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Date Posted: 10/19/2013 2:12 PM ET
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LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides

 


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What fun!  Love it!
 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser -  Beginning Count - 582 (-100)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Voyager (Outlander #3) - completed 7/22 - 4****

3. American Idol - The 19th Wife - completed 4/7 (Brigham Young) - 4****

4. Fear Factor - The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley - completed 1/16 - Flavia de Luce #6 - 5*****

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell - completed 1/1 - Italian resistance movement during WWII - 4****

7. To Tell the Truth - The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau - completed 1/11 - MC is a former nun - 5*****

8. Hollwood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts - completed 3/1 - Battle of Saratoga, American Revolution - 5*****

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace - completed 5/1 - 4****

14. 1 vs. 100 - Arundel by Kenneth Roberts - Completed 2/7 5*****

15. Family Feud - Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland - completed 7/2  5*****

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland - Completed 6/28 4****;  The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick - Completed 7/8 4****

17. Love Connection - The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland - Completed 7/4  5*****

18. Wheel of Fortune - Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah - Completed 5/15 3***

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel - Completed 6/14 5*****

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period. America:  My Notorious Life by Kate Manning - Completed 1/31 4****,  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - Completed 1/27 3***, The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent - Completed 4/29 3***

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides

 
 


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Couch Potato - read 18 books - MY NEW GOAL.

Spud - read 12 books - MY GOAL - Achieved in May.

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose) - 1/1/14 TBR Count:  1,586 books

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.  Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson:  Books 1) Murder on St Mark's Place.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

  • (1) Maybelleen by Kathleen Wallace King - Finished in January.    Dud - barely worth $.01
  • (2) Briar Rose by Jane Yolen - Finished in January.   Jackpot ($1Mill)
  • (3) Honolulu by Alan Brennert - Finished in January - Worth ($100,000)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club. - The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution. - The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier - finished January.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries. - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel. - Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon - October 2014

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure. - A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon - Finished November 2014

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover. - Golden by Cameron Dokey - Finished in January.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author. - The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty - finished in January.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle. -  Echo in the Bone (Outlander) - Revolutionary War - Finished December 2014

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves, - The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig - finished in May.

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.   #1 - First book in Gaslight mysteries by Victoria Thompson - Murder on St Mark's Square - Finished in January.
 

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with. - Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon - June 2014

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879. - Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger - December 2014

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand - Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck (set in Key West and Bimini) - Finished in January

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.
Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson:  Books 1-4 Finished in January (1) Murder on St Mark's Place, (2) Murder on Astor Place, (3) Murder on Gramercy Park and (4) Murder on Washington Square. - Set in turn of the century New York City.



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Carolyn these are terrific fun! 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)  TBR count as of 1/1/2014 is 38 books  Robin and the King by Parke Godwin  completed 7/31/14

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.  Warlord by Angus Donald  completed 2/2/14

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.  Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard  completed 12/27/14

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.  Heartstone by C.J. Sansom  completed 12/6/14

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

a.  The Strangled Queen by Maurice Druon  worthy  completed 7/1/14

b.  A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman  jackpot  completed 9/7/14

c.  Lily Cigar by Tom Murphy  jackpot  completed 12/1/14

d.  Constantinopolis by James Shipman  dud  completed 12/7/14

e.  The Proud Villeins by Valerie Anand  jackpot  completed 12/10/14

f.   The Devil's Inheritance by Toby Purser dud/worthy  completed 12/19/14

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.  Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson completed 1/20/14

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.   Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer completed 3/29/14

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.  Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati  completed 2/28/14

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.  Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran  completed 7/12/14

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.  The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner  completed 4/8/14

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.  The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas  completed 8/11/14

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.   Tristan and Iseult by J D Smith  completed 1/7/14  Tristan battles the Saxons

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,  The Grand Sophy  by Georgette Heyer  completed 6/7/14

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

a.  Sea of Poppies  by Amitav Ghosh  completed 4/22/14

b.  Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn  completed 10/30/14

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.  God is an Englishman by R.F. Delderfield  completed 10/9/14  love Henrietta and Adam Swann

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.  The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst  completed 9/26/14

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.  Colossus:  Stone and Steel by David Blixt  completed 8/15/14

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.  The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick  completed 12/22/14

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

ENGLAND:

a)  Grail Knight  by Angus Donald  completed 5/18/14

b)  The Pagan Lord  by Bernard Cornwell  completed 5/27/14

c)  Blood of the Red Rose  by P.J. Gray  completed 6/12/14

d)  The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer  completed 9/17/14

 

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides

 


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Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - 34 books on TBR list  1/1/14 - 26 books on TBR as of 10/01/14

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger. Sundance by David Fuller 5/10/14

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.  Victory at Yorktown by Gingrich/Forstchen  2/08/14

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.  Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris 5/14/14

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

Leadville by James Best 2/13/14 - $100,000

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin 5/16/14 - $100,000

The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry 6/10/14 - $10

I Serve, A Novel of the Black Prince by Rosanne Lortz 6/25/14 - $.01

The Gathering of the Storm by William Napier 8/30/14 - $100,000

Attila: The Judgement by William Napier 11/08/14 $10

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.  The September Society by Charles Finch 9/28/14

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution. The Secret Dead by S. J. Parris 11/28/14

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon 10/29/14

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.  Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer 2/12/14

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.  Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng 2/04/14

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride 2/10/14

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

1. A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch 9/08/14

2. Attila by Jack Napier 8/20/14

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.  

