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*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. See the rules of the challenge for the complete method.

5 point tasks

5.1 - A (Wo)Man of Letters
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Read a book written by an author whose first and last name initials can be found in MEDIEVAL. Letters may only be used as often as they appear. A last name is a name in the final position preceded by a space. One qualifying author in a work by multiple contributors works.

5.2 - Location, Location, Location
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Read a book set at least 50% in a location of a medieval wonder: England, Italy, Turkey, China, Egypt.
Required: If the setting is not evident on the book's main page include a reference or quote from the book when you post.

5.3 - Six Pack
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Only 6 of the 7 medieval wonders still exist today, and the words Medieval and the term Middle Ages did not become popular until the Enlightenment beginning in the 1600’s. Read a book that was FIRST published in a year that contains a 6 such as 1968, 1976 or 2016.

5.4 - Best Laid Plans
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Didn't quite finish last time? Read a book that fits one of the Spring 2017 5, 10 or 15 point tasks. You may not use Task 5.4 or 5.10. You may use a single book A or B option from tasks 15.1-15.4.
Required: When you post, indicate which Spring 2017 task you are using and include any information required by the task.

5.5 - June, July, August
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Read a book with the number of pages as listed on Goodreads that includes the number 6, 7 or 8.
*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. See the rules for the complete method.

5.6 - Find Wisdom
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The Hagia Sophia is the Place of Holy Wisdom as "Sophia" means wisdom in Greek. Read a book with the name Sophia or a related name found in Behind the Name - Sophia in the title, subtitle or author's name. Name variations are limited to those found at the link, ex. Sofie, Sofia, Sonia. The name may be found in any author name position. Possessive forms in the title/subtitle work as in Sophie's Choice. Diacritical marks may be ignored. One qualifying author in a work by multiple contributors work.

5.7 - Medieval Times
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Read a book that has been shelved at least 10 times as “medieval” from this list Popular Medieval Books
Required: State the page.

5.8 - Under the Summer Moon
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Native American tribes kept track of time by observing the lunar months. Read a book with a word in the title or subtitle from the names used by various tribes to describe the summer season’s moons: strawberry, rose (relating to the flower or the color), red, hay, hot, thunder, buffalo, green, grass, corn, sturgeon. Plurals, possessives, verb forms (as in thundering), hyphenated words (red-hot) and compound words that preserve the meaning of the word work.

5.9 - Isn’t It Romantic?
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August is Romance Awareness Month. Read a book with a main page genre that includes “Romance” or “Romantic”.

5.10- Your Own 8th Wonder
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Read 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. - Seven or Six?
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Of the 7 wonders of the medieval world, only 6 still survive today. Read a book that is #6 or #7 in a series.

10.2 - Celebrate Alban Hefin
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Alban Hefin is the term often used by Druids for the Summer Solstice (June 21). Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the medieval world, is often thought to be connected with the Druids, and people flock there on June 21 to celebrate. Read a book from this list: Popular Druid Books. REQUIRED: State the page of the list on which your book is found.

10.3. - Lean on Me
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To celebrate the Leaning Tower of Pisa, read a book in which the word "lean" appears intact in the title/subtitle or author's name.

10.4. Surprise!
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The description of The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa say they were discovered when a donkey hauling a cart of stone fell in a hole. In honor of serendipity and accidental discoveries, read a book mentioned in the Best Books You Accidentally Read thread.

The post in the thread must have been made before the tasks were posted for the summer challenge - so, latest posting date for books/authors that can be used is May 19, 2017.

You may read any book by an author who is named in the thread, and any book in a series named in the thread. Any author of a single book with multiple authors will work - however, an author of a story in an anthology will not work - the author must be an author of the entire book.

10.5. June 19 - National Martini Day
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In honor of martinis (and James Bond's famous phrase), read a book whose author's initials can be found in the phrase SHAKEN NOT STIRRED. All initials of the author's name as shown on the book's main page on Goodreads must be found in the phrase, and letter may be used only as often as they appear in the phrase (S, E, N, T, R may be used twice). If there are multiple listed authors, one author's initials is sufficient.

10.6. Get Inspired
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July 18 is Nelson Mandela Day. Read a non-fiction biography or autobiography of a person listed on Time's 100 Most Influential list who inspires you. Nelson Mandela was on the list in 2004 and 2005. REQUIRED: State the year in which your person is listed.

10.7. They Go Together
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Math and numbers are essential to the engineering and architectural principles of the seven Medieval wonders. Written language and words are what make it possible for us to read books about them today.

Combine the two and read a book that has a number word on the cover. The number must be written out, not a numeral, and it may be an ordinal number.

Examples: Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, #7) by Janet Evanovich Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7) by Darynda Jones One Day by David Nicholls

REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

10.8. "The (Fill In The Blank) Who..."
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For this task find and read a book whose title/subtitle follows the formula "The (insert noun here) Who (insert verb here)...". Examples: The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Man Who Sold the Moon.

If there are interrupting words, the title/subtitle will not work.
The sequence must be as shown above - THE noun WHO verb. There can be NO adjectives between "the" and the noun, adverbs between "who" and the verb, or any other words that interrupts this sequence.

10.9. In Case You Missed Them
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Read a book from NPR's list of Best Books of 2016

10.10. Gimme S’more
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August 10 is National S'mores Day. Read s'more by an author you've read before. No rereads allowed. REQUIRED: Include in your post a link to another book you've previously read by that author AND state that this book is new to you.


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15 point tasks

15.1 - A One and A Two Cha Cha Cha
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Accordionist and bandleader Lawrence Welk hosted the musical variety TV program The Lawrence Welk Show. It made its national television debut on ABC Television on July 2, 1955. A famous "Welk-ism" was his trademark count-off, "A one and a two…,” See it on YouTube

Read one Book 1 AND one Book 2.

Book 1: Read a book that is identified in the Goodreads metadata as book #1 in a series. Whole numbers only.
AND
Book 2: Read a book that is identified in the Goodreads metadata as book #2 in a series. Whole numbers only. The book may be in the same series as Book 1 or in a different series.

15.2 - All’s Well Than Ends Well
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Read one Book 1 AND one Book 2.

Book 1: Read a book with a word in the title or subtitle that ENDS in “ness”. ex. madness, happiness, darkness. Variations to the word ending do NOT work.
AND
Book 2: Read a book with a word in the title or subtitle that ENDS in ‘ful”. ex. beautiful, wonderful, powerful. Variations to the word ending do NOT work.

15.3 - Common Good
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Choose an option.
Required: Indicate the option.

Option 1: Read one Book 1 AND one Book 2.

Book 1: Read a book written by an author whose FIRST name as it appears on Goodreads begins with a letter that appears on this list of the most common initial letters in first names in English: J, M, R, A, D, C.
Authors who use an initial in the first name place DO work. One qualifying author in a work with multiple contributors works.
AND
Book 2: Read a book written by an author whose LAST name as it appears on Goodreads begins with a letter that appears on this list of the most common initial letters in last names in English: R, M, W, B, C, S.
A last name is a name in the final name place preceded by a space. One qualifying author in a work with multiple contributors works.

Option 2: Read ONE book that fulfills both Book 1 and Book 2 requirements.

15.4 - Summer of Love
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The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival held fifty years ago on June 10 and 11th, 1967 was the first of a series of San Francisco area cultural events known as the Summer of Love and is considered to be the one of the first rock festivals.

Choose and option.
Required: Indicate the option.

Option 1: Read one Book 1 AND one Book 2.

Book 1: Read a book with a main page genre of Fantasy, Music or a genre that contains History or Historical.
AND
Book 2: Read a book with a word in the title, subtitle or author's name from this list of performers who appeared at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival (also in post 2). These words may not be used: the, of, &, and, w/, with. The word must match exactly, no variations. The author name may appear in any position: first, middle, other, last.
Required: Identify the word used.

Option 2: Read one book that fulfills both Book 1 and Book 2 requirements.

15.5 - Scan It
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The first UPC (Universal Product Code or Bar Code) marked item ever scanned at a retail checkout was at the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974, and was a 10-pack (50 sticks) of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
Read a book where ALL of the letters UPC are found in the title and/or subtitle.

15.6 - The Fugitive
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In this US TV series, a doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer. The series finale in which Dr. Kimble's fate was revealed aired on August 2, 1967 and holds the third rank for the all-time highest U.S. television household share, at 72%.
Read a book with the main page genre Thriller.

15.7 - Don't Leave Fingerprints
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World Chocolate Day is July 7. Celebration of the day includes the consumption of chocolate.
Read a book set at least 50% in a location where cacao beans are grown: Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Lucia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo, Florida USA, Hawaii USA, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
Required: If the setting is not evident on the book's main page include a reference or quote from the book when you post.

