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Connect Five Books Reading Challenge

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Join me for 2019 in Connect Five – Books.

Let’s look at connections for books… what books link for some reason or another.

When you have five that connect in whatever way you are able to group them then link up. How might you do this?

  • Write and link up a blog post
  • Share the five books on Instagram and link up
  • Have a Goodreads shelf and link that up – this may be a little different but maybe use it in combination with a comment.
  • Or… if you belong to none of these places, share five books in a comment.

What’s the Challenge?

To look for connections between books you read. There will be  many connections that just float over our awareness. Let’s see can we raise that a bit, whether its fairly surface level or something deeper.

Guidelines:

Here are some examples that might get you thinking! It’s not hard work, you don’t need to plan it out, just see what happens.

It could be ….

  • Five books of the same genre
  • Five books by the same author
  • Five books with a similar theme or issue being explored for example mother/daughter relationships
  • Five books from the same series
  • Five books you bought in 2018
  • Five books from the depths of your TBR
  • Five books with fabulous covers
  • Five debut books
  • Five new to you authors
  • Five books that weren’t for you.
  • Five books that really connect to your own life in some way.
  • Five books with the theme of friendship

And you can come up with ones you think of… there will be so many.

However

  • The five books connection cannot be too simple, for example five paperbacks or five ebooks or five women authors – unless of course you hardly ever read women authors. I could challenge myself and have a group though of five male authors because I hardly ever read male authors! Five USA authors would be rather simple, but it could be five USA authors from the same state.
  • A book can only be used once.
  • The books must be read in 2019.
  • Books can be carried over until you have five of something. It may take a few months to gather five of something.
  • You may have  many connections of five to link up . So if you have two groups of five then you can link up twice and so on within a month.
  • You may just link one group of five during the year sometime or many each month.
  • You don’t have to write a commitment post but if that helps to remind you then that is an excellent idea and any way you can share this challenge is welcomed. Use the hashtag  #connect5books2019

When?

Each month I will post a link up on the last Wednesday of the month. The link up will be open until the  Tuesday before the last Wednesday of the next month. The first link will go up in January 30th 2019.  Link up at any time during that following month. And then we will roll on with each month.

#connect5books2019

The Bonus – A Giveaway

For those who have a five book connection and link up there will be a random prize draw for one reader who will win a book of their choice for that month from the Book Depository. The last link up will be posted in November and go through December. At the end of the year there will be one draw as well for all those who have participated during the year, –  a book of choice from the Book Depository.

And a Connect Five from 2018

Browsing through my reading from this year I can see a number of connects.

  1. Books that have quite a bit to do with books and libraries.

    Four are obvious, but Harry’s Trees includes a library that if it doesn’t get any funding it will close down – it has one very elderly but loyal volunteer librarian.

  2. Books that are about Christmas or the Spirit of Christmas.
  3. Books with a theme of family

    And it could have been possible if I was reading with more awareness that I could have collected books about family that deal with just sisters and brothers, or adoption, or marriage.  I could see a connection where children played a significant role in the plot but I’d already used Harry’s Trees in another connect so no go!

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Read the Books you Buy Reading Challenge 2017

Read the Books you Buy Reading Challenge 2017

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes”. Erasmus 

Bought the book, you really want to read it…. and then it gets surpassed by review books or library books or other TBR books.

So this is a Reading Challenge to Read the books you buy. You don’t buy books? Well then this challenge isn’t for you. Now at the start of 2017 you won’t be sure of what you are going to buy or how many books you will buy.

So – choose from one of the percentages below and go for it.  Make a commitment post and link up below. List the books you buy in the post as you spend throughout the year and then mark off as you read them.

If you don’t have a blog you can do this on Goodreads with something like a ‘bought 2017’ shelf and you’ll easily be able to see at the end of the year how you’ve gone. Leave a comment on the post with a link to the shelf to signal your participation, if using Goodreads. Or.. you can place the link on the link up.

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

21 – 40%          Making Inroads.

