Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Million More Pages - Hogwarts: May Challenges - Finished

May Challenges hosted by A Million More Pages on Goodreads.

This month had 4 challenges starting and finishing within the month. I managed to complete them all at max. points.

Ravenclaw Bingo! ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Weasley! ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
Tell Me A Story ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
May Class of the Month: Cooking With Hagrid ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
MAY15 Scavenger Hunt ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE

Ravenclaw Bingo!  - DONE
RAVENCLAW-BINGO 
New Author ~ Either New-To-You Author or a Debut Book.
Vile ~ your interpretation
E - thriller on the main page genre
W - women's fiction on the main page genre, but not chick-lit... The Resurrection of Tess Blessing as an example
Adventure ~ Adventure fiction is a genre of fiction in which an adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, forms the main storyline.

Points :
Level 1 ~ Single Column or Single Row = 3 points
Level 2 ~ X (RVNLW) or + (AENCA) = 5 points
Level 3 ~ Black Out = 9 points
+1 bonus for Ravens  


R: Wind, Sand And Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (recommended by my husband)
A: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot(cat on cover)
V: Flypaper by C.K. Vile
E: The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (thriller)
N: Malicious Mischief by Lora Young (new to me author)
C: Seven Viking Romances by Hermann Pálsson (classic)
L: Penelope by Anya Wylde (love story)
A: Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman (Action/adventure tale of Ancient Egypt)
W: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Weasley!  - DONE

In the U.S. Mother's Day comes in May, so this May we will be celebrating with a challenge inspired exclusively by Mrs. Weasley.

For this challenge, we will keep it simple...Pick one option from each task. Points will be one point per book, with one very special extra credit option. Easy, right?

Duration: May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015

Points:
1 point per book, max. 4 pts
1 extra credit point

Standard MMP Rules- with the exception of start date and series titles
✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? Yes
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? No
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre
✪ Posting Requirements when complete:
☛Book title/cover, author, date read
✪ Are Audiobooks Allowed? Yes
✪ Manga,Comics, Graphic Novels Allowed? No
✪ Can I Ignore A/An/The in Titles? Yes
✪ Can a book be used more than once in this challenge?: No
✪ Can the Tasks be done in any order: Yes
✪ Can Series titles be used for meeting requirements? No


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Mrs. Weasley's maiden name is Prewett which is Welsh for "small but brave"
Choose one:
✦Read a book with a short main character
✦Read a book where main character overcomes fears
✦Read a book that starts with the letter "P"
Penelope by Anya Wylde

Mrs. Weasley shows her love for her children by knitting them sweaters with her self-knitting needles
Choose one:
✦Read a book where a character creates something
✦Read a book about one of your hobbies or that has "Self-Help" as a main page genre
✦Read a book that starts with the letter "K"
Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman

Part of the Weasley decor is a clock that tells Mrs. Weasley exactly where her children are at any time
Choose one:
✦Read a book where a number is part of the cover art or in the title
Take Three Birds by Jilli Lime-Holt 
✦Read a book where the main character is looking for something
✦Read a book shelved at "Time Travel" for a main page genre

Lastly, Mrs. Weasley is famous for sending Howlers to her kids to let them know she's on to them.
Choose one:
✦Read a book with a troublemaker as a main character
Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman
✦Read a book with a letter or letter writing item on the cover
✦Read a book about Shifters or Werewolves

Extra Credit: To show some love to those who celebrate Mother's Day at a different time, read a book that was originally published the same month as Mother's Day in your country. Please list publish date and your country when posting 1 point 
Raw Deal by Mark Henwick (Published May 30th 2013) (Mother's Day is May 10th in Denmark)


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Slytherin May Mini :Tell Me A Story  - DONE

Tell Me a Story
May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015

Our wonderful Slytherin Mistress, Abbie, is a bit busy this month, so Sally and I have designed the Mini Challenge for you all.

Your challenge is to use the TITLES ONLY from the books you read this month to tell us a story. Since our book, Burial Rites is set in Iceland, we will give bonus points for books set in Iceland. (Also, I would prefer you work around the beginning "A, An, The" of titles for this one, but I won't force you to.)

Points
1 point for books 1-5
.5 points for books 6-10
.25 points for books 10+

+1 bonus point for a book set in Iceland (please provide a link verifying the setting so we can spot check)

You may back date to May 1st since we are late getting this challenge up

As and added bonus, Sally and I will award and extra 5 points to the best story from each house! (Review bonus will be posted straight to you HW box by us, separate from your challenge points)

RULES:
✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? Yes
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? No
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre
✪ Posting Requirements when complete:
☛Book title/cover, author, date read
✪ Are Audiobooks Allowed? Yes
✪ Manga, Comics, Beta, FanFict, Graphic Novels Allowed? No
✪ Can I Ignore A/An/And/In/On/The in Titles? Yes
☛Ask prior to reading if you are unsure
✪ Verification Required For FINAL Points: Yes

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Possible Iceland Lists
Icelandic Literature - Past and Present


21 books used for the challenge.

