Summer 2010

5 POINT TASKS

5.1 – Heat Wave
It’s summertime and it’s getting HOT out there..Read a book with one of the following words in the title (Hot, Hotter, Heat, Warm, Warmth, Heatwave, Fire, Sizzle, Blaze, Scorch, Sun, Sunny, Toasty or another similar word). (EXAMPLE: Heat Wave) 

5.2 – Blockbuster Books
There are many highly anticipated films that will be hitting the theaters this summer (i.e. Eclipse, Toy Story 3, The A-Team, Eat Pray Love and many others)…For this task read a book that relates to the film you are most looking forward to seeing this summer (EXAMPLE: For Eat Pray Love you could read the book that is the basis for the film Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia or another travel memoir such as Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.) (You do not actually have to see the film to get credit for this task.)

5.3 – S.U.M.M.E.R
For this task read a book written by an author whose initials are found in the word Summer. (Initials must be sequential i.e. SU, UM, MM, ME, ER, and RS not SM).
Examples
SU – Sigrid Undset
UM – U.R. Anantha Murthy
MM – Michelle Moran
ME – Michael Ende
ER – Eva Rice
RS – R.A. Salvatore

5.4 – Lesser Known Awards
We all know the big names in book awards (Pulitzer, Man Booker, Hugo, Newbery etc.) but there are a lot of lesser known book awards out there and lucky for us Goodreads has a list of them. Go to this link (Awards) and: Read a book found on the list of winners and nominees for an award you had previously never heard of. (From the foreign language awards you may read a translation if it is available).

5.5 – Dropping Names
If you visit the following webpage Authors We Read This Spring you will find a list of authors that were mentioned in the completed task posts for the spring challenge (only linked authors are included in this list). Find an author on this list that you haven’t read previously and read their most popular book. (The author’s most popular work is the one listed first on their profile). 

5.6 – “I Only Regret That I Have But One Life To Lose For My Country.”
Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755 – September 22, 1776) was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and is widely considered America’s first spy. In memory of this famous patriot read a book with a main character who is a spy or where espionage plays an important role in the plot. (EXAMPLE: The Tourist) 

5.7 – “I Confess That In 1901 I Said To My Brother Orville That Man Would Not Fly For Fifty Years. “
On August 8, 1908 Wilbur Wright made his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It was the Wright Brothers’ first public flight. In honor of this important event in transportation history…Read a book (fiction or non-fiction) that has a mode of travel pictured on the cover..i.e. airplane, boat, train, car etc.
EXAMPLE: Train from Marietta by Dorothy Garlock

5.8 – Take A Walk On Wall Street
On July 8, 1889 the first issue of the Wall Street Journal was published. To commemorate this event…Read a book that made the WSJ’s Top 5 Best books in any of the categories found here…WSJ TOP 5 LISTS.

5.9 – Get Caught Reading
There is an age old saying…If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Likewise if a person reads a book and no one is there to see them…did the book ever get read? For this task you must read a book of at least 100 pages in public…at a park, or the beach, or on a plane, or a bus, or at a library…any public place will do. 

5.10 – “If One Cannot Enjoy Reading A Book Over And Over Again, There Is No Use In Reading It At All.” – Oscar Wilde
This summer let’s test Mr. Wilde’s statement by taking the time to…Re-read a book that you loved reading the first time. 

