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I Challenge You… To Read!

OK, so I am officially starting my very first Reading Challenge, sponsored by one of my Goodreads Groups, Red Dress Ink Fans. I am super excited, and I can’t wait to start reading! Here are the rules, and the list to follow is the list of books that I picked for it. Wish me luck!


1. Spooky Story Hour – For Halloween, read a book with any of the following words in the title: witch, ghost, vampire, demon, werewolf, costume, Frankenstein, magic, sorcery, candy, spooky, devil, etc. Examples: Sorcery and the Single Girl (Mindy Klasky), Every Demon has His Day (Cara Lockwood), Magic and the Modern Girl (Mindy Klasky), Wednesday Night Witches (Lee Nichols)

2 Author(s) of the Month (Tara’s Task) – Read a book whose title starts with O, N, or D (for October, November, December) or by an author whose name (first or last) starts with one of those letters. Examples: Deborah Blumenthal, Daniella Brodsky, Lisa Daily, Dee Davis, Kyra Davis, Nadine Haobsh, Clare Naylor, Fiona Neill, Lee Nichols, Elizabeth Noble, Jennifer O’Connell, Tyne O’Connell, Erica Orloff

3 Vote for Me! (Courtney’s Task) – In the Polls section, create a poll of 5 books you want to read and have everyone else choose one for you.

4. Oops! – Read a book with the word Accident (or any variation) in the title. Examples: Accidental It Girl (Libby Street), The Accidental Virgin (Valerie Frankel), The Accidental Diva (Tia Williams)

5. Hispanic Culture – For All Saint’s Day (Nov. 1) and Day of the Dead (Nov. 2), read a book with either the word Saint (or the abbreviation St.) OR Dead in either the title or author’s name. Examples: (Author name) Rocki St. Claire; (Books) Dating Can Be Deadly; Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead; Love You to Death; Dead Until Dark

6. Because I Said So (Tara’s Task) – Read a book on another member’s “Read” bookshelf on Goodreads because they have suggested it.

7. Fashionably Read (Kristine’s Task) – Read a book with something to do with fashion or whose title contains an article of clothing. Examples: A Dangerous Dress (Julia Holden), A Girl Like Moi: The Fashion Forward Adventures of Imogene (Lisa Barham), Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown (Adena Halpern)

8. Ghouls, Turkeys, and Sleighs (Alicia’s Task) – Read a book that has any holiday from Halloween through New Years in it. Examples: Scenes From a Holiday (Various), Thanksgiving (Janet Evanovich), An Idiot Girl’s Christmas (Laurie Notaro)

9. Finish it Up (Tara’s Task) – Finish a book you’ve started before but put down.

10. Club Picks (Alicia’s Task) – Read a book that is (or has been) another group’s book club choice. This group could be your own book club (outside of Red Dress Ink), another group on Goodreads, any of Oprah’s Book Club picks, etc.


1 You Live Where?! (Courtney’s Task) – Read a book written by an author who lives in your state/city.

2. Vacation: All I Ever Wanted (Courtney’s Task) – Read a book set in a place you have visited or would like to visit.

3. Yo Momma! (Kristine’s task) – Read a book about parenting. Examples: The Yummy Mummy (Polly Williams), Admissions (Nancy Lieberman)

4. Columbus Day is October 12th – Read a book whose author has “Chris” in part of their first or last name or is a name or part of a name in the title or the main character. Example: Chris Manby (Author), Kate Christensen (author), Chris Dyer (author)

5. Thanksgiving is November 26th – Read a book that relates to the thing you are most thankful for and tell what that is when you’ve completed the task. (Thanks to the Seasonal Challenge Club for this one!)

6. Christmas is December 25th – Read a book with any of the following in the title or on the cover: Christmas, Santa, presents, gift, bow, decoration, etc. Example: The Gift Bag Chronicles (Hillary De Vries)

7. A Wedding Story (Kristine’s Task) – Read a book about the main character being involved in a wedding (either getting married or a bridesmaid). Examples: Always the Bridesmaid (Sarah Webb), The Wedding Girl (Madeline Wickham), Something Borrowed (Emily Giffin)

8 Who Won? (Alicia’s Task) – Read a book that has won an award. It could as prestigious as the Pulitzer or as simple as some magazine/bookstore’s Top Books of 2008. Examples: To Kill a Mockingbird (Pulitzer link for fiction:, Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (Top 100 Customer Favorites of 2008 – – link:…) NPR’s Best Books 2008 (link:…), Goodreads Best Books of 2008 (link:…)

9. Getting Paid – Read a book where one of the main characters has the same profession as you do, OR has your dream job.

10. Write, Write, Write – Read an epistolary novel (a novel told in the form of letters/correspondence or a diary). Examples: Holly’s Inbox (Holly Denham), Love, Rosie (Cecelia Ahern), Meg Cabot’s Boy Series, Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding), Georgia Nicholson series (Louise Rennison).

