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Aug 05, 2009 03:57PM

1218 Total: 55 Points as of 5 Aug 2009

Sandy's Task – In Honor of Lucille Ball's B-Day (Aug 6, 1911) and My Favorite TV Show I Love Lucy Read Two Books with Main Characters Whose Names are Lucy, Ricky, Fred or Ethel, or A Variation Of Any Of Those Names. Both Books Can Have The Same Name Or It Can Be Different.

Sharpe's Tiger & Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell (Richard Sharpe)

Initial Thoughts - Read 2 Books Where the First Letter of the First Word In The Titles Matches Your Initials.

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan & High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Jul 22, 2009 03:51PM

1218 I've just started...

First book: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

10 Pts for "6. This Day In History - August 6th, 1945 – The Bombing Of Hiroshima – Read A Book Written By A Japanese Author; Or Set In/About Japan."

Mar 12, 2009 06:22PM

1218 10. March, April, and May are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th months of the year
- Read the third, fourth and fifth books of one series

Seduced by Moonlight (Meredith Gentry 3) by Laurell K Hamilton
Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry 4) by Laurell K Hamilton
Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry 5) by Laurell K Hamilton

Total as at 12 March: 135 Points
Mar 10, 2009 02:44PM

1218 1. It’s Written In the Stars…read a book that corresponds to your astrological sign… (books can be fiction or non-fiction)...
- GEMINI: Read a book about twins.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Gemini: Twins) 15 Pts

Total as at 10 March: 120 Points
Mar 09, 2009 08:47PM

1218 Read an epistolary novel OR a non-fiction collection of letters/journal etc.

Evelina by Fanny Burney 5 Pts

Total as at 10 March: 105 Points

Mar 08, 2009 03:11PM

1218 7. In honor of both Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) and Mother Goose Day (May 1) find and read two books with rhyming titles. By this I mean that there is a word in the title of one book that rhymes with a word in the other book’s title.
- Example: You could read The Scent of Sake AND The Red Tent
Alias Grace & My Place (Margaret Atwood & Sally Morgan respectively)

Total as at 8 March: 100 Pts

Cynthia, sorry about the food colour task, I don't know what's wrong with me last week - for example, I sent emails to myself (by accident) 3 times, not to mention any other stupid things I've done but just to make it fair, thanks for letting me have the points but I'll try to have a meal with the 2 red food things soon!
Mar 06, 2009 05:26PM

1218 9. Read a book with a color in the title AND eat a meal that includes at least 2 foods that are that color (you don’t have to cook it yourself).

The Red Shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky
1. Red Chilli with my stir fry dinner last night
2. Grilled tomato with my big breakfast this morning

Total as at 7 March: 85 Points
Mar 04, 2009 01:42PM

1218 Linda wrote: "Karen wrote: "8. CASSIE’S TASK - For her friend Melissa (who told her about Goodreads and is a YA librarian): Read 2 young adult novels.
Blue Bloods & Masquerade: A Blue Bloods Novel by Melissa de..."

oh really? I wrote on my review that I thought it was sorta a cross between Twilight and A Great & Terrible Beauty. I didn't actually like Twilight (sorry! to people who do), it was just too adolescent for my taste and too much focus on Bella/Edward that everybody else is just on the background. So I actually liked Blue Bloods better. I'd like to read the 3rd book but am not sure how I'm gonna get my hands on one since it was only released in the US in October. I don't know if I'd ever be able to get my hands on one! (I'm in Australia - I don't even know if they're bringing it out here).
Mar 04, 2009 03:52AM

1218 8. For April Fools Day…
- Read a humorous novel, a book of jokes, OR
- A biography/autobiography/memoir of a comedian.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman 5 Pts

Total as at 4 March: 70 Points

Mar 03, 2009 11:31PM

1218 8. CASSIE’S TASK - For her friend Melissa (who told her about Goodreads and is a YA librarian): Read 2 young adult novels.
Blue Bloods & Masquerade: A Blue Bloods Novel by Melissa de la Cruz 25 Pts

