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A Flutter of Butterflies Spell Challenge

Duration: 1st April – 30th June 2021
Number of books: 11
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection

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2021 SPRING SPELLING CHALLENGE
DURATION: March 21 – June 20, 2021

This challenge complements the Butterflies spring scavenger challenge. Choose one or more of the following related words. Spell them using the first letter of a book’s title OR the author’s first or last initial. When using the author name to fill a spot, please remember to include a link to the author’s GR page. Our usual spelling rules apply. Because this challenge is 3 months long, we encourage you to choose words that add up to a minimum of 15 letters.

Word List:
cabbage whites
flutter
Egyptian frescoes
male Brimstone
lepidoptera
bright sunshine
scales covering wings
head, thorax, abdomen
antennae, compound eyes
exoskeleton
Western Blue Pygmy
Queen Alexandra’s birdwing
Skipper butterfly
egg, caterpillar, cocoon
short life span
North American Monarch
proboscis coils up
nectar, sap, pollen
puddle club
chemoreceptors
cold blooded
camouflage, mimicry
Mexico and California
migration
extinct and endangered
Madeconia Grayling
Pletvar
Sinai Baton Blue
Sinai Peninsula
Schaus Swallowtail
Florida
Lange’s Metalmark
Antioch Sand Dunes
buckwheat
Island Marble
San Juan Island
Miami Blue
Hurricane Andrew
winter hibernation

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.

♦ If you use books that are in a language other than English, please translate those titles into English for the purposes of this challenge, unless you plan to use that language for the entire challenge. If you do use another language for the whole challenge, please remember that the translations of exempt words/phrases — for example, A, An and The in this challenge — would be exempt as well.

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. 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 Flutter of Butterflies Scavenger Challenge

Duration: 1st April – 30th June 2021
Number of books: 11
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection

A FLUTTER OF BUTTERFLIES


Butterflies conjure up images of sunshine, the warmth and color of flowery meadows, and gardens teeming with life. From small cabbage whites (above) to the largest swallowtails, there are thousands of unique and beloved butterfly species on the planet. Known for their beautiful colors and unique patterns, they come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, but how much do we really know about these colorful insects? This challenge should help fill in some of those gaps 🙂

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.

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THE TASKS :

1. There are about 17,500 species of butterflies in the world, and around 750 species in the United States. They have been around for at least 50 million years and probably first evolved some 150 million years ago. Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.
🦋 Read a book set before the year 1000; tell us when OR a book whose title begins with a letter in EGYPTIAN (disregard A, An and The) – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam


2. A group of butterflies is known as a flutter. It is commonly believed that the word butterfly is a derived from butter-colored fly, which is attributed to the yellow of the male Brimstone butterfly (above). Due to their bright colors and visits to flowers, butterflies are the most familiar of insects to humans. They can be found all over the world, except in Antarctica.
🦋 Read a book with a cover that is almost entirely yellow; post the cover OR a book that has been translated into at least three languages other than the original; tell us the languages

3. Butterflies (and moths) are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera. To tell them apart, butterflies fly in bright sunshine, while moths are most active at night.
🦋 Read a book where the first letter of every word in the title (ALL words count!) can be found in LEPIDOPTERA (3-word minimum; a letter can only be used as many times as it appears in the word) OR a book with a bright sunny scene shown prominently on the cover; post the cover

4. Butterflies and moths are the only group of insects that have scales covering their wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs and three body parts: the head, the thorax and the abdomen. The wings are attached to the thorax and they also have a pair of antennae, compound eyes and an exoskeleton – the skeleton is on the outside of the body. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out. Unlike other insects, though, they have the ability to coil up their proboscis. Until butterfly ears were identified in 2012, scientists thought butterflies were completely deaf.
🦋 Read a book originally published in 2012; tell us the pub date OR a book with a character who is deaf; tell us who


5. Butterflies can vary greatly in size, from the Western Blue Pygmy (left) which is only about 1/2 inch across, to the female Queen Alexandrea’s birdwing(center), with a wingspan of nearly 10 inches. Some butterfly species are very fast; one, the Skipper Butterfly (right), can fly faster than a horse can run.
🦋 Read a book with natural wings (NOT airplane wings!) shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR the shortest book on your to-read list that is over 150 pages long; tell us how many pages

