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message 1: by Janice, Moderator (last edited Mar 28, 2018 09:31PM) (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments April 2018 Challenge – Stormy Weather


We all seem to have been hit with unusual storms recently. In an effort to banish them away, we’re going to focus on them. It will be similar to the strategy applied to children who seek attention by being naughty. Pay attention to them, and the temper tantrums stop. Too simplistic? Let’s give it a whirl.

The challenge for April is to read a book with a “stormy word” in the title:

Storm
Rain
Snow
Hurricane
Tornado
Blizzard
Monsoon
Wind

Qualifiers:

1. Plurals, and other forms of the words are allowed. Storms, Stormed, Stormy, etc.

2. You are not restricted to the list. As long as the word is some type of storm, you may use it. Note: Words like “climate” “weather”, etc are not storms. Best to ask for a ruling if you are in doubt. If it's obvious, please don't ask for a ruling.

3. Sub-titles and series names are not allowed.

General Rules:

1. The book may be in any format - paperback, ebook, audiobook.
2. The book may be in any genre.
3. The book may NOT be combined with the Year Long Challenge.
4. The book must be read between April 1 – Apr 30, 2018 (based on your local time zone).
5. The challenge is for one book. You may read more books if you chose.
6. The book must be 175 pages or more determined by the issue you read. If reading an audiobook or ebook where page numbers aren't listed, page numbers will be determined by the hardcover issue. If there is no hardcover, then paperback issue. Where there are more than one editions, the one with the highest number of ratings will be used.

Scoring: (based on the edition you read)

Title:
5 pts – One word exactly (no a, an, the, etc)
4 pts – Contains the word "Spring", "Summer", "Fall", "Winter". (exact word only - no plurals or possessive forms)
3 pts – Has a hyphenated word in it
2 pts – Contains a proper name a person.
1 pts – Has one word preceded by “a”, “an”, “the”. Clarification - This title would be technically two words, where the first word is "a", "an", or "the".

Cover:
5 pts – is 75% green
4 pts – has the title across the bottom of the page
3 pts – has the author’s name in any colour other than black or white
2 pts – is 75% black
1 pts – depicts a storm

Author:
5 pts – was born or currently residing in a country other than Canada, England, the Netherlands, Australia, or United States
4 pts – Is female
3 pts – is male
2 pts – is deceased
1 pts – was born or currently residing in Canada, England, the Netherlands, Australia, or United States

Genre:
5 pts – Science Fiction
4 pts – Horror
3 pts – Romance
2 pts – Mystery
1 pts – Historical Fiction

Bonus Points:
Holy Humour Month: Did you laugh out loud at least once at something in the book? Take 3 points

International Guitar Month: If a character played a musical instrument, take 3 points

Student Empowerment Week: if a character is a student, take 3 points.

A reporting thread will be set up to report the book you’ve read, and the score you obtained. Happy reading. Bring on the sun.


message 2: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments When I started writing this challenge this morning, it was snowing. When I finished it, the snow had stopped and the sun was trying to peak out.


message 3: by Almeta (last edited Mar 29, 2018 03:39AM) (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10087 comments "give it a whirl!" HaHaHa!☺


message 4: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments HA! Good catch, Almeta.

I'm going to go with The Sound of Rain for my challenge read.


message 5: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14830 comments Let's hope your plan works Janice!

I'll gopher tomorrow. Rain or wind shouldn't be too difficult.


message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisathebooklover) | 9244 comments One of my new purchases, The Western Wind, will come in very handy for this challenge 🙂


message 7: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14830 comments The only ones I can think of right now are Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. I'll see if gophering leads to anything else.


message 8: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments Love the idea. And I hope it works. Off to check out my tbr.


message 9: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments How about compound words like snowblind? Also how about the word howl as in the wind howls?


message 10: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments No to the compound words unless the compound word is a type of storm, like sandstorm or windstorm. Howl on it's own doesn't work either. It just describes the wind.


message 11: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments Ok thanks Janice. My only other options are books later in series. Hmm.


message 12: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments It's tricky, and that's where the challenge comes in.

