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Subject: April Mini-Challenge ^..^ WINNERS!!!
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 10:07 PM ET
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Well, it's all over ... and we had a great time hosting the April mini-challenge! (See my last post for details and comments on the Bonus book. But now for the important part - the winners!

I have kept a chart all month long of names & correct entries. Then, I numbered the entries (we had a total of 46 correct entries) and let the sequence generator at www.random.org (a great site) give me a random listing of the 46 entries. The first three numbers correspond with entries submitted by ...

Felicia, Donna B. & Holly P.  (Yay!! Drum rolls!! Streamers, balloons & confetti!! Cue the parade music!)

Felicia gets first choice of the three available prizes. Felicia, send me a PM with your prize of choice and your address & we'll make it so. Donna, as soon as I hear from Felicia, I'll let you know what your choices are & then Holly gets the prize left over. As a reminder, the prizes are:

  • Woman's Inspirational Journal/Diary (Link )
  • Two Helene Hanff books
  • One Credit & a new Bookmark

One other thing - Felicia and Michelle L. got every possible entry. Congratulations! It was our intention to send bookmarks to everyone who got all possible entries. And so, Michelle, please send me your address as well & we'll get a book mark out to you soonest.

I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: Linda & I have had great fun hosting this challenge - if I do say so myself, we are a great group of women & it's much fun interacting with all y'all and participating in the Historical Fiction Challenge with each of you.

Kelly

 



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Oooh I love Jeopardy (and Jeopardy-like games)!!  

For clue #5 of the sample book- that is technically true but a lost novella by this author that was written in 1916 was discovered and published in 1996.  I don't know if that counts though since the book in question is the only full length novel said author ever published :)

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 8:58 AM ET
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Rats! Although I'm not surprised ... I was actually a little concerned about that clue. Thanks, Holly for having a neat little tidbit of information!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 1:23 PM ET
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Linda & Kelly - Thank you for not making this a reading challenge!  LOL!  With April's BOM, The Book of Abraham, being such a behemoth, I think those of us participating will have our hands full in April!  Sounds like a fun challenge, too, although I may not participate as I have lots going on in April (besides reading The Book of Abraham), LOL! 

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 8:31 AM ET
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What a fun idea - thanks, Linda and Kelly!  And Shelley's right, for those of us reading the April BOM, it will be nice to have a non-reading challenge!!

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 2:06 PM ET
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This is AWESOME! Thank you!

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 2:36 PM ET
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Kelly & Linda, this is a FABULOUS idea! I can't wait to get started!

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:07 AM ET
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AND the contest is launched!!! See the first post of this thread for the details & for the clues to the 1st two books.

Good luck!!

Linda & Kelly

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 12:05 PM ET
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Great clues, Kelly & Linda! I know the first book, and I think I know the 2nd, but the 4th clue is making me doubt my answer. I'm going to have to think on it a bit more.

This is a great idea for a challenge! I love things that make me think. ;-)

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 11:10 AM ET
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Just a post to share with you the "quote of the moment."

Sheila M., when sending me her entries, ended her PM with the following comment ...

Thanks for putting together the challenge . . . I think . . . I perused everyone's lists and have added at least 15 books to my reminder list :-)

I LOVE this!!  :-D

Kelly

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 4:34 PM ET
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A reminder, Fellow Readers ... We'll be pulling down the clues for the two current books late tomorrow evening & posting a new set. So, if you want to get in on these first two books, please send me a PM w/ your guesses between now and say, 10:00p.m. CST tomorrow night.

In addition to the clues for the next book, tomorrow night's post will also include the titles from this week's books and the people who guessed correctly and earned an entry for the drawing.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 11:08 PM ET
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Yay!! Week One is completed & Week Two is underway for the April mini-challenge.

See the first post of this thread for the clues to the next book, a list of the correct guesses for the Week One books and an update on the prizes!

Kelly

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 12:47 PM ET
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Can you repost the questions from week one now that I know what book the last one is (and I feel like a dingbat that I didn't get it) thanks!

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Date Posted: 4/8/2009 12:52 PM ET
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Whoops, thought I was sending a PM!



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Mimi, Linda asked me last night about keeping the clues from the previous week! Just goes to show - Moms are always right!!  :-/

And now, today, I cannot find either a printed list of the clues or a copy on my computer hard drive or in an e-mail folder! Acckkk!! I believe the clues to be something along the lines of what is shown below. If anyone has a better memory than I, please let me know what corrections I need to make.

