Finished Monthly Challenges

January Monthly Challenge
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1. 'J' is for January: Read a book that starts with 'J' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'J'.

2. Member of the Month: Courtney - Courtney has been a member of the RRRC since August, 2010. Here is the link to Courtney's shelves. Please read a book from any of Courtney's shelves or a book published in 2010 or a book published in August of any year.

3. Geography: Read a book whose author, character or setting is from West Virginia.

Facts about West Virginia:
★It was one of two states formed during the American Civil War
★Several Appalachian music festivals take place in the state.
★The state’s colors are old gold and blue

Alternatively, you may read a book set during the American Civil War, a book with a musician main character OR a book with a gold or blue cover.

4. Jan. 1 - New Year’s day: Read the first book in a series OR a book by a new to you author:

5. Jan. 6 – Epiphany: Since it commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ and is an official holiday in many European countries, read a book set in a European country OR a book with a body of water on the cover.

6. Jan. 14 - Makara Sankranthi (Festival of Harvest): Read a book with some kind of plant or fruit on the cover or the title OR with a farmer main character.

7. Out with the Old: Read a book that you’ve had on your TBR since last year (2012) or longer OR read one of the 10 oldest books in your TBR.

8. In with the new: Read a book that is recently released (since Nov 1st or newer).

9. National Blood Donor Month: Read a book with vampires or a main character with a medical profession.

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






February Monthly Challenge
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10/10 - DONE!!!

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. Member of the Month: Amy ~Lover of Books~ - Amy ~Lover of Books~ has been a member of the RRRC since February, 2010. Here is the link to Amy's shelves. Please read a book from any of Amy's shelves or a book published in 2010 or a book published in February of any year.

3. Geography: Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Bulgaria.
Facts about Bulgaria:
★ Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established.
★ Every year on 1 March Bulgarians exchange martenitsas, which are small pieces of adornment made of red and white thread that symbolise good health and happiness.
★ Bulgaria was once one of the 3 biggest empires in Europe among the Frankish, and the Byzantine (it spanned between the Mediterranean, the Black, and the White Seas).
You can also read a book that has been on your shelves for over a year, or one of the oldest books on your tbr shelf or read a book with a red or white cover or read a book that is third in a series.

4. The Day the Music Died Day (Feb 3): This day commemorates the untimely death of 3 rock singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper - read a book where a main character is a singer or a book where an important character dies or a book that has only 3 words in the title/series title

5. National Chocolate Fondue Day (Feb 5) - Read a book where one of the main characters is a baker or a book with food on the cover

6. Valentine's Day (Feb 14): This is a day that celebrates love so read any romance book.

7. Love Your Pet Day (Feb 20): Read a book with a main character that has a pet or a book that has an animal on the cover.

8. Harry Potter Day (Feb 20) - read a book that has a child in the story or a book where one of the characters is a wizard/witch

9. International Friendship Week (February 22-28): read a book that has a friend to lovers theme or a book recommended to you by a Goodreads member.

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






March Monthly Challenge
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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. Member of the Month - ~KarenH~: ~KarenH~ has been a member of RRRC since January 2011. Here is a link to Karen's shelves. Please read a book from any of Karen's shelves, a book published in 2011 or a book published in January of any year.

3. Geography - Romania: Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Romania.
Fun Facts about Romania:
Romania has the 6th largest city (Bucharest), the 7th largest population and is the 8th largest country in the European Union.
Romania is home to the Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian Plateau - you see where this is going right...?
Romania holds a long tradition in artistic gymnastics. The most famous Romanian gymnast is Nadia Com─âneci, who was the first gymnast to ever score a perfect 10 at the Olympic Games, during the 1976 Summer Olympics.
So you may also read a book in the middle of the series (not the first two books, the last or the most recent book), a book with vampires or a book with a sports theme.

4. Music in Our Schools Month: Read a book with a musician in it or a book where music plays a large part.

5. National Women's History Month: Read a book with a kick-ass heroine or one with a woman (or man) in a non-traditional gender role.

6. Old Stuff Day (March 2nd): Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year. If you have not been a member of GR a year, read one of the 10 oldest books on your to-read shelf.

7. I Want You to be Happy Day (March 3rd): Read a light, fluffy, humorous book.

8. If Pets Had Thumbs Day (March 3rd): Read a shifter book or a book with pets in it.

9. Hug a GI Day (March 4th): Read a book featuring a military or paramilitary character or a book where a MC carries a weapon.

