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    Starting a new thread for the Challenge here in the new site.

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    SWEET SIXTEEN (submitted by Sandlynn) – Based upon the literal sweets in our life (rather than the figurative) read ten to sixteen romances from any of the following categories.

    Three Musketeers – Read a romance set in France or one in which the hero and/or heroine are part of a crime fighting or military team or, simply read an historical romance.
    Jolly Rancher – Read a romance set in the American west and/or set on a ranch or one in which the hero/heroine is a cowboy/cowgirl.
    Candy Corn – Read a romance set on a farm or in a rural/agricultural area or involving people who work with plants and/or gardening.
    Salt Water Taffy – Read a romance set near or on the ocean or involving people who work or have exploits on the water.
    Pop Rocks – Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine are rockers or, more broadly, singers and/or musicians of any type.
    Peppermint Patties – Since peppermint is often used medicinally, read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is a doctor or is set in a hospital or in which one of the main characters has a serious illness or disability.
    Starburst – Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is a star in the arts such as acting, the fine arts, writing, music, etc.
    Lolli”pop” – Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is a parent.
    Fudge – We’re fudging things here. Read a romance where the hero and/or heroine is fudging the truth. They are pretending to be something they are not, for example a romance featuring spies or someone who is in disguise or playing a part.
    Mr. Goodbar – Read a romance where the main couple meets in a bar or where the setting is a bar or diner or the hero/heroine owns a bar, is a bartender, or is cook.
    Smarties – Read a romance where either the hero or heroine is considered a prodigy or is involved in formal education, like a teacher or professor.
    Sugar Daddy – Read a May/December romance whether wealth is a part of the story or not.
    Snickers – Read a humorous romance.
    Junior mints – Read a young or new adult romance.
    Milky Way – In homage to our galaxy, read a futuristic or science fiction romance or one where the hero or heroine are involved in science.
    Hershey Kisses – Since romances with little sexual content are often designated as “just kisses,” read a romance with little sexual content or an inspirational.
    Baby Ruth – The genesis of this candy bar’s name has been disputed; but either way, read a sports romance in homage to the baseball player, Babe Ruth, or read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine are in politics in honor of President Cleveland’s daughter Ruth.
    Payday – Read a work or office romance. The hero and heroine should be colleagues.
    Pixie Stix – Since pixies are fantastical characters, read a romance featuring fantastical or paranormal characters or simply read a romantic fantasy or paranormal.
    Good and Plenty – Read an erotic romance. Wink
    Candy Cigarettes – Cigarettes are something to which a sizeable minority of us are addicted. Read a novel from the subgenre of romance to which you are most addicted. (For instance, I’m addicted to contemporaries featuring artists, like singers, actors, writers, etc. Thank the goddesses, this addiction can’t kill me.) Be as specific as possible.
    Truffles – There are truffles that are heavenly chocolates and there are truffles that are savory mushrooms. This is a wildcard category. Read any book on your TBR pile.

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    Groups of Four (submitted by karat)

    Since 4×4 = 16, read books that are related to these groups of four.

    Four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter)
    – Read 1 to 4 books that have spring, summer, autumn or winter in the title. Or read 1 to 4 books that are set mostly during one specific season
    Four great elements (earth, water, fire and air)
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine works with the earth (gardener, famer, etc), or where the hero or heroine is a firefighter, or is/was in the Air Force or Navy. Or read 1 to 4 books where the characters have powers related to one of the great elements. Or read 1 to 4 paranormal books.
    Famous bands: many famous bands, like The Beatles, U2 and Rolling Stones (currently) have four band members
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine is a musician or likes music. Or read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine is part of a band or a team.
    Four compass points (north, south, east and west)
    – Read 1 to 4 books set “north” (Canada, Alaska, Iceland, Scandinavia, the Northern U.S. States America, etc), “south” (Antarctica, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, etc), “east” (Asia, U. S. East Coast, etc) or “west” (U. S. West Coast, Western Europe, etc)
    Four suits of playing cards (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades)
    – Read 1 to 4 books with the word heart, love, passion or any other similar word in the title. Or books where the hero or heroine is wealthy. Or books where the main characters live near to, or travel to, a wooded area. Or books where the hero or heroine is a fighter, warrior or is in the military. Or read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine are gamblers, or own/work for a gambling house or casino.
    Four cardinal virtues (justice/fairness, prudence/wisdom, temperance/restraint, courage/fortitude)
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine has one of these virtues.
    Final four: last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. Most common use is the “March Madness” Final Four
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine plays sports, is a sports fan, or is in a competition
    Four Seinfeld Characters: Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine has a best friend who is a relevant secondary character. Or read 1 to 4 books where the heroine reunites with her ex. Or where the hero and heroine are neighbors. Or read 1 to 4 funny romances.
    Four Sex and the City Characters: Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine is a writer or journalist, or a publicist, or a business owner, or works with artists or other famous people, or is a lawyer. Or read 1 to 4 books where the hero or heroine likes fashion and/or is usually well-dressed. Or where the heroine is older than the hero. Or where the hero or heroine is divorced. Or where the hero or heroine is a parent.
    Four Time Zones used in the contiguous U.S. (Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific)
    – Read 1 to 4 books set in these time zones. Or read 1 to 4 time travel books
    Series of Four Books
    – Read 1 to 4 books that are part of a series of four books
    One out of Four
    – Read 1 to 4 books where the hero of heroine is part of a group of four people (e.g. four best friends, like Mary Jo Putney’s Fallen Angels; four band members, like Nalini Singh’s Schoolboy Choir; four partners, like Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet, etc)

