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5 pointers
5.1 - Baseball
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The numbers 3, 4, and 9 are important numbers in baseball - 3 strikes and 3 outs, 4 balls, 9 innings. Read a book that has one of these 3 numbers in its series designation - 3, 4, 9, 13, etc...………

5.2 - The Tour de France
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A great road trip!
Read a book from this list:
Wanderlust.
REQUIRED: Include in your post the page on which your book is found.

5.3: International Football
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Read a book set at least 50% in a country that qualified for this summer's World Cup: Russia, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru.

(thanks for typing all this out, Melanie!)

REQUIRED: State the country in which your book is set. If the setting is not shown in the metadata or book description, include a reference from the book or a link to an outside source to establish the setting.

5.4 Hiking
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The Appalachian Trail is a favorite hiking trail. Read a book with a title of at least two words, in which the initial letter of each word of the title is found in APPALACHIAN TRAIL. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the phrase.

Subtitles may be ignored, unless you WANT to be an overachiever!

5.5: Capture the Flag
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Read a book with the word "flag" found intact in the title/subtitle or author's name.

5.6: Simon Says
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Read a book where the title/subtitle contains at least 2 consecutive words beginning with the same initial letter.

5.7: Settlers of Catan
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My family's favorite board game!
Read a single author book whose author's first and last initials are found in SETTLERS OF CATAN. Middle initials can be ignored. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the phrase. Spaces determine names.

5.8: Go and Parcheesi
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The game Go originated in China and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present.
The game Parcheesi is a brand name American adaptation of the Indian cross and circle board game Pachisi.

Read a book set at least 50% in China or India. REQUIRED: State the country in which your book is set. If the setting is not shown in the metadata or book description, include a reference from the book or a link to an outside source to establish the setting.


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

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

REQUIRED: State the word that you are using.


5.10: Our favorite recreation!
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Anyone participating in the SRC knows that reading is a top favorite recreation!

Read a book of your choice, that meets SRC rules. For this task only, you may read a book with the main page genre Childrens or Kids that is not found in AR Bookfinder.
NOTE: This does not allow the use of Childrens books that are found in AR Bookfinder but do not meet SRC requirements.


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10 pointers

10.1 - These ARE the Droids You're Looking For
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Read a nonfiction book about robotics.
OR
Read a FICTION book with a robot, android or cyborg as an important character.
For this task:
> A robot is a machine capable of moving independently (as by walking or rolling on wheels).
> An android is robot designed to resemble a human.
> A cyborg (cybernetic organism) is an entity with embedded organic and mechanical parts, so human/mechanical hybrids such as Helva in The Ship Who Sang work.
ex. The Robots of Gotham, Head On, Your Robot Dog Will Die, Defy the Worlds
Required: If the robot/android/cyborg is not identified in the book description include a reference when you post.

10.2 - The Great War
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November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.
Read a book that has been shelved as "World War I" from this list: Popular World War I books
Required: State the page.

10.3 - Happy Trails to You
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The National Trails System Act, which formally created the nationally administered system of scenic trails, was passed into law 50 years ago this October.
Read a book with a main page genre of Nature or Travel. The genre may be standalone or embedded.

10.4 - Hey There, Hi There, Ho There!
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2018 celebrates the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928. Read a book written by a single author whose first and last name initials are found in MICKEY MOUSE. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the phrase. Spaces determine names.

10.5 - Picking Up the Pen
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Read a continuation novel- a novel (FICTION) in the style of an established series, produced by a new author after the original author's death.The books are commissioned by the deceased author’s estate, written with its approval, and marketed using both author’s brand associations, such as:
Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins by Reed Farrel Coleman
The Girl in the Spider's Web “continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series”,
The Gathering Storm “partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, and now Stormlight Archive, among others, was chosen by Jordan's editor--his wife, Harriet McDougal--to complete the final volume, later expanded to three books.”
To Protect "Authorized by the estate of Isaac Asimov"
New Hercule Poirot Mysteries "guardians of her legacy have approved.."

The continuation novel is NOT a retelling or format adaptation and it differs from fan fiction in its ‘official’ nature. It does NOT continue characters in the public domain, such as The Wizard of Oz or Sherlock Holmes, unless the work was commissioned or authorized, such as The House of Silk "For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel."

Required: The continuation should be evident on the GR book page or provide a reference.

10.6 - Original Six
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The 102nd season of NHL hockey is scheduled to begin on October 3, 2018. Read a book set at least 50% in ONE of the home cities of the NHL “Original Six” teams: the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York (city of) Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Required: If the setting is not obvious from the Goodreads description or metadata, please provide a reference.

10.7 -Before Autocorrect
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October 16 is Dictionary Day- a day that celebrates the birth of Noah Webster who published the first major American English dictionary.
Read a book with a word in the title or subtitle from this list of commonly misspelled words . The word must match exactly. The words are listed in post 2 of the Help Thread.
Required: State the word.

10.8 - Happy Anniversary SRC!
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The SRC began as its own group with the Fall 2009 challenge. The Fall 2018 challenge is the 37th(!) seasonal challenge. Read a book that was FIRST published in 2009 or 2018.

10.9 - International Sudoku Day
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September 9 (9/9) is International Sudoku Day. Sudoku is a logic-based number puzzle in which the objective is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, row, and 3×3 sub-grid contains all the digits from 1 to 9.
Read a book written by a single author whose last name is exactly 9 letters.

10.10 - 9, 10, 11...
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I J K are the 9th, 10th and 11th letters of the alphabet.
Read a book written by a single author whose first or last name begins with I, J or K.


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15 pointers

15.1 - Dig It
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The Men's World Volleyball Championship takes place September 9 - 30. The countries in Pools A-D will compete with each other during Round 1 of the competition. Read TWO books, each set at least 50% in two different countries that are in the SAME pool. For example, you may choose to read one book set in Argentina and one in Japan (Pool A) or you may choose a book set in Brazil and one set in China (Pool B). A list of pools is provided in post 2 of the Help Thread.
Required: State the countries used when posting. If the setting is not obvious from the book's GRs main page, provide a link to reference for verification.

15.2 - Spring and Fall
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Book 1: Read a book in which the word SPRING can be found intact in the title/subtitle, series title, or author's name.
AND
Book 2: Read a book in which the word AUTUMN can be found intact in the title/subtitle, series title, or author's name.

15.3 - Let's Play!
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Option 1: Read TWO books.
Book 1: Read a book with a title of at least 3 words where the initial letters of every word in the title can be found in the name of a toy inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame: Inducted Toys Subtitles may be ignored.
AND
Book 2: Read a book written by a single author whose every initial (including middle, if listed on GRs) can be found in the name of a DIFFERENT inducted toy. Spaces determine names.

OR

Option 2: Read ONE book that fits the criteria for both Book 1 and Book 2. Ex: Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan -- initial letters of title (MATOE) can be found in The Game of Life; author's initials (KL) can be found in Alphabet Blocks.

Required: State which option and toy names used when you post.

15.4 - It's a Deal
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Option 1: Read TWO books.
Book 1: Read a book with "Ace" or the name of a face card (King, Queen, Jack) in the title/subtitle, series title, or author's name. Plurals and possessives will work but no other variations.
AND
Book 2: Read a book that is #2-#10 in a series. The series must be included in the Goodreads metadata.

