Summer 2011

5 POINT TASKS

5.1. At the Shore. Read a book set primarily on an island or at the seashore or a lakeshore. Here’s a list to help you get started. Down by the Sea. 
The usual caution applies to using Goodreads lists – they can give you some good ideas, but the books listed may not actually fit the task so you need to exercise judgment.

For the purposes of this task, an island refers to tracts of land surrounded by water, typically with beaches or rocky shores. It does not include countries, though technically islands, not commonly identified as “island”: England, Australia, etc. Some locations within these countries may apply: ex. Australia’s Norfolk Island. Please ask if you are unsure. 

For the “shore,” think beach.

5.2. Sun, Sea and PIRATES! Read a book about pirates. Here are a couple lists to help you get started: Pirates and Historical Pirate Romance Books 

5.3. The Dog Days of Summer. Read a book with the word “dog” in the title or a picture of a dog on the cover. The use of subtitles is optional. REQUIRED For the cover option, please post a link to the cover (preferred) or to the book.

5.4. S U M M M M M M E R. The word “summer” has the letter “m” repeated, consecutively. Read a book whose title or author has the same letter repeated consecutively in one word of the title or in one of the author’s names. The letters must appear in the same word of the title or author’s name. The use of subtitles is optional.
Examples: The Forgotten Garden, Lorrie Moore

5.5. Maple Leaf Rag. July 1 is Canada Day and July 15 is Respect Canada Day. Read a book set in Canada or by a Canadian author. 

5.6. As American As…. baseball, hot dogs and apple pie on the 4th of July. Read a book with one of the words “baseball,” “hot,” “dogs,” “apple,” or “pie” in the title, or a picture of a baseball, baseball player, baseball game,baseball bat, a hot dog, or a pie or piece of pie on the cover. The use of subtitles is optional. REQUIRED For the cover option, please post a link to the cover (preferred) or to the book.

5.7. Don’t Stop Reading. Since school’s out, it’s a great time to read a good book. Read a book from The Ultimate Teen Reading List 
(NOTE: There are many books on this list that would not be considered YA books or books specifically geared to teens)

5.8. But No Shoplifting! To help you save $$$ for your vacation, this task requires you to read a book that was free to you – for instance, borrowed from the library or a friend, a free ebook download, a gift. REQUIRED:In your post, you must tell how you got the book you read.

5.9. The Long and the Short of It. Read a short book (100-200 pages) with a long title (5 or more words) or a long book (400 or more pages) with a short title (fewer than 5 words). The use of subtitles is optional, but all words used must appear in the Goodreads title/subtitle.

5.10. Summer Fun. Read a book that makes you smile, giggle, or laugh out loud! Looking for ideas? Try Best Humorous Books. Or, try this to get lots of lists: GR Lists of Humorous Books 

10 POINT TASKS

10.1 — For Real? “Steampunk is…a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a nostalgia for what never was.” ~ George Mann
Everything is not always what it seems. For this task, read a book with the genre steampunk, alternate (or alternative) history, or speculative fiction listed on the book’s home page. Ex: The Golden Compass, Soulless, The Eyre Affair, What Ifs? Of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

10.2 — Phone Home E.T. the movie premiered on June 11th, 1982. Read a book that involves extraterrestrial beings on Earth or humans that have traveled outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Required: If the connection is not obvious from the GR’s description, explain how the book fits the task when you post. Ex: Across the Universe, I Am Number Four, Contact

10.3 — Spare Me Read a book that is set (at least partially) in a place you really don’twant to visit. Required: State where it is you don’t want to go and why when you post. Examples: Deception Point set in the Arctic (too cold), Hell set in Hell (too hot), The Silence of the Lambs set in a high-security facility for the criminally insane (I never, ever want to find myself in a prison cell next to Hannibal Lecter), A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean set in the Caribbean (I don’t like sand in my bikini).

10.4 — Here Kitty, Kitty August 8 is World Cat Day. Read a book with a cat on the cover, the word “Cat” or the name of a type of cat in the title, or a plot where a cat plays a major role. Humans that shift into cats will work, too. Words in the title must be spelled like the cat’s name (i.e., Lion will work, Lyon will not). Plurals and possessives are fine. Diminutives will work (i.e., kitty, kitten, etc.). Ex: Homer’s Odyssey, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Kitty and the Midnight HourRequired: If the connection is not obvious from the GR’s description, explain how the book fits the task when you post. 

10.5 — What’s Next? Choose a 5-star book from your GR read shelf. Go to What Should I Read Next? and type in the title (DO NOT hit enter!). Choose the correct title from the list that appears below the box. If the title appears more than once, choose the one closest to the top. Choose a book from the generated list to read. Required: Include the title of the 5-star book you chose from your GR shelf when you post. 

10.6 — Gay Pride June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Read a book where one of the main characters is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered OR read a book with the word “rainbow” in the title. Ex: Middlesex, The Hours, Sing You Home, Boy Meets Boy,Gravity’s Rainbow, Rainbow Valley. Goodreads has many GLBT lists. As with all lists, be careful. Make sure the book you choose really does fit the task. If you have any question, ask in the appropriate task help thread. Required: If the connection to the task is not obvious in the GRs description of the book, state how the book fits the task when you post.

