Official Spring Challenge 2009 (01/03/2009 – 31/05/2009)

1. Anyone can participate and can join in at anytime from March 1st and through May 31st.
2. Each task counts for points only ONCE and the same book cannot be used for two categories.
3. Re-reads count (unless otherwise stated).
4. If you have less than 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). I.E. If you are on page 10 of a 200 page book on Feb 28th and it fits one of the Spring Challenge categories it will count.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Audiobooks can be used to complete any of the tasks unless otherwise noted.
8. It’s fine to change your mind about which books you plan to use for which task at any point…just let me know.

1. KAREN’S TASK – As we are all totally completely addicted to GR (Goodreads), let’s read…
– A book which title starts with the letter G AND
– A book which title starts with the letter R.
– Books like The Gargoyle or A Raisin In the Sun – that have titles beginning with A OR THE followed by a G or R word are acceptable for this task.
The Gargoyle & Robinson Crusoe by Andrew Davidson & Daniel Defoe respectively

2. EL’s TASK – Read a Non-Fiction book about OR by a noted diarist from This List who lived prior to the 1900’s.
The journals of Louisa May Alcott edited by J. Myerson; D Shealy

3. ANGELA’S TASK – Look for your first post in the Official Spring Challenge. Once you find it, look at the person below you and go to their profile and pick TWO books to read off of their shelves. If their profile is listed as private, go to the person below that person.
Memoirs of a Geisha & Plain Truth by Arthur Golden & Jodi Picoult respectively

4. ROS’ TASK – Read a book that’s on the big reads list.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

5. BONNIE’S TASK – Read a book outside your normal genre(s). Example: Bonnie usually reads YA, fantasy, nonfiction and classics so she’d have to read short stories, plays, mysteries, etc.

Great Australian Mysteries: unsolved, unexplained, unknown by John Pinkney

6. JON’S TASK – H.M. Queen Elizabeth II is 83 on April 21st, read a Non-Fiction book of at least 400 pages relating in some way to the British Monarchy past or present. Write a short Goodreads review and post a copy on the Spring challenge thread.

Victoria: The Young Queen by Monica Charlot


7. CASSIE’S TASK – For her friend Melissa (who told her about Goodreads and is a YA librarian): Read 2 young adult novels.
Blue Bloods & Masquerade: A Blue Bloods Novel by Melissa de la Cruz

8. SARA’s TASK – Read a book that has a title of 12 or more words.
Cleopatra and Antony: The True Story of the Ancient World’s Greatest Love Affair by Diana Preson


1. It’s Written In the Stars…read a book that corresponds to your astrological sign… (books can be fiction or non-fiction)…
ARIES: Made me think of Ares the Greek God of War – Read a book about the Gods, Greek Mythology, Greece etc.
TAURUS: The Bull – Read a western, a book about a cowboy, the rodeo etc.
GEMINI: Read a book about twins.
CANCER: Read a book about a cancer patient, cancer survivor, cancer doctor etc.
LEO: The king of the jungle – read a book about royalty.
VIRGO: Read a book about a virgin, virginity or loss of, abstinence etc.
LIBRA: Read a book about a lawyer, the law, a judge etc.
SCORPIO: The scorpion – read a book that takes place in the desert, a wasteland etc.
SAGITARIUS: The archer – read a book about an athlete or sports.
CAPRICORN: is a cardinal sign which is associated with creativity – read a book about an artist or art.
AQUARIUS: Read a book that takes place at sea, about ships etc.
PISCES: Read a book about a fisherman, fishing, sea life, marine biology etc.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Gemini: Twins)

2. April is National Poetry Month – Read a book of poetry OR about a famous poet.
Everyman’s Poetry by William Wordsworth

3. Read a past OR present TNBBC group read that you haven’t read before

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

4. Read a novel that takes place in a location you plan to visit during this challenge OR have visited previously during spring break (does not have to be overly specific i.e. if you are visiting Paris this spring (LUCKY YOU) you could read a book that takes place anywhere in France).
Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood

5. Read a book written by an author who won a major literary prize (Nobel, Pulitzer etc.) in the year you were born (it does not have to be the book they won the award for).
The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

6. Read a book that was has been translated from its original language (i.e. it could be from Swedish to English or English to Italian etc.).
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (French
à English)

7. In honor of both Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) and Mother Goose Day (May 1) find and read two books with rhyming titles. By this I mean that there is a word in the title of one book that rhymes with a word in the other book’s title.
– Example: You could read The Scent of Sake AND The Red Tent
Alias Grace & My Place (Margaret Atwood & Sally Morgan respectively)

8. Get To Know The Author – Read a book by an author AND then either attend a reading by that author OR read/listen to an interview with that author.
Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell

9. Read a book with a color in the title AND eat a meal that includes at least 2 foods that are that color (you don’t have to cook it yourself).
– I.E. if you read Stephen King’s The Green Mile (you could have a mixed green salad and pasta with pesto sauce; or a kiwi and a bowl of mint ice cream for dessert).
– Feel free to share recipes with the group if you do make something yummy for this task.
The Red Shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky


10. March, April, and May are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th months of the year
– Read the third, fourth and fifth books of one series OR
– Read 3 books with the numbers 3/4/5- three/four/five in the titles (books do not have to come from the same series in this instance)

Seduced by Moonlight (Meredith Gentry 3) by Laurell K Hamilton

Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry 4) by Laurell K Hamilton

Mistral’s Kiss (Meredith Gentry 5) by Laurell K  Hamilton


1. For St. Patrick’s Day – Read a book by an Irish author, set in Ireland, OR about Ireland.
A Song for Mary by Dennis Smith

2. For Cinco De Mayo – Read a book by a Mexican author, set in Mexico, OR about Mexico.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

3. For ANZAC Day – Read a book by an Australian author, set in Australia, OR about Australia.
Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles, Book 1) by Isobelle Carmody

4. Read a book by an author who was born in March, April, or May.
– You can find a list that will help with this task at
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson (22nd March)

5. March 24 is Harry Houdini’s Birthday – Read a book about magic, a magician etc.
The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

6. In honor of Earth Day (April 22) read a book with the word