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message 1: by Dlmrose (last edited Aug 16, 2014 02:15PM) (new)

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5 point tasks

5.1 - Geometry
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Read a book with a word for a geometric shape from this list in the title or subtitle. Plurals and possessives work, but no other variations. ex. Under the Dome, The Square of Revenge, Sphere of Influence, Murder at the Pentagon, The Kite Runner

5.2 - Chemistry
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Get to know the Periodic Table of Elements. Read a book by an author whose first and last name initials form an abbreviation for a chemical element ex. Antimony Sb Sebastian Barry Authors who use only one name (no initials or other name parts) may be used for single letter abbreviations ex. Sulfur S Saki
Required State the element abbreviation

5.3 - Choir
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Do-Re-Mi ♫
"Let's start at the very beginning
A very good place to start
When you read you begin with A B C
When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi..."
When you read a book series you begin with book #1 in the series. Read a book identified on GR as book #1 in a series. (series, #1)

5.4 - Language Arts
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Grammar Lesson of the day. Prepositions of spatial relationships describe where an object is in relation to another object. Read a book with one of these spatial prepositions in the title or subtitle: above, across, against, “ahead of”, along, amid, among, around, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, from, “in front of”, inside, near, "next to", off, “out of”, through, toward, under, within. The phrases in quotes must be used in full. ex. "Ahead of" Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School

5.5 Lunch
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Brown bag it with the lunch classic- a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Read a book with ALL the letters P, B and J found in the book’s title, subtitle and/or author’s name. Ex. Breaking Point by C.J. Box P and B in title, J in author's name; The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes P in title, J and B in author's name; The Orenda by Joseph Boyden P B and J in author's name

5.6 - Financial Literacy
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Be informed and prepared to become a prudent manager of financial resources. Read a book that you got for free, i.e. from your library; free from a retailer/book source like Amazon or Gutenberg.org; an ARC from an author, publisher or book marketer; as a gift or loan.
Required: State the book’s source

5.7 - Geography
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Read a book set predominately in a continent other than the one where you were born. For the purposes of this task we will use this list of country/continent assignments plus Antarctica
Required State the continent where you were born and the continent where your book is set.

5.8 - History
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Read a book of biographical fiction- fiction that takes a real-life historical individual and recreates elements of their life as a fictional narrative. The historical individual must be a main participating character. For the purposes of this task, "historical" means the real-life person is no longer living. ex. The Paris Wife, The Aviator's Wife, Loving Frank, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, The Invention of Wings
Required If the historical figure is not a well-know name include a reference when you post.

5.9 - World Language
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Read a book that was originally written in a language different from your native language.
Required: State your native language(s) and the original language of the book

5.10 - Independent Study
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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.


message 2: by Sandy (last edited Sep 28, 2014 02:23PM) (new)

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10 Point Tasks

10.1. You Can't Read THAT!
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In honor of Banned Book Week (9/21-9/27), read a book from this list: Best Banned or Censored Books. Note: any book used for this task must meet all regular SRC requirements, including requirements for children's books.

REQUIRED: Include in your post the number of the book on the list.

10.2. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
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Read a book with "adventure" as a main page genre. This list may give you some ideas. As always, use the list with caution - just because someone added it to this list, does not mean that adventure is a main page genre, or that the book meets SRC requirements. Popular Adventure Books.

10.3. In the Pink
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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), read a book with something pink on the cover. REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post and identify the pink item.

10.4. Be a Player
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Since Risk is a game for 2-6 players, read a book that is number 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 in a series. The book must be identified as part of a series on Goodreads.

10.5. Down Under on Top
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Australia is generally considered a key continent in the game of Risk. Read a book set predominantly (at least 50%) in Australia (Oceania).

10.6. Don't Forget Antarctica
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Read a book by an author whose initials can be found in ANTARCTICA. Letters can be used only as many times as they are found in ANTARCTICA.

10.7. Yes, we will be here all night. Have another beer.
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Risk is a game in which large numbers of armies are important, and one which can take a long time to play! Read a book of at least 400 pages.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook 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.

10.8. Baby, You Can Drive My Car
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November 22 is Go For A Ride Day. Read a book with a vehicle of some sort(one that could be used by a normal sized adult person for transportation) on the cover. The method of transportation can be powered (car, train) or not (bicycle, skateboard). REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

10.9. What's in a Name?
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Read a book by an author whose first name is in the top 10 first names for the past century.
Top Baby Names

You may choose from either the female or the male list, but keep in mind that the name must be one of the top 10 names listed.

The name must match exactly - no nicknames, variations in spelling, etc.

10.10. It's Getting Dark Outside!
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Dark will come earlier now, so curl up and read a "dark" book from one of these lists: Quality Dark Fiction or Great Books with Black Covers. Note: any book used must meet all regular SRC requirements, including requirements for children's books.
REQUIRED: Include in your post the list on which your book appears and its number on the list.