15.8 - Sink Your Teeth Into This
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Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block featuring shark-based programming. Shark Week begins on July 23, 2017.
Read a book with teeth on the cover.
Jaws by Peter Benchley The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes The Lost World (Jurassic Park, #2) by Michael Crichton Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) by Molly Harper
Required: Include the cover.

15.9 - Slaying Dragons
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The Great Wall of China curves along the Asian countryside like the spine of a dragon. Read a book with the word "Dragon" in the title or subtitle or that has been shelved at least 3 times as dragons on this list of Popular Dragons Books. Plurals and possessives of the word in the title work.
Required: If using the list state the page.

15.10 - Best Books
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Read a book from one of the Goodreads Newsletter Best Books of the Month lists.
Required: State the date of the list.


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20 point tasks

20.1 - Most Improved Player - Lauren Jodi's task: Wonder Woman
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The new Wonder Woman movie premiered this week in several countries. The first female focused superhero film in several years, Wonder Woman has been the subject of debate, controversy and even boycott. Nevertheless, the movie has received numerous glowing reviews and is a box office success as well. In honor of this film, read ONE book from the following options.
REQUIRED: State the option you chose when posting.

Option 1: SECRET IDENTITY
The titular character is based on the DC Comics heroine also known as Princess Diana of Themyscira and Diana Prince.

Read a book by an author who uses a pseudonym. For example, Nora Roberts also writes as J.D. Robb, J.K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith and Stephen King as Richard Bachman.
REQUIRED: If the author's GR profile does not mention their pseudonym, please provide a link to the information when posting. Your book may be written under any of the pseudonyms (or the real name) used by the author.

Option 2: DOUBLE TROUBLE
Both Wonder Woman and the actress who portrays her, Gal Gadot, have monikers beginning with the same letter.

Read a book whose title consists of at least two words beginning with the same letter. All words count including articles. Numerals and symbols such as “&” count as words. All words in the title must begin with the same letter.

For example:
Peter Pan
Secret Sisters

Option 3: SUPERHEROINE
Wonder Woman is the latest installment in a series of films focusing on comic book heroes. It is the first to revolve around a female protagonist in 12 years and is directed by a woman.

Read a book from the I am Woman Hear Me Roar listopia. (Be careful with your choice as it is possible that some of the books do not meet the SRC rules).
REQUIRED: State which page of the list the book can be found on when you post.

20.2 - Rookie at the Top - Brooklyn's Task: Lake Lida Love
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Until I turned 16, each summer my family took a vacation in Minnesota to spend a week in a rustic resort on a picturesque lake. My grandparents, my grandmother’s brother, my godparents and my cousins all went with us, which basically meant the clan took over the resort for the week. It was always my favorite week of the entire summer.

Chose from one of the following options.
REQUIRED: State which option you choose.
No books with the main page genre of “children’s” or “kid’s” may be used for this task.

Option 1 – No one wanted to ride in the car with me, because all I wanted to do was read. We went to this lake resort beginning in 1974, and our last summer there was in 1989. Read a book first published between July 1974 and July 1989, inclusive. REQUIRED: State the date your book was first published.

Option 2 – As long as the sun was out, we spent our afternoons swimming in the lake. Read a book with the word “lake” intact in the title or subtitle or that has a picture of a lake on the cover. REQUIRED: If choosing the cover option, include the cover in your post.

Option 3 – There was no television in the cabin, so when it was raining we would play cards or board games. Read a book written by a single author whose initials can be found in the words MONOPOLY or TRIVIAL PURSUIT. The name of one game or the other must be used - you cannot combine letters from the two games. Spaces determine names. All author initials must be included. Letters may only be used as often as they appear.

20.3 - Best Review - Heather (Gibby)'s Task: Highly Recommended
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This is a one book task, choose Option A or Option B.

Option A:
One of my favourite sources for book reviews is the New York Review Books. They have their own publishing house, and have published a classics series. For this task read a book on this list from the New York Review Books.

For this task you do not need to read the actual edition published by New York Review Books.
REQUIRED: when posting you must include which page of the list your book is on.

Option B: Read a book which has at least 1000 Goodreads Reviews. You can find the number of reviews under the author's name, at the far right hand side.

Optional activity: write a review for the book you read.

20.4 – Golden Oldies – Kristi CO’s Task: Bound for Boston!
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I’m still in disbelief, but I’m moving to Boston at the end of June! While I will miss beautiful Colorado and my family, I’m excited to be moving to an area of the US with a vibrant culture, a rich history, and many places to explore.

Choose one option and read one book.
REQUIRED: Identify the option you chose.

No book with the main page genre Childrens or Kids may be used for this task.

Option 1: My new workplace is in Cambridge, and it’s next door to some well-known universities. Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in the words HARVARD and/or MIT. If the book has more than one author, only one author’s initials need to be used. Spaces determine names. All author initials must be included. Letters may only be used as often as they appear.

Option 2: Many great authors hail from New England. Read a book found on the first five pages of the New England Books listopia.
REQUIRED: State the page on which your selection was found.

Option 3: I’m making this move mostly for professional reasons. After almost 12 years at my current employer, it’s time to move on. And I was recruited, so that made it easy. The Boston area seems to be where all the exciting science is happening!

Read a non-fiction book with one of the following main page genres: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Health, Nature, or Science. The genres may be standalone or embedded.


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20.5 - Bigger is Better - Jukka's Task: SF, F, & WTF
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This challenge's time period will see a culmination of a project I have been working on since 2013, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki. I've flown tens thousands of kilometres for it, read thousands of pages for it, spent hundreds of hours talking to people about it, and all that work will pay off over five days in August. I've met many wonderful new friends along the way and seen places I otherwise never would have. Like Spokane. Lovely town, but not an intuitive vacation destination, you know?

Read ONE book from the following options. The genres "Sequential Art", "Comics", "Comic Book", and "Manga" are approved for this task. REQUIRED: State in your post the option you chose.

Option A: The Hugo Awards ceremony will be held at Worldcon on August 11th. The awards are the Worldcon community's way of showing their appreciation of the past year's finest work, and the list of past winners since 1953 are a showcase of the major trends in science fiction over the past half-century.

Read a book that has been a Hugo Award finalist, past or present. These Wikipedia pages may be of help: Hugo Award for Best Novel, Hugo Award for Best Novella, Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, and Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

Note that not all novellas are SRC-eligible due to length. In cases when the finalist is an entire series, any single book from that series suffices.

REQUIRED: If the Goodreads metadata doesn't indicate that the book was a Hugo finalist, indicate in your post the category and year that it was a Hugo finalist.

Option B: In addition to award-winning classics, I am an aficionado of that most formulaic and commercial of literatures, the media tie-in, to the point where I'm working on my master's thesis about some Forgotten Realms novels. Tie-in novels are works based on another media property, such as a movie, game, comic book, or TV series, and released under its brand.

Read a media tie-in novel or short story collection. The original work that inspired the tie-in must have been published after 1945.
These lists may give you some ideas, although they need not be used and not all books on the list will necessarily work.
Movie and TV Tie-In Books.
Beyond the Game

REQUIRED: State the other media property that the the book is a tie-in with.

Option C: My job at Worldcon is the gaming area head, which means I'm responsible for organizing not only the board and role-playing game tables, but also the gaming-related panels and talks, which we have quite a bit of.

Read a non-fiction book about games or gaming.
These lists may give you some ideas, although they need not be used and not all books on the list will necessarily work.
NonFiction Books About Video Games
NonFiction About Video Games and Virtual Reality
Best Books on Role Playing Games
REQUIRED: If the Goodreads description doesn't make the relevance of the book clear, explain your answer in your post.

Task 20.6 - Seasoned Reader- Marie-Anne's Task: Medieval Time Technologies
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This period lasted from about the 5th to the 15th century, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the start of the Renaissance. This task is a one book task, inspired by a few of the key inventions and technologies from this era.
To get started, roll a virtual die, and use the number you get as specified in one of the options below.

REQUIRED: State the number you rolled and the option you choose.

Option 1: Printing Press: Ultimately giving us the gift of books! In honor of this invention, read a book with the number of words in the title you rolled. Only the title can be used, no subtitles. Words are separated by spaces.

Option 2: Numbering System: During this era the Arabic numbering system replaced Roman Numerals, and thus significantly influenced progress in science and mathematics. In honor of this, read a book where the number you rolled appears in the date the book was first published.

Option 3: Spinning wheel: Probably invented in India between 500 and 1,000 AD, reached Europe in the 13th century and replaced hand spinning and spurred major changes in the textile industry. The color of clothing had specific meaning in the Medieval Age. For example, white was a symbol of purity and compassion, while blue became more and more desirable during this period, eventually replacing red as the royal color.

