Saturday, June 24, 2017

Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge

by Andrea Renee Cox


Are you a fan of reading challenges?

In the last couple of years, I have become quite an avid fan of them. They are fantastic for discovering new-to-you authors or genres you've never tried before. The thing I really love about them is seeing which of the books in my towers and piles will work for each category.



I've finally decided to design my very first reading challenge, and you're the first to learn the categories here on Writing to Inspire.

This reading challenge will be for the second half of 2017, and since autumn is smack in the middle of these months, I've titled it "Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge." Because summer's also in there, I've created levels with a beach theme. This challenge is active from July through December of this year.

To keep track of who's participating and how many books they sign up for, I'll be editing this article to include the participants' names and number of books they're aiming for (I'm going ahead and marking myself down to give you an example of what this will look like). To get your name on the list, leave me a comment letting me know that you're in and how many books you're striving to read for this challenge.

Once the challenge gets going, make sure to leave another comment once a month or so to update me on how many books you've read toward the challenge, that way I can update your entry in the reading challenge.

There are four different levels for this challenge:

Testing the Water - 6 books (1 per month)
Wading In - 12 books (2 per month)
Swimming to the Buoy - 18 books (3 per month)
Open-Water Swimming - 24 books (4 per month)

For the first three levels, you can choose any of the categories to reach your number of books. For the largest level, all the categories must be completed.


Here are the twenty-four categories for the
Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge:

1. A book that was turned into a movie
2. A book set in Germany
3. A book that's over 400 pages
4. A book with only two colors on the cover
5. A book whose cover has the author's name in larger print than the title
6. A book featuring a road trip
7. A book that takes place on a boat
8. A book about brothers
9. A borrowed book
10. A book with a quilt on the cover
11. A book with "daughter" in the title
12. A book with jewelry on the cover
13. A book that made you laugh out loud
14. A book with a wedding dress on the cover
15. A book that takes place in two or more time periods
16. A book with yellow lettering on the cover
17. A book with a POV character with a diverse cultural background
18. A book with stars on the cover
19. A book written by a new-to-you author
20. A book with an eccentric character
21. A book with a theme of "trust"
22. A book with a two-word title
23. A book written by one of your favorite authors
24. A book you read without first reading the back cover

Here's a picture version of the categories. Feel free to save it to your computer for future reference. I'll also have it on my Reading Challenges Pinterest board if you want to share it with your friends.




Participants

Testing the Water
Dawn C. 4/6
Olivia R. 2/6
Carolyn V. 0/6

Wading In
Victoria M. 0/12
Dana 0/12

Swimming to the Buoy
Kellyn R. 0/18
Rebecca T. 4/18
Rosalyn 11/18
Paula 11/18
Tina 11/18

Open-Water Swimming
Andrea C. 15/24
Hannah G. 2/24
Debbie C. 0/24
Loraine E. 16/24
Rebekah M. 18/24



Which level are you in for?

Which categories are the most intriguing to you?

Have you ever before participated in a reading challenge?



Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back and tell me which books you've read for the categories. I can't wait to hear which ones you enjoy the most!

You can also find it in the right-hand sidebar of my website for the rest of the year.



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130 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea ... it's Kell from CBG. ;) I've never done a reading challenge before, but I believe I'll 'swim to the buoy.'

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    1. Will add you to the Buoy category. Thanks for joining in! Reading challenges are such a blast.

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  2. Like Kellyn, I've never done a reading challenge like this. Can I up my goal if I decide to later?

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    1. Yes, upping one's goal is definitely allowed. Where would you like to start?

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    2. sign me up for 6 right now. I'm not sure how busy I'll be, but it sounds like fun. Hopefully I can get to the next level before the end of the year, but we'll see.

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    3. Will do! I'm so glad you're joining in, Rebekah. I think this is going to be so fun!

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  3. Hi Andrea... I've never done a book challenge before and didn't expect to ever do one. I read books for pleasure now and then, as you know, but certainly not on any regular schedule. However, it sounds fun! Count me in! I'll have to go slow, so I'll be TESTING THE WATER!