OR

Option 2: Read ONE book that fits the criteria for both Book 1 and Book 2.
Ex: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King ~ "King" found in author's name; #2 in The Dark Tower series.
Required: State which option you used when you post.

15.5 - Nonfiction November
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Read a nonfiction book that can be found on the Popular Nonfiction Books list.
Required: State which page you found the book on when you post.

15.6 - Checkmate
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In many chess sets, black and white pieces move across a black and white checkered board. Read a book that is at least 80% black, white, and/or grey according to TinEye. Directions for using TinEye can be found in post 2 of the Help thread.
Required: State the percentages of black, white, and grey (added together) and include the cover when you post.

15.7 - Pay Up
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The game Monopoly is 85 years old and is one of the world’s favorite gaming brands. The total amount of money in a classic Monopoly game is $20,580. Read a book in which the number of pages is made up only of the numbers 0, 2, 5, and 8. Ex: Guidebook to Murder (228 pages); The Log from the Sea of Cortez (288 pages); Clockwork Prince (502 pages)

15.8 - Spell it Out
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The highest scoring tiles in the game of Scrabble are Q and Z. Read a book with one of these letters in the title/subtitle or author's name. Books with multiple authors will work as long as at least one author has a Q or a Z in his or her name.

15.9 - Get a Clue
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Clue, or Cluedo outside the U.S., is a popular murder-mystery board game. Read a book that meets one of the following 3 characteristics AND has the MPG Mystery.

1. Contains a person's name in the title/subtitle. The name should be used in reference someone in the book (a main character or the subject of the book, for example).

2. Contains an original or new weapon listed under "Weapons" on the Clue Wiki in the title/subtitle or series title. Plurals, possessives, and singulars may be used but no other variations are allowed. A list of weapons can also be found in post 2 of the Help Thread.

3. Contains an original or new room listed under "Rooms" on the Clue Wiki in the title/subtitle or series title. Plurals or possessives may be used but no other variations are allowed. A list of rooms can also be found in post 2 of the Help Thread.

Ex: Eva's Eye; Poison; Death Overdue (The Haunted Library Mysteries #1)

15.10 - Ticket to Ride
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Ticket To Ride is a railway-themed board game. Thirty-six cities are on the board, each connected by one or two railroad lines. These lines are made up of one to six spaces, and are one of nine colors; red, yellow, black, purple (violet), white, blue, brown, green, and grey.
Roll a 6-sided die to get your number and spin the wheel to get your color.
Read a book that has the MPG genre that cooresponds to the number you rolled and has a cover that is at least 50% the color you spun according to TinEye. Directions for using TinEye can be found in post 2 of the Help thread.
Genres:
1. Romance
2. Mystery
3. Historical Fiction
4. Horror
5. Fantasy
6. Science Fiction
Ex: If you rolled a 1 and spun yellow, you could read Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella , Born in Death (In Death, #23) by J.D. Robb , or Faking It (Dempseys, #2) by Jennifer Crusie
Required: State the number and color you got and include the book's cover when you post.


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20 point tasks

20.1 - Most Improved Player - Dulcinella's task: Scrabble
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When on holidays abroad, my husband and I often play Scrabble with the boards we find in our hotels. This can be rather difficult as the worth and division of the letters is completely different in every language. For this task, we'll use the English edition of Scrabble.

This is a one book task. Your book must contain more than 300 pages (301+ pages).

Read a book with a title that, if laid down on the Scrabble board, would give you more than 25 points. Subtitles do not count. You can find the value of each letter here: English Scrabble letter value distribution. You are limited to the number of letters available in the English-language regular edition of Scrabble. Super Scrabble may not be used. Blank tiles may not be used either.

Example: The Angel Experiment
A 1× 1 pt = 1
E 5× 1 pt = 5
G 1× 2 pts = 2
H 1× 4 pts = 4
I 1× 1 pt = 1
L 1× 1 pt = 1
M 1× 3 pts =3
N 2× 1 pt = 2
P 1× 3 pts =3
R 1× 1 pt =1
T 2× 1 pt = 2
X 1× 8 pts = 8
Total: 33 points

20.2 - Rookie at the Top - Sophie's task: Boardgames
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One of my favourite things to do when I was young was to play boardgames that had been my parents when they were younger. I've used a selection of these as inspiration for the tasks below.

This is a one book task. Choose one option from those listed below.

Required: State which option you have chosen when you post.

Option 1 - Wildlife
Collect animals from at the world to fill your zoo. This game was originally produced in association with WWF and has an emphasis on animal conservation - the only game I can think of with a moral message.

Read a book with an animal that can be found in a zoo on the cover (no pets, mythological creatures, or extinct animals allowed).
Ex: Zoo Story Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck The Soul of an Octopus A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon, #5) by Nevada Barr
Required: Include the cover when you post.

Option 2 - Go
The aim was to travel the world by plane, train or boat and collect souvenirs. I loved seeing what you could collect round the world and the different currencies that were used.

Read a book with the MPG Travel.

Option 3 - Careers
To win you had to get a combination of happiness, fame and wealth by pursuing a variety of careers from Hollywood, going to sea, a space mission and uranium prospecting in Peru to name a few. The scoring got tricky and required some mathematical skill to work out.

Read a book with a number in the title or subtitle. Numbers may be ordinal (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc) or cardinal (1, 2, 3, etc.). They may be in numerical form or spelled out.
Ex: 1st to Die, The 500, My Name is Number 4, I Am Number Four

Option 4 - Campaign
This is similar to Risk, but set in Napoleonic Europe. You move your armies and general to capture towns and conquer lands.

Read a book with the author's first and last initials in NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. Middle names should be ignored. If a book has multiple authors, all authors' initials must fit.


20.3 - Best Review - TrishhartUK's task: 11am on 11 November 1918
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As lots of tasks deal with sports and games, I decided to go with something different, for variety. One hundred years ago in November, the Armistice of Compiègne (named for the place it was signed) ended the fighting between the Allies and Germany in World War I, on land, at sea and in the air. It came into force at 11am Paris time on 11 November 1918. This task commemorates the end of the Great War.

This is a one book task. Choose one option and read a book that fits the criteria.
Required: State which option you used when you post your completed task.

Option 1: The war to end all wars. Read a non-fiction book about the Great War; or a novel (fiction) set at least 50% between 1914 and 1918, and taking place in one or more of the following countries - the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria and/or Hungary.
REQUIRED: If the setting and time are not clear from the Goodreads metadata or the book's description, include a reference from the book or a link to an outside source to establish the connection when you post.

Option 2: Life and death. Read a book by a single author who was either born or died between 1914 and 1918, inclusive.
REQUIRED: If the author's birth/death date is not included in the GR author record, provide a link to another source to confirm the date when you post.

Option 3: The Armistice. To commemorate the time and date the Armistice came into force, read a book which is #1, #8, #9, #11, #18 or #19 in a series. The series designation must be present on the book's Goodreads record.

Option 4: The poppy fields. Many of the battles took place in fields where the poppies grew, and the poppy has become the symbol of WWI. Many countries, including the UK, have charities which sell symbolic poppies to raise funds for veteran care around late-October, early-November. Read a book with a poppy flower on the cover: it can look natural or stylised, and can be any colour, as long as its recognisably a poppy, and has at least some petals showing.
Examples:
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry by Jon Silkin The Royal British Legion 90 Years of Heroes by Matt Croucher Poppy Day by Annie Murray Poppies in Translation by Sujata Bhatt The Poppy Field Diary by Carey Richard Milk of Paradise A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis The First Casualty by Ben Elton
REQUIRED: Include the cover when you post.


