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message 1: by Susan (last edited Feb 28, 2011 06:06AM) (new)

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January

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

teen: House of the Scorpion on coming-of-age - finished 1/6
teen-fiction: House of the Scorpion - finished 1/6
poetry: The Prophet - finished 1/14
graphic-novel: Fruits Basket, Volume 1 - finished 1/8
graphic-novels: Fruits Basket, Volume 1 - finished 1/8
children: Matilda - finished 1/15
children-books: Matilda - finished 1/15
childrens: Matilda - finished 1/15
children-s: Matilda - finished 1/15
childrens-books: Matilda - finished 1/15
children-s-books: Matilda - finished 1/15
philosophy: The Prophet - finished 1/14

1.2 20 points: being the first month of the New Year: read an author's first novel (ie. debut novel)
[1] I am Number Four on coming-of-age - finished 1/12
[2] Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet on coming-of-age - finished 1/15
[3] The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - finished 1/21
[4] Elsewhere on coming-of-age - finished 1/22
[5] Shizuko's Daughter on coming-of-age - finished 1/28

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]The Road from Coorain on coming-of-age - finished 1/10
[2] The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom - finished 2/1
[3] The Arrival - finished 2/2
[4] Josephine Wants to Dance - finished 2/7
[5] The Red Tree - finished 2/10

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] Fruits Basket, Volume 1 - finished 1/8
[2] The Big Wave - finished 1/23
[3] Shizuko's Daughter on coming-of-age - finished 1/28
[4] Heart of a Samurai - finished 2/13
[5] Nocturnes - finished 2/27

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] After Tupac and D Foster on coming-of-age - finished 1/8
[2] The Color of Water - finished 1/26
[3] Sula on coming-of-age - finished 1/30
[4] Wild Seed - on science - finished 2/4
[5] The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 - finished 2/24

Bonus: book with a black cover
In Another Country/Vintage Season by Robert Silverberg

Challenge 1.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points - done
Challenge 1.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points - done
Challenge 1.3: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points - done
Challenge 1.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points - done
Challenge 1.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points -done

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 10 books @ 25 points each = 250 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 25 points = 25
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

January total: 875 - done


message 2: by Susan (last edited May 27, 2011 10:55AM) (new)

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February

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

thriller: Compulsion - finished 3/14
thrillers: Compulsion - finished 3/14
guilty-pleasures: Compulsion - finished 3/14
sf-fantasy: Oryx and Crake - on science - finished 2/6
science-fiction-fantasy: Oryx and Crake - on science - finished 2/6
scifi-fantasy: Oryx and Crake - on science - finished 2/6
sci-fi-fantasy: Oryx and Crake - on science - finished 2/6
contemporary: Oryx and Crake - on science - finished 2/6
contemporary-fiction: Oryx and Crake - on science - finished 2/6
music: Nocturnes - finished 2/27
english: Nocturnes - finished 2/27
erotica: Child of My Right Hand - finished 3/5

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] The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom - finished 2/1
[2] The Arrival - finished 2/2
[3] Josephine Wants to Dance - finished 2/7
[4] School's Out - Forever - on science - finished 2/9
[5] Nothing's Human - on science - finished 2/19

2.3 20 points: Valentine's Day (14th): Read a book with cholocate / candy / heart / mostly red / pink on cover
[1] Josephine Wants to Dance - finished 2/7
[2] The Accidental Time Machine - on science - finished 2/12
[3] Lucy the Good - finished 2/21
[4] If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! - on science - finished 2/23
[5] Brain Rose - finished 3/30

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)
[1] Librarian from the Black Lagoon - finished 2/7
[2] The Cat Who Saw Stars - finished 3/1
[3] The Giant's House - finished 3/10
[4] The Night Tourist - finished 3/11
[5] Seneca Falls Inheritance - finished 3/19

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 limited to a country where the first initial starts with the letters a, b, c, d, e.
[1] The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom- finished 2/1
[2] The Arrival - finished 2/2
[3] Oryx and Crake - on science - finished 2/6
[4] Josephine Wants to Dance - finished 2/7
[5] Delusions of Gender - on science - finished 2/10

