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message 1: by Misty (last edited May 12, 2010 03:09PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Here it is, folks. The "Challenging" Challenge.

PLEASE NOTE: This thread is for a discussion of the tasks ONLY. Any changes to these tasks will be updated here, so check the date on this post. There will be a separate thread for everyone’s points as tasks are completed (which will open on the day the challenge starts).

Ground Rules and Notes:
1. The Challenge begins at 12:00 A.M. local time on 1 April 2010 and ends at 11:59 P.M. local time on 30 June 2010; for a book to count for the challenge, it cannot be more than 1/2 read before 12:00 AM on April 1st.
2. This Challenge is just for fun, so make sure you enjoy yourself and all the books you will be reading!
3. All books must be classified as Young Adult or Juvenile Fiction; the only exception to this is if you happen to get 'Adult Books Suitable for YA' in "Genre Roulette." If you local library classifies the book you chose as juvenile-young adult, then the book may be included.
4. All books must be at least 100 pages long to count for any of the tasks, unless you can make a good argument for why it should be allowed.
5. Re-reads are NOT allowed unless you can convince me or it falls into one of the following categories: it is a book you never finished, it is a book you didn't like but want to give another chance, it is a buddy pick, one book of a multi-book task is a reread, etc. The goal is to try new things, not reread old ones, but if you think it fits or feel it's reasonable, it probably is; just ask. :)
6. Audio books and electronic books (unabridged), such as Kindle, all count for this Challenge. Page counts will be according to the GoodReads page count.
7. When reporting completion of tasks, please make note of the number of pages for the first edition listed on Goodreads (as was done in the first challenge) -- this is to keep things fair since there will be prizes awarded. The point-count Leaderboard will be updated as often as I am able or as necessary. If you find discrepancies in the point totals, please notify me. If you change a book to a different task, please notify me. Thank you.
8. "Buddy Bonus" tasks are completely optional, and give an additional 5 points apiece. If every single task and buddy bonus is completed an additional 5 points will be awarded, bringing the point total to 325 points possible.
9. Because this challenge is more "challenging" I am willing to work with people on it. There is leeway. If you absolutely cannot fulfill the terms of a task, alternate options will be provided or you may suggest an alternative that works for you.
10. I have created an email for purposes of communication beyond that provided here. It is WildThingsChallenge4@gmail.com. Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns, or if you come across useful sites and lists.
11. HAVE FUN! This isn't homework. Try to have fun with it, and if you absolutely hate a book beyond the mere "comfort level" thing, pick a new one!

There will be prizes, though I don't know what they will be yet (if anyone has suggestions or wants to donate a prize, email me). I intend to have 2 winners: 1 top point getter (determined by completion date and page count) and 1 random participant. This way, even if you know you can't finish, you still have a chance at a prize.
Prizes awarded are at my discretion.


Please note: Folders have been established for Lists associated with this challenge (to help you find books), for discussion, for point reporting, and for the Buddy Bonuses/Genre Roulette. If You would like to sign up for the Buddy Bonuses, please post a comment in the Buddy Bonus folder.


OFFICIAL SECTION, with a twist (broadening, out of the box, better readers mash-up) (1):
1.5: Read a selection from our group Top Ya Novels list that you previously had no intention of reading.
1.10: Read a book that someone in the group (or on Goodreads) has been "pushing" you to read, but that you've avoided because it's in a genre you don't normally read.
1.15: Read a book from any thread in a folder that you never go into (ie, I have never once opened the mystery folder, or the Religion folder; I would choose a book mentioned in a thread in one of these folders)
1.20: Read a 4- or 5-star book from a WT member you've never conversed with, and then discuss it with them. There are nearly 1,000 of us; scroll to the bottom of the page or click members in the right-hand menu to browse for someone you don’t know. [Please note: you will not be penalized if whoever you pick doesn't respond to you to discuss the book. The goal here is just to browse an unknown members shelves, get an idea for what other people are reading, and read something they really liked and see if you do, too.]
1.25: Read 2 books from a series (or 2 books from 1 author) from a different culture, or in a genre you don't read.
Buddy Bonus +5: Buddy gets to pick 1 book for you to read that fits any of the above. This is in addition to what you read for each task.