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15 pointers

15.1 - Take a Risk; Play it Safe
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Read TWO books.
Book 1: Take a Risk -- Read a book with a title/subtitle that contains the letters R, I, S, and K.
AND
Book 2: Play it Safe -- Read a book written by an author whose name contains the letters S, A, F, and E.

15.2 - Brothers & Sisters
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RISK was produced by Parker Brothers, a division of Hasbro.
Read TWO books.
Book 1: Brothers -- Read a book that has the word BROTHER in the title/subtitle or series title. Plurals and possessives are fine. No other variations.
AND
Book 2: Sisters -- Read a book that has the word SISTER in the title/subtitle or series title. Plurals and possessives are fine. No other variations.

Required: If required words are found in the series title, the series title must be included when posting.

15.3 - Letters of the Season
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September, October, and November (SON) make me think of my all-time favorite Jimmy Buffett song--Son of a Son of a Sailor. For this task, choose one of the following options:

A) Read TWO books.
BOOK 1 - Read a book written by an author with a name (first, middle, or last) that includes the letters SON sequentially. Ex: Bill Bryson, Sarah Addison Allen, Susan Sontag
BOOK 2 - Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) about a person who spends/has spent significant time on a boat or out to sea. Ex: Life of Pi; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea; The Unsung Hero; The Hunt for Red October; Decked

OR

B) Read ONE book that fits the criteria for both book 1 and book 2. Ex: 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe by Mark Jacobson; Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson; Crazy Good by Rachel Robinson

Required: If the GR's description does not make it clear, explain how your book fits the task.

15.4 - Psychic Readers
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October 31st is Increase Your Psychic Powers Day. November 1st is Book Lovers Day. For this task, choose one of the following options:

A) Read TWO books.
BOOK 1 - Read a book with the genre "Paranormal" or "Supernatural" on the book's main page. Genre may stand alone or be embedded.
BOOK 2 - Read a book with the word "book" in the title/subtile OR one that has a book(s) on the cover. Plural and possessive forms of the word "book" are fine, too.

OR

B) Read ONE book that fits the criteria for both book 1 and book 2. Ex:
Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind for Murder, #1) by Rochelle Staab The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) by Deborah Harkness

Required: If using the cover option, you must include the cover when you post.

15.5 - Graduation Time!
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Go to the Wikipedia list of Billboard Number-One Singles. Click on the year you graduated from high school. Choose a word that is 4 letters or longer from the list of song titles for that year. Read a book with that word in the title/subtitle. Words must match exactly. No variations.

If you graduated from high school before 1940, read a book that was first published the year you graduated. If you have not graduated from high school, yet, choose the list that corresponds to your first year in high school. If you don't want to reveal your high school graduation year, you may use mine (1986).

Required: State the year you used when you post.

15.6 - Shrieks & Screams
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Read a non-fiction book about something that scares you. Ex: The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks (great white sharks); In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (crazed, homicidal dictators); The Emperor of All Maladies (cancer); Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Frankenfood); Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors (plane crashes)

Required: Explain why you chose the book you did when you post.

15.7 - Risky Business
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Go to Random.org. On the right-hand side of the page is a box that says True Random Number Generator. Set the minimum to 1 and the maximum to 40. Have the generator give you a number. Then, on GRs, go to Explore. On the right-hand side of the page, there is a list of 40 genres beginning with Art and ending with Young Adult. Starting with Art, count down the first column of genres then the second column, if necessary, until you come to the number given to you by the Random Number Generator. Read a book that has that genre on it's main page.

Alternately, you can click on the genre and read a book from the New Releases, Most Read This Week, or Popular Books sections that come up. These lists change rapidly so if you choose a book from this page, make a note of the date you chose the book. Only those three sections may be used. (*For genre #12, Ebooks, ONLY - you may also read any book found on the first two pages of the Popular Ebooks shelf. You must state that you got the book off this list when you post. Books may be read in any format.) Books for all genres must fit standard SRC rules.

Required: State the number you got, the genre you read, and whether the genre is on the book's main page or if you found the book on the genre page. If found on the genre page, state whether it was found in New Releases, Most Read This Week, or Popular Books and the date the was found on that list.

15.8 - Movers & Shakers
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Choose a book listed in the Movers & Shakers section (renamed Best Books of the Month Sept. 2014) of any past Goodreads newsletter. During the course of the challenge, the September, October, and November newsletters should appear, too. These newsletters may be used for this task as well.
Required: Indicate whether the newsletter you used was a General newsletter or a YA newsletter and what month/year the newsletter was published.