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    1. Oh wow! Mom, you just surprised me. :) Thanks for joining in on the challenge. I hope you have fun with it!

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  4. Ooh fun! I'll join for "Wading In" as I'll be really busy this next half of the year and might not be able to get books for as many of the challenge criteria. :) It's been a while since I've participated in someone else's reading challenge, so this will be a blast! :D

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    1. I'm glad you're joining in, Vee. I hope this challenge will be some much needed relaxation for you in your busy second half of the year.

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  5. I'll join for "Testing the Water" :) I love reading challenges!!

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    1. Thanks for joining in, Olivia! I hope you'll find a lot of the categories interesting.

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  6. I will be joining you for Open-Water Swimming. :)

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    1. I was hoping you would. Thanks, Hannah!

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  7. Well now, this is more than a read a number of books challenge, I love the catagories. I have never done a book challenge either but going to try swimming for the buoy. Can I up it later if I see I am going to have the time? Thank you for this fun adventure.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I tried hard to make it extra fun with interesting categories. Yes, you can up your level at any time. Happy reading!

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  8. Is it too late to sign up. If not I am in for 24

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    1. Debbie, you're right on time. Yes, the challenge starts on July 1 and goes through December 31. Any book you finish on or after July first and on or before December 31 counts toward this challenge. Thanks for joining in!

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  9. Hi, I've never done a reading challenge before, but I'd love to participate in this one! I'm trying for the "Swimming for the Buoy" level.
    Thanks!
    Rosalyn

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    1. Welcome, Rosalyn! What a beautiful name! I'm actually reading a book right now with a lead character by the name of Rosalyn (The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere).

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  10. Hi Andrea,
    I'd like to join the challenge. I read a lot, but never have chosen books base on a category. So... I'll try the Wading In (is that the 12 books?)
    In His arms, Dana

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    1. Dana, you've understood correctly; Wading In is the 12-book level. I'll mark you down for that one. Choosing books based on a category is such fun, and it gets even more interesting for those categories that you won't know until you read a book that matches (such as one that "made you laugh out loud"). Sometimes I end up having to read extra books until I find one that qualifies, but I'm typically glad about that because it means my to-be-read pile shrinks a little more. Happy reading!

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  11. Hi Andrea! I have never done a reading challenge before. I participate in the reading challenge on Goodreads each year, but this is different. I am going to go slow since it is a new adventure for me and I write reviews for the books I read. I will start out with Testing the Water--6 books. The categories are all interesting.
    blessings, Tina


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    1. Thanks for jumping in there, Tina! I hope you really enjoy it. I am glad you like the categories. It was fun thinking up a wide variety of them.

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  12. Hi Andrea! This sounds like fun. Might have a slow beginning due to the move but I'll go Wading In and up it later if it looks like I can hit more.

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    1. Loraine, I'm praying your move goes smoothly. Thanks for your enthusiasm about my first attempt at hosting a reading challenge. I'm loving the turnout so far!

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  13. I am also a member of good reads and have joined in on challenges; mainly this last year. I will try this also; and attempt 'testing the water' I have three in mind; especially want to read a 'road trip' and may find it challenging for getting three more off my TBR shelf, preferably

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    1. Carolyn, welcome to the challenge fun! It's neat you've already picked out three categories. I hope your TBR shelf shrinks more than expected through this challenge.

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  14. is this challenge shown on good reads; maybe, I overlooked it.

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    1. It is not on Goodreads. It is hosted here on this page of my website. There is a quick link to it in the right-hand side of the page; that will stay there for the rest of the year for quick access to update via a comment when you have completed the categories. You can post updates once a week, month, whatever works for you. Once you update me via the comments, I'll update the numbers by your name up in the article under "Participants." Thanks!

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  15. thanks, Andrea; so, I'm on the right track now; and signed up here on your blog. I'm starting my first book.

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    1. Glad to hear it, Carolyn. Enjoy!

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    2. Andrea, please remove my name from this contest. Life has gotten more hectic then I anticipated, elderly parent, me working more and just can't fit in this challenge. Maybe next one you offer, thanks dear.

