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Aug 05, 2010 11:59AM

21757 pjreads wrote: "Jen B,
I'm passing my task to you.
(I love all your task ideas and used several of them for my "bonus round" in the spring.)
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Wow, thanks PJ! Six challenges and I've never actually gotten to make a task before! :)
Aug 04, 2010 05:16PM

21757 Ok, this one is my “good” task that I was saving, but since I’ll not likely get to design one, here it is:

It’s in the Cards
Go to: http://www.random.org/playing-cards/
And use the random card generator to narrow down your book for this task

If your card is a(n):
ODD NUMBER (3, 5, 7, 9): Your book must have been published in a year ending in an ODD number
EVEN NUMBER (2, 4, 6, 8): Your book must have been published in a year ending in an EVEN number
ACE: Your book must be the first in a series
JACK: Your book must be written by a man
QUEEN: Your book must be written by a woman
KING: Your book must be set in/about/by an author from a country that is ruled by a king or a queen (ie: Britain, Spain, Sweden, etc.) still looking for a good list of these

If your card is a:
SPADE: Your book must be a classic
DIAMOND: Your book must have at some point been on a bestseller list (NY Times or another)
CLUB: Your book must be by a Goodreads Author
HEART: Your book must have been published in the last 10 years

Examples:
If I drew the Queen of Hearts, I’d have to read a book written by a woman that has been published in the last 10 years

The Two of Diamonds would be a book with an even number of pages that has been on a bestseller list

The Jack of Spades is a classic written by a man, etc etc

I admit that I was planning to sit out the fall challenge because my bookshelves are piling up, but there are so many fun task ideas I'm going to have to join in again :)
21757 Was going to use this as part of a multi-book task, but the second book I had planned for it just isn't grabbing me. Luckily it fits here:

5.8 Wall Street Journal Lists
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which is on the list of Best Books to Read Aloud.

Total Points: 180

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21757 15.1 Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Old, Borrowed: Forever by Judy Blume, which was published in 1976 (I was born in 1979) and borrowed from the library

New, Blue: She, Myself & I by Whitney Gaskell by Whitney Gaskell. Despite having managed to accumulate all of her books (thanks to my great used bookstore), this is the first of hers I've actually read.

Total Points: 175
Total Books: 17


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21757 10.9 Never Stop Learning

I wanted to learn more about adopting a Vegan diet, so I read Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.

I did pick up a few good tips from this one, but I was really looking for more of a how-to guide, but this came across as more of a preachy research paper. It intrigued me enough to want to start making vegan-friendly changes to my diet, but I think I'll have to look for another book to learn exactly the best way to do that.

Total Points: 160
Books Read: 16


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21757 10.2 The BLANK Who
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

Total Points: 150
Total Books: 15


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21757 30.5 DLM Rose's Task

My recipe is for an Organic Lemon-Rosemary Cake, so I read: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, and Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh by Emeril Lagasse

I actually did make the cake (which got rave reviews), using fresh rosemary from my garden and organic lemons. I'll try to remember to post the recipe in the other thread!

Total Points: 140
Books Read: 14


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21757 25.9 Donna Jo's Task
I chose C. Tankini, and read:
My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto by Jen Lancaster (384 pages), L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad (326 pages), and Promises to Keep: A Novel by Jane Green (352 pages)

Total Points: 110
Total Books Read: 13


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21757 15.5 Great Authors/Readers

I read Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani, and Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, which is on her Top 10 list.

Total Points: 85
Total Books Read: 11


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21757 15.3 Books and Blogs

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

This one was featured on my favorite book blog, ChickLitIsNotDead.com.

My Review:
I absolutely love Emily Giffin's books, and this one is her best yet. It's a testament to good, real writing that she creates characters who are flawed, and aren't always likeable. My allegiances changed so many times during this one that I'd been on everyone's side by the end, somehow even rooting for a man to cheat on his wife -- a woman whose life so closely parallels my own that it's almost eerie. Ultimately, I'm satisfied with the book's outcome, and still contemplating what I would do if I were faced with Tessa's situation.

The only negative mark I'd give this one is Giffin's gimmick of bringing back characters from another of her novels (Something Borrowed). I generally dislike when authors do this in books that aren't meant to be part of a series -- if it's meant to be a stand-alone book, I'd rather just leave the characters when their story ends - it's almost startling to read about them in another context. Giffin actually gives them a pretty significant role in this book. Eventually I didn't mind their presence in the story as much as I initially thought I would, but I'd still rather she have not included them in this one.

Total Books Read: 7
Total Points: 70


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21757 25.6 Summer Lovin'
The One That I Want: A Novel by Allison Winn Scotch
Allison Winn Scotch is a Goodreads Author

One of my favorite summer songs is "The One That I Want" from the movie "Grease." The movie was a staple of every summer sleepover I attended from the time I was 8 all the way up through high school. As kids, we'd dance around the living room in our PJs and sing and pretend we were the Pink Ladies. By the time we were in high school, we could recite the entire movie line-for-line and sing the words to every song. In a house full of boys, I don't get to watch much these days that isn't sports or superhero-related, but when I grab a moment alone this summer, I think I need to watch "Grease" again just for old times' sake.