15.9 - Candy Corn
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One of my favorite Halloween treats has always been candy corn. (I don't like chocolate so I always traded my chocolate for candy corn. Weird, right?) There's a variant of candy corn released around Thanksgiving that has a brownish-black end, too. For this task, read a book with a cover that is predominately yellow, orange, white, dark brown, and/or black. Ex.
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6) by Alan Bradley The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin
Required: Include the cover when you post.

15.10 - Be Polite
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September is National Courtesy Month. Read a book with one of the following words or phrases in the title/subtitle: please, "thank you", thanks, "may I", pardon, welcome, sorry. Phrases in quotes must be found intact. No variations.


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20 point tasks:

20.1 - Most Improved Player - Jingles's task: Another Time, Another Place
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Choose one of the following options for this task:

(A) Another Time: Read a book that involves time travel. Required: 'Time Travel' must be a genre listed on the book's main page.

(B) Another Place: Read a book that takes place in a country other than where you live. The book's setting must be a real place, not a fictional one.Required: When posting, include the country where the book takes place and the country where you live.

(C) Time: Read a book with a time device found on the cover or in the title. Subtitles may be used, but not series titles. Required: If choosing the cover option, book cover must be included in your post.

(D) Place: Read a book whose title or author contains an actual place. Subtitles may be used, but not series titles. Example: Paris in Love,New York,The Call of the Wild by Jack London. REQUIRED: If the place is not well known, include a reference in your post to establish that it is a place.

Required: State the option you chose in your post.

20.2 - Rookie at the Top - Hina's Task: Fall Television Lineup
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Amid the activities of going back to school, the leaves changing color and days getting shorter. There is also a new television season (at least in USA) that brings new episodes of your favorite show and introduce new shows for our entertainment. This task is based on old and new shows that I am excited to see.

Choose one of the following options:

Option A: Modern Family - I love watching the different family dynamics in this show. Read a book that has "Family" as a main page genre.

Option B: Madam Secretary - The promos seems very interesting and one of the shows I really want to watch when it debuts. Since I like strong heroines, please choose a book from one of these lists. State in your post the position of the book and list used.
Strong Heroine Series
or
Fearless Female

Note: Please make sure that any book chosen conforms to all Seasonal Reading Challenge rules. The mere presence of a book on any of these lists does not guarantee that it will meet general SRC rules.


Option C: Big Bang Theory - I love comedies and this is one of my favorite shows with my favorite character, Sheldon! Read a book that has "Doctor" or "Dr." in the title.

Option D: How to Get Away With Murder - An eye catching title that has me wondering what this show is about. Read a book that has "Mystery" as a main page genre.

20.3 Best Review - Book Concierge’s Task: Let’s Hear It For Teachers
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All my schooling, kindergarten through college, was in Catholic schools. So this challenge is in honor of the men and women who educated me.

Chose ONE task from the options below.
No book with the genre childrens or kids on its main page may be used for this task. The book you choose must be at least 250 pages long.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

REQUIRED - in your post,state the option you are using.

OPTION A: My grade school was started in 1851 and my first classroom was among the earliest built. Eighteen-inch thick limestone walls kept the rooms relatively cool in the hot Texas climate. The school was operated by an order of nuns that was first founded in Italy.

Read a book set primarily in Italy.

OPTION B: The high school I attended was an all-girls boarding school, although I was a day-student since I lived in the same city. The order of nuns who ran the school was founded in Houston Texas by a French-born bishop.

Read a book set primarily in France or in Texas.
REQUIRED - state the location in which the book is set.

OPTION C: I attended a Jesuit-run university. When I was choosing a college I didn’t particularly care if it was Catholic (I was more interested in whether it was co-ed), but the Jesuit’s reputation for education certainly helped convince my parents to let me go so far away to school. The Society of Jesus (commonly known as the Jesuits) was founded by Ignatius of Loyola, who was a Spaniard.

Read a book set primarily in a Spanish-speaking country (e.g. Spain, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc). For this task, we will use this list Countries where Spanish is an official language.

REQUIRED - state the country in which the book is set.

20.4 - Author! Author! - Rebecca's Task: See You in September
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September is always bittersweet for me. It is my birthday month, but it also signifies the end of summer, which bums me out because I LOVE the beach. This task is designed to celebrate the awesomeness of September. Read a book for one of these three options:

Option #1. September Birthdays: Read a book written by an author who has a September birthday. REQUIRED: If the author's birth month does not appear on his/her GR profile, you must provide a link to where this information was found.

These lists may help: Famous Authors Born in September, Author Birthdays. Any birthdate info that appears on the GR author profile will be used before an outside source

Option #2. 28: My mother and I share the same birthday, September 28th, and she likes to remind my father that I was her ONLY birthday present in 1986. To celebrate this September 28th, which is also my 28th birthday, read a book with both the numbers ‘2’ and ‘8’ in the total number of pages.

