Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Fun Bingo

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

Spring Fun Bingo
March 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017

The flowers are blooming and it is time for our Spring Fun Bingo!!

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Here's how it works:
Each bingo space has a “SPRING” word in it - complete a space one of four ways:
1. Item Found on the Cover of Your Book (Post Cover) OR
2. Word Found in the Title - Partial Words or Variations Allowed OR
3. Author’s First AND Last Initials Found in the Word OR
4. Title Begins with the First OR Last letter of the Word. You can chose to use A, An or The OR you can disregard it. If the square has a two word item it must be the first letter of first word OR the last letter of second word.

You only need ONE of the above to complete the square AND you can mix and match tasks to complete a line. Please note that unlike regular Bingo there is no Free Space

Choose a level of participation or work the levels as you go:
Level One: Complete One Line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal)
Level Two: Complete Two Lines
Level Three: Complete Three Lines
Level Four: Complete Four or More Lines


Challenge Updates: When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if needed for the task. If you want to share an update to your challenge, please copy and paste your update into a new message letting us know it is an update. 

Completed Challenges: When you have completed a challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and repost in a new message, letting us know it is completed.

We prefer that you do not post links or generic messages regarding updates or completed challenges. 


Enjoy the challenge!

Row 1
Kite: Ever After Jude Deveraux 4/6/17 Title/Last
Rainbow: The Roots of the Olive Tree Courtney Miller Santo 3/16/17 Title/First
Joke: Johnny Abbie Zanders 3/31/17 Title/First
Duck: Darkest Journey Heather Graham 3/1/17 Title/First
Mom: My One and Only Kristan Higgins 3/28/17 Title/First

Row 2
Leprechaun: All the Little Liars Charlaine Harris 3/5/17 Author's Initials
Strawberry: Falling in Deeper Shayla Black 3/7/17 Author's Initials
Nest: Never Let You Go Chevy Stevens 3/26/17 Title/First
Gardening: A Gift of Time Beth Flynn 3/14/17 Title/First
April Showers: Spinning Out Lexi Ryan 4/13/17 Title/Last

Row 3
Seeds: Swept Away Robyn Carr 3/8/17 Title/First
Asparagus: Summer Desserts Nora Roberts 3/27/17 Title/Last
Spring: Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs 3/12/17 Title/First
Earth Day: Beautiful Day Elin Hilderbrand 3/16/17 Author's Initials
Window: What Love Can Do Virna DePaul 3/2/17 Title/First

Row 4
Tulip: Perfect Love Amanda Cowen 3/15/17 Title/Last
Puddle: Perfect Sense Amanda Cowen 3/14/17 Title/First
Umbrella: Wild Card Lora Leigh 3/21/17 Author's Initials
Four Leaf Clover: Flashpoint Jill Shalvis 3/17/17 Title/First
Ladybug: Luck of the Draw Cheri Allan 3/4/17 Title/First

Row 5
Picnic: Collision Course Chuck Gleason 3/9/17 Title/Last
Lawnmower: Creed's Honor Linda Lael Miller 3/18/17 Author's Initials
Bunny: The Bastard Billionaire Jessica Lemmon 3/12/17 Title/First
Rebirth: Rock Candy Kisses Addison Moore 4/1/17 Title/First
Easter Eggs: Summer Again Julia Gabriel 4/13/17 Title/Last 

From Sea to Shining Sea - Ohio

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

From Sea to Shining Sea - Ohio
Mar 01, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017

1. Ohio is the seventeenth state to gain admission to the United States, doing so on March 1, 1803. The state takes its name from the Ohio river, Ohio being the Iroquois word "ohi-yo" meaning great river or large creek. Its nickname is Buckeye state, for the Ohio Buckeye trees. Columbus is its capital.
✒ Read a book that was first published in 2017 -or- read a book with a deer on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book whose title begins with the letter C (all words count!)
Collision Course Chuck Gleason 3/9/17

2. Ohio was partitioned out of the Northwest Territory when Congress determined that the population of the territory was growing rapidly and Ohio could begin the path to statehood. Today, Ohio has the 10th largest highway network in the country and is within a day's ride of 50% of the population of the United States (it's said that 50% of America lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus) and 70% of its manufacturing capacity. The bordering states of Ohio are Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia. It also shares a border on the north with Canada along Lake Erie.
✒ Read a book with a word meaning road in its title (compound words are only okay as long as they still mean road) -or- read a book more than 50% into the series (for example, books 6-10 in a ten book series) -or- read a book set on the shores of one of the Great Lakes (tell us where it is set).
All the Little Liars Charlaine Harris 3/5/17

