Category Archives: Challenges

A Puzzlement Spell Challenge

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 12
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection

M – The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David Stuart MacLean
A Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
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– Cowboy and the Captive by Lora Leigh
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– The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O‘Neill
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DURATION: NOVEMBER 1 – NOVEMBER 30, 2021

To go along with Barb’s scavenger challenge this month, choose one or more of these words to spell out in November. You may use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title (excluding A, An and The) OR the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used).

puzzles
crossword
squares
blanks
vertical
horizontal
symmetry
(Arthur) Wynne
escape (room)
Japan
prison
zombies
guards
jigsaw
(John) Spilsbury
dissected map
logic
deduction
elimination grid
matrix
mechanical
manipulation
dexterity
tangrams
interlocking
Rubik’s Cube
multicolored
Lucas Etter
sudoku
row, column
numbers

CHALLENGE RULES:
See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting a challenge template. 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 above 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. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ If you choose any of the spelling options, you may use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title (excluding A, An and The) or the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used).
-In the case of a hyphenated first or last name (i.e. Sarah-Kate LynchKate E. Dyer-Seeley), the first letter of the hyphenated name may be used (not the second initial directly following the hyphen).
-If an author uses what appears to be “two last names” (usually a female author using her maiden name and then her married last name; i.e. Kathy Hogan Trocheck), the last initial of the two names counts since the maiden name is now serving in the place of a “middle” name.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task.
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to book title or author

♦ If you want the challenge moderator to verify your books as you post updates, please copy/paste your update into a new message . If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. We don’t have time to scroll back through the entire thread looking for “message #15,” or to follow links back to an original post.

♦ For those who read books whose title is in a language other than English: For spelling challenges and tasks asking for a title beginning with a specific letter, please remember that words representing articles cannot be used in challenges where you’re asked to disregard A, An and The. If you’re unsure about your book title, post in the challenge thread and the mod will get back to you about it ASAP.

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

A Puzzlement Scavenger Challenge

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection

A PUZZLEMENT
DURATION : NOVEMBER 1 – NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Puzzles are a great way to pass the time, as many families rediscovered during the Covid-19 lockdowns. I love puzzles of almost any kind, so when I saw that the third week of November is Game and Puzzle week, I knew we had to come up with a challenge based on some of the most popular types of puzzles. Which of these is your favorite?

CHALLENGE RULES :
See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.
PLEASE NOTE : When we ask for an item shown prominently on the cover, we should be able to see the item in the thumbnail, without having to click through to the book’s page.

♦ If you want to participate in this 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 above for rules regarding graphic novels. Please remember that ONLY graphic novels can be combined.) 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. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for CCC challenges. If you listen to an audiobook, please be sure that the link you post indicates a page count for the book, even if that means linking to an edition different from the one you listened to.

♦ If you use books that are in a language other than English, please translate those titles into English (even if there is no English title here on GR) for the purposes of our challenges, unless you plan to use that language for the entire challenge. If you do use another language for the whole challenge, please remember that the translations of exempt words/phrases — for example, A, An and The — would be exempt as well.

♦ 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 or specific author initials or name/s, you must include a link to the book cover and/or author’s name, respectively. To avoid spoiling a book for other readers, please use spoiler tags when explaining your book choices.*
    * For help with posting spoiler tags, see this post: Spoiler tags
    * 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 copy and paste your entire list as a new message at the end of the challenge thread. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, with appropriate links, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. Please do NOT simply post a link back to your original post.

THE TASKS:


1. CROSSWORD
A crossword is a word puzzle consisting of a grid of squares and blanks into which words crossing vertically and horizontally are filled according to given clues. The first crossword puzzle was written by journalist Arthur Wynne and published in New York World in December 1913. In North America and Britain, it is considered traditional for crossword grids to have 180-degree rotational symmetry for the patterns of the puzzle to appear the same if the paper is turned upside down. Crossword puzzles flex a mental muscle known as fluency, which is an essential part of keeping your brain sharp.
⁂ Read a book with a cover that is ONLY black and white (author name and title may be other colors); post the cover OR a book originally published in a year ending in 13; tell us the year