Bonus-2/15:
To Say Nothing of the Dog - on science - begun 2/15, finished 2/24

Challenge 2.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points - done
Challenge 2.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points - done
Challenge 2.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
Challenge 2.4: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points - done
Challenge 2.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points - done

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 8 books @ 25 points each = 200 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 30 points = 30
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

February total: 830 - done


message 3: by Susan (last edited Aug 04, 2011 08:55AM) (new)

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March

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

paranormal: Unusual Suspects - finished 4/8
2007: City of Bones - finished 5/7
anthologies:Unusual Suspects - finished 4/8
anthology:Unusual Suspects - finished 4/8
fiction: City of Bones - finished 5/7
ya-fiction: City of Bones - finished 5/7
ya: City of Bones - finished 5/7
ya-lit: City of Bones - finished 5/7
contemporary-romance:Temptation - finished 3/3
harlequin: Temptation - finished 3/3
american: Chains - finished 5/30
american-history: Chains - finished 5/30

3.2 20 points - Read the Month: 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):
[1] Dear Juno - finished 3/15
[2] Tattoo - on mythology - finished 3/21
[3] The Penelopiad on mythology - finished 3/27
[4] Out of the Silent Planet (Mars) - finished 5/26
[5] The Magyar Venus - finished 6/5

3.3 20 points - Reading the Rainbow: Read books with the following (predominantly) colored covers (Read a different colored cover for this particular challenge.):

Orange: The Giant's House - finished 3/10
Yellow: Tales from the Mabinogion - on mythology - finished 3/4
Green: Greenwitch - on mythology - finished 3/6
Blue: The Night Tourist - on mythology - finished 3/11
Violet: The Twilight Prisoner - on mythology - finished 3/22

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”. Read a book either:
a. about women’s issues (ie. rights to vote, discrimination, violence, etc). It can be fiction / non-fiction, that’s up to you. AND / OR
b. biography / autobiography of those who championed women’s causes.

[1] Lucky - finished 3/17
[2] Seneca Falls Inheritance - finished 3/20
[3] The Penelopiad on mythology - finished 3/27
[4] First Test - finished 4/30
[5] The Poisonwood Bible - finished 6/18

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.
[1] City of Beasts - Peru - finished 3/18
[2] Thai Ramayana - finished 4/25
[3] Prince of Mist - finished 5/6
[4] The Bridge of San Luis Rey - on World Lit - finished 6/9
[5] The Angel's Game - on World Lit - finished 6/20

Bonus-3/15: The Poisonwood Bible - begun 3/20; finished 6/18

Challenge 3.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points - done
Challenge 3.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points - done
Challenge 3.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points - done
Challenge 3.4: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points - done
Challenge 3.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points - done

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 100 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 6 books @ 25 points each = 150 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 65 points = 65 points
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

March total: 815


message 4: by Susan (last edited Nov 02, 2011 08:03PM) (new)

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April

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

young-adult: Bless Me, Ultima - on world lit - finished 6/21
young-adult-fiction: The Knife of Never Letting Go - finished 4/23
relationships: The Knife of Never Letting Go - finished 4/23
juvenile: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
juvenile-fiction: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
picture-book: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
picturebooks: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
picture-books: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
2006 - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
kids: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
kids-books: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - finished 4/10/11
theory: Poetics - finished 5/7

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] Sir Gawain and the Green Giant - 14th century - on medieval - finished 4/13
[2] Thai Ramayana - 18th century - finished 4/25
[3]The Poetics of Aristotle - BCE - finished 5/7
[4] Spirits - 19th - finished 5/13
[5] Fragile Things - 21st - finished 7/5

3. April Fools Day: 20 points for reading ‘humorous’ book or one written by a comedian
[1] Taran Wanderer - on medieval - finished 4/27
[2] Three to Get Deadly - finished 5/15
[3] Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories - finished 5/20
[4] A Walk in the Woods - on american-history - finished 5/21
[5] Go the Fuck to Sleep - finished 6/15

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

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) - entirely on treadmill:

