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Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12407 comments If you wish to share your plans for the season - this is the place!

message 2: by Denise (last edited Oct 24, 2020 03:29PM) (new)

Denise | 1554 comments10.1 Short Works (create your own collection)
nine scattered Celia Fremlin short stories

10.2 Scrabble (form a word of at least 3 letters from first letters of all the words in the title and author's name)

10.3 Single (one word title, no subtitles)

10.4 Pilgrim (title starts with letter in PILGRIM, may ignore leading articles)

10.5 Monster Redux (devil, demon, witch, vampire, zombie, undead, ghost, or werewolf in title, plurals work)
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

10.6 Banned (top 200 Banned Books)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

10.7 Non-Fiction (non-fiction - NO biography, autobiography or memoir)

10.8 Jetsetters (takes place in at least either three countries or three U.S. states)

10.9 Autumn Leaves (orange, red, brown or yellow in title or author's name)

10.10 Group Reads
Laura by Vera Caspary
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
Brother by David Chariandy

20.1 Award (PEN Oakland winners)
Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead

20.2 Journalist (earned a living as a journalist)
Pete Hamill

20.3 Prolific (published at least 20 book-length titles)
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
Philip K. Dick
Essential Bukowski: Poetry by Charles Bukowski
Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates
Beast In View by Margaret Millar
Banshee by Margaret Millar
Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong
The Iron Gates by Margaret Millar
A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong
Do Evil in Return by Margaret Millar
A Stranger In My Grave by Margaret Millar
Mermaid by Margaret Millar
The Fiend by Margaret Millar
No More Dying Then by Ruth Rendell
Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith by Patricia Highsmith

20.4 Similar (Colson Whitehead similar books)
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
The Turmoil by Booth Tarkington
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

20.5 Wine (a novel where character(s) drink wine)
The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell
A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell

20.6 Civil War (set at least 51% during 1861-1865)
Scandal at High Chimneys by John Dickson Carr (set in London, 1865)

20.7 P.I. (private detective is the main character)
How Like an Angel by Margaret Millar

20.8 BBC Radio (Book at Bedtime)

20.9 Initiated (top 350 books from Most Begun but Unfinished (Initiated) Books
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

20.10 Another Birthday? (author born in 1940s and still living - list of authors)

message 3: by Bryony (last edited Oct 15, 2020 11:23PM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 247 comments ✔️ 10.1 Short Works
My own collection (6 stories)

10.2 Scrabble!
The first letters of all the words in the title and author's name are your scrabble tiles. If you can form at least one word of at least 3 letters with your tiles, then you can read the book.

10.3 Single
Read a book with a one word title. No subtitles for this task.
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

10.4 Pilgrim
Read a book with a title starting with one of the letters in PILGRIM (leading articles may be ignored for this task).

✔️ 10.5 Monster Redux
Read a book with one of the following in the title: Devil(s)/Demon(s), Witch(es), Vampire(s), Zombie(s)/Undead, Ghost(s), or Werewolf(s).
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

10.6 Banned
In honor of Banned Book Week (Sept 27-Oct 3), read one of the top 200 Banned Books.
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner 🎧

✔️ 10.7 Non-Fiction (Ed's Task)
Read a Non-Fiction book that is NOT a biography, autobiography or memoir.
The Three R's by Ruth Beechick

✔️ 10.8 Jetsetters (Anika's Task)
Read a book that takes place in at least either three countries or three U.S. states.
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

10.9 Autumn Leaves (Mary's Task)
Read a book which includes an autumn leaf color (orange, red, brown or yellow) in the title or author's name.
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

10.10 Group Reads

20.1 Award
Read any book by one of these recipients of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

20.2 Journalist
Read any book by an author who has earned a living as a journalist.
On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons by Laura Cumming

✔️ 20.3 Prolific
Read any book by an author who has published at least 20 book-length titles (100+ pages) of either fiction or nonfiction, or a combination of the two mediums.
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

20.4 Similar
Read one of Whitehead's books or any book linked on the Readers Also Enjoyed/See Similar Books section of any of his fiction or nonfiction.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

✔️ 20.5 Wine
Read a novel where a character(s) drink wine.
The Switch by Beth O'Leary

20.6 Civil War
Read any work set at least 51% during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (description suggests set partly during civil war?)

✔️ 20.7 P.I.
Read any work where a private detective is the main character
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (expected publication date 15 September)

20.8 Bedtime (Bryony's Task)
Read a book that appears on this list of books featured on Book at Bedtime.

20.9 Initiated (Kate S's Task)
Read one of the top 350 books from the list of Most Begun but Unfinished (Initiated) Books.