If you rolled a 1, 2, or 3 read a book with a piece of clothing on the cover made of white fabric (fabric only, not leather or fur for example). The article of clothing must be at least 75% white. The clothing can be worn or not, but must be clearly identifiable as a wearable piece of clothing.

If you rolled a 4, 5 or 6 read a book with a piece of clothing on the cover, made of blue fabric (fabric only, not leather or fur for example). The article of clothing must be at least 75% blue. The clothing can be worn or not, but must be clearly identifiable as a wearable piece of clothing.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post

20.7 - Shorter is Sweeter - Sandi's Task: Sunshine Mining Memorial
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On my journey to find a book for the Spring 2017 fifty point task requiring a book set in or by an author within a 200 mile radius of my birthplace, I ran across The Deep Dark: Disaster and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine, which tells of a 1972 mining disaster in the area where I grew up. While I ultimately didn't choose to read this book for that task, I have used it as a basis for this task. Pick one of the three options below and read one book that fits the task.

Option #1 -- The Sunshine Mine is located between the cities of Kellogg and Wallace in northern Idaho. It has been one of the world's largest and most profitable silver mines.
♡ For this option, read a book by an author whose name (in any position) is Wallace or Kellogg; i.e. Wallace Stegner, Irving Wallace, Laurie Kellogg. Exact match only; no spelling variations.

Option #2 -- The disaster this book covers occurred on May 2, 1972. Ninety-one workers perished from smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning. On May 2, 1974, the State of Idaho dedicated the Sunshine Miner's Memorial (see it) in memory of those whose lives were lost. This past May marked 45 years since the disaster.
♡ For this option, read a book
A) first published between May 2, 1972 and May 2, 1974 (inclusive of both dates) OR
B) in which 45 or 91 is intact in the total page count.
*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. See the rules for the complete method.

Option 3 -- While it was a tragedy that 91 lives were loss, there were also 83 miners who were rescued; 81 on May 2 and two on May 9.
♡ For this option, celebrate this fact by reading a book with SURVIVAL as a main page genre (such as the book this task is based on).

These lists may help you find a book - be careful, since not every book on the list includes SURVIVAL as a main page genre:

Best True Survival Stories
There is a list called Best Wilderness Survival books - if you go to Browse>Listopia and put that in the search field, it should come up.


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20.8 - Nickels and Dimes - Nick KY’s Task: Dark Age Wonder
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One of our Medieval Wonders, the Roman Colosseum, was actually more active in the Dark Ages. Opened in AD 80, it ceased to be used for entertainment in the early Middle Ages and therefore spanned the Dark Age period for its various entertainment uses (often which were very dark themselves).

For this task, read one book whose title/subtitle contains the letters DARK. The letters may be altogether in one word, or in various words split between the title and/or subtitle as recorded on GR.

Although I do not like the format myself, I like to give folks who enjoy adult graphic novels, comics, etc. the opportunity to use them in an SRC task, so…

Books whose main page lists any of these genres: Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, or Manga may be used for this task.

However…
This is a “Dark” task, so no book with the main page genre Children or Kids may be used.

20.9 - Moderator’s Pet – Book Concierge: Happy Retirement
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I am retiring this June – Whoop Whoop Whoop!
I’ve changed careers several times over my working life. I started out in Criminal Justice (I was a probation/parole officer with a caseload of adult, male felons). Then I moved to corporate America and worked in Human Resources. After a few years I stayed with the company but changed departments to Government Relations. I quit working when I got married, so I’d have time to travel with my husband (who was in international business); then I started working part-time as a travel agent. When his company eliminated their international division, he retired … and I went to work in Healthcare Administration. Gosh, I’m tired just reading about all those jobs/careers! I need a rest ... And I’m looking forward to more time to read, travel, garden, cook, and just plain be retired.

NO books with CHILDRENS / KIDS as a main page genre can be used. The book must have a minimum of 250 pages.


Read one book, at least 250 pages long, that fits one of the following options:

A) Read a book with a main character who works in Criminal Justice (e.g. police, FBI, District attorney, etc) or Healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse, hospital administrator, etc). Since work is a "real-life" experience, NO books with a main page genre of Fantasy or Science Fiction allowed for THIS option..
REQUIRED: If it is not evident from the main Goodreads page, provide a link that verifies how your book fits.

B) Read a book where ALL the letters of RETIREMENT can be found in the title, subtitle and/or author’s name. You need THREE E’s, TWO R’s, TWO T’s, and ONE each of I, M and N.
Example:
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.
E’s in kitchEn, grEat, midwEst
R’s in gReat, Ryan
T’s in kiTchen and greaT
I and N in kItcheN
M in Midwest

C) Read a book with a FEMALE main character who is retired. The character must have been paid to work before retirement, not just an older woman who has always been at home.
REQUIRED: If not evident from the main Goodreads page, quote a passage that verifies the female character is retired from work.

D) Since I hope to spend more time reading now that I don’t have to go to work each day … Read a book with a main page genre of “Books about Books”. The genre may be standalone or embedded.


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

Dystopia- Station Eleven
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Southern Literature- The Underground Railroad
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Modern True Crime - Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
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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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*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. See the rules of the challenge for the complete method.

25 point tasks

25.1 Justme's Task: Peace Corps
Help Thread
The first group of 51 Peace Corps Volunteers, Ghana I, arrived in Accra to serve as teachers. (August 30, 1961)

I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). I served in Guatemala in the 1st Integrated Pest Management program, which evolved into Permaculture. I taught youth at a regional HS and co-taught a large, national group of illiterate women.
I intend to post more in my help thread if you are interested & discussion is welcome!

Peace Corps has 3 goals, so I will build my task ideas on them.
Please choose 2 of the 3 options below. Your 2 books must have a combined page total greater than 400 pages (that is, at least 401 pages).

1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

There are presently 61 countries listed with current volunteers in service.
Peace Corps Countries
When selecting a country for the tasks, do not use the scrolled list at the top as some of them do not have current volunteers - scroll down the page.

Imagine you are going to serve in the Peace Corps. The areas of service are: Education, Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Health, Environment & Youth in Development. Based on the types of service in the country listings, choose a country and tell us which one & how you would serve. Under each country name is a set of symbols, indicating the types of service for that country. If you hover over the symbol, it will tell you which service area it indicates.
Often, if you are not part of a specialized field, you can related many of your skills to the broader service areas.

Read a nonfiction book to assist you in your 'chosen service area' (above) and explain how it is useful or why you chose it.

2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

Read one of the 600+ books that I have rated 5* on GR (following SRC normal rules). Justme's Read Bookshelf. I don't know if it will help you understand me, lol, but I sure hope you find a good book to read!

3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Read a book about their service experiences written by a Volunteer of a specific service group and note which group. Even better, if you can obtain a book written by a Peace Corps Volunteer (or Returned), though not required.
REQUIRED: If the relevance of the book is not clear from the Goodreads description, please explain your answer.

here is a list to get you started in your search:
Volunteers - Memoirs

25.2 - Shanna Redwind's Task: Market Gardening
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My husband and I run a Market Garden farm. This means that summer is our busiest time, and we spend long days outside working in the field. We grow, tend and pick fruits and vegetables and then take the produce to local markets and sell it.
This is a 2 book task. Pick 2 of the options. REQUIRED: State in your post the options you chose.

Books with the main page genres of Graphic Novels/Manga/Comics are allowed for this task as long as they meet SRC requirements.

Option 1:
Summer is a busy times for most farmers, us included. Please be patient when you follow a slow moving farm vehicle on the road, and enjoy the countryside.
Read a book from this list of Agriculture books: Popular Agriculture Books or this list of Farming books: Popular Farming Books

REQUIRED: Include in your post the name of the list and the page on which your book was found.

Option 2:
During the summer months, I often spend 8 or more hours a day picking snap beans or other vegetables. This part of my job is often mind-numbingly boring and without my audiobooks, I think I would go insane. Select a book with an Audio edition that has a Narrator or Reader with their first and last initials in the words MARKET GARDENING. NOTE: You may read the book in any format, not just audiobook.

To help you get started, here's a list of audiobook readers:
Audio Book Narrators
When you find a narrator whose initials are in MARKET GARDENING, you can search Goodreads for that name. You will get a list of books that are narrated or read by that person.
You do not have to read a book that has been narrated by someone on the list - that's just to help you find some narrators.

REQUIRED: Include a link to the Audiobook edition with the narrator you are using as well as to the edition you read.

Example: If you read The Pillars of the Earth, you would also include a link to The Pillars of the Earth, showing the narrator Richard E. Grant, whose initials are in MARKET GARDENING.

