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5 pointer tasks

5.1. Five Suns.
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The Aztec creation myth of Five Suns describes 5 stages of creation, each of which was destroyed by some sort of disaster - the current World, the 5th, is supposed to be destroyed by earthquakes.

Read a book that includes a natural disaster, such as avalanche, earthquake, flood, forest fire, hurricane, lightning, tornado, tsunami, or volcanic eruption. This must be a "geological event or force of nature that has catastrophic consequences."
REQUIRED: Include a brief explanation of the natural disaster involved.

5.2.The Sun and the Moon
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In one of the Incan creation myths, the creator plucked the sun and the moon from Lake Titicaca. The sun became jealous because the moon was equally bright, so threw ashes into the moon's face to darken it.

Read a book with the sun or the moon on the cover. There must be enough of the sun or the moon to make it obvious, but it need not be completely shown.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post

5.3. What are We Made of?
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A Mayan creation myth describes two unsuccessful attempts of the gods to create humans - first out of mud, then out of wood. Finally, they created 4 men and 4 women out of maize for the 4 corners of the earth.

Read a book that is #4 or #8 in a series. The book must be identified as #4 or #8 in a series in the Goodreads title on its main page.

5.4 Earth and Water
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A Chilean creation myth involves a battle between 2 snake gods - Trenten Vilu (god of earth) and Caicai Vilu (god of water).

Use the letters in "Trenten Caicai Vilu" to make a word of at least 3 letters. Read a book with the word you made in the title/subtitle. Letters may be used as many times as they appear in the combination of the 3 words.
REQUIRED: Specify the word that you made.

5.5.Esaugetuh Emissee.
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In a Creek creation myth, the entire world was underwater, except for one hill, with a house, in which Esaugetuh Emissee (master of breath) lived. He created humanity from the clay on the hill.

Read a book with a body of water on the cover. It must be large enough for a regular-sized human to swim in.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

5.6.Four Cords
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In a Kiowa Apache creation myth, the earth was created by 4 gods mixing their sweat into a small brown ball, which expanded as they kicked it about. Tarantula attached 4 cords, black, blue, yellow and white, to the ball, pulling each in a different direction.

Read a book with a four word title. Subtitles may be used or ignored.

5.7. Raven the Trickster
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Raven appears in many creation myths of the peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

Since Raven is known for being a trickster, read a book with the main page genre humor or funny.

5.8. Four Worlds
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In a Navajo creation myth, there were 4 worlds through which humans passed to reach the current world - an Island world, a Blue world inhabited by various blue-gray furred mammals and birds, a Yellow world, and finally a White world, where sacred mountains were re-formed from soil taken from the Blue world.

Read a book with one of the following words in the title/subtitle - Island, Blue, Yellow, White, Mountain. Plurals and possessives may be used, no other variations.

5.9. Spider Grandmother
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Several Hopi creation myths involve the Spider Grandmother.

Read a book by an author* whose initials can be found in SPIDER GRANDMOTHER. Letters may be used as often as they appear. All initials of the author's name as shown on Goodreads must be found in SPIDER GRANDMOTHER.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.


5.10. Create Your Own World!
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Since reading a book can create a whole new world for the reader, create your own world, by reading a book of your choice. Note: Books with the genre "children" or "kids" NOT found in AR Bookfinder MAY be used for this task. REQUIRED: If using this exemption, state that the book is not found in ARBookFinder.


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10 point tasks

10.1 - Take the Stairs
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Read a book with a staircase or flight of stairs on the cover
Merivel A Man of His Time by Rose Tremain The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl Tiger Burning Bright by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Required: Include the cover in your post.

10.2 - Happy Hour!
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November 12 is Happy Hour Day. "Happy hour" is a marketing term for a period of time in which a restaurant or bar offers discounts on drinks, usually from 4-7 p.m.
Read a book that is identified as #4, #5, #6 or #7 in a series. The series must be identified as a series on Goodreads (series title , #) whole numbers only.

10.3 - Inti
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Inti, the Incan Sun God, was responsible for bringing light and the sunshine necessary for agriculture. It was by his will that crops grew and animals thrived.
Read a book by an author* with a name that starts and ends with the same letter. The name may be in any position- first, middle, other, last. ex., Chevy Stevens StevenS, Malcolm Gladwell MalcolM, Mary Anna Evans AnnA

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

10.4 - Ten-Four Day
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Celebrate Ten-Four Day on October 4th (10/4). In CB radio code "10-4" means “message received”. Ratings send messages to others.
Read a book that has at least 104 5-star ratings. On a book's main page immediately to the right of the star ratings, click on rating details to see the rating frequency chart. The number of ratings is the far right column with the heading "#".
Recommended: Record the number of 5 star ratings when you select your book in case the number drops below 104 when you post. It is unlikely, but it may happen. Include the number if necessary.

10.5 - Penmanship Practice
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Read a book with a TITLE on the cover that is written in cursive - where many or all of the letters are connected, sometimes making a word one single complex stroke. All the words in the title should be written in cursive, and at least two pairs of letters need to be connected. Subtitles may be ignored.
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl , Voracious A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti , The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer , The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Required: Include the cover in your post.

10.6 - Back to Reality
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Summer's over, read a non-fiction book.

10.7 - Sedna the Sea Goddess
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According to one Inuit myth, Sedna was a child with an enormous appetite who tried to eat her father's arm while he was asleep. When he awoke, her father put Sedna in a boat and took her out to sea. He tried to throw her overboard, but she clung tightly to the side of the boat, and her father cut off her fingers. These fingers became seals in the sea. She tried again and he cut off her hands, which become walruses. She made one last attempt to climb aboard the boat but her father cut off her forearms, which transform into whales. She sank to the bottom of the sea, where she guards the spirits of the dead.
Read a book with one of these words in the title or subtitle: whale, seal, sea, lion. Plurals, possessives, compound words that preserve the meaning (whaleship), and verb tense variations (sealed) all work.

10.8 - Yo Ho, Yo Ho!
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Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th by singing the official Talk Like A Pirate Day song. Listen on YouTube
Read a book with a word of at least 4 letters from the song lyrics in the title or subtitle. The word must match exactly.
Required: State the word.

10.9 - Bridge The Gap
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The Third Saturday in October is Bridge Day in West Virginia. A bridge is a connection between two elements. Read a book with a word in the title, subtitle or author's* name that is hyphenated. The word must appear in the Goodreads record with the hyphen ex. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (half-sick), 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works (self-help) Julia Spencer-Fleming (Spencer-Fleming)

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

10.10 Dreamcatcher
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The Ojibwe people tell of how Spider Woman cared for all the people of the land. But when the Ojibwe nation spread to the ends of the world, she began to find it difficult to care for all of her people. Instead, she directed the mothers, sisters and grandmothers to weave a magical web for new babies using willow hoops. These dreamcatchers would allow only good dreams to enter the babies’ minds when they were asleep.
Read a book with the word "dream" in the title, subtitle or series title. Plurals, possessives and compound words or variations that preserve the meaning of the word all work- dreamer, dreaming, dreamland, etc.