Option #3. Neptune Festival: One of my favorite parts of September is the Neptune Festival, which is celebrated in my hometown of Virginia Beach. I love to ride my bike down the boardwalk to hear bands, check out the arts and crafts show, and watch surfing, volleyball, sand soccer, and sandcastle competitions. Our 34 foot statue of King Neptune watches proudly over this fun event. In honor of King Neptune, read a book with a man wearing a crown on the cover or the word ‘king’ in the title.

Since I am turning 28 this year, no books with the genre children or kids on the main page may be used for this task.

20.5 - Bigger is Better - Patricia's Task:A Discovery of Reading
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TV is a big part of my professional life. Discovery Communications is a global nonfiction media and entertainment company that provides programming across multiple distribution platforms worldwide. My challenge is inspired by 4 of their U.S. Networks: Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery. Please read one book from one of the following options.

Option 1: Discovery Channel
Read a book with one of the following words in its title or subtitle. Words must match exactly - no variations allowed. Conjunctions and/N' not included.
Shark Week, Deadliest Catch, Fast N' Loud, Naked and Afraid, Gold Rush

Option 2: TLC
Fridays are Bridedays on TLC with hits such as Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings and Something Borrowed, Something New. Read a book with a bride on the cover or in which a wedding plays a prominent role in the storyline.

These lists may give you some ideas: Fictional Planners, Books with a Wedding Theme, Brides on the Cover. As always, be careful using GR lists - books on the list won't necessarily work for the task.

Required: State the wedding connection if it's not obvious from the GR description. If you choose the cover option, include the cover in your post.

Option 3: Animal Planet
Read a book with a picture of an animal (including birds or fish) on the cover or which includes the name of an animal (including birds or fish) in the title/subtitle. Real animals only - no mythological or fantasy animals. Neither insects nor humans work for this option.

Required: Include the cover in your post if you are claiming points for the cover picture.

Option 4: Investigation Discovery
Read a true crime novel. The genre must be included on the book's main page on GR. (Sub-genres are okay. i.e. Crime> True Crime)


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20.6 - Seasoned Reader - Deana's Task: It all started with a Big Bang!
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I don't watch much television (who has time with so many books to read?!) but I do keep up with The Big Bang Theory, which has recently been renewed and will start its 8th season during this season of SRC!

Please choose ONE of the following options:
REQUIRED: State which option you chose.

OPTION 1. Meet the boys.
The show follows four "nerdy" guys as they make their way awkwardly through life and love: Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh.
Read a book by an author who has one of these four names as their first or last name. Names must match exactly, no variations or hyphens.

OPTION 2. SCIENCE RULES!
The guys are all college professors with degrees in physics, astronomy or engineering. They also love science fiction shows such as Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica. Read any book with the genre "Science" or "Science Fiction" genre on the main page. The genres can be stand-alone or embedded.

OPTION 3. Not just for kids.
Their friend Stuart runs the comic book store where they often while away the hours. They even got the girls interested in comics in one episode :) Read a graphic novel, comic collection or manga.

OPTION 4. Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock
This variation of the common game "Rock, Paper, Scissors" is used by these guys because it lowers the chance of ending in a tie from 1:3 to 1:5. Your book's cover should show one of the following:
An individual rock or stone, a newspaper, a pair of scissors, a lizard, or the Star Trek character "Spock".
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post and state the item.

REQUIRED FOR ALL OPTIONS: Your book must be at least 250 pages ... these guys are super smart and would scoff at a shorter book!

Note: Books with genres “Graphic Novel,” “Sequential Art,” “Comics,” and “Manga” that conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

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


20.7 - Shorter is Sweeter - Allison Ann's Task: Finally Fall
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I work in tourism and my business is seasonal - busy in the summer, quiet in winter. I love my work and I love most of the different people I interact with every single day for 18 hours per day, May to September. However, by the time Labour Day is over and things start to quiet down I am more than ready for the tourists to leave and my quiet little town to empty of people. Soon the deer will again outnumber the humans and my only neighbours will be loons. Ahhhhh!

So tourists, I love you, you pay my bills and keep me in books, but it is time for you to GO HOME.

This will be a one book task.

Read a book with the words "GO" and "HOME" found complete somewhere in the title, subtitle, series title, or author's name. They can be part of a larger word but must be found intact.

You can go simple like Don't Go Home. Or challenge yourself some more with an option like Westward Hearts(Homeward on the Oregon Trail #1) or A House Is a Broken Home by Patron Gold

2o.8 - It's My Birthday - Paul's Task; Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It ...
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So, I won a birthday task. Yay ! I stayed up all night last night and woke up with "army-face"... that's when you fall asleep at the Risk® board and those hard plastic pieces embed themselves in your cheeks (face-cheeks, that is)...

