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Subject: 2015 Christian Reading Challenge and Discussion
Date Posted: 12/29/2014 3:30 PM ET
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I received a message about the  possibility of me setting up a reading challenge for 2015 as it had helped them when they had participated in the past.  Here is what I have come up with.  Some topics are from previous challenges and a few I found on a Goodreads Christian group that seemed like they would be fun.

This thread is for the 2015 Christian Reading Challenge beginning January 1, 2015

Anyone can join in at any time (after Jan 1 of course)

You are welcome to add your own categories to your list or if you would like you can send me a PM and I will see about adding them to the main list.

All of the categories pertain to Christian books only, whether they are fiction or non-fiction.

1.    Read More Books in 2015 that 2014

2.    NICE TA MEETCHA!   Read a CF book that is written by an author you've never read before

3.    AH, THAT NEW-BOOK SMELL    Read a new release for 2015

4.    Compass Settings:  Read a book set in (1) North  (2)  South  (3)  East  (4)  West

5.    Ho, Ho, Ho!!!  Read a book that centers around a holiday or celebration 

6.    Are you an Activist? Read a Legal/Political Thriller 

7.   Faith Comes By Hearing:  Listen to an Audio Book, fiction or non-fiction as long as it is Christian 

8.   Salute to Our Heroes:  Read a Military or Police Action book (would also include EMTs and firemen)

9.    I Feel Pretty:  Read a chick-lit 

10   Didn't Think I Would Make It:  Read a book over 400 pages

11.  And the Winner Is:   Read a Christy Award or INSPY awards      http://inspys.com  http://www.christyawards.com

12.  A book with a" food item" ( anything you can eat!) in the title.- e.g.- Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits

13.  A book with a "Girl's name" in the title- e.g.- The Legend of Sheba:Rise of a Queen

14.   A book with a "Flower" in the title- e.g. -Roses Have Thorns

15.   A book with a 'month" in the title e.g.- Lost December


16.   A book with a 1 word title- e.g.- Outlaw

17.   A book with a "color" in the title-e.g.- The Scarlet Letter


Bonus Categories:

This is an opportunity for you to finish all of those series that have been sitting on your book shelf looking at you. I don't know about you but I have quite a few. With this challenge you count series completed, not books read. It doesn't matter how many books are in the series or if you've read most of them and only have one or two left to read. The object of this challenge is to finish the series.
Levels:
• Curious – Finish 2 series
• Fascinated – Finish 3 series
• Addicted – Finish 5 series
• Obsessed – Finish 10 series

Name Challenge:

It's very easy, take your name and match the title of the books you read to correspond with each letter in your name. And so there will be 3 levels.
Level 1- On a first name basis- (First name only)
Level 2- What your mom yells when you are in trouble (First and middle name(s)
Level 3- The whole enchilada- First, middle and last name.

For example-
C-"Courting Morrow Little"
H-"The Headmistress of Rosemarie"
E-"Edenbrooke"
R-"Round Robin"
Y-"You don't know me"
L-"Lost December"

 

 



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Date Posted: 12/31/2014 2:57 PM ET
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I split my meager TBR into two shelves of a bookcase:  one for christian reading; the other my cozy mysteries.....with one leftover contemporary fiction book.......I'm ready for two reading challenges....

Date Posted: 1/5/2015 2:55 PM ET
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If we read a series (trilogy) that is actually included in one book; do we list that as one book or three books? 

Can we count the book that includes three books as a series for the series bonus category?

Can we use the series for different categories and also for the series bonus category?



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Date Posted: 1/5/2015 8:48 PM ET
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If it is a trilogy of the same series, I would count each of the books separately.  It could count in the bonus series categoy too.

I also don't see any reason why you couldn't count it under other categories either.

Date Posted: 1/6/2015 8:49 AM ET
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Thanks Cynthia....  

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Date Posted: 1/6/2015 2:13 PM ET
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Thank you for taking the time to do this. I will contact the person that asked me about a challenge to this one.

Date Posted: 1/7/2015 12:12 PM ET
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Thank you for setting this up!  It will be fun to have a challenge again.

Date Posted: 1/16/2015 9:20 PM ET
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Finishing up a series of three cozies in one book that I was happily surprised to find they aren't just cozy mysteries but Christian fiction cozies!  You don't find many cozies that are Christian fiction.......A book that's been sitting around and I'm finally tackling it.  and find it fits both reading challenges I'm in!!

Alibis in Arkansas: Death on a Deadline/Death of a Diva/Death at a Diner by Christine Lynxwiler and others

Date Posted: 1/29/2015 8:29 AM ET
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I'm finishing up another 3 in 1 book; Yukon Quest by Tracie Peterson that includes the books Treasures from the North, Ashes and Ice, and Rivers of Gold.   It's a hardback, minus the bookjacket........it's posted to my bookshelf if anyone would like to read it.



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Date Posted: 2/7/2015 1:45 PM ET
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Bummer.  I will become an a la carte member on 2/15 and won't be able to post my updates and depending on what they do with this particular forum, I'll still read and participate if I can.  (I'm still a little fuzzy on what's happening to the forums in regards to readability for a la carte members.

Anyone else?

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Date Posted: 3/27/2015 8:30 PM ET
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Finishing reading Love Finds You in Paradise, PA by Loree Lough..........found it to have some small questionable water damage, not bad, but enough I'm not comfortable posting it........

So if anyone wants it, send me your address and I'll mail it to you.......

I also have a copy of Unforgettable by Trish Perry that has one page torn out of it.  Same offer, free to first person who pms me.Finishing reading Love Finds You in Paradise, PA by Loree Lough..........found it to have some small questionable water damage, not bad, but enough I'm not comfortable posting it........

So if anyone wants it, send me your address and I'll mail it to you.......

I also have a copy of Unforgettable by Trish Perry that has one page torn out of it.  Same offer, free
 



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Subject: Taken
Date Posted: 4/4/2015 2:56 PM ET
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Two more Christian romances if anyone would like one or both of them......pm me your address.....

Love Finds You in Romeo, Colorado by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry

Wyoming Weddings---Collection of three romances by three different authors; one of the Romancing America series.

 



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Date Posted: 4/12/2015 5:45 PM ET
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I'm reading an older book of Tracie Peterson's   Tidings of Peace.   I love World War II romance novels and this one fits the bill!  It's four stories of love and romance and Christian faith during World War II.  The stories include accounts of what the guys went through while overseas.


 



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Date Posted: 4/19/2015 9:33 PM ET
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Reading these this week; have added them to bookshelf

The Secret Keeper (Home to Hickory Hollow, bk 4) Beverly Lewis

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon  Miralee Ferrell

Date Posted: 5/8/2015 3:10 PM ET
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To finish spelling my name for the challenge: I need Christian titles beginning with the following letters  R (2), N (2), Y, and E

If you happen to have any you're posting, please let me know......or if you have any suggestions, so I can add them to my wishlist....

Thank you!

 

Okay, I've found some through amazon with free ebooks, put a couple on my wishlist, and ordered one.........I think I have them covered but if you know of one that's a really good read with those letters, please let me know.



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Item 6: Read a Legal/Political Thriller

Help me define legal, political thriller............does this include detective/police as legal personnel?

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2015 7:32 PM ET
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I've completed the challenge except for 2 categories: audio book and award winning book..........it was fun.  I read more CF books this year even though my reading has slowed way down.