10 POINT TASKS
10.1 – Stormy Weather
June 1st is the start of Hurricane Season…Since 1953 the National Hurricane Center has created lists of names, one for each letter in the alphabet (A-W but not Q or U), that rotate every 6 six years (names of particularly devastating storms are retired and replaced by another name). For this task you will read a book written by an author whose first name is on the 2010 list… 
Names and Examples
Alex – Alex Haley 
Bonnie – Bonnie Burnard 
Colin – Colin Cotterill 
Danielle – Danielle Steel
Earl – Earl Emerson
Fiona – Fiona Buckley
Gaston – Gaston Leroux
Hermine – Hermine Freed 
Igor – Igor Kordey
Julia – Julia Glass
Karl – Karl Iagnemma
Lisa – Lisa Scottoline
Matthew – Matthew Pearl
Nicole – Nicole Krauss
Otto – Otto Penzler
Paula – Paula Froelich
Richard – Richard Paul Evans
Shary – (For this name I will also accept Sharyn or another name that starts with Shary) – Sharyn McCrumb
Tomas – Tomas Tranströmer 
Virginie – (For this name I will accept Virginia as well) – Virginia Woolf
Walter – Walter Mosley 10.2 – “The (Fill In The Blank) Who…”
For this task find and read a book whose title follows the formula “The (insert noun here) Who (insert verb here)…”. (EXAMPLE: The Man Who Ate the 747). 

10.3 – Same Place, Same Time…Same Books
The Place – Goodreads. The Time – Whenever is convenient for you. For this task you will need to discover who is visiting Goodreads at the same time you are and what they are reading. Go to Online Now, click on page 6,7, or 8 and select one of the books that these fellow Goodreaders are currently reading to read for this task. You can visit the pages as often as you like. 

10.4 – Roll The Dice…
Do you feel lucky…are the dice on your side? For this task you will need to visit the website (3 Random Dice). The amount shown on the dice (+/- 10) will be the amount of pages that you will need to read for this task. I.E. if you rolled a 3,5,2 you would need to read a book between between 342 and 362 pages long (EXAMPLE: Son of a Witch (Wicked Years, #2)). You can only click on the link one time. 

10.5 – If You Can’t Go To The Beach…Bring The Beach To You
The economy is down and many people can’t afford to take a summer vacation away from home. So logically if you can’t go away you have to bring the destination to you and since the beach is probably the most popular destination for summer travelers that’s what we’ll do for this task by…Reading a book that has a beach scene on the cover.
EXAMPLE: Life's a Beach by Claire Cook 

10.6 – Stand Up For Your Rights
On August 6, 1965 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law a significant events in the civil rights movement. In honor of this event let’s read…A book (fiction or non-fiction) where someone faces discrimination (racial, gender, religious, age, sexual orientation etc.). (EXAMPLE: Shanghai Girls) 

10.7 – I Think We Can Handle The Truth
July 7th is Tell The Truth Day – In honor of this event read a book of non-fiction written by an author who also writes fiction (EXAMPLE: The Murder of King Tut).

10.8 – Under The Sea
On June 8, 1992 the first World Ocean Day is celebrated; coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To commemorate this event let’s read a book that has an ocean animal in the title (whales, dolphins, sharks etc.). (EXAMPLE: Songs of the Humpback Whale)

10.9 – “You Cannot Open A Book Without Learning Something.” – Confucius
School may be out for summer but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. For this task you will need to select a subject that you would like to learn more about (it can be any subject from history to cars to photography). Then you will need to read…
A.A non-fiction book related to your subject (EXAMPLE: For photography you could read…Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques)
OR
B.A fiction book were the main character does something related to your subject for a living (EXAMPLE: For photography you could read Chasing Cezanne: A Novel)

10.10 – Great Minds Think Alike
For this task we will find out if this saying is true when in comes to reading preferences. Go to the individual page for the last book you gave a 5 star rating to (i.e. if the last book you rated 5 stars was The Help by Kathryn Stockett you would go to this page The Help). Scroll down to the section for other reviews and click on the link for 5 stars…then click on the link to organize the list by date. Once you do that you will need to click on page 6,7, or 8 (if the book you use does not have that many pages of 5 stars use page 1-3) and select a person. Visit that persons profile and select another book (one that you haven’t read before) that they gave 5 stars to and that will be the book you need to read for this challenge task. 

15 POINT TASKS
15.1 – Wedding Bells Are Ringing
June is one of the most popular months for weddings and weddings as we all know are full of traditions. One of the most commonly followed of those traditions is for the bride to have “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue” on her wedding day. To honor that tradition…A. OLD – Read an old book (to qualify as an old book it must have been published before you were born). 
AND
B. NEW – Read a book written by a new author i.e. a book by an author you haven’t read previously.