3. The state tree of Ohio is the Ohio Buckeye, which produces little brown nuts resembling the eye of a deer. Red Carnation is its state flower, its state bird is Northern Cardinal, the white tailed deer the state mammal. The state seal of Ohio shows a rising sun with 13 rays symbolizing the original thirteen colonies, a sheaf of wheat in the foreground as the symbol of agriculture. Standing next to the wheat is a bundle of 17 arrows symbolizing Ohio's Native Americans and also symbolizing Ohio as the 17th state to enter the Union. The flag of Ohio is not a rectangle but a pennant, the only state in the US to have a pennant shaped flag.
✒ Read a book that has a Native American main character -or- read a book whose cover is 75% red (post the cover) -or- read a book in which someone farms.
The Roots of the Olive Tree Courtney Miller Santo 3/16/17

4. Ohio is the birth state of no less than eight US presidents earning it the moniker "The Mother of Presidents". The only other state to claim 8 presidents is Virginia (which also claims the nickname). William Henry Harrison (9th president, who was actually born in Virginia but adopted Ohio), Ulysses S. Grant (18th president), Rutherford B. Hayes (19th president), James A. Garfield (20th president), Benjamin Harrison (23rd president), William McKinley (25th president), William Howard Taft (27th president) and Warren G. Harding (29th president) make up the roster. Ohio's other famous residents include Neil Armstrong (and 23 other astronauts!), Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Steven Spielberg and the Wright Brothers.
✒ Read a book with a politician main character -or- read a book that somehow relates to one of the movies directed by Steven Spielberg (let us know which movie, and how your book fits) -or- read a book that features either an astronaut or a pilot.
Desire After Dark Marie Force 3/26/17

5. The Great Serpent Mound is a 1,348-foot-long, three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound on a plateau of the Serpent Mound crater along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio. The Serpent Mound of Ohio was first reported from surveys by Ephraim Squire and Edwin Davis in their historic volume Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, published in 1848 by the newly founded Smithsonian Museum. Researchers have attributed construction of the mound to three different prehistoric indigenous cultures. Originally thought to be Adena in origin, a 1996 carbon dating study led scholars to believe the mound was built by members of the Fort Ancient culture around 1070 CE. Most recent dating places the mound at around 300 BCE, once again suggesting Adena construction. Serpent Mound is the largest serpent effigy in the world. There are serpent effigies in Scotland and Ontario that are very similar.
✒ Read a book set in ancient times (anything 1200s and older) -or- read a book with a snake or a grave on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book in which an object is dated using carbon dating (tell us what it is).
Darkest Journey (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham Darkest Journey Heather Graham 3/1/17

6. The Buckeye State is the first to have established an ambulance service in Cincinnati in 1865. Cincinnati also had the first professional city fire department. Cleveland was the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879. It was where America's first traffic light began. Incidentally, it was also the site for the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light. James Ritty invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits. The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio. John Lambert made the first American automobile, Charles Kettering the first automobile self-starter, Roy Plunkett invented Teflon in 1938. And Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process for vulcanizing rubber, making Akron the rubber capital of the world.
✒ Read a book with a kitchen utensil on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book set in the 1800s -or- read a book with a main character in one of the emergency services.
Flashpoint Jill Shalvis 3/17/17

7. Ohio has an intense relationship with sports. The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 were the first ever professional baseball team. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio. The Cleveland Browns allegedly have the largest fan following in all of NFL, despite not having won a championship since 1964. Jesse Owens, the Olympics gold medalist, grew up in Cleveland. Long jumper DeHart Hubbard became the first African American to earn an Olympic Gold Medal, and he too hailed from Ohio.
Read a book in which a professional sport is observed or played -or- read a book that was first published in one of the years a Summer Olympic game was held (the years are on the right side of the wiki) -or- read a book with a predominantly brown cover (post the cover).
Perfect Sense Amanda Cowen 3/14/17

8. There are some foods that Ohio is well known for. Buckeyes, of course, made usually during holidays, is a peanut butter candy covered with chocolate. Ohio gave America its first hot dog, and the chili dog variation. The Thurmanator, a monster 1.5 pound meat burger, originated in Thurman's Cafe and has been featured on television several times, first appearing on an episode of Man Vs. Food. Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati institution, selling Cincinnati style chili served over spaghetti or hot dogs, its unique taste coming from a combination of spices that includes cinnamon and chocolate.
✒ Read a book marked Food on the main GR page -or- read a book with a spice in its title -or- read a book in which a character eats one of the foods mentioned above. Hot Dog
Summer Desserts Nora Roberts 3/27/17
9. Lake Erie has its own Loch Ness style monster, and she's called Bessie, or South Bay Bessie. The first recorded sighting of Bessie occurred in 1793, and more sightings have occurred intermittently and in greater frequency in the last three decades. Bessie is reported to be snake-like and 9-12m long, at least a foot in diameter, with a grayish color. While shooting at ducks north of Sandusky in 1793, the captain of the sloop Felicity startled a large creature (snake) described as “more than a rod (16 ½ ft.) in length”. An original $5,000 reward (later upped to $100,000) has been offered by Thomas Solberg of Huron Lagoons Marina for the capture of Bessie.
✒ Read a book with an imaginary animal in it (tell us what it is) -or- read a book whose author initials are in "SOUTHBAYBESSIE" -or- read a book greater than 500 pages (tell us the number of pages).
Falling in Deeper Shayla Black 3/7/17