I went to the Hasbro site to look at the original rules and discovered two Risk® variants in the original rules that I don't ever remember playing. That may be my memory, the fact that rules tend to get lost, or that I never owned what appears to be the first game of Risk® ever made. Those two variants are:

CAPITAL RISK®
SECRET MISSION RISK®

You can go to the site and read up on these two exciting variants if you'd like. But that won't help you for this task. To complete this task, read a book with one of these three words in the title (or sub-title):

CAPITAL (referring to a capital city),
SECRET (something that is hidden), or
MISSION (a task)

Variants of these words (including the word embedded in another) are fine as long as they maintain the meaning above (in parentheses).

Examples that are acceptable include: secretly, secreted, commission, or missionary.

Examples of words that are unacceptable include: capitalize, secretion, admission.

No books with the genres childrens or kids may be used for this task.

20.9 – Moderator’s Pet – Stefu’s Task: Falling for Goodreads Tools
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This task explores some of the great features of goodreads.com. I love exploring the different areas on the website. Pick one of the three options and read one book for that option:

Option 1: September – Genre Browsing
This September I will finish all the requirements to become a CPA. The CPA designation is one of the most recognized in business. To celebrate with me, read one of the top “Business” books using goodreads’ genre pages. In the Explore dropdown menu, click on “Genres.” On the right column under “Browse”, click on “Business.” Scroll down to the bottom where it says “Popular Business Books” and click “More Popular Business Books…” These are the most popular books shelved as “Business.” Read one of the books from the first page of the list.

Option 2: October – Award Winners
Halloween is my favorite holiday—I even take time off work around Halloween so I can participate in all of the festivities. Best of all is reading scary books! The Bram Stoker Award is a recognition presented by the Horror Writers Association for superior achievement in horror writing. Navigate to www.goodreads.com/award to view a list of different literary awards. Click on “Bram Stoker Award” on the first page to view some Bram Stoker award winners and nominees. Read any of the Bram Stoker award winners listed on any of the pages. Be careful not to read a nominee (list of nominees starts on page 7 of Bram Stoker list).
Note: to count for this task, the book’s main page must list the Bram Stoker Award under Literary awards.

Option 3: November – Goodreads Authors
This year my wife’s birthday is on Black Friday—a dangerous combination! Her favorite author is Nicholas Sparks. Because Nicholas Sparks is a “Goodreads Author” he can add his own books to shelves. To look at his shelves you can go to his main author page and find his shelves in the left column. For this option choose one the following:
A: Read a book by Nicholas Sparks; or
B: Read a book that is on one of his shelves

Note: Please make sure that any book chosen conforms to all Seasonal Reading Challenge rules. The mere presence of a book on any of these lists does not guarantee that it will work for the challenge.

Note: Books with genres “Graphic Novel,” “Sequential Art,” “Comics,” and “Manga” that conform to all other SRC rules may be used for this task.

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

Modern Literary Biggies: All the Light We Cannot See.
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First Book in a Cozy Mystery Series: A is for Alibi
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Fairy Tale Retellings: Red
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Required: You must participate in the book's discussion thread with at least one post about the contents of the book or your reaction to the book after you have read the book.


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25.1. Sandy's Task: Armchair travels
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Even if we can't visit every continent, we can learn more about them through books.

For this task, you will read two nonfiction books, about a country or countries on two different continents. No specific genre is required, just that each book be nonfiction and be about some aspect of the country - it can be history, biography, current events, travel............

Each book must be about a country or countries on a different continent from the one in which you currently live, and must be set on different continents from each other. The book must be at least 50% set in the target country/continent.

We will use this list to determine the countries in each continent.

Each book must be at least 250 pages long. No books with the genre children or kids can be used for this task.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook 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.


Examples: Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (Europe generally), Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven (China), The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon(Brazil), The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind(Malawi).

REQUIRED: In your post, state the continent on which you live, and the country and continent of each of your books.

25.2 - Elizabeth B's Task: Choose Your Strategy
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The game RISK is the theme of this challenge. The object of the game is to occupy every territory on the board and eliminate the other armies. For this task choose two of the following options relating to the game and read one book for each.

A - Risk is a STRATEGY board game. Read a book by an author whose initials can be found in the word STRATEGY. Middle initials can be ignored. Letters can be used only as many times as they appear in STRATEGY.

B - Read a fiction/non-fiction book with the genre War on its main page. Embedded genres are fine.

C - Read a book with a weapon on the cover. REQUIRED: If you choose this option, you must include the cover in your post.

25.3 - Andy P's Task: The Power of Three
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For this task you are to read two books. No books with a main page genre of "childrens" or "kids" may be used for this task.

REQUIRED: In your post, state the options you chose.