BORROWED – One of the books above must be borrowed (from the library, from a friend or family member etc.)
BLUE – And the other book must either have a blue cover or the word blue in the title.

(I.E. You need to read an old book that is borrowed and a new book that is blue OR an old book that is blue and a new book that is borrowed.)

15.2 – Stars And Stripes Forever
In honor of America’s Independence Day (July 4th)…
A. Stars – Each star on the American flag stands for one of the 50 states in the nation…Read a book that has the name of a U.S. state in the title (EXAMPLE: Gods in Alabama)
AND
B. Stripes – Each of the 13 stripes on the American flag stands for one of the original 13 colonies (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island)…Read a book that takes place in one of these states (EXAMPLE: Most ofJanet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum books take place in New Jersey) 

For this task you must use a different state for part A and part B.

15.3 – Books And Blogs
Blogs have an important role in the world of books and reading today…they’ve even been the inspiration for books themselves (EXAMPLE: Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen). For this task read a book that has been featured on your favorite book/reading related blog. When you post this task include a link to the blog and a review of the book.

15.4 – Learn Your Numbers
Numerology is any of many systems, traditions or beliefs in a mystical or esoteric relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things. For this task we will need to go to this website Numerology and enter your First and Last name to find your magic number. Once you know your number you will need to read…
A. A book written by an author who has the same number as you. (EXAMPLE: My number is 6 and so is Joanna Trollope)
AND
B. A novel where a character demonstrates one or more of the characteristics of your number (EXAMPLE: 6’s characteristics are…Responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy…so I could read a book about a police officer or soldier because their duty is to protect.) Include a short explanation of how the character matches the characteristics in your post. A sentence or two would be sufficient.

15.5 – “The Great Authors Were Great Readers, And One Way To Understand Them Is To Read The Books They Read.” — Mortimer J. Adler
On this website (Top Ten Books) you will find a list of authors and their top 10 favorite books. For this task…Read a book written by one of these authors AND a book from their top 10 list. 

15.6 – “Eventually, All Things Merge Into One, And A River Runs Through It.” 
On July 6, 1942 – Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão found the mouth of the Congo River. In honor of this event in exploration history…
A. Read a novel that takes place in Portugal (EXAMPLE: A Small Death in Lisbon) OR a book written by a Portuguese Author (EXAMPLE: José Saramago) 
OR 
B.Read a novel that takes place in or a non-fiction book about one of the countries that the Congo flows through…
 Democratic Republic of the Congo (Pre-1997 it was known as Zaire) – (EXAMPLE: The Poisonwood Bible), (EXAMPLE: Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutus Zaire)
 Central African Republic – (EXAMPLE: Havoc) (EXAMPLE: Culture and Customs of the Central African Republic)
 Republic of the Congo – (EXAMPLE: Little Boys Come from the Stars) (EXAMPLE:Brazzaville Charms)
 Angola – (EXAMPLE: Heat of Passion) (EXAMPLE: Letters to Gabriella: Angola’s Last War for Peace, What the UN Did and Why)
 Zambia – (EXAMPLE: The Eye of the Leopard: A Novel) (EXAMPLE: Glimmers of Hope : A Memoir of Zambia) 
 Tanzania – (EXAMPLE: The Place of Lions) (EXAMPLE: The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior: An Autobiography) 
 Burundi – (EXAMPLE: The True Sources of the Nile) (EXAMPLE: Life After Violence: A People’s Story of Burundi) 
 Rwanda – (EXAMPLE: Speak Rwanda) (EXAMPLE: A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It) 
AND
C. Since the Congo is the second longest river in Africa – Read a book that is the second longest book written by an author of your choice. 

15.7 – “You Must Be The Change You Want To See In The World.”
June 7, 1893 marks the date of Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience. In memory of this event…
A.Read a novel that takes place in India (EXAMPLE: The God of Small Things), ORwritten by an author who was born in India (EXAMPLE: Aravind Adiga) , OR a non-fictional book about the country (EXAMPLE: In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India)
AND
B. Tell us about something you would like to change about the country/state/city where you live and what you have done or would do to see it changed. 

