Tuesday, August 30, 2016

AMMP September Word Hunt

A Million More Pages discussion on goodreads



Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott including Giant's Bread, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigative work of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Ariadne Oliver, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap. In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contribution to literature. 

She was also a surfer. Who knew?


In honor of Agatha Christie's birthday, we have put together a word hunt to celebrate her life and writing. There is also a mini challenge to read some of her books. And of course, lots of badges!
You may use a book up to 5 times. Plurals are fine. Some words have options listed, you only need to find one of the options. Books used for the mini-challenge can still be used 5 times for the word hunt. 

WORD LIST
Dame
England Bite Me loc 2009
mystery Sweet Tomorrows p 311
author Filthy p 6
explorer

detective Elemental Pleasure p 131
police Hard Rules p 101
Scotland Yard
investigator Save Us p 132
clue(s) Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 p. 278

disappear Hard Rules p 134
vanish Sea Rose Lane p 51
scandal Elemental Pleasure p 151
seaside Sea Rose Lane p 330
spa Elemental Pleasure p 7

travel Hard Rules p 177
adventure Bite Me loc 3098
holiday Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 p. 258
surfing Arrogant Playboy p 6
pioneer Elemental Pleasure p 72

murder Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 p. 93
kidnapping Hard Rules p 71
poison Ruthless p 225
pistol First Time in Forever p 125
robbery Elemental Pleasure p 133

Mini-Challenge:


To earn the "Keep Calm" badge, complete the following three tasks:

 1. Read an Agatha Christie book featuring Hercule Poirot

 2. Read an Agatha Christie book featuring Miss Marple

 3. Read an Agatha Christie book featuring any other detective (Tommy & Tuppence, Harley Quinn, etc.) 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Favorite Album - Hysteria

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads


Favorite Album - Hysteria
Date: 09/01/16 - 10/31/16

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This time around our challenge will focus on Def Leppard's 4th studio album - the amazing Hysteria! Thanks Lesley for a great recommendation!

1. HYSTERIA:
Hysteria was the 4th studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard. Read a book set in England, or a book whose title begins with "H".
Heartless Winter Renshaw 9/13/16

2. LENGTH:
At 62 minutes, 32 seconds long, Hysteria was one of the longest albums ever issued on a single vinyl record at the time. Read one of the books that has been on your TBR the longest.
How to Knit a Love Song Rachael Herron 9/19/16

3. LABEL:
It was released on the Mercury label in the US and on the Phonogram label in Europe. Read a book in which the author's first or last name begins with "M" or "P".
First Time in Forever Sarah Morgan 9/5/16

4. RELEASE DATE:
The album was released August 3, 1987. Read a book published in August, or one published prior to 1987.
Ruthless Lexi Blake 9/1/16

5. PRODUCER:
It was produced by the famous Robert John "Mutt" Lange.  Read a book in which the first letter of each title word can be found in ROBERTJOHNLANGE.
Hard Rules Lisa Renee Jones 9/1/16

6. DEF LEPPARD:
Def Leppard was formed in 1977 in Sheffield England. Read a book in which the number 1, 9 or 7 can be found in the total number of pages. 419 pages
Arrogant Master Winter Renshaw 9/12/16

7. BEST SELLING ALBUM:
Hysteria is Def Leppard's best selling album to date, ranking #464 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Read a best seller, or a book over 464 pages.
The Couple Next Door Shari Lapena 9/20/16

8. BILLBOARD 200:
The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200. Read the first book of a series, or the first book from your TBR.
Bite Me Cynthia Dane 9/3/16

9. STUDIO:
Hysteria was recorded in three different studios across three different countries: (1) Netherlands, (2) Ireland, (3) France. Read a book set in one of these countries or by an author from one of the countries.
Ruby Flynn Nadine Dorries 9/21/16

10. RICK ALLEN:
On December 31, 1984 drummer Rick Allen was in a car accident in which he lost his left arm. Despite this tremendous disability, Allen was able to return to performing for the group. Read a book in which an accident or tragedy occurs, or one in which a main character overcomes a great disadvantage.
Close to You Kristen Proby 9/10/16

WRC September 2016 Read-a-Thon, September 1 - 7th

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads


WRC September 2016 Read-a-Thon
Date: 09/01/16 - 09/07/16

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Time for September's read-a-thon! Set your own goal: number of books to finish, number of pages to read, a certain challenge or two to complete. Whatever works best for you, set your goal and log your progress. If you prefer, you may just log what you read during the read-a-thon.

