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May’s Reading Challenge

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession and written by the wonderful Dee.

Duration: May 1st to May 31st

How It Works
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. So 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 book

1. May Day, the first of May is celebrated around the world. It has a number of meanings. In many other countries it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. It is celebrated with many spring flowers, many of them blooming right in your own backyard. To communist and socialist countries, it is a celebration for the workers. 
Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover.

2. On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the roots of Cinco de Mayo. 

Today, this holiday is celebrated by Mexicans, and especially the Hispanic community in the U.S. It is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent. 
Read a book with a celebration or a book set in Mexico.

3. International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. You could consider it a "Big" backlash against becoming little (err thin) people. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have. It encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes....... and that's okay.
Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover.

4. It's time to get out your sandals and flip flops. For today is No Socks Day. Go ahead..... free your toes of the confines of socks and stockings. Give those toes of yours a breath of fresh air. The creators of this day also profess that No Socks Day will reduce your laundry load, and therefore, is healthy for the environment.
Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin or with a hot guy on the cover.

5. Clean Up Your Room Day is a day parents eagerly await........... and kids dread!

If you've got kids, it is very possible that their rooms are a vast wasteland, completely filled with "good stuff". "Messy" is too kind of an adjective to describe the conditions. Its impossible to walk through the room. Every dresser and shelf (and under the bed), is packed with everything imaginable. Dust has been piling up as long as your child has been around. Comfy, cozy, and quite livable to the child, its an everyday source of frustration for the "folks".
Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months.

6. Twilight Zone Day is mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but I think you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day.
Read a book that you think is a little scary or a book with a dark cover.

7. No Dirty Dishes Day is a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying dishes, then put them away in various cabinets and drawers. We perform this task after each and every meal, and often after snacks. Even putting them in and out of the dishwasher and running it, can be a chore.

You deserve a break from this routine. And, today is that day. The objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. It is not intended to pile them up until tomorrow.
I would like to say....don't buy a book today, but we all know, I would fail. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover.

8. This is a great day! It's World Goth Day.

As it should be, everyone who is into the Goth sub-culture, now has a day to celebrate who they are. Go out and embrace your inner and your outer Goth today.
Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book.

9. It's National Tap Dance Day. Today is a great day to dance the night away.... and the daytime, too!

This day was created in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25, 1878.
I think I'll wear my tap shoes today! Read a book that you think is fun or a book with a fun cover.

10. Today is Pack Rat Day. C'mon, admit it... .. you're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. If you are a Pack Rat, you're in good company. You might as well come out of hiding behind those piles of valuable "stuff", and celebrate this fun day.

Its really easy to let things pile up. After all, each item you acquire along the road of life may have value or serve some meaningful purpose. 'Ya just never know. Making the decision to discard something of even remotely questionable value, is difficult, if not impossible to do. We understand you perfectly. Why? Because most of us are pack rats.
Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover.

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How pretty is the heart for this challenge???? Love it!


Here are my selections, books and read dates.

01. Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover. Bossypants 26/5/17

02. Read a book with a celebration. Unmasqued 1/5/17

03. Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover. Drink Deep 17/5/17

04. Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin. Hard Bitten 11/5/17

05. Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months. Master of Seduction 4/5/17

06. Read a book with a dark cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 15/5/17

07. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

08. Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book. The Greyfriar 22/5/17

09. Read a book that you think is fun. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

10. Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover. The Handmaid’s Tale 26/5/17 I’m counting the bird as an animal

Unmasqued by Colette Gale Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) by Kinley MacGregor Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) by Chloe Neill Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) by Clay Griffith The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Bossypants by Tina Fey

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Time for Tea Challenge

This challenge was in Nothing But Reading Challenges on Goodreads for January. I really enjoyed this challenge. I thought it was so original.

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After all those Christmas and New Year celebrations, there’s nothing like a hot cup of tea to warm you up and help you wind down. Put the kettle on, grab a book and join in this challenge.

Duration 1 to 31 January

Rules
Read a book for each of the steps below. Then if you like, have another cuppa and read some more. You may read the steps in order or out of order or skip steps, it’s up to you.

