Fall 2011

5 POINT TASKS

5.1 – Boo! It’s Halloween time! Read a book with a pumpkin, black cat (domesticated), bat (the animal), witch’s hat, candy, skull, or skeleton on the cover. Required: Include the cover or a link to the cover in your post.

Examples: Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, #1) by Erin McCarthy 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Jazz Tremaine #1) by Linda Wisdom One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6) by Jeaniene FrostCandy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen) by Joanne Fluke Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1) by Kathy Reichs Hamlet by William Shakespeare

5.2 – Lat & Long The 0 line of longitude (prime meridian) and the 0 line of latitude (equator) both go through Africa. Read a book set on the other side of one of these lines from where you live. (Example: I live in the US, which is north of the equator and west of the prime meridian, so I could read a book set in the southern hemisphere or in the eastern longitudes.) Countries which the Prime Meridian and Equator pass through will be considered part of both hemispheres. See the
World Map and post #2 for a list of countries in each hemisphere. Required: State the country in which you live and the setting of the book if it’s not mentioned in the GR’s description when you post.

5.3 – It’s Elemental Read a book with the name of an element found on the periodic table in its title, subtitle, or author’s name. List of the elements on the periodic tableSeries titles are EXCLUDED. Plurals, possessives, and other variations are OK. Examples:Arthur Golden, Quicksilver, Mercury in Retrograde, The Neon Rain, The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit 

5.4 – 54 Africa has 54 countries. Read a book that has a 5 or 4 in the total number of pages (423, 354, and 215 are examples). The edition you read must contain a 5 or 4 in the number of pages listed for that edition on Goodreads. Required: Please be sure to link to the edition that you actually read when you post.

5.5 – Birth of a Nation As of July this year, South Sudan is Africa’s newest country. In celebration, read a book that was published in July (of any year). The book’s main page must say it was published in July, but it does not need to be the original publication date. Example: The Distant Hours Here are some lists to get you started, too: July 2011, July 2010

5.6 – Labor Day Read a book in which a profession can be found in the author’s name. Here’s a list with some ideas on it: List of Occupational Surnames Common variations in spelling (Taylor for tailor, for example) will work. Examples: Jim Butcher, Tiffany Baker,Hunter S. Thompson, Mildred D. Taylor

5.7 – African Safari Read a book that appears on one of these listopia lists: 
Africa
Best Books for an African Safari
Best by African Authors
Required: State which list you used when you post.

5.8 – S.O.N. Read a book where the letters S, O, and N (September, October, November) are found consecutively in the title, subtitle, or author’s name. Series titles are EXCLUDED. Examples: James Patterson, Flight Lessons

5.9 – Back to School Read a Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, Alex Award, Printz Award, or Printz Honor winning book. Standard challenge page rules (100+ pages) apply, but books may be combined to reach page number goals if necessary. Required: State which list you used when you post.

5.10 – Women and Cats, Men and Dogs “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
Read a book written by a woman in which a cat plays a major role. OR Read a book written by a man in which a dog plays a major role. Domesticated cats and dogs only (i.e., tigers, lions, wolves, and/or paranormal shapeshifters DO NOT count) for this task. Examples: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, Marley & Me: Love and Life with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan 

10 POINT TASKS

10.1 – In Their Own Words: Read any book by an author interviewed by Goodreads Voice Books by an author on this list written under a pseudonym may be used.

Required: If using a book by an author’s pseudonym, you must provide a verification link: an author’s profile on goodreads identifying pseudonyms or a link to an outside source

10.2 – Queen of Denial: Read a book with the word “no” “not” or “never” in the title/subtitle or a word beginning with a negative prefix: no-, non-, il-, im-, in-,ir-, dis-, un- For the purposes of this task, the prefix must make the root word into a negative, ex. unbroken= not broken, illegal= not legal, impossible= not possible, irresponsible= not responsible, incorrect= not correct, dishonest=not honest. Be careful, not every word beginning with those letters will work, you should be able to substitute “not ‘word'” for the select word in the title.

10.3 – Headless Horseman: Read a book with an image of a headless torso on the cover. The image should not depict any facial features above the nose. These lists may help, but be careful not everything on these lists may work for this task.
Headless Women
Dude, Where’s My Forehead?
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory Insatiable (Insatiable, #1) by Meg Cabot Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

10.4 – Moniker Math: Read a book by an author whose LAST name has the same number of letters as your Readerboard name. Include all symbols and punctuation in the count, but not spaces. If your Readerboard name is 12 characters or longer, you have the option of adding the digits together to produce a single digit number- 12 characters = 1+2 = 3 letter last name

10.5 – Blood Moon: The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is called the Blood Moon. Read a book with the word “Blood” or a variation/compound word (bled, bleeding, bloody, bloodhound etc) in the title/subtitle.

10.6 – Big Game Hunter: Bag (book bag, that is) the elusive big book. Read a book 400 pages or longer.

10.7 – Hot Off The Presses Read a book first published in 2011. The 2011 publication date MUST appear on the Goodreads main book page or please provide a link to a book retailer/publisher to accompany a missing Goodreads publication date.

10.8 – Readers Also Enjoyed: Select a book that you recently enjoyed and navigate to the Goodreads feature “Readers Also Enjoyed”. The feature appears below the Genre listing on the right side of the main book page. Read a book from the list.
In general, books need to have more than 75 ratings to have this Goodreads feature. 
Required: Identify the book you used when you post.

10.9 – Words of Wisdom: September 13 is National Fortune Cookie Day. Go to Virtual Fortune Cookie Read a book with a word other than an article or conjunction (The, An, A, And, etc.) from your fortune in the title/subtitle. Variations are okay, as are accommodations for any misspellings. Required: Please include your fortune cookie saying when you post.

10.10 – Back to Our Roots: Happy anniversary to us! The Seasonal Reading Challenge began as a separate group in Fall 2009, but SRC began on The Next Best Book Club. Read any book by an author whose book appears on TNBBC’s to-read/read/currently readingShelves 

15 POINT TASKS

15.1. Bye, bye!
Hurricane season is almost over – and so are these names.
Retired Hurricane Names

For this task, you may choose either the 1 or the 2 book option:
A. Two books – Read one book with an author whose name is on the “retired names” list
AND
Read another book published in the year that author’s name was retired
For example, you could read anything by Sarah Addison Allen AND A Confederacy of Dunces or Looking for Rachel Wallace,each published in 1980, the year the name “Allen” was retired.

OR

B. One book – Read one book by an author whose name is on the “retired names” list that was published in the same year that the name was retired.

For example, the name Dean was retired in 2007, so you could read The Good Guy byDean Koontz, Harlem Summerby Walter Dean Myers, or The Time It Takes to Fall: A Novel by Margaret Lazarus Dean, all of which were published in 2007.