1. I Have Two Names (Kristine’s Task) – Read a book that has more than one title. Example: Rosie Dunne/Where Rainbows End (Cecelia Ahern), Love @ First Site/dot.homme (Jane Moore), Away Laughing on a Fast Camel/….and Then it Came Off in My Hand (Louise Rennison)

2. Sweetest Day is October 17th – Read TWO books: one with the word Sweet in the title and one with the word Day in the title. Examples: Sweet Love (Sarah Strohmeyer),The Sweetest Taboo (Carole Matthews), Every Demon Has His Day (Cara Lockwood), Bad Heir Day (Wendy Holden)

3. Back to Back – Read a book and read its sequel. Books should be read back to back. They can be any two books from a series (not necessarily books 1 & 2), but should be read in order: i.e. read book 3 then book 4, not book 5 then 8.

4. Double the GR Love – Read TWO books by 2 different Goodreads authors.

5. It’s Enormous! – Read a book with more than 500 pages.

1. OCB – The birthstones for October, November and December are Opal (multi-colored), Citrine (golden yellow) and Blue Topaz. Read THREE books where one of these stones (or colors):
– Is named in each title OR
– Is part of the author’s name OR
– Is the main color of the book cover (must post a picture of the book to get credit for this).
Note: Opal is really hard so a book with A LOT of different colors on it will work. Examples: Around the World in 80 Dates (main color on cover is blue) (Jennifer Cox), Burning the Map (main color on cover is golden yellow) (Laura Caldwell), Author Opal Carew

2. Alphabetical Order (Alicia’s Task) – Read THREE books all starting with 3 sequential letters in the alphabet. You don’t have to start with letter A (i.e. L, M, N will work).

3. Feel Young Again – Read THREE YA novels from a series. They don’t have to be from the beginning but they do have to be consecutive. Examples: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Georgia Nicholson series, Meg Cabot’s Princess series, the Twilight series, the A-List series

4. How Random (Jen’s Task) – To find your THREE books for this task, do the following: 1) Go to your To-Read list on Goodreads, and sort the list by Date Added in Edit View. You should see that every book has a number, according to when you added it to the list (i.e. #1 is the first book you added to the list, #2 is the second, and so on). 2) Go to Using the Random Number Generator, type in 1 as the Min. number and the total number of books on your To-Read list as the Max number. (mine is 597, so I’d enter 1 and 597). Click Generate to generate a random number. 3) Find the book on your To-Read list that corresponds with that random number. That’s your first book for this task. Do the same thing for the next two books. 4) If you are unable to find the book corresponding to that number on your list, it’s because you’ve either already read the book or have removed it from your list. Use the generator to generate numbers until you find a book you haven’t yet read.

MIDWAY TASK (50 Points)
Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why?
Read THREE books whose titles each begin with a “question” word:
– Who (examples: Who You Know by Theresa Alan)
– What (examples: What Do You Do All Day? by Amy Scheibe, What A Girl Wants by Kristin billerbeck)
– Where (example: Where Have All the Boys Gone? by Amanda Colgan)
– When (example: When In Rome by Gemma Townley)
– Why (example: Why Not?, Why Girls Are Weird by Pamela Ribon)
– How (examples: How I Stole Her Husband by Liz Ireland, How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls by Zooey Dean)


5.1. Spooky Story Hour – I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
5.2 Author(s) of the Month – I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
5.3 Vote for Me! (Courtney’s Task) – In the Polls section, create a poll of 5 books you want to read and have everyone else choose one for you. (Waiting for the poll to finish!)
5.4. Oops! – The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman
5.5. Hispanic Culture – Dead Until Dark by Charlene Harris
5.6. Because I Said So – Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
5.7. Fashionably Read – Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders
5.8. Ghouls, Turkeys, and Sleighs – The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans
5.9. Finish it Up – The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
5.10. Club Picks – Sail by James Patterson

