Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CCC Fashion Designers Challenge

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


Fashion Designers Challenge
Duration: March 1 - August 31, 2018


Just in time for the Spring Fashion Shows!

1. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – Being the first designer to free the female body from corsets, Coco was considered initially as a renegade. She became synonymous with the little black dress, the bob, and ropes of pearls; essentially, she dressed the flappers. Later she expanded her line to Breton tops, handbags with gilt chains, mannish trousers, the Chanel suit, and her enduring perfume Chanel No. 5. Interlocking double “C’s” mark her brand.
✠ Read a book that takes place during the Roaring 20’s OR read a book whose author’s or main character’s initials are C.C. (tell us the character’s name if using that option).
The Ghost in the Glass House Carey Wallace 3/26/18

2. Christian Dior – He introduced the elegant and ladylike “New Look” in 1947. With the end of WWII and rationing, Dior made decadent clothing such as the “Bar” jacket with a nipped in waist and then a full skirt using yards and yards of fabric. The full crinolined skirts of the 50’s had their roots in Dior.
✠ Read a book by a “new to you” author OR read a book whose title contains the word “NEW” (exact match only - no compound words or other variations) OR read a book with a dress on its cover that was made with “yards and yards” of fabric; post the cover.
The Way Home Cindy Gerard 3/13/18

3. Elsa Schiaparelli – Schiaparelli was known for her playful and artistic designs, which were influenced by her Surrealist painter friends. Her witty designs were often in her signature color which was shocking pink. In 1931 she designed culottes for tennis player Lili de Alvarez and later introduced “Shocking” perfume where the bottle’s shape was modeled after Mae West’s body.
✠ Read a book with a shocking pink cover (post the cover) OR read a book featuring a painter OR read a book that takes place during the 1930’s.
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay Jill Mansell 3/9/18

4. Hubert De Givenchy – A believer that “clothes showed off the wearer, not the other way around,” De Givenchy’s effortless chic was most famously represented by Audrey Hepburn. She wore a stunning red dress in Funny Face and Holly Go Lightly’s little black party dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
✠ Read a book that was made into a movie OR read a book with a stunning red cover (post the cover) OR read a book whose main character’s first name starts with a letter in AUDREY (tell us the character’s name).
Amber Gentleman Nine Penelope Ward 3/1/18

5. Cristobal Balenciaga – This Spanish-born designer initially dressed members of the Spanish Royal Family. He moved to Paris in the 1950’s and introduced the first sack dress in 1956. CB’s aesthetic centered around silhouette and cut that he described as “plain but sculptural.”
✠ Read a book that involves royalty OR read a book that takes place in Paris OR read a book with a silhouette on its cover; post the cover.
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben Don't Let Go Harlan Coben 4/22/18

6. Yves Saint Laurent – YSL was influenced by the artist Mondrian who was known for his blocks of color. Yves ruled the mid 1960’s with the introduction of the shift dress, tuxedos for women, safari suits, thigh-high boots, and peasant blouses. He had a knack for “channeling streetwalker into luxury fashion” and was a champion of ready-to-wear. Inspired by beatnik culture, YSL was the first to use minority models in the 1960’s.
✠ Read a book written by a non-Caucasian author (be sure to include a link to the author’s GR page) OR read a book where the first letter of each title word may be found in YVESSAINTLAURENT (A/an/the DO count; three word minimum).
Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 3/9/18

7. Pierre Cardin – Heavily influenced by space travel, Cardin’s designs were considered edgy and featured many unisex designs. He said his 1963 “Cosmocorp” collection was for the ‘youthquake’ generation. Born in Italy, he worked with Elsa Schiaparelli and is attributed with the democratization of fashion.
✠ Read a book that involves space travel OR read a book by an author who has a “unisex” name – i.e. Pat, Chris, Terry, Sam, etc.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid 3/15/18

8. Laura Ashley – This Welsh-born designer first sold tea towels and scarves but is known for her trademark pinafores and florals. In the 1970’s heyday, she capitalized on a nostalgia that promoted smocked dresses and Edwardian-style, floor-length pinafores. Her first shop opened in London in 1968 and soon was routinely selling 4,000 dresses each week.
✠ Read a book that takes place in Edwardian England (1901 - 1910) OR read a book with floral or paisley background on its cover; post the cover OR (for those of us with huge TBR’s) read any book on your TBR in place #4,000 or higher; tell us the position.
Wedding Bells Bundle Four Fun Romantic Comedies by Ginny Baird Wedding Bells Bundle: Four Fun Romantic Comedies Ginny Baird 6/8/18

9. Valentino – His designs have timeless appeal with elegant, clean lines and couture-worthy details and finishing; his signature is bows and lace. Born in Northern Italy, he garnered national attention in 1962 in the Florence fashion show. Elizabeth Taylor was one of his early clients and he designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress to Aristotle in 1968.
✠ Read a book in which a wedding occurs OR read a book that takes place during the 1960’s OR read a book with a bow on its cover; post the cover (note – this is a bow tied from ribbon or string – not an archery bow or a stringed-instrument’s bow).
Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries, #1) by Jennifer Ashley Death Below Stairs Jennifer Ashley 3/6/18

