Sunday, December 10, 2017

TLC Colors of the Month - Red

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Monthly Challenges >     Colors of the Month - Red      

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Colors of the Month - Red
Duration: December 15, 2017- January 14, 2017


This is a monthly challenge that coordinates with A Color Scavenger Hunt posted by Sharon.
You may do as many tasks as you wish.
Tasks may be used many times.
A badge will be awarded for participation.

Tasks:
1. Read a book whose cover is a shade of the color of the month.

2. Read a book whose author's first and last initials are in a shade of red from the graphic above. Tell us the shade.

3. Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RED (ignore A, An and The) OR a title that contains one of the words from the graphic. eg. The Red Pony or Lipstick Jungle

4. Read a book from this list - Fair is the Red Rose OR Red as a Blood Ruby.

5. :one that is of a red or reddish color: such as
a :red wine

🔴 Read a book where wine is important to the story.
Helpers: Wine books OR Wine and Roses: Romances featuring Wineries

6. a (1) :flushed especially with anger or embarrassment
🔴 Read a book where a character gets angry or embarrassed.

7. Red is slang for loss.
🔴 Read a book where a loss is suffered. Tell us what the loss is.

8. Red has been a constant companion of Indian brides. It is the color of life- a new life. A wedding indicates a significant change in the life of a traditional Indian woman.
🔴 Read a book where a wedding takes place OR where a significant change in the life of a woman occurs.

9. Red is the color most associated with courage.
🔴 Read a book with a character that shows courage.

10. "red herring." A false clue that leads investigators off the track.
🔴 Read a book with an investigator OR from the MYSTERY genre.


Challenge Rules
*For each book that you read please post a link to the book, the author and the date you finished it.
*Each book may only be used for one task or letter
*To count a book towards a challenge you must read the majority of it after the start date of the challenge.
* Where more than one option is given for a task, please state which option your book relates to.
*If the task relates to the cover of your book, please post the cover AND the book link.
*All genres and formats are fine.
*Re-reads are allowed.
*No page minimum.
*Please update your original post as you go.

*When you have finished, please re-post your whole challenge as a new message and MARK AS FINISHED or you will not be considered to have completed the challenge and we will not be able to award your Hall of Fame badge

(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for by the deadline, please re-post your challenge anyway as you may still be eligible for a lower level badge.)

Please use the TLC STANDARD RULES when participating in this challenge.
If you are not familiar with these rules, please click on the link and read them over.    

Saturday, December 2, 2017

TDD Random Reads - Reading Wheel - December 2017

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Challenges  Random Reads - December 2017   

Purpose: Reduce that TBR

How it works
* In this challenge, each participant picks a random book from their personal TBR to read during the upcoming month.

* Sort your TBR shelf (or any other shelf you want to use for the challenge) by position. Make sure the numbers are enabled on your shelf. You do this by going to "settings" on the "my books" tab, clicking on the "position" option and pressing "save".

* Go to Random.org. Type 1 in the "Min" box and the total number of books of your shelf in the "Max" box. Click "generate".

* Scroll to the number obtained from Random.org. This is the book you will read for this month.

* Post your book in this thread and be sure to come back and tell us what you thought of it.

* Feel free to ask any questions in this thread.    

Urban Shaman (Walker Papers, #1) by C.E. Murphy #313

Reading Wheel - December 2017    

   

Purpose: Reduce that TBR / Choose your next book

How it works:

OPTION #1

* Every month I will spin the wheel and participants will read a book from the resulting category. See below for a list of categories and their corresponding shelves.
* You can read as many books from the category as you like.

OPTION #2

* Participants spin their own wheel.
* Click on the Reading Wheel Link and spin the wheel.

* Read a book from the Goodreads shelf for the category that you land on - see below for a list of categories and their corresponding shelves.

OPTION #3
*Do both option #1 and option #2.

Categories

Military Hero / Historical-Military Hero
FBI Agent
Kick-Ass Heroine
Small Town Cop / Small Town Sheriff
Female Detective / Lady Detectives
Serial Killer / Serial Killers
Private Investigator
Firefighter / Firefighters
Amnesia / Amnesia Romance
Dare Devil / Dare Devils
Bodyguard / Bodyguards
Covert Operative / Spy Romance / Regency Spy Romance

* Be sure to let us know the book that you read and what you thought of it.

