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message 1: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments 50 POINT MIDWAY TASK - MS ANDERSON - LUCK BE A LADY
Ah, Atlantic City. Known for its (surprisingly) clean public beaches, historic boardwalk, and, of course, the casinos. Because the tourists start arriving as soon as the weather warms up in the spring, it makes the perfect setting for the midway task!

For this, you either need a die or to go to ROLL THE DICE for your roll. The numbers you roll (first die, then second die) will let you know what genre of book you will read. You will read two books total for this task.

1. Roll the die once. The number you roll corresponds to one of these genres:
1 = Fantasy or Science Fiction
2 = Graphic Novel
3 = Romance (love story or bodice-ripper)
4 = Play
5 = Poetry (75pgs or more)
6 = Mystery or Thriller

2. Roll again for the second genre:
1 = Pre-20th century literature
2 = Nonfiction
3 = Biography or Autobiography
4 = 20th or 21st century literature
5 = Historical Fiction
6 = Short Story Collection

3. Add the values of the numbers you rolled for the supplement to your reading:
2 = Snake Eyes! Both your books must be over 300 pages!
3 = Borrow at one of your books from the library
4 = One of your books must be written by a foreign-born author
5 = One of your books must be a 5-star book from someone's list
6 = Both books must have some sort of connection (like the "Six Degrees" task)
7 = Lucky Sevens! Toss out the genres and read whatever you'd like!
8 = One of your books must have won an award
9 = Write a review of one of your books for us
10 = One of your books must be by a GoodReads author
11 = One of your books must be written for children or young adults
12 = Big Spender! Reroll one die for a new genre, but don't worry about doing the supplement for your new sum!

When you post, tell us both numbers you rolled, the genres you had to read, the sum of your rolls, and anything related to your supplement (ex. post your review, say whose 5-star book you read, tell us you got to read whatever you wanted, etc.).


message 2: by Megan (last edited May 05, 2010 11:04AM) (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments This has come up a few times. If on your second roll you get a 2 (Nonfiction), that means you can read anything nonfiction EXCEPT biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs (since that's a separate roll). I'm sorry for the confusion, and I should have been more explicit in my instructions.


message 3: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments Okay, so I rolled two 6's... Which gives me 12, which allows me to re-roll one of the dice, and I got a 3. If I'm interpreting this correctly, I can either read a collection of short stories and a romance OR a bio/autobio and a mystery/thriller, yes? And then I don't have to worry about adding them again... ? Yes?


message 4: by Megan (last edited Apr 01, 2010 09:06PM) (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Sara ♥ wrote: "Okay, so I rolled two 6's... Which gives me 12, which allows me to re-roll one of the dice, and I got a 3. If I'm interpreting this correctly, I can either read a collection of short stories and a..."

It means you can read a romance and mystery OR short stories and (auto)biography. You keep the genre from one of your rolls and use a new genre from the other roll. And yes, don't worry about using the supplement for the new sum.


message 5: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments Ah, okay... Yeah, I think I'm DEFINITELY going to go romance and mystery. I hope I can find a good mystery... I don't read the genre much anymore...


message 6: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) (vampsita) I got an easy one. :-)

I rolled 1, so fantasy/sci-fi. I then rolled a 3, so autobiography/biography. Then adding them up together, one of the two books needs to be written by a foreign born. I'm going to apply that to my autobiography/biography because I just bought "Fablehaven" last night and didn't have a task for it. Weee! Thanks, Ms Anderson.


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Yay! I'm glad it worked out for you :3


message 8: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) (vampsita) Now I just have to figure out an autobio/bio...and I think all the ones I have to read are written by Americans...must research...


message 9: by Jayme (new)

Jayme (jaymetheghostreader) | 3007 comments I polled a 4 and a 4. The first 4= read a play. I decoded to read "Death of a Salesman" I rolled another 4= 20th or 21 literature and adding them I got an 8 so one of my books has to have won and award so I chose the Newberry one. Of those i chose Dicey's Song, Summer of the Swans, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond depending on which I can get a hold of.


message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather | 386 comments SaWEET!!!! I rolled a 3 then a 4. So...that means I can read 2 books that I want, right???