15.8 – “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…” 
You might need to do a little toiling for this task but I don’t think you will have too much trouble. On August 7,1606 William Shakespeare’s Macbeth was performed publicly for the first time (at the Great Hall at Hampton Court). In honor of this event and this famous line you will need to read 2 books that…

A. Have the same title but are written by different authors (EXAMPLE: Twilight ANDTwilight)
OR 
B. Have very similar covers…(EXAMPLE: Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert & Still Life A Novel by Joy Fielding) 

15.9 – “He Who Knows Others Is Wise. He Who Knows Himself Is Enlightened.” – Lao Tzu
In life more often than not we come to see ourselves in certain roles (the cheerleader, the jock, the nerd etc.) or titles if you will…for this task you will need to read…
A. A book whose title in someway reflects who you think you are; that describes you in someway. (EXAMPLES: A Hopeless Romantic, Company Man)
AND
B.Explain if and how the main character (presumably whom the title refers to) does or does not remind you of yourself. 

15.10 – “Other Things May Change Us, But We Start And End With Family.” – Anthony Brandt
Summertime is often the time when families get together to catch up on things so for this task let’s read….
A. A book that has the word Family in the title (EXAMPLE: The Swiss Family Robinson)OR a book with a specific family member in the title i.e. Sister, Brother, Cousin etc. (EXAMPLE: The Grandmothers)
AND
B. Tell the group at least one thing that you love about your own family or the family member from your title. 

20 POINT TASKS
20.1 – The Most Improved Player – Deirdre’s Task – Sweltering Summer Days
When I think of a hot summer day, I think of one of my favorite junk foods: ICE CREAM! Think of the name of your favorite ice cream, and read a book whose title contains at least one of the words from the ice cream name. For example, my favorite ice cream is White Chocolate Almond, so I could read The Devil in the White City , Like Water for Chocolate, The Almond Picker: A Novel, or White Chocolate Moments. The word in the book title should exactly match the word in the ice cream title, so I could NOT readChocolat. When you claim points, tell us what your favorite ice cream flavor is!20.2 – Rookie Of The Season – Kiri’s Task – A Trip To The Past
Ahhh Summer…Sun…Swimming…Travel…Vacation! Or more likely a staycation for some of us in these tough economic times. Who cares.. we have BOOKS! And one of the best things about books is that they can take us anyplace or for the purposes of this task…ANYWHEN! For this task you need to read a book that was either written OR takes place before 1450 AD. (Translations and Re-Tellings are acceptable).

Examples: Gilgamesh: A New English Version, The Tale of Genji, Lady of the Lotus,Njal’s Saga, The Prose Edda

Listopia Help: Medieval, Ancient, Best Books Of The 8th Century 

20.3 – Best Review Contest – Amanda VA’s Task – School May Be Out
School may be out, but that doesn’t mean we all have to read fluff all summer! Do some serious reading and select and complete one of the following options…

A.Read a Victorian Novel, which is one published during the reign of Queen Victoria of England, which was from 1837 to 1901 (EXAMPLE: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskellor Bleak House by Charles Dickens)
OR
B.Read at least 350 pages of works by any of the authors from the St. John’s College Reading List, from any year. Note that you don’t have to read the exact work on the list, and you don’t have to read all 350 pages from the same author. You can find the list here: 
St. John’s Reading List

20.4 – Always The Bridesmaid, Never The Bride – Shelley’s Task – Anniversary Gift
Summer is the time for weddings, which means that it is also the time for anniversaries. Use this list of anniversary gifts to find the traditional or modern gift that corresponds to the number of seasonal challenges that you have participated in (including this summer challenge).
This is our 9th Season so…
1st – Paper or Clocks
2nd – Cotton or China
3rd – Leather or Crystal/Glass
4th – Fruit/Flowers or Appliances
5th – Wood or Silverware
6th – Candy/Iron or Wood
7th – Wool/Copper or Desk Sets
8th – Bronze/Pottery or Linens/Lace
9th – Pottery/Willow or Leather

Then read a book with a gift that you could give for that anniversary in the title. For instance, this summer challenge is the 5th challenge that I (Shelley) am participating in, so I would read a book with a 5 year anniversary gift in the title, such A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (wood) or French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew(silverware).