10. Halston – He reigned the 1970’s where his fashion label was popular on the disco dance floor. His creations were simply cut and super-sexy; jersey crepe skimmed the body in requisite glamour but did not restrict movement. Halston was originally a milliner and designed the pillbox hat Jackie wore to JFK’s inauguration in 1961. He was a regular at Manhattan’s Studio 54 and was popular with Bianca Jagger, Liza Minelli, and Elizabeth Taylor.
✠ Read a book that takes place during the 1970’s OR read a book with a woman’s hat on the cover (post the cover) OR read a book with an intact “54” in its page count; tell us how many pages.
Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor, #4) by Lisa Kleypas Crystal Cove Lisa Kleypas 4/11/18

11. Diane Von Furstenburg – In 1974, she introduced THE wrap dress - a single piece of fabric with sleeves and a deep V-neckline pulled together by a belt. It was sexy and flattering to all body shapes and highly-functional. This Belgium-born designer moved to NYC where she became part of disco-mecca crowd at Studio 54. By 1976, one million wrap dresses had been sold and DVF appeared on the cover of Newsweek wearing her signature dress.
✠ Read a book whose title (ignore a/an/the) starts with a “V” OR read a book whose setting is in Belgium OR read a book with a story that would make news headlines; briefly tell us why.
The story begins with a home invasion, then 28 years later a school shooting.
The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter 4/23/18

12. Ralph Lauren – Lauren’s career took off in the 1970’s with the humble neck tie. In 1971, he launched “men’s” shirts for women. He clothed characters in the movies The Great Gatsby (1974) and Annie Hall (1977). By 1980’s his look was All-American where his archetypes were the cowboy, the biker, the Hamptons sailor. The polo player design on his shirts is recognized worldwide.
✠ Read a book that is on the Great American Novel list; tell us its position OR read a book featuring a character who is a cowboy, a sailor, or a biker OR read a book with a neck tie on its cover.
Kidnapped Cowboy Lindsey Brookes 4/7/18

13. Vivienne Westwood – Associated with the beginning of punk, Westwood mixed tradition with experimentation. Her first shop, “Let It Rock,” on the “wrong” end of London’s King’s Road featured ripped t-shirts with obscene slogans and bondage trousers. Some of her signature items are the 1985 “Rocking Horse” shoe and the “mini crini,” an update on the Victorian crinoline. Vivienne received an OBE in 1992 which she famously collected in an Eve fig-leaf costume.
✠ Read a book with a character who grows up ‘on the wrong side of the tracks’ or who likes to push boundaries OR read a book with a mini skirt or a rocking horse on its cover.
No One But You Brenda Novak 3/8/18

14. Christian Lacroix – Opulent and glamorous, his dresses are the stuff of which dreams are made. His first couture catwalk runway received a standing ovation. His creations are featured in Tom Wolfe’s 1987 Bonfire of the Vanities and were worn by Park Avenue socialites – poufed skirts and cropped, embroidered jackets. Collections were “pure fantasy” backed up by highly-skilled couture techniques. Anna Wintour put one of his jackets on her first cover of American Vogue in 1988.
✠ Read a book with a vampire as a main character OR read a book with a glamourous main character.
Twice Tempted Jeaniene Frost 6/3/18

15. Jean Paul Gautier – JP partnered with Madonna in the 1990’s to sex-up fashion with sequined corsets, pushing underwear as outerwear to new heights. Gautier’s signature eventually became the Eiffel Tower and Breton stripes.
✠ Read a book marked ‘erotica’ OR read a book with any kind of undergarment on its cover; post the cover OR read a book in which the Eiffel Tower is mentioned (please copy the sentence).
Marriage Games C.D. Reiss 4/1/18

16. Gianni Versace – Versace launched his line in 1978, and ruled the 80’s and 90’s surrounded by glamour, glitz, fame and supermodels; he often partied with first lady of France, Carla Bruni. His signature item was short, figure-hugging bright colored dresses with scarf prints and Medusa logos. Elizabeth Hurley wore his “safety-pin gown” to a film premiere 1994 and became an overnight celebrity. Gianni was murdered in 1997; his sister Donatella continues his fashion line.
✠ Read a book in which a character leads a jet-setting, partying-type life OR read a book with a brightly colored cover (remember to post the cover) OR read a book in which a murder occurs.
Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18

17. Giorgio Armani – Provided the wardrobe for Richard Gere in the 1980 film American Gigilo, exposing him to an international audience. He emphasizes timeless tailoring in both men’s and women’s suits with perfectly cut jackets, wide trousers, and simple accessories. Born in northern Italy, Armani briefly studied medicine and served in the army before turning to fashion. His second line, Emporio Armani is geared for a younger, more casual crowd. Both fashion lines remain anchors in Milan’s Fashion Week.
✠ Read a book that takes place in Italy or has an Italian character OR read a book by an author who publishes two (or more) series OR read a book that takes place in the medical field; tell us how.
Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18

