Winter 2014

5 Point Tasks

5.1 – Calliope
Read a book with the genre “Poetry” on its main page. The genre may be stand alone or embedded.

5.2 – Clio
Read a book with the genre “History” or “Historical Fiction” on its main page. Other genres that fit into these genres will also work. Ex: Military History, Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, etc. Genres may be stand alone or embedded.

5.3 – Euterpe
Read a book with an identifiable musical instrument on the cover.

5.4 – Erato
Read a book with the word “love” found intact in the title, subtitle, series title, or author’s name.

5.5 – Thalia
Read a book with the genre “Humor,” “Comedy,” or “Funny” on its main page. Genres may be stand alone or embedded.

5.6 – Melpomene
Read a book found on the Causes of Ugly Crying list.  Required:State which the number the book is at the list and what page it is on when you post. 

5.7 – Polyhymnia
Read a book with the genre “Religion,” “Spirituality,” or “Inspirational” on its main page. Genres may be stand alone or embedded.

5.8 – Terpsichore
Read a book that features dancers.

5.9 – Urania
Read a book with the name of a celestial object, defined as a natural object located outside of Earth’s atmosphere, such as the Moon, the Sun, an asteroid, a planet (excluding Earth), or stars, in the title or subtitle.

5.10 – Who’s Your Muse?
Take your favorite muse out to play by reading a book of your choice. 


10 Point Tasks

10.1. A Random Trip Back in Time.
Go to Random.org. On the right-hand side of the page is a box that says True Random Number Generator. Set the minimum to 1 and the maximum to 50. Have the generator give you a number.  Subtract the random number generated from 2015, and read a book first published in the resulting year.  REQUIRED Include your random number in your post.

10.2. A New Year and a New Number
In honor of 2015, read a book with the number of pages consisting of digits found in 2015 – no repeating digits. Ex: 201, 502, 152, etc.

10.3. National Days.
Read a book set at least 50% in one of those countries, as noted on Winter National Days Country List. The countries are also listed in post 2 of the help thread.  REQUIRED: Include the name of the country in your post. If the setting is not apparent from the GR description or metadata, you must provide a link to an external source verifying the setting.

10.4. Let’s Go!
Read a book with the genre “travel” on its main page. The genre may be stand alone or embedded.

10.5. Older and Wiser
Read a nonfiction book that makes you wiser by giving you more information about something you would like to know more about.  REQUIRED: In your post, briefly explain the subject that you wanted to know more about.

10.6. Better Check that Gift Horse’s Mouth!

Read a book with the main page genre “espionage” or “spy thriller.” Genres may be stand alone or embedded. 

10.7. You Can Do It!
Read a book with the main page genres fitness, health, or diet/diets. Genres may be stand alone or embedded.

10.8. Our Friends in Tuxedos
Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in the word “penguin.” Letters may only be used once, and if the author uses a middle name or initial, all initials must be found in “penguin.”

10.9. Get to Know the Author
Read a book written by an author interviewed by Goodreads – Author Interviews.  REQUIRED: Include in your post the page number on which you found your author’s interview. NOTE: The book you read may be ANY book by that author, not just the one noted next to the author’s picture on the list of interviews.

10.10. A New Blog for a New Year

Read a book that has been reviewed in this blog.  REQUIRED: Include a link to the review in your completed task post. 

15 Point Tasks

15.1 Returns and Exchanges
Read TWO books, one from Book 1 and one from Book 2.

Book 1 – Choose a book that you have read and rated 4 or 5 stars. Read a different book by the same author. The book may be an anthology or collection with multiple authors.
Book 2 – Choose a book that you read and rated 4 or 5 stars. From that book’s main page navigate to “Readers Also Enjoyed” (usually the upper right, click on the heading to see the list format) and read a book from that list

Required: Identify the books that inspired your choices. Include the links Note the date you found your book and include it when you post since the list can change 

15.2 – Roman Numerals 
Roman numerals are based on seven symbols I, C, D, L, M, V, X.  Read TWO books whose titles and/or subtitles together contain ALL 7 symbols/letters.  Letters may appear more than once. All letters may appear in one book title, but you still need to read two books: the 2nd book must contain at least one Roman numeral letter.  Required: Identify the letters that are found in the titles as shown in the examples

15.3 Launch A Thousand Ships
Read ONE book that satisfies BOTH Book 1 and Book 2 requirements

Book 1 – Read a book by an author whose name (in any position) is found on one of these lists – Greek Mythology Names and Roman Mythology Names.  Only names in blue on the page may be used. Names must match exactly, no spelling variations.  Required: State the author’s name.

Book 2 – Read a book set (at least 50%) in a country (countries) that surrounds the Mediterranean Sea using this list Mediterranean Countries full list in post 2.  Required State the country

15.4 Ring in the New
Read ONE book that satisfies BOTH Book 1 and Book 2 requirements.

Book 1 – Read a book first published between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015.

Book 2 – Read a book identified on GR as book #1 in a series. (series, #1)

15.5 California Dreamin’
All the leaves are brown/ And the sky is gray/ I’ve been for a walk/ On a winter’s day/ I’d be safe and warm/ If I was in L.A./ California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day
Read a book set primarily (at least 50%) in California.The setting should be evident in the title, description, metadata, or on the main book page.

15.6 My Way
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February 17 is My Way Day. Read a memoir or autobiography- a non-fiction account of the author’s OWN personal life and experiences. Books with co-authors are ok ex.Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight and Michelle Burford

15.7 Creature Feature
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Classical mythology is filled with fantastic beasts and creatures. Read a book with one of these words in the title or subtitle: centaur, chimera, dragon, giant, gorgon, griffin, harpy, minotaur, pegasus, satyr, sphinx, serpent, siren, unicorn. Plurals and possessives are ok, no other variations.

15.8 Under My Thumb
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February 18th is Thumb Appreciation Day. Read a book that has a human hand on the cover that shows a thumb. The hand must not be covered with a glove, mitt, etc. The hand must be easily identifiable and the thumb MUST be included. 
Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson The Surrogate by Judith Henry Wall The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Required Include the cover when you post

15.9 Public Enemy
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Al Capone was born on January 17, 1899 and died on January 25, 1947 and was widely assumed to have been responsible for ordering the 1929 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. Read a book with the genre “crime” on its main book page.

15.10 All I Want For Christmas is U
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Read a book with a word that begins with the letter “U” in the title or subtitle. ex. To Be Sung Underwater, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards 

20 Point Tasks

20.1 – Most Improved Player – Bea’s task: January and Janus
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My mother has been in the hospital for the past two months, and, thus very much on my mind and in my heart. She will be 92 in January, so I am dedicating this task to her.