    Alternative
    – Pick your own “Group of Four” and read 1 to 4 books related to the Group you selected.

    Karat
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    Sweet Sixteen: The Basketball Edition (submitted by Sandlynn)

    Every March, some of you may be aware that there’s a huge college basketball tournament in the U.S. The following are the 16 top teams that went on to compete for the championship in 2015 aka “The Sweet Sixteen” of 2015. (You can look up who won. Wink

    Read 10 to 16 romances following any of the requirements below:

    1. Kentucky Wildcats – Kentucky joined the United States in 1861, the year the American Civil War began. Read a romance in which the setting is the American Civil War or any civil war around the world. Or, since Kentucky is known for its bourbon, read a romance in which the hero or heroine are involved in the making, selling, or serving of wine, beer, or spirits. Or, since Kentucky is also horse country and famous for the Kentucky Derby, read a romance in which the hero/heroine are involved with horses or any kind of racing.

    2. Arizona Wildcats – Arizona joined the United States in 1912. Read a romance set some time in the 1st two decades of the 20th century (1900 – 1920). Or, since Arizona is desert country, read a novel which takes place, at least partially, in a desert environment. Alternatively, playing off the nickname “Wildcats,” read a romance in which the heroine is considered a “wildcat.” Although politically incorrect in today’s terms, a woman who, “loosely defined,” refuses to adhere to society’s strictures of the time in which she lives.

    3. Wisconsin Badgers – Wisconsin is known for its dairy production and its cheese. Read a romance set on a farm or involves a hero or heroine who makes things using these products, like a chef of any sort. Or, in celebration of the badger, which is a creature that burrows and lives underground, read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine is in hiding or is in disguise.

    4. Duke Blue Devils – Duke is not only the name of the person who established Duke University but is also a noble title. Read a romance in which the hero or heroine (or both) have a noble title of any kind. Or, in recognition of their mascot’s name, read a romance in which the word “Blue” or “Devil” is in the title of the book or is a part of a word from the title, like “devilish” or “bluebird.”

    5. Michigan State Spartans – Detroit is in Michigan which is considered the car capital of the U.S. Read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine spend most of the story traveling or “on the road.” Alternatively, in homage to the Spartans of Sparta, read a romance in which the hero and/or heroine are members or former members of the military or a romance which is set in Greece or any country in the Mediterranean.

    6. Wichita State Shockers – Wichita is in Kansas, which is famously known for Dodge City and men like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok and Bat Masterson who tamed these lawless territories. Read a romance set in the old American west or read one that features a hero and/or heroine who is a police officer, detective, in private security, or is a bodyguard. Alternatively, read any romantic suspense novel.

    7. Gonzaga Bulldogs – Gonzaga University is located in Washington State, which is also famous for its rainy weather, its apples, coffee, and Microsoft. In recognition of one of these attributes, read a romance in which the hero or heroine is involved in high technology or is an entrepreneur of any kind. Alternatively, either read a romance set in the Northwest United States or, simply, a futuristic novel. In celebration of the Gonzaga mascot, you may also read any romance which prominently features a dog or dogs.

