January Monthly Challenge
1. 'J' is January: Read a book that starts 'J' or whose author's first or last name starts with 'J'.
2. Happy Anniversary: Read a book that was published in January of any year or read a book of an RRRC member who joined in January of any year. The list for 2016 begins at the link, go further back for other years.
3. Featured Author Challenge - Jennifer Haymore: Read a book by this month's Featured Author, Jennifer Haymore, or by any author with her first or last name.
Fun Facts about Jennifer:
★Jennifer Haymore grew up in Hawaii where she surfed, sailed, raced bicycles and even learned to fly.
★ She published her first novel in 2008.
★ She primarily writes Historical Romance, but also some Contemporary Romance.
★ Jennifer lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids.
So you may read any book set in Hawaii or with the ocean on the cover. You can also read any book published in 2008, or that is shelved as Historical Romance. Or you can read a book that has children in it.
4. New Year's Day - January 1: Tried and true, but always fun. Read a new release or a new-to-you author.
5. Fruitcake Toss Day - January 3: Read a book with wacky characters or just a funny story.
6. Cuddle Up Day - January 6: Read a book with an embrace or kiss on the cover. Or read a book with a blanket on the cover for them to cuddle under!
7. Male Watcher's Day - January 8: Easy, peasy - read a book with a good looking man on the cover!
8. Friday to the 13th - January 13: Read a Paranormal Romance or any book that is scary or involves a mystery.
9. Punch the Clock Day - January 27th: Read a book that features working class characters, those who might 'punch a clock'.
10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choosing!
3. Cold-Hearted Rake - Lisa Kleypas (Avon - Nov 2015) (historical romance) - Jan 12
4. A Simple Hope - Rosalind Lauer (Ballantine - Mar 2014) (new to me author) - Jan 10
6. The Maverick's Holiday Surprise - Karen Rose Smith (HSE #2510 - Nov 2016) (embrace)- Jan 10
9. Fully Ignited - Shannon Stacey (Carina Press - Feb 2016) (firefighter) - Jan 23
10. Too Much Temptation - Lori Foster (Brava - Mar 2002) - Jan 16
February Monthly Challenge
1. 'F' is for February: Read a book that starts with 'F' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'F'.
2. Happy Anniversary: Read a book that was published in February of any year or read a book of an RRRC member who joined in February of any year. The list for 2016 begins at the link, go further back for other years.
3. Featured Author Challenge - Darynda Jones: Read a book by this month's Featured Author, Darynda Jones , or by any author with her first or last name.
Fun Facts about Darynda:
★Darynda Jones wrote an apocalyptic/sci-fi manuscript in high school, about a group of teens that resembled Van Halen.
★ She won a RWA Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance (2009) and a
RWA RITA for Best First Book (2012) for First Grave on the Right.
★ Death and the Girl Next Door is her first foray into the YA genre.
★ Jennifer lives in New Mexico with her husband and two boys.
OR you may read any book set in a school. You can also read any book published in 2009, 2012, OR that is shelved as YA, Sci-fi or Apocalyptic. OR you can read a book set in New Mexico.
4. February celebrates Black History Month - Read a book, either fiction or non-fiction, with an African-American main character OR read an Historical romance.
5. February 5 is Superbowl Sunday - Read a book with a main character who is an athlete (not necessarily football) OR a book with two words in the title that start with the same letter.
6. February 14 is Valentine's Day - Read a romance, any type OR read a book with a heart on the cover (show us the cover).
7. February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day - Read a book with a main character whose name starts with R, A, or K (tell us the name) OR read a book someone lent you, gifted you, or you treated yourself to (it's good to be kind to yourself, too!)
8. February 22 is traditionally George Washington's Birthday. Remember how he chopped down a cherry tree and couldn't tell a lie about it? Read a book with a tree on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book with a generally honest character.
9. February 27 is Polar Bear Day - Read a book set in a cold climate OR a book with a predominantly white cover (show us the cover).
10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice.
4. Baby on the Oregon Trail - Lynna Banning (HH #1311 - Jan 2017) (historical) - Feb 7
7. Turquoise Guardian - Jenna Kernan (HI #1685 - Jan 2017) (Amber) - Feb 2
8. The Viscount Needs a Wife - Jo Beverley (Signet - Apr 2016) (tree) - Feb 8
9. Marry Me at Christmas - Susan Mallery (HQN - Oct 2015) (winter) - Feb 11
10. A SEAL Forever - Anne Elizabeth (Sourcebooks Casablanca - Dec 2015) - Feb 23
March Monthly Challenge
1.'M' is for March: Read a book that starts with 'M' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'M'.
