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message 1: by Peggy, Moderator (last edited Mar 10, 2016 12:29AM) (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments When you have completed your book, please provide a link to your book and score it according to the criteria below.

When reporting, mention the challenge word, your association, and explain the association if not obvious.

Scoring:

Title (excluding subtitles)
a. 4 points if the title starts with your associated word
b. 3 points if the title has exactly 4 words
c. 2 points if the title is in the bottom half of the cover
d. 1 point if the title contains a verb

Author
a. 4 points if the author’s first and last name start with the same letter
b. 3 points if the author was born in Europe
c. 2 points if the author is younger than 50
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
a. 4 points if the title and author are printed in the same color
b. 3 points if there’s no black on the cover
c. 2 points if there’s a bit of natural scenery on the cover (e.g., fields of grass, mountains, lakes, rivers)
d. 1 point if there’s a drink on the cover

Pages
a. 4 points if your book has 500+ pages
b. 3 points if your book has 400-499 pages
c. 2 points if your book has 300-399 pages
d. 1 point if your book has 200-299 pages

Bonus points
a. For Easter, 3 points if there are eggs in the story
b. For Pi Day, 3 points if a mathematical calculation of some sort is made
c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital


message 2: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Dear mods, could one of you make this thread sticky? Thanks! :)


message 3: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments Peggy wrote: "Dear mods, could one of you make this thread sticky? Thanks! :)"

All done :-)


message 4: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Thanks Sarah :)


message 5: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments When I saw there a new message in here I thought at first that someone had already read their book.


message 6: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16859 comments Me too!


message 7: by Sandra (last edited Mar 02, 2016 04:48AM) (new)

Sandra (sanlema) | 9299 comments Nope. I saw Peggy, Sarah and Rusalka commenting I though "mods chit chat". :)

Peggy, I know you are not a mod, but at least during this month you are a "collaborator".


message 8: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 2402 comments What does "making the thread sticky" mean???


message 9: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments It means that this thread stays at the top of the folder and makes it easier to find.


message 10: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 2402 comments Aha- thanks Sarah! :-)


message 11: by Sam F (new)

Sam F | 246 comments The word I was given was 'hell' and my associated word was 'Fire'. As a results, I read Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. It's an incredible book about her experience with a rare auto-immune disease causing inflammation in her brain.

Title (excluding subtitles)
c. 2 points if the title is in the bottom half of the cover

Author
c. 2 points if the author is younger than 50
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
a. 4 points if the title and author are printed in the same color

Pages
d. 1 point if your book has 200-299 pages

Bonus points
b. For Pi Day, 3 points if a mathematical calculation of some sort is made - she frequently calculates the percentages of people with the same disease who have been diagnosed with other illnesses. Lots of statistics and percentages!
c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital - at least 50% of the book is based on her experience in the hospital.

Total: 16 points


message 12: by Heather (last edited Mar 07, 2016 03:35AM) (new)

Heather Morris | 125 comments I was given the word "wine" and made the association "grapes". I read Sour Grapes by G.A. McKevett. I originally was going to read The Grapes Of Wrath, but was having a hard time getting into the book. I'm still going to try to read it and give it a chance, it just might take me a little while. LOL

Scoring:

Title (excluding subtitles)
c. 2 points if the title is in the bottom half of the cover

Author
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
a. 4 points if the title and author are printed in the same color

Pages
d. 1 point if your book has 200-299 pages

Bonus points - Didn't have any of the 3 in this book.

Total: 8 points

This was my first challenge within the group and I had a lot of fun! I read a book by an author I was unfamiliar with and it really paid off, I really enjoyed the book.


message 13: by Lilisa (last edited Mar 06, 2016 04:41PM) (new)

Lilisa | 2402 comments My word was "perfume" and I associated it with "memories." I read Monsoon Memories.

Scoring:


Author
1 point if the author is female

Cover
2 points if there’s a bit of nature on the cover (e.g., grass, mountains, flowers, rivers) - there was grass, plants, etc.

Pages
3 points if your book has 400-499 pages - was 410 pages

Bonus points
For Easter, 3 points if there are eggs in the story - egg curry and egg bhurji

For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital - when Shirin returns to India after 11 years of estrangement and visits her mother in the hospital. Her mother had sustained life-threatening burn injuries and Shirin flies in from the U.K. to see her.