Story:
Penelope read the Burial Rites. Written on Flypaper, they were like the Garden Spells of The Magicians – just right for burying The Cold King. Leaving the funeral, she sat at a table in Kelly's Koffee Shop, crying into her tea thinking of the Seven Viking Romances that had ended in one Dog Day Wedding which left her looking for a Weingarten, or a coffee shop. The Wind, Sand And Stars, blowing in through the open windows, heralded some Raw Deal from the The Synchronicity War . Penelope knew that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were up to Malicious Mischief, when a A New Witch in Town, sat down at her table and told her about The Angel's Game. It was not going to be straightforward to get Out of the Easy life she had made for herself.
“I might as well Take Three Birds and fly away,” Penelope said.
The witch smiled, “Not to mention the cat.”
“I’ll give myself the Code Name Verity,” Penelope fiddled with the handle of her mug of tea. “But now, time for my Getaway.”
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 May Class of the Month: Cooking With Hagri - DONE

Although House Elves do the cooking at Hogwarts, Hagrid does much of his cooking himself. He enjoys making dishes such as rock cakes, treacle fudge, bath buns, birthday cakes for Harry, and beef (taloned!) casserole. Due to his success as Care of Magical Creatures professor, he has been assigned an additional post. In this class, students will learn some of Hagrid's favorite recipe's! Bon Apétit!

For this class, read a book that fits any of the following criteria:

❑ - A MONSTERS GUIDE TO COOKING | Read a book with a monster/creature on the cover
❑ - "BEEF" CASSEROLE | Read a book that is shelved as "mystery" on the main genre page
Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman 3 points
❑ - TREACLE FUDGE | Read a book that's part of a series that features food (restaurant, bakery, etc.)
❑ - BIRTHDAY CAKE | Read a book first published in July
❑ - ROCK CAKES | Read a book with 450+ pages
The Magicians by Lev Grossman  1.5 points

Comments:
First Frost - D.G - Huffelpuff 0.5 points

Magic Bites - Denise - Huffelpuff 0.5 points

The Sea of Monsters - Amritha - Gryffindor 0.5 points

The Book of Life - Sally906 - Slytherin 0.5 points

The Blood of Olympus - Preethi - Slytherin 0.5 points

The Dream Thieves - NancyHelen - Slytherin 0.5 points

✽Open to all Hogwarts students and headmistresses.

✽Each Hogwarts player may select no more than two books to read for this class.

The books are to be read as independent tasks. This is a "do your own work" assignment, so no buddy read points will be awarded for books posted as Class Schedule texts.

✽No re-reads are permitted. The book must be new to you.

✽The book may not be started before May 1, 2015.

✽Posting Requirements - Cover and Title, Rating, and Date Completed. If it is not evident from the book's main page blurb, please indicate how the book fits the class task.

✽Review Option - You may write and submit a review for additional credit. This review is to be submitted as a formal GoodReads review, not simply a thread posting. Include a link to your review with your book posting if you choose to take advantage of this additional opportunity.

✽Comments Option - As a final option, you may earn additional points for comments you make on other players' reviews. Your comments must indicate that you read the review in its entirety and contribute one of three things :
☞ An observation about your own experience with the book
☞ A question about the reader’s experience with the book
☞ Whether, based on this review, you might add or avoid this particular book.

✽Include all relevant points requests in a single post -- Your book or books, a link to your review, and links to any and all reviews comments that you make.

HOW TO GET YOUR POINTS

~ 2 points for the first book read that fits the class specs. 1 point for a second book.
~ 1 point for your review of your first book. .5 points for your second book review.
.25 points for comments on your own housemates' reviews.
.5 points for each comment on reviews by opponent houses.
☞ You may make as many comments as you like in any combination of points up to a total of 3 points. 



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MAY15 Scavenger Hunt - DONE

MAY 1 - 31, 2015
Total: 0/20

1) BALLOON
2) BULL
3) BUTTERFLY
4) CRAFT
5) EMERALD
6) FIVE (spelled out, not number)
7) FLOWER
8) GRADUATE/GRADUATION
9) HORSE
10) KENTUCKY
11) LAMPSHADE
12) MEMORIAL/MEMORY
13) MILITARY
14) MOTHER
15) POLE
16) SHOWER
17) TENNIS
18) TWIN
19) UMBRELLA
20) WEDDING

RULES:
1. Must read at least 3 books.
2. NO Audiobooks, Children's, Manga, Fan Fiction, or Beta reads.
3. Page minimums: All = 125 pp; YA = 140 pp
4. Items found in reading, not in title or on cover.
5. No more than 5 items per book.
6. In your post, list TITLE, PAGE #, and SENTENCE where the item can be found.
7. For non-fiction the caption texts are not allowed, however, anything within the main text would be allowed.
8. For e-readers, use LOC#.
9. Words not found will ROLLOVER to the next month.

POINTS
+.05: Each book read (finishers & non-finishers)
+1: Participation (only for non-finishers)
+5: Completion (only for finishers)
*Part. & Comp. CANNOT be claimed together

POSTING PROCEDURES as follows:
1) Make a final "I'm done".
2) Include HOUSE, LINK to original post, TOTAL PTS.
3) Post in your HOMEWORK BOX as usual.
This will allow any MOD to verify as needed. 


Malicious Mischief by Lora Young
4) CRAFT (loc: 3996) The purpose of this particular craft escaped her.

Raw Deal by Mark Henwick
18) TWIN (loc: 312) Some photos and, of course, Tara's plaque: my twin sister's memorial.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
1) BALLOON (loc: 6444) his bullfrog swelled like a green balloon and emitted a high-pitched whistle.