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15 point tasks

15.1 - The Twins
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In the mythology of the Xingu people of Brazil, twin brothers Kuat and Iae occupied the sun and the moon. In honor of the twins, read TWO books with exactly the same title. All words, numbers, and symbols count. One word titles may be used. Subtitles should be ignored.

15.2 - Which Witch?
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Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently. Read TWO books with matching homophones in their titles/subtitles. Example: Sail and A Gun for Sale (sail/sale). The homophones must be complete, stand-alone words and, for the purposes of this task, they must be found listed on this site: Homophones. Plurals and possessives are allowed as long as both homophones are plurals or possessives.

15.3 - Past & Present
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Read TWO books, one from Book 1 AND one from Book 2.
Book 1: Read a book with the genre "Historical Fiction" or "History" on its main page. Reasonable variations of these genres will also be accepted (ex: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, American History, World History, etc).
Book 2: Read a book first published within the last year (Sept 2014 -- November 2015).
OR
Read ONE book that fulfills both Book 1 and Book 2 requirements.

15.4 - The World Without End
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Read TWO books, one from Book 1 AND one from Book 2.
Book 1: The Mayans predicted that the world would end in December 2012. You may have discovered that we're still here! Let's celebrate by reading a book that was first published in December 2012 or any time afterward.
Book 2: Doomsday-smoomsday. Read a book with the genre "Post-Apocalyptic" or "Dystopia" on its main page. Reasonable variations of these genres will also be accepted (ex: Apocalyptic, Dying Earth, etc).
OR
Read ONE book that fulfills both Book 1 and Book 2 requirements.

15.5 - Act (on) Your Age!
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Add the numbers that make up your age until you get a single number (Ex: 47=4+7=11=1+1=2). Read a book with that number of words in the title. All words count, including symbols that take the place of words and could be spelled out (such as &, @, 1, 7th, 1776, etc). Symbols that are used as punctuation should not be counted. For the purposes of this task, spaces will indicate new words. Subtitles may be used or ignored. For those with a birthday during the challenge, Happy Birthday! You may choose either of your ages for this task. Required: You need not reveal your age when you post, but you do need to include the single digit result of your calculations.
Ex: The One & Only = 4 word title; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change = 7 word title, ignoring the subtitle; The Six-Gun Tarot = 3 word title; 1984 = 1 word title

15.6 - The Name Game
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Read a book written by an author* whose first, middle, or last name contains a NOUN of 4 or more letters intact within the name. Ex: Katherine Applegate (Apple or Gate), Walter Lord (Lord), Frank Beddor (Rank), Lauren Oliver (Olive). Not sure if the word in question is a noun? This site may help: Dictionary Proper nouns (someone's name or the name of a place, for example) will not work. If the entire first, middle, or last name can be used as a noun (ex: Walter Lord (lord) or Mary Beard (beard)) that will work. Books written by multiple authors may be used only if all authors' names fit the task. Required: Identify the word you are using when you post.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

15.7 - By the Numbers
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Read a book where the total number of pages (as stated on Goodreads) can be found, in any order, in the first publication date (year) of that same book. Example: A book first published in 2013 could have a total page count of 310, 213, 201, 320, etc. Numbers may only be used as many times as they are found in the year. NOTE: ebooks without a print edition cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook, listen to an audiobook or read a Large Print edition 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.

15.8 - Culture Vulture
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Delve into Native American culture by reading a book found on the Native American Fiction list. Required: State on which page of the list your book can be found when you post.

15.9 - Animal Guides
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According to Native American tradition, each individual is connected with nine different animal guides, or totems, which accompany them through life. Different totems come and go as your direction in life changes. Choose a totem from the North American Totems list and read a book that contains the name of that animal in its title or subtitle. Plurals and possessives are OK, but no other variations. Note: There are 2 pages of totems.

15.10 - Nanowrimo!
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November is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. When the going gets tough, writers need pep talks (and chocolate). Check out some of the inspirational letters written by well-known authors at the Nanowrimo Pep Talk page. Choose an author who has written a pep talk and read any book they have written* (that fits within the rules of the SRC). Books written by multiple authors may be used only if all authors have written a pep talk.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

Optional: Since there's no better pep talk than the glowing feedback of a happy reader, make an author's day by leaving a good review here on Goodreads or, better yet, by sending the author a personal note saying how much you loved his or her book. Believe me, that'll keep 'em writing happily for days! ;-)


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20 point tasks

20.1 Most Improved Player - Wayne's Task: A Calgary Autumn
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As part of my continuing attempt to bring Calgary to the world, I designed my task around the experience of Fall in Calgary.

This is a ONE book task. Please choose from the options below. REQUIRED: Indicate in your post the option you chose.

Option 1 - Labour Day Classic: There is quite a strong sports rivalry between Calgary and our neighbours to the north, Edmonton, and the most eagerly-awaited expression of this rivalry is the Canadian Football League's annual Labour Day game between our Stampeders and the hated Edmonton Eskimos. Although the Eskimos have a 25-23-1 lead overall, the Stamps have won the last 3 games and 5 of the last 6.

Task: Read a book whose author's* initials can be found in the phrase GO STAMPS GO. Letters may be used as often as they appear in the phrase. Middle initials may be used or ignored.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

Option 2 - The First Snowfall: It may happen early in the season or it may happen late, but alas, it will happen; we will get our first snowfall sometime in autumn. Last year's first snow occurred in early September and came in the form of a very thick, wet, heavy snow that damaged quite a few trees and even killed some. Hopefully, this year's winter preview will be a gentler one!

Task: Read a book that contains the word "snow" in the title or subtitle. The word must stand alone. Snows, snowy, and snowfall are the only acceptable variations.
Examples: Snow, The Snow Child, On a Snowy Night, Snowfall

Option 3: Remembrance Day: It is known by different names, but many countries commemorate the signing of the armistice on November 11 that brought World War I to an end, and Canada is no exception. Here in Calgary, the central event will take place at the Central Memorial Park cenotaph, with many other events taking place throughout the city.

Task: Read a book with War as a main page genre. The genre can be standalone or embedded.

20.2. Rookie at the Top - Puppitypup's Task: Picky, picky, picky!
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I love to read, but I am an inordinately picky reader. I won't even add a book to my TBR shelf without first reading all my friends' reviews. My ideal book would be a romantic adventure with likeable characters, soaring honor, laughter, whimsy and loyal horses.

This is a one book challenge. Read a book that combines at least THREE of the following features. OPTIONAL: Post a review of your book to help me with my future reading choices!

A. Main page genre: Adventure
B. Storyline includes a romance. The romance can be anything from a crush to a long-term marriage.
C. Main page genre: Humor
D. Storyline includes a named horse, mule, pony, unicorn, or Pegasus.
E. Main page genre: History. No variations, such as Historical Romance or Historical Fiction may be used.

Main page genres may be stand alone or embedded.