[1] Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - on western - finished 7/22
[2] Little House in the Big Woods - on western - finished 7/29
[3] Winnie the Pooh - finished 8/7
[4] The Chosen One - on sociology - finished 8/17
[5] The Maze Runner - finished 10/30

You may choose a different class for each book

5. Celebrate Easter for 30 points:
[1] Minstrel in the Tower - on medieval - finished 4/14
[2] First Test - on medieval - finished 4/30
[3] Three in Death - finished 5/4
[4] Under the Feet of Jesus - finished 5/13
[5] Three to Get Deadly - finished 5/15

Bonus-4/15: The Hermit of Eyton Forest - on medieval - finished 4/17

Challenge 4.1: Mini SAT: <5 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
Challenge 4.2: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points - done
Challenge 4.3: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points - done
Challenge 4.4: 5 books @ 200 points each = 1000 points - done
Challenge 4.5: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points - done

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 40 points = 40
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points
Poetry bonus: 100 if 5 different centuries = 100

April total: 1715 - done


message 5: by Susan (last edited Oct 05, 2011 09:13AM) (new)

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May

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

scifi: Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26
sci-fi: Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26
science-fiction: Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26
sf: Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26
20th-century: Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26
religion: Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26
short-stories: Three in Death - finished 5/3
mysteries: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder - on world lit - finished 6/25
mystery: Cry Dance - on western - finished 7/6
mystery-suspense: Three in Death - finished 5/3
mystery-thriller: Three in Death - finished 5/3
christian-fiction: Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26

2. Read a political themed book

[1] The Poisonwood Bible - finished 6/18
[2] A Thousand Splendid Suns - on world lit - finished 6/27
[3] Utopia - finished 6/29
[4] Macho - on world lit - finished 6/29
[5] The Help - finished 7/2

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] Prince of Mist - finished 5/6
[2] The Cats in Krazinski Square - finished 6/16
[3] Slaughterhouse 5 - finished 8/28
[4] Yossel - on graphic-novels - finished 9/13
[5] Black Cross, 560 pages - finished 9/19

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.

[1] It's a Book - picture books - finished 6/19
[2] Countdown - middle grade and children's books - finished 8/10
[3] Mercury - graphic novels - - on graphic-novels - finished 9/4
[4] Split - young adult fiction - finished 9/24
[5] Feed, 583 pages - science fiction - finished 9/29

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)

category: title

T - A Time of Changes - finished 7/3
O - Out of the Silent Planet - finished 5/26
W - The Web Between the Worlds finished 7/14
E - Eon - finished 10/4
L - Lucifer's Hammer - finished 8/3

Bonus-5/15: 31 for one book or 961 for 31 stories

Challenge 5.1: Mini SAT: 2 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
Challenge 5.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points - done
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

Bonus Pointers:
Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 2 books @ 25 points each = 50 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 31 stories @ 31 points = 961 points
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points
TOWEL bonus: 100 if all same category = 100 points

May total: 1711


message 6: by Susan (last edited Jun 01, 2011 03:37AM) (new)

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May mid-month challenge

Short Stories

31 for one book or 961 for 31 stories:

[1-13] Kissing the Witch - 5/16
[14] "Birthday of the World," Ursula Le Guin - in The Year's Best Science Fiction - 5/16
[15] "Savior," Nancy Kress - in The Year's Best Science Fiction - 5/17
[16-18] Rudyard Kipling Just So stories - 5/20
[19] "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way," Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci - in Geektastic - 5/21
[20] "One of Us, " Tracy Lynn- in Geektastic - 5/21
[21] "Reef," Paul McAuley - in The Year's Best Science Fiction - 5/22
[22] "Definitional Chaos," Scott Westerfeld - in Geektastic - 5/23
[23] "I Never," Cassandra Clare - in Geektastic - 5/24
[24] "The Mapmaker," in Fragile Things - 5/24
[25] "A Study in Emerald," in Fragile Things - 5/26
[26]"The King of Pelinesse," M.T. Anderson - in Geektastic - 5/27
[27] "The Wrath of Dawn," Cynthia & Greg Leitich Smith - in Geektastic - 5/28
[28] "Quiz Bowl Antichrist," David Levithan - in Geektastic - 5/28
[29] "The Quiet Knight," Garth Nixv - Geektastic - 5/29
[30] "October in the Chair," in Fragile Things - 5/30
[31] "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire," in Fragile Things - 5/31


message 7: by Susan (last edited Oct 31, 2011 10:46AM) (new)