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
11) LAMPSHADE (pg. 253) under the beam emanating from a lampshade of green glass,

Take Three Birds by Jilli Lime-Holt
2) BULL (loc: 372) My three dogs - a Staffordshire Bull terrier and two Jack Russels -

Weingarten by J. Davis Bly
5) EMERALD (loc: 5498) Looking out over that beach and those emerald blue waves,

Penelope by Anya Wylde
3) BUTTERFLY (loc: 3276) He might be distracted by a green spotted butterfly.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
12) MEMORY (pg 224) at least, the memory of fashion clings to it.

Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman
15) POLE (loc: 2632) The boatman used a long pole and propelled the small craft out into the river.

Wind, Sand And Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
9) HORSE (pg 106) we were waking a blind horse so he could turn his mill-stone.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
8) GRADUATE/GRADUATION: (pg. 107) Greenpeace will have to hire me after I graduate.

The Synchronicity War Part 1 by Dietmar Wehr
13) MILITARY (loc: 4745) and then strike at military or civilian targets.

A New Witch in Town (Not to Mention the Cat) by Dani Corlee
14) MOTHER (loc: 517) Her mother was never tired, at least she had never admitted it.

Getaway by Rosemarie Naramore
20) WEDDING (loc: 2756) So, when's our wedding?

Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman
16) SHOWER (loc: 786) his parents had trouble getting him to take a shower.

Dog Day Wedding by Rich Amooi
17) TENNIS: (loc: 2189) It was like watching a tennis match.

Champagne Chic Lemonade Money by De-ann Black
19) UMBRELLA (loc: 344) You can hide behind the umbrella.

The Return by A.L. Parks
6) FIVE (spelled out, not number) (loc: 610) They had lost their son five years earlier in a drunk driving accident.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
10) KENTUCKY (pg 284) Her father had been arrested just outside Lexington, Kentucky.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
7) FLOWER (pg 167) I'm a delicate flower.

A Million More Pages - Hogwarts: Holding Out For A Hero - Finished

Holding Out For A Hero hosted by A Million More Pages on Goodreads.

I completed this challenge but I was very pleased that it got extended to two months as I only just managed to complete it within that time frame.

April 1 - April 30 (changed to May 31)
* We all have things in our lives that are out of our control: other people, companies, governments, natural events. Superheroes provide us with a fantasy of regaining at least some of that control. They captivate the imagination of kids everywhere, and provide an appealing dream world for people to escape to. (credit to Drew Skau)

* This is a leveled challenge built around the top ten most popular super heroes. The levels must be completed in order, but inside the levels each hero task may be done in whatever order works best for you. Choose one task per hero to complete each level.

Level 1 - Heroes 1-3
Level 2 - All of Level 1 completed, then Heroes 4-6
Level 3 - All of Level 2 completed, then heroes 7-9
Bonus Book = 1 point = Wonder Woman
Eligible for Bonus only after finishing Level 3 (all 9 previous tasks).

Points = (incomplete level = 1 point per book read in level 1)
Level 1 complete = 3
Level 2 complete = 6
Level 3 complete = 9
Bonus = +1 (after Level three completion)

✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? No - new to you!
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? No
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre
✪ Posting Requirements when complete:
☛Book title/cover, author, date read, others as task specifies
✪ Are Audiobooks Allowed? Yes
✪ Manga,Comics, Graphic Novels Allowed? No
✪ Can I Ignore A/An/The in Titles? Yes
✪ Author Names Count in Matching Letters? Yes
✪ Can a book be used more than once in this challenge?: No
✪ Can the Tasks be done in any order: Yes - within each level
✪ Can Series titles be used for meeting requirements? No
✪ Verification Required For Points: Yes


LEVEL 1 HEROES
1. Batman
☆ Read a detective mystery.
☆ Read a book that has travel as a main page genre.
☆ Read a book by an author whose first or last initial is B or W.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

2. Spiderman
☆ Read a book with humor, funny, or comedy as a genre.
Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon
☆ Read a book with some sort of bug on the cover.
☆ Read a book by an author who has the same first and last initial. (Peter Parker)

3. Wolverine
☆ Read a book in which a wild animal is featured.
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (werewolves)
☆ Read a book with a knife or a sword on the cover.
☆ Read a book where there is an "animal magnetism" kind of connection between two characters.
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LEVEL 2 HEROES
4. Superman
☆ Read either a new author's debut book or the first book in a series new to you.
Malicious Mischief by Lora Young (Katy Railway Mysteries #1)
☆ Read a book that is more than 75% blue on the cover.
☆ Read a book that has some sort of flight displayed on the cover.

5. The Hulk
☆ Read a book that shows classics as a genre.
☆ Read a book where the MC undergoes a physical change.
Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman (MC drinks a potion and turns into a cat)
☆ Read a book that is more than 75% GREEN on the cover.

6. Iron Man
☆ Read a Romance book.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (romance)
☆ Read a book that shows some sort of protective clothing on the cover - suit of armor, motorcycle helmet, life vest (etc).
☆ Read a book that displays a palm or palm print.

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LEVEL 3 HEROES
7. Flash
☆ Read a book which has a 3 in the publication year. (post publication year)
Wind, Sand And Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (first published 1939)
☆ Read a book that has time travel on its main page.
☆ Read a book which appears on the GoodReads Alternate History page. (post number in the list)

8. Captain America
☆ Read a book that has war or military as a main page genre.
The Synchronicity War Part 1 by Dietmar Wehr
☆ Read a big book : one with 500+ pages. (post page count)
☆ Read a book with lots of stars on the cover.