20.4 - Golden Oldies - Ann A's task: In Memoriam
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My task is in honor of Aretha Franklin, one of America’s greatest music icons. She will be missed. Choose ONE of the following options and read a book that fits that option:

Required: State which option you chose when posting.

Option 1: Read a book with all of the letters RESPECT in the title and/or subtitle. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the title/subtitle.

Option 2: Read a book by a single author whose first and last initials can be found in QUEEN OF SOUL. Middle initials can be ignored. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the phrase. Spaces determine names.


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20.5 - Bigger is Better - Cat's task: Bookish Quidditch
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Aside from SRC, one of my favourite groups on GoodReads for book challenges is NBRC. They run big team challenges a couple of times a year, which are always creative, exciting, challenge and fun. Highlights over the past few years include Cutthroat Book Club - involving team sabotages and spying; Gladiator Games - which went from sensible 16 sensible sized teams to the madness of two massive teams competing to read tasks; and the incomparable WOBBLE, which is never to be repeated, but of which participants still speak of in hushed breaths.

They do also run more sensible games, including Tower Teams - the purist version of which is simply "read books for points; talk about books for points; the team with the most points wins". This year, though, the Mods in their wisdom (I think they regretted it fairly swiftly) decided to let loose the Chipmunks of Creativity, and turned it into a Harry Potter themed game, with teams in Houses competing to read books to complete tasks, make spells, find their way through a maze, and - and this is the point of this task - compete in Quidditch matches.

To fend off withdrawal symptoms, I am using those Quidditch matches as inspiration. Pick one of the following roles & read a book that fills the requirements...

Required: State which option you chose when you post.

Books with the Main Page Genres of Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, and Manga may be used for this task.

1. Keeper - Quaffle: The first step of the game was to create a quaffle to play with, trying to make it hard for the Keeper to defend against. We scoured our shelves for out-of-print books, untranslated books, super long books, middle-of-series books, or niche non-fiction books, all in an effort to make it harder for the opposing Keeper to break the quaffle and stop us scoring.

For this option, read a book you got as an ARC (an advanced reader copy, or proof copy, or a book available for review by the author, publisher or other distributor before the publication date). Books from NetGalley and Kindle First count. All books must be listed on Goodreads.

Required: Identify the book as a publisher's advance copy and state where you got it from when you post.

2. Chaser: Once the quaffle was aloft, the team chasers then read like blazes, trying to make as many chains of three short books to score goals before the Beater's bludgers grounded them or the Keeper broke the quaffle. Understandably, the quality of books read was ... not good, and was the source of much chat between the teams.

For this option, indulge my private joke, and read a book with at least three words in the title, where the first letters of each word can be found in MRS FIX-IT, KADIN, and/or VANILLA.

3. Beater: Beaters arguably had the most difficult role - having to defend or attack against books chosen by the Chasers to prevent goals and keep their own team flying. Often there would be a race to the finish, with some genuine adrenline-fuelled moments as a result...(yes, I played as Beater, however did you guess?!)
To make their reading a bit easier (and cheaper!), Beaters could chose to read a different book to the Chaser.

For this option, read a book that nearly fits one of the requirements for task 20.5 of the Summer Challenge, but not quite. Here are the tasks and your options:

A. The original task requires reading a book that is number 1, 3, or 13 in a series. For this option, you may read a book that is 2, 4, 12, or 14 in a series.

B. The original task requires reading a book with the Goodreads main page genre Horror. For this option, read a book with the MPG Paranormal, but NOT Horror.

C. The original task requires reading a book by a single author whose initials can be found in the term FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA. For this option, you may read a book by an author that has one initial (either first or last) in the phrase and one initial that is one letter off from a letter in the phrase. For example, Nora Roberts (NR) did not work for the original task because there is no N in the phrase. However, Nora Roberts (NR) will work for this task because R is found in the phrase and N is one letter off from O, which can also be found in the phrase.

Required: State which option you chose when you post.

4. Announcer: Each team had an official announcer, to let everyone know what was going on in the match. Announcers tried to emulate Lee Jordan or Luna's sterling work from the books, with entertaining descriptions of the in-air manoeuvres being pulled, or deployed psychological warfare to distract the opponent teams, who would be nervously watching for new post announcements, in case of a goal or bludger hit. In the last match, this manifested as a lot of cheese-based jokes being shared. Sample joke: What cheese do you use to coax Yogi out of a tree? (view spoiler)

For this option, read a book with a food/drink item in the title. The item must be something that someone could cook or make at home or order off a menu. For example, pork, ham, or sausage would work. Pig would not.


20.6 - Seasoned Reader – Kathy P's task: Careers
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One board game that I played as a child that my children also enjoyed is Careers. There are many ways to win this game since you get to choose your formula for success. There are three types of points, Fame, Fortune and Happiness. The total number of points required to win is 60. The twist is at the beginning of the game you secretly choose the specific number of each type of points you need which will add up to those 60 points. The winner is the first one to reach or exceed all three goals.

For this task choose one option based on these categories and read a book that fits the requirements.

Required: Indicate which option you chose when you post.

Books with the Main Page Genres of Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, and Manga may be used for this task.

Option 1. Fame – Famous people often have biographies written about them. For this option, read a book with the main page genre Biography. Books must be written by a different person than the person the book is about. Memoirs or autobiographies will not work.

Option 2. Fortune – Businesses can lead to fortunes. Read a book with a main page genre Business or Finance. Genres may be stand alone or embedded.

Option 3. Happiness – Relationships often bring happiness. Read a book with more than one person on the cover. The people on the cover must look like humans.
Required: Include the cover when you post.


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20.7 - Shorter is Sweeter - Karen Michele's task: The Ozette Loop: A Favorite Hike
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Although I haven’t been on this hike in a number of years, the Ozette Loop hike on the northern coast of Washington State remains a favorite journey. Choose one task from the following four options and read a book that fits that task.

Required: State which option you used when you post.

1. Wedding Rocks: a unique feature of this coastal trail is the Wedding Rocks Petroglyphs. For this option, read a book from one of the following lists:

Bedazzling Gravels
Indigenous Peoples
Best Pre-History Fiction

Required: State which list and on which page your book can be found when you post.

2. The Shore Birds: I love watching the herons and other shore birds at Cape Alava on the beach. Read a book with the word "bird" or the name of a specific bird in the title or subtitle. Plurals, possessives and compound words are allowed and the book does not have to be about birds.

3. Twilight: Whatever your opinion is of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, her series of books put the northern Washington coast on the radar. For this option, read a book that features vampires or werewolves.

Required: If it is not obvious from the Goodreads description of the book, provide a reference to explain how the book fits the task when you post.

4. Wilderness: There is an historical fiction book about the Civil War and an aging veteran’s life on the northern coast that I really enjoyed, Wilderness by Lance Weller. Read Wilderness or a book from this Pacific Northwest Books List.

Required: If using the list option, state on which page your book can be found when you post.


20.8 - Nickels and Dimes - Diane Whitney's task: All Hallow's Eve
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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, a horror story by American author Washington Irving was first published in 1820. It is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman.