The month of January was named for the Roman god Janus. He is considered to be the god of beginnings and passages, the god of change and time, and the first of all the Roman gods. He is pictured as facing two directions at once, which is interpreted as looking to the past and the future. 

For this task, you will chose one option. It is a ONE BOOK task. Required: State the option chosen when you post and include any specific requirements of the chosen option.

Options:
1. Janus is the god of passages. Read a book with a cover showing a gate, door or doorway. Required: Include the cover when you post.
Ex: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Daphne A Novel by Justine Picardie Home At Last Chance (Last Chance, #2) by Hope Ramsay Evenings at the Argentine Club by Julia Amante

2. Janus faces both the past and future. Read a book with the main page genre of either Historical Fiction or Science Fiction. Genre may be embedded or stand alone. Historical Fiction should be earlier than the current century (21st). Science Fiction should be later than 2100. It can also be any undisclosed date as long as it does not match settings that are current to our time. Required: State the century or year of the setting when posting. If unknown, indicate why you consider this book as one which meets the requirement.

3. Janus is the god of transitions. One major transition of life for all humans is the transition from childhood to adulthood. Read a book with the main page genre of “coming of age.” This may be an embedded genre.

4. There are other transitions in life, and one that my mother is dealing with is aging. Read a book from one of these shelves: Memory or Aging. There are overlaps between the two shelves. As long as the book is on one of those shelves it will be OK. Required:State which list the book appears on and which page when posting. 

5. This option is for my mother. She was trained as a nurse. Read a book with a medical setting/practice and whose main character is either a nurse, doctor or midwife. It is intended that the primary story is dependent on the medical practice. The GR description must include the mention of a doctor, a nurse, a midwife and/or the medical setting. Examples: 
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian Cutting for Stone by Abraham VergheseThe Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne FadimanComa by Robin Cook A Case of Need by Jeffery Hudson

20.2 – Rookie at the Top – Erika’s Task: Feminism is for Everybody!
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I recently began volunteering at my local women’s domestic violence/sexual assault center and am training to become a certified DV/SA advocate. I also read Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist: Essays” during the Fall challenge, which spurred my obsession with other feminist texts, a large part of my reading plans for this Winter challenge. 

Feminism means a great deal to me, and I find it sad that so many of the people I talk to are leery or even against it because of a limited view of what feminism is. This movement may have its flaws, but it has made amazing improvements in the lives of both women and men and strives for equality among ALL people. 

Read ONE book from one of the following options: REQUIRED: State which option you chose when you post.

Option 1: Feminists and their forerunners have made strides in many areas over the decades and centuries they have been in existence. These areas include, but are not limited to education reform, suffrage, reproductive and sexual rights, violence against women, and they even had hands in abolition and civil rights. Read a NON-FICTION book that has one of the following genres on its main page: “Feminism”, “Women’s Studies”, “Gender”, “Sexuality”, or “Race”. Embedded genres are acceptable.

Option 2: Fiction is a powerful medium that can both be helpful or harmful to women, either portraying women as well-rounded human beings or as flat, one-dimensional people created only to serve a role. Read a fictional book from the Best Feminist Fictionlist. As with all Listopia lists, be careful. The book must be FICTION. It’s possible that not all books on the list will fit the task. Required: State which page and at which number the book you read is found when you post.

Option 3: Gay’s main point behind “Bad Feminist” is that a woman can be a feminist and still meet some of society’s expectations of women. This allows her to be an individual who likes what she likes and is who she is, rather than be a caricature defined by others. She describes herself (rather sarcastically) as a “bad feminist” because she loves pink, dreams of a closet full of shoes, and does not hate men. Read a book with a pink object (this includes text—May I suggest Bad Feminist Essays by Roxane Gay?), high-heeled shoe(s), or a bare-chested man on the cover.
Ex: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer Undertow (Cutter Cay #1) by Cherry Adair
Required: Include the cover and if the object is not obvious in the thumbnail of the cover, point it out when you post.

20.3 – Best Review – Book Concierge’s task: Caroling, Caroling …
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I am an absolute fool for Christmas music. It just makes me happy. So to spread the cheer I’ve planned a fairly easy task. 

Read ONE book whose TITLE shares a word with the title of one of my favorite Christmas Songs. The word must be 4 or more letters long. The word must match exactly – NO variations. Note – you may only use the book’s TITLE – NO subtitles or series names.

Required: Book must be a minimum of 250 pages. State the song title and the word you are matching when you post.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

My 10 favorite Christmas songs (in alphabetical order):
Angels We Have Heard On High
Christmas Time Is Here
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Joy to the World
O Holy Night
Santa Baby
Silver Bells
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland

Words you can match:
Angels, Baby, Beginning, Bells, Christmas, Have, Heard, Here, High, Holy, Home, Like, Look, Night, Santa, Silver, Time, White, Winter, Wonderland, World 

Optional: – Listen to YOUR favorite Christmas music while reading. (Try not to sing along … I dare you!)

20.4 – Author! Author! – Gea’s task: The College Years
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I’m an undergraduate student of Economics and Winter is usually quite filled with college obligations. This task is designed to bring back the memories of your college years or let you know what’s waiting for you if you decide to go.

Chose ONE of the options below and read a book that fits the criteria for that option. No books with the genres ‘children’s’ or ‘kid’s’ on their main page may be used for this task.

1. I live in Slovenia, which is a part of European Union. Being a part of EU has its advantages and disadvantages. For this task, read a book which is set at least 50% in a country that is part of European Union. To make things a bit more interesting, the United Kingdom can NOT be used for this task. To see which countries belong to European Union, see the list below
Member states of the European Union
REQUIRED: If not obvious in the Goodreads description, state the book’s setting when you post..

2. My major is International Business and I believe it’s one of the most interesting majors in our faculty. Before I picked my major I had to study plenty of other, general Economic courses. Read a non-fiction book with the genre “Economics” on its main page.

3. Read a fictional book where one of the main characters is in college. The fact that the character is in college must be apparent from the description of the book on its main page.

4. We have plenty of foreign students in our college who come to study through Erasmus or any other student exchange program. To honor them, read a book that has a foreign exchange student as a main character OR a book on this list: Ex-Pats. The foreign exchange student must be mentioned in the book’s description or within the first page of reviews. Required: State the foreign exchange student’s name or, if the book was found on the list, state the book’s position on the list when you post. 

20.5 – Bigger is Better – Emurphy’s task: 2 Sides to Every Coin
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My 2 1/2 year old daughter’s personality is developing into such a complex thing. On one hand she is compassionate and nurturing, but on the other hand she is hilarious and stubborn. She reminds me that we all have this duality in our own personalities, like the two sides of a coin. 

