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December Monthly News

Welcome to the December edition of monthly news! Did you sign up for the 100+ Book Challenge? We're back for a third year and always enjoy challenging our reading habits to do more. Books are brain food!  :-) I managed to read more than 100 books this year. Check out my list. I've also signed up for some challenges on others' blogs. What is one challenge you can't miss?? The bad news was my pc dying.  Terribly traumatic for me.  The good news is Boxing day sales got me a new and better pc! YAY!
Bring on 2016!!

BOOKS: Pieces On Earth - Cathy BryantTop Secret Recipes: Step-by-Step - Todd Wilbur (recommend)Sweets and Treats with Six Sister's Stuff (recommend)Winter - Marissa Meyer (HIGHLY recommend)Depth of Field - Chantel Guertin (recommend)Going Over - Beth KephartBang Bang - Keith 'Bang Bang' McCurdy (recommend)If You Dare - Kresley Cole (recommend)
PRODUCTS: Posterjack Acrylic Block (recommend)
MOVIES: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (recommend)Paper Towns (recommend)

Last Review Of The Year: Paper Towns #Movie

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears - leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship - and true love.
Rated PG 108 mins

A great coming of age story! There were moments of me laughing out loud, moments of adventure and excitement, and even a moment where I shed a tear. This movie was one of the best coming of age stories I have ever seen in film. Sadly, I have not read the book so I have nothing to compare it to. I can just imagine how epic the novel is if the mov…

Shelf Love Challenge 2016

Hosted by Second Run Reviews
Guidelines For The Shelf Love Challenge 2016Read books that are in your personal library that were obtained before January 1, 2016.Responsibly obtain books for your personal library.
     You may wish to abstain from purchasing
     books or set a book budget for yourself.
You decide the best way to get control of your TBR pile and read the books you
     already own.Library books (and textbooks) do not count for the challenge. You may use your library to obtain different formats of books you already own and count those towards your goal. Now Select Your Goal For The Shelf Love Challenge 2016!
The top 3 tiers of my books won TBR shelf. #ShelfLoveChallenge A photo posted by Freda Mans (@fredasphotos) on Dec 30, 2015 at 8:10am PST

GOAL: 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back

Pop Sonnets - Erik DidriksenSince You've Been Gone - Morgan MatsonMoon At Nine - Deborah EllisCSFTS O Canada: The Wonders of WinterNimona - Noelle StevensonRevenge Wears Prada - Lauren …

2016 Mount TBR Challenge

Hosted by My Reader's Block

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2016.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2016.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2016. No library books. 

*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you d…

2016 Blogger Shame Review Challenge

Hosted by The Herd Presents

Challenge Details
Challenge begins Jan 1, 2016 and ends Dec 31, 2016
All review books that have been on your review list for 6+ months count.
Any book format counts.
Crossovers with other challenges are okay.
You pick the number of books for your individual challenge.

Once a quarter there will be a wrap up post to show off progress!

(sign up post--now through jan or whenever you join)
quarter 1 post--end of March
quarter 2 post--end of June
quarter 3 post--end of September
quarter 4 post--end of Dec wrap up post

There's a FB group for our challenges this year if you'd like to join for support, suggestions and event updates! Just go HERE.
This is a challenge for every blogger who reviews books. We all have a stack or more that we haven't got to yet. I plan on tackling that TBR like nobody's business in 2016, so this challenge is made for me.

GOAL: 12 Past-Due Review Books
Just Don't Call Me Ma'am - Anna Mitchael (2010 TBR)Slip Of The Kni…

NonFiction Reading Challenge 2016

Hosted by The Introverted Reader

The Challenge:  Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult.That's it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge. 
I always like levels in my challenges, so here are mine:

Dilettante--Read 1-5 non-fiction books

Explorer--Read 6-10 

Seeker--Read 11-15

Master--Read 16-20

This challenge will last from January 1 to December 31, 2016. You can sign up anytime throughout the year.

Another challenge I love and participate in yearly. Last year I chose Master level and accomplished my goal, so I will do it again in 2016!
MASTER - Read 16-20 NonFiction Books
Just Don't Call Me Ma'am - Anna MitchaelCSFTS O Canada: The Wonders of WinterThe Literature BookThe Movie BookCorked - Kathryn Borel JRThe No Time To Cook! Book - Elena Rosemond-HoerrDetectives Don't Wear Seat Belts -  Cici McNairThe Happiness Project - Gretchin RubinBased On…

52 Books in 52 Weeks 2016

Hosted by Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Are you ready to join me for another year of Reading 52 Books in 52 Weeks? The rules are quite simple. How you get there is up to you.  Whether you are a monogamous reader or like to dip into multiple books at a time, love diving into chunky books or sailing along with a beach read, submerging yourself in a classic or weighing anchor with those dusty books gathering dust on your shelves, it all averages out in the end.  The goal is to read 52 Books. 
This is another challenge I love doing yearly. It's quite simple really, read one book a week. There is mini-challenges too, but I have not done them.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott FitzgeraldPop Sonnets - Erik DidriksenThe Shamrock Case - Linda Weaver ClarkeKiller Pursuit - Jeff GunhusSlip Of The Knife - Denise MinaUglies - Scott WesterfeldThe Iron Warrior - Julie KagawaThe Literature BookNimona - Noelle StevensonStars Above - Marissa MeyerMy Mother's Kitchen - Meera Ekkanath Klei…

#103: If You Dare by Kresley Cole

With If You Dare, Cole introduces a thrilling new romance trilogy featuring fierce Scottish brothers with dangerous lives, dark desires, and a deadly curse.
Can he exact revenge?

High in the Pyrenees, a band of mercenaries led by Courtland MacCarrick wages war for General Reynaldo Pascal. When Court turns on the evil general, Pascal orders him killed but Court narrowly escapes and exacts revenge by kidnapping Pascal's exquisite Castilian fiancée. 
Can she deny her passions?
Lady Annalía Tristán Llorente despises her towering, barbaric captor almost as much as she does Pascal. Her inexplicable attraction to the Highlander only fuels her fury. But nothing will stop her from returning to Pascal -- for if she doesn't wed him, she signs her brother's death warrant, as well as her own. 
Can there be love between them?
From the moment Court discovers that Anna's prim façade masks a fiery, brave lass, his heart's ensnared, and he dares to defy the curse that has shadowed his lif…