Winter 2010

5 POINT TASKS

5.1 — Short and Sweet
December 21st is the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. February is also the shortest month of the year. Read the shortest book on your TBR shelf. As per challenge rules, you must read an entire book (i.e., individual short stories, novellas, and excepts will not work) of at least 100 pages (or 500 children’s picture book pages).

5.2 — Singles Awareness Day
February 15th is Singles Awareness Day. Read a book with a one word title. The subtitle “A Novel” can be ignored, but no other subtitles will be accepted. Examples: Atonement,Beachcombers: A Novel

5.3 — Starts With…
Our themes this season are WINTER and ASIA. Read a book by an author who’s first orlast name starts with W, D, J, F, or A. Examples: John Steinbeck, Sebastian Junger,MaryJanice Davidson, Augusten Burroughs

5.4 — It’s Cold Outside
Read a book with a winter related word in the title (winter, cold, ice, frost, snow, shiver, arctic, freeze, blizzard, etc.). Compound words are fine. Examples: Cold Mountain, The Arctic Incident, Shiver, Wintergirls, Icebound

5.5 — Blast from the Past
The rock band ASIA (“Heat of the Moment”, “Only Time Will Tell”) was poupular during my (Kristi’s) high-shcool years. In honor of the band, which formed in 1981 and broke up in 1986, read a book originally published in any year between 1981 and 1986 (inclusive). This link might help: Popular Books by Year

5.6 — It’s All in the Numbers
The two most populous countries in the world are both in Asia. Read a book that has a lot (over 25,000) of Goodreads ratings. Examples: The Joy Luck Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Outsiders

5.7 — Happy New Year!
In 2011, Feb 3 is Chinese New Year. The color red is very common during the celebration. Read a book with a predominately red cover. Examples: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) by Dan Brown The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. WardThe Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy Wicked Appetite (The Unmentionables, #1) by Janet Evanovich REQUIRED: Include a picture of the cover or a link to it. 

5.8 — Here’s to a New Beginning
The New Year signals a new beginning. Read the 1st book in a new-to-you series. No re-reads allowed. Books must be identified as first a series on GoodReads (Series Name, #1). Examples: Dead Until Dark, The Black Echo, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

5.9 — Noel, Noel
Read a book with NO “L” in the title and NO “L” in the author name. Examples: Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

5.10 — About the Author
Read a book about an author or about writing. It could be a biography/autobiography of an author, a book on the craft of writing, or a book with a main character who is an author. Examples: Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, Zen in the Art of Writing, The Angel’s Game Optional: Write a quick note/email to your favorite living author and tell them how much you enjoy their work. 

10 POINT TASKS

10.1 Birthday Wishes: Visit the shelves of a SRC member with a winter birthday and read a book he/she has rated 5 stars. Required: Tell us which SRC member’s list you used.

10.2 Orient Express: Read a book set in Asia. A majority of the plot or the subject matter should take place within the Asian Continent Ex. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet, Bangkok 8 (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, #1), Someone to Run With: A Novel This resource may help: Asian Historical Fiction

10.3 Sláinte! To Your Health!: Read a non-fiction book that might inspire you to improve your physical health. It could be a diet or nutrition book, healthy cooking cookbook, a sports/fitness book, or a self-improvement book with a physical health theme ex. smoking cessation, illness management, pregnancy self-care, etc. Ex.:So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week, Strength for Life: The Fitness Plan for the Rest of Your Life, The Best Life Diet

10.4 Auld Lang Syne: January 25th, 1759 was the birth date of Robert Burns, the author of “Auld Lang Syne” and widely regarded as the National Poet of Scotland. Read a book written by a Scottish author or that is set in Scotland. Here’s a resource for Scottish authors (or authors that Scotland has claimed as their own by birth or residence):Authors from Scotland

10.5 Chinese Dragon Dance The Chinese New Year (February 14, 2011- The Year of the Tiger) is celebrated with a parade and a Dragon Dance. Read a book that featuresMythical Creatures. If the creature is not obvious in the title or the book description, please include the information when you post. Ex.Dragonflight, Goddess of the Sea, The Last Unicorn,

10.6 Cookie Exchange: Bake Cookies Day is celebrated on December 18th. Read a book with the word “cookie(s)” or any word from a cookie variety in the title. Here’s a list of cookies to get you started: Joy of Baking Cookies. Brand names such as “Oreo” are allowed. Required: If you choose the cookie variety option, please include the cookie variety when you post. Ex. cookie variety: Russian Tea Cake(s): The Russian Concubine,Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

10.7 My Favorite Things: Go to BookPage.com. Click on “Books by Genre” and navigate to the bottom of the page to “Browse by Genre.” Select a favorite genre. Read one of the books reviewed by BookPage from the list. Required: Include the genre when you post.