Common variations or other language equivalents of the name may be used – for instance, Charley and Charles or Tomas and Thomas.

15.2. Back to school – English class
Homophones are words that are spelled differently and have different meanings, but are pronounced the same. This list should help you get started: Homophones Two words are not homophones just because they are spelled differently for regional reasons – for instance, color and colour, gray and grey, are different spellings but with the same meaning.

For this task, you may choose either the 1 or the 2 book option. Subtitles may be used, but not series titles or series numbers.

A. Read two books that have homophones of the same words in their titles (including subtitles). 
For example, The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World Via Its Worst Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes and Until it’s Over (its and it’s)

OR

B. Read one book that has homophones of the same word in one title (including subtitle).
For example, Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s warning – How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in This Century — On Earth and Beyond (our and hour) or The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure (to and two)

15.3. Dead or alive 
Go to Coin Flipper and click “Flip Again.” Read two books.
If you flip 2 heads, read 2 books written by authors who are still alive. If you flip 2 tails, read 2 books written by authors who are deceased. If you flip one of each, read one of each.
REQUIRED: For a deceased author, include the year of death in your post.

15.4. It’s Not Too Late, but Don’t Wait Any Longer!
September 5 is Be Late for Something Day and September 6 is Fight Procrastination Day.Read 2 books:

A. It’s not too late – read a book that fits one of the Summer 2011 5, 10, 15 or 20 point tasks. You may not use Task 15.10 for this one. Summer 2011 Tasks 
REQUIRED: When you post, please indicate which Summer 2011 task you’re using.

AND

B. Don’t procrastinate – read a book that you added to your TBR, purchased, were given, added to your e-reader, etc., during June, July, or August 2011.

15.5. I Can See My House From Here
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt was the world’s tallest structure for 4,000 years, until the completion of Lincoln Cathedral around the year 1300. Read a book with a pyramid on the cover or set in Egypt or about Egypt. 
This list may help: Best Books About Egypt 

15.6. Brrrrrrrrrrrr………..
Since September, October and November all have “ber” in their names, read a book with “ber” in its title. For example, A Walk to Remember, The Last September, Who Moved My Blackberry?

Here’s a list to help you out: Words Containing “ber”

15.7. Beginnings and endings
Africa begins and ends with the same letter. Read a book with a title that begins and ends with the same letter. Subtitles can be used or disregarded – your option, but a subtitle used must be part of the “official” Goodreads title. No series titles can be used.
For example, you could use Anna Karenina, or Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood (using the subtitle), or Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World’s Deadliest Jobs (ignoring the subtitle).

15.8. Stormy Weather
Read a book involving meteorology, a meteorologist, a storm chaser or someone else whose work involves weather or a book that has a stormy weather word in the title (storm, thunder, snow, rain, etc.)
Examples: The Weatherman: A Novel, The Stormchasers, Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder: The World’s Strangest True Weather Stories

15.9. Get out the winter clothes 
Read a book with a picture of a hat, scarf or gloves/mittens on the cover. They don’t have to be “winter” hats, scarves or gloves – baseball caps, feather boas, work gloves, will all work. This list may give you some ideas: Over Your Head 
REQUIRED: post a link to the cover image

15.10. Roaming Wild
Africa is known for the number and diversity of its wildlife. Let your imagination run wild and read a book of your choice. Standard rules, such as page length, apply. 

20 POINT TASKS

20.1 Most Improved Player – Hettie’s task: Missing books 

When I love a book I am always disappointed when it ends. I am always glad to see a sequel or the next book in the series. I find it upsetting when I love a series that has ended and there is no hope of a continuation as the author is deceased*. I am therefore grateful when another author takes up the challenge to continue the story. 

For this task, read a continuation of a book or series written by someone OTHER than the original author. Continuations stay true to the characters, settings, and themes of the original work; they may be sequels, prequels or fill-in stories.

Examples: 
Prequel: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Sequel: Peter Pan in Scarlet is a sequel to Peter Pan 
Eric Van Lustbader continues the Jason Bourne series after the death of Robert Ludlum
Fill in: Juliet of the Chalet School covers a missing term in Elinor M. Brent-Dyer‘s Chalet School series.

This list may help What Might Have Been, but be careful, only continuations work, retellings in different settings and parodies do NOT work.

Series written by different authors, like The 39 Clues, Star Wars, and Nancy Drew do not work for this task.

*The author does not need to be deceased, as in Dragonsblood, a continuation of Anne McCaffrey‘s world of Pern. 

Required: Please state the original book/series and author and whether you are reading a sequel, prequel or fill-in.

20.2 Rookie at the Top – Angie CA’s task: Word of the Day 

Dictionary Day is on October 16, which is also my birthday, so for this task you’ll be expanding your vocabulary! Visit Daily Buzzword*, choose any word which has been featured as a Daily Buzzword, and read a book with that word in the title, subtitle, or series name. Plurals and possessives work, but no other variations. Multi-word phrases may be broken into their component words excluding articles (the, a..) and conjunctions (and, or…)

*This list contains one year of data and a new word is added each day. The archive as of 9/1/11 can be found via Word Central Archive Googledoc. Words can be used from the list dated from 9/1/10-11/30/11.

Required: Include the date of the Daily Buzzword and the word you chose when you post.

20.3 Best Review – Amanda VA’s task: Music Around the Fire 

One of my favorite childhood memories is of my dad hanging out with his friends around a bonfire on cool autumn nights, playing his guitar. I would stay outside as late as they would let me, slapping mosquitoes and listening to him strum. In keeping with this special musical memory, 

Read one book from option A OR one book from option B. 

Option A. Read a book with a musical instrument or a musical term in the title and/or subtitle. This list may help: Music Glossary Examples: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,Song of Solomon, Player Piano. 
Multi-word phrases like “song cycle” can be used as the word “song” or “cycle”. Terms derived from foreign languages: “a cappella” and “da capo” must be used whole. Plurals and possessives are okay, but no other variations or compound words.
or
Option B. Read a book with a musical instrument or an image of musical performance (playing an instrument, singing, musical conducting, etc.) on the cover. For this task, dancing does NOT count. Examples: 

Air Guitar Essays on Art & Democracy by Dave Hickey Fender Benders by Bill Fitzhugh Shoot the Piano Player by David Goodis Frank Sinatra An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra

20.4 Author! Author! – Erin NY’s task Series Lover 

I love series and nothing makes me more excited than getting a new book in my favorite installment. For this task I invite you to share that joy with me! 