Option 1. For this option you must choose a book written by a single author. No co-authors, multiple authors, or editors of anthologies.
The book should be written by an author who uses his or her full name, first, middle, and last.
Examples: Mary Higgins Clarkor John Dickson Carr. (Carr also writes under the name Carter Dickson, but books using this pseudonym will NOT work for this option). Also, initials will not work - for example, S.J. Bolton will NOT work

Option 2. Choose a book with a three word title. Two restrictions apply: the first word of the title may NOT be "The" or "A" AND the book may NOT have a subtitle.
Examples: Garden of Stones or Innocent as Sin will work. The Perfect Husband or A Fugitive Truth will NOT work.

Option 3. Choose a book originally published in a year ending in a three. Any book published in 1993, 2003 etc will work.

Option 4. Choose any book that is over 333 pages.
NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

Option 5. Choose a book that is the third in a series as indicated on the book's GR home page

Option 6. Choose a book that is the third from the most recently published book in that series. Ergo, if the most recent book in a series is #8, you would read #5 in the series.

For options 5 and 6, you should only count whole numbers in a series - "in between" books such as 3.5 don't count.

25.4. Peebee’s Task: Opposites Attract
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Most readers have their favorites when they read, whether it is certain authors, where books are set, or a preference for either fiction or non-fiction. One thing I enjoy about the SRC is the chance to make some of my favorite preferences fit into the Challenge, while at the same time being occasionally forced to read something that I wouldn’t select otherwise in order to satisfy other tasks.

For this task, the following continent pairs will be used: North America/South America; Asia/Africa; and Europe/Australia (Oceania); no fictional lands are allowed or books set in the future beyond the present time. If you are not certain about your preferences to be identified below, please determine them using the books you read in the Summer 2014 SRC, or if you didn’t participate, identify your preferences based upon the last 20 books you listed in your "read" list on Goodreads. Or just use your best guess....

Read two books, selected from two of these three options:

Option 1: Your Favorites

For this book, select a book that is a) set in the continent in which you were born and/or currently live (your choice if you now live in a continent that is different than the one in which you were born); b) is the gender of the author you most frequently read; and c) is of the type (fiction or non-fiction) you most commonly read.

For example, I live in the US and read a lot of chick lit/women’s fiction, so my “favorite” selection would be a fictional book written by a female author set in North America.

Required: Please state the options you selected when you post.

Option 2: Opposites Attract

For this book, you will be selecting a book that is the complete opposite of the first one. a) The opposite continent, according to the pairs established above; b) the opposite gender for the author; and c) the opposite type (fiction or non-fiction).

For example, based upon my first selection (North America/female author/fiction), my second book would be a non-fiction book set in South America written by a male author.

Required: Please state the options you selected when you post; they must be the opposite of the ones selected in Option 1.

Option 3: Wild Card

Want to select a book that’s even more an alternative than option 2? Select one of the following choices: a) A book set, in whole or in part, in Antarctica; b) a book written by a transgender author or with a transgender character; or c) the opposite of your other choice, according to these pairings: fiction: the opposite is biography, autobiography, memoir; nonfiction: the opposite is science fiction or fantasy. For this task, only one of the three criteria must be matched (although if you find the memoir of a transgender person visiting Antarctica, please do share it with us in the help thread!)

Required: Please state the option you selected when you post; if you select "c", the genre (as listed on the book’s main page) must be determined by the pairing specified for the type (fiction or non-fiction) of book you used in Option 1 or 2. For option 3c, if your book is science fiction or fantasy, the book may be set in a fictional land or in the future.

25.5 - Pamela3265's Task: Remembering the College Years
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I played Risk most Sunday afternoons with a group of fellow students at Idaho State University from 1990-1992.

For this task, read 2 books, each from a different option.

Required: State which options you chose for this task.

1. Read a book first published in 1990, 1991, or 1992.

2. Read a book set in Idaho or about the state of Idaho.

3. Most of my classes were held in the College of Business. Read a book with the genre Business on its main page.

4. I was introduced to the wonderful world of science fiction and fantasy by a roommate. Read a book with the genre Science Fiction or Fantasy on its main page.

5. Since your college years are about exploring new options, read a book of your choice that is new to you. The author does not need to be new to you. Required: State that the book is new to you in your post.


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25.6 - Mstan's task: This is Home, Truly
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In about a week's time, I'll be packing up and leaving my home, Singapore. I'll be doing my Master's programme in the US for about a year!

This is the second time I'm leaving for the States for a prolonged period of time for my studies. The last time was more than 10 years ago, and I think I was raring to leave at that time, as I was getting rather restless at home (also, I was a teenager then). Things are slightly different now... Although I am excited, I also know I will be quite homesick, at least at first.

To remind myself of home, this task is designed with Singapore in mind.

Choose any two options below. You have to do two different options.

REQUIRED: In your post, state the options you chose.