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  16. I completed my first book! :) It was #14 A book with a wedding dress on the cover.
    Are we supposed to tell you the titles, or just the categories, or just that we read another book?

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    1. I would love to hear the titles too! I think that's half the fun, to see what everyone's been reading. Thanks for asking, Rebekah!

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    2. My book was "A Wedding Disaster . . . Or Was It?"

      I was thinking. :) Could you maybe do a separate page on your blog that has all the categories and then when people tell you the title and category, you can add it to the page. That way if others are looking for books in certain categories, they might find something. Oh, and my sister suggested doing some sort of linky where everyone can link to their reviews of the books they read if they want to.

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    3. Rebekah, I was already thinking of adding the covers of our books to the end of the article as we finish them. As for the review links, are you able to copy/paste it into a comment? I think that would work well.

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    4. Oh, that's a good idea. :) Here's my link.
      https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2049054004

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  17. Finished my second book. (I don't usually have this much time to read, so don't expect a new book read every two days!)
    "The Mayo Brothers" #8 category (book about brothers)
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2051190378

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  18. I finished my first book.
    Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer
    #21 "trust"
    Five stars
    Review to come on this blog soon. :)

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  19. I finished my first book... A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd. #9 category - A borrowed book. It was enjoyable!

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    1. Great job, Mom! Think you'll squeeze in a bonus book this month? There are still a few weeks left. :)

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  20. 3rd book completed. "The Wonderful Voyage" for #7 that takes place on a boat.
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2056022496

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    1. Cruising right along, aren't you? Well done!

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  21. I have been very remiss in posting my books here so I will add several now.
    "A Land of Silence" by Tessa Ashfar #19
    "In the Field of Grace" by Tessa Ashfar #1
    "Promise Me This" by Cathy Gohlke #7 at least part of this was on a boat
    "Mary Magdalene" by Dana Wallis Taylor #22
    Now to get reviews written and posted.

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    1. Wow! Lots of books read already. Great job, Rebecca! I'll get your entry updated right away.

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  22. Andrea, I have finished two books and working on my third one.

    1..The Man She Knew by Loree Lough, #4 & #23.
    2..The Captivation Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller, #16, #21 & #23.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Great job, Tina! You've read your first two books quickly. Each book may only be counted for one category. Which categories would you like to use for these first two books?

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    2. Andrea, oops, sorry.
      Hmm, for The Man She Knew, #23..favorite author,
      and for The Captivating Lady Charlotte, #21...trust.
      Blessings, Tina

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  23. Andrea,
    I have a question. Two of the categories are specific to where the book takes place, #6(a road trip) & #7(takes place on a boat)...I was wondering if I/we can expand on the place(s)? Example, instead of on a boat, replace it with on a plane,(which would include the "road trip" as well, to a plane trip)? Does that make sense?
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Tina, thank you for asking. Part of the challenge of doing a reading challenge is finding books that fit the categories. For the boat one, I would accept any type of boat (cruise liner, canoe, steam ship, kayak, raft, etc.). The entire book doesn't have to take place on the boat. It can be just a few scenes.

      The road trip one should include traveling on the road in some fashion. It could be as simple as a person traveled by road to visit a relative, or it could be a cross-country road trip. A road trip book I enjoyed was To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon. Have you read that one yet?

      I'll keep plane rides in mind for a future challenge, though. That sounds like a fun category!

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    2. Andrea, thank you for clarifying. I don't know if there will be a boat ride in the book or not as I have only read about a third of it so far.

      No, I have not read To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon. I have read her Touching The Clouds #1 Alaskan Skies series and hope to read the others in the series.
      Blessings, Tina

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    3. That's one of the fun parts of some of the categories, I think, to see if books you read will fit even if at first they didn't seem like they would. I hope you're enjoying the books you're discovering for this challenge!

