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May Reading Challenge Update

Beltaine
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Beltaine is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltaine signifies the beginning of summer.

description1. Its name appears to derive from the Old Irish words Bel taine meaning ‘bright fire’. Bonfires played an important part in the activities and were often lit on prominent local landmarks.
Read a book with a character with fire magic, or with fire/red/orange on the cover, or where there is a fire.

description2. Witches and the fairies were also believed to be unusually active during this period and a number of actions could be taken to protect your home and especially your livestock. Milk could be poured across the threshold of the house or byre to prevent entry by the ‘wee folk’ or more gruesomely the cattle could be driven to the nearest ringfort or “fairyfort” and some of their blood spilt on the ground to appease the spirits.
Read a book with a witch/wizard, or a book with fae characters, or where a character preforms a ritual of some form (ritaul is open to your own interpretation).

description3. May flowers, such as primrose, gorse or hawthorn blossoms, were gathered before dawn and placed in bundles on door posts to ward off evil. Similarly sprigs of rowan or hawthorn could be placed over the byre door or even across the horns of the cows to prevent ‘milk thieves’, the prevalent belief being that someone could steal your summer’s milk supplies through the incantation of specific curses.
Read a book with flowers on the cover, or a cover you think is pretty, or where a character casts a curse.

description4.‘May bushes’were also erected in farm yards and around villages. These normally consisted of hawthorn branches that had been driven into the ground and then decorated with rags and other items.
Read a book where someone decorates, or where the characters live in or visit a village, or with trees or foliage on the cover.

description5. Some traditions also surrounded human fertility, such as the creation of May babies. In this curious custom a figure of a female (the May baby) was placed on a pole and then covered in flowers, ribbons and straw. A man and a woman, also dressed up in costume, would then dance around the figure and make vulgar displays to the on watching crowd. It was believed that attending this spectacle would help people trying to conceive.
Read a book where someone gets laid, or has kids/is pregnant, or where characters attend an event.

description6. Beltane celebrations had largely died out by the mid-20th century, although some of its customs continued and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the late 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Beltane, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere often celebrate Beltane at the other end of the year (around 1 November).
Read a book set in summer or winter, or set/published in the 20th century, or with a title/character name that begins with any letter in BELTAINE.

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Read a book where there is a fire. Unmasqued 1/5/17

2.
Read a book with a witch/wizard. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

3.
Read a book with a cover you think is pretty. Hard Bitten 11/5/17

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Read a book with trees or foliage on the cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 15/5/17

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Read a book where someone gets laid. Master of Seduction 4/5/17

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Read a book set in summer or winter, or set/published in the 20th century. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

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

 

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

My Post

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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

Werewolf Frenzy Readathon

This is something we just started in January in My Vampire Book Obsession. Readathon’s are popular enough throughout Goodreads but ours is the best 😉 (they’re pretty much all the same but we have Vampire Hearts!).

We had our first one on the last weekend of January and it proved to be one our most popular challenges so far!

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Beginning Thursday 26th January read as many pages as possible over 4 days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
You can set a goal for yourself or just see how many pages you can read.

This isn’t a competition. You don’t have to read more than anyone else, just more than you usually would. Everyone reads at different speeds, for some people 50 pages over the four days is a lot, for others it may be 1000!

The point is to read more and have fun.

In your post, include the book you’re reading and the number of pages read each day.

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I aimed for 500 pages but didn’t quite make it. A lot of people taking part surpassed the goals by hundreds!

My Post

Target: 500 pages
Thursday: The Darkest Passion pg330 – pg480 = 150 pages Cold Days 4hrs
Friday: Kitty and the Midnight Hour pg1 – pg193 = 193 pages
Saturday: Kitty and the Midnight Hour pg193 – pg259 = 66 pages
Sunday: Darkfever 50pages
Total Pages Read: 459 + 4hours audio

The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim Butcher Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) by Carrie Vaughn Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

New Year’s Ball Challenge

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Have the night of your dreams with our New Year’s Ball Mini-Challenge.

How it works
This is a reading challenge. Read 2 – 6 books to build your fantasy night. Check the Challenge Guide for rules and tips.

Duration
January 1st – 31st

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Tasks
❅ Pick your Outfit
Read a book with an item of clothing on the cover or with a colour you’d like to wear.
❅Meet your Date
Read a book with your chosen book boyfriend or a romance
❅Pick your Chariot
Read a book with any mode of transportation on the cover or where a character travels (doesn’t have to be a long journey)
❅Have a Glass of Champagne
Read a book with any kind of beverage on the cover or a book you would enjoy reading while having a drink
❅Dance with your Date
Read a book with more than one person on the cover or by a new to you author
❅Kiss your Date at the End of the Night
Read any book you like!
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Earn this Vampire Heart
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I wrote this mini challenge for My Vampire Book Obsession cause we needed a little somethin’ somethin’ for the new year. Only 6 tasks so it was pretty quick.

In our group, you can collect Vampire Hearts for completing challenges and taking part in others ways in the group. You get a tracking thread to keep all the perdy hearts you earn. This is my page if you’re interested in joining in and wanna see what it’s all about.

I’m totally obsessed with reading challenges. I’m taking part in about 30 of them at the moment across Goodreads. I’m not going to start posting every challenge I’m in just the ones I really enjoy.

Here’s my completion post for the challenge.

New Year’s Ball
Jan 1-31

❅ Pick your Outfit
Read a book with a colour you’d like to wear.
Shiver 5/1/17 white
❅Meet your Date
Read a book with a romance.
Raphael 8/1/17
❅Pick your Chariot
Read a book with any mode of transportation on the cover or where a character travels (doesn’t have to be a long journey)
Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
❅Have a Glass of Champagne
Read a book you would enjoy reading while having a drink.
Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
❅Dance with your Date
Read a book with more than one person on the cover or by a new to you author
Before Midnight 8/1/17
❅Kiss your Date at the End of the Night
Read any book you like!
Carmilla 1/1/17

Books Read
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Candybook Land Reading Game

I love playing reading challenges and games (I’m not nerdy…). They’re great for tackling my to-read pile and for finding new books. I love ’em so much I decided to make my own board game (inspired by ones I’ve done but were missing bits). The board I’ve used is kind of long, depending on your reading speed, it will probably take a few months to complete.

Remember it’s just for fun!

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The idea is pretty simple. You roll the dice, move to that space on the board, read a book specified by that place and roll again when you’ve finished the book. When playing with other people it’s best to set a day for rolling and an amount of time for reading.

Rules and Tasks

Click the link above to go to the game page for the full list of tasks and instructions.

Enjoy!

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