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.  11/22/63 by Stephen King 2/28/14

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.  And The Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini 1/25/14

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

England - The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch 11/12/14

United States - Murder at Thumb Buttte by James D. Best 11/27/14

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:  Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin 2/21/14

                     Dragon's Child by M. K. Hume 11/19/14

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:   Geraldine Brooks

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides



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LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

                                 226 Books      GOAL- drop 26 books!!!      (+1)  (-2)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.  

                                   The Murderer's Tale by Margaret Frazer   Finished 3/17/14

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

                                 1) The Prioress's Tale by Margaret Frazer    worthy!!   Finished 9/13/14

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

                                   The Outlaw's Tale by Margaret Frazer   Finished 1/17/14 

                      RERUN: The Boy's Tale by Margaret Frazer   Finished 4/21/14

 

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

                                   The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy    Finished 4/13/14

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

                                  The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig    Finished 8/18/14

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

 

       

 


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Linda's list.

 

1. The Biggest Loser - Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book reduced, if you so choose)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger. The Lavender Garden, Lucinda Riley - 1/31/14 - posted to Alice

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.  Benjamin Franklin's Bastard, Sally Cabot - 4/30/14

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery. His Majesty's Hope , Susan Elia MacNeal - 2/13/14

5. Deal or No Deal - Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

a. Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier - 1/7/14 - a "worthy" novel, enjoyed it

b. Overseas, Beatriz Williams - 1/8/14 - not exactly a "dud" but not particularly worthy either

c. Someone Knows My Name, Lawrence Hill - 1/18/14 - certainly "worthy", and then some; recommended

d. One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus - 3/16/14 - a "worthy" novel, unusual premise

e.  Little Century, Anna Keesey  - 3/20/14 -  less than 'worthy'; a disappointment

f.  True Sisters, Sandra Dallas - 4/12/14 - a very "worthy" novel, recommended

 

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club. The Secret of the White Rose, Stefanie Pintoff - 7/13/14

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution. Illuminations, Mary Sharratt - 3/6/14

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell  2/4/14

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel. Sharpe's Honor, Bernard Cornwell - 7/15/14

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure. City of Jasmine, Deanna Raybourn - 3/27/14

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist. Keeping Hannah Waiting, Dave Clarke 1/20/14

12. Project Runway - Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover. The Spymistress, Jennifer Chiaverini 4/24/14

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author. Calling Me Home, Julie Kibler 1/5/14

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle. Sharpe's Company, Bernard Cornwell - 1/29/14

15. Family Feud - Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves, The Abyss, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles - 2/28/14

16. Double Dare - Read the first book of two different series. In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff 1/14/14 and Rome: the Emperor's Spy by M.C. Scott - 5/5/14

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with. Uhtred!  The Pagan Lord, Bernard Cornwell 1/11/14

18. Wheel of Fortune - Read a book set after 1879.  The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin  3/2/14

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.  Honolulu, Alan Brennert - 1/23/14

 

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen. Her Highness, the Traitor, Susan Higginbotham  6/16/14

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

Time period - first half of the 20th Century;

a.  The Beautiful American, Jeanne Mackin - 8/22/14

b. When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka - 1/24/14

c.  Songs of Willow Frost, Jamie Ford - 1/26/14

d.  Ellis Island, Kate Kerrigan - 2/19/14

 

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

  USA - Unmentionables, Laurie Lowenstein - 3/28/14

  England - Accidents of Providence, Stacia Brown - 4/8/14

  France - The House I Loved, Tatiana de Rosnay - 4/1/14

  Italy - Rome, the Emperor Spy, Manda Scott - 5/5/14

  Ireland - The Yellow House, Patricia Falvey - 4/11/14

  Germany - The Plum Tree, Ellen Marie Wiseman - 4/21/14


 

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

  The Winter Palace, Eva Strachniak - 2/11/14

  The Little Russian, Susan Sherman - 4/6/14

 

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

  Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian

  The House Girl, Tara Conklin

  The House I Loved, Tatiana de Rosnay

  I Always Loved You, Robin Oliviera

  May the Road Rise Up to Meet You, Peter Troy



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Kelly's List

 

1. The Biggest Loser - Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book reduced, if you so choose) - Too much of a challenge for me.

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger. (Posted to Shelley G.)  These is My Words, Nancy Turner, 5/5, 1 Feb. Sarah Prine's diary account of life in the Arizona Territory, 1881 - 1901. 