BROADENING YOUR HORIZONS (2):
2.5: Read any book that is NOT in your native language (ie translated into your language), or that was originally published in another country.
2.10: Spin the globe (or point on an atlas) and read any ya book written by someone from that geographic area, or set in that area. If it lands in your geographic area, respin/point. If you do not have access to a map or globe, message me and I will give you a geographic area to read from. See Challenge 4 Links and Lists folder to help you get started.
2.15: Read 2 award winners from 2 different countries other than your own (ie, the award is from another country; the book does not necessarily have to be). Books do not have to be originally in different languages, etc. Each book just has to have won an award in a country not your own (each book = a different country).
2.20: Read 2 books, 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction, about a real event (current or historical) that is NOT a part of your cultural heritage (ie, took place in another country, revolves around another ethnicity or belief, etc) or that you do not know a lot about (ie Civil Rights movement, Crusades, FGM – whatever you would like to learn more about).
2.25: Read 2 books from 2 cultures/countries that revolve around the same topic or theme (or similar) -- MAY NOT use your own culture/country. Examples of topics and themes: coming of age, death and grieving, humor, young love, etc.
Buddy Bonus +5: You and buddy choose together 1 fairy tale (preferably from another country to read, and 1 retelling based on that fairy tale [tale obviously does not have to be 100 pages long -- together they should meet the 100 page requirement. A good place to start to find an original tale to work with is Sur La Lune].

READING OUT OF YOUR BOX (3):
3.5: Look on GR for "Best of" lists in a genre you don't read, and read something from one of the lists that interests you OR read a book for the monthly pick (April, May or June) for Linda Grace’s Ongoing Challenge. Make sure you mention which option you chose when reporting points.
3.10: Read a book and listen to the audiobook version OR watch a movie adaptation.
3.15: Genre Roulette or Misty Pick! When ready for this task, sign up in the Challenge 4 Sign Ups folder and a genre will be randomly assigned to you for you to choose a book from OR you can request a Misty-pick, and I will choose your book for you from your assigned genre.
3.20: Read any two books from our most neglected folders, LGBT, Multicultural, Non-fiction, or Religion and contribute to discussion. [Note: the book does NOT have to already be mentioned in one of these folders, it just has to fall into the category. Though if it is not, in order to "contribute to the discussion" you should make a thread for it. Yay!]
3.25: Read three books in 3 different non-traditional forms: drama (does not have to be 100 pages), poetry, short story anthology, epistolary/diary, audiobook. In the Discussions thread for the Challenge, briefly tell us whether these forms worked for the story, and what you thought.
Buddy Bonus +5: Buddy looks through your GR shelves and picks 1 book in a genre or style that seems neglected.

BUILDING A BETTER READER (4):
4.5: Read any book and write a detailed review that examines what you read, what you thought and felt, and whether you would recommend it.
4.10: Read a ya book and discuss it with or recommend it to a young adult in your life. OR have a young adult in your life recommend a book to you and discuss with them why they like it.
4.15: Ask a YA librarian to recommend their "little known gems" in a variety of genres, read 1, discuss it with the librarian if possible. If you do not have access to a YA librarian, please mention this in the Discussions thread and one will be provided for you via the magic of the internet, librarians in the group, and/or the Librarian List found in Challenge 4 Links and Lists folder
4.20: Read YA any book (preferably dealing with a controversial issue, or a topic that is out of your comfort zone or usual genre), and create and post discussion questions for it. See the Banned Books List in the Challenge 4 Links and Lists folder or choose your own book that you deem “well out of your comfort zone.”
4.25: Read any YA book and do 2 of the following:
-- written response to the book
-- drawing or other art form inspired by the book
-- character interview
-- poem
-- make a photo collage or slideshow that represents the book to you
-- make a book trailer
-- make a music playlist inspired by the book
-- Or pitch your own idea!
There are links in the Challenge 4 Links and Lists folder to help you with some of these (such as the photo collage)
When you have done your two things, upload them somewhere and provide links, or email them to me at WildThingsChallenge4@gmail.com and I will upload them to a set Wild Things Challenge account and provide the link to all compiled results at the end of the challenge.
Buddy Bonus +5: Read your buddy's book from 4.20 and answer the questions. If you have already read the book, answer the questions and create your own follow-ups.