10.8 Promise Her Anything, But Give Her… In honor of Valentine’s Day, read a book with flowers, candy, hearts, or jewelry on the cover. 
ex. flowers: Heaven and Earth (Three Sisters Island, #2) by Nora Roberts, candy: Sucker Punch (A Candy Shop Mystery, #5) by Sammi Carter, hearts: The Camera Never Lies (Hometown Mysteries) by Elizabeth Goddard, jewelry: Read My Pins Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box by Madeleine Albright
REQUIRED: you MUST include a link to the book or to the cover in your post. 

10.9 Serial Killer: Read the last or latest published book in a series. 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 #.). Ex. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Mockingjay, Red Lily, Burn

10.10 Top Ten Lists: Go to Guardian Top Tens. Select any list of “Top Tens.” Read any book on the list or a book mentioned in the article by the list-making author. If the list references a series, you may read any book in the series. If the list references an author’s body of work, you may read any book by that author. Required: Include the top ten list when you post. 

15 POINT TASKS

15.1. Time After Time 

January was named for Janus, the god looking both forward and backwards. 
A. Read a novel of historical fiction 
AND
B. Read a novel set in the future. 

To qualify as “historical” or “future,” the book must be set approximately 30 years before or 30 years after the time it was written. 

For example, 1984 works as a “future” novel, because it was written in 1949. Pride and Prejudice, on the other hand, would not work for historical, because the setting is contemporaneous with the time it was written.

Many (most?) dystopian/post-apocalytic/science fiction books don’t specify exactly when they take place – but this type of book is clearly not present or past, so will qualify as “future.”

15.2. Beginnings and Endings 
As 2010 ends and 2011 begins, 
A. Read a book from the GR list of books with best beginning or opening chapter Best Beginnings
AND 
B. Read a book from the GR list of books with best ending or closing chapter. 
Best Endings
Normal page requirements apply, even if a book is on the list.

15.3. From A… to Z
A. Read a book whose title begins with the letter “A” 
AND
B. Read a book whose title or author’s name contains the letter Z

15.4. Opposite Day 
Jan 24th is Opposite Day. 
A. Read one book whose title contains opposite words (ex. up and down, over and under, right and left, man and woman, son and daughter, cat and dog, etc.). If you choose this option, your book must be at least 200 pages.
OR
B. Read two books, whose titles contain words that are opposite. (ex. Up in the Air andLong Way Down)

This site might be helpful, for those trying to get a handle on pairs of words that are opposites, and also explaining the types of antonyms.

http://www.fun-with-words.com/nym_ant…

15.5. “Never get involved in a land war in Asia…”
Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) about an Asian war. This could include books that are not “combat” related, but in which the war is an important/significant feature – for instance, a book about anti-war movements or a book about a Vietnam veteran with PTSD, etc.

15.6. “Begins with Q, Alex” 
Asia contains the only country whose name begins with “Q” (Qatar) – read a book with a word beginning with “Q” in the title (The Red Queen, Queen of Shadows, All Quiet on the Western Front) or a book whose author has an initial “Q” (Julia Quinn, Queenie Chan, Quentin Rees)

15.7. The Book is Always Better Than the Movie…or Is It? 
Read a book from The Book Was Better Than the Movie OR a book from The Movie Was Better Than the Book. 
OPTIONAL: Watch the movie adaption and tell us which one you think is really better
Normal page requirements apply, even if a book is on the list.

15.8. A Festivus for the Rest of Us!
December 23 is Festivus, and one of the “Festivus traditions” is the Airing of Grievances. Read a book with a word in the title which relates to one of your “pet peeves.” 

The word in the title must relate to the grievance. Any noun, verb, adjective or adverb that is included in your statement of your pet peeve will work. Define your gripe, then find one of these types of words in a book title.

Articles, conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns still will not work – no “the” “and” “with” “who” etc.

