Spring 2011


5.1 Waltzing Matilda- Read a book with a word from any form of dance: ballet, waltz, tango, electric slide etc. OR any variation of the word “Dance” in the title.  Required: if you use the dance word option you must post the name of the dance.

  • Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts

5.2 Circle of Friends– Click on the “Friends” tab, and then “Popular Books”. This produces a list of the most common books from your 20 most recently active friends’ lists. Read a book from that list.

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5.3 Gimme Five: Read a book by an author whose last name is five or fewer LETTERS.

  • Naked in Death by JD Robb

5.4 Fan Club: Go to the profile page of one of your favorite authors and navigate to their fan listing. Click on a fan’s profile and read a 5-star book from their Read shelf.  Required: Post a link to the author and state the fan whose list you used.

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

5.5 I’m Tellin’: May 2 is Brothers and Sisters Day- Read a book with “Brother(s)”, “Sister(s)”, or “Sibling(s)” in the title. The prefix “step-” and suffix “-hood” work.

5.6 Water, Water, Everywhere: Read a book with a view of a body of water on the cover. Underwater and in-water images work.

  • On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah

5.7 Going Green: Listen to an audiobook, read an ebook or read a book that you borrow from the library or a friend, obtain from a swap, or buy from a supplier of second-hand books. Required: State the format or source when you post

  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

5.8 Blow Your Stack: Read a book from your To Read stack that was added before February 19, 2011.

  • World without End by Sean Russell

5.9 Shrimp on the Barbie Read a “shrimp” of a book with 200 or fewer pages.

  • Midnight in Death by JD Robb

5.10 Kia Ora: Read a book originally written in a language that is not your native language. 


10.1. Sing Out:  Read a biography/autobiography/memoir of a musician, or a novel featuring a professional musician or music teacher.

  • Music & Silence by Rose Tremain

10.2. Say what?: March 14 is International Ask a Question Day. Read a book with “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” or “how” in the title.

  • The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

10.3. Beware the Ides of March : Read a book about, or set during, the time of the Roman Empire (44 BC to 476 AD) and having some connection to the Roman Empire. The book does not have to be set in Rome.

  • Pompeii by Robert Harris

10.4. Elementary, my dear Watson: Read a mystery book. Mysteries have a detective protagonist (amateur or professional) who investigates and solves a crime.

  • Glory in Death by JD Robb

10.5. It Takes Two: Read a book with a 2 word title. Articles such as “a, an, the” count as words. Subtitles may be ignored.

  • Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly

10.6. Respect Your Elders: April 9th is National Cherish an Antique Day – read a book originally published before 1960.

  • Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery

10.7. Kuddle a Koala?:  Read a book by an Australian author or set in Australia.

10.8. Come On, Eat Your Spinach: Read a book with the name of a fruit or vegetable or the word fruit or vegetable in the title, or with a fruit or vegetable on the cover.  For words in the title, singular or plural is fine. The word itself must appear in the title – compound words (i.e. Lemony Snicket) are not allowed.

10.9. No Lawyer Jokes!:  Read a fiction or non-fiction book about law or featuring a lawyer.

  • Degree of Guilt by Richard North Patterson

10.10. The Final Frontiers: Read a fantasy or science fiction book 

  • Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning


15.1 — The Land Down Under 
A. Read one book with the words “Down” and “Under” anywhere in the title, subtitle, or author’s name.

  • Murder Down Under by Arthur William Upfield

15.2 — Blurb It 
For this task, read one book that has a blurb from another author on it AND Read a book by the author that provided the blurb.

  • Good Little Wives by Abby Drake
  • Rachel Gibson: Lola Carlyle Reveals All

15.3 — Earth Day 
In honor of Earth Day, choose two of the following:
A. Reduce: Read any book listed as one of the 22 oldest books on your TBR list.
C. Recycle Read a book you’ve been dying to read and then give it away OR read a book you’ve borrowed from the library or a friend..
Required: State which 2 options you chose when you post.

  • Reduce: Texas Rich by Fern Michaels
  • Recycle: Witness in Death by JD Robb

15.4 — It’s a Repeat 
A. Read one book with a word in the title that repeats.  Excluded words: a, an, the, and, but, or, to, in, of, as 
B. Read two books that have the same word in the title. If you choose the 2 book option, both books must be written by different authors. Same excluded words as above apply. The words must be exactly the same (light and lights, for example, will not work).

15.5 — Award Me 
Read a Man Booker Prize winner or one of the nominees from any of the years this prize has been awarded.

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

15.6 — The Truth Is… 
For this task, choose a novel that contained a topic you’d like to know more about and read a non-fiction book about this topic. Required: Tell us the title of novel that inspired your choice.