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


1.  Lady Beneath the Veil - Sarah Mallory (HH #1174 - Feb 2014) - Mar 1
2.  Against the Wind - Kat Martin (Mira - Jan 2011) - Mar 8
3.  Second Chance Family - Leigh Duncan (HAR #1488 - Feb 2014) (baseball) - Mar 2
4.  How to Romance a Rake - Manda Collins (St. Martins - Aug 2012) (piano) - Mar 21
5.  The Texas Wildcatter's Baby - Cathy Gillen Thacker (HAR #1489 - Mar 2014) (geological engineer) - Mar 18
6.  Waking Up With a Rake - Connie Mason, Mia Marlowe (Sourcebooks Casablanca - Jan 2013) - Mar 2
7.  Welcome to Last Chance - Hope Ramsay (Forever - Feb 2011) - Mar 11
8.  The Returning Hero - Soraya Lane (HR #4415 - Mar 2014) (retired military dog) - Mar 6
9.  Shadow's Stand - Sara McCarty (HQN -Feb 2012) (pistols) - Mar 19
10.  Getting Rowdy - Lori Foster (HQN - Sept 2013) - Mar 9


April Monthly Challenge
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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. Member of the Month - Nadine: Nadine has been a member of RRRC since January 2013. Here is a link to Nadine's shelves. Please read a book from any of Nadine's shelves, a book published in 2013, or a book published in January of any year.

3. Geography - Egypt: Read a book whose author, character, or setting is from Egypt.
Fun Facts About Egypt:
 The Pyramids of Giza consist of three major pyramid complexes and is considered one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.         
 Egypt controls the Suez Canal, one of the most traversed navigable waterways in the world.
 Tourism is, of course, one of the most important contributor to the Egyptian economy, employing approximately 12% of the workforce.
You may also read a book that's part of a trilogy or a 7-book series; a book that is set in or around bodies of water (oceans, cruises, pirate abductions); or a book where travel is part of the plot.

4. Name Yourself Day (April 9): Have you ever wanted a different name? Was yours the source of many a taunt in school yards? Or did you ever find a name you just absolutely loved? This day is your day! Read a book by an author whose first or last name you wouldn't mind borrowing for a day.

5. National Sibling Day (April 10): Celebrate siblinghood by reading a book where siblings play a prominent role in the story. Or read a book that's part of a series featuring siblings.

6. Eight-Track Tape Day (April 11): The good ol' days before DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, and (gasp) ebook readers. Read any book first published in the 1980s or any year ending in 8 (1978, 1998, 2008, etc).

7. Blah, Blah, Blah Day (April 17): The target for today is tackle all those jobs you've been putting off forever. Read a book that's been gathering major dust bunnies on your TBR.

8. World Penguin Day (April 25): Flightless or not, some consider these animals as absolutely adorbs. Read a book with a cover that is predominantly white and/or black.

9.National Welding Month: We love all those billionaires, but even regular Joes need love, too. Read a book with a blue-collar main character (auto mechanics, ranchers, firefighters, beat cops, bikers, etc.). No desk jockeys allowed!

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


5.  A House Full of Fortunes! - Judy Duarte (HSE #2323 - Apr 2014) (foster kids/Fortune-Jones family) - Apr 2
10.  Honorbound - Tracy Hughes (HAR #381 - Mar 1991) - Apr 26



May Monthly Challenge
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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. Member of the Month: Jojo- Jojo has been a member of the RRRC since August 2011. Here is the link to Jojo’s shelves - Please read a book from any of Jojo's shelves; a book published in 2011; or in August of any year.

3. Geography: Finland- Read a book whose author, character, or setting is from Finland.

Fun Facts About Finland:
The amount you get fined for speeding in Finland depends on the amount you earn. Traffic fines are based on two factors: the severity of the offense and the driver’s income.

Finland is known to be the Land of a Thousand Lakes. There are exactly 187,888 lakes (larger than 500 m²) and 179,584 islands within the territory of Finland.

It is also called The Land of Midnight Sun, because in June and July the sun shines all day and all night in the north, not dropping below the horizon.

You may also read a book that is about cars, speeding, or law enforcement; a book that is set near a body of water or has a lake/water on the cover; or read a book that is set in summer (June & July in the US is summer) or has a sun on the cover.