Option 1 - It will be Singapore's 50th birthday in 2015 (yes we are young!). Read a book with 5 and 0 in its total page count.
NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

Option 2 - Singapore is a tropical city/country. Read a book about a tropical country or set in a tropical country, as defined on this list.

Option 3 - This may not be too widely known a fact as Singapore's very urban - we're also known as a Garden City! We recently put in a submission to have the Singapore Botanic Gardens designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. Read a book with the letters 'G', 'A', 'R', 'D', 'E', 'N' found in the title and subtitle.

Option 4 - We're one of the smallest countries in the world (192nd on this list). Read a book with something small (and inanimate - i.e. no living creatures allowed) on the cover - defined as something that can fit completely in the palm of one hand. Required: Please include the cover in your post and specify the "something small."
Examples: Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4) by Ian Rankin The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart Forbidden Fruit (Corinna Chapman, #5) by Kerry Greenwood

Option 5 - English is our first language - all subjects (except Mother Tongue Languages) are taught in English in school. This is partially due to the fact that we were a British colony for more than a hundred years, during Britain's 'imperial century'. Read a book that was first published during that period, 1815-1914. (We also chose English as our first language because it was the pragmatic choice).

Option 6 - Singaporeans love food. A non-Singaporean friend once observed that we are the only people he's known of, who talk about past and future meals when we are eating our present meal. Read a book with 'food' or 'food and drink' on the genre list on the book's main page.

25.7 - Lindsey IL's Task: Tribute to My Aunt Jane
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Sadly, one of favorite aunts passed away from cancer during the last week of the summer challenge. By some miracle, I was still able to finish the challenge at the very last minute even though the week was filled with sadness and spending a lot of time with family for the funeral and also my dad's birthday. I figured dedicating a task to her would be a nice way to honor her, since I never really got to tell her what a positive and enjoyable part of my life she was each time I had the chance to see her through the years.

Please read one book from two different options below. REQUIRED: Indicate in your post the options you chose.

1) Read a book where "Jane" is found intact anywhere in the title/subtitle, author's name, or series title.

2) Jane was first and foremost a mother. She had three sons and was always very involved in their lives, cheering them on through everything and celebrating all their accomplishments until the very end. Two months before she passed she took her youngest son on a spontaneous trip to New York City as a college graduation present for him. She also loved her dog children.

Read a book where a main character is a mother of a son. Or read a book with a dog on the cover.

3) Jane was also a beloved wife to my dad's brother. They met in college through being members of the same service fraternity/organization, and they were later married for 37 years.

Read a book first published in 1975 (when their first date was) or 1977 (when they got married).

4) Unlike me, Jane loved DisneyWorld :) She and the family went there almost too many times to count. I was very happy she got to celebrate her final birthday there this summer with husband, sons, and wonderful new daughter-in-law.

Read a book that has Fairy Tales as a main page genre.

5) When I was little, I was always in awe of the treats Aunt Jane would bring to family gatherings, most notably really rich birthday/celebration cakes from a local (south suburban Chicago) bakery or food from local Italian restaurants.

Read a book with cake on the cover or a FICTION book with "Food" or "Food and Drink" as a main page genre.

6) Jane had a Facebook account that she was just learning to really make use of. I recently scrolled back through everything she ever posted, and accompanying a link to a political speech were these words from her, "Love it, says what I feel so deeply inside. A sincere expression of true empathy for all people." I think those words really show her heart. It was obvious to me she loved her family and many friends, but she had a love for humanity as well.

Read a NONFICTION book with "peace" "love" "empathy" or "compassion" found anywhere in the title/subtitle. Variations of these words will be accepted if the original meaning is preserved.


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30 Point Tasks

30.1 Dlmrose’s task: Namaste
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September is National Yoga Month and I spend lots of time on my mat

Read 2 books, each from a different option.

a) Dhyani - Meditation allows the mind to quiet and be fully in the present moment. The concept is simple but it takes time, patience and practice.
Read a non-fiction book with the genre spirituality, religion or self-help on its main book page

b) Pranayama- The conscious use of the breath reduces stress and tension and engages the body and mind. Read a book with the word breath or a form of the word (breathe, breathing, breathless, etc.) that preserves its meaning in the title or subtitle

c)Asana- The physical postures develop the strength and stamina for meditation; align the body; encourage flexibility and vitality; and cultivate balance physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Many poses are named for animals. Read a book with one (or more) of these animals on the cover: cobra (any snake), dog, cat, cow, camel, lion, rabbit
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

d) Teachers - Like in all areas of life, a knowledgeable and professional teacher provides a safe encouraging environment where students can realize their potential. And yoga classes are fun! Read a book (fiction or non-fiction) about a teacher or teaching. The teacher must be a main character.
REQUIRED: If it is not clear from the GR description, explain how your book fits the task.