REQUIRED:
(1) State which three features your book contains
(2) State how the book satisfies your storyline option(s). For a storyline including a romance, the Goodreads description or reviews must include something indicating a romance, OR, a main page genre of Romance must be listed.
For a storyline involving a horse, please include a brief explanation of your response and include the horse's name.

Examples: Range of Ghosts - A, B, D, Mort - B, C, D, Don Quixote - A, B, C and D.

20.3. Best Review Contest - Catie's Task: Moving House
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In the last few weeks of the summer challenge, I found myself moving house. This is possibly my least favourite thing to do - not least because of the enormous number of books I seem to have acquired since the last time I moved. Despite only having a small fraction of my books with me (the rest are stored with my parents), by the time I'd moved all of them down one flight of stairs, and then back up another two flights, I was almost ready to throw them all out. I've since promised myself to read as many of the books I already own as possible, and not buy any new ones until at least half of the ones I own are read. Pick one of these options, and help me make my way through the pile.

1. Read any of the 121 books that I have with me in my current house. These can be found on my bookshelf here. Normal SRC rules apply to omnibus editions, and books published in multiple volumes. Please keep in mind that this applies to books that are divided into separate parts for publication - all parts must be read.

You do not need to read the specific edition that is on my shelf.

2. Despite my promise, I couldn't resist picking up a copy of one of the Virago Modern Classics in a second-hand shop the other day. Virago are one of my favourite publishing houses, and I've rarely been disappointed in any novel published by them. Read any book that has been published by Virago.
Hint: Margaret Atwood and Sarah Waters have both had most of their books published by Virago.
This list of Virago Modern Classics might also be useful.

You may read any edition, but you must also include a link to the edition that indicates Virago published the book at one time. So, for example, if you read the kindle edition of The Group:, which was published by Open Road Media, you would also need to include a link to the paperback edition of The Group, which was published by Virago Press (UK) when you post. The word "Virago" MUST appear in the Goodreads metadata under "Published by."

3. Read a (non-fiction) book about hoarding, collecting or decluttering. This should be obvious from the Goodreads description.

20.4. Author! Author! - Seakbee's Task: Life’s Too Short
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This is a one book task. REQUIRED: State which option you chose in your post.

A wise man told me that there are a million things that you can choose to do in your life... if you don't enjoy what you are currently doing, well then choose something else. This wise man is my grandfather who turned 100 years old in April. The odds of becoming a centenarian are 0.30% for a male born in 1915 in the United States. As you can imagine, living to 100 gives you lots of opportunities to experience different things. I would like to dedicate this task to him.

REQUIRED: Your book choice must have been first published between 1915 and April 17, 2015.

Option 1: My grandfather’s family moved West by train when he was just a toddler. Follow his route by taking the California Zephyr from Nebraska to California.

For this option, read a book in which at least one character sets foot in one of these states: Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada or California. REQUIRED: Specify the state. If the state is not mentioned in the metadata or GR description, include a brief explanation of the character's presence in the specified state.

Option 2: My grandfather’s unpublished memoir, Life’s Too Short, started with his earliest memory, Armistice Day, 1918 through to a family holiday event in 2007 on a riverboat in Long Beach Harbor. (I can only hope that 2008-201X is still being recorded!)

For this option, read a memoir or autobiography written in first person. The genre memoir or autobiography must appear on the book's main page.

Option 3: After reading Life’s Too Short, it is clear that there are several themes that have recurred during his lifetime. The most common themes include cars,activities at the beach or ocean, and road trips across the United States to study family genealogy.

For this option, read a book whose cover shows one of the following: a car, the beach and/or ocean, or a map. REQUIRED: Include the cover when posting and point out the image if not obvious.

Examples:
Cars - Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler 11/22/63 by Stephen King Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Beach or ocean - The Island by Elin Hilderbrand The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Maps- Maphead Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings Paper Towns by John Green Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Option 4: Choose a book whose author’s initials* can be found in CENTENARIAN. Letters may be used as often as they appear. All initials of the author's name as shown on Goodreads must be found in CENTENARIAN.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

20.5. Bigger is Better - Mary P's Task: Into the Wilderness
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As a fan of the Sara Donati Wilderness series I have been looking forward to her newest book The Gilded Hour for a long time now. How thrilled I was when my copy arrived on September 1st.

This is a ONE book task. Choose from the options below.

REQUIRED: State which option you chose when you post.

**Note: Books with the genre childrens or kids may not be used for this task.**

Option 1: Read a book with a main page genre History, Historical fiction or Historical Romance. The genre may be stand alone or embedded.

Option 2: Read a book with the word Wilderness in the title, subtitle or series name. No plural or possessives, no other variations.

Option 3: Read a book by an author* that shares the same initials as Sara Donati. The initials for only the first and last name count for this task. Middle initials may be ignored. The author's initials must be in the same order - SD.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

Option 4: Read a book from one of your own favorite series. The book may be any # in the series. Or you may start a new favorite with #1 of a series.


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20.6. Seasoned Reader - Amy O's Task - Quetzalcoatl
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Quetzalcoatl was an Aztec god associated with creation and the forces of good and light. His name means “Feathered Serpent.” He was the god of learning, wisdom, intelligence, and self-reflection, and was credited with discovering corn, the arts, science and the calendar. He was also associated with the morning star and with the wind – Ehecatl, the Wind God, was one of his incarnations.

For this task, read one book that fulfills one of the options below. REQUIRED: Please state which option you chose when posting your completed task.

Option 1: Read a book with one of the following words in its title or subtitle: feather, plume, snake, serpent, calendar, star, wind. The word must stand alone. Plurals and possessives are okay, but no other variations.

Option 2: Read a book with the letter “Q” somewhere in the main title. Subtitles or series names may not be used for this option – only the main title of the book.
Examples: Q & A by Vikas Swarup, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

Option 3: Since Quetzalcoatl was the god of learning and of self-reflection, read a book with a main page genre of Education or Self Help.

20.7 - Shorter is Sweeter: Camilla’s task: Judge the Book by its Cover
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This task is all about covers. As the current theme is Mythologies of the Americas, the options have been inspired by various mythological beings.

Read ONE book from the following options. Required: State which option you chose when you post. For all options, include the cover when you post.

**Note: Books with the genre children or kids may NOT be used for this task.**

Option 1: Alicanto
The Alicanto is a mythological bird of the desert of Atacama, pertaining to Chilean mythology. The legend says that the Alicanto's wings shine during the night with beautiful, metallic colors, and their eyes emit strange lights.

For this option, read a book that shows a winged creature on the cover. The wing(s) must be clearly visible. The creature may be real (e.g., a bird) or a fantasy creature (e.g., a dragon).

Examples: Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine, #2) by Abigail Gibbs Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell Gibbon's Decline and Fall by Sheri S. Tepper

Option 2: Pskegdemus
In Wabanaki folklore, Pskegdemus, the Swamp Woman, is a female ghost that lives in the swamps and makes mournful cries. Anyone who tries to follow the sound of her crying will be lost in the swamp and killed.