* Feel free to ask any questions in this thread.    

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DECEMBER CATEGORY: DARE DEVIL

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Option 3:
DARE DEVIL - Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc., #4) by Julie Ann Walker

Firefighter - Christmas Nights (Diamond Creek, Alaska #6) by J.H. Croix  


TLC December/January Ducks In A Row, December Easy As 1, 2, 3, December Scattergories   

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Monthly Challenges   December/January Ducks In A Row

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"Ducks In A Row" Two Month Mini Challenge
December 1, 2017-January 31, 2018

Rules: Read books from the same series or ‘mix-n-match’ – as long as it was at least three in a row. Like 3, 4, 5? Or 11, 12, 13? 17, 18, 19?
(You do NOT have to read them in that order.)
As long as you keep it all in a row.
There can NOT be more than three from the same series..
Please post a link to the book and the author, and the date you finished the book.
Please repost your entire challenge when finished to get your badge.

"Ducks In A Row" Two Month Mini Challenge
December 1, 2017-January 31, 2018

My List:

Chasing Christmas Eve Jill Shalvis 12/9/17 #4 (Heartbreaker Bay #4)
An Ex for Christmas Lauren Layne 12/9/17 (Love Unexpectedly #5)
Christmas Nights J.H. Croix 12/2/17 (Diamond Creek, Alaska #6)    


December Easy As 1, 2, 3 


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"Easy As 1, 2, 3" Monthly Challenge
December 1, 2017-December 31, 2017

This challenge is an ongoing monthly mini-challenge to keep us all motivated to start, (and then continue), some of the many series in our TBR.

Rules:
1) You must read one of each: a 1st, a 2nd, and a 3rd book in a series.
2) Any genre of series is acceptable.
3) 'Half-step' short-stories (i.e., shorts in anthologies), do not count.
**For uniformity, the numbering on GR will be the judge of this.**
4) Rereads do count.
5) No more than 2 of the 3 books each month can be from the same series.
6) Please post a link to the book and the author and also the date you finished the book.
7) Please repost your entire challenge when you are finished to get your badge.  

My List:
1. Christmas on the Last Frontier J.H. Croix 12/3/17 (Last Frontier Lodge #1)
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3. Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter 12/7/17 (Soulwood #3)

December Scattergories       

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The object of this challenge is the same sort of thing as the board game. We give you a list of 12 categories/words and a letter and you find items that fit those categories in your books. The goal is to find all 12 items. You may use a book to fulfill as many categories as it fits (you don't have to read 12 books this month...don't worry!)

**Please remember to add a link to the book, the author and give the date you finished reading it.
The first 6 categories will stay the same, the second 6 will be announced each month.

Duration: December 1, 2017- December 31, 2017
Recurring Items:


1. Book Title: The Holiday Brides Collection: Books 1-4 Ginny Baird 12/7/17
2. Author: Faith Hunter Flame in the Dark 12/7/17
3. Main Character: Hampton Brooks  The Designer Aubrey Parker 12/9/17
4. Secondary Character: Haley Christmas at Whisper Beach Shelley Noble 12/8/17
5. Place: Heartbreaker Bay Chasing Christmas Eve Jill Shalvis 12/9/17
6. Item on cover: House This Christmas (Christmas in New York #1; Holly Point, NY #1) by Jeannie Moon This Christmas Jeannie Moon 12/5/17

And the Specials for December are:
7. Ham: Christmas on the Last Frontier J.H. Croix 12/3/17 p 12 It’s your favorite— spinach and ham pinwheel.
8. Happy: Christmas Nights J.H. Croix 12/2/17 p 11 “I’d be happy to take him from class to class today.”
9. Hip: Christmas Nights J.H. Croix 12/2/17 p 52 Janie leaned her hip against the table and curled her hand ...
10. Hockey: This Christmas Jeannie Moon 12/5/17 Loc 181 ... and a day playing hockey could never be considered a bad one.
11. Holiday: Christmas Nights J.H. Croix 12/2/17 p 88 You doing your usual holiday shopping run?”
12. Hoodie: This Christmas Jeannie Moon 12/5/17 Loc 790 Jake stood and unzipped his hoodie, draping it around Charlie’s small shoulders.

Your letter is:
H
     

TLC December Scavenger Hunt

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Monthly Challenges  December Scavenger Hunt

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Each month we will give you a list of 50 themed words to find in your books.