18. Calvin Klein – CK has a democratic approach to fashion with simple clothes influenced by men’s tailoring. His underwear line was featured in 1985’s Back to the Future film and anyone around in 1980 will remember Brooke Shields huskily asking “Want to know what gets between me and my Calvins? – Nothing.” Born in the Bronx, Klein bought his first business with a 10K loan. His marketing genius built the business so that it sold 35 years later for 429 million.
✠ Read a book featuring a ‘self-made’ wealthy business person OR read book #35 on your TBR (sorted however you would like) OR read a book in which a model makes an appearance (briefly tell us the circumstances).    
Witness in Death J.D. Robb 3/29/18

19. Miuccia Prada – Miuccia inherited her grandfather’s luggage business in the 1970’s. By the 1990’s, Prada rose to be the most powerful female designer in fashion where she remains today. She has the ability to shape a season; Marc Jacobs says, "She’s the designer we are all compelled to watch." MP maintains her longevity by remaining unpredictable. Her designs often begin with something she dislikes; a common theme is wearable designs with an element of silliness – think banana earrings in 2011 or jewel-encrusted hiking sandals in 2014. In 1992, she launched a secondary collection called Miu Miu, which was her childhood nickname.
✠ Read a book that tickles your funny bone OR read a book published in 2011 or 2014 (tell us when) OR read a book in which a main character is usually referred to by his or her nickname (tell us the original name as well as the nickname.)
December 19, 2014
A Ghost for Christmas J.D. Winters 3/15/18

20. Karl Lagerfeld – Born in Hamburg, Germany, Lagerfeld has been in fashion for 60 years. His signature look is a black suit with a high-collared white shirt, tie and gloves. He has his own label, but his real genius lies in work for others. Lagerfeld is perhaps best known for reviving the languishing Chanel brand in the 1980’s. He is currently the creative director of Fendi.
✠ Read a book that takes place in Germany OR read a book that takes place in the 1980’s OR read a book with a man wearing a suit on its cover; post the cover.
Separation Games (The Games Duet, #2) by C.D. Reiss Separation Games C.D. Reiss 4/2/18

21. Stella McCartney – Daughter of the Beatles’ Paul McCartney, she is known for a real-life-friendly aesthetic, marrying 1970’s fashion with British cheek. Stella was named Chloe’s creative director in 1997 and launched her own line in 2001. She had the honor of designing the kits for the British team in the London Olympics (2012).
✠ Read a book with an author or main character named Stella or Paul OR read a book published in 2012.
Once Burned Jeaniene Frost 3/4/18

22. Marc Jacobs – Often described as the ultimate “zeitgeist designer,” NY born Jacobs soaks up the pop culture he’s surrounded by, combining it with a mischievous wit and instinct for what women want to wear. He began designing for preppy brand Perry Ellis, but his 1992 ‘grunge’ collection got him fired. No worries, a few years later he was named artistic director for Louis Vuitton.
✠ Read a book that takes place in NYC OR read a book in which a character is fired from a job OR read a book that references pop culture – copy the sentence here.
Paradise Lost J.A. Jance 3/12/18

23. Christopher Bailey – When Bailey was appointed creative director for Burberry in 2001, he reinvented the British brand making it relevant for the new century. As CEO for Burberry, Bailey has proven himself genius at marketing and design. The Burberry show is the jewel in the crown of the London Fashion shows, featuring British quirk. Catherine Middleton has been photographed in one of his reinvented trench coats.
✠ Read a book that takes place in England OR read a book involving a princess or queen OR read a book with a plaid item on its cover; remember to post the cover.
Duke of Desire Elizabeth Hoyt 3/20/18

24. Jenna Lyons – As creative director and president of J.Crew, she has made the preppy-brand a true fashion contender. Her motto is “keep it simple, then add a twist” – a perfect mix of high-low fashion. She loves to mix colors and textures, and loves to juxtapose sporty with fine fabric. She championed the statement necklace worn with jeans, printed tux-style pants, and fashion sweatshirts. J. Crew is a favorite of the former First Family Obama.
✠ Read a book whose title contains opposite words OR read a book whose title starts with a letter in JCREW (ignore a/an/the).
Crow A. Zavarelli 3/11/18



CHALLENGE RULES

♣ 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!

♣ If you want the challenge moderator to check your progress as you make updates, please copy/paste your update into a new message . We don't have time 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, 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   

RRRC 2018 March Monthly Challenge

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads

Monthly Challenges   2018 March Monthly Challenge    

March Monthly Challenge
March 1-31

1. 'M' is for March:
☘ Read a book that starts with 'M' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'M'.
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay Jill Mansell 3/9/18

2.OLYMPIAN GODS AND GODDESSES-ARES: He was the son of Zeus and Hera, both of whom hated him (according to Homer). Eros (more commonly known as Cupid) was the child of Ares and Aphrodite. Ares was most notably referred to as the God of War; he represented the unpleasant aspects of battle.
☘ Read a book featuring a ‘son’ who interacts with a family member in the storyline OR a war participant/hero character OR the letters S-O-N included in the title…any order is fine.
Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18

3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author-Cindy Gerard:
☘ Read one book written by Cindy Gerard or any author with her first or last name.
Link to Cindy's backlist  The Way Home Cindy Gerard 3/13/18

