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message 1: by Amy (last edited Dec 29, 2011 10:26AM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments January: Coming of Age

1.1 Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books):

teen: Before I Fall
teen-fiction: Before I Fall
poetry: Where the Sidewalk Ends
graphic-novel: Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures In Japan
graphic-novels: Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures In Japan
children: Where the Sidewalk Ends
children-books: Where the Sidewalk Ends
childrens: Where the Sidewalk Ends
children-s: Where the Sidewalk Ends
childrens-books: Where the Sidewalk Ends
children-s-books: Where the Sidewalk Ends
philosophy: Man's Search for Meaning

1.2 20 points: being the first month of the New Year: read an author's first novel (ie. debut novel)
1. Before I Fall (wide)
2. The Time Traveler's Wife (thick)
3. The Help
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
5. Think of a Number

1.3 30 points: 26 January is Australia Day: Read a book written by an Australian author or where it is mostly set in Australia
1. I Am the Messenger (wide)
2. Shantaram (thick)
3. The Forgotten Garden
4. Stolen: A letter to my captor
5. A Fraction of the Whole (thick)

1.4 20 points: Second Monday in January (10th in 2011) is Coming of Age Day in Japan: Read a manga or YA books set in Japan (or for the main protagonist to at least visit Japan in the story - flashbacks do not count):
1. Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures In Japan
2. Ceres: Celestial Legend, Volume 1: Aya
3. Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom
4. Miki Falls: Spring
5. Miki Falls: Summer

1.5 30 points: Third Monday in January (17th in 2011) is Martin Luther King, Jr Day in the US: Read a book with civil rights as the theme or written by African American author.
1. Kindred (wide for Feb)
2. The Help (thick)
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4. Man's Search for Meaning (wide for Feb)
5. Someone Knows My Name

Challenge 1.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 1.3: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 1.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 1.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 4 books @ 50 points each = 200 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 2 books @ 25 points each = 50 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

January Bonus - Dark Summer = 25 points

Total points = 875 - DONE!


message 2: by Amy (last edited Aug 08, 2011 10:55AM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments February: Science

2.1 Mini SAT (50 points):

thriller: Think Twice
thrillers: Think Twice
guilty-pleasures: Dark Lover
sf-fantasy: The Name of the Wind (thick)
science-fiction-fantasy: The Name of the Wind
scifi-fantasy: The Name of the Wind
sci-fi-fantasy: The Name of the Wind
contemporary: Dark Lover
contemporary-fiction: Think Twice
music: High Fidelity
english: High Fidelity
erotica: Dark Lover

2.2 (20 points): Groundhog Day (2nd): Read a book with animal/s on the cover or about animal/s or main character is an animal (mythical creatures acceptable)
1. Dark Summer
2. The Last Unicorn (wide for March)
3. The Naked Mole Rat Letters
4. Zombies vs. Unicorns
5. Watchers

2.3 (20 points): Valentine's Day (14th): Read a book with chocolate / candy / heart / mostly red / pink on cover
1. Dark Lover
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (wide)
3. Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire
4. 55 proof
5. Horns

2.4 (30 points): February being Library Lovers' Month: Read a book involving a library (eg. librarian character -not necessarily the main protagonist, set in the library or at least for a character to visit the library, etc) AND (optional) express your love for your library: How to Love your Library
1. A Discovery of Witches (thick)
2. The Naked Mole Rat Letters
3. The Time Traveler's Wife (wide)
4. Little Brother (wide)
5. The Name of the Wind

2.5 (30 points): Reading around the world:
Read a book written by an author from* or where it is mostly set in a country of your choosing but... your choice for this month is limited to a country where the first initial starts with the letters a, b, c, d, e. Use only this List of Countries for this challenge
*either by birth / currently residing or if they have passed away, where they are interred.
1. Shantaram
2. Shanghai Girls
3. The Forgotten Garden (thick)
4. Someone Knows My Name (thick)
5. The Gargoyle (thick and wide for April)

Challenge 2.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 2.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 2.4: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 2.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 5 books @ 50 points each = 250 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points (3 from Feb ROAR, 2 from Jan ROAR read in Feb)
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

