Saturday, April 30, 2016

From Sea to Shining Sea - North Carolina

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

From Sea to Shining Sea - North Carolina
Duration: May 01, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016 


1. North Carolina was the 12th of the 13 original colonies to enter the Union. It did so on Nov. 21, 1789. Raleigh is North Carolina's capital. Carolina is taken from the Latin word for Charles (Carolus), honoring King Charles I of England (who made the original land grant in 1629). North Carolina was formed in 1710 when the Carolina colony was divided in two. The origin of the state's nickname, Tar Heel State, is less clear. Most accounts maintain that it stems from North Carolina's history as a producer of naval stores (tar, pitch, rosin and turpentine from the state's extensive pine forests).

Read a book by an author who has written at least 12 books; mention the number of books the author has written 16 -or- read a book that has a large ship on the cover; must be visible in the thumbnail, post the cover -or- read a book with a naval battle.
Perfectly Imperfect Harper Sloan 5/1/16

2. The Roanoke Colony, also known as the Lost Colony, was established on Roanoke Island in what is today's Dare County, North Carolina, United States. It was a late 16th-century attempt by Queen Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement. The colony was founded by Sir Walter Raleigh. It was here that the first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare. The colonists disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England. The colony was found deserted when the ship with the supplies landed in 1590. No trace of the settlers was found, nor was there a sign of struggle. The only clue was the word "CROATOAN" carved into a post of the fence around the village. Their disappearance gave rise to the nickname "The Lost Colony." To this day, there has been no conclusive evidence as to what happened to the colonists. One theory supposes that the Chief of the Powhatan tribe authorized a slaughter of the colonists. Another supposes that the colonists were integrated with local tribes.

Read a book where something important is lost -or- read a book with a main character called Virginia (or one of its female derivatives); mention the main character's name -or- read a book whose title is a single word beginning with a letter in "CROATOAN". MC lost his hearing
Fighting Silence Aly Martinez 5/4/16

3. The state bird of North Carolina is the Northern Cardinal. The state colors are red and blue. The state tree is the longleaf pine. The state mineral is gold, owing to Cabarrus County being the site of the first gold rush in America. The state song is "The Old Northern State". In 1893 the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Latin words "Esse Quam Videri" (To be, rather than to seem) as the state motto. Until the act of 1893 North Carolina had no motto; one of the few states without one (and the only one of the original thirteen).

Read a book with a mostly red or blue cover; post the cover -or- read a book where a character is not what they seem; mention how -or- read a book with the word OLD intact in its title (compound words work, and so do words like COLD, HOLD etc.)
Ruthless Hold London Casey 5/10/16

4. In 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, made history at Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina by making the first successful powered flight. They are credited with building the first successful airplane in the world. The mid-Atlantic coast was suggested to the brothers by aviation authority Octave Chanute, owing to its regular breezes and soft landing surface. Wilbur also requested and examined U.S. Weather Bureau data, and decided on Kitty Hawk after receiving information from the government meteorologist stationed there. Kitty Hawk, although remote, was closer to Dayton (where they were from) than other places Chanute had suggested, including California and Florida. The states of Ohio and North Carolina both take credit for the Wright Brothers - Ohio because the brothers developed and built their design in Dayton, North Carolina because of Kitty Hawk. To mark this rivalry, Ohio adopted the slogan "Birthplace of Aviation" (later "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers") on its license plates, North Carolina uses "First in Flight" on its license plates.

Read a book with a flying machine of some sort on the cover; must be visible in the thumbnail, post the cover -or- read a book featuring two brothers as main characters -or- read a book where a first of some sort occurs; mention what.
Tear Rachel Van Dyken 5/6/16

