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This is the thread where you can submit a task idea for the 50 Point Task contest. The thread will open for submissions on September 15 and will close at Midnight Eastern time on October 5. Voting will start the next day October 6 and will close at the end of the day on October 12. If the moderators determine that the vote is close, a 3-day runoff poll will be held. The person whose idea gets the most votes will host the 50 point task for the Fall Challenge.

The 50 point task will require:
1. Only 3 options.
2. One book per option.
3. Three books totaling at least 750 pages. Your task idea may require a higher page threshold but this must be disclosed in your entry.
4. No books with the genres children or kids on the main book page may be used.
5. Books whose main page lists any of these genres: Sequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, or Manga may not be used.
6. No “free choice” options will be allowed. This is a challenge, so tasks that have no element of challenge do not fit the purpose.
7. A task must be accessible to the majority of players, i.e. not limited to a specific format, edition, publisher, etc. and reviewable by the moderators.

Anyone eligible* to design a task may submit an idea for a task that follows the general guidelines above. Your idea should be a sketch that may be developed with the moderators.

* To be eligible to create a task, the player’s profile must be set up to accept Goodreads messages, and he/she must not have a task in the current challenge. Only one task per person per challenge.

The group will vote to determine the 50 point task. All ideas that fit the general guidelines will be included in a poll. The poll winner will develop their idea with the moderators to refine their task. The final task may differ from the original idea submission. The task will be posted as close to the midpoint as reasonably possible. The task creator will monitor and answer questions in the help thread.

Please include your readerboard name and a title for your task. The entries will be listed by readerboard name and task title in the poll. Please include only one task idea entry per post.

PLEASE DO NOT comment on people's entries in this thread - this is for submissions only - you will be able to comment when voting begins. Comments will be deleted.

message 2: by Dee (last edited Sep 15, 2019 05:36AM) (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7514 comments Delicious Dee

Damsel in Distress or Damsel to the Rescue
By far one of my favorite book series is the Chronicles of St Mary's by Jodi Taylor. The premise is an institute dedicated to the observation of key historical events in contemporary time (or what most people would call time travel). the main character, Dr Maxwell is someone who either a) always finds herself in trouble and in need of rescue or b) is concoting schemes to rescue others (which may ultimately also require her to be rescued).

For this task, you will read 3 books:
1) Read a book (fiction or non-fiction) that features a key historical event or figure that the crew of St Mary's has observed (https://the-chronicles-of-st-marys.fa...) - this link does have spoilers and a non-spoiler list will be provided in task - sample events/people include: c. 1200 BCE Troy, Greece; 61 Colchester, England (Boudica Rebellion); 1497 Feb 7 - Florence (Bonfire of the Vanities); 1888 Nov 8 Whitechapel, London (Jack the Ripper)

2) Read a book set in a time period that YOU would like to visit if you were a staff member at St. Mary's. A couple rules from St Mary's: the site must be more than 100years from current day (so nothing later than 1919) and must not be a site of religious significance (Jerusalem; Mecca etc)

3) Read a book where the author shares the same name as one of the St Mary's crew: Madeline Maxwell, Leon Farrell, Clive Ronan,
Tim Petersen, Markham, Ian Guthrie, Andrew Rapson, Edward Bairstow, Kalinda Black, Cleo Partridge, Helen Foster, Mrs. Enderby, Officer Matthew Ellis.

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Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 1025 comments Aprilleigh

The Golden Trio

While the rest of the Wizarding World celebrated Halloween, Harry Potter and his friends had the worst luck.

Reverse Harry’s Halloween misfortune by casting the following three spells. As in Harry Potter’s World, spells involve more than just using the correct words, so each task involves two components - the author and either the title or cover.

This is a three-book task. No books with Children or Kids as a MPG may be used for this task. The total page count for all three books must be at least 750 pages.

Spell 1: Wingardium Leviosa
After Hermione attempts to correct Ron’s sloppy spell work, he insults her for it, and she disappears into the girls’ bathroom to cry. Ron later uses that same spell to take out the threat when he and Harry find her trapped in there by a wandering troll. This event bonds the three in a friendship that will see them through all the trials of the coming war.

Read a book with a title of at least three words whose initial letters appear in WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA, whose author initials are not found in the word TROLL. Letters may be used only as often as they appear in the spell name. All words count. Ignore subtitles. Spaces determine names. Multiple authors are acceptable as long as all of them meet the name requirement.

Spell 2: Expecto Patronum
Harry’s skill with the patronus charm plays an important role throughout the series. Not only does his stag patronus pay homage to his father’s animagus form, but the man who initially taught him to cast this spell was one of his father’s closest friends. Also, Severus Snape’s patronus reveals something so important in the seventh book that it sheds a different light on many events that take place in the first six volumes and forever changes how the trio see their former potions master.

Read a single-author book with one of Patronuses listed at on the cover, or found intact in the title/subtitle or series name. The author’s first and last initials must show up in the name of the person whose casts that patronus. Spaces determine names. A list will be posted in the help thread.
Required: Post the cover if the patronus is not in the title.