February Bonus - The Naked Mole Rat Letters = 25 points

Total points = 1000 - DONE!!!


message 3: by Amy (last edited Nov 30, 2011 07:39PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments March: Mythology

3.1 Mini SAT: 50 points:

paranormal: Dark Lover
2007: Dark Lover
anthologies: Zombies vs. Unicorns (wide)
anthology: Zombies vs. Unicorns
fiction: Dark Lover
ya-fiction: Zombies vs. Unicorns
ya: Zombies vs. Unicorns
ya-lit: Zombies vs. Unicorns
contemporary-romance: Dark Lover
harlequin: Mr. Perfect
american: The Heretic's Daughter
american-history: The Heretic's Daughter

3.2 20 points: Read a book that contains, either in title, character, or author’s name, a Roman god’s / goddess’ name from below list (exact spelling please):

12 Major Roman gods / goddesses:
Ceres: Ceres: Celestial Legend, Volume 1: Aya (wide)
Cupid: Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire (wide)
Diana: A Discovery of Witches
Minerva: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (thick) and Pirates!


3.3 20 points - Reading the Rainbow: Read books with the following (predominantly) colored covers:

Red: Cupid A Tale of Love and Desire by Julius Lester
Orange: Shaken (Jack Daniels Mystery, #7) by J.A. Konrath
Yellow: Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
Green: Open and Shut (Andy Carpenter Series, #1) by David Rosenfelt
Blue: Half the Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof
Violet: Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17) by Janet Evanovich


3.4 30 points – 8th March is International Women’s Day to celebrate “the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future”.

1. The Heretic's Daughter
2. Grave Goods
3. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
4. Someone Knows My Name
5. My Name is Mary Sutter


3.5 30 points: Read around the world:
Read a book written by an author from* or where it is mostly set in a country of your choosing but... your choice for this month is limited to a country where the first initial starts with the letters P, Q, R, S, T. Use only this List of Countries for this challenge
*either by birth / currently residing or if they have passed away, where they are interred.
1. The Shadow of the Wind (thick - Spain)
2. Echoes from the Dead (Sweden)
3. Yossel, April 19, 1943 (Poland) (wide for September)
4. The Angel's Game (thick - Spain)
5. Milkweed (Poland)

Challenge 3.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 3.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 3.4: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 3.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 3 books @ 50 points each = 150 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 4 books @ 25 points each = 100 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

March Bonus - The Weight of Silence = 25 points

Total points = 875 - DONE!


message 4: by Amy (last edited Dec 31, 2011 06:08PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments April: Medieval

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books):

young-adult: The Giving Tree
young-adult-fiction: An Abundance of Katherines
relationships: An Abundance of Katherines
juvenile: The Giving Tree
juvenile-fiction: The Giving Tree
picture-book: The Giving Tree
picturebooks: The Giving Tree
picture-books: The Giving Tree
2006: An Abundance of Katherines
kids: The Giving Tree
kids-books: The Giving Tree
theory: Timeline (thick)

2. National Poetry Month (US/Canada): 20 points for each book of poems BUT for the really overly ambitious, receive an additional 100 bonus points if you read 5 books of poems that were written in different centuries:

1. Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (2000s)
2. The Giving Tree (1900s)
3. The Raven and Other Poems (1800s)
4. The Complete Sonnets of William Shakespeare with "A Lover's Complaint" & Selected Songs (1600s)
5. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400s) (wide)

3. April Fools Day: 20 points for reading ‘humorous’ book or one written by a comedian:

1. The Book of Joe
2. The Lonely Polygamist (thick)
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
4. Curse of the Spellmans
5. An Abundance of Katherines

4. This month we will also be celebrating World Health & Earth Days, your choice of classes are:

a. Introductory (20 pts): Read an ebook of your choice

b. Beginner (35 pts): Read a book in relation to health (physical / mental) or the environment - strictly Non-Fiction for this choice. This can be a self help book or a memoir.