If you read Americanah, you would also include a link to Americanah, showing the narrator Adjoa Andoh, whose initials are in MARKET GARDENING.

Optional task: Listen to this book or another book rather than reading it. Let us know if you enjoyed listening rather than reading.

Option 3:
We sell our produce at local Farmer's Markets where there is a large variety of vegetables available for sale. I enjoy the chance to interact directly with my customers, and I believe that my customers enjoy the chance to purchase vegetables directly from the farmer.
Read a book that contains a vegetable from this List of Vegetables in the title, subtitle or series. Plurals and possesives are acceptable, but no other variations. If the vegetable is a two word vegetable, both words must be together as found on the list.
The clarifying words after the vegetables (that are not part of the link) do not have to be included, and are not considered part of the list of vegetables.

Examples: Hannah's Journey (Amish Brides of Celery Fields #1), Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Optional Task: Go to a Farmer's market and buy some fresh produce from a local farm. Let us know what you bought.

25.3 - Diane Whitney's Task: First Time for Everything
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I have been participating in the Seasonal Reading Challenge since the Winter 2011/12 Challenge and for the first time, I’ve finally completed it! Yeah Me! This task is based on that accomplishment.

This is a 1 OR 2 book task.

1 Book - Read one book that fulfills all the requirements for two different options and is at least 500 pages in length.
OR
2 Books - Choose two different options and read one book for each, books must have a combined total of at least 500 pages.

No book with the genre "Children's" or "Kid's" on the book's GoodReads main page may be used for this task.
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The Total Number of pages read for this task MUST be at least 500 pages.

REQUIRED: State which options you chose

Option 1 - Read a debut book or the first book published by an author who is New-To-You. If it isn’t clear in the GoodReads metadata, on the book’s main page or author page, that it is the author’s first published or debut book, please provide a reference link.
Required: Include in your post that the author is New-To-You.

Option 2 - Read the first book in a New-To-You series. The book must be identified as #1 in the GoodReads metadata, “Title” (Series Name, #1).
Required: Include in your post that the series is New-To-You.

Option 3 - Read a book that fulfills the task requirements for my favorite task from the first time I participated in SRC. A “Big Shout Out” to its creator - Chris MD!

From Winter Challenge 2011/12:
Best Review - Chris MD's task: Words Among Friends (revised)
When I'm not reading (or trying to earn a living), I love to play word games like Scrabble, Lexulous, and Words with Friends. So for this task, we're going to combine my two favorite things.

Read a book that has at least four words in the title/subtitle. You must be able to take the first letter from each word and use those letters to anagram a word that is at least four letters long. Hyphenated words may be used as separate words. You do NOT have to use all the letters. The anagram word does NOT need to appear in the title. Here are some examples:
A Game of Thrones ---- A G O T = GOAT
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives ---- S L O H A W = WASH, SLOW, LASH, SHOAL, SHAWL, or HOWLS
How to Be an American Housewife = H T B A A H = BATH

Required: Post your anagram when claiming points.
If you're not sure of your word, you can check it against the official Scrabble word lists posted at http://www.scrabble.com/. You may use either the North American or International lists. If it's not an obvious word, please state which list you found it on.


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25.4 - Tien's Task: Hi! My name is (what?)
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This is a two book task.

No books with the main page genre Childrens or Kids may be used for the task. Your two books combined should have a total of at least 500 pages.

Book 1: Read a book in a series where the series name (in parentheses following the title/subtitle) is ONLY the name of the main protagonist.

REQUIRED: Please include the series name in your book link in your post

Book 2: Read a book by a single author whose name contains either the first or last name, found intact, of the series name from book 1. The order of the name does not matter - the first name of the series protagonist could be the last name of the author of book 2, and vice versa.

Example:
Book 1 - The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1) by M.C. Beaton
Book 2 - The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
Name: AGATHA

Book 1 - The 5 Greatest Warriors (Jack West Jr #3) by Matthew Reilly
Book 2 - Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Name: WEST

25.5 - KatieGirl's Task: Whole30
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In preparation for summer, I'm focusing on eating healthy foods by doing Whole30. Whole30 is a 30 day dietary reset developed by Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig that focuses on eating whole foods and cutting out foods that may have a negative impact on your health.

This task is inspired by Whole30 and its related books. This is a two book task. Choose one book from each of two different options.
REQUIRED: State the options you chose in your post.

1. It Starts with Food
This option is inspired by It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.
The Whole30 program is all about your relationship with food and learning how foods affect you, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Read a book with Food or Food and Drink as a main page genre. The genre may be standalone or embedded.

2. The Whole30
This option is inspired by The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. On the Whole30, you eliminate all foods and drinks from the following 5 food groups for 30 days: grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol & added sugar. These are in so much of what we eat that at first it seems impossible to go 30 days without them. For this option, avoid some of the major literary genres.

Read a book that does not contain any of the following as main page genres, standalone or embedded: Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Historical.

3. Food Freedom Forever
This option is inspired by Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food. After completing the 30 day reset, you have to figure out what and how you want to eat going forward to feel like your best self. This is called Food Freedom Forever, or FFF.

Read a book with a title with exactly 3 words where all words in the title start with the same letter. This includes articles (a, an, the) and conjunctions (and, but, or). Subtitles should be ignored.


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25.6 - Lavender's Task: Derivative Work
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A few years ago I decided that I should read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because it looked silly. I like doing things in order, so I figured I should read the original Jane Austen novel first. (I've read a few Jane Austen books since then, but still haven't gotten around to the zombie book.)

For this challenge, read 2 books.
Books with the main page genres of Graphic Novels/Manga/Comics are allowed for this task as long as they meet SRC requirements.

Book 1: Read a derivative work.
It can be a reworking, satire, tribute, adaptation, non-fiction, analysis, fan fiction, or an imagined continuation by a different author.
It should NOT be an "official" sequel, though.

Book 2: Read the book that the first book was derived from.

Examples:
Book 1: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Book 2: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Book 1: Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
Book 2: Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Book 1: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Graphic Novel by Peter David
Book 2: The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

REQUIRED: Explain the relation between the books if it's not obvious in the goodreads description.

Some potential examples: Popular Derivative Fiction Books

Note: Some of the books in the list above are part of a series. Reading a book that is part of a series is fine, but the 2 books should not be from the same set. You could read
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguirewith The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum but not Son of a Witch and Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

25.7 - TrishHartUK's Task: Strawberries and Cream
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Strawberries and cream are one of the things that sum up the summer for me, be it in a picnic, or at an outdoor concert or sporting event, or just as a feel-good food when it’s raining (which it often does in summer in Britain!). This is a two-book task. Choose two options and read one book from each of your chosen options.
REQUIRED: State the options that you chose.

Option 1: Strawberries and cream are a simple pleasure, so to start simply, read a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM. One qualifying author in a book with multiple authors works.

Option 2: Strawberries and cream are a great combination. Read a book with two authors either writing under both names (like Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö), or using a single name (like Victoria Abbot, which is a combined pen name for Victoria Maffini and Mary Jane Maffini). REQUIRED: For two authors writing under a single name, please include a link to the GR author page (or some other source) which clarifies this.

Option 3: Strawberries and cream are perfect for picnics. Read a book with strawberries and/or cream, and/or a picnic/picnic equipment being used for a picnic (e.g. blankets, hampers and picnic food, people sitting on the grass) on the cover.
Examples: Back When We Were Grown Ups by Anne Tyler by Anne Tyler; Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #2) by Joanne Fluke by Joanne Fluke

REQUIRED: Please include the cover in your post.

Option 4: Strawberries and cream are mainstays of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Read a book about tennis, or that has tennis players or equipment (rackets, balls, nets, courts, etc.) on the cover.
REQUIRED: If the link to tennis isn’t obvious from the GR description or cover, then please explain it in the post.
REQUIRED: If using the cover option, please post the cover.

25.8 - Chris MD's Task: Quincy, You’re My Home
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I was born and raised in the city of Quincy, Massachusetts (it’s pronounced Qwin-zee, thank you very much). And even though I don’t live there anymore, it’s still the place I call home. So I’m going to take you on a tour. You’re welcome to click on the links and see the sights. Pick two different options and read one book for each. REQUIRED: Identify the options you chose in your post.

1. Presidents.
Quincy is known as the “City of Presidents.” You can visit the birthplaces and burial spots of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Another historic spot is Peacefield, the Adams family home and the site of very first presidential library (and a booklovers dream).
For this task, read a book the includes the LAST name of a U.S. president in either the title or the author’s name (subtitles may not be used). Here is a list of U.S. presidents. The presidential last name can be an author’s first or last name. Plurals and possessives of the names can be used, but no other variations. If there is more than one author, only one author’s name needs to meet the requirement, so a book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child would work.