Fun Facts about Cindy-
* Cindy is a trainer for the Iowa Department of Human Services
* She’s married to a cowboy named Tom
* She collects pink depression glass
* She writes Romantic Suspense
* Bestseller lists include numerous RT nominations and awards for Take No Prisoners and Taming the Outlaw, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, National Reader's Choice Award and two RITA nominations.
☘ OR you may also read a book set in Iowa, a book with a ‘pink’ cover or book labeled Romantic-Suspense

4. Oscars Night-March 4: Oscar is getting old…this year celebrates 90 years.
☘ Read a book that’s been made or scheduled to be a movie (made for tv is fine too) OR read a book with a '9' or '0' in the page count.
307 pages Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 3/9/18

5. National Girl Scout Day-March 12: Recognizes and celebrates the creation of the first Girl Scout group. In 1912 Juliette Gordon Low started the first group in Savannah Georgia with 18 girls.
☘ Read a book set in ‘the South’ OR a book with a ‘low’ page count—less than 150 pgs
Burn for Me Lauren Blakely 3/10/18

6. Freedom of Information Day-March 16: Celebrates an important concept in American rights. 3/16 is the birthdate of James Madison who is know as the “Father of the Constitution” and one of the authors of the “Bill of Rights”
Read a book with an author or MC with the initial 'J' or 'M' OR read a book that involves a father, writer or ‘freedom’ in any form.
Both MC: Joanna Brady and the author JA Jance
Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18

7. Saint Patrick’s Day-March 17: In honor or the Patron Saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles--a day of celebrating Irish History, traditions and customs. The first parade to honor this day was in NewYork City in 1762. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-hi...)
☘ Read a book that takes place in Ireland, has an Irish character or a book with a cover that has green on it.
Death Below Stairs Jennifer Ashley 3/6/18

8. Spring Vernal Equinox-March 20: If you live on the Equator this is the day when there is exactly 12 hours of daylight/nighttime. Welcome Spring!
☘ Read a book that shows blooming flowers or a bright sun on the cover OR with the word ‘spring’ in the title, or a book (according to your definition) puts ‘some spring in to your step’!
Love on a Spring Morning Zoe York 3/16/18

9. Near Miss Day-March 23: On this day in 1989, an asteroid the size of a mountain, came within 500,000 miles of Earth…in interstellar terms…this is a ‘near miss.’ In honor of this day
Read a book with PNR/Horror/Thriller Genre or a book with more than 5,000 ratings.
Once Burned Jeaniene Frost 3/4/18

10. Reader's Choice:
☘ Read any book of your choice.
Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18    

You can choose any number of categories depending on your reading speed, book availability and/or time commitment.

When posting your challenge progress, please make sure to put the date/s when you finished your book/s.

Upon completion, please repost your challenge as it helps when updating; you may update your original challenge as or go or repost if you choose.

Happy Reading!!    

FLOAB Easter Egg Hunt 

For Love of a Book discussion on goodreads

Easter Egg Hunt     JoAnne's Easter Basket    



Welcome to For Love of a Book's Easter Egg Hunt!
Challenge Dates: March 1st - March 31st

How it works: Grab your basket and explore locations to collect your Easter egg badges. How many can you find before the challenge ends?

Rules:
❀ Choose the first location you would like to search from the list in the first post of your individual thread
❀ Complete one of the tasks to choose a new location to search
❀ For teams each player must complete a task (you can complete the same task)
❀ Post your completion in your thread in a new post and a moderator will post your next task


The Golden Egg

The golden egg is always harder to find than the other eggs. If you choose to search for the golden egg the tasks will be challenging. Are you up to the challenge!?

BOOK COMPLETION CLARIFICATION
In order for a book to count for a turn it must be completed AFTER the game starts on March 1st. Books completed February 28th or earlier will not qualify.

PAGE RESTRICTIONS
In order for a Book to count it must be 125 Pages or more.
Audio Books: Count as the same page number as shown on Goodreads
Graphic novels are allowed as long as they meet the minimum page requirement.

REREADS
If you want to use a book that you have read in the past, you must have finished reading the book MORE than 6 months ago for it to count.

SPELL IT OUT
If you find yourself stuck on a task and would like to skip to a new one you may use this option ONCE
❀Read a book with at title that contains all the letters from the word EGG or a book by an author with BOTH initials found in the word EGG
❀ You can go back to the previously visited task if you find a book that works at any time.

Please include the following information in your completion posts-

Completion Post
Current location:
Book:
Author:
Date Read:
Task:
How it Fits:
Where will you search next:    



Locations:

√Bakery
Beach
Bridge
Chateau
Clover
Cottage
Daffodils
Daisies
√Dark
√Desert
Dog
Fence
Flower pot
√Football Field
Friends
√Library
Nest
Oak Tree
Playground
Pond
Rabbit Nest
√River
Rocks
√Shoe
Snow
Tall Grass
Tractor
Tulips
Ukraine
Watering Can


The GOLDEN EGG   

Badges:
    badgebadge
badgebadgebadge


Locations Visited:




You are searching in the library.