This is a one book task. Your book must be at least 300 pages in length. No books with the main page genre childrens or kids can be used for this task.

Read a book with a cover featuring a person without a head. No part of the head (anything above the neck) may be visible but, at least 50% of the torso must be shown. For the purposes of this task, the torso is defined as the area from the shoulder to hip.

Required: Include cover in your post.

Examples:
Acceptable-
A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne Deadwood by Pete Dexter Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Unacceptable-
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz The Witch's Daughter (The Witch's Daughter, #1) by Paula Brackston America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings, #1) by J.R. Ward Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

20.9 - Moderators' Pet - Danielle M's task: Neil Simon
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Broadway lost an icon last month with the passing of legendary screenwriter Neil Simon. Select one of the following options and read a book that fits that task:

Required: State the option you used when you post.

Option 1: Neil Simon was well known for writing comedic plays. Read a book with a main page genre of Comedy or Humor.

Option 2: One of Neil Simon’s best known plays was The Odd Couple. It premiered on Broadway in 1965, and was later adapted for film in 1968 and television in 1970. Read a book first published between 1965 and 1970, inclusive.

Option 3: Some of my favorite movie adaptions are Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, which along with Broadway Bound make up “The Eugene Trilogy.” For this task, read a book that is part of a trilogy. A book that is identified by Goodreads as one of three primary works in a series qualifies as part of a trilogy.

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

Literature from South America - Zorro by Isabel Allende
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Genre: Fiction > Adventure - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
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Nonfiction Award Winners - The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
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REQUIRED: You must participate in the book's discussion thread with at least one post about the contents of the book or your reaction to the book after you have read the book.


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25 point tasks

25.1 - Andy P's task: A Quick Look at Asian Sport
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In the early 1980's our family moved to Japan for my husband's job. At that time our son was 8 and our daughter was 9 months old. Our daughter was jokingly called our Amerasian child by friends and relatives as she grew up surrounded by Japanese people, absorbed their culture as her own., and spoke Japanese before she spoke English. Her favorite television show was entitled Okaasan to isho which translates into English as Together with Mother. This was what she watched while her American counterparts were enjoying Sesame Street.

A problem arose roughly four times a year when HER PROGRAM was preempted by the National Sumo Tournament. She was incensed that HER SHOW was not on for roughly two weeks and made sure the rest of the family was aware of her displeasure.
In keeping with this season's sports theme I am honoring the sport of Sumo as her toddler self would have wanted.

Overall guidelines for this task:
1. This is a two book task. Please choose a book that fits the criteria for Book 1, and another which fits the criteria for Book 2.
2. All books must be written by a single author.
3. No book with children's or Kids as a main page genre may be used for this task.
4. The page number total for both books must exceed 600 i.e. must be 601 or greater.

Book 1. Read a book in which none of the letters in SUMO are in the author's name as indicated on the GRs main page of the book.

Book 2. In honor of Okaasan to isho which has three different vowels when transliterated into English, read a book whose TITLE contains 3 different vowels and no more than that. The three vowels may appear any number of times. Y is not considered a vowel for the purpose of this task. Subtitles should be ignored.
Ex: The Silence of the Girls (vowels: EIO, no A or U); Rosewater (AEO, no I or U)

25.2 - TessaVanessa's task: Game on!
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This is a 2 book challenge. Choose 2 different options and read one book for each.
Required: Specify which options you are using when you post.

Option 1 : The first board game I remember playing was Chutes and Ladders. A traditional game from ancient India that was brought to the UK in 1892 and first commercially published in the USA by Milton Bradley in 1943 (as Chutes and Ladders). You spin the wheel to see how many spaces you proceed on the grid. If you land at the bottom of the ladder you get to climb up but if you land on a chute it's back down to start out toward the top again. The longest ladder starts on in square 28 and rises to square 84. The longest chute starts on 87 and ends on 24.

Read a book that has one of the numbers 24, 28, 84, or 87 in order in number of pages. Examples: 124, 248, 840 or 187.

Option 2: The first card game I ever played was Old Maid. The card game called Old Maid has been around since Victorian times. In short, the game requires players to try and avoid being stuck with the Old Maid card. The game reinforced social rules of the time. It implies that women should marry while they were young so they would not end up an old maid. It also implied that men should marry a young woman to avoid getting stuck with an old maid. Thank goodness times have changed.

Read a book that has the word SINGLE, OLD, or MAID in the title or subtitle AND that is written by a single (one) author. Plurals and possessives will work, but no other variations.

Option 3: The first video game I ever played was Pacman. I still love playing it if I get a chance. Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan as Puck Man in May 1980. It was created by Japanese video game designer Toru Iwatani. It was licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway Games and released in October 1980. Immensely popular from its original release to the present day, Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium, and an icon of 1980s popular culture.

Read a book first published in the 1980s.

Option 4: The first computer game I ever downloaded was Mahjong. I love games like this. The computer game was originally created by Brodie Lockard in 1981 on the PLATO system and named Mah-Jongg after the game that uses the same tiles for play. Mahjong solitaire is a single-player matching game that uses a set of mahjong tiles rather than cards. The 144 tiles are arranged in a special four-layer pattern with their faces upwards. A tile is said to be open or exposed if it can be moved either left or right without disturbing other tiles. The goal is to match open pairs of identical tiles and remove them from the board, exposing the tiles under them for play. The game is finished when all pairs of tiles have been removed from the board or when there are no exposed pairs remaining. Using traditional mahjong tiles, the sets include the dragons, the flowers, the seasons, and the winds.

Pick one of the special tile names: dragon, flower, season, or wind and read a book that includes all the letters of one of the tiles in the author's first and last name. Middle names may be used if they appear in the Goodreads information. If the book has multiple authors, only one author must fit the task. However, all the letters of the tile must appear in one author's name.
Example: season = James Patterson; wind = Gina Wohlsdorf.
Required: Specify which tile you are using when you post.

25.3 - Beth NC 's task: Cards Against Humanity
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I am bringing back a challenge I did in a previous season. One of my favorite things to do is play Cards Against Humanity with my friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. It is hilarious and interesting to see how different people answer the questions. Let’s play a book version on here.

Choose one question or phrase from option A and one from option B. Read a book with a title meets the criteria and would provide an answer to the question or complete the phrase. The answer can be serious, sarcastic or funny.

Required: Include the question with your answer in it when you post so we can all enjoy your answer choice.

Option A – Read a book with a one or two word title that answers one of the following questions or completes the phrase. Subtitles should be ignored.

1) Why can’t I sleep at night?
2) Why do I hurt all over?
3) Money can’t buy me love, but it can buy me ________________________.

Option B – Read a book with a title that has three or more words in the title that can complete the phrase. Subtitles should be ignored.

1) Next time on Dr. Phil, How to talk to your child about ________________.
2) Well, what do you have to say for yourself Casey? This is the third time you have been sent to the principal’s office for _________________________________.
3) Wes Anderson’s new film tells the story of a precocious child coming to terms with _________________________.

Examples:
Option A
1) Why can’t I sleep at night? Those Girls
2) Why do I hurt all over? Cursed Faerie
3) Money can’t buy me love, but it can buy me… Revenge

Option B
1) Next time on Dr Phil, how to talk to your child about... The Darkest Passion
2) Well, what do you have to say for yourself Casey? This is the third time you have ben sent to the principal’s office for... Howling at the Moon
3) Wes Anderson’s new film tells the story of a precocious child coming to terms with... The Agony and the Ecstasy


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25.4 - Shanna Redwind's task: Country Fairs
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It's Autumn in Canada, and that means that it's time for the Agricultural Fairs that are held in small towns across the country. These fairs are a major source of Fall entertainment.