✔️ 20.10 Another Birthday? (Elizabeth (Alaska)'s Task)
Read any book by an author born in the 1940s and is still living.
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

30.1 Go for the Green

Books completed: 7 (plus short stories)
RWS tasks completed: 8/20
Power of nine tasks completed: 0/10

message 4: by Beth (last edited Sep 10, 2020 07:33PM) (new)

Beth Robinson (bethrobinson) | 1109 comments 10.1 How to Save the World
10.2 Blood of Elves word base
10.3 Extravagaria
10.4 Isle of Blood and Stone YA
10.6 Leaves of Grass
10.7 sooo many choices
10.8 A Life of Discovery: Michael Faraday, Giant of the Scientific Revolution england, france, italy the <50% book, also word "load"
10.9 The Veil of Gold or Bloody Rose
10.10 Group Reads
20.2 Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World-from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief
20.3 Mulengro
20.4 The City We Became Check hold progression on Oct 1
20.5 Wine (a novel where character(s) drink wine
20.7 P.I. (private detective is the main character)
A couple storybundle ones seem to fit, or a Mario Acevedo/Felix Gomez from the series on my husband's shelves for things I own, also a Sherlock Holmes horror addition
20.8 The Aspern Papers: By Henry James - Illustrated
20.9 Labyrinth or Walden
20.10 Merchanter's Luck combos 20.3

20.1, 20.6

message 5: by Valerie (last edited Aug 25, 2020 04:58PM) (new)

Valerie Brown | 2495 comments I volunteered to host a quarterly read in another GR group, so I think this season will be impacted. We're reading Our Mutual Friend, which is listed as 800+ pages! I want to get a bit of a head start on the book, 'cause i don't want to read spoilers while researching questions. Anyhow that will be towards the end of Sept., so I'll try to make a dent right off the bat on our tasks.

10.1 Own Collection
Joy = 40 pgs
Malahat Review 187 story 26 pgs
Malahat Review 187 story 10 pgs
Malahat Review 139 story 42 pgs
(this is a literary quarterly journal. 187 has been in my magazine pile for quite some time - so this task is genius!). Some of the issues are listed on GR, but 139 and 187 are not.


10.10 Group reads

20.1 Award
This is by Thomas King, and was re-released under his own name, but I can't find that listing right now.

20.2 Journalist
Our Mutual Friend

20.3 Prolific
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
or a Dick Francis

20.4 Similar
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

20.5 Wine
The Two Sisters of Borneo
(I think this should work, Ava is always drinking wine with dinner.)

20.6 Civil War
The March

20.7 P.I.
either Alexander McCall Smith or Jacqueline Winspear or Robert Galbraith or Kate Jackson ...... so much choice


20.9 Initated


30.1 Go for the Green
? I may concentrate my efforts here now that I can borrow books!

message 6: by Connie (last edited Nov 29, 2020 08:00PM) (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 1411 comments ✓ 10.1 Short Works
The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
Haircut by Ring Lardner
The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade by Edgar Allan Poe
Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
My Kinsman Major Molineux by Nathaniel Hawthorne

10.2 Scrabble
Time and Again by Jack Finney

10.3 Single
Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong (Mystery 1950)

10.4 Pilgrim
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (Mystery 2006)
The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

10.5 Monster Redux
The Witch Elm by Tana French (Mystery 2018)
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson (Mystery 1913)
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (Mystery 2015)
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

10.6 Banned
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya 840 Lexile
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

10.7 Non-Fiction
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

10.8 Jetsetters
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

10.9 Autumn Leaves
The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton (Mystery 1911)
The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers (Mystery 1931)
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux (Mystery 1907)
The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne (Mystery 1922)
The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

10.10 Group Reads
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

20.1 Award (Pen Oakland winners)
The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

20.2 Journalist
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth by Kate Greene
Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
Miss Jane by Brad Watson

20.3 Prolific (20 or more book-length titles)
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
Fools' Gold by Dolores Hitchens
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

20.4 Similar (to Colson Whitehead titles)
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

20.5 Wine
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (Mystery 2020)
Pew by Catherine Lacey
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

20.6 Civil War (set 1861-1865)
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers (Mystery 2017)
The March by E.L. Doctorow
Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

20.7 P. I.
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (Mystery 2008)
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

20.8 Bedtime
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (Mystery 1936)
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
and many other possibilities.

