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November Reading Challenge – Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Dinner
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Duration 
November 1st-30th

Levels 
Hungry ~ 2-3 books
Starving ~ 4-6 books

Wine
Read a book where a character has a drink (vampires feeding counts) or has a liquid on the cover.

Starter
Read a book under 200 pages or that isn’t too complex (A Brief History of Time would be a complex book).

Main Course
Read a book while eating or by an author you enjoy or have been meaning to read.

Dessert
Read a book with a cover you think is delicious (has a colour you like or an attractive person on it, etc.) or listen to an audiobook.

Coffee
Read a book tagged ‘romance’, ‘fantasy, or ‘paranormal’ or one that has a dark cover.

After Dinner Mint
Read any book you like 🙂

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Inferno – 6 Month Challenge

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Duration 
6 months from your start date

Levels 
Shade ~ 10-20 books
Hell Spawn ~21-30 books
Demon ~ 31-40 books
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Circle One: Limbo
“Here suffer those who did not sin, yet did not have the required portal of our faith. Their punishment is the denial of Paradise.”
Read a book…
1. where a character takes a journey over water.
2. with a snake/Lamia or sneaky character.
3. where a character is punished/blamed for something they didn’t do.
4. where a character escapes danger.

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Circle Two: Lust
“To this torment are condemned the carnal damned. Those for whom desire conquered reason.”
Read a book…
1. with a lusty character.
2. with a character you lust for.
3. with a tower on the cover.
4. tagged romance.

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Circle Three: Gluttony
“For the ruinous fault of Gluttony, so are these sad souls broken by the rain and the mud.” 
Read a book…
1. by an author you just can’t get enough of.
2. with a physically large character.
3. with food/rain/mud in the story or on the cover.
4. with a title that begins with any letter in “gluttony”.

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Circle Four: Greed
“For the crime of Greed do these souls suffer. Those clerks asquint of mind made no measured spending in life. And by contrast, in these Popes and Cardinals, greed practised its excess.”
Read a book…
1. with a wealthy character.
2. tagged steampunk.
3. from the Wheel of Fortune.
4. with shapeshifters.

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Circle Five: Anger
“See the souls over whom anger prevailed. In the warm bath of the sun they were hateful, down here in the black sludge of the river Styx do they wish they had never been born.”
Read a book…
1. with a temperamental character.
2. with a character that annoys you.
3. with a red cover.
4. with fire magic or there is a fire.

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Circle Six: Heresy
“Here you will find the heretics and followers of every cult and pagan sect, all buried together, burning in eternal fire.”
Read a book…
1. set in a city.
2. with a religious or spiritual character.
3. with a God/demon/angel.
4. tagged historical or time travel.

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Circle Seven: Violence
“In violence, wounds and death are inflicted against one’s neighbours. This ring torments those who murder and plunder. And every soul wrongfully smites another.”
Read a book…
1. with fighting.
2. with a kick-ass chick.
3. with a mythical creature.
4. with a forest or desert in the story.

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Circle Eight: Fraud
“Ten ditches leading down the final circle. Each filled with its own crimes, its own forms of punishment.”
Read a book…
1. where a character tells a lie.
2. where someone steals something.
3. with more than 10 chapters.
4. where someone is killed.

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Circle Nine: Treachery
“The lowest, blackest, and farthest from Heaven. Well, do I know the way.”
Read a book…
1. with a title beginning with any letter in “treachery”.
2. with the number 9 in the page count.
3. that features a hell dimension or underworld.
4. with a dark cover.

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Defeat Lucifer
“I will reclaim my rightful place in Paradise. My path will be paved with the sins of Man, and yours shall be the bedrock of my return. And all that is good shall be gone from the universe forever!”
Read a book…
1. with over 666 ratings.
2. with an evil character.
3. where a character has an argument with a family member.
4. with a man on the cover.


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Harvest Season

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Duration 
October 1st – 31st

Levels 
Raith ~ 2-3 books
Reaper ~ 4-6 books

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Read a book….
☣ with a personification of death.
☣ with a black/grey/white cover.

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Read a book….
☣ where someone dies.
☣ with a cloak or fabric on the cover.

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Read a book….
☣ with a title that begins with any letter in “Grim Reaper”.
☣ with ghosts or that mentions the afterlife.

