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Post your March reads and releases here. Please include the points for the post and your total points so far.

This challenge is for readers and/or releasers. Join in at any time! The themes and guidelines can be found here:

Each book can earn up to three points:

Read = 1 point. All books count, including registered books, audiobooks, e-books, library books and non-registered books.

Release = 1 point. Books must be registered. Both wild and controlled releases count and you can count releases from other challenges.

Theme = 1 point. If the book you read and/or release fits the monthly theme, you get another point. Each book can receive a theme point only once. Embedded words are allowed, and theme words can occur in the title or in the author’s name.

March: Four elements—words related to the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water (e.g., dirt, breeze, smoke, lake). This theme coincides with the long-running 4 Elements challenge. See this year’s post for a list of words:

Examples: On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian ROCK; The Other Side of the Ocean; The Wind in the Willows

Be creative, and if you have any questions, please post here or pm me. If I haven't answered your question in the thread, please do pm me. I don't get to check the forum very often.


I've just sorted out my books for this theme and, not only do I have lots of books for it, but there are lots of books I'm longing to read. Now to find time to read them all!



March: Four elements—words related to the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water (e.g., dirt, breeze, smoke, lake). This theme coincides with the long-running 4 Elements challenge. See this year’s post for a list of words:

Buffalo Bill Released, 1 pt
Inte flera mord! Released, 1 pt
Tuomittujen legioona / Kuolema telaketjuilla Released, 1 pt
Siltalan pehtori Read & released, 2 pts
Buffalo Bill : Seikkailuja Amerikan RUOHOAAVIKOILLA (prairie) Themed & released, 2 pts
Vallankumoussankari Released, 1 pt
How to Marry a Finnish Girl Released, 1 pt
ERÄMAAN (wilderness) nuijamiehet Themed & released, 2 pts
ERÄMAAN (wilderness) nuijamiehet Themed & released, 2 pts
ERÄMAAN (wilderness) taistelu Themed & released, 2 pts
Else neito Released, 1 pt
Eldorado : Punaisen Neilikan seikkailuja Released, 1 pt
En skugga blott Released, 1 pt
Härän vuodet Released, 1 pt
Saksantunti Released, 1 pt
Nuoren Wertherin kärsimykset Released, 1 pt
KiirasTULI (fire) : Runoja rauhan ja sodan ajoilta Themed & released, 2 pts
Herra Ibrahim ja Koraanin kukkaset Read & released, 2 pts
MANTUnainen (ground) Themed & released, 2 pts
Katuojan VETTÄ (water) Themed & released, 2 pts
Aseveljet Released, 1 pt
SalaKARI (rock) Themed & released, 2 pts
KULTA (gold) : Kenraali Johann August Suterin ihmeellinen tarina Themed & released, 2 pts
Rakkautta raunioilla : Matkapäiväkirja Released, 1 pt
Hävityksen keskellä Released, 1 pt
Sydämen asia by Donald E. WestLAKE Themed & released, 2 pts
Suomi – Humor und Herz : Ein Querschnitt durch den finnischen Humor Released, 1 pt
KIVENpyörittäjän (stone) kylä Themed & released, 2 pts
VESIlaitos (water) Themed & released, 2 pts
Lintukoto : Muutamia päiväkirjan lehtiä by Joel LEHTOnen (grove, a type of forest) Themed & released, 2 pts
The Inimitable Jeeves Released, 1 pt
”Jees punaMULTAA!” sanoi kersantti Ryhmy (soil) Themed & released, 2 pts
Kohtaus METSÄstysmajalla (woodland) Themed & released, 2 pts
Askel tyhjyyteen Released, 1 pt
Viivi ja Wagner : Sika pussaa! Read, 1 pt
Viivi ja Wagner : Vieläkin yhdessä Read & released, 2 pts
KoralliRANTA ja spinifex (shore) Read, themed & released, 3 pts
Sinulle joka et ole täällä Read, 1 pt
Pimeän piiri Read, 1 pt
Yksisarvinen Read & released, 2 pts
Taikasormi Read, 1 pt
Kaksi rakkautta Released, 1 pt
Hyvien ihmisten juhla Released, 1 pt
Ystävyyden talo Released, 1 pt
Mykkä todistaja Released, 1 pt
Teetä kolmelle Released, 1 pt
Ihmisiä elämän näyttämöllä Released, 1 pt
Mustat kalat Released, 1 pt

