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Sam (archieleach9) | 275 comments Spring 2010 Reading with Style Tasks:

10.1 - "A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."
Read a collection of poetry. (Must be at least 75 pages).

10.2 - "Mr. Watson, Come Here, I Want To See You.”
Read a book with one of the following words in the title: Phone, Telephone, Cell, Cellular, Call, Calling, Called, Chat, Communicate, Communication, Conversation, Speak, Talk, Talking, Talked.

10.3 - Books Really Do Grow On Trees
Read a book with the word tree/trees or a type of tree in the title.

10.4 - Beware The Seven Deadly Sins
Read a book with one of The Seven Deadly Sins in the title: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, gluttony, or simply the word "sin."

10.5 - All About The Birds And The Bees
A. Read a book with a type of bird in the title.
B. Read a book with a type of insect in the title

10.6 - "I could have gone on flying through space forever."
Read a novel featuring space exploration/travel/astronauts (Ex. 2001: A Space Odyssey) a non-fiction book about space/astronomy (Ex. Astronomy: A Beginner's Guide to the Universe), OR a biography/autobiography/memoir of an astronaut (Ex. Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir).

10.7 - Friends
Read a book that is popular among the lists of your Goodreads friends that you have never see a list of these books click on this link. (no re-reads for this task).

10.8 - Spring Renewal
Have a favorite series? Is the newest book in the series set to be released between March 1st and May 31st? If so, it will count for this task! Reading with Style Exclusive!

10.9 - Square Peg
Want to read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but it just won't fit anywhere? Use this task once and only once to score points for a book that won't fit anywhere else in the Reading with Style Spring Challenge. Reading with Style Exclusive!

10.10 (Jenilyn's 3rd Place Task) - Spring is a Time for New Beginnings:
Read a debut novel, e.g. Christina Schwarz's debut novel "Drowning Ruth" or Heather Gudenkauf's debut novel "Weight of Silence." Reading with Style Exclusive!

15.1 - Beware the Ides of March
Read a book of True Crime. (Ex. The Darkest Night: The Murder of Innocence in a Small Town.)

15.2 - A Magical Birthday
Harry Houdini's birthday is March 24th. To celebrate the birthday of this famous magician and escapologist, read a book where magic, a magician, or an escape is a prominent feature.

15.3 - Mental Health
A. Read a novel with a main character with a mental health disorder (depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or phobia, eating disorder, personality disorder, etc). The mental health disorder does NOT have to be a diagnosed condition in order to count for the challenge. The character just needs to have a clear mental health disorder that can easily be identified by the reader.
B. Read a memoir/biography/autobiography that specifically relates to a mental health disorder(s).

15.4 - This Day In History
Go to this website:
Scroll to your birth month and click on the day of your birth. Read a book about or that involves an event that took place on that day in history (other than births or deaths).

15.5 - Anzac Day
A. A novel that takes place in Australia or New Zealand that is written by an author from one of those countries.
B. A novel or non-fictional account of World War I.

15.6 - May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Read a novel that takes place in a Asian/Pacific county, that features an Asian/Pacific American character, or written by an Asian/Pacific American author.

15.7 - The Gods Must Be Crazy
Read a book involving Greek and/or Roman gods. May be non-fiction or fiction. Half-blood Gods are fine.

15.8 - Fabulous firsts or superior seconds?
Read a novel that has won the Costa/Whitbread award for best first novel. OR, if you've already read that novel, read the second book published by the same author. (Note: You only have to read one book for this task here...if you complete the task as written for the Seasonal Challenge, you will receive Multiple Finish points.)

15.9 (Liz's 2nd Place Task) - Pulitzer Season
Joseph Pulitzer was born in April 1847. The Pulitzer Prize was created in May 1917, and this year's Pulitzer winners will be announced on April 12th. To celebrate, read a book that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Reading with Style Exclusive!