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My Challenge

☣ with a personification of death. Every Heart a Doorway 5/10/17
☣ with a black/grey/white cover. Bitten 4/10/17
☣ where someone dies. North and South 1/10/17
☣ with a cloak or fabric on the cover. Clean Sweep 2/10/17
☣ with a title that begins with any letter in “Grim Reaper”. Moon Shine 4/10/17
☣ with ghosts or that mentions the afterlife. Down Among the Sticks and Bones 6/10/17

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) by Ilona Andrews Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong Moon Shine (Takhini Wolves, #4) by Vivian Arend Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) by Seanan McGuire

 

September Challenge – Hecate’s Finishing School

Hi all, this month’s reading challenge has a loose back to school theme. I found this pic while browsing back to school photos and decided to go a bit witchy with it.

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Duration 
One month from start date

Levels 
Apprentice ~ 2-5
Witch ~ 5-8

Subjects 
1.Principles of Magic (what is magic and how does it work? the theory of magic)
Read a book with a magic user.

2.Aurae and Energy (what is the aura? dealing with the aura and energy in magic)
Read a book with a colourful cover.

3.Divination, except scrying (what is divination? comparing different forms of divination)
Read a book where someone predicts the future or that you’ve been meaning to read for a long time.

4.Palmistry (the art of reading palms)
Read a book with a hand on the cover.

5.Matrons, Patrons, and Shrines (devoting yourself to one goddess and/or one God, how to keep a shrine)
Read a book with a god or goddess or a very powerful being.

6.Alchemy (transformation studies)
Read a book with a scientist or tagged historical.

7.Ceremonial Magic (the basics of ceremonial magic)
Read a book with a ceremony or ritual or with any letter from “magic” in the title.

8.Candles and Colour Magic (using candles and colour for magic, understanding colour)
Read a book with candles or your favourite colour on the cover.

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Slayer Challenge

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In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. 

Time to slay some beasties! This challenge is all about increasing your creatures “body count”.
First, pick the creatures/species/whatevs you want to read about. Second, choose how many books you want to read. You can choose how many you want to read for each one or just see how many you can slay.
Your chosen prey doesn’t have to be the focus of the book you read, just featured in the story somewhere e.g. There are zombies in The Iron Duke but they’re not the main beastie in the book.

Choose Your Prey (you can pick multiple or just one)
♱Hunter/Huntress
♱Vampires
♱Werewolf
♱Other Shapeshifter
♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
♱Psychics/Telepaths
♱Fae/Elves
♱Angels/Nephilim
♱Demons
♱Gods/Goddesses
♱Ghosts
♱Zombies
♱Aliens
♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)

Choose Your Body Count 
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Buffy: 50 Books
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Spike: 35 Books
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Willow: 15 Books
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Giles: 10 Books

Duration 
One year

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My books….

♱Hunter/Huntress
☠ The Darkest Passion 27/1/17

♱Vampires
☠ Carmilla 1/1/17
☠ Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
☠ Raphael 8/1/17
☠ Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17
☠ Refugee 22/1/17
☠ Jabril 16/2/17
☠ Into the Darkness 29/4/17

♱Werewolf
☠ Shiver 5/1/17
☠ Before Midnight 8/1/17
☠ Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 18/1/17
☠ Kitty and the Midnight Hour 29/1/17
☠ Alpha and Omega 14/4/17

♱Other Shapeshifter
☠ A Questionable Client 15/2/17
☠ The Harlequin 21/2/17
☠ Prey 3/3/17
☠ Shift 24/4/17

♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
☠ Small Favor 2/1/17
☠ The House at Cobb End 4/1/17
☠ Shitty Beer 6/1/17
☠ Turn Coat 10/1/17
☠ Spider’s Bite 11/1/17
☠ Web of Lies 6/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 22/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 3/3/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 9/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

♱Psychics/Telepaths
☠ Slade House 25/4/17

♱Fae/Elves
☠ Changes 16/1/17
☠ Grizzly 31/1/17
☠ Cold Days31/1/17
☠ Darkfever 1/2/17
☠ Buying Trouble 4/4/17
☠ Thorn Queen 9/4/17
☠ Wintersong 6/4/17

♱Angels/Nephilim
☠ Skin Game 12/2/17

♱Demons
☠ Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
☠ Kiss of a Demon King 5/4/17

♱Ghosts
☠ Ghost Story 20/1/17
☠ Embrace the Night 22/2/17
☠ Macbeth 23/3/17
☠ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

♱Zombies
☠ Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 10/2/17
☠ Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story 1/4/17

♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)
☠ Depravity 15/1/17
☠ Deceit 16/1/17
☠ Devastation 17/1/17
☠ Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
☠ First Grave on the Right 28/2/17

Books
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Small Favour (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole The House at Cobb End (Cassandra Palmer, #5.1) by Karen Chance Shiver (I Lupi di Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene FrostDepravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) 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 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 The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1) by Carrie Vaughn Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim ButcherGrizzly (The Realms, #1) by Bonnie Bliss Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Spinnentanz (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5) by Ilona Andrews Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) by D.B. Reynolds The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda JonesHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent Macbeth  by William Shakespeare Ten Little Zombies A Love Story by Andy Rash Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) by Karen Chance Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7) by Kresley Cole Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) by Richelle Mead Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling Alpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) by Patricia Briggs Shift (Shifters, #5) by Rachel VincentSlade House by David Mitchell Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1) by K.F. Breene 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

Dog Days of Summer

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Dog Days of Summer
The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Duration
One month from your start date.