For instance, if your pet peeve is “people who talk on cell phones while they’re driving,” the key words would be “people,” “talk,” “cell,” “phone,” and “driving” – so you could use The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India – the Emerging 21st- Cenury Power, Cell, The Glass Cell, A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems, Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab. Words such as “who, on, while, they’re” don’t work.

REQUIRED: tell us what your “pet peeve” is. 

15.9 – Warm up 
Read a book set in the American South or one written by an author considered a “Southern Author” (Faulkner, Welty, Walker Percy, etc.). The book should have a connection to the south. A biography or memoir of a Southern Author would also be acceptable. 

The following lists may help you find Southern Authors, but, as always, please exercise judgment as lists are not always accurate.
Southern Authors 
Southern Writers 

This may help you identify the Southern states:
Census Bureau Map of U.S.Regions 

15.10 – Keep it Simple
February 27 is “No Brainer Day.” Let’s wind up the winter challenge with a book that’s just for fun – a book that you read just because you want to! 

20 POINT TASKS

Task 20.1 Most Improved Player: Stacie MI’s task-Groundhog’s Day!
February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day. In honor of the Bill Murray movie of the same title, re-read a book that you didn’t initially enjoy. Go to your Read shelf and choose a book, of at least 100 pages, that you rated 3 stars or less to re-read. 
Optional: Tell us whether you have changed your opinion of the book or whether you stick by your initial rating.

20.2 Rookie at the Top: Stacey’s task- Winter Flowers Day
December 8 is Winter Flowers Day. Read a book that has the name of a flower or the word “flower” in the title. Here are a couple of lists to get you started: 
Flowers in title, not on cover
Flowers in titles
Required: Identify the flower when you post.

20.3 Best Review Contest: chucklesthescot’s task- Frosty the Snowman
In Christmas films we often see snowmen magically coming to life. For this task, read a book where a magical transformation takes place using any of these scenarios: 
~ human turning into animal-ie dog, cat, wolf (werewolf), bird etc. Book examples-Fluke, Bitten.
~ human into other human-ie boy into girl, parent into child etc. Book example: Freaky Friday. 
~ human into mythical creature/monster-ie demon, zombie, vampire, or ghost. Book example: Some Girls Bite. 
~ human discovers previously unknown powers: god, witch, wizard, or superhero. Book example: The Lightning Thief, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 
~ inanimate object comes to life- ie gargoyle, mannequin, statue etc.

Optional: Tell us which creature would you most like to turn into and why?

20.4 Author! Author! Tani’s task- Game On!
When I’m not reading, one of my favorite things to do is play video games. In light of that, I’m using popular video game genres to shape my task. 

First, go to Random Dice Roller and click roll again. Whatever number comes up will tell you what kind of book you’re going to read. 

1) Action Games – Read a book in which the main character takes action or fights for a cause that you believe in. Or, if you prefer a non-fiction approach, read a book about a cause that is important to you. This list might help. (Be careful with lists, not everything on a GR list may be appropriate for this task)
Optional: Tell us which cause you chose, and why that cause is important to you. 
Required: If the cause is not obvious in the title or Goodreads description, please identify the cause when you post.

2) Role Playing Games – Since many RPGs utilize a fantasy or science fiction setting, read a novel in one of those genres. 
Optional: Tell us if you would have made the same decisions if you had been in the main character’s place. 

3) Sports Games – Read a book in which sports play a major role. This can be either fiction or non-fiction. This list might be a good place to start looking for ideas. 
OPTIONAL: Play a sport and tell us what it was. 

4) Puzzle Games – Since mysteries often feature puzzles, read a book that has won an Edgar Award or any book by an Edgar Award “Grand Master.” A full list of Edgar winners can be found at The Edgar Awards website. (click “search now”)
Optional: Tell us how you did at figuring out the puzzle. 

5) Board and Card Games – Since card and board games tend to be not as in-depth as other video games, read a collection of essays or short stories. 
OPTIONAL: Play a card or board game and tell us what it was. 

6) Simulation – Historical fiction is modeled on history in much the same way that a simulation game mirrors reality. Read a work of historical fiction set at least 30 years before t was written. 
OPTIONAL: Tell us whether you thought the book you read did a good job of simulating actual history.

Required: Include what number you rolled when you post. 

20.5 Bigger is Better: Ashley FL’s task as suggested by Stesse- Bigger is Better, and Larger than Life
We (Ashley FL and Stesse) had a step-grandmother who was a grande dame in the fullest sense of the term: simultaneously personally unconventional but with exacting standards of etiquette, she both enthralled and terrified her step-grandchildren! 