There is no limit to how many words you can get per book.

For each word please post a link to the book, the author, the date you finished it, plus the page number/location and sentence where you found the word.

EXAMPLE -
Apple - A Touch of Ice - L.J. Charles (1/10/16)
I had a weakness for apple pie, heavy on the cinnamon... (loc. 245)

Any genre/format is fine.
Re-reads are OK.
No page minimum.
To count a book towards the challenge you must read the majority of it after the start date of the challenge.

At the end of the month please re-post your whole challenge as a new message so that we can award your Hall of Fame badge!

(Even if you don't hit the level you were aiming for, you can still claim a badge for the words you did get.)

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Chose your level:
Grinch - 10-20 words
Caroler - 21-40 words
Holiday Lover - 41-50 words


List:

22. Kris Kringle
31. Pageant
33. Rejoice
39. Tidings
50. Yule


Kisses for Christmas: A Holiday Boxed Set Skye Warren 12/2/17
1. Angel Loc 749 “Not girls, Angel.
2. Bell Loc 149 A loud bell would tell me it was time for lunch, ...
3. Birth Loc 2360 She may have given birth to me, but ...
6. Chimney Loc 887 “The chimney, of course.”
10. Exchange Loc 2673 ... up, giving myself in exchange for him.
11. Festive Loc 2566 ... adding a bit of festive charm to the stark space.
13. Gift Loc 213 And such a huge gift.
14. Green Loc 1116 A green highway sign flashes briefly in my headlights.
15. Happy Loc 840 ... you aren’t going to be happy here because you don’t ...
18. Icy Loc 176 ... working the icy streets.
20. Joy Loc 1439 I found no joy in life after that, ...
23. Lights Loc 344 ... and the overhead lights were off just ...
27. Naughty Loc 1933 ... not supposed to be naughty business ...
28. Nice Loc 586 Noah was just being nice.
29. Orange Loc 46 He dropped an orange sheet of paper onto the small pile.
32. Presents Loc 1813 ... whirlwind with greasy food and cheap presents—...
34. Ribbons Loc 1853 They once hocked my bike with the ribbons in the handles.
35. Santa Loc 76 This particular Santa manned the donation bucket right in front of the door I needed.
36. Shop Loc 1925 ... check-cashing shop to see if I could get the ...
38. Spirit Loc 95 “That’s the spirit.”
40. Tinsel Loc 889 ... a strand of glittery tinsel, I stepped ...
44. Vacation Loc 327 ... secretary was going on vacation.
45. Visit Loc 449 ... a woman to visit him in his office, late ...
46. Winter Loc 64 The winter-bright sky made me squint.
47. Wonder Loc 553 ... and I had to wonder if he was using them ...
48. Wrap Loc 167 My mind couldn’t quite wrap itself around that.

Christmas Nights J.H. Croix 12/2/17
4. Bow Christmas Nights p 161 ...decorated with lights and red bows provided the backdrop ...
7. Cookie p 163 ... brought platters of holiday cookies and mulled cider,...
12. Frosty p 93 ... at him through the frosty glass.
17. Hug ... pull her into a hug.
24. Log p 114 Janie fed another log into the fireplace.
41. Turkey p 204 ... as she carefully removed the turkey.
49. Wreath p 161 ... scene with lights and spruce wreaths hanging festively ...

Christmas on the Last Frontier J.H. Croix 12/3/17
16. Holly p 30 Holly filled a mug with coffee ....
19. Jingle p 212 ... and bells jingled when he opened the door.
25. Mistletoe p 213 ... red ribbons, and mistletoe hanging in archways.

Sea Change Karen White 12/4/17
42. Toys p 63 ... filled with sand toys parked ...    

This Christmas Jeannie Moon 12/5/17
5. Card Loc 1318 ... to pull the “good example” card?
30. Ornaments Loc 1296 ... glittered with silver and gold ornaments, tiny lights, ...

Romancing Wisconsin Volume I Stacey Joy Netzel 12/5/17
9. Elves Loc 410 ... call one of the merry little elves and you two ...
26. Mittens Loc 2959 “I had my boots, coat, hat and mittens.    

Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter 12/7/17
8. Eggnog p 269 I drank eggnog right out of the carton.
21. Kings p 250 ... children like two kings consolidating countries ...    

