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message 1: by Dlmrose (last edited Nov 03, 2011 12:52PM) (new)

Dlmrose | 17398 comments Mod
t's time to start thinking about fun tasks for the Winter Challenge. The bonus theme is EARTH.

As in past challenges, some tasks may revolve around the seasonal theme of WINTER. Others may reflect the bonus theme of EARTH. Other tasks may have nothing to do with either of these themes (they’re just fun ideas for unique reading challenges).

Feel free to post as many ideas as you can come up with. Don't worry about repeating what another player might have already suggested. The more ideas, the better!

The moderators will draw from these ideas as well as their own to create the 5,10, and 15 point tasks. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!


message 2: by Sheila (last edited Nov 04, 2011 06:33AM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments OK, I'll start with letters in EARTH. Since many people look at the new year as a new chance to get it right and in Genesis 1.1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. How about we read a book that starts with the letters EA in a word in the title. Words like early, easy, earn, earring, each, eager, eagle, east and so on.


message 3: by April (new)

April What about a book that occurs mostly underground?


message 4: by April (new)

April For winter, a book set in a place where it's mostly dark all day, like Alaska or Oslo.


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2962 comments read a book about gardening, flowers or the name of a flower in the title.


message 6: by Connie (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 371 comments For winter:

A book about the North Pole or Antarctica, where they have the coldest winters.

Giving to others is an important part of some winter holidays. Read a book where helping others is part of the theme, or is the job of a major character.

For earth:

Read a book that involves a mine or something that is mined. Or that has the name of something from a mine in the title of the book (coal, gold, silver, diamond, etc.)


message 7: by Katrina (new)

Katrina (katmcv) | 457 comments Some of us say our tbr piles resemble mountains. Read a book that's been on your tbr for more than a year.


There's a good chance you have to travel barely a metre on earth to find one: read a book with a type of insect on the cover or in the title of the book.


Christina (AKA Babbling) (babblingbookreviews) | 610 comments Books that feature the words "snow" or "ice". Or have snowy scenes on the covers. Or a winter sport like skiing, skating, or hockey.

Chinese New Year is 23 January and it's the Year of the Dragon -- books with dragons on the cover, or in the title, or about dragons/dragon-shifters.

Valentine's Day -- red or pink cover, or a couple on the cover, or a romance.

2012 is a Leap Year - book titles with 29 letters, author names with 29 letters. Book titles with the word "leap".


message 9: by JC (new)

JC (jmnc) | 640 comments Earth is the name of our planet and the name for what it is made of (in English anyway). Read a series book with a word in title that is also in the series name.


message 10: by Katrina (new)

Katrina (katmcv) | 457 comments Babbling AKA Christina wrote: "Books that feature the words "snow" or "ice". Or have snowy scenes on the covers. Or a winter sport like skiing, skating, or hockey.

Chinese New Year is 23 January and it's the Year of the Dragon ..."


I forgot it was a leap year. One extra day to complete the winter challenge!


message 11: by Jennifer W (new)

Jennifer W | 468 comments Out with the old, in with the new:
At the end of the calendar year, many people like to make changes in their life. Read a book with the words "out" "old" "in" or "new" in the title.

'Round here:
Earth is round, read a book with something round on the cover.


message 12: by Luckngrace (new)

Luckngrace | 156 comments Read a book that has a word in the title misspelled or has incorrect grammer or has a made-up word or is otherwise uncommonly strange, such as: My Dad Said Sh*t, Company Atch, Prentice Alvin, Slammerkin, Cryptonomicon, Thyme of Death, Back When We Were Grownups.


message 13: by Luckngrace (new)

Luckngrace | 156 comments Jennifer W wrote: "Out with the old, in with the new:
At the end of the calendar year, many people like to make changes in their life. Read a book with the words "out" "old" "in" or "new" in the title.

'Round her..."


I like those. Maybe add resolution to first one?


message 14: by JC (new)

JC (jmnc) | 640 comments Winter is a time for soup! Stone Soup - Bring a book another group is currently reading or has shelved to the challenge.

Read a book that appears on more than 5 Listopia lists.

Winter in the northern hemisphere is summer in the southern hemisphere - read a book that takes place in summer or in the southern hemisphere.


message 15: by Donna Jo (new)

Donna Jo Atwood | 3157 comments Climb out of that Rut: Read a book in a genre you generally try to avoid. For instance, I normally read a lot of things, but try to avoid Horror, philosophy, and politics, so I could read something in one of those three lines.