c. Intermediary (50 points): Read any book you want (but it has to be one you owned or borrowed from library or one you received from a bookswap etc - any books purchased BRAND NEW in 2011 do not qualify for this challenge) and walk the number of pages (ie. for 500 pages, walk 500 steps). Using the stride & speed of an average person, I've calculated that 500 steps will approximately take you only 5+ minutes. We challenge you to pick up your Chunksters! Or if you already have a pedometer handy, it’s time to put it to use..., if you haven’t already.

d. Advance (80 points): Read any book you want (but it has to be one you owned or borrowed from library or one you received from a bookswap etc - any books purchased BRAND NEW in 2011 do not qualify for this challenge) and walk 5 minutes for every 10,000 words.
*A New feature in Amazon called ‘Text Stats’ will tell you the number of words in a book. Unfortunately, not all books will have this so you will have to check individual books before taking this class. Editions will not matter for this challenge (as long as it’s not abridged vs. Unabridged). When you view a book on Amazon, scroll down to the ‘Inside This Book’ section and click on ‘Text Stats’. The Time Traveller's Wife equates to 1.5 hours’ walk but Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas equates to only 20 minutes walk.
*or you can try AR Book Finder which looks like it is more user friendly.

1. The Confession (1 hr. - estimate)

e. Really Overly Ambitious (200 points): Listen to an audio book whilst taking a walk / a jog. This audio book is dedicated to your choice of exercise (ie. you can only listen to this audio book whilst walking / running – whether it be to the train/bus station in the morning to go to work or to the shops or on your treadmill etc)

2. Milkweed
3. Peter Pan
4. Paper Towns
5. Kill Alex Cross

5. Celebrate Easter for 30 points:
You may do a and /or b for up to 5 books
a. Religious Feast: Read a book with word in title / picture on cover of the following:
Jesus, Christ, Cross, Death, Rise, Life, Bread, Wine, Blood, Lamb, Good, Holy
b. Secular Feast: Read a book with words in title / pictures on cover of the following:
Bunny, Rabbit, Hare, Spring, Basket, Life, Egg, Chocolate, Candy, Gift, Hide, Hunt

1. Miki Falls: Spring
2. The Forgotten Garden (spring picture)
3. The Hunt for Atlantis (thick)
4. Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom
5. Black Cross (thick)

Challenge 4.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points + 100 point bonus = 200
Challenge 4.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 4.4: 1 book @ 80 points = 80 points
Challenge 4.4: 4 book @ 200 points = 800 points
Challenge 4.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 4 books @ 50 points each = 200 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 3 books @ 25 points each = 75 points
Mini SAT: 3 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

April Bonus - Grave Goods (wide) = 40 points

Total points = 1745 - DONE!


message 5: by Amy (last edited Dec 17, 2011 03:26PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments May: American-History

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

scifi: The Sparrow
sci-fi: The Sparrow
science-fiction: The Sparrow
sf: The Sparrow
20th-century: The Sparrow
religion: The Sparrow
short-stories: 55 proof
mysteries: The Weight of Silence
mystery: The Weight of Silence
mystery-suspense: The Weight of Silence
mystery-thriller: The Weight of Silence
christian-fiction: The Sparrow

2. Winner of You Choose, Karen (of the Bookworm), Task on Election in May for 30 points: Read a political themed book (which can include biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, history, etc)

1. The Revolution: A Manifesto
2. Feed
3. Little Bee
4. The Complete Persepolis
5. The Handmaid's Tale (wide for June)

3. In May: VE Day, Europe Day, and Holocaust Remembrance Day: For 30 points: Read a book on, during and / or about Wold War 2 BUT only in European setting.

1. Eye of the Needle
2. Black Cross
3. The Invisible Bridge (thick)
4. Yossel, April 19, 1943
5. Milkweed

4. 2010 GR Choice Awards: For 20 points: Read a book which either has won or was nominated for an award of your choice of category BUT to claim up to 5 books, read from 5 different categories.
Note: some books maybe have won or been nominated for different categories however that still counts only as one but you can choose which category to claim that one on.