Levels
Breezy ~ 2-3 books
Relaxed ~ 4-6 books

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Read a book with a serious character, or a circular object on the cover, or tagged ‘sci fi’.

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Read a book with a dog on the cover, or a pet in the story, or about werewolves.

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Read a book with an elemental magic user, or with a grey cover, or that begins with any letter in “thunderstorm”.

descriptionDrought
Read a book tagged ‘paranormal’ or ‘fantasy’.

descriptionHeat
Read a book tagged ‘romance’ or with a man on the cover.

descriptionAstrology
Read a book by your favourite author or that’s been on your TBR since last month.

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July’s Reading Challenge

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July Monthly Challenge

Duration:
July 1 – July 31

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

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1. July begins with J. Read a book with a word in the title, series, or author’s name that begins with J.

2. Choose one….
🍺 July’s birthstone is Ruby, which symbolizes contentment. Read a book with HEA – Happily Ever After.
🍺 Birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lilly. Read a book with flowers on the cover.
🍺 Zodiac sign is Cancer. A Water sign. Read a book with water/river/ocean/water fall on the cover.
🍺 International Tiger Day on July 29th. Read a book with a tiger on the cover. (Lots of shifter books out there)
🍺 National Sleepy Head Day (Finland). Read a book with bears or bear shifters.

3. July 1st is Canada Day. Read a book with Red or White, Red and White cover. Note the Red needs to be at least 50%

4. July 4th Independence Day USA – Read a book set in the USA. (Easy peasy)

5. Navy Day in Ukraine. Read a book where the the MC is in the Army, Navy, FBI, or any armed force.

6. Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Read a book with blood on the cover.

7. World Chocolate Day. Read a book with chocolate on the cover or a book with Brown Cover.

8. Nikolai Tesla Day. Read a book with fast cars/or bikes or even a magical transportation, Or any of them on the cover.

9. Elderly Men Day (Kiribati). Read a book with someone who is ancient….vampires/werewolves/Immortals!!

10. Malala Day. Read a book with a strong, kick-ass heroine.

BONUS: Read any book with Heroes (army/navy/warriors) to honour so many Independence Day in July. If you can’t find a book in any of the tasks, use this book to replace it.


My responses…

1. July begins with J. Read a book with a word in the title, series, or author’s name that begins with J. Jennifer Ashley Shifter Made 1/7/17

2. Choose one….
🍺 July’s birthstone is Ruby, which symbolizes contentment. Read a book with HEA – Happily Ever After.
 The Corinthian 2/7/17

3. July 1st is Canada Day. Read a book with Red or White, Red and White cover. Note the Red needs to be at least 50% Micro 1/7/17

4. July 4th Independence Day USA – Read a book set in the USA. (Easy peasy) Rachel’s Holiday 4/7/17

5. Navy Day in Ukraine. Read a book where the the MC is in the Army, Navy, FBI, or any armed force. Written in Red 5/7/17

6. Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Read a book with blood on the cover.

7. World Chocolate Day. Read a book with chocolate on the cover or a book with Brown Cover. Royal Passion 3/7/17

8. Nikolai Tesla Day. Read a book with fast cars/or bikes or even a magical transportation, Or any of them on the cover. The 100 10/7/17

9. Elderly Men Day (Kiribati). Read a book with someone who is ancient….vampires/werewolves/Immortals!! Pleasure of a Dark Prince 5/7/17

10. Malala Day. Read a book with a strong, kick-ass heroine. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 11/7/17

BONUS: Read any book with Heroes (army/navy/warriors) to honour so many Independence Day in July. If you can’t find a book in any of the tasks, use this book to replace it. Murder of Crows 12/7/17

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5) by Jennifer Ashley Micro by Michael Crichton The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer Royal Passion (Royal, #2) by Jennifer Blake Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2) by Marian Keyes Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9) by Kresley Cole The 100 (The 100, #1) by Kass Morgan Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling Murder of Crows (The Others, #2) by Anne Bishop