9. Thor
☆ Read a book from the Scandinavian Literature genre. (post number in the list)
☆ Read any mythology book.
Seven Viking Romances by Hermann Pálsson
☆ Read a book with lightning or a storm of some type displayed on the cover or in the title.
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BONUS POINT HEROINE
10. Wonder Woman
☆ Read a book with Women's Fiction on the main page or a non-fiction book featuring a woman.
☆ Read a book about truth and justice or law and order.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
☆ Read a book that takes place either somewhere in South America or in a rain forest.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.
She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
 
From Goodreads.


This was interesting. A very hard life for Josie, especially coping with her awful mother and her boyfriend. Luckily she has some wonderfully supportive friends, and though I was several times scared about the direction Josie was taking, I liked the way it all finished. 

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
I love Library books 2015
Romance Readers Reading Challenges: Pass The Parcel
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: I Solemnly Swear
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: School's Out, Well...Almost
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: MARCHing Through Time
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Meet a Million Members
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Pick One For Me
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Dragon Nursery
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
Crazy Challenge Connection Scrabble, anyone?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Returning Pride by Jill Sanders

Everything seems to be going Iian’s way, he has a successful restaurant, a beautiful home, family, and friends. He’s even overcome the loss of his hearing, but why does he still feel like something is missing?
Allison has worked hard to make a name for herself in the art world; now all she wants is peace and quiet to work on her passion. But, with her mother overtaken by illness, she has less time than ever. When everything is stripped away in one tragic blow, and she’s being stalked by a mad-man,
she’ll need the help of her hometown and an old flame, to turn everything around and find what she’s been looking for.
  From Goodreads.





A nice love story. Lian and Allison have known each other always, but sad family events kept them apart. Now Allison is back and they start seeing each other. There are no surprises in this book, even the bad things that happen we know from the beginning who it is and why he is doing it.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
Romance Readers Reading Challenges: Pass The Parcel
The Challenge Factory - R6: Team Challenge SSS
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Harry Potter: The Ultimate Series Tour
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
Crazy Challenge Connection Monopoly

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.
Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
From Goodreads







I liked this one though it is quite a sad and depressing story. Based on a true story about the last execution in Iceland. I liked the way Agnes got treated by the family, compared to how she was treated by the District Commissioner, they soon saw her as a person instead of just a murderer.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
I love Library books 2015
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Holding out a Hero
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: The Game of Life
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe

Friday, May 29, 2015

Flypaper by C.K. Vile

Raised in a nightmare-like existence he now recreates in his books, Nick Dawkins wants nothing more than to be left alone. Podunk USA should be far enough away, but for his most passionate fans, the end of the earth is still too close.
Danielle, a fan who manages to find him, shows up and his writer's block vanishes. He's inspired. Dreams he didn't know he had are on the brink of coming true.
He should know better. He's the teller of terror. There's no room in his life for fairytales.
From Goodreads.






This was scary or at least creepy. I hate the thought of stalkers and the main character of this book has plenty of them and they are really crazy as well. To me the scary part is that there seems to be no way to end this and I guess it shows with another 3 books in this series. I am not sure I will read more of them.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: I Solemnly Swear
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Guess Who?
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: The Amazing Book Race

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Cold King by Amber Jaeger

From the author of The Hemlock Bay Series comes a new retelling of an old tale…
… Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…
Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.
But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.
The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.
When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love.
Sometimes happily ever after isn’t so easy…
From Goodreads.

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is darker than the original and has some violence. I love Fairy Tales and especially remember reading them constantly when on holiday with my grandparents. This was an okay retelling but I still like the original a lot more.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
The Challenge Factory - R6: Team Challenge SSS
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Student Club Roster
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: School's Out, Well...Almost
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: MARCHing Through Time
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: the 50 States Amazing Book Hunt
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Dragon Nursery
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Seven Viking Romances by Hermann Pálsson

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning.
The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literature from Homer to the French romances - as in the tale of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which combines several older legends, or Egil and Asmund, where the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully adapted into a traditional Norse legend.
These are among the most outrageous, delightful and exhilarating tales in all Icelandic literature.
From Goodreads.






This was extremely boring. I like stories about Vikings and Norse mythology but not this book. I think my biggest problem was the names, not the understanding of the names, but the huge number of names. Every time a new character was named we also got the names of all his present family and his forefathers.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
2015 Witches & Witchcraft Challenge
I love Library books 2015
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Holding out a Hero
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Guess Who?
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Dragon Nursery
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
Crazy Challenge Connection Monopoly

Slow Demons by Chris Paton

Studying the precise art of chronology, scientist Luise Hanover is in the process of manipulating time. As her work attracts the interest of foreign powers, Luise is drawn into a fast-paced and chaotic world of shadowy alliances, exotic characters and the madly competitive world of steamracing.
In the shadows and on the streets of London, Luise turns to the only person she can truly trust, Hari Singh and his sulky hawk, Shahin.
Slow Demons is a Steampunk Adventure set in London in the 1850s full of weird machines, exotic characters, dirt, engine grease and demons.
From Goodreads.