1. Room (Fiction)
2. Feed (Science Fiction) - thick
3. The Invisible Bridge (Historical Fiction)
4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Young Adult Fiction)
5. First Drop of Crimson (Romance)


5. 25 May is Towel Day (a tribute to Douglas Adams): For 20 points: Read books to spell “TOWEL” either by title or author’s first / last name BUT only in (Outer) Space setting. For the Really Overly Ambitious: Bonus 100 points, if you choose one category only (eg. Only spell towel by first name of authors etc)

T: Tunnel in the Sky
O: Old Man's War
W: A Wrinkle in Time
E: The Empress of Mars
L: Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier (wide for October)

May mid-month bonus: Reading some short stories... One book of short stories for 31 points (for the 31 days in May) BUT for the Really Overly Ambitious Reader: 31 points PER story - read 31 stories from today until 31 May 2011 (so that's a GINORMOUS total of 961 points!!):
55 proof completed 25 stories by the deadline
20th Century Ghosts completed 9 stories by the deadline
Total: 34 stories - 961 points earned...woo hoo!

Challenge 5.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 5.3: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 5.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 5.5: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points + 100 bonus for only titles used to spell "towel" = 200 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 2 books @ 50 points each = 100 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 0 books @ 25 points each = 0 points
Mini SAT: 3 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

May Bonus - 31 Short Stories = 961 points

Total points = 1761 - DONE!


message 6: by Amy (last edited Dec 17, 2011 03:26PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments June: World-Lit

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

general: The Stranger (wide)
general-fiction: The Stranger
action: The Hunt for Atlantis
action-adventure: The Hunt for Atlantis
college: The Stranger
business: The Revolution: A Manifesto
school: The Stranger
stories: The Stranger
horror: The Stranger
memoir: Just Kids
memoirs: Just Kids
economics: The Revolution: A Manifesto

2. 30 points: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Pride Month as declared by Barack Obama on 1 June 2009. "The movement has three main premises: that people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered"

Read a book about this movement or written by LGBT authors.

1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
2. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
3. Scars
4. Tricks
5. Just Kids

3. Spelling Bee (31 May - 2 June 2011): We love our spelling / reading games so choose a word from this list and read a book (your choice of title / author names but be consistent for the one word)

c. words with more than 10 letters: 20 points per book for the first 5 letters then 50 points per book for additional letter/s PLUS double (2x) your points upon completion

Example for option c: 'interesting' (11 letters): [(20x5) + (50x6)] x2 = 800 points

C: The Complete Persepolis (wide)
O: Open and Shut
L: Lord of the Flies
L: Little Bee
A: The Angel's Game (wide)
B: Black Cross
O: Old Man's War
R: The Revolution: A Manifesto
A: Angel
T: Timeline
E: Echoes from the Dead

4. 20 points: Opposites: Different parts of the world are experiencing different seasons. Let's celebrate our differences by reading seasonal books (by cover / word in title) of where you are located. For example, if you are in the US, read a summer-y covered book or book with 'summer' in the title OR if you are in Oz, read a winter-y covered book or book with 'winter' in the title.

For 100 bonus points: Read 5 books to celebrate all seasons: summer, winter, autumn / fall, spring... and to make up to 5 books: 'tropics' (for word in title: 'tropic' or 'tropical' acceptable) or 'season' (seasons, seasonal, etc acceptable)

1. Miki Falls: Autumn
2. Miki Falls: Winter
3. Miki Falls: Summer
4. Miki Falls: Spring
5. Open Season

5. 20 points: Father's Day: Read books you have gifted / are giving to a father* OR books of interests** to them.

1. Just Kids
2. The Revolution: A Manifesto
3. Doc: A Novel (wide for July)
4. Eye of the Needle
5. Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World


Challenge 6.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 6.3: 11 books = 800 points
Challenge 6.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 + 100 bonus points = 200 points
Challenge 6.5: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 4 books @ 25 points each = 100 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

June Bonus - The Handmaid's Tale (wide) = 40 points

Total Points = 1490 - DONE!


message 7: by Amy (last edited Dec 31, 2011 09:19PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments July: Western