The Holiday Brides Collection: Books 1-4 Ginny Baird 12/7/17
37. Snowman p 288 ... and built a snowman or two.
43. Unwrap p 238 Ashley eagerly unwrapped the small package and studied ...    

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CCC BIRTHSTONES, By the Month

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


BIRTHSTONES, By the Month
Timeframe: 12/1/17 to 11/30/18

For the next year we’re focusing on birthstones, with information gathered from several websites detailing colors, traits, etc. associated with each precious stone. 

*** FOR EACH MONTH’S BIRTHSTONE, COMPLETE THE TASKS DURING THE RELATED MONTH.
(You do NOT need to choose in advance which tasks you intend to use.)


Choose your level:
BAUBLES - Complete 2 tasks per month. My choice
SPARKLER - Complete 4 tasks per month.
BRILLIANT - Complete all 6 tasks per month.

BE SURE TO DESIGNATE WHICH LEVEL YOU CHOOSE WHEN YOU SIGN UP.

Challenge Rules 
♦ If you want to participate in a challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. 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. (See the link here for rules regarding graphic novels.) 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 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. 
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: 
Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ 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 :) You may post at the end of each month with your progress, but you will still be asked to post the completed challenge at the end of the year. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

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DECEMBER - Turquoise 
1. Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones. Its name comes from the 13th century French meaning “Turkish stone," although the gemstone itself was known even before that.
◈ Read a book set in France or with a French character.
2. Its color may be the signature greenish blue (which has come to refer to that color even separate from the stone) through to a sky blue.
◈ Read a book with a turquoise or light blue cover (post the cover).
Sea Change by Karen White Sea Change Karen White 12/4/17

3. Turquoise may contain narrow veins of other materials that are usually black, brown, or yellowish-brown in color. Known as the matrix, these veins of color are sometimes in the form of an intricate pattern, called a spider web.
◈ Read a book with the letter X somewhere in the title or author's name.
Christmas Nights J.H. Croix 12/2/17

4. December's birthstone is regarded as a love charm.
◈ Read a book with ROMANCE on the GR main genre page.
Kisses for Christmas: A Holiday Boxed Set Skye Warren 12/2/17

5. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success.
◈ Read a book with a character you consider lucky (tell us how).
6. This stone has been around for centuries and is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm.
◈ Read a book from your favorite genre (that relaxes you).

JANUARY - Garnet 
1. People think of garnets as only red in color; however, the name “garnet” refers to a group of minerals that is available in a full variety of different colors, in fact found in every color except blue. 
◈ Read a book with a multi-colored cover (post the cover).
2. It is said to prevent nightmares and snakebites and can offer guidance through the dark. 
◈ Read a book you consider to be scary.
3. Wearers may see an increase in their self-image, willpower and energy levels, and nervous people may feel calmer.
◈ Read a book with a main character who keeps physically fit. 
4. It is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel and has been carried by travelers to protect against accidents far from home. 
◈ Read a book with TRAVEL on the GR main genre page.
5. Garnets are long-lasting and durable gems, with a fiery, ravishing beauty. Therefore, faith, love and constancy are its attributes. 
◈ Read a "long-lasting" book, over 500 pages.
6. It is said to signify eternal friendship and trust. As such it is a popular gift among friends. 
◈ Read a book with two best friends as main characters.

FEBRUARY - Amethyst 
1. Amethysts are purple quartz. They come in varying shades of purple and can be anywhere from a pale lilac to a deep violet color.
◈ Read a book with a purple cover, any shade (show us the cover).
2. At one time, only royalty could wear this gem.
◈ Read a book with a royal character OR with the words KING, QUEEN, PRINCE, or PRINCESS in the title (can be plural, but no other variations).
3. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning sober.
◈ Read a book with a character who is a teetotaler (doesn't drink alcohol). 
4. Some of the finest amethyst has been found in Russia. Modern amethyst is often sourced in Brazil or Zambia.
◈ Read a book set in Russia, South America, or Africa (tell us where). 
5. The Pope always wears an amethyst ring.
◈ Read a book with a MAIN character who is a religious leader OR a book with a MAIN character whose FIRST name starts with a letter in POPE (tell us the character's name).
6. The amethyst is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.
◈ Read a book with FAMILY on the GR main genre page.