30.2 Susan A's Task: My Favorite Subject
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My favorite subject in school was always math, and in particular algebra. For this task, please read two books that fit the following math related tasks. You may choose an option more than one time.

Option 1: Read a book with a number visible on the cover. 200, 3rd, and 1/4 work for this task. Number words like million, second, and five do not work. Roman numerals do not work.

Required: Include the cover in your post.
Examples:
1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1) by James Patterson Equation For Love by Fae Sutherland 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith


Option 2: X & Y are common variables in algebra problems. Read a book with an X or Y in the title/subtitle.

Examples:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Mockingjay
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Option 3: Read a book with the genre mathematics (or math) on the main page. Embedded genres will be accepted.

Examples:
Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

Option 4: Read a book in which "math" appears intact in a word in the title/subtitle or the GR plot description. The word containing "math" must be have a meaning related to mathematics. Mathematician works; aftermath does not.

Required: State how the book fits the task.

Examples:
Lessons in Love(mathematician in GR plot description)
A Mathematician at the Ballpark(mathematician in the title)
Should've Known Better (math geek in the GR plot description)

30.3. Delicious Dee's Task: Seven Summits
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I’ll admit that I’ve never played Risk, so when I was looking for task ideas I had a bit of reading to do. But I noticed that mountain ranges play a strategic role in the game, which got me thinking about the different ranges in the world and random factoids about them. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each of the 7 continents and summiting all 7 of them is regarded as a mountaineering challenge.

For this task, you will read TWO books to be determined by rolling TWO DICE. If you roll doubles, roll again until you roll two different numbers. REQUIRED: In your post, state the numbers you rolled. And because mountain climbing is a huge risk, take one with me, both books must be by authors who are new to you in the Fall 2014 challenge. You may not use the same author twice for this task.

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

Option 1
The first person to complete the Seven Summits was Richard Bass in April 1985. Read a book that was first published in 1985

Option 2
In 1992, Junko Tabei was the first woman to complete the Seven Summits (she was also the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest). Read a book by a Japanese author or set in Japan (the author must have either been born in Japan, or if you pick setting, at least 50% of the book needs to be set in Japan

Option 3
In 1992, Susan Ershler and her husband became the first married couple to complete the challenge. Read a book that was written by 2 people. The book must be a single work, not a collection of stories. Examples: Ilona Andrews – husband/wife writing team; Jefferson Bass. The writers may be two writers listed individually, or writing under one pen name, but both authors must be new to you.

Option 4
Between May 2006 and December 2011, multiple individuals between the age of 15 and 29 completed the challenge. Read a book that was published when its author was between the ages of 15 and 29.
Required: Provide the author's age when the book was published - if GR does not have the author's birthday, provide external verification.

These articles may give you some ideas: 25 Best Novels Written by Writers Under 30; 25 Authors Under 25


Option 5
In January 1996, American Chris Haver became the first person to climb and ski on all the slopes. Read a book that has an individual engaged in a winter sport on the cover (skiing, ice skating).
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post.

Here's a list of winter sports to help you identify them.

Option 6
In May 2010, AC Sherpa summited Everest as the seventh and final peak in the Challenge, having completed all 7 in 42 climbing days. Read a book that is either book 4 or 2 in a series, as designated on Goodreads.


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50 Point Task

50.1. Bluemoon's Task: RISK: THE GAME OF WORLD DOMINATION
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In the game of Risk each of the continents are a different color. Using the colors below and a few other rules can you conquer three continents and rule the world?

First roll three dice - dice roller. If you roll doubles or triples, keep rolling until you get 3 different numbers. Then using the pairings below select the books you will read for this challenge:

1. GREEN - ASIA
2. BLUE - EUROPE
3. YELLOW - NORTH AMERICA
4. ORANGE - AFRICA
5. RED - SOUTH AMERICA
6. PURPLE - AUSTRALIA (OCEANIA)

THE RULES OF THE GAME

1. The books that you read must be set on the continents (at least 50%) that correspond to your die rolls. This must be evident on the book's home page (description or setting) or verifiable by an outside source. If by an outside source, you must provide a link to the source.

To determine which countries are on which continents, we will use this list

2. The cover of the book must have something on it that corresponds to the continent's color pairing. For example The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Asia and a green background), The Diplomat's Wife (The Kommandant's Girl, #2) by Pam Jenoff (Europe and blue hat and coat).

3. Each book should be written by a single author. At least 2 of the 3 authors that you read must be new to you.

4. Your three books must combine to a total of at least 1050 pages.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook 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.

POSTING REQUIREMENTS

1. State the numbers that you rolled. Don't forget to post a link to any outside sources for book setting.

2. Post all covers and point out the object that matches your continent's color.

3. State which authors are new to you.

4. State the number of pages in each book. Be sure to link to the actual edition that you read for the task.


Good luck on your quest to conquer the world!!!


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