You have to watch that you aren't equating words that describe temperature to a storm - cold, hot, warm, chilly.

Or results of a storm - ice, flood.


message 13: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 13202 comments I'm not sure what I'm going with either. I'll have to do a bit of gophering. The first two I thought of were April's Rain, which I might use for the zodiac challenge, and Windwitch, which won't work because it's a compound word and I'm not really in the mood for it anyway. I'm sure I can come up with plenty once I start looking.


message 14: by Kristie, Moderator (last edited Mar 25, 2018 02:45PM) (new)

Kristie | 13202 comments I may go with Rain Reign. I already own it and it's fairly short and well rated. :)

Edit: A couple others I own that might work.
The Wind Through the Keyhole
Watermelon Snow


message 15: by Margo (new)

Margo | 9591 comments Great challenge Janice! It's all anyone seems to talk about in Ireland anyway!


message 16: by Margo (last edited Mar 25, 2018 02:15PM) (new)

Margo | 9591 comments I have one that's been in my library for a long time - Lightning.


message 17: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments Snowbound is a compound word that is a result of a storm, not a storm itself.

Lightning will work.


message 18: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18169 comments I thought i'd have had more books that would work. It's good to be challenged though. Back to the drawing board.


message 19: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 13202 comments Janice wrote: "Snowbound is a compound word that is a result of a storm, not a storm itself.

Lightning will work."


Oops! It's off the list.


message 20: by Sandra (new)

Sandra (sanlema) | 9290 comments I have many, many, many snow, rain, storm, etc. books in my TBR, so I guess I can choose according to my mood next month. So far today I feel inclined to pick The Children's Blizzard.


message 21: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments That one sounds interesting, Sandra.


message 22: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16853 comments Is this the month I finally read my farting book (Ill Wind)?


message 23: by Sandra (new)

Sandra (sanlema) | 9290 comments Janice wrote: "That one sounds interesting, Sandra."

Indeed. I had forgotten it was in my TBR.


message 24: by Almeta (last edited Mar 26, 2018 05:51AM) (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10087 comments Rusalka wrote: "Is this the month I finally read my farting book (Ill Wind)?"

Funny. That one keeps surfacing for me for Challenges and Topplers and I never actually read it.

Isn't that the back of a truck?


message 25: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14830 comments Peggy wrote: "The only ones I can think of right now are Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. I'll see if gophe..."

I found two more while gophering: Storm Front and A Storm Hits Valparaiso. I don't think I'll go for the last one, but I'll pick one of the other 3 depending on my mood.


message 26: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14830 comments Rusalka wrote: "Is this the month I finally read my farting book (Ill Wind)?"

What's a farting book?


message 27: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16853 comments Peggy wrote: "Rusalka wrote: "Is this the month I finally read my farting book (Ill Wind)?"

What's a farting book?"


"Ill Wind" always makes me think of farts. It's a terrible title.


message 28: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Mar 26, 2018 06:02AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16853 comments Almeta wrote: "Isn't that the back of a truck?

Lol. The car does have a spoiler, but I don't think it fits into the truck thing. Could be, and probably wrong of course. But moot point for me anyway, as I have this cover Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1) by Rachel Caine


message 29: by Margo (new)

Margo | 9591 comments Rusalka wrote: "Is this the month I finally read my farting book (Ill Wind)?"

LOL I actually read the blurb to see where farting came into it!


message 30: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14830 comments Rusalka wrote: "Peggy wrote: "Rusalka wrote: "Is this the month I finally read my farting book (Ill Wind)?"

What's a farting book?"

"Ill Wind" always makes me think of farts. It's a terrible title."


Haha, I get it now!


message 31: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments LOL! Yes, it's an unfortunate title. We should start a list of unfortunates. We've got Ill Wind, Harry Hole.