To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:


A Read a book with a book/books on the cover
B Read a book with all the letters of ALA in the title
C Read a book that has won the Michael L. Printz Award    

Completion Post
Current location: Library
Book: Death Below Stairs
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Date Read: 3/6/18
Task: Read a book with all the letters of ALA in the title
How it Fits: Letter in each title word Death Below Stairs
Where will you search next: Desert

SK6QOHL

You are searching in the Desert

To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:
A - Read a book with a cactus or other desert scene on the cover
B - The desert Easter bunny is a jackrabbit so Read a book with a character named "Jack"
C - Read a book from the list Dragons & Serpents 
   

Completion Post
Current location:
Desert
Book: Paradise Lost
Author: J.A. Jance
Date Read: 3/12/18
Task: A - Read a book with a cactus or other desert scene on the cover
How it Fits: Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady, #9) by J.A. Jance

Where will you search next: Bakery    

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You are searching in the Bakery
To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:


A - Read a book with all the letters in OVEN found in the title (any order)
B - Read a book with a Complete Circle found on the cover
C - Easter bread has a rich history behind it - Read a book with a MPG of History or Historical Fiction    

Completion Post

Current location:
Bakery
Book: Love Walked In
Author: Marisa de los Santos
Date Read: 3/14/18
Task: A - Read a book with all the letters in OVEN found in the title (any order)
How it Fits: lOVE walked iN
Where will you search next: Dark    

glowing_easter_egg_hunt

You are searching in the Dark

To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:


A - Read a book with a Night scene on the cover
B - Read a book with all the letters of DARK in the title. (any order)
C - Read a book where both of the author's initials can be found in "FLASHLIGHT"    

Completion Post

Current location:
Dark
Book: The Wife Between Us
Author: Greer Hendricks
Date Read: 3/18/18
Task: C - Read a book where both of the author's initials can be found in "FLASHLIGHT"
How it Fits: Authors' initials are GH.
Where will you search next: Football Field


You are searching on the football field.

To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:


A Read a book with a SPORTS tag
B Read a book with a title that begins with a letter from NFL
C Read a book with a ball on the cover    

Completion Post

Current location:
Football Field
Book: Touchdown
Author: Roxy Sinclaire
Date Read: 3/20/18
Task: A Read a book with a SPORTS tag
How it Fits: Sports on MP
Where will you search next: River    

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You are searching near the River

To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:

A - Read a book from the list Rivers
B - Read a book with the word "crossing" in the text (state Loc and passage)
C - Four rabbits are in the photo, Read a book with a 4 in the page count
   

Completion Post

Current location:
River
Book: Patterns of Change
Author: Terri DuLong
Date Read: 3/22/18
Task: B - Read a book with the word "crossing" in the text (state Loc and passage)
How it Fits: p 126 “Is today the day?” she asked, crossing the parking lot toward me.

Where will you search next: Shoe    

clog_with_easter_eggs

You search for eggs near the Shoe

To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:


A - Read a book where one of the author's initials can be found in "CLOG"
B - Read a book with Red, white, and Blue on the cover (any amount).They are the colors of the flag of the Netherlands
C - Read a book with the word "shoe" in the text (state loc and passage)

Completion Post

Current location:
Shoe
Book: Partner in Crime
Author: J.A. Jance
Date Read: 3/23/18
Task: C - Read a book with the word "shoe" in the text (state loc and passage)
How it Fits: p 18 ... while waiting for the other shoe to drop, she had buried her ...

Where will you search next: Tulips    



You are searching among the tulips.

To add these eggs to your basket complete one of the following tasks:


A Read a book that takes place in the Netherlands
B Read a book with all the letters from the word BULB in the title
C Tulip buds are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical. Read a book with something symmetrical on the cover    

Completion Post

Current location:
Tulips
Book: The Ghost in the Glass House
Author: Carey Wallace
Date Read: 3/26/18
Task: Read a book with something symmetrical on the cover
How it Fits: The Ghost in the Glass House by Carey Wallace Panes of glass are symmetrical.

Where will you search next: Snow    

Precinct 81 129. Victim Six    

Precinct 81 discussion on goodreads

Cold Case Unit      129. Victim Six    


Case File: 129
Date: March 2018
Cold Case: 129. Victim Six

Crime: Multiple murders
Suspect: None
Location: Puget Sound
Documentation: Victim Six

Information
The bodies are found in towns and cities around Puget Sound. The young women who are the victims had nothing in common...except the agony of their final moments. But somebody carefully chose them to stalk, capture, and torture—a depraved killer whose cunning is matched only by the depth of his bloodlust. But the dying has only just begun. And next victim will be the most shocking of all?