10.7 — It’s Been a Year Already??!! My how time flies…. At the top of your GRs page, click on Explore –> Popular. Scroll down to “New Releases this Year” and click on “More New Releases this Year” below the book covers. On the right-hand side of your screen, click on the box that says “by month.” Change the year to 2010. Change the month to June. Click View. This will bring up the 200 most popular books published in June 2010. To get to July and August, just hit next in the “by month” box. Choose a book from the June 2010, July 2010, or August 2010 list that you’ve never read before.Required: State which month the book you chose came from and what number it was. NOTE: We’ve noticed some inaccuracies in the publication dates on the lists, but if a book appears on one of the lists you can use it.

10.8 — Baby, It’s Hot Outside! Read a book with a cover that is predominately made up of hot colors (red, orange, yellow). Required: Include the cover or a link to the cover in your post. Examples: 
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett The Help by Kathryn Stockett Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins Watchmen by Alan Moore Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Great House by Nicole Krauss The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

10.9 — Around the Campfire Summer is the time for camping. Camping and ghost stories go hand in hand. Read a scary book, a collection of spooky stories, or a book with a ghost or a haunted house in it. Ex: The Haunting of Hill House, The Amityville Horror,Northern Haunts] 

10.10 — Gimme S’more Speaking of camping… August 10 is National S’mores Day. Read s’more by an author you’ve read before. No rereads allowed. 

15 Point Tasks

15.1- Beware of Thorns- June is National Rose Month. 
Read ONE book that fits TWO of these options:
A. has a rose(s) or rose petals on the cover Required: Please post a link to the cover (preferred) or the book. 
B. has “Rose” in the title- possessives, plurals and compound words are okay ex. The Fire Rose, Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles 
C. has a main character/subject named Rose- first or last name, variations are okay- Rosa, Rosemary, etc. Required: Please identify the character/subject when you post 
D. is written by an author named Rose; first or last name, variations are okay. ex. Rose Tremain, Rosemary Clement-Moore, M.J. Rose, Charley Rosen, Roslyn Hardy Holcomb,Rosamunde Pilcher

Ex. Roses by Leila Meacham, The Splendour Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
OR 
Read TWO books that fit any of the options above. For this task, you MAY use the same option twice. 

Required: Please identify the option you used when you post.

15.2 Summer Stock Read TWO books, one A and one B
A Read a biography/autobiography/memoir of an actor, actress, or entertainment celebrity or a novel with a main character that is an actor, actress, or entertainment celebrity
AND 
B Read a play at least 80 pages long

15.3 In The Eurozone The Euro is used by 327 million Europeans, but not all European nations use this currency.
Read TWO books:
ONE set in or written by an author who was born in or currently resides in a 
country that uses the Euro: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Vatican City 
AND 
ONE set in or written by an author who was born in or currently resides in a 
country that does not use the Euro: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Bulgaria, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom 
Required: Please identify the two countries used when you post

15.4 Summer Shorts- Read ONE anthology or collection of essays, short stories, poems, or novellas by several contributing authors ex. Love at First Bite, Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction
Or 
Read TWO anthologies or collections each by a single author. Each book may be by a different author or you may use the same author for both books.
Ex. Smoke and Mirrors AND Men of the Otherworld, 
The MacKade Brothers: Rafe and Jared AND The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shaneboth by Nora Roberts

15.5 Mind the Gap- Read a book from a series that is NOT the first or the last published. The series should be comprised of at least 3 published books by the same author with continuing elements (characters and/or setting, plot device) in any genre. The book should be identified as part of a series on GoodReads (“Series Name #.). 

15.6 Speak English! There can be quite a difference between American English and British English- learn a “foreign” language at Effingpot.com. Select one of the 7 categories: Slang, People, Motoring, Clothing, Around the House, Food & Drink, Odds & Sods and select a word or phrase. Read a book with that word or phrase in the title. Plurals, possessives, and variations are ok. ex. Jumper- Another word for sweater, The Smoke Jumper, Lift- elevator Lift: A Memoir, ladybird- ladybug Ladybird, LadybirdRequired: Please identify the word or phrase when you post

15.7 The Readers Have Chosen- Read a book that won or was nominated for the 2010 goodreads Choice Awards . The book may be from any category, but please identify the category when you post. Standard book guidelines (length, etc.) apply.

15.8 Up In the Air- Every country has an Airline Country Code. Using this list ofEuropean Country Codes, read a book by an author whose initials match one of these country codes. The initials should appear consecutively. ex. William Makepeace Thackeray= WMT works for MT= Malta, C.S. Lewis= CSL works for CS = Serbia.Required: Please identify the country and the code when you post.