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them. The Pale Blue Eye, Louis Bayard, 4.5/5, 6 Dec. Set in 1830, West Point Academy. Features Edgar Allan Poe as a principal character during the time when he was a cadet at West Point. Very interesting and I think Bayard did an excellent job of interpreting young Poe and giving him voice.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mysteryAnatomy of Murder, Imogen Robertson, 4/5, 26 Jun. 2nd Crowther & Westerman. Involves murder (of course) and a spy-ring conspiracy between France and England, set in 1781. These books take a little while for me to get into, but then they develop and are really quite good ... good characters, tight plot line, nice advancement as a series.

5. Deal or No Deal - Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

a. The Wordsmith's Tale, Stephen Edden, 4.5/5, 6 May. This is a "Worthy" book! Definitely enjoyable, very clever way to cover 100 years in Saxon England! Loved the subtle and clever bits of humor! (This book was chosen by Aubree for me to read (HF game selection.))

b. Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline, 5/5, 15 May. "Jackpot" book! Very compelling and one of the best books I've read using two time periods to tell the story; also a mixture of 1st and 3rd person. Tells the story of Niamh (Vivian) who was sent west from NYC as part of an orphan train in 1929. (I needed a book, and this one was sitting on the dining room table, begging to be chosen. Complete random choice!)

c. The Anatomist's Wife, Anna Lee Huber, 3/5, 8 Jun. "Worthy" book, but was nearly a DNF for me. First person narrative is a bit tedious, but characters are compelling and the plot was intriguing and nicely developed. Widow and artist Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage, inquiry agent, investigate a brutal murder in the home of of Lady Darby's brother-in-law's castle in Scotland. Set in 1830. (Read this book in case it was selected in a game. At the time I plucked it off the shelf, it was a random decision.)

d. The Food Tester, Peter Elbling, 2/5, 4 Jul. A "Dud" book. Too over the top, just a little too unrealistic for me. Set in Renaissance Italy, story of Ugo the Food Tester and Duke Federico. Kept my interest, but just barely. (Selected the 25th book on one of my TBR shelves in honor of Bil's birthday.)

e. The Spymistress, Jennifer Chiaverini, 4.5/5, 29 Oct. A "Worthy" book. Well-researched, well-written story about Elizabeth Van Lew, the Richmond, VA southern woman who became an influential and important spy for the Union during the Civil War. (This book was chosen for me by LaVonne during a HF game.)

f. The Mevrouw who Saved Manhattan, Bill Greer, 4/5, 14 Dec. A "Worthy" book! A funny, irreverent look at New Amsterdam from early settlement of Fort Orange through 1664 when the Dutch signed over their lands and New York was born! (Picked this book off the shelf, completely at random, prior to an out of town trip!)

g. Flint, Margaret Redfern, 4/5, 22 Dec. Story of two brothers skilled at digging ditches and dams sent as part of a work crew to Wales where they helped build Edward I's castle.

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.  Circles of Time, Phillip Rock, 4.5/5, 10 Aug. This is the second in the Passing Bells trilogy and takes place in the early 1920's, post WW I, with the causes for what would become WW II already developing. Wonderful book and particularly applicable for this category w/ all the secret organizations and groups that formed in Germany following WW I, the National Socialist (Nazi) party, being one of them. 

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasureRome: The Coming of the King, M.C. (Manda) Scott, 4.5/5, 29 Apr. I enjoyed this 2nd book more than the 1st one of the series. The book is set in 66 AD, primarily in Jerusalem. Romans vs Hebrews vs the new Christian religion with intrigue and betrayal throughout! Great book, typical Manda Scott. I love Pantera and Hypatia.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist The Beautiful American, Jeanne Mackin, 5/5, 16 Nov. Book about American model, muse, photographer & WW II correspondent Lee Miller, as shared through the story of a fictional friend & the book's real MC, Nora Tours. I spent hours looking at photographs of Lee Miller, photographs by Lee Miller and the photography of her lover, another American artist, Ray Man. Her life was amazing, set primarily in Paris along with all the other artists that congregated there during the 1920's, 30's & 40's. Fascinating, well-written book with great insight & character development!

12. Project Runway - Read a book that has a headless lady on the coverThe Infamous Army, Georgette Heyer, 3.0/5, 7 Apr.  The first Georgette Heyer that I have not really enjoyed. I didn't think we were EVER going to defeat Napoleon! This book needs some updating & heavy editing. And I would have probably enjoyed the minutiae about the battle if I had had a map and a cast of characters. Loved the personal elements of the book - typical & wonderfully Georgette Heyer - but the battle scenes and background on the Allied Army were way too long and way too tedious.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" authorThe House Girl, Tara Conklin, 3.5/5, 19 Mar. Book is set in two time periods - Lina Sparrow, attorney, daughter of an artist, 2004; and Josephine Bell, slave and artist, 1852. Present day story concerns itself with a reparations lawsuit seeking compensation for the descendants of slaves. A little too jarring between story lines, didn't start caring about the characters until half-way through the book.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle The Pagan Lord, Bernard Cornwell, 5/5, 27 Jan. The latest in The Saxon Chronicles, with Uhtred up to his usual snarling, conflicted, cleverness. He faces Cnut in a battle where he is hugely outnumbered, but victorious nonetheless. Vintage Uhtred, vintage BC!