Read ONE book from one of the following options. REQUIRED: State which option you chose when you post.

Option 1: Read a book that has the word “coin”, or the name of a US coin (defined as: penny, nickel, dime, quarter) in the title/subtitle. Plurals and possessives will work, but no other variations.

Option 2: Read a book whose title or subtitle has two words that are conflicting or opposites. Here’s a list that may help: Opposites

20.6 – Seasoned Reader – Alicia T’s task: Deployment
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One of the best things about the SRC is its ability to distract me from stressful times. This fall, I read more than I normally do in a challenge period, because my husband is deployed and books were a great escape. 

Fortunately, at some point in the middle of the Winter Challenge, my husband will finally be coming home! It’s a very exciting time for my family, and in honor of that I created a few options to categorize the life of a deployed spouse. 

Pick ONE option and read a book that fits its criteria. Rereads and books with the genre “kids” or “childrens” on its main page may not be used for this task (but see note to option 2). 

Option 1: Far Abroad – The world is a great big place, especially when you’re not exactly sure where your loved one is located for months on end. Read a book set on a different continent(s) than the one you are currently residing in. 
Required: State the continent on which you live and identify the setting of the book if it’s not obvious from the Goodreads description.

Option 2: Parenthood- One of the most challenging parts about my husband being gone is caring for my toddler son solo. Some days it feels like I’m a single parent, but what gets me through is reading books involving parents. In honor of that, read a fiction book where the main character is a parent or guardian. OR read a non-fiction parenting self help book, such as Oh Crap! Potty Training or Playful Parenting. Reminder: Bookswritten for adults with the genres “kids” or “childrens” may be verified in the Not Really For Kids Books thread and then used for this option. If you’ve gotten a book approved in the Not Really For Kids Books approval thread, you must include the post number where the book was approved when you post.

Option 3: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder- If there’s one thing about deployments that I try to convey to my friends, it’s that you have to get creative with your relationship. In today’s world of technology, my husband and I almost have to be archaic with our affections. We write each other hand written letters, I send care packages full of his favorite snack foods, and he sends me flowers for no reason at all. We have to put a lot of thought and effort into making one another feel good emotionally when we can’t physically be next to each other. It’s forced us to think about all the little romantic gestures we can do, so for this option read a book with the genre “Romance” on the goodread’s main page. The genre may be stand alone or embedded.

Option 4: Relevance – To help fill the gap and make sense of why my husband has to be gone for so long, I tend to read a lot of stories concentrating on the military lifestyle. For this option, read a book from the Best Modern Day Military Accounts list. Required:State the page and position in which the book is found on the list.

Required: State the option you chose, that the book is not a reread for you, and any other required information when you post.

20.7 – Shorter is Sweeter – Berls’s Task: Back to High School
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When I think of Classical Mythology, I think of all the classics I was assigned to read in high school. Some of those books became my favorites and others deserve another chance. So for this challenge we’re going back to high school. 

Choose ONE option and read a book that fulfills the option. 
Required: State which option you chose when you post.

Option 1 -Second Chances: There were some books I never gave a chance in High School – maybe I was too busy or the topic just didn’t appeal to me at the time. Others I loved, but haven’t read since and wonder how I’d feel about them now. For this option, pick a book that you read (or skimmed/cliff note “read”) in high school and give it a second chance. As long as it was read while in high school, this could be a book that was assigned reading or it could one that you’d just like to reread with adult eyes.REQUIRED: State that you read the book in high school and what year you graduated (book must be published in or prior to graduation year).

Option 2 – Assigned Reading: A good portion of what kids read in high school is assigned. So for this option pick a book from the Required Reading in High School list.REQUIRED: Include the page and position where the book can be found on the list when you post.

Option 3 – The Best YA: I have a son in high school and I’m thrilled when he picks up a book. I try to steer him towards some of the Best liked YA (better chance he’ll like it) and a great resource for that is the Goodreads Choice Awards. For this option, pick a book that’s been nominated for Young Adult Fiction or Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction in the Goodreads Choice Awards. To find these lists go to The Best Books of 2014. To see what books were nominated that year, click on “View Results” and pick the list from the left. The other years are also listed on the left, repeat the same process for them. REQUIRED: State which year you used and whether the book was a Young Adult Fiction or Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction nominee.

Option 4 – Never Left: Some of us chose to teach and never fully leave high school. But it sure looks a lot different from an adult’s vantage point! For this option, read a book with a teacher or other school administrator (e.g., principal, counselor) as one of the main characters. REQUIRED: Their role must be apparent from the Goodreads description. If not, provide a link verifying their role.

20.8 – Nickels & Dimes – Angie CA’s task: 5+5, 5+10, and 10+10 equals 20!
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Since I never try to finish all of the tasks, I tend to focus on knocking out the higher points first. Most of the time that means skipping the 5 and 10 point tasks unless there’s a book I really want to read which fits. So, in the spirit of giving these lower value tasks a chance, I have a challenge for you! 

Read ONE book that fits the requirements for two of this season’s 5- or 10-point tasks (excluding 5.10).

Examples: Wicked Girls has main page genres of Poetry (task 5.1) AND Historical Fiction (task 5.2).

The Fault in Our Stars has a celestial body in the title (task 5.9) and was reviewed on Blogging for a Good Book (task 10.10).

Required: Identify the 2 tasks you used and include any required posting information for each.

NOTE: If you use task 10.1 (A Random Trip Back in Time) you may use the same number you rolled for the individual task or roll again. You must include the number you rolled when you post.

20.9 – Moderator’s Pet – Jessica PDX’s Task: Stop That Slump!
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I hit a major reading slump in November and didn’t end up making as much progress on the SRC as I’d hoped, so getting picked to create a task for this season was quite a surprise! In the spirit of getting out of the reading doldrums, read ONE book by an author whose name does NOT contain ANY of the letters in SLUMP. 

Examples:

Nancy Horan
Georgette Heyer
Janet Evanovich

To assist in moderation, only books with a single author can be used for this task – no writing teams or compilations by multiple authors. 

A pseudonym may be used if it satisfies the task description, but ONLY if that pseudonym is the first author name listed on the GR main page for the book in question. For example, you could choose A Dark-Adapted Eye by the pseudonymous Barbara Vinebecause Barbara Vine is the first listed author. However, you could not use A Judgement in Stone, which is published under Vine’s real name (Ruth Rendell) and doesn’t work for this task.

Otherwise, normal SRC rules apply – here’s hoping you find a great slump-busting read!