This was even better than the first book in the series though I did miss Jamie. Instead there is Jamie's sister Luise who soon gets acquainted with Hari which leads to a lot of trouble. The demons are an interesting concept and I am looking forward to see where all this is leading to. This book has a wee bit of a cliffhanger and I am wanting to read the next book now.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
(it does not work for other challenges as it is a ARC)

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Million More Pages - Hogwarts: Clue #2

Clue hosted by A Million More Pages on Goodreads.

After playing a round earlier this year I have joined again. I am playing two game. A heavy game where I am allowed to read 1 book every 3 days and a casual game where I may only read 1 book every 7 days. Not allowed to use the same books for the two games.

AMMP Clue Game: ROUND 5

Object: Be the first detective to determine which Suspect killed Mr. Boddy, in which Room and using which Weapon.

Rules:
The game will be played between 3-6 people and will end when someone correctly guesses the Suspect, Room and Weapon. We will use Rooms from the Clue game board and two dice. To play, sign up in the sign up thread, you will be paired with others, and we will create a separate discussion thread for your game. The Mod will determine the murder Suspect, Weapon and Room and will "deal" you your hand by sending you a private message (PM).

Once you have finished your turn, you can immediately start another turn. You don't have to wait for the other players to take their turns. When playing the game, please be considerate of the others playing and respond to their messages within one day.

Rereads are allowed.

Books must be started AFTER your dice roll.

Levels of Play
We want to try and match players with others of similar reading habits. When signing up, please indicate at which of the 3 levels you'll play:
Casual Reader: up to one book every 7 days
Heavy Reader: up to one book every 3 days
Fanatic Reader: no book limit!


How to play:

1. Roll the dice. You can choose the number on either of your dice or add the two numbers together to choose your move.

Example: you roll 5 + 3
5 is the Library
3 is the Conservatory
5 + 3 = 8 is the Lounge

The dice numbers represent the following rooms/choices:
1- Return to Last Room Best Epic Fantasy List
2- Ballroom All Time Favorite Romance Novels List
3- Conservatory Best Historical Fiction List
4- Billiard Room Best Crime & Mystery Books
5- Library Best Horror Novels List
6- Study 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List
7- Hall Best Young Adult Books List
8- Lounge Best Non-Fiction Books List
9- Dining Room Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Books List
10- Kitchen Thrillers Book List
11- Stay Where You Are Best Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction List
12- Secret Passage to Any Room- When using a Secret Passage, choose one of your opponents, visit their home page, click on the "Compare Books" link, and choose one book to read that you both have in common.


2. To Enter A Room and Make a Suggestion:

Choose from one of these options-

OPTION 1:
Each room has a designated book list. Click on the link for that list and choose one book to read.

OPTION 2: MATCH the first letter of either your Suspect OR Weapon OR Room with the first letter in your book's title OR the author's first or last name.

Suspects:
Miss Scarlet- S
Colonel Mustard- M
Professor Plum- P
Mr. Green- G
Mrs. White- W
Mrs. Peacock- P

Weapons:
Rope- R
Lead Pipe- L
Knife- K
Wrench- W
Candlestick- C
Pistol- P


**This is a change from the ROUND 1 and 2 games. You will only read 1 book per turn, and you have a choice which option to use. You do not have to fulfill both options with your book choice.

Make a suggestion to the designated player on your discussion thread (player designation will be assigned by Mod at start of game). You can make your suggestion before you finish your book, but your turn will not be complete until you finish your book and post your book's title, date completed and rating.

4. To Prove Someone True or False: Post either "I can prove you wrong," OR "I cannot prove you wrong," on the discussion thread. If you can prove them wrong (meaning you have one of those cards in your hand), THEN send that player a PM stating which card (choose only one card) you have.

5. If the first person cannot prove you wrong, then make your suggestion to the next designated player on the list and so on until either someone proves you wrong or you've asked all other players.

6. Your turn ends when someone has told you which card they have AND you have read your book. You may then begin another turn by rolling the dice.

Making a Final Accusation:
You can make a final accusation at the start of any new turn. You DO NOT have to be in the room you're guessing. Simply state in your discussion thread that you're making your final accusation and which suspect, weapon and room you are guessing. The Mod will tell you whether you are right or wrong. If you are wrong, you are done playing and the Mod will redistribute your cards to the other players. If you are right, YOU WIN!

If you have questions about these rules, please see the Questions Thread 


Boddy Snatchers: Casual game
Roll #1: 1 + 3 = 4 (1st of June - Monday)
Mr Green with a Rope in the Conservatory.
The Oatmeal Stories by Robert R. Stevens

Roll #2:  3 + 5 = 8 (15th of June - Monday)
Professor Plum with a Rope in the Lounge.
Legend by David Gemmell

Roll #3: 2 + 4 = 6 (8th of June - Monday)
Mrs. White with a Rope in the Study
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

Roll #4: 6 + 2 = 8 (22nd of June - Monday)
Mrs. White with a Rope in the Ballroom
The Recovery Room by Ann Ormsby

Roll #5: 1 + 1 = 2 (30th of June - Monday)
Miss Scarlet with a Rope in the Ballroom
Fire And Ice by Dana Stabenow

Roll #6: 5 + 3 = 8 (22nd of July - Wednesday)
Colonel Mustard with a Rope in the Conservatory
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Roll #7: 2 + 2 = 4 (6th of August - Thursday)
Colonel Mustard with a Rope in the Billiard Room
Bound by C.K. Bryant
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Smith, Wesson and the 4 Maltese Terriers: Heavy game 1
Roll #1: 1 + 1 = 2 (26th of May - Tuesday)
Mrs. White with a Rope in the Ballroom.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Roll #2: 1 + 4 = 5 (1st of June - Monday)
Miss Scarlett with a Rope in the Ballroom.
The Bridesmaid Blues by Tracey Sinclair

Roll #3: 1 + 6 = 7 (3rd of June - Wednesday)
Colonel Mustard with a Rope in the Hall.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 
Did not finish the book before the game finished.