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  24. I finished my second book today.
    Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr
    #8 brothers
    Two stars

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  25. Book 3
    Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson
    #22 two-word title
    One star (sensuality, crude jokes, and theme of intentional sin)

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  26. 12. Laugh out loud: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
    19. New author: Countdown by Heather Woodhaven

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    1. I've heard of Daddy-Long-Legs, but I haven't read it yet. Is it worth the time?

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    2. It is a fun romp of a story, but be aware that it was written from a liberal (Socialist) standpoint.

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    3. Ah, thank you for the heads-up. I think I have a copy in my Kindle, so I'm sure I'll get to it eventually. Is it the book that the Fred Astaire movie by the same title was based on?

      Here's the link for the IMDB page for the movie version in question: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047969/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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    4. Yes, that's what the movie was based on, but I can't say how closely they followed it.

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    5. I'll have to read the book before I watch the movie again, then. Thanks for the tip!

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  27. Book 4: Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
    #19 New-to-me author
    Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2064411959

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    1. Great job, Rebekah! You're on pace to finish all 24 categories. You go, girl!

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    2. :) Thanks. I was going to ask you to move me to Wading In because I've Tested the Waters and they're just fine. :) I've started another book for this and have about 8 more picked out. Once I've neared the goal for the second group, I'm hoping to move up again.

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    3. Sure thing! I got your name moved to the Wading In section. Great job!

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  28. Completed Book #2
    FALSE IDENTITY by Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole
    #22 A book with a two-word title
    It kept me turning page after page!

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    1. So proud of you, Mom! Two books in the first month? Look at you! :) Now I'm curious to see how many books you end up with. Perhaps it will be more than six.

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  29. Book 4
    For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
    #9 borrowed book
    I got this one from the library.
    Rating: 2 stars
    (innuendo, expletives, romance felt forced, random POVs)

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  30. Andrea,
    Book 3...Turbulence by Alana Terry #19, new-to-me author.
    Book 4...To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander, #23, favorite author.

    blessings, Tina

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    1. Cruising right along, Tina. Great job!

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    2. Tina, I have you down as having two books for #23, favorite author (The Man She Knew and To Wager Her Heart). Does one of them fit into a secondary category?

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  31. I finished reading "Love Comes Softly" by Janettte Oke for #5 Author's name in larger print than the title. :)
    Here's my review if anyone's interested.
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2070835575

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    1. Well done, Rebekah! I have been working on my collection of that series for a long time now. I think I only have one or two books to go.

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  32. Book 1/a book over 400 pages: A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow (2 stars)
    Book 2/a book set in Germany: High as the Heaven by Kate Breslin (3.5 stars)

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    1. Great job, Olivia! Did the setting come alive for you in High as the Heaven? That's what I'm looking forward to in whichever book I read for the Germany category.

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  33. Andrea,

    Book #5...The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson, #16, yellow lettering on the cover.
    Book #6...Lady Sarah (#2 Patriots & Seekers) by Lyn Cote, #7, takes place on a boat (in part of the story).

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Great job, Tina! Wow, six books in the first month. You're really flying through 'em!

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  34. My 6th book: The Best of Reminisce
    #13 Made me Laugh Out Loud
    My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2075921311

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  35. Andrea,

    This is for July as I finished reading it last night, July 31st:

    Book #7...The American Heiress Brides Collection by Kimberly Woodhouse, Lisa Carter, Mary Davis, Susanne Dietze, Anita Mae Draper, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Lisa Karon Richardson and Lynette Sowell, #12,jewelry on the cover.

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Seven books in the first month? Tina, I'm quite impressed! Well done, my friend.

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  36. I finished my 7th book. "Doctor Kate"
    #22 Two-word title
    My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2085169246

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  37. Been a while since I updated my own book count.
    #3, over 400 pages: A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White 8/7/17, 3 Stars
    #7, on a boat: All the Tea in China by Jane Orcutt 7/27/17, 4 Stars
    #19, new-to-you author: The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre by Elisabeth Crabtree 7/27/17, 1 Star

    That puts me up to seven categories finished. How are all of you coming along?

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  38. Just finished book #8 The Treasured Brides Collection
    #12 Jewelry on the cover
    My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2086638881

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    1. Still cruising along, I see. Well done!