15. Family Feud - Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - Read the first book of two different series.

  a. Rome: The Emperor's Spy, M.C. (Manda) Scott, 4.5/5, 4 Mar. Book introduces us to Pantera, a spy trained by Seneca, now in the employ of Emperor Nero. Great book, typical Manda Scott. Only issue is that she introduces a religious angle that was a little confusing. The idea that Judas of Galilea and Jesus are the same man is not a new idea, but a wee bit upsetting nonetheless .. at least to me.

  b. The Founding, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, 4.5/5, mid-July. The first book in the wonderful Morland Dynasty series! It was absolutely as great as I was led to believe it would be. Wonderful plot, character development, pacing, etc. .. all the things one looks for in a great historical fiction novel!

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with. 

18. Wheel of Fortune - Read a book set after 1879. The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult, 5/5, 24 Aug. Multi-generational, multi-level story that centers on a young Polish girl's experiences during WW II and her incarceration at Auschwitz. In present day, her granddaughter has met an older man in a grief therapy group who has told her he was an SS Guard at Auschwitz during WW II.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sandMoloka'i, Alan Brennert, 4/5, 8 Jan. Hawaiian leper colony of late 1800's.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period. The War Years (WW I & WW II eras.)

a. City of Women, David Gillham, 5/5, 8 Jan. Really enjoyed this book about war-torn and depleted 1943 Berlin. Main character is Sigfrid; a woman who figures out who she is and how she can make a difference. 

b.  The Girl You Left Behind, JoJo Moyes, 5/5, 20 Jan. Set in 1917 and 2006, tells the story of a painting entitled The Girl You Left Behind and its first owners - painter Edouard Lefevre and his wife Sophie and its current owner, Liv Halston.  

c. Between Shades of Gray, Ruth Sepetys, 4/5, 11 MarBook is set in 1941 and follows a Mother and her two children caught up in Stalin's deportation of people from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Excellent book, but ending too abrupt. 

d. Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein, 5/5, 22 May. Rose is an American pilot who gets a job as a transport pilot in England during the last year of WW II. She ends up in Europe and ultimately captured and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp as a political prisoner. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

 



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1. The Biggest Loser - 403 books (physical TBR, not kindle) Read more than one

2. Let's Make a Deal - Gold Digger by Vicki Delany Finished 1/13/14 sent to Kelly and Linda

3. American Idol - The Traitor's Wife by Alison Pataki Finished 7/14/14

4. Fear Factor - The Tudor Conspiracy by C. W. Gortner Finished 2/9/14

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

     1. Holmes on the Range - Steve Hockensmith Finished 3/29/14  $1,000,000

     2. Grave Goods - Ariana Franklin Finished 5/11/14 $100,000

     3. The Last Aloha - Gaellen Quinn Finished 4/26/14  $100,000

     4. Resurrection Row - Anne Perry Finished 4/25/14  $100,000

     5. The Light Years - Elizabeth Jane Howard Finished 4/6/14  $100,000

     6. Wings of Fire - Charles Todd Finished 4/18/1  $100,000
 

6. Password - To Kingdom Come - Will Thomas Finished 6/19/14

7. To Tell the Truth - The Outlaw's Tale - Margaret Frazer Finished 11/9/14

8. Hollywood Squares - The Color Purple - Alice Walker Finished 11/29/14

9. Win, Lose or Draw - The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland Finished 6/24/4

10. The X Factor - Moondragon by Noel Vreeland Carter Finished 1/1/14

11. Pictionary - I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira Finished 3/2/14

12. Project Runway - India Black and the Gentleman Thief by Carol K. Carr Finished 3/8/14

13. The Newlywed Game - The Truth of All Things by Kieran Shields Finished 1/28/14

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig Finished 7/10/14

16. Double Dare - Dead March by Ann McMillan Finished 3/14/14

17. Love Connection - The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick Finished 5/12/14

18. Wheel of Fortune - Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard Finished 1/19/14

19. $100,000 Pyramid - The Last Camel Died at Noon - Elizabeth Peters Finished 6/21/14

20. Queen for a Day - The Queen's Vow - C.W. Gortner Finished 1/3/14

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

1920's

1. Dollface by Renee Rosen Finished 3/23/14

2. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty Finished 5/20/14

3. Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke Finished 5/17/14

4. Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck Finished 5/6/14

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

1. The Midwife of Venice - Roberta Rich (Italy) Finished 1/1/14

2. Madam - Cari Lynn (America) Finished 1/20/14

3. City of Jasmine - Deanna Raybourn (Syria) Finished 5/9/14

4. Silence For the Dead - Simone St. James (England) Finished 5/31/14

5. The Lavender Garden - Lucinda Riley (France) Finished 6/28/14

6. The Midnight Rose - Lucinda Riley (India) Finished 8/17/14
 

 