2. HoJo’s.
I grew up in a section of the city known as Wollaston. In 1925, Howard Johnson opened a pharmacy on a street corner there. To drum up business, he came up with a new recipe for ice cream. He eventually opened restaurants and then hotels. At one time HoJo’s was the largest chain of restaurants in the country. Read a book with hotel, motel, inn, restaurant, or diner in the title. Plurals and possessives are acceptable. No other variations.

3. Dunkies.
While Howard Johnsons is no more, another chain founded in Quincy is still going strong. The very first Dunkin Donuts still stands on Southern Artery in Quincy. Read a book with a cover that shows a cup of coffee or tea or some kind of pastry. (Cakes, muffins, donuts, cookies, all are good. Loaves or slices of bread are not.)
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

4. The Bay.
The city of Quincy curves around a bay, not surprisingly called Quincy Bay. When I was young, my entire summer was spent on Wollaston Beach. The beach boasts two yacht clubs almost side by side, although I swear I never saw a yacht there. There were lots of sailboats, so read a book with any type of sailboat on the cover.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

5. Kilroy Was Here.
For generations, the largest employer in Quincy was the Fore River Shipyard. Many World War I and World War II ships were built there, including the aircraft carrier USS Lexington and the battleship USS Massachusetts. A shipyard inspector named James Kilroy claimed he was the one who drew “Kilroy was here” on many WWII ships. Read a book from one of these two lists:
WWI - The Great War
WWII Historic Fiction
REQUIRED: State the list you used and the page on which your book was found.

6. Library.
One of my favorite places in the world is the Thomas Crane Public Library in downtown Quincy. The beautiful “old building” (scroll to the bottom to see the gorgeous interior) was even spoofed on a Simpson’s episode. I loved to go to the library with my parents, and my love of reading was nurtured here. Read a book by an author that you’ve read at least twice before AND that you borrowed from your local library. REQUIRED: Include in your post links to two books by this author that you have read before and state that you borrowed this book from the library.
Optional: Give your library some love and tell us its name.

25. 9 - MegSCL's Task: Your Objective
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Book 1: Read a book with the name of an object in its title (Plural, singular, and possessive forms of your book 2 cover object can be used, but no other variations)
Book 2: Read a book with that same object pictured on its cover.
REQUIRED: include the cover in your post.

What is an object?
For this task the object must meet the following definitions:
-An object is a real thing that you can touch, it's not an abstract concept
-An object is something distinct with edges, it's not a type of substance (e.g. snowflake works, snow does not)
-An object is not a person, being, animal, plant or any living creature. However, it can be an item that was once part of a living creature, e.g. a feather, leaf, flower. The feather, leaf, flower etc. must be depicted on the cover of Book 2 as a detached object (e.g. a cut flower or bunch of flowers in a vase works but flowers growing in a garden or meadow do not)
-An object must be small enough that it could theoretically fit in the living room of a large house (e.g. a car works, but a train does not). You can use parts of houses or buildings (door, wall) but not a building itself (house, home, castle).

Some examples:
Object: Nest
Book 1: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Book 2: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova Left Neglected by Lisa Genova.

Object: Throne
Book 1:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Book 2: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab by V.E. Schwab

Object: Bone
Book 1: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Book 2: Human Acts by Han Kang by Han Kang.


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25.10 - BellaGBear's Task: OLD LOVE AND NEW LOVE
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Every challenge I got the opportunity to do two things I normally would not do: reading books I would never pick for myself and re-reading old favourites. Therefore this is a two-part task. Read two books, one from the A option and another from the B option.

Books whose main page lists any of these genres: Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, or Manga may be used for this task.

Option A: Unexpected pleasures
Pick one of the three option below and state which one you chose. For this option, read a book you haven’t read before written by an author you haven’t read before either. REQUIRED: Indicate when you post that you haven’t read the book before and that the author was previously unfamiliar to you.

Option 1: to find the good in bad
Every time I participate in the SRC I discover new favourite books I would never have read without the challenge and sometimes even expected to dislike. Therefore read a book on the first three pages of one of these lists:
The Most Begun "Read But Unfinished" (Initiated) Book Ever
Favorite Poorly-Rated Books
REQUIRED: Indicate which list you chose and the page you found the book on.

Option 2: Maybe those aliens aren’t that bad
A lot of people shy away from sci-fi, without a good reason in my opinion. Therefore read a book with a main page genre of ‘science-fiction’ or ‘aliens’. Genre may be embedded

Option 3: Wise women and men say it’s good, but is it?
I am always curious to the books that win big awards, such as the Nobel Prize for literature, but rarely give myself the time to read them. Therefore for this option read a book written by an author from this list:

Nobel Prize in Literature winners
Indicate the author when posting this task.

For option B, a book you have read
Pick one of the three option below and state which one you chose. For this option, read a book that is a re-read for you. REQUIRED: Indicate when you post that this book is a re-read for you.

Option 1: So amazing, I did it all again. Immediately.
Read a book you also finished in the spring challenge of 2017, if you did not participate in that challenge re-read a book you finished in March, April or May 2017.

REQUIRED: If you read a book you read last challenge state for which task you read the book. Spring Challenge 2017 Tasks
REQUIRED: If you did not participate in the Spring 2017 challenge indicate when you finished the book before.

Option 2: revisiting childhood love
Re-read a book you have read before you were 18 and loved, but haven’t read since. Indicate when posting that you haven’t read the book since you were 18.
Optional: tell what you thought of the book upon re-reading and if it was a good idea to re-visit old childhood loves.

Keep in mind the SRC guidelines for childrens books before posting

Option 3: go with the crowd

Read a book from the first 3 pages of this list: Popular to Reread Books. Keep in mind that you must choose a book you’ve read before.
REQUIRED: State the page on which you found the book.

25.11 - Sarah E's Task: Treasure Hunting
Help Thread
To celebrate the ultimate bookish treasure hunt that is the SRC, let's follow our own treasure map towards the prize of ... well, books!

This is a TWO book task. Pick two different options.

REQUIRED: state which options you chose.

Option 1: Which direction?

After landing on the shores of the Isle of Lost Books, you take out your treasure map and peruse its contents. You find the first landmark, and follow the compass direction indicated.

Pick your compass direction from the 16-point compass rose. A list of the 16 directions is included in post 2 of the help thread.

Using the title only, the first letter of each word in the title must match the letters of one of the abbreviations used for compass directions.

One word titles are allowed. Spaces indicate words; titles with symbols (@, &, etc.) may not be used.

REQUIRED: state the direction you are using AND its abbreviation.

Examples:
I chose south (S) and read Salt: A World History
I chose northwest (NW) and read Night Watch
I chose west-southwest (WSW) and read Where She Went

Option 2: How many paces?

Now you have your direction, how far should you go? Roll two dice to determine how many paces you should take.

Read a book that is the same number in a series as the total number rolled.

REQUIRED: state the two numbers that you rolled and their total.

Option 3: X marks the spot

You reach the point marked on the map with a big red X.

Read a book with an X found somewhere in the title, subtitle, or author's name. One qualifying author will work if there are multiple authors.

Option 4: It's a book!

After much digging, you uncover a chest that is filled with lesser-known books that have been left by previous intrepid readers. Treasure indeed! In the most elaborate "take a book, leave a book" scheme ever, you swap your favourite book for one found in the chest.

Take a book from the chest and read a book from the first five pages of the Best Lesser-Known Books list

REQUIRED: state which page of the list your book is on.
Optional - tell us which favourite book you left behind in the chest.

25.12 - Amanda A's Task passed to McCathy: Trip to Yellowstone
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I just got back from my first trip to Yellowstone National Park and I had a blast! I spent three full days there, and with the mountains, lakes, canyons, geysers, hot springs, and wildlife roaming about, there was never a dull moment and plenty to see.

This is a TWO book task based on my trip – please choose two different options below and read one book for each option. No books with the main page genre Children or Kids can be used.
REQUIRED: Include in your post the options that you chose.

Option 1: I’m a city gal and have never been to that part of the country but I absolutely loved the change in scenery and all that fresh air! I didn’t realize how massive Yellowstone was and was surprised to learn that it spans over 2 million acres through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
For this option read a book with a setting of at least 75% in Wyoming, Montana or Idaho or set in Yellowstone Park. REQUIRED: If the setting is not evident on the book’s main page, please include a reference or quote from the book when you post.

Option 2: My favorite sights in the park had to be the different water features. But among them the most memorable were the hot springs, mud pots and other geothermal features. They were awe-inspiring with all the different colors, steam and bubbling water, but I didn’t realize just how dangerous they were (as evidenced by the man who fell into a hot spring last year and whose body dissolved, among other stories). Glad I heard the story after our trip, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gone out on the trails!
For this option read a book with one of the following types of water features in the title: lake, river, creek, geyser or waterfall. Plurals and possessives are acceptable but no other variations.