41 – 60 %         Moderately Successful

61 – 80 %        Maximising  Returns

81 – 100%       Mission Accomplished

Rules.

  • Books have been bought in 2017 by you or you can decide to include from and including July 2016 buys. Anything previous to that definitely falls into the dusty TBR realm! There is a challenge somewhere in the book world for that!
  • Can be ebook, print book or audiobook
  • You can decide whether you include books bought in 2017 second hand or in book fairs etc.
  • Books for this challenge can also be included in other challenges.
  • Runs from 1st January to 31st of December 2017
I encourage you not to think this through too much, go on buying as you normally do – in a large or small way.

Authors write books, they deserve to be read and enjoyed and paid as well! So I know we love our review books, library books, 2nd hand books etc. But … if you can – buy books as well.

There will be one mid year link up to share how you are going, in the beginning of July.

Mid Year Link Up  now open

In December there will be the final link up to share where you reached. You may not reach your goal, but just link up to account for yourself!

The link ups just mean re linking your commitment post but updated.

In the July link there will be a $10 Amazon voucher giveaway prize for one reader among those who link up and at the end in December a $25 Amazon voucher or books to that amount from the Book Depository if it delivers to your country.  Even if you don’t get to where you hoped you can still link up, so long as you bought a book during 2017 and joined the challenge!

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Winners in Full House and Women’s Fiction Reading Challenges 2015

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Women’s Fiction Reading Challenge 2015

July to December Link up: 
Overall Challenge Winner:

Full House Reading Challenge 2015

October – November Link Up:
Claudia  –  My Soul Called Life
Overall Challenge Winner:
Kristen from The Book Monsters
Thanks to everyone who participated. Well done to those who completed the challenges and then linked up!
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New To You Reading Challenge 2016

New To You Square

This is hosted by Anna at The Herd Presents and I enjoyed it last year so I am in again. I like it because if covers a few news -A new author, a new genre, a new series, a debut book, etc.

Level 1 (Sunbathing): 6 books
Level 2 (Dipping the Toes): 12 books
Level 3 (Wading In): 25 books
Level 4 (Going for a Swim): 50 books
Level 5 (Diving In):  75 books
 Level 6 (Canon Ball. All in!)75+ books

Books Read:

  1.  Wolfskin  Juliet Marillier   new to me author, 1st in a duology
  2.  Falling Home   Karen White   new to me author.
  3. Magic Bites Ilona Andrews  first in a series
  4. This Raging Light   Estelle Laure debut novel
  5. Hearth Song   Lois Greiman    new to me author
  6. The Expatriates  Janice Y. K. Lee  new to me author
  7. The Edge of Lost  Kristina McMorris   new to me author
  8. Who’s Afraid      Maria Lewis    new to me author.
  9. Year of Yes   Shonda Rhimes – first time reading her.
  10. The Ramblers  Aidan Donnelley Rowley  new to me author.   
  11. Secrets of a Charmed Life   Susan Meissner  new to me author.
  12. Flight of Dreams   Ariel Lawhon   new to me author.
  13. The Butterfly Summer  Harriet Evans  new to me author
  14.  The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris  Jenny Colgan   new to me author
  15. The Two-Family House Linda Cohan Loigman
  16. The Weekends of You and Me   Fiona Walker
  17. The War Bride   Pamela Hart  – new to me author
  18. A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald   Natasha Lester – new to me author
  19. The Thing Is      Kathleen Gerard – new to me author
  20. Clean Break   Abby Vegas – new to me author
  21. The Fifth Avenue Artists Society   Joy Callaway  new to me author
  22. Miller’s Valley   Anna Quindlen   new to me author
  23. The Choices We Make   Karma Brown  new to me author
  24. Last Ride to Graceland   Kim Wright   new to me author
  25. I Found You    Lisa Jewell   new to me author
  26. Breakaway   Catherine Gayle  new to me author and 1st in series
  27.  Overseas   Beatriz Williams   Her debut book
  28. The Joyce Girl    Annabel Abs New to me author
  29. Leave Me   Gayle Forman   new to me author
  30. The Beekeeper’s Secret Josephine Moon
  31. The Promise Kitchen   Peggy Lampman  new to me author
  32. Finding Libbie   Deanna Lynn Sletten  new to me author
  33. One Less Problem Without You  Beth Harbison  new to me author
  34. Sleepless in Manhattan  Sarah Morgan 1st in a trilogy
  35. I’m Still Here Clelie Avit   new to me author
  36. Belgravia  Julian Fellowes new to me author
  37. Must Love Wieners  Casey Griffin  new to me author
  38. Linny’s Sweet Dream List Susan Schild new to me author
  39. Dear Thing   Julie Cohen  new to me author
  40. Close to You   Kara Isaac new to me author
  41. The Vintage Springtime Club  Beatrice Meier  new to me author
  42. Everyone Brave is Forgiven   Chris Cleave new to me author
  43.  Offensive Behavior  Ainslie Paton  1st in trilogy
  44. Once a Rancher Linda Lael Miller   1st in trilogy
  45. From Here to There   Marie Bostwick  new to me author
  46. One True Loves  Taylor Reid Jenkins new to me author
  47. Gaining Visibility   Pamela Hearson
  48. Don’t Let Me Go   Catherine Ryan Hyde  new to me author
  49.  It Ends With Us    Colleen Hoover   new to me author
  50. The Christmas Town  Donna VanLiere  new to me author
  51. Jane Steele   Lindsay Faye  new to me author.
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Reading Challenges for 2015 – Looking Back