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Smith, Wesson and the 4 Maltese Terriers: Heavy game 2
Roll #1: 4 + 3 = 7 (9th of June - Tuesday)
Professor Plum with a Rope in the Billiard Room.
Summer at Sea by Beth Labonte

Roll #2: 3 + 4 = 7 (14th of June - Sunday)
Professor Plum with a Candlestick in the Hall.
Captured In Ink by Donna McDonald

Roll #3: 5 + 6 = 11 (18th of June - Thursday)
Professor Plum with a Candlestick in the Study
Believe by Celia Juliano

Roll #4: 2 + 5 = 7 (21st of June - Sunday)
Miss Scarlet with a Candlestick in the Ballroom
Agent with a History by Guy Stanton III

Roll #5: 2 + 4 = 6 (24th of June - Wednesday)
Professor Plum with a Candlestick in the Billiard Room
Mordet på Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price.
Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a very different path to any he'd ever imagined.
The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected.
From Goodreads.







I liked the magic part of this book. That doing magic is a lot of hard work and repetition upon repetition. What I didn't like is that it seemed that drinking excessively and doing drugs is not a huge problem and the main character is more or less unhappy about his life the whole way through. Also it got on my nerves all the mentioning of other books and films. To mention some: Of course Harry Potter but also Karate Kid, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I have not quite decided if I will continue this series.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
2015 Witches & Witchcraft Challenge
I love Library books 2015
The Challenge Factory - R6: Team Challenge SSS
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: I Solemnly Swear
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: I Like Big Books Bonus Club
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
Novel Books & Reading Challenges - Baby Got Book

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Million More Pages - Hogwarts: Finding Ginny - Finished

Finding Ginny hosted by A Million More Pages on Goodreads.

I Struggled a bit with this challenge or rather with one task that I had to finish before going to the second part of the challenge. I still managed to finish in 2 months with maximum points.

Ron, Harry and Hermione sit in the great hall joking when Neville comes running and inform them about a missing student. All four of them run towards the corridor wall where everyone was gathered talking in hushed voices about the warning on the wall.
Professor McGonagall then reveals its none other than Ginny Weasley.
All three of them decide to find her on their own but they need help !
They have come and asked all of you to help them out.

Please help them in finding dearest Ginny.

This is a challenge divided in two parts.
All tasks in part 1 must be completed BEFORE you can start part 2.

Part 1 Objective is to unlock spells.

Unlocking Spells :
There are five spells which must be unlocked by completing tasks.

Task 1 - Smash some objects
Unlocks S spell.
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
*Read a book with lots of Fight scenes.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
*Read a book with anything smashed on the cover
*Read a book that either has "Smash" or "Objects" as title.

Task 2 - Flying Lesson with Madam Hooch
Unlocks P spell
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
* Read a book based on aviation ( air force, pilot, air hostess)
Wind, Sand And Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
* Read a book with MC as an Instructor
* Read a book with "Madam", "Flying" or "Lesson" as title.

Task 3. Rescue Neville from behind the Tapestry
Unlocks C spell
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
* Read a book where MC is abused
Sing for Me by Penelope Reece
* Read a book where the MC has amnesia
* Read a book that has more than one MC.

Task 4. Get a copy of Hogwarts: A History from Restricted Section of the Library
Unlocks L spell.
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
* Read a book that signifies a historic event.
* Read a Historical Fiction.
* Read a book where MC is a librarian or an archiver.
Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky

Task 5. Follow the trail of spiders to Hagrid's Hut
Unlocks E spell.
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
* Read a book that shows the bond between old and young.( grandparent and child, teacher student, etc)
* Read a mystery/ suspense book.
Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
* Read a book where MC is afraid of any kind of animal.

Finding Ginny - Part 2
Please ensure all tasks in part 1 have been completed before you start on these letters.

Objective : Use your spells to unscramble clue to Ginny's whereabouts.
Choose one task for each spell. When you finish the task, click on the clue link. It will take you to one of the letters in the clue word. When you get all five letters, unscramble them to find Ginny and gain 2 bonus points!