5. The Southern Outer Banks, particularly Ocracoke Island, is notorious as the stomping grounds for some of history's most infamous pirates. Notable swashbucklers from Calico Jack to Anne Bonney and Mary Reed, arguably the most famous women pirates, have made a splash in this area, robbing privateers blind and making intricate, sneaky escapes in the inlets and soundside waters off of these barrier islands. Blackbeard (born Edward Teach) is one of history's most legendary pirates of all time, and the coast of North Carolina, from Ocracoke Island to the small inland town of Bath, has the rare distinction of being his favorite plundering grounds, his favorite hideout, and his home. Besides having the cover and protection of the barrier islands along the coast, North Carolina in particular attracted pirates because of its less than strict government policy on piracy. The state governor during the Golden Age of Piracy, Charles Eden, was widely thought to simply ignore the activities of pirates along the coast, in exchange for an under the table share of the spoils. In fact, during the summer of 1718, when Blackbeard lived in the town of Bath, it was rumored that he socialized regularly with the governor himself, who was also his neighbor. He eventually met his end in a fierce battle with Virginian Naval Officers (since North Carolinians had turned to the Governer of Virginia to get rid of their pirate, their own being useless) just off the waters of Ocracoke and suffered 25 wounds before he was killed and his head mounted on a pike. His death didn't stop piracy completely, but was dealt a severe blow.

Read a book with a character who is called by a sobriquet (as Edward Teach was called Blackbeard) -or- read a book where a corrupt lawmaker has been bribed by criminal elements -or- read a book whose author's first and last initials occur in the word OCRACOKE.
The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16

6. The Carolina Gold Rush, the first gold rush in the United States, followed the discovery of gold in North Carolina in 1799. It was not until a few years later that word of the gold spread and men started coming to North Carolina from other states. In 1799, young Conrad Reed, found a 17-pound shiny rock while playing at a creek on his family's farm in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. He and his family kept it as a doorstop until 1802. His father, John Reed, took the rock to a jeweler who recognized it as gold and bought it from the unaware Reed for $3.50 (a week's wages for farm labor). A year later, Peter, one of the slaves held by the Reed family, found a 28-pound nugget of gold on the property. John Reed started placer mining, and later underground mining on his property and became a wealthy man. Over 2,500 ounces of gold was deposited in the Philadelphia Mint by 1824.

Read a book with a golden yellow cover; post the cover -or- read a book that is longer than 500 pages in its hardcover format (and can be used as a doorstop); you may read any edition, but mention the number of pages in the hardcover edition of your book -or- read a book where a character sells an item for less money than it is worth for whatever reason.
Wicked Need Sawyer Bennett 5/2/16

7. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914. He also got his nickname in Fayetteville. Born in 1895 in Baltimore, he signed a baseball contract with the Orioles in 1914. In March 1914, the team held spring training in Fayetteville. Ruth was in Fayetteville for only about a month, but he always remembered it. It was the first time he had ever been out of Baltimore. According to one legend, the young and inexperienced Ruth didn’t know what to do on his own in Fayetteville, and so he followed around the team’s manager and owner, Jack Dunn. One of the team members said, "There goes Dunn’s new babe," and the name stuck. On March 7, 1914, Ruth played in his first Orioles game. The members of the team were divided into two sides, the Buzzards and the Sparrows. Ruth was a Buzzard. He hit a long home run, the longest one the crowd of spectators had ever seen. It was his first home run. The Buzzards won the game, 15 to 9.

Read a book featuring a naive (babe out of the woods) character -or- read a book with a bird of prey on its cover or in its title; if choosing the cover option, bird must be visible in the thumbnail, post the cover -or- read a book with a friendly outdoor game of some kind in it; mention the game.
Trust No One Jayne Ann Krentz 5/12/16

8. North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States. North Carolina was the first state in the nation to establish a state museum of art. North Carolina was one of the first states in the U.S. to establish a state symphony. The North Carolina Symphony, founded in 1943, currently performs nearly 185 full-orchestra concerts each year. Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898. Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem. The World War II battleship 'North Carolina' is permanently berthed on the Cape Fear River at Wilmington. She was saved from the scrap heap in the 1960's by public subscription, including donations of dimes by schoolchildren. Grandfather Mountain, highest peak in the Blue Ridge, is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve. Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. It towers 6,684 feet above sea level. Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is America's largest home, and includes a 255-room chateau, an award-winning winery and extensive gardens.

