Thursday, October 30, 2014

Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Duration: November 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015


Well they’re the people that you meet, when you’re walking down the street…they’re the people that you greet each day. Remember this song from Sesame Street? Whether or not you know the song, let’s pretend that we are in small-town USA where there is a lovely town square and you know the town’s inhabitants.

1. The Grocer: Read a book whose cover shows something one might buy in a grocery store (i.e. fruit, canned goods, carton of milk) OR a book in which one of the main character’s first initial may be found in GROCER.

2. The Mailman: Read a book with a light blue or gray cover OR read a book with a letter on the cover (an epistle, not a single letter from the alphabet) OR read a book that is told through a letter format.

3. The Police Chief: Read a book involving a policeman, security guard, or detective OR read a book with a dark (navy) blue cover OR read a book with a badge on the cover.

4. The Librarian: Read a book featuring a librarian or taking place mainly in a library OR read a book with books on the cover OR read the most recent book you checked out from the library.

5. The Fireman: Read a book involving a fire or with a fire on the cover OR read a book where one of the characters is a fireman OR read a book with a red cover OR read a book whose cover shows a dalmatian.

6. The Baker: Read a book involving a baker and/or bakery OR a book with recipes included (recipe should be for something baked) OR read a book with any type of dessert on the cover.

7. The Teacher: Read a book that takes place in a school or university OR read a book that makes you feel smarter (tell us what you learned!) OR read a book that shows anything associated with a teacher on the cover (i.e. apple, ruler, desk).

8. The Mayor: Read a book with a character who holds a position of power (i.e. Director, Congressman, CEO, Manager, etc.) OR read a book whose title begins with one of the letters in MAYOR (exclude a,an,the) OR read a book in which a character is very concerned about their looks, status, or behavior.

9. The Newspaper Boy: Read a book with a black and/or white cover OR read a book featuring a journalist, photographer, or editor OR read a book about a topic that might make news (tell us the topic).

10. The Beautician: Read a book featuring any type of beautician (hair stylist, manicurist, massage therapist) OR read a book with a pink cover OR read a book with a beautiful cover.

11. The Funeral Director: Read a book with a somber or serious character OR read a book in which one of the important characters dies OR read a book involving anyone who works with the dead (i.e. funeral director, medical examiner, forensic beautician, etc.)

12. The Judge: Read a book with a legal theme or featuring a lawyer OR read a book featuring any kind of judge (contest judge, legal judge) OR read a book with a black cover.

13. The Doctor: Read a book with a main character who works in any type of medical field (doctor, nurse, pathologist, therapist, etc.) OR read a book where a main character has some type of illness OR read a book with a white cover.

14. The Florist: Read a book featuring a main character who works with flowers or growing things OR read a book with any type of flower, plant, or tree on the cover OR read a book whose cover is the color of one of your favorite flowers (i.e. purple for violets, red for poppies). Remember to tell us what your favorite flower is.

15. The Pharmacist: Read a book featuring someone who works in any kind of scientific field OR read a book with a first-aid cross or any type of first-aid paraphernalia on the cover (i.e. bandages, pills) OR read a book that heals your spirit.

16. The Travel Agent: Read a book with any type of vehicle on the cover (car, bus, ship, plane, horse) OR read a book that takes place somewhere you would like to visit (tell us where) OR read a book with a title that contains a city, country, or region (i.e. Savannah BreezeIreland, or Bella Tuscany).

17. The Pastor: Read a book marked “religion” on its goodreads page OR read a book involving a minister, priest, rabbi, nun, deacon, etc. OR read a book with any of the following words in its title: FAITH, COMPASSION, CHURCH, MONASTERY, HOPE, LOVE (variations okay - i.e. faithful, compassionate, hopeful, loving).

18. The Dog Catcher: Read a book featuring a dog or showing a dog on the cover OR read a book with a character holding any kind of unenviable position or unpopular job.

19. The Ice Cream Man: Ding! Ding! Read a book whose cover shows any type of van or delivery truck OR a book with a pastel-colored cover OR read a book with any type of ice cream or frozen dessert on the cover.

20. The Handyman: Read a book featuring any type of handyman, repair man, or construction worker OR read a book with a main character whose name rhymes with “handy” (Andy, Brandy, Sandy etc.) OR read a book whose cover shows any type of tool.