Step 1 – Boil the water
Read books that are a bit “steamy”, set in a hot climate or make you feel warm inside. Or books where the author’s name or title begins with B, O, I or L.

Step 2 – Choose your tea
Read books with a color on the cover to match the type of tea you choose.
Black – black tea
Green – green tea
White – white tea
Brown – oolong tea
Red – rooibos tea
Orange – herbal tea

Step 3 – Steep the tea
Read books with page counts to indicate how strong you like your tea
Weak – under 150 pages
Medium – 151 to 300 pages
Strong – 301 pages or more

Step 4 – Sweet?
Read books to indicate how sweet you like your tea.
No sugar – Stand alone novel
One spoonful – Book one in a series
Two spoonfuls – Book two in a series
Honey – Book three in a series
Artificial sweetener – Book four in a series

Step 5 – Black or white?
Read books to indicate what else to add to your tea
No milk – General fiction genre
Just a dash – Romance/chick lit genre book
Lots of milk – Young Adult/new adult genre book
Cream – Fantasy/sci fi genre book
Soy milk – Mystery/thriller genre book
Lemon – Non fiction genre book

Levels
description Have a cuppa – 1 to 5 books
description Tea for two – 6 to 10 books
description Tea party – 11 or more books

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Level: Tea Party 11 + books

Step 1 – Boil the water
Read books that are a bit “steamy”, set in a hot climate or make you feel warm inside. Or books where the author’s name or title begins with B, O, I or L. Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17 Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17 Deceit 15/1/17 The Leopard Prince 18/1/17

Step 2 – Choose your tea
Read books with a color on the cover to match the type of tea you choose.
Black – black tea Raphael 8/1/17 Depravity 16/1/17
Green – green tea
White – white tea
Brown – oolong tea
Red – rooibos tea Carmilla 1/1/17
Orange – herbal tea The Professional 20/1/17

Step 3 – Steep the tea
Read books with page counts to indicate how strong you like your tea
Weak – under 150 pages Shitty Beer 6/1/17
Medium – 151 to 300 pages Before Midnight 8/1/17
Strong – 301 pages or more Changes 16/1/17 Ghost Story 20/1/17

Step 4 – Sweet?
Read books to indicate how sweet you like your tea.
No sugar – Stand alone novel
One spoonful – Book one in a series Spider’s Bite 11/1/17
Two spoonfuls – Book two in a seriesClaimed By Shadow 6/1/17
Honey – Book three in a series Devastation 17/1/17 Refugee 22/1/17
Artificial sweetener – Book four in a series

Step 5 – Black or white?
Read books to indicate what else to add to your tea
No milk – General fiction genre
Just a dash – Romance/chick lit genre book Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
Lots of milk – Young Adult Shiver 5/1/17
Cream – Fantasy/sci fi genre book Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 18/1/17
Soy milk – Mystery/thriller genre book Small Favor 2/1/17
Lemon – Non fiction genre book

1st Cup
Boil water, Rooibos tea, Weak, Two Spoons Sugar, Lots of Milk. Dark Desires After Dusk, Carmilla, Shitty Beer, Claimed By Shadow, Shiver.
Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

2nd Cup
Boil water, Black tea, Medium, One spoonful sugar, Soy milk. Halfway to the Grave, Raphael, Before Midnight, Spider’s Bite, Small Favor
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher

3rd Cup
Boil water, Black tea, Strong, Honey, Cream Deceit, Depravity, Changes, Devastation, Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Depravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) by Jim Butcher Devastation (Beastly Tales #3) by M.J. Haag Side Jobs Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher

4th Cup
Boil water, Herbal Tea, Strong, Honey, Just a Dash The Leopard Prince, The ProfessionalGhost Story, Refugee, Here There Be Monsters
The Leopard Prince (Princes Trilogy, #2) by Elizabeth Hoyt The Professional (The Game Maker, #1) by Kresley Cole Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher Refugee (The Captive, #3) by Erica Stevens Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5) by Meljean Brook