When you arrive at the fair, the first thing you may notice is a not unpleasant assault on your senses. There's the smell of popcorn and other fair foods, competing with the earthier scent of animals. There's the bright colours and the quickly moving rides and there's the cries of delight mingling with the calls of the livestock. There's so much to see and do, that it's hard to know what to do first.

Lets travel through a country fair by choosing the first two activities you'd like to do. Read two books that fit two different activities listed below.

Books with the Main Page Genres of Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, and Manga may be used for this task.

Required: State which options you used when you post.

1. Carnival Games

Let's take a stroll down the aisle that has all the games stalls. There's duck ponds, water guns, gopher pounding and ball throwing. Everything has lights and sounds, and the game attendants are calling out the people, trying to entice them to play a game

In this game, you have three shots. Use the Goodreads Book Randomizer 3 times. Record your first 3 generated hits (*see note*). Choose a word from the title, subtitle or series of one of the books. The following words may NOT be used: a, an, and, the, to. Now, read a book with your chosen word in the title, subtitle, or series title. The word must match exactly.

*Note:* If any of your shots are duds, (none of the allowable words in the book's title would appear in an English dictionary or the title is not in English [or a language you read]) you may take another shot and choose another random book.

Required: Provide a link to ALL your random shots and specify the one that hit the target (the random book you used) when you post.

Optional Bonus: To be clear, this is not part of the task, but completely optional
To win the human sized imaginary stuffed pineapple that's hanging from game ceiling, read one of your random books. Please, if you manage this feat, brag about it and let us know what book you read and if you were able to fit it into the challenge anywhere.

2. Rides

To most kids, the rides are the heart of the fair. Ferris wheels, merry go rounds, The Scrambler and so many others flash brightly, inviting patrons of the fair to dash from ride to ride, with crumpled tickets gripped tightly in their hands.

Read a book that an amusement park ride appears on the cover

For example:
Four A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4) by Veronica Roth TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Required: Include the cover in your post

3. Carnival Food

Mouth watering and oh, so bad for you, carnival food sizzles in booths along the walkway. The stalls for roasted corn, dripping in butter sit beside stalls for deep fried mars bars. Popcorn and burgers, hotdogs and candy apples, it's all available here. Off to the side perhaps there's even pies for sale, supporting a local group.

Read a book from the first 3 pages of this list: Food-Related Fiction

Required: State the page that your book is found on when you post.

4. Demolition Derby

When evening comes, this is what many of the teens are here for. In a dirt enclosure cars duel each other for supremacy. The tortured screech and bang of metal on metal continues until there is only one car remaining in mobile condition.

Read a book in which a car or cars play a major role throughout the book. The focus of the book must be on car(s), not trucks or other vehicles.

For example: Christine, On The Edge, From a Buick 8, Once Around the Track, Revved, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, Clarkson on Cars, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do

Required: If the role of the car(s) is not obvious in the Goodread's description of the book, explain the connection when you post.

5. Craft Building

Only as an adult did I come to appreciate the care that went into the artwork, quilts, displays, and also the preserves to be judged. As a child I just went in because my parents made me, and endured it until I was once again allowed to go back to the rides. Now it's my favourite part of the fair.

Read a book with the MPG of art or crafts, stand alone or embedded.

Be careful that your book adheres to the SRC general rule about "Coffee table" and Art books. All books must contain at least 100 pages of text.

6. Barns

No fair would be complete without the barns of animals. Cows and chickens, horses and goats. Here you are able to watch cows being shown, and see the blue ribbon on the best chicken of its particular breed. Often there are more exotic animals in the petting zoo.

Read a book which has been written by an author with an animal that appears intact in their name. This animal may appear in any position in the name. If there are multiple authors only one must have an animal in their name.

For example:
Candice Fox (fox), Bailey Cates (cat), Laura Bates (bat), Robin Cook (robin), Anthony Horowitz (ant), Cody McFadyen (cod)

Required: Point out the animal name you used when you post.


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25.5 - Rina's task: In Memory of Denis Ten
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Denis Ten (13 June 1993 – 19 July 2018) was a figure skater. He was the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, a two-time World medalist (silver in 2013, bronze in 2015) and the 2015 Four Continents champion.

Denis Ten was stabbed in the thigh on 19 July 2018 in Almaty by two carjackers who were attempting to steal his car mirrors, which were worth about 86 U.S. dollars. After being stabbed, Ten lost about 3 litres of blood and died from the severe blood loss at the Central Clinical Hospital in Almaty, three hours after being admitted.

This is a 2 book task. Choose 2 different options and read a book for each.
REQUIRED: State which options you chose when you post.

The books must have a combined total of at least 600 pages.

Option 1: Read a book that was first published in 1993.

Option 2: Born in Almaty, Ten was part of Kazakhstan's Korean minority. Read a book set at least 50 % in Kazakhstan or in South Korea. E.g.: The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years, The Vegetarian
REQUIRED: If the setting is not obvious from the Goodreads description or metadata, provide a reference when you post.

Option 3: Read a book with all letters from DENIS TEN in the title and/or subtitle. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the title/subtitle.

Option 4: Denis Ten died at the age of 25. Read a book where the number of pages has the number 25 intact: 125 pages or 250 pages will work; 205 pages or 152 pages don't work.

Option 5: Read a book with a white car or with a car mirror on the cover.
E.g: No Right Turn by Terry Trueman Ghostbread by Sonja Livingston Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.


25.6 - Nick KY’s task: Autumn Indoors and Outdoors
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This is a two book task. Read a book from two different options from these which relate to some seasonal indoor and outdoor recreations and issues.

Required: State which options you chose when you post.

Option A. SWIMMING -- My favorite sport is swimming, indoor or outdoor, though mostly I swim in controlled indoor environments, which means I will be able to do it well into the autumn and even winter. My favorite book about swimming is the autobiography of Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury.

Read any biography or autobiography of an athlete or team who competed in the Olympic Games.

OR

Read a book from the following listopia: The Olympic Games

(FYI -- Inside Out: Straight Talk from a Gay Jock by Mark Tewksbury is # 33 on this list.)

Required:: If using the Listopia option, state which page your book can be found on when you post.

Option B. GOLD MEDAL. – To commemorate Tewksbury’s winning the gold medal in the 100-metre backstroke in the 1992 Olympics, read a book first published in 1992.

Option C. REWARDS -- After a leisurely swim, I like to remember the Rewards of the Outdoors, even though I do not get to do a lot of mountain climbing or hiking anymore -- Read a book from this listopia devoted to the Banff Mountain Book Festival Awards: Banff Mountain Book Festival Award Winners
Required: State the page your book can be found on when you post.

Option D. DANGER -- The Dangers of the Outdoors! – The world has been plagued with fire in the outdoors this summer and probably will be into the fall. Read a book that has the word “FIRE” or the word “SMOKE” intact in the title/subtitle or series title. It may be a part of a larger word such as “Firestarter” or “Smoker.”

