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message 1: by Dlmrose (last edited Jan 22, 2011 02:23PM) (new)

Dlmrose | 18124 comments Mod
50.1- Melanie's task: LAND AMONG THE STARS

In the Swiss Alps, the night sky is usually very clear and filled with stars, which always remind me of one of my favorite quotes: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
Therefore, for this task, you must read THREE books: one book from each of the the A,B,C options below. REQUIRED:Include your die roll results when you post. Minimum challenge page requirements apply.

A. Words: Read a book containing the words MOON, STAR, NIGHT, SKY or DARK in the title. Plurals (Stars), variations (Darkly), and compound words (stardust, moongazer, skyscraper) all work.
OR
Read a book with a star or moon on the cover.
REQUIRED: if you choose the cover option, you must include a link to the cover in your post.


B. Constellations Roll a Die and see in which constellation you land:

1. Ursa Major: If you hit the Big Dipper, the most popular constellation, read a book from the first seven pages (Ursa Major has seven main stars) of the Favorite Books List
Optional: Mention whether or not this book will go on your "favorites" list

2. Gemini: Read a book from the Kin list or a book with one of the kin list tags: aunt, brother, child, children, cousin, dad, daughter, father, etc. in the title

3. Hercules: the strongest man of mythology, therefore reread a book that has had a strong impact on your life or read a book that you may find influential, if you need a suggestion try this list The Most Influential Books in History.
Optional: Tell us how has this book affected your life.

4. Phoenix: this mythical bird, according to legends, is immortal and will live long after we're gone.. therefore read a futuristic/sci-fi book set roughly 30 years after it was written.

5. Leo: Read a book featuring an animal on the cover or playing an important role in the plot. Mythical creatures (phoenix, basilisk, dragon,...) are allowed (but no human shapeshifters).
REQUIRED: If you choose the cover option, you must include a link to the cover. If the animal connection is not apparent in the book description you must describe how the animal is central to the plot.

6. Corona Borealis: the Northern Crown: read a historical fiction book (a book set at least 30 years before it was written)


C. Stars There are many forms of stars, so roll the die again, and find out which of my favorite stars you land on:

1. Matthew Macfadyen as... Mr Darcy: Read a classic chosen from the first 10 pages of the following list:Popular Classics Books

2. Sean Connery as... James Bond: Read a mystery/thriller.

3. Dougray Scott as... the Prince (in Ever After: a Cinderella story): Read a fairytale or fairytale/mythology/folklore retelling or variation. These lists may help: Myth and Folktale retellings and Best Fairytales and Retellings
REQUIRED: Mention which fairytale/legend your book is based on. Optional: Tell us how how you thought it compared to the original story.

4. David Boreanaz as.. Angel: Read a fantasy or paranormal book.

5. Clint Eastwood as..."Blondie": Read a western- defined for this task as a book set in the old American West (1807-1912), or during the settlement of the Australian Outback.

6. Mel Gibson as... William Wallace: Read a book in which a war (fictional or not) plays a central role in the plot. REQUIRED: Name the war central to the plot.


message 2: by Melanie (last edited Jan 26, 2011 09:55AM) (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Clarification:

For Book A: I will accept lunar as a variation of "moon".

For book B.2 - Gemini: If you can't find a book on the Kin list, you may use a book whose title contains one of the tags for that list (it gets complicated if you add them to the list:-p).


message 3: by Melanie (last edited Jan 22, 2011 02:37PM) (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Approved Books:

A. Words:

Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards The Little Prince and "Letter to a Hostage " (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Witch (Wicked, #1) by Nancy Holder

B. Constellations:
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5- Dog Tags, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
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Stars:
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3- Fables: Legends in Exile
4- ShadowfeverThe Fairy Godmother
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message 4: by Melanie (last edited Jan 20, 2011 03:07AM) (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Excluded Books:

A. Words
- "Knight" may not be used as a variation of "night".
- the sun may not be used for the cover option


message 5: by Dlmrose (last edited Jan 22, 2011 02:27PM) (new)

Dlmrose | 18124 comments Mod
This thread is open!