Be as creative as you would be when choosing a gift!

20.5 – Just Joined In – Amber GA’s Task – Library Love
Read a book about librarians OR a library OR with the word “library” OR “librarian” in the title.

20.6 – Supporting Goodreads Authors – Nicole CA’s Task – List Maker
Must-Read lists abound. Let’s create our own! For this task, read a book that is at least 300 pages and tell us whether it is a must-read or not and why. 

20.7 – I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie – Dionisia’s Task – For Those We Love To Hate
Read a book written from a villain’s point of view. 

Examples:
The Talented Mr. Ripley
A Clockwork Orange
Darkly Dreaming Dexter

20.8 – Happy Birthday To You – Rhiannon’s Task (July 21st) – B&N Classics
For this task you need to read a book off the Barnes and Noble classic list. Classics

20.9 – Luck Of The Draw – Terri’s Task – The Spirit of Independence
In honor of Independence Day – Let’s honor the independents as well. 
A. Read one book from The Indies Choice Awards
AND
B. Watch an Independent Film Spirit Award Winner or Nominee 

20.10 – Group Reads
Read One Of The Following Group Read Selections And Make At Least One Post In The Discussion Thread.
A. Books About Books – The Book Thief
B. Sci-Fi/Fantasy – The Hunger Games 
C. Mystery – The ABC Murders 

25 POINT TASKS

25.1 – Valorie’s Task – Independence Day
In honor U.S. Independence Day (July 4th)…
A. Read a book with a character that is in the military or retired from the military. EXAMPLE: Articles of War
AND
B.Read a book of your choice with a Blue, Red, or White cover. 
(EXAMPLE: Come the Spring (Rose, #5) by Julie Garwood)

Please post cover when you post your task.

25.2 – Coralie’s Task – Q & A
For this task you will need to select one of the following options…
A. Read a book with the word WHERE in the title AND a book with a place name in the title.
B. Read a book with the word WHEN in the title AND a book with a time or date in the title.
C. Read a book with the word WHO in the title AND a book with a person’s name in the title.
D. Read a book with the word HOW in the title AND a book with an adverb in the title.
E. Read a book with the word WHY in the title AND a book with the word BECAUSE in the title. 

EXAMPLES
A. Where the Heart Is & The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam
B. When You Are Engulfed in Flames & 1984
C. The Girl Who Played with Fire & Jane Eyre
D. How to Be Good & Quietly in Their Sleep
E. Thirteen Reasons Why & Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart

25.3 – Jennifer N’S Task – Virtual Foreign Vacation 
Summer is traditionally the time of year for family vacations. It is not always feasible to go to the places you wish to see, so for this task..

A. Read a fictional book that takes place in a country that you have always wanted to visit but have never had the chance to.
Example: If I have always wanted to visit France I could read The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
AND
B. Read a book that was originally written in a foreign language.
Example: My (Jennifer’s) native language is English so I could read A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz which was originally written in Hebrew.

Part B does not have to be the language that is spoken in Part A.

25.4 – Nicole OH’s Task – Happy Birthday to Me!
In honor of my (Nicole’s) July 10th birthday:

A. Read a book by a writer who is a Cancer (June 21-July 22)
AND
B. Read a book that has a NOUN in the title. This noun MUST appear on page 31 of your Part A book (I am turning 31 this summer).

Example: I can read Decreation by Anne Carson (who was born June 21st). The NOUN “husband” appears on page 31 of that book. So for my second book I can read Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart.

25.5 – Helen’s Task – Share the Summer Love
For all us booklovers, summer is a great time of year to relax with our favorite reads. In this task, share your love of your favorites with us. Read two (2) books:

A. One from your favorite genre/type.
B. One from your second favorite genre/type.
C. Write a short review for each and an explanation of why your like that genre/type.