I would say that was a car on the cover of the book, not a truck.


message 32: by Casceil (new)

Casceil | 2615 comments Peter suggested the weather warden series to me yesterday, but he couldn't remember the name of the first one, which as it turns out is Ill Wind. He read it years ago and liked it.


message 33: by Travis (new)

Travis (travistousant) | 5997 comments I was worried somehow this challenge was related to porn stars and presidents glad to see it's about the weather instead.


message 34: by Margo (new)

Margo | 9591 comments Ha Travis! When did the story break? Either Janice had insider knowledge or it was working away in her sub-conscience :-D


message 35: by Sandra (new)

Sandra (sanlema) | 9290 comments That would be a challenging challenge, Travis. :/


message 36: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments I would like to read either
The Gift of Rain
or
The Art of Racing in the Rain


message 37: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19780 comments Rusalka wrote: "Is this the month I finally read my farting book (Ill Wind)?"

I think there are twelve of us (because I just added it) with this on our TBR list.


message 38: by Cherie (last edited Mar 26, 2018 03:51PM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19780 comments I have The Art of Racing in the Rain in my ZZ challenge, but I could throw it over for this monthly challenge. There are plenty of Pacific Northwest books to fill in for the ZZ challenge. Ah, I just found Songs of Willow Frost that could be substituted. I guess it could fit into this challenge too though. I found this one is on my TBR, but it's not long enough. The Gullywasher. I found a lot of other "weather" books in my slelves. This one sounds fun. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms. I am constantly amazed at what I find on my TBR shelve when I am gophering for challenges!!!


message 39: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19780 comments Janice - would you consider this one? Out of the Dust Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse


message 40: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 2402 comments siriusedward wrote: "I would like to read either
The Gift of Rain
or
The Art of Racing in the Rain"


Wow, two of my favorite books! So different but both great books if you can - read both! :-)


message 41: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments Cherie wrote: "I have The Art of Racing in the Rain in my ZZ challenge, but I could throw it over for this monthly challenge. There are plenty of Pacific Northwest books to fill in for the ZZ chall..."

I just finished Bone River which is set in the Pacific Northwest.


message 42: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments Cherie wrote: "Janice - would you consider this one? Out of the DustOut of the Dust by Karen Hesse"

No. Dust in itself is not a storm.


message 43: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19780 comments Janice wrote: "Cherie wrote: "Janice - would you consider this one? Out of the DustOut of the Dust by Karen Hesse"

No. Dust in itself is not a storm."


Got it. Environmental vs weather. Hopefully, I will find another reason to read it. :o)


message 44: by Cherie (last edited Mar 27, 2018 11:31AM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19780 comments Janice wrote: "I just finished Bone River which is set in the Pacific Northwest..."

Thanks, Janice.
I will probably read The Art of Racing in the Rain for this one and use Songs of Willow Frost for my Pacific Northwest ZZ slot. I am curious about the story.


message 45: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47928 comments Hi Rachel! Welcome to YLTO!

Yes, you score all that apply. So it your book is The Spring, you count 4 because it has the word "spring" in it, and you count 1 because it's basically a one word title preceded by "the".

If the book title was The Spring Day, or A Spring Day, you wouldn't be able to count the 1 point because it's two words preceded by "the" or "a".

I'll reword the scoring to make it a little clearer.


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I think I will go for Snow Angels (Inspector Kari Vaara, #1) by James Thompson . This has been on my shelf for absolutely ages.


message 47: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16853 comments Rachel wrote: "So I'm a little confused about the scoring for the title. If the title has the words 'the' and 'spring' in it, does that equal to a 1+4?"

Welcome to the group, Rachel!


message 48: by Pragya (new)

Pragya  (reviewingshelf) | 3534 comments Peggy wrote: "The only ones I can think of right now are Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. I'll see if gophe..."

Go with Snow Flower. I love that book!


message 49: by Pragya (new)

Pragya  (reviewingshelf) | 3534 comments siriusedward wrote: "I would like to read either
The Gift of Rain
or
The Art of Racing in the Rain"


Good choices indeed.


message 50: by Pragya (last edited Apr 01, 2018 01:31AM) (new)


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