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5 point tasks

5.1 - So Many Games.
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Games involve all sorts of pieces and paraphernalia. Read a book with one of the following words in its title/subtitle - game, dice, token, card, or board. The singular or plural and possessive forms of the word may be used, but no other variations.

5.2 - Go.
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The game of Go originated in China and is most popular in China, Japan, and Korea. Read a book set in one of those countries. REQUIRED: If the location is not clear from the GR description, please explain in your post.

5.3 - Candyland.
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Who can forget Candyland? Read a book that includes the 3 letter sequence "and" in a word in the title/subtitle.

5.4- Boggle.
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Using this Boggle board, read a book the title/subtitle of which includes a word of at least 3 letters that can be made from the board. From the rules of Boggle - "Each player searches for words that can be constructed from the letters of sequentially adjacent cubes, where "adjacent" cubes are those horizontally, vertically, and diagonally neighboring. Words must be at least three letters long,... but may not use the same letter cube more than once per word."

Note that in the game, the words need not be constructed in a straight line as long as the letters are adjacent - so, for instance, starting in the upper left hand corner, you could make the word LIAR - L, straight down to I, diagonally down to A, straight up to R.

REQUIRED: State the word that you are using.



5.5 - Scrabble.
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Read a book whose author's initials appear in the word "Scrabble." Only first and last initials need be used - you can disregard middle initials. Letters may only be used as many times as they appear in the word, so the only letter that can be used twice is "b."

5.6 - Stratego.
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Read a book with any of the following genres on its main page - spy, thriller, war or military. They may be stand alone or embedded genres.

5.7 - Bridge.
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Read a book with the word "bridge" or "bridges" (no other variations) in its title/subtitle or with a bridge on the cover. REQUIRED: if the cover option is chosen, include the cover in your post.

5.8 - Go Fish!
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Read a book with the word "fish" or with the name of a type of fish in its title/subtitle or with a fish on the cover. The fish name must appear on this list - list of common fish names

If the name of the fish contains more than one word, only one of the words must appear in the title/subtitle, but the words must match exactly.

Variations of the word "fish" may be used so long as they preserve the meaning of the word - for instance, "fishing," or "fished" would work. "Selfish" would not work.
REQUIRED: if the cover option is chosen, include the cover in your post.
REQUIRED: If the title option is chosen, state the name of the fish that you are using.

5.9 - Gin Rummy
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Read a book with a word from this list of cocktails in its title/subtitle. If the name of the cocktail contains more than one word, only one of the words must appear in the title/subtitle, but the words "a," "an," "and", "in," "my," "on," and "the" cannot be used. Words must match exactly.

REQUIRED: State the name of the cocktail.

5.10 - Poker.
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Read a book with a title/subtitle containing either a number from two to ten or one of the following words - Ace, King, Queen, Jack. Numbers may be written (three) or in numeral form (3) and may be in ordinal form (third). Plurals and possessives work, but no other variations.


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10 point tasks

10.1 - Go to Jail
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Read a book in which a main character is or was in jail, a detention center, a death camp, or imprisoned in some way. People who work or live in a jail would work, too. So will ex-cons. The Goodreads description or reviews should mention jail, prison, prisoner, inmate, imprisonment, incarceration, detention. work camp, death camp, ex-con, etc. This list might give you some ideas: Prison Books
These would work: Al Capone Does My Shirts, Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian, True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall, Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story, True Blue
Required: If the Goodreads description doesn't make it obvious, explain how your book fits the task when you post.

10.2 - Do Not Pass Go
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Read a book that does NOT include the letters G or O in the title, subtitle, or author's name.

10.3 - Do Not Collect $200
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Read a book with a page count that does NOT include the numbers 2 OR zero. NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition. Required: Include the page count when you post.

10.4 - A Token Task
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Read a book with a monopoly token on the cover. For the purposes of this task, we'll use this list of tokens: Monopoly Pieces. Images on the book cover must correspond to the token (i.e., a top hat would work but not a cowboy hat. A horse with a rider will work, but a horse alone will not. A Scottie dog works, other breeds don't, etc.). Rejected tokens work. Required: Include the cover when you post.

10.5 - America's Most Popular
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Between 1940 and 1960, demand for Monopoly skyrockets and it quickly becomes America’s No.1 game. Read a book that was first published between 1940 and 1960, inclusive.

10.6 - Spring Showers
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Because spring showers often bring rainbows, read a book with the genre GLBT on its main page. The genre may stand alone or be embedded under another genre.

10.7 - Sugar Shack
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Early spring is prime maple sugaring season. Read a book set primarily (at least 50%) in one or more of the largest producers of the sweet stuff: Canada, Vermont, New York, Maine, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, or Connecticut. Required: If the GRs description does not make it clear, explain how your book fits the task.

10.8 - Join the Crowd
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Read a book that's popular with your GRs friends. Go to your friends list by either clicking on the friend icon (the one that looks like two people) on the top bar next to your profile avatar or by going to your profile page and clicking on your friends. At the top of your friends page, you will see three tabs--friends, popular books, and add friends. Click on the tab that says popular books and read a book listed on that page. Required: Include the date you found the book on the list when you post.

10.9 - Colorful Captions
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Read a book where individual words or letters in the title are at least 2 different colors on the cover. Shades of color count as one color. The two colors must appear in the title. Subtitles do not count. Required: Include the cover when you post.
Ex: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick This Is Not a Test Stories of Disaster by Students of the School for Democracy and Leadership in New York 11th Hour (Women's Murder Club, #11) by James Patterson

10.10 - Take a Chance
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Make a list of 20 books you really want to read this season. Set the True Random Number Generator to generate a number between 1 and 20. Read the book at the number generated.


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15 point tasks

15.1 Nowruz Day
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March 21 was proclaimed International Nowruz Day by the United Nations General Assembly. Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

Select 2 options and read a book for each. You MAY do the same option twice.