15.9 Pulling Weeds- Sort your “To Read” shelf by average rating ascending (lowest to highest) Read one of the 50 books on your “To Read” shelf added before 5/21 with the lowest rating. If you do not have 50 or more books available on your Goodreads “To Read” shelf, you may read a book using your personal Goodreads ratings average as a guide. The book should have a rating at or below your average rating at the time you select your book. Your Goodreads average rating statistic can be found on your profile page beneath your avatar. Required: Please state which method you chose and your average rating if using that selection method

15.10 Summertime, And the Reading is Easy- Read any book you choose. Standard book guidelines (length, etc.) apply. 

20 POINT TASKS

20.1 Most Improved Player – Ashley FL’s task: Birthday Time!
My birthday is during the Summer Reading Challenge. In honor of birthdays, read one book that satisfies one of the following criteria (using my birthday, August 6th, by way of example): 

1. Read a book that has the month of your birthday in the title or in the author’s name. (So I could read Light in August or anything by August Wilson). Plurals and possessives (ex. , Three Junes and July’s People) are fine, but compound words or a month as a part of a word will not work (i.e. Middlemarch and Maya Angelou = no) This list might help –Months of the Year; 

OR 

2. Read a book that has the number of your birth day (numeric or ordinal) in the title (So I could read The 6th Target). The numbers may be spelled out, too. Examples: [[book:Hot Six|6858] or The Sixth Wife would work. The number must be a part of the book’s title, subtitle, or series name (as listed on GRs) to count (i.e., the fact that the book is the sixth book in a series would not count). You might find some ideas here:Nothing but Numbers; 

OR 

3. Read a book that was first published in the year in which you were born (you’ll have to admit the year if you choose this option!) (being born in 1970, I could read books off this list Popular books published in 1970) 

OR

4. Read a book that has your astrological sign in the title or in the author’s name (being a Leo, I could read Welcome to Leo’s or anything by Leo Tolstoy). For the purposes of this task, we will be using Western astrology signs and their associated dates. Plurals and possessives will work, but no other variations will be accepted. Titles, subtitles, or series names that include the word “zodiac” will work as well. Example: Zodiac, The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac #1). This list might help: When the Moon Is in the Seventh House…” As with all GRs lists, be careful to make sure the book you choose actually fits the task. If you’re not sure, please ask.

Series titles are OK IF the series title is used in the Goodreads entry for the book.

Required: State with option you chose when you post.

20.2 Rookie at the Top – Nickboy’s task: NETHERLANDS Is an Eleven Letter Word
The monarchy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is designated the House of Orange. The general populace of the Netherlands has adopted the color orange as a symbol of national pride. I’ve never been to the Netherlands but on cool evenings I proudly sport a bright orange scarf which a friend from Amsterdam gave to me. It has the word HOLLAND stencilled across it in an Old English font, all black caps. 

Sooooooooo…. 

For this task, you may choose one of two options: 

Option A. Read a book with a word in the title or subtitle (but not series title) that is eleven or more letters in length. (Hyphenated words not allowed.) 
OR 
Option B. Read a book with one of the following words in the title, as an homage to my Dutch scarf: 
Kingdom, Dutch, orange, Holland, scarf, Amsterdam, English – plurals are the only allowed exceptions.

Required: State with option you chose when you post.

20.3 Best Review Contest – Sera’s task: Happy, Happy, Happy
The Secret Society of Happy People, established in 1998, celebrates “Admit You’re Happy Day” on August 8. The purpose of the group is to find joy in what makes you and others happy and to not to rain on other people’s parades. 

For this task, identify something that makes you happy, then read a fiction or non-fiction book where that thing is the focal point of the story, narrative, or of a primary character in the book. Book about happiness in general will work, too. Examples: The Happiness Project, Stumbling on Happiness, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. The book you read must be a least 250 pages long. 

Required: Identify the inspiration for your book choice when you post. 

Optional: The SOHP claims that relationships make people most happy. Pick an activity to build your relationship with someone you know in a positive way and then share it with the group. 

20.4 Author, Author – Isabell’s task: Focus on My Favorite Goodreads Author 
Tamora Pierce’s books got me into reading when I was younger and I still love them. So this task will be dedicated to her different Tortall books. To find out on which series your book for this task will be based, roll a die (hit “Roll Again” one time) and pick the option matching the number you rolled. 

For the options that require certain words in the title, plurals or possessives are acceptable, but no compound words or other variations. 

1. The Song of the Lioness: Alanna trains to be a knight. She is also a mage. Read a book set in medieval times or in which magic plays an important role or that has one of the following words in the title: magic, mage, witch, castle, knight, king, queen, middle, age or medieval. “Medieval times” for the purpose of this task is defined as being set during the timeframe between 400 and 1500 AD. 

2. The Immortals: Daine, also known as the Wildmage, has strong magical powers with animals. Read a book in which an animal plays a major role or which has one of the following creatures on the cover or in the title: horse, dog, wolf, squirrel, basilisk, dragon, dinosaur, ape, hyena or a kind of bird. 

3. The Protector of the Small: Kel follows in Alanna’s footsteps and trains as a knight, but unlike Alanna she doesn’t hide her sex and has to prove to everyone that she is as good as any boy. Read a book featuring a strong female heroine (if you choose this option please say how the heroine in the book is “strong” when you post the task) or a book written by a female author. 

4. The Trickster’s: Aly, the daughter of a spymaster, is kidnapped and finds herself in a foreign land, where she is enlisted by the Trickster God to help him in a rebellion. Read a book in which a main character finds himself in a foreign country (or foreign land), works as a spy or is part of a rebellion. Alternatively you may also read a book with the words spy, country, land, foreign, god, rebel, rebellion or rising in the title. 