In her honor, and to honor all women who live life on their terms and don’t always follow society’s dictates, read a fiction or non-fiction book where the main character is an unconventional woman. Since unconventional can be defined in so many ways, there’s a wide range to chose from, but try to break away from YOUR conventions! 

Some examples include Julia Quinn‘s Bridgerton series (with its scary but fabulous Lady Danbury), any biography of Amelia Earheart, and Lysistrata

Optional: Tell us about an unconventional woman in your life
Required: IF the unconventional woman is obscure from the book’s title or GR description, include the connection when you post.

20.6 Seasoned Reader: Beth F’s task- The Twenty-tens 
2010 marked the first year of the first decade to completely take place within the third millennium as the previous decade (2000-2009) took place across two different millennia. 
To select your book for this task you have two options: 

Read a book originally published sometime during the decade of your birth. For example, if you were born in 1960 you could read any book originally published between 1960 through 1969. Or if you were born in 1979 you could read any book originally published between 1970 through 1979 and so on. Here is a LINK to popular books by date to help you explore books that were published in your decade
OR 
Read a book where a main character shares your same decade in age. For example, if you are 17 you could read any book where a main character is between the ages of 10-19. If you are 31, a main character should be between the ages of 30-39. If you are 40, a main character should be between the ages of 40-49 and so on. 

20.7 Shorter is Sweeter: Mrs soule’s task- Christmas Fuzzies…or Not 
Plenty of people think the holidays are a time of joy, wonder, and good spirit. For others, that spirit isn’t quite so warm and fuzzy. Predictably, these two groups don’t exactly appreciate each other. One thing I was taught as a child was to “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” In the spirit of compassion (an important part of that holiday magic!), try wearing the other side’s ugly sweater for a bit. 

IF you LOVE this time of year (Hanukkah! Kwanza! Solstice! Christmas! New Years! Squeee!), then read a sad book – fiction that makes you cry, with a sad ending, or non-fiction about a sad subject. If you feel I’m evil and Scrooge-like for even suggesting this, you can fake it and read a happy book with a BLUE cover. 

IF you DREAD this time of year (Crowds! Commercialism! Relatives! Childhood trauma revisited! Make it stop!), then read a happy book – fiction that makes you laugh out loud, with a ridiculously happy ending, or a non-fiction work of humor. If you feel I’m beating you over the head with a Christmas tree, you can fake it and read a sad book with a GOLD or YELLOW cover. 

EXAMPLE: I am in the dreading camp, so I could read Undead and Unpopular by MaryJanice Davidson (an author who always has me laughing) OR Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys OR The Good Earth The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club) by Pearl S. Buck (sad book, yellow cover). 

Some lists that might help: 
Books that make you cry!
Books that make you laugh

20.8 It’s My Birthday: Erin MN’s task-Inauguration Day
Every 4 years on my birthday (January 20), the United States swears in the newly elected President. 
Read a book about any United States President or Vice President. Fiction and non-fiction work. ex. The Coup: A Novel, His Excellency: George Washington
OR 
Read a book with one of the following words in the title: 
president, vice, white, house, election, vote, democrat, republican, democracy, candidate, primary, poll, ballot 

Plurals of the above words are OK

20.9 Lucky Me: Nancy’s task-Presidents’ Day
February 21 is Presidents’ Day. Read a book written by an author whose first, middle, or last name is the same as the last name of a U.S. President. 
Books may be fiction or non-fiction. Books by a President work.
Ex. Lincoln Child, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Adams, Jimmy Carter
Here’s a link to the Presidents

20.10 Group Read
Read one of the following Group Read Selections and make at least one post in the discussion thread. 
A. Winter/Holiday: Doctor Zhivago
B. Suspense: Rebecca
C. Modern YA: The Giver 

25 POINT TASKS

25.1 — Wendy MA’s task – Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire… 
Read two books from your ‘old chestnut’ list (i.e., two books from your favorite genre). Both books should come from the same genre. Happy Holidays!!