For this option, read a book that shows a single female on the cover. No other human beings may be on the cover, but animals are allowed. The figure has to be identifiable as female.

Examples: Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7) by Patricia Briggs The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Option 3: Balor
I really tried to find a one-eyed mythological creature originating in the Americas, but to no avail. So I broadened the scope for this final option and looked a bit nearer: in Ireland. Balor, a giant in Irish mythology, had one eye in his forehead that would wreak destruction when opened.

For this option, read a book that shows one eye of a human or other being on the cover. Only one eye may be shown, and the iris has to be visible.
Examples: Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver Delirium (Delirium, #1) Firelight (Firelight, #1) by Sophie Jordan Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

20.8. Nickels and Dimes - Fandury's task: Happy Anniversary!
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My husband and I have our Wedding Anniversary at the beginning of September. As I'm still amazed that I managed to find myself such a fantastic man, he is my inspiration for this task.

This is a one book task, so choose one of the options below.

Option A: HIS BIRTH COUNTRY

My husband was born in Iran and had to flee from there when he was 18. The Persian culture is quite old and the first Persian Empire, the so called Achaemenid Empire, was the largest Empire of the ancient history with what is today Iran at its center. At its greatest extent it covered 8 million square kilometers across three continents.

For this option read a book that is set at least 50% in a country that belonged to the first Persian Empire: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Kurdistan, Egypt, Eritrea, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Option B: HIS NAME

My husband is called Farnoush, his two brothers are called Farnam and Farshad. His parents obviously liked to have FAR- at the beginning of their children's names.

Read a book with a word that contains "far" found intact in the title or subtitle.

Examples: Too Far, Skylark Farm, A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East.

Option C: HIS FAMILY

Most of my husband's family lives in Australia today. As we live in Germany this is really far away and he only sees them every few years.

For this option read a book where the first letters of the words that make up the title can be found in the words AUSTRALIA and/or GERMANY. Letters may be used only as often as they appear. Subtitles can be ignored. The letters may be found in the target words in any order, and a one word title may be used.

Examples:The Last Anniversary - T,L, A all found in AusTraLIA, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise - G and A in GermAny, S in auStralia.

Option D: OUR ANNIVERSARY

We are now married for 12 years and I do not regret a single day.

To celebrate 12 years of "happily married" read a book with exactly 12 letters in the author's* name. All parts of the name as they appear on goodreads count, including middle names and initials, but no punctuations (like hyphens or points after initals). If a book has more than one author, all have to fullfil the requirements of this option.

Examples: Kate Atkinson, Heidi W. Durrow.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

20.9. Moderator's Pet - Katy's Task: The Trip of a Lifetime!
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I just got back from the trip of a lifetime - two weeks in South Africa! For this task, choose one option related to the highlights of my trip:

Option A - The primary reason I wanted to visit South Africa is the history. I loved visiting Soweto, Robben Island, and more. Read a book from Best South African Reads.

REQUIRED: Specify the page of the list on which your book is found.

Option B - I also loved seeing animals on my trip - the animals I saw included lions, rhinos, buffalo, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, baboons, gnus, squirrels, penguins, ostriches, dassies (African rock dwelling rodents), eagles, crocodiles, whales, and chickens! Read a book with one or more of these animals on the cover.

For baboons, any primate will work. For dassies, any rat will work.

REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post. Specify the animal, and point it out if it is not obvious.

Option C - A surprise bonus highlight of the trip was how many interesting and kind people we met. So many people went out of their way to help us, talk with us, and even teach us some of South Africa's 11 official languages. Read a book whose title/subtitle contains an x (for Xhosa) or a z (for Zulu).

20.10 - Group Reads

Read ONE of the books selected as the Group Reads choices for the season:

Novels Involving ESP - book:The Knife of Never Letting Go
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Fiction Based on the Life of a Real Person - Wolf Hall.
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Graphic Novels - March: Book One.
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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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25.1 Andy P.'s task: The Fall Months
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This is a two book task: Choose two books, one for Book 1, and one that works for Book 2.

Book 1. Numerically, the Fall months, SRC style, are 9, 10, and 11.
Read a book whose author's* surname has 9, 10, or 11 letters. The book must be written by a single author. Please note that a surname, for SRC purposes, is the last word in the author's name preceded by a space.

Book 2. Read a book whose title (Not a subtitle or series title) contains a word of 9, 10, or 11 letters. The word may be plural or possessive.

For both book 1 and book 2, all letters in the word or surname count, but punctuation marks, such as hyphens or apostrophes, do not.


Books with the main page genre childrens or kids may not be used for this task.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

25.2: SarahBR's task: Footy, Movies and Horses oh my!
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This is a two book task,
Read two books from different options.

When it comes to this time of year my Capital city Melbourne is a buzz with major events ranging from our Spring Racing Carnival and our Sporting grand finals to some big pop culture events. REQUIRED: post which options you are using when you post.

Option One: September marks the start of the finals series for our national sport AFL. Australian Football League

For this option, read a book either set at least 50% in or by an author* born or currently living in one of the states that are home to an AFL team. These states are New South Wales (Sydney), Queensland (Brisbane), South Australia (Adelaide), Victoria (Melbourne) and Western Australia (Perth). The cities in parentheses are the capital cities of these states.

REQUIRED: State the city or state in your post. If the setting or place of birth/residence in the GR book description, metadata, or author page indicates a place other than one of the locations listed above, please include a reference to establish that the place is located in one of these states.

Option Two: Melbourne is playing host to two major Pop Culture and gaming conventions this October and early into November. These events can get upwards of 50,000 people over the weekend. For this option read a book from the first 10 pages of Popular Pop Culture Books. REQUIRED: Indicate the page number on which your book is found.

Option Three: The Spring racing carnival is a yearly event that occurs in Melbourne across our race courses. The first Tuesday of every November marks the race that stops the nation the Melbourne Cup. for this option, read a book whose author's* initials can be found within the words MELBOURNE CUP. Letters may only be used as many times as they appear in the words. Eg 2 E's. The author's middle initial(s) may be ignored.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

25.3 - Elizabeth B's Task: Grape Harvest Season
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Read 2 books for this task, from two different options.

Option 1: Read a book set in one of the top 20 wine - producing countries, from this list: Top Wine Producing Countries. You may NOT choose a book set in the country in which you live. REQUIRED: include in your post the country in which the book is set and the country in which you live.

Option 2: Read a book set in a vineyard, or with a character who's working in the wine production industry (grape growing till wine-selling), e.g. The Best Man.

Option 3: Read a book with grapes, wine, wine glass, wine bottle, or grape vines on the cover OR with the words "wine", "grape," "vine," or the name of a grape varietal from this list in the title/subtitle. If a varietal has two words in the title, you may use either word separately, but you must specify in your post the complete name of the varietal. For example, for the varietal Petite Syrah, you could use Petite Anglaise.

