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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7501 comments Mod
Welcome to the next Around the Year in 52 Books seasonal challenge. Our Fall challenge starts on September 1, 2020 and finishes on November 30, 2020.

The challenge has twelve prompts in total, divided into four for each month of the season. For each prompt there is a choice of three tasks. Some are easy, some are more difficult - it’s your choice which you want to complete. You only need to complete one of the three tasks to record a prompt as completed.

The challenge is what you make it. You can truly go for it and complete all 36 tasks, simplify it and complete only one month, or stick with the 12.

How to join the challenge
1. First check out the prompts and choice of tasks in post two of this thread.

2. Next you need to set up a thread to keep track of your books for the challenge. You can create a new thread for your challenge in this folder.

3. If you need ideas or inspiration for any of the prompts, or you’d like to share recommendations then you can do so here.

4. When you’ve completed all four prompts for one month, post the details in this thread.

What books can be counted?
Generally books should be 100 pages or more, but if you’ve found the perfect book and it’s 90 pages then it’s your choice whether to count it. Or, if you’re really stuck on one task and you want to read a picture book or short story just to mark it as complete then go right ahead. The aim is to have fun and enjoy what you read, so nobody is going to judge anyone else for their book choices.

If you have any questions about the challenge then you can post them in this thread. The FAQs in post three below will also be updated as people ask questions so you might find your question has been answered there.

Happy reading, and we hope you enjoy the challenge!

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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7501 comments Mod

1. First Day of Fall

September 22nd marks the first official day of the fall season! This is marked by the autumnal equinox. After the autumnal equinox, the sun is rising later and nightfall comes sooner, and it stays this way until winter begins.

a. Read a book that contains a 2 in the page number.
b. Read a book published in September, October, or November.
c. Read a book in which a significant even takes place at night.

2. National Read a Book Day

Our favorite holiday!

a. Read a book by a new-to-you author.
b. Read a book that is the next in a series you've already started.
c. Read a book that can be read in one day.

3. Fall or Autumn?

Do you call this season fall or autumn? According to Merriam-Webster, the word autumn is the older of the two, but many poets used the term "the fall of the leaves", which was eventually shortened to "fall". Whatever you call it, it is upon us! (You can read more about the differences between fall and autumn here.)

a. Read a book whose title starts with a letter in FALL or AUTUMN.
b. Read a book by an author whose first or last name starts with A or F.
c. Read a book that shows leaves on the cover.

4. September Birthday: Shel Silverstein

Famous poet Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930. While most know him for his silly poetry in Where the Sidewalk Ends, few people know that he is also a Grammy winner. He wrote Johnny Cash's famous hit song "A Boy Named Sue", and earned a Grammy for this songwriting.

a. Read a humorous book.
b. Read a book written between 1930 and 1999.
c. Read a book by an author named Sue or with a character named Sue (reasonable variations like Susan, Susanne, or Suzette are allowed.)


1. Pumpkin Spice Everything

Pumpkin Spice is an American spice blend that is used in baking pumpkin pie. It is generally a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice. When Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the use of pumpkin spice in fall drinks and food rose to popularity.

a. Read a book that has orange on the cover.
b. Read a book whose title starts with a letter in SPICE.
c. Read a book in which food plays a role in the book.

2. October Birthday: R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine was born on October 8, 1943 in Ohio. He's best known for his Goosebumps series, which have frightened and delighted kids since 1992. He's also written for TV shows and has published humorous books, and his favorite thriller is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

a. Read a children's or YA book.
b. Read a book in which the title starts with a letter in GOOSEBUMPS.
c. Read a book by R.L. Stine or Ray Bradbury.

3. World Mental Health Day

In 1992, the World Federation of Mental Health created World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10 each year. The primary objective of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

a. Read a book where one of the author's initials is found in MENTAL HEALTH.
b. Read a book featuring a healthcare worker.
c. Read a book featuring a character who struggles with their mental health.