2. ESCAPE ROOM (image from PRWeek.com)
An escape room is a game in which a team of players discover clues, crack codes and solve challenging puzzles in one or more rooms in order to escape from a room or building. The first escape room opened in Japan in 2007, and it is now estimated that there are over 50,000 escape rooms worldwide, with at least one in 44 different countries. There are hundreds of different themes of rooms to choose from, but the most popular themes are outsmarting guards to escape from prison, escaping from zombies (or finding a cure for them), and robbing a bank and fleeing before you’re caught. The average escape room is 60 minutes long, but there’s one in Greece that takes 3 hours.
⁂ Read a book in which someone has to escape from a dangerous situation; using spoiler tags, briefly explain OR a book where the first letter of every word in the title can be found in ESCAPEROOM, 2-word minimum (a letter can only be used as many times as it appears in the phrase) – Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh


3. JIGSAW PUZZLES
A jigsaw puzzle consists of a picture printed on cardboard or wood and cut into various pieces of different shapes that have to be fitted together. Most historians credit English engraver John Spilsbury with creating the first jigsaw puzzle when he mounted a world map to a sheet of hardwood and cut around the country borders with a handsaw. He sold these “dissected maps” as a tool to teach geography. The mass production of jigsaw puzzles began with the introduction of the die-cut machine in the 20th century. Now they’re available in every shape imaginable – including 3D puzzles. According to Guinness World Records, the largest jigsaw puzzle was completed in 2018 in Dubai, a feat that featured 12,320 pieces and was some 65,000-plus square feet.
⁂ Read a book by an author named John (reasonable variations accepted); post a link to the author’s GR page OR a book with over 12,320 GR ratings; tell us how many – What We Find by Robyn Carr (15,228 ratings)


4. LOGIC (image from PuzzlersParadise.com)
A logic puzzle is a puzzle that can be solved by deductive reasoning. This puzzle features a grid which the user fills in according to the clues provided. They were first produced by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. The most popular logic puzzle is the elimination grid, where the correct pairing for a set of objects must be determined by the process of elimination. The set-up to a scenario is given, as well as the object (for example, determine who brought what dog to a dog show, and what breed each dog was), certain clues are given (“neither Misty nor Rex is the German Shepherd”), and then the reader fills out a matrix with the clues and attempts to deduce the solution.
⁂ Read a book whose title contains the letters L-O-G-I-C, not necessarily in order or in the same word OR a book by an author who writes under at least two different names; post a link to both/all of the author’s GR pages


5. MECHANICAL
A mechanical puzzle is a self-contained object, composed of one or more parts, which involves a problem for one person to solve by manipulation using logic, reasoning, insight, luck, and/or dexterity. The puzzles range from ancient tangrams, to modern-day sophisticated and complex three-dimensional interlocking solid puzzles. From simple wire puzzles which were so popular around the turn of the century to beautiful and intriguing Chinese ring puzzles to secret boxes with hidden openings to sequential movement puzzles, mechanical puzzles vary greatly and are probably the oldest type of puzzle.
⁂ Read a book with a standard geometrical shape (circle, square, triangle, rectangle) shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in MECHANICAL; post a link to the author’s GR page – The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David Stuart MacLean


6. RUBIK’S CUBE
Originally called the Magic Cube when it was introduced in 1974, is a plastic cube covered with multicolored squares, which the player attempts to twist and turn so that all the squares on each face are of the same color. It was created by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. In 1980, due to international patent challenges that arose, the name was changed to Rubik’s Cube. With six sides representing nine blocks of six colors – orange, yellow, green, red, white, and blue – a Rubik’s Cube is said to hold 43 quintillion potential configurations. In 2015, 14-year-old Lucas Etter solved the Cube in a world record time of 4.90 seconds. The world’s largest Rubik’s Cube is almost 7 feet (a bit over 2 meters) square.
⁂ Read a book whose title has changed at least once for reasons other than translation; post a link to at least two of the different titles OR a series book #3 or #4; tell us the series – The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill


7. SUDOKU
A sudoku puzzle consists of a grid of 81 squares, divided into nine blocks of nine squares each. Some of the squares contain a number – more numbers in the easier puzzles, only a few in the harder ones. The goal is to fill in the empty squares so that the figures 1 to 9 appear just once in every row, column and individual block. Many have attributed the puzzle, which has a Japanese name, to the mysteries of the Land of the Rising Sun. But its true modern origin lies with a team of puzzle constructors at Dell Puzzle Magazines in Manhattan in the 1970s. The game didn’t really become popular until 2004 when The Times in London began to publish it.
⁂ Read a book whose MC works primarily with numbers in some way; tell us the career OR a book with an intact 81 in its total page count; tell us how many pages

Sources include:
www.wealthwords.com/blog/puzzle-types
clontz.org/puzzles/types/
Wikipedia

Funko Vamps November 2021

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 6
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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Funko Vamps
Collect a Funko Vamp each month by completing at least 2 tasks from a set of 6.
A new set of tasks with a new Funko Vamp will be posted each month.

The dolls you collect will be in your Vampire Heart thread. Don’t have a thread? You can still do the challenge if you want 🙂

Rules
Complete at least two tasks to get the vampire heart
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
No minimum page count
One book per task

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November
Read a book with a black or white cover.
Read a book tagged magic.
Read a book in which the characters travel / take a vacation. – What We Find by Robyn Carr
Read a book with the author’s first or last initials found in WALT DISNEY. – Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
Read a book in which the MC is royalty.
Read a book with a “Happily Ever After” ending. – Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy & Jessica Clare

Moonlight Serenade November 2021

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 6
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

Duration: 1 – 30 November

Rules
Complete at least two tasks to get the vampire heart
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
No minimum page count

1. Listen to a book with a firefighter or police officer as the MC
2. Listen to a book with a character who is pregnant or gives birth – Cowboy and the Captive by Lora Leigh
3. Listen to a book with a character who has a psychic ability – Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
4. Listen to a book where the MC works in the food industry or with food on the cover
5. Listen to a book where the MC is some type of criminal or does something illegal
6. Listen to a book with an MPG of sports

Monthly Challenge November 2021

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 11
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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Duration:
November 1st – November 30th

How it Works:
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. Pick which level you want to do and that’s how many items you will need to check off.

Levels:
Transitional – 2 books
Fledgling – 4 books
Vampire – 6 books
Master – 8 books
Vampire King or Queen – 10 books

1. November 1, 1848 was when the first medical school for women was opened in Boston. Read a book with a female doctor or read a book set in Boston. – What We Find by Robyn Carr

2. November 5 – Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. Read a historical romance, or read a book with a mask on the cover.

3. November 11 – Veteran’s day. Read book with a MC and/or love interest in the military or read a dystopia.

4. November 7 – Hug a Bear. Read a book with a bear shifter or read a book with a cute creature you’d like to hug. – Cowboy and the Captive by Lora Leigh

5. November 12- Chicken Soup for the Soul. Read a book by an author that always makes you feel better or a book you would suggest to a friend. – The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill

6. November 13 – World Kindness Day. Read a book with a kind MC or a book that inspires you to be a better person. – Dawn’s Awakening by Lora Leigh

7. November 16 – National Tolerance Day. Read a book with diversity and/or read an lgbtq book.

8. November 20 – Universal Children’s day. Read a book with an MC that has children, or read a book with a child character you like. – Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

9. November 23 – Dr. Who/Tardis day, this is the anniversary of the first ever transmission of Doctor Who. Read a science fiction book, or read a book with someone who travels to another country/time period. – The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David Stuart MacLean

10. November 26 – Buy Nothing Day. Read a free book from a friend, or a free book online.

Bonus
Read a book with something you are grateful for and find it on the cover. Do this as many times as you wish! – Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy & Jessica Clare

Night Spawn Bingo November 2021

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 9
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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Welcome to Night Spawn BINGO. Each month a new BINGO game will be posted with new tasks to complete. Get three in a row (Horizontal, Vertical, or Diagonal) to receive your Vampire Heart.

Rules:
Complete three tasks to get the vampire heart
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
No minimum page count
One book per task

Read 3 books that have one of the following (Must be in a Horizontal, Vertical, or Diagonal pattern).