Angela Sunshine (angelasunshine) Oh man, I'm actually going to have to THINK this time!! So far I'd been able to shift my tasks so I could use the books I already owned.

Hmm... guess I'll put the Markus Zusak book back since he's Australian and I will likely need it in April! haha..

Looks good, Misty!


message 3: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I have so many books I own that, if I'm honest with myself, I've picked up on a whim or been given, and have never really thought I'd read. So I'm surprised how many I have that actually work for this challenge AND make me read things I probably wouldn't have, even though I own them.


message 4: by Kellee (new)

Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) *sigh*
I have a huge list of books that I have/want to read before I can start the challenge (before the school year is over). I'll have to see if any fit... If not, I'll start the challenge when I finish the list.


message 5: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments We'll be glad to have you whenever, Kellee. :)


message 6: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 74 comments Cute, Misty!


message 7: by Kellee (new)

Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) Misty wrote: "We'll be glad to have you whenever, Kellee. :)"

Thanks :D


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Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments I would just like to make a suggestion which might help Misty -- please keep the task board just to posting tasks. We can use this board for discussions. I found I mistook some when people replied and the task of the people they were replying got a bit confusing to me. I hope you don't mind my suggestion, Misty.


message 9: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Misty, "30 days hath September, April, JUNE, and November" - so you need to adjust your closing date! Tee hee!


message 10: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Ha. Thing is, I know that. I copied from your rules, and changed the months and not the date.


message 11: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments And to my understanding, the Points (ie task reporting) folder has always been just for reporting and claiming points. That's why we have a discussion folder, so nothing gets lost in the shuffle. I wasn't able to play last time; was it different?
I will be very explicit that the points folder is for points and discrepancies only when it goes up at the end of the month.


message 12: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Misty wrote: "And to my understanding, the Points (ie task reporting) folder has always been just for reporting and claiming points. That's why we have a discussion folder, so nothing gets lost in the shuffle. ..."

I had a bit of confusion, so I would just like to remind the participants that it is important to keep discussion in the discussion/genre folders. Hope this makes keeping track a bit easier for you.


message 13: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Ah, I see. Yeah, I will remind people, too. It has it's own folder, after all, so there's no need to clutter up the points and whatnot. Thanks for having my back, Lydia. :D


message 14: by Jennifer W, WT Moderator (new)

Jennifer W | 1289 comments Mod
Misty (or anyone), do you know if the CCBC Choice Award is the Canadian Children's Book Center Choice Award? I can't seem to find what the initials stand for. I did find http://www.bookcentre.ca/award which has many Canadian awards listed.


message 15: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Regarding 3.10: Are you saying to read the book AND listen to the audiotape OR Read the book AND watch a movie adaptation? Once I've read a book, I'm generally not inclined to listen to the audio.


message 16: by Misty (last edited Mar 21, 2010 12:02PM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments That's funny, Lydia. You were the one who suggested it ["I would like to suggest reading a book AND listening to it as audio OR reading one in a series and doing the next in the series as an audio book...":] and I was worried that people wouldn't want to do the same book twice; Angela suggested a movie option, which I liked.
But yes, it is a comparison task, so read AND listen or read AND watch.

Jennifer -- I haven't got a clue. Google failed me on this one.


message 17: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Oh, I git confused. I thought it was going to be a buddy task where one would read and one would audiotape (shows my vision issue just loves to hang on and work with my poor brain). I do agree if its not buddy than do you think it should be:
Read a book OR listen to the audio AND watch the movie?


message 18: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I like it the way it is. I want people to get a feel for an adaptation of the written, which is what people tend to go for. This way, they can either see if they like the way it's read after having read it themselves, or they can see how the movie adapted it. But we could open it up to a 2 of 3 option and let people pick and choose if people are worried about it.


message 19: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Misty, the Top YA Novels link doesn't work.


message 20: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments 2.25 Can one of the countries be our native country or culture?


message 21: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Lydia wrote: "2.25 Can one of the countries be our native country or culture?"

Sure, I don't see why not. Since 3 are required, that seems like a good comparison opportunity/starting point.

Link is fixed. (sorry)


message 22: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments I did re-do my Task Excel sheet:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?ke...

Let me know if this works.


message 23: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I don't have permission to view, my dear. :}


message 24: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?ke...