S = STUPEFY
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
*Read a book that had at least three of the letters from the word "Stupify" in the title
Champagne Chic Lemonade Money by De-ann Black (P, I, Y)
*Read a book where MC saves someone's life
*Read a book with author name starts from "S" ( First, middle or last)
Get Clue Letter

E= EXPELLIARMUS
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
*Read a book that has a twin letter word in title.
Dog Day Wedding by Rich Amooi
*Read a book where MC is accused/suspect of a crime.
*Read a book with author Starting from E.( first, middle, last)
Get clue Letter


L= WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
*Read a book with Two or more word title that has W and L in it.
*Read a book where MC travels using Airways as transport
*Read a book with author starting from either W or L
The Synchronicity War Part 1 by Dietmar Wehr (could say he uses airways as he is on a starship)

Get Clue Letter

C= CONFRINGO
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
*Read a book where one letter appear twice in the title. ( it should NOT be a twin letter)
Getaway by Rosemarie Naramore (A appear twice in title)
*Read a book where MC meet with an accident of any sort.
*Read a book with author C
Get clue Letter

P= PETRIFICUS TOTALUS
(Choose any one option for 1 point)
*Read a book with two or more letter word that as P and T in it.
*Read a book with MC as physically/ mentally disabled
*Read a book with author Starting from Either P or T
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot 
Get Clue Letter

Ruling and other restrictions

Total points worth : 12 points.
Challenge Duration : 3 months ( April 1st- June 31st)


✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? No
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? No
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre
✪ Posting Requirements when complete:
☛Book title/cover, author, date read, how it fits.
✪ Are Audiobooks Allowed? Yes
✪ Manga,Comics, Graphic Novels Allowed? No
✪ Can I Ignore A/An/The in Titles? Yes
✪ Can a book be used more than once in this challenge?: No
✪ Can the Tasks be done in any order: Yes
✪ Can Series titles be used for meeting requirements? No
✪ Verification Required For Points: Yes 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…
The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.
A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.
When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.
Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own….
From Goodreads.


I really liked this. All the Waverleys have different gifts but they are subtle. Claire and her sister Sydney are so different but when they finally talk about their childhood they understand each other and what has made them act the way they did. Bay, Sydney's daughter is cute, but my favourite side character is Evanelle. This elderly lady who just has to give people things even though she doesn't know why, that is her gift. If you get something from Evanelle keep it with you as you are sure to need it at some point in the future. She is really sweet.
I have ordered the next book from the library.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
2015 Witches & Witchcraft Challenge
I love Library books 2015
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: The Pensieve
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: School's Out, Well...Almost
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
Crazy Challenge Connection Monopoly

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Return by A.L. Parks


Eve Carlisle had a singular purpose - sell the rustic house nestled in the Colorado ski resort town.
Tortured by her husband’s betrayal, the beautiful divorcee refused to give her heart to another man. But Jake had been a happy surprise, with his mesmerizing blue eyes, warm smile, strong but gentle nature – as well as being incredibly sexy.
She had convinced herself the relationship with Jake was nothing more than a fling. After all, she had a life in Newport, with society friends and a lucrative career as a family court judge. Still, Jake had a definitive hold over her, and she was finding it hard to think clearly where he was concerned.
The demons of prior failed marriages haunt them both, and threaten to end things just as they are beginning. When Jake tells Eve he is falling in love with her, Eve refuses to believe it can last. Returning to Newport, the hollowness of her existence exposed, she must confront her fears before she loses Jake forever.
From Goodreads.



Another romance, of course with a predictable end. I liked Jake but I thought that Eve was just a bit boring. At the same time I feel sorry for her as she has obviously not moved on since her divorce 6 years ago. Not likely I will read more from this author any time soon.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
Romance Readers Reading Challenges: Pass The Parcel
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Meet a Million Members
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe

Champagne Chic Lemonade Money by De-ann Black

Bee works as a dressmaker in a vintage fashion shop in Glasgow. Joyce, the owner of the shop, has hired Bee and another dressmaker, Alma, to help her repair, upscale and make vintage dresses, skirts, tops and other accessories. The dress shop also has a vintage haberdashery selling bargain fabrics, yarns, and sewing and knitting patterns.
When it comes to make do and mend, Bee, Joyce and Alma offer gorgeous vintage clothes, patterns and fabrics for bargain prices. The shop enables customers to look great for less - Champagne Chic for Lemonade Money.
As the demand for their beautiful vintage clothes and fabrics becomes increasingly popular will Bee make time for romance?
Gilles the handsome owner of the coffee shop next door who bakes traditional cakes, scones and bread, vies for Bee's affections against a mystery man who regularly goes past the vintage dress shop's front window.
In Bee's world of vintage dressmaking, patterns, fabrics, romance, knitting and sewing there's only one thing for sure - there's more than one way to stuff a robin.
From Goodreads.

This was not as good as the previous books I have read by De-ann Black. It was still cosy and a few people have quite interesting pasts. I also think it is the first book with a scary character and that might be what I didn't like.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Student Club Roster
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Finding Ginny
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Harry Potter: The Ultimate Series Tour
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Novel Books & Reading Challenges Wheel-A-Thon II - Finished

Wheel-A-Thon Team Challenge hosted by Novel Books & Reading Challenges on Goodreads.

This was fun as usual. It is not always easy to remember each character in a book in order to spell out a colour. We, as a group, had to spell out different colours using title, author and characters. I read 39 books for this challenge, unfortunately we were nowhere near the winning teams.