6. The butterfly starts its life as an egg, laid on a leaf. The caterpillar (larva) hatches from the egg and eats the leaves or flowers on which the egg is laid. Caterpillars are usually very distinctive, and are sometimes more easily identified than the adult butterflies. The caterpillar eats voraciously to transform plant material into tissues that they will need for metamorphosis. It loses its skin as many as four times as it grows, increasing greatly in size. Eventually it turns into a pupa or chrysalis (cocoon). The caterpillar will spend multiple days, or weeks, inside the cocoon.
🦋 Read a book with a major character who eats a lot; tell us who OR a book with a predominantly green cover; post the cover

7. Inside the chrysalis, a developing butterfly waits to emerge with its wings collapsed around its body. When it finally breaks free of the pupal case, it greets the world with tiny, shriveled wings. The butterfly must immediately pump body fluid through its wing veins to expand them. Once its wings reach their full size, the butterfly must rest for a few hours to allow its body to dry and harden before it can take its first flight.
🦋 Read a book in which a birth occurs; tell us the page/location number OR a book originally published less than six months before you finished it; tell us when it was published

8. Butterflies can be very picky about where they lay their eggs to the point of laying said eggs in one type of plant. The first thing a caterpillar eats after it hatches from its cocoon is usually the shell of the cocoon itself. In some places, you can find so many caterpillars feeding on plants that you can actually hear them munching.
🦋 Read a book with an action verb ending in ING in the title OR a book with a character who is very picky about something; using spoiler tags, tell us who and what they’re picky about

9. An adult butterfly generally has a very short life: just three to four weeks. However, the entire life cycle of a butterfly can range between 2 and 8 months, depending on the species. Some migratory butterflies, such as the North American Monarch, can live as long as 7 to 8 months in one generation. The Brimstone butterfly has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months. During that time, it focuses all its energy on two tasks: eating and mating.
🦋 Read a book with at least two generations of the same family in the story; tell us who and their relationship OR the book most recently added to your to-read list (or the most recent add that you can get your hands on); tell us when you added it – Love Hard by Nalini Singh (Esme, Jacob and Alison; three generations)

10. While most butterflies only eat nectar, some also eat some pollen, tree sap, or rotting fruit, especially in tropical locations. However, a butterfly cannot live on sugar alone; it needs minerals, too. To supplement its diet of nectar, a butterfly will sometimes sip from mud puddles, which are rich in minerals and salts. This behavior, called puddling, occurs more often in male butterflies, which incorporate the minerals into their sperm. These nutrients are then transferred to the female during mating and help improve the viability of her eggs. A group of butterflies puddling together is sometimes referred to as a “puddle club.”
🦋 Read a book with a drink/beverage shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book from a genre that is outside of your comfort zone; tell us the genre

11. Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet to help them find their host plants and locate food. A female butterfly lands on different plants, drumming the leaves with her feet until the plant releases its juices. Spines on the back of her legs have chemoreceptors that detect the right match of plant chemicals. When she identifies the right plant, she lays her eggs. A butterfly of any biological sex will also step on its food, using organs that sense dissolved sugars to taste food sources like fermenting fruit.
🦋 Read a book in which a major character is looking for something specific; using spoiler tags, tell us who is looking for what OR a book with bare feet shown prominently on the cover; post the cover

12. Butterflies need heat to be able to move. When you see them resting in the sunshine, they are warming up their wings so they can fly. They cannot fly if the air temperature falls below 55° Fahrenheit. Since they are cold blooded animals, they cannot regulate their body temperature, which renders them completely immobile in cold weather, unable to feed or to flee from predators. When air temperatures range from 82-100°F., though, they can fly with ease.
🦋 Read a book whose page total contains only numbers found in 1, 2, 5, 5, 8, 0, 0 (you can use 500, or 255, but not 588); tell us how many pages OR a book set in a location that is known for being cold most of the time; tell us the location