Read a book with a blue coverEdge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18

✥ Read a book where the author's last name start with G
The Way Home Cindy Gerard 3/13/18

Read a book with water on the cover
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay Jill Mansell 3/9/18

Read a book where someone is murdered
Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18

Read a book with a male main character
Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 3/9/18

~~~~~~~~~~

Search for Clues
(Find the following in the text of books. Add location and sentence)

Power Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18 p 489 Wow! I have power.
Frame Gentleman Nine Penelope Ward 3/1/18 p 51 ... with his massive frame and strong ...
Garbage Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18 p 190 Dad treated me like garbage, and I came out solid.
Forest Crow A. Zavarelli 3/11/18 Loc 4314 I army crawl across the forest floor, my chest ...
Missing Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18 p 53 ... twenty four hour waiting period on missing-persons reports ...



Oil Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18 p 181 ... working in the Norwegian oil fields and ...
Flowers Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18 p 255 Meredith always smelled like delicate flowers.
Zippers The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre 3/7/18 p 91 He pushed my palm to his zipper ...
Challenge Gentleman Nine Penelope Ward 3/1/18 p 26 It's a school for kids with developmental challenges, like ...
Possessed Crow A. Zavarelli 3/11/18 Loc 873 ... it’s ricocheting through my body, possessing me like a demon.



Mosaic Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18 p 78 The mosaic floors - also marble - ...
Heart Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18 p 4 But then the door opened and his heart sank.
✥ Mainstreaming
Phone Gentleman Nine Penelope Ward 3/1/18 p 1 The ring of my phone startled me ...
Office Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18 p 45 ... along to the medical examiner's office as well ....



Doorway Gentleman Nine Penelope Ward 3/1/18 p 191 Channing appeared in my doorway like a shirtless shadow.
Shed Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18 p 66 There's also a shed on the property.
Vehicle Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18 p 25 ... tells me their vehicle was involved in a minor collision ...
Room Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18 p 42 ... on the couch in the living room reading a book.
Light The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre 3/7/18 p 3 I step into my office and flip on the light.    

CCC From Sea to Shining Sea - Maine

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Misfit Challenges      From Sea to Shining Sea - Maine    

From Sea to Shining Sea - Maine
Duration: Mar 01, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018

1. The 23rd state to join the United States was Maine. It did so on March 15, 1820. Its capital city is Augusta. Maine first appears in writing in 1622 as a province, in a charter of the council of New England granting land to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason. The name Maine is probably a nautical term which refers to the region being a mainland (separate from the many surrounding islands). Maine is the only state with exactly one syllable. The state's nickname is Pine Tree State which recognizes the ubiquitous white pine trees of the state.
✒ Read a book with a 2 and 0 in the year it was first published (tell us the year) -or- read a book whose title contains a major word greater than 4 letters with a single syllable -or- read a book written by two authors.
(2012) Once Burned Jeaniene Frost 3/4/18

2. It is bordered by New Hampshire to the west, the Atlantic Ocean on the southeast, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest respectively. Maine is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States, and the northernmost east of the Great Lakes. For thousands of years, indigenous people were the only inhabitants of Maine. At the time of European arrival in the area, several Algonquin speaking peoples inhabited it. The first European settlement in Maine was by the French in 1604 on Saint Croix Island, by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons. The first English settlement was the short-lived Popham Colony, established by the Plymouth Company in 1607. A number of English settlements were established along the coast of Maine in the 1620s, although the rugged climate, deprivations and conflict with local peoples caused many to fail over the years.
✒ Read a book set in a location east of you (the location has to be within half the global distance, tell us where the book is set and where you live) -or- read a book where an ambitious project fails -or- read a book with a French character in it.
Book Setting: Finland and I live in North Carolina -
Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18

3. During the American Revolution and the War of 1812, Loyalist and Patriot forces contended for the territory of Maine. During the War of 1812, British forces occupied the territory, but it was returned to the United States as a part of a peace treaty. Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820, when it voted to secede from Massachusetts to become a separate state. Maine previously had disagreements with Massachusetts because of land speculations and settlements. But it was the decision of pro-British merchants, who opposed the War of 1812, to refuse to defend Maine from British invasion that stoked secessionist sentiments in Maine.
Read a book with either American or British characters are involved in a war (they don't have to be fighting each other) -or- read a book in which a character is resentful of someone else for a good reason -or- read a book with an intact 12 in the date it was first published (12 can be the date, month or the year, mention the full date).
The Way Home Cindy Gerard 3/13/18

4. Maine has a total area of 33,215 square miles, which is nearly as many square miles as the other five New England states combined. As the crow flies, Maine's coastline stretches an impressive 250 miles. However, satellite images measuring the contours of its craggy coast have shown that the Maine coastline is actually around 3,500 miles. When Maine's offshore islands are included, it jumps to 5,500 miles. While Maine is known for its dense forest cover, it astonishingly has a small desert of its own, occupying 40 acres outside the town of Freeport. It originally developed as a result of over farming in the area, and is now a popular tourist attraction.
Read a book set in a beach town -or- read a book with a tree/s on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book whose series title begins with a letter in CRAGGY (ignore A, An and The).
