Wednesday, July 12, 2017

TLC Best Picture of the Year 2012

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads


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This challenge is based on the nominated and winning films for the 'Best Picture' academy award in 2012.

Duration: 6 months from your start date

Choose your level and complete the required number of reading tasks that relate to each film.

Levels

***Level 1 - One task per film (9 books)***
Level 2 - Two tasks per film (18 books)
Level 3 - Three tasks per film (27 books)

If the film is based on a book, you may read the book in place of any one of the tasks for that film. Films based on a book are marked with a *
(If I missed any films that are based on a book please let me know!)

85th Annual Academy Awards (2012) 


WINNER: Argo

1. Read a book set in the 1980s
2. Read a book with a CIA (or similar) agent
3. Read a book that involves a secret mission

Amour

1. Read a book with a character who is a musician
2. Read a love story
3. Read a book with an elderly main character

Beasts of the Southern Wild

1. Read a book with a main character who has an unusual name.
2. Read a book set in Louisiana
3. Read a book with a young girl central to the plot

Django Unchained

1. Read a western
2. Read a book that involves a bounty hunter
3. Read a book set in the 1800s

Les Miserables*

1. Read a book tagged historical fiction.
2. Read a book set in France
3. Read a book where a character has been in prison

Life of Pi*

1. Read a book with a wild animal essential to the plot
2. Read a book that takes place in part on a boat 
3. Read a book with a big storm

Lincoln*

1. Read a book set around the Civil War
2. Read a book that involves a real historical figure (fiction or non-fiction)
3. Read a book with a character who is leader of their country (King, President etc)

Silver Linings Playbook*

Read a book with a character who has a mental illness
Read a book with a character who is a die hard football fan
Read a book with a silver cover

Zero Dark Thirty

Read a book with the word "Dark" in the title (in order)
Read a book with a character in the military
Read a book where there is a search for someone


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 
*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.
*Please explain briefly how your book fits a task.
*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 but also post an occasional message to let us know how you're getting on, if you would like to.

*When you have finished please re-post your whole challenge as a new message 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 see TLC Standard Challenge Rules for further details.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

◆◆TV/Movie Challenge- Rear Window◆◆

♥♥ Serious About Series ♥♥ discussion on goodreads


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TV/Movie Challenge Rear Window
Duration: July 15, 2017- January 15, 2018

Levels:
Observer: 1-5 Tasks
Film Buff: 6-11 Tasks
***Cinephile: 11-18 Tasks***

Rear Window
 is a 1954 American Technicolor mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.

The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics and scholars to be one of Hitchcock's best and one of the greatest movies ever made. The film received four Academy Award nominations and was ranked No. 42 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list and No. 48 on the 10th-anniversary edition. In 1997, Rear Window was added to the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

TASKS:

Film is based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story
1. Read the story - "It Had to Be Murder".

Rear Window is a 1954 American Technicolor mystery thriller film.
2. Read a book with a MPG of mystery, suspense OR thriller.
3. Read a book whose title starts with a R or W.
4. Read a book with a word in the title that begins and ends with the same letter. eg. REAR and WINDOW

After breaking his leg photographing a racetrack accident, a professional photographer, the adventurous L. B. "Jeff" Jefferies (James Stewart), is confined to a wheelchair in his Greenwich Village apartment to recuperate.
5. Read a book where the MC is a photographer OR taking photos is an important part of the story. Tell us how!

6. Read a book where a character breaks a bone OR is in a wheelchair.
Adam Jennifer Ashley 7/15/17

7. Read a book set in Greenwich Village OR New York City.
8. Read a book where a character or author uses initials. eg. J.D. Robb or CJ Tulley from What I Need.

His rear window looks out onto a courtyard and several other apartments. In an explicit example of a condemnation of voyeurism, Stella expresses her outrage at Jeffries’ voyeuristic habits saying, “In the old days, they’d put your eyes out with a red hot poker” and “What people ought to do is get outside and look in for a change.”
9. Read a book where the characters live in the same apartment building OR with scenes in a courtyard.
10. Read a book where a character is into voyeurism of some kind.

The movie was nominated and won many awards.
11. Read a book that has been nominated OR won an award. Tell us the award.

Time called it "just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock". 
12. Read a Series/TBR #2.
13. Go to this website Scrabble Word Finder . Enter these letters - alfredhitcok. Get a list of words.
Read a book with a word in the title from the list you get. Tell us the word.

Characters and Cast
14. Read a book with a character or author named Jeff, Lisa, Stella, James, Stewart, Grace, Kelly, Thelma, Raymond, Tom or Doyle. (Variations are allowed.)

Jeff's sophisticated, beautiful socialite girlfriend, Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly), visits him regularly, as does his insurance company's nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter). Stella wants Jeff to settle down and marry Lisa, but Jeff is reluctant.
15. Read a book with a character that is a nurse OR with a character that takes care of other characters in the book.
16. Read a book with a character that has a boy/girlfriend but does not want to marry OR where a couple breaks up.

Movie Poster
17. Read a book with a red cover.
18. Read a book with something on the cover that is also on the movie poster. eg. man, woman, binoculars, etc. Tell us the item and show us the cover.