Read one book that is a part of a series that meets ALL of the following conditions: 
1) A book in the series came out or is scheduled to be released in 2011. 
2) There was at least one book in the series published before the latest 2011 release or scheduled release.
3) Your book must be 350+ pages. 
4) Your book must be identified as a series on Goodreads (series, #)

You don’t necessarily have to read the book coming out this year but you can if you want to. 

For example, you could read A Game of Thrones, since A Dance with Dragons came out in July. You could read Linger or Shiver, or Forever since Forever came out in July, 2011. You could read Clockwork Angel since Clockwork Prince is scheduled for release in December, 2011.

A book like Divergent will NOT work, as it is the only book currently published in the series and does not meet condition 2

Required: If you read a book other than the 2011 book in the series, identify the 2011 series book when you post.

20.5 Bigger is Better- Katy’s task: Falling 

Though I love autumn, as a very accident-prone person, when I hear fall I usually think of falling down! So for this task, answer the question of why you might fall this fall, and read a corresponding book. 

A. I was sick! – Read a fiction or nonfiction book where a major character is a doctor, nurse, or medical professional or illness/medicine is a major part of the story. 
Examples: Beat the Reaper, My Sister’s Keeper, The Plague, Intervention, The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

B. I tripped over my own feet! – Read a book with human feet on the cover. Bare feet, stocking feet, and feet in shoes all work; empty footwear does not. This list may give you ideas, but as with all lists, not all books may fit this task: Feet!

C. It was icy out and I slipped! – Read a book from the Ice and Snow list or the Out in the Cold list 

D. I was too tired from staying up late reading! Read the last or most recently published book in a series. The book must be identified as part of a series on Goodreads (series, #) 

E. I was staring up at a strange thing in the sky and lost my balance! – Read a science fiction or fantasy book. The genre “science fiction” or “fantasy” must appear on the book’s main GR page.

Required: Identify the option when you post. 

20.6 Seasoned Reader: Sarah Dee’s task: Oh, the horror! 

October is my favourite month and for me, the best October activity is to curl up on the sofa and watch a good horror film. These are just a few of my favourite horror villains. 

Choose one option from the following list. Then if you’re up for a scare, watch the film too! 

A. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) – a masked son of a camp cook-turned-murderer, he stalks and kills the visitors of Camp Crystal Lake. Read a book that takes place at a summer camp. Ex. Cabin Pressure: One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor, Pregnant Pause

B. The Wolfman – Larry Talbot turns into a werewolf every full moon to stalk and kill his fellow villagers. Read a book that features a wolf. Werewolves are fine, too, but NO other shapeshifters. This list may help: Favourite Books About Wolves 

C. Angela Baker (Sleepaway Camp) – Being a boy forced to dress and act as a girl, Angela got her revenge by brutally killing anyone who so much as looked at her funny. Read a book where a character cross-dresses or is transgendered. Ex. The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of “The Ballad of Mulan”, Luna 

D. Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) – a disfigured dream stalker who uses a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams. Read a book with the word ‘dream’ in the title or subtitle. Plurals, possessives, variations, and compound words are okay. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dreamcatcher

E. Norman Bates (Psycho) – Bates assumes his mother’s personality as a way to escape the guilt of murdering her, making the guests of the Bates Hotel his victims. Read a book with the word ‘hotel’, ‘motel’, ‘inn’, or ‘resort’ in the title or subtitle. Plurals, possessives, variations, and compound words are okay. 

This task is exempt from the ‘young reader’ restriction. In a compound word, the words hotel, inn, dream, etc. must keep their meaning – for example, ‘innkeeper.’ It is NOT enough that the letters are included in another word.

Required: Identify the villain you chose when you post. Optional: Share why you chose the book when you post.

20.7 Shorter is Sweeter – Bea’s task: Refreshingly Short

I love the Seasonal Reading Challenge, because it causes me to stretch my reading muscles. One of the ways it has done this is by challenging me to get BIG BOOK tickets. (Big books have always intimidated me.) Imagine my pleasure at completing a book of 821 pages! 

And, one of the nicest rewards for completing a BIG BOOK is to pick up a short, quick read ~ almost like eating a piece of fresh fruit after a large meal cleanses the palate. 

So, for this challenge, you will read ONE book. 

 Sort your TBR shelf by date added. Find the oldest book which is between 100-200 pages and read it for this task. 

 If you do not have a qualifying book on your TBR list, choose a GR friend and select a 100-200 page book on his/her TBR list. Note: The friend’s name must show on your list of friends.

Required: note whether you used your own TBR or a friend’s (include name) shelf when you post

20.8 It’s My Birthday – Lisa MD’s task:The BIG 5-oh! 

“Oooooh no” it’s my BIG 5-0! I need lots of friends to help me celebrate my fiftieth birthday and turn it into an “Oooooh yes” moment! You can do this by reading any book whose title, subtitle, series name and/or author contains 5 – “o’s”. You can use any combination of the above to reach 5-letter “o’s”. It’s okay if there are more than 5-“o’s”; it makes me feel better to know there are decades more birhdays’ to come. 

Please include in your post the necessary info and links to show how you reached the 5 – “oh’s”. 

Examples of books that work: 

The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate 
There are 6 – “o’s” in the title. 

Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates, #10) by Lisa Scottoline 
Any book in Lisa Scottoline’s (Rosato & Associates) series works because there are 5 – “o’s” in the author and series name. 

The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes 
There are 6 – “o’s” in the title and author’s name combined. 

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall 
There are a combination of 8 – “o’s” in the title and subtitle. 

Required: State the number of “o’s” and where they are located (title, subtitle, series, author combination)

20.9 Lucky Me! – Jayme VA’s task: Vegas Vacation

I won the luck of the draw this challenge and decided to try my luck and take us on a visit to Las Vegas! Using the Die Roller, roll 1 die (hit “Roll Again” one time.) Based on your roll, visit one of the following hotels: 

1. The Luxor: Shaped like a pyramid with an Egyptian theme, you will step back in time. For this task you will read one work of Historical Fiction which will be defined as a book in which the story takes place at least 20 years before the publication date of the book.

2. Circus Circus! You get to visit the big top! Read a book in which an animal (real/imaginary/shapeshifting) or a clown is a main character or is central to the plot/book’s focus. 

3. The Mirage: Abra cadabra! Read a book in which a character practices magic or is influenced by magic. 

4. Treasure Island: You have been shipwrecked! Read a book that takes place on a body of water, an island, or features pirates. 

5. Excalibur: Go back to the middle ages. Read a book featuring a castle, knights, or King Arthur. These lists may help: Best Sword & Castle Adventures, The Arthurian Legend Retold

6. The Bellagio: You get to sit back and relax in this fancy hotel. Choose any one of the options above. 

Required: State your die roll when you post.