 



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I1. The Biggest Loser - TBR~ 50 ~ Read ~ 4 ~ abandoned ~ 3

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - The Traitor's Wife ~ 4-16

4. Fear Factor ~ A Trail of Ink ~ Mel Starr ~ 3-9

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

  1.Unrivaled - Siri Mitchell ($100,000)

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6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor ~ Cinnamon and Gun Powder by Eli Brown ~ 1/13

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - When Mountains Move ~ Julie Cantrell ~ 1-5

18. Wheel of Fortune - A Fall of Marigolds ~ Susan Meissner ~ 2-25 

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country (USA).

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Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

1. USA  2.England

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author (Lynn Austin ~ author)

  1.A Proper Pursuit ~ Feb

  2.While We're Far Apart ~ March

  3. April

  4. May

  5. June



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Couch Potato -- 18

 

1. The Biggest Loser - Post your TBR count, as of January 1st:  148

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Doc by Mary Doria Russell  4.5/5  Completed 2/14/14

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Daughters of the Grail by Elizabeth Chadwick 4/5 Completed 2/21/2014

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

12. Project RunwayA Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter

13. The Newlywed Game - Birthright by Ethan Jones 3/5 Completed 1/4/2014.

14. 1 vs. 100 - Time After Time by Allen Appel 4/5 Completed 3/17/2014.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Queen of Last Hopes by Susan Higgenbotham

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.



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Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period

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Spot for me. :D

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides

 


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Here is my spot

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

The Daring Ladies  of Lowell by Kate Alcott posted to Kelly and Linda done 4/19

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard done 7/19

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

         A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer done 10/7

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki done 4/14, worthy lots of intrigue about the American revolution

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsly  it was okay, not great

China Dolls by Lisa See pretty good

Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio okay got repetetive

The Rebel Pirate by Donna Thorland very good

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

The Lion and the Rose by Kate Quinn done 12/18

8. Hollwood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

Thieves' Quarry by D.B. Jackson done 8/25

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

                    Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall done 2/11

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.  Dollface by Renee Rosen done 1/10

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins done 12/08, American Rev

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley done 8/15

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series!   Read the first book of two different series.

            The Turncoat (Renegades of the Revolution, Bk 1) :: Donna Thorland done 1/25

            Thieftaker (Thieftaker Chronicles, Bk 1) :: D. B. Jackson done May 9th

 

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch done 11/22

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

A Speak of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn done 5/7

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

            The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick  done 3/4

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

Country UK

The Island House by Posie Graeme Evans done 2/25

The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear 8/10

The Abbot's Agreement by Mel Starr done 12/24

 

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley done 6/18 Ireland

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough done 8/31 New South Wales, Australia

Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig  done 10/19 Kenya

Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie done 11/26 Germany

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Morning Glory by Sarah Jio done 1/22

The Lavendar Garden by Lucinda Riley done 5/4

 

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides



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1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose) - UH-UH

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger. The Devil's Breath by Tessa Harris read 1/20/14 and posted to Becky

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery. Seven For a Secret by Lyndsay Faye - finished on 2/2/14

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

a.) Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini   finished on 2/16/14  Worthy

b.) The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbitt - finished on 4/12/14 Dud

c.) The Island of Doves by Kelly O'Connor McNees - finished on 7/9/14 Jackpot

d.)The English Monster: or, The Melancholy Transactions of William Ablass by Lloyd Shepherd finished 4/16/14 - Worthy

e.) Stolen Remains by Christine Trent Finished on 9/12/14 Worthy

f.) The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville. Finished on 12/6/14 Worthy

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club. Shadow of the Alchemist by Jeri Westerson - finished on 3/2/14 (Alchemist's Society)

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure. The Waxman Murders by Paul Doherty - finished on 7/11/14

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author. The Mangle Street Murders by M R C Kasasian - finished in March 2014

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle. Grail Knight by Angus Donald finished on 9/1/14

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,  The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas - finished on July 15, 2014

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series. The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris - finished on 4/11/14 Book #1 of the Colin Pendragon series

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with. Why King's Confess by C S Harris (Gotta love Sebastian!) finished on 4/3/14

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen. The Summer Queen - Eleanor of Aquitaine - finished on 1/13/14

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Life in  Jar by Jack Mayer (not HF but history) - Partly occurs in Poland

When the Devil Drives by Caro Peacock (England) - finished 12/21/14

The Beggar King by Oliver Potzsch (Germany) - finished 6/14/14

The Edinburgh Dead by Bryan Ruckley (Scotland) - finished 8/12/14

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.