C3 edited to add "or variations" 1/22
B2 edited to add "or a book with one of the kin list tags: aunt, brother, child, children, cousin, dad, daughter, father, etc. in the title" 1/22
C3 edited- books you may find influential may be read in addition to rereads 1/22


message 6: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7855 comments yay, melanie!! super excited! haha!

just running my choices by you:
1) Acquainted with the Night
2) rolled a 5: Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter Series, #8) by David Rosenfelt - mystery with dog as a key role
3) rolled a 4: Shadowfever - urban fantasy (does that count?? please say yes!!)


message 7: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Delicious Dee Challenge Addict wrote: "yay, melanie!! super excited! haha!

just running my choices by you:
1) Acquainted with the Night
2) rolled a 5: Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter Series, #8) by David Rosenfelt - mystery with dog as a key role
3..."


All good:-) UF counts:-)


message 8: by JennRenee (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments For 5-B ... does a dragonfly count as an animal?


message 9: by kiki (new)

kiki (keekers) | 821 comments just want to check my choices and make sure they'll work!

Part A: The Little Prince The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry i've got my mom's old copy and it comes in at 111 pages. he's standing on a small planet/moon and there are stars and comets all around him.

Part B: i rolled a 5...so i need an animal on the cover or it's about an animal, so i wanted to read Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris . it's got a squirrel AND a chipmunk on the cover, and it's a collection of morality tales enacted by animals!

Part C: i rolled a 1...so i chose Winnie-the-Pooh from the list of popular classics.

please let me know if any of those don't work. GREAT task!!! :) thanks!


message 10: by Kathy G. (new)

Kathy G. | 2073 comments In 1) of part A you said "moon" or "star" on the cover. I wanted to read a book that has "stars" in
the sky. Hope you can see them. Does this book work?

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards
(The bigger picture shows the stars better)

Thanks


message 11: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 832 comments Here are my choices want to make sure they work...

A) Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber (there is the big star and a moon on the cover)
B) rolled 5- A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot Series) by Agatha Christie
C) rolled 1-Jane Eyre


message 13: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Jenn Renee wrote: "For 5-B ... does a dragonfly count as an animal?"

Is it a central part of the plot or on the cover? If so, yes..


message 14: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments kiki wrote: "just want to check my choices and make sure they'll work!

Part A: The Little Prince The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry i've got my mom's old copy and it comes in at 111 pages. he..."


Great choices Kiki... all good:-)


message 15: by Terri FL (new)

Terri FL (territhemuse) | 527 comments For b4, would you accept a Connie Willis book that although set in 2057, is about time-traveling back to historical periods? I was not sure since it's both in the future and in the past.


message 16: by JennRenee (last edited Jan 19, 2011 06:30AM) (new)

JennRenee (jennreneeread) | 1332 comments yes the dragonfly is on the cover. thanks!

So here are my choices

A. Witch (Wicked, #1) by Nancy Holder
B. Rolled a 5 for an animal on cover or in plot. Don't Die, Dragonfly by Linda Joy Singleton
C. Rolled a 2 for a mystery The Fairy-Tale Detectives

Just want to make sure they are all good.


message 17: by Nicki (last edited Jan 19, 2011 07:04AM) (new)

Nicki (luluminstrel) | 285 comments Just checking wheher The Fairy Godmother would be OK for C part 4 (fantasy or paranormal)? It's mostly shelved under fantasy but is based in a fairytale land (and is on the fairytale list) so maybe might be too fairytale rather than fantasy?

Great task by the way (and I'm very happy I rolled a 4 - David Boreanaz - yum...) :D


message 18: by Joanna (new)

Joanna (walker) | 434 comments For Part A, would a book with "Knight" in the title be acceptable (as a variation of "Night")?


message 19: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments ★Meghan★ wrote: "Here are my choices want to make sure they work...

A) Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber (there is the big star and a moon on the cover)
B) rolled 5-A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot Series) by Agatha Christie
C) rolled 1..."