20.10 Group Read 
Read one of the following Group Read Selections and make at least one post in the discussion thread for that book. 

Category: “Mysteries That Make You Laugh”- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie byAlan Bradley The discussion thread is here

Category: “Magical Realism”- The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen The discussion thread is here

Category: “Contemporary/Modern Literature” – The Forgotten Garden by Kate MortonThe discussion thread is here 

25 POINT TASKS

25.1 – Rosemary’s task: Happiness Is…A Big Library 

The biggest library in the ancient classical world was in Alexandria on the north-east coast of Africa. For this task you will read two books, one from each option. 

A. Read a book borrowed from a lending library (including school, college or workplace libraries as well as public libraries, but not somebody’s personal book collection). 

If you cannot get to a library, you can read a book that you got from a swap site e.g. Goodreads Bookswap (link on the Explore tab at top of screen: US residents) or readitswapit.co.uk (UK residents) or similar site in your country, or read a free ebook from Project Gutenberg or a similar site. If it only exists as an ebook, please have it verified for length on the ebook verification thread first. 
(Note: if you don’t have an ebook reader you can either download the free Kindle app from Amazon that allows you to read Kindle books on your computer, or select the HTML version in Project Gutenberg to read it online.) 

Required: When you post, say where you got the book.

B. Read a book whose title contains exactly four different letters from the word ALEXANDRIA. It doesn’t matter if the letters are repeated: they only count once. Examples: The Bell Jar (E,L,A,R), Gone with the Wind (N,E,I,D). This one DOESN’T work:Kidnapped because it contains five of the letters: I,D,N,A,E. 
Subtitles may be omitted. Series titles are excluded. 

Required: When you post, list the four letters in the order that they are found in your book title, as I did for the examples.

25.2 – Sandy’s Task: Math Class – It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3! 

When I was in school, my dreaded subject was math – but now I know that multiplication is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

1. 600 X 1 = FINISHED 
Read 1 book with 600 or more pages. 

OR 

2. 300 X 2 = FINISHED 
Read 2 books, each with 300 or more pages. 

OR 

3. 200 X 3 = FINISHED 
Read 3 books, each with 200 or more pages. 

No ebooks without print equivalents may be used for this task. You can use the ebook format for books, but they must have a print version for page computation. 

Abridged audiobooks cannot be used for this task as they have no print equivalents.

REQUIRED – you must include the number of pages in your books in your post.

25.3 Beth NC’S task: Game Night 

Fall is a good time to start having family game night. So we are going to play a game of Clue. You must pick your character and then decide what the murder weapon was or what room it was in. 

Read two books:

For your first book: 
Pick your character 

A. Miss Scarlet – read a book with a red cover OR read a book with a femme fatale as a main character. A “femme fatale” uses her looks to get what she wants.
B. Colonel Mustard – read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a military man (active duty or veteran) as a main character or non-fiction subject
C. Mrs. White – read a book with a white cover OR read a book with a domestic/house servant or a cook as a main character or non-fiction subject
D. Mr. Green – read a book with a green cover OR read a book with a businessman as a main character or non-fiction subject
E. Mrs. Peacock – read a book with a blue cover OR read a book with a grand dame/society matron as a main character or non-fiction subject
F. Professor Plum – read a book with a purple cover OR read a book with a professor/teacher as a main character or non-fiction subject

For your second book: 
Pick your weapon/room 

1. Candlestick in the Library – read a book with a candle on the cover OR read a book in which a book or a librarian is an integral part of the plot or non-fiction subject 
2. Knife in the Dining Room – read a book with a blade of some sort on the cover (knife/dagger/sword) OR read a book in which food or cooking is an integral part of the plot or non-fiction subject
3. Revolver in the Study – read a book with a gun on the cover OR read a non-fiction book 
4. Rope in the Conservatory – read a murder mystery OR read a book that takes place outdoors 
5. Lead Pipe in the Ballroom – read a true crime book OR read a book about dance and/or music 
6. Wrench in the Lounge – read a book with a tool on the cover OR read a book about friendship. The relationship between friends should be integral to the plot or non-fiction subject Ex.: a rift between friends, testing friendship, developing romance between friends, friends working together towards a goal, etc. 

Required: Post which options you chose and if it is not clear in the description, how the books fit the options you chose.

25.4 Nickboy’s Task: Blood Diamonds! 

For this task, you need to read TWO books: 

Book #1 – A Diamond Dagger! Read a book by one of the Crime Writers Association’s “Diamond Dagger” Winners (for lifetime achievement in writing crime fiction): 

Diamond Dagger Winners

Note: Books attributed to pseudonyms of these authors do work for this task. Please include this information when you post.

Required: State which year your author won the Diamond Dagger. 

Book #2 – A Red Diamond! Colored diamonds are very rare, and Red Diamonds are the rarest! A few have been found in Brazil, India, and various countries of Africa. Take this opportunity to read a book, fiction or nonfiction, which takes place somewhere in Africa, Brazil or India. 

Required: If it’s not obvious from the title or description, state the country or region of Africa which your book visits – or if you’ve chosen Brazil or India. Note: This task concerns only where the book is set. The author’s nationality does not matter. 

Note: FYI, the movie “Blood Diamond” with Leonardo Di Caprio and Djimon Hounsou takes place in Sierra Leone during its disturbing Civil War. Though the diamond in question in the film is red, a “blood diamond” is any diamond which is sold to finance terrorism, regardless of color. 

PINCH HITTER! — The Baseball “Diamond”! – You may, if you wish, substitute ONE book for either Book #1 or Book #2. This book must be a NON-FICTION book about a sports figure or team (any sport), and this will be your “pinch hitter” – your substitution. 

Required: If you have chosen to have a “Pinch Hitter” for either Book#1 or Book#2, please indicate this in your post.

25.5 – Valorie’s task: SRC’s Virtual Safari 
Lets take a virtual reading safari by picking out two different animals you see on your safari and read two books, each corresponding with the reading requirements for that animal. Fiction or Non-Fiction work for this task, as well as plurals & possessives onlyfor the word requirements. Series titles are excluded

1. African Lion: Read a book with a main character that is a king, or has the word ‘Lion’ or “Lioness” in the title/subtitle, or has a picture of a lion on the cover. 

2. African Elephant: Read a big book (400 or more pages), or has the word ‘Elephant’ in the title/subtitle, or has a picture of an elephant on the cover. 

3. Crocodile: Read a book with a main character that spends time in the water (Examples: lifeguard, swimmer, mermaid, someone on a submarine, etc), or has the word ‘crocodile’ in the title/subtitle, or has a picture of a crocodile on the cover. 