5. The Provost’s Dog: Beka works as a “Dog”, member of the police force, in the Lower City, which is the poorest part of the city. Read a mystery, a book with the focus on crime or a book centering on someone struggling to make their living or otherwise considered poor. 

6. Get lucky and choose any option you like from the above.

Required: State what number you rolled and how your book fits the task when you post. 

20.5 Bigger is Better – Sue T’s task: Family Reunion
Summer is often the time when families get together for reunions. It is a great time to reminisce about the past. Read one (min 200 pg) of the following: 
A. A non-fiction book about genealogy. This list might help: Most Useful Genealogy Books. OR 
B. A fictional “family saga” book. To qualify at least two generations must be major characters. This list might give you some ideas: Family Saga. However, as with all GRs lists, be sure the book you choose actually fits the task. If you’re unsure, ask. OR
C. A fictional book set your local area or region. OR
D. A novel where one of the characters is researching their family history. It could be a character doing genealogical research or one trying to find a birth parent or absent/unknown parent or one trying to uncover a family secret. Examples: Blue Dahlia,Body Double, Serendipity: A Novel OR
E. A non-fiction book about the history of your local area OR the area where your family came from. OR
F. A novel set where someone in your family lives/lived. 

Required: State with option you chose and how your book fits the task when you post.

20.6 Seasoned Reader – Heather KS’s task: Summer Reading
Reading is a big part of all of my other summer activities. For this task, read a book while doing your favorite summer activities. For example, float in the pool and read, read at a little league game (just do like me and look up when your son is batting!), read on a fishing trip, read while hanging out in the backyard, read (or listen) to a book in the car. You do not have to finish the book in one sitting, and you can combine places to finish the book. 
Required: Post the place(s) or activities where you read.

20.7 Shorter is Sweeter – Sandy MN’s task: A Trip to the Past
My absolute favorite genre is Historical Fiction. Wikipedia defines it as follows: ‘”Historical Fiction tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real and drawn from history, and often contains actual historical persons, but the principal characters tend to be fictional. Writers of stories in this genre, while penning fiction, attempt to capture the manners and social conditions of the persons or time(s) presented in the story, with due attention paid to period detail and fidelity.” 

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. Historical Romance will also work for this task. Examples: The Help, Gone With the Wind, A Great and Terrible Beauty, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Number the Stars

Here are three lists to give you more ideas: Best Historical Fiction,href=”http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/91… Fiction, andhref=”http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/70… Fiction 2011 

Enjoy your trip to the past! 

20.8 It’s My Birthday – Riona’s task: Female Authors of Sci-Fi
In addition to the Seasonal Reading Challenge, I have my own personal ongoing quest to read as much science fiction as possible written by female authors. Women don’t get much publicity in this genre, and as a result they are highly underrepresented, but since I’ve started looking I have discovered some fantastic novels that compare with and even surpass the male-dominated classics. 

For this task, join me on my mission and read a science fiction novel written by a female author. The genre “Science Fiction” should appear on the book’s home page. If you need help, here is a great list: Science Fiction Books by Female Authors I have also compiled a shelf for my own reference, which you can feel free to browse: Female Sci-Fi

20.9 – Lucky Me! – Kate.x.’s task: Summerthing Better
Everyone always seems to feel better in the summer. But maybe we can make that better feeling last all year round. For this task, read a non-fiction book on a subject that you think you need to improve on to feel better. For me this would be either a healthy eating book or a finance guide as these are the two areas of my life I think I need to sort out. So, for example, I could read Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating or The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. Books that teach you how to eat healthy, improve your fitness level, sort out your personal finance, be a better parent, tackle time management, or overcome fears that hold you back would all be appropriate.
Required: Explain how your book fits the task 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. 
A. Paranormal Romance: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
B. Historical Fiction with female protagonist in an unconventional profession: Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran 
C. Inspirational/Christian Fiction: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig 

25 POINT TASKS

25.1 — Denise NC’s task: Tennis, Anyone? 
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are held every summer in London. I don’t have a clue how to play tennis and I don’t typically watch tennis events, but there’s something about Wimbledon that draws me in and I find myself watching multiple matches every year. For this task, you will read two books. 

Book 1 – Read a book (fiction or non-fiction) that contains one of the following tennis related words in its title or subtitle (but not series name): ace, break, court, deuce, doubles, fault, game, match, point, racket (racquet), set, stroke, tennis. Possessives, plurals, and compound words are okay. 

Book 2 – Read a biography, autobiography, memoir, or novel featuring a professional tennis player. A pro tennis player is defined as someone who makes money playing tennis (a tennis instructor would work, for example). The GR list, Books on Tennis, might help. As with all GR lists, make sure the book really does fit the task before claiming points for it. Required: If the connection is not obvious from the title, please briefly explain the connection in your post.