Spell 3: Priori Incantatem
This spell is used on a wand to determine the last spell it was used to cast. It’s also the name of the phenomenon that occurs when two wands with linked cores are used against each other, such as Fawkes’ feathers in Harry Potter and Tom Riddle’s wands.

Read a book with a title of at least three words with none of the letters found in MORSMORDRE. All words count. Ignore subtitles. The author’s last initial must appear in HARRY POTTER. Spaces determine names. Multiple authors are acceptable as long as all of them meet the name requirement.

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Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 1025 comments Aprilleigh

Inter-house Unity

The Us vs. Them mentality is responsible for a great many evils in this world, and is a mainstay in fiction of all genres. It’s human nature, despite the damage it does. However, as a civilized society, we are capable of rising above it. Let’s do that at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. United we stand, divided we fall!

This is a three-book task, and the total page count must be at least 750 pages. Books with MPGs of Children or Kids are not allowed.

First, you need to be sorted into your Hogwarts house.

For each of the following lists, add the number of books you’ve read in the top 100 and half the number that are on your to-read bookshelf. All of the top 100 books on the list count, even if they don’t meet SRC requirements. The highest resulting number is your Hogwarts house (in case of a tie, either select the one you think fits you best, or ask the task creator to assign one).

Heroes / Heroines who belong in Gryffindor
Heroes / Heroines who belong in Hufflepuff
Heroes / Heroines who belong in Ravenclaw
Heroes / Heroines who belong in Slytherin

In my case:
Gryffindor: 19 + 8.5 = 26.5
Hufflepuff: 17 + 1 = 18
Ravenclaw: 17 + 12.5 = 29.5 — I’m a Ravenclaw!
Slytherin: 12 + 6 = 18

Required: State your house.

Next, to promote inter-house unity and help you better understand the heroes and heroines of other houses, you need to read one book each from the remaining three lists.

You may not add books to the lists for use in this task. Rereads are acceptable, as are individual titles found in combined works (for example, you may read The Fellowship of the Ring in place of The Lord of the Rings).

When posting, state your house, and identify each of your three books by house and the page number where each appears on the relevant list.

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Laura Fazekas | 171 comments Readerboard Name: Absurda

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is November 28th, let’s celebrate some Thanksgiving traditions.

Book 1 - Thanksgiving Dinner: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually centers around a roasted turkey, but the side dishes deserve just as much attention: stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked yams with melty-gooey marshmallows on top, and pumpkin pie. Celebrate these wonderful, carb-filled sides by reading a book by an author who’s initials can be found in THANKSGIVING CARBS.

Book 2 – Football: For many, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a day full of (American) football games. Celebrate this tradition by reading a book with the name of an NFL football team or its host city in the title. The only variation allowed is switching from singular to plural or vice versa. Note: for purposes of the host city, use the city listed as part of the team name not the city listed in the chart (e.g. Buffalo Bills would be Buffalo rather than Orchard Park).
For Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers
For Denver Broncos: Denver
For New Orleans Saints: Saint Anything

Book 3 – The final Thanksgiving tradition celebrated by many occurs on the day after Thanksgiving: Black Friday. This is when retailers offer steep discounts on popular (and usually expensive) products. To celebrate Black Friday, read a book with a cover that is at least 50% black according to TinEye.

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Amy | 1127 comments Amy FL

Up and Down Words
is a puzzle game where the second word of each phrase is the first word in the phrase that follows.

TV show featuring Sookie Stackhouse: True Blood
Dog known as a tracker: Blood Hound
Famous song by Elvis Presley: Hound Dog

This task requires you to find three books with a combined total of at least 750 pages. No books with children or kids MPGs are allowed. No manga, sequential art or comics may be used.

Using the above theme, the three books must all have two-word titles and the second word of each title must be the first word in the title that follows.

Book 1: Fever Pitch (247 pages)
Book 2: Pitch Black (400 pages)
Book 3: Black Box (394 pages)

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Erin (NY) (erin_p) | 629 comments Erin NY
Back to School

September is the month when most kids go back to school, so with this task let us celebrate that! No books with children MPG or manga or sequential art.

Book 1: Celebrate young people by reading a book with MPG YA OR book with main character that is a child
ex The Hate U Give, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Book 2: The main subjects typically studied at school are math, language/literature, science, history, and foreign languages. Pick a subject and read a corresponding book:

- language/literature: book with MPG "literary fiction" or "classic"
- math: book where all numbers of page number are in sequence (can be out of order) ex 354pp
- science: book with MPG "science" or biography/autobiography of a scientist
- history: MPG "history", "historical" or "historical fiction"
- foreign language: book in translation

Book 3: Recess!
Read a book with "Sports" MPG OR author or title initials (3+ words) are contained within the word RECESS

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Laura H (laurah30) | 364 comments Laurah30

The Good Ole Hockey Game!

In Canada, the fall means the beginning of hockey season with the National Hockey league beginning their league play as well as local arenas opening up their doors to young children learning to play the game as well as rep hockey leagues, house leagues and beer leagues.
This is a three book task. The total number of pages must be 750 pages or greater.