2. Happy Anniversary! Read a book that was published in March of any year or read a book of an RRRC member that joined in March of any year. Here’s the link to member list: Beginning with March 2016
3. Featured Author Challenge Marie Force. Read one book written by Marie Force or any author with her first or last name. Link to Marie Force's backlist
Fun Facts about Marie:
• Marie has written more than 50 books…contemporary and also writes the erotic romance Quantum Series under the name of M.S. Force
• Marie grew up in Rhode Island and now lives there
• Her husband Dan is retired Navy…they lived for a time in Spain and Maryland
• She dotes on her dogs…Louie and Brandy
You may also read a book by M.S. Force, a book that’s set in Rhode Island, or has a character that’s in the military or another service that keeps us safe. Or read a book with a pet on the cover.
4. March 4th and Do Something Day! A day to do something you ‘haven’t done before. Read a book by an author or genre you have NOT read before, or a book where someone does a charitable act for another.
5. March 12, daylight savings time begins: First suggested by Benjamin Franklin and first adopted by Germany as a way to ‘save the light’…then why do we feel like we lose sleep!
Read a book that’s set in Germany, set in a different time (ie historical or future), involves time-travel, or has the word ‘save’ or ‘light’ anywhere in the title or series (Examples: Saving Grace by Julie Garwood or a Twilight Series book by Stephanie Meyer).
6. March 13, Jewel Day: In many societies jewelry is worn as a way of reflecting one's status in society…something beautiful. Read a book that has any kind jewelry on the cover or a book that you would consider a ‘beautiful love story.’
7. March 19, Let’s Laugh Day: Read a book considered humorous/funny
8. March 23, Make up your Own Holiday Day: Read a book with any holiday included in the storyline or if you can’t find one…read a book that you would read while ‘on holiday’.
9. March 28, Something ‘on a stick’ Day: Read a book that has anything on the cover that could be considered ‘a stick’ or one that includes cooking as part of the story line ie chef/bakery.
10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice
10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice
3. Those Texas Nights - Delores Fossen (HQN - Jan 2017) (police chief) - Mar 6
4. The Calling - Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell - Jan 2014) (soup kitchen) - Mar 1
5. The Spring Bride - Anne Gracie (Berkley - June 2015) (historical) - Mar 4
6. Stormswept - Sabrina Jeffries/Deborah Martin (Pocket -July 2016) (pearl necklace) - Mar 2
8. Hot Cowboy Nights - Carolyn Brown (Forever - June 2016) (July 4) - Mar 19
9. The Cowboy's Cinderella - Carol Arens (HH #1315 - Feb 2017) (fence posts) - Mar 12
April Monthly Challenge
1. A' is for April:
READ a book that starts with 'A' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'A'.
2. Happy Anniversary!:
READ a book that was published in April of any year OR read a book of an RRRC member that joined in April of any year. Here is a link to the member list, beginning with April 2016.
3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author - Larissa Ione:
READ a book written by Larissa Ione or any author with her first or last name (link to Larissa Ione's backlist).
Fun Facts about Larissa:
✱Larissa writes paranormal romance
✱She is an Air Force veteran and former meteorologist
✱She lives in Wisconsin but was born in small farming community in Oregon in the US.
READ a paranormal book or has supernatural/paranormal characters OR a book with a current or former military MC OR a book set in the US North or has a farmer/rancher MC or is set in a farming/ranching community,
4. National Humor Month: Conceived to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy - the benchmarks of humor - lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life. It's no coincidence that the month begins with April Fool's Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years.
READ a humorous book OR with a person smiling or laughing on the cover OR has a prankster/jokester character.
5. Lawn and Garden Month: By spring we are all anxious to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and the rebirth of all things green. April is the perfect time to clean up your lawn and get it ready for summer.
READ a book with a lawn or garden or grass on the cover OR has a landscaping or gardener character (needs to have some import to the story – not where the gardener is mentioned in passing) OR a book with the letters L-A-W-N in the title.
6. National Karaoke Week: Celebrated the fourth week of April each year, it is simply a pure celebration of this unique form of entertainment that offers a chance for everyday people to sing (often badly) and become their favorite musical artists!
READ a book with a character that likes to sing or perform in some way OR a book where music is important to the story OR a book with a bar/pub type setting (where karaoke often occurs).
7. April 3 - World Party Day: Created in 1996 with the premise that humans have the right to joy and peace through social positivity and fun. A basic concept of this day, is that peace is not the opposite of war. Rather, "Party" is the true opposite. This day is intended to be a synchronized, worldwide day of partying. You can celebrate this day partying in any way you'd like, alone, or in groups. Or by reading a book!
READ a book where a party or other festive event takes place OR read a book with a 9 or 6 in the publish date.
8. April 9 - Name Yourself Day: This is your chance to give yourself whatever name you'd like...for a day. Participating is simple and easy. Go ahead, give it a try. Give yourself a cool and catchy nickname. Once you've selected your name, you've gotta communicate it to all your family and friends. This could prove to be the hard part. It will likely take time for your new name to catch on. Don’t worry, you can use it again next year!