20.10 – Group Reads
Read ONE of the books selected as the Group Reads choices for the season:

Christmas Chick Lit: Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke
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World War II Fiction: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
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Laugh Out Loud Funny: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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REQUIRED: You must participate in the book’s discussion thread with at least one post about the contents of the book or your reaction to the book after you have read the book. 

25 Point Tasks

25.1 — Angel **Book Junkie**’s task: New and Old
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Just to celebrate the New and the Old.
Pick 2 options and read 1 book from each. This is a TWO book task.

Option 1. Read a new-to-you book (not a reread) by an author that you have read before.
REQUIRED: State the name of older book that you have read by this author.

Option 2: Read a book by a new-to-you author.
REQUIRED: State that the author is new to you.

Option 3: Start a series by a new-to-you author. This book must be listed as book #1 in a series on Goodreads.
REQUIRED: State that the author is new to you!

Option 4: Read a book in a series that you have already started. This book must be identified as #2 or higher in a series on Goodreads. 

Note: Just to make things fun, if you choose Options 3 and 4 you can read books #1 and #2 in the same series….

25.2 – Andy P’s task: Hats off to Translators
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You must read TWO books, one answering the criteria for Book 1 and the other fulfilling the criteria for Book 2. No books with the genres ‘children’s’ or ‘kid’s’ on their main page may be used for this task.

Book 1: A Nod to the Romans
Read a book originally written in one of the Romance languages (originally derived from Latin) that has been translated into English. For the purposes of this task, the Romance languages will be defined as French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, or Romanian. If you wish to read the book in one of these languages feel free, but you must provide a link to the English version of the book when you post.

Book 2: And to the Greeks
Read a book originally written in one of the following languages, which like Greek, use a different alphabet than the one common to English. The book must have been translated into English. 
The languages are: Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Russian. Again feel free to read the book in it’s original language, but provide a link to the English version when you post.

25.3 — Mrs.soule’s task: Two Types of Tasks
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I’ve noticed there tend to be two different kinds of tasks for the SRC reading challenge – tasks that are wide open enough to let you read what you wanted to read already and tasks that are much more limiting and force you to read something you’d never have opened otherwise. I tend to enjoy the first type much more – until the second type leads me to my new favorite book! So in honor of SRC tasks through the years, I’m giving you one of each type:

This is a TWO book task. Read a book from A AND a book from B.

Book A: This is your “wide-open” task. Read a free-for-this-challenge book – this can be a library book, a free ebook, a book you got as a gift, or a book you already owned before December 1, 2014.
REQUIRED: State the source of the book when you post.

Book B: This is your limited task. Read a book from my Goodreads five-star shelf.

Re-reads, graphic novels, and children’s books that otherwise meet SRC requirements are allowed for this task.

25.4 – Bluemoon’s task: EGYPTIAN DEITIES
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For this task we will explore Egyptian Mythology. You will chose TWO different options and read a book for EACH. This is a TWO book task. 

A. THE GODDESS MA’AT – Ma’at was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation.

For this option read a book with the name of a season (winter, spring, summer or fall/autumn) in the title or subtitle. Plurals and possessives will work but no other variations.

B.THE SUN GOD RA – Ra is the ancient Egyptian solar deity. He was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the earth, and the underworld. He was associated with the falcon or hawk.

For this option read a book with the image of a bird (any bird will do) on the cover. 

REQUIRED: If you chose this option include the cover in your post.

C. THE GOD OSIRIS – Osiris is usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead. Osiris was considered not only a merciful judge of the dead in the afterlife, but also the underworld agency that granted all life, including sprouting vegetation and the fertile flooding of the Nile River. As a result he is also known as the god of resurrection.

For this option read a book that is first in a series that is new to you or resurrect a series that you have been neglecting and read another book in the series. NO REREADS for this option.

REQUIRED: State that the book read for the task is not a reread.

D. THE GODESS ISIS – Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden, but she also listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers.

For this option read a book that has “Magic” or “Magical Realism” as a genre on the home page. Embedded genres will work for this task.

REQUIRED: State which options you chose when you post. 

25.5 — Dakimel’s task: Lucky Number Twelve
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My birthday is 12-12, so of course twelve is my favorite number. 

Read TWO books, one each from two different options below.

Option A: Celebrate the number 12! Read a book with the word “twelve” or “dozen” in the title/subtitle, or that is 12th in a series according to its listing on GR. Plurals are acceptable, and the word can be alpha or numeric, cardinal or ordinal. 
Examples: The Twelve, Size 12 Is Not Fat, A Dime a Dozen, 12th of Never, The Twelfth Imam, Betrayal in Death (In Death #12)

Option B: Read a book by an author whose birthday is December 12. If their birthday doesn’t appear on their GR profile, provide external validation of the date.
Examples: Patrick O’Brian, Melanie Greene

Option C: There are 12 signs of the Western Zodiac. Find your Western Zodiac sign and read a book that has YOUR sign’s symbol in the title/subtitle or series name. Plurals and possessives are okay, no other variations are acceptable. For the purposes of this task, the following are the signs and associated symbols: Aries-“Ram”, Taurus-“Bull”, Gemini-“Twins”, Cancer-“Crab”, Leo-“Lion”, Virgo-“Maiden”, Libra-“Scales”, Scorpio-“Scorpion”, Sagittarius-“Centaur”, Capricorn-“Goat”, Aquarius-“Bearer”, Pisces-“Fish.” REQUIRED: Name your sign when you claim the task. 
Examples: Gemini – Time of the Twins; Virgo – Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane #4); Aquarius- Bearers of the Black Staff; Pisces – So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Option D: There are 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac, each represented by an animal. (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.) Find YOURChinese Zodiac sign and read a book with the corresponding animal on the cover. 
REQUIRED: Name your sign, and include the cover of the book when you claim your task.
Examples: Rat – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes; Ox –Mad Cowboy Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat by Howard F. Lyman; Dragon – Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4) by Naomi Novik; Rooster – Buddy How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory; Dog – Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

25.6 — Pamela3265’s task: Let It Snow!
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It seems like much of the U.S. was inundated with snow during the month of November. This task is inspired by the lyrics from “Let It Snow”. 

Choose TWO different options below and read a book that meets the requirements for EACH option. This is a TWO book task.
REQUIRED: State which options you chose when you post.

Option A – “Let it snow”: Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in the song title “LET IT SNOW”.The initials for only the first and last names count for this task. Middle initials may be ignored. Letters can only be used as many times as they appear in “LET IT SNOW,” for example: an author with the initials TT will work but SS will not.

Option B – “The fire is so delightful…”: Read a book that has FIRE intact in the book title or subtitle. Ex: The Firefly Dance, A Firefighter in the Family, Catching Fire

Option C – “As long as you love me so…”: Read a book with Romance listed as a genre on the book’s main page. Embedded genres, such as Historical Romance or Paranormal Romance, will also work.