21. The Garbage Man: Read a book you plan to give away or otherwise dispose of once you’ve finished it OR read a book that you thought stunk OR read a book with a cluttered cover.

22. The Waiter: Read a book featuring a bistro, cafĂ©, restaurant, or bar OR read a book where one character takes care of or “waits on” another character OR read a book whose cover shows an apron or serving tray.

CHALLENGE RULES

♣ When you sign up for the challenge, please post a challenge template so we have a post to which to link your name; post #2 will list participant links which can then be used for making challenge updates.

♣ For each book you read, please indicate the title, the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover.* If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 

♣ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long.

♣ Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged!

♣ If you want the challenge moderator to check your progress as you make updates, please copy/paste your update into a new message . We don't have time to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post. 

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November 2014 Word Search

November 2014 Word Search on Wacky Reading Challenges on goodreads
11/01/14 - 11/30/14

Below is a list of words to find. They can only be found in the book - no covers, titles or authors, please. For each work you find, provide the book title, page or location, and the sentence containing the word.

You can use one book to find all the words, or as many as you like.

***If you don't find all the words this month, you are welcome to carry them over to next month's word search challenge.***


Challenge Rules:
Books should be at least 125 pages. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine--just be sure to re-read the entire book. When updating your challenge with books you've read, please include a link to the book title, include the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book.

To add a book title link: Clik the "add book/author" link located above the message box. Type in the name of your book, click 'search', then click 'add' next to the title you would like to add.

List of Words
1. Pumpkin Pie
2. Thanksgiving
3. Turkey
4. Dressing
5. Family
6. Friends
7. Celebrate
8. Parade
9. Football
10. Happy
11. Relax (relaxing, relaxation, etc)
12. Fun
13. Favorite
14. Drink
15. Food

Still Midnight by Denise Mina


Alex Morrow #1  Morrow is supposed to catch the next case but her boss has hard feelings against her - the reader does not know why - perhaps it's because she is a woman and does not play police politics? The case is given to Bannerman, who shares an office with her. They have a strange relationship. Again we don't know why. I felt like I was missing a lot of background. A house was broken into by two masked men, Eddy and Pat. They demanded to talk to "Bob" and when they did not find out who he was, they took the father of the family and wanted 2 million pounds in payment for his return. The 16 year old daughter had tried to take the balaclava off one of the men and he was so surprised that the gun went off and destroyed her hand.

There were a lot of sub-plots here. The infatuation of Pat for the 16 year old Aleesha. The family being Muslim and the racism that surrounds these people. A possible criminal background of the Anwar family. The discord in the Anwar family. Morrow's family drama. It made the story very interesting. I was surprised by the outcome.


From amazon:
Alex Morrow is not new to the police force-or to crime-but there is nothing familiar about the call she has just received. On a still night in a quiet suburb of GlasgowScotland, three armed men have slipped from a van into a house, demanding a man who is not, and has never been, inside the front door. In the confusion that ensues, one family member is shot and another kidnapped, the assailants demanding an impossible ransom. Is this the amateur crime gone horribly wrong that it seems, or something much more unexpected? 

Excerpt:

Chapter 1


A Sainsbury’s plastic bag in full sail floated along the dark pavement. Belly bowed, handles erect, it sashayed past a garden gate, following the foot of a low rockery wall. A sudden breeze buffeted it, lifting it off its heels, slamming it face first into the side of a large white van bearing false number plates, parked at the kerb. The bag spun as the air was knocked from it, crumpling to the floor, settling softly under the van’s back wheel.
The white van was barely three weeks old but had already been stolen. In two days time it would be found in woodland, still smouldering, all forensic traces of the three men now sitting inside obliterated. Except for the tin foil.
They sat in a row along the front seat: the driver, Malki, was junkie-thin, dressed in a dark track suit with the hood up, leaning over the steering wheel, his sunken eyes darting around the street like a cat hunting a fly. Next to him, John and Pat bore more than a passing resemblance. They were both meaty, worked out together, watched action films together, and their style reflected that. They were dressed identically in what John imagined were special ops army outfits: black camouflage trousers, high lace boots, flack waistcoats and balaclavas rolled up to their foreheads. John had wanted to wear field make-up too, like they did when they went paint balling, but Pat drew the line: they’d be wearing balaclavas, it wasn’t necessary. Anyway the make up made his skin itchy.
A longer look would show the differences between them: John, sitting in the middle, drank too much and ate big takeaways when he got in from work, undoing all the good he’d done himself in the weights room. Even when he was having a good time, John’s eye was on what he didn’t have and he gave off an air of frustrated disappointment. Pat looked younger was wasn’t. He was fitter, still had a lush head of hair. Women enjoyed his company and it showed: Pat expected people to like him. His nose had been broken in a fight and snaked across his flat face, which made him seem faintly comical. He strangled the man who broke his nose until he was unconscious and then snapped five of his fingers in a slow rage as blood from his nose dripped on the man‘s face.
But the major difference between them was that John has saved the biggest gun for himself. Each cradled their revolver in their laps with unaccustomed hands, watching the suburban bungalow across the road.