Info from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rear_Wi...

Challenge Rules:
If you want to participate in a challenge, sign up by posting a list of the challenge requirements. 
This gives us a message to link you to so you can use to update your tasks as the challenge progresses. 
Click on the edit link at the bottom of your message to add additional tasks or updates.

All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). 
Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. 
No page minimum.

When updating your challenge with the books you've read, please include: (1) book title link, (2) the author's name, (3) the date you finished reading the book.

If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. 
If the task calls for an item/color on the cover, please include a link to the book cover. 
A book may be used for only one task.

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 and we can add finished to your name!

If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions HERE.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Historical Landmarks of Massachusetts (3rd Qtr, 2017)

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads


HISTORICAL LANDMARKS OF MASSACHUSETTS
3RD QTR TASK, 2017
DATE: 07/01/17 - 09/30/17

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It's time for our third quarter historical landmark challenge. To complete the challenge, read a book that fits one task for each of the landmarks listed below.

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Challenge Rules:
The page limit requirement is 125 pages unless otherwise specified; however, participants are welcome to combine smaller books to reach the page limit. All books are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audio, ebook, etc). Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. 

Challenge Updates:
When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. If you want to share an update to your challenge, please copy and paste your update into a new message letting us know it is an update.

Completed Challenges:
When you have completed this challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and repost in a new message, letting us know it is completed.

We prefer that you do not post links or generic messages regarding updates or completed challenges.
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TASKS:

1. HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES:
The House of Seven Gables is a colonial mansion built in 1667. It was made famous by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The House of Seven Gables.
☀Read a book with a number in the title, or a book with a house, cottage, or mansion shown on the cover.
The Girl On Legare Street (Tradd Street, #2) by Karen White Karen White 7/2/17

2. BOSTON WOMEN'S MEMORIAL:
This beautiful memorial is a trio of sculptures on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. It commemorates the lives of Phillis Wheatley, Abigail Adams and Lucy Stone.
☀Read a book by a female author, or a book with a woman shown on the cover.
Futures and Frosting (Chocolate Lovers, #2) by Tara Sivec Futures and Frosting Tara Sivec 7/6/17

3. VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL, MOUNT GREYLOCK:
Located on the highest point in Massachusetts, this memorial was built in 1931-1932 at a cost of $200,000.
☀Read the book that has been on your TBR the longest, or a book that has the number 1, 9, 3 or 2 found in its total number of pages. 304 pages
Wicked Ride Sawyer Bennett 7/6/17

4. OLD STATE HOUSE:
Built in 1713, this is where the Declaration of Independence was first read publically in 1776. The Boston Massacre occurred just below the east balcony in 1770.
Read a book in which a tragic incident is part of the story, or a book whose title begins with 'O'.
Wait for You J. Lynn 7/6/17

5. THE MOUNT, LENOX:
American author Edith Wharton's beautiful country house located in Lenox was built in 1902 and was considered her first real home. Wharton designed the home and gardens. It was inspired by the 17th century Belton House located in England.
Read a book with a character who writes, or a book set in England.
Talk Me Down Victoria Dahl 7/5/17

6. OLD SOUTH MEETING HALL:
This historic church was built in 1729 and is famous for being the meeting place for discussions leading to the Boston Tea Party of 1773. 
☀Read a book in which the words "tea" AND "church" are found in the text, or a book in which some type of meeting takes place.
Under Pressure Lori Foster 7/3/17


7. BRANDT POINT LIGHTHOUSE:
Located on Nantucket Island, this beautiful lighthouse was constructed in 1746 and is still fully operational.
☀Read a book with a source of light found on the cover, or a book with the word "Light" or "House" found in the book title or series name.

8. THE FREEDOM TRAIL:
This red brick line of 2.5 miles leads through downtown Boston and includes 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.
☀Read a book with a red cover, or a book rated 2.5 or less here on Goodreads.

9. USS CONSTITUTION:
One of six frigates commissioned by President George Washington for the United States' first navy, it is named after the Constitution of the United States of America. It is the world's oldest commissioned vessel afloat.
☀Read a book in which the first letter of each title word can be found in USSCONSTITUTION, or a book with some type of boat shown on the cover.

10. FENWAY PARK:
This renowned baseball stadium is the oldest in Major League Baseball. It first opened on April 20, 1912.
☀Read a book originally published prior to 1912 or one published in April (any year), or a book in which the main character is involved in sports.
One Week Girlfriend Monica Murphy 7/7/17 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

TLC July Scavenger Hunt - Summer

The Lost Challenges discussion on goodreads


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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.

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

For each word please list the book, date read, page number/location and sentence where you found it.

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)

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.) 


Our theme this month is...

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Choose your Level:
Summer Breeze – 10-20 words
Here Comes The Sun – 21-40 words
****My Choice - Summer of Love – 41-50 words****


DURATION: 1st July 2017 - 31st July 2017

***Reserve your spot but no hunting till the 1st!***

Happy hunting!

Word List

1. air conditioning Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 231 The air conditioning kicked on, chilling the room even more, ...