Heather in KS


message 11: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments I got a pretty cool selection- I rolled a 5 and a 6. so this means i am reading poetry (super huge yay for me since my mother and I were just discussing poetry at length during my visit "home") and short stories (not as jazzed, but I am sure I can find something great).

Oh and I have an 11 total, which means i get to read a YA book (also yay). I think I may go for short stories on that one!!!!!

Super neat idea. I enjoy the randomness of it all, but also find it very open and broad at the same time!!!!


message 12: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments sweet...I already came to a decision.

I am reading The Mind-Body Problem: And Other Poems which is by a poet my mom keeps recommending I read and Push Anthology, because it has been on my list for a while anyway and it is a YA short story collection!

YAY!


message 13: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Heather wrote: "SaWEET!!!! I rolled a 3 then a 4. So...that means I can read 2 books that I want, right???

Heather in KS"


Yup! Anything you want that you couldn't fit into another task or have lying on your shelf or whatever.


message 14: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 50 comments Wow, how I love this task! (Random is my middle name, haha) Thanks a lot, Ms Anderson.

I got the sum of 6 (some sort of connection) So I should connected the books, not the writers, shouldn't I? Or I can do it both ways? Thanks in advance!


message 15: by Angela (new)

Angela | 502 comments 3=Romance
3 = Biography or Autobiography
6 = Both books must have some sort of connection (like the "Six Degrees" task)

Here are my rolls! Excited about this task!!


message 16: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 17941 comments Mod
Well done, Ms Anderson! Fun! Even for me and I am never random (must be control issues)
I got a 6-mystery/thriller and a 5- historical fiction
total 11- one must be children/YA

A dream task for me! So many choices...


message 17: by Belinda (last edited Apr 02, 2010 04:09AM) (new)

Belinda (bindyb) | 253 comments You are a genius! I can't wait to get into this one!!!
I rolled 6 + 1 = 7
So I have no rules!


message 18: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 16265 comments Mod
What a cool task! Thanks for coming up with one that is so creative and so much fun.

I like it even more because I rolled a 1 and a 4, which will be perfect to allow me to work in a couple books that I really wanted to read. I'm glad there was the link to the random dice roller - I would have hated to have to wait until I got home from work to roll some actual physical dice.


message 19: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Yay! This is another task I had considered. Love :)

I'll roll in a bit.


message 20: by Elizabeth (NC) (new)

Elizabeth (NC) | 185 comments Yeah! I rolled a 3 and a 4! I love this task (even more so since I rolled a 7!!) What a great way to fit in books that don't fit anywhere else. I'm sure I won't finish this until the end though. Since I can throw out the genres, it will be another place for me to fill in all those multi-book challenges that I only read half of.


message 21: by Kim D (new)

Kim D (kdimattia) | 199 comments I also rolled a 3 and a 4, which is great obviously. I might still try to read a romance book and a 20th or 21st century lit book.


message 22: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments 3 & 5. Plus an award. Huh. Wonder if Cleopatra's Daughter won an award.


message 23: by Jayme (new)

Jayme (jaymetheghostreader) | 3007 comments Sandy wrote: "What a cool task! Thanks for coming up with one that is so creative and so much fun.

I like it even more because I rolled a 1 and a 4, which will be perfect to allow me to work in a couple books..."



I physically rolled the dice.


message 24: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer  (jml_417) I rolled a 6 and a 1 - lucky sevens!!! Get to read whatever I want.


message 25: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Anyone know of an award winning romance? It would be great if it was a classic.


message 26: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Potjy wrote: "Wow, how I love this task! (Random is my middle name, haha) Thanks a lot, Ms Anderson.

I got the sum of 6 (some sort of connection) So I should connected the books, not the writers, shouldn't I? O..."


