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message 1: by Liz M (last edited May 31, 2012 09:47PM) (new)

Liz M | 3066 comments Post your completed tasks here. Long posts with many entries are difficult to manage. Please post early and often, with only one or two books per post!

Please use the add book/author link for the book titles. When claiming combo points, tell how the book qualifies, and, if requested in the task description, provide a link.

Reading w/Style (RwS) Sample Completed Tasks Post:

20.5 - Making History

Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

+20 Task (Autobiography and born in 1712)
+5 combo (10.7 - The Past is a Foreign Country)
+10 Lost inTranslation
+10 Not-a-Novel (Biography)
+15 oldies (pub. 1782)
+10 jumbo (720 pages)

Task Total: 70 points
Grand Total: 560

(This assumes mid-challenge, and that you had previously posted 490 points.)


message 2: by Liz M (last edited May 31, 2012 08:52PM) (new)

Liz M | 3066 comments Ten Degrees of Separation sample post:


15.4 - 4th book 5-stars by Elizabeth (Alaska) and Anika
Bleak House by Charles Dickens

+20 task

15.5 - 5th book 5-stars by Anika and Jennifer N
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

+30 task

Grand Total 960

(This assumes mid-challenge, and that you had previously posted 910 points.)


message 3: by Rosemary (last edited Jun 01, 2012 04:19PM) (new)

Rosemary | 989 comments Let's get this party started!

10.2 Underrated

Love In The Wrong Dimension by Anette Darbyshire

Review:
A light paranormal romance, not much to it but an enjoyable easy read.

+10 Task (11 ratings)

Task total = 10

Grand total = 10


message 4: by Anika (last edited Jun 02, 2012 02:58PM) (new)

Anika | 435 comments 15.1 TDoS

The Name of this Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of this Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

5-star rated by Christine and Maureen

Task Total = 15

Grand Total = 15


message 5: by Liz (new)

Liz   (LizVegas) 15.1 TDoS

Daughter of Smoke and Boneby Laini Taylor

5 star: Luculus and Karen GHHS

task total = 15
grand total = 15


message 6: by Karen Michele (new)

Karen Michele (Klibrary) | 2103 comments RwS Task

20.1 – Make Me Laugh (Winter 09-10, 15.4)

From: Satirical Novels:

Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov

I really enjoy Bulgakov. I only regret that I'm not more knowledgeable about the history and politics of Russia at the time, but I knew enough to laugh out loud throughout!

+20 Task
+10 Combo: 10.7 The Past is a Foreign Country (Russia, male, died 1940) / 20.10 Modernly
+10 LiT
+10 Oldies: 1925

Task Total: 50
Grand Total: 50


message 7: by itpdx (last edited Jun 03, 2012 09:12AM) (new)

itpdx | 570 comments 10.2 Underrated
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock L. Eide
My Review

+10 Task (currently 66 ratings)
+10 Not-a-novel (nonfiction)
Task total= 20
Grand total = 20




message 8: by Kate S (new)

Kate S | 2200 comments Audrey wrote: "20.6 Alliteration

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

+20 Task
+10 Oldies (published in 1887)
+5 combo

Task total = 35
Grand total = 35"


I am just checking, are you claiming combo points for 10.7 (The Past is a Foreign Country)?


message 9: by Anika (last edited Jun 02, 2012 02:57PM) (new)

Anika | 435 comments 15.2 TDoS

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5-star rated by Maureen and Karen GHHS

Curses...I didn't let myself read anything about this one--just saw that there were A LOT of 5-star ratings for it--so didn't know what I was getting myself into. Ugh...puffy red eyes are SO unbecoming at work!

Task Total = 20

Grand Total = 35


message 10: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary | 989 comments Kate S wrote: "Audrey wrote: "20.6 Alliteration

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

+20 Task
+10 Oldies (published in 1887)
+5 combo

Task total = 35
Grand total = 35"

I am just checking, are you claiming combo points for 10.7 (The Past is a Foreign Country)?"


It could be 20.9, he had an author son called Adrian Conan Doyle


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 31 comments 20.1 Make Me Laugh

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

+20 Task (Best Dark Humor)

Task Total: 20
Grand Total: 20

Review: I have never read anything by Palahniuk (I keep wanting to spell it with "ui" instead of "iu", forgive me if this happens), but I had a vague idea of what I was getting into. I know this book was made into a movie. I don't think I'd want to see anything that was written in this book on the screen. I'm good. Let me know how it went.