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Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)~~205 books (for my purposes here) and I hope to bring this number down by 25 this year!  READ~~20

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.~~Panther in the Sky by James Alexander Thom (Tecumseh has a city in Michigan named after him)

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.~~The Limehouse Text by Will Thomas~~finished 6/22

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.~~The Hellfire Club by Will Thomas

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.~~Brendan by Morgan Llywelyn

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.~~The Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell (The Pirate Grania)

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.~~I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveria (Degas and Mary Cassatt)~~Finished 2/26

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.~~Hush now, don't you cry, by Rhys Bowen (Well, most of her head is gone)~~finished 1/21

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.~~Book of Fires by Jane Borodale

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.~~The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,~~Duchess of Milan by Michael Ennis

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.~~Heresy by S.J. Parrish~~Finished 1/17 and Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.~~Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas~~finished 8/24 (Not sure if I love Cyrus or Thomas more!)

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.~~The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult~~finished 9/24

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.~~River God by Wilbur Smith

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.~~The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.~Victorian era (1837-1901)

1. Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman? by Eleanor Updale~Finished 1/5

2. Montmorency on the rocks: doctor, aristocrat, murderer? by Eleanor Updale~Finished 1/24

3. Montmorency and the Assassins: master, criminal, spy? by Eleanor Updale~ Finished 1/26

4. Montmorency's Revenge by Eleanor Updale ~~Finsihed 1/30

 



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Tater Tot - read 6 books

4. Fear Factor - A Death in Vienna by Tallis (11/6/14) 3 stars

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel: The Whiskey Rebels by Liss (4/5/14) 4.5 stars

13. The Newlywed Game - The Fencing Master by Perez-Reverte (8/6/14) 4 stars

14. 1 vs. 100 - Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle. Comanche Moon by McMurtry (12/14/14) 4.5 stars

15. Family Feud - Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves. Khan: Empire of Silver by Igguldden (7/21/14) 3.5 stars

18. Wheel of Fortune - A World of Thieves by Blake (6/11/14) 4.5 stars

 



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I'm in! 

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure. People of the Book : Geraldine Brooks

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with. Prodigal Summer : Barbara Kingsolver (it intertwines 3 love stories, right?...lol)

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.



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Oh Man! I am still working on last year's challenge.  Here is my spot...

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - The Help - Kathryn Stockett - Completed 10/24/2014

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines and The Secret Mission of 1805 - Richard Zacks - Completed 9/19/2014

4. Fear Factor - The Deception of the Emerald Ring - Lauren Willig - Completed 8/29/2014

5. Deal or No Deal - Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill) Legend - Jude Deveraux - Completed 9/10/2014 $1.00, Dr Who: The Ripper - Tony Lee - Completed 9/04/2014 $1000.00, Kiss of Fate - Mary Jo Putney - Completed 10/9/2014 $100.00, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin - Completed 11/12/2014 $ 10000.00, What A Wicked Way to Burn - Margaret Miles - Completed 12/06/14 $10,000.00, The Prince of Persia: Graphic Novel - - Completed 11/26/2014 $10.00

6. Password - The Masque of the Black Tulip - Lauren Willig - Completed 1/27/2014 

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - War Horse - Michael Murpurgo - Completed 2/06/2014

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Sepulchre - Kate Mosse - Completed 9/19/2014

10. The X Factor - Bloody Jack - L.A. Meyer - Completed 1/10/2014

11. Pictionary - The Girl with a Pearl Earing - Tracy Chevalier - Completed 12/01/14

12. Project Runway - The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman - Completed 9/5/2014

13. The Newlywed Game - Hundreds of Years to Reform A Rake - Laurie Brown - Completed 7/4/2014

14. 1 vs. 100 - Hood - Stephen R. Lawhead - Completed 5/21/2014

15. Family Feud - Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - Completed 10/13/14

16. Double Dare - The Sweetness At The Bottom Of A Pie - Alan Bradley - Completed 2/28/2014, The Chase - Clive Cussler - Completed 10/10/2014

17. Love Connection - Something Wonderful - Jordan and Alexandra - Judith McNaught - Completed 10/26/2014

18. Wheel of Fortune - Holmes on the Range - Steven Hockensmith - Completed 2/15/2014

19. $100,000 Pyramid - The Betrayal of The Blood Lily - Lauren Willig - Completed 7/30/2014

20. Queen for a Day - The Devil's Queen - Jeanne Kalagridis - Completed 1/21/2014

21. Monopoly - The 1800's - The Devil in The White City - Erik Larson - Completed 3/27/2014

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Scotland - Kiss Of The Highlander - Karen Marie Moning - Completed 3/23/2014, England - Hatter M. - Frank Beddor - Completed 4/19/2014, Egypt - Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters - Completed 7/5/2014, Sweden - Dream of Me - Josie Litton - Completed 8/15/2014, Africa - The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith - Completed 8/22/2014, Greece - The Darkest Prison - Gena Showalter - Completed 11/02/2014

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author - Eon: Dragoneye Reborn - Alison Goodman - Completed 1/20/2014, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon - Dave Berry - Completed 1/24/2014, Eona: The Last Dragoneye - Alison Goodman - Completed , A Lady Never Trifles with Theives - Suzann Ledbetter - Completed 2/07/2014, The Angel's Cut - Elizabeth Knox - Completed 09/13/14



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Staking a claim to this spot...