A) Read a book set predominately in one of countries that share this holiday: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

B) Nowruz (pronounced no-rooz) is a combination of two Persian words. The first word “now” means new and the second word “ruz” means day or light; together they mean “New Day” a celebration of spring and the new year.

Read a book with any of the words "new", "day", "light", "year", or "spring" found intact in a word in the title or subtitle.

C) Haft-Seen Table: The Table of Seven S’s. An important activity in the celebration of Nowruz is making the haft-seen table. Literally, the haft-seen table means a “table of seven things that start with the letter S’. Traditionally the items are:
Sumac (crushed spice of berries): For the sunrise and the spice of life
Senjed (sweet dry fruit of the lotus tree): For love and affection
Serkeh (vinegar): For patience and age
Seeb (apples): For health and beauty
Sir (garlic): For good health
Samanu (wheat pudding): For fertility and the sweetness of life
Sabzeh (sprouted wheat grass): For rebirth and renewal of nature

Read a book with a title that begins with a word* that starts with the letter S.
ex. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,Sing You Home, Shattered

*Leading articles A, An, The are counted as words in the title and MUST be considered

D) Awaiting the Vernal Equinox- Families wait together for the exact moment when the vernal equinox occurs, in Persian called Tahvil. Families knew that the New Year was close when a special person called Haji Firooz came to the neighborhood to sing, dance and spread the news of Nowruz. Haji Firooz is usually dressed in a red satin outfit with his/her face disguised.

Read a book with a person wearing an article of red clothing on the cover. This list may help Red Dress Red Coat
Required Include the cover

Required: Indicate the options

15.2 Spring Babies
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Read one book for Book A and one book for Book B.
You may not use your own list.

Book A. Read a book read and rated 4 or 5 stars by a SRC member with a Spring birthday
and
Book B. Since Spring in the Southern Hemisphere is September- November, read a book read and rated 4 or 5 stars by a SRC member with a September-November birthday

Required: Identify the SRC member used for each option

15.3 You Go Girl!
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March is National Woman's History Month Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment

Option 1
Book A. Read a book with a woman’s first name* in the title or subtitle
AND
Book B. Read a book written by a woman or by a writing team that uses a woman’s first name*.

*The name must be identified as a feminine name on Behind the Name

Or

Option 2
Read ONE book that satisfies both A and B above.

15.4 Wheeling and Dealing
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"The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game," is named after the economic concept of monopoly.

Option 1
Read 2 books from the following options. You may do the same option twice.

A. Read a book with the genre Business or Economics on the main page

B. Read a book with one of these words in the title or subtitle: bank, money, cash, dollar(s), wealth(y), bread, buck(s), coin(s), dough, gold, silver, rich(es), monopoly

C. The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903, when an American woman named Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips created a game through which she hoped to be able to explain the single tax theory of Henry George. By 1933, a board game called Monopoly had been created which formed the basis of the game sold by Parker Brothers. By the 1970s, the idea that the game had been created solely by Charles Darrow had become popular folklore. John Waddington Ltd. is the licensed manufacturer of the game in the United Kingdom.

Read a book by an author named Elizabeth, Lizzie, “J.”, Magie, Phillips, Henry, George, Parker, Brothers, Charles, Darrow, John, Waddington. The name may occupy any position in the author’s name. Names must match exactly, no spelling variations.

Or

Option 2

Read ONE book that satisfies 2 of the options above
ex. A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce: B - Gold, C - Elizabeth; The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley: A- business, C - J.

Required: Identify the option and/or choices

15.5 Vincent From Gogh
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On March 30 1853 Vincent van Gogh was born. van Gogh is a family name meaning "from Gogh", a town near the Netherlands border.
Read a book by an author whose last name (name in the last position) includes a prefix: Al, bin, D', Da, De, Del, De la, Della, Den, Des, Di, Dos, Du, El, Fitz, L', ibn, La, Las, Le, Les, Lo, Los, M', Mac, Mc, Ni, O', Saint, St., Ste., Te, Ten, Ter, Van, Van der, Vander, Von. The prefix MUST be evident through a space, capitalization, hyphen or apostrophe. For the purposes of this task it will be assumed that any of the prefixes listed above separated by a space followed by another name in the last position are surnames.

ex. Lynn D'urso, Susan Elia MacNeal, Simon Van Booy, Lisa St. Aubin de Terán

15.6 - World Champs
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Every few years, national champions from around the globe meet for the MONOPOLY World Championship tournament to compete for the $20,580 prize, the sum of the game's play money. There have been 13 World Champions. Read a book set primarily in one of the winner’s home locations: California, US; Ohio, US; Ireland, Singapore, Italy, Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan (2x), Spain, or Norway.

Required: Identify the location

15.7 Mr Monopoly’s Mustache
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Read a book with a mustache or any other form of facial hair on the cover.
I Wear the Black Hat Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman Shadow's Claim (The Dacians, #1) by Kresley Cole Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
Required: Include the cover

15.8 Take Your Vitamins
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Getting enough vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D? Read a book with a word of a single letter in the title or subtitle. - The single letter must be separated by a space(s). Initials with periods or punctuation are ok. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, I Capture the Castle, To Kill a Mockingbird,

15.9 Spring Into Action
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Don't delay! Read a book that you added to your To Read shelf or acquired between September 1, 2013 and February 14, 2014

15.10 Goof Off!
March 22 is National Good Off Day. A chance to step back from the rigors and pressures of everyday life, Goof Off Day encourages you to take some time to be silly, waste an hour or two, and to do something a bit different! Read a book of your choice that meets SRC requirements


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20 point tasks 1-5

20.1 - Most Improved Player - Shelby's task: Chug-a Chug-a...Chug-a Chug-a...Choo-Choo
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While all other "ownable" properties on the Monopoly board come in sets of 2 or 3 the Railroads stand above them all requiring a person to try to acquire all 4 Railroads to achieve domination. In honor of their importance to the game board, and because trains are cool (My mother loved model trains so I grew up playing with them often.), here is my railroad task.