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay Jill Mansell 3/9/18

5. Maine's state bird is a Chickadee. Its state flower is White Pine Cone and Tassel. The state tree is Eastern White Pine and the state animal is Moose, both of which are featured in the state flag against a field of blue. The state motto is "Dirigo" or "I lead". The state cat is Maine Coon; a tall, muscular, big boned cat, well equipped to survive the harsh New England winters. Maine Coons have a glossy coat, heavy and water resistant, and have long bushy tails which the cats wrap around themselves when they curl up to sleep to protect them from the cold.
Read a book with a character with leadership qualities (tell us who) -or- read a book in which a cat plays an important role -or- read a book with a mostly dark blue cover (post the cover).
(Sheriff Brady) Paradise Lost J.A. Jance 3/12/18

6. Mainers take their lobster very seriously. Almost 90 percent of the country’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine, by around 4,600 licensed lobstermen - nearly 40 million pounds. The Maine Lobster Festival helps bring in nearly $1 million in tourism cash to the state and boasts over 1,000 volunteers that help haul more than 20,000 lobsters that weigh 25,000 pounds in total. The University of Maine even has its own Lobster Institute, dedicated to learning more about the crustaceans. Founded in 1987, its primary purpose is to support the state’s lobster industry, and to help lobstermen around the world develop sustainable practices. Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries in the country, responsible for 99 percent of the crops in the United States. It is also the third largest producer of maple syrup, just behind Vermont and New York.
✒ Read a book with a sea creature, real or imaginary, on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book whose main protagonist is a teacher or professor -or- read a book with the word BERRY in its title or authors name (compound words are welcome, plurals are okay as well).
The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks 3/18/18

7. Popular Mainers include poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Edna St. Vincent Millay, director John Ford, and publisher George Palmer Putner. But the most famous Maine resident is the master of horror, author Stephen King, who lives in Bangor. He wrote his first novel, Carrie, while working as a school teacher in Bangor. His novels are set in the fictional town of Derry in Maine. Bangor also claims to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan, and has a giant 31 foot statue celebrating the woodsman. The writer E. B. White lived in a farmhouse in Northern Brooklin in Maine. He wrote a number of important works here, and the home was the inspiration for his most famous work, Charlotte's Web. A private man, he did not disclose the location of his home while he was alive and even convinced an interviewer to report that he "lives in New England, somewhere between Nova Scotia and Cuba".
✒ Read a Stephen King book set in Maine -or- read a book whose main protagonist is an author -or- read a book with a sharp murderous implement on its cover (like an axe, knife, sword etc., not a needle.)
The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre 3/7/18

8. Freeport is home to the flagship store of LL Bean, founded in 1912 by hunter and fisherman Leon Leonwood Bean. The store claims to be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a week, which is further enforced by the fact that the locks were removed from its doors in 1951. The Freeport store has a giant boot standing outside the store, and the boot can also be found driving around the town, referred to as Bootmobile. Burt's Bees was founded by former photojournalist Burt Schavitz in Maine in 1980s. Schavitz moved to Maine from New York after deciding that TV had made photojournalism obsolete. He became a beekeeper, began selling honey, and ultimately co founded Burts Bees with Roxanne Quimby in 1984. Until 2003, Strong, Maine was known as The Toothpick Capital of the World. At one point, 95 percent of all wooden toothpicks produced in the US were made in Strong. But as toothpicks declined in popularity, the industry began to falter and in 2003, the last of Strong’s toothpick mills shut down.
✒ Read a book with a door or lock on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book with a photograph or illustrations within its pages -or- read a book which mentions something that is no longer used or is out of fashion (tell us what).
Love Walked In Marisa de los Santos 3/14/18 Mousquetaire - opera gloves. They used to call them that. Late 19th century white kid with pearl buttons.

9. Acadia National Park sits on Mount Desert Island and several smaller islands nearby. East of the Mississippi River, Acadia was the first national park to have been established. Originally, the park was named Sieur du Monts National Monument in 1916. It was changed to Lafayette National Park in 1919 and finally to Acadia, to honor Acadia, the former French colony that had included Maine. Cadillac Mountain, located within the park, is the highest mountain along the Atlantic Coast. It’s also one of the first places to see sunrise in the US each morning from October through March. John D. Rockefeller Jr., was responsible for the construction of many of the miles of carriage roads in the park. The park is home to at least 40 different species of mammals, including the moose, beaver and bear.
✒ Read a book set in a state with a national park -or- read a book with a paved road on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book in which all words in the title begin with a letter in CADILLAC (2 word minimum, A, An and The DO count).
Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18

10. In Maine, it is illegal to step off the plane, mid-flight. You will be charged a fine if you have your Christmas decorations still up after January 14th. In Augusta, it is against the law to stroll down the street playing a violin. Any other musical instrument is presumably fine. In South Berwick, you may not park in front of Dunkin Donuts, which probably beats the point. In Waterboro, dog leashes may not be over eight feet in length. In Wells, you may not place advertisements in a cemetery.
✒ Read a book in which the main protagonist flies in a plane -or- read a holiday book set over Christmas -or- read a book whose main character works in a diner, restaurant or bakery.    
No One But You Brenda Novak 3/8/18    


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.    

WRC Here Comes 2018 - The Best of the Best Lists

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

Yearly Challenges   Here Comes 2018 - The Best of the Best Lists    

Here Comes 2018 - The Best of the Best Lists