This is the share link if the one above does not work.


message 25: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Nice.


message 26: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Buddy Bonus for 4.0 section: My daughters and I pride ourselves on having read most of the ALA Banned Books, so just in case, what should be done if our buddy read a book we have already read?


message 27: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments You mean to answer their questions? Reread and answer, or I suppose, if you really don't want to reread, you can answer the questions (in depth - gotta make it harder if you're not reading) and create your own follow up questions.
I personally think anything thats been banned can benefit from multiple readings...


message 28: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Made some edits today. Most were for the sake of clarity, but one of note:
Changed 2.25 from read 3 books from 3 cultures/countries to read 2 books from 2 cultures/countries that revolve around the same topic or theme (or similar) -- MAY NOT use your own culture/country.
It shouldn't be too hard to find 2 books set in/written in 2 countries on a similar topic...


message 29: by Misty (last edited May 27, 2010 08:02AM) (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Okay. Drumroll please...
To get the ball rolling, here is my list. I likely will not finish (busy couple of months) but here is what I am thinking:

1.5 The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
1.10 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (pushed hardcore by GR/real friend Jadin)
1.15 Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (on the DCPL Teen Faith and Spirituality list)
1.20 Black Maria by Diana Wynne Jones (on JOSIE's shelves)
1.25 [orinigally had [book:Son of the Shadows|13927] and Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier (author = NEW ZEALAND)]
Buddy Bonus: tbd

2.5 tbd (debating Brave Story, Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove or The Thief Lord, all translated Batchelder winners)
2.10 Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (set in JAPAN)
2.15 The Beguilers (IRELAND'S BISTO AWARD) + A Little Wanting Song (AUSTRALIA'S CBC AWARD)
2.20 Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson + An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (disclosure: Fever is a reread)
2.25 How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (set in ENGLAND) + The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm BY Nancy Farmer (set in ZIMBABWEI) [I chose world dystopias as my theme)
Buddy Bonus: [book:Wildwood Dancing|13929] by Juliet Marillier + the tale of The 12 Dancing Princesses (disclosure: Wildwood Dancing is a reread for me, not for Lydia)

3.5 tbd - I will be doing a Linda Grace Challenge pick
3.10 The Help by Kathryn Stockett (book and audio) - up for debate. I bought it from Children's Book of the Month Club, but many don't categorize it as YA. Comments?
3.15 genre #17: LGBT - [originally had [book:Debbie Harry Sings in French|2207435] by Meagan Brothers (MC cross dresses)]
3.20 The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon (LGBT) + All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg (NONFICTION)
3.25 I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder (POETRY) + Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (MEMOIR/GRAPHIC NOVEL/LGBT) + [originally was thinking either [book:Cloudwalker: Contemporary Native American Stories|3537714] or Immortal: Love Stories with Bite (short story anthologies)]
Buddy Bonus: Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou

4.5 Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
4.10 Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates - series recommended to me quite enthusiastically by friend's son)
4.15 If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (one of my librarians' picks)
4.20 Jumper by Steven Gould (on ALA's 100 most frequently banned of the '90s)
4.25 (originally had Speak)
Buddy Bonus: tbd


message 30: by Lydia (last edited Mar 22, 2010 08:00PM) (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments Misty wrote: "You mean to answer their questions? Reread and answer, or I suppose, if you really don't want to reread, you can answer the questions (in depth - gotta make it harder if you're not reading) and cr..."

I just want to be clear -- then whatever the buddy picks, the person MUST re-read if they have already read it. Is that right? Or are you giving them a pass by saying they can just answer questions whether they did a re-read or not?


message 31: by Lydia (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments I'm so excited that you are reading Octavia Butler. Her books are not typically rated YA; but she was the most awesome black sci-fi author!


message 32: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I've only read Kindred by her (LOOOOOOOOOOOVED), so I was very excited to find her on the DCPL list. And hey, if it's on a teen list = fair game. (yay)

And what I said was if they have read it they can
1) Choose to reread it and answer the questions like normal, OR
2) Not reread, but answer the questions thoroughly, and then create follow up questions of their own.


message 33: by Lydia (last edited Mar 22, 2010 09:40PM) (new)

Lydia (loverofinformation) | 596 comments So, Misty, you do realize that you are giving them a pass on re-reading? I just want to make sure that's okay with everyone. Generally our tasks have involved readin; but personally, I think this is like way cool.