Task 1: The original 6 teams in the NHL are Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Montreal, New York, Chicago. Read a book that is set at least 50% in one of the original 6 cities.

Task 2: Many Saturday and Sunday mornings in the fall are spent at the community arena as parents and extended family watch little kids playing hockey in Tim Bit leagues. Tim Bit refers to Tim Horton Donuts, a popular franchise in Canada that sponsors this league throughout the country. Tim Horton was an NHL player and this is his legacy. Read a book whose author’s initials are found in “Tim Bit Hockey”.

Task 3: The current Stanley Cup Champions are the St Louis Blues who will open their season on Oct 2 as they raise the Stanley Cup banner in the Enterprise Centre. Read a book with an mpg of sports where the the first letter of each word in the title can be found in “Stanley Cup Champions”. There must be at least 3 words in the title.

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Lisa (lbhick) | 734 comments Lisa MD

50.1: Brr!......the “ber” months are upon us.

For this task, read 3 books, one from each option. Books must total 750 pages and meet all SRC requirements.

Option 1: Septem-"ber"
The autumn season opens with September and it hints that the long days of sunlight and hot weather are about to leave us in the upcoming “ber” months.

🍂 Read a book with the letters “ber” intact in the title, subtitle or author's name.


Title/Subtitle: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple One Day in December by Josie Silver Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
Author: Robert Crais, Debbie Macomber, Elizabeth Gilbert

Option 2: Octo-"b-rr"
October brings a shiver in the air with a change to cool, crisper weather and the anticipation of spooky Halloween activities.

🍂 Read a book that gives you the shivers. To meet this criteria, the book must “b” one that has a MPG, standalone or embedded, of: mystery, thriller, crime, suspense, romantic suspence, psychological thriller or horror.
🍂 The book must also contain the double letters, “rr,” intact in the title, subtitle, series name or author's name.

Title/Subtitle: Arrowood by Laura McHugh . True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner , Under Currents by Nora Roberts The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Series Name: The Harry Bosch Series, The Harry Hole Series
Author: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly, #3) by Charlaine Harris ] Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Option 3: Novem-"Brr!"
November has us bundling up against the cold, and gathering around hearth and home with family for warmth and celebration

🍂 Read a book where you can spell COAT in the title only.
🍂 Read a book with any of the following things associated with taking the “brr” off the cool, autumn weather on the cover: coats, jackets, scarves, mittens, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, blankets, bonfires, and fireplaces.

Requirement: Must post cover if choosing second part ot this option.

Title: The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch, #1) by Paul Doiron The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris A Novel in Recipes by Jenny Colgan Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
Cover: Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, #1) by Martha Hall Kelly The Alice Network by Kate Quinn Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney Winter Storms (Winter, #3) by Elin Hilderbrand You Were There Before My Eyes by Maria Riva The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2) by Robyn Carr

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Helen | 84 comments HELEN A

Her Island Paradise...

After the Damsel in Distress is saved, she marries Prince Charming and they retire to an island paradise! For this task, you will do three reading activities having to do with an island!

Task 1:
Read one book meeting the SRC criteria with a title and/or subtitle including an island or archipelago word.

The title and/or subtitle must include the word "ISLAND" or "ISLANDS" or "ARCHIPELAGO" . The word must be exact.

Examples of eligible books:
Camino Island by John Grisham
Islands by Gwen G.B.
The Malay Archipelago by A.R. Wallace

Task 2:
Read one book meeting the SRC criteria by an author who was BORN on an island. If the author's birthplace is not evident on the Goodreads page, please include a link to the author's birthplace information.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, born in England
Tracks, by Robyn Davidson, born in Queensland, Australia

Task 3:
Read one book meeting the SRC criteria in which the title or subtitle includes the name of an island. The word may be derived from the island/island group's name, such as "Japanese" or "English" or "Hawaiian." The island may be real or fantasy or both (like Atlantis.) If fantasy, be sure the Goodreads description makes it clear that the location is an island.

Iceland by Dominic Hoey
Moon Patagonia: Including the Falkland Islands by Wayne Bernhardson
Irish Hearts by Nora Roberts

In your posting include each task number with the book read.

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Helen | 84 comments Question: Are we allowed to enter more than one idea?

Check messages 3 & 4.

Thank you!

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Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 1025 comments Helen wrote: "Question: Are we allowed to enter more than one idea?

Check messages 3 & 4.

Thank you!"

Yes per moderator.

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Helen | 84 comments Aprilleigh wrote: "Helen wrote: "Question: Are we allowed to enter more than one idea?

Check messages 3 & 4.

Thank you!"

Yes per moderator."


Thanks for letting me know!

Helen A.

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Erin (NY) (erin_p) | 629 comments I added the title to mine if possible to include into the poll!

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Sandy | 15614 comments Mod
Erin (NY) wrote: "I added the title to mine if possible to include into the poll!"

Too late - once the poll is up, editing it creates problems.

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