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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
April 2018 Challenge - Battle of San Jacinto, 21Apr1836
Begins: 01Apr18 / Ends: 30Apr18


This month marks the anniversary of Texas Independence. While everyone remembers the Alamo, it was at the Battle of San Jacinto when the Texans defeated Santa Ana's Army, winning independence.

Tasks:

1. Set in Texas (Should be evident on the book's main page information.)

2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O (You may ignore middle initials, if used.)

3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - book with a BLUE cover (post the cover image)

4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 (tell us the page count)

5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle (can be in any order; do not have to be together).


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Rules of the challenge
*Books must be at least 100 pages in length
*Page counts are taken from the Goodreads record.
*A book counts for only ONE task per challenge (but feel free to use it for other challenges ... in the past or in another group).
*Re-reads are fine, as long as you actually read the entire book.
*Book should be finished within the time-frame of the challenge.
*Any format ("dead tree," e-book, audio...) is fine.

If you want acknowledgement that you have completed the challenge you MUST include the date you finished reading each book.

You should edit your original post to include the book (and/or cover) for each task. When you are finished, be sure to post a new message alerting me that you've completed the challenge. I do not get any notification when you edit your original post.

As always, have fun!


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
This month's challenge participants.

Click on your name to go directly to your original challenge post.

JennH

Kajoli Barker Conner - DONE

Koren - DONE

Lee - DONE

Sheila - DONE

SouthWestZippy - DONE

Tessa - DONE


message 3: by SouthWestZippy (last edited May 06, 2018 06:33PM) (new)

SouthWestZippy | 75 comments Tasks:DID NOT COMPLETE IN TIME BUT DID COMPLETE
1. Set in Texas (Should be evident on the book's main page information.)
READ-- Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands
Texas Blood Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands by Roger D. Hodge
2 stars
Roger D. Hodge tries to walk you through his adventure on figuring out his family history by retracing their steps while visiting places they lived, worked etc... plus he gives you a peek into his childhood and memories. The over-the-top details just kill the stories for me. I did find much of it fascinating just wish he would have stuck to his families history and not try and write a full history lesson with each area he visited. The pictures sprinkled throughout the book were fun to look at, nice touch.

2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O (You may ignore middle initials if used.)
READ-- The Road to Burnout
The Road to Burnout by Armando Almase
3 stars
Taken from the back of the book. "In 2002, Armando Almase began working for a private ambulance company in Las Vegas, Nevada. As some claimed, the average job burnout for an ambulance attendant in Las Vegas was five years. Armando pushed his way through six, providing medical treatment and transportation to over 12,000 men, women, and children."
The first part of the book is about his road to becoming an EMS worker. The second part is about his days being an EMS worker. Some of the stories are heartbreaking and other will turn your stomach.
I did enjoy his humor but still could not give it more than three stars. I felt the storytelling was a bit choppy, could have been a smoother read. I would recommend this book to anyone in the health profession.

3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - book with a BLUE cover (post the cover image)
READ--
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server by Paul Hartford
1 star
I stopped reading on page 83. He is arrogant, self-centered, Celebrity name dropper and a basher. If his confession is to show the world he is not a writer on top of not being a rock star, then, well done. Now the cussing does not bug me, I have read worse but if you can't handle the cussing, skip this book, he has a couple words he likes, a lot.

4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 (tell us the page count)
READ--
My Funny Dad, Harry
My Funny Dad, Harry by Karen Arlettaz Zemek
168 pages
3 stars
A quick read with lots of emotion. Karen Arlettaz Zemek walks you through her life. First, living with, then caring for her Father as she deals with him getting older. He has a spunky personality and loves to keep everything. I was able to relate to a few things and I did find myself laughing here and there. It also has some very sad moments. Well rounded storytelling.

5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle (can be in any order; do not have to be together).
READ The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
The Apache Wars The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton
5 stars
4/20/18
I have read this book but not ready to write a full review. I am going to reread parts and do a little research first. I will say this, it is not a quick read nor is it a pleasant one, very raw and eye-opening.
4/26/18
I wish I could say that most of this book is shocking but sad to say it is not. The Apache Wars is a page-turner that paints a raw, hard to swallow history of the Apache Wars. I was not able to do as much research as I would have liked to, for now, I will do more later. I wanted to read more from the references that he drew his information from. I found Paul Andrew Hutton work to be easy to follow and you can tell the care he took into his research and weaving the story together. I highly recommend this book.


message 4: by Lee (last edited Apr 29, 2018 07:02PM) (new)

Lee | 334 comments I'm in again. Sounds good.

