1. This challenge will start April 1, 2014 (12:01 am EST) and will end at 11:59 pm on August 31, 2014.
2. All books read during the challenge dates, September through March, can count towards tasks. So, if you join in June, anything you read that FITS a task can count towards the challenge as long as you read it AFTER Apil 1st. If you are less than half way through a book BEFORE the challenge starts, you can use it for the challenge. If you are over the halfway point, you cannot use it for the challenge.
3. Books can only be used for one category.
4. Re-reads are fine, except where stated otherwise.
5. All books should be over 150 pages unless otherwise stated. If you read a book that is not quite 150 pages, please make sure that it for a lower point task and you are only able to read an "under 150 pages book" once. Please get an "ok" from us before you try and count an "under 150 pages book" for a task. The only exception is the Children's Book task (5.8). We will allow that one to be 100 pages.
6. To claim your points, you must post completed tasks in the "Leaderboard & Completed Tasks" thread. Please include the title, author, the task number it was for, and your total number of points to date. You can update your task list but we will not be checking those for your points. That is just for your records only.
7. If you have any doubts as to whether a book fits a particular challenge, please feel free to ask.
8. Above all, remember this challenge is supposed to be FUN, a good way to tackle some of your TBR list, and to expand your horizons.
9. Those that finish/win the challenge will be able to pick a task for the Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Challenge.
10. Most Important: HAVE FUN!
Key to Emily's ramblings:
Italic= thoughts/feelings regarding task
Maroon: Possible books that would work
Bold= Official book for task (but unclaimed)
2. May, June, July &; August are all women's names: Read a book either written by someone with one of these names, about a character with one of these names, or one of these words appear in the title. Legend by Marie Lu-June
3. Garden Basics: Read a book with “garden” in the title or a garden on the cover. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
4. Get Outdoors: Read a fiction or nonfiction book about being outdoors.
5. Spring Cleaning: Read a book that has been on your to be read list for more than 5 years (or if you don’t have any on there that long, then the book that has been on your list for the longest). Flirting with Pete by Barbara Delinsky
6. Road Trip: Read a book that takes place in a state or country/province/city/etc. you have never visited.
7. These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Read a book about one of your favorite things, or re-read a favorite book.
8. Children's Book Week-April 12-18: Re-read your favorite childhood chapter book or read one you always wanted to read.
1. World War I: July 28th marks the 100 year anniversary since the start of World War I. Read a fiction book set during World War I or read a non-fiction book about World War I. The Girl you Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
2. (Hopefully not) Lost in Translation: Read a book that has been translated into your mother tongue.
3. HonoRORY Gilmore Girl: Read a book mentioned by or read by the character Rory from Gilmore Girls. There are a couple of lists on Goodreads and several blogs—just Google it. Love this task!!! The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
4. Study Abroad: Read a book about someone visiting a foreign country.
6. Like a Virgin: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
7. What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Read a book related to something fun you'll be doing during the period of this reading challenge, and tell us what the fun thing was. If you don't have the time to get away, read a book related to something you'd like to have done or a book you think is a fun read. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
8. April Fool’s Day: Read a book by an author who is using a pen name. (Like Robert Galbraith = J.K. Rowling.)
1. National Karaoke Week: The last week of April is National Karaoke Week. Read a book that has song lyrics in the title or is about a singer.
2. Getting Medieval: Read a book set during the medieval period (476 - 1500), a book (or an anthology of writings) from that era, or a nonfiction work covering that time.
3. Summer Stock: Summer is a season when many theaters start producing shows, so celebrate by reading some plays. Since most full-length play scripts are only c. 50 pages long, read at least three full-length plays or an anthology of plays that is over 150 pages.
5. Blockbusters: Read a book that has been adapted into a movie and watch the movie; then say a bit about the adaptation—was it good? bad? faithful to the novel?
6. The Dictionary Challenge: Open a dictionary to a random page, and close your eyes, and put your finger on a word. Google books with that word in the title. If there aren't any, do it again till you find one. You learn new words AND you find new books, it's a win-win challenge. I need to find a dictionary...
2. Micklibrarian’s task: Vice or Virtue:
Read 2 books.
Book 1 - Must have the name of a vice, sin, or bad character trait in the title, subtitle or author's name. This could be a traditional sin, like Pride and Prejudice, or something more broad, like The Gambling Man. Note: the vice must be a noun, not an adjective.
Book 2 - Same thing, but with a virtue or something positive about the person. Examples: A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials, Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence, or Alias Grace.
1. Research: Read a novel, then read a non-fiction work that connects to the subject matter. For example, read Moby-Dick, then read a book about whales or whaling.
2. Bizarre, Unique, and Special Holidays: Pick 2 holidays that will happen during the challenge from this list (http://holidayinsights.com/moreholida...) and read a book relating to the holiday. (Other bizarre holidays not listed are also ok, since Towel Day isn't actually on this list, and it is clearly the best holiday ever.
3. Art Smart: Read a biography or autobiography about a person who worked or is working in the fine arts (painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and poetry) and a novel set in the art world.
4. First and last: Pick an author who is no-longer alive (and is therefore done writing). Read their first book and their last book. Maya Angelou?
5. Vive la revolution!: The US and France both began revolutions in July, so read two books about any revolutions of your choice. They can be fiction or non-fiction and cover two revolutions or be two books about the same revolution.
7. Classics, Old and New: Read a known classic and THEN read a book of Entertainment Weekly's List called "The New Classics:" The 100 Best Books of the Last 25 Years
(http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207...) After reading both write a tiny review in our thread about whether or not you think the "new" classic has the ability to stand the test of time.
8. Two Become One: For this challenge you are going to read two books—whatever you want. The caveat—the two books need to form a proper sentence. For example you might read "This Is Where I Leave You" and "Two Alone" by Sandra Brown as it makes the sentence – "This is where I leave you two alone" or you could read "I Am The Messenger" and "In a Sunburned Country" as it makes the sentence "I am the messenger in a sunburned country." It can be zany and nonsensical but it has to be a proper sentence.
Total Claimed Points: 105
Notes for me
Books I've read in this challenge:
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt
Breathe by Sarah Crossen
Columbine By Dave Cullen
Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
The Daughter He Never Knew by Linda Barrett
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Feed by Mira Grant
The Gift by Danielle Steel
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Book of Q by Jonathan Rabb
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells
Inferno by Dan Brown
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Horns by Joe Hill
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Lexicon by Max Barry
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan