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Liz M | 2706 comments 10.1 – List Lovers
Are you trying to read all the Pulitzer Prize winning novels? Working your way through the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die? Use a random number generator to select a book you have not read before from a published book list. Choose your list wisely – you must use the same list each time you repeat this task. Don’t forget to state your chosen list when claiming points for this task. This task cannot be used for combo points.

10.2 – Highly-rated
Read a book that has been rated 5-stars by another RwS group member. Looking for a specific book? Click on the RwS Bookshelf link. On the top left below the RwS photo icon, enter the title in the search box. On the results page click on the "view group reviews »»" link. For example.

10.3 – Meta-reading
Read a novel that self-consciously addresses the devices of fiction, exposing the fictional illusion. Examples can be found here.

10.4 – Native Reading
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, read a book written by or about a Native American. A list of authors can be found here.

10.5 – Bedtime Stories
Read a book recommended by an author interviewed for Goodreads’ monthly
"in bed" column.

10.6 – Fall Freebies
Read a book that was added to your goodreads to-read shelf prior to 9/15/2011. Task can be repeated three times. This task cannot be used for combo points.

10.7 - Rebekah’s Task – Muslim Mind Set
In honor of the conclusion of Ramadan and Islam’s other major holiday, Eid al-Adha ("The Festival of Sacrifice"), read a book that fits at least one of these criteria:
1) Written by an author whom identifies him/herself as Muslim.
2) Set in a predominantly Muslim country or Palestine.
3) Or is non-fiction book about Islam.

10.8 – Karen’s Task - Seasons Change
Fall is a time of change. The leaves turn, various animals prepare to hibernate, others migrate and some transform. A new school year begins and I watch new students transform into adults.; some have migrated and also must face the challenge of a new school. The salmon must climb fish ladders to reach their spawning ground and the monarchs and migrating birds face adversity along the way. For this task, read a book in the top 50 on this Coming-of-Age list, OR the top 50 of this Buildungsroman list, OR the top 100 of this Literature of Social Change list, OR any book on this Change and Challenge list.

10.9 – Kate’s Task – In fourteen hundred ninety-two...
In observance of Columbus Day, read a book written or set during the 15th century.

10.10 - Group Reads
Sam: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Krista: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Liz: Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburō Ōe
Elizabeth (Alaska): Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
Kate: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Karen GHHS: Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell
Rebekah: A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House

15.1 - 15.10 - Back to School Sub-Challenge


message 2: by Liz M (last edited Sep 17, 2011 12:36PM) (new)

Liz M | 2706 comments 20.1 - I read
Read a book written in stream of conscious, a narrative mode that seeks to portray an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her actions.
Examples can be found here.

20.2 - You read
Read a book written in second person, a narrative mode in which the protagonist or another main character is referred to by employment of second-person personal pronouns, for example the English second-person pronoun "you". Examples can be found here.

20.3 - S/he reads
A) Read a book written in third-person objective, a narrative mode in which the story is told without interpreting the actions or relaying the thoughts are going through the minds of the characters. This point of view can be described as a "fly on the wall" or "camera lens" approach and can only record the observable actions. Notable examples include the well-known hard-boiled dective novel The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, or the nouveau roman novel Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet. OR
B) Read a book written in third-person limited narration, so that the story is limited to the telling by just one person, and the narrator cannot tell the reader things that the focal character does not know. For example, The Old Man and the Sea.

20.4 - We read
Read an epistolary novel, a narrative mode in which a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Examples can be found here.

20.5 - They read
Read a book that has multiple narrators, a narrative mode in which parts of the story are told from the points of view of different characters.

20.6 - Unreliable Narration
Read a book narrated by an individual whose version of the details of a story is consciously or unconsciously deceiving. Whether due to age, mental disability or personal involvement, the unreliable narrator provides the reader with either incomplete or inaccurate information.
Books must be chosen from this list.

20.7 – Elizabeth (Alaska’s) Task – The war to end all wars
The Armistice of The Great War, World War I, was on November 11, 1918. Read a book that takes place during the war years of 1914 – 1918. Examples can be found here, here, here, and here.

20.8 - Liz’s Task – It ain’t over...
Mozart’s The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna on Sept. 30th, 1791. In honor of this most-performed opera and of my fifth-year working at an opera company
A)- Read a book on which an opera is based. OR
B)- Read a non-fiction book related to an opera.

20.9 - Krista’s Task - Reading with IMPAC
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is an international literary award for a work of fiction. The prize is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or English translation. Read a novel that has been nominated for or won the award

20.10 - Sam’s Task - Monsterfest III
A) - Read a book with one of the following in the title: Devil(s)/Demon(s), Witch(es), Vampire(s), Zombie(s)/Undead, Ghost(s), or Werewolf(s) OR
B) - Read a classic horror or Gothic novel from one of these lists:
For horror buffs, any book.
Gothic novels and ghost stories, any book in the top 50.
Best Gothic books, any book in the top 100.


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