Pillars of the Earth

  1. Despite unbelievable popularity, this book is said to be riddled with historical inaccuracies.
  2. Remains author's best selling book, selling over 100,000 copies a year in the U.S.
  3. Although this book only appears one time on the HF Challenge reading lists, its sequel shows up several times.
  4. Learn all you want to know about stone masonry.

The Kitchen Boy

  1. Alternate ending to one of history's great tragedies.
  2. Appears on the lists several times.
  3. Told from the perspective of a servant.
  4. Secondary story is of a grandfather and his granddaughter.
  5. Marks the end of a Dynasty.

Kelly



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Thank you so  much. 

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 8:20 AM ET
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Remember, tomorrow night marks the end of the opportunity for the Week Two Book. Tomorrow night around 10:00 p.m., we'll be posting the clues for the Week Three Book.

And, great news: Linda & I went shopping and stomping about on Saturday & we can now tell you what the 3rd prize is: "A Woman's Journal of Inspiration." See http://www.amazon.com/A-Womans-Journal-of-Inspiration/dp/0810987643/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239624814&sr=8-4 for a picture of it and additional description.

So, the three prizes are:

  • Woman's Inspirational Journal/Diary
  • Two Helene Hanff books
  • One Credit & a new Bookmark

Good luck!

Kelly

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 7:31 AM ET
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The Week Two book was:

Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin:

  1. This book is the first of what promises to be a great series.
  2. A Royal makes a surprise, scene-stealing appearance at the end of the book.
  3. An unusual occupation.
  4. The hero who saves the day is a big, smelly dog.
  5. The author also writes under another name (and two books under this other name are also on the HF Challenge lists.)
Date Posted: 4/20/2009 5:46 PM ET
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Boy! It seems like this month is flying by! Tomorrow night marks the end of the opportunity for the Week Three Book. Around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night (CST), we'll be posting the clues for the Week Four (& final) Book. HOWEVER, please note that on Saturday, the 25th we'll be posting the clues to our Bonus book - good for another entry - possibly two - stay tuned for details!

If you have not yet sent us an entry for the Week Three book, take a look at the clues in the 1st post of this thread & send us a PM. As a teaser and reminder, the three prizes are:

  • Woman's Inspirational Journal/Diary (Link )
  • Two Helene Hanff books
  • One Credit & a new Bookmark

^..^

Kelly

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 10:58 PM ET
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The Week THREE Book was Girl With a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. The clues were:

  1. Look at a picture & tell me a story.
  2. It ain’t a Rembrandt, Baby!
  3. Personally, I prefer diamonds …
  4. This book shows up several times on the Challenge lists.
  5. From the pages to the silver screen.
Date Posted: 4/26/2009 3:19 PM ET
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Running late ... again ... I know I said I would have the Bonus book posted on Saturday and here it is Sunday afternoon (even on the West Coast); but, better late than never!

In recognition of my procrastination (not a genetic fault, Linda will assure you!), we'll extend the time for answers on the Bonus Book to Thursday morning, 30 April at 7:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time). Then, we'll draw from all correct entries & announce the winners sometime during that day.

So, final timeline:

  • Bonus book clues & instructions added to first post of this thread on Sunday afternoon.
  • Entry time for Week FOUR book will close Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. CST.
  • We'll announce the Week four book on Wednesday morning along w/ the correct entrants.
  • Entry time for Bonus Book will close Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. CST.

If you haven't already, zoom up to the first post & see what you think about the bonus book! Good luck!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 10:51 PM ET
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Hello, All!

First of all, Linda & I have really enjoyed doing this! We think we have gotten to know some of you a little better and we have loved all your comments! To anyone considering hosting a mini-challenge, we give it our highest recommendations!!

Also, remember that entries for the Bonus book will be accepted until 7:00 a.m. on Thursday (April 30th). Two entries are possible with the bonus book.

Now then, the Week Four book was City of Dreams, by Beverly Swerling. The clues were:

  1. So much life crammed onto one small island.
  2. A slave’s innocent deception throws a family into turmoil and doubt for several generations.
  3. Gives new appreciation for modern medicine!
  4. A multi-generational, sweeping saga which covers 130 years in nearly 600 pages.
  5. Although on the lists only one time, several of us have read it & commented on it in various HF threads.
  6. Another 1st in a series; and the sequel titles follow the same phrasing as this title.