Option D – “All the way home I’ll be warm…”: Read a book that has an individual dressed for winter on the cover. 
Ex. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow Married by Christmas (Smoky Mountain Matches, #5) by Karen Kirst Let It Snow by John Green Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1) by Jill Shalvis Baby It's Cold Outside (Alaskan Nights, #1) by Addison Fox 
REQUIRED: Include the cover when you post.

25.7 — Allison Ann’s task:
No task per finisher’s request. 

25.8 — Hana C’s task: Merry Saturnalia!
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Saturnalia is the Roman festival celebrating Saturn which runs from approximately December 17th to the 23rd. It was once the most popular celebration throughout the ancient Roman Empire, and many of it’s customs are still observed during the modern holidays that surround the Winter Solstice.

This is a TWO book task. Books with the genre childrens, kids, manga, comics, or graphic novel on their main page are welcome as long as they meet all other SRC rules. 

Book One

Giving family and friends gifts during Saturnalia was common. My gift to you is that your first book for this task can be any book of your choice, as long as it meets general SRC requirements. Have fun!

Book Two

Pick from one of the following options, remember to state which option you’ve picked when you post.

1. Saturnalia is a winter holiday, so read a book that shows an outside winter landscape complete with snow. Required: Include the cover in your post.

Examples: Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3) by Lisa Kleypas The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Snow by Orhan Pamuk Winter Study (Anna Pigeon, #14) by Nevada Barr

2. The feast was an important part of the festivities. Read a book found on the Food Related Non Fiction list. Required: State which the number the book is at on the list and what page it is on when you post.

3.Now when we hear Saturn, we think of the planet and not the God. Crisp winter nights can be a good time take a telescope out and dream of being among the stars. Read a book with the genre Science Fiction on it’s main page (may be embedded), with a setting that is primarily extra-terrestrial. (i.e. does not take place on Earth of the past/present/future or in an alternate dimension/timeline). If the setting is not clear from the GR description please state how your book fits the task. 
Examples: Decision at Doona, Foreigner, City of Pearl

25.9 — Pat’s task: Narcissus & Echo
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The mythology of Narcissus and Echo appears in Book III of the Metamorphoses and tells the story of a “talkative nymph” who is admired by the goddess Aphrodite for her magnificent voice and song. When she tricks Hera, Zeus’s jealous wife, Hera punishes the talkative Echo by taking away her voice, except in foolish repetition of another’s shouted words. Thus, all Echo could do was repeat the voice of another.

Narcissus, a hunter renowned for his beauty and tired from both his enthusiasm for hunting and from the heat, sits down beside a spring to rest and quench his thirst. Echo spies him by the spring and immediately falls in love with him. Narcissus, however, is captivated instead by the image of his own reflection and falls deeply in love with the beauty that he sees in the spring. 

Eventually, Echo’s presence is revealed to Narcissus, who rejects her love. Echo, filled with grief, prays to Aphrodite, who makes Echo disappear until she remains a voice and is heard by all. Narcissus, unable to leave his own reflection, wastes away with love for himself, echoing the manner in which Echo did earlier on. 

For this task you are to select one of the two characters – either Narcissus or Echo – and read two of the three options for that character.

❖ The total number of pages for the two books must be at least 500. 
❖ Book must be new to you, no re-reads. Required: State that the books are new to you when you post.
 Required: Post the character and options you chose when you post your book.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

Narcissus ( the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself)

A. Read a book that is written in first person. A first person narrative means the book is written from one person’s point of view, speaking for and about themselves. It is characterized by narrators who explicitly refer to themselves using variations of “I.” Example: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Storm Front
Required: Include the first sentence of the book that demonstrates the first person perspective (the narrator specifically speaking for and about themselves).
B. Read a book that has the word “I,” “me,” or “my” as a stand-alone word in the title or subtitle. 
C. Read a book that shows exactly one person on the cover. Required: Include the cover when you post.

Echo (an aural effect that results in hearing one’s words repeated)

A. Read a romance book from this list: Books With Sad Endings. The genre “romance”must appear on the books main page. It may be embedded. Required: State which page the book was found on and the date it was found.
B. Read a book that has at least one repeated word in the title OR in the subtitle. The repeated word must appear on the same side of the semicolon (i.e., EITHER in the title OR in the subtitle) to work. Disregard a, an, and the. 
Examples of such books: Tora Tora Tora, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, One Plus One,Mother to MotherThe Pastures of Beyond: An Old Cowboy Looks Back at the Old West(old found repeated in subtitle)
C. Read a book that shows exactly two people on the cover. Required: Include the cover when you post.

25.10 — Lois’s task: Book Group Books
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My neighborhood book group consists of all the women who live on my street, readers and non-readers alike. It is mostly about community, but we actually do spend time discussing the selected book, followed by an often more lively conversation about choosing the next book. I often bring a Goodreads list of the most popular book club books as a starting point for the selection process.

Read 2 books, one from each option below.

Book 1. If you belong to a book group, other than the SRC, this can be a book you read for your book group in December 2014, January 2015, or February 2015; OR pick any SRC Group Reads book, from any past season, that you didn’t read previously. The SRC Group Reads selections are on the SRC Read Shelf. 
Required: Specify which of these options you chose.
Optional: Share something about your book group or the conversation about this book selection.

Book 2. Check out what other book groups are reading and maybe find a book to suggest for your book group’s next selection: Read a book from the Most Popular bookclub bookslist. Just above the #1 book, you can select this week, this month, or all time; select your country or the world; and choose one of the books on the list. 
Required: State which list among the options, the date the list was generated, and the position of the book you selected. 

30 Point Tasks

30.1 – Captain America Girl’s task: It’s All Greek to Me…
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For this task you will read TWO books. Roll two dice – the numbers you roll are the numbers that you’ll use to complete this task. If you roll doubles, roll again until you have 2 different numbers. Each option may only be used once. Read a book that corresponds to each of the numbers you rolled.

REQUIRED: State which numbers you rolled when you post.

1: Hades and Persephone 
Hades, the god of the underworld, fell in love with Persephone while she was picking flowers. He kidnapped her and spirited her away to the underworld to be his bride. She subsequently ate 6 pomegranate seeds, forcing her to remain in the underworld for 6 months out of the year. 

Read a retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. Goodreads must list Hades, Persephone, or the underworld somewhere in the description.

REQUIRED: Explain how your book fits the task if it is not clear from the book’s description on Goodreads. 

