Official Winter Challenge (01/12/2008 – 28/02/2009)

RULES
1. Anyone can participate and can join in at anytime after December 1st and before February 28th.
2. Each individual can set their own goal as to how many points they think they can earn in that time and if they want to they can reward themselves. The top 3 point earners will get to choose the 25 point tasks for the next challenge.
3. Each task counts for points only once and the same book can not be used for two categories.
4. Re-reads count (unless otherwise stated).
5. If you have at least 50% of a book you started prior to the beginning of the current challenge it may be counted towards your point total (if it meets the criteria for one the tasks).
6. Small adjustments can be made to the categories but try to stick as close to the task as possible…if you aren’t sure feel free to ask.
7. In general small books (I’d say 100 pages or less) like children’s books should be used sparingly and only for the 5 point tasks.
8. Audiobooks can be used to complete any of the tasks unless otherwise noted.
9. It’s fine to change your mind about which books you plan to use for which task at any point.
10. Other than that just have fun and post what you are reading and your point totals…
 
Bold: Books Read & Tasks Done, Italic: Book is being read
 
25 POINT TASKS
1. Karen’s Task – Read a book about / set in / or by an author of a country with a name that starts with the first letter of your name (first / middle / last). Example – If your name is John – you could read a book about Japan, set in Jamaica, or written by an author from Jordan. 
www.listofcountriesintheworld.com
Still Life with Rice by Heelie Lee

2. Ann From S.C.’s Task – Read a book that you have started but never finished.

Paul: A Novel by Walter Wangerin

3. Lisa’s Task – Read a book of at least 700 pages.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
 
15 POINT TASKS
1. For African American History Month: Read a Book about the Civil Rights Movement (Non-Fiction) or Takes Place during That Time Period (Fiction).
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

2. For Christmas: Read a Book with the word Santa, Elf, or the Name of Any of the Reindeer in the Title.
The Dancer Upstairs by Nicholas Shakespeare
3. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Book with the Word Chocolate (Or Type of Chocolate or Other Candy) In The Title, Then Eat That Kind Of Chocolate Or Candy.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
4. Read A Book And Read It’s Sequel. Books should be read back to back. They can be any two books from a series (not necessarily book 1 & 2) but should be read in order i.e. book 3 then book 4 not book 5 then 8.
A Great & Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angel by Libba Bray
5. Read A Book Where One Of The Main Characters Has The Same Profession As You.
Bad Boy by Stephen Gray
6. Read A Historical Fiction Book Featuring A Famous Historic Personality Or A Biography Of A Historical Figure.
True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel by Peter Carey
7. Read A Non-Fiction Book About A Religion Other Than Your Own.
So What’s the Difference? by Fritz Ridenour
8. Read A Book That Relates To One Of Your New Year’s Resolutions.
Faithful Women & their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
9. The Oscar’s are coming: Read a Book or Play Whose Movie Counterpart Was Nominated or That Won in the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay Category and Watch the Film. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Writing_Adapted_Screenplay

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

10. In Honor Of Inauguration Day: Read A Book About Politics/Politicians (Fiction Or Non-Fiction).
William Pitt the Younger: A Biography by William Hague
 
10 POINT TASKS
1. For Chinese New Year: Read a Book That Takes Place in China or Was Written By a Chinese Author.

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

2. For The Holiday Season: Read a Book with a Holiday Song in the Title.
Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clarke

3. For Christmas: Read a Book with Any of the Following in the Title: Angel, Miracle, God, Jesus, Shepherd, Manger, Wise Man, Mary, or Joseph.

The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

4. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Book with the Word Love, Romance, Kiss, Valentine, Cupid, Sweetheart or Heart in the Title.

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

5. Many Great Authors Died In 2008: Read A Book By An Author Who Died This Year. http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/years/2008.htm

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

6. Read A Book That Takes Place In A Country That Is Part Of Your Ancestry (I.E. If Your Irish Read A Book That Takes Place In Ireland Or About Ireland).

Chinese Cinderella: A True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

7. Read A Book Where The Main Character Is Mentally Or Physically Handicapped.

Tim by Colleen McCullough

8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word King, Queen, Princess, Prince, Duke, Or Duchess.

The Warrior’s Princess by Barbara Erskine

9. Read A Book With December, January, Or February In The Title.

The Door to December by Dean Koontz

10. Read A Book With A Title Containing The Name Of A Body Part (Eg. Hand, Nail, Finger, Toe, Etc).
Nothing in My Hand I Bring by Ray Galea

 
5 POINT TASKS
1. February Is African American History Month: Read A Book With A Main Character Who Is African American Or A Biography/Autobiography Of An African American. I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

2. February Is National Library Lovers Month…Visit Your Local Library And Either Check Out A Book Or For Those Who Have To Own – Buy One From A Library Sale And Read That Book. (Previously Purchased Books Don’t Count.)

These few lines: a convict story: the Lost Lives of Myra & William Sykes by Graham Seal

3. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Romance Novel.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

4. It’s Winter: Read A Book Whose Title Contains a Winter Weather Word – i.e. Blizzard, Snow, Ice, Sleet, Icicle, Snowflake, Frost, Freeze, Slush, Flurry, Chill, Or Hail.

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

5. Pick 10 Books From Your TBR List, Put The Titles Pieces Of Paper, And Pick One Out Of A Basket Or A Hat Whatever You Can Find, And Then Read That Book.
Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

6. Read A Book By A New, First Time Author. (The author can have only one published book at the time you read it.)
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed

7. Read A Book Whose Title Starts With The Word Who, What, Where, When, Why Or How.

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word Winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other winter holiday.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

9. Read A Mystery Novel.
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

10. The Oscars Are In February: Read a Book you’ve Already Seen the Film To.
PS: I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

Total @ 18/02/2009 = 375 Pts (Goal: 330) 
33 Tasks complete (Goal: 28)

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