For the word in the title option, only plural and possessive forms are acceptable, no other variation.

NOTE: no books with the main page genre children or kids may be used for this task.

25.4 - Catherine T's Task: International Travels
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This is a two book task. Both books must be new to you - no re-reads. REQUIRED: state in your post that both books are new to you.

For book one, read a book by an author* whose initials appear on this list of International Country Codes. If you want to use one of the 3 letter country codes, all 3 letters must fit the author's initials, with middle initial. If you want to use a 2 letter country code, you may ignore the author's middle initial. You must use a book written by a single author for this task.

For book two, read a book set on the continent that the country code used for book one is part of. We will use this list to determine which continent a country is part of.

Example:
Book 1 - the country code for the Isle of Man is IM, so read a book by Ian McEwan.
Book 2 - Isle of Man is in Europe, so read a book set in any European country.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

25.5 - Sirena's Task: All About My Dad!
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My dad is the greatest man I will ever know! His birthday is in November, so this task was designed to honor him.

Option 1: 2 Books (Pick 2 books from 2 separate choices)

A. My dad is a HUGE movie buff! He even compulsively buys Blu-rays of movies he has never seen! For this option, read a book which has been made into a movie that you HAVE NOT seen but would like to. The movie must have been a theatrical release. REQUIRED: Name the movie and include a link to Rotten Tomatoes or IMDb in your post.

NOTE: The movie can be made from only part of the book. For instance, The Once and Future King and The Sword in the Stone.

B. My dad is a voracious reader. For this option, read his favorite book, DUNE by Frank Herbert, or pick from the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books list: NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy books. If an entire series is listed as one item, you may read any book from that series.

C. Daddy is a biker from waaaay back. He is happiest, I think, when he is riding the open road on his Harley. For this option, read a book with a cover featuring a PAVED ROAD, HORIZON, or a MOTORCYCLE. The Horizon must be one that my dad could see from his motorcycle - so there must be some land in the foreground of the cover.
Examples: Blackmoor by Edward Hogan Home To Italy by Peter Pezzelli .

The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa would NOT work, because there is no land showing in the foreground.

Required: Include the cover in your post.

D. My dad traveled extensively when he served in the United States Air Force, but there are only a handful of places that are significant for him and his family. Read a book that is set at least 50% in one of these locations: HAWAII, KOREA, BELGIUM, SAUDI ARABIA, OR NEW MEXICO.

E. My dad loves to talk politics! We NEVER agree on anything, but at least he keeps himself...informed. For this choice, read a non-fiction book with the genre of POLITICS, embedded or stand alone.

Option 2: 1 Book

For this option, pick 1 book that fits 2 of the above choices (A-E) AND is at least 580 pages.

25.6 - Dakimel’s Task: Wedding Traditions
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My wedding anniversary falls during the Fall Challenge. Let’s celebrate by reading books from options based on a bridal good luck rhyme. (I followed its dictates and have been married 22 years, ergo it works!)

This is a two-book task, and each book must be from a different option. REQUIRED: State which options you used when you claim this task.

Option 1: Something Old – The rhyme was published in a collection of English folklore in 1898. For this option, read a book that was first published before 1898.

Option 2: Something New – Read a book with the word “new” in the title. No variations, plurals, or possessives – “new” must stand alone, and must be in the title, NOT the series name or subtitle.

Option 3: Something Borrowed – Read a book you’ve borrowed. (Don’t forget to return it!) REQUIRED: State where or whom you got it from in your post.

Option 4: Something Blue – Read a book with a blue “something” on the cover. The blue thing must be an identifiable inanimate object, not a background design or text, and cannot be water or sky. REQUIRED: Include the cover when posting and point out the blue object.

Option 5: A sixpence in her shoe – Read a book whose author’s initials* can be found in SIXPENCE. Letters may be used as often as they appear. All initials of the author's name as shown on Goodreads must be found in SIXPENCE.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.


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25.7- Ellen R-S’s Task: Wonderful Overseas Assignments
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This is 2 book Task. Read two books from different options. No books with the main page genre childrens or kids may be used for this task.

All books can be fiction or non-fiction.

For 25+ years I lived with my Husband at many USAF bases.

Option 1: Our first and second overseas assignments were in East Anglia, UK (RAF Bentwaters near Woodbridge and RAF Alconbury near Cambridge. Read a book set in or about East Anglia. Cities include Cambridge, Norwich, Peterbrough, Ipswich, Ely, Bury St Edmunds, New Market, Kings Lynne, St Neots, and Felixstowe.

These links may give you some ideas: Norfolk Crime and
Books set in England by County

Option 2: Our 3rd and last overseas assignment was Osan AFB, Republic of Korea from where I traveled the Orient. Read a mystery set in Korea (South or North), China or Japan. ”Mystery” must be a main page genre.The genre may be stand-alone or embedded. This list may give you some ideas - Mysteries Set in Asia.

Option 3: Our favorite overseas vacation was two weeks in Germany at Christmas. Read a book set in Germany or about Germany. This list may give you some ideas - Novels Set in Germany.

NOTE: For all options, the book must be set completely in the target country or area. Small exceptions (for instance, to establish a back story or a brief portion set in another place) are allowed.
REQUIRED: State the setting in your post. If the setting in the GR book description or metadata does not indicate the setting, please include a reference to establish the setting.

The links provided here are just to give you ideas - you do not have to choose a book listed. Be careful when using lists, however, as not all books on the list will fit SRC requirements, or meet the task requirement that the book be completely set in the target location.

25.8 - Amanda A's Task: Happy Fall!
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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the cooler weather, football and the return of my favorite TV shows.

Please chose TWO different options and read a book for each.

REQUIRED: State which options you chose in your post.

A. Fall TV Shows: Read a book that a TV series is based on. If the book is part of a series, any book in that series will work.
Examples: The Cold Dish and Longmire, Pretty Little Liars and Pretty Little Liars, and 16 Lighthouse Road and Cedar Cove. REQUIRED: In your post, include a link to IMDb in your post in your post to show the TV series.

B. Are You Ready for Some Football?: Read a book with the "Sports" genre on the main page. Embedded genres are allowed.

C. Cooler Weather (Brrrr): September, October and November all end in "ber". Read a book with a word that contains "ber" found intact in the title/subtitle.
Examples: I've Got Your Number, Blackberry Winter.

D. I Love a Good Series!: The Fall months of September, October and November are the 9th, 10th and 11th months of the year. Read a book that is #9, #10 or #11 in a series. The book must be identified as part of a series on Goodreads.

25.9 - Delicious Dee's Task: On the Injured Bench
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I was having a great summer until I somehow injured my hip (even the Physical Therapist doesn’t know for sure what I did, but she has some ideas)…so unfortunately, I’ve been on the injured bench for the last 2 months and being tortured by the PT during that time – hopefully those times will be beyond me soon…

This is a TWO book task, and you must read TWO different options. REQUIRED: State in your post the options you chose.

The letters in HIP MUST appear in the title (not subtitle or series title) of each book. The letters H I P need not be sequential or in any particular order.