To read more, click here.

Pages: 342
Published: 2010

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


Hopeless #1.
Sky is just starting her senior year in high school. She has been home schooled but she wanted to go to school with her best friend Six. Sky is adopted. Karen, her mother, doesn't believe in technology and she's a vegan.  Six gets to go to Italy for the year. She gives Sky a cell phone so they can text while she's gone.
Sky meets a really hot guy named Holder. It's the first time she ever feels an attraction for a guy. He was away from school because his sister died and he was having a hard time. They become a couple. But Holder knows a secret about Sky. He suspected the first time he saw her but after he saw the bracelet on her arm in the cafeteria at school he knew for sure. He loves her and knows that if he tells her, he may lose her. It will hurt her badly.

I loved, loved, loved this book.  Holder was so sweet and caring. Sky was incredibly strong. I can't wait to read the next one!

From goodreads:
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Click here for an excerpt.

ebook410 pages
Published December 19th 2012 (first published December 17th 2012)

Monday, October 27, 2014

November Scavenger - Pies

NOVEMBER SCAVENGER - PIES from Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads
Timeframe: 11/1/14 to 11/30/14
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With the winter holidays approaching, our thoughts often turn to food and what we plan to prepare for special holiday meals with family and friends. At Thanksgiving time, dessert is just as important as the main meal, and pie is considered a staple of the Thanksgiving table. 

1. The word "pie" may be derived from the magpie bird, most likely because the magpie collects miscellaneous objects in its nest.

Read a book with the letters P-I-E in the title, in that order but not necessarily together OR a book showing lots of little items on the cover. (Show us the cover.)

2. Pie as a dessert is a relatively recent development. In the 19th century, fruit pies were more commonly a breakfast food. Fruit pie was considered part of a good hearty meal before a hard day’s work.

Read a book with a scene where a meal is eaten OR a book with “Historical fiction” on the main Goodreads page.

3. The first print mention of fruit pie is from Robert Green's Arcadia (1590): "Thy breath is like the steam of apple-pyes."

Read a book whose author is named Robert or Green or has the initials RG or GR OR a book where the first letter of the title is found in ARCADIA. (Do NOT include A, An, The)

4. According to a survey conducted by Crisco, the most popular dessert pie in America is apple, followed by pumpkin and pecan.

Read a book with something sweet on the cover (does not have to be food-related, could be a puppy or a baby, etc.) OR a book set in the United States.

5. Cold game pies became popular during the Roman Empire, using game or even birds. During the Victorian era, birds were often placed on top of game pies as ornaments. Wealthy English in the 1600’s favored "surprise pies" in which live creatures would pop out when the pie was cut open. 

Read a book set in Europe OR a book with any animal or bird on the cover or in the story.

6. In Australia, meat pies are more popular than hamburgers, pizzas and hot dogs.

Read a book set in Australia OR a book by an Australian author OR a book where something unexpected happens (it should be a major event that impacts the story).

7. Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake; cheesecake is actually a pie (a tart, technically). Raisin pie is sometimes called funeral pie because it became a tradition to serve raisin pie with the meal that was served to family and friends at a wake or funeral. This was probably because it could be made in any season and preserved well when made days before the funeral. Shoo-fly pie, a wet-bottom molasses pie, was used to attract flies from the kitchen.

Read a book where something is not actually what it appears to be at first OR a book where a death occurs OR a book with an insect on the cover.

CHALLENGE RULES:

♣ When you sign up for the challenge, please post a challenge template so we have a post to which to link your name. Post #2 will list participant links which can then be used for making challenge updates.

♣ For each book you read, please indicate the title, the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover.* If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 

♣ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long.

♣ Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged!