Reading Challenges

One Daisy at a Time
Let’s see how I managed
my reading challenges
this year.

As the year comes to a close it is time for me to look back at the reading challenges that I participated in.

I know many of you aren’t into reading challenges and that’s okay.

At the moment I enjoy them, so I participate. However I am a little picky and I like some more than others.

On the whole I succeeded at most of them and had some big failures as well. But that’s okay – I just found out what’s me and what’s not!

Challenges I set my sights on.

COYER Challenge 20 December to 6th March
Completed.

The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015
Completed. This is the most challenging challenge. It’s a real challenge!!

Alphabet Soup Challenge
Completed and lots of fun.

New To You Reading Challenge
Surprised at how many new I do read. Completed

NetGalley Reading Challenge
Completed.

2015 Library Challenge
Completed.

Aussie Author Challenge 2015
Completed.

2015 Reading Assignment Challenge
Wow I signed up for 4 a month. Stupid me!! But anyway I am almost completed – just one more to go and I will be completed by end of December. It has been my real TBR shelf clear out. Well not a clear out, but it has rid me of a few. Definitely going to do this again, but at a lower level!

2015 Audiobook Challenge
Yay, me. Completed.

The Color Coded Reading Challenge 2015
Completed. Fun finding books to fit, not that hard in the end.

The Prequel and Sequel Reading Challenge 2015
Like this one, very sensible reading challenge. Best of series challenges that I have come across.
Completed.

Women’s Fiction Reading Challenge 2015
Completed it. Of course!

Full House Reading Challenge 2015
Easy as!

Goodreads Challenge of number of books
Surpassed the 140 I set. But still not going to go too much higher next year. I might find better things to do than read!

Australian Women Writer’s Reading Challenge
Completed.

Take Control of Your TBR
In March on Caffeinated
Completed and enjoyed.

Lost in Translation Reading Challenge
Just went for two and completed it.

Authors A – Z Reading Challenge
Completed and was fun.

The Reading Challenge Addict
So of course because I fell out of some I didn’t complete this challenge. But far enough to make me happy. So counting it on the plus side!

Didn’t Complete:

Official TBR Challenge 2015

Made the mistake of not listing a couple of stand ins if I had a DNF, so in the end I was happy to let it slide.
2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge
Stink. No really, this was a bit of a failure. Most likely the goals were not me. Gave up early on the cooking goal. Although I pretty much almost completed the book related goals though, just stopped tracking. Who wants to track how many comments they make in a week! No, didn’t think so.