Option 3: Can’t talk about Yellowstone without mentioning Old Faithful. Old Faithful is one of the most famous geysers in the world, erupting about every 74 minutes according to their website or 91 minutes according to some others. I totally lucked out because I didn’t have to wait since it erupted within 1 minute of my arriving there 😊 I’m glad I saw it but thought it was over-rated and not as exciting as I thought it would be.
For this option read a book where an author’s initials can be found in “OLD FAITHFUL”. Middle initials can be ignored, choose one author for works with multiple authors.

Option 4: As soon as we entered the park, we saw bison (aka buffalo) aplenty which got me thinking about history. Yellowstone was a hunting ground for the Native American tribes in the area who depended on the buffalo for survival, using it for food, shelter, and clothing. It’s quite sad reading about how the settlers (aka the White Man) killed the buffalo almost to extinction in their effort to eliminate the Native Americans.
In honor of the native people of this land, read a book whose main character is Native American or written by an author of Native American descent. This challenge is about Yellowstone, so your selection should be about the natives of USA. REQUIRED: If it is not evident on the book’s or author’s main page, please include a reference or quote from the book when you post.

Option 5: We were also able to see elk and deer and various types of birds but just missed the bear (it went up into the trees). All in all, it was a great trip and we are already thinking about where we want to go next!
So for this final option, read a book with a main page genre of Travel, Nature, or Adventure. Or read a book with a main page genre of Death, because after hearing the hot springs story, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it or looking up other stories at Yellowstone! The genres can be stand alone or embedded.


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*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. See the rules of the challenge for the complete method.


30 point tasks

30.1 - Dlmrose's task: But Who's Counting
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Book 1: Read a book with a TITLE of at least 2 words where every word in the title has the same number of letters. Numerals, symbols, punctuation marks within words and other characters count as letters, ex. can't = 5 letters, & = 1 letter. Subtitles should be ignored.

Book 2: Using the letter count of a word from Book 1’s title, read a book with that number of words in the TITLE. All words count including articles. Numerals and symbols such as “&” count as words. Spaces determine words. Subtitles should be ignored.

Ex
Book 1 Lilac Girls each word has 5 letters
Book 2- The House at Baker Street - 5 word title

Book 1- Long Time Lost - each word has 4 letters
Book 2 - The Killer Next Door - 4 word title

30.2 - Ava Catherine’s Task: Celebrate Summer
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This is a two book task. Read one book from each of two different options.
REQUIRED: Identify which options you select when you post.

No book with the main page genre Children or Kids may be used.

Summer, my favorite season, is a time to celebrate growth both in nature and in our personal lives, too. I enjoy the lush growth of my flower garden, visiting local farmers’ markets, and exploring nature trails with my dog during summer. Sitting in my garden, I often find myself contemplating new ideas and broader visions, and the serenity of nature promotes an opportunity for creative and expansive thinking. Maybe that is why I enjoy it so much.

Option 1: Plants
Look for a book that celebrates the abundance of nature in summer. Read a book with a living plant (tree, flower, fruit growing on plant) on the cover. The plant must be shown in nature or living in a pot (with roots) to qualify.
REQUIRED: Include the cover when you post.

Option 2: Bees
Bees are vital to a thriving garden. Read a book with bees (or a bee) on the cover. If the insect(s) on the cover are not clearly bees, please explain why they are bees (rather than wasps or some other flying insects).
REQUIRED: Include the cover when you post.

Option 3: Nature
Read a book with the main page genre environment or nature. These may be stand alone or embedded.

Option 4: Vacation
Summer is vacation time! Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in VACATION. Middle name initials may be ignored. Letters may only be used as often as they appear. Spaces determine names. One qualifying author in a work by multiple contributors works.

Option 5: Personal Growth
Read a book that may change your perceptions about the world and will encourage you to grow. Select a book from the first fifteen (15) pages of the list Books that Changed the Way You View Life. (Be certain that the book you select meets task and SRC requirements.)
REQUIRED: State the page and number of the book on the list when posting.

30.3 - Bryony's Task: Enjoy the Journey
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Spring was my first time participating in the SRC. I was so determined to finish the challenge that I ended up not reading some of the longer or more challenging books that I'd originally shortlisted as I knew I'd struggle to finish them in time. I don't regret this as I discovered some great new authors and really enjoyed the books I read. However, my goal for the summer challenge will be to slow down and enjoy the journey rather than racing full steam ahead to the finish line.

So in this task I invite you to join me in reading some books that put the challenge into the SRC.

Please choose one of the following options and read book 1 and book 2 from that option. You must read two books with a total page count of at least 500 pages. REQUIRED: State the option that you chose in your post.

Option 1: The long and winding road
Book one: Read any book that is at least 500 pages long.

Book two: Read any book from Buzzfeed's list of the 25 most challenging books you will ever read.

Option 2: I am the walrus
Did you know that this Beatles song refers to a poem titled 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' which appears in the classic book Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll?

Book one: How often do you hear someone mention a classic book and think to yourself "I really should have read that"? Read a book that has been shelved as 'classics' at least 2,000 times on this Goodreads list.
REQUIRED: Include the page of the list on which your book is found in your post.

Book two: We all have books we mean to read but keep putting off because they're long, or a bit intimidating. Read a book that has been on your TBR for at least a year. If you don't have a TBR then read a book you've been planning to read for at least a year.

Option 3: Paperback writer
It's summer! Who has time for long books and complicated plots? What about a good old page turner to read on your summer holiday?

Book one: Airport novels are usually defined as fast-paced, easy to read, intriguing books that a traveller buys to keep them entertained on a long journey. They are published in paperback and sold at airport news stands. Read a book by a single author who appears on Wikipedia's list of writers of airport novels.

Book two: Once you've finished your airport novel you'll need a book to enjoy while you sit on the beach sipping your favourite drink. Read a book with any of the following items on the cover: the sun
a swimming pool
a beach
a hotel - identified by a sign or name on the building
ice cream
a sun lounger or beach chair
a parasol - for sun protection, not a rain umbrella
a sandal or pair of sandals.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

30.4. Sandy's Task: Follow the Author
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This is a two book task.

No books with a main page genre of children or kids may be used. Your books must have a combined page total of at least 500 pages.

For book 1, read a book of your choice written by a single author.

For book 2, read a book with at least one word in the title/subtitle that begins with each of the initials of the author of book 1. All initials in the book 1 author's name must be used. Articles (a, an, the) and conjunctions (and, but, or) cannot be used.

Examples:
Book 1 - The Girls by Emma Cline.
Book 2 - The Disappearance of Ember Crow. "Ember" beginning with E, "Crow" beginning with C.

Book 1 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Book 2 - High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic - "Classic" beginning with C, "Noon" beginning with N, "American" beginning with A.

30.5 - Catherine T's Task: Inspired by Books
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I reread a couple of classic SFF books (The Man in the High Castle & Slaughterhouse-Five, if you're interested) during the Spring challenge, and was amazed by how different I found them, a decade or more after the first read - whether because I'm now the right age to appreciate them or because I am a better reader, I don't know!
So this task is inspired by this brace of WW2 books.

For this task, you may read 1 or 2 books, but you must read a minimum of 600 pages. If you read 2 books, they may come from the same option or different options. REQUIRED: State the option(s) you chose in your post.

Books with the main page genres of Graphic Novels/Manga/Comics are allowed for this task as long as they meet SRC requirements.

1. Re-read a book you last read a decade or more ago, to see how you or it has changed over time.
REQUIRED: state that it's a reread and that you've not read it for at least a decade.
Optional: let us know how your experience has changed - is an old favourite lacking now, or all the richer? perhaps a book that bewildered is now scintillating?

2. Slaughterhouse-Five has the catchphrase "So it goes" - indicative of the futility of life, whilst characters in The Man in the High Castle rely on the I Ching to steer a course through life (PKD apparently even used the I Ching to make decisions whilst writing it!)
Read a book with all author initials found in the two phrases SO IT GOES and/or I CHING
You can use both phrases - Graham Greene would be acceptable, for instance, using 1 G from "Goes" and 1 G from "Ching."

3. Read a book with the main page genre World War II. The genre may be standalone or embedded.


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30.6 - Mazza1's Task: First Friday
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This year I have been lucky enough to get tickets for Wimbledon in their lottery draw. They are for the First Friday and I am very excited. That term First Friday brought back other memories which are the basis of this task

THIS IS A 2 BOOK TASK - choose 1 book from each of 2 different options. REQUIRED: state the options you chose in your post.