BTW, when Butler died I purchased every single book she ever wrote!


message 34: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments The only reason I am giving them a pass is because they didn't choose the book. I cannot going to force someone to reread something they didn't pick, however, they can't just get off the hook and get the points for free; they have to up the ante a bit.


message 35: by Angela Sunshine (last edited Jun 29, 2010 10:15PM) (new)

Angela Sunshine (angelasunshine) Ok.... here's my plan. I'm not sure how far I'll get with it, but it's always good to have an outline! I'm especially happy because I only need to pick up 4 books for this. The rest are already waiting on my bookshelf!

1.5 The Wednesday Wars (I own this and it just hasn't appealed to me at all)
1.10 Howl's Moving Castle (Fiona's favorite)
1.15 Down a Dark Hall (Mystery- YA Horror folder)
1.20 Go Ask Alice (Rhiannon's 5 star)

1.25 Under the Persimmon Tree and Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind (Pakistani culture)
Buddy Bonus: The House of the Scorpion

2.5 The Thief Lord or The Neverending Story
2.10 The Orange Girl (set in Spain)
2.15 How I Live Now (Guardian Book Award 2004 UK) and I Am the Messenger (Children's Book Council 2003 Australia)
2.20 The Devil's Arithmetic and I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust (Holocaust)
2.25 Massive (UK) and Leaving Jetty Road (Australia) dealing with eating disorders
Buddy Bonus: Wildwood Dancing

3.5 The Book Thief (#13 on "Best Historical Fiction" list - not a big fan of historical writing, fiction or non!)
3.10 I Capture the Castle
3.15 Sight mystery Misty pick!

3.20 Annie on My Mind (LGBT) and Dragonwings: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1903 (Multicultural)
3.25 Tuck Everlasting (audiobook) and ttfn (IMs) and Vacations from Hell (short story anthology)
Buddy Bonus: Bermudez Triangle


4.5 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
4.10 Poison Study recommended by my son, Kieran
4.15 Sloppy Firsts yay for Misty's librarian's picks!
4.20 Such a Pretty Girl
4.25Monsters of Men playlist & bookmark

Buddy Bonus: Before I Fall


message 36: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Ooh. Looks good. And my librarians did pick some good gems, didn't they. That's why they have my ♥


message 37: by Pollyanna (last edited May 09, 2010 05:42AM) (new)

Pollyanna (polly8) I'll make a list of what I hope to read:

1.5: The Outsiders
1.10: The 13 Clocks
1.15: Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipović (non-fiction)
1.20: The Book of Lost Things (Jess)
1.25: Shadow of the Dragon and Song of the Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland (Vietnamese Culture)

2.5:
2.10: City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende from Peru. (It is in the Ultimate Teen Book Guide)
2.15: The Graveyard Book (Newberry award, USA) The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd(Bistro book of the year, Ireland)
2.20: Trail of Tears (Non-fiction) and Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears
2.25: Cut Patricia McCormick (America)So Much to Tell You by John Marsden (Australia) Mental Illness
Buddy Bonus: The Big Over Easy and Humpty Dumpty


3.5: Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War War Genre
3.10: Love in the Time of Cholera
3.15: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson Action/Adventure
3.20: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Multicultural) and The Alchemist (Religion)
3.25: TBD
Buddy Bonus: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Dystopian)

4.5: Beautiful Creatures
4.10: White Fang
4.15: TBD
4.20: It Happened to Nancy: By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary
4.25: TBD


message 38: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I have questions on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Love in the Time of Cholera and The Alchemist. Did you find them on a YA list, or categorized somewhere as YA?