15.10 - Group Reads
Read one Of the following Group Read selections (or the runners-up).
A. Historical - The Historian, The Other Boleyn Girl
B. Censored - The Golden Compass, Speak
C. Favorite Author - The Handmaid's Tale, East of Eden

20.1 - "The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them."
Read a book written by an author who lived during Queen Victoria's lifetime (May 24, 1819 – January 22, 1901).

20.2 - "Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are."
A. Read a book whose title relates to your personal philosophy
B. Read a book written by a philosopher whose ideas you identify with.
(Please note: This tasks is about philosophers and philosophy, not self-help or self-improvement. Feel free to ask about your selection in the questions thread.)

20.3 - Deja Vu
Read a published novel of 100 pages or more that is based on a novel written by a different author. The novel may be a sequel, a prequel, a re-telling, or featuring characters from the original work. (If you're reading the original novel as well, consider fitting it into task 20.1 or 10.9.)

20.4 And The Oscar Goes To...
A. A book that is the basis for a film nominated for this year's Academy Awards (picture, acting, or writing):
An Education - Lynn Barber
Push - Sapphire
Up in the Air - Walter Kirn
The Blind Side - Michael Lewis
Playing the Enemy - John Carlin (Invictus)
Crazy Heart - Thomas Cobb
Julie & Julia - Julie Powell
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Last Station - Jay Parini
B. A biography/autobiography of an Academy Award winning actor, actress, or director.

20.5 - Freedom Of The Press
A. Read a novel with a main character who is a journalist.
B. Read a non-fictional book written by a print, radio, or television journalist (i.e., not a web journalist).

20.6 - What's in a name?
Read a novel published under a pseudonym or pen name.

20.7 - Character References
A. Read a novel
B. Read a book or a book by an author that the first novel references.
For example, in The Moonstone one of the characters refers to Robinson Crusoe, in The Inheritance of Loss two characters discuss V. S. Naipaul, and The Origin of the Species [sic:] is mentioned in I am Charlotte Simmons.

20.8 (Donna Jo's 1st Place Task) - Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral:
Read a book from two of the three following categories:
A. A book with either the word Animal or the name of an anima
B. A book with either the word Vegetable or the name of a vegetable
C. A book with the word Mineral or the name of a mineral.
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20.9 (Krista's Co-Mod Task) - “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King” (Hamlet Act I, Scene II). William Shakespeare was baptized April 26; 1564 and died on April 23, 1616.
Read a play (or two) in honor of William Shakespeare’s contributions to the stage. Minimum page count for this task is 200 pages.
Here’s a link to a list of notable playwrights from Wikipedia:
List of winners of the The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for English-language women playwrights.
Reading with Style Exclusive!

20.10 (Sam's Co-Mod Task) - "Well, if you put a gun to my head..."
Since the end of the Victorian Era, there are two kinds of novel you absolutely should not write if you want to find your way into the Western Canon one day: romance and crime. This task is not about romance novels. Read a crime novel by one of these Edgar Award-winning authors. You don't have to read the novel that won the author the award, but the novel you do read has to be a crime novel. Reading with Style Exclusive!

message 2: by Krista (last edited May 31, 2010 11:52PM) (new)

Krista (kacey14) Spring 2010 Reading with Style Readerboard Totals
(Tallied through message #394 on the Completed Tasks thread)

Final Totals for Spring 2010 Reading with Style Challenge

Liz - 1085
Donna Jo - 1060
Coralie - 1035
Krista - 600
Jennifer - 485
Jenilyn - 465
Elizabeth - 450
Katy - 415
Sam - 375
Jayme - 335
Arow - 300
Cindie - 260
Erin - 120
Melissa - 115
Rachel Lee - 110
Kiri - 95
Cait - 55

message 3: by Krista (last edited Mar 06, 2010 04:53PM) (new)

Krista (kacey14) Cindie wrote: "15.7 I read the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan"

Hi Cindie: If you could please post your points on the Completed Tasks thread that will keep all the reporting of finished books.

We're just using this thread to list the tasks and post updates to the Reading w/Style Readerboard.


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