25.2 – Emily IN’s task – Thank You Moderators 
We wouldn’t have this great group without our wonderful moderators. As a thank you to them, read two books that were read by a moderator of the SRC group in 2010. The books can be from the same moderator or you can read one book from two moderators.REQUIRED: Tell us which moderator/moderators list(s) you used.
Cynthia’s 2010 books
Sandy’s 2010 books
Dlmrose’s 2010 books
Kristi’s 2010 books

25.3 — Christine US’s task – REFLECTIONS on 2010 
Read 2 books:
Book A: Think of a positive experience/memory you have from 2010. Find a book that relates to that memory. 

For example, I had a great family trip to Walt Disney World. I could read a book about Walt Disney World, or about a family vacationing together. 

You are not required to give us the details of your memory — just provide enough information to explain how the book relates to it. 

Book B: Read another book by an author you read for the first time in 2010 (including December). It doesn’t matter how many books you read by that author, as long as you read the author for the first time in 2010. It doesn’t have to be limited to a new author read for a challenge. If you have not read a new author this past year OR if all your new authors do not have more published than the 1 book you already read, you have the choice to (1) re-read that book, or (2) read a book by an author that I (Christine) discovered and enjoyed this past year: 

Carl Hiaasen 
Maria V. Snyder 
Julia Quinn 
James Huston 
Joshilyn Jackson 
Jefferson Bass 
Sarah Dessen 
Neil Gaiman 
Joanne Fluke

25.4 — Beth NC’s task – IMBOLC 
Feb 1st, is a Celtic day of celebration that marks the middle of Winter and holds the promise of Spring. It is also known as Candlemas and St Brigid’s day. For this task read a book that is about or based on Celtic Mythology. Examples: anything about King Arthur,Celtic Myths and Legends, Daughter of the Forest, Morrigan’s Cross, The Mists of Avalon, Druids. This list might help, too — Tagged as Celtic Mythology. However, as with all lists, be careful! If you are unsure whether or not a book will fit the task, ask in the task help thread.
AND
Read a book with a candle or flame(s)/fire on the cover or in the title (or series name).
Required: If using the cover options, include the cover in your post. If using a book with the words candle, flame, or fire in the series name, list the series name when you post.

25.5 — Valorie’s task – SRC Tea Ceremony 
Since the theme for this seasons challenge is Asia/Winter, I thought an SRC Tea Ceremony would be a fun idea! There’s nothing like a good cup of hot tea on a cold day while curled up with a good book. 

For Part A: Please choose a tea flavor listed below and read the corresponding type of book (fiction or non-fiction) listed with it. 

1. You Are My Sunshine Flowering Tea: Read a book about gardening, or a book that has a character that does landscaping or gardening in some fashion. 

2. Gunpowder Green Tea: Read a true crime, suspense, western, or mystery novel. 

3. Dragon Well (Lung Ching) Tea: Read a book with a supernatural/paranormal character or a book with a dragon on the cover. 

4. China Moon Palace Tea: Read a book about a character/person that is part of a royal family or has a castle or palace on the cover. 

5. Kiyoto Lemon Tea: Read a book about cooking or a book with a character that owns a business that involves cooking. 

Required: Identify the option you chose AND when using the cover option, include the cover in your post. 

Part B: Read a book that has the word “Tea” in the title (Tea can also be a part of the series title). Words that contain “tea,” such as team, teacher, steam, steal, etc., also count.

Optional: Pick out a new or favorite tea to drink while reading either book! 

30 POINT TASKS

30.1 — Sheila’s Task — The B & W Task 
Sometimes things really are just Black and White! For this task you will need to read two books. 

Book A. will have the word Black either in the title, subtitle, or the author’s name. Series names are NOT allowed. Adding letters to the word Black are fine. Example Blackwood, Blackest. 

Book B. will have the word White either in the title, subtitle, or the author’s name. Series names are NOT allowed. Adding letters to the word white are fine. Example Whitehead, Whiter. 

OPTIONAL: Watch a B & W movie of your choice and tell us what movie it was. I’m thinking I’ll pick It’s a Wonderful Life or the original Miracle on 34th St. at Christmastime. What will you pick? 

30.2 — Cheryl TX’s task — Alphabetically Speaking 
For this task you will need to read two books.
Book A. Read a book by an author who has two initials that are consecutive from A to Z. You must use the author’s name as it appears on Goodreads. Examples: Ann Beattie — consecutive initials AB, Lynn Morris — consecutive initials LM, Linda Lael Miller — consecutive initials LM, J.K. Rowling — consecutive initials JK, Melissa Fay Greene — consecutive initials FG. 