The First Transcontinental Railroad, was a 1,907-mile (3,069 km) contiguous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 across the western United States to connect the Pacific coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa, on the Missouri River.

In honor of the First Transcontinental Railroad, choose ONE of the following options and read ONE book that fits that option.

1. Read a book with a page count including any combination of the numbers in the mile (1,907) and/or kilometer (3,069) distances. Duplicate numbers may only be used if they appear twice in the distances (i.e. 0 & 9) REQUIRED: State your page count when you post.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

OR

2. Read a book that takes place primarily (at least 50%) in one of the states the Union Pacific Route traveled through: Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California
REQUIRED: State how the book fits if it's not clear in the GR description.

OR

3. All trains start with a locomotive in the front and are usually followed up by a caboose in the back, but the number of railway cars in between can vary drastically. I remember as a kid sitting and trying to count them all as they went past.

In honor of all those middle cars read a book from a series, no matter how long the series is, as long as it is NOT the first or last currently published book in that series. Books must be identified as part of a series on Goodreads and whole number books only will be accepted. (i.e., Series titles with .5 or other non-whole number descriptors will not be accepted for this task.)

OR

4. Since a locomotive is in the front, and a caboose brings up the rear, read any book by an author whose first name starts with a letter found in LOCOMOTIVE and whose last name begins with a letter found in CABOOSE.

Required: Identify the option used when you post.

20.2 - Rookie at the Top - Pamela Su's task: Fun in a Box!
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I really enjoy playing board games but I seldom have opportunities to indulge in this pastime. Last month, my friends brought me to a European board game cafe and we played games we had never heard of before!

Please select ONE book from the following options:

1. LADY ALICE: A game of intrigue, flair, bluffing, and mischief. The players are the Baker Street Kids under Sherlock Holmes' tutelage. Henry Morton Stanley has been kidnapped and it is up to the players to deduce the culprit, the time and place of the kidnapping occured and the stolen object.

Read a book that contains one of the following words in the title/subtitle: Intrigue, Flair, Bluff, Mischief, Baker, Street, Sherlock, Kidnap, Who, What, When, Where.

The chosen word MUST match exactly.

REQUIRED: Please state the word used.

2. PACK & STACK: It's moving day! Players have lots of boxes to load and they need to figure out how to fit them on the truck they receive. A fast and funny game where players try to grab someone else's truck while gambling on their packing and stacking skills. Players pay a fine for empty spaces or leaving pieces behind.

Read a book with a truck (or lorry for those who use UK English) on the cover.

REQUIRED: Post your cover.

3. TICKET TO RIDE: A fun cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

Read a book where the main character has a hobby that involves collecting items (stamps, butterflies, figurines, etc.) OR a non-fiction book about a collection hobby (as per previous examples).

REQUIRED: If the Goodreads description doesn't make it obvious, please explain how your book fits the task when you post.

Optional: Try out a board game or card game you haven't played before!

20.3 - Best Review - Chris MD's task: Monopoly Money, Spring, and the SRC
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I am so ready for spring! So I’ve decided to combine the season with our quarterly theme. Four of the denominations on American Monopoly money match task point values in the SRC, and their colors are all pretty pastel spring colors.

So for this task, think spring and read one book that meets one of these options.

$5 – Pink – April showers bring May flowers. Read a book where the cover shows a flower of any type or color. Required: Include the cover when you post.

$10 – Yellow – Yellow is the color I think of when I think of spring, and that makes me thing of Easter bonnets. Read a book where the cover shows a type of hat. It can be any type of hat but it can’t be just a head covering, so for example, a woman wearing a head scarf would not be acceptable. Required: Include the cover when you post.

$20 – Green – Mint green to be specific. That makes me think of mint juleps, the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, which takes place in early May. Read a book where the cover shows a beverage. Required: Include the cover when you post.

$50 – Blue – I love baby boy blue. In April, my baby boy will turn 14. Yikes! Where have the years gone? Read a book where the cover shows a baby of either gender. The baby must relate to the storyline in some way and "baby" or a synonym (newborn, infant, etc) must appear in the title/subtitle (ex: Baby on the Ranch, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting) or in the book description (ex: One Small Thing). Required: Include the cover when you post.

NOTE: Books with genre "Children's" or "Kids" that are at least 100+ pages and conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

Required: Identify the option used when you post.

20.4 - Author! Author! - Janet F's Task: My Bye Bye Birdie Birthday
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Two things are happening for me at the start of this Spring SRC: my birthday and my son's HS theater production of Bye Bye Birdie. I've been busy helping out with set painting so the opening will be a nice birthday present. I blended these two themes to create my Task. Read a book for one of the four options that meets SRC guidelines.

Option 1. Bye Bye Birdie was written in the 1950's and opened on Broadway in 1960's. I was born in one of those two decades. Read a book originally published in the 1950's or 1960's.

Option 2. Since I have 'painting' on my mind and plenty of paint on my hands I sought out a connection with my birthday. I discovered that I share a birthdate with the Renaissance painter Michaengelo. Read a book about Michaengelo or a book with Renaissance setting or topic. "Renaissance" is defined as 14th to 17th century Europe. If you go to Listopias and type in "Renaissance," it will pull up numerous lists that should give you some ideas - but, as always, use caution when using listopia lists, since not all books will actually fit the task.
REQUIRED: State how the book fits if it's not clear in the GR description.