Examples: The Goddess Test, Abandon

2: Orpheus and Eurydice 
Orpheus was a legendary musician in Greek mythology. His love for Eurydice was almost as legendary as his musical ability, so her death was completely devastating. He was allowed to retrieve her from the underworld on condition that he not look at her until they were clear. Sadly, he couldn’t restrain himself and looked back. She was whisked back to the underworld and lost to him forever.

Read a book with love, romance, or music as a main page genre. Genres must be the main genre. So Romance > Paranormal would work, but Paranormal Romance would not.

Examples: The Notebook, The Fault in Our Stars, A Visit from the Goon Squad

3: Prometheus 
Prometheus was a Titan, who gave mortals the gift of fire. For this, the gods punished him, and he was sentenced to Tartarus where his liver was eaten each day by a giant eagle.

Read a book with fire on the cover. 

REQUIRED: Post the cover when you claim the task. 

Examples: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Firebug (Firebug, #1) by Lish McBride

4: Odysseus 
Odysseus was a legendary Greek general in the Trojan War, which lasted for 10 years. It took him 10 more years to return home, and he had all manner of adventures along the way.

Read a book with the word ‘ship’ found intact in the title, subtitle, or author’s name (first or last). 

Examples: Ship Breaker, The Time Ships, Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy, The Shipping News, The Fellowship of the Ring, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Friendship Bread,David Shipley

5: Medusa 
Medusa was originally a beautiful, sought-after woman. Athena became enraged after Poseidon took advantage of Medusa, turned Medusa’s hair into snakes, and made her formerly beautiful face so terrible that it would turn anyone who looked upon her into stone.

Read a book with ‘horror’ as a main page genre. Genres must be the main genre. So Horror > Supernatural would work, but Supernatural Horror would not.

Examples: Anna Dressed in Blood

6: Cupid and Psyche 
Psyche was the wife of Cupid (or Eros), but she was forbidden to look upon him. Eventually, curiosity overcame her, and she used a candle to look upon her husband. Candle wax dripped on him, awakening him and causing him to flee. She must then complete a series of tasks to regain her husband.

Read a book with a candle or candles on the cover. 

REQUIRED: Post the cover when you claim the task. 

Examples: Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice

30.2 — Hina’s task: Homer’s Odyssey 
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I am taking a Classics course this fall quarter and in the winter quarter as well. In my class, we are currently reading The Odyssey and watching the movie. Although I have read it before, it is one of those stories that you can always read again and again and learn something new. Homer’s Odyssey poem was written in the Dactylic Hexameter, hexa means six, so I give you 6 options to choose from. 

Read 2 books, each from a different option. REQUIRED: State the options you chose when you post.

Both books must be at least 300 pages long. 

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition. 

Option 1: As the Odyssey is considered a classic, read a book (fiction or nonfiction) that has “Classics” as a genre on its main page. 

Option 2: The Odyssey has a strong theme of homecoming, as Odysseus finds his way back to Ithaca after his long journey. Read a book that has “Homecoming” in the title/subtitle of the book. The word must match exactly, no variations.

Option 3: When Odysseus meets Polyphemus (the Cyclops), Odysseus tells Polyphemus that his name is “Nobody.” When Odysseus blinds the Cyclops and escapes with his men, Polyphemus shouts to bring his fellow Cyclops to him. When they asked him who has hurt him, Polyphemus replies “Nobody” has hurt him. Read a book written by an author whose initials can be found in the word “NOBODY.” Middle initials can be ignored. Letters may only be used as often as they are found in the word.

Option 4: The women of the Odyssey: Penelope, wife of Odysseus who waits for her husband for 20 years. Athena, Goddess of Wisdom who helps Odysseus and his family. Calypso, a nymph who falls in love with Odysseus and keeps him on her island for 7 years. Circe, a witch goddess who turns his crew into swine. Read a book that has Penelope, Athena, Calypso, or Circe in the title/subtitle or in the author’s first or last name. Possessives will work, but no other variations.

Option 5: The Odyssey is believed to be composed in the 8th Century and is divided in to 24 sections. Read a book that was first published in a year that contains an 8 (ex. 1850, 1984, etc.) OR that has the number 24 in the date (ex. 5/24/2013). 

Option 6: Odysseus’ goal is to go back home by navigating the Seas using a ship. Read a book with water AND a ship/boat on the cover of the book. REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.
Ex: A Night to Remember by Walter Lord Two Years Before the Mast A Sailor's Life at Sea by Richard Henry Dana Jr. Life of Pi by Yann Martel Sail by James Patterson The Wench Is Dead (Inspector Morse, #8) by Colin Dexter

30.3 – Dlmrose’s task: Greek Key
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A greek key is a decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif.
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Read two books using two different options. REQUIRED: Identify the options you chose when you post. 

Option 1. Read a book with a lock and/or key on the cover- the lock image must show a keyhole or locking system like a combination lock/keypad used exclusively to secure something.
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton The House of Silk A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
REQUIRED: Include the cover when you post.

Option 2. The greek key is also known as a meander. The motif took its name from the river Meander, a river with many twists, mentioned by Homer in Iliad. Read a book from the list Best Twists
REQUIRED: Indicate the page and the book’s numbered position on the list.

Option 3. The meander became associated with the legends of King Minos of Crete and the story of Theseus slaying the Minotaur in the labyrinth. 

Read a book with one of these words in the title or subtitle: labyrinth, maze, jungle, snarl, tangle, warren. Plurals, possessives and compound words or variations that preserve the word meaning may be used.

Option 4. Read a book with a repeating pattern of items or design elements on the cover. The items must be arranged in an organized pattern and be similar in size and style. ex. 
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman Ten Lords A-Leaping A Mystery (Father Christmas Mystery #3) by C.C. Benison Now You See It How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson The First Husband by Laura Dave
Required: Include the cover when you post.

30.4 – Annapoorni’s task: Neptune’s Neighbourhood
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Read two books from two different options.

A) Read a book with the word “water” or a term for a body of water in its title/subtitle or series title. Variations that preserve the meaning of the word also work. Ex: Like Water for Chocolate, Waterline, The Lake of Dreams, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Dark Rivers of the Heart, Wide Sargasso Sea, The Reservoir, Death By Cashmere (A Seaside Knitters Mystery #1)

B) Read a book written by an author whose name includes the word “water” or a term for a body of water intact within their name. Ex: Lazarus Lake, Lynda Waterhouse, Sarah Waters, Francine Rivers, Sam Lake, Anne Rivers Siddons, Toni Blake (Blake), Shirley Rousseau Murphy (Rousseau)

C) Read a book that shows a body of water large enough to swim in on the cover. Ex:
These Granite Islands by Sarah Stonich Tell It to the Skies by Erica James You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert Anila's Journey by Mary Finn It Comes In Waves by Erika Marks The House on Mermaid Point (Ten Beach Road, #3) by Wendy Wax

REQUIRED: State which options you chose. If using option C, you must include the cover when you post. 