MTD 69 pts
YTD 171 pts

Previous months: January 62 and February 40 pts. Total 102 pts



Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson = read = 1
Good husband Material by Trisha ASHley = read = 1 + theme = 1 =2
Reach for tomorrow by Rita Bradshaw - read = 1

Total = 4


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Back to the day Lincoln was shot! by Beatrice Gormley =release=1
Pugsley by Ellen miles =release=1
a mouse called wolf by Dick King-Smith =release=1
rescue on the rapids and other stories by Billie Signer=release and theme=2
the case of the ghostwriter by James Preller =release and read= 2
Jo's story by Susan Beth Pfeffer =release and read=2
Meg's story by Susan Beth Pfeffer =release and read=2
Sea Feather by Lois Szymanski =release, read and theme= 3
ten true animal rescues by Jeanne Betancourt =release and read= 2

Total: 16


Wild Card by Lora Leigh - Read and Released 2
The Survivor's Club by Lisa Gardner - Read 1
The King of Lies by John Hart - Read 1
Twilight of a Queen - Susan Carroll - Read 1


Released for this month's theme:

1 - Beauty for ASHES and Heaven Is a Long Way Off

2 - Twinkle, Twinkle Little STAR

3 - Thin AIR

4 - Into Thin AIR: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

8 points so far this month.


Loner by Teddy Wayne (B+)
Luck, Love and Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (B+)
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
The Perfect Neighbor by Sarah Pekkanen
My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

mtd: 7


The MacGregors: Alan & Grant - - 1 point

Themed release
Carolina MOON - - 2 points

Jan 7 / Feb 12 / Mar 3
Total 22


Released for this month's theme:

5 - The Tipping POINT: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

6 - Donald and the Big Cheese: An Adventure in the NetherLANDs

7 - The Maiden of IreLAND

8 - The Hungry OCEAN: A Swordboat Captain's Journey

9 - ASHES of Honor

10 - Yankee Magazine's More Great New EngLAND Recipes and the Cooks Who Made Them Famous

11 - The Amish Heart of ICE MOUNTAIN

12 - The Grilling SEAson

13 - A G[RAIN] of R[ICE]

14 - Grosse POINTe Girl: Tales from a Suburban Adolescence

15 - The Major, the Poacher, and the Wonderful One-Trout RIVER

30 points so far this month


Released for this month's theme:

16 - A Skillet Full of Traditional Southern Lodge Cast IRON Recipes & Memories

17 - Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, BUTTEr, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt

18 - R[ICE]: The Amazing G[RAIN]: Great R[ICE] Dishes for Everyday

19 - Napa VALLEY: LAND of Golden Vines

20 - Sheila Lukins All Around the WORLD Cookbook

40 points so far this month


Journey to the Center of the EARTH
A SEA of Troubles (3 points, read, themed, released)
Blood from a STONE (3 points, read, themed, released)
Mrs. Jeffries Turns the TIDE (3 points, read, themed, released )
The Thames
The Shadow of the WIND

Themed Releases
The Light Between OCEANS.
WATER for Elephants

March points 12


The Girl Who Kicked The Honets Nest - - 1 point

Jan 7 / Feb 12 / Mar 4
Total 23


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It's on the 4 Elements Release Challenge word list, which this month's theme is based on:


It's on the 4 Elements Release Challenge word list, which this month's theme is based on:

thank you.