Total: 12 points

Thanks Peggy for a great challenge!

Heather - Congrats on completing your first challenge!


message 14: by Peggy, Moderator (last edited Mar 07, 2016 12:40AM) (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Heather wrote: "I was given the word "wine" and made the association "grapes". I read Sour Grapes by G.A. McKevett. I originally was going to read The Grapes Of Wrath, but was having a..."

Yay! Your first challenge done!

For the nature bit on the cover I was actually only thinking of nature in the sense of scenery, so mountains, meadows, waterfalls, lakes, those kinds of things. That would make your total 8 points. Sorry if it was unclear!

Is there an English word that more accurately describes this? Natural scenery?


message 15: by Heather (new)

Heather Morris | 125 comments I understand now. :) I'm not sure if there is a better word? I think your definition is more than just nature "landscapes", but that was the first word that came to me after I read your clarification. Thank you.


message 16: by Jannene (new)

Jannene | 2768 comments Hi. My challenge word was "mind". When I think of mind, the words smart, clever, think, and some smart minds like Einstein and Ben Franklin. Mind seemed like a tough word but I found Think of a Number Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, #1) by John Verdon and read that book.

Scoring:

Title (excluding subtitles)
4 +3+1=8

Author
0

Cover
a. 4+2 (clouds)=6

Pages
3

Bonus points
3 They figured out how many letters the killer would have made in a year then divided by days to see how many a day it would have been.

Total points = 20


message 17: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47972 comments The word that was given to me was "Paradise". The words I associated with it were - Hawaii, heaven, tropical, island. I read Under Heaven

Under Heaven (Under Heaven, #1) by Guy Gavriel Kay

Scoring:
Title - 2 pts
Author - 0 pts
Cover - 4 pts
Pages - 4 pts (573 pages)
Bonus B - 3 pts: She sent a letter to meet her after the second moon. He then calculated the distance between them and how long it would take him to get there so that he would be there at the specified time.

Total - 13 points


message 18: by Joan (last edited Mar 09, 2016 07:32PM) (new)

Joan My assigned word was green – which I associated with grass and thus read The Grass Dancer by Susan Power

Scoring
Title -0 points for title

Author 1 point for female author

Cover 4+2=6
a. 4 points title and author are printed in yellow
c. 2 points – grass on cover

Pages - 2 points if your book has 333 pages

Bonus points 0 points

Total: 1+6+2= 9

I enjoyed it; I recommend it; I gave it four stars
my review


message 19: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments Theresa gave me the word "island". When I think of islands, I instantly think of Koh Pha gnan in Thailand as I've been there a few times. So generally islands in my eyes have blue seas, lots of sand, palm trees, are hot and tropical. I chose the associated word of "sand". I read Sand Omnibus by Hugh Howey. Sand (Sand, #1-5) by Hugh Howey

Title
- 4 points if the title starts with your associated word

Author
- 4 points if the author’s first and last name start with the same letter
- 2 points if the author is younger than 50

Cover
- 2 points if there’s a bit of natural scenery on the cover (desert sandscape)

Pages
- 2 points if your book has 300-399 pages

Total = 14 points


message 20: by Lanelle (last edited Mar 10, 2016 08:12AM) (new)

Lanelle | 3082 comments My given word was 'honeysuckle'. The first (and only) word that I thought of was 'sweet'. After going through my books, I found Sweet Fortune Sweet Fortune by Jayne Ann Krentz

Here is my scoring -

Title
4 points for starting with the word 'sweet'
2 points for being on the bottom half of the book

Author
1 point for being female

Cover
4 points for author and title being the same color

Pages
2 points for having 300-399 pages (342 pages)

Bonus Points
3 points for eggs - "...coffee, pancakes, eggs and frying bacon." p. 265
3 points for mathematical calculation - "One-fourth goes to David, one-fourth goes to Elizabeth, one-fourth goes to Jessie. I'll buy the last quarter..." p. 287
3 points for a hospital scene - the opening of the book is at a hospital "She lay motionless on the hospital bed..." p. 2

Total points - 22 points


message 21: by Liz (last edited Mar 10, 2016 07:40PM) (new)

Liz   (lizvegas) | 504 comments My word was "light", I made the association to "day".