I consider the authors part of the books, so if you say, "Well, X author wrote this book that I read, and then , and Y author wrote the second book," then you're good! I'm really curious to see all the connections that can be made for some of the genres!

...I think that last sentence may have come out more evil than I meant it to be >_>

I rolled a 3 and a 2, so I'll be digging around people's lists for a 5-star book, probably a romance. Oh boy oh boy! I'm tempted to go the bodice-ripper route, if I can find one that my library also has.

Anyway, I'm glad everyone's so excited for this task! Now I'm just going to have to live up to it for every other task I ever get to make lol


message 27: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lbhick) | 829 comments I rolled a 3, then a 5. So, it will be a romance and a historical fiction, with one of them being an award winner. Sounds like a great combo to me!


message 28: by kiki (new)

kiki (keekers) | 821 comments what a fun task! i'm not going to roll any die until i get back from vacay next week....i'll go crazy if i don't have all day to find books to fill the task! love it, ms. anderson! :)


message 29: by Jayme (new)

Jayme (jaymetheghostreader) | 3007 comments Lisa if you need a suggestion for an award winner, if you haven't read Wolf Hall yet, that's a historical fiction that won an award. :)


message 30: by Angie (new)

Angie  (angelitabonita) What a great task. This one took some thinking and you did great. Fun, can't wait to get started with a read from a genre I wouldn't normally read. Thanks :)


message 31: by Sara ♥ (last edited Apr 02, 2010 08:22AM) (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments Tanja wrote: "Anyone know of an award winning romance? It would be great if it was a classic."

AND

Lisa wrote: "I rolled a 3, then a 5. So, it will be a romance and a historical fiction, with one of them being an award winner. Sounds like a great combo to me!"

If you're looking for a romance award winner, you'll want the RITA Awards that the Romance Writers of America give out every year. I found this website of winners from 2009 back to 1982 on the RWA website: http://www.rwanational.org/cs/contests_and_awards/rita_awards/past_winners.

They have a bunch of different categories, including YA (1983-90, 1992-96, 2008-09) and Inspirational (Christian/Spiritual, 1985-86, 1995-09), if you want something a little less bodice-ripping... ;)


message 32: by Belinda (new)

Belinda (bindyb) | 253 comments Tanja wrote: "Anyone know of an award winning romance? It would be great if it was a classic."

Check out www.romantictimes.com. They give awards for the best romance novels. Is that an oxymoron?


message 33: by Sara ♥ (last edited Apr 02, 2010 08:23AM) (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments No, it's not!


message 34: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lbhick) | 829 comments Jayme wrote: "Lisa if you need a suggestion for an award winner, if you haven't read Wolf Hall yet, that's a historical fiction that won an award. :)"

Thanks Jayme. I've already read it and loved it. I'm thinking about March by Geraldine Brooks , because I already own it. I'll have to scour by bookshelves to see if I own anything else that fits.


message 35: by Manday (new)

Manday | 311 comments I got Romance, Biography, and they need to be connected.

Would any of Henry James' books be considered romance/love stories?


message 36: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Manday wrote: "I got Romance, Biography, and they need to be connected.

Would any of Henry James' books be considered romance/love stories?"


I'm sure there's a few. Romance is almost the easiest, since the story just needs to be mainly focused on love.


message 37: by Erin (NY) (new)

Erin (NY) (erin_p) | 629 comments I looooove this task! I got 3 and 4!!! I am so excited!


message 38: by Manday (new)

Manday | 311 comments Does Washington Square count? - [close:] The plot of Washington Square has the simplicity of old-fashioned melodrama: a plain-looking, good-hearted young woman, the only child of a rich widower, is pursued by a charming but unscrupulous man who seeks the wealth she will presumably inherit. On this premise, Henry James constructed one of his most memorable novels, a story in which love is answered with betrayal and loyalty leads inexorably to despair