4. Wildebeest: Read a book with the word ‘Wild’ or ‘Beast’ in the title/subtitle. 

5. Flamingo: Read a book with a mainly pink cover, or has ‘flamingo’ in the title/subtitle, or has a picture of a flamingo on the cover. 

6. Zebra: Read a book with a mainly white and black cover, or has the word ‘Zebra’ in the title/subtitle, or has a picture of a zebra on the cover. 

Required: Please specify the animals you saw and post the cover of the book when using the cover requirement. 

25.6 Denise NC’s Task: Fall Days and Nights 

Fall is my favorite time of year. During the day, the temperature is still relatively warm with little humidity and the leaves turn from green to brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. At night, the sky is clear and the air is crisp as the nights start to cool down. 

For this task, you will read two books. 

Book A – Fall Days 

Read a book that has one of the following words associated with a fall day in the title or subtitle, but not the series title – day, leaves (leaf), apple, autumn, crow, harvest, rake. Plurals, compounds, and variations of the words are okay as long as the original word remains intact. 

OR 

Read a book with a cover that is predominantly fall day colors – red, orange, or yellow. 

Required: If you choose the cover option, you must include the cover or a link to the cover (preferred) in your post. 

Book B – Fall Nights 

Read a book that has one of the following words associated with a fall night in the title or subtitle, but not the series title – night, moon, star, dark, cool, clear, sleep. Plurals, compounds, and variations of the words are okay as long as the original word remains intact. 

OR 

Read a book with a cover that is predominantly fall night colors – black, dark blue, silver, or white. 

Required: If you choose the cover option, you must include the cover or a link to the cover (preferred) in your post.

25.7 Bluemoon’s task: Hockey Night Party! 

This season I have decided to host a hockey party and you are all invited. We will, of course, be watching my beloved Buffalo Sabres.

You must read 2 books for this task. One from option A and one from option B. 

A. Buffalo Sabres History – Here are some facts to get you ready for the party. 

1. Team colors are blue and gold. So please dress accordingly. For this option read a book with blue or gold in the title/subtitle. Or if you prefer you can read a book with a blue or gold (yellow) cover. 

2. The French Connection is one of the greatest forward lines of the early 1970’s. All three of the players on this line (Perrault, Martin and Robert) had French Canadian roots. If you chose this option read a book that takes place in a country where French is an official language. This page may be helpful French as Official Language Or read a book that was originally published in French. 

3. Unfortunatly my Sabres have never won Lord Stanley’s cup. We in Buffalo feel left out in the cold. For this task read a book that has been left out in the cold. If you participated in the last challenge and finished, read a book that you had scheduled for a task and for whatever reason did not read (did not get it from the library in time or just changed your mind). If you did not finish the challenge, read a book that you did not get to. If you are a first time participant read that book on your shelf, coffee table etc that keeps getting passed over. 

4. If none of these strike your fancy read a fiction or nonfiction book where hockey plays an integral part of the book. 

B. Party Food! – Please bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage to share. 

1. Appetizer or Dessert. Please let us know what what you are bringing to the party. Read a book that has an ingredient or word from your dish in the title. For example, if I were to bring Chicken Wing Dip and tortilla chips I could read Who Moved My Cheese? as the recipe calls for cream cheese or I could read Tortilla Flat. 

2. Beverage – If you decide to bring your favorite beverage, read a book that contains that beverage in the title. For example I love gin and tonic so I could read The Gin Closet. I also like wine so I could read The The Merlot Murders or Dandelion Wine. 

Required: Name the dish and the ingredient if that is the source of your word.

Fiction or nonfiction work for any part of the task. For B, plurals, possessives, compound words, and variations of the words are okay as long as the original word remains intact. 

Hope you enjoy the party. I look forward to seeing you there.

25.8 – Mrs. soule’s task: Genre Studies

My favorite fiction genre is romance – I figure if a book doesn’t have a happy ending I might as well just watch the news. Within the romance genre there are multiple sub-genres and I particularly enjoy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. However there are other sub-genres (particularly western and most historical romances) I’d rather beat my head against a wall than read. 

For this task, pick YOUR favorite fiction genre then read 2 books from 2 DIFFERENT sub-genres within that genre. 

For accepted genre & sub-genres for this task, use the following website: 
Reader’s Advice Genre Index The sub-genres selected should have two clearly different focuses: Animal Mysteries (cats) and Cat Mysteries are the same genre; Urban Fantasy/Elfpunk and Elfpunk/Urban Fantasy are the same, Shapechangers/Shapeshifters and Werewolves & other shapeshifters are the same, etc.

The Goodreads description should support the identified sub-genre in some way, or please provide plot details. Your book does not need to be drawn from the Reader’s Advice list, but use the suggestions as a guide. 

EXAMPLES: If your favorite genre is “Mystery Fiction”, you could read a “Culinary Mystery” like Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and a “Police Procedural” like The Black Echo with LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch

If your favorite genre is “Science Fiction”, you could read a “Dystopian Futures” novel like The Road and a “Military/War” novel like Starship Troopers

REQUIRED: When you post, state which genre and two sub-genres you’re using.

25.9 – Gayla’s Task: Rite of Passage 

My daughter will celebrate her bat mitzvah in November and our family is very excited! So I am inviting you all to a bat mitzvah party, SRC-style. 

For this task, choose two of the following three options: 

A. The service: My daughter’s Torah portion is Lech Lecha. “Lech” translates to “Go” in English (this is the part of the Bible where God tells Abraham to travel to another land). For this option, read a book with the word “Go” in the title OR read a non-fiction travel book. This list can get you started: Favourite Travel Books If you use the title option, “Go” must appear as an independent word–so Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood would count, but A Visit from the Goon Squad would NOT. 

B. The party: The hora is usually one of the highlights of a bat mitzvah party. This is a traditional circle dance in which the honoree is raised on a chair. For this option, read a book with a chair on the cover OR read a book about dance. This list will give you ideas:Best Books About Dance 

C. The gifts: A traditional toast at Jewish life-cycle events is “L’Chaim!” which means “To Life!” In Hebrew, the number eighteen represents life, and so when people give money as bar or bat mitzvah gifts, it is common to give multiples of eighteen. For this option, read a book with the words “Life” or “Eighteen” in the title OR read a book with exactly eighteen letters in the title OR read a book originally published in the 1800s. 

For all title options, titles and subtitles count but series titles do not. Plurals, possessives, and verb tenses (goes, going, gone, went, living, lived) count. If you are looking for a title with eighteen letters, you may choose whether or not to include the subtitle. The usual disclaimer about GoodReads lists applies: just because a book is on a list, that doesn’t guarantee that it fits this task.