13. Butterflies rank pretty low on the food chain, with lots of hungry predators – wasps, flies, frogs, spiders and birds, for example – happy to make a meal of them. Therefore, they need some defense mechanisms. Some butterflies fold their wings to blend into the background, using camouflage to make themselves all but invisible to predators. Others try the opposite strategy, wearing vibrant colors and patterns that boldly announce their presence. Bright colored insects often pack a toxic punch if eaten, so predators learn to avoid them.
🦋 Read a book in which the main character must avoid a predator of some sort; using spoiler tags, briefly explain OR a book with a bird shown prominently on the cover; post the cover


14. Although they are not the only ones to migrate, butterfly migration is best exemplified by the Monarch, which is the only insect that migrates an average of 2500 miles to warmer climates in Mexico and California. This trip is so long that one butterfly will not be able to complete the whole journey during its lifetime. It takes multiple generations of butterflies to get to the end of the migration. The North American Monarch is one of the species that has been the most severely impacted by recent climate changes, with their numbers seeing dips and spikes over the last few years.
🦋 Read a book set in Mexico or California; tell us where OR a book with a monarch (king, queen or emperor; real or fictional) in the story; tell us who

15. Four butterflies became extinct over the last 150 years. Butterflies (and moths) have been recognized as indicators of biodiversity. Their fragility makes them quick to react to change so their struggle to survive is a serious warning about our environment. Habitats have been destroyed on a massive scale, and now patterns of climate and weather are shifting unpredictably in response to pollution of the atmosphere.
🦋 Read a book whose primary focus is some type of environmental issue; tell us what OR a book by an author who has died; tell us the date/year of their passing

16. In addition, a number of various butterfly species are critically endangered because their natural habitats are being destroyed by human activity. All of the butterflies below are rare because they only live in one specific area.

A. MACEDONIAN GRAYLING | Current estimated numbers : about 3000
This rare European butterfly is only found in the village of Pletvar in Macedonia, which has become vulnerable because of quarrying in the area.

B. SINAI BATON BLUE | Current estimated numbers: about 2300
This is not only one of the rarest butterflies in the world, it is also believed to be the world’s smallest. It is native to one area in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

C. SCHAUS SWALLOWTAIL | Current estimated numbers: 800–1200
Once considered the rarest butterfly in Florida, with numbers dipping to just a few hundred, the wild population of these butterflies has recovered, thanks in large part to a captive breeding program, after which the scientists released 50 adult butterflies and 200 caterpillars back into the wild.

D. LANGE’S METALMARK | Current estimated numbers: fewer than 450
Found only in the Antioch Sand Dunes in California, this species is dying off because the butterflies will only lay eggs on one specific type of buckwheat. Without that plant, females flutter around and land on other plants – but they won’t lay eggs.

E. ISLAND MARBLE | Current estimated numbers: fewer than 200
This butterfly had not been seen for over 100 years and was declared extinct before being rediscovered in 1998 on San Juan Island, off the coast of Washington state. Although scientists have worked hard to help the population of Island Marbles grow, its numbers have continued to drop.

F. MIAMI BLUE | Current estimated numbers: fewer than 100
In the past, this was quite common and found along the coastal mainland of Florida. Today, its numbers have dwindled significantly and its range has also shrunk to just the Florida Keys. The butterflies’ numbers first took a major hit in the 1980s when Florida’s coastal development took off. Then in 1992, the Miami Blue was nearly wiped out completely by Hurricane Andrew.
🦋 Choose one of these rare butterflies. Read a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in the butterfly’s name AND with a total page count that includes TWO of the numbers in the current estimated numbers posted above; post a link to the author’s GR page AND tell us how many pages

17. Butterflies will visit any garden, however small, if they can feed on suitable nectar plants. Nectar provides butterflies and moths with energy to fly and find a mate. In spring, it helps butterflies refuel after winter hibernation or a grueling journey. In autumn, nectar helps butterflies and moths to build up their energy reserves so they have the best chance of surviving hibernation or the journey back to warmer climes.
To attract butterflies to your yard or garden :
* They like warmth, so choose sunny, sheltered spots when planting.
* Choose different plants to attract a wider variety of species.
* Place the same types of plant together in blocks.
* Try to provide flowers right through the butterfly season. Spring flowers are vital for butterflies coming out of hibernation and autumn flowers help butterflies build up their reserves for winter.
* Don’t use insecticides and pesticides – they kill butterflies and many pollinating insects as well as ladybirds, ground beetles and spiders.
🦋 Read a book with a flower garden shown or a field of wildflowers prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book set in the spring; tell us when

National Scrabble Day Spell Challenge

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

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April 2021 Spell Challenge
Duration: April 1, 2021- April 30, 2021

To go along with Barb’s scavenger challenge this month, choose one or more of these words to spell out in April. 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).