Option E. COZY -- Go back indoors where it is cozy and read a book with the main page GR genre of “Cozy Mystery.” (It has to be “Cozy Mystery” and not simply “Mystery,” but it can be embedded, as “Cozy Mystery” oftentimes is.)


25.7 - M1nks's task: The Games We Played

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Childhood games always give me happy nostalgic smiles when I think of them. Here are some which have given me many happy hours.

This is a two book task. Pick two books from two different options.

Required: State which options you used when you post.

1. Game of Life - An old childhood favourite. Here you start out and move through the board, getting married, having kids and retiring to a millionaires mansion. Or that is what is meant to happen!

To celebrate 'The Game of Life' read a book which has 'Autobiography' or 'Biography' as a main page genre.

2. Escape from Colditz - A little more obscure, this boardgame was a huge hit with those kids lucky enough to know about it. You play either prisoners trying to escape a German POW camp or the German guards trying to keep them in there.

To recreate the excitement of this wonderful game read a book which has 'World War II' or which has 'Spy' or 'Espionage' as a main page genre.

3. The Smiling Game - I was always hopeless at this one, in fact I always lost before my turn officially started. The challenge was for one person to remain poker faced while everyone else did everything they could to make them laugh (no touching allowed). A guaranteed way to brighten up a rainy afternoon.

To (hopefully) being a smile to your face, read a book with the main page genre 'Humor'

4. Kick the Can - We also played a lot of games outside, some more annoying to the neighbourhood than others. One which was a lot of fun and which didn't disturb anything more than the odd flowerbed, was 'Kick the Can', a night time game. Here one person would be 'it' and the others would scatter. Whoever was 'it' would try to catch everyone in his or her flashlight, sending them to prison (standing by the can). Anyone could free the prisoners by sneaking over and 'kicking the can' which made a loud sound.

To honour this game, played in the dark, read a book with a cover that is at least 50% black according to TinEye. To extract colors in TinEye, use the picture on the book's main page (as-is, not enlarged) and uncheck the box that says "exclude background color from extracted colors," if it is checked. Further directions on how to use TinEye can be found in message 4 of this help thread.

Required: Include the cover in your post.


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25.8 - Bluemoon's task: FOREST LAWN CEMETERY
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I know this doesn't seem like it fits this seasons theme but it really does. In 1849 Charles E. Clarke saw the need for a cemetery of substantial size to serve Buffalo's booming population due to the traffic created by the success of the Erie Canal. He originally bought 80 acres 2 1/2 miles from downtown Buffalo. The cemetery now encompasses 269 acres and is located inside the city limits. It was built for both the living and the dead and Buffalo residents were encouraged to visit to not only commune with the dead but also commune with nature. At the turn of the last century it was a place to go strolling or for a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. It is close to my work so sometimes if I have time I will go in and drive around. It really is a place to commune with nature. The cemetery is also full of great statues both impressive grave markers and independent sculptures are found throughout the grounds. The cemetery also offers a variety of tours to see the whose who that are buried there. In this task I've tried to capture some of the highlights of Forest Lawn.


This is a two book task. Choose two of the options below and read a book for each.
Required: State which options you used when you post.

A. NATURE

The land that was chosen for the cemetery was chosen for its rolling hills, meadows and many water features (lakes, ponds and creeks). It also is home to many animals. There are many birds including geese, swans and ducks in the waterways not to mention the thousands that make their homes in the trees. There are also deer that wander the cemetery including a white deer that was born last year.


For this option read a book that has that has LAKE, POND, CREEK, GEESE, SWAN, DUCK, DEER in the title, ignoring subtitles. Plurals and possessives are allowed but no other variations.

B. BLUE SKY MAUSOLEUM

The mausoleum was designed for Darwin Martin by Frank LLoyd Wright in 1928. Unfortunately due to the stock market crash Martin was unable to pay for the monument. The plans were used to complete the monument in 2004 after which the plans were retired so this is the only one that will be built. True to Wright's designs it marries to nature and is a sight to see. There are still spots available for purchase if you are inclined to buy one.


For this option read a book that has a word of at least 4 letters from the quote below in the title (not subtitle). Words must match exactly and be found in the quote itself (this does not include the author of the quote, Frank Lloyd Wright).

"If monuments must be, why not now extend the monument horizontally, keep it broad and low instead of pushing it upward to make the usual inane forest of stone posts." - Frank Lloyd Wright


C. HAIL TO THE CHIEF

We do have a president buried at Forest Lawn. It is 13th president of the US, Millard Fillmore. Fillmore is historically listed as one of the worst presidents in history but he was good for the city of Buffalo. He was one of the founders of the University of Buffalo and served as its first chancellor. In his position as State Comptroller he was part of the Erie Canal board and saw to the expansion of the canal facilities in Buffalo. Unfortunately he was unable to do as much for the nation.

In light of this choose a pair of antonyms from this list: 40 Common Opposites In English. Then read a book whose title and/or subtitle includes both words. Exact matches only, no variations. If there are two words listed as antonyms either may be used.


BIG/LITTLE - Big Little Lies
UP/DOWN - Up the Down Staircase
NEAR/FAR - Near and Far


REQUIRED: State the pair of words chosen when you post.

D. THE RESIDENTS

There are many notable residents of the cemetery. As noted above Millard Fillmore 13th President of the US is in good company. Chose one of the residents below and read a book by an author who has the same initials as the resident. First and last initials only. Initials must be in the same order. They cannot be reversed.

Willis Carrier - Father of modern air conditioning
Shirley Chisholm - First African American woman elected to the US Congress
Kathleen Howard - Star of stage and screen
Rick James - Music Legend
William Letchworth - His estate became Letchworth State Park
Albert Myer - Founder of the national weather service
George Pierce - Founder of the Pierce Arrow Motor company
Mary Burnett Talbert - Civil Rights Pioneer

REQUIRED: State which resident you are using when you post.


25.9 - Delicious Dee's task: Women of American Ninja Warrior
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In general, I’m not a huge TV watcher, however, I never miss a week of American Ninja Warrior (ANW) when it is on. There is something crazy about seeing these ninja’s fly through the air or run across balance obstacles. Over the last 4 years, there has been a huge rise in women competing on the show and completing rounds (each season is divided into a City Qualifiers stage, the City Finals stage, then up to 4 stages in Las Vegas for the National Finals.

This is a 2 book task and you are required to use TWO different options.

Required: State which options you used when you post.

Books with the Main Page Genres of Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, and Manga can be used for this task. No books with the main page genre Children or Kids may be used.

Option 1: This year 2 women from each City Finals course advanced to the National Finals in Las Vegas. Read a book where the author shares first and last initials with one of the qualifiers. Initials must be in the same order as the participant. Middle names should be ignored.
Dallas: Barclay Stockett (BS), Brittney Hanks (BH)
Los Angeles: Tiana Webberly (TW), Anna Shumaker (AS)
Miami: Jessie Graff (JG), Rachel Goldstein (RG)
Indianapolis: Jesse Labreck (JL), Jeri D'Aurelio (JD)
Philadelphia: Allyssa Beird (AB), Michelle Warnky (MW)
Minneapolis: Meagan Martin (MM), Abby Clark (AC)

Option 2: To date, only 1 female has ever completed a City Finals course: Kacy Catanzaro in 2014. Read a book first published in 2014.

Option 3: Season 8 saw for the first time four women, Rachael Goldstein, Jesse Labreck, Michelle Warnky, and Allyssa Beird all qualifying for the City Finals course in Philadephia. Read an anthology/compilation that was written by FOUR (and only four) authors.