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  39. I'm checking in to update.
    I've actually read 14 books since this started, but don't quite have them all under categories right now...and some of these could actually fit under a few different categories. I might still be able to get the others in a category, I'll keep thinking! :)
    Here's what I have so far
    #3 over 400 pages- Tiffany Girl by Deanne Gist
    #4 only two colors - A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard
    #5 author's name larger than title - Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon, Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter
    #9 borrowed book - The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller
    #13 book that made me laugh out loud - True to You by Becky Wade
    #15 takes place in two or more time periods - The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick
    #19 new to me author - Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll, Arms of Promise by Crystal Walton
    #20 eccentric character - Smart Vaccine by Richard Sadok, The Hanover Street Affair by Ashley Gardner
    #21 theme of trust - Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman
    #22 two word title - The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim
    #24 read without reading back cover - The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

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    1. Rosalyn, you're knocking it out of the park! Nicely done. It's only necessary to have one book per category, so if there is another category that works for some of those duplicates you have (books listed for #5, #19, and #20), let me know. So proud of you!

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  40. Andrea,

    August so far:
    #8...A Christmas Surprise #1 Love In the Cascades series by Kimberly Rose Johnson, #23 favorite author.
    #9...A Name Unknown #1 Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M. White, #3 over 400 pages.

    blessings, Tina

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    1. Tina, you're doing well! I think you've hit "favorite author" three times already. Guess you've got lots of favorite authors! (Me too!) Are there other categories that the extra books will work for?

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  41. Book #9 Who Gets the Drumstick?
    #9 Borrowed book
    My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2089709820

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  42. My third book: Category #12 A book with jewelry on the cover entitled "One Plus One Equals Trouble" by Sondra Kraak

    Have a great day!
    Dawn

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  43. Good afternoon Andrea,

    Book #8…A Christmas Surprise #1 Love in the Cascades by Kimberly Rose Johnson…#23, favorite author.

    Book #9…A Name Unknown #1 Shadows Over England by Roseanna M. White…#3, over 400 pages.

    Book #10…Abiding Mercy #1 Amish Mercies by Ruth Reid…#22, two-word title.

    Book #11…At the Stroke of Midnight: A Sweet Romance #1 A Fairly Western Tale by Kate Palmer and Jennifer Hatch…#14, wedding dress on cover.

    Book #12…Frontier Want Ad Bride #4 Wilderness Bride by Lyn Cote…#21, theme of trust.

    Book #13…The Matchmaker’s Match #4 Love in the Cascades by Kimberly Rose Johnson…#23, favorite author.

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Cruising through! Nicely done, Tina. So proud of you.

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  44. Afternoon Andrea,

    Book #14...In Love & War by Miralee Ferrell, Kimberly Rose Johnson, Debby Mayne & Trish Perry...#4, Two colors on the cover.

    Book #15...Blind Spot #3 Chesapeake Valor by Dani Pettrey...#7,took place on a boat (part of the story).

    blessings, Tina

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  45. Guess I am going to have to go for the whole enchilada as I've already completed 17. So here's to open water swimming:

    1. A book that was turned into a movie
    2. A book set in Germany
    3. A book that's over 400 pages - The Dead Saint (Bishop Lynn Peterson #1) by Marilyn Brown Oden
    4. A book with only two colors on the cover -A New Dawn in Montana by Isa Teaque
    5. A book whose cover has the author's name in larger print than the title - The Maiden of Mayfair by Lawanna Blackwell
    6. A book featuring a road trip - The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill
    7. A book that takes place on a boat
    8. A book about brothers - Texas by Debra White Smith
    9. A borrowed book - Penny Wise (Windy City Neighbors #3) by Neta and Dave Jackaon
    10. A book with a quilt on the cover
    11. A book with "daughter" in the title - Eve’s Daughters by Lynn Austin
    12. A book with jewelry on the cover - High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin
    13. A book that made you laugh out loud - Joy Breaks: 90 Devotions to Celebrate, Simplify, and Add Laughter to Your Life by Patsy Clairmont,Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Mebert, and Luci Swindoll
    14. A book with a wedding dress on the cover
    15. A book that takes place in two or more time periods
    16. A book with yellow lettering on the cover - Over the Waters by Deborah Raney
    17. A book with a POV character with a diverse cultural background - Pound Foolish (Windy City Neighbors #4) by Neta & Dave Jackson
    18. A book with stars on the cover
    19. A book written by a new-to-you author - Uncle’s Bakery by Dana Meachen Rau
    20. A book with an eccentric character
    21. A book with a theme of "trust" - Mountain Man by Yvonne Lehman
    22. A book with a two-word title - Hidden Places by Lynn Austin
    23. A book written by one of your favorite authors - Without a Doubt (Rock Harbor #1) by Colleen Coble
    24. A book you read without first reading the back cover - McKenzie (Montana Skies #1) by Penny Zeller