MARCH - Aquamarine/Bloodstone 
1. The aquamarine is a green-blue variety and has a rich, sparkling look.
◈ Read a book with a green, blue, or teal cover (show us the cover).
2. The traditional birthstone for March is the bloodstone, occasionally known as “martyr’s stone” due to the legend that bloodstone was created by drops of Christ’s blood staining jasper at the foot of the cross.
◈ Read a book with RELIGION on the GR main genre page.
3. Pale blue aquamarine gemstones are associated with good health, youth, love and hope.
◈ Read a young adult book.
4. It may also reawaken married love and increase your happiness.
◈ Read a book with a husband and wife as the MAIN characters.
5. Aquamarine is Latin for “water of the sea."
◈ Read a book with the ocean or sea on the cover (not a swimming pool or brook--show us the cover).
6. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.
◈ Read a book with a character who is member of the Navy (any country, any year).

APRIL - Diamond 
1. Diamonds are available in just about every color imaginable, from the classic elegance of the clear or white diamond to the startling beauty of black diamonds.
◈ Read a book with a mostly white cover (show us the cover).
2. These stones are linked to love, eternity and strength. This has contributed towards diamonds being the most popular gems of all time when it comes to romance, such as engagement rings and wedding bands.
◈ Read a book with a circular or ring-shaped object on the cover (show us the cover).
3. April has traditionally been associated with diamonds, and this wildly popular gemstone continues to be its sole birthstone. 
◈ Read a book with a one-word title.
4. It was once believed that they could also ward off insanity.
◈ Read a psychological thriller.
5. Formed one hundred miles beneath the Earth’s surface over a billion years ago, diamonds are the hardest gem of all.
◈ Read a book whose author's LAST initial is found in in DIAMOND. 
6. Diamonds have a long history of folklore, some of which say diamonds were created when bolts of lightning struck rocks, and others said the gem possessed healing powers.
◈ Read a book with lightning or another storm-related item on the cover (show us the cover).

MAY - Emerald 
1. The deeper and more vivid the color of green, the more valuable the emerald.
◈ Read a book with a bright green or dark green cover (post the cover).
2. The emerald was once associated with the ability to see into the future, giving them an almost bewitching, magical reputation.
◈ Read a book where someone predicts something (without giving anything away, tell us how).
3. Ancient Egyptian mummies were often buried with an emerald carved with the symbol of verdure (flourishing greenness) on their necks to symbolize eternal youth.
◈ Read a book with bones or a graveyard on the cover (show us the cover).
4. Ancient Romans dedicated this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
◈ Read a book with a character who is considered beautiful.
5. May's birthstone was one of Cleopatra's favorite gems. This tempestuous female monarch from Egypt was as famous for wearing emeralds in her time as Liz Taylor was for wearing diamonds in our time.
◈ Read a book set in Ancient times (earlier than 1200 A.D.).
6. Modern emeralds are commonly sourced in Zambia, Brazil, Colombia, and Afghanistan.
◈ Read a book set in one of these countries OR a book whose author's LAST name starts with Z, B, C, or A.

JUNE - Pearl/Alexandrite/Moonstone 
1. People born in June are fortunate to have three official options for their birthstone.
◈ Read the third book of a series (tell us which series).
2. The pearl is considered to be June’s primary birthstone. It is unique among gemstones because it is actually formed from living creatures: clams. Since natural pearls are rare and difficult to recover from the ocean, man invented the technique of culturing salt and freshwater pearls. There are four main types of cultured pearls: Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and Freshwater.
◈ Read a book set on an island OR on/near the ocean.
3. Pearls are available in black, gray, chocolate and the familiar creamy-white colors.
◈ Read a book with a black, gray, brown, or cream cover (show us the cover).
4. The pearl has long been a symbol of purity. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
◈ Read a romance of any kind.
5. Alexandrite is a relatively recently-discovered gemstone, first discovered in Russia in 1831. It takes its name from Czar Alexander II who was in power at the time of its discovery. One likely reason why Alexandrite was such a late addition to the gemstone roster is that it is extremely rare.
◈ Read a book set in Russia or with a Russian character.
6. Moonstones were named by the Roman historian Pliny who contended that the stone changed in appearance with the phases of the moon.
◈ Read a book with a moon on the cover (show us the cover).