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1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

Honestly, it is in the hundreds. Seriously.

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

The Flight of the Sparrow; A Novel of Early America - Amy Belding Brown - Completed 12/15/14 and put into Alice's Secret Santa box!

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

The Glory Cloak - Patricia O'Brien (Clara Barton) - Completed 1/3/14

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

The Vanished Child - Sarah Smith - Completed 4/28/14

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

Prayers for Sale - Sandra Dallas (worthy, $100,000) - Completed 4/15/14

The Stolen Crown - Susan Higgenbotham (dud, $.01...just kind of "meh" for me) - Completed 7/24/14

Of Love and Evil - Anne Rice (dud, $.01. Second in a series - I think it's just not my cuppa. If there are more, I'll leave them.) Completed 12/6/14

The Italian Wife - Anne Hood (worthy, $100,00) - Completed 12/6/14

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

The Quick - Lauren Owen - Completed 12/2/14

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

The Shadow Queen - Sandra Gulland - Completed 5/14/14

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

The Canterbury Papers - Judith Koll Healey (map) - Completed 4/24/14

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

The Anatomy Lesson - Nina Siegal (Rembrandt) - Completed 5/4/14

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

The Lost Sisterhood - Anne Fortier - Completed 9/10/14

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

The Orphanmaster - Jean Zimmerman - Completed 3/25/14

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

The Notorious Mrs. Winston - Mary Mackey - Completed 12/7/14

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

A Triple Knot - Emma Campion - Completed 9/18/14 (This is a fantastic lovebirds story...the main couple went through such a lot to be together!)

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline - set in 1920's through the present - Completed 2/23/14

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

Palace Circle - Rebecca Dean - Completed 12/27/14

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

The Last Aloha - Gaellen Quinn - Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii - Completed 1/10/13

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

Round #1: Not a surprise...LOL! Pick a time period. Read 4 books set in that time period.

WWII era novels...of course!

1. HHhH - Laurent Binet - Completed 3/7/14

2. Heidegger's Glasses - Thaisa Frank - Completed 4/2/14

3. The Paris Architect - Charles Belfoure - Completed 7/30/14

4. Lucky Us - Amy Bloom - Completed 12/10/14

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

1. England - Wake - Anna Hope - Completed 4/11/14

2. United States - The Daring Ladies of Lowell - Kate Alcott - Completed 6/17/14

3. Switzerland - White Flag Down - Joel N. Ross - Completed 11/9/14

4. Canada - The Forest Lover - Susan Vreeland - Completed 11/10/14

5. China - The Red Chamber - Pauline Chen - Completed 11/18/14

6. France - Lisette's List - Susan Vreeland - Completed 11/25/14

 

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Russia:

Enchantments - Kathryn Harrison - Completed 3/17/14

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Call Me Zelda - Erika Robuck - Completed 3/9/14

The Kitchen Boy - Robert Alexander - Completed 5/29/14

The Museum of Extraordinary Things - Alice Hoffman - Completed 5/30/14

Godway Castle, or The Fortunes of the King's Daughter - Henriette von Paalzow - Completed 11/26/14

Consequences - Penelope Lively - Completed 12/3/14

 

 



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I PLAN TO COMPLETE THIS YEAR. NOT SURE WHAT LEVEL YET.

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There are three levels:

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

Fancy a particular category?  You have the option to "RERUN" that category (meaning you can do it twice)  There is a 2 RERUN limit.

There are 21 categories to choose from, Twenty One being a game show at some point.  There are some new categories, and some fan favorites. There are also 3 bonuses, should you have some extra time on your hands cheeky

The categories are:

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose) 

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides

 



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Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

Couch Potato - read 19 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Will just work on it during the challenge as I can.  Most of the books in the challenge are on that list which I will tally at the end of the year.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, 12/11/2014, 4 stars

The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner, 12/31/2014, 5 stars.

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger:  The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, 2/4/2014, sent to Linda/Kelly, 5 stars.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them:  The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, 6/2014, 4 stars.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery:  The Technologists by Matthew Pearl, 1/20/2014, 4.5 stars

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill):  The Sunne in Splendour Sharon Kay Penman, 3/3/2014, 5 stars;  The Root Cellar (Puffin Books) by Janet Lunn, 3/16/2014, 4 stars;  Empress Orchid by Anchee Min, 9/21/2014, 4 stars;The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman, 11/12/2013, 4 stars;  The Passing Bells,11/23/3014, 4 stars .