♣ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you've read. If you don't repost your list, you won't be included in the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

NOVEMBER SPELL CHALLENGE - PIES

NOVEMBER SPELL CHALLENGE - PIES from Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads
DURATION: November 1 - November 30


In keeping with our November theme of pies, here are some fillings that have been chosen for pies over the years. Although many of them are not used today, people in earlier times found these to be delicacies. Choose one or more pie fillings to spell out this month, using the first letter of a book's title (disregard A, An and The) or the author's first or last initial (no middle initials!)If your favorite pie is not on the list, feel free to choose that instead :)


GAME PIE FILLINGS:
Partridge
Pheasant
Deer
Hare
Rabbit
Venison
Pigeon
Chicken
Duck
Heron
Crane
Crow
Swan
Stork
Cormorant
Bittern
Thrush
Starling
Blackbird

FRUIT/NUT PIE FILLINGS:
Apple
Cherry
Peach
Pecan
Mince
Pumpkin
Blueberry
Raisin
Cranberry
Kiwi Lime
Strawberry
Lemon
Rhubarb 


CHALLENGE RULES 
♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting the pie filling you're going to spell. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. Books 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 in this challenge -- would be exempt as well. 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. We don’t have time to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

I choose:
P
E
C
A
N

Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

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Lucky Harbor #9. Aubrey has had a bad year. Ted, her ex-boss and ex-boyfriend, cheated on her and then she was so embarrassed, she quit her job. Then he writes a tell all book and includes some gossip about her. She got an advance of the first chapter. She throws a drink in his face but misses and hits Ben McDaniels. She is so upset and ends up at the church and stumbles into an AA meeting. She hears about making amends. Aubrey had a rough childhood because her parents split. Her father was not really in her life except to tell her how disappointed he was in her ever time she messed up. She hurt some people and feels bad about it now. She wants to change her life. People think she is a bitch and sometimes she has been but mostly she is misunderstood. So she makes a list of people she hurt and Ben's name is on it.

Aubrey has had a crush on Ben since high school but he was going steady with Hannah, whom he eventually married. Hannah died five years ago in a car accident. Ben is an engineer that mainly builds water treatment plants. Since Hannah's death, he has taken jobs that keep him away from Lucky Harbor. He has been back a month. Aubrey's uncle hired him to renovate their bookstore. Aubrey has taken it over since her aunt died and she is out of work. It will be hard for her to have Ben around since she has feelings for him.

Ben is attracted to her. He starts to see her - the real Aubrey. He snoops and finds the list. He doesn't know what Aubrey did to him. They start having sex and it's good and bad for Aubrey because she knows it will end when she  tells him what she did.

I liked this book. They made a great couple. 

Sometimes wrong is oh-so-right…

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniels tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.
Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben …even though he has absolutely no idea what she’s done…
Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?


It was dark outside when she got back to the Book & Bean, and she stopped short just outside the door. She’d locked up when she left and turned off the lights.
But the door was unlocked now, and the lights on. She went still, then pulled out her phone and dialed 9-1-1. She didn’t hit send but kept her thumb hovered over call. Taking a step inside, she paused. “Hello?”
“Hey.”
The low, slightly rough voice wasn’t what had her heart pumping. That honor went to the fact that there was a man on a ladder in the back of her store.
Ben.
He was in jeans with a tool belt slung low on his hips, his t-shirt clinging to him. He seemed a little irritated, a little sweaty, and just looking at him Aubrey got a whole lot hot and bothered in places that had no business being hot and bothered by this man at all. “What are you doing in here?” she asked.
“I work here.”
“What are you talking about? Get out.”
“Sorry, Sunshine.” He wasn’t even looking at her, but using some sort of long, claw-like tool to pull down a ceiling tile above the wall she’d been working on. And his tool worked way better than hers.
His movements were agile and surprisingly graceful for a guy his size. Not that he was bulky in any way. Nope, that tall, built body was all lean, tough muscle, and it screamed power. And with each subtle movement, his body made it clear that it knew exactly what to do with all that power. “The owner of this building hired me,” he said. “Said you were making a mess of things because your pride was bigger than your wallet.”
This caught her completely off guard, both the insult and the information. “My uncle owns this building,” she said.
He smiled thinly. “Yep. Happy Birthday.”
“It’s not my birthday.”
“Then happy you’ve-got-a-great-uncle day.” 


Pages: 321
Published: 2014