No books with the main page genre childrens or kids may be used for this task.

Option 1
First Friday at Wimbledon always falls in late June or early July

Read a book first published between 25th June and July 7th (inclusive) of any year. The publication date must be stated in the Goodreads record.

Option 2
First Fridays are the base of a Novena in the Roman Catholic Church that my mum was always encouraging us to do. You have to attend Mass on 9 consecutive First Fridays to attain the Novena. I realise not everyone has a religious idealism so for this task read a book from the first 2 pages of any of these lists

Catholic Fiction
Notable Atheist Books
Wicca and other Pagan based Fiction

Note: There are several compilations on these lists. You may read any one book included in the compilation, as long as it has been separately published as an individual book and otherwise meets SRC requirements (length, etc.). In your post, along with the information about the list and number, include a link to the separately published book you read.

REQUIRED: State the list and the page number on which your book is found when posting your completed task.

option 3
First Friday is both alliterative and a tautogram

Read a book whose title, not including subtitles, exceeds two words and is either alliterative or a tautogram

ALLITERATION
The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words - "the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’"
Alliteration is predominantly phonetic so 2 or more words need to start with the same sound - they may start with the same letter but that is not essential. The alliterative words do not need to be next to each other but should not be separated by more than 2 other words.
Examples: The Silver Circle has 2 words that start with the same sounds but not same letter.
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant has 3 alliterative words that start with the Uh sound and coincidentally also start with the same letter

The alliteration may include, but not consist entirely of, articles (a, an, the) or conjunctions (and, but). For instance, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic would not work, because the alliterative words are entirely articles (the) or conjunctions (and).

TAUTOGRAM
A text in which all words start with the same letter.
Terribly Twisted Tales is a tautogram, since all words start with the same letter.

30.7 - TessaVanessa's Task: My Favorite Things
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This challenge is about the things that I love. For this task, the following guidelines apply:
1. No book with children or kids as a genre appearing on the book's main page may be used.
2. This is a two book task. Choose two books from two different options, and specify in your post which options you chose.
3. The total page count for the two books should be 500 or more pages.

1. I LOVE my kids. June 19th is Juneteenth. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It also happens to be my son’s birthday.
Read a book with all the letters of JUNETEENTH in the title, subtitle and/or author's name.

2. I am fascinated with the history of WWII in Europe. Read a book from this Goodreads list on WWII fiction. REQUIRED: Include the page number on which your book was found in your post.
World War II Fiction.

3. Summer and sunshine are my favorite combination. It means wearing sunglasses to keep the rays out of your eyes.
Read a book with sunglasses on the cover. REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

4. I love watching my nephews play sports. One of them is in a wheelchair and plays basketball. It is an awesome sight to see these kids play their hearts out and the competition is as intense as in any other game.
Read a book from this GR list that features characters who use a wheelchair. REQUIRED: Include the page number on which your book was found in your post. Characters That Use a Wheelchair.

5. I absolutely love my dogs. I have 3 labs and they are my babies. Read a book with one of the top 100 dog names as the author’s first or last name. Name must be on this website: Top 100 Dog Names. No variations of the names are allowed.

30.8 - Diana K’s Task: Where am I From and How Did I Get Here?
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Immigration has been in the news a lot lately and it got me to thinking that almost all of us are where we are as a result of immigration.

This is a two-book task. Read one book that satisfies the requirements for Book 1 and another that works for Book 2.

No book with the genre "Childrens" or "Kids" on the book's Good Reads main page may be used for this task.

Book 1: Choose one of the following options:
Required: Identify the option.

Option A: Did one of your ancestors emigrate to the to the country where you now live? If so, read a book set at least 50% in a country where one of your ancestors came from. For example, both of my parents came to the USA from Czechoslovakia so I would read a book set there. My husband’s ancestors came from a variety of countries so he would pick just one of those. The book’s setting must be in a real country either past or present, e.g Germany or Prussia. Alternate, dystopian or futuristic depictions of real place DO NOT work here.

Required: State the country your ancestor came from. If the setting of the book is not evident in the GR record, include a reference when you post

Option B: Read a book either fiction or nonfiction about an immigrant. NOTE: You may choose option B even if you have an ancestor who came from another country.
REQUIRED: If the relevance of the book is not clear from the GR description, please explain how your book is about an immigrant.

These lists need not be used, but may help you find books: Immigrant Experience Literature, Immigrant Voices.

Book 2: How did that immigrant get here? How did your ancestor from Option A or the immigrant from Option B get to their new country? My parents came on the Queen Mary. Some immigrants arrive by plane or by slave ship or by walking across the border.

Read a book with a cover that shows the type of transportation that immigrant used such as a ship, a plane, a pair of shoes.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post

REQUIRED: Explain in your post how your ancestor or the immigrant in book 1B arrived in this country.

30.9 - Dakimel's Task: Rising Seniors
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My sons have both just completed their junior years and are ready for the last summer before finishing high school and college. Let’s help them celebrate!

This is a two-book challenge. Pick your books from two of the following options. The genres "Sequential Art", "Comics", "Comic Book", and "Manga" are approved for this task,

Each book you read for the task must be at least 200 pages.

1: My son arrived home from his last day of school blasting Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Read a book with one of the following objects on the cover: Pencil / Pen / Book / Classroom / Dirt. (“Classroom” must have at least 2 of the following recognizable elements: black/whiteboard, teacher desk, student desk, student chairs. “Dirt” can be a dirt road, a pile of construction dirt, garden dirt, etc. but it must be depicted with enough detail to be recognizable away from the context of other cover elements.) REQUIRED: Post the cover and point out the object when you claim this option.

2: Read a book whose author’s initials can be found in the phrase SENIOR YEAR. All initials present in the Goodreads metadata must be accounted for, and you can only use the letters as often as they appear in the phrase. If the book has more than one author, the initials of all authors must appear in the phrase.

3: The sons get to explore some fun environments this summer. Read a book with one of the following words intact in the title or subtitle: MOUNTAIN, OCEAN, BRIDGE, HIKE, TRAIL.

4: It’s not all play with no work. Pick an SRC-approved book voted for at least three times on this list: Best School Assigned Books. REQUIRED: State the page of the list on which your book is found.

5: The sons are teaching themselves to cook this summer. Read a book with the main page genre Food and Drink, Cooking, or Health.

Task 30.10 - Andy P's Task: Calendar Boy
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One of my dogs has become somewhat famous. His picture appears in two 2017 dog related calendars. One is a USA publication Poodles published by Brown Trout in which he is the Bonus Dog which means his photo is used for the six month period covering the last part of 2016. The second is a UK publication, Poodle Toy and Miniature, published by Aronside Publishing Ltd. In this calendar he is the August Dog.

For this task, the following guidelines apply:
1. No book with children or kids as a genre appearing on the book's main page may be used.
2. This is a two book task. One book should fulfill the requirement for Book 1, the second for book 2
3. The total page count for the two books should be 500 or more pages.

Book 1. Read a book written by a single author whose initials can be found in Either the word AUGUST OR in the word BONUS, NOT a combination of both words. ALL initials count so if an author writes under initials plus last name, all THREE initials must be found in the target word.

For example, a book by Stephen Booth (Bonus) OR Aline Templeton (August) would work but Neil Gaiman (N in Bonus, G in August) would not.

Book 2. Calendar Boy Sammy is a Miniature Poodle who is very smart but like many poodles he has little interest in learning a new skill unless it is fun.. So, read a book whose title(subtitles are excluded) contains ALL the letters in the word PARTY
The letters do NOT have to be consecutive although they may be.
Examples:
Luncheon of the Boating Party - Party as a word
The Far Empty - the fAR emPTY


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30.11 - Perletwo's task: A Place Both Wonderful and Strange
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As I write this I'm still buzzing from binge-watching the first four episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return. Very little has happened so far, what has happened is not exactly linear, none of it makes a lick of sense, but every frame is lush and gorgeous and I'm loving every second of it.

This is a two-book task.

Book 1: Part of what makes Twin Peaks so distinctive, then and now, is the atmospheric visuals of its settings, mainly in the Pacific Northwest. Read a book set at least 50 percent in one of the states used as a setting in the series: Washington, British Columbia (Canada), Oregon, South Dakota, Nevada, New York.

REQUIRED: If the setting is not evident on the book's main page include a reference or quote from the book when you post.

Book 2: In the original series, FBI Agent Cooper has a dream in which he meets a strange otherworldly version of his case's murder victim Laura Palmer, who tells him she'll see him again in 25 years. The new series takes place exactly 25 years after the events of the original series. Read a book first published in 1992 or in 2017; the publication year must be listed on the book's Goodreads main page.