Released for this month's theme:

21 - Better Homes and GARDENs Junior Cook Book: For Beginning Cooks of all Ages

22 - My Godfather's Italian Fish Tales: SEAfood Recipes of Central and Southern Italian Influence

23 - Fish & SEAfood: New & Healthy Recipes for the OCEAN's Bounty

46 points so far this month


Themed realease
Duncton STONE - 2 points

Jan 7 / Feb 12 / Mar 6
Total 25


Read & Released:

1. The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith 2pt
2. Another View by Rosamunde Pilcher 2pt
3. The Perfect Murder by Peter James 2pt
4. The Butt Hello by Ted Meyer 2pt


1. The Blind Assasin by Margaret Atwood 1pt
2. Daughters of the Mersey by Anne Baker 1pt
3.Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers & Better Than Life
by Grant Naylor 1pt
4.Dissolution by C J Sansom 1pt
5. Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis 1pt
6. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson 1pt
7. Dancing with the Virgins by Stephen Booth 1pt

Released and themed
Black Hills by Nora Roberts 2pt

MTD 17pt
YTD 39pt


Released for this month's theme:

24 - On Common GROUND

25 - Gates of FIRE

26 - SNOW in August

27 - The COVE

28 - The Lone SURFer of Montana, Kansas: Stories

29 - Line of FIRE: A Novel of the Corps

30 - Black WATER

31 - Lady of LIGHT and SHADOWs

32 - Shelter MOUNTAIN: A Virgin RIVER Novel

33 - Blood in the SAND

34 - The HILL

35 - Lost on a MOUNTAIN in Maine

36 - POINT Blank

37 - Main Street # 1: Welcome to Camden FALLS

38 - Mystic RIVER

39 - The SEA Witch

40 - SMOKEscreen

41 - A Glimpse of FIRE

42 - The Ninefold KEY

43 - Promise Me Texas: A Whispering MOUNTAIN Novel

44 - WINDfall

45 - The Deep End of the OCEAN

46 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch # 19: ShamROCK Shenanigans

47 - SPARKS of Temptation: A Westmoreland Novel

48 - FIRE Rising: A Dark Kings Novel

96 points so far this month


So far, in March I have read and/or released the following books:
Thaw by Satya Robyn (1 point)
The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley (1 point)
Vanishing Games by Roger Hobbs (1 point)
Circling the SUN by Paula McLain (2 points)
Going for Kona by Pamela Fagan Hutchins (1 point)
Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews (1 point)
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (1 point)
The Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly (1 point)
Exodus of Magic by Simone POND (2 points)
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (1 point)
Accompanying Alice by Terese Ramin (2 points as read and released)
Love, Life, and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell (1 point)
Thumbsucker by Walter Kirn (1 point)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1 point)
Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat by Todd R. Baker (1 point)
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (1 point)
Hart's Desire by Chloe FLOWERs (2 points)
Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis (1 point)
Solitude CREEK by Jeffery Deaver (2 points)
Dangerous Alliance by Kyra Davis (1 point)
All Aspects by P. Thomas Mullins (1 point)
Cover Her Face by P.D. James (1 point)
Amy and Isabella by Elizabeth Strout (1 point)
China White by Peter Maas (1 point)
Echoes by Maeve Binchy (1 point)
Con Ed by Matthew Klein (1 point)
All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki (1 point)
Angle of Impact by Bonnie MacDougal (1 point)
An Atomic Romance by Bobbie Ann Mason (1 point)
Crossing Paths by Debbie Robson (1 point)

22 points


Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death - - 1 point

Jan 7 / Feb 12 / Mar 7
Total 26



Read & Release for 2 points each

They look like they're themed, so if you read and released, wouldn't they all be 3 points? Don't want you to cheat yourself out of points.


Yes, if they are read, released, and themed, make sure you take all your points!