About this Challenge
◈ Starts on March 22, 2015 and runs for 8 weeks
◈ The team with the highest points at the end of the 8 weeks wins!
◈ Each week the mods will “spin the wheel" and assign each team a colour name
◈ The team's task is to read books to spell out the colour name for 10 points per letter for books of less than 500 pages and 20 points per letter for books of 500 pages or more
◈ The team will get an extra 15 completion points if all the letters in the colour name are part of their spell-it-out
◈ The team will get an additional 30 bonus points if at least one person in the group reads a book of that colour (the book cover must be about 50% of that colour)
◈ Once teams have read their colour name for the week they can "re-read" the colour name to gain more points (10 points per letter for books of less than 500 pages and 20 points per letter for books of 500 pages or more , but no additional completion points).
◈ BOM bonus: Have a team member write discussion questions for a day of a Book of the Month (BOM) and receive 20 points (limit one BOM bonus per book per team ; that is, if two of your teamies write DQs for the same BOM, you still only get 20 points). NOTE: You can volunteer on the BOM thread to write DQs. If we have more volunteers than days available 3 days prior to the BOM start, then the volunteers will be chosen using a randomizer. If you volunteer and do not write your allocated DQs without notice then you will not be eligible to nominate yourself again for the duration of this challenge
Books must be more than 160 pages in length. Children's books, Graphic Novels, Cookbooks and Poetry books cannot be used unless by word count they can be verified as more than 160 pages
◈Only books read during the specified week can be used (“read date” is what counts, not the day you start.) Books cannot be “banked” from previous weeks to use later in the challenge

How a "spell it out" works
Spell out the word(s) using the first letter in the book's title, the first letter in the author's first or last name, or the first letter of a character's first, last, or nick-name, or the first letter of the series name. As always, if the first letter of a title starts with an indefinite or definite article ('A', 'An', 'The', etc.), you may use the first letter of the second word in the title to spell out your chosen word. If you are listening to an audiobook, the first letter in the narrator's first or last name also can be used

Colours
We are using crayola colours for the wheel, and the “base” colour this responds to are listed under the spoiler
(view spoiler)

Challenge requirements

IMPORTANT: To be a part of this challenge you need to be able to:
◈ Read at least one book per week
◈ Create a special shelf for the challenge for the books you are reading
◈ Check-in on your team's discussion thread at least once per week
◈ Have fun!

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

About Team Captains

There will be no "special twists" for this challenge so your role is pretty easy for this challenge and you just need to:
* help motivate your team to complete the spell-it-out each week
* check that the books are posted within the right time frame and submit each week by posting to the captains group (Posts will be due each week by Sunday at noon, Australian Eastern Standard Time - convert this to your timezone here)


List of books:
  1. Opal Fire by Barbra Annino
  2. Something to Witch About by Amanda M. Lee
  3. Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig
  4. Got A Hold On You by Pat White 
  5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  6. Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski
  7. Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane
  8. Bloodstone by Barbra Annino
  9. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  10. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
  11. Sing for Me by Penelope Reece
  12. Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon 
  13. Tastes Like Chicken by Johnny B. Truant
  14. The Martian by Andy Weir
  15. Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  17. Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke
  18. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  19. THE CHRISTMAS KNITTING BEE by De-ann Black
  20. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  21. A Little Love by Amanda Prowse
  22. The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  23. The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
  24. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
  25. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  26. Hollywood Assassin by M.Z. Kelly
  27. Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine
  28. Ovenpå er der Stille by Gerbrand Bakker  
  29. Malicious Mischief by Lora Young
  30. Raw Deal by Mark Henwick 
  31. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  32. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  33. Take Three Birds by Jilli Lime-Holt 
  34. Weingarten by J. Davis Bly 
  35. Penelope by Anya Wylde
  36. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  37. Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman
  38. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot 
  39. The Synchronicity War Part 1 by Dietmar Wehr

Dog Day Wedding by Rich Amooi

Giovanni Roma was jilted at the altar. Twice. Meeting Natalie is an enchanting distraction—too bad she’s engaged to another man. To top it off, Giovanni’s mother has a mouth with no filter and is obsessed with finding her son a suitable baby-maker.
Natalie DeMarco is a good cop with one problem. Cold feet. Her fiancé is a decent man, but she’s starting to wonder if decent is good enough. Maybe the doubts could be blamed on Giovanni, that guitar-making Italian hunk next door.
Giovanni knows he must do something, but things get out of hand when he learns he’s not the only one who objects to the wedding.
From Goodreads.








This was a fun read, totally unrealistic in places but still very funny. Giovanni and Natalie have horrible relationships but luckily find each other. Giovanni's  mother is unbelievable but hilarious.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Finding Ginny
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: School's Out, Well...Almost
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Meet a Million Members
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: The Amazing Book Race

Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman


Kelly pulled into the harbor parking lot next to the pier and noticed that Amber’s car wasn’t in its usual place and there was no sign of her. She was usually standing at the door of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, waiting for Kelly to open up. Wonder what that’s all about, she thought.
The local residents of Cedar Bay come to Kelly’s Koffee Shop for breakfast, lunch, and lots of gossip. Kelly serves it all up as she works to solve the murder of the high school Homecoming Queen. The townspeople can’t believe what has happened in their sleepy little Oregon seaside town. She identifies five prime suspects, but which one did it?
Follow Kelly, her boxer dog, Rebel, and her boyfriend, Mike, the county sheriff, as they try to determine who the killer is in a murder that’s shocked the town.
Kelly’s Coffee Shop is a mouth-watering cozy mystery with recipes!
From Goodreads.



This was a nice romance, and a cosy mystery. Of course Kelly as MC has to make some bad decisions about who to go and see and of course she goes alone. But I liked that it was a romance between 2 people in their 50's.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: May Challenges
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Diagon Alley Supply List
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: Backpacking Around The Globe
A Million More Pages Hogwarts: The Amazing Book Race