Scrabble
architect
Alfred (Butts)
anagram
crossword
puzzles
Lexico
Criss Cross Words
(James) Brunot
royalty
schrabbelan
Dutch
Braille
Klingon
Spanish
Catalan
phoney
retinas
zlotty
hook
gyoza
bingo
amigo
oxyphenbutazone
game show
(Chuck) Woolery
Hall of Fame

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.

♦ 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.

♦ If you use books that are in a language other than English, please translate those titles into English for the purposes of this challenge, unless you plan to use that language for the entire challenge. If you do use another language for the whole challenge, please remember that the translations of exempt words/phrases — for example, A, An and The in this challenge — would be exempt as well.

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. 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.

National Scrabble Day Scavenger Challenge

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

NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY
DURATION : April 1-30, 2021

Scrabble is one of the best selling and most popular board games of all time. In honor of National Scrabble Day, celebrated yearly on April 13 [the birthday of its inventor], this month’s challenge looks a closer look at the game that sends many of us scurrying to the dictionary to verify – or disprove – a word’s existence.

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. 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.
    * 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. The game of Scrabble was invented by an unemployed architect, Alfred Mosher Butts, in 1933. He combined elements from anagrams and crossword puzzles to create a scoring word game. To figure out how many tiles there should be and how many points each letter should be worth, he calculated letter frequency on the front page of The New York Times. He determined, for example, that Q appears least often in English text, so there should only be one Q tile in the game, and it should be worth the most points.
🅿 Read a book originally published in April; tell us the year OR a book with at least one Q somewhere in its title

2. Scrabble was originally called Lexico and later changed to Criss Cross Words before being called Scrabble by James Brunot, a friend of the inventor. After coining the name Scrabble, Brunot and his wife created a partnership and began manufacturing the game in 1948, giving Butts a royalty on every set sold.
🅿 Read a book whose title has been changed at least once; post a link to both titles OR a book with at least two of these numbers in its page count: 1, 4, 8, 9; tell us how many pages

3. The name Scrabble comes from the words scrabbling, scrabbled and scrabbles – all of which mean to claw or scrape at something frantically. All derive from the Dutch word schrabbelan, which most likely integrated into American speech from Dutch settlers to North America.
🅿 Read a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in SCHRABBELAN (a letter can only be used as many times as it appears in the word); post a link to the author’s GR page OR a book with a Dutch character (tell us who) or set in the Netherlands (tell us where). – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

4. On average, more than eight Scrabble games are started every second. Each hour, at least 30,000 game of Scrabble are started. If all the Scrabble tiles ever produced were lined up single file, they would stretch for more than 50,000 miles.
🅿 Read book originally published in a year with a 5 in it; tell us the year OR a book you added to your to-read list on the 3rd of any month; tell us when you added it

5. Scrabble is available in more than 50 languages, as well as a Deluxe version (with large print tiles), a Braille version and even an unofficial Klingon version. Over 150 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide, in more than 120 countries. There are tiles specific to certain countries – in Spanish versions, there’s a single tile that has two Ls, in Catalan a tile has two Ls with a dot in between, and in Dutch, there is a tile that has an I and a J – that look a little odd to players accustomed to the English tiles.
🅿 Read a book that has been translated into at least two additional languages; tell us the languages OR book #5 in a series; tell us the series

6. There are 124 playable two-letter words in the English game, containing every letter in the alphabet except V. Merriam-Webster notes that the top-scoring Scrabble words (depending on where they’re played) include qi, za, phoney, retinas, xu, zlotty, hook, gyoza, bingo, and amigo. The highest possible score on one turn is 1782, achieved by adding tiles to form the word OXYPHENBUTAZONE across three triple-word scores.
🅿 Read a book whose title begins with V (disregard A, An and The) OR a book with a word in the title that is at least 12 letters long.