JULY - Ruby 
1. Rubies range in hues from purplish and bluish red to orange-red, but they are most valuable when they are a medium to medium-dark, vivid red or slightly purplish red.
◈ Read a book with a bright red or deep red cover (show us the cover).
2. These gems have a vivid and fiery appearance.
◈ Read a book with a word for “fire” in the title (such as FLAME, BLAZE, INFERNO, HEAT, FLARE, GLOW, EMBER, SPARK, OR HEAT).
3. Rubies are said to signify a variety of very positive traits including wealth, wisdom, health, and success in love.
◈ Read a book with a wealthy character OR a character who is intelligent/wise.
4. The ruby was regarded by ancient Hindus as the "king of gems." It was believed to protect its wearer from evil.
◈ Read a book with an author whose first or last name is KING or contains the word KING (Kingsbury, Kingsley, etc.).
5. Today, the ruby's deep-red color signifies love and passion.
◈ Read an erotica book or a book that inspires you to great passion (tell us how).
6. Rubies are second only to diamonds in terms of their natural hardness and strength. This makes them extremely durable and ideal for daily wear.
◈ Read a book that is #2 in a series (tell us the series).

AUGUST - Peridot/Sardonyx 
1. Peridot is available from yellowish green all the way to brown, though lime green and olive green shades are typically the most popular.
◈ Read a book with a light green or light yellow cover (show us the cover).
2. Peridot symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color.
◈ Read a book with two words in the title that start with the same letter.
3. Peridot is formed deep within the Earth and typically brought to the surface through volcanic eruptions. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.
◈ Read a book with a character who cries or a book that makes you cry.
4. When presented as a gift, Peridot is said to bring the wearer magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares.
◈ Read a book with a character who has some type of magical or paranormal powers (tell us who).
5. Sardonyx is the older August birthstone. It is a form of onyx known for its attractive, layered banding, typically in reddish brown and white.
◈ Read a book with stripes on the cover (show us the cover).
6. Sardonyx was popularly used by ancient Romans and Greeks in talismans with the images of Roman and Greek heroes engraved into it, often Mars or Hercules. It was believed that these talismans would bring the wearer courage and victory.
◈ Read a book with a strong and forceful character OR a book with gods/goddesses.

SEPTEMBER - Sapphire 
1. Sapphires are available in a variety of delicate colors in addition to the more common blue shades.
◈ Read a book with a deep blue cover (show us the cover).
2. The word “Sapphire” is Greek for blue.
◈ Read a book whose title starts with a letter in BLUE.
3. Sapphires speak of dignity, loyalty, serenity, faith, purity and wisdom.
◈ Read a book with a MAIN character that you would consider to be dignified.
4. It was thought that the stronger the sparkle of the gem, the more faithful and honest the wearer.
◈ Read a book with something sparkly on the cover (show us the cover).
5. The sapphire was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. It was believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire.
◈ Read a book with a snake or other reptile on the cover or somewhere in the story. 
6. During medieval times clergy often wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, whereas commoners often wore sapphires to attract heavenly blessings.
◈ Read a book with the word HEAVEN mentioned somewhere in the title or in the story (if in the text, provide the location).

OCTOBER - Opal/Tourmaline 
1. Opal derives from the Greek meaning “to see a change” of color. Opals change appearance depending on their backgrounds and the base gemstone itself varies widely in color from milky white to black.
◈ Read a book with a mostly black cover (show us the cover).
2. Opals are the older birthstone for October and are extremely popular and well-regarded for their colorful beauty and radiance.
◈ Read a book whose title starts with “O” (disregard A, An, The)
3. Each opal is truly one-of-a-kind; as unique as our fingerprints.
◈ Read a book that is a bestseller.
4. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning "precious jewel." Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.
◈ Read a book with HORROR on the main GR page.
5. Tourmaline has become the primary birthstone of October in modern times. It is also a favorite among jewelry collectors and designers because it can be found in such an array of colors that there is something to suit almost anyone’s taste.
◈ Read a book that is a favorite, meaning it has more than 100,000 ratings on Goodreads (tell us how many)
6. Tourmalines are also known for their bi-color and tri-color forms, meaning that 2 or even 3 different colors exist distinctly within the same gemstone.
◈ Read a book with a number in the title.