Total Books Read: 6
Total Points: 55


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21757 Editing my original post since I completely misread Task 5.5.

Third task completed:

20.6 Nicole CA's Task
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
I'd definitely call this book a must-read. The idea behind it -- that everyone lives multiple lives -- has had me thinking about this book nonstop for the last three days. It's a very romantic, thought-provoking book.

Total Books: 3
Total Points: 30


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0.0 Fit This Book (136 new)
Jun 03, 2010 07:42AM

21757 I'm looking to fit in The Forgotten Garden -- any ideas?
21757 Second task done:

5.10 Favorite reread
I read Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume. This has been one of my favorite books since I was a kid...I think I've reread it at least once every couple of years since I was 10 years old.

Total Books: 2
Total Points: 10


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21757 Does The Secret History work? It, too, is on the "bad guy" list, but since I've never read it, I'm not sure how bad the bad guy is. :)
21757 I actually get to claim points on the first day!

5.2 Blockbuster Books
I read The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, which relates to Prince of Persia - a prince and princess teaming up to save the world from an evil god. Probably not an Oscar-winner, but seems like a good popcorn movie...and I can't say I object to two hours of a shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal. :)

Total Points: 5
Books Read: 1
May 20, 2010 11:44AM

21757 Does it have to be a work about a single subject, or could I use a collection of essays like Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities?
May 18, 2010 11:06AM

21757 Another one completed:

10.4 Second Time Around by Beth Kendrick. I bought this book because my library doesn't have it, so I chose Option C, passing it along to someone else. I'm handing it off to my mom, since we frequently trade books with each other.

Total Points: 195
May 17, 2010 05:01AM

21757 Wow, 1750 posts since I last posted! A very belated thanks to everyone for the baby congratulations...he is now almost 3 months old -- it flies by! I'm not so good at getting on the computer these days, but at least the little guy lets me read while I feed him, so I've been getting some reading done. My points thus far:

5 Point Tasks
5.3 The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
(Initials SP) *Goodreads Author*

5.9 Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson
Read this one while I was holed up on bedrest, so I was literally lying in my bed

10 Point Tasks
10.2 Nearlyweds by Beth Kendrick
Had a 3.45 rating when I read it at the beginning of April

10.5 Second Chance by Jane Green
One of the main characters, Paul, is a journalist

15 Point Tasks
15.8 Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

20 Point Tasks u>
20.6 The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin
Part of the Baby-Sitter’s Club series, which was my favorite series growing up. It follows 6 preteen girls who form a baby sitting club as they take on sitting jobs, boys, and growing up. This series helped make me a reader – I used to race out with my allowance money to buy the next book in the series – so I was excited that there’s a new book to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series. It was just as fun as I remember but, wow, I feel old! Not to mention that these girls have been in 7th grade since I was in 7th grade – nearly 20 years ago!

20.7 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein * Goodreads Author*
My husband is as avid a race fan as I am a reader, which means that our house is littered with racing paraphernalia, including giant stacks of racing magazines. I’m on a spring cleaning kick, and have made more than a few trips to the recycling bin with stacks of magazines.
Not only is this book about racing, but every racing location mentioned in it is a place my husband has either been or has talked about going. I passed the book (which I adored) on to him – maybe he’ll read it instead of magazines?!

25 Point Tasks u>
25.4 The Icing on the Cupcake: A Novel by Jennifer Ross AND
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

25.5 Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie *Goodreads Author*
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner * Goodreads Author*
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen *Goodreads Author*
368 pages + 384 pages + 304 pages = 1056 pages

50 Point Task u>
I rolled a 6 (Mystery/Thriller) and a 4 (20th/21st Century):
6 - The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz * Goodreads Author*
4 - The Pink Ghetto by Liz Ireland

Point Total: 185
Mar 14, 2010 08:16AM

21757 Just had my baby on Tuesday, so things have been a little hectic to say the least. But I've managed to finish a couple of books for some points:

20.8 RACHEL LEE'S TASK - Enchanted, Inc. - Shanna Swendson

15.8 A BEAUTIFUL THING... -Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracey Chevalier
I can't say that I really have a favorite artist in particular. I enjoy looking at art, but I probably don't have quite the same appreciation for it as I do for other artistic pursuits like good writing, baking (which I consider to be a form of art - just look at a wedding cake), photography, etc. That said, I absolutely love the painting "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer. The colors are beautiful, and there's so much that you can read into the expression on the girl's face. So I thought this novel was an interesting idea -- to tell the girl's story. I definitely enjoyed it, though with everything going on this week, I probably didn't get quite as much out of it as I would have reading it another time.

Total Points: 35
Total Books Read: 3



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