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    1. Well done, Loraine! You're really soaring through the categories now.

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  46. I have a few books to add, a question, and a request. :)

    Books:
    Book #10 Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station
    #20 An eccentric character
    My Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2092239661

    Book #11 Motorin' Along
    #6 Featuring a road trip
    My Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2096904349

    Book #12 A Daughter of the Land
    #11 "daughter" in the title
    My Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2105597207

    My question:
    What do you mean by "A POV character with a diverse cultural background? Are you talking about a character who has a different background then another main character? (As in one grew up in the city, another on a farm?) Or are you meaning something else?

    My Request:
    Would you move my goal to the highest one? I already have books picked or at least some ideas for at least 8 or more books, and have a feeling I'll end up reading all 24 categories anyway. Thanks. :) And I'm having fun!

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    1. So glad you're having fun! A diverse cultural background can be from a far-away country or of more than one ethnicity. The one I found for this category was The Lady and the Lionheart, in which the lead male character was the son of a lion tamer and a Romani Gypsi aerialist. I thought that combination of genetics was quite diverse.

      Great job on sailing through the categories! I'll get you moved up to the highest one. So excited for you!

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    2. So, what about a story where the couple getting married are from totally different backgrounds? You have both cultures shown in the story even if there are two main characters.

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    3. That would be diversity within the story, but it wouldn't be one POV character with a diverse cultural background.

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  47. Thanks. That's what I was thinking, but I thought I'd check. :)

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  48. Hi Andrea. I think I'll join with swimming to the buoy. This looks like fun!
    Can we go back to July to add those books if they work?

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    1. Yes, Paula, definitely the books that qualify that you read in July should be included. Thanks for joining in!

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  49. Book #13 The Road to Paradise
    #16 Has yellow lettering on the cover
    My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2105607235

    Book #14 Grandma's Wedding Quilts - The Prequel
    #10 A quilt on the cover
    My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2106532136

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  50. Andrea,
    I finished my 4th book... The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks. The category is "A book whose cover has the author's name in larger print than the title."

    I hope you have a very blessed week!

    Dawn Cox (Mom)

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    1. I'm amazed, Mom. You are flying through the books right now! Great job. :)

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  51. Book #15 Brentwood
    #24 A book I read without reading first reading the back cover. (It didn't have anything one the back cover. :))
    My Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2108573727

    Book #16 The Daybreakers
    #1 Book turned into a movie
    My Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2113726538

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  52. Andrea,

    When we stated, I entered at level Testing the Water-6 books… but since I have been reading more than 6 books (1 book per month), guess I should upgrade my level to Swimming to the Buoy-18 books (3 per month). Not ready to change to Open-Water Swimming-24 books even though I have almost read that many books as I haven’t been able to read from all the 24 groups listed.


    Book #16…Becoming Awesome Beauty #1 Awesome Love by Sheila Holmes…#19, new-to-me author.
    Book #17…Luke: Slave & Physician #3 Men of God by Katheryn Maddox Haddad…#3, over 400 pages.
    Book #18…The Cherished Quilt #3 The Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston…#10, quilt on cover.
    Book #19…Mail-Order Bride Collection: A Timeless Romance Anthology (6 Novellas) by Stacy Henrie, Kristin Holt, Annette Lyon, Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore & Sian Ann Bessey…#19, new-to-me authors.