30.5 – Sandy’s task: Atlantis 
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The lost island of Atlantis was first discussed in Plato’s work Timaeus. According to much of the mythology surrounding Atlantis, it was part of the domain of Poseidon.

For this task, you will read two books, from two different options. No book with the genre “kids” or “childrens” on its main page may be used for this task.

REQUIRED: State the options you chose when you post.

1. Read a book about Atlantis or Atlanteans. The “Atlantis connection” must be evident from the book’s main page (description, metadata, etc.) “Close” doesn’t work – i.e., Atlantia, Atlanta, etc.

These lists may give you some ideas: The Atlanteans; Best Books on Atlantis; Serious Books on Plato’s Atlantis

2. Atlantis was often thought of as a utopia. Since one person’s utopia is another person’s dystopia, read a book with the genre “utopia” or “dystopia” on its main page. The genre may be stand alone or embedded.

3. Read a book the title or subtitle of which contains a word that matches exactly a word of 4 or more letters from the lyrics of Donovan’s song Atlantis. You can find the lyrics 
here. The word must match exactly – no variation accepted. 
REQUIRED: Identify the matching word when you post.

30.6 – Elizabeth B’s task: Twice the Fun
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Roll 1 die and read 2 books that correspond to the number you rolled.

1: TITLE: Read 2 books that have the same word in the title/subtitle (a, an, the: are not allowed). The matching word must be exactly the same, no variations. 
2: AUTHOR: Read 2 books written by authors who share the first name or surname (you may read the same author twice). Spelling must be exact, no variations.
3. SERIES: Read 2 books that have the same word in their series names (you may read two books from the same series). The matching word must be exactly the same, no variations. 
4. PUBLICATION YEAR: Read 2 books that were first published in the same year.
5. AWARD: Read 2 books that have won the same award (the books may have won in the same or in different categories). Award winners only. The award must appear on the book’s main GRs page under Literary awards. This page might give you some ideas:Literary Awards.
6.GENRE: Read 2 books that have the same top genre on the main page (top genre:the genre with the most users), (the genre may be imbedded).

REQUIRED: State which number you rolled when you post.

30.7 — Catherine T’s task: Hang the Christmas Stockings with Care
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Even at the ripe old age of [cough], I still love the excitement of a well-filled Christmas stocking; diving in and pulling out the different objects. Father Christmas, being well-practised in the art, has got the knack of putting together a good stocking. Here is the key items I hope to see on Christmas morning, and a matching bookish challenge.

For this task, you will read TWO books. Roll two dice to see which pressies you pull out first. If you roll doubles, keep rolling until you get two different numbers. Read a book that corresponds to each of the numbers you rolled.

REQUIRED: State the numbers your rolled when you post.

1. Satsuma – the classic item, usually found padding out the toe. Read a book with a bright orange cover (at least 50% of the cover should be bright orange). REQUIRED:Include the cover when you post.
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

2. Lump of coal – no one really wants to be judged a bad boy or girl, finding only a lump of coal in their stocking, but it’s always a risk! Read a non-fiction science book. The genre “Science” must appear on the book’s main page. Genres may be standalone or embedded.

3. Chocolate – of course! It’s not Christmas in my family without a bar of Toblerone or a slab of chocolate to munch on. Read a book whose author initials can be found in “CHOCOLATE.” All initials count and letters may only be used as many times as they appear in the word “CHOCOLATE.”

4. Luxury item – a really great stocking has at least one decadent item that I’d never buy for myself, but will enjoy immensely. Treat yourself, and finally get around to a book that you’ve wanted to read for a long time. This should be a new-to-you book.REQUIRED: State that the book is not a re-read when you post.

5. Surprise – my siblings and I are pretty good at guessing what we’ll find, but there’s always something different, that we didn’t expect to find. Read a book found on this list:Popular Classic Retellings Books. 
REQUIRED: State which page the book you choose was found on when you post.

6. Stocking filler – and sometimes the wrapping is the best bit, and it’s a pair of socks! Read a book with a wrapped (or partially wrapped) present or a pair of socks on the cover. Ex:
Something Blue by Emily Giffin Let It Snow by John Green The Christmas Sweater by Glenn BeckWhat Came First by Carol Snow The Sock Wars by Maia Sepp One Small Boat The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found by Kathy Harrison
REQUIRED: Include the cover when you post.

30.8 — Morgan Faeriesfolly’s task: Make Your TBR List Say Uncle
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Most of the physical books I have that I am trying to fit in SRC challenges are ones that belonged to my Uncle when he passed away. He not only collected them for himself and his family (he was an enabler of my reading habit for years), but also to sell. We still haven’t been able to go through all of them, but just keep dividing them up between us a box or two at a time. 

When he was alive we watched everything from cartoons to home & garden and read everything that piqued our interest, so books with the main page genre “Children’s” & “Sequential Art” ARE ALLOWED to be used for this task as long as they also fit all other SRC Requirements.

Choose TWO different options below and read TWO books. Books should be at least 250 pages each.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition. 

REQUIRED: When posting, please list the options that you chose.

Option 1 :: I HEARD YOU LIKE BOOKS :: He worked in a bookstore and had every wall in his home office covered with stacks and stacks of books (on shelves every which way they could fit!), so he was perpetually surrounded by books. Read a book with the main page genre “Books about Books”.

Option 2 :: RED ALL OVER :: World AIDS Day is December 1st, and AIDS is the reason my Uncle is no longer with us. To remember all of all those who have died from or currently live with AIDS/HIV, read a book that has a cover that is at least 75% red. 
REQUIRED: Include the cover when posting.
Redshirts by John Scalzi Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear, #1) by Michael Grant You Slay Me (Aisling Grey Guardian, #1) by Katie MacAlister Battle Royale by Koushun Takami Desire Unchained (Demonica, #2) by Larissa Ione The Accidental Highwayman Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides (Adventures of Kit Bristol, #1) by Ben Tripp Forbidden (Forbidden, #1) by Kimberley Griffiths Little The Curiosities A Collection of Stories by Maggie StiefvaterWicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel #1) by Janet Evanovich

Option 3 :: DOUBLE RAINBOW :: Read a book about a main character who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. It should be clear from the main page description or genres.