4. May Day (May 1): Spring is in the air! Read a book that the genre, author, or series is new to you.

5. Cinco De Mayo (May 5): Read a book that is 5th in the series, takes place in Mexico, has a character that is Mexican, or a book with five words in the title.

6. National Teacher’s Day (May 6): Read a book that is about teaching (can be any type of teaching, maybe an “experienced” person teaches an “inexperienced” person ), has a character that is a teacher or has an apple on the cover

7. .Mother’s Day (May 11):Read a book where a character in the story is a mother/mother figure, caretaker, pregnant, or has kids.

8. Memorial Day (May 26):Read a book that is about being in the military and/or someone who has served.

9. May Flowers: May’s flower is Lily of the Valley, read a book with a character or author with the name Lily or any other flower name; or has a scene that traditionally involves flowers (garden party, wedding, funeral etc ) ; the name of a flower in the title or series name; or any book that has flowers on the cover.

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


3.  Willow Springs - Toni Blake (Avon - July 2012) (lake on cover) - May 7
6.  Perfect Partners - Jayne Ann Krentz (Pocket - Apr 1992) (hero teaches heroine about business) - May 2
10.  Last Chance Knit & Stitch - Hope Ramsay (Forever - Nov 2013) - May 25

June Monthly Challenge
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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. Member of the Month - Ty: Ty has been a member of the RRRC since February 2012. Link to Ty's shelves. Please read a book from any of Ty's shelves or a book published in 2012 or a book published in February of any year.

3. Geography: Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Indonesia.

Fun Facts:
- Indonesia is made of 17,508 islands of which only 6000 are inhabited by people (which means great beaches)
- Indonesia is known for its rich Biodiversity - second only to Brazil.
- Indonesia is also part of Pacific Ring of Fire, volcano Group.

Read a book that has a beach on the cover or a book with animals or a book with fire on title/cover.

4. Repeat Day (June 3): Read a book where the first letter of the author's first and last name are the same (Ex: Lora Leigh, Julie James, Shannon Stacey) OR the first letters of words in the title are the same. You can ignore a, an & the if you wish. (Ex: Ella Enchanted, Hush, Hush, Pride and Prejudice)

5. Summer Solstice: Read a book with summer in title or takes place during Summer or with a bright cover using light blue or green or yellows or white color

6. Sixth Month: Read a book that is #6 in a series or has Six in title or has six words in title.

7. International Fairy Day (June 24): Read a book that has fae, fairies or a book with "Magic" Genre or a book which has the word "Magic" in title.

8. Juno, Goddess of Marriage: Read a book where the main theme is marriage i.e features a marriage of convenience, couple that is already married etc.

9. Dare Day (June 1): Read a book that is outside your comfort zone (like genre) or a book from a new-to-you author.

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


8.  The Sheikh's Son - Kristi Gold (HD #2313 - July 2014) (pretend marriage) - June 26



July Monthly Challenge
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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. Member of the Month: Nichole - Nichole has been a member of the RRRC since December 2011. Here is the link to Nichole's shelves -https://www.goodreads.com/review/list.... Please read a book from any of Nichole's shelves or a book published in 2011 or a book published in July of any year.

3. Geography: Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Jamaica.

Facts about Jamaica:
 Jamaica entered its first Olympic Winter Games in 1988 with a bobsled team (immortalized in the film Cool Runnings).
 Jamaica was known as "Xaymaca" before Europeans landed on the island, a name meaning "Land of Wood and Water" or the "Land of Springs."
 Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series, lived in Jamaica and set many of his Bond novels on the island.

You can also read a book about a sports team or competition, or that takes place at the Olympics, or has a character trying something new. Or read a book with trees or water on the cover. Or read a book with spies or covert activities.

4. Disobedience Day (July 3): Read a book with a whip or cuffs on the cover, or a book where a character gets punished or goes to jail, or is/was in trouble with the law.

5. U.S. Independence Day (July 4): Read a book with a hero/heroine who loves their independence or who has an explosive temper, or a book with red, white, or blue on the cover.

6. Nude Recreation Week (July 7-13): Read a book where a character is in public without clothes or does an activity in the nude usually done wearing clothes, or a book with a nude model on the cover, or read a book with a scene on the cover of a place that you could be nude...e.g. a beach, bathtub, bed, etc.