1. Mini SAT: Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

fantasy: The Eyre Affair
spirituality: The Sparrow (wide for August)
nature: Last Chance to See
classic: The Eyre Affair
classics: The Eyre Affair
2000s: The Eyre Affair
writing: Last Chance to See
children-s-literature: In the Night Kitchen
children-s-lit: In the Night Kitchen
childrens-picture-books: In the Night Kitchen
2003: The Eyre Affair
all-time-favorites: The Eyre Affair

2. 30 points: Independence Day (US, Canada, and quite a few countries) & Bastille Day:
Read books about / set during revolutionary era (of any countries). Fiction examples: Chains - Seeds of America 1 by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy, etc

1. The Cellist of Sarajevo
2. Chains
3. Before We Were Free
4. Forge
5. The Road From Chapel Hill

3. 30 points: Read around the world:
Read a book written by an author from or where it is mostly set in a country of your choosing but... your choice for this month is limited to a country where the first initial starts with the letters k, l, m, n, o

1. Nemesis (Norway - thick)
2. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (Malawi)
3. The Redbreast (Norway - thick)
4. Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared (Kazakhstan)
5. A Heart of Stone (Netherlands)


4. 20 points: Read across generation:
Read 5 books published in the decades surrounding your birth - if you're looking for some suggestions: Books of the Century

I was born in 1960:

1940: Native Son (thick and wide for August)
1950: A Town Like Alice
1960: Welcome to Hard Times (wide)
1970: In the Night Kitchen
1980: A Quiver Full of Arrows (wide for October)

For 100 bonus points: Read books published during the year with the same last digit of your birth year, for example if you were born in 1977, then read books published in 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, and 1997.

5. 20 points: New Seven Wonders of the World was announced on 07/07/2007. Choose 5 out of 7:

1. Great Wall of China, China: (fortification) read a book in connection with military / war: Black Cross
2. Petra, Jordan: (UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.") read a book in connection with civilization / culture:
3. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil: (considered the second largest Art Deco statue in the world) read a book in connection with art: Miki Falls: Spring (graphic novel)
4. Machu Picchu, Peru: (brought to international attention in 1911) read a book in connection with exploration / archeology: Last Chance to See
5. Chichen Itza, Mexico: (Itzá in Spanish is often translated as "Brujas del Agua (Witches of Water)" but a more precise translation would be Magicians of Water) read a book in connection with magic / water:
6. Collosseum, Italy: (ampitheatre originally for entertainment) read a book in connection with entertainment: The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx
7. Taj Mahal, India: (a symbol of eternal love) Read a love story: Sam's Letters to Jennifer

*"in connection" can mean set in a particular time (eg. war) / place (eg. lake) or main character being military person / witches / actors / etc etc etc...

Challenge 7.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 7.3: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 7.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points + 100 bonus points = 200
Challenge 7.5: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 3 books @ 50 points each = 150 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 2 books @ 25 points each = 50 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

July Bonus - The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx = 40 points

Total Points = 940 - DONE!


message 8: by Amy (last edited Dec 30, 2011 01:51PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments August: Sociology

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

2004: Sam's Letters to Jennifer
chick-lit: Sam's Letters to Jennifer
chicklit: Sam's Letters to Jennifer
adventure: Lord of the Flies
political: Lord of the Flies
politics: Lord of the Flies
academic: Lord of the Flies
art: Just Kids
adult: Sam's Letters to Jennifer
adult-fiction: Sam's Letters to Jennifer
biography: Just Kids
autobiography: Just Kids

2. Read around the world: 30 points:

Read a book written by an author from or where it is mostly set in a country of your choosing but... your choice for this month is limited to a country where the first initial starts with the letters u, v, w, x, y, z

1. Native Son (United States)
2. Open and Shut (United States)
3. The Winter Sea (thick - United Kingdom)
4. Afraid of the Dark (United States)
5. The Sentry (United States)

3. Back to School (30 points): Choose your 5 subjects (books) for this month:
a. Ancient History: read a book set in / written before 16th century
b. Modern History: read a book set in / written after 16th century or after: Peace: The Biography of a Symbol
c. English: read book set in Great Britain
d. Mathematics: read a book of minimum pages of "your age with a 0 at the end" (ie. if you're 30, min of 300 pages): The Invisible Bridge
e. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: read a book in connection with sports:
f. Science: read book which has forensic science, lab work or experimentation in the story: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
g. Geography: read a book set in a country you have never visited: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
h. The Arts: Biography about a Musician, Actor, Photographer, designer: Just Kids

4. Proverbial sayings: Choose a proverb your parents / grandparents use a lot of the time, or just choose one and read words in title (exact match of words). 20 points per book for up to 5 books, 100 points bonus if completed with 5 books or less. No points applicable for any books over the 5 books limit (no penalty applicable either).