    8. Oklahoma Sooners – Oklahoma’s territory was originally set aside as land for Native Americans. However, it was opened in 1889 to settlers, which became known as the “Oklahoma Land Rush.” Read a novel featuring Native Americans or native peoples of any country or world. Or read a novel in which the hero or heroine is a settler, helping to forge a community in a new place. Oklahoma is also known as the center of the “Bible Belt.” Read a romance in which the hero or heroine has or had a religious vocation, such as pastor, minister, priest, nun, etc. Or, simply read an inspirational romance.

    9. Utah Utes – One of the interesting facts about Utah is that it has the youngest population of any of the United States, partially as a result of a high birth rate. As of the last census, the median age of Utahns was 29.2, whereas the median age of Americans overall is 37.7. In acknowledgement of this, read a young adult or new adult romance. Or read a romance in which the heroine is having a baby or in which the hero and/or heroine have young children. Also, Utah is known for its skiing and has hosted the Winter Olympics. Read a romance with a hero or heroine who works in a sport — as an athlete or otherwise — played in the winter such as football or hockey.

    10. UCLA Bruins – UCLA is located in Southern California, which is famous for its entertainment industry. Read a romance set in the entertainment industry and/or one in which the hero, heroine, or both are involved in film, TV, or theater. Alternatively, another notable city in Southern California is San Diego, which is a big Navy town. Read a romance set on the ocean or near enough such that it’s an important part of the community in the story, like a beach town or an island setting.

    11. North Carolina Tar Heels – North Carolina was named in honor of Charles I of England. In recognition of King Charles, read a romance set during his reign of 1625 to 1649 or simply read a romance set in the 1600’s. Also America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate is located in North Carolina. Read a novel in which the hero or heroine live in a castle, chateau, or in which there is a winery on their property. Finally, the first African American member of Congress was born in N.C. Read a romance in which the hero, heroine, or both are African American or are a member of a minority in any country.

    12. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Notre Dame is not only a university in the U.S., it’s a cathedral in Paris. Read a romance set in France or which features a hero or heroine who is French. Alternatively, in recognition of Notre Dame’s mascot, read a romance set in Ireland or involving a hero or heroine who is Irish. More specifically, the mascot is pictured as a pugnacious leprechaun. Read a romance which features fantastical characters or simply a romantic fantasy.

    13. N.C. State Wolfpack – A wolfpack is group of people or animals that operate as a hunting and attacking pack. In homage to N.C. State’s mascot, read a romance where a group of characters work together as spies, crime solvers, or as members of the same team (like a sports team) or in a business. (Often you find these type of stories presented as a series of books by one author featuring one member of the team of the “pack” for each book.) Also, North Carolina is famous for the Wright Brothers. Read a romance prominently featuring a relationship between brothers or sisters in the same story, whether good or bad.

    14. Louisville Cardinals – Louisville is the largest city in the state of Kentucky, named after King Louis XVI. Read a romance set during the reign of King Louis, 1774 to 1792, or simply read a romance set in the 1700’s. Kentucky is also known for its bluegrass music. Read a romance set in the music industry and/or in which the hero, heroine or both are singers or musicians. Finally, Louisville is known for its famous baseball bats, the Louisville Slugger. Read a romance involving a sport played mainly in summer, such as baseball.

    15. West Virginia Mountaineers – Since West Virginia – “the Switzerland of the United States” — is known for its mountains and rolling hills, symbolic of that, read a romance where the hero or heroine goes from being at one of the highest pinnacles of their society to the lowest or vice versa. That is, they gain social/monetary status or lose it as a major part of the story. Also, Greenbriar, a resort dating back to 1778, is located in West Virginia. Read a romance set at a resort of some sort or a romance in which the hero, heroine, or both are on vacation as a major part of the story.

    16. Xavier Musketeers – Xavier University is in Ohio and Ohio is known as the Mother of Modern Presidents, having sent seven men to the White House. Read a romance in which the hero, heroine, or both are politicians or work in politics. Or, read a romance where the leader of a country, whether elected or an ancestral ruler, is a prominent character in the plot. Or, since Ohio begins and ends with the same letter, read a romance with a word in the title that begins and ends with the same letter; for instance, “widow,” “eye,” “trust,” “river,” “twilight,” “remember,” “willow,” “escape,” “elope,” “tempt,” “yesterday,” etc. (Plurals do not count!)