Note: This is free form. You can define the genre/type however you want. Just share it with us when you post. For example:

For A, I (Helen) love historical fiction so will probably read An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon. I love being able to live history through the eyes of a strong character. It makes the time period and the events more real.

For B, I love SciFi/Fantasy and will probably read To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. The ability to see beyond current reality and describe those visions in book form is incredible. I am sampling some of the older Hugo Award winners.

25.6 – Ashley FL’S Task – “Summer Lovin”
“Everyone has songs that make them think of summer. Pick one of your favorite summer songs and read a book related to it. It can be related in one of the following ways: 

A. Singer or songwriter or member of the band wrote the book. OR
B. Biography or autobiography of the singer or songwriter or member of the band. OR
C. Book has the same topic as the song (this needn’t be exact, but should be pretty close). OR
D. Title of the book is also lyrics in the song.

When you claim points for this task, please identify the song, the connection to the book, and you must say why it reminds you of summer.

(Example: The song “One Particular Harbor” by Jimmy Buffett is one of my (Ashley’s) favorite summer songs. So I (Ashley) might read A Salty Piece of Land (a novel by Jimmy Buffett), A Pirate Looks at Fifty (an autobiographical memoir), One Particular Harbor(book has same title as song), Too Much Stuff: De-cluttering Your Heart And Home(“too much stuff” is a significant phrase in the song), or any book about someone domesticated after years of wandering the world (same theme as the song).

Books may be fiction or non-fiction, but not children’s books or juvenile fiction.

25.7 – Wendy’s Task – I’m Passionate About…
For this task you will need to read…
A. A non-fiction book about a subject that you are passionate about. (EXAMPLE: If your passion is travel you could read The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World) 
AND
B. A fictional book that includes your passion in the title. (EXAMPLE: Gulliver’s Travels) 

Be sure to identify what your passion is in your post.

25.8 – Sandy’s Task – Once Upon A Time…
There was a time in nearly every child’s life where they believed in the tooth fairy…and so to celebrate this childhood icon August 22 has been named National Tooth Fairy Day.

In honor of the tooth fairy, read one or more books (totaling at least 400 pages) of fairy tales, books based on traditional fairy tales (EXAMPLE: Snow White And Rose Red byPatricia C. Wrede), or adult or YA books specifically about the tooth fairy (EXAMPLE: The Tooth Fairy: A Novel by Graham Joyce).

For interesting information about the elements of a “fairy tale,” see…Fairy Tales Defined
For a more exhaustive discussion, see…Wikipedia Entry For Fairy Tales

25.9 – Donna Jo’s Task – It’s Time For The Swim Suit Edition.
Pick one of the following swim suit styles to fit your reading type.

A. Tank Suit – Read 1 book of at least 850 pages.
B. Bikini – Read 2 books totaling at least 850 pages and first published in 1946 (date of first named bikini) or later.
C. Tankini – Read 850 pages of book(s) published in last 5 years.
D. Victorian (The kind with sleeves, skirt & bloomers.) – Read 850 pages of book(s) published between 1834 and 1901.

25.10 – Belinda’s Task – Let’s Play The Name Game
A. For the first half of the task, read any book you like of at least 100 pages. 
AND
B. For the second half of the task read another book (of at least 100 pages) whose author’s first or last name, is the same as the last name of the author of the book you read for the first half of the task. 

EXAMPLES
Anita Shreve & Susan Richards Shreve
OR
Alice Walker & Walker Percy 

30 POINT TASKS

30.1 – Ms Anderson’s Task – Birthdays and Birthmonths
Since roughly 90% of the people in my (Ms. Anderson’s) life were born in June, I thought it would be fun to do a task related to birthdays!

For your first book, pick out your birthday month from this list and read a NONFICTIONbook about that topic.