Hold that Line: Read a book with a word in the title that is a two-dimensional shape--like square, circle,triangle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_... Or http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/...

Conjunction Junction: Read a book with a title that has a conjunction in it. For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So.

The Generation Gap: Read a book first published at least 30 years before you were born.


message 16: by Janice (new)

Janice  | 653 comments Read an author who was born under an Earth sign - capricorn, taurus, or virgo.

Hidden gems are found deep in the earth. Therefore, find a hidden gem to share, SRC style, by reading a book with less than 100 ratings.


message 17: by mstan (new)

mstan | 876 comments JenC. wrote: "Earth is the name of our planet and the name for what it is made of (in English anyway). Read a series book with a word in title that is also in the series name."

How about a second English (or foreign language) class lesson task: parts of speech... or words with more than one meaning? (This will have to be a two-book task.)

Parts of speech:
E.g. The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors (death = noun) and Dead Until Dark (dead = adjective)

Two meanings (as well as parts of speech):
E.g. Catching Fire and Fire Me Up


message 18: by Christine US (new)

Christine US (christineus) | 572 comments Read a book based upon your New Year's Resolution.

So, if your resolution is to "try new things", you could read a new author. Or if your resolution is to "travel more", read a book in a country where you want to visit.


message 19: by Nick (new)

Nick (doily) | 2384 comments Victorians are "Earthy" -- an age of grime, dirt, industrial smoke and grit -- and the empire of Queen Victoria encircled the globe -- "The Sun Never Set" on it.

So you could read a book first published during Victoria's looooong reign, 1837 - 1901, or set during that time. (The group "Victorians!" has a bookshelf of over 150 titles.)


message 20: by Butterflycager (new)

Butterflycager | 319 comments Speaking of travel, read a book with a direction in the title: North, South, East, West, Northeast/ern, etc.

Since the earth is a planet in the solar system, read a book with planet, sun, solar, or the name of a planet or other heavenly body in the title (therefore, Pluto can be counted).


message 21: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Yes, Poor Pluto got a raw deal


message 22: by JC (new)

JC (jmnc) | 640 comments I love my woodstove and always pick the seat closest to it when I have a chance to sit a read - Read a book you can imagine yourself sitting in front of a warm fire with.


message 23: by Butterflycager (new)

Butterflycager | 319 comments Another idea: read a novel that won or was nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

Read two different books, each set in a country on a different continent.

Read a book with a physical "earth" feature in the title such as mountain, valley, island, peninsula, canyon.


message 24: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments read a book that has a word from a traditional carol in the title

read a holiday story

read a book with a Menorah, a Christmas tree, nativity scene, wreath or tradional holiday item on the cover.


message 25: by JC (new)

JC (jmnc) | 640 comments Flu season - read a book that has the letters F, L, and U in the title.

Ski school - read a book that takes place on a mountain or has a mountain on the cover.

Ice fishing - read a book that has a word ending in -ice (twice, mice, rice, entice).

Cabin fever - read a book that takes you away from the cold to a warm destination or somewhere you would want to visit if you were vacationing during the winter.

It's cold in Canada - read a book set in Canada or by a Canadian author.

That sends chills down my spine - read a dystopian novel that scares you.

Holiday baking - read a book that has baked goods on the cover or where the main character is a baker.


message 26: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 832 comments mstan wrote: "JenC. wrote: "Earth is the name of our planet and the name for what it is made of (in English anyway). Read a series book with a word in title that is also in the series name."

How about a second..."


Ooohhh! Great 2 book task mstan!


message 27: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 832 comments Give an unbiased vote. Read a book from the Goodreads 2011 Nominations in a category that you have/had already voted in.


message 28: by Butterflycager (new)

Butterflycager | 319 comments Read an autobiography, biography, or memoir. (Or two out of the three.)

Read two non-fiction books, each from a different century of the Dewey Decimal System (000s, 100s, 200s, etc.)and state the books' call numbers when posting.


message 29: by Connie (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 371 comments Read a book that has an earthquake as part of the plot, or "earthquake" or "quake" or "fault" in the title.


message 30: by Connie (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 371 comments Trees grow in the earth. Read a book with a tree on the cover.


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Everyone always complains about putting on weight in the winter and around the holidays...read a "chunkster" (450+ pages):D


message 32: by Lindy-Lane (new)

Lindy-Lane (moonbacklit) | 590 comments Janice CA wrote: "Read an author who was born under an Earth sign - capricorn, taurus, or virgo.