    17. As an extra challenge, since the “Sweet Sixteen” are the focus of “March Madness,” read any romance that debuted in March of any year, including 2016. (Google will be your friend.Wink

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    Sixteen Songs (submitted by Maggie AAR)

    1. Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke – Read a book where the characters are young when they fall in love or a book with a reunion romance or where the characters knew each other as kids.
    2. Sweet Little 16 – Chuck Berry – The song mentions several specific cities/states – Boston, MA/Pittsburgh, PA/Texas/San Francisco, CA/St. Louis, MO/New Orleans, LA. Read a book that takes place in those cities or states. It also mentions autographs so another option would be a novel about someone famous – rock star, movie star or other celebrity.
    3. You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine) – Johnny Burnette – The lyrics mention peaches, cream and strawberry wine so read a book about foodies or a chef or an h/h involved with food in some way. Or read a book about a possessive hero (hopefully one who learns to be less possessive 
    4. Sweet Sixteen – Billy Idol – The lyrics mention a runaway so read a book about an h/h who haven’t been back home in a while. It also mentions an engagement ring so read a book about a fake engagement or a marriage of convenience or an arranged marriage.
    5. Sixteen Again – Buzzcocks – So the lyrics say “Things don’t seem the same the past is so plain This future is our future this time’s not a game”. Read a historical (the past) or a futuristic (the future). Or read a book about a game of some kind – sports, cards, whatever works for you.
    6. When You Were Sweet Sixteen – Originally written in the 1890s this was a huge hit then and was recorded again in 1940s,1950s,1960s,1970s,1980s and the in both decades of the 21st Century. – Read a book set in or written in during one of those decades. Or read a book where an event from the past plays a big role in the plot.
    7. Sixteen Going on Seventeen – From the popular movie The Sound of Music. – Read a book about a nanny, an army officer, set in WWII or that involves music in some way.
    8. Sixteen Forever – The Dictators – Read a vampire romance or other paranormal romance or a romance that involves time travel
    9. Sixteen The Heavy – This song is all about the devil and reclaiming souls. Read an Inspirational romance.
    10. Sixteen Candles by The Crests – Read a book about fire fighters or smoke jumpers or anyone who works in an industry that involves flames.
    11. Happy Birthday, Sweet 16 by Neil Sedaka – Read a book centered around a party or series of parties (such as the Season) or a holiday romance
    12. Just Sixteen by Velvet Revolver – Read a young adult or new adult romance
    13. Sixteen Blue – The Replacements – Read a book about someone who works “in the blue” (sky or sea) such as pilot or naval officer. Or someone who lives on/works on or near the water or the mountains. Or read a tear jerker.
    14. Sixteen and, oh, what a dream (Living Next Door to an Angel) – Neil Sedaka – Read a book with dream or angel in the title or a book about neighbors or a book involving a dream, dreamers or dream walkers.
    15. Christine Sixteen Kiss – Read a book with the word kiss in the title or where the heroine/hero is named a variation of Chris, Christine, Kristoff etc. Or where the relationship is considered “taboo” in some way, ie – adultery, different religions, cultures at war, duke and maid etc.
    16. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – Roy Orbison – Read a book about an older h/h
    17. Un-sweet Sixteen Wakefield – The lyrics mention a homecoming queen, beauty queen, and posing in a magazine. Read a book about a model, a homecoming queen, beauty queen. Or someone who works in magazine or journalism. Or someone who is in the pageant industry or is a beautician or cosmetics/perfume industry.
    18. Shades of Sixteen (Trilobite) Mastadon – Book where h/h are painters/sculptors/create visual art of some kind or where art is involved in some way (museum director, own famous painting etc., artist model, parents are famous painters etc.)
    19. U16 Girls Travis – The lyrics mention meeting a girl in L.A. or Paris. Read a book set in those cities or a book about actors or about France.
    20. Sixteen Years Dolly Parton – This song is about a long term couple relocating. Read a book where the h/h are relocating or where they have been together a long time.
    21. 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six – Tom Waits This song is all about violence and prison. Read a romantic suspense or a book where the h/h was a prisoner of some kind.

    Karat
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    The 4×4 Sixteen Letters Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 4 books with 16 letters in the title
    Read 4 books with 16 letters in the author’s name
    Read 4 books with a title that begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the author’s first or last name begins with the letter P

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    The 4×4 Alphabet Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 4 books with a title that begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the author’s first or last name begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the hero’s or heroine’s first or last name begins with the letter P
    Read 4 books where the hero’s or heroine’s occupation begins with the letter P (pilot. paramedic, plumber, painter, physician, politician, police officer, private investigator, photographer, publican, etc.)