Book B. Read a book by an author who has two initials that are consecutive from Z to A. You must use the author’s name as it appears on Goodreads. Examples: Norman Mailer — consecutive initials NM, Lisa Kleypas — consecutive initials LK, Perri O’Shaughnessy — consecutive initials PO, Laurell K. Hamilton — consecutive initials LK, H.G. Wells — consecutive initials HG, T.C. Boyle — consecutive initials CB

NOTE: The alphabet wraps, so an author whose initials are ZA will work for Book A and an author whose initials are AZ will work for Book B. Authors with initials that are not consecutive will not work. Example: E.L. Doctorow — initials ELD, will not work.

30.3 — DLMRose’s task as suggested by Petra — HO! HO! HO! 
A well-known folk legend associated with Santa Claus says that he lives in the far north, in a land of perpetual snow. Santa Claus lives at his house on the North Pole, while Father Christmas is often said to reside in the mountains of Korvatunturi in Lapland Province, Finland. 

Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, in all his personifications, signifies magic, good will, gifts, lists, caring and everything good in mankind. 

For this task, read 2 books: 
A) In honour of Santa’s legendary home, read a book in which the major setting is in one of the following cold winter countries: 

Afghanistan, Andorra, Antarctica, Austria , Belarus, Bosnia & Herzeqovina, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Greenland, Liechtenstein, Republic of Macedonia, Nepal, Pakistan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland

Lists that may help: BiblioTravel, Goodreads list of settings — As with all lists, be careful. If you are unsure whether or not a book will fit the task, ask in the appropriate task help thread. 

B) In honour of Santa’s Spirit of Christmas, read a book whose title contains one of the following words: (plurals, suffixes and prefixes added to these words are acceptable) 

Spirit, Magic, Give, List, Good, Peace, Christmas, Naughty, Nice, Present, Secret, Wonder, Love, Believe, Belief, Joy, Care, Gift (see EXEPTIONS below) 

EXCEPTIONS to “Gift”: Any GR tags such as “gift set”, “gift edition” or “gift books” in the Goodreads title will NOT work. For example, none of these books would work:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38… orhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30… orhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/73… or
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24382 

30.4 — Donna Jo’s Task — By the Numbers 
For this task you will need to read two books.
Book A. If the last digit of your birth year is odd, read a book by an author whose last name starts with one of the following letters: A, C,E,G,I,K,M,O,Q,S,U,W,Y. 
If the last digit of your birth year is even, read a book by an author whose last name starts with one of the following letters: B,D,F,H,J,L,N,P,R,T,V,X,Z. 
Required: When claiming points, you need not give us your birth year. Just state if it is odd or even. 

Book B. Take your phone number, add all of the digits together (9+1+3+4+0+6+7+7+0+7=44) and add those digits together (4+4=8) until you get a single digit. Use that number to look for a book title with that number of words in it. You may use the subtitle if you need to. If you do not have a telephone number, write me in the task help section and I’ll “give” you one. Required: When claiming points, do NOT give your phone number. Just state the single digit number you got when you added all the numbers together.

(PS, this is NOT my real phone number, so please do not try to call me using it.)

30.5 — Emily ID’s task as suggested by Sue T — The Old ’10/The New ’11 
The new year is typically a time of out with the old, in with the new. This task will help get some books off your TBR list. 

A. Out with the Old: Sort your Goodreads TBR list in descending order by date added (from oldest to newest). Out of the 10 books that have been on there the longest, read one written by an author that you’ve read before (if none of the oldest 10 books on your TBR list were written by an author you’ve read before, it’s OK to pick a new-to-you author). 

B. In with the New: Now sort your Goodreads TBR list in ascending order by date added (from newest to oldest). From the 11 books you’ve most recently added to your TBR list (at the time you are choosing your book for this task), read one written by a new-to-you author (if none of the newest 11 books on your TBR list were written by a new-to-you author, it’s OK to pick one by an author you’ve read before). 

30.6 — Delicious Dee’s task — Looking for a Few Good… Authors 
Choose one of your favorite authors. Then, go to: Roll Dice, and click on “Roll Again” ONCE (you only get one roll). Using your favorite author and the numbers you rolled, you will need to read two books (one for each die) that fit the numbered criteria below. If both dice show the same number, both books must fit the criteria for that number. You must use the same author to help you choose both books. You may not read books written by the favorite author you choose to complete this task.