Released for March's theme:

49 - Return to RoseWOOD

50 - Something's Rotten in the State of MaryLAND

51 - The TIN Man

52 - Mystic RIVER

53 - Treasure CREEK Dad

54 - The SHADOW ISLE: Book Three of the SILVER Wyrm

55 - CLOUD Nine

56 - The COVE: An FBI Thriller

57 - Man in the MIST

58 - The TIN Collectors

59 - Night of THUNDER: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

60 - The FIELD of the Dogs

61 - Killer MOUNTAIN

62 - A Walk in the WOODs: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

124 points for March so far


Themed Read & Release: - A Round of Stories by the Christmas FIRE - Charles Dickens Dark FIRE - C.J. Sansom Dead Man's EMBERS - Mari Strachan

Themed Read:
To The GRAVE - Steve Robinson (Kindle book)
SNOWblind (Dark Iceland) - Ragnar Jonasson (Kindle book)
The Devil in the MarshalSEA: Thomas Hawkins Book 1 - Antonia Hodgson (Kindle book) Ash - James Herbert The MIST in the Mirror - Susan Hill

Release: Shakespeare's Local - Pete Brown Pure - Andrew Miller How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran Slade House - David Mitchell Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of "Green Day" - Marc Spitz

Jan:18 / Feb:19 / March:26


Four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water

1) Dragon Haven
2) RIVER God

Read and Released:

1) The Beach
2) CLOUD Atlas
1) The Little Prince

MTD: 9
YTD: 45 (36 from previous months)


Released for March's theme in March:

63 - Empire FALLS

64 - The Adventures of Zylie the Bear: New York by Cherie Wasoff, Jeff BuckLAND

65 - The RUBY in the SMOKE

66 - Struck By LIGHTNING: The Carson Phillips Journal

67 - RipTIDE

68 - Return to the Black HILLS


70 - A Part of the SKY

71 - Shattered: A Bitter CREEK Novel

72 - ASHling: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Book # 3

73 - The Pillars of the EARTH

74 - Red STORM Rising

75 - EARTH in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit

76 - A DIRTy Job: A Novel

77 - RAINy

78 - How the Sun Was Brought Back To the SKY

79 - Gangsters: The Law of the JUNGLE

80 - Magic Tree House # 36: BLIZZARD of the Blue MOON

81 - One Day in the PRAIRIE

82 - Little Bee Learners: Spell & Draw Under The SEA

83 - Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo: On Thin ICE

84 - The Bass ISLAND Adventure

85 - MOON Metro Boston

86 - First into the AIR: The First AIRplanes

87 - Walking on the MOON


176 points so far for March


March points on 31/3 - 71 four elements

1 Fashion's Lady by Sandra Heath
2 The Duke and Miss Denny by Joy Reed
3 Mrs McVinnie's London Season by Carla Kelly
4 Devall's Angel by Allison Lane
5 Saved by Scandal by Barbara Metzger
6 A Garden Folly by Candice Hern
7 Cousin Nancy by Alberta Sinclair
8 Taming Eliza by Barbara Hazard
9 Step in Time by Anne Barbour
10 The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney
11 So Faux, So Good by Tamar Myers
12 His Unexpected Bride by Jo Ann Ferguson
13 A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer
14 Regency Rose by Caroline Brooks
15 The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
16 The Cockermouth Mail by Dinah Dean
17 A Priceless Acquisition by Cathleen Clare
18 Twelfth Night by Joy Reed
19 A Deceptive Bequest by Olivia Sumner
20 The Baron and the Bluestocking by Joy Reed
21 A Model Marriage by Jo Ann Ferguson
22 Lord Avery's Legacy by Allison Lane
23 A Valentine for Vanessa by Kathryn Kirkwood
24 The Artful Heir by Martha Kirkland
25 The Hidden Heart by Gayle Buck
26 Miss Haycroft's Suitors by Emily Hendrickson
27 The Charming Impostor by April Kihlstrom
28 Talk of the Town by Irene Saunders
29 The Colonel's Courtship by Monique Ellis
30 Lord Desmond's Destiny by Joy Reed
31 The House Party by Jeanne Savery
32 Balmorrow's Bride by Judith A. Lansdowne
33 The Enterprising Lord Edward by Michelle Kasey
34 Lady Hilary's Halloween by Mona Gedney
35 The Convenient Arrangement by Jo Ann Ferguson
36 The Dreadful Duke by Barbara Hazard
37 Bewitching Lady by Margaret Summerville
38 The Christmas Wish by Debbie Raleigh
39 An Inconvenient Engagement by Joy Reed
40 Lord Carlton's Courtship by Debbie Raleigh
41 My Lady Governess by Wilma Counts
42 A Lady of Breeding by Delia Ellis
43 My Lord Ghost by June Calvin
44 My Lady Ghost by June Calvin
45 Siege of Hearts by June Calvin
46 Scandal's Lady by Mary Kingsley
47 The Gallant Guardian by Evelyn Richardson
48 Murder at Almack's by Jo Ann Ferguson, Mona Gedney, Valerie King
49 A Christmas Affair by Joan Overfield
50 Emily's Wish by Joy Reed
51 The Reluctant Heart by Dorothy Mack
52 The Second Lady Emily by Allison Lane
53 A Home for the Holidays by Joy Reed
54 A Heart in Peril by Emma Lange
55 Million Dollar Baby by Amy Patricia Meade
56 The Flowers of Ballygrace by Geraldine O'Neill
57 Could it be Magic? by Melanie Rose

1 The CockerMOUTH Mail by Dinah Dean
2 Balmorrow's Bride by Judith A. LansDOWNe
3 A GARDEN Folly by CandICE Hern
4 Regency Rose by Caroline BROOKs
5 A PrICEless Acquisition by Cathleen Clare
6 The Baron and the BLUEstocking by Joy Reed
7 A Valentine for VANEssa by Kathryn Kirkwood
8 The Artful Heir by Martha KirkLAND
9 The Convenient ArRANGEment by Jo Ann Ferguson
10 Bewitching Lady by Margaret SUMMERville
11 My Lady GoverNESS by Wilma Counts
12 A Christmas AfFAIR by Joan OverFIELD
13 The Reluctant Heart by DoROThy MACk
14 The FLOWers of Ballygrace by Geraldine O'Neill


1. Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff (read = 1 point)
2. Longshot by Dick Francis (wild release = 1 point)
3. A Teeny Bit of Trouble (wild release = 1 point)
4. An Irish Saint by Helen E. Bingham (wild release = 1 point)
5. The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly (wild release = 1 point)
6. Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel (wild release = 1 point)
7. The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith (wild release = 1 point)
8. According to Hoyle by Richard L. Frey (wild release = 1 point)
9. Toronto Sketches: The Way We Were by Mike Filey (wild release = 1 point)
10. Emily Post on Entertaining by Elizabeth L. Post (wild release = 1 point)
11. Three Weeks In Paris by Barbara Taylor Bradford (wild release = 1 point)
12. Led By Faith: Rising from the ASHES of the Rwandan Genocide by Immaculee Ilibagiza (wild release, theme = 2 points)
13. The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth (wild release = 1 point)
14. The Deceiver by Frederick Forsyth (wild release = 1 point)
15. The Chocolate Lovers’ Club by Carole Matthews (read = 1 point)
16. Just Between Us by Cathy Kelly (wild release = 1 point)
17. The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith (wild release = 1 point)
18. A History of Rome by Moses Hadas (wild release = 1 point)

Total for March: 19 points
Total for 2017: 34 points


Released in March for March's theme:

89 - ttps:// The WINDS of War

90 - Legacies of the Ancient RIVER: Journey

91 - Midnight in RUBY BAYOU

92 - FIRE Sale: A V. I. Warshawski Novel

93 - Safe HARBOR

94 - Crybaby FALLS

95 - DEW Drop Dead: A Sebastian Barth Mystery

190 points so far for March


Released in March for March's theme:

96 - STONES from the RIVER

97 - Red HEAT

98 - ISLAND of the Sequined Love Nun

99 - The HILL

100 - Chapman Great Adventure Stories: Against the SEA

101 - Between a ROCK and a Hard Place

102 - All Aboard for American's MOUNTAIN: The Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway


Released in March for March's theme:

103 - The Elusive FLAME

104 - Bartleby of the Big Bad BAYou

105 - The UnderSEA Adventures of Capt'n Eli

106 - Bella Sara # 6: THUNDER's Courage

107 - Main Street #1: Welcome to Camden FALLS

108 - My Weird School Daze # 3: Mr. GRANITE Is from Another Planet!

109 - The JUNGLE: A Novel of the Oregon Files

110 - Children of the EARTH and SKY: Five Stories About Native American Children

111 - The King Who RAINed

112 - SNOW Dance

113 - RAIN Talk

114 - The RAIN Came Down

115 - The RAINbabies

116 - STORM in the Night

117 - At the LAKE in June

118 - Ballyhoo BAY / Bahía Ballyhoo

236 points so far for March


Released in March for March's theme:

119 - AIRtight

120 - STONE Cold

121 - ASHes To ASHes

122 - Lone Calder STAR

123 - Life and Death of the Salt MARSH

124 - Making One Good WORLD: Kids Write About Diversity

125 - Gift from the SEA

126 - Painted Country WOODcrafts: Over 50 Decorative Projects for the Home

127 - SHADOWs on the SEA

128 - Barbie: A SEA of Friends

129 - Tales of the South PACIFIC

130 - Hardy Boys # 6: The SHORE Road Mystery

260 points so far for March


Released in March for March's theme. Posted late.

131 - Sweet Salt AIR: A Novel

132 - Lasso the WIND : Away to the New West

133 - Select Editions: No Time for Goodbye / Daddy's Girl / THUNDER BAY / I Heard That Song Before

134 - The Perfect STORM: A True Story of Men Against the SEA

135 - Distant SHOREs

136 - The SNOW Child: A Novel

137 - The ROCK Says...

138 - Wayward WIND

139 - The HYDROGEN Murder

140 - Betrayal in the BadLANDs

141 - The SNOWy Day

142 - ICE for the Eskimo: A J. D. Hawkins Mystery

143 - New EngLAND Doorways

144 - Gooseberry PARK

145 - ChelSEA Boys


Released on time. Posted late.

146 - The Baxter Series # 1: Tested by FIRE

147 - Strange STONEs: Dispatches from East and West

148 - Scone ISLAND: An Ike Schwartz Mystery

149 - RAINbow Magic: The Weather Fairies: Abigail The BREEZE Fairy

150 - The Talking EARTH

151 - Still WATERs


153 - Up ISLAND

154 - Paradise VALLEY: A Virgin RIVER Novel

155 - Children of the RIVER


157 - I See the SUN in China

158 - STORM Warning: The Origins of the Weather Forecast

159 - Dancing In The LowCOUNTRY

318 points so far for March


Released for March theme. Released on time. Posted late.

160 - Girl at SEA

161 - Cutting for STONE

162 - Animal Ark: Stallion in Spooky HOLLOW

163 - Yellow Rose Trilogy: A Texas SKY

164 - WORLD Almanac Library of the States: Maine

165 - The LIGHT Between OCEANs

330 points for March

~the end~


Themed read (2): On Chesil Beach

Themed release (2): The SpICE Box

Read (1):
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2016 Advent Short Story Collection
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith

Released (1): Farm Fatale Catnap Interpreter of Maladies The Way of the Cat

Points this post: 12
Points this year: 15


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