 We'll be drawing from all successful entries & announcing winners on Thursday, April 30th. Stay tuned ...

Kelly

 



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Linda & Kelly,

Thanks for hosting the challenge. I'm a total trivia geek and I had fun figuring out the clues :-)

I added City of Dreams to my RL (!), it sounds fascinating . . .

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 12:50 PM ET
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BONUS Book was Little Women.

  1. This novel is considered to be semi-autographical. Louisa May Alcott.
  2. A writer, an artist, a shy piano player & a mother of twins. Jo, Amy, Beth & Meg.
  3. A wealthy next door neighbor. Theodore (Laurie) Laurence
  4. The mother is called Marmee.
  5. So sad when one of the main characters dies. Beth.

We received correct entries and comments about Little Women from Sheila M., Mimi M., Michelle L., Donna B. & Felicia. As promised, we are sharing their comments about Little Women below.

Sheila: I must confess that I have never read Little Women in its entirety. I read a condensed and illustrated version to my daughter and I’ve seen the movie. While I found both interesting and entertaining they did not compel me to read the full novel. I believe I may have enjoyed this book when I was younger but my tastes have changed and I find myself attracted to edgier fiction and nonfiction. I do not own a copy of Little Women and do not have a favorite scene. Maybe I will try reading the full novel to my youngest DD :-)

Mimi: I remember reading it as a child, more than once, and have it in my "to read" pile to re-read it. I also love the Friends episode that references it, and we quote "do you need me to put it in the freezer?" all the time.

Michelle: Well, believe it or not, I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I have never read this book! I remember having it at one point as a child, and I honestly can't remember why I never read it. I saw portions of the movie as well, but for some reason I never even watched all of that! For some reason, it just never held my interest. Of course, I didn't really start to get into HF until about 3 years ago, so now that I have I should probably give it another go. Thanks for reminding me of a classic that I need to pick up!

Donna: I loved this book as a child. I own a couple of vintage copies, one published in 1947 (the year i was born). I also own Little Women character dolls by Madame Alexander.

Felicia: I read "Little Women" probably about 10 times when I was a girl. The novel even inspired me to try to read "Pilgrim's Progress" (which turned out to be way over my head.) Jo was definitely my favorite sister. I wanted to be like her and read books in the apple tree. Along with the "Little House" books, this was one of my childhood favorites & probably helped spark my fascination for reading about how people lived in other times & places.

Comments from your Hosts ...

Kelly: I own two copies of this book, and I think one is probably Linda's childhood copy. My daughter also has an illustrated copy of her own. I love this book; and it remains one of the standards when I think of young adult literary classics. I have probably only read this book a couple of times, and one time was fulfilling a personal goal to read all three books in order - Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys. (This is probably where my insistence on reading series in order first got started!) Like Felicia, Jo is my favorite - but for a different reason. I was envious of her friendship with Laurie. I grew up on a 2-block street full of boys and it would have been so neat if one of them came even a little close to being the kind of friend Laurie was to Jo. (But alas and alack - stinky, yucky boys every one of them!)

And Linda gets the last word (don't all Moms?!?) ...

Linda: I first read Little Women while still in grade school, prior to seeing the 1949 version of the movie starring June Allyson and Margaret O’Brien.  That’s the way I still picture Jo and Beth in my mind’s eye.  I’ve read the book several times since then, as well as reading Little Men and Jo’s Boys.  When I was a child in the 40s and 50s, and then when Kelly was a child and/or adolescent in the 60s and early 70s, the book still seemed to be standard reading for young girls.  But, sadly by now my adolescent granddaughters are reading Mary Higgins Clark, and Harry Potter and the Twilight series.  Times change, and I don’t always think for the best, literature-wise.  There are lots of favorite scenes from the book that are still clear in my mind 40 or 50 years later:  Beth’s quiet joy at being able to go to the Laurence’s to play their piano; Jo scorching the back of her dress, and having to stand with her back to the wall at the party, Meg wearing one white glove and holding the other because it was stained.  Makes me want to go locate my lovely Junior Illustrated Classic copy of the book and reread it for probably the 6th time.

 

SEE first post for announcement of the winners!

TTFN,

Kelly



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Congrats to the winners!  And thank you to Linda and Kelly for hosting!  Fun challenge! 

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