2015 Book Blog Discussions Challenge
Thought of posts to use for this but just didn’t do it. Prefer to read!

Next Year

I am already planning what I will do next year, not as many as this year. Just the ones I really enjoy.

As well:

I also worked on a WordPress free online course, Lorelle’s WordPress School tutorials, I sort of gave up on it and came back to it recently. I now at this point in time have a paid blog – Discovering Daisies that I have decided to keep going and a free one that I will use for the course. That will help me to keep blogging on the paid WordPress instead of just letting it sit there trying to figure out the course. There is a challenge in April I think the A-Z Blogging challenge and I thought I might do that. (No Laurel-Rain, I will never have as many blogs as you!)
That little in post thingy at the top of the post – yeah me, I was able to code that in!  Small steps. Just a beginner, but it could end up fun.
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Reading Assignment Challenge 2016

See the main rules for this on Fantasy is More Fun or at Because Reading.
This year I am cutting back and going for Reading Level 2. That equals two books a month, and it is geared towards clearing my TBR shelf.  Books must be listed at the beginning of the challenge.
Link ups
At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. We will have a link-up each quarter (hosted by Michelle in April, Berls in July, Michelle in September, Berls in January 2017) for you to link your progress. Details below, but… The link-up will be open for the first 7 days of the new quarter and we will randomly select a quarterly winner of a $5 gift card to Amazon. Giveaway will be open Internationally. 

Tweet your progress to #2016HW and keep an eye out for random tweets from the hosts.

I have all the books below on my TBR bookshelf and I have set them aside on the bottom shelf so that I can easily pick them out.

Books I Intend to Read:

Salvation in Death  J. D. Robb

Promises in Death J. D. Robb
Kindred in Death  J. D. Robb
Fantasy in Death   J. D. Robb

Indulgence in Death  J. D. Robb 
Treachery in Death  J. D. Robb
Celebrity in Death J. D. Robb
Thankless in Death J. D. Robb
Lavender Morning   Jude Deveraux
Looking For Peyton Place  Barbara Delinksy
The Italian Wedding Nicky Pellegrino
And I love Her  Marie Force
The Last Original Wife  Dorothea Benton Frank
A Time For Home   Alexis Morgan
The Horse Dancer Jojo Moyes
Three Wishes Liane Moriarty
Hidden Summit Robyn Carr    ***
Truly Madly Yours  Rachel Gibson
The Last Kiss   Luanne Rice
Second Chance Jane Green
Blossom Street Brides   Debbie Macomber
The Widows Jodi Thomas
Secrets She Left Behind   Diane Chamberlain
A Summer Affair  Elin Hilderbrand   ***

First Quarter:   A Report Card

January
And I Love Her   Marie Force
Salvation in Death  J. D. Robb

February
Promises in Death  J. D. Robb
The Last Original Wife. Dorothea Benton Frank

March
A Time For Home  Alexis Morgan
Kindred in Death  J. D. Robb

Second Quarter:  A Report Card.

April
Fantasy in Death.  J. D. Robb
Second Chance   Jane Green

May
Indulgence in Death  J. D. Robb
Truly Madly Yours  Rachel Gibson

June
Treachery in Death  J. D. Robb
Lavender Morning   Jude Deveraux

And at the end of the second quarter I am taking the opportunity to change two books! One I had already read but it was in a different cover and I didn’t recognise it! And one do you know I just don’t want to read. So out you go:

  • Hidden Summit   Robyn Carr ***
  • A Summer Affair Elin Hildrebrand ***
And in you come onto the list off my TBR list
  • Promises to Keep   Jane Green
  • Overseas        Beatriz Williams

Third Quarter.  A Report Card.

July
Looking for Peyton Place   Barbara Delinsky
The Widows    Jodi Thomas

August
Last Kiss    Luanne Rice
Celebrity in Death   J. D. Robb

September
Blossom Street Brides   Debbie Macomber
 Overseas   Beatriz Williams

Fourth Quarter    A Report Card.