For example, one of my (Delicious Dee’s) favorite authors is Nora Roberts. I will use her to help me choose both books. However, I cannot read any books written by Nora Roberts for this task.

If you rolled a:

1. Read a book written by an author whose name has the same number of letters as your favorite author. You must use the author’s complete name as it appears on Goodreads. For example: Nora Roberts has 11 letters, so does Lynsay Sands. 

2. Read a book published in the same year that your favorite author’s first full-length book was published (not counting short stories or novellas in anthologies). For example: Nora Roberts’s first book was published in 1981, as was A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Required: Include publication date when claiming points.

3. Read a book with the same setting as your favorite book by the author. If your favorite author’s book is set in the United States, at least part of the book you chose must be set in the same state. If your favorite author’s book is set outside of the United States, at least part of the book you chose must be set in the same country. If your favorite author’s book is set in space, the book you chose must also be set in space. If your favorite author’s book is set in a fantasy world (even if that world is based on a real place), the book you chose must also be set in a fantasy world (it does not need to be the same fantasy world). For example: My favorite trilogy by Nora Roberts is set in Tennessee, as is Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams. Required: Include the setting for both the original author’s book and the chosen book when claiming points.

4. Read a book written by an author who has the same first or last name as your favorite author. The matching name MUST have the exact spelling as it appears on Goodreads. For Example: I could read a book written by Nora DeLoach or Michael Symmons Roberts.

5. Read a book originally published in the same year your favorite author was born or died. For example: Nora Roberts was born in 1950. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute was first published in 1950. Required: Include birthday or date of death for your favorite author. 

6. Using the Literature Map, choose a new-to-you author from the results of putting in the name of your favorite author and read a book by that author. For example: Nora Roberts gave the name Jennifer Crusie as a new-to-me author. 

REQUIRED: In addition to the specific requirements set out in #2, #3, and #5, anyone claiming points for this task must include what numbers you rolled AND which author you used as your favorite author (you must use the same author for both tasks).

30.7 — Emily Kate’s task — Forever Young 
Young-adult books (often abbreviated as YA) are books written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 13 to 21. For this task you must read 2 or more YA books totaling at least 800 pages. For the purposes of this task YA is defined as having an adolescent or young adult (aged 13-21) as the protagonist and NOT just something on the high school reading list. This list might help: List of books shelved as YA on Goodreads — However, as with all Goodreads lists, be careful. Anyone can shelve any book as YA. If you are unsure if your book fits the task or not, ask in the appropriate help task thread.

Of your selected books, 1 must be a stand-alone book (NOT part of a series) and 1 must be part of a series (even if it is the only book written in the series so far). Series books must be identified as part of a series on GoodReads (Series Name, #). Additional books may be either stand-alone or series.

In addition, all books must be chosen from different sub-genres of YA (defined below). 

For the purposes of this task the genres are defined as follows: 
A. Romance 
B. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
C. Historical Fiction 
D. Non-fiction 
E. Sci-Fi / Fantasy
F. Dystopian 
G. Paranormal 
H. Issue oriented: substance abuse, mental illness, rape, etc. 
I. Coming of Age 

Required: When claiming points, list whether your books are stand-alones or series, what sub-genre they fit into, and the number of pages. Briefly explain why the books chosen are considered YA and why it fits the sub-genre. 

For example, you might choose to read: 
1. Speak — stand-alone/coming of age (198 pp) – Considered YA because the protagonist (Melinda) is a high school freshman. It’s a coming of age novel because she has to deal with some serious issues and struggles to find her voice. AND 
2. Twilight — series/paranormal (498 pp) – Considered YA because the protagonist (Bella) is in high school. It’s paranormal because Edward is a vampire. AND 
3. The Hunger Games — series/dystopian (374 pages). Considered YA because the protagonist (Katniss) is 16. It is dystopian because she lives in a nightmarish world. 

Total number of pages = 1070

30.8 — Ms. Anderson’s Task — In the Spirit of the Season 
Around the world, this time of year is one for giving gifts. My gift to all of you, my favorite challenge participants, is this task! 

Roll a die twice (or until you get two different numbers), and read two books (one for each die) that fit the numbered criteria below. However, there is one catch: the letters A-S-I-A must appear in full (2 As, 1 S, and 1 I), but in any order, in either the title or the author’s name. 