Option 4 :: AN OLDIE, BUT HOPEFULLY A GOODIE :: He was always seeking out older books to read, pass along or resell. Go to your to-read shelf. Look at the 10 books that have been sitting on there the longest. Choose one of them to read. 
REQUIRED: Include the date the book was added to your to-read shelf AND the date that you joined Goodreads (month/year) when posting. The month and year that you joined Goodreads can be found on your profile page beside “activity.”

Option 5 :: GUILTY PLEASURES :: Read one of your guilty pleasure type books. They don’t have to be trashy romance or erotica…but it’s okay if they are. Maybe you don’t want people to know you read an excessive amount of YA. Anything that might make you wish it was on your e-reader so no one could tell what you’re reading would qualify here.

Option 6 :: AS YOU WISH :: One of the last things that I watched with my Uncle was the movie The Princess Bride. It was one of his favorites as well as mine. Read a book in which royalty (defined for this task as: prince, queen, king, or princess) or pirates (or both!) play a significant role. This should be clear in the book’s main page description and/or in reviews on the main page. Required: If the role of royals or pirates is not obvious from the book’s description, explain how the book fits the task. 

30.9 — Delicious Dee’s task: You Are An Ironman
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Like usual, I managed to scrap in right under the cut-off for the 30points – but I had a good excuse/reason this season – on Sept 28, I competed in my first Ironman triathlon in Chattanooga, TN. An Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles on the bike (although due to logistics our course was 116 miles) and then a 26.2 mile run – in total 144.6 miles – all of which must be completed in less than 17 hours (yes, I might be slightly insane). 

So I thought that I would base my task around some different experiences from my trip to TN. 

For this task you will read TWO books from DIFFERENT OPTIONS. 

Because the Ironman brand is a series found through-out the world and I covered 144.6 miles on that day, both books you pick must be identified on GR as being part of a series and be a number in the series that contains either a 1, 4 or 6 (i.e. 1, 6, 14, 21).

1. Road Trip: My trip to TN and back took me through 4 states (one of which entirely on my bike). 
Read a book that is set at least 50% in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee or Georgia. If the GRs description does not make it clear, explain how your book fits the task. 

2. Friendships: One of the things that got me through the long days of training was the friends I had made though various social media outlets – many of these friends I didn’t actually meet face to face until I got to Tennesse. 
Read a book that either a GR friend who you have never met, or that one of our moderators has rated 4 or 5 stars. 
REQUIRED: Provide a link to the friend’s or the moderator’s review of the book when you post.

3. Sense of Anticipation: While the race itself didn’t start until 7:30am, we had to be at the race site by 5 to get ready – there was this sense of anticipation as we got everything ready.
Read a book that you have been highly anticipating. 

4. First-time winners: Both Matt Hansen and Angela Naeth, who won the men and women’s divisions respectively, were first time winners.
Read a debut book by an author. (Note: It will be REQUIRED that this is book #1 in a series since it will be the author’s first stand-alone book.) Contributions to anthologies can be ignored.

5. Hitting the Wall: Around mile 20 of the run, I hit the proverbial wall – meaning, I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish the race of not – but luckily for me there was a guy at one of the rest stops handing out Salt – I credit that salt with helping me get through the rest of the race.
Read a book where the letters S, A, L, T can be found in the title/subtitle.

6. You Are An Ironman: For anyone who has ever raced at this distance, there is the dream of hearing Mike Reilly, the voice of Ironman say your name as you cross the line.
Read a book by an author whose first or last name can be found on the Behind the Name – Mike page, or whose first or last name is Reilly.

REQUIRED: State the options you chose when you post. 

50 Point Task

50.1 – Teri-K’s task: Let’s Start the New Year Off Right
Help Thread
The purpose of this task is to help you clear the decks book-wise so you can begin 2015 fresh. 

For this task, you will read THREE books, from three different options. No book with the genre “kids” or “childrens” on its main page may be used for this task.

REQUIRED: State the options you chose and any other required elements when you post.

1) Close, But Not Quite – While picking books for this challenge there were several times when I found the perfect book for a task – only to realize it didn’t quite work after all. Perhaps the spelling wasn’t correct, or the cover’s color wasn’t quite right, or it didn’t meet the task’s required word count. If that happened to you, don’t despair, you can use that book here! Read a book you wanted to read for this challenge but that didn’t quite fit the requirements for the task. The book must fit most of the parameters of the task, but miss by one detail. (The book must still fit the general SRC challenge rules.) If you haven’t had any books like that, then find one that almost works for a task, but not quite, and read it. You can use the help threads rejected books for ideas.
PLEASE NOTE: Children’s/Kids, graphic novels, etc. are not allowed for any option in this task and may not be the justification for reading a book for this task.
REQUIRED: Indicate which task the book almost works for, include all required information from the original task AND briefly explain why it didn’t fit. 
Examples of Explanations:
Not allowed for 20.6 Option 1 because it’s a reread.
Doesn’t fit 30.8 Option 4 because it’s not 250 pages long.
Doesn’t fit 30.9 option 5 because it’s book #2 in a series. 

2) Try, Try Again – Read a book you started once upon a time but didn’t finish. You must have gotten through at least the first chapter or the first 25 pages. And it should have languished for more than 6 months – but really, the longer the better, since you’ll be starting over from the beginning.
PLEASE NOTE: This book can not be a book you have read completely.
REQUIRED: State when the book was originally abandoned and that it is not a rereadwhen you post. You don’t have to remember exactly, a ballpark figure is fine as long as it’s more than 6 months ago, (before July 2014).

3) Jump on the Bandwagon – You know that book everyone but you is reading and talking about? The one your Mother, your best friend and your co-workers all rave about, but you still haven’t started? Here’s your excuse to read it. Pick a book fromGoodReads Best Book of the Year 2014 nominees and winners. Click on the winners to see a list of the nominees in each category, 
PLEASE NOTE: This book can not be a reread. 
REQUIRED: Name the category the book is listed in and state that it is not a reread when you post.

4) It’s Your Last Chance – The bonus theme for this challenge is Classical Mythology. For this task, read a book which has “mythology” AND either “Greek” or “Roman” as genres on the main page. They may be embedded or in related forms like “Ancient Greece”, or “Mythological”, or they may be combined like “Roman mythology”. (If you find a book with all three genres listed, it will work, too.)

5) Be Resolved – Most of us make some kind of resolution at the beginning of a new year, whether or not we call it that or record it anywhere. So pick a resolution and read anon-fiction book that will help you reach your goal or learn more of what you need to know to reach that goal. 
PLEASE NOTE: As you’re supposed to be learning something new, this book can not be a reread.
REQUIRED: State your resolution and if it’s not clear from the title or GR description how the book you read relates to that resolution please explain it briefly. Also, state that it is not a reread when you post.