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June

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

general: Fragile Things - finished 7/5
general-fiction: Hatchet - finished 7/19
action: Hatchet - finished 7/19
action-adventure: Hatchet - finished 7/19
college: Persepolis - on world lit - finished 6/22
business: Lawn Boy - finished 6/26
school: Lawn Boy - finished 6/26
stories: Fragile Things - finished 7/5
horror: Fragile Things - finished 7/5
memoir: Persepolis - on world lit - finished 6/22
memoirs: Persepolis - on world lit - finished 6/22
economics: Lawn Boy - finished 6/26

2. 30 points: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Read a book about this movement or written by LGBT authors.

[1] Tropic of Murder - finished 7/17
[2] London Reign - finished 7/28
[3] She's Not There - on sociology - finished 8/8
[4] Revolutionary Voices - on anthology - finished 10/12
[5] This is Push - finished 10/28

3. Spelling Bee (31 May - 2 June 2011):
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

{[(20x5) + (50x8)] = 500 points} x 2 when word is finished => 1000 points

4. 20 points: Opposites: Different parts of the world are experiencing different seasons. Let's celebrate our differences by reading seasonal books

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)

summer: The Summer Book - on world lit - finished 6/23
spring: Deja-vu - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter - on graphic-novels - finished 9/6
tropic: Tropic of Murder - finished 7/17
fall: Halo:Fall of Reach - Bootcamp - on graphic-novels - finished 9/5
winter: Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 - on graphic-novels - finished 9/19

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

[1] The Bridge of San Luis Rey - on world lit - finished 6/9
[2] Other Voices, Other Rooms - finished 7/8
[3] Lucifer's Hammer - finished 8/3
[4] Musicophilia - on sociology - finished 8/30
[5] The Rabbi's Cat - on graphic-novels - finished 9/20

Bonus-6/15: book from friends' popular books shelf: Speak - finished 6/18

Challenge 6.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
Challenge 6.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 6.3: (5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points; 8 books @ 50 points each = 400 points)
double when done = 1000 points
Challenge 6.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
plus bonus 100 if all 5 = 100 points
Challenge 6.5: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points

Thick (>500 pages): 2 books @ 50 points each = 100 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 9 book @ 25 points each = 225 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 40 points = 40 points
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

June total: 1915


message 8: by Susan (last edited Sep 17, 2011 06:11AM) (new)

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June spelling challenge

either
13:
C: The Cats in Krazinski Square - finished 6/16
O: Other Voices, Other Rooms - finished 7/8
N: New Orleans Beat - finished 7/27
S: Speak - finished 6/18
C: Cry Dance - on western - finished 7/6
I: It's a Book - finished 6/19
E: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - finished 7/22
N: Noughts and Crosses - finished 8/16
T: A Thousand Splendid Suns - finished 6/27
I: Incarceron - finished 9/16
O: The Ox-Bow Incident - on western - finished 7/20
U: Utopia - finished 6/29
S: The Summer Book - on world lit - finished 6/23

first 5 letters: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
additional letters: 8 books @ 50 points each = 400 points
double points on completion: 500 points

total points: 1000


message 9: by Susan (last edited Oct 12, 2011 02:33PM) (new)

Susan | 3466 comments Mod
July

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

fantasy: Feed - finished 7/10
spirituality: Hatchet - finished 7/19
nature: Mother Earth and Her Children - finished 7/2
classic: A Room of One's Own
classics: A Room of One's Own
2000s: Feed - finished 7/10
writing: A Room of One's Own
children-s-literature: nature: Mother Earth and Her Children - finished 7/2
children-s-lit: Hatchet - finished 7/19
childrens-picture-books: nature: Mother Earth and Her Children - finished 7/2
2003: A Room of One's Own
all-time-favorites: A Room of One's Own

2. 30 points: Independence Day (US, Canada, and quite a few countries) & Bastille Day:
Read books about / set during revolutionary era (of any countries).