Option 4: To date, only two women, Jessie Graff and Allyssa Beird have made it past Stage 1 at the National Finals. Jessie Graff is known for her superhero outfits that she wears (I mean, she is a stunt double for Super Girl). Alyssa Beard is a middle school teacher. Read a book from one of these lists:
Kickass women in superhero comics
Teachers Featured
Required: State the list and what page you found your book on when you post.

Option 5: To be successful as a Ninja grip strength is critical (as well as being fast on your feet) - so its no surprise the Pro Rockclimber, Meagan Martin, is one of the most successful female Ninjas. Read a book in which the first letter of every word in the book's title (and subtitle, if there is one) can be found in one of the outdoor climbs she has completed: Meagan Martin's Outdoor Climbs. Minimum 2 word titles. The name of the climb is found in italics. Locations should be ignored.
Example: Thankless in Death (TID) can be found in the climb Bierstadt
Required: State which climb you used when you post.

25.10 - Brooke TX's task: #LitsyLove
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The only social media platform this introvert posts to regularly is Litsy - accurately described "if Instagram and Goodreads had a baby." One of my favorite parts of Litsy is the swaps - basically themed book exchanges where you and a stranger/internet friend send each other packages of books and bookish goodies. It's so much fun! Here are a few of my upcoming swap themes:

Chose one option and read two books that fit that option.

Required: State which option you chose when you post.

Books with the Main Page Genres of Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, and Manga may be used for this task.

Option A: #ASwapOfIceAndFire
Book 1: The Winds of Winter has been one of the most anticipated fantasy novels pretty much since the last Game of Thrones book was released in 2011. Read a book from this list of Can't Wait Sci-Fi/Fantasy of 2018. If the book is part of a series, any book in the series may be used.
Required: State which page your book is found on and, if reading a different book in a series, state the name of the book that can be found on the list when you post.
Book 2: In honor of George R.R. Martin, read a book by a single author who uses at least one initial in their name as it appears on Goodreads.

Option B: #FallingForFall
Book 1: Read a book first published in September, October, or November of any year.
Book 2: Read a book from this list: Best Books to Read in Autumn. Required: State which page your book is found on when you post.

Option C: #WitchPlease
Book 1: Read a book with MPG Witches (genre may be embedded) or found on this list: Wicca and other Pagan-based Fiction. Required: If using the list option, state which page your book is found on when you post.
Book 2: Read a book written by a single author who shares a name with one of the four main characters (or the actresses who played them) from the classic 90s witch movie The Craft: Sarah Bailey (played by Robin Tunney), Nancy Downs (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie Harper (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle Zimmerman (Rachel True). Names must match exactly, but can be found in any position.


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30 point tasks

30.1 - Ava Catherine’s task: Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football
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This is a two book task. Read one book from two different options.

REQUIRED: Identify which options you select when you post.
No books with the genre Childrens or Kids may be used.

Only in the American South does football game day trump any and all events. There is an old saying that in the South football is religion, and every Saturday is a holy day.

Option 1: SEC Teams
There are 14 SEC teams, so read a book FIRST published in a year containing the numerals 1 and 4 in the publication date. (Examples: 1845, 1942, 1944, 2014)

Option 2: Author
Read a book written by an author whose first and last name initials can be found in the words SEC CONFERENCE . Middle name initials may be ignored. Letters may only be used as often as they appear. Spaces determine name. One qualifying author in a work by multiple contributors works.

Option 3: Tailgating
Although Southern football fans have no monopoly on tailgating, we do have a much longer season to enjoy it. While Eastern and Midwestern fans are shivering beneath heavy coats, Southerners are happily enjoying pregame chicken in light jackets or short sleeves.
Success of the football teams seems to have little to do with the popularity of tailgating. Everyone loves a party whether the team is winning or not.
Read a book with a picture of food on the cover. It must be food that is ready to eat.
REQUIRED: include cover in post
Ex. works: Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris Layered Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes by Tessa Huff
does not work: Blood, Bones, and Butter The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Option 4: The South
Read a book set at least 50% in one of the SEC states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida. Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (all in USA), or by an author born or currently living in one of these states.
REQUIRED: If it is not apparent from the description or metadata, please provide a reference for the setting or author’s birthplace/current location.

Option 5: Sports Culture
The sports culture of the SEC is immersed in history and tradition.
Read a non-fiction book with a mpg sports, sports and games, recreation, or history. This may be stand alone or embedded.

30.2 - MAZZA1's task: TENNIS MEMORIES
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For the second year running I was lucky in the ballot for Wimbledon Tennis Championships. This year I got tickets for MENS SEMI FINALS day and What a day it was. We were there from 1030 until 2300 and saw some or all of 3 matches.
• This is a two book task from Different options. Required: State which options you chose when you post.
• Page count must equal at least 600 pages.
• Our day was all about the men. So, ONLY MALE authors will work. If you read a book with 2 or more authors, ALL must be Male.
• To truly represent Wimbledon and its Colours ONE of your books must have GREEN or PURPLE (I will accept Violet) on the cover. This need not be the whole cover just an object or part of it will do
Required: Include the green or purple book cover when you post.

Option 1
Play on centre court starts later than on the outside courts so we went to watch the start of a Gentleman’s Invitation doubles
Jeremy Bates and Andrew Castle v
Mansour Bahrami and Goran Ivonisovich

Bahrami is an entertainer and comic and the match was really fun to watch – it was a shame to leave but the Semi’s beckoned

In honour of the Comic of the Invitation doubles read a book with MPG Comedy/Humor.

Option 2
The first Semi Final was also the longest match of the day played between
John Isner and Kevin Anderson
which went to 26 – 24 in the final set – overall they played 99 games to complete the match

To remember the longest match of the day read a book whose page numbers include 2 of the numbers 2, 4, 6 OR includes 99 intact in the page numbers e.g. 249; 426 or 299 all fit

Option 3
We saw the first 3 sets of the match between
Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovitch
with the roof on centre court. This match went on until the latest allowed finishing time of 2300 This is the first time I have watched with the roof on the court

Read a Book where the title has three words or more and all the words in the title start with a letter from CENTRE COURT ROOF (letters can be used only as many times as they appear in the phrase; subtitles can be ignored)

Option 4
To celebrate all those fabulous sportsmen, read a Book written by a single author that shares first and last initials with one of the players we saw: AC, JB, MB, GI, JI, KA, RN, ND. Initials may only be used in the order shown.

Option 5
We walked to the tube station in the dark thank goodness for London transport we arrived tired and hungry at our hotel at 0030
In honour of our Journey to and from London and then Wimbledon read a nonfiction book with the MPG Transport.
Ex: Street Smart A Fifty-Year Mistake Set Right and the Great Urban Revival by Samuel I. Schwartz The Geography of Transport Systems by Jean-Paul Rodrigue The Big Roads The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by Earl Swift Human Transit How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives by Jarrett Walker


30.3 - Dlmrose's task: Listmaker
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October 30 is Checklist Day. The checklist is a simple and effective tool that can help improve performance.
Read one book for each of 2 different options.
Required: Indicate the options.

Option 1: Work On It- Read a book from 1001 Book You Must Read Before You Die
Required: State the page.

