans or a book that is tagged Paranormal. 
Connor's Gamble Kathy Ivan 5/5/16
B. Read a book with a ship, statue or graveyard on the cover.
Carved In Stone (Art of Love, #1) by Donna McDonald Donna McDonald 5/27/16
C. Read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in HAUNTED MANSION.
A Girl's Guide to Moving On Debbie Macomber 4/13/16
D. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title (include a,an,the) may be found in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (3 Word Minimum). 
Teaching The Boss Mallory Crowe 4/16/16 

E. Spell Out NEW ORLEANS SQUARE.

Critter Country: Formerly Known as Bear Country
A. Read a book that has a nature or wilderness setting.  
The Mason List S.D. Hendrickson 4/28/16
B. Read a book with an animal on the cover. 
 Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2) by Jamie McGuire Beautiful Redemption Jamie McGuire 4/29/16
C. Read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in SPLASH MOUNTAIN.
Rose Sydney Landon 4/4/16
D. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title (include a,an,the) may be found in DAVY CROCKETT'S EXPLORER CANOES (3 Word Minimum).
Yield: A Legal Affairs Story Sawyer Bennett 4/22/16 

E. Spell out CRITTER COUNTRY.