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message 1: by Barbara (last edited Sep 01, 2013 10:35AM) (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
This year a great many wonderful authors have left us for the big library in the sky and they will be greatly missed as will the books they will never write.
But not just this year have authors died who will be missed and read forever. So to suit our actions to our words: let's read some of the books by author who are no longer with us.

This challenge will run from 1 September 2013 untill 31 December 2013.

Tasks:
1) Read a book by an author who died in 2013.
2) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2011-2012.
3) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2006-2010.
4) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2001-2005
5) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1991-2000.
6) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1976-1990.
7) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1951-1975.
8) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1901-1950.
9) Read a book by an author who died before 1901.

Ok this seems easy enough, doesn't it. However there are some further criteria you have to fullfill to complete this challenge.
Criteria:
1) You have to divide the 9 books "equally" between the sexes. So 4 male authors and 5 female authors or the other way around.
2) You have to read books by authors of at least 5 different countries.
3) One of those countries has to be the country you either live in now or where you were born.
4) You have to include 1 author who died of old age, 1 who died because of a disease, 1 who died in an accident and 1 who committed suicide.
5) At least 1 book has to have been published posthumously, at least 1 has to be a debut novel and 1 has to be the last novel published during the author's live, and one has to be neither of these previous 3 (so neither the first, last or posthumously published). These are 4 different books, so e.g. the debut novel can't also be the last novel published during the author's life.
6) You have to include at least 5 genres.

Of course the criteria may overlap. So you can read a debut novel by a female author from the country where you were born that has committed suicide.

Good Luck!


message 2: by Barbara (last edited Aug 31, 2013 10:12AM) (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Tasks:
1) Read a book by an author who died in 2013.
2) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2011-2012.
3) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2006-2010.
4) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2001-2005
5) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1991-2000.
6) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1976-1990.
7) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1951-1975.
8) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1901-1950.
9) Read a book by an author who died before 1901.

Criteria:
1) You have to divide the 9 books "equally" between the sexes. So 4 male authors and 5 female authors or the other way around.
2) You have to read books by authors of at least 5 different countries.
3) One of those countries has to be the country you either live in now or where you were born.
4) You have to include 1 author who died of old age, 1 who died because of a disease, 1 who died in an accident and 1 who committed suicide.
5) At least 1 book has to have been published posthumously, at least 1 has to be a debut novel and 1 has to be the last novel published during the author's live, and one has to be neither of these previous 3 (so neither the first, last or posthumously published). These are 4 different books, so e.g. the debut novel can't also be the last novel published during the author's life.
6) You have to include at least 5 genres.


message 3: by Varla Fiona (last edited Sep 01, 2013 09:19PM) (new)

Varla Fiona (dory_42) | 1332 comments Mod
Tasks:
1) died in 2013: Iain Banks Consider Phlebas
2) died 2011-2012: Lawrence Anthony (2012) Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
3) died 2006-2010: Robert Jordan (2007) The Eye of the World
4) died 2001-2005: Christine Marion Fraser (2002) Kinvara
5) died 1991-2000: Michael Ende (1995)The Neverending Story
6) died 1976-1990: Agatha Christie (1976) Sleeping Murder
7) died 1951-1975: John Kennedy Toole (1969) A Confederacy of Dunces
8) died 1901-1950: Margaret Mitchell (1949) Gone with the Wind
9) died before 1901: Jane Austen Persuasion

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message 4: by Lu (last edited Sep 01, 2013 09:55AM) (new)

Lu | 12655 comments Mod
Tasks:
1) Read a book by an author who died in 2013 - Iain Banks
2) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2011-2012.
3) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2006-2010.
4) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2001-2005 - Stieg Larsson
5) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1991-2000.
6) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1976-1990.
7) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1951-1975.
8) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1901-1950 - F. Scott Fitzgerald
9) Read a book by an author who died before 1901.

Criteria:
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message 5: by Varla Fiona (new)

Varla Fiona (dory_42) | 1332 comments Mod
Just checking, the first post states that this (and Jane Austen) runs from 1 August. Today is actually 1 September. Was that an error, or can we use the books we read in August?


message 6: by Carolien (last edited Sep 01, 2013 10:23AM) (new)

Carolien (carolien_s) | 2153 comments Mod
For the country one Barbara, where do I classify this one:
Born in England, died in South Africa, lived in England originally, but divided the last 20 years of his life living between Australia and South Africa? Can I use South Africa?

Also Joy Adamson. Born in one of those bits of the Austro Hungarian empire that is now the Czech republic. Can I use Kenya and I assume murder counts as an accident?

Is there any chance we can extend the time line on this challenge to 31 January? I know I'm going to battle to be able to do this one and Jane Austen between studies, work etc and would love to do both.


message 7: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
@ Varla Fiona: I meant September. I will make the adjustments. Thanks for pointing it out!