Total as at 4 March: 65 Points
Mar 03, 2009 05:18AM

1218 4. Read a book by an author who was born in March, April, or May.
- You can find a list that will help with this task at http://www.authdir.net/
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson (22nd March) 10 Pts

1. KAREN’S TASK - As we are all totally completely addicted to GR (Goodreads), let's read…
- A book which title starts with the letter G AND
- A book which title starts with the letter R.
- Books like The Gargoyle or A Raisin In the Sun – that have titles beginning with A OR THE followed by a G or R word are acceptable for this task.
The Gargoyle & Robinson Crusoe by Andrew Davidson & Daniel Defoe respectively 25 Pts

Total as at 3 March: 40 Pts
Mar 02, 2009 07:09PM

1218 Jon wrote: "Karen and Fallon ive just noticed you have koala pics too! Aussie Aussie Aussie :)"

Oy Oy Oy!
Mar 02, 2009 04:07AM

1218 7. For Arbor Day – Do your part to save some trees by reading an e-book: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning 5 Pts

Total as at 2 March: 5 Pts

Feb 23, 2009 08:34PM

1218 Angela wrote: "This will most likely change...

4. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Task – Read or listen to a book while you are on a plane, on a train, or in a car (or other mode of transport like a bus/combinations of transportation)
- For this task you can’t, for example, start a book in the airport and finish it on the plane...the book must be read entirely while inside one of those modes of transportation.
- But the plane/train/car etc. does not have to be moving the entire time for it to count – exe. you can start reading the book once you board the plane before it takes off.
??? possibly my first audio (which I am not looking forward to) ..."

Oh, Angela, I've only started listening to audio book a few months ago and I have to say I'm really enjoying it! Just make sure that the book is something that you'd be really interested in, the audio book is a professionaly done one, and you like the reader's voice. The ones I liked so far are People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks & read by Edwina Wren and The Host by Stephanie Meyer & read by Kate Reading. The lastest one I heard was The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) & read by Jeremy Irons.

Feb 23, 2009 02:04PM

1218 Jeane wrote: "Is there anybody who found a book for the award task and is born in 1980?"

Hi Jeane, that's me! :) It was hard since most of them didn't appeal to me! However, just keep in mind that it doesn't have to be the winning book just that the author has to have won an award in 1980. I was looking at Arthur C. Clarke who won Hugo in '80 and William Golding won Booker in 1980. But my choice is Shirley Hazzard (won National Critics Circle Awards in '80) since I already have one of her books (not the winning one) on my tbr.

I hope that helps a bit :)
Feb 22, 2009 09:45PM

1218 ♡ Eva ♡ wrote: "Bonnie- I was thinking about maybe using The Hummingbird's Daughter. I found it ..."

Hey, Eva, I noticed you have PS I Love You on your tbr. Cecelia Ahern is Irish and pretty much the whole book is set in Ireland?
Feb 22, 2009 05:00PM

1218 Or check this military shelf:

Feb 22, 2009 04:58PM

1218 Hm, how about Black Hawk Down for the military challenge?

I loved the movie - the book should be good? anybody knows?
Feb 22, 2009 04:55PM

1218 Karen wrote: "Karen wrote: "Cynthia, just some Qs, hopefully easy for you to answer ;)

ps: Is the National Book Critics Circle Award counted as major literary award for this challenge?"

Feb 22, 2009 03:01PM

1218 Cynthia, just some Qs, hopefully easy for you to answer ;)

Magician task: I'm assuming since you're accepting HP, The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan will be acceptable?

Armed Forces task: I'm relying on my husband's advice to read Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy. But as he only reads an average of 1 book a year, thought I'd get a second opinion. Is this book acceptable for this task?

Spring Break task: I'm not really planning to go anywhere and haven't been overseas in over a decade! So I'm assuming that I can read something that's located in Australia (where I am)? I'm looking at A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Thanks, Cynthia!
and I'm proud to say that 2 out 3 books were out of my physical tbr pile! Terrific categories :)

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