[1] The Cellist of Sarajevo (war) - on sociology - finished 8/6
[2] Cuba: My Revolution - on graphic novels - finished 9/1
[3] The Reckoning - finished 9/7
[4] Grandville - on graphic novels - finished 9/14
[5] Artichoke Tales - on graphic-novels - finished 9/30

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] A House in Fez - Morocco - on sociology - finished 8/29
[2] Deja-vu - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter - Korea - on graphic-novels - finished 9/6
[3] Meow, Baby - Norway - on graphic-novels - finished 9/29
[4] Please Look After Mom - Korea - finished 10/6
[5] The Coroner's Lunch - Laos - finished 10/11

4. 20 points: Read across generation:
Read 5 books published in the decades surrounding your birth.

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.

1926: Winnie the Pooh - finished 8/7
1936: The Sea of Grass - on western - finished 7/9
1946: The Little Island - finished 7/10
1956: The Burning Hills - on western - finished 7/16
1966: The Menorah Men - finished 8/13

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

[1] Rain of Gold - on sociology - (culture) finished 8/26
[2] The Thirteenth Child (magic) - on western - finished 7/11
[3] Candor (love or art)- finished 7/18
[4] The Cellist of Sarajevo (war) - on sociology - finished 8/6
[5] The Menorah Men (archaeology)- finished 8/13

Bonus-7/15: friends' quotes: Hatchet - finished 7/19

Challenge 7.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
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
+ bonus 100 if same digit as your year = 100 points
Challenge 7.5: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points

Thick (>500 pages): 0 books @ 50 points each = 0 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 7 book @ 25 points each = 175 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 40 points = 40 points
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

July total: 915


message 10: by Susan (last edited Nov 02, 2011 07:54PM) (new)

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August

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

2004: She's Not There - on sociology -finished 8/8
chick-lit: Four to Score - finished 8/17
chicklit: Four to Score - finished 8/17
adventure: Four to Score - finished 8/17
political: The Cellist of Sarajevo - on sociology - finished 8/6
politics: The Cellist of Sarajevo - on sociology - finished 8/6
academic: The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher - finished 9/15
art: The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher - finished 9/15
adult: The Cellist of Sarajevo - on sociology - finished 8/6
adult-fiction: The Cellist of Sarajevo - on sociology - finished 8/6
biography: She's Not There - on sociology -finished 8/8
autobiography: She's Not There - on sociology -finished 8/8

8.2. 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] The Chosen One - US- on sociology - finished 8/17
[2] Ella Minnow Pea - US - on sociology - finished 8/27
[3] A Contract with God - US - on graphic-novels - finished 9/3
[4] Slow Storm -US - on graphic-novels - finished 9/26
[5] With a Little Help - on anthology - finished 10/31

8.3. Back to School (30 points): Choose your 5 subjects (books) for this month:

[1]Geography: read a book set in a country you have never visited: The Cellist of Sarajevo (war) - on sociology - finished 8/6
[2] Modern History: read a book set in / written after 16th century or after: She's Not There - on sociology -finished 8/8
[3] English: read book set in Great Britain: Eagle Strike - finished 8/8
[4] Science: read book which has forensic science, lab work or experimentation in the story: The Menorah Men (lab work) - finished 8/13
[5] The Arts: Biography about a Musician, Actor, Photographer, designer: The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher- finished 9/15

8.4. 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).

"Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet" (Vietnamese proverb)

[1] My Two Hands, My Two Feet - finished 8/4
[2] Mom and Mum are Getting Married - finished 8/4
[3] Just As Long as We're Together - finished 8/21
[4] Up Close and Personal - finished 9/14
[5] Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird - on anthology - finished 10/5

8.5.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] Blindness - on sociology -finished 8/24
[2] Horizons:Poems as Far as the Eye Can See - finished 8/9
[3] The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in the New Yorker - on graphic-novels - finished 9/3
[4] Pearls Before Swine: BLTs Taste So Darn Good - on graphic-novels - finished 9/30
[5] Miss Don't Touch Me - finished 10/2

