Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall/Winter Task Challenge

I am participating in the Fall/Winter Task Challenge in the College Students group on Goodreads. The challenge started on September 6th and it will end at 11:59 pm on February 20, 2012. For more details about the challenge, its rules and the requirements for the tasks, view the Task List thread.

Fall/Winter Challenge Task List:

5 Points
1. Judge a book by its cover: Read a book that has a cover which represents Fall or Winter to you ( can have a pumpkin, snow, fall leaves or some other picture that is obvious to the season, or it can have something that reminds you personally of the season, such as a fireplace or a football).
2. It's all in the title: Read a book with the month September, October, November, December, January or February in the title.
3. President's Day: Read a book about a president (or a similar ruler for those outside of the U.S.) The book can be current, historical, fiction, or nonfiction.
4. Holiday stress relief: Read any book about anything just to beat the stress!
5. I love Halloween! Read a book about the holiday or any related Halloween creature (witch, vampire, ghost, ect)
6. Alcoholics Anonymous: Read a book about alcohol, an alcoholic, or has a type of liquor in the title.
7. Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail: Read a book that has teeth or a tail on the cover (this can be animal teeth/tail, a ponytail, teeth on a comb, tail of a comet, jet stream from a plane or rocket, ect)
8. Back to School Assignment: This one is for members of the College Students group who are assigned to pick a book for one of the members participating in the challenge.

10 Points
1. Finish the to do list: Go to Random Number Generator. Give it the parameters for how many books are on your To Read list and read the corresponding book.
2. College Bound: Read a book from the College Bound Reading List.
3. Home for the Holidays: Read a book by a local author. This would be someone that lives in your state for people in the U.S. and your country or region for those that live outside of the U.S.
4. Ahoy There Matey: Read a book about pirates, either fiction or nonfiction, or with the word pirates or its cognates in the title.
5. Major Issues? Read a book related to you major or where the main character is studying or working in your field.
6. Bit by the travel bug: Read a book set in a country that you want to visit but haven't gotten to yet.
7. Color is joy: Read a book with your favorite color in the title or where the cover is predominantly your favorite color.
8. What comes first? Read a book that a movie you have seen was based on. No rereads!

15 points:
1. Military Awareness: There are many military related “holidays” during Fall and Winter: Read a book that has soldiers in the story (past or present), is about a famous battle or war, or is a non fiction account of someones’ life as it is related to a war.
2. This is a challenge after all: Read a genre that you rarely or never read.
3. Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival, Lantern Festival and Mooncake Festival: All names for the festival celebrated in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Phillipines. Read a book about one of these cultures, or where the people celebrate an Autumn festival as a main part of the book.
4. Winter Vacations: Read a book that is about your Dream Vacation to be taken in the winter. Mine, since I hate cold and winter, would be a book about going somewhere tropical for a warm vacation during the cold months. Others, that enjoy that white death that falls from the sky, can read about skiing, or sledding, or even just a trip to somewhere cold.
5. Historical Fiction: Choose an era and read a book set during that era.
6. The Perfect Gift: Read a book about searching for something, (treasure, lost animal, keys, etc.) just not searching for a person.
7. Teacher Appreciation: Read a book about a terrific teacher or one that your favorite teacher in junior high or high school recommended that you never got around to reading.
8. Family Influences: Read a book written by an author that shares a first or last name to either of your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings.

20 Points:
1. Group Read: (For members of College Students group) Read a past group read OR a group read that happens during one of the months of this challenge AND post to the discussion thread what you thought about the book.
2. To Be Continued..... Read either book 1 and 2 of a series or start on the next 2 books of a series you have already started.

25 points
1. ABC’s and 123’s: Read a book with a “A” “B” or “C” starting the title and another book with a number in the title. To make it a bit easier, you may take the, a, if, etc. off the title to get to the A, B or C and the number can be any number, it doesn’t have to be 1, 2 or 3.
2. Proud of Your Name: Read two books: Each title must start with one of your initials. I was going to limit this to first and last names, but some of us may have difficulties with that, so if you have middle, maiden, whatever names, take your initials, and choose some books. May drop A or The at the beginning of the title in you need to.
3. Classic’s Revisited: Read a classic and a modern adaptation of that classic. Tell us which you liked better.
4. The beginning of the End: Read two books: The title of the first books’ last word should be the first word of the title to the second book. You may drop A, The, If, And, etc. Example: God on Trial by Peter Irons and The Trial of Socrates by IF Stone for God on Trial Trial of Socrates.
5. Time after Time: Read a book that takes place all in one day and read another book that spans over several years.
6. These 2 things are not the same: Read two books that have the same title. Discuss if they were similar, different or a mix. This may be a bit tricky, but I will allow things like Woods or The Woods to be the same. Or like Shiver and Shiver: A Novel. Try to keep them as similar as possible, but you can drop things like A Novel written after the main part of the title.
7. Keep your Friends Close: choose one of your friends on GoodReads and look at their read lists. Choose a book they gave 4 or 5 stars and one they gave 1 or 2 stars and read them both. Post whether you agree with their rating or disagree.
8. Job Satisfaction: read a book about your ideal job or where the main character has your ideal job, and read a book about a job you think would be lousy (again, or where the main character has a job your think would be lousy) Which do you like better? Any career changes coming?

My Fall/Winter Challenge Task List (subject to change)

5.1 Dry Ice by Bill Evans
5.2 The October Country by Ray Bradbury
5.3 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
5.4 Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
5.5 Dark Passages by Kathryn Leigh Scott
5.6 Call Me When You Land by Michael Schiavone
5.7 Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
5.8 The Guernsay Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

10.1 The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
10.2 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
10.3 The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
10.4 Steel by Carrie Vaughn
10.5 Cassie Draws the Universe by P.S. Baber
10.6 The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
10.7 Hereafter by Tara Hudson
10.8 The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

15.1 Atonement by Ian McEwan
15.2 Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
15.3 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
15.4 Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
15.5 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan
15.6 The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
15.7 The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
15.8 Stiff by Mary Roach

20.1 Bossypants by Tina Fey
20.2 Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
25.1 As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott and 360 Degrees Longitude by John Higham
25.2 Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stepanie Perkins
25.3 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Wicked by Gregory Maguire
25.4 Emily the Strange by Rob Reger and Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
25.5 After Dark by Haruki Murakami and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
25.6 Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine and The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
25.7 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkin and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
25.8 The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman and The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

I've only finished one book so far, but I'm sure I'll catch up.

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