July Monthly Challenge
1. 'J' is for July : Read a book that starts with 'J' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'J'.
2. Happy Anniversary! Read a book that was published in July of any year or read a book of an RRRC member that joined in July of any year.
3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author - Jennifer Ashley : Read one book written by Jennifer Ashley or any author with her first or last name. Link to Jennifer Ashley's backlist
Fun Facts about Jennifer-
* NY Times Bestselling author
* She's won RWA's RITA and RT Reviewer's Choice awards
* Writes historical and paranormal romance and historical mysteries
* She writes under three pen names: Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner
--You may also choose to read a book under any of her pen names, an author with the same first or last name of those pen names or any paranormal or historical romance.
4. Independence Day: July 4 -- Thomas Jefferson, is the author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11-28, 1776.
--Read a book with a MC that's 'independent', a writer or a political figure or a book with a cover that's at least 50% red, white OR blue...combination of 50% OK too...bonus pride points for all three!
5. World Population Day: July 11 -- It is estimated that the world's population could reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, and over 11 billion by 2100. With that many of us, one wonders if this population level is sustainable? With all the issues related to these billions upon billions of people, World Population Day was established to raise awareness of global population issues.
--Read a book that touches on any human rights issue, a book that involves a billionaire or a MC of significant wealth, or a book with more than one person on the cover.
6. "Vive la France!", Bastille Day: July 14 -- Symbolizes the end of the constitutional monarchy, and the beginning of the democratic republic of France. To Frenchmen, Bastille Day is viewed as their liberation.
--Read a book set in France or another Country other than the one you live in or a book that includes a royal/monarch MC (at any level) or a page count that includes a 1 or 4.
7. National Ice Cream Day: July 16 -- It's only fitting that ice cream be given it's own special day. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month. He also established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month.
--Read a book with the word 'ice' or 'cream' any where in the title, series, or author's name...example "Twice Tempted" or Anne Rice. You can also read a book with ice cream on the cover, a book by your favorite author or a book that would be 'special' to you.
8. International Day of Friendship: July 30 -- Paraguay first celebrated this day on an national level on July 30, 1958. Other countries with early celebrations include: several countries in South America, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia. In 2011, the United Nations declared this an official international day.
--Read a book that includes MCs who are close friends or a book published in 2011.
9. Mutt's Day: July 31 -- Mutts deserve their day in the spotlight too! By definition a mutt, sometimes called a "Half-breed", is a dog that is of mixed breed.
--Read a book that includes a Pet, has an animal of any kind on the cover or that's considered paranormal or fantasy genre.
10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice.
3. Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - Deb Marlowe (Deb Marlowe - Apr 2014) (historical) - July 13
4. A Texas Rescue Christmas - Caro Carson (HSE #2376 - Dec 2014) (red white and blue) - July 12
5. The Rancher's Nanny Bargain - Sara Orwig (HD #2493 - Jan 2017) (wealthy hero) - July 3
6. The Princess Problem - Teri Wilson (HSE #2544 - Apr 2017) (princess) - July 15
7. What We Find - Robyn Carr (Mira - Jan 2016) (a favorite author) - July 18
8. The Rancher's Cinderella Bride - Sara Orwig (HD #2518 - May 2017) (friends) - July 3
9. Cornered in Conard County - Rachel Lee (HI #1726 - Aug 2017) (pet/guard dog) - July 2
10. Under Pressure - Lori Foster (HQN - Jan 2017) - July 23