Option 3. Bye Bye Birdie is a pop culture satire. I don't often seek 'satire' as a genre to read but whenever I am amused by an author's satirical humor I want to give the the book a higher GR rating. At my more mature age this month (or any age for that matter) I need all the humor I can find! Read a book that appears on the first 10 pages pages of this list: Popular Satire Books
NOTE: Not every book on the list will necessarily work - regular SRC rules (page length, children as genre, etc.) apply.
REQUIRED: State the page number your book appears on the list.

Option 4. Bye Bye 'Birdie'. I enjoy birdwatching and maybe I'll need to plan a birding outing or trip as a birthday present to myself. Read a book with a bird or birds on the cover. The bird(s) should be part of the cover art/design and not a logo or publishing emblem.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post

Required: Identify the option used when you post.

20.5 - Bigger is Better - Mary Beth's task: Big Books are Best!
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Let's make this task short and sweet, although the book you read may not be so. I've decided to combine the main element of a big book with a component of Monopoly. Big Books are over 500 pages and, at one point, Monopoly games included a $500 bill. So, for this task, please read one book of more than 500 pages.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.


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20 point tasks 6-10

20.6 - Seasoned Reader - Tammy AZ's task: Well-Seasoned Books
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When I look at the oldest books on my TBR I don't usually find them that compelling, perhaps that is why they linger at the bottom, never having been read. Maybe our friends have better books. In this case, I'd like you to read one of the ten oldest books from a Goodreads friend's TBR list. You can also use one of the ten oldest books on any of the SRC moderator's TBR lists if you'd like.

Required: Please provide a link to your friend's profile or to the profile of the SRC moderator you used when posting.

20.7 - Shorter is Sweeter - Kimber's task: Celebrate the Sibs!
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April 10 is National Siblings Day. To celebrate the sibs, read a series book that is the same number in the series as the number of siblings you have in your family of origin (or the family you claim right now). It is your choice whether you want to include adopted, deceased or step-siblings. For example, if you claim a brother and a sister, you would read #2 in any series. If you do not have siblings (you're an only child), read a standalone book (one that is not part of a series).

Required: Please state the number of siblings you are claiming in your post.

20.8 - It's My Birthday! - Rhonda's Task: On This Day in History!
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My birthday is April 25, 1964. As it will be my 50th, I feel old enough to be historical. Choose one of the options below and read ONE book for this task.

Your book must be at least 225 pages.

A. On April 25, 1507 - Geographer Martin Waldseemuller 1st used the name America. Read a book by an author whose initials (first and last - middle initials should be ignored), can be found in any order in AMERICA or whose initials are M.W (in that order). The letters in AMERICA may only be used as many times as they appear (i.e., only A can be used twice).

B. On April 25, 1886 - Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna - Read a book with "mental illness" or "mental health" as a genre listed on the main page.
Examples: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

C. Read a book first published in the 1960s.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

REQUIRED: State in your post which option you chose.

20.9 - Moderator's Pet - Bluemoon's task: Covers of Spring
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Please chose one of the following options and read one book.

1. MARCH - It is said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Read a book with a lion or a lamb on the cover.
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2) by Ilona Andrews A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3) by Gregory Maguire Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann Hit by a Farm How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend

2. APRIL SHOWERS.... Hopefully this year the showers are rain and not snow. For this option read a book that has clouds on the cover.
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. ....MAY FLOWERS - The Mayflower was the ship that transported mostly English Puritans and Separatists, collectively known today as the Pilgrims, from a site near the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, England, to Massachusetts, in 1620. Read a book with a boat on the cover.
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome A Night to Remember by Walter Lord Life of Pi by Yann Martel Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1) by Patrick O'Brian

Required: Please be sure to identify the option that you chose and include the cover when you post.

20.10 - Group Reads
Read one of the books selected as the Group Reads choices for the season:

Space Opera -- Dune by Frank Herbert
Discussion thread for Dune

Gothic -- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Discussion thread for The Thirteenth Tale

Classic Sci-Fi -- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Discussion thread for Brave New World

Required: You must participate in the book's discussion thread with at least one post about the contents of the book or your reaction to the book after you have read the book.


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25 point tasks

25.1 - Andy P's task: The 50 States of Monopoly
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Since many of the properties on the Monopoly board are the names of states, I've used the 50 United States as a basis for this task.

Read 2 books.

Book 1. Using the official two letter abbreviation for the 50 states, choose an author whose initials match one of those abbreviations. First and last names ONLY--middle names and initials should be ignored. The author's initials must be In THE SAME ORDER as the state's abbreviation. If a book has two authors, only one of the coauthors initials must meet the criteria. Book by more than two authors will not work for this task. For example if I chose Pennsylvania, I could use either Paul Auster or Piers Anthony, but NOT Anne Perry because the initials are not in the correct order.

Book 2. Using the same state, consult the list of state nicknames and match one of the words in the title/subtitle with your chosen state's nickname. The words "the" and "of" are excluded--they MAY NOT be used. The chosen word MUST appear on the list--nicknames not on the list are not allowed. Pennsylvania, for example, has two nicknames so I could use either Keystone State or Quaker State. Thus, for my second book the Title/Subtitle would have to contain either the word Keystone, Quaker or State. Singular/plural forms of a noun are acceptable, but no other variations are allowed.

Required: Identify the state and nickname being used when you post. If the GRs description does not make it clear, explain how your book fits the task.


25.2 - Elizabeth B's task: Nordic Noir
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It's been more than 10 years since I got the Nordic noir bug. In honor of this genre, read 2 books that have a total page count of 500+ pages:

Book A: Read a book set primarily (at least 50%) in a Nordic country or written by a Nordic author (by birth or by residence). For the purposes of this task, the Nordic countries will be considered to be: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands, and Svalbard. These lists might give you some ideas, but be careful as it's possible that not all books on the lists will fit the task: Scandinavian/Nordic Mysteries, Scandinavian Literature
Required: If the GRs description does not make it clear, explain how your book fits the task.