7. Scrabble became an American daytime game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery on NBC, which ran from July 1984 to March 1990, then again from January to June in 1993. In 2004, Scrabble was finally inducted into the American National Toy Hall of Fame, joining other great toys and games such as Monopoly, Etch A Sketch, Lego and The Game Boy.
🅿 Read a book that has been made into a TV show (at least one full season); tell us the name of the show if it’s not the same as the book title OR a book with CLASSIC on its main GR page. – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Villains We Love to Hate

Duration: 1st April – 30th June 2021
Number of books: 24
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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No tale is truly complete without the exquisite darkness found in our beloved villains… Whether an evil queen or dark sorcerer, these characters add a truly spectacular opposition to our heroes and heroines… Explore these villainous characters as you complete this reading challenge and earn your dark vampire heart.

Rules:
~ Read a minimum of 6 books to receive the Vampire Heart.
~ Rereads are allowed
~ No minimum page count
~ One book per task
~ All genres are welcome

Duration:
3 Months

Ravenna

Complete the following reading tasks…
1. Read a book with royalty OR tagged historical.
2. Read a book with a crown OR black bird on the cover.
3. Read a book tagged Young Adult OR New Adult. – Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
4. Read a book with a gold cover.

Maleficent

Complete the following reading tasks…
1. Read a book with a character who has wings.
2. Read a book with a character who is betrayed.
3. Read a book with a dragon in the story.
4. Read a book with a jealous character. – Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

Cruella De Vil

 Complete the following reading tasks…
1. Read a book with a black or white cover. – Love Hard by Nalini Singh
2. Read a book with a dog in the story.
3. Read a book with a character who is not who they appear to be. – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
4. Read a book where a crime is committed. – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

The Wolf

Complete the following reading tasks…
1. Read a book with a MC who is a wolf shifter.
2. Read a book where a character wears a disguise.
3. Read a book that takes place in the forest.
4. Read a book that has a wolf on the cover.

Queen of Hearts

Complete the following reading tasks…
1. Read a book with a heart on the cover.
2. Read a book with a ruler or leader who abuses their power.
3. Read a book that takes place in an alternate world (Not Earth) OR has more than one realm/dimension .
4. Read a book with a character you would describe as bizarre or eccentric.

Voldemort

Complete the following reading tasks…
1. Read a book with a character who is a witch or wizard.
2. Read a book with a character who practices dark magic.
3. Read a book with a character who returns from the dead.
4. Read a book in which spells are cast.

Paranormal Kit: Monsters

Duration: 1st April – 30th June 2021
Number of books: 25
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

When you join our quarterly paranormal kit club you will receive all the instructions needed to create one of the kind kits for all your paranormal needs. The kits will be beautifully packaged and each one will have a different theme. Subscribe now and get ready for your first kit. Of course, if you don’t like a particular theme you can always opt out for that quarter but we think you’ll love these kits and want to create each one!

If you are the type of person who loves the paranormal then join now and your instructions will be delivered straight to you. The kit includes all the supplies needed for that occasion when you happen across a paranormal situation. These kits are the perfect gift for those who either love the paranormal or just can’t seem to avoid it. Imagine your delight when each quarter the kit arrives and you can open your surprise box filled with exciting objects everyone who deals with paranormal needs.

Each quarter you will earn a new vampire heart when you complete your kit! So don’t delay and join now!

Thanks to Madame Z for submitting such a great idea for a challenge

How to Play
Complete at least one task per item to collect it for your kit

Rules
All genres welcome
No minimum page count
Rereads welcome
You must read a different book for each task

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Over the past year and a half we have built you kits that helped you hunt vampires, witches, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, demons, and water creatures but our time is drawing to an end. For this final kit we will give you the tools to fight those monsters that don’t necessarily fit into the categories above but which every hunter needs to be prepared for. So enjoy your final kit and best of luck hunting the supernatural!

There a whole host of monsters you may run into including but limited to: Changelings, Chupacabras, Sasquatch, Wyvern, Cerberus, Windigos, Jersey Devil, Hell Hounds, Minotaurs, Manticores, Cyclops, Sirens, Wraiths and more. Here are 25 weapons/tools we’ve collected that you may need along with your other kits.

1. Vespa 150 TAP: A modified Vespa scooter equipped with an attached rifle that can be fired while on the move.
Task: Read a book where a character rides a motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle.