10.1 You Live Where?! – Rattled by Debra Galant
10.2. Vacation: All I Ever Wanted – I’ll Never be French No Matter What I Do by Mark Greenside
10.3. Yo Momma! – Momzillas by Jill Kargman
10.4. Columbus Day is October 12th -The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
10.5. Thanksgiving is November 26th –  I’m So Happy For You: A Novel About Best Friends  by Lucinda Rosenfield
10.6. Christmas is December 25th – The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere
10.7. A Wedding Story – Wedding Season by Darcy Cosper
10.8 Who Won? – The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
10.9. Getting Paid – Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
10.10. Write, Write, Write -Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham

15.1. I Have Two Names – Mommy By Mistake/ The Baby Group by Rowan Coleman
15.2. Sweetest Day is October 17th – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet By Jamie Ford & Happy BirthDAY or Whatever by Annie Choi
15.3. Back to Back – Eclipse & Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
15.4. Double the GR Love – After You by Julie Buxbaum & Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas
15.5. It’s Enormous! – Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

25.1. OCB – Opal (multi-colored)- The J.A.P Chronicles by Isabel Rose, Citrine (golden yellow)- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson, Blue Topaz- Around the World in 80 Dates by Jennifer Cox
25.2. Alphabetical Order – Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner, & (The) Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells, Dinner With Anna Karenina by Gloria Goldreich
25.3. Feel Young Again – The Princess Diaries (#1), Princess in the Spotlight (#2), & Princess in Love (#3) by Meg Cabot
25.4. How Random – Christmas Presents and Past by Janice Kay Johnson, Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld, & Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

50. Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why? – When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster, How to Meet Cute Boys by Deanna Kizis, & How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

I can’t wait to start reading! I will update when I finish books…

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By Melephant
On October 30, 2009
At 7:19 pm
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Secret Lives of Unfortunate Wives…


I recently finished The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives by Sarah Strohmeyer. I really enjoy Sarah’s writing style, and have thoroughly enjoyed her other books, especially The Cinderella Pact and The Sleeping Beauty Proposal. Her books are a light, quick read and tend to make me jut feel good. This one, especially, made me feel very fortunate to be the wife that I am and not one of these fortunate wives!

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By Melephant
On October 23, 2009
At 2:25 pm
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I Couldn’t Help It…

What a novel idea! My computer can now tell me what celebrities I resemble! It just goes to show, technology placed in the wrong hands can be a very, very bad thing…

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By Melephant
On October 20, 2009
At 6:01 pm
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The Books I SHOULD Have Read… But Somehow Never Have…

So I recently began reading all of the books from my childhood that I should have read but never did…the-little-prince I never realized that there were soo many amazing books that I never read! Did you know that there are tons of amazing childrens books out there that are absolutely amazing and fun to read? Even as an adult?!?! I recently read The Little Prince with my husband, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it… We read a little bit together every night before going to sleep, and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed spending the time together and also reading a classic book that I may have never read alone. The next book on our list is Where the Wild Things Are. I can’t wait!

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By Melephant
On October 13, 2009
At 6:09 pm
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Get Horizontal!


I audio booked this one on my way to work and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I had already read her newer one (I actually audio booked that one as well). I felt like this one gave a little more back story than her newer one did. While I doubt that everything in this book is 100% accurate, or at least I hope it isn’t, I enjoyed hearing about her escapades. I would recommend this to someone as a light read in between 2 heavy books or audio book it for some good stories on your way to work.

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By Melephant
At 5:54 pm
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A Practical Handbook Indeed…


I recently had the pleasure of Audio-booking A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend: For Every Guy Who Wants to Be One, For Every Girl Who Wants to Build One by Felicity Huffman.

It was hilarious! A Great read, from start to finish. It gives some fresh ideas on dating and the “game” that guys play to get the girl.

I have a couple of friends (my husband included) that believe that any guy can get any girl by using what they refer to as “the game”. I disagree, and feel that in order for a guy and girl to be happy together, they have to be themselves. This book was informative and made me really happy that I am not still dating!

I actually recommended the book to all of my friends, single and married, just because it was so much fun to read!

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By Melephant
On October 1, 2009
At 7:11 pm
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