Option 2: Catch-up- Read a book from a series that you have already started, but have not yet caught up to the latest release. The book may NOT be the first (#1) or the latest book in the series. Whole numbers only. The series information must appear in the GR metadata.
Required: State the total number of books in the series.

Option 3: Success! Read a book from this list The People’s Library for Success
Required: State the page.


30.4 – Schatzie’s task: The Chunkster
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Ten years ago, I started listening to audiobooks. I would pick out the longest ones at my library because I loved it when a book took a week or more to get through. The Outlander series, Gone with the Wind, and some of Philippa Gregory’s books were among my favorites. For this task, pick one option below.

Required: State which option you chose when posting.

Option 1: The ONE BOOK OPTION - read ONE book with a MPG of Historical Fiction and is at least 750 pages long.

Option 2: The TWO BOOK OPTION - read two books, both with a MPG of Historical Fiction, and with a combined page length that equals at least 750 pages.

The genre Historical Fiction may be stand alone or embedded for either option.


30.5 - Sandy's Task: Celebrate the Equinox
Help Thread
September 22 is the fall equinox in the northern hemisphere and the spring equinox in the southern hemisphere – the date when the sun shines directly on the equator, and day and night are almost equal.

No books with the main page genre childrens or kids can be used for this task. Your books must have a combined total of at least 600 pages.

To celebrate the equinox, read 2 books with the same number of characters in their titles. Punctuation marks count as characters. Spaces do not count. Subtitles can be used or ignored – your choice.


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30.6 - Amanda A's task: The Game of Clue
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Clue was one of my favorite games growing up and I have recently enjoyed playing the updated US versions of the game with my two youngest nieces. The object of the game is to determine who murdered Mr. Boddy, which weapon was used, and where the crime took place.

Please choose two different options and read a book for each.
REQUIRED: State which options you used when you post.

Option 1: Suspects
There are six suspects in the game. A new suspect, Dr. Orchid, was introduced in 2016, replacing Mrs. White. We play both versions of the game, so I am including Dr. Orchid and Mrs. White in this task.

Read a book with a suspect's game piece color found in the title or predominantly on the cover (at least 50% according to TinEye). To extract colors in TinEye, use the picture on the book's main page (as-is, not enlarged) and uncheck the box that says "exclude background color from extracted colors," if it is checked.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

Mr. Green - Green
Colonel Mustard - Yellow
Dr. Orchid - Pink
Mrs. Peacock - Blue
Professor Plum - Purple
Miss Scarlet - Red
Mrs. White - White


Option 2: Weapons
Read a book with one of the weapons found in the title or on the cover. Plurals and possessives are allowed but no other variations. REQUIRED: If using the cover option, include the cover in your post.

Candlestick
Knife
Lead Pipe
Revolver
Rope
Wrench

Option 3: Rooms
In the updated US versions of the game, there is a two-sided board with the mansion on one side and the boardwalk on the other side. We usually play the mansion side, so this task only includes the nine mansion rooms.

Read a book by an author whose first and last name initials appear in one of the rooms listed below. Letters may only be used as often as they appear. Middle name initials may be ignored. REQUIRED: State which room was used when you post.

Ballroom
Billiard Room
Conservatory
Dining Room
Hall
Kitchen
Library
Lounge
Study

30.7 - DianaK's task: Hadrian's Wall
Help Thread
In late September, my husband and I will embark on a coast-to-coast hike along Hadrian's Wall in England. This will be the third long-distance hike that my husband and I will take. We hiked previously in Italy from Orvieto to Rome and in Portugal along the Algarve Coast.

This is a 2 book task. Choose two different options.
Required: State which options you used when you post.

Option 1: The wall was the northern border of the Roman Empire in its province of Britannia and was built in less than 6 years beginning in AD 122 during Emperor Hadrian's reign. Read a book, from this list Best Historical Fiction About Ancient Rome OR read a non-fiction book about the Roman Empire.
Required: If using the option with the list, state which page your book is on when you post.

Option 2: The hike totals 84 miles. Read a book whose total numbers of pages include both the number 8 and the number 4.

Option 3: Coast to coast is just one example of a phrase that follows the format "word" to "same word" such as back to back, wall to wall and bumper to bumper. Read a book with such a phrase in the title/subtitle. Both words must be the same. Titles which use "2" in place of the word "to" are allowed as in Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology.

Option 4: Read a book about someone's hiking journey. The book should be about a particular person's journey. Examples include A Walk in the Woods, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Northern Soles: A Coast to Coast Walk, Sunrises to Santiago: Searching for Purpose on the Camino de Santiago, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Option 5: We will stay in inns and hotels along the way. Some of the towns have charming names. My favorite is probably Once Brewed. I've read that if you're coming from the east you'll see the name marker as Once Brewed and if you're coming from the west you'll see Twice Brewed.

Read a book that has all the letters of either ONCE BREWED or TWICE BREWED in the title/subtitle.


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50.1 - Shree's task: POKEMON
Help Thread
We're at the end of recreation and I feel like I need to honor the one that kept me interested during my elementary years. POKEMON. This will be a challenge focused on the game and hopefully you will have fun becoming the champion!

General Rules
✔ All books added together must total at least 750 pages.
✔ No books with the MPGs: Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, Manga, Children's or Kids.
✔ 3 book challenge

Step 1: Choose Your Starter
Every journey begins with choosing your starter. Below, you will see the 3 starters/buckets you can pick which will follow you through every other challenge. Pick your starter and read a book with one of the Main Page Genres (MPGs) listed. The MPG can be stand-alone or embedded.

Required: State which bucket you're using when you post.

Charmander
Science-Fiction
Fantasy

Squirtle
Romance
Historical-Fiction

Bulbasaur
Mystery
Non-Fiction

Congratulations! You've picked your one starter and brute forced your way through the gym leaders. Fast, I know, but I'm only allowed to challenge 3 books.

Step 2: Elite Four
Standing in your way before the champion are the elite four. Four strong trainers which you have beat in a row with no break before you can face the champion. Read a book that meets ALL four of the requirements below.

◾Has at least one of the MPGs that's in your starter bucket.
◾Is a standalone book (not part of series) (we brute forced with one starter)
◾Is NOT the author's first book. (because your starter has evolved ;) )
◾Is at least 300 pages long.

Now that you're beaten and bruised trying to meet all 4 requirements, you're off to face the champion. Queue my favorite champion theme music.

Final Step: Champion
All right, you're at the peak of the mountain because they really like mountains in Japan. To beat the champion, read with a book that meets ALL three of the requirements below.

◾Has at least one of the MPGs that's in your starter bucket.
◾Is rated 4.0 or higher on Goodreads.
◾Has won an award per its Goodread's page. The book must be an award winner, not a finalist or a nominee.

You may choose to mix the two MPGs in your starter bucket as shown in the example below or you may choose to have the same MPG for all three books. Up to you.

Example:
Step 1: Choose Your Starter -Bulbasaur {MPGs Mystery & Non-Fiction} - Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
◾MPG: mystery

Step 2: Elite Four - Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
◾MPG: nonfiction
◾not part of a series
◾not author's 1st book - Seabiscuit: An American Legend published in 1999
◾473 pages = >300 pages

Final Step: Champion - Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
◾ MPG: nonfiction (and mystery)
◾ 4.11 rating = >4.0 average
◾ Anthony Award winner for Best Critical/NonFiction Work (2018)


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