During this read-a-thon be on the look out for:
(1) Book titles that begin with the letter 'S'
(2) Books published in September
(3) Books with a party scene or party items (balloons, banners, etc) on the cover

Goal:
Set a personal goal, or just log what you read. 

My List:
1. Hard Rules Lisa Renee Jones 9/1/16 
2. Ruthless Lexi Blake 9/1/16 
3. Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 Abbie Zanders 9/2/16
4. Sweet Tomorrows Debbie Macomber 9/2/16 - begin with the letter 'S'
5. Elemental Pleasure Mari Carr 9/2/16
6. Bite Me Cynthia Dane 9/3/16
7. Fight You Cynthia Dane 9/4/16
8. Save Us Cynthia Dane 9/4/16 - begin with the letter 'S'

9. Come Home to Me Jessica Scott 9/4/16
10. Sea Rose Lane Irene Hannon 9/5/16 - begin with the letter 'S' 

11. Teague Juliana Stone 9/5/16 
12. First Time in Forever Sarah Morgan 9/5/16
13. Wrong Number, Right Guy Elle Casey 9/6/16 - published in September 
14. Stuck-Up Suit Vi Keeland 9/6/16 - begin with the letter 'S'
15. Wrong Place, Right Time Elle Casey 9/7/16
16. Wrong Question, Right Answer Elle Casey 9/7/16 

September 2016 Mini Challenge

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads


SEPTEMBER 2016 MINI CHALLENGE
DATE: 09/01/16 - 09/30/16


Are you ready for September? Lots of great things happening...football, Labor Day, football, beginning of the last quarter of 2016, football :)

This is a combination spell/task challenge where you choose the option of task, spell, or a combination of both.

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. SEPTEMBER:
Read a book published in September
Wrong Number, Right Guy Elle Casey 9/6/16

2. NINTH MONTH:
Read a the 9th book of a series or the 9th book from your TBR.
Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 Abbie Zanders 9/2/16

3. FORGET-ME-NOT:
One of the flowers that represents September is the Forget-Me-Not. 
Read a book with the word "forget", "me" or "not" in the book title.
Bite Me Cynthia Dane 9/3/16

4. ZODIAC:
Zodiac signs for September are: Virgo (through September 21st) and Libra (September 22 and forward). Read a book whose author's first or last name begins with "V", or a book that deals with justice in some way.
Stuck-Up Suit Vi Keeland 9/6/16
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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 a September item. A list is provided below. You may choose from the list, or use a word of your own that represents September to you.

1. September
2. Forget-Me-Not
3. Virgo
4. Libra
5. Labor Day
6. Morning Glory

7. S Smith Olivia Chase 9/14/16
A Arrogant Bastard Winter Renshaw 9/11/16
P Porn Star Laurelin Paige 9/9/16
P Prick Sabrina Paige 9/10/16
H Heartless Winter Renshaw 9/13/16
Irene Hannon Sea Rose Lane 9/5/16
R Royal Winter Renshaw 9/11/16
E Elemental Pleasure Mari Carr 9/2/16

8. Footbal

Sunday, August 28, 2016

From Sea to Shining Sea - Vermont

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


From Sea to Shining Sea – Vermont
Duration: Sep 01, 2016 – Oct 31, 2016

1. The first state to be admitted into the Union after the ratification of the constitution, Vermont entered the United States as its 14th state on March 4, 1791. Vermont’s name comes from the French, Verd Mont, the name the French explorer Samuel de Champlain gave its green mountains on his 1647 map. Its nickname is Green Mountain State. These names are apt, as three quarters of Vermont is covered by forests.
✒ Read a book with a mostly green cover (post the cover) -or- read a book with a French character or set in France -or- read a book that has any two numbers from the following in its number of pages: 1, 4, 7, 9. (state the number of pages). 341 pages
Wrong Number, Right Guy Elle Casey 9/6/16