NO books shelved as childrens or kids may be used for this task.

Option 1 - RICE – anyone who has ever been injured has probably heard the term RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation – I honestly suck at doing all 4 of these, which is probably why I’m still hurt…but since RICE is also a food – read a book with a food item on the cover. REQUIRED - post cover and identify the food item if not clear

Option 2 - FOAM ROLLER – I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller; I hate it while I’m using and love it because it makes my hip feel so much better after – give a second chance to an author you may not have liked in the past, who knows you may fall in love. REQUIRED: Briefly explain your answer - for example, gave a 1 or 2 star rating to another book by that author, or tried to read a book by the author and did not finish.

Option 3 - DUCK – my first session with the PT, she made the comment that it looked like I ran like a duck (which is probably why my hip is screwed up) – read a book with a bird on the cover REQUIRED – post cover and identify bird

Option 4 - CATCH-UP TIME – not being able to work out like I normally do, meant that I’ve been able to dig into my pile of books and catch up on some of the books that have been loitering for a while – read a book that has been on your TBR pile for more than a year. REQUIRED: State that the book has been on your TBR list/pile/shelf for more than a year.

25.10 - M1nks's Task: Let a Little Light and Colour In!
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This is a two-book task, and each book must be from a different option. REQUIRED: State which options you used when you claim this task.

Option 1. The Aztecs were Sun worshipers and their religious observances were rather unpleasant; these days we are a bit more relaxed about it.

Read a book about the Aztec God of the Sun Huitzilopochtli (if you really want to) OR read a book with a cover showing one or more people sitting or lying down outside in the sun.
REQUIRED: Include the cover when posting.

Option 2. The beautiful and magnificent jaguar (great cat) actually originally came from North America and then migrated down to Central and South America (see, migration is nothing new!). The Great Cat has been worshipped and venerated by many different cultures in many different ways but, as a cat, I'm sure it considered such devotion its due. I'm more of a dog lover myself but in the spirit of the challenge I wish to pay tribute to this lovely animal as well.

Read a book that has a picture of a cat (any sort ranging from a housecat to a sabre-toothed tiger) on the cover OR with a type of cat in its TITLE. The type of cat can vary but the meaning must be referring to an actual animal, so "tiger" would be fine, but a woman named "Cat" or a "catamaran" (meaning 'boat') wouldn't. Plurals, possessives and compound words are fine so long as the meaning of 'cat' is intact.

REQUIRED: Include the cover showing the 'cat' if you choose the cover option.

Option 3. When I was studying some ancient civilisations at university I was surprised to learn that South American cultures didn't really use the wheel, no doubt greatly in part due to their terrain. Instead they mostly relied on beasts of burden carrying things directly on their backs. They used Llamas but in the West our equivalent would be horses.

Read a book with a picture of a horse on the cover.
REQUIRED: Include the cover when posting.

Option 4. I live in London and it's an amazingly vibrant city; unfortunately it can also be a bit of a grey and depressing city when the weather turns cold and rainy and it starts to get dark earlier and earlier. During the change of season people's winter wardrobes start to appear, usually far too early, and I hate the drab colours. Just because we have to put away our summer dresses doesn't mean it should be the end of colour until late spring.

Read a book with some nice brightly coloured clothing on the cover. At least 50% of the outfit must be a bright, vibrant, or bold color. For example, red, pink, orange, bright blue or pastel colours would work. Dark, somber or pale colors, such as black, brown, dark navy blue, dark dark green or even plain white will NOT work. It's no longer summer so no shorts, light garden party style dresses or obviously inappropriate clothing like thin shoulder straps or uncovered shoulders.

Examples: Interesting Times The Play by Stephen Briggs He's So Not Worth It (He's So/She's So, #2) by Kieran Scott - the girl on the left wouldn't work because her top is sleeveless, but the girl on the right works.

This one won't work because it's clearly a summer dress - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov .

REQUIRED: Include the cover when posting


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30.1: Schatzie's TASK: DNA
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This summer, my sister and I had our DNA tested for genealogical purposes. It was fun to get the results. So, this task is centered on my findings. REQUIRED: Please state which options you chose when posting.

This is a TWO book task. Pick 2 different options and read a book from each.

OPTION 1: I am 20% NATIVE AMERICAN. For this task, read a book that has a tribal name in the title, such as, Pueblo, Shawnee, Arapaho, etc. Here is a link to official tribal names: Federally Recognized Tribal Names List. Please choose from this list.

Only the part of the tribal name that is in red letters can be used for this task, and if that is a phrase of two or more words, the entire phrase must appear in the title of the book.

Plurals and possessives are allowed. Tribal name must appear in the title. Subtitles and series titles are not included for use in this option.

OPTION 2: I am 20% SPANISH. For this task, read a book that has a title that contains the letters: S-P-A-I-N. The letters can appear in any order and they can appear more than once within the title. These letters must appear in the title. Subtitles and series titles are not included for use in this option.

OPTION 3: I am 17% BRITISH. For this task, read a book that takes place at least 50% of the time in England (England only, not other parts of Great Britain). If the setting does not appear in the GR description or the book's metadata, please explain how the book fits the task.

OPTION 4: I am 12% IRISH. For this task, read a book that has an inanimate (not living) object that is green on the cover. No trees, bushes, etc. The object must be a picture of an actual object - not a cover design element such as a border or lettering.

Examples: Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie dress Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) by MaryJanice Davidson gravestone Waiter Rant Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica guest check
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian shirt.

REQUIRED: Please include the cover when posting and point out the green object.

30.2. Ms Anderson's Task: My Own Words
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As some of you know, I'm a writer, and in the past two years I've published my first two books, both of which have been well-received by strangers, friends, and students alike. Now, off to work on my next one!

Read two books, from two different options.
REQUIRED: Indicate the options you chose.

Option 1: In honor of my first book, a novel-in-verse, read a book with the genre "Poetry" on the main page. As per the SRC rules, more than one book may be used to make up the 100 page requirement.

Option 2: In honor of my second book, a gamebook fantasy novel, read a book from this list: Adult Choose Your Own Adventure Books. Please note: not all books on this list meet SRC requirements.

The book must be read completely, covering all outcomes.

Option 3: In honor of my current writing project, read a book with the genre "Childrens > Middle Grade" on the main page. Please note: All SRC requirements for childrens books apply.

Option 4: Finally, in honor of my AMAZING editors and readers, who willingly dissect everything I write and aren't afraid to tell me when it's drivel, read a book by an author* with one of the following names: Catherine, Daniel, Evan, Jean, Melissa, or Seth. No variations. The name can appear as first, last, or middle name, but it must be part of the author's name as it appears on Goodreads.

**Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

30.3 Ava Catherine’s task: Perspectives Over Time
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This is a TWO book task. You must read a book from each category.