READ a book with a character who has a name that matches any of your names (first, last or middle) OR where the character has a name you WISH you had OR where the author’s initials are the same as yours (any order).
9. April 27 - Take Your Daughter to Work: Acting on research that showed adolescent girls received less attention than boys, this day was initiated in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The intention was to give girls additional direct attention and an insight into work world opportunities available to them.
READ a YA book OR a book that has a young female character OR read a book where the MC has a child.
10. Reader's Choice:
READ any book of your choice.
3. Callie's Christmas Wish - Merline Lovelace (HSE #2512 - Nov 2016) (former Army) - Apr 4
4. Still the One - Jill Shalvis (Berkley - Apr 2015) (humorous) - Apr 2
5. Her Cowboy Lawman - Pamela Britton (HWR #1630 - Feb 2017) (L-A-W-N) - Apr 6
6. Just Kiss Me -Rachel Gibson (Avon - Aug 2016) (actress) - Apr 23
7. Christmas in Mustang Creek - Linda Lael Miller (HQN - Oct 2015) (Christmas) - Apr 5
8. A Family in Wyoming - Lynnette Kent (HWR #1620 - Nov 2016)(Susannah) - Apr 13
9. Tracker's Sin - Sarah McCarty (Spice - Oct 2010) (child) - Apr 11
10. Conard County Marine - Rachel Lee (HRS #1911 - Sept 2016) - Apr 8
May Monthly Challenge
1. 'M' is for May: Read a book that starts with 'M' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'M'.
2. Happy Anniversary! - Read a book that was published in May of any year or read a book of an RRRC member that joined in May of any year. Link to member list, beginning with May 2016
3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author - Carly Phillips. Read one book written by Carly Phillips or any author with her first or last name. Link to Carly Phillips's backlist
Fun Facts about Carly -
* Carly Phillips lives in New York
* She published her first novel in 1999
* She has written over 40 Contemporary Romance books
* She has three dogs
* She's obsessed with baseball
You may also read a book set in New York or any book published in 1999 or is shelved as Contemporary Romance. You may also read a book that has a dog on a cover or in the story. Or you can read a sport romance book.
4. May, the month of Lily of the Valley -flower: Lily of the Valley is a beautiful and sweetly scented, but highly poisonous flower, and it is native plant in the Northern Hemisphere of Asia and Europe. The flowers are bell-shaped and white in colour.
- Read a book where flowers are important part of the story, or a book with/flowers or something white on the cover. Or read a book where a beautiful cover conceals something unexpected. The cover in this can be the actual book cover or a person in the story who has an unexpected secret.
5. May 1st, International Workers' Day: The International Worker's day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes, and its roots are located to the 1880's. In Finland mead and doughnuts are the typical celebration food.
- Read a book where someone works with their hands, or a book which focuses on some celebration with specific food. Or read a historical romance.
6. May 6th, International No Diet Day: As fun as it sound, this day has a very meaningful purpose: to help people appreciate themselves for what they are and to appreciate the body they have.
- Read a book from your favourite genre.
7. May 9th, Lost Sock Memorial day: We all have those, unpaired socks waiting for their counterpart. This day is a memorial of all those lost socks in there, who started their trip to the washing machine to never come back.
- Read a book where someone is searching for their counterpart, or read a book with colourful cover. Or read a book with odd number in the page count.
8. May 13th, Frog Jumping Day: The background of this day is in the Mark Twain's first short story: “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”, published in 1865.
- Read a book with green on the cover or a book where nature is important part of the story. Or read a classic.
9. May 29th, Paper Clip Day: Everybody knows those little steel wire, two-loop instruments, which helps you to keep your paperwork in order. All thanks to the Samuel B. Fay, who was the first person to patent the paper clip, in 1867.
- Read a book where all things work out, or a book with a secretary in it. Or read a book with jack of all trades kind of person.
10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice.
2. I Thee Wed - Celeste Bradley (Signet - May 2016) - May 10
3. Escorted by the Ranger - C.J. Miller (HRS #1949 - June 2017) (New York) - May 13
4. The Lawman's Convenient Bride - Christine Rimmer (HSE #2545 - May 2017)(florist) - May 26
5. What Happens in Texas - Carolyn Brown (Sourcebooks Casablanca - June 2016) (jalapeno peppers) - May 3
7. The Trouble with Mistletoe - Jill Shalvis (Avon - Oct 2016) (colorful cover) - May 9
8. Love After All - Jaci Burton (Jove - Apr 2015) (green shirt) - May 14
9. Running Hot - HelenKay Dimon (Avon - Jan 2015) (all works out) - May 5