Please identify the options you chose when you post.

25.10 Amanda A’s task: Fall Back in Time 

For this task, read two books choosing two different options from the following: 

A. Read one of the Most Popular books published when you joined Goodreads. To find this, go to the “Explore” drop down menu and select “Popular” followed by “More Popular Books” on the right. Under “Browse Books”, select “Browse Books By Date”. In the top right corner, there will be a drop down menu to change the year. If you joined Goodreads before 2011, select the appropriate year. If you joined Goodreads in 2011, use the “by month” option and select the month you joined. Read a book from the the book list your selection produced.
B. Read a time travel book. 
C. Banned Books Week is September 24 – October 1. Read one of the Top 100 banned/challenged books from the 1990’s or 2000’s. *
D. Read a Historical Fiction novel or Historical Nonfiction book. Historical Romance will also be accepted for this option. 
E. Bucket List – Read a book that has been lingering on your TBR list for at least a year.
*Some books on these lists are considered SRC “young readers” and picture books. Regular SRC rules still apply.

Required: Identify the option you chose when you post. If using option A, include the month/year you joined Goodreads. 

30 POINT TASKS

30.1 Sheila’s Task – My Hometown, Rock Island, Illinois 

I decided to dedicate this task to the town where I was born and grew up, namely Rock Island, Illinois. In history Rock Island is famous for being the place where the first railroad bridge was built across the Mighty Mississippi River thus linking the east to the west completely by rail. 
*See post #2 in Task 30.1 Help Thread for more information on Rock Island, Illinois, the railroad and Abraham Lincoln’s interesting connection to Rock Island’s history.

This is a 2 book task. Read 1 book from the Book A options and 1 book from the Book B options. Regular book lengths apply. Series titles are EXCLUDED
Required: Please state which options you chose and for the book cover option please link that cover when you post.

For Book A: Rock Island was immortalized in song by Johnny Cash’s huge hit song, ”The Rock Island Lines” honoring the rich railroading history in my home town please read: 

For Book A: 

Option 1: A book that has the word “rock” or “island” or “lines” in the title/subtitle. Adding letters to any of these words is fine as long as the original word remains intact, so words like rocky, islands, or outlines would work. Examples: The Rocky Road to Romance or Plum Island

OR 

Option 2: Read a book that has a train on the cover. This could be a toy train running around a Christmas tree or a real train or a subway train or even a San Francisco street car but if using this option please link the cover so we can see the picture. 

AND 

For Book B: Rock Island was also famous or rather infamous during the Civil War for being the location of the Union POW camp that was considered the “Andersonville of the North” because conditions were so appalling. This prison was immortalized in literature by Margaret Mitchell in what I personally consider one of the greatest novels ever written, namely “Gone With the Wind” In GWTW Rock Island was the POW camp where Ashley Wilkes was held captive during the Civil War. So for Book B: 

For Book B:

Option 1: Read a book with the word “gone”, “with” or “wind” in the title/subtitle. As with Book A: you can add letters to the word of choice as long as the word itself remains intact. Examples: Dead and Gone or Windy City Blues. 

OR 

Option 2: Read a book whose author’s first or last name exactly matches either the first or last name of a Civil War general. For example if you choose General Robert E. Lee you could read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or a book by Lee Child or Robert B. Parker. Here are links to the generals names: 

Union Generals

Confederate Generals

Required If using this option please tell which general you chose for this option and which side he fought for when posting. 

I hope you enjoy this task.

30.2 Cheryl TX/Lori BNPL’s task: Unique Fall Holidays
For this task you must read 2 books. 

You must choose a different option from this list for each book. Options with specific words to be chosen can be in the title or subtitle but NOT the series title. 

1. November is National Novel Writing Month—If you were to write a novel, tell us the genre and read a similar book. Required: Please state the genre when you post. Optional: Tell us what you would name your novel and give a brief plot line.

2. Book Lover’s Day (11/5) and Read a Book Day (9/6)—Name your favorite book and read a similar plotline or the same author. Required: Please include the title of your favorite book when you post.

3. Clean Your Refrigerator Day (11/15)—Name the nastiest thing you have ever found in your refrigerator and read a book with that word in the title. Required: Please include the “thing” when you post

4. Dictionary Day (10/16)—read a book with an unknown or unfamiliar word in the title.Required: Please state the word you used when you post. Optional: Provide a brief definition and state whether the use of the word in the title was accurate. 

5. National Adoption Day (11/19)—Read a book about adopting or rescuing any kind of animal (including humans). State the animal being adopted or rescued if it is not clear from the title of the book. 

6. National Dessert Day is October 14 as well as National Angel Food Cake Day (10/10), Cherries Jubilee Day (9/24), National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day (10/21), National Date Nut Bread Day (9/8), and National Parfait Day (11/25)—Read a book with one of the following words in the title: Dessert, Cherry, Jubilee, Pumpkin, Cheesecake, Date, Nut, Parfait, Cake, Food (only plurals are allowed as alternatives.) 

Each book you choose from the options above must meet one or more of these criteria.You must cite a different criterion for each book ex. 1 A and 1 J, but not 2 J’s.Required; If you choose one of the criteria that includes a cover, Please provide a link to the book or the cover (preferred) when you post.

A. Author is a GoodReads Author 
B. Author is deceased 
C. Book has won or been nominated for an Award or Prize Required: Name the Award or Prize and the Year. 
D. Author is a First Time Author 
E. Author uses Initials instead of first and/or middle name or uses 3 names 
F. Book includes untraditional material inside (i.e., maps, pictures, drawings, symbols, diagrams, financial graphics, recipes, cast of characters 
G. Book on the cover 
H. Dessert on the cover 
I. Animal on the cover 
J. Book is part of a series—the series must be identified as a series on GoodReads (i.e., “Series Name” and # should appear on the book’s main page after the book title) 

Required: State option and criteria used for each book. If not apparent state how each book meets option and/or criteria. 

30.3 Dlmrose’s task: E-ticket Ride
October 1, 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Here’s a look at then Magic Kingdom map circa 1973 and now Magic Kingdom map 2011
For this task, take a virtual trip to the Magic Kingdom. Select two lands. You may choose the same land twice. 
A) Main Street USA- Read an book from this list: Hungry Mind’s Best 20th Century American Books
B) Cinderella’s Castle- Read a retelling of a fairy tale
C) Adventureland- Read an an Adventure book*
D) Frontierland- Read a Western* 
E) Liberty Square- location of the Haunted Mansion- Read a Paranormal book*
F) Fantasyland- Read a Fantasy book*
G) Tomorrowland- Read a Science Fiction book*

*See post 2 in the Help Thread for the Genre Guide for this Task
Required: Identify the option used when you post

30.4 Delicious Dee’s Task: Trusty Shellback
There is a tradition in the Navy that when ships cross the equator, crewmembers are greeted by King Neptune and Davy Jones and go from being “slimy wogs” to “trusty shellbacks”. When I became a Trusty Shellback, I was off the coast of Africa. 