25.2 – BJ Rose’s task: Pulitzer Winners Past & Present 
Before Joseph Pulitzer died 100 years ago, he established the endowment for the Pulitzer Prize, which was first awarded in 1917. When establishing the endowment, he stated the standards that were to be used in judging:
“Put it before them briefly so they will read it,
clearly so they will appreciate it,
picturesquely so they will remember it, and
above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”

The prize is awarded yearly in these 6 categories for books:
Biography or Autobiography
Drama
Fiction (called Novel from 1917-1947)
General Non-fiction
History
Poetry

For this task, choose 2 different categories listed above. Go tohttp://www.pulitzer.org/bycat – the categories are listed under Letters, Drama, and Music (but music & journalism do not qualify for this task). Then choose one Pulitzer Prize winning book from each of two categories (Novel and Fiction are the same category – it was renamed in 1948). This task applies only to Pulitzer Winners. 100+ page rule applies (but you may read more than one Prize winner to reach 100 pages if necessary).Required: When you post, state which categories you chose, and the year in which each book won.

25.3 – Sandy’s task: The Ice Cream Truck 
One of my favorite childhood memories of summer is the Ice Cream Truck. In our neighborhood, the Ice Cream Truck came twice a day, once in the daytime and once in the early evening. For this task, visit the Ice Cream Truck twice, and choose a treat each time. Since this is your treat, you can choose to get different treats each time, or stick to one favorite. Either fiction or non-fiction is fine. Required: In your post, you must specify the treats you chose. 

1. Bubble Gum Bar – read a YA book. To determine whether the book fits the task, look at the list of genres on the right side of the main book page – if the book is shelved on “Young Adult,” “YA,” “Teen,” or a similar shelf, it works for this task. 

2. Cotton Candy Bar – read a book set at or featuring a carnival, fair, circus, etc. Examples: Water for Elephants,The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Something Wicked This Way Comes 

3. Scribblers – read a biography of an author or a book in which a significant character is an author. Examples: Misery, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee 

4. Rainbow Snow Cone – read a book in which a significant character is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered. For lists and ideas, check out the help thread for Task 10.6. 

5. Bullet Firecracker Pop – read a crime/mystery book 

6. Pink Panther Pop – read a book that was made into a movie. Examples: Girl with a Pearl Earring, Gone With the Wind, The Firm

7. Jolly Rancher Ice Pop – read a humorous book 

8. Big Dipper Cone – read a science fiction/fantasy book 

9. Push Up Pop – read a book about sports or in which a significant character is involved in sports (an athlete, sports agent, etc.)

25.4 – Jenn Renee’s task: Color Me Happy…… 
Color is beautiful, fun, and inspiring. Let’s celebrate color! 
Roll 1 die 1 time to find your color: 
1. Red (Pink, Scarlet, Crimson, Ruby, Maroon, Poppy) 
2. Orange (Tangerine, Peach, Apricot, Pumpkin, Carrot, Coral,) 
3. Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Amber, Saffron, Chiffon, Buttercup) 
4. Green (Olive, Fern, Forest, Pine, Hunter, Jade) 
5. Blue (Azure, Denim, Sky, Cyan, Cobalt, Indigo, Sapphire) 
6. Purple (Plum, Iris, Violet, Orchid, Lilac, Mauve, Periwinkle) 

Choose 2 different options for this task and read one book for each option:
1. Read a book with a cover that is primarily the color you rolled. Required: If you choose this option, you must include the cover or a link to the book in your post.
2. Read a book with the color you rolled in the title. The shades listed in parentheses will work, too. Plurals of will be accepted, but compound words will not work. 
3. Read a book with the color you rolled in the author’s first or last name. The shades listed in parentheses will work, too. As long as the color is contained within the name in its entirety, it will be accepted. (EX: Greenfeld would work for green. Goldman would work for yellow.)
4. Read a book in which the main character’s name is the same as the color you rolled.The shades listed in parentheses will work, too.
5. Read a book in the Genre represented by the color you rolled. 
Red for Love – Romance 
Orange for Caution- Suspense/Thriller 
Yellow for Happy- Humorous or Inspirational 
Green for Lively – Action/Adventure 
Blue for Mysterious- Mystery 
Purple for Magical- Fantasy/Paranormal 

Required: State which options you chose when you post.

25.5 – Christine US’s task: U.S. Patriots 
This past spring, I joined the Daughters of the American Revolution – which is a group dear to me for the work they do with our veterans. Because of that, we’re going to focus on the main purposes of the group: honoring our forefathers, and celebrating and appreciating our military/veterans. 

Book 1: My Patriot (my American Revolution ancestor) was a member of the Pennsylvania militia. For this task, read a book by an author born in PA. This list might help – Pennsylvania Authors. However, make sure the author you pick was born in PA. Your author doesn’t have to be on this list, but if they are not – you must provide information that the moderators can use to verify their place of birth. 

Book 2: Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, with a main character that is (or was) a U.S. military service member. The book does not have to be set in the U.S. (for example, The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat would work), and they do not have to be actively involved in a war-time or military action during the book. Examples of acceptable books: It Doesn’t Take a Hero: The Autobiography of General Norman Schwarzkopf,Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam, SSEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, The Unsung Hero,Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, These Is My Words, The Things They Carried, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit
Required: If it is not obvious from the GR description that there is a service member in the book, then you are required to explain the connection for the moderators.