20.9 Initiated
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

20.10 Another Birthday?
Trespass by Rose Tremain (Mystery 2010)
A Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler

30.1 Go For The Green
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

message 7: by Rebekah (last edited Nov 15, 2020 09:03PM) (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4355 comments 10.1 Short Works
✔️ #752 Hunted Down (44)1859
✔️ Young Goodman Brown (48) 1835
✔️ The Adventure of the German Student (8) 1824
✔️ Advice to Little Girls (24) 1865

10.2 Scrabble
The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir
Enough about You, Let's Talk about Me: How to Recognize and Manage the Narcissists in Your Life
✔️#649 Washington Black

✔️ #88, 455 Pew

10.4 Pilgrim
Gods and Generals
In a Dark, Dark Wood
Murder in Georgetown

10.5 Monster Redux
Witch Child
✔️ #491 Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power
Sea Witch
The Witch of Prague
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters
Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side
A Head Full of Ghosts
The Ghost-seer
Prayers the Devil Answers
Beyond The Devil's Teeth
The Devil's Dream
The Devil's Arithmetic
Vikram and the Vampire: Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure Magic and Romance
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

10.6 Banned
A Day No Pigs Would Die
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Farewell to Arms
The Fault in Our Stars
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
A Clockwork Orange
✔️#582 Leaves of Grass

10.7 Non Fiction (no bio)
Gods and Generals
No Better Place to Die: The Battle Of Stones River
Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People
Enough about You, Let's Talk about Me: How to Recognize and Manage the Narcissists in Your Life
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
✔️#584 Dog quest: find the dog of your dreams

10.8 Jetsetters
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Spying on the South: Travels with Frederick Law Olmsted in a Fractured Land
✔️#663 With Malice Toward Some

10.9 Autumn Leaves
The Little Brown Jug at Kildare
Red Harvest
Red Clay and Rattlesnake Springs: A History of the Cherokee Indians of Bradley County, Tennessee
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
Yellow Crocus
The Orange Girl
The Yellow House
The Yellow Fairy Book
The Crimson Fairy Book
The Brown Fairy Book
The Orange Fairy Book
Creek Mary's Blood by Dee Brown
✔️#526 A Clockwork Orange

10.10 Group Reads
The Revisioners
✔️ #527 Youma
The Last Migration
Mr. Fox

20.1 Award
✔️#9 The Nickel Boys
The Widow's War

20.2 Journalist
A Town Like Alice
All Over But the Shoutin'
Spying on the South: Travels with Frederick Law Olmsted in a Fractured Land
✔️ #819 Roughing It
Life on the Mississippi

20.3 Prolific
The Bible According to Mark Twain
Duma Key
Barnaby Rudge
✔️#585 Elmer Gantry

20.4 Similar
The Water Dancer
The Overstory
✔️#653 White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Olive, Again
How to Be an Antiracist
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Glass Hotel
The Yellow House
On the Rez
Deacon King Kong
Home Before Dark
The Vanishing Half

20.5 Wine
The Mapping of Love and Death
Blackberry Wine
✔️ #494 Miss Mapp

20.6 Civil War
Gods and Generals
No Better Place to Die: The Battle Of Stones River
Mary Chestnut's Civil War
✔️#351, 413, 419 Hiwassee: A Novel of the Civil War

20.7 P I
Case Histories
The House of Unexpected Sisters
✔️#412 The Case of the Reincarnated Client
Leaving Everything Most Loved

20.8 Bedtime
Diary of a Provincial Lady
Eight Months on Ghazzah Street
The Essex Serpent
The Pursuit of Love
The Snow Child
✔️ #751 Purple Hibiscus

20.9 Initiated
Invisible Man
The Sound and the Fury
A Clockwork Orange
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
House of Leaves
A Farewell to Arms
The Casual Vacancy
War and Peace
✔️#583 Quicksilver

20.10 Another Birthday
1940 -Bobbie Ann Mason
1941 -Paul Theroux
1941 -Anne Tyler
1941 -Anne Rice
1942 -John Irving
1942 -Isabel Allende
1943 -Lyudmila Ulitskaya
1943 -Peter Carey
✔️#492 1943 -Bob Woodward
1943 -Pat Barker
1943 -Stephen Greenblatt
1943 -Rose Tremain
1943 -Michael Ondaatje
1944 -Terry Brooks
1944 -Alice Walker
1944 -Joy Williams
1944 -Carl Bernstein
1944 -Richard Ford
1944 -Armistead Maupin
1944 - Barbara Erskine
1944 -Ki Longfellow
1945 -Jacqueline Wilson
1945 -Nuruddin Farah
1946 -Jim Crace
1946 -Tim O'Brien
1946 -Ibrahim Abdel Meguid
1947 -Stephen King
1947 -Salmon Rushdie
1947 -Paul Auster
1948 -Henning Mankell
1948 - Alexander McCall Smith
1948 -James Ellroy
1948 -William Gibson
1948 -Terry Pratchett
1948 -Svetlana Alexievich
1949 -Haruki Murakami
1949 -Ken Follett
1949 -Dorothy Allison
1949 -Denis Johnson
1949 -Harry Turtledove
1949 -Richard Russo
1949 -Martin Amis
1949 -Jane Smiley Moo
1949 -Peter Ackroyd
1949 -Lois McMaster Bujold

30.1 - Go for the Green
✔️ #28, 91- The Ultimate Tragedy

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