For this task you will read 2 books:

Book 1 
Read a book by an author who’s initials are in the word SHELLBACK 
**Letters do not have to be sequential- ex. Laura Esquivel is OK. If the author uses initials, has more than 2 names, or is written by multiple authors, then ALL initials must appear in Shellback 
**Both of the authors initials must be represented in Shellback – for example, Sharon Sala would NOT work because there is only one S in Shellback, but Lora Leigh would because there are 2 L’s. 

Book 2 
An even rarer shellback celebration is the Emerald Shellback which is when you cross the prime meriden and the equator at the same time (in the Gulf of Guinea). We were planning on attempting this feat on my second deployment off the coast of Africa, unfortunately, plans changed. Read a book that has a gemstone from the following link in either the title/subtitle or the author’s name: 
Gemstones

**if you click on the chosen gemstone it will include additional information about the stone – those names are also approved – for example, Tiger’s Eye can also be spelt tigers eye, tiger eye, tiger iron – all of which are acceptable variations of the Gemstone name –REQUIRED – in your post, if you use a variation, identify the original gemstone 

If the gemstone has two (or more) words (i.e. Tiger’s Eye) – then all words need to appear in the title but they do not have to be sequential, ex. The Eye of the Tiger is OK. For gemstones made out of compound words, such as Moonstone, the entire word has to be included – so “Moon” or “stone” would NOT count, but Moonstone would – Moonstone. 

Plurals and Possessives count, but no other deviations. Series titles are EXCLUDED 

30.5 – mstan’s task: Stranger in a Strange Land

I have always been fascinated by how writers may write convincingly about places they don’t live in or that are not their homeland, or places they have left. Also, why do books need to carry different titles in different countries? 

For this task, choose TWO books from options A, B and C. Your two books must be from two different options (i.e. I can choose to read a book from A and C, A and B, or B and C).

A: Reimaginings – Read a book that is predominantly set in a place other than the author’s birth-country, or where a place other than the author’s birth-country plays a significant role in the story. Examples include: 
A Passage to India the setting is India; Forster was born in the U.K.
The Wings of the Dove the setting is Europe; James was born in the U.S. 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet the setting is Japan; Mitchell was born in the U.K. 
In a Sunburned Country the setting is Australia; Bryson was born in the U.S.
French Leave the setting is France; Wodehouse was born in the U.K. 
A Step from Heaven the setting is the U.S.; An Na was born in Korea 
The Book Thief the setting is Germany; Zusak was born in Australia 

Required: Please state the option chosen, the setting and the author’s birth-country when you post this task. 

B: Culture Shock – Read a book which carries more than one title in a single language. 

This could mean a translated work that has two or more titles in the language it has been translated into (e.g. a French work that has been translated into English and has two English titles, e.g. The Stranger/The Outsider, or a title originally written in English that has at least two titles in German… apologies for not providing examples for this… I welcome any suggestions!) 

Works such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is Män som hatar kvinnor (Men who Hate Women) in Swedish, do not work for this option. 

or 

ii) a work that has been published under different titles in different countries (you do not have to specify the country). Again, the multiple titles must be in the same language.

Examples include: 
On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God a.k.a It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers!
On the Jellicoe Road a.k.a Jellicoe Road
The Golden Compass a.k.a Northern Lights

Required: Please include the option and provide links to both editions carrying the two different titles in the same language when you post this task. 

C: Estrangement – Read a book written by a writer who has left a particular country, but has written about it. This country must be a country where he was born or lived in for a substantial period of time. Examples include 
My Life in France Julia Child was a U.S. citizen who lived in France 
Disgrace J.M. Coetzee writes about South Africa, his birthplace, but now lives in Australia
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi was born in Iran, which this graphic novel is about; she now lives in France 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera was a Czech citizen but lived in exile in France; this novel is set in Prague 
The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk was born in Turkey, where this novel is set, but now lives in the U.S. 

Required: Please state the following -1) the option, 2) where the author was born or spent a significant amount of time; 3) where he or she later relocated; 4) where the book is set (which should match 2.)

30.6 Donna Jo’s task: I’d Like to See Your ID, Please. 

Read two books. Select two different choices from the following options: 

A. Name–Read a book by an author with the initials of your first and last name. Use whatever first and last name you use for official business. If different from your SRC name, please indicate the initials. You need not reveal your complete name, only initials. Your first and last initial should match the author’s first and last name initials, but they may be in either order, ex.: My initials are DA; I could read authors with initials DA or AD. Required: Please include the initials used when you post

B. Date of Birth–Read a book first published in the decade of your birth. For example, if you were born in 1976, read a book published between 1970-1979. Required: Include the decade used when you post. You need not include date details

C. Eye Color–Chose a book with either the word of your eye color in the title (brown, black, blue, hazel, green, etc.) or with mainly that color on the cover. If your eyes are two different colors or you wear colored contacts, you may choose which to use. 

D. Hair Color–Chose a book with a pictures of person with the same color hair as yours. Cover model need not have any other points of reference. Required:Include cover picture when posting. If there is more than one person on the cover, indicate which one you used when posting. 

E. Height– Measure your height in inches or centimenters. Using any of the resulting digits, read a corresponding book from a series. Ex. If you are 65 inches tall, you may read either book 5 or book 6 from a series. If you are 157 cm, use 1, 5, or 7. If one of the digits is a 0, you may read a non-series book. Round your measurement to the nearest whole number and isolate a single digit number from your measurement. Required: Be sure to include your height measurement when posting. 

F. Address–Read a book set in or about the state, province, or area of your birth. If it is not evident from the title, please note when posting. 

Required: Please state which options you are choosing, and submit any other information requested in the relevant options.

30.7 – Jennifer N’s task: When I Was Young
Two of my favorite fall holidays from my youth were Labor Day and Halloween. Labor Day was the last hurrah before school began and Halloween was just fun with all the costumes and candy. 

For this task read two books.You can choose to read 2 books from A or 2 books from B or 1 from each A and B. 

A. Labor Day (September 5th) – Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of summer and the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white. The word labor has 5 letters in it and Labor Day falls on the 5th this year so…
Read a book that has only 5 letters in the title OR 5 words in the title OR read a book with a primarily white cover. 
It is up to you if you want to count subtitles. A, An and The count as words.
Required: If you choose to read a book with a white cover please include the book cover in your post. 