October
The Horse Dancer   Jojo Moyes
 Promises to Keep   Jane Green

November
The Italian Wedding   Nicky Pellegrino

Three Wishes Liane Moriarty

December
Thankless in Death.   J. D. Robb
Secrets She Left Behind   Diane Chamberlain

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My Read The Books You Buy Reading Challenge Commitment.

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes”. Erasmus 

In 2015 I I read 32% of the books I bought this year, and I thought until I did the tally I was doing well. Statistics do not lie!  I’d like to be in the 40-60% range at least. That’s what I will be aiming for in 2016.

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

20 – 40%          Making Inroads.

40 – 60 %         Moderately Successful

60 – 80 %        Maximising  Returns

80 – 100%       Mission Accomplished

    I am going to start counting from June 2015.
    I am only counting the new books bought and I am not including audiobooks as I usually buy and read immediately.

    I don’t see myself as a big buyer of books, but when I hear of a good one I like to get it!  Although I do check the library and review shelf first.

    Kindle:
    2015 since June 2015
    Cinder  Marissa Meyer       Read
    The Other Daughter   Lauren Willig  Read
    The Bliss King: Captive   Ainslie Paton
    Switchback  Catherine Anderson   Read
    The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behaviour. Jennifer McQuiston

    2016
    The Edge of Lost  Kristina McMorris   Read
    New Leaf   Catherine Anderson   Read
    From Glowing Embers   Emilie Richards – Kindle Read
    At the Edge  Laura Griffin – bought in March – Kindle  Read
    Smokescreen Emilie Richards – bought in April – Kindle
    A Single Thread Marie Bostwick – bought in April – Kindle
    All of Us and Everything – Bridget Asher – bought in April – Kindle  Read
    May
    Linny’s Sweet Dream List  Susan Schild   Read

    July

    Fatal Identity   Marie Force  Read
    The Summer Bride Anne Gracie  Read
    Wild Horse B. J. Daniels
    October
    Only Beloved   Mary Balogh
    Beach Season   Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Rosalind Noonan
    Second Chance Grill   Christine Nolfi     Read

    Paperbacks:
    Since June 2015
    In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
    The Possibilities  –      Kaui Hart Hemmings
    It’s You –  Jane Porter       Read
    Saving Grace   – Jane Green
    Still Life With Bread Crumbs  – Anna Quindlen
    Accidents of Marriage – Randy Susan Meyers
    The Gilded Hour   Sara Donati
    We Never Asked For Wings  Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    The Coincidence of Coconut Cake – Amy E Reichert   Read.
    The Lake House    Kate Morton
    Between Sisters   Cathy Kelly
    Tamar    Deborah Challinor     Read
    White Feathers    Deborah Challinor
    Blue Smoke         Deborah Challinor

    2016
    April
    Close to You Kara Isaac   Read
    May
    The Beekeeper’s Secret Josephine Moon  Read
    Christmas Ever After   Sarah Morgan   Read
    Sleepless in Seattle   Sarah Morgan      Read.
    Saving CeeCee Honeycutt   Read
    The Secret Life of Violet Grant   Beatriz Williams
    June
    Flight Patterns    Karen White   Read

    August 
    Wild Invitation   Nalini Singh
    First Star I See Tonight  Susan Elizabeth Phillips   Read

    September
    A Promise of Fire   Amanda Bouchet    Read
    The Language of Sisters    Cathy Lamb  Read

    October
    Too Good To be True   Kristn Higgins
    The Iron Duke    Meljean Brooks
    The First Day of the Rest of My Life   Cathy Lamb

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    Full House Reading Challenge 2016

    Challenge Guidelines:

    • Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2016
    • Write and publish a post stating your intention to participate. In the post please include the Challenge graphic and a link back to this post. Then link your intention post at the bottom of this post.  Make sure it is the actual post and not just a generic link to your blog.
    • Add your reviews back here on the link in this post. At the end of every three months there will be a U.S. $12 prize with a book of your choice from the Book Depository or U.S. Amazon voucher, for the entries. There will be a new linky then for the next quarter and so on to the end of December.
    • Reviews are not mandatory and if you prefer to keep a list of the books read and the category they cross off the card, then you can still enter for the completion of a Full House by linking to that list on the final linky or in a comment.
    • Each review can only be linked up once in the year. However it doesn’t matter when you read the book in 2016 – which month, just link as you remember or have time. So if you read it in January you may not get around to linking it until say… May. That is fine.
    • Books may cross over from other challenges that you are doing. 
    • There will be a final post to link in a summary post for the challenge for those who have completed a full house. This will close on the 2nd January 2017  and a winner will be chosen using random.org for a U.S. $30 prize which again can be used to buy books at the Book Depository or be received as an Amazon voucher.
    Completion link is now live.

                                  Link Full House post here

      • Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed “one free exchange“, if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post.

      Full House Reading Challenge Grid 2016
      * Self Challenge means setting a challenge for yourself for this square. For example I might set read a book my a male author, because I hardly ever do that. Or …
      * Setting beginning with B. This can be a country, a state, a place, a street. Or it could be a beach or the bush or a bookshop. Long as a good part of the book is set there, the whole book might be, but it doesn’t have to be.
      This is a challenge designed for fun rather than stress! Just keep reading and see how many just naturally check off a square. That’s how I play this kind of card. I don’t set out to do it – it just happens in my reading year. Mostly!
      If you have any questions, ask in the comments and I will add the answers in the post just above here.

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      Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016

      Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge

      “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes”. Erasmus 

      Bought the book, you really want to read it…. and then it gets surpassed by review books or library books or other TBR books.

      So this is a Reading Challenge to Read the books you buy. You don’t buy books? Well then this challenge isn’t for you. Now at the start of 2016 you won’t be sure of what you are going to buy or how many books you will buy.

      So far in 2015 I as I write I’ve read 32% of the books I bought this year, and I thought until I did the tally I was doing well. Statistics do not lie!  I’d like to be in the higher end of 40-60% range at least. That’s what I will be aiming for in 2016.

      So – choose from one of the percentages below and go for it.  Make a commitment post and link up below. List the books you buy in the post as you spend throughout the year and then mark off as you read them.

      If you don’t have a blog you can do this on Goodreads with something like a ‘bought 2016’ shelf and you’ll easily be able to see at the end of the year how you’ve gone. Leave a comment on the post with a link to the shelf to signal your participation, if using Goodreads.

      20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

      20 – 40%          Making Inroads.

      40 – 60 %         Moderately Successful

      60 – 80 %        Maximising  Returns

      80 – 100%       Mission Accomplished

      Rules.

      • Books have been bought in 2016 by you or you can decide to include from and including June 2015 buys. Anything previous to that definitely falls into the dusty TBR realm! There is a challenge somewhere in the book world for that!
      • Can be ebook, print book or audiobook
      • You can decide whether you include books bought in 2016 second hand or in book fairs etc.
      • You may adjust your level if needs be during the year.
      • Books for this challenge can also be included in other challenges.
      • Runs from 1st January to 31st of December 2016
      I encourage you not to think this through too much, go on buying as you normally do – in a large or small way.

      Authors write books, they deserve to be read and enjoyed and paid as well! So I know we love our review books, library books, 2nd hand books etc. But … if you can – buy books as well.

      There will be one mid year link up to share how you are going, in the beginning of July.

      In December there will be the final link up to share where you reached. You may not reach your goal, but just link up to account for yourself!

      The link ups just mean re linking your commitment post but updated.

      In the July link there will be a $10 Amazon voucher giveaway prize for one reader among those who link up and at the end in December a $25 Amazon voucher or books to that amount from the Book Depository if it delivers to your country.  Even if you don’t get to where you hoped you can still link up, so long as you bought a book during 2016 and joined the challenge!

      Final Link Up Now Live

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