03/01/18 - 11/30/18

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Welcome to our new (but late) Here Comes...challenge! This is a really fun challenge that Jan created and hosted the last couple of years. The challenge usually runs from December 1st through November 30. Because I did not get a new one posted for last December 1st, this will be a shorter version, and will run from March 1st through November 30th. Then we'll have it back on it's regular schedule beginning December 1st with a new challenge.

A big thank you to Jan for allowing us to continue her challenge!

This round of lists will be based on "The Best Books of...". For each month - March through November, there will be three lists to choose books from. To complete the challenge, choose your level of participation, and read a book from one of the lists provided.

Levels:
Level 1 = 9 Books: Read 1 Book per Month
Level 2 = 18 Books: Read 2 Books per Month from 2 Different Lists
Level 3 = 27 Books: Read 3 Books per Month from 3 Different Lists

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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:
You are welcome to post updates while working your way through the challenge. When posting an update, please include the following information: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book.

Completed Challenges:
When you have completed this challenge, copy and paste your entire challenge in a new message, letting us know it is completed. A completed challenge must include: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. If this information is missing, your challenge is incomplete.
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This challenge begins March 1, 2018 and will end November 30, 2018.

March:
Best Books of 2017
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid 3/15/18
Best for Book Clubs
Best Books of the 21st Century

April:
Best Books of 2016   Find Her Lisa Gardner 4/30/18
Best Books Ever
Best Books fo the Decade: 2010's

May:
Best Books of 2015
Best Woman-Authored Books      Alone Lisa Gardner 5/10/18
Best Books of the 20th Century

June:
Best Books of 2014     More Than Him Jay McLean 6/1/18
ONE DAY Best Summer Reads
Best Books of the Decade: 2000s

July:
Best Books of 2013   Bully Penelope Douglas 7/11/18
Best Series
Best Books of the Decade: 1990's

August:
Best Books of 2012
Best Twists   No Turning Back Tiffany Snow 8/4/18
Best Books of the 19th Century

September:
Best Books of 2011 What Happened to Goodbye Sarah Dessen 9/21/18
Best Books for Reluctant Readers
Best Book Cover Art

October:
Best Books of 2010 Eternal Kiss of Darkness Jeaniene Frost 10/17/18
Best Humorous Books
Best Break Out

November:
Best Books of 2009
Best Unknown but Must Be Known Books
Best Female Lead Characters Hate Notes Vi Keeland 11/16/18    

WRC Favorite Album - Bookends

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads


Favorite Album - BookendsDate: 03/01/18 - 04/30/18

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Welcome to our next Favorite Album challenge. This one is based on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bookends". Thanks to Connie for this recommendation!

To complete the challenge, read a book that fits a task for each of the ten items below.

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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:
You are welcome to post updates while working your way through the challenge. When posting an update, please include the following information: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book.

Completed Challenges:
When you have completed this challenge, copy and paste your entire challenge in a new message, letting us know it is completed. A completed challenge must include: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. If this information is missing, your challenge is incomplete.
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TASKS:

1. Bookends: Bookends is the fourth studio album by American duo Simon & Garfunkel.
♫Read the fourth book of a series or book #4 from your TBR, OR
♫Read a book whose title begins with "B".
Edge of Darkness Karen Rose 3/2/18 (Cincinnati #4)

2. Simon & Garfunkel: Simon & Garfunkel was an American folk rock duo consisting of Paul Simon, a singer-songwriter, and singer, Art Garfunkel. The duo was formed in Queens, New York.
♫Read a book with a character named Paul or Art, OR
♫Read a book set in New York The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks 3/18/18

3. Genre: The album is considered to be of the Folk Rock genre.
♫Read a book in which the first letter of each title word can be found in FOLKROCK, OR
♫Read a book with the word "folk" or "rock" found in the text (provide page or location number, please).
Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18 p 237 Anyway, one day I went to the rock pile all by myself.

4. Release Date: Bookends was released on April 2, 1968.
♫Read a book published in April, OR Chaser Kylie Scott 4/26/18
♫Read a book published in 1968

5. Length: The album is 29 minutes, 51 seconds long.
♫Read book #29 or #51 from your TBR, OR
♫Read a series book #2, #9, #5 or #1 No One But You Brenda Novak 3/8/18

6. Producer: Bookends was produced by Simon & Garfunkel and Roy Halee.
♫Read a book in which the author's first and last initial can be found in ROYHALEE,
Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 3/9/18
OR ♫Read a book with a character whose LAST name begins with "S" or "G"

7. Label: Bookends was released on the Columbia label. Columbia was founded in 1887 - 131 years ago.
♫Read a book whose title begins with "C" or ends with "A", OR
♫Read a book whose total page count contains the numbers 1 or 3.
313 pages Death Below Stairs Jennifer Ashley 3/6/18

8. Concept Album and John Simon:
Bookends is a concept album, which explores a life journey from childhood to old age. John Simon joined the production team when Paul Simon suffered from writer's block.
♫Read a book in which a child or elderly person plays a part, Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18
OR ♫Read a book in which something is blocked or stopped, or where something is lost.

9. Mrs. Robinson: Bookends produced the number one single "Mrs. Robinson". The song contains a reference to famous baseball star, Joe DiMaggio. It became the first rock song to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
♫Read a book with "Mrs." in the title, OR
♫Read a book that has won an award Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (2013)Gods and Beasts Denise Mina 3/17/18

10. 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: In 2012, the Bookends album was ranked at #234 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
♫Read a book with over 234 pages, OR
♫Read a book published in 2012 Once Burned Jeaniene Frost 3/4/18