Bonus-8/15: GR author, b August on TBR: The Reckoning - finished 9/7

Challenge 8.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
Challenge 8.2: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points
Challenge 8.3: 5 books @ 30 points each = 150 points;
Challenge 8.4: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points
plus bonus 100 if completed w/ 5 books or less = 100 points
Challenge 8.5: 5 books @ 20 points each = 100 points

Thick (>500 pages): 2 books @ 50 points each = 100 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 8 book @ 25 points each = 200 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 75 points = 75 points
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

August Total: 1075


message 11: by Susan (last edited Oct 28, 2011 12:34PM) (new)

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September

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

childhood: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - finished 9/11
childhood-favorites: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - finished 9/11
2010: The Exile - - on graphic-novels - finished 9/3
2008: As I Lay Dying - finished 9/12
21st-century: [5] The Coroner's Lunch - Laos - finished 10/11
animals: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - finished 9/11
historical: The Exile - - on graphic-novels - finished 9/3
historical-fiction: The Exile - - on graphic-novels - finished 9/3
historical-romance: The Exile - - on graphic-novels - finished 9/3
lit: As I Lay Dying - finished 9/12
literature: As I Lay Dying - finished 9/12
crime:[5] The Coroner's Lunch - Laos - finished 10/11

2. Banned Book Week: For 30 points read “banned” books
[1] Fun Home - on graphic-novels - finished 9/6
[2] Watchmen - on graphic-novels - finished 9/10
[3] Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - finished 9/11
[4] As I Lay Dying - finished 9/12
[5] Blankets, 592 pages - on graphic-novels - finished 9/17

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

[1] a picture of the ocean on the cover: Moby Dick - on graphic-novels - finished 9/7
[2] a character who is a pirate: The Reckoning, 592 pages - finished 9/7
[3] About an oceanic journey: Isaac the Pirate - on graphic-novels - finished 9/7
[4] the word PIRATE in the Title: The Littlest Pirate King -on graphic-novels - finished 9/12
[5] with a picture of a ship/boat on the cover: Robot Dreams - on graphic-novels - finished 9/15

4. Peace Day: For 20 points, read books with either picture on cover or word in title related to peace symbolism.

[1] The Ant and the Dove - finished 10/3
[2] Why Noah Chose the Dove - finished 10/3
[3] Fire - finished 10/3
[4] Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer - finished 10/3
[5] The Peace War - finished 10/17

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. Ray Bradbury

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.

[1] Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi - finished 10/25
[2] William Faulkner: As I Lay Dying - finished 9/12
[3] J.D. Salinger: Nine Stories - on anthology - finished 10/8
[4] Jeffrey Eugenides: The Virgin Suicides - finished 9/29
[5] Audrey Niffeneger: The Night Bookmobile- on graphic-novels - finished 9/5

Bonus-8/15: GR Recommendations: The Rabbits - on graphic-novels - finished 9/20

Challenge 9.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
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

Thick (>500 pages): 4 books @ 50 points each = 200 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 24 books @ 25 points each = 600 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book @ 30 points = 30 points
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

September Total: 1405


message 12: by Susan (last edited Nov 02, 2011 07:50PM) (new)

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October

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

2005: Yiddish with Dick and Jane - finished 10/11
fun: High Five - finished 10/15
humor: Yiddish with Dick and Jane - finished 10/11
friendship: The Skin I'm In - finished 10/20
science: High Five - finished 10/15
parenting: The Five Love Languages - finished 10/8
nonfiction: The Five Love Languages - finished 10/8
non-fiction: The Five Love Languages - finished 10/8
language: Yiddish with Dick and Jane - finished 10/11
education: The Five Love Languages - finished 10/8
psychology: The Five Love Languages - finished 10/8
reference: The Five Love Languages - finished 10/8

2 and 3. It’s Our Birthday: For 30 points spell read PICK-A-SHELF (10 letters = 10 books)
P: Please Look After Mom - finished 10/6
I: I, Robot - on anthology - finished 10/13
C: Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer - finished 10/3
K: A Knot in the Grain - has a witch in it - on anthology - finished 10/23
A: The Ant and the Dove - finished 10/3
S: The Skin I'm In - finished 10/20
H: High Five - finished 10/15
E: Eon - finished 10/4
L: Life on the Mississippi - finished 10/25
F: Fire - finished 10/3