2. Bat Bomb: Giant case filled with more than 1,000 compartments each containing a Mexican Free-Tailed bat attached to small bombs.
Task: Read a book with a bat on the cover or the word “bat” in the text.

3. Stink Bombs: Sulfar Stink Bombs able to disguise your smell or disable the use of a supernatural with a strong sense of smell.
Task: Read a book that you felt stunk (2 star rating or below) but that you finished anyway.

4. Lipstick Gun: Can fire one bullet from a tube a lipstick. When you’re in a tight spot and have no other weapons on you.
Task: Read a book with either lipstick, a person obviously wearing lipstick or a gun on the cover. – Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

5. Man Catcher: Pole weapon too pull people off horses and drag them to the ground
Task: Read a book where a character rides a horse or tagged western

6. Bulgarian Umbrella: An umbrella that contains a chamber from which a poisonous pellet is fired from.
Task: Read a book with an umbrella or rain on the cover or the word Poison in the title or series name.

7. The Wagh Nakha: Claw like blades used in India to slide over the knuckles and be used in a werewolf like way.
Task: Read a book with a werewolf in it or a book set in India

8. The Microwave Blaster: Subdue the enemy by broadcasting microwaves at particularly high frequency causing intense pain and discomfort.
Task: Read a book where a character has enhanced hearing or where you can clearly see two ears on the cover without enlarging the cover.

9. Earplugs: See #8 should be self explanatory
Task: Read a book with a compound word in title

10. Eye-Blinding Rifle: Blinds you with a laser beam (just don’t get caught with this as its against the Geneva Convention).
Task: Read a book where a character is blind or where a character breaks the law – Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

11. Laser Induced Plasma Channel: Shoots lightning bolts along laser beams
Task: Read a book with lightning on the cover or with an MPG of science fiction

12. Pulsed Energy Projectile: Creates a pocket of exploding plasma that results in an air pocket that creates a pressure wave to knock the monster out.
Task: Read a book where the MC is knocked unconscious or where something explodes during the book.

13. BZ Bomb: A cluster bomb filled with hallucinogen 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate.
Task: Reads a book where a character hallucinates or is drugged (either willingly or unwillingly).

14. Dead Man’s Blood: Lethal to any creature that consumes blood.
Task: Read a book with a vampire in it or any other creature that consumes blood or with blood on the cover

15. Bronze Blade: Kills sirens but also convenient for killing regular monsters as well.
Task: Read a book where a character is killed with a knife or where one of the characters is a monster.

16. Chainsaw: Decapitates most monsters, and will momentarily incapacitate just about any creature until it can be killed.
Task: Read a book where a character is decapitated or with all the letters of chainsaw in the title and/or author’s name

17. Cure Box: Used to keep cursed objects from effecting you.
Task: Read a book with an “X” in the title or where a character is cursed.

18. Iridium Forged Knife: Kills Alpha Monsters. Make sure you keep it clean and sharp!
Task: Read a book with an alpha character

19. Lock Picks: Self explanatory but an essential tool of a hunter.
Task: Read a book where a character uses a lock pick or that has a tool on the cover.

20. Mirror: Shows the true faces of changelings, sirens and wraiths.
Task: Read a book where a character isn’t what they seem to be or where a supernatural is hiding what they are. – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

21. Taser: Handy to incapacitate a variety of monsters or even belligerent humans.
Task: Read a book where a character is belligerent or with a one word title

22. Journal: To keep track of all the information you’ve accumulated about the different supernaturals.
Task: Read a book with a journal, letter or book that is important to the plot or with a journal/book on the cover.

23. A vehicle with a weapons compartment in the trunk with a combination lock so no one else can get in. Pick one you’re comfortable with but that has plenty of room. After all hunters are on the road a lot.
Task: Read a book with a vehicle on the cover or read a book where the MC drives the car you would want to have.

