Finished Monthly Challenges

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!

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3. Cold-Hearted Rake - Lisa Kleypas (Avon - Nov 2015) (historical romance) - Jan 12
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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.
https://www.goodreads.com/group/12880...

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.


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





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.


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.


9. Running Hot - HelenKay Dimon (Avon - Jan 2015) (all works out) - May 5
10. Sweet Little Lies - Jill Shalvis (Avon - July 2016) - May 8



June Monthly Challenge



1. 'J' is for June: 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 June of any year or read a book of an RRRC member that joined in June of any year. Link to member list, beginning with June 2016 -

3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author -Lorraine Heath. Read one book written by Lorraine Heath or any author with her first or last name. Link to Lorraine Heath's backlist- Lorraine Heath's backlist

Fun Facts about Lorraine -
* Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas.
* She writes contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance
* Lorraine is the author of more than 60 novels
* She also writes under the names Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker and with her son as J.A. London
* Lorraine grew up watching movies with her mom

You may also read a book set in England, or Texas, or a romance that is Contemporary, Historical or Paranormal, or a book written under any of her pen names, or a book made into a movie (or soon will be), or a book by an author with a backlist of 60 or more titles.

4. June 1- Flip a Coin Day- Read a book based on the flip of a coin- If you get 'heads', read a book from your favorite genre. If you get 'tails', read a book from a genre you read infrequently or is new to you. Or, read a book with a wealthy character, or a character in the banking industry.

5. June 2- Rocky Road Day- Rocky Road ice cream was created in the 1920's. - Read a Historical romance, or an angsty story, or a book with a road or food on the cover or a book with a character who works in the food industry.

6. June 4- Old Maid's Day- Read a book with an older character in the story, or a book with a single person who is empowered or independent, or a book with one person on the cover.

7. June 8- Best Friend's Day- Read a book by a favorite author or part of a favorite book series, or a book with friends in it, or a book recommended to you by a friend.

8. June 18- Father's Day- Father's Day has been celebrated for 108 years.- Read a book with a father figure in the story, or a book with 108 or more ratings on Goodreads, or a book with a 1, 0, or 8 in the page count.

9. June 19- National Kissing Day- Read a sweet or steamy Romance, or a book with lips on the cover, or a book with someone on the cover that looks 'kissable' to you.

10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice.


7. A Shocking Delight - Jo Beverley (Signet - Apr 2014) (Company of Rogues series) - June 9
10. A Summer to Remember - Marilyn Pappano (Forever, July 2016) - June 21



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.


7. What We Find - Robyn Carr (Mira - Jan 2016) (a favorite author) - July 18
10. Under Pressure - Lori Foster (HQN - Jan 2017) - July 23


August Monthly Challenge



1.' A' is for August:  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 August of any year or read a book of an RRRC member that joined in August of any year. Link to member list, beginning with August 2016

3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author - Lisa Renee Jones:  READ one book written by Lisa Renee Jones or any author with her first or last name. Link to Lisa Renee Jones's backlist .

Fun Facts about Lisa:
*Before marriage and kids, Lisa wanted to be an actress and did a lot of film and theatre.
READ a book set in the entertainment industry OR has a character in the entertainment industry (does not need to be main character).

*Before becoming an author, Lisa owned a multi-state staffing agency and in 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine
READ a book with a female character as a business person OR read a book with a 1, 9 or 8 in the page number

*Lisa's series TALL, DARK AND DEADLY and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN both spent several months on the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists
READ a book from either of those series or any book that has been on a best seller list (any list)

4. August is National Catfish Month: In the late 1980s, the US Congress designated August as National Catfish Month to recognize the importance of this all-American product and the hard work of those who bring it to our tables. The majority of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is produced on family-owned farms in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas farmers.
READ a book where someone goes fishing OR with a fish on the cover OR is set in one of the states mentioned or the US South.

5. National Picnic Month: The word ‘picnic’ is thought to have first been used by Tony Willis in 1692, and from that point forward everyone from the working class to the upper crust have been fascinated with taking their repast outside under the sky.
READ a book with 'picnic' or 'basket' in the text OR with a character or author whose name is any variation of Tony or Willis (Toni, Anthony, Antoinette, Will, William, Bill, etc) OR a book with food or a sky on cover

6. August 1 - National Mountain Climbing Day: National Mountain Climbing Day was established in honor of Bobby Matthews and Josh Madigan for successfully climbing the 46 High Peaks of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains.
READ a book with mountains on the cover OR set in New York State OR the numbers 4 or 6 in the page number.

7. August 6 - Wiggle Your Toes Day: This day was established to encourage you to give your little piggy toes some exercise. Those ten extremities at the ends of your feet, are crying out for a little freedom. Let 'em free!!
READ a book that shows feet or toes on the cover OR read a book with a 'wiggly' character (your interpretation) OR read a book with 10 in the publication date.

8. August 19 - Aviation Day: The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were pioneer aviators in the United States. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This inaugural flight was soon to change the skies forever.
READ a book with an airplane or other air transportation on the cover OR read a book with characters who fly somewhere OR read a book with a Kitty (cat) or a Hawk (bird) on the cover.

9. August 27 - Just Because Day: Finally, you have a chance to do something without a rhyme or reason. Most often in life, we do things because we have to, or we want to, or it's expected of us. None of those reasons apply today. So...
READ a book Just Because!

10. Reader's Choice:
READ any book of your choice. 


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