I read The Day of the Triffids The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

2 points: Title
c. title is in the bottom half of the cover

3 points: Author
b. author was born in Europe

0 points: Cover

1 point: Pages
d. book has 200-299 pages

6 points: Bonus points
b. a mathematical calculation of some sort is made
c. scene set in a hospital

12 points Total,.


message 22: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Liz, can you please add your challenge word and the associated word to your post?


message 23: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 697 comments My word was "town"; my words associates were green, hall, country, cottage. I read Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel Hawkins from Rachel Hawkins and I actually liked it.

Scoring:

Title (excluding subtitles)
c. 2 points if the title is in the bottom half of the cover

Author
c. 2 points if the author is younger than 50
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
c. 2 points if there’s a bit of natural scenery on the cover (e.g., fields of grass, mountains, lakes, rivers)

Pages
c. 2 points if your book has 300-399 pages
Total : 9 points


message 24: by Kelly (last edited Mar 13, 2016 03:52AM) (new)

Kelly (mijac28) My word was 'popcorn'. My associated words were Butter, Movies, Family, Sweet & Salt. I chose to read Butter by Erin Jade Lange and it was a fantastic read. An interesting storyline and very likeable characters.

Scoring:

Title (excluding subtitles)
a. 4 points if the title starts with your associated word
c. 2 points if the title is in the bottom half of the cover

Author
c. 2 points if the author is younger than 50
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
a. 4 points if the title and author are printed in the same color

Pages
c. 2 points if your book has 300-399 pages

Bonus points
a. For Easter, 3 points if there are eggs in the story (eggs are on the menu for Butter's last meal)
c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital (Butter is admitted to hospital after his last meal)

Total = 21 points


message 25: by Heather (new)

Heather Morris | 125 comments I already did my association and my challenge book (and posted in here). My word was "wine" and my association was "grapes". I wanted to update everyone on my abandoned challenge book The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I finished reading it last night! I had such a hard time getting into the story and the cadence of the book just wasn't for me. BUT I can finally say I read it and I can cross a Pulitzer award winning book off of my personal reading challenge! WHEEW!


message 26: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Haha, well done Heather!

If this one gives you more points, you can change your post and report this one instead. You can read more than one book for the challenge, and the highest scoring one counts. You can also leave it like it is though, your call :)


message 27: by Joan (new)

Joan Congratulations Heather. It always feels good to finish a chore, doesn't it?. I'm sorry you didn't like it..it is pretty dark and depressing.


message 28: by Heather (new)

Heather Morris | 125 comments Joan wrote: "Congratulations Heather. It always feels good to finish a chore, doesn't it?. I'm sorry you didn't like it..it is pretty dark and depressing."

LOL, your so right Joan, it does feel good! I liked the actual story and the characters. My main problem was with it being overly descriptive and with the chapters in between the story of the Joad's. Those chapters were the ones that made it the hardest for me.

But in the end I'm glad I finished it and I'm glad I went outside my "normal" reading profile.

Peggy, it is the same point value as my other book, so I'll leave it :) Thank you!


message 29: by Elinaly (last edited Mar 12, 2016 01:52AM) (new)

Elinaly | 82 comments My word was 'hippopotamus'. One of my associated words (which I chose to use for this challenge) was smile:
because of the big mouth and be honest, who can resist hippo's smile...
smile

So I read:
Kaugete päevade naeratus by Siim Veskimees
Kaugete päevade naeratus by Siim Veskimees
It's Estonian book written by Estonian author and the translation into English would be something like "Distant days smile"
naeratus = smile

Scoring:

Author
3 points - author was born in Europe (Estonia is European country)

Cover
4 points - the title and author are printed in the same color
2 points - there are sea (or ocean) and rocks on the cover

Pages
2 points - 352 pages

Bonus points (sry - it's my own translation... :)) -
3 points - "someone's chair was pulled off, on someone's head was smashed eggs and food was flying all around" p 284
3 points - "I made some calculations and wrote 11.00100100... - I was proud of myself to remember pi (π) in a binary form." p 27
3 points - "The door opened and medics in white overalls pushed in a strecher where was a body covered with white sheet. She nod to the nurses" p 93

Total: 20 points

Thanks for the fun challenge!


message 30: by Susan (last edited Mar 12, 2016 08:26PM) (new)

Susan Guard | 695 comments Lori Z gave me fire and I decided to work with ice. I ended up reading The Ice Queen. It's a modern twist on the fairy tale, about a woman struck by lightning. I enjoyed the book and really appreciated the challenge. Very creative!