Meghan, you're all good:-) Enjoy!


message 20: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Kathy G. wrote: "In 1) of part A you said "moon" or "star" on the cover. I wanted to read a book that has "stars" in
the sky. Hope you can see them. Does this book work?

[bookcover:The Lake of Dreams|9213976..."


Kathy, I'll take it - I can see the stars in the bigger cover:-)


message 21: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Gayla wrote: "My choices:

A) Last Night at the Lobster
B) rolled a 2 -- [book:Aristotle's Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages..."


All good!


message 22: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Terri Fl wrote: "For b4, would you accept a Connie Willis book that although set in 2057, is about time-traveling back to historical periods? I was not sure since it's both in the future and in the past."

If more than half the book is set in historical periods (by which I mean set 30+ yrs before your book is written), you may use it.


message 23: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Jenn Renee wrote: "yes the dragonfly is on the cover. thanks!

So here are my choices

A. Witch (Wicked, #1) by Nancy Holder
B. Rolled a 5 for an animal on cover or in plot.Don't Die, Dragonfly by Linda Joy Singleton
C. ..."



You're good to go!


message 24: by Melanie (last edited Jan 19, 2011 07:35AM) (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Nicki wrote: "Just checking wheher The Fairy Godmother would be OK for C part 4 (fantasy or paranormal)? It's mostly shelved under fantasy but is based in a fairytale land (and is on the fairytale l..."

Definitely ! I know.. DB is so yummy!! **sigh** Thoughts of him keep me warm at night when I'm alone, lol!


message 25: by Foxy Grandma (new)

Foxy Grandma (foxygrandma) | 1016 comments Just checking to see if the rabbit on this cover is ok for an animal for part B Leo
Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre, #1) by Mike Shevdon


message 26: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Joanna wrote: "For Part A, would a book with "Knight" in the title be acceptable (as a variation of "Night")?"

Sorry, no, since it has a totally different meaning.. midnight, nightly or nighttime would work however.


message 27: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Beth NC wrote: "Just checking to see if the rabbit on this cover is ok for an animal for part B Leo
Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre, #1) by Mike Shevdon"


It'll work:-)


message 28: by Deedee (new)

Deedee | 2147 comments For Part A [Read a book with a star or moon on the cover.]
in this task, is the sun a star? As in:

Dying of the Light by George R.R. Martin

Thanks!


message 29: by Miriam (new)

Miriam May I add a book to the Kin list and use it? I'm reading Sins of the Seventh Sister right now, which fits the category.


message 30: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Deedee wrote: "For Part A [Read a book with a star or moon on the cover.]
in this task, is the sun a star? As in:

Dying of the Light by George R.R. Martin

Thanks!"


Sorry, but no sun (the point is to have nighttime words)!


message 31: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Miriam wrote: "May I add a book to the Kin list and use it? I'm reading Sins of the Seventh Sister right now, which fits the category."

I'll accept any words with family names: brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle. (I'll post the clarification in the second post) So yes, you may use it:-)


message 32: by Nicki (new)

Nicki (luluminstrel) | 285 comments Melanie wrote: "Nicki wrote: "Just checking wheher The Fairy Godmother would be OK for C part 4 (fantasy or paranormal)? It's mostly shelved under fantasy but is based in a fairytale land (and is on t..."

Thanks so much :)


message 33: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Melanie wrote: "Miriam wrote: "May I add a book to the Kin list and use it? I'm reading Sins of the Seventh Sister right now, which fits the category."

I'll accept any words with family names: brother, sister, ..."


Thanks!


message 34: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Now, another question. I have the first 4 of the Fable graphic novel series. I'm not sure the first one equals 100 pages, but would it be o.k. if I used the first, say, 3?


message 35: by Gayla (new)

Gayla Bassham (sophronisba) It looks like the first book in the Fable series has 128 pages: Fables: Legends in Exile. That series is a lot of fun, isn't it?


message 36: by Miriam (new)

Miriam That's good to know. I haven't read them yet, but they do look like fun. My husband raced through them in a couple of days.

