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    The Alphabet Challenge
    S is the 19th letter of the alphabet. Read 10 or 19 books where the title or author’s name begins with the letter S.

    The Alphabet Challenge Variation
    Variation read 19 books where the title/author name begins with the letter A, then B, C, etc. through S.

    Nonchalant Nineteen Challenge (The Whittler)
    Read any 10 or 19 books from your TBR pile

    The 21st Century Challenge
    Read 19 books, one per year published in 2001, 2002 through 2019

    The 19 in 19 Phonics Challenge
    Read 10 or 19 books which fit the following categories:

    • N for nutrition — Read a romance in which the heroine and/or hero is a chef, baker, caterer, etc, or owns a restaurant, diner, bakery, etc.
    • I for ignite — Read a “hot” or erotic romance. Or read a romance where the heroine and/or hero is a fireman.
    • N for Noël — Read a romance set during Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, or any other holiday.
    • E for encore — Read a romance that is part of a series which features the same main characters in each book.
    • T for transfigure — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero has the ability to shift into an animal.
    • E for education — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero is involved with education, e.g. teacher, principal, school counselor, etc.
    • E for eager — Read a romance published in 2019 which you have been eagerly anticipating.
    • N for name — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero’s first or last name begins with the letter S (the 19th letter of the alphabet).
    • I for identity — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero has amnesia. Or where the heroine and/or hero is hiding their true identity, been a victim of mistaken identity, etc.
    • N for new — Read a romance by a debut author or a romance by any author you haven’t read before. Or read a New Adult romance.
    • N for narrator — Read a romance told from first person point of view.
    • I for interconnected — Read a romance that is part of a series.
    • N for navigate — Read a romance where the heroine and hero take a road trip or travel together.
    • E for entertainment — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero works in the entertainment industry, e.g. actor, musician, director, make-up artist, producer, etc.
    • T for time — Read a futuristic or time-travel romance.
    • E for enigma — Read a mystery romance or romantic suspense.
    • E for epic — Read a fantasy romance.
    • N for news — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero is involved with the news industry, e.g. reporter, anchor, newspaper editor, etc.
    • C for critter — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero have a pet.
    • H for health — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero is involved with the health services industry, e.g. doctor, nurse, paramedic, physical therapist, etc.
    • A for athletics — Read a romance in which the heroine and/or hero is involved with sports, e.g. athlete, coach, referee, team owner, etc.
    • L for laughter — Read a humorous romance.
    • L for law — Read a romance in which the heroine and/or hero is involved with the law, e.g. lawyer, judge, police, politician, etc.
    • E for enduring — Read a romance which features a couple who have been together for a long time and/or already married.
    • N for nudge — Read a romance that has been in your TBR for over a year.
    • G for guardian — Read a romance where the heroine and/or hero is on active duty with a military, naval, police, or fire-fighting organization. Or read a romance where the heroine and/or hero is a parent.
    • E for extrasensory — Read a paranormal romance.
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    The 20th Century Challenge
    Read 19 books, one per year published in 2000, 1999 through 1982

    Sandlynn
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    And The Award Goes To….

    Taking themes, settings, characters, and/or other suggestions from award winning movies from the past 18 years, as well as a movie you enjoyed this year (or this coming year’s best picture winner which will be announced in February 2019) choose books from your TBR pile that fit the following requirements:

    Gladiator (2000) – Read a romance in which a lead character is returning from war; a romance in which the lead characters are involved in sports in any way; or read a romance set in Italy for all or a portion of the story.

    A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Read a romance with lead characters who are involved in academia in some way and/or set at a college or university; a romance in which a main character is battling a mental handicap or condition. Or, read a new adult romance.

    Chicago (2002) – Since Chicago is a musical, read a romance set in the music industry and/or characters who are musicians; a romance set in the U.S. mid-west; a romance set in the 1920’s; or, a romance in which one or both of the lead characters are involved in or come from a “shady” background, whether grifters, skirting the law, crime families, or confidence men/women.

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Read a romance in which at least one of the main characters is a member of the nobility; read a fantasy romance; or read a romance which is part of a series of any romantic sub-genre.

    Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Read a romance in which the heroine is an athlete; a romance in which one of the lead characters is a successful self-made man or woman; or read a young adult romance.

    Crash (2005) – Read a romance in which one or both main characters are police officers or detectives; a romance where a main character is a victim of a crime or a potential victim; a romance set on the west coast of the U.S.; and/or a romance with characters from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds as the leads.

    The Departed (2006) – Read a romance in which a main character has gone undercover or has taken on an identity not their own; a romance involving characters who are FBI agents; a romance set in New England; Or, inspired by the title of the movie, read a romance involving a loved one dying or in which one of the main characters leaves their home to live elsewhere.

    No Country for Old Men (2007) – Read a romance in which one or both of the lead characters is older than 40 (I know that’s not old); Read a romance set in the American west, whether an historical or contemporary.

    Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Read a romance in which a lead character is a millionaire or billionaire, whether inherited or self-made; a romance set in Bollywood or in South Asia generally; Or, read a romance in which a lead character enters a competition and/or wins a contest.

    The Hurt Locker (2009) – Read a romance in which one or both lead characters are in the military or are veterans; or, read a romance set during a war.

    The King’s Speech (2010) – Read a romance in which a main character leads a country, a government, or a company; a romance involving a long term friendship between the leads; a romance featuring a lead character with a disability; and/or read a romance set during the WWII era, anywhere in the world.

    The Artist (2011) – Read a romance in which one or both of the main characters is in the film industry; a romance in which one or both is involved in the art world in some way; or, since one of the movie’s characters is French, a romance set in France or with one or more French lead characters.

    Argo (2012) – Read a science fiction romance; read a romance involving one or more main characters who are spies; or a romance in which one or more lead characters work for any government.

    12 Years a Slave (2013) – Read a romance set during any Civil War or war of rebellion; a romance in which one of the lead characters was or is in servitude; Or, inspired by the lead character in the movie, read a romance in which at least one of the main characters is a musician or who writes a book.

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) – Read a romance set in New York City; a romance in which one or more of the main characters are involved with the theater and/or films; a romance in which one of the lead characters is trying to make a come back after time away from a career; Or, read a romance with fantasy elements mixed with realism.

    Spotlight (2015) – Read a romance in which one or both of the lead characters are writers or journalists; a romance set at a newspaper or magazine; a romance in which one or both leads are involved in an investigation; a romance in which either of the leads is a member of the clergy; Or, simply, read a epistolary romance.

    Moonlight (2016) – Read a romance set in the southern United States; a romance in which the lead characters are gay; a romance in which one or both of the lead characters are African American; read a romance in which a lead character is dealing with addiction.

    The Shape of Water (2017) – Read a romance that’s set either on the water, like on a ship, or near the water, like in a beach town; a romance set in the 1950’s; or a romance featuring a relationship between main characters of different species

    2018 – Read a romance inspired in some way by a film you enjoyed in 2018 *or* inspired by the movie which wins the Oscar this coming February 2019.

    BONUS To get to your nineteen books if some of the categories listed above don’t work for you, read one or more romances inspired by a film that won best picture before the year 2000. Feel free to confer with the following list: https://m.imdb.com/chart/bestpicture/

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