B. Halloween (October 31st) – Get your costume ready!

Read a book that has a main character that you could dress up as for Halloween. Books that have witches, ghosts, vampires, princesses, farmers, fairies etc. would work. Get as creative as you would like. Anything works as long as you can dress up in a costume that exemplifies a main character in the book. 
Required: Please state the character and costume you could wear when you post.

30.8 Jenn Renee’s task: Head of the Class
Please complete one book from the Book A options and one book from the Book B options.

Book A- Pick your favorite subject…. 

A. Literature- Read a book from one of these lists…. Modern Library (Reader’s list or Board’s list) or World Library List 

B. Science- Read a book categorized as “Science Fiction” on the main book page’s genre list or a Non-Fiction book genre-tagged as “Science”. 

C. History- Read a Historical Fiction novel or a Non-Fiction book about a historical event. For the purpose of this task, “Historical” is defined as a setting or an event that occurred 50 years before the book was written.

D. Math- Read a book about a mathematician or a book with one of these words in the title/subtitle: Add, Multiply, Subtract, Divide , Number, Math, OR any number (numeric or ordinal) Plurals, variations, and compound word are ok. 

E. Gym- Read a book about an athlete or sports figure i.e. sports agent, team owner, mascot, coach, etc.

F. Lunch- Read a book about a chef or any book with food on the cover or in the title, or a Non-Fiction book about food- cookbook, nutrition book, etc.

Book B- Read a book where the main character is a student or an educator OR a book about any kind of school or academy. A major portion of the book must task place in an educational setting. Non-fiction books about teaching or education work for this option as well.
Or 
Read a book with one of the following words in the title: 
teacher, instructor, professor, student, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, class, course, school, academy, grade, honor, homework, assignment. 

Plurals are ok, but NOT compound words.

For this task, target words must appear in the title or subtitle. Series titles are excluded.

Required: Please state the options used when you post 

30.9 – Kate S’s task: Bookfest! 
The National Book Festival organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on September 24-25 promises to be a truly amazing event. Share the excitement of this event with me and 
Read 2 books each by a different author who is scheduled to attend the National Book Festival in 2011

30.10 – Christina’s task: Shopping at the School Store:
September brings the beginning of another school year. In order to get ready for the new school year, this task is based on the supplies needed by every student at the start of a new year. 
For this task, you will read 2 books. Using the dice roller, roll 2 dice (hit “Roll Again” one time) and pick the options matching your dice rolls. 

First Die: Ruler – Using your first roll, read a book of your choice that falls within the corresponding page limits. 

1. Read a book between 100-199 pages. 
2. Read a book between 200-299 pages 
3. Read a book between 300-399 pages 
4. Read a book between 400-499 pages 
5. Read a book between 500-599 pages 
6. Wildcard! Choose your book length. 

Required: Must note the number of pages when posting. 

Second Die: Using your second roll, read a book that falls within the corresponding category below. 

1. Pencil – read a biography of an author or a book in which a significant character is an author. 
2. Markers – Read a book with a color word in the title from the 10 classic colors of Crayola Markers. (Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, Blue, Black, Gray, Pink, Purple, Brown) Plurals and possessives of the color words are OK. Compound words are ok as long as the entire word remains intact. No other variations.
3. Pencil Sharpener – Read a non-fiction book to sharpen your brain on a new topic or something you are interested in. 
4. Eraser – We all make mistakes every once in a while. Read a book you have read before that you gave 2 or less stars to. You may also read a book off of a “Did not Finish” list if you have one. Required: Tell what your original rating was, or that it came from the do no read list. 
Optional: Tell your new rating after re-reading the book. 
5. Journal – Read a book that is written in epistolary format. Epistolary books are written in as a group of documents such as: diary entries, journal entries, letters, newspaper articles, etc. 
6. Pocket Folder – Read an anthology or collection of essays, short stories, poems, or novellas by several contributing authors. 

Required: State what number you rolled and how your book fits the task if it is not obvious when you post. 

50 POINT TASKS

50.1 Butterflycager’s Task – Let’s Build A Haunted House! 

My favorite part of Halloween is visiting a haunted house. Some are more elaborate than others, but they usually have some elements in common. 

Read three books, each having to do with some different aspect of haunted houses.
You may visit each part of the house only once: a different option from A-H must be chosen for each book. 

A. The Creaky Front Door – read a book with a door on the front cover, or with the word “door” in the title. This list Doorways might be helpful for covers. 

B. Spooky Laughter in the Hallway – read a funny book. If you need ideas, this list may help: Funniest Books Ever 

C. Creepy Cobwebs in the Living Room – read a book with “spider”, “web”, “cobweb” or a complete name of a commonly identifiable spider (ex. “tarantula”, “black widow”, “brown recluse”, “daddy long legs”) in the title.

D. Secret Passageway Behind the Library – read a collection or anthology of short stories or essays by a single or multiple authors.

E. The Monster in the Closet – read a book with “monster” or “closet” in the title OR a book where a monster is a central character. A monster would fit any of the following:
1.a legendary animal combining features of animal and human form or having the forms of various animals in combination, as a centaur, griffin, sphinx, shapeshifter. 
2.any creature so ugly or monstrous as to frighten people. 
3.any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behavior, or character (vampires work) 
4.a person who excites horror by wickedness, cruelty, etc. 
5.any animal or thing huge in size. 

F. Mad Scientist’s Laboratory in the Basement – read a book with “mad”, “science” or “scientist”, “laboratory”, or “basement” in the title OR a book in which a scientist is a central character/subject. 

G. Cemetery in the Backyard – read a book with a picture of a cemetery or gravestone on the cover OR a book with “cemetery”, “grave”, “graveyard”, or “tombstone” in the title.

H. Put It All Together – read a book that takes place mostly in a haunted place: house, castle, town, etc. 

For A, C, E, F, G – plurals, possessives, and variations (doorway, lab, closeted, etc.) are okay. But words within words (like madame for mad) are not. Words in titles may be found in the Goodreads book title or subtitle. Series titles are excluded.

Each one must fit into one of the following categories. Unlike A-H above, these categories 1-6 may be repeated. 

1. Author or Editor is a Goodreads Author. 
2. Author or Editor is one you’ve never read before. 
3. Author or Editor has published more than ten books Required:State number of books published when posting. 
4. Book is at least 500 pages long Required: State number of pages when posting. 
5. Book is part of a series Required: Identify series when posting.
6. Book title is made up of one, three, or ten words (since Halloween is 10/31). You may ignore or use the subtitle as needed. 

Required: Please state which options you choose when posting. If using a image on a book cover, you must include a link to the book or cover (preferred)

Best of luck, and enjoy your visit to the haunted house!