NOVEMBER - Topaz/Citrine 
1. Topaz gemstones are available in an array of colors, although yellow is the color most commonly associated with the stone.
◈ Read a book with a yellow or gold cover (show us the cover).
2. The ancient Egyptians and Romans associated this golden gem with the sun god giving it the power to protect and heal. Legend says that topaz dispels enchantment.
◈ Read a book with PARANORMAL on the main GR genre page.
3. This stone has even been linked to an ability to make the wearer invisible in dangerous situations.
◈ Read a book whose author's first or last initial starts with I.
4. One of the most valuable colors of topaz is Imperial Topaz, which was named during the reign of the Russian Czars in the 1800s. It is a rich orange with pink hues.
◈ Read a book set in the 1800's.
5. November's second birthstone is citrine, which ranges in color from a pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is often referred to as “the healing quartz” for the belief that it helps support health, hope, energy, and warmth in the wearer.
◈ Read a book with a main character in the healing field (doctor, nurse, caregiver, etc.)
6. Citrine is found plentifully in nature and as such it is one of the least expensive gemstones.
◈ Read a book that didn't cost you anything (library book, ARC, gift, etc.)

TCF Cities (or Islands) of the World - Christmas Island

The Challenge Factory discussion on goodreads


description

Christmas Island is a dot in the Indian Ocean, located 2600 km north-west of Perth, Australia. Even though it is an Australian Territory, its closest neighbor is Java, 360 km away.

Christmas Island is one of natures most impressive feats, an island full of natural wonders: from the unique annual red crab migration to rare and unusual birds and glorious deserted beaches. 

the red crab migration on Christmas Island
"Christmas Island" recorded by Kristin Chenoweth

The Red Crab isn't the only unusual Christmas Island species. 
Below is a list of others. 
You can read as many or as few as you want.
You can read one of each or focus on two or three.

No page limit. Re-reads are okay.
Duration: December 1 - 31, 2017
mc = main character

LIST:
mammals
Christmas Island Shrew - read a book with a bad-tempered person
The Christmas Room Catherine Anderson 12/8/17

Maclear’s Rat - read a book where the mc's name starts with 'M'
Marley Christmas on the Last Frontier J.H. Croix 12/3/17

Bulldog Rat - read a book where the mc owns a dog
Christmas Nights J.H. Croix 12/2/17

birds
Christmas Island Pipistrelle - read a book with fruit on the cover *
Christmas Island Flying Fox - read a book where the mc flys

Christmas Island White-eye - read a book with a lot of white on the cover
The Holiday Brides Collection Books 1-4 (Holiday Brides, #1-4) by Ginny Baird
The Holiday Brides Collection: Books 1-4 Ginny Baird 12/7/17


Christmas Swiftlet - read a book within 24 hours
Kisses for Christmas: A Holiday Boxed Set Skye Warren 12/2/17

Abbott’s Booby - read a book with a foolish person in it An Ex for Christmas Lauren Layne 12/9/17

Christmas Island Frigatebird - read a book set during a war

reptiles
Christmas Island Blind Snake - read a book by an author new to youThe Designer Aubrey Parker 12/9/17

Lister’s Gecko - read a book where the mc's name starts with 'L'
Sadleir's Bow-fingered Gecko - read a book where the mc plays music
Christmas Island Whiptail Skink - read a book with a slender person in it
Blue-tailed Snake-eyed Skink - read a book with a hyphen in the title or author's name

fish
Green Dottyback - read a book with a lot of green on it
coralbrotula - read a book with a character's name you can't pronounce easily

Christmas Blenny - read a book where the mc has to be blunt *
Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter 12/7/17

Christmas Dwarfgoby - read a fantasy book

insects
Christmas Island Stick-insect - read a hardback or paperback book
Sea Change Karen White 12/4/17

darkling beetle - read a book where it is nighttime on the cover
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4) by Jill Shalvis
Chasing Christmas Eve Jill Shalvis 12/9/17

planthoppers- read a book where the mc moves somewhere
Holiday Kisses in the Snow Lexi Buchanan 12/10/17


bush cricket - read a book set in a rural location
huntsman spider - read a book where the mc goes hunting
brushed trapdoor spider - read a book where the mc gets trapped

plants
screwpines - read a book with a twisty plot *
Christmas Island Spleenwort - read a book with a rock(s) on the cover *
Ridley's Ground Orchid - read a book where the mc's name starts with 'R'

* pip - a small hard seed in a fruit
* a blenny has a blunt head
* a spleenwort is a small fern that grows on rocks and walls
* a screwpine has a twisted stem