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message 1: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments 20.2 - Rookie Of The Season - Valorie - Clean Sweep
A. Read a fiction book with a character that cleans or organizes in some capacity.
Or
B. Read a non-fiction book that helps you get a jump start on cleaning or organizing your home.


message 2: by Katie (new)

Katie (katieisallbooked) | 263 comments LOVE this task! I love to clean and organize things so this is right up my alley.

I'm going to try to find Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? at the library. I've seen the author promoting it on TV several times and it looks good. He's Peter Walsh from TLC's Clean Sweep.


message 3: by Kim (new)

Kim  | 0 comments I just finished reading The Help which was really good. It would fit this task if anyone is looking for a really good book to read!


message 4: by Alice (new)

Alice (aliceg) | 429 comments I have just finished reading The Children's Bookby A.S.Byatt which was good. It would fit this task as one of the characters moves into one of the central families' home and cleans and organizes their house for them! It is quite a hard going kind of book but definitely really worth it if you like big books!


message 5: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 148 comments I just read Year of Wonders and it would work as the the narrator is a maid in the village.


message 6: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 148 comments I am wondering if a person who renovates old homes would work for this task. Thanks!


message 7: by Diane (new)

Diane | 742 comments The Undomestic Goddess would also work for this task.


message 8: by Jen B (new)

Jen B (jennybee618) | 322 comments Would The Fixer Upper: A Novel work for this one? She's renovating an old house...


message 9: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Kathleen - Thanks for that info!! I've had Year of Wonders on my TBR for a while!


message 10: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments Looks like the cleaning books are around call number 646-648, so I'll just see what the library has. And I've been meaning to read The Undomestic Goddess for a LONG time....


message 11: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Kathleen wrote: "I am wondering if a person who renovates old homes would work for this task. Thanks!"

Sure Kathleen, I'll take it.


message 12: by Valorie (last edited Mar 01, 2010 02:38PM) (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments I'll take any renovating or remodeling. Any laundry, laundromat, or dry cleaning will work too.


message 13: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Jen B wrote: "Would The Fixer Upper: A Novel work for this one? She's renovating an old house..."

Yep Jen B, that will work.


message 14: by Luculus (new)

Luculus How about The Devil You Know? The main character is an exorcist, and his job is to clean buildings of ghosts and spirits. Or is it too big a stretch?


message 16: by Valorie (last edited Mar 01, 2010 06:20PM) (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Luculus wrote: "How about The Devil You Know? The main character is an exorcist, and his job is to clean buildings of ghosts and spirits. Or is it too big a stretch?"

I'm a huge paranormal genre fan so I say go for it!!


message 17: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Patricia wrote: "would The Housekeeper and the Professor work?"

Yep, that will work Patricia!


message 18: by Luculus (new)

Luculus Cool, thanks Valorie :)


message 19: by Katie (new)

Katie (katieisallbooked) | 263 comments Diane wrote: "The Undomestic Goddess would also work for this task."

Oh! I've been wanting to read this one for a long time and I have it on my TBR shelf. I think I'll read this one instead. Thanks for the idea.


message 20: by Bridgit (new)

Bridgit | 515 comments Would a personal assistant or a secretary work? They keep things organized for their bosses???


message 21: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Bridgit wrote: "Would a personal assistant or a secretary work? They keep things organized for their bosses???"

Well..... I guess I'll allow it. They do keep files, and paperwork organized.


message 22: by Erin (NY) (new)

Erin (NY) (erin_p) | 629 comments Could someone please recommend some books for part A? I have read both The Undomestic Goddess and The Housekeeper and the Professor (both of which are very good), but I can't seem to come up with anything else....


message 23: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Hi Erin,

Here is a link for a cozy mystery site that lists authors and books that have cleaning subjects...
http://www.cozy-mystery.com/blog/cozy...

Not sure if you like mysteries but hope it helps.


message 24: by Petra (new)

Petra Erin, I just started Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel. The character, Alice, is a cleaning woman.


message 25: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments It looks like Alias Grace would work for this task, right?


message 26: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments Can anyone who has read it please tell me if A Northern Light would work? The description says that the main character gets a summer job at a hotel, but I'm not sure of what her job entails.


message 27: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Cait wrote: "It looks like Alias Grace would work for this task, right?"

Yep, it'll work


message 28: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Cait wrote: "Can anyone who has read it please tell me if A Northern Light would work? The description says that the main character gets a summer job at a hotel, but I'm not sure of what her job e..."

Hey Cait,
I found a review with this blurb about what she does at the hotel...
"It’s 1906 and 16-year-old Mattie Gokey is at a crossroads in her life. She’s escaped the overwhelming responsibilities of helping to run her father’s brokedown farm in exchange for a paid summer job as a serving girl at a fancy hotel in the Adirondacks."

I'm pretty lenient with this task, so clearing dishes, etc. is a form of cleaning, so I'll take it.


message 29: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments Thank you, Valorie!


message 30: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 65 comments Hey Valorie,
I'm currently reading Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder and the main character, Trella is a scrub, which means she cleans pipes in her futuristic society. Will you accept Inside Out?


message 31: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments April wrote: "Hey Valorie,
I'm currently reading Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder and the main character, Trella is a scrub, which means she cleans pipes in her futuristic society. Will you accept In..."


Yep, I'll accept it


message 32: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 65 comments Whoo-hoo! Thanks Valerie!

So hey if you guys are looking for a YA Dystopia to fill this task, I recommend Inside Out.


message 33: by Manday (new)

Manday | 311 comments thanks April! That sounds like a good option! I was struggling with part A


message 34: by Wallace (new)

Wallace Valorie wrote: "I'll take any renovating or remodeling. Any laundry, laundromat, or dry cleaning will work too."

Oh good! That means I can finally read The House at Riverton by Kate Morton ... apparently the main character is a housemaid.


message 35: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Coconut Library wrote: "Valorie wrote: "I'll take any renovating or remodeling. Any laundry, laundromat, or dry cleaning will work too."

Oh good! That means I can finally read The House at Riverton by Kate Morton...."


Yep!


message 36: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Can I use a mystery novel where the PI goes undercover as a housemaid? She spends about half the book as a maid.


message 37: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Liz wrote: "Can I use a mystery novel where the PI goes undercover as a housemaid? She spends about half the book as a maid."

Absolutely!


message 38: by Heather (new)

Heather | 326 comments Will you accept Flowers for Algernon as the main character is a janitor at a bakery before his life changing surgery?

Heather in KS


message 39: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 740 comments Heather wrote: "Will you accept Flowers for Algernon as the main character is a janitor at a bakery before his life changing surgery?

Heather in KS"


Yep, no problem!


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