Book B: Read a book that is connected to Book A in one of the following ways:
1. By author’s name -- The first or last name of the author of Book B is the same as the author of Book A. (Variations in spelling of the same name are allowed.) Both books may be by the same author as well.
2. By setting -- Book B is set in the same country as Book A.
3. By a word in the title, subtitle, or series name -- A word in the title/subtitle/series name of Book B matches a word in the title/subtitle/series name of Book A. Articles (A, An, and The) are excluded, but plurals and possessives are allowed.
4. By year of first edition -- Book B was first published in the same year as Book A was first published.
Required: Identify how Book B is related to Book A when you post.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

NOTE: Books with genre "Children's" or "Kids" that are at least 100+ pages and conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

NOTE: Books with genres “Graphic Novel,” “Sequential Art,” “Comics,” and “Manga” that conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

25.3 - Jessica PDX’s task: The Long and the Short of It
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Spring sometimes takes so long to get here, and then too short when it finally does arrive. Choose ONE of the following 3 options for this task. Book A and Book B must both be from the same option.

Option 1 - Long and Short Titles
The title of Book A must be at least twice the length of that for Book B when you count characters. When counting characters, numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) count but punctuation does not. Subtitles and series titles are not included in the count. For example:
Book A: The Last Enchantments (19 letters)
Book B: Burned (6 letters)
Required: Include the letter count when you post.

Option 2 - Long and Short Author Names
The name of the author for Book A must be at least twice the length of that for Book B when you count characters. Use the author’s name as it appears on Goodreads, ignoring any punctuation but including middle names/initials. For example:
Book A: Jennifer Vanderbes (17 letters)
Book B: C.J. Box (5 letters)
Required: Include the letter count when you post.

Option 3 - Long and Short Book Length
The page count of Book A must be at least twice the page count of Book B. Standard SRC rules about the use of e-books and audio editions apply here (see #9 and #10 under Book Formats and Page Numbers Explained in the Rules of the Challenge). For example:
Book A: The Bone Season (466 pgs)
Book B: To the Lighthouse (209 pgs)

Required: Identify the option used when you post.

25.4 - Bamaace83's task: Mardi Gras Fun!
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Growing up in the South, Mardi Gras was always a fun and exciting time. Our church always had a Mardi Gras party where we could wear beads and masks and have tons of awesome food. Due to my work schedule, this will be the first year since turning 21 that I can't go and I'm pretty bummed about it, but I know my friends and family will have a great time.

In honor of Mardi Gras, pick 2 of the following options and read one book for each.

Option 1: Green, purple, and gold are traditional Mardi Gras colors. Read a book with at least 50% of the cover either green, purple, or gold/yellow. Required: Include the cover in your post.

Option 2: Mardi Gras parties usually consist of masks and costumes. Read a book with either a mask, ball gown, or suit on the cover. Required: Include the cover in your post.

Option 3: Food plays a huge part in Mardi Gras celebrations. While waiting for the floats to pass along the streets, people can sample tons of yummy goodies. Read a book found on one of the following lists: Food-related fiction, Drunken Masters, Food on the Cover. Normal SRC guidelines apply. Required: Identify which list you used and what number the book is on the list when you post.

Option 4: My parents always went to Mardi Gras to relax from every day life. To help you relax from craziness, read a book of your choice that meets normal SRC guidelines.

Required: Identify the options you used when you post.


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25.5 - Oma1229/JenneRenee's task: Spring Reading Haiku
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So excited to dig in to the challenge this spring. I am hoping to get lots read. In honor of starting the spring challenge, I wrote a Haiku.

My Springtime Reading Haiku

Warm weather fresh air
Sitting in the rays of sun
Stories call to me

Horror, suspense, thrills
Sci-Fi, fantasy romance
And some mystery

Zombie vampires blood
Eating killing surviving
Don't forget to run!

Hair standing on end
Jump, scary, thrilling, screams
Chills run down my spine

Aliens on Earth
Laser beams, spaceships, asteroids
Robots rule mankind

Magic in the air
elves, fairies, witches, goblins
fight to save their realm

Cuddles, kisses, hugs
Butterflies flutter within
True love awakens inside

who, where, when, why, how
search, question, find all the clues
solve this mystery

Discovering all
Another world, different time
I love these stories


Choose 2 different options and read a book for each.

1. Read a book of poetry or a book written in verse
2. Read a book with one of the genres listed in the haiku (horror, suspense/thriller, mystery, romance, science-fiction, or fantasy) on the book's main page. Genres may be stand alone or embedded but if using suspense/thriller both genres must be listed, separate or together.
3. Read a book with a word from My Springtime Reading Haiku that is at least four letters long in the title or subtitle. Possessives, singular/plural, and tense variations are allowed, but no other variation. For example, for the word discovering you could use: discover, discovered, or discovers as well as discovering.
4. Read a book written by an author whose initials (first and last, middle should be ignored) can be found in HAIKU. The initials can be found in any order. If the book has more than one author, only one author needs to fit the task.

NOTE: Books with genre "Children's" or "Kids" that are at least 100+ pages and conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

NOTE: Books with genres “Graphic Novel,” “Sequential Art,” “Comics,” and “Manga” that conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

Required: Identify the options used when you post.

25.6 - Stacie MI’s Task: All the Colors of the Rainbow*
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We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring rainbows! In honor of this colorful miracle, we will read books that celebrate those colors, as well as celebrate some of my favorite genres. For this task, choose TWO different colors listed below and read a book for each. The catch is, the colors you choose must be visible somewhere on the cover of your book.