Title (excluding subtitles) - 0

Author - d. the author is female - 1

Cover - 0

Pages - the book has 200-299 pages - 1

Bonus points - c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital - MC is in the hospital after being struck by lightning - 3

Total: 5 points


message 31: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16859 comments in transit at San Fran but reporting that I've finished Tiger Milk for my association with the word "chocolate". will score when I get time and more WiFi


message 32: by Joan (new)

Joan Elinaly, I love the hippo photo.


message 33: by Ava Catherine (last edited Mar 13, 2016 02:09PM) (new)

Ava Catherine | 4258 comments My given word is "sand" and my association is "castle." I read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

Title
d. 1 pt. contains a verb (moving)

Author
b. 3 pts. born in Europe
d. 1 pt. female

Cover
c. 2 pts nature on cover

Pages
3 pts. 429 pages

Bonus:
a. 3 pts. for Easter, if there are eggs in the story
On Sophie's first morning at Howl's castle, Michael tells her there is only bread and cheese to eat. "But there's a whole basket of eggs in there!" Sophie said. "And isn't that bacon? What about a hot drink as well? Where's your kettle?"
When Michael explained that only Howl could cook, Sophie was having none of that. She "popped a handy wooden spoon into the egg basket and marched to the fireplace."

b. 3 pts. for Pi Day, if there is a mathematical calculation
Fanny explained the situation to Sophie after her father died. "You'll all have to leave that school, I'm afraid," she said. "I've been doing sums back and front and sideways, and the only way I can see to keep the business going and take care of the three of you is to see you all settled in a promising apprenticeship somewhere.

Total: 16


message 34: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Tracked to here.


message 35: by Mariab (last edited Mar 14, 2016 09:09PM) (new)

Mariab | 3059 comments My word was King. I associate it with Imperio, in Spanish.
I read Imperio

Title (excluding subtitles)
a. 4 points if the title starts with your associated word
c. 2 points if the title is in the bottom half of the cover

Author
a. 4 points if the author’s first and last name start with the same letter (Massimo Manfredi)
b. 3 points if the author was born in Europe

Cover
a. 4 points if the title and author are printed in the same color
Pages
c. 2 points if your book has 300-399 pages

Bonus
b. For Pi Day, 3 points if a mathematical calculation of some sort is made
c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital

Total 25 points


message 36: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments My word was bonfire which I associated (among others) with night. I read Night Road

Title (excluding subtitles)
a. 4 points if the title starts with your associated word

Author
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
c. 2 points if there’s a bit of natural scenery on the cover (e.g., fields of grass, mountains, lakes, rivers)

Pages
c. 2 points if your book has 300-399 pages

Bonus points
a. For Easter, 3 points if there are eggs in the story - eggs were eaten for breakfast
b. For Pi Day, 3 points if a mathematical calculation of some sort is made - someone calculates how much it costs to go to college
c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital - several scenes

Total: 18 points


message 37: by Lara (last edited Mar 16, 2016 03:55PM) (new)

Lara | 1426 comments The first book I read was This Heart of Mine This Heart of Mine (Chicago Stars, #5) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

My word was Spoon, and the association was "...cut your heart out with a spoon!"

Scoring:
Title (excluding subtitles): 5
b. 3 points if the title has exactly 4 words
c. 2 points if the title is in the bottom half of the cover

Author: 1
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover: 3
b. 3 points if there’s no black on the cover

Pages: 3
b. 3 points if your book has 400-499 pages

Bonus points: 6
a. For Easter, 3 points if there are eggs in the story
c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital

TOTAL: 18


message 38: by siriusedward (last edited Mar 16, 2016 05:33AM) (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments My associations for 'storm' are.... Rain, water,thunder,lightning,snow,sleet,dark,grey,cloudds,windy,whistling,electric,sparks,shock,silver lining,moon,marauders,....these come to mind .... 