4. Halloween: For 20 points, read books (one each of the following):
[1] The Gigantic Turnip - turnip in title/on cover - finished 10/3
[2] Please Look After Mom - black cover - finished 10/6
[3] The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales - on anthology - finished 10/18
[4] A Knot in the Grain - has a witch in it - on anthology - finished 10/23
[5] The Ridge - classified as horror - finished 10/26

5. Children’s Book Week (UK) & International World Teacher’s Day: for 25 points, read books (one each of the following):
a. Have child/ren as main characters: "Teddy," in Nine Stories - on anthology - finished 10/8
b. Have teacher / any other educator as main character: The Skin I'm In - finished 10/20
c. Mostly set at a school or similar setting: "Uncle Bob Visits," in Coyote Road:Trickster Tales - on anthology - finished 10/18
d. Have children on cover: Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird - on anthology - finished 10/5
e. Have an apple on cover: Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie - finished 10/6

Bonus 7/15:
A. Read a book originally published in October 2008: Welcome to the Jungle - finished 10/17;
B. Read a book from our October 2008's shelf: mystery: High Five - finished 10/15;
C. Read a book which has the word 'pick' or 'shelf' in title: Picking Bones from Ash - finished 10/22

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.

Challenge 10.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
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

Thick (>500 pages): 1 books @ 50 points each = 50 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 9 books @ 25 points each = 225 points
Monthlies (Bonus): 1 book for 100 points or 3 books for 1000 points = 1000 points
Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points

Oct total: 1900


message 13: by Susan (last edited Dec 26, 2011 10:30AM) (new)

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November

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

2009: Labyrinth - finished 11/4
suspense: Labyrinth - finished 11/4
christian: Labyrinth - finished 11/4
modern-fiction: Labyrinth - finished 11/4
travel: Labyrinth - finished 11/4
theology: The Amber Spyglass - on childhood - finished 11/12
vampires: Midnight Sun - on childhood - finished 11/14
series: Labyrinth - finished 11/4
drama: Labyrinth - finished 11/4
film: The Amber Spyglass - on childhood - finished 11/12
sports: Playing for Pizza - finished 11/7
cookbooks: The Little House Cookbook - on childhood - finished 11/16

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] Strega Nona - on childhood - finished 11/6
[2] Playing for Pizza - finished 11/7
[3] The Thief Lord - on childhood - finished 11/18
[4] Siddhartha - on childhood - finished 11/24
[5] Foucault's Pendulum - on suspense - finished 12/21

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] Ivanhoe - on childhood - finished 11/25
[2] Kidnapped - on suspense - finished 12/11
[3] The Tales of Beedle the Bard - finished 12/20
[4] Knots and Crosses - on suspense - finished 12/23
[5] The Body-Snatcher - finished 12/26

4. Thanksgiving: For 20 points, read books:
a. Set / written in the 16th century
[1] The Prince - finished 12/12
b. Family-focused books either fiction / non-fiction
[2] Stellaluna - on childhood - finished 11/3
[3] Walk Two Moons - on childhood - finished 11/16
c. Which has (cooked) food on cover / name of (cooked) food in title (eg. Roast turkey, any types of cakes / cookies, sushi, etc)
[4] Playing for Pizza - finished 11/7
[5] The Little House Cookbook - on childhood - finished 11/16
d. Which has (fresh / uncooked) food on cover / name of (fresh / uncooked) food on cover (eg. Pumpkins, corns, strawberries, etc)
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:

a. Have at least one man with facial hair on cover
[1] The Little House Cookbook - on childhood - finished 11/16
[2] Seventh Son - on childhood - finished 11/27
b. Have word of either ‘boys’ / ‘best’ / ‘possible’ / ‘start’ / ‘life’ in title
c. Have a male main character but written by a female, for example The Secret River, a Hercule Poirot mystery, etc
[3] Murder on the Orient Express - on childhood - finished 11/5
[4] The Thief Lord - on childhood - finished 11/18
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
e. Ask a man in your life to recommend a book (could be father / brother / son / best friend etc)
[5] Foucault's Pendulum - on suspense - finished 12/21