"There is no time like the present."

1. There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
2. Only Time Will Tell
3. No Place Like Home
4. Love in the Present Tense


5.Common Sense (20 points): Read book/s with words in title that relates to our senses (ie. sight, hearing, smell, taste, & touch). Synonyms / variables are acceptable, for example: see, listen, touching, etc

1. Last Chance to See
2. Afraid of the Dark
3. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
4. The Dark and Hollow Places
5. Eternal Kiss of Darkness

Challenge 8.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 8.3: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 8.4: 4 books @ 20 points each = 80 points + 100 bonus points
Challenge 8.5: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 1 books @ 50 points each = 50 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 2 books @ 25 points each = 50 points
Mini SAT: 3 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

August Bonus - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope = 75 points (Goodreads author born in August; book is on my list for July and August challenges)

Total Points = 855 points - DONE!


message 9: by Amy (last edited Dec 30, 2011 01:52PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments September - Graphic Novels

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

childhood: Lord of the Flies
childhood-favorites: Lord of the Flies
2010: Lord of the Flies
2008: Lord of the Flies
21st-century: The Shadow of the Wind
animals: Mouse Guard (Volume 1): Fall 1152 (wide)
historical: Lord of the Flies
historical-fiction: Lord of the Flies
historical-romance: The Winter Sea
lit: Lord of the Flies
literature: Lord of the Flies
crime: The Shadow of the Wind

2. Banned Book Week: For 30 points read “banned” books

1. Lord of the Flies
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
3. Pride of Baghdad (wide)
4. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (wide)
5. Bone: Out from Boneville (wide)

3. Talk like a Pirate Day: For 20 points per book, read books with each of the following

1 = The word PIRATE in the Title: Pirates!
1 = With a picture of a ship / boat / jolly roger / parrot on the cover: Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
1 = About Pirates or a character who is a pirate - Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
1 = A picture of the ocean / a Beach / an island / treasure chest on the cover: The Winter Sea
1 = About an oceanic journey (plane ride across ocean does not count but we'll count survival stories, ie. an accident happen then they are floating in ocean etc): Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (thick)

4. Peace Day: For 20 points, read books with either picture on cover or word in title related to peace symbolism.
To assist, here is a list of peace symbols on Wikipedia which includes the peace sign itself, dove & olive branch (which can be separated for this task), paper cranes, Shalom / Salaam, etc. If you know of others that aren’t on this list, as long as you can explain it, you can use it for this task.

1. Peace, Love & Baby Ducks
2. Peace
3. Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World
4. Peace: The Biography of a Symbol
5. Peace Maker 1 (wide)

5. Branching out: This task is worth 25 points per book.
Firstly, go to your read shelf, scroll down and sort it by ‘Random’ (20 books per page). Choose the book that is highest rated (if there is more than one, you have the privilege to choose one) and take note of the author. Go to this site: http://literature-map.com/, type in your chosen author and enter. From the results, choose an author to read one of this author’s books.
For subsequent books, use the previous author.