  • 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak

15.7 — Lab Lit 
Read a novel in which a scientist plays a major role. Required: If the scientist’s role in the story is not obvious from the GR description of the book, state how a scientist plays a major role in the book. 

  • Season Of The Harvest by Michael R. Hicks

15.8 — From a Different Perspective 
Read a novel written from a unique point of view.  Required: If the different point of view is not obvious from the GR description of the book, state how it qualifies as a different perspective.

  • A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

15.9 — In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb 
Read a book with the name of an animal in the title or a picture of an animal on the cover.  Required: If using the cover option, you must include the cover or a link to the book in your post.

  • Lions and Lace by Meagan McKinney

15.10 — Spring Break 
Take a break and read any book you choose. 

  • Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate


20.1. Most Improved Player. Cindy AL’s Task: Lassiez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

1) Read a book written by an author whose initials are in the following: J,O,E,C,A,I,N,F,A,T,T,U,E,S,D,A,Y. Initials can be in any order, but all initials must be within these four words, that is you can use two Es or Ts, but only one S or N. 

  • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

20.2 Rookie at the Top. Travelgirlut’s Task: Random Words 
Go to Random Word Generator and click on the number “5” to generate five random words. Read a book that has at least one of your five words in the title or subtitle.

  • Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts

20.3. Best Review Contest. Katy’s Task: Happy International Women’s Day! 
For this task, read a book that was published in 1911 or later and written by a female author who was born in or currently resides in a country other than your own.

20.4 Author, Author. Tracyj’s Task: The Royal Wedding

Read a book written by an author whose first name is one of William or Kate’s names. I will accept “Catherine” or “Katherine”, and I will also accept Kate. No other diminutives (i.e. Bill) may be used. This must be the author’s first name.

  • The Cove by Catherine Coulter

20.5. Bigger is Better. Rachel Renee’s Task: Alliterative Authors Association 

Read any book by an author with an alliterative name! 

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

20.6. Seasoned Reader. Kathryn CA’s Task: Young Adult Series

For this task, read a YA book that is a part of a series and has at least 400 pages. 

  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

20.7 Shorter is Sweeter. Tami’s task: Quips and Quotes 

For this task, please choose a favorite or meaningful verse, quip, quote or saying. Read one book that either relates in some way to your choice OR one book that has one word from your choice in the Title.

  • Cupid Cats by Connie Brockway, Katie MacAlister, and Vicki Lewis Thompson {anthology}

20.8. It’s My Birthday. Jayme VA’s Task: The Night I was Born 

For this task, read a book that was later made into a mini series. This must be a miniseries, not a regular television series.  Required: when posting, please include the book and the name of the mini series for this task.

  • North and South by John Jakes

20.9. Lucky Me! Laurie’s Task

Read a book that has one of the following words in its title: thief, murder, crime, criminal, exile, convict, robber or stolen. You may use the plural (for example, thieves is acceptable) or derivatives of these words as long as the complete word appears (for example, conviction, robbery, murderer). 

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. 

  • A. Best Love Stories: Outlander
  • B. Biography/Authobiography/Memoir: The Glass Castle
  • C. Science Fiction/Fantasy: I Am Number Four 


25.1. Coralie’s Task:In my Backyard 

Choose 2 of the features and read one book for each (two books in total) as follows.

a. An anchor – Read a book which is set, at least in part, on a ship or boat. 
b. A bank – Read a book where a main character works in the finance industry.
c. A building site – Read a book where a character is a builder, or in which someone is having some building work done. 
d. A food court, restaurants, bars, cafes etc – Read a book where a main character works in the food preparation industry. 
e. A football stadium – Read a book with a main character who is a professional sportsperson. 
f. A gymnasium – Read a book where a main character is trying to improve their health. 
g. A needle and thread – Read a book featuring sewing of some sort. 
h. A television screen – Read a book based on a television show or one on which a television show is based. 
i. A television studio – Read a book where a main character works in the film or television industry.

When you post, you must indicate which features you chose and, unless it’s obvious from the title, give a brief explanation of how your books fit the task.

25.2. Sandy’s Task: Your Bucket List

A. Think of something that’s on your personal “bucket list” and read a book that somehow relates to it.

B. Read a book from the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.

  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

25.3. Mrs. Soule’s Task: A Better World 

The following definitions of “better world” professions are summarized from 150 Best Jobs for a Better World by Laurence Shatkin: 

  • Improving health – doctors, nurses, therapists 
  • Improving safety – crime-fighters, fire-fighters, military 

For this challenge, you will read two books. 

Book A. Read a fiction title where a main character works in one of these areas. 

Book B. Read a non-fiction title about one of these areas. This can include a biography of someone working in these areas. 

  • Immortal in Death by JD Robb
  • Bed Number Ten by Sue Baier

25.4. Helen’s Task: Science-Fiction/Fantasy Masters 

For this task, you are asked to read books by two of these masters to experience the best of both science-fiction and fantasy. 