10. In Ohio, women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public. It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday (although you can do so every other day of the week). It is also illegal to get a fish drunk, just in case you thought such a thing was possible. It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house. And in case you do break all these laws, do so on Sunday, because no civil arrests may be made on Sunday or on the Fourth of July. 
✒ Read a book with shoes on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book in which a real whale is seen -or- read a book where a character breaks the law but does not get caught (cozy mystery heroines breaking and entering to snoop count).
Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs 3/12/17

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ElleEm's Pizza Challenge

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

ElleEm's Pizza Challenge 
Date: 03/01/17 - 00/00/00

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Welcome to a reading challenge based on pizza! Thanks for sharing this with us, ElleEm!

One of ElleEm's favorite things other than reading is cooking and eating. She particularly enjoys pizza, and with so much variety out there she is not alone in her love of the Italian Pie.

In honor of her favorite food let’s have some reading fun!

For this challenge you have 3 options. 
Option 1: You can make your own pizza. (6 books minimum) 
Option 2: You can order pizza for delivery. (4 books minimum)
Option 3: You can cook a frozen pizza. (3 books minimum)


Challenge Rules:
The page limit requirement is 125 pages unless otherwise specified; however, participants are welcome to combine smaller books to reach the page limit. All books are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audio, ebook, etc). Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. 

Challenge Updates:
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 photo 3ff63f66-85f3-4084-9b98-5aac7d6eac36_zpsfgno5gt6.jpg Option 1 - Make Your Own Pizza 
You must choose a crust, a sauce, at least 3 toppings and at least one cheese and complete the task assigned to each option. 

★1. CRUST: 
Pick your crust by choosing one:
Neapolitan (Thin)
☀ Read a book with less than 200 pages but more than 100 or if you like a collection of short stories.
Chicago Style (Pan, Deep-dish)
☀ Read a book with 400 pages or more Wild Card Lora Leigh 3/21/17

★2. SAUCE:
Pick your sauce by choosing one:
Marinara - 
Marinara is the traditional sauce for pizza. The best tomatoes for this sauce are San Marzano tomatoes, grown in Italy. 
☀ Read a book that is tagged as a classic or read a book that takes place in Italy or references Italy.

B├ęchamel Sauce (White Sauce)
It’s first documented use was in Italy but became one of the “mother sauces” of France.
Read a book who has a main character that is a mother or read a book that takes place in France or references France. 
Luck of the Draw Cheri Allan 3/4/17

Barbecue Sauce - 
Some give credit to the American colonies as the source for barbeque sauce. Summer in America is considered to be the season to barbeque.
☀ Read a book that takes place in colonial America (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island) or a book that was published in the American summer months of June, July, or August.
Pesto is a sauce that is green in color and consisting primarily of garlic, pine nuts, basil, parmesan cheese and olive oil.
☀ Read a book whose cover is primarily green or read a book whose author’s first or last initial can be found in Pesto. 

Choose at least 3:
Pepperoni - 
Pepperoni is an American variety of salami that consists of cured meats and is red in color.
Read a book that has the color red on the cover.
Darkest Journey (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham Darkest Journey Heather Graham 3/1/17

Ground Beef - 
Ground Beef is a relatively cheap form of meat that is made by grinding the cheaper, tougher cuts of beef.
Read a book that you didn’t pay for or paid very little.  Satisfaction Lexi Blake 3/10/17

Sausage - 
Sausage is the 2nd most popular pizza topping in the United States.
☀ Read a book that is 2nd on a List in Goodreads lists.

Grilled Chicken - 
Grilled Chicken is a nontraditional topping for pizza and California Pizza Kitchen is credited as creating the original BBQ chicken pizza. California Pizza Kitchen can be found in 32 US states. 
☀ Read a book that has a 3 or 2 in its first published date.

Ham - 
Ham is pork that is cured and traditionally made from the hind leg of a pig. 
☀ Read a book that is the last book of a series.

