Saturday, January 25, 2014

Crazy Challenge Connection Scrabble, anyone? Start

Scrabble, anyone? hosted by Goodreads Crazy Challenge Connection.

Begins February 1, 2014
No deadline

Scrabble is one of my favorite games, but nobody in my family will play against me, so I figured out a way to turn the game into a reading challenge! With the help of a few online resources, I made a list of how frequently each letter appears in the game, then made sets of seven randomly generated letters. Be warned that, just like in the actual game, there are 4 times as many Os in the pool as there are Ms!

When you sign up for the challenge, I will assign you one of these randomly generated sets of letters. Your challenge is to read one book for each of those letters. You may use the
first letter of the first word of the book's title (do NOT count A, An or The), or the first or last initial of the author to complete each letter.
NOTE: Everyone's letter sets will be different, and assignments will be based on the order in which you sign up. The first person to sign up will get set #1, the second person will get set #2, and so on. Therefore, it will be up to you to keep track of the letters that have been assigned to you :)

For those who want more of a challenge, in addition to reading a book for each letter, make a word out of the letters you've been given, then read a book with that word in its title (or the author's name). It must be a single word, not a compound word. (Example: If you make the word KING, the word you must match is KING, not KINGLY or KINGDOM) This won't be possible with all letter sets, which is why it's a bonus and not part of the challenge itself :)

When you've completed your first set of letters, post a new message with the letters you were given and the books you read. If you'd like to continue the game, I'll give you another set of 7 letters and you can start all over again!

So ... who wants to play?

Please be sure to read these rules, as they are a bit different from the rules for most of our other challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, simply sign up in the thread below. I will create a link to that post so you can update your progress as you complete each set of letters.

♦ Books must be at least 150 pages long, and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not simply skim through it.

For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it.
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title and/or author

♦ If you use books that are in a language other than English, please translate those titles into English for the purposes of our challenges, unless you plan to use that language for the entire challenge. If you do use another language for the whole challenge, please remember that the translations of exempt words/phrases -- for example, A, An and The -- would be exempt as well.

♦ When you complete each set of letters, please post your list for that set of letters as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) You will not be assigned a new set of letters until you post your completed list from the previous set.  

Another challenge to take part in, a kind of spell it out. A book for each letter + if possible to spell a word then a book with that word in its title.

Letter Set #1: E, A, N, R, R, U, W
Bonus words: war, raw, run, ran, warren, ear, are, earn
  1. Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh 
  2. Steel and Other Stories by Richard Matheson 
  3. Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer 
  4. WitchHunt by Emma Mills 
  5. Heartbroken by Lisa Unger 
  6. (Winter's Tales) Vinter-Eventyr by Karen Blixen 
  7. Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs 
  8. The Cold Moon Run by L. Filion 

Letter Set #2: I, R, T, T, L, S, F (Goodreads post)

Bonus Words: fir, it, fit, fits, sit, list, is, if, rift
  1.  Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young (S)
  2.  Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (L)
  3. The Tiger Princess by Sarah Renee (T)
  4. If the Shoe Fits by Laurie LeClair (FITS bonusword)
  5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (I)
  6. Untouched by Robert J. Crane (R)
  7. Every Woman For Herself by Trisha Ashley (T)
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (F)

Letter Set #3: A, T, L, G, G, M, F (Goodreads post)
Bonus Word: fat
  1. Macaron Murder by Harper Lin (L)
  2. Casino Royale: James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming (F)
  3. Gnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane (G)
  4. Blessings by Anna Quindlen (A)
  5. Dragonsblood by Todd J. McCaffrey (M)
  6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (T)
  7. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf  (G)
  8. Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot (bonusword fat)

Letter Set #4: F, I, O, R, T, D, Y (Goodreads post)
Bonus Word: drift, fry
  1. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (T)
  2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (D)
  3. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (R) 
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (O)
  5. Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (I) 
  6. Yuletide Tales A Festive Collective by Peter John (Y) 
  7. An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano (F) 
  8. Catnapped by Patricia Fry (bonusword fry)

Letter Set #5: A, A, A, I, N, R, Q (Goodreads post)
Bonus Word: rain
  1. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews (A) 
  2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (N)
  3. Introvert by Anna Skyggebjerg (A)
  4. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (A) 
  5. Reckless by Cornelia Funke (R) 
  6. In Search of a Love Story by Rachel Schurig (I) 
  7. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (Q)
  8. Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane (Rain)

Letter Set #6: A, O, N, L, P, W, Z (Goodreads post)
Bonus Word: on
  1. A Little Love by Amanda Prowse (A)
  2. The Woman In Black by Susan Hill (W)
  3. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (P)
  4. Malicious Mischief by Lora Young (L)
  5. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Z)
  6. Getaway by Rosemarie Naramore  (N) 
  7. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (O) 
  8. Treasure on Moon Lake by Amy Gamet (On)

Letter set #7: A, N, N, R, T, W, Z (Goodreads post)
Bonus Word: at
  1. The Return of Gabe McLeod by Joanne Hill (R)
  2. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (A)
  3. Evidence of Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel (N)
  4. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (T)
  5. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts (N) 
  6. Fire at Twilight by Lila Ashe (at) 
  7. The Wild by Christopher Golden (W)
  8. What Once Was Perfect by Zoe York  (Z)

Letter set #8: A, I, O, N, D, C, M (Goodreads post)
Bonus Word: on, an, mind, dim, in, can, man, and
  1. Christmas at Carol's by Nicola Yeager
  2. I Need a Hero by Emma Bennet
  3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 
  5. Life's a Witch by Amanda M. Lee
  6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  7. Opening Hearts by Iona Findley
  8. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Letter set #9: F, O, T, O, U, V, V (Goodreads post)
Bonus Word: of, out, to,

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