“Half of my library are old books because I like seeing how people thought about their world at their time. So that I don't get bigheaded about something we just discovered and I can be humble about where we might go next. Because you can see who got stuff right and most of the people who got stuff wrong.”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson

Reading books from a variety of eras broadens our worldview. C. S. Lewis discusses this in On the Reading of Old Books.

Experiencing the world through literature from different time perspectives gives us a deeper understanding of the world, so we are going to read books from two different time periods.

Book 1: Read a book first published before you were born.
REQUIRED: State in your post that your book was first published before you were born.

Book 2: Read a book first published in 2010 or later.

No books with a main page genre of Childrens or kids may be used for this task.

30.4 - Jonquil’s task: Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
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As an academic, I equate fall with fresh new starts and a chance to explore new ideas. Horace Mann (1796-1859) was the founder of my alma mater, Antioch College, and an American education reformer. Mann is responsible for two quotes I annually share with my students. The first quote is from a commencement address he delivered to Antioch graduates: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” The second reflects his passion for educating every child: “A house without books is like a room without windows.”

This is a TWO book task.

Book 1: The entirety of your first book’s title must appear in the first quote. The order of the letters does not matter. Subtitles should be ignored. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the quote.

Book 1: BE ASHAMED TO DIE UNTIL YOU HAVE WON SOME VICTORY FOR HUMANITY

Book 2: The entirety of your second book’s title must appear in the second quote. The order of the letters does not matter. Subtitles should be ignored. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the quote.

Book 2: A HOUSE WITHOUT BOOKS IS LIKE A ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS

REQUIRED: For both books, point out where the letters of your books' titles are located in the quotations.

Example: Book 1 The Strain
BE ASHAMED TO DIE UNTIL YOU HAVE WON SOME VICTORY FOR HUMANITY

T in until, HE in ashamed S in some, TR in victory, AIN in humanity

Task 30.5 - DLMRose's Task:In The Middle
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Book 1- Read a book by an author* who uses 3 names. The name must appear on Goodreads as “name^name^name” and the middle name must NOT be an initial.

Book 2- Read a book by an author* who uses a 3 part name* that includes a middle initial. The middle initial MUST be the initial of the middle name of the author of Book 1. *The name must appear on Goodreads as "name^middle initial^name."

Things to remember
Spaces determine names. Hyphenated names are considered one name
Leading initial names such as M.L. Stedmanand names with multiple middle initials such as George R.R. Martin do not work for book 2.

Pairs that work:
Twan Eng Tan and
Octavia E. Butler

Tom Rob Smith and
Laurie R. King

**Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

30.6: Donna Jo's Task - Me, Myself, and I
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Choose two different options and read one book for each. State which options you have chosen.

1. Me: Read a book by an author* whose name has "me" found intact in it. "Me" must be in that order. First, last, or middle names will work. Initials may NOT be used. Neither can names with the m in the first name and the e in the last--like Liam Elliott. If a book has multiple authors, only one author name must fit the task.

Some examples of names that do work include, but are not limited to: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Megan Stone,James Patterson, and Marissa Meyer.

**Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

2. Myself: Read a book with a Reflexive pronoun in the title, subtitle, or series title. Don't remember what a reflexive pronoun is? You may use Myself, Yourself, Oneself, Herself, Himself, Themselves, Ourselves.

3. I: Read a fiction book written in the first person - at least 50% of the book must be written from the "I" perspective. Nonfiction, such as autobiographies or memoirs, will not work for this task.
REQUIRED: Include in your post the first sentence from the book that demonstrates the first person perspective.

Some I've read in the last few years include The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, The Martian General's Daughter, and The Spellman Files. I have a list of about 63 that I've read under "first person narrator" on my books page if you need suggestions. Donna Jo's First Person Narrator Shelf


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30.8 - Nick KY’s Task: Ghost Hunters
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Autumn is the season to bring out the ghost stories, so I wanted to do something “Ghostly.” But I also wanted to fit the North American myth theme. In the summer, I found a book with a Native American theme (due to that fantastic task where we had to search for authors of diverse ethnic origins), a book which has become a true treasure for me – The Lesser Blessed: A Novel by Richard Van Camp, set among the Dogrib people of the Northwest Territories in Canada.

For my task, choose two different options from the following Options based on ghosts and/or The Lesser Blessed: A Novel. Read one book for each option you choose. REQUIRED: Specify the options you chose.

Option 1. Read a book, fiction or nonfiction, with the word “Ghost” or the word “Hunt” found intact in the title/subtitle/series title, or the author’s* name. Part of a larger word, such as “Ghostly” or “Hunter,” is O.K.

Option 2. Most ghost stories are gothic, but not all gothics are ghost stories. Read a book with the GR genre “Gothic” which does NOT have the word “Ghost” in the title/subtitle/series title. Embedded genres are OK, as well as if “Gothic” is a part of a larger genre name (“Gothic Romance.”)

Option 3. “Hunt” for a book which fits the following criteria. The Lesser Blessed: A Novel is a short classic of only 128 pages. Read any novel (“novella,” “novelette”) which is 100 – 150 pages in length. No poetry, plays, short story collections, or nonfiction here.

NOTE: ebooks without a print edition cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook, listen to an audiobook or read a Large Print edition 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 4. Read any work of fiction or nonfiction by a Canadian author* (by birth or residence), or set at least 50% in Canada. The following Listopias may give you some ideas, though you are not limited to these listopias. (NOTE: The Lesser Blessed: A Novel happens to fall on all these listopias.)

Canadian Books Adapted for TV/Film

Best Canadian Aboriginal Fiction

Canadian YA Aboriginal Fiction

One Hundred Novels that Make You Proud to Be Canadian

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

30.9 Morgan Faeriesfolly's Task: Players 3 & 4 Have Joined the Game
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During the summer season we found out that my sister-in-law is expecting -- then the even bigger surprise -- it's twins! I'm the only aunt, and these are their first children and the first grandchildren for either set of grandparents, so we are all extremely excited. I was going to save this idea for Winter (when they're due), but I am not sure if I'll be able to finish since I am working towards gaining two different national certifications for my job. So you get the task early...just like the twins might show up a bit ahead of time.

Books with the genre Sequential Art (Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga) are allowed for this task as long as they fit all other SRC requirements.

This is a TWO BOOK task.

We play D&D together, so go here and roll one die to determine which option you'll do. (Unfortunately, it's not a d20, but we can only give so many options within a task!)

The number you roll determines which pair of options you receive. Each pair of options has two possible numbers that can lead to them.
REQUIRED: State what number you rolled when you post your task.

Since the babies will come in a pair, so will your options.

REQUIRED: Since they are fraternal twins, your books will need to be written by DIFFERENT AUTHORS.

1. If you rolled a ONE or FOUR: The new parents will be giving two tiny people their intro to the world.

(Book A) Take this opportunity to introduce yourself to a new series. Read a book of your choice that is listed as (series #1) on Goodreads.

(Book B) Read a book where the title/subtitle contain a repeated word of at least four letters. The repeated words need not be sequential. Repeated numbers will work as well if they have at least 4 digits. The word or number must be identical - no variations.