A. Choose one of these authors and read one of his/her novels. Damon Knight Award

B. Choose one of these authors and read one of his/her novels. World Fantasy Award

  • Isaac Asimov – Nemesis
  • Stephen King – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

25.5. Gayla’s Task: March Madness 

A. Read two books about basketball. The books can be either fiction or non-fiction. This Goodreads list will get you started: Tales From the Hardwood

B. Read two books that have been part of the tournament’s brackets since it started in 2005. You can read two books from the same year or books from two different years. Here’s a link to the lists for each year for the Tournament of Books:Tournament of Books lists

C. Read one book about basketball and one book from the Tournament of Books.

For options B and C, please indicate on which year’s list your book appeared.

25.6. Jennifer N’s Task: It’s All About Australia and Oceania 

Choose 2 of the options 

1. Flooding in Australia has been widespread and devastating this spring. It has been the wettest spring on record. There has also been a devastating earthquake in New Zealand. Read a novel where the weather or a natural disaster has a significant impact on the plot or where one of the main characters works outdoors (such as farmer, rancher, builder). Example: Sing Them Home,The Grapes of Wrath, A Town Like Alice, The Poisonwood Bible.

2. Read a book by an author whose initials are found in the word AUSTRALIA – they do not have to be sequential – initials can be in any order, each initial in the word can only be used once in a name. For example, A could be used 3 times since it appears 3 times in AUSTRALIA, but S can only be used once.

3. Read a book that has one of the following words in the title: island, south, southern, open, down, under, out, back, coral, great, reef, gold, spring(s), opera, house, beach(es). Plurals, possessives, and words containing these words may be used.

4. Read a book that is set in Australia or another country in Oceania.

5. Read a book that is written by an author from Australia or other country in Oceania. 


30.1. Cheryl’s Task: Literature Map By Gender

Using literature-map.com choose one of your favorite authors of either gender and enter it. When the results come up, choose 2 new authors who you have never read before and who are of the opposite gender from yourself. Read one book by each of these authors.  When posting, please indicate who your initial author was.

  • James Michael Pratt: The Last Valentine
  • Robin Cook: Seizure

30.2. Sheila’s Task: Sheila’s Guilty Pleasures 

For this task you will need to read 2 books whose titles (no series titles please) or authors names match either the first or last names of the winners of these two shows. One book from the American Idol winner list and one book from the DWTS list. Please note when posting which show it is from and which winner you are using. The entire first or last name must be intact within the title or author name.

  • American Idol Winners – Lee DeWyze 
  • Dancing With the Stars United States version – Winners and their partners – Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas 
  • 61 Hours by Lee Child
  • Night Road by Kristin Hannah

30.3. Donna Jo’s Task: Yours, Mine, and Ours 

A. Read a book with the word Your(s), My or Mine, or Our(s) in the Title; 

B. Read a book with a blended family (Children, Steps, and/or Halfs) in it.

  • Yours, Mine & Ours by Jennifer Greene
  • Pearl Moon by Katherine Stone (half sisters) 

30.4 Dlmrose’s Task: Like I Needed an Excuse…….

Read 2 books.

A. Read a non-fiction book about an interest or activity you would pursue instead of housework- it could be a book about a sport, a hobby, history etc.
B. Read a book prominently featuring a domestic worker: cleaning lady, housekeeper, maid, governess, nanny, butler, chauffeur, household cook, dog walker, laundress, nursemaid, etc.

30.5. Delicious Dee’s task: “All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, or a book” 

Read two books, from different members’ “read” shelves, whose birthdays fall closest to yours date wise. 

Required: Post your date as well as the members whose shelves that you used when posting. You do not need to post your complete birthday, only the date, i.e. 3rd or 20th.

  • Danielle: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • KSMary: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

30.6 Melanie’s Task: Myth-behaving Greeks 

Therefore, for this task, you must read 2 books. Go to Dice Roller and roll the dice ONCE and read: 

Book A – Ares: A book where a main character is in the military or with a mercenary outfit or is a veteran. 

Book B – Homer: Read a fantasy or sci-fi (futuristic setting or set 30+ years after it was written) 

  • In The Name Of Honor by Richard North Patterson
  • Judgement in Death by JD Robb

Task 30.7. Diane’s Task: Title Connections 

Option A. Read two books. The first book must end with the same word or group of words as the beginning of the second book. Books may not be from the same author.

  • Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
  • Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts


50 Point Task

Read 3 books in a series. The caveat is that reread books don’t count.  You do not have to start at the first book of the series, but you do need to read 3 books in the series in successive order.

  • Bed of Roses (book 2) by Nora Roberts
  • Savor the Moment (book 3) by Nora Roberts
  • Happy Ever After (book 4) by Nora Roberts