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

Challenge 11.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
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

Thick (>500 pages): 3 books @ 50 points each = 150 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 11 books @ 25 points each = 275 points

Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 0 point
November Total: 950


message 14: by Susan (last edited Dec 30, 2011 05:31AM) (new)

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December

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

comic-books: The Professor's Daughter - on graphic-novels - finished 11/25
comics: The Professor's Daughter - on graphic-novels - finished 11/25
manga: The Professor's Daughter - on graphic-novels - finished 11/25
mythology: Japanese Tales - finished 12/15
history: The Blind Assasin - on suspense - finished 11/21
feminism: The Blind Assasin - on suspense - finished 11/21
collection: Japanese Tales - finished 12/15
self-help: The Prince - finished 12/12
inspirational: The Blind Assasin - on suspense - finished 11/21
military: The Prince - finished 12/12
love: The Blind Assasin - on suspense - finished 11/21
romance: The Blind Assasin - on suspense - finished 11/21

2. 25 points per book: Non-ROAR challenge books – Read up to 5 books for any of your other reading challenges.
[1] The Thief Lord - finished 11/18
[2] Merryl of the Stones - for LOST - finished 12/7
[3] Scorpia - on suspense - finished 12/10
[4] The Year of Secret Assignments - finished 12/14
[5] Fine Prey - finished 12/26

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] The Little House Cookbook - on childhood - finished 11/16
[2] Walk Two Moons - on childhood - finished 11/16
[3] The Thief Lord - on childhood - finished 11/18
[4]: The Blind Assasin - on suspense - finished 11/21
[5] Siddhartha - on childhood - finished 11/24
[6] Ivanhoe - on childhood - finished 11/25
[7] The Professor's Daughter - on graphic-novels - finished 11/25
[8] Seventh Son - on childhood - finished 11/27
[9] Scorpia - on suspense - finished 12/10
[10] Kidnapped - on suspense - finished 12/11

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] Merryl of the Stones - finished 12/7
[2] The Hiccupotamus - finished 12/2
[3] Elmo's Guessing Game About Colors - finished 12/4
[4] Degranon - finished 12/29

Challenge 12.1: Mini SAT: 4 books for 12 shelves (50 points) = 50 points
Challenge 12.2: 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points
Challenge 12.3 & 12.4: 10 books @ 25 points each = 250 points;
Challenge 12.5: 4 books @ 25 points each = 100 points

Thick (>500 pages): 2 books @ 50 points each = 100 points
Wide (Monthly shelf): 5 books @ 25 points each = 125 points

Mini SAT bonus: <5 books (50 points) = 50 points
December Total: 800


message 15: by Susan (last edited Nov 05, 2011 06:34AM) (new)

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Previous Monthly Totals Posted

reported end of October: 13156 (2515 new)

>January: 875 points - done
>February: 830 points - done
>March: 815 points - done
>April: 1715 points - done
>May: 1711 points - done
>June: 1915 points - done
>July: 915 points - done
>August: 1075 points - done
>September: 1405 points - done
>October: 1900 points - done

reported end of January: 655
reported end of February: 1465 (810 new)
reported end of March: 2135 (670 new)
reported end of April: 2635 (500 new)
reported end of May: 4291 (1656 new)
reported end of June: 5286 (995 new)
reported end of July: 6811 (1525 new)
reported end of August: 8231 (1420 new)
reported end of September: 10641 (2410 new)


message 16: by Susan (last edited Dec 30, 2011 05:31AM) (new)

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Monthly Totals

>January: 875 points - done
>February: 830 points - done
>March: 815 points - done
>April: 1715 points - done
>May: 1711 points - done
>June: 1915 points - done
>July: 915 points - done
>August: 1075 points - done
>September: 1405 points - done
>October: 1900 points - done
>November: 950 points - done
>December: 800 points

Grand Total 14906 points


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