25.6 – Gayla’s task: European Landmarks 
Europe is full of well-known landmarks. I hope to visit Europe one day and see them for myself. For now, however, I will have to content myself with seeing them through books. 

For this task, choose two different European destinations from this list and “visit” them by reading a book appropriate to the setting, as described below. 

1. The Louvre is one of the great art museums of the world. To visit it, read a book about art history, a biography of an artist, or a novel that features an artist as a major character. For the purposes of this task, an “artist” is defined as a visual artist who creates a type of art that could plausibly be part of a Louvre exhibit (i.e., a painter, photographer, or sculptor would work). These lists might help (but, as with all GR lists, be sure the book you pick actually fits the task. If you’re unsure, ask.) – Art & Artists in Fiction, Art in Books
2. Westminster Abbey is the burial place of many of the most well-known and accomplished Britons, including such diverse people as Charles Dickens, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Neville Chamberlain. To visit Westminster Abbey, read a book by or about one of the people buried in Westminster Abbey. See this list for ideas: People buried at Westminster Abbey (click on Westminster Abbey). Novels that center on one of these people, such as Wolf Hall, are acceptable. 
3. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the site of one of the great miscalculations of history; it leans because someone didn’t do his math properly. To visit The Leaning Tower of Pisa, read a book about math, a biography of a mathematician, or a novel that features math in some way. Examples: An Abundance of Katherines, A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
4. The Cologne Cathedral is one of the largest and most beautiful churches in the world. Visit it by reading a book about religious history, a biography of a religious leader, or a novel that features a religious institution or a religious leader. (Note that although the cathedral is Christian, a book about any religion will work for this task.) Examples:Gilead, Faith: A Novel, Light Fell
5. Stonehenge is a mysterious prehistoric stone monument. To visit Stonehenge, read a work of non-fiction about or a novel set in the ancient world. Note that although Stonehenge is believed to have been erected about 2500 BCE, for the purposes of this task, I am defining “ancient” as any time before 1 CE. Example: The Gift of Stones
6. Peace Palace, in the Netherlands, houses the International Court of Justice and is considered the seat of international law. To visit the Peace Palace, read a book that features international relations in some way: for example, a military history, a biography of a world leader, or a spy novel. Example: The Translator

Required: Identify the options you chose and how your books relate to the task

I hope you enjoy your destinations! Bon voyage! 

30 POINT TASKS

30.1 — Cheryl TX’s task: Best Friends and Lovers 
June 8th is my birthday and June is Best Friends Month. So, for 
Part A of this task, read a book by an author who shares a name with your current or past best friend. For example, one of my best friends in high school was named Cathy Clark, so I could read a book written by someone named Cathy (Catherine, Katherine, or Kathy will work, too) or I could read a book written by someone named Clark. 

Required: State the name (first or last) that matches your friend’s name. 
Optional: Could you see your friend liking this author? 

My son’s birthday is in August. Chinese Valentine’s Day is also in August. Let’s celebrate love…Chinese style. Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month which will be August 6, 2011. Other names for this holiday include The Festival of Seven Daughters, the Seventh Sister’s Birthday, the Festival of Double Sevens, and the Night of Sevens. There’s lots more information about this holiday at this website:www.holidayinsights.com . So, for 

Part B, choose one of the following options: 
1) Read a book with the number 7 in the title in any form (7, 17, 70) including series names and subtitles 
OR
2) Read a book with exactly seven words in the title. Subtitles can be used if necessary. ALL words count (a, an, the, but, or, etc.) 
OR
3) Read a book with one of the following words in the title. The word must be exactly as printed here: 
Festival, Double, Night, Birthday, Valentine, Chinese, Lunar, Goddess, Queen, Jade, Emperor, Heaven. 

Required: Post which option you chose. 

30.2 — Sheila/Wendy UK’s task: A.K.A. 
Many writers use one or more pseudonyms, often when writing in different genres. 

For this task, read two books written by the same author but under different names. One may be their real name and the other a pseudonym or they may both be pseudonyms. The books must be written by just one author. Sometimes one or more authors write together under a single pen name and also write independently under their own (or another) name. That won’t work for this task. 

Hee are some examples: It may say on the cover of the book Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb, or, Agatha Christie, a Mary Westmacott novel. So, for this task, you could read one book by Nora Roberts and one book by J.D. Robb (or Nora Roberts writing as J.D.Robb). Or you could read one book written by Agatha Christie and one book written by Agatha Christie as Mary Westmacott.

Here are a few more authors and their pseudonyms: 
Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket 
Stephen King/Richard Bachman 
Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine 
Ed McBain/Evan Hunter 
Dean Koontz/Owen West/plus a number of other pseudonyms 
Marion Chesney/M. C. Beaton/plus several other pseudonyms 

This website might also help: fictiondb.com
If you click on an author’s name, it will bring up their book list. On the right hand side of the page is a box that lists the author’s pseudonyms if you click on their names, it will take you to the book list of that pen name. Or, you can click on book list & pseudonyms just above the pseudonyms box and a combined book list will be shown. However, be careful as this list does include author collaborations (two authors writing together under one name).

Required: If the author’s GR profile does not mention their pseudonym, you must provide a link to the pseudonym information for the moderators. 