@Carolien: Use the country that the author identified with. Most people when asked identify with one country.

How would Kenya count for either the Austro Hungarian Empire or the Chech Republic?
Use the country that wasa in use during the author's life.

S**t I foregot to include murder. Yeah use it as accidental death.

These challenges were meant to be short and thus we set the duration for 3 months or shorter. I don( mind to set it for 4 months, but I don't know how the othrs feel about it.


message 8: by Lu (new)

Lu | 12655 comments Mod
This one is a bit harder so I don't mind it if it is extended to 4 months. Anyone else have an opinion?


message 9: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Did I make it too hard? I didn't want it to be just reading books written by dead people. So I thought to give it something extra.


message 10: by Lu (new)

Lu | 12655 comments Mod
Nope I don't think it can really be any easier without being boring. You did the right thing :D


message 11: by Varla Fiona (new)

Varla Fiona (dory_42) | 1332 comments Mod
Um, can i just point out that 1 Sep until 31 December is already 4 months. I have no problem with it going until end of January, just realised that it would be 5 months.


message 12: by Carolien (new)

Carolien (carolien_s) | 2153 comments Mod
I realise we wanted to keep them short, but we don't normally run two of these challenges concurrently. Even with some overlap, it will mean reading probably about 15 books between the two challenges. Also we aimed at 5-7 tasks originally.

These are two really interesting challenges so I would like to do both, because you have put a lot of thought into these tasks.


message 13: by Liezel (last edited Sep 05, 2013 07:41AM) (new)

Liezel (liezkl) | 736 comments Tasks:
1) Read a book by an author who died in 2013. Chinua Achebe, James Herbert, Iain Banks
2) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2011-2012. Bryce Courtenay SA? disease,Maeve Binchy,Diana Wynne Jones
3) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2006-2010. Mary Ann Shaffer,J D Salinger, David Gemmell
4) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2001-2005 Douglas Adams, Stieg Larsson, Dalene Matthee SA
5) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1991-2000. Marion Zimmer Bradley
6) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1976-1990. Alan Paton sa, Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie
7) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1951-1975. J.R.R. Tolkien
8) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1901-1950. F. Scott Fitzgerald
9) Read a book by an author who died before 1901. [AUTHOR:Jane Austen],

Ok this seems easy enough, doesn't it. However there are some further criteria you have to fullfill to complete this challenge.
Criteria:
1) You have to divide the 9 books "equally" between the sexes. So 4 male authors and 5 female authors or the other way around.
2) You have to read books by authors of at least 5 different countries.
3) One of those countries has to be the country you either live in now or where you were born.
4) You have to include 1 author who died of old age, 1 who died because of a disease, 1 who died in an accident and 1 who committed suicide.
5) At least 1 book has to have been published posthumously, at least 1 has to be a debut novel and 1 has to be the last novel published during the author's live, and one has to be neither of these previous 3 (so neither the first, last or posthumously published). These are 4 different books, so e.g. the debut novel can't also be the last novel published during the author's life.
6) You have to include at least 5 genres.


message 14: by Lauren (last edited Dec 30, 2013 03:25AM) (new)

Lauren Smith Now this is a challenge!

1) Read a book by an author who died in 2013. - A Song of Stone by Iain Banks Scottish, male, disease, literary fiction

2) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2011-2012.

3) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2006-2010.

4) Read a book by an author who died in the period 2001-2005

5) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1991-2000. - She Walks in Darkness by Evangeline Walton Died 1996, female, USA, posthumously published, old age, gothic thriller

6) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1976-1990.

7) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1951-1975.

8) Read a book by an author who died in the period 1901-1950.

9) Read a book by an author who died before 1901.

Ok this seems easy enough, doesn't it. However there are some further criteria you have to fullfill to complete this challenge.
Criteria:
1) You have to divide the 9 books "equally" between the sexes. So 4 male authors and 5 female authors or the other way around. M: 1 ; F:1
2) You have to read books by authors of at least 5 different countries. Scotland, USA,
3) One of those countries has to be the country you either live in now or where you were born. Ethiopia or South Africa
4) You have to include 1 author who died of old age, 1 who died because of a disease, 1 who died in an accident and 1 who committed suicide.
5) At least 1 book has to have been published posthumously, at least 1 has to be a debut novel and 1 has to be the last novel published during the author's live, and one has to be neither of these previous 3 (so neither the first, last or posthumously published). These are 4 different books, so e.g. the debut novel can't also be the last novel published during the author's life.
6) You have to include at least 5 genres.: space opera, gothic thriller,


message 15: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Varla Fiona wrote: "Um, can i just point out that 1 Sep until 31 December is already 4 months. I have no problem with it going until end of January, just realised that it would be 5 months."

I am so loosing track of time lately. You are completely right. Let's keep it at these four months and if we need to extend it we can always do that in december.

@Lauren: I am glad you like it!


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