Highest rated: James Patterson
1. Karin Slaughter: A Faint Cold Fear
2. Harlan Coben: Live Wire
3. Janet Evanovich: Smokin' Seventeen
4. Michael Connelly: The Black Ice
5. David Baldacci: Simple Genius

Challenge 9.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 9.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 9.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 9.5: 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 1 books @ 50 points each = 50 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

September bonus - There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children = 30 points

Total Points = 780 - DONE!


message 10: by Amy (last edited Dec 31, 2011 09:22PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments October - Anthology

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

2005: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
fun: Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
humor: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
friendship: Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
science: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
parenting: There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
nonfiction: There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
non-fiction: There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children
language: The Little Prince
education: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
psychology: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
reference: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

2 and 3. It’s Our Birthday: For 30 points spell read PICK-A-SHELF (10 letters = 10 books)

P: Peace: The Biography of a Symbol
I: The Invisible Bridge
C: Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
K: Kill Alex Cross
A: Afraid of the Dark
S: Simple Genius
H: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
E: The Empress of Mars
L: Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier
F: A Fraction of the Whole

4. Halloween: For 20 points, read books (one each of the following):
• With black / orange cover: Stolen: A letter to my captor
• Which has witches / monsters / ghosts (by monsters: will accept vampires / weres etc): A Touch of Dead (wide)
• Classified as ‘horror’ / ‘gothic’ (ie. on the GR book page, ‘horror’ must be shown as one of the top shelves): 20th Century Ghosts (wide)
• Which has turnip / pumpkin / jack-o’-lanterns on cover OR the word ‘turnip’, ‘pumpkin’ or ‘jack’ on title: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
• Which has the word ‘trick’ or ‘treat’ in title (plurals, variables etc accepted, eg. The Treatment and the Cure; Trickster’s Choice, etc): Tricks

5. Children’s Book Week (UK) & International World Teacher’s Day: for 25 points, read books (one each of the following):
a. Have children as main characters: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
b. Have teacher / any other educator as main character (eg. Piano teacher, etc): The Invisible Bridge (ballet teacher)
c. Mostly set at a school or similar setting: or A Faint Cold Fear
d. Have children on cover: Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (wide)
e. Have an apple on cover: Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared

Challenge 10.2/10.3: 10 books @ 30 points each = 300 points
Challenge 10.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 10.5: 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points

Bonus pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 4 books @ 25 points each = 100 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

October bonus -
A. Read a book originally published in October 2008; Paper Towns
B. Read a book from our October 2008's shelf: mystery; Simple Genius
C. Read a book which has the word 'pick' or 'shelf' in title. Plurals (eg. shelves) or variables (eg. picker) acceptable. Further examples: The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle; Handpicked; The Pea Pickers; The Book on the Bookshelf; etc.
Open Season - subtitle: A Joe Pickett Novel
Earn 100 points for reading a book from one of the above options BUT a bountiful 1,000 points if you do all 3 options. Remember, you only have to start reading the book/s within the next 7 days.

If you can combine options (ie. a book which met both a & b or any other combination), you are allowed to claim points for both options with that 1 book. You can still claim the 1,000 points even if you only read 1 or 2 books (noting book/s must meet a, b, & c).

Total Points = 1725 - DONE!


message 11: by Amy (last edited Dec 31, 2011 09:35PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments November - Childhood

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

2009: The Shack
suspense: Dead Reckoning
christian: The Shack
modern-fiction: The Shack
travel: Under the Tuscan Sun
theology: The Shack
vampires: Dead Reckoning
series: Dead Reckoning
drama: The Shack
film: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
sports: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
cookbooks: Under the Tuscan Sun

2. 30 points: Read around the world:
Read a book written by an author from or where it is mostly set in a country of your choosing but... your choice for this month is limited to a country where the first initial starts with the letters f, g, h, i, j

1. Peace (Italy)
2. On Canaan's Side (Ireland)
3. City of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense (Germany)
4. The Little Prince (wide - France)
5. Under the Tuscan Sun (Italy)

3. 20 Points: Winner of You Choose, Karen (of the Bookworm): St Andrews Day is 30 Nov (being Scotland's patron saint)

Read a book by Scottish writer / set in Scotland / with a Scottish main character / involving golf

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2. Garnethill
3. The Back Nine
4. Peter Pan (wide)
5. Miracle on the 17th Green: A Novel about Life, Love, Family, Miracles ... and Golf

4. Thanksgiving: For 20 points, read books:
a. Set / written in the 16th century (arguably first documented thanksgiving feasts conducted by Spaniards – Wikipedia)
b. Family-focused books either fiction / non-fiction:
1. A Fraction of the Whole
2. Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
3. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
c. Which has (cooked) food on cover / name of (cooked) food in title (eg. Roast turkey, any types of cakes / cookies, sushi, etc)
d. Which has (fresh / uncooked) food on cover / name of (fresh / uncooked) food on cover (eg. Pumpkins, corns, strawberries, etc):
4. Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
5. Teach Me
e. Which has the word ‘thank’ or ‘give’ in title (plurals, variables etc accepted, eg. Thanks for the Memories; The Giver: The Giver 1, etc)


You can choose to read one book from each of above options or 5 books from one of above options or combination.