Possibilities 

This Dark Road to Mercy
Dark Lover
The Wayward Moon
Kiss of Snow
Deep Waters
Eagle in the  storm


message 39: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Siriusedward, you have lots of associations! But could you please keep the brainstorming in the other thread and this one only for reporting? Thanks :)


message 40: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments Ok.i thought discussion and reporting . sorry :(


message 41: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments No worries! It sort of works like that for the monthly group reads (where you report having finished your book in a separate thread and where you also say what you thought of it), but for the challenges there's one thread for discussing and brainstorming, and another one only to report your final score.


message 42: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 17, 2016 06:02AM) (new)

My word was Cogitate and the associated word I chose to use was Blue.
I read Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Scoring: 18 points total

Title (excluding subtitles): 3 points
b. 3 points if the title has exactly 4 words

Author: 1 point
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover: 7 points
a. 4 points if the title and author are printed in the same color
b. 3 points if there’s no black on the cover

Pages: 1 point
d. 1 point if your book has 200-299 pages

Bonus points: 6 points
a. For Easter, 3 points if there are eggs in the story
b. For Pi Day, 3 points if a mathematical calculation of some sort is made


message 43: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Nice score Lisa Ann :)

Could you please add the challenge word and your association to your post? Thanks!


message 44: by Sarah (last edited Mar 23, 2016 10:04AM) (new)

Sarah (sarahlou29) | 1302 comments My challenge word was wood and my association word was forest. I chose to read Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier

Title
b. 3 points if the title has exactly 4 words

Author
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
c. 2 points if there’s a bit of natural scenery on the cover (e.g., fields of grass, mountains, lakes, rivers)

Pages
b. 3 points if your book has 400-499 pages

Total Points without bonus points
9


message 45: by Kerri (new)

Kerri My word was sawdust which I associated with building. The book I read was The Back Building written by Julie Dewey The Back Building by Julie Dewey

Scoring:

Title
2 points the title is in the bottom half of the cover
1 point if the title contains a verb building

Author
1 point if the author is female

Cover
4 points if the title and author are printed in the same colour

Pages
1 point if your book has 200-299 pages

Bonus points
3 points if there are eggs in the story, collects eggs from henhouse
3 points mathematical calculation: main character had OCD and always counted her steps
3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital: whole story based around life in mental asylum, character sent to hospital to have her stomach pumped after attempted suicide.

total points 18


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

Peggy wrote: "Nice score Lisa Ann :)

Could you please add the challenge word and your association to your post? Thanks!"


Done and thanks. :)


message 47: by Lynn (new)

Lynn | 2593 comments The word given to me was Silence and the associated word I used was Golden

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Title (excluding subtitles)
a. 4 points if the title starts with your associated word

Author
b. 3 points if the author was born in Europe
c. 2 points if the author is younger than 50
d. 1 point if the author is female

Cover
a. 4 points if the title and author are printed in the same color

Pages
b. 3 points if your book has 400-499 pages

Bonus points
b. For Pi Day, 3 points if a mathematical calculation of some sort is made
c. For National Doctor’s day, 3 points if there’s a scene set in a hospital

Total Points: 23 points


message 48: by Peggy, Moderator (last edited Mar 17, 2016 07:06AM) (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14865 comments Sarah wrote: "My challenge word was wood and my association word was forest. I chose to read Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier

Title
b. 3 points if the title has ex..."


Sorry Sarah, my intention was actual eggs.


message 49: by Tejas Janet (new)

Tejas Janet (tejasjanet) | 3513 comments My word was SUN and the association I went with was SUMMER.

The book I selected is The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. This book was first published when she was 58 years of age. She lived to be 87 years old, dying in 2011.

Scoring:

Title
0 pts

Author
3 points - author born in Europe (born 1914 in Helsinki, Finland)
1 point - author female

Cover
4 points - title and author same color
3 points - no black on the cover
2 points - some natural scenery on cover (island with trees)
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Pages
0 pts - 176 pages

0 Bonus points

Total = 13 points


message 50: by Stephanie (last edited Mar 17, 2016 06:44PM) (new)

Stephanie My challenge word was moonlight which brought me to the word night. I read Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body.

Scoring:

Title (excluding subtitles)
0 points

Author
c. 2 points if the author is younger than 50 (Thanks to Heather, she found that the author is 48).
d. 1 point if the author is female

Points: 3

Cover
0 points

Pages
c. 2 points if your book has 300-399 pages
Points: 2

Bonus points
a. For Easter, 3 points if there are eggs in the story (a few varieties of eggs are eaten in the book for breakfast!)
Points: 3

Total Points: 8 (earlier I think I miscounted oops)


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