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.  Not a secret club or society but a group fighting against freedom, the heroines of which are known as Las Mariposas, the Butterflies, is my selection for this one:  In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, 7/4/2014, 5 stars

7.  To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries:  The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

The Pindar Diamond by Katie Hickman, 9/9/2014, 4 stars

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist:  I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira, a tale about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, 4/1/2014, 4 stars.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover:  The King's Mistress by Emma Campion, 2/10/2014, 4 stars

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author:  The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman, 4/6/2014, 3.5 stars

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle:  The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, 1/22/2014, 3 stars, interesting little tale.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves:  The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall (Father and son in triad become estranged and form own groups to dominate opium trade.),  11/15/2014, 4 stars

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series:  

The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes by Larry Millett, 8/25/2014, 4 stars, and The Seige by Helen Dunmore, 2/20/2014, 4 stars.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman (Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II), 3/7/2014, 4 stars

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879:   The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig, 9/1/2014, 4 stars

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

When We Were Gods by Colin Falconer

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen:  The Hidden Diary of Marie Antionette by Carolly Erickson, 8/13/2014, 3.5 stars

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country:  1. Seduction (The Reincarnationist, #5) by M. J. Rose (Island of Jersey), 4/8/2014, 4 stars (first read);  2.  The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (Australia), 4/23/2014, 5 stars; 3.  Blood on the River James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone (USA), 7/7/2014, 3.5 stars,; 4.  The Coffee Trader by David Liss (Holland), 7/19/2014, 4 stars; 5.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (France), 8/5/2014, 5 stars; and 6. Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson (Scotland), 8/12/2914, 3 stars.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.  

Sashenka by Simon Montefiore; Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon, 3/4/2014, 4 starsSpecial Assignments by Boris Akunin, 2/15/2014, 4 starsHeirs of the Motherland by Judith Pella; The Siege by Helen Dunmore, 4 stars, 2/20/2014

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom  My choices:  

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides



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Great Challenge!!

Since I have been out of the loop a lot this year I hope this one will see me more involved, I've missed you guys.

Couch Potato - read 18 books

Spud - read 12 books

Tater Tot - read 6 books

REMINDER - 2 RERUN LIMIT

1. The Biggest Loser - I can hear those shelves groaning all the way over here!  Post your TBR count, as of January 1st, here.  Be honest- it's for your own good!  Pledge to reduce that number in 2014.  (Participation can count as 1 book read, if you so choose)

2. Let's Make a Deal - Read a wishlisted book.  Post that book to a fellow challenger.

3. American Idol - Read a book about a famous American that has been memorialized, either with a statue, city, river, building..etc named after them.

4. Fear Factor - Read a historical mystery.

5. Deal or No Deal - Look at all those sexy shelves holding such tempting books!  Pick 6 books at random off your TBR list.  Let us know if they were duds ($.01), worthy ($100,000) or the jackpot ($1mill)

6. Password - Read a book that contains a secret society or exclusive club.

7. To Tell the Truth - Read a book whose main character is a religious figure OR a book set in a religious institution.

8. Hollywood Squares - We all know the book was better.  Read a book that was turned into a movie or TV show/miniseries.

9. Win, Lose or Draw - Read a book that contains a duel.

10. The X Factor - X marks the spot! Read a book that contains a map, a pirate or a hidden treasure.

11. Pictionary - Read a book about art or an artist.

12. Project Runway - Look at those fashions! Who cares about her face! Read a book that has a headless lady on the cover.

13. The Newlywed Game - Read a "new to you" author.

14. 1 vs. 100 - This is Sparta! Read a book that contains a revolt or has the main character fight in a battle.

15. Family Feud - Everyone loves a soap opera. Read a book with two rivaling families or one family that is fighting amongst themselves,
A King's Ransom, by Sharon K Penman  3-4-14

16. Double Dare - You're already involved in too many series. But I dare you to start 2 new series! devil  Read the first book of two different series.

17. Love Connection - Read a book about your favorite lovebirds or a book whose main character you're absolutely in love with.

18. Wheel of Fortune - The first patent for a car engine was set in 1879, according to Wikipedia.  Read a book set after 1879.

19. $100,000 Pyramid - Read a book set in Egypt or any place that has sand.

20. Queen for a Day - Read a book about a queen.

21. Monopoly - Pick a country.  Read 4 books set in that country. OR Pick a time period.  Read 4 books set in that time period.

 

Bonus #1 - The Amazing Race - Read 6 books, each set in a different country.

Bonus #2 - Risk - Read 4 books set in South America OR 4 books set in Russia.

Bonus #3 - Chain Reaction - Link 5 books by word or letter, either through the title or author.

Example 1:    The Last Kingdom

                     The Killer Angels

                     Aztec

                     City of Women

                     World Without End

Example 2:    Bernard Cornwell

                    Colleen McCullough

                    Michael Jecks

                    Jeanne Kalogridis

                    Ken Follett

Example 3:   The Last Kingdom

                   Kingdom of Shadows

                   Shadow of the Wind

                   The Winds of War

                   War Brides



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