Mushrooms - 
The Mellow Mushroom is a pizza chain that opened in 1974 by 3 college students. The first location was created in AtlantaGeorgia out of an old liquor store on Spring Street near the campus of Georgia Tech. 
☀ Read a book that can be connected to one of the underlined words in this description, feel free to get creative! (Example: book with the word found in the text - provide the text, a Spring book cover, a book set in Atlanta or Georgia, the first book of a series, etc)
Set near Atlanta Georgia
All the Little Liars Charlaine Harris 3/5/17

Bell Peppers - 
Scientifically speaking, bell peppers are actually a fruit but are most always referred to as a vegetable. 
Read a book that has either a fruit or a vegetable on its cover. grapes
What Love Can Do (Home to Green Valley #1) by Virna DePaul What Love Can Do Virna DePaul 3/2/17

Onions - 
Onions freshly cut can cause a stinging sensation in the eyes that produce tears. 
☀ Read a book that has a scene that might make you cry, can be happy or sad. A Gift of Time Beth Flynn 3/14/17

Spinach - 
Spinach - in popular culture is eaten by the cartoon character, Popeye the Sailor Man, in order to make him physically stronger. 
☀ Read a book that has a strong, male, main character.

Tomato - 
The tomato plant itself is typically pubescent which is a botanical term meaning it is covered in short, soft hairs that will start to take root when they come into contact with the ground. Pubescent when applied to a human has a different meaning altogether. 
☀ Read a book that is tagged as Young Adult.

Basil - 
Basil is an ingredient in one of the classic Italian pizzas called the pizza Margherita which consists of basil, tomato and mozzarella. Consequently the colors of these ingredients are representative of the Italian flag. 
☀ Read a book that has red, white, and green on the cover. 

Pineapple - 
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is cultivated agriculturally in Hawaii. It is also a main ingredient for the Hawaiian Pizza which happens to be one of the most popular pizza varieties in Australia. 
Read a book that is set in a tropical place, on an island or in Australia.  Beautiful Day Elin Hilderbrand 3/16/17

Choose at least 1:
Mozzarella - 
Mozzarella is the traditional cheese used on pizza and by far the most popular. 
☀ Read a book that was on a best sellers list or was a Goodreads Choice Award winner in the previous year. 
Parmesan - 
According to legend Parmesan Cheese was created in the middle-ages in the Italian province of Reggio Emilia. It is often referred to as the “King of Cheeses”. In recent history it has become a target for organized crime in Italy. Trucks carrying this cheese are being hijacked by the Mafia to be sold in southern Italy. 
☀ Read a book that can be linked to one of the underlined words. (Example: book involving the middle- ages, Italian or Italy, a king, crime, hijacking or the Mafia)
Out of Time Beth Flynn 3/13/17

Provolone - 
Provolone is historically the cheese used for a Philly Cheesesteak. This regional fast food is said to have originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although its beginnings are disputed, the Olivieri brother’s, Pat and Harry, are often credited as the inventors of the famous sandwich at their hot dog stand. 
Read a book whose main character is an inventor or business owner or read a book whose main setting is in one of the original 13 colonies.
The Bastard Billionaire Jessica Lemmon 3/12/17

 photo 3ff63f66-85f3-4084-9b98-5aac7d6eac36_zpsfgno5gt6.jpg Option 2 - Order Pizza for Delivery 
If you are busy like most everyone these days and don’t have time to make your own pizza it is a perk to be able to order delivery. One of the most popular pizza delivery chains in my area is Papa John’s. Papa John’s was founded in 1983 by “Papa” John Schnatter in Indiana. It is now headquartered in Jeffersontown, Kentucky (my home state) near Lousville. Since its humble beginnings it has grown to the third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant in the world. The state of Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, corvettes, Mammoth Cave National Park, bluegrass music, and basketball. Kentucky’s nickname is the “Bluegrass State” and the state bird is the cardinal. Kentucky was the 15th state to join the Union. Bowling Green, Kentucky is the home of the Corvette and Western Kentucky University, my alma mater. 

To order pizza read the following:
☀ 1. Read a book whose main character is a father or named John, in honor of Papa John.
☀ 2. Read a book that is 3rd in a series, in honor being 3rd largest.
☀ 3. Read a book that’s cover is primarily blue, in honor of the Bluegrass State.
☀ 4. Go to the Wikipedia entry for Kentucky and read a book that can be connected to any part of the wiki page. Here's the link: Kentucky.

 photo 3ff63f66-85f3-4084-9b98-5aac7d6eac36_zpsfgno5gt6.jpg Option 3 - Cook a Frozen Pizza 
Frozen pizza has often been a saving grace in my house when we need a quick dinner. 

☀ 1. Read a book that you consider an easy read.
☀ 2. Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in your favorite frozen pizza’s brand name. Be sure to tell us what the brand name is.
☀ 3. Read a book that is set in a cold climate, winter, or in a place that normally receives snow.