1. Set in Texas (Should be evident on the book's main page information.)
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
April 29, 2018

2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O (You may ignore middle initials, if used.)
The Long Quiche Goodbye (A Cheese Shop Mystery, #1) by Avery Aames
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
April 10, 2018

3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - book with a BLUE cover (post the cover image)
Tsar (Alexander Hawke, #5) by Ted Bell
Tsar by Ted Bell
April 5, 2018

4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 (tell us the page count)
The Frumious Bandersnatch (87th Precinct, #53) by Ed McBain
384 pages
April 7, 2018

5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle (can be in any order; do not have to be together).
Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2) by Sara Donati
Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati
April 19, 2018


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
April 2018 Challenge - BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO, April 21, 1836
Begins: 01Apr18 / Ends: 30Apr18



5 / 5 completed


✔ 1. Set in Texas - Rainwater - 29Apr18

✔ 2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O - A.S. - Alexander McCall Smith / Trains and Lovers – 04Apr18

✔ 3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - BLUE cover - Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2) by Jacqueline Winspear – 08Apr18

✔ 4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 - 368 pg - Nest, The ✔ – 01Apr18

✔ 5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle - Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar and Grill – 02Apr18


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
Welcome to the challenge. I've got everyone linked to this point.


message 7: by Sheila (last edited Aug 18, 2018 10:29AM) (new)

Sheila | 225 comments I'm in.

5/5

1. Set in Texas (Should be evident on the book's main page information.) Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands by Roger D. Hodge Texas Blood Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands by Roger D. Hodge

2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O (You may ignore middle initials, if used.)--Beast by Sam Crescent and Jenika Snow--finished 7/24/18 Beast (The Soldiers of Wrath MC Grit Chapter, #1) by Sam Crescent

3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - book with a BLUE cover (post the cover image) The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, #2) by Graeme Simsion

4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 (tell us the page count) Final Chapter by Pam Stucky--193 pages Final Chapter A Megan Montaigne Mystery (Megan Montaigne Mysteries) by Pam Stucky

5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle (can be in any order; do not have to be together).--The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl The Last Bookaneer A Novel by Matthew Pearl

I'M DONE!!!! Finally finished 8/17/18.


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
Glad you're joining us, Sheila. Your link is active.


message 9: by Koren (last edited Apr 26, 2018 04:52AM) (new)

Koren  (Koren56) | 458 comments Tasks:

1. Set in Texas (Should be evident on the book's main page information.) The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines (live in Waco). finished 4/3

2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O (You may ignore middle initials, if used.) A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey finished 4/25

3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - book with a BLUE cover (post the cover image)-A Penny A Kiss by Judy McConnell finished 4/23
A Penny A Kiss by Judy McConnell

4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 (tell us the page count)-Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines
finished 4/7 184 pages (I didn't count the notes pages).

5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle (can be in any order; do not have to be together).
Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham finished 4/6


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
Have fun with this challenge, Koren. Your link is active.


message 11: by JennH (last edited Apr 25, 2018 05:33AM) (new)

JennH | 15 comments April 2018 Challenge

✔1. Set in Texas (Should be evident on the book's main page information.)
Chile Death by Susan Witting Albert 4/23/18

✔2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O (You may ignore middle initials, if used.)
The Power by Naomi Alderman 4/1/18

✔3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - book with a BLUE cover (post the cover image)
Title Wave by Lorna Barrett 4/18/18
Title Wave (Booktown Mystery #10) by Lorna Barrett

4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 (tell us the page count)

✔5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle (can be in any order; do not have to be together).
The Trespasser by Tana French 4/7/18

The Power by Naomi Alderman The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6) by Tana French Title Wave (Booktown Mystery #10) by Lorna Barrett Chile Death (China Bayles, #7) by Susan Wittig Albert


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
I've created your link, JennH ... Enjoy the challenge!


Kajoli Barker Conner | 30 comments Weird: I could have SWORN I'd already signed up... I must not have hit "Post". Anyhow, done!

Tasks: 5/5

1. Set in Texas (Should be evident on the book's main page information.) Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson, kindle, 336 pages, completed 4.5.18

2. Author First & Last initials in S A N J A C I N T O (You may ignore middle initials, if used.) Lock In by John Scalzi, kindle, 336 pages, completed 4.11.18

3. The bluebonnet is the state flower - book with a BLUE cover (post the cover image) The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, kindle, 313 pages, completed 4.6.18

4. A book whose total pages includes any two of these numbers: 1 8 3 6 (tell us the page count) Changing the Grade: A Step-By-Step Guide to Grading for Student Growth by Jonathan Cornue, softcover, 160 pages, 4.9.18

5. The Lone Star State - All letters of S T A R in title and/or subtitle (can be in any order; do not have to be together). Nathan's Run by John Gilstrap, audio, 293 pages, completed 4.4.18


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
Kajoli Barker Conner wrote: "Weird: I could have SWORN I'd already signed up... I must not have hit "Post". Anyhow, done!
..."


Been there, done that! You're all set now, though. Have fun!


Kajoli Barker Conner | 30 comments Gosh, I didn't expect you to make me a link since I was already finished, but thank you! (or do I have to start over since I signed up late? Gosh, I hope not)

Lizlo


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
No need to start over ... you're marked as done.


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Koren  (Koren56) | 458 comments Challenge completed!!


message 18: by Lee (new)

Lee | 334 comments Finished!


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
Update to Message # 5 - Challenge completed 29Apr18


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
Lee and Koren ... congrats on your finish!


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SouthWestZippy | 75 comments Did not complete in time but did complete.


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
SouthWestZippy wrote: "Did not complete in time but did complete. "

Well that still deserves a HURRAH!


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Sheila | 225 comments I finally finished! 8/17/18.


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Book Concierge (TessaBookConcierge) | 1509 comments Mod
Great job, Sheila!


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