Read a book in which the main character is a smoker -or- read a book set in a university or school -or- read a book with a residential home on its cover; outside of the house only, must be visible in the thumbnail, post the cover.
Beautiful Burn Jamie McGuire 5/1/16

9. Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was born in the Waxsaws area on the border of North and South Carolina. James K. Polk, born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was the eleventh President of the United States. Andrew Johnson was born in poverty in Raleigh, North Carolina, started his career as a tailor's apprentice, worked in several frontier towns before he rose to lead in the reuniting of the nation as the seventeenth President of the United States. Hiram Rhoades Revels, born in Fayetteville in 1822, was the first African-American member of the United States Congress. Ava Gardner, actress, was born in Smithfield. The author Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville.

Read book #7, #11 or #17 in a series -or- read a book with a main character who is a tailor or a dressmaker -or- read a book written by an African American author.
The Heart of Christmas Brenda Novak 5/15/16

10. In North Carolina, it's against the law to sing off key. Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields. Persons in possession of illegal substances must pay taxes on them. Bingo games may not last over 5 hours unless it is held at a fair (and no alcohol may be served either). And in Dunn, North Carolina, it's illegal to play in traffic or drive on the sidewalk or drive through a cemetery. 

Read a book that is about music -or- read a book with an elephant in it -or- read a book you expect to finish fast. 
Shatter Rachel Van Dyken 5/6/16

See this thread for more detailed rules for CCC challenges.

❖ If you want to participate in a challenge, sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

❖ Books must be at least 150 pages long (unless they are graphic novels, see below) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ Graphic novels must be at least 300 pages long, but two books can be combined to make up the page count as long as they both meet the same criteria.

❖ For each book you read, please post a link to the title and mention the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item/color 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. 

❖ If you want the challenge moderator to verify those books as you post them, please copy/paste your update into a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. It will make it easier on the moderators if we won't have 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, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

❖ Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not just skim the best portions! :)

* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions HERE

Friday, April 29, 2016

May Word Hunt

A Million More Pages discussion on goodreads


May is the birth month of J.M. Barrie, so we are going to do a tribute to Peter Pan! Just grab your fairy dust and your happy thoughts and head to Neverland!

This month there are NO word categories. Each book can be used a maximum of four times for any words you like. Please post word, book, and page number/location.

Fairy Love Me, Love Me Not Loc 854
Tinker Eden II p. 200
Bell Wicked Need Loc 3185
Wendy What Wendy Wants Loc 58
John Wicked Need Loc 2530
Michael Connor's Gamble p. 19
Peter Wicked Lust p. 2
Pan Love Me, Love Me Not Loc 854
Lost Wicked Need Loc 50
Boys The Inn at Ocean's Edge p. 154
Second Perfectly Imperfect p. 88
Star Wicked Need Loc 3093
Pirate The Inn at Ocean's Edge p. 153
Captain The Inn at Ocean's Edge p. 93
Hook Wicked Lust p. 9
Mermaid The Inn at Ocean's Edge p. 187
Tiger Love Me, Love Me Not Loc 1282
Lily Love Me, Love Me Not Loc 2945
Crocodile Eden II p. 182

Extra Credit:
Find Thimble in a book
Read Peter Pan or a Peter Pan Retelling

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

May 2016 Word Search

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

May 2016 Word Search
May 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016

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This month's word search is inspired by our May/June Group Read: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Important Rule: You CANNOT use this book when looking for the words. That would be just too easy.

Below is the list of words to find. They can only be found within the text of the book - no covers, titles or authors, please. For each word you find, provide the book title, page or location, and the sentence containing the word. You can use one book to find all the words, or as many as you like. 

Optional Words: You can choose to look for them or leave them off your's up to you. 

***If you don't find all the words this month, you are welcome to carry them over to next month's word search challenge.*** 

Accident The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 125 "An accident?"

Anonymous The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 61 We got an anonymous letter in today's mail.

Despair Connor's Gamble Kathy Ivan 5/5/16 p. 168 ... know the despair and heartbreak ...

Engagement The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 34 Waters has an engagement ring ...

Gloomy Love Me, Love Me Not S.M. Koz 5/3/16 ... apparent in her gloomy eyes. Loc 4851

Impression The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 228 Claire got a vague impression ...

Interview The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 80 ... opened an interview in Fortune magazine ...

Journal Fighting Shadows Aly Martinez 5/4/16 p. 80 ... used as a journal over the years, ...