2. August Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 1811 You’ve got to cut that leave of absence short and get back here by July 5th, not the original August 1st date we’d set for you.

3. backyard Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 260 They’d gotten married in a small ceremony, with some family and several friends, in Colby’s backyard.

4. barbecue Talk Me Down Victoria Dahl 7/5/17 p 1 She hoped they still made the barbecue flavor.

5. barefoot The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 68 My gaze finally dropped to the floor, where I noted he was barefoot.

6. baseball The Doctor Wears A Stetson Anne Marie Novark 7/2/17 p 16 She tucked several loose strands of hair under her baseball cap and decided to investigate.

7. beach Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 1057 Suddenly, the beach area seemed quiet.

8. beer The Doctor Wears A Stetson Anne Marie Novark 7/2/17 p 71 We could have a few beers.

9. bikini Cure for the Common Breakup Beth Kendrick 7/12/17 p 48 And if you say no bikini, I'm sending in the National Guard.

10. bright The Doctor Wears A Stetson Anne Marie Novark 7/2/17 p 19 The full moon hung suspended against the blackness, huge and yellow and bright

11. bugs Fallout Sara Paretsky 7/9/17 p 330 Then they dried the bugs and figured out how to spray them over civilian populations.

12. camp Fallout Sara Paretsky 7/9/17 p 111 “I never camped out there,” Barbara said.

13. fourth Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 2244 Kris checked Ashley’s bed for the fourth time that night.

14. garden The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 60 He said he would rather spend his day off going over plans for his garden, and had actually sounded excited about the prospect.

15. hay fever

16. heat The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 67 I tried to quell the rush of heat that took over me like an alien force, ...

17. heatwave

18. hot The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 55 You’re both so hot for each other the temperature rises about twenty degrees whenever you’re in the same room together. 

19. hot dog Futures and Frosting Tara Sivec 7/6/17 p 3 As my knee bounces up and down, and I force myself not to buy another hot dog to give myself something to do because eight ballpark hot dogs is where I draw the line, ...

20. humid Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 43 The humid evening air clung to her.

21. ice cream Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 254 Mia took a bite of her dripping ice cream instead of crawling into his lap. 

22. iced tea Fallout Sara Paretsky 7/9/17 p 125 A sense of shame made me hold myself completely still, the glass of iced tea freezing my fingers.

23. independence The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 62 And I think it’s just an excuse to keep her independence and keep me at a distance.

24. July Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 1811 You’ve got to cut that leave of absence short and get back here by July 5th, not the original August 1st date we’d set for you.

25. June Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 1812 Your Family Medical Leave and vacation covers you until June 30th and ...

26. ocean The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 57 I tasted ocean breezes and hot sand.

27. outdoors Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 1871 He gestured to the outdoors.

28. picnic The Doctor Wears A Stetson Anne Marie Novark 7/2/17 p 75 I thought we could go to the roadside park and have a picnic, before you showed me your clinic."

29. pool Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 18 He inspected the pristine pool water for a speck of dirt.

30. sand The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 57 I tasted ocean breezes and hot sand

31. sandals Lord of the High Lonesome Janet Dailey 7/8/17 p 130 Before leaving the house Kit changed into a pair of cutoff jeans and sandals.

32. scorching Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 130 Scorching shivers washed across her warm skin.

33. shorts Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 251 Put on your big boy shorts.

34. sprinkler

35. strawberry Futures and Frosting Tara Sivec 7/6/17 p 6 It tastes like strawberry milk too.

36. summer Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 55 ... immediately offered them her summer home on Morningstar Lake in the Catskill Mountains, ...

37. sun The Girl On Legare Street Karen White 7/2/17 p 62 It’s like she’s the sun and I’m the moon and it takes both of us to make a whole day.

38. sunbathing

39. sunburn Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 225 ... pains, made her sunburn sting, and eased the torment of the itchy ...

40. sundress Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 190 Her awful cartel-gifted sundress, splattered in blood and dirt, ...

41. sunscreen Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17 Loc 1041 ...- drinks, books, fishing equipment, a flute, towels, sunscreen.

42. sweat The Doctor Wears A Stetson Anne Marie Novark 7/2/17 p 164 He broke out in a cold sweat.

43. swimming Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 203 Her pulse pounded faster and faster, swimming her head dizzy.

44. swimsuit Fire Brand Susan Kyle 7/9/17 p 55 Why don't you get a swimsuit?

45. tan Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 45 Bright yellows and greens turned soupy orange and tan.

46. tennis Futures and Frosting Tara Sivec 7/6/17 p 28 I hear the sounds of tennis shoes squeaking on the floor as nurses most likely race to Carter’s side to get him away from the horror show.

47. travel The Doctor Wears A Stetson Anne Marie Novark 7/2/17 p 55 Eighty miles is a long way to travel to see a doctor."

48. trip Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 27 ... share if you promise to stop kicking me for the rest of our trip.

49. tropical Wicked Ride Sawyer Bennett 7/6/17 p 45 The slight warming of her blue irises so they look like tropical waters.

50. vacation Winters Heat Cristin Harber 7/4/17 p 114 If you have to call someone to let them know you’re safe on your vacation, use this one.