24. Anti-Possession Tattoo: Just in case you don’t already have one. This tool of the trade is necessary for all hunters.
Task: Read a book with a tattoo on the cover or where a character is possessed. – Love Hard by Nalini Singh

25. Finally, a bit of advice. Hunting isn’t an individual endeavor. You need backup and help so find a partner that you trust. You will spend a lot of time with this person so make sure it’s someone you like as well.
Task: Do a buddy read or read a book from one of the month’s Muses

2nd Quarter Challenge

Duration: 1st April – 30th June 2021
Number of books: 8
Hosted by: Bookworm Bitches

2nd Quarter 2021
Duration: April 1, 2021 – June 30, 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 5/8

1. Read the oldest book on your TBR

2. Read a new to you author – Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

3. Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to – Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

4. Read a book with flowers on the cover

5. Read the highest rated book on your shelves -Love Hard by Nalini Singh (4.18 stars)

6. Read a book that starts with the same letter as your name – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

7. Read your newest acquired book (bought or borrowed). – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

8. Catch up on a Bookworm Bitches selection or read a book you have been meaning to read for a long time

Coming of Age

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

April 2021: Coming of Age
Duration: 4/1/2021-4/30/2021

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 favorite from your childhood or by a favorite author from your childhood
2. read a book where the character grows
3. Read a book where a character celebrates a birthday

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.

Copy & paste the blank template below to begin your own challenge.

April 2021: Coming of Age
Duration: 4/1/2021-4/30/2021

0/3 Completed

1. read a favorite from your childhood or by a favorite author from your childhood
2. read a book where the character grows
3. Read a book where a character celebrates a birthday

Funko Vamps – April 2021

Duration: 1st April – 30th April 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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April
Read a book with a stupid or silly character
Read a book published this year
Read a book with the letter A in the title – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Read a book with a love triangle or a break-up
Read a book with a werewolf
Read a book with a first-person point-of-view – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Spring is In the Air

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

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Duration:
Starts: April 1st
Ends: April 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

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1. April Fool’s Day!
~Read a book with a character that makes you laugh OR
~Read a book tagged humor

2. April 2nd is Light It Up Blue for Autism Day and the whole month is Autism Awareness Month.
~Read a book with a blue cover OR
~Read a book with a character who battles a disability or overcomes an adversity.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. April 4th is Easter this year!
~Read a book with a colorful cover OR
~Read a book with any holiday theme

4. April is named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
~Read a book with a god or goddess in it OR
~ Read a book tagged Mythology.

5. People born in the first part of the month between March 21st and April 19th are said to be born under the sign of Aries the Ram, a Sun sign which is ruled by the planet and the Roman god of War, Mars. Those born from April 20th to May 20th are born under Taurus the Bull, an Earth sign who is ruled by the planet and the Roman goddess of love, Venus.
~Read a book with a battle or war in it OR
~Read with a MPG of Romance
Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

6. The birthstone for April is the diamond: Diamonds are said to bring all kinds of benefits to their owners, supposedly leading the wearer to experience better relationships and an increase in inner strength. They are supposed to bring balance, clarity, and abundance, and it is symbolic of eternal love and the bringer of wealth to six centuries of the diamond trade.
~Read a book with a Jewel on the cover OR
~Read a book with a physically / mentally strong character
Love Hard by Nalini Singh

7. The birth flowers for the month of April are the sweet pea and the daisy: The daisy symbolizes innocence, loyalty, love, and purity; but it also means “I’ll never tell!”. The sweat pea signifies blissful pleasure, and are used to say goodbye.
~Read a book with a flower on the cover or the name of a flower in the title OR
~Read a book with a second chance romance.

8. Adolf Hitler Was Born in April: Adolf Hitler, surely one of the most depraved leaders ever, was born in Austria on April 20th, 1889.
~Read a book with a corrupt leader / government OR
~Read a book tagged Dystopian

9. Leonardo da Vinci Was Born in April: He was a painter and a scientist. He was a Renaissance genius for his and any other time, capable of turning his hand to anything. And he was born in April.
~Read a book with a character who is an artist OR
~Read a book with a character who is a scientist / inventor

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

10. William Shakespeare Was Born and Died in April: The Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare was another April genius, born on April 23, 1564, and died on or about his April birthday at the age of 52 in England in 1616.
~Read a book with a pregnant character OR
~Read a book where a secondary character dies.

Bonus: I will be celebrating my 45th birthday in April!
~Read a book with a celebration in it OR
~Read a book published in April OR
~Read a book with a 4 and 5 in the page count OR
~ Give yourself a gift and read any book you want!