2. Much of what is now Vermont was settled by the French Colony of New France. France ceded the territory to Great Britain in 1763 after being defeated in the Seven Years War. For many years, the nearby colonies, especially the provinces of New Hampshire and New York, disputed control of the area. Settlers who held land titles granted by New York were opposed by the Green Mountain Boys militia, headed by Ethan Allen, which supported the settlers whose claims were based on grants from New Hampshire. Ultimately, those settlers prevailed in creating an independent state, the Vermont Republic. Founded in 1777 during the Revolutionary War, the republic lasted for fourteen years. While still an independent republic, Vermont abolished slavery becoming the first of the future United States to do so. 
✒ Read a book with a militia in it (any non-military population fighting along with or instead of regular armed services will do; mention how the book fits) -or- read a book which deals with segregation, slavery or racism -or- read a book that spans at least seven years from start to finish (include prologue and/or epilogue if you wish).
Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 Abbie Zanders 9/2/16

3. Vermont is the 45th largest state in the United States. The west bank of the Connecticut river forms its eastern border with New Hampshire, and Lake Champlain forms its western border with the state of New York. Vermont also shares a border with Massachusetts on the south and with Canada in the north. Vermont played an important geographical role in the Underground Railroad, helping refugee American slaves to flee to safety in Canada.
✒ Read a book with a large body of water on its cover (must be visible on the GR thumbnail, post the cover) -or- read book #4 or #5 of a series -or- read a book set in Canada. 
Teague Juliana Stone 9/5/16

4. The state flower of Vermont is the Red Clover. The state animal is a Morgan horse. Monarch is the state butterfly, and Sugar Maple is the state tree (Vermont produces more than 500,000 gallons of maple syrup every year). Hermit Thrush is the state bird. Freedom and Unity is the state’s motto. In 2015, Vermont adapted a Latin motto in addition to the previous, “Stella quarta decima fulgeat” (May the 14th star shine bright). In 2013, Vermonters were crowned the fifth happiest residents in the country, as well as put in the top five states for happiest Twitter users the same year. 
✒ Read a book with an obvious night scene on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book that makes you happy -or- read a book in which the characters actively use modern communication devices and technology.
Wrong Question, Right Answer (The Bourbon Street Boys, # 3) by Elle Casey Wrong Question, Right Answer Elle Casey 9/7/16

5. The capital of Vermont, Montpelier, is the smallest state capital in the country, with a population of under 9,000 people. Vermont’s state capitol building is one of very few capitals to be adorned by a gold dome. A statue of Ceres sits on top. It is the only capital in the United States that doesn’t have a McDonald’s restaurant. Vermont made it all the way to 1996 as one of the only states to still not have a Wal-Mart. Billboards are illegal in the state of Vermont and advertising along roadways is highly regulated. The first exception to Vermont’s no-billboards rule came when a hand painted mural advertising downtown Bellows Falls was allowed in 2008. This opened up the possibility for advertising as long as the signs are hand painted murals meant to support and endorse a downtown district.
✒ Read a book in which the main character is a mother or is pregnant -or- read a book set in a small town -or- read a book whose title is in gold letters (post the cover).
The Edge of Dominance Shayla Black 9/14/16

6. Rudyard Kipling invented the game of snow golf in Vermont by painting his golf balls red so that they were easier to find in the snow. Vermont takes a lot of pride in playing a crucial role in the history of snowboarding when former ski racer, Jake Burton, revolutionized the industry with designs that changed the face of the sport. Burton started off as a tiny snowboarding company based out of South Londonderry, but quickly exploded into the biggest snowboarding brand in the world. Burton designed the uniforms for the 2014 USA Olympic Snowboarding Team. Vermont is one of only two states in America to offer snowboarding as a varsity sport that comes with a state championship. 
✒ Read a book in which a winter game is played (mention the game) -or- read a book which is set in a winter landscape (it *should snow or be very cold for most of the book) -or- read a book first published in 2014.
Come Home to Me Jessica Scott 9/4/16