30.3 — DLMRose’s task: If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 
A. Read a book with a day of the week: Monday, Tuesday, etc. or the word “Day” in the title/subtitle. Possessives, plurals, and compound words are okay. Ex: The The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, The Wednesday Sisters, Thursdays At Eight, One Day, Specimen Days, Someday My Prince
AND 
B. Read a book with the name of a European city, region, or country in the title/subtitle. Variations are okay. Ex: My Life in France, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Suite Française, Bella Tuscany, Tuscan Rose, Mistress of Rome, Roman Holiday, Dublin 4,Dubliners 

30.4 — MsOPP’s Task: Summer in Europe 
For this task, pick 2 of the following: 

1. Pick a book from the following list to cool you down in Summer 2011: Cool Summer Books 2011 

2. Read a book that takes place during the summer. Ex: Atonement, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Between Sisters, Sail. This list might help, too: Books set during the Summer. However, as with all GR’s lists, make sure the book really fits the task before you read it.Required: If the GR description does not clearly mention summer, explain the summer connection when you post. 

3. When I think Europe in the summer, I think of young people traveling abroad and a place and time of coming of age. Read a coming of age novel from the Best Coming of Age Stories list. 

4. Read a book set in a European country. Required: List the country when you post if it’s not obvious from the GR’s description.

5. Read a book that has the word ‘summer’ in the title. The word ‘summer’ can be part of another word as long as it is in the main title. Series names and subtitles do not count. 

Required: State which options you chose as well as any other individual requirements for your choices when you post. 

30.5 — Donna Jo/Deedee’s task: To the Moon 
July 21, 1969 – the day Neil Armstrong took a step on the surface of the moon. 

In honor of this day: 
A. Read a nonfiction book about space travel, astronomy, or biography of someone involved in the space program. 
AND
B. Read a science fiction novel that features space travel as part of the book. The intent of Part B is science fiction that involves humans travelling in space–using science, not magic. 

30.6 — Delicious Dee’s task: Shakespeare Under the Stars 
Recently I started reading a book about a summer festival featuring Shakespearian plays and it made me remember back to high school when ever summer plays would tour. So this task is based on that. For this task, you will roll two dice (one time only!). 

First Die 
1. Julius Caesar – read a biography/autobiography about a political leader or attempted leader (i.e., anyone who has lead an unsuccessful coup, leaders of guerilla movements, people who have run unsuccessfully for office, etc.). The book should be primarily focused on his or her political life and career, rather than other life experiences.Required: If the connection is not obvious in the GRs description, please explain how the book fits the task when you post.
2. Shakespeare’s Sonnets – read a book of poems. The 100+ page rule still applies. You may read 2 or more books of poems to add up to the 100 page requirement if necessary. 
3. The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Shortest Work) – read a book of short stories or an anthology (the book must contain at least 3 stories). 
4. Cymbeline (known as the most famous female character from Shakespeare’s works) – read a non-fiction book about a significant historical female that appears on at least one of these two lists: 100 Important Women in History or Scholastic’s Important Women Through History. Required: State which list you used when you post.
5. Henry V – read a non-fiction book in which a war or battle is featured (the people in the book must be directly involved in the war or battle and not in a support role – i.e.Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest would be appropriate, but a book about the wives on the homefront would not) 
6. As You Like It – read a book written by a comedian or a humorous book 

Second Die 
1. Romeo and Juliet – read a romance found on the All About Romance Top 100 Romances list. 
2. Midsummer’s Night Dream – Read a fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal novel. The genre fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal must appear on the book’s home page. 
3. Two Gentlemen of Verona – read a book with a specific city in the title (i.e. The Bookseller of Kabul, London Bridges (Alex Cross, #10), Orlando) 
4. Hamlet – read a murder mystery. The mystery MUST involve a murder. True crime will work also. 
5. King Lear – read a book (fiction or nonfiction) featuring a member of royalty 
6. The Winter’s Tale – read a book where a time/date/season is in the title (i.e.Winter Garden or Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon) 

Required: Include the two numbers you rolled (if both dice have the same number on them, please say that) as well as any other individual requirements for your numbers when you post.

30.7 — Jennifer N’s task: Choose Your Own Adventure – SRC Style 
You will need to read two books for this task. Choose an author you read and hopefully enjoyed (but that’s not a requirement) from last year’s summer challenge or if you didn’t participate last year choose one of your favorite authors. Enter the author into theLiterature Map. 

For the first book: 
• Option 1 – If you are feeling adventurous – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have not read before and try them out by reading one of their books. 
• Option 2 – If you are feeling a little adventurous but don’t want to take it too far – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have read before and read a new to you book from that author. 
• Option 3 – If you want to go with the tried and true – choose an author that appears on the literature map that you have read before and re-read an old favorite. 

For the second book:
• Option A – If you liked your first book – read another book by that author. 
• Option B – If you liked the first book but don’t want to read another book by the same author – Go back to the beginning and enter the author of the first book you read into the literature map and select from Options 1, 2 or 3. 
• Option C – If you didn’t like your first book – Start all over – Go back to the beginning and enter your original author into the literature map and select from Options 1, 2 or 3 again. 