Possible examples: Everything, Everything, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Guards! Guards!, Fangs But No Fangs, Tyger Tyger, Never Never, Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties: One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships.

2. If you rolled a TWO or FIVE: My sister-in-law is big into Ren Faires, Lord of the Rings, and table top gaming. My brother loves Star Wars, LEGOS, and video games. Of course, a lot of these are interchangeable between them.

(Book A) Read a book with the main page genre science fiction, and where the letters LOTR can be found in any order in any combination of title/subtitle/author* name. The genre may be standalone or embedded.

(Book B) Read a book with the main page genre fantasy, and in which the letters LEGOS can be found in any order in any combination of title/subtitle/author* name. The genre may be standalone or embedded.

REQUIRED: For both A and B, indicate in your post where the required letters are found.

Examples:
SF- Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson - LT in sTanLley OR in RObinson

Fantasy - Golden Son - LEGO in GOLdEn S in Son


3. If you rolled a THREE or SIX: Good things come in pairs...

(Book A) Read a book where the title/subtitle contains the phrase "_____ and _____" or " ______ & ______". The words linked by the "and" cannot be articles - a, an, the. For example, a title containing "_____ and the ____" such as Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist would not work.
Examples: Siege and Storm, Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Of Metal and Wishes, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Claws and Effect, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

(Book B) Read a book where there are consecutive double letters found in a single word in the title/subtitle.

Possible examples: Hellhole, Fairest, Vol. 2: The Hidden Kingdom, UnWritten, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Daughter of Deep Silence.

*Only authors that are identified as authors (or a default blank in the author role field), co-authors, or contributors may be used for tasks involving author information. Other roles or functions such as editor, illustrator, artist, translator, introduction, designed by, foreword, preface, assistant or afterword may not be used for author-sourced tasks. Ask about other roles identified in a Goodreads record in the season's General Questions help thread.

30.10 - Sandy's Task: Moving the Fences!
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On a recent trip, I toured Wrigley Field in Chicago, and very much enjoyed hearing the stories the guide told. One particularly good story involved the outfield - when the park was built, there was no outfield wall. So, to determine home runs, there was simply a rope stretched across the outfield - a ball hit over the rope was a homerun; a ball hit under the rope was a ground rule double.

The rope was held by volunteers from among the Cubs fans - so you can guess what happened! When the visitors were up to bat, the rope was as far back as possible, and held as high as possible. When the Cubs came up to bat, the rope moved in (sometimes as much as 5 feet!) and was held as low as possible. And, it took TEN YEARS of complaining by other teams before the Cubs were told to build a non-moving outfield wall or fence!

For this task, we'll move the rope in and down for the home team.

No books with the main page genre childrens or kids may be used for this task. Your two books combined must have a total of at least 500 pages.

Book 1 - The Visitors are up to bat. Read a book of your choice.

Book 2 - Now the home team is up. Read a second book that has fewer pages than book 1 (moving the rope closer in), and that has a lower average rating than book 1 (lowering the rope). To mark 10 years of up to a 5 foot advantage, the second book must have at least 50 fewer pages than book 1 and an average rating at least.50 lower.

NOTE: ebooks without a print edition cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook, listen to an audiobook or read a Large Print edition 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 in your post the number of pages and average rating for each book. Since ratings can change during the course of the challenge, make a note of the ratings you found and the dates you found them, in case they change.

Posting Example:
Book 1 - Americanah- 477 pages, 4.18 average rating.

Book 2 - At Night We Walk in Circles - 384 pages, 3.61 average rating.

Total pages - 861
Difference in pages - 93
Difference in ratings - .57


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50.1 - Daphne's Task: Gone to the dogs - What's in a name?
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There are many things that are important to me, but few are more important or have taught me more about living life than my pack of mongrels. I've been involved in rescue for over a decade. It used to be dogs in general that I fostered (and kept the splendidly broken ones), but then I met my first wolfdog. One thing people always notice about them is their slightly eccentric names.

For this task, all books must be nonfiction. Read 3 books, from 3 different options.

1. Plutarch - My beloved first rescue that crawled to my yard one morning nearly dead. We didn't think he'd make it through the night, but he did, and proceeded to give our house a decade worth of grumpy chow disdain for everything not his humans or carrots. Plutarch was an ancient Greek biographer (the first real biographer by most accounts) and historian.

For this option, read a biography. It cannot be a memoir or autobiography. The subject of the biography must have died before 1950. REQUIRED: In your post, include the date of death of the subject of the biography.

2. Thutmose IV - He is my splendidly neurotic English Shepherd mutt. Never so happy as when he is running full tilt through the woods while we are out backpacking. Thutmose IV was an Egyptian Pharaoh during the 18th dynasty (14th century BCE). His claim to fame is that uncovered the Sphinx, already ancient in his day, after it had been buried in sands to its head for many years.

For this option, read a book on the listopias Popular Archaeology and Paleoanthropology or Best Popular Anthropology Books.
REQUIRED: In your post, state which list you chose and the page the book is found on.

NOTE: There are books of fiction included on the lists. Books used for this task MUST be nonfiction, even if they appear on the list.

3. Mirza - She is my highly neurotic little girl. I never thought a dog would be prescribed anti-psychotics until I met her. She has both the paper thin skin of a whippet AND the desire to constantly pick fights of a terrier. I can't begin to tell you how many times we've been at the vets to get stitches for her after she's started fights she can't win. Mirza was named after the only named dog in any Alexandre Dumas's works. She was an important character in his short novel, The Conspirators.

For this option, read a nonfiction book first published in the 19th century (1800-1899).

4. Theseus - He is my goofy hound mix. Sleeps in the bathtub, lives for toys, and can't figure out how to walk on a leash without falling over. Pretty much as inept as the actual Theseus.

For this option, read a non-fiction history book about Rome or Greece. History (standalone or embedded) must appear as a main page genre,, and the GR description must indicate that the book is about Rome or Greece.

5. Xerxes - My ginger chow/shar pei with a major, major attitude. He hates kids, other people, and sometimes the rest of the dogs. He just enjoys doing his own thing, and I love him all the more for it. Xerxes ruled the Persian Empire in 480 BCE when they invaded the Greek mainland.

For this option, read a nonfiction book that contains the letter X in the title or subtitle AND that contains all the letters of EITHER the word DOG, the word WOLF or the word CANID in the title and/or subtitle. The letters need not be consecutive or in the same order as in the target word, but all letters to form the word must appear in the title. Letters may be used only as many times as they appear in the title/subtitle.
REQUIRED: Specify the word you used and the location of the letters to make the word.

6. Tesla - My current wolfdog. He is the most beautiful wolf and malamute mix I have ever seen. His personality is the exact mix of wolf and malamute traits that makes him the greatest companion I've ever shared my home with. Nikola Tesla was a pretty awesome scientist and engineer that has recently become vogue again.

For this option, read a nonfiction book with the main page genre science. The genre science may be stand alone or embedded.


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