Red - Red is the color of blood and it is also associated with a well-known caveat of Mystery - the red herring. Read a book with the genre Mystery on the book’s main page.
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3) by Dan Brown (the seal and the sky are red)
Orange - Orange gives the sensation of heat and corresponds with desire and pleasure. What fits this color better than Romance! Read a book with the genre Romance on the book’s main page.
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (orange leaves)
Yellow - Yellow is associated with danger, as well as with cowardice. Never will I cower from danger more than when I am reading Horror. Read a book with the genre Horror on the book’s main page.
Christine by Stephen King (author's name and title are yellow)
Green - When I think of the color green when associated with books, I think of Science Fiction full of green aliens. Read a book with the genre Science Fiction on the book’s main page.
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer (green plant)
Blue - The color blue is associated with wisdom and intelligence. I associate Blue with Fantasy novels, because, let’s be honest, you often need to use your brain to understand just what is going on in these books! Read a book with the genre Fantasy on the book’s main page.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor (blue mask)
Violet/Purple - Purple is well known to be the color associated with royalty, and when I think of a book featuring royalty, I think of Historical Fiction. Read a book with the genre Historical Fiction on the book’s main page.
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger (purple dress)

*Yes, I know there are generally considered to be seven colors to the rainbow! For the sanity of our moderators and because of it’s closeness in color to both Blue and Purple, I’ve omitted Indigo from the list.

NOTE: Books with genre "Children's" or "Kids" that are at least 100+ pages and conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

NOTE: Books with genres “Graphic Novel,” “Sequential Art,” “Comics,” and “Manga” that conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

Required: State which colors you used and identify the object that matches the stated color when you post.


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30.1 - Susan A’s Task: Eat, Sleep, Swim, Repeat
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Spring is championship season for my house full of swimmers. This season’s task is based on swimming.

Choose two different options and read one book for each.

1. BACKSTROKE: Backstroke consists of an alternating motion of the arms with a flutter kick while on the back. On turns, swimmers may rotate to the stomach and perform a flip turn and some part of the swimmer must touch the wall. The swimmer must finish on the back.

Read a book that shows at least one person from the back on the cover
Required: Include cover with your post.
Examples: The Hardest Thing A Dan Stagg Mystery by James Lear Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism, #1) by Jill Shalvis Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, #1) by Jenna Black The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley Dangerous Secrets (Dangerous, #2) by Lisa Marie Rice The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship by Lisa Verge Higgins

2. BREASTSTROKE: The breaststroke requires simultaneous movements of the arms on the same horizontal plane. The hands are pressed out from in front of the breast in a heart shaped pattern and recovered under or on the surface of the water. The kick is a simultaneous somewhat circular motion similar to the action of a frog. On turns and at the finish, the swimmer must touch the wall with both hands simultaneously at, above or below the water surface.

Read a book with a bare male chest on the cover (full or partially exposed) or a woman showing a lot of cleavage on the cover.
Required: Include the cover with your post.
Examples: Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2) by Jaci Burton Undertow (Cutter Cay #1) by Cherry Adair Black Magic by Cherry Adair -- Uncomplicated - A Vegas Girl's Tale by Dawn Robertson A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1) by Sarah MacLean It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

3. BUTTERFLY: Some consider the butterfly to be the most beautiful of the strokes. It features a simultaneous recovery of the arms over the water combined with an undulating dolphin kick. In the kick, the swimmer must keep both legs together and may not flutter, scissors or use the breaststroke kick. Both hands must touch the wall simultaneously on the turns and the finish.

Read a book with the word butterfly, dolphin or fly in the title, subtitle or series title. Plurals and possessives are allowed. Variations of the word "fly" may be used so long as they preserve the meaning of the word - for instance, "flying," "flies," "flown," "flew," "flier," "flyer," "flyboy," etc. would work, but "highflier" and "briefly" would not.
Required: If using the series title, state the name of the series when you post.

4. FREESTYLE: In freestyle events, the competitor may swim any stroke. The stroke most commonly used is sometimes called the crawl, which is characterized by the alternate stroking of the arms over the surface of the water surface and an alternating (up-and-down) flutter kick.

Read a book of your choice that meets the general SRC requirements.

5. Individual Medley (IM): The individual medley, commonly referred to as the IM, features all four strokes. In the IM, the swimmer begins with the butterfly, then changes after one-fourth of the race to backstroke, then breaststroke and finally freestyle.

Read a book with the letters IM consecutive within a single word in the title or subtitle. There can be no spaces or punctuation between the I and the M.
Examples: Mr. Impossible, In the Time of the Butterflies, Lord Jim

6. USA Swimming : the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education.

Read a book with the genre sports or athletes listed on the book's main page.

Required: Identify the options used and supply any required information when you post.

30.2 - Sassafrass's task: Mouth full of words!
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One of the things I love about being in medicine (I mean besides all the serious stuff) is the fact that I know these really cool sounding words that mean really simple things. I love impressing people when I say them, and laugh when they ask what they mean and see how UN-impressed they are when find out how simple the meaning is. So when subject of my obscure medical knowledge came up with my Goodreads friend and fellow SRC addict Delicious Dee, she suggested I make a task out of it. Thanks, Dee, for the idea!

For this task, you must chose two different options and read one book that fits each option. Standard SRC rules apply.

Option 1--Pheochromocytoma: This is a rare, usually noncancerous tumor that develops in the core of an adrenal gland. This is one of my favorite words. It's fun to say and is one of the longest words I know at 16 letters.

So, in honor of the pheo, read a book that is #16 or higher in a series (as identified by Goodreads).

Option 2--Amaurosis fugax: This is sudden blindness in one eye caused by a lack of blood flow to the eye and can be a sign of a stroke.

For this option, read a book that clearly shows at least one eye (you must be able to see the white of the eye and the iris) on the cover. These lists may help but be cautious. It's possible that not all books on the lists will meet the requirements of the task: Best "eye" on the cover, Eye of the Beholder, I See You!
Required: Include the cover when you post.