7. Barbershop Music Appreciation Day (July 13): Read a book with a character who likes music, or a book with 4 words in the title, or the fourth book in a series (barbershop quartet).

8. National Junk Food Day (July 21): Read a book you consider a guilty pleasure, or that you could scarf down in one sitting, or has a cover with food on it.

9. Amelia Earhart Day (July 24): Read a book that disappeared into your TBR (on your shelf longer than a year), or that features a female character in a male-dominated profession.

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


5.  Dash of Peril - Lori Foster (HQN - Mar 2014) (independent heroine) - July 5
10. The First Love Cookie Club - Lori Wilde (Avon - Nov 2010) - July 31



August Monthly Challenge
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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. Member of the Month - Katharina: Katharina has been a member of the RRRC since December 2010. Here is the link to Katharina's shelves. Please read a book from any of Katharina's shelves, a book published in 2010 or a book published in December of any year.

3. Geography - Sweden: Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Sweden.
Fun Facts about Sweden:
 Sweden's flag is blue and gold and the country is often associated with blond hair and blue eyes.
It is a constitutional monarchy and has a history associated with Vikings.
 Sweden is a prosperous country and known for its universal healthcare.

So you may also read a book with a blue or gold cover or one that features a blond and/or blue eyed person on the cover. Also you may read a Viking book or one involving a monarchy. You may also choose a book with a very wealthy character or one involved in the medical profession.

4. Family Fun Month: Read a book that involves family dynamics of some kind - children, parents, siblings etc.

5. Friendship Day (August 3): Read a book that features friendship or one recommended by a friend.

6. Left Handers' Day (August 13): Read a book about someone in the minority in some way or the odd man out - left handed, red headed, teacher in a family of business professionals, or newcomer in a small town for example.

7. Relaxation Day (August 15): Read a book where someone takes a vacation or a book you would read on a vacation.

8. National Thriftshop Day (August 17): Read a book that didn't cost you anything, either one you borrowed from the library or friend or was a freebie!

9. Romance Awareness Month: A month made just for us! Read a romance book of any genre.

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


5.  Traceless - HelenKay Dimon (HI #1498 - June 2014) (recommended by Paula) - Aug 13
10.  The Mighty Quinns: Rogan - Kate Hoffmann (HB #810 - Aug 2014) - Aug 20



September Monthly Challenge
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1. 'S' is for September: Read a book that starts with 'S' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'S'.

2. Member of the Month - Dee: Dee has been a member of the RRRC since September 2009. Here is the link to Dee's shelves. Please read a book from any of Dee's shelves, a book published in 2009 or a book published in September of any year.

3. Featured Author Challenge - Jill Shalvis: Read a book written by this month's Featured Author, Jill Shalvis, or by any author with her first or last name.
Fun Facts about Jill:
 Jill Shalvis lives in California.
 She published her first novel in 1996.
 She writes Contemporary Romance.
 Jill won a RITA award for Simply Irresistible.
So you may also read a book set in California, or by an author who is from California. You can also read any book published in 1996, or is shelved as Contemporary Romance or a book by any author who has won a RITA award.

4. Labor Day (Sept. 1): Read a book that features a blue collar worker or manual laborer, basically anyone who works with their hands.

5. Be Late for Something Day (Sept. 5): Read a book that you have been trying to read for some time but just never seems to fit in a challenge. Better late than never!

6. International Literacy Day (Sept. 8): Read a book, any book!

7. Swap Ideas Day (Sept. 10): Borrow an idea from a fellow group member, read a book you found on another RRRC member's shelf. Or read a book to participate in a group/buddy read and swap your ideas about that book.

8. Positive Thinking Day (Sept. 13): Read a happy or funny book.

9. Ask a Stupid Question Day (Sept. 28): Ever see a book and wonder why you've never read it? Find out - read it!

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


7.  Say No To Joe? - Lori Foster (Zebra - Aug 2003) (group shelf) - Sept 30
10.  Voyager - Diana Gabaldon (Dell - Oct 1994) - Sept 13




October Monthly Challenge
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1.'O' is October: Read a book that starts with 'O' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'O'.

2. Member of the Month - Hina: Hina has been a member of the RRRC since June 2010. Here is the link to Hina's shelves Please read a book from any of Hina's shelves or a book published in 2010 or June of any year.