1: Read a book by one of your favorite authors. 
2: Read a book from one of your favorite genres. 
3: Reread a book you loved as a kid (challenge rules of at least 100 pages or 500 children’s picture book pages still apply). 
4: Read a book you’ve added to your TBR list in the last 6 months. 
5: Read a book you’ve been dying to read, but haven’t had a place for in the challenge. 
6: Reread a book you gave 5 stars to the first time around.

REQUIRED: Include what numbers you rolled when claiming points.

30.9 — Coralie’s task – Happy 80th Birthday! 
My (Coralie’s) mother turns 80 at the end of December. In her honour read 
A. A book first published in the 1930’s. Here’s a GR list that might help but, as with all lists, check first to make sure the book really fits the requirements of the task – Best Books of the Decade: 1930s REQUIRED: State publication year when posting.
AND 
B. A book you believe a mother would enjoy. (This could be your mother, a friend’s mother, or even an imaginary mother.) Optional: Tell us why you believe a mom might like this book.

30.10 — Jennifer N’s task – In Honor of Asian Authors 
Read 2 books written by authors from Asia. The authors must be from differentcountries. 

Ex. You could read Snow by Orhan Pamuk who is from Turkey for the first book and thenThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro who is from Japan for the second. 

The author should be Asian by birth or residence. In other words, if they were born in an Asian country, they need not live there presently. But if they were born outside of Asia, they should live there now. 

REQUIRED: Include the countries where the authors are from when posting. 

50 POINT TASKS

50.1- Melanie’s task: Land Among the Stars
LAND AMONG THE STARS 

In the Swiss Alps, the night sky is usually very clear and filled with stars, which always remind me of one of my favorite quotes: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” 
Therefore, for this task, you must read THREE books: one book from each of the the A,B,C options below. REQUIRED:Include your die roll results when you post. Minimum challenge page requirements apply. 

A. Words: Read a book containing the words MOON, STAR, NIGHT, SKY or DARK in the title. Plurals (Stars), variations (Darkly), and compound words (stardust, moongazer, skyscraper) all work.
OR 
Read a book with a star or moon on the cover. 
REQUIRED: if you choose the cover option, you must include a link to the cover in your post. 

B. Constellations Roll a Die and see in which constellation you land: 

1. Ursa Major: If you hit the Big Dipper, the most popular constellation, read a book from the first seven pages (Ursa Major has seven main stars) of the Favorite Books List 
Optional: Mention whether or not this book will go on your “favorites” list 

2. Gemini: Read a book from the Kin list or a book with one of the kin list tags: aunt, brother, child, children, cousin, dad, daughter, father, etc. in the title

3. Hercules: the strongest man of mythology, therefore reread a book that has had a strong impact on your life or read a book that you may find influential, if you need a suggestion try this list The Most Influential Books in History.
Optional: Tell us how has this book affected your life. 

4. Phoenix: this mythical bird, according to legends, is immortal and will live long after we’re gone.. therefore read a futuristic/sci-fi book set roughly 30 years after it was written

5. Leo: Read a book featuring an animal on the cover or playing an important role in the plot. Mythical creatures (phoenix, basilisk, dragon,…) are allowed (but no human shapeshifters). 
REQUIRED: If you choose the cover option, you must include a link to the cover. If the animal connection is not apparent in the book description you must describe how the animal is central to the plot. 

6. Corona Borealis: the Northern Crown: read a historical fiction book (a book set at least 30 years before it was written) 

C. Stars There are many forms of stars, so roll the die again, and find out which of my favorite stars you land on: 

1. Matthew Macfadyen as… Mr Darcy: Read a classic chosen from the first 10 pages of the following list:Popular Classics Books 

2. Sean Connery as… James Bond: Read a mystery/thriller. 

3. Dougray Scott as… the Prince (in Ever After: a Cinderella story): Read a fairytale or fairytale/mythology/folklore retelling or variation. These lists may help: Myth and Folktale retellings and Best Fairytales and Retellings 
REQUIRED: Mention which fairytale/legend your book is based on. Optional: Tell us how how you thought it compared to the original story. 

4. David Boreanaz as.. Angel: Read a fantasy or paranormal book. 

5. Clint Eastwood as…”Blondie”: Read a western- defined for this task as a book set in the old American West (1807-1912), or during the settlement of the Australian Outback.

6. Mel Gibson as… William Wallace: Read a book in which a war (fictional or not) plays a central role in the plot. REQUIRED: Name the war central to the plot.