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    The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    Variation read 16 books where the title/author name begins with the letter A, then B, C, etc through P.

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    On the same theme, only with dates instead of letters.
    The 21st Century Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 16 books, one per year published in 2001, 2002 through 2016

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    The 20th Century Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 16 books, one per year published in 2000, 1999 back through 1985
    Or pick any range of 16 years.

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    The 4×4 Settings Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    Read 4 books set in the USA/Canada
    Read 4 books set in the Northern Hemisphere other than USA/Canada
    Read 4 books set in the Southern Hemisphere
    Read 4 books set in space or on another planet

    Karat
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    The Rat Race Challenge (submitted by library addict)
    P is the 16th letter of the alphabet. Read 16 books where the hero’s or heroine’s occupation starts with the letter P:
    1. Painter
    2. Palaeontologist
    3. Paralegal
    4. Paramedic
    5. Park Ranger
    6. Parole Officer
    7. Pastry Chef
    8. Pathologist
    9. Pediatrician
    10. Performer
    11. Personal Assistant
    12. Personal Trainer
    13. Pet Groomer
    14. Petroleum Engineer
    15. Pharmaceutical Representative
    16. Pharmacist
    17. Photographer
    18. Physician
    19. Physicist
    20. Pilot
    21. Plumber
    22. Police Officer
    23. Police Detective
    24. Police Lieutenant
    25. Police Captain
    26. Police Commissioner
    27. Politician
    28. Postal Worker
    29. Potter
    30. Preschool Teacher
    31. Principal
    32. Private Detective/Private Investigator
    33. Probation Officer
    34. Producer
    35. Programmer
    36. Property Manager
    37. Psychiatrist
    38. Public Relations
    39. Publican
    40. Publicity Agent
    41. Puppeteer
    Or any other occupation that begins with the letter P.

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    Simply Sixteen (The Whittler) (submitted by library addict)
    Any 16 books from your TBR pile

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    1. Sixteen is the minimum age for being allowed an official beginners driver’s license with parental consent in many U.S. states and in Canada.
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a race driver, a professional driver, or makes a road travel.
    2. In Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and the Isle of Man, it is the age one can begin to get a learner’s license
    – Read a book set in Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and the Isle of Man. Or a book set in an island. Or a story set in a place where the weather is very warm or very cold for most of the year.
    3. In some states in the U.S, and some provinces in Canada, it is the age one can obtain a learner’s permit
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a student, a teacher or a tutor, or where the hero or heroine learns something new.
    4. Sixteen is the minimum age for getting an adult job in most states and provinces across the globe
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine starts in a new job, or opens a new business
    5. Sixteen is the minimum age that one can drop out of school in many states of the United States (however, restrictions apply and vary depending on state)
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine makes a big change in his/her life (e.g., drops out of school, graduates, moves to another city, etc)
    6. In the United States, female 16-year-olds earn the right to privacy laws surrounding OBGYN practices
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a doctor, dentist or nurse, or works in a hospital. Or read a book where the hero or heroine gets sick or has to go under medical treatment. Or a book where the hero or heroine is considered to be a private, shy, introvert or mysterious person.
    7. In Belgium, Switzerland and Italy, it is the legal minimum age for a person to purchase any tobacco product
    – Read a book set in Europe, or set in China, India and Brazil (top 3 global tobacco producers)
    8. In the United States, 16 is the most common age of sexual consent, as well as in the United Kingdom.
    – Read a book that was rated as “Hot” or “Burning” at AAR, or a book that you would rate as “Hot” or “Burning”
    9. For its “coming of age” significance, this age has inspired the titles of many songs, such as “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen”, “You’re Sixteen”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “U16 Girls” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Sixteen Candles”
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a musician or knows how to play an instrument. or Read a book where there is a birthday party. or Read a book where there is a character who is sixteen years-old.
    10. Sixteen is the minimum age to get married with parental consent in many countries and without parental consent in Scotland
    – Read a book where the hero and heroine get married. or Read a book set in Scotland. or a book where the hero or heroine is a wedding planner.
    11. Sixteen is the legal drinking age in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Portugal
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine works in the food and beverages industry (e.g., has a bar, is a chef, etc). Or a book where the hero or heroine has to struggle with any kind of addiction (alcohol, drugs, etc).
    12. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can buy, rent, purchase, buy tickets to, or view a 16+ rated movie in the province of Quebec.
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine works in entertainment. or Read a book set in Canada.
    13. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can donate blood with parental consent in many states
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a parent. Or read a book where blood is a relevant part of the story (e.g., hero or heroine is a vampire and has to drink blood; hero or heroine receives a blood donation, etc).
    14. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can obtain a 10-year passport in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine travels to a foreign country. Or a book where the hero and heroine have known each other for 10 years or more.
    15. Sixteen is the minimum age at which one can join the Armed Forces in the United Kingdom (deployment is allowed at 18 )
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is or has been in the military, or in law enforcement. Or read a romantic suspense.
    16. Sixteen is the voting age in the Isle of Man, Austria and Nicaragua
    – Read a book where the hero or heroine is a suffragist, a politician, a public servant, a lawyer or an activist.