Option 3--Palpitations: are the feelings of having rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeats.

This is a common one but I love it because it reminds me of my favorite genre Romance with its hearts aflutter.

For for this one, read a book with Romance as a genre on the main page. Any sub genre of Romance is fine as long as it has Romance first (i.e. Romance>>Paranormal Romance)

Option 4--Tinnitus: This is noise or ringing in the ears.

For this option, read a book that is fiction or non-fiction about a musician or a group of musicians. These lists may help but be cautious. It's possible that not all books on the lists will meet the requirements of the task:
Best Books on Rock and Roll, Musically Inclined Heroes/Heroines In Romance, M/M with musician MC(s), Best Biographies/Memoirs of Popular Musicians
Required: If the GRs description does not make it clear, explain how your book fits the task.

Option 5--Borborygimi: This is the scientific name for the sounds your stomach makes when it rumbles or growls.

I LOVE this one because it sounds so serious but it means something so silly!

For this option, lets make your stomach grumble! Read a book with food on the cover. Required: Include the cover when you post.

Option 6--Amblyopia: or "lazy eye," causing vision loss due a problem with vision development and occurs in childhood.

So, for this option, read a book with the genre children's, kids, or young adult on the main page.

NOTE: According to SRC rules any book with "Children's" or "kids" as a genre on the main page must be over 300 pages to count for a 30 point task

Required: Identify which options you used and any other required information when you post.

Optional: Tell us about some obscure words you like to use.

30.3 - DLMRose's task: Crazy Quilt
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March is National Quilting Month. I was raised in a family of needlework artists and I’ve always been surrounded by quilts.

Choose 2 options and read one book for each.
Required: Identify the options used and supply any required information when you post.

1) Quilt Blocks - Read a book with one of the words from this list of popular quilt block patterns in the title or subtitle. The following words may NOT be used: a, and, in, of, the, to
Any of the other words in the pattern names may be used, but it must match exactly - no variations. You must use the pattern name and not the square size (i.e., 6 1/2 and 12 1/2 are not options).
Required: Name the quilt block pattern when you post.

2) From Your Stash - Read one of the 10 books that has been on your TBR pile the longest.

3) Fat Quarters - Read any book (whole numbers #1-4) from a series identified as a Quartet on Goodreads or with only 4 published books in the series.

4) Q is for Quilt - Read a book with a Q in the book’s title, subtitle, or author’s name.

5) Seminole Patchwork - A personal favorite, Seminole Patchwork quilting techniques originated from the patchwork used for clothing by southeastern Seminole Native Americans in the late 1800s. Read a book from one of these lists: Native American Fiction, Native American Biography
Required: Name the list and the book’s position number when you post.

30.4 - Sheila/Kathy G's task: A Springtime Stroll Through the World of Monopoly
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This is a two book task. Pick 1 Book from the Springtime options and 1 Book from the Monopoly options.

Springtime

1) Read a book written by an author whose initials (middle name or initial excluded) can be found in any order in the word SPRINGTIME. Letters may only be used as many times as they appear (i.e., only I may be used twice).

2) Read a book with rain or an umbrella on the cover. (Post the cover)

3) Read a book with flowers (realistic or stylized) on the cover. One flower will do. (Post the cover).

Monopoly

1) Take a ride on the Reading Railroad and read a book with a train or train tracks on the cover. (Post cover.)

2) Do not pass GO and go the long way--- Read a book that is 500 pages or longer. Required: State how many pages your book is. NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

3) FREE PARKING SPACE- Read a book of your choice and thoroughly enjoy it! Optional: Tell us why you enjoyed your book!

Required: State which options you have chosen and post your cover if using a cover option. Happy Springtime!


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30.5 - Ty's task: Poetry Counts
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Poetic forms are sometimes interestingly mathematical in terms of patterns, structure, and rhyming.

Please read one book from 2 different poetic forms below.

Option 1 - Haikus are lovingly elegant and consist of 3 lines of a 5/7/5 syllabic form. Read one book in which the entire title consists of either 5 or 7 syllables. A one word title if fine as long as the word is 5 or 7 syllables long. Subtitles not included. For help with syllable counting, you can use a syllable counter.

Option 2 - Limericks are the drunk uncles of the poetry world. The last word of the first, second, and fifth lines of a limerick are rhyming 3-syllabic words. Read one book with a title, subtitle, and/or series name containing at least 2 different words that rhyme. The words must be a pure rhyme as specified by Wikirhymer. Singular/plural matchings are allowed. So Night and Lights would work in Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Of course, so would Team and Dream. Plurals of the same word would not work. Required: State the rhyming words.

Option 3 - Shakespearean sonnets consist of 14 lines written in iambic pentameter. Read a book with a title consisting of exactly 14 letters, including at least one word that is exactly 5 letters long. Subtitles are NOT included. Ampersands and numerals (including ordinals) count as if they were written out, but contractions do not. So, for example, if the title contains an ordinal number such as "11th," the eleventh would count as 8 letters. The contraction "couldn't" would count for 7 letters.

Option 4 - The Villanelle is an extremely rigid and structured poetic form - helped only by repeated lines throughout the stanzas. One of the most popular villanelles is Dylan Thomas' Do not go gentle into that good night. For this option, read a book with a title and/or subtitle consisting of the same word repeated at least twice. No variations allowed. A, an, and the are excluded. The words must be exactly the same. Ex: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Star Light, Star Bright

Required: Identify which options you used and supply any other required information when you post.

30.6 - Sandy/Kristi's task: Oh, the Places You'll Go
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Read one book for A and one book for B.
Book A: Read a book by an author whose first, middle, or last name is the same as a place name. Ex: Justina Ireland, Julia London, Austin Grossman

Book B: Read a book set primarily in the place identified by the author's name of book A.