Top Row:

Read a book with a title starting with a letter found in GRATITUDE~ Dawn’s Awakening by Lora Leigh
Read a book with a character who is given a second chance (In love, life, health, etc)~ What We Find by Robyn Carr
Read a book with a character who helps someone who is in trouble.~ Your Coffin or Mine? by Kimberly Raye

Middle Row:

Read a book with an author’s first or last initial is found in FAMILY~ Cowboy and the Captive by Lora Leigh
Read a book where the MC is a single parent ~
Read a book where a family comes together to celebrate an event (Holiday, Wedding, Birthday, etc)~ The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill

Bottom Row:

Read a book with a character whose name starts with a letter found in THANKSGIVING~ Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh (Honor)
Read a book where a family shares a meal ~ The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David Stuart MacLean
Read a book set in the Fall~

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Day of the Dead

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 6
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

Day of the Dead
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Duration
November 1st – 30th

Rules
Complete at least two tasks to get the vampire heart
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
No minimum page count

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1. Read a book where the MC has a deceased family member
2. Read a book with a colorful cover
3. Read a book with a skull on the cover or all the letters of SKULL in the title
4. Read a book with a flower(s) on the cover – What We Find by Robyn Carr
5. Read a book published on November 1st or 2nd
6. Read a book with one of the four elements (wind, water, fire or earth on the cover) – Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy & Jessica Clare

All’s Fair in Love and War

Duration: 1st November – 30th November 2021
Number of books: 3
Hosted by: Bookworm Bitches

November 2021 – All’s Fair in Love and War
Duration: 11/1/2021 – 11/30/2021

There are 3 tasks, you only need to read three books to finish this challenge. Or pick one task and read 3 books for that one task.

1. Read a classic or a book you’ve been meaning to get to – Your Coffin or Mine? by Kimberly Raye
2. Read a book with some form of conflict – What We Find by Robyn Carr
3. Read a book that relaxes you – Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy & Jessica Clare

Rules
~Books must be read during the selected time period.
~Post the date you finished the book.
~All books read for challenges can be used for more than one challenge.
~Books can be either Fiction or Non Fiction. Your choice.
~At the end of the challenge, it will be closed for commenting and moved to the archives folder
~Use the add book/author tool to tag your book within your challenge.

4th Quarter Challenge

Duration: 1st October – 31st December 2021
Number of books: 8
Hosted by: Bookworm Bitches

4th Quarter 2021
Duration: October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Rules:
~Books must be read during the selected time period.
~Post a link to the book, date you finished and rating
~All books read for challenges can be used for more than one challenge.
~Books can be either Fiction or Non Fiction. Your choice.
~If you don’t have a book that matches the option on the list, pick any book on your TBR.
~Copy the blank template below and paste into a new comment to start your challenge. Update as necessary.

Completed 7/8

1. Read the oldest book on your TBR
2. Read a new to you author – When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
3. Read a book a spooky or winter themed book – My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
4. Read a book with sky on the cover – Marry in Secret by Anne Gracie
5. Find a random number generator and read that book. – How to Grow a Baby by Clemmie Hooper
6. Read an author whose name starts with O, N, or D – The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill
7. Read your newest acquired book (bought or borrowed). – Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
8. Catch up on a Bookworm Bitches selection or read a book you have been meaning to read for a long time – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Individualism

Duration: 1st October – 31st October 2021
Number of books: 3
Hosted by: Bookworm Bitches

October 2021 – Individualism
Duration: 10/1/2021-10/31/2021

There are 3 tasks, you only need to read three books to finish this challenge. Or pick one task and read 3 books for that one task.

1. Read a book with only one POV – The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods
2. Read a book with a strong character – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
3. Read a book with the word ‘I’ in the title

Rules
~Books must be read during the selected time period.
~Post the date you finished the book.
~All books read for challenges can be used for more than one challenge.
~Books can be either Fiction or Non Fiction. Your choice.
~At the end of the challenge, it will be closed for commenting and moved to the archives folder
~Use the add book/author tool to tag your book within your challenge.