It's a story about a sex addict who works at a colonial reenactment village (it's odd) with an elderly mother that needs care he cannot afford. He pretends to choke on food at restaurants (every night) in order to get money out of the people who save his life (this part is entirely logical; that's sarcasm). At some point he actually believes he's Jesus come again; I'm not spoiling anything there by the way, it's how he comes to that "realization" that's... interesting. There is some messed up stuff that happens in this book. It's very much about addiction, all types of addiction, how it manifest and the challenges people go through dealing with it.


message 12: by Audrey (new)

Audrey (zxyim) | 6 comments Kate S wrote: "Audrey wrote: "20.6 Alliteration

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

+20 Task
+10 Oldies (published in 1887)
+5 combo

Task total = 35
Grand total = 35"

I am just checking, are you claiming..."


No, but can I? I didn't remeber that additional category.


message 13: by Jayme(the ghost reader) (last edited Jun 02, 2012 11:10PM) (new)

Jayme(the ghost reader) (JaymeILtheghostreader) | 1095 comments Square Peg
Jayme(the ghosthunter)

Task +10 "Flawless" by Sara Shepard

"Flawless by Sara Shepard

Total: 10
Grand Total:10
Flawless (Pretty Little Liars, #2) by Sara Shepard


message 14: by Christin (new)

Christin (Lunaratu) | 267 comments 20.6 Alliteration
Homicide In Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

+20 Task

Task Total: 20

Grand Total: 20

This book was a lot of fun if you're a bibliophile as the main character is a restorer of old books. There is quite a bit of description covering the techniques of bookbinding/restoration as well as the differences between restoration versus conservation. Given the quality of readers in this group I figured this book would be a good recommendation. ^_~


message 15: by Rosemary (last edited Jun 03, 2012 12:41AM) (new)

Rosemary | 989 comments Audrey wrote: "No, but can I? I didn't remeber that additional category. "

Audrey, you can claim combo points for 10.7 if you were NOT born in the UK where Conan Doyle was born (and assuming from your name that you are female).

When claiming combo points, it is easier for the moderators if we include the task numbers with a little explanation, like Karen did it in message #7 above :)


message 16: by Audrey (last edited Jun 03, 2012 01:58AM) (new)

Audrey (zxyim) | 6 comments Ok then, I'm redoing my previous entry (which I have deleted):

20.6 Alliteration

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

+20 task
+10 combo (10.7 the past is a foreign country / 20.9 fatherly)
+10 oldies

Task total: 40
Grand total: 40


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 3521 comments Audrey wrote: "Ok then, I'm redoing my previous entry (which I have deleted):

20.6 Alliteration

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

+20 task
+10 combo (10.7 the past is a foreign country / 20.9 fatherly)
..."


Reposting and telling us you did so is great - especially in this case when you needed to add the explanation.

But please - everyone - never delete a post. Our scorekeeping is done by post number. When you delete a post it changes the numbering of all subsequent posts. (It's ok this one time, we haven't gotten started entering posts.)


message 18: by Rosemary (last edited Jun 03, 2012 07:23AM) (new)

Rosemary | 989 comments Ten Degrees of Separation

15.1 - 1st book
5 stars by Miki and Rebekah
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Review

+15 task

Grand total = 25


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 3521 comments And folks, you need never worry about making a mistake when posting. If you need to change something, you can always do so in a later post or if we don't understand, we'll ask. You'll soon see that all of us eventually leave something out or overlook something. We're all here to get the most out of this as possible, and everyone helps each other find those hidden points.


message 20: by Tanya (new)

Tanya (xallroyx21) | 198 comments 20.4 Literature Map
Sylvia Plath

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

+20 Task
+5 Oldies (published 1970)

Task Total: 25 points
Grand Total: 25


message 21: by Leigh (new)

Leigh (knittingyogini) | 162 comments 20.7 Poet’s Non-Poetry

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

+20 Task
grand total=20


message 22: by Katy (new)

Katy | 271 comments 20.10 - Modernly

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

+20 Task (On the first list of modernist writers)
+5 combo (20.9 - father of an author)
+5 oldies (pub. 1945)

Task Total: 30 points
Grand Total: 30

Terrific book -- I'd never read it before and am glad I had the occasion to do so.


message 23: by Don (The Book Guy) (last edited Jun 03, 2012 07:28PM) (new)

Don (The Book Guy) (DontheLibrarian) | 522 comments TASK Ten Degrees of Separation

15.1 1st book The Red Tent by Anita Diamant 5 stars by Bobbie and Elizabeth(Alaska)