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Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) Okay, so I was fretting about this challenge and had a really hard time finding books for it- I almost gave up and didn't do it. BUT- my sister agreed to set it up for me and we had so much fun doing it!! Here is my list:

1.5 The House of the Scorpion
1.10 Wake
1.15 Another Kind Of Cowboy
1.20 If I Stay (Mandy)
1.25 Ties That Bind, Ties That Break & Mismatch by Lensey Namioka

2.5 Tiger Moon (Translated from German)
2.10 Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass (Russia)
2.15 Looking for JJ (UK) & Things You Either Hate or Love (NZ)
2.20 The Book Thief & Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Holocaust)
2.25 The Breadwinner & Homeless Bird

3.5 Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom (#1 on Best of Manga)
3.10 The Looking Glass Wars
3.15 The Monstrumologist (Horror)
3.20 Maya Running & Boy Meets Boy
3.25 Impossible (Audio book), Life As We Knew It (Journal) & 21 Proms (Short Stories)

4.5 TBD
4.10 Fallen Angels
4.15 Ruined: A Ghost Story
4.20 Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories
4.25 The Grave


message 40: by Kellee (last edited Mar 24, 2010 05:00PM) (new)

Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) Okay, so I was fretting about this challenge and had a really hard time finding books for it- I almost gave up and didn't do it. BUT- my sister agreed to set it up for me and we had so much fun doing it!! Here is my list:

1.5 The House of the Scorpion
1.10 Wake
1.15 Another Kind Of Cowboy (LBGT)
1.20 If I Stay (Mandy)
1.25 Ties That Bind, Ties That Break & Mismatch by Lensey Namioka

2.5 Tiger Moon (Translated from German)
2.10 Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass (Russia)
2.15 Looking for JJ (UK) & Things You Either Hate or Love (NZ)
2.20 The Book Thief & Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Holocaust)
2.25 The Breadwinner (Women's Roles/Rights in Afghanistan) & Homeless Bird (Women's Roles/Rights in India)

3.5 Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom (#1 on Best of Manga)
3.10 The Looking Glass Wars
3.15 The Monstrumologist (Horror)
3.20 Maya Running (Religion) & Boy Meets Boy (LBGT)
3.25 Impossible (Audio book), Life As We Knew It (Journal) & 21 Proms (Short Stories)

4.5 Tithe
4.10 Fallen Angels
4.15 Ruined: A Ghost Story
4.20 Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories
4.25 The Grave


message 41: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I'm glad you decided to give it a shot, Kellee. Honestly, I thought it was going to be difficult picking my books, but it really only took me about 1/2 an hour or so. There are a lot of great books on those lists, and a lot I was able to work in that I've been wanting to read.


message 42: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Oh, and one (hopefully) final edit before any more people get their lists up:

Task 4.25 has been changed to ANY YA book. I figured there was no reason not to have more wiggle room in this task; you're still 'building a better reader' by doing the extras, no matter the book. Hope this helps.


message 43: by Kellee (new)

Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) Misty wrote: "I'm glad you decided to give it a shot, Kellee. Honestly, I thought it was going to be difficult picking my books, but it really only took me about 1/2 an hour or so. There are a lot of great boo..."

I really did try, but I was being hard headed and probably would of ended up cheating myself out of reading things out of my comfort zone. With my sister doing it, she kept me honest :)


message 44: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Is sister participating? Are you guys reading together? 'Cause that would be awesome!


message 45: by Kellee (new)

Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) Misty wrote: "Is sister participating? Are you guys reading together? 'Cause that would be awesome!"

No- I wish she would. She loves to read, but doesn't get to as much as I do. She just helped out of the kindness of her heart. She is my person that I talk to about my books. She actually helps me a lot when I can't decide what to read. I'll send her lists of like 20 or 30 books I want to read or have for a challenge and she'll read the summaries and put them in order for me. Then she knows the basis for all the books and I can discuss them with her :)


message 46: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Why don't you just pick a couple to read together? Say one for each section, or even less. There's no rule saying you have to finish. I know I won't be able to finish this one, I have to much going on. But she can still get some of the experience of a challenge, AND be eligible to win prizies. (yes, that's how I meant to spell it)


message 47: by Kellee (new)

Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) Misty,

I'll try to talk her into it, but she is really busy too (She's a TA and a grad student); however, I may be able to sell her on reading 4 books :D


message 48: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments YAY!


message 49: by Pollyanna (new)

Pollyanna (polly8) Misty wrote: "I have questions on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Love in the Time of Cholera and The Alchemist. Did you find them on a YA list, or categorized somewhere as YA?"

Love in the Time of Cholera and The Alchemist are both in the ultimate Teen book guide. I'll change The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to something else :)


message 50: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Ok. ^_^
(Can't blame you for wanting to read it, it's on my list, too)


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