For instance: I read a book by Richelle Mead for last year’s Summer Challenge. If I enter Richelle Mead’s name into the literature map and decide to choose Option 1, I could read a book by Maria V. Snyder (who is a new to me author). Once I am done with the book I can then decide what I want to do next. I could read another book by Maria V. Snyder if I enjoyed her book (Option A) or I could enter Maria V. Snyder’s name into the Literature Map (Option B) and start over and pick between Options 1, 2 or 3 again. If I find that I did not enjoy the book (Option C) I can enter Richelle Mead’s name into the Literature Map again and pick from Options 1, 2 or 3. 

If you’re confused, DLMRose came up with a visual that might help.

Required: When posting please indicate the author(s) you entered into the literature map along with the choices you made. 

For instance: 
Option 1: Used author Richelle Mead and read: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder 
Option B: Used my first books author: Maria V. Snyder and read: Bite Club by Rachel Caine

30.8 — Beth NC’s Task: Summer Solstice 
June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It is directly opposite of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. So for this task, choose one of these two options: Required: State which option you chose as well as the individual requirements when you post.

Option 1: 
Read a dark book from either of the following lists: 
Quality Dark Fiction 
Darkest Books of All Times 
AND 
Read a light book from either of these lists: 
Light but Not (Too) Dumb 
Best Humorous Books 

Required: Post the lists you used. 

OR

Option 2: 
Read one of the 10 longest books on your TBR list 
AND 
Read one of the 10 shortest books (that is over 100 pages) on your TBR list 

Required: Post the number of pages of each book

30.9 – Rosemary’s task: Vacation Time! 
Read two books: you can choose one from each of A and B, or two from the same option. 

A. Many people travel to a different country for their vacation. Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) in which a *main* character travels from one country to another (or to more than one country). The travel must happen within the time frame of the book (i.e., it won’t work if the character has already traveled at the start of the book and one country only appears only in flashbacks) and the countries should be real. The character must physically spend time in at least two different countries during the course of the book. Examples: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Murder on the Orient Express, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, (Germany & Poland), Breaking Dawn (USA & Brazil), All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany & France), A Room With a View (Italy & UK), any biography where the subject travels to another country. 

Required: Name which countries are involved in the book when posting, if they are not named in the Goodreads description of the book. 

B. Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) that contains one of the following vacation-related words in its title or subtitle (but not series name): beach, sea, seaside, sand, shore, surf, vacation, holiday, sun, lake, hotel, camp, camping. 
Plurals and possessives are fine but no other compound words will be accepted. 

Required: Post which option(s) you chose when posting.

30.10 – Coralie’s task: Half and Half 
Choose a book with a 2 word title that was read in the Spring 2011 Challenge and:
A. Read a book with the first word in the title, but not the second
AND 
B. Read a book with the second word in the title but not the first. 

For example – If you chose Midnight’s Daughter, you could read Midnight’s Children for book A and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter for book B. 
If you chose Mrs. Bridge, you could read Mrs. Dalloway for book A and Bridge of Sighsfor book B. 
If you chose The Prince, you could read any book with the word “The” in it for book A and Dark Prince for the book B. But you could NOT read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for either book (because the title includes both the words “the” and “prince”.)

Sub-titles don’t count and the words must be exactly the same. If the title you pick from the Spring 2011 Challenge is First Degree, you could read At First Sight for book A but 1st to Die would not work. 

Required: State the title of the book you chose from the Spring 2011 Challenge when you post. 

50 POINT TASKS

50.1 – Emily Kate’s Task: Hodge-Podge 

For this task you need to read 3 books that you pick from the following categories. You may read 3 books from 3 different categories or you may read multiple books from the same category. However, NO rereads are allowed! 

A. Book by an author you have already read and liked 
B. Book with a goodreads rating with 4.30 or more 
C. Book with 1 word title 
D. Friend rated 5-stars 
E. Current or previous SRC group read that you have never read 
F. Published in 2011 
G. One of the 10 oldest on your TBR 
H. Book with more than 25K ratings on Goodreads main book page
I. Added to your TBR during this challenge (but before this task is posted) 
J. Book listed as popular with friends 

But here is the catch, your books must fit the following criteria. A single book may match more than 1, but all 3 criteria must be met by the books read for the task: 

1. Book 700+ pages — you may find something on this list: Big Fat Books Worth the Effort
2. Book by a goodreads author 
3. Book that is a 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 which category (A-J) and which criteria (1-3) each book fits when your post your completed task.

Examples:
Book 1: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling — category A (author I’ve read and liked) — fits criteria #1 (book over 700 pages) and criteria #3 (part of a series)
Book 2: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen — category F (published in 2011) — fits criteria #2 (Goodreads author)
Book 3: Animal Farm — category H (more than 25K ratings) — all criteria met by other books

OR another example
Book 1: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray — category D (friend rated it 5 stars) — fits criteria #1 (over 700 pages), #2 (written by a GRA), and #3 (part of a series)
Book 2: Bossypants by Tina Fey — category F (published in 2011) — all criteria met by first book
Book 3: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris — category F (published in 2011) — all criteria met by first book