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. I'll get your name moved to Swimming to the Buoy in just a moment. You're flying through the books! Well done.

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  53. Here's what I have so far.
    #3: A Name Unknown by Roseanna White
    #4: The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra Marvin
    #8: No Way Up by Mary Connealy
    #13: Ready to Fumble by Christy Barritt
    #17: The Promise of Breeze Hill
    #19: A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal
    #20: The Cat in the Cradle by Jan Fields
    #21: With You Always by Jody Hedlund

    I have figured our some more but need to read them and I may switch them up.

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    1. Wonderful start! Thanks for checking up on me over on Facebook. I've been so busy with copyediting the past couple of weeks that blog updates have fallen to the back burner. Getting to them now, though.

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  54. Andrea, would you help with a little more definition of #17? I used Promise of Breeze Hill. The heroine is a daughter of a plantation owner and the hero is an indentured servant from Ireland. Thanks. If that's not correct, I'll move that book to another category and read your pick! ( Lady and the Lionheart)

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    1. Paula, a diverse cultural background can be from a far-away country or of more than one ethnicity. Since the hero in your book is from Ireland (a far-away country as compared to the United States), I will count that for #17. I do recommend you add The Lady and the Lionheart to your reading list, though. It's such a wonderful and emotional story. I hope you enjoy it!

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  55. Book #17 Under the Lilacs
    #23 By a favorite author (It's a good think it just had to be A favorite author, because I don't think I can find any more by my very favorite author. :))
    My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2118276816

    Book #18 Sackett's Land
    #17 POV character with a diverse cultural background
    My Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2120739467

    [Only 6 more books to go to read the end of this challenge! It's been fun!]

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    1. Goodness, girl, you may be finished with this challenge before Halloween! Great job!

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    2. I wouldn't be surprised if I am. I have almost all of the other books chosen. But I can't seem to find a two or more time periods. But I can read the others while I keep looking. :)

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    3. Have you read any of Lisa Wingate's books? The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper, I believe, both have dual time periods. Also, Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin features a non-linear timeline, covering both WWII and present-day. I enjoyed all three of those books, but I'll warn you: you might need tissues.

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  56. Here are three more:
    #16: A Secret Courage by Tricia Goyer
    #23: These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart
    #22: Double Edge by Thomas Locke

    I will certainly put The Lady and The Lionheart back on my TBR pile!
    Thanks Andrea!

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    1. Glad to help a fellow reader find great books. Which is your favorite of Ann Gabhart's books? I've been meaning to try one of hers and would love your input.

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    2. Angel Sister is sooo good! I liked These Healing Hills just as much. Her writing has heart. The cozies were good but the other two I mentioned just spoke to me! You can see my review on goodreads. I haven't read her Shaker series but I enjoyed the single historical and wish she would write more like that one. Locking forward to the next books in this new series!

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    3. Paula, thank you for the recommendations. I'll make a note of those titles and check out your reviews. She sounds like an author of books I would enjoy, especially if she writes with heart. That's a huge selling point for me.

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  57. Update on my list:
    #1 Turned into a movie - Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan; 9/15/17; 5 stars
    #5 Author's name larger than title - Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock; 8/31/17; 2 stars
    #12 Jewelry on cover - Michaela's Choice by Lisa Harris; earrings worn by lead woman on cover; 8/11/17; 5 stars
    #13 Laugh out loud - The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot; 8/16/17; 3 stars
    #15 Two or more time periods - Destination: Romance by five authors (including one of my favorites, Kim Vogel Sawyer); 1863, 1888, and present-day; 9/12/17; 4 stars
    #17 POV character with a diverse cultural background - The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof; Charlie Lionheart - his father was a lion tamer, and his mother was a Romani Gypsy aerialist; 8/17/17; 4 stars
    #20 Eccentric character - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman; Fox Man; 9/11/17; 4 stars
    #24 Read without first reading back cover - The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander; 8/31/17; 2 stars

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