4. Halloween

Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve, is celebrated the night before the Christian holiday of All Souls Day. Traditions for Halloween vary, but often include a mixture of fall and fantastical activities.

a. Read a horror book.
b. Read a book in which the main character has a disguise.
c. Read a book that won or was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award or the Shirley Jackson Award.


1. National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

Why is this a holiday? We aren't sure. But we will celebrate with a bar of our favorite chocolate, if only because now we have a great excuse.

a. Read a book that has brown on the cover.
b. Read a book featuring a main character whose name starts with a letter in HERSHEYS.
c. Read a book featuring an eccentric ("nutty") character.

2. November for Beginners

In her poem "November for Beginners", Rita Dove describes the gloominess and in-between feeling of the month of November, and looks forward to spring. To read more about Rita Dove, click here.

a. Read a book whose title features at least one word that is mentioned in the poem (word must be 4 letters or longer).
b. Read a collection of poetry or a book written in verse.
c. Read a book by an author who won or was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Award, NAACP Image Award, or a National Book Award.

3. But it's spring?

It's only autumn in the northern hemisphere. While we descend into the cold winter days, our southern friends are welcoming the sunshine and springtime. "In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." - Margaret Atwood

a. Read a book with a green or yellow cover.
b. Read a book whose author's initials can be found in the phrase SMELL LIKE DIRT.
c. Read a book found on one of these lists:
- Goodread's 2020 Big Books of Spring
- Modern Mrs. Darcy's Springtime Reading List
- InspireMe's Books to Read in the Spring
- Quartz's Perfect Books for the Season

4. November Birthday: C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle

Two novelists most well known for their ability to transport children to new worlds were born on the same day - November 29! Lewis, born in 1898, is best known for his Narnia series and Christian writings. L'Engle, born in 1918, is best known for her Time Quintet series, which many believe have Christian underpinnings.

a. Read a fantasy novel.
b. Read a book with religious themes.
c. Read a book written by either C.S. Lewis or Madeleine L'Engle.

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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7501 comments Mod

Q: Can books overlap between the main Around the Year challenge and the summer challenge?
A: Yes, absolutely! Some of the tasks are designed to be easy for you to fit in books you’re planning to read for AtY.

Q: Can a book be used for more than one fall challenge prompt?
A: Each book can only be used for one prompt in the fall challenge.

Q: Do the tasks for each month need to be completed in that month?
A: No, you can complete them at anytime over the course of the seasonal challenge.

Q: Can books started before September 1 or in progress on November 30 be counted?
A: You may count a book started before the challenge begins as long as you read at least 100 pages of the book on or after September 1. You must have completed a book by November 30 to count it.

Q: For a task requiring a title beginning with a particular letter, do A, An and The count?
A: You can choose whether or not to count them - eg if the title has to begin with a letter in WINDOWS DOWN, BREEZE BLOWING, you can use The Old Man and the Sea (which, ignoring the word The, starts with an O).

Q: For tasks that require the first letter of each word in the title to appear in a particular word, do A, An and The count?
A: Yes, all words in the title must be included for these tasks.

Q: Can the challenge be completed more than once?
A: You can complete the challenge more than once, but you must use different tasks for each attempt.

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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7501 comments Mod
Hi Lynn! You can post your plan as a separate thread in this folder, rather than commenting on this post.

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Roxana (luminate) | 428 comments Hi all,
So, the Quartz list (for November prompt 3C, the spring themed lists) is behind a paywall, at least for any chance would someone with access to it happen to feel like sharing what books are on the list? lol, no worries if not, I can find something from the other lists!

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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7501 comments Mod
A Whole Life, by Robert Seethaler, translated by Charlotte Collins (2015)
Circe, by Madeline Miller (2018)
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (2017)
Orlando: A Biography, by Virginia Woolf (1928)
The Seamstress and the Wind, by César Aira, translated by Rosalie Knecht (2011)
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki (2013)
Under the Glacier, by Halldór Laxness, translated by Magnus Magnusson (1972)
Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino, translated by William Weaver (1968)
Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust, translated by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin (1981)
Love, by Péter Nádas, translated by Imre Goldstein (2000)
The Idiot, by Elif Batuman (2017)

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