7. Lake Champlain runs along almost the entire length of the border between Vermont and New York and is the sixth-largest interior body of water in the country. Only the five Great Lakes are bigger. In March of 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill that officially made Lake Champlain the sixth Great Lake, an action that was pursued by Senator Patrick Leahy. However, that status was rescinded just a few weeks later. Vermont legends claim to have their own Loch Ness monster, named Champ or Champy for its lake of residence. The legends date back to Native American tribes in the region. Both the Iroquois and the Abenaki spoke of such a creature. The Abenaki referred to it as "Tatoskok". Over the years, there have been over 300 reported sightings of Champ. An apocryphal quote attributed to Samuel de Champlain describes the creature as a “20-foot serpent thick as a barrel, and a head like a horse”.
✒ Read a book with a fictional animal present in the story (a dragon or a phoenix will do) -or- read a book set in one of the Great Lakes states (for the purpose of this task: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York; mention which one your book is set in) -or- read a book in which the first letters of all words of the title are in the word “Tatoskok”, 2 words minimum, count all words.
Something About You Julie James 9/13/16

8. The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vermont, and is the only president to be born on the fourth of July. Every year, a birthday celebration is held in his honor at his birthplace. The 21st president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur was also born in Vermont. Other famous Vermonters include the inventors John Deere and Elisha Otis, financial bigwig James Fisk (Diamond Jim), singer Rudy Vallee and religious leader Brigham Young.
✒ Read a book which includes 4th of July fireworks and/or parade -or- read a book in which the main character drives a tractor or rides an elevator -or- read a book from theList of Best LDS fiction.\
Sweet Tomorrows Debbie Macomber 9/2/16

9. One of America’s most famous icecreams began in Vermont, when Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield turned their childhood ice cream making dreams into reality in Burlington, Vermont on May 5, 1978. Today, Ben & Jerry’s is a subsidiary of Unilever, and its employees get three free pints of their beloved ice cream per day, every single day. They give their ice cream waste to farmers to feed their hogs (the hogs reportedly ate every flavor except Mint Oreo). There is also a real graveyard on a hill overlooking the Ben and Jerry factory in Waterbury, Vermont, complete with granite headstones and witty epitaphs for every flavor that has passed on to ice cream heaven. However, Ben & Jerry’s is not Vermont’s biggest employer. Technology giant IBM holds that honor.
✒ Read a book that has two of the following colors on the cover: green, black or white (the colors needn’t be predominant, but they should be visible on the thumbnail. Post the cover) -or- read a book with two people names in their title (like Amy & Isabelle or Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) -or- choose a flavor from this list of Ded & Buried Flavors, and read a book that you think fits the epitaph. Be as creative as you wish, but mention how the book fits. 
Wild Maine Blueberry
From the land of the puffin,
Now when we crave you
We turn to the muffin.

First Time in Forever Sarah Morgan 9/5/16 Book takes place on Puffin Island Maine and they eat tons of blueberry products there. The MC has blueberry plants at the house. 


10. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands (or fathers) to wear false teeth. It’s illegal (and also sort of impossible) to whistle underwater, to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole and to undress in public (but you can leave the house naked, if you so wish – 42 cyclists rode through Montpelier in the nude on May 14, 2009 without breaking any law). 
✒ Read a book where a main character is a dentist or has to visit one for any reason -or- read a book with a giraffe in the story (bonus if it gets tethered to anything) -or- read a book in which a main character undresses in front of an audience for whatever reason; a one person audience is perfectly fine.
Porn Star Laurelin Paige 9/9/16


CHALLENGE RULES - PLEASE READ!
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.