Or

The Portrait of a Lady?
One of the great heroines of American literature, Isabel Archer, journeys to Europe in order to, as Henry James writes in his 1908 Preface, “affront her destiny.” James began The Portrait of a Lady without a plot or subject, only the slim but provocative notion of a young woman taking control of her fate. The result is a richly imagined study of an American heiress who turns away her suitors in an effort to first establish—and then protect—her independence. But Isabel’s pursuit of spiritual freedom collapses when she meets the captivating Gilbert Osmond. “James’s formidable powers of observation, his stance as a kind of bachelor recorder of human doings in which he is not involved,” writes Hortense Calisher, “make him a first-class documentarian, joining him to that great body of storytellers who amass what formal history cannot.”


message 39: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Manday wrote: "Does Washington Square count? - [close:] The plot of Washington Square has the simplicity of old-fashioned melodrama: a plain-looking, good-hearted young woman, the only child of a ri..."

Either one will work, I think.


message 40: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Thanks for the award winner lists! Wish the YA winners were on Kindle. Think I'll have to research my options a tad more!


message 41: by Megan (last edited Apr 02, 2010 10:44AM) (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Tanja wrote: "Thanks for the award winner lists! Wish the YA winners were on Kindle. Think I'll have to research my options a tad more!"

There's always the library if you've got one nearby. I get the majority of my books from the library, requesting them and all that. If I fall in love with some books, then I go ahead and buy them.


message 42: by Petra (new)

Petra Love this task! It's so creative! Way to go, Ms Anderson!

Let's see if I got this straight:
I rolled a 2 (graphic novel) and a 5 (historical fiction). Add those together to get 7 (toss out the genres). Does that mean I can read any two books I wish, whether or not they are a graphic novel and a historical novel?


message 43: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Petra wrote: "Love this task! It's so creative! Way to go, Ms Anderson!

Let's see if I got this straight:
I rolled a 2 (graphic novel) and a 5 (historical fiction). Add those together to get 7 (toss out the ..."


They can be any books you want :3


message 44: by Ashley FL (new)

Ashley FL | 732 comments I got a 6 (mystery) and 4 (20/21st century lit). hooray!

What, though, exactly constitutes "literature"? I guess I'm wondering how highbrow it has to be?!?

Susan Elizabeth Philips (modern) and Julie Quinn (historical) are my two favorite current "romance" writers. And the "Nerd" series is fun too!


message 45: by Petra (new)

Petra Ms Anderson wrote: "They can be any books you want :3"

That's so great! Thanks, Ms Anderson.


message 46: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Ashley wrote: "I got a 6 (mystery) and 4 (20/21st century lit). hooray!

What, though, exactly constitutes "literature"? I guess I'm wondering how highbrow it has to be?!?

Susan Elizabeth Philips (modern) and ..."


When I wrote that genre, I was thinking something where if you go to someplace (like Borders), they have the section with all the grown-up literature books, and fantasy and romance and all the others are in their own sections. I think that section is actually even called "Literature."


message 47: by Ashley FL (new)

Ashley FL | 732 comments Ok, thanks. I'll have to look around. I try to stay out of book stores (too tempting!), but I'll see what I can find at the library and then run by you ;)

I think this challenge is really cool -- you must have put a lot of time into it!!! Thanks!!!


message 48: by Jayme (new)

Jayme (jaymetheghostreader) | 3007 comments Lisa wrote: "Jayme wrote: "Lisa if you need a suggestion for an award winner, if you haven't read Wolf Hall yet, that's a historical fiction that won an award. :)"

Thanks Jayme. I've already read it and loved..."


I am reading "March" for something too, I heard Wolf Hall was good and I have it in this challenge to read.


message 49: by Manday (new)

Manday | 311 comments Thanks! In that case I will read Washington Square for part one, The Jameses: A Family Narrative for part two. They are clearly connected because the biography is about the author of the first book (or inclues him atleast).

Does this work? Is it ok that the biography is of the family and not just Henry James?


message 50: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Manday wrote: "Thanks! In that case I will read Washington Square for part one, The Jameses: A Family Narrative for part two. They are clearly connected because the biography is about..."

Sure! As long as he's featured in it, that's good enough for me lol


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