    Karat
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    Ooops… I missed the title for this last one… It’s Age 16(submitted by karat)

    Karat
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    Reminder: You can choose to do 16 books for each challenge or 10 (or any number really). Remember, the idea is to have fun and help clear out your TBR pile.

    library addict
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    The Rat Race Challenge
    P is the 16th letter of the alphabet. Read 16 books where the hero’s or heroine’s occupation starts with the letter P
    Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis- hero is a publican:
    This book started very slow. As one of her friends pointed out, the heroine was a bit of a martyr. While I could understand her motivation, she took things to an extreme. The characters had some serious issues. And though at times they were played for laughs, I often wondered why the heroine, the hero, or his brother hadn’t gotten professional counseling at some point. The reader learned the heroine’s secret early on (not a spoiler, the fact she has one is in the blurb). One of my major issues with the book was how—once the reveal was handled—the wrong character was the one doing the vast majority of the groveling. But on the plus side I liked the h/h overall and was rooting for their HEA. And the heroine’s dog was a total keeper. Though too much page time was spent on sequel bait, it worked; I now want to read the stories of several of the secondary characters.

    • The 21st Century Challenge: 12 down, 4 to go…
    • Sweet Sixteen Challenge: 10 down, 6 to go …
    • The Alphabet Challenge Variation: 9 down, 7 to go …
    • The Rat Race Challenge: 7 down, 9 to go…
    • Simply Sixteen Challenge (The Whittler) – Novellas: 3 down, 13 to go…
    library addict
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    Oops, that should now be
    The Rat Race Challenge: 8 down, 8 to go…

    I really miss the edit function.

    Karat
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    Sweet Sixteen
    Payday – Read a work or office romance. The hero and heroine should be colleagues.

    Birthright by Nora Roberts

    Heroine and hero are co-heads of an archeological excavation site.
    Callie Dunbrook is an archaeologist. When ancient human bones are found at a construction site in Maryland, she is called to investigate and then lead the archeological project in the site. Her ex-husband, Jake Dunbrook, is an anthropologist, and is asked to co-lead the project, much to Callie’s dismay. Due to a series of events, Callie learns new things about her past that will change her life forever, and also raise the attention of some very dangerous people. Can she and Jake find out what’s really at the bottom of the mysterious events from her past – and how they impact their present? And can they find room to fix their relationship in the midst of all these?
    I liked this book for many reasons. First of all: Reunited romance! My favourite trope! It rarely fails with me 🙂 Second: archeology. That’s not something we read often about in novels, and it was very interesting to learn about the process and challenges of an archaeological project. Third: the emotional family relationship plot. I will not describe the story here to avoid spoilers, but I loved how the author brought in the point of view of all the people involved, and it was quite well done. Last but not least: the suspense part of the book was quite good too. Overall, another very good book by Nora Roberts.

    library addict
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    [b]The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    E = Ensenada Escapade by Crystal Jordan: The hero had supposedly had a crush on the heroine since he was twelve, but he’d treated her like he was still in junior high for the past fifteen years: taunting and trying to rile her up every time they saw one another. This behavior made him look very immature and I wish more had been done to counteract the impression. The h/h waited until halfway through the book before having a conversation about it. But even then the hero wasn’t entirely honest about wanting to have a real relationship with the heroine. The heroine spent most of the book unsure where they stood. Despite the fact she never bothered to just ask him, I had more sympathy for her than him. I liked both characters in the previous books in the series, so maybe my expectations were set too high. Overall an uneven read.

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    Oops, I will get the hang of the new formatting eventually.

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