January: Architecture (EXAMPLE: The Architecture of Happiness)
February: Polygamy (EXAMPLE: Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs) 
March: Musical Theater (EXAMPLE: Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theater) 
April: Disasters, Natural or Man-made (EXAMPLE: Catastrophe! The 100 Greatest Disasters of All Time) 
May: Amusement Parks (EXAMPLE: The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements)
June: South America (EXAMPLE: Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left) 
July: Body Art (EXAMPLE: Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing) 
August: Occultism (EXAMPLE: The New Encyclopedia of the Occult)
September: Everyday Objects (EXAMPLE: The Whatchamacallit: Those Everyday Objects You Just Can’t Name) 
October: Hundred Years’ War (EXAMPLE: The Last Crusaders: The Hundred-Year Battle for the Center of the World) 
November: Video Games (EXAMPLE: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon–The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World) 
December: History of Language (EXAMPLE: Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World) 

For your second book, find out what day of the week on which you were born (if you don’t know already) and read a FICTION book from that genre.

Sunday: Noir (or Hard-Boiled) Mystery (EXAMPLE: Let’s All Kill Constance) 
Monday: Novel in Verse (EXAMPLE: Eugene Onegin) 
Tuesday: Alternate History (EXAMPLE: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union) 
Wednesday: Fanfiction (Many websites exist with examples of fanfiction)
Thursday: Dystopia (EXAMPLE: Fahrenheit 451)
Friday: Western (EXAMPLE: A Century of Great Western Stories)
Saturday: Sports (EXAMPLE: The End of Baseball: A Novel)

Note: The books are two distinct categories, so therefore do not need to be related at all.

30.2 – PJ Read’s Task – As Suggested By Shannon South Africa – For The Children
The Summer Challenge starts on 1 June, and 1 June 2010 is International Children’s Day. 
A.Read a children’s classic book (EXAMPLE: Peter Pan) AND either pass it on, or recommend it to a child (give details when you claim your points). 
AND
B. Read any book where a child is the main character. (EXAMPLE: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)
Both books must be at least 100 pages.

30.3 – Sheila’s Task – An Ode To Illinois
A. I have lived in Illinois (The Land of Lincoln) my entire life so for that reason, I would have everyone…Read a book about Abraham Lincoln (A. Lincoln: A Biography) or his wife Mary Todd Lincoln (The Emancipator’s Wife).
AND
B. When people think Illinois they think Chicago: Read a book with Chicago in the title (The Chicago Way) or a book that takes place in Chicago (The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America).
OR
C. Chicago is famous for talk show host Oprah Winfrey: Read something from her book club picks over the years. Oprah’s Book Club Picks

30.4 – Cheryl TX’s Task – The Science Of Crime
For this task you will need to read two medical or forensic thrillers/mysteries…one by a male author (EXAMPLE: No Certain Rest: A Novel) AND one by a female author (EXAMPLE: Harvest).

30.5 – DLM Rose’s Task – Virtual Block Party
Summer in my (DLM Rose’s) neighborhood means potluck barbecues where each family brings a dish to share.
Identify your signature dish – it can be a food or beverage (someone needs to bring the margaritas!)
Choose 2:
A. Read a fiction book with a food or beverage in the title – the item could be the dish itself 
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder or or an ingredient in your dish such as Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange: A Novel (for those margaritas!).
B. Read a novel with recipes (EXAMPLE:Like Water for Chocolate). 
C. Read a food-related non-fiction book (non-cookbook). (EXAMPLE: The End of Food)
D. Read a cookbook related to your dish. (EXAMPLE: Margaritas, Mojitos & More)

Include your contribution to the party in your post, and let us know what makes your recipe stand out. 

50 POINT TASKS
50.1 – Beth NC’s Task – Let the Tarot Decide 
The most common tarot spread is the three card Past/Present/Future. Building on that, 
Pick a book that is in a friends Read Bookshelf(Past), 
AND 
a Book that is in a friends Currently Reading Bookshelf(Present), 
AND 
a Book that is in a friends To-Read shelf(Future). 
They do not have to all be from the same friend. 
This is a total of 3 books.