Your book's setting may not extend geographically beyond the location in the author's name.
An author named Brooklyn needs a book set in Brooklyn. An author named York could be paired with a book in Brooklyn, NY or a book set in New York state or York, England

Here are a few examples:
If the author's name is a country the book B setting must take place within that named country.
Book A: The City and the City by China Miéville
Book B: The Good Earth set in China

If the author's name is a state, region, province, etc the book B setting must take place within that named area
Book A:Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Book B: Riddley Walker set in Canterbury, Kent

You must provide a link connecting Canterbury to Kent if the location is not clearly mentioned in the book's GR record

If the author's name is a city or smaller municipal unit the book B setting must be in that specific location:
Book A: Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Book B: Hello, Darkness, set in Austin, Texas.

Book A: Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
Book B: Fangirl, which takes place in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Book A: The Last True Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle
Book B: Under the Mesquite, set in Eagle Pass, Texas

Book A: Killing Moon by Rebecca York
Book B: A Werewolf in Manhattan, set in New York City

This list of places might help: Places

Required: If the setting of Book B is not mentioned in its GRs description or setting metadata, you must provide a link to a reference showing that the book is set in the named location. If it's not obvious, explain the connection between the author's name and the setting.

30.7 - Nick KY’s task: Back to Australia
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My first season with the SRC was 3 years ago -- Spring 2011. The topic that Spring was Australia/Oceania. Indulge my nostalgia and choose Two Different Options from the ones listed below -- which are copies of, or based upon, tasks from that Australian Spring:

Option 1. Kuddle a Koala! This was one of Sandy’s 10-pointers -- April 26th is Hug an Australian Day – Read a book written by an Australian author (born in, lives there now, or for most of their life) or that is primary set in Australia (at least ½ of the book). Required: If the GRs description does not make it clear, explain how your book fits the task.

Option 2. Shrimp on the Barbie. This is based on one of DLMRose’s 5-pointers. Read a book between 100 and 200 pages in length (100 min, 200 max, and, as always, a combination of two plays or poetry books will do.) NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or listen to an audiobook, use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

Option 3. Outback! Australia with its harsh interior, and surrounded by a tempestuous ocean, reminds us of the fragility of our planet. Read any book with “Environment” or “Ecology” or “Wildlife” as a genre on its GR homepage.

Option 4. Flipped Map. I live in the USA, and Australia is on the “Flip Side” of the planet. Put the author of your first book into the Literature Map. Of the names that pop up, choose an author of the opposite gender from your first author (that’s the “flipped” part) and read a book by him/her.

NOTE: Books with genres “Graphic Novel,” “Sequential Art,” “Comics,” and “Manga” that conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

30.8 - Delicious Dee's task: Read ‘Em Again
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One of the things I love about participating in the SRC is that each season I normally discover one or two (if not more) authors that I want to try more of their books. But it usually seems that I never go back and read anything more by them, either I get distracted, or I can’t figure out how to fit them into a task. So for this task, you’ll get to try ‘em again.

For this task you will read 2 books by 2 different authors, you can only have read ONE previous book by each author. The previous books you read MUST have been written by a single author (either fiction or non-fiction) - authors that contributed to anthologies, essay collections, or similar do not count).

If you have participated in 2 or more seasons of the SRC, you must pick authors from 2 different previous seasons; if you have only participated in one season then both authors must come from that season; if this is your first season or you have no qualifying books, pick 2 authors that you have previously read only ONE book by each author prior to the start of the Spring Challenge.

If you have participated in the SRC before, you must choose authors of books that you claimed for points in the previous season(s).

Required:Include in your post, the previous book you read by the author and the season that you read it.


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50.1 - Ms Anderson's task: Five Crowns
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My students recently taught me an awesome card game called “Five Crowns.” Basically, there are five different suits of cards (hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades, and stars), and each player has to collect a specific set of cards--either a certain number of the same card or a certain number of the same suit in order. The first round is played with three cards, and a card is added for every round you play until, for the final round, you need thirteen cards.

For this task, you’ll be playing Five Crowns with books! Flip one coin one time using the coin flipper on Random.org. Then, read three books that fit the same rule for whichever you flipped.

Heads: The authors of all three books must share either the same first OR last name. The name must be an exact match as it is listed on Goodreads (i.e., spelling must match and pseudonyms won't work). Middle names and initials do not count. You can use the same author more than once.
Ex. Alexander McCall Smith, Roland Smith, and Cynthia Leitich Smith; or Stephen King, Stephen Chbosky, and Stephen Fry

Tails: All three books must be in consecutive order in a series. The books may be from the same series or different series, as long as the books are in consecutive placement within their respective series. The book must be identified as part of a series (series name, #) on Goodreads. Whole numbers only; in between numbers (1.5, 3.1, etc) should be ignored.
Ex. Pawn of Prophecy (Book 1), Speaker for the Dead (Book 2), The Eternity Code (Book 3); Mars, Volume 04, Mars, Volume 05, Mars, Volume 06

Wild Card Rule
In Five Crowns, each round there is a wild card. In this task, our wild card is 3. Therefore, you may use a wild card up to 3 times to substitute the third book of ANY SERIES for the option you flip. The book must be identified as book 3 of a series (series name, #3) on Goodreads.
Ex. I flip heads. I can read Ranma 1/2, Vol. 3 (book 3), Long Live the Queen (book 3), and Chosen (book 3), and they would all still count as completing the task. Alternately, I could read two Stephen King books and Chosen (book 3), and the third book would work. If I flipped tails, I could read Temptation Ridge (book 6), 74 Seaside Avenue (book 7), and Dime Store Magic (book 3 = wild card).

Finally, as always, my tasks are Children’s and Graphic-Novel friendly! As long as they suit other SRC rules, you may read those.

Required: State whether you flipped heads or tails and specify whether you are using the Wild Card Option or not.


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