3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author - Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Read one book written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips or any author with her first or last name. Link to Susan Elizabeth Phillips's backlist- https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8...

Fun Facts about Susan -
* Susan Phillips lives in Chicago, Illinois
* She published her first book under the name 'Justine Cole' in 1983
* She writes Contemporary Romance with a sport bias
* Susan was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 2001

So you may also read a book set in Chicago or Illinois, or by an author who is from Chicago or Illinois. You can also read any book published in 1983, or is shelved as Contemporary Romance or a book by any author who has been inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame or a book with a sporting romance bias.

4. World Smile Day (1st Friday of the month): Read a book whose title, cover or blurb leaves a smile on your face.

5. Poetry Day (2nd October): Read a book of poetry or a book written in the style of poetry. Or Read a book with a romantic cover or has a MC that is trying to 'court' or 'woo' someone.

6. Cat Day (29th October): Read a book with a cat on the cover or in the story (all types of cats acceptable). Or read a book with the word 'cat' found in the title/subtitle/series/author name. i.e. 'Catch Me If You Can'.

7. Sourest Day (25th October): Read a book that has been banned, or a book with a character that has a cranky disposition, or needs an attitude adjustment.

8. It's My Party Day (11th October): Read a book that's fun in some way.

9. World Pasta Day (25th October): Read a book by an Italian author, or a book with an Italian setting or an Italian character. Or read a book with a cover that has either red, white or green on it (the colors of the Italian flag) or a book with a chef.

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



3.  Take My Breath Away - Christie Ridgway (HQN - June 2014) (contemporary romance) - Oct 23
9.  Hope Flames - Jaci Burton (Berkley - Jan 2014) (lots of green grass) - Oct 25
10.  The Cowboy of Valentine Valley - Emma Cane (Avon - Feb 2014) - Oct 15



November Monthly Challenge
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1.'N' is for November Read a book that starts with 'N' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'N'.

2. Member of the Month: Skandia.- Skandia has been a member of the RRRC group since December, 2011. Here is the link to Skandia's shelves. Please read a book from any of Skandia's shelves or a book published in 2011 or a book published in the month of December of any year.

3. Featured Author Challenge - Lisa Marie Rice: Read a book written by this month's Featured Author, Lisa Marie Rice, or by any author with her first, middle or last name.
Fun Facts about Lisa:
 Lisa Marie Rice is a pseudonym for author Elizabeth Jennings
 She published her first novel as Elizabeth Jennings in 1998, and her first as Lisa Marie Rice in 2003.
 She lives in Matera, Italy.
 She writes Romantic Suspense.

So you may also read a book by an author who has the same first or last name as Elizabeth Jennings, or is in Italy, or with an Italian character or an author who is from Italy. You can also read any book published in 1998 or 2003, or that is shelved as Romantic Suspense.

4. Nov. 1 - Book Lover's Day: Read a book that you think (hope) you'll really love!

5. Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day: Read a book with a war or military setting, or with a MC who is a current or former member of the military.

6. Nov 15 - Clean Your Refrigerator Day: Time to get rid of all those science projects hiding way in the back! Read a book that has been on your TBR over a year, or if you don't have any that old, read one of the 100 oldest books on your TBR. Or, read a book with a MC who is involved in science, research, or experimentation.

7. Nov 15 - America Recycles Day: Read a book that has already been read by someone else (checked out from the library, borrowed from a friend, etc.), or that you are using in at least 2 other challenges, or that has a primarily green cover.

8. Nov 27 - Black Friday: Read a book with a MC who works in retail or sales (at any level) or who loves to shop, or a book with a sports theme (since most of us not shopping will be watching football), or a book with a mostly black cover.

9. Nov 28 - Red Planet Day: Read a sci-fi book or a book involving neighbors (Mars is one of Earth's closest neighbors), or a book with a red (or reddish) cover.

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




5.  Cody Walker's Woman - Amelia Autin (HRS #1822 - Oct 2014) (heroine/former Marine) - Nov 5
6.  Fatal Fallout - Lara Lacomb (HRS #1814 - Aug 2014) (nuclear physicist heroine) - Nov 4
7.  Tempted - Lori Foster (HQN - Apr 2010) (library) - Nov 10
8.  Explosive Engagement - Lisa Childs (HI #1506 - July 2014) (owns a jewelry store) - Nov 24

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