The other book I was considering is Autobiography of Red, would that also work? I really like this category. The only problem is I've read a lot of fairy tale/myth adaptations, so my choice is narrower.


message 37: by Judy (new)

Judy | 944 comments For part B I rolled a 6- historical fiction. Would a historical romance qualify for this task (as long as it meets the 30 yr requirement?) Thanks!


message 38: by Bea (last edited Jan 21, 2011 04:36AM) (new)

Bea | 4203 comments I rolled a 5 for part C. I need to read a western which is defined as 1807-1912 in America or during Australian Outback settlement.

Could I use Ghost Singer: A Novel by Anna Lee Walters? The story is based upon a kidnapping and murder which occurred in 1830 in Navajo country. However, it is a more cuurent setting for solving that old crime.


message 39: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Judy wrote: "For part B I rolled a 6- historical fiction. Would a historical romance qualify for this task (as long as it meets the 30 yr requirement?) Thanks!"

Historical romance definitely works:-)


message 40: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Bea wrote: "I rolled a 5 for part C. I need to read a western which is defined as 1807-1912 in America or during Australian Outback settlement.

Could I use Ghost Singer: A Novel by [author:An..."


Sorry, I'm going to say no: It would have to be set during the 19th century. If there were actual ghosts and if you rolled a C-4, you could use it..


message 41: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Miriam wrote: "Now, another question. I have the first 4 of the Fable graphic novel series. I'm not sure the first one equals 100 pages, but would it be o.k. if I used the first, say, 3?"

Was this for C-3? I'm going to see with the moderators how graphic novels work out and get back to you in a couple hours:-)


message 42: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Miriam wrote: "The other book I was considering is Autobiography of Red,..."

You can use legends(even Greek ones) as long as you refer to the legend your book is based on!


message 43: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Melanie wrote: "Miriam wrote: "Now, another question. I have the first 4 of the Fable graphic novel series. I'm not sure the first one equals 100 pages, but would it be o.k. if I used the first, say, 3?"

Was t..."


Thanks Melanie. FYI, Gayla pointed out above that the first Fables graphic novel is 128 pages (which means it should be fine by itself), but if it doesn't work, I'm equally happy using the Autobiography of Red


message 44: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Miriam wrote: "Melanie wrote: "Miriam wrote: "Now, another question. I have the first 4 of the Fable graphic novel series. I'm not sure the first one equals 100 pages, but would it be o.k. if I used the first, s..."

Ok then:-) Do you still need me to check with the moderators? (sorry for the delays, I'm in Switzerland, so I'm not on US times!)


message 45: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 18124 comments Mod
Graphic novels work if they meet the 100 page requirement


message 46: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (shorty_320) | 1382 comments I know the first book of the Fables graphic novel series will fit for a fairytale retelling, but will other books in the series work as well?


message 47: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Dlmrose wrote: "Graphic novels work if they meet the 100 page requirement"

Thx Dlmrose!!


message 48: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Stacie wrote: "I know the first book of the Fables graphic novel series will fit for a fairytale retelling, but will other books in the series work as well?"

Are the other books in the series fairytales/folktales/legend retellings or variations? If so, you may use them, but you need to justify yourself! If you tell me which book you want to read, I'll have a look at it and let you know..


message 49: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4203 comments Melanie wrote: "Bea wrote: "I rolled a 5 for part Could I use Ghost Singer: A Novel b..."

OK. Still looking for part C then Stacie.

Part A: Illumination Night

Part B: The Sabbath

I am picking The Sabbath because my reading of the task is to read something that has had an impact on my life. I looked at the suggested list and none really struck me as directly related to who I am now even though I have read some of them. I chose this book as I am a Jew by Choice and the practices of the Sabbath used to be very important to me. I would like to get back to some of them but have the complication of having not married a Jew. So...this book has the potential of helping me figure out how to increase practices that once meant a lot to me in my current situation. Would it work?


message 50: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (melaina) | 381 comments Bea wrote: "Melanie wrote: "Bea wrote: "I rolled a 5 for part Could I use Ghost Singer: A Novel b..."

OK. Still looking for part C then Stacie.

Part A: Illumination Night

P..."


It would definitely work!!!!
(the list is just for ideas, since the books are famous)


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