5. International Men’s Day (/ Movember in OZ): for 25 points, read books:
In 2011 the theme for international Men's Day is 'boys' with the title, “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life”. This theme asks people around the world to focus on five key challenges that boys all over the world experience in areas of health, education, family life, violence and life choices and to consider local solutions to the global problems that boys face.
a. Have at least one man with facial hair on cover
b. Have word of either ‘boys’ / ‘best’ / ‘possible’ / ‘start’ / ‘life’ in title
1. In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (thick)
c. Have a male main character but written by a female, for example The Secret River, a Hercule Poirot mystery, etc:
2. The Outsiders (wide)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (wide)

d. Classified as “coming of age” (ie. on the GR book page, ‘coming of age’ must be shown as one of the top shelves) but only for male characters, for example The Catcher in the Rye, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, etc:
4. Milkweed (wide)
e. Ask a man in your life to recommend a book (could be father / brother / son / best friend etc):
5. Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World

You can choose to read one book from each of above options or 5 books from one of above options or combination.

Challenge 11.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 11.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 11.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 11.5: 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 1 books @ 50 points each = 50 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

Total Points = 750 - DONE!


message 12: by Amy (last edited Jan 27, 2012 08:39PM) (new)

Amy | 2149 comments December - Suspense

1. Mini SAT: 50 points when you have read off the following 12 shelves (with 5 books or less):

comic-books: The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
comics: The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
manga: The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
mythology: The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
history: Eye of the Needle
feminism: Delta of Venus
collection: Delta of Venus
self-help: Tuesdays With Morrie
inspirational: Tuesdays With Morrie
military: Eye of the Needle
love: Delta of Venus
romance: Delta of Venus

The rest of the challenge is a catch-up reading before the end of the year – to make room on our shelves for new books in the new year ;p

2. 25 points per book: Non-ROAR challenge books – Read up to 5 books for any of your other reading challenges which is ending 31 December 2011.

Lost challenge:
1. She's Come Undone - finished in January 2012
2. The Given Day (wide) - finished in January 2012
3. Gone, But Not Forgotten (wide)
4. State of the Union (wide)
5. City of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense (wide)

3. & 4. 25 points per book: 2011 shelves – Read up to 10 books found on any of the shelves picked in 2011. And yes, you can claim the bonus points for reading off the shelf of the month

1. Paper Towns (January - Coming of Age)
2. Tricks (January - Coming of Age)
3. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (February - Science)
4. The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (March - Mythology)
5. State of the Union (December - Suspense)
6. Tuesdays With Morrie (August - Sociology)
7. Delta of Venus (October - Anthology)
8. Nemesis (June - World Lit - wide)
9. Kill Alex Cross (December - Suspense - wide)
10. Eye of the Needle (December - Suspense - wide)

5. 25 points: **NEW** Books – Read up to 5 books that you bought or been given this year (2011). Note the past tense: no new purchases allowed! Only ones you’ve bought / been given between 1 January 2011 to 15 November 2011.

1. She's Come Undone - finished in January 2012
2. The Given Day - finished in January 2012
3. Teach Me
4. Seabiscuit: An American Legend
5. The Outsiders

Challenge 12.2: 3 books @ 25 points each = 75 points
Challenge 12.3/12.4: 10 books @ 25 points each = 250 points
Challenge 12.5: 3 books @ 25 points each = 75 points

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 6 books @ 25 points each = 150 points
Mini SAT: 4 books for ‘month’ shelves = 50 points

Total Points = 650


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