30.12 - Wayne's Task: Canada 150!
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On July 1st, we Canadians will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of our great country! You can help us celebrate by completing 2 of the following options. Because this will be a huge celebration, the total page count for the two options must be at least 600 pages.

Option 1: Another term for a 150th anniversity is sesquicentennial. Read a book by an author whose first, last, and any middle initials are found in the word SESQUICENTENNIAL. Letters may only be used as often as they appear in the word.

Option 2: The Ottawa celebration will be hosted by our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. His father, Pierre Trudeau, narrowly missed hosting the centennial party, as he didn't become PM until April of 1968 (he was the Justice Minister in 1967, however). To honor the Trudeau family, read a book from one of these lists about family relationships:
Best Books About Family Relationships.
Best Family Sagas.

Option 3: My library, the Calgary Public Library, is challenging its patrons to read 150 books this year. Ha! This is nothing to us hardened SRCers! They are also encouraging us to read more Canadian books. For this option, read a book that a) you checked out from a library and b) is set at least 50% in Canada.
REQUIRED: state in your post that this book was checked out from the library. If the setting is not evident on the book's main page include a reference or quote from the book when you post.

Option 4: One of my favorite Canada Day activities, but which I will be especially looking forward to participating in this year, is the Living Flag picture. People either stand in the red part of the flag wearing a red shirt or in a white part of the flag wearing a white shirt (T-shirts are supplied for the first 3000 arrivals). Once everyone is set up, a photographer takes an aerial photo of us happy, cheering Canadians. Then, the picture appears in the local newspapers the following day! I can honestly say I've been on the front page of both our papers!

Read a book with a cover that is at least 50% red/white. Both red and white MUST appear on the cover, however, it does not matter how much is red and how much is white, as long as the total is 50%. REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post



Happy Canada Day everyone!

30.13 - JennRenee's Task: A Busy Year of Changes
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This year has been a very busy year for us. We have sold our old house, had a wedding, and signed a contract on a new build home. It’s been busy and at times stressful but so wonderful. For this task choose one of the following three options and read two books for that option. REQUIRED: Specify in your post the option that you chose.

A. An old house ready to go for the sale
Book 1 - We had to go through everything and get rid of anything old, unused, forgotten or broken
Read a book with the word old, forgotten, broken, unused in the title/subtitle. The words must match exactly.

Book 2- Once our house was cleared out we had to fix things, paint things, and clean clean clean. It was as if we had to redo the entire house from old to new.
Read a book with Retelling as a main page genre – the genre may be stand alone or embedded

B. The wedding of my daughter
Book 1 - This was so much fun. It was a small wedding and we really only had the basics and held it in our family’s back yard. It was simple yet beautiful.
Read a book with a white dress, bowtie, gold band, diamond ring, or cake /cake slice on the cover. These items do not need to be wedding specific items. example…. The white dress can be any type of white dress as long it is a white dress. The cake can be any cake, does not need to be a wedding cake.
Examples: 100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy Dissever (Unbinding Fate, #1) by Colee Firman

REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post

Book 2- Once the ceremony was over we were able to celebrate all the love and happiness for the new couple.
Read a book with an author whose initials can be found in MRANDMRS - middle initials can be ignored. If there is more than one author, only one author's initials must be found in the target word.

C. New house is awaiting us.
Book 1 - We have been anticipating this house since January when we signed our contract. We are now just about 2 months from moving in.
Read a book first published in 2017 that you have long anticipated.

Book 2- Our favorite things about the new house… the wonderful big back porch and simple front porch. This is the first house I had with either front or back porch. I am super excited to move in and start reading on my porches.
Read a book with a house or a porch on the cover.
Example: Alive In A Dead World (Zombie Fallout, #5) by Mark Tufo

REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post

30.14 - Brooke TX's Task: SRC vs. SRC
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Here on Goodreads, SRC may stand for Seasonal Reading Challenge, but at the library where I work it's the Summer Reading Club! Thus leading to much confusion for me, as I designed all our marketing materials and kept putting the wrong title on everything. So, since turnabout is fair play, I'm going to mix a little bit of "the other SRC" into this task.

For this task, you can read one or two books, but the total number of pages read must be at least 600. For the two book option, you can choose two different options or read two books that fulfill the same option. REQUIRED: State the option(s) you chose in your post.

Option 1: Kids, teens, adults - pretty much everyone participates in the Summer Reading Club for the prizes. Read a book by a single author whose first and last name initials can be found in the phrase "IN IT FOR THE BOOKS."

Option 2: For kids, winning a prize is pretty easy - they just fill out their reading logs. Every 15 minutes read gets them closer to the prize. Read a book with both a 1 and a 5 found in the first published year (e.g. 2015 or 1995).

Option 3: Teens actually have to do a little more work - they have to write a short review of the books they read, which probably explains why less of them get around to turning in their reading logs. The smart ones just use shortened versions of the book reports they had to write for school. Read a book from this Popular Book Report Books list. REQUIRED: State the page of the list on which your book is found.

Option 4: This year, the adult summer reading is actually the most fun! We designed a little mini SRC-esque challenge: 5 different bookmarks, each with 5 different challenge tasks, like "Read a biography" or "Read a book with a blue cover." Adults read their books, write the titles on their bookmarks, and return them to be entered in a grand prize drawing. Read a book by a single author whose first and last name initials can be found in "GRAND PRIZE WINNER".


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50.1 - Diane's Task: On the Mend
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There is a secret to my reading success this season. I looked forward to an adventure-filled summer. I planned to hike the Georgia portion of the Appalachian Trail, go on a 50-mile bike ride, go scuba diving, do lots of swimming (including a 5K), clean my house from top to bottom, and go on a trip to Europe. But… things don’t always go according to plan. The day before my glorious 2-month vacation began, I had an accident and shattered a bone in my leg. My plans quickly changed to surgery and extended couch time.

For this task, you need to read one book for each of 3 options AND your books must total at least 801 pages.
REQUIRED: State the options you chose in your post. Cover tasks require that you include the cover in your post.

No books with a main page genre children or kids are allowed for this task.

Option 1. Must Move.
I miss being able to do the activities that I previously took for granted. I hope to one day be able to fully perform the activities of an active lifestyle again.

Read a book with a present-tense action verb in the title or subtitle. The verb must be something that requires the active use of the limbs in a physical activity with motion. Sedentary activities, such as sleeping, sitting, reading, etc. will NOT work.

Present verb forms such as "walks" ( She Walks in Shadows ) or "walk" (At Night We Walk in Circles) and present continuous forms such as "walking" (Walking After Midnight) work. Past tense verb forms such as "walked" DO NOT work.

Other examples of action verbs you can use include but are not limited to, the following words and their allowed verb forms: Run, jump, swim, hop, play, dance, hike, etc.

Option 2. Armchair Travel
I did not get to go on the trips I had planned this summer, but I visited a lot of places through books. I have been traveling the world through books for several years and have circled the globe a few times without leaving my chair.

Read a book I have read in my past travels that fits SRC guidelines. My list can be found here. Choose a book found in posts 2-13. You may instead choose to read a book by an author found in posts 14-16. REQUIRED: Identify the post number in which your title or author is found.

Option 3. Variations in Theme.
Before all this mess started I chose Weezer’s “Feels Like Summer” as my summer theme song. My theme song was quickly replaced with “Believer” by Imagine Dragons with the lyrics “Pain! You made me a, you made me a believer, believer.” I honestly thought the title to this song was “Pain” for the longest time.

Read a book with a title that describes your summer or current state of affairs. The title can range anywhere from a one-word title to a complete sentence. REQUIRED: Briefly explain how this title applies to you.

Option 4: Healing and Recovery
One “good” thing about my injury is that I am able to see things from the patient’s perspective instead of just that of the health-care provider. I have also learned many new things about the medical field that I didn’t know before.

Read a book found in the first 5 pages of the Medicine and Literature list. REQUIRED: State the list page and number of the book.

Option 5: KHP, or Kitty Healing Powers
Much research has gone into the benefits of animals in the healing process. My cat has faithfully stayed by my side this summer. I believe his presence has made a lot of difference in my healing process.

Read a book either with a picture of a cat on the cover or with the stand-alone word “cat” found in the title or subtitle. Plurals and possessives work but no other variations. REQUIRED: If using a picture, include the book cover in your post.

Option 6: Physical Therapy
After surgery, I thought the pain would soon become a thing of the past, as with other surgeries I had in the past. Wrong! A “perk” of orthopedic surgery is aggressive physical therapy. It is extremely helpful and often extremely painful.

Read a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in PHYSICAL THERAPY. Middle name initials may be ignored. Letters may only be used as often as they appear. Spaces determine names. One qualifying author in a work by multiple contributors works.


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