Mouse The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 241 The guard maneuvered the mouse ...

Muslin Beautiful Burn Jamie McGuire 5/1/16 p. 86 ... along the muslin looped loosely from the rafters.

Mysterious Connor's Gamble Kathy Ivan 5/5/16 p. 294 ... or a mysterious stranger manipulating the fates of lovers.

References Connor's Gamble Kathy Ivan 5/5/16 p. 189 ... Bethany's job application and references.

Signature The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 140 She had to get his signature ...

Twilight The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 173 ... as bright as twilight

White The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 175 ...dragging her filmy white robe ...

Optional Words
 Brooch Eden III Georgia Le Carre 5/9/16 p. 416 ... a small black brooch on the tie, ...

Housekeeper The Inn at Ocean's Edge Colleen Coble 5/3/16 p. 180 She was my first housekeeper ...

Likeness (no variations)

Luncheon One with You Sylvia Day 5/9/16 p. 42 They hold luncheons ...

Sketch-book (with or without hyphen)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Favorite Album - A Trick of the Tail

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

Favorite Album - A Trick of the Tail
Date: 05/01/16 - 06/30/16


Our next favorite album challenge comes from Jim, and is based on the Genesis album A Trick of the Tail. Thanks for the recommendation, Jim!

Levels of Participation
Disc One = 1 to 3 Tasks
Disc Two = 4 to 6 Tasks
Disc Three = 7+ Tasks

Choose a level of participation and complete the required number of tasks. Tasks can be mixed. For example, if you choose to do the Disc One Level (1 to 3 tasks), you may choose to complete a task for numbers 1, 2 and 3, OR you may choose to do a task for numbers 2, 5, and 9.

Challenge Rules:
The page limit requirement is 125 pages; however, participants are welcome to combine smaller books to reach this requirement. All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). When updating your challenge with the books you've read, please include: (1) book title link, (2) the author's name, (3) the date you finished reading the book.

1. Genesis:
The English Rock bank Genesis was formed in 1967. 
♬ Read a book with the number 6 or 7 found in the total number of pages. 272 pages
Fighting Silence Aly Martinez 5/4/16

2. A Trick of the Tail:
A Trick of the Tail was the seventh studio album released by Genesis. 
♬ Read book #7 from your TBR, or the 7th book of a series.
The Heart of Christmas Brenda Novak 5/15/16

3. Released:
The album was released on February 2, 1976.
♬ Read a book first published in February (any year) or a book originally published in 1976.
Fighting Solitude Aly Martinez 5/5/16

4. Producer:
The album was produced by David Hentschel and Genesis.
♬ Read a book with a character or author's whose first or last name is David.
One Summer David Baldacci 5/19/16

5. Label:
The album was released by the Charisma label. 
♬ Read a book in which every letter of a title word can be found in the letters CHARISMA. HIM
Weak for Him Lyra Parish 5/11/16

6. Length:
The album is 51 minutes and 01 seconds long.
♬ Read a book above the position of #51 on your TBR.
Mermaid Moon Colleen Coble 5/17/16

7. Singles:
Singles released from the album were Entangled and A Trick of the Tail.
♬ Read a book whose title begins with the letter 'E' or 'A'.
 Elude Rachel Van Dyken 5/7/16

8. Studio:
Recording took place the Trident Studios in London, beginning in October 1975.
♬ Read a book that takes place in London, or a book which mentions the month of October somewhere in the story.
“Like October? November?” he said against my lips.
Beautiful Burn Jamie McGuire 5/1/16

9. Peter Gabriel:
This was the first album for Genesis following the departure of lead singer Peter Gabriel, and many thought it would be the end of Genesis. 
♬ Read a book in which the author's first and last initials can be found in PETERGABRIEL.
Mister O Lauren Blakely 5/8/16

10. Cover:
Album covers are often as interesting and open to interpretation as the songs found within. This album cover is no different. Many interesting things are found on the cover, including an old woman peering into a mirror which reflects the image of a young woman. 
♬ Read a book with an item on the cover that is the same or similar to an item found on the album cover (example: mirror, birds, man, etc.) MAN
Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes, #2) by Aly Martinez Aly Martinez 5/4/16