Hidden gems are found deep in the earth. Therefore, find a hidden gem to share, SRC style, by reading a book with les..."


Love the Earth sign idea!


message 33: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (sureshot26) | 771 comments Winter time and the holidays are always a great time for family photos - read a book about a family or with a family pictured on the cover.


message 34: by Connie (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 371 comments Groundhog Day is February 2. Read a book with an animal on the cover, or a brown cover.


message 35: by Emily (new)

Emily | 644 comments Groundhog Day - When I think of Groundhog Day, I think of the movie, with him living the same day over again - what about re-reading a book you've already read?


message 36: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 896 comments Kate wrote: "Groundhog Day - When I think of Groundhog Day, I think of the movie, with him living the same day over again - what about re-reading a book you've already read?"

I was thinking the same thing when I saw Connie's post. :)


message 37: by Jean (new)

Jean | 123 comments Save The Rainforests:
Read a book that takes place in a forest or a jungle.
or
Read a book that has the name of a tree in its title.


message 38: by Jennifer W (new)

Jennifer W | 468 comments I just found this list of famous people born on Leap Day, February 29th.

1468 – Pope Paul III (d. 1549)
1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer(William Tell, The Barber of Seville) (d. 1868)
1896 – Morarji Desai, former Indian prime minister (d. 1995)
1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer (d. 1994)
1924 – Al Rosen, American baseball player
1924 – Carlos Humberto Romero, former president of El Salvador
1960 – Richard Ramirez, American serial killer
1960 – Anthony (Tony) Robbins, American motivational speaker
1964 – Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player
1972 – Antonio Sabàto Jr, Italian-born actor
1976 – Ja Rule, American rapper and actor
1980 – Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer

Read a book by or about someone who has the same career as the people listed above (nationality wouldn't have to be the same, ex: a hockey player, not specifically a Canadian one).


message 39: by Jean (new)

Jean | 123 comments How Does Your Garden Grow?
Read a book that has the name of a flower or vegetable in the author's name.


message 40: by Jean (new)

Jean | 123 comments Festival of Lights:
To celebrate Hanukkah read a book that has a picture of a source of light on the cover. For example: candle, torch, lamp, chandelier, sun, moon, stars....


message 41: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 896 comments Earth is the third planet from the sun. Read the third book in a series, or any book that's part of a trilogy.


message 42: by Chris (new)

Chris (chrismd) | 905 comments 2011 is the 60th anniversary of the classic movie The Day the Earth Stood Still, based on a short story Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates. Read a book on which a movie has been based and/or read a book about aliens. Or you could do any book with the letters G O R T in the title for Gort, the name of the robot.


message 43: by Angie (new)

Angie (pinkindle) | 597 comments Earth is often called the "Goldilocks" planet, so read a fairytale or fairytale retelling.


message 44: by mstan (new)

mstan | 876 comments EARTH - Something that is set somewhere claustrophobic, e.g. The Tombs of Atuan or Room (or a small town), or has the word 'underground' or 'caves' (or similar words) in it, e.g. Notes from Underground or The Cave.


message 45: by Connie (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 371 comments Read a postapocalyptic novel about the Earth after great destruction. Example: The Road by Cormac McCarthy


message 46: by Julie (new)

Julie (scrapsofhistory) For the new year out with the old and in with the new. Read the oldest book on your TBR pile and the newest book on your TBR pile.

As a teacher I look forward to snow days in the winter. Read a book in which there is a large amount of snow that leaves characters stranded.


message 47: by Lahni (new)

Lahni | 314 comments EarTH- read a book with a word in the title that contains the letter blend "th". "The" doesn't count. Ex: These Is My Words, or Death on the Nile.


message 48: by Lahni (new)

Lahni | 314 comments Many people suffer from "winter blues". Give yourself a pick-me-up by reading a book you've been dying to read.

Leap year happens every four years. Read a book whose number of pages is evenly divisible by the number 4. Ex: 320 or 428.


message 49: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7514 comments with the leap year we have an extra day for reading etc...read a book that has extra's in it - recipes, an interview an author


message 50: by Butterflycager (new)

Butterflycager | 319 comments Wouldn't have thought of this if not for Lahni's "th" idea above: the word "art" appears in the middle of earth. Read a book that has something to do with art - a book about an artistic movement, a biography of an artist, the true story of an art heist, a cozy mystery where a work of art is stolen, etc.


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