+ 15 1st Book TDOS

Total 15

Grand Total 15


message 24: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 2174 comments Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "And folks, you need never worry about making a mistake when posting. If you need to change something, you can always do so in a later post or if we don't understand, we'll ask. You'll soon see that..."

or don't add properly!! (smile)


message 25: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary | 989 comments 10.2 Underrated

Jubilee by Eliza Graham

Review

+10 Task

Task total = 10

Grand total = 35


message 26: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (mbt187) | 79 comments 20.4 - Literature Map
(Author: Suzanne Collins)

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

+20 Task

Task Total: 20
Grand Total: 20


message 27: by Paula (new)

Paula | 147 comments 20.3 - We read

Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

For some reason, I started this series awhile back, and then got bored with it. This is the last one I had on my Kindle (phew!). This is a guilty pleasures book for me - not great literature but it makes me feel good.

+20 Task (Written as a series of diary entries, emails, IMs, and notes. Lexile score = 830)

Task Total = 20
Grand Total = 20

I'm on the board! Weeee!


message 28: by Anika (new)

Anika | 435 comments 15.3 TDoS

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

5-star rated by Karen GHHS and Jayme(the ghost reader)

Task Total = 20

Grand Total = 55


Elizabeth (Alaska) | 3521 comments 20.5 Making History

Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

+20 Task
+ 5 combo (20.6 Alliteration)
+10 Lost in Translation
+10 Not a Novel
+10 Oldies (pub 1920)

Task Total = 55

Grand total = 55

my review


message 30: by Kelli (new)

Kelli Robinson (kellifrobinson) 15.1 TDoS

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5-star rated by Melissa and Rach

Task Total = 15

Grand Total = 15


message 31: by Don (The Book Guy) (last edited Jun 04, 2012 04:48PM) (new)

Don (The Book Guy) (DontheLibrarian) | 522 comments TASK 20.3 We Read

Letters from Atlantis by Robert Silverberg, rating 39

While not listed as a book for young readers, it is in style. A man's spirit/mind is sent to the past to reside in the mind of an ancient Atlantean prince. His colleague is sent to reside in another Atlantean somewhere in Russia (?) and the book consists of letters he sends recording his observations of this lost culture. Not a lot happens. Only gave it a 2.

+20 20.3 We Read
+5 Combo, 10.2 Underrated 39 ratings

Total 25
Grand total 40


message 32: by D (last edited Jun 04, 2012 07:49PM) (new)

D | 547 comments 10.3 - Road trip!


Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

+10 task
+15 combo (20.8 Serially - originally published in Holiday Magazine: http://www.biemiller.com/steinhol.htm 20.9 - Fatherly - sons Thomas and John IV are writers 20.10 - Modernly - John Steinbeck on first linked list.
+10 Not-a-Novel (Dewey Decimal number is 917.3)
+5 Oldies (1962)

Task total=40
Grand total=40


message 33: by Deedee (new)

Deedee | 853 comments Task 10.2 Underrated (<250 ratings)

129 ratings on June 04, 2012

Far Afield (1990) by Susanna Kaysen (Paperback, 338 pages)

+ 10 Task

Grand Total: 00 + 10 =10

Review: This novel centers on a young male anthropologist who spends a year in the Faroe Islands working on his dissertation. There are descriptions of the people and the scenery. The descriptions of the “interior life” of the anthropologist seems realistic. Recommended for those interested in how life is lived in remote Arctic areas.


message 34: by Liz M (new)

Liz M | 3066 comments Ten Degrees of Separation

15.1 5-stars by Cait & Mickey
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

+15 task

15.2 5-stars by Mickey & Lisa Sokol
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

+20 task

15.3 5-stars by Lisa Sokol & Christy
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt

+20 task

Grand Total = 55 points


message 35: by Rosemary (last edited Jun 05, 2012 05:02AM) (new)

Rosemary | 989 comments 10.2 Underrated

Saplings by Noel Streatfeild

Review

+10 Task (120 ratings)
+ 5 Oldies 1937-87 (pub.1945)

Task total = 15

Grand total = 50


message 36: by Liz M (new)

Liz M | 3066 comments Katy wrote: "20.10 - Modernly

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

+20 Task (On the first list of modernist writers)
+5 combo (20.9 - father of an author)
+5 oldies (pub. 1945)

Task Total: 30 points
Grand Total: 30
..."


Unfortunately, the most popular edition of this book is only 87 pages & does not meet the minimum page requirement.


message 37: by JD (new)

JD (jdschamper) | 18 comments 15.1 5-stars by Leigh and Potjy

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

+15

Grand total = 15


message 38: by Rachelccameron (new)

Rachelccameron | 254 comments Ten Degrees of Separation

15.1- First book 5 stars by Erin NY and Heather KS
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

+15 Task

Post Total: 15 points
Grand Total: 15 pts


message 39: by itpdx (new)

itpdx | 570 comments 10.2 Underrated
Masters of the Planet by Ian Tattersall

My Review

+10 Task currently 26 ratings
+10 Not-a-novel (nonfiction)
Task total: 20
Previous total: 20
Grand Total: 40




message 40: by Anika (last edited Jun 13, 2012 10:11PM) (new)

Anika | 435 comments 15.4 TDoS

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Beauty by Robin McKinley

5-star rated by Jayme(the ghost reader) and Melissa

Task Total = 20

Grand Total = 75


message 41: by Kate S (new)

Kate S | 2200 comments 10.2 Underrated

The New Republic: A Novel by Lionel Shriver

+10 Task (147 ratings as of posting)

10.4 Steampunk

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

+10 Task

20.9 Fatherly

Carrie by Stephen King

+20 (Stephen King's son Joe Hill is also an author)
+5 Oldies (published 1974)

Post Total: 45
Season Total: 45


message 42: by Tanya (new)

Tanya (xallroyx21) | 198 comments 15.1 TDoS

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
5 stars from Melissa and Elaine

+15 Task

Grand Total: 40 points


message 43: by Deedee (last edited Jun 09, 2012 08:42AM) (new)

Deedee | 853 comments Task 20.5- Making History - took place between the 10's-20's

Pocahontas (born Matoaka, and later known as Rebecca Rolfe, c. 1595 – March 1617) was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma: The American Portraits Series (2004) by Camilla Townsend

+ 20 Task
+ 05 Style: 1. Combo (5 points): (10.2 Underrated: 61 ratings on June 06,2012)
+10 Style: 3. Not-a-Novel (10 points): Non-fiction

Task Total: 20 + 05 + 10 = 35

Grand Total: 10 + 35 =45

Review: This book was a narrative history of the historical Pocahantas. The author was thorough and explained things very clearly. The Powhatan Dilemma: how to preserve their lands and independence in the face of a technologically superior civilization that wants to acquire both. The bookcover is of a portrait painting of the actual Pocahantas:

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma  The American Portraits Series (American Portrait Series) by Camilla Townsend

Recommended for people who like to read narrative histories; who are interested in early American history; and who want to learn more about Pocahantas.


message 44: by Isabell (new)

Isabell (Purzel) | 255 comments 15.1 TDoS

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

5star book by Ligeia Coachman and Debbie Hoffman

+15 Task

Task Total: 15


Grand Total: 15


message 45: by Liz M (new)

Liz M | 3066 comments TDoS

15.4
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
5-stars by Christy & Elizabeth(Alaska)

+20 task

Grand Total: 75 points


message 46: by Rosemary (last edited Jun 06, 2012 07:23AM) (new)

Rosemary | 989 comments Ten Degrees of Separation

15.2 - 2nd book
5 stars by Rebekah and Christine
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

+20 task

15.3 - 3rd book
5 stars by Christine and Jayme VA
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

+20 task

Total this post = 40

Grand total = 90


message 47: by Tobey (new)

Tobey | 241 comments Ten Degrees of Separation

15.1 - 1st book 5 stars by Miss GP & Xiri

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

+15 Task

Task Total=15
Grand Total=15


message 48: by Jenifer (last edited Jun 06, 2012 12:36PM) (new)

Jenifer (jensamaha) | 210 comments Ten Degrees of Separation

15.1 - 1st book The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
5-stars by Sam and Jayme VA

+15 task

Grand Total = 15


message 49: by itpdx (last edited Jun 06, 2012 05:56PM) (new)

itpdx | 570 comments 20.7 Poet's Non-Poetry
Passage Through India: An Expanded and Illustrated Edition by Gary Snyder
My Review

+20 Task (I find at least 11 published books of poetry by Gary Snyder)
+10 Combo (10.2 currently 26 ratings; 10.3 BPL DD 915.4044)
+5 Oldie (first published 1983)
+10 Not-a-novel (nonfiction)
Task total: 45
Previous total: 40
Grand Total: 85




message 50: by Rebekah (last edited Jun 06, 2012 06:25PM) (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 2174 comments Hey! Wait for me!
20.1 Make me laugh
Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley

+20 pts - task (American Satirical Novels)
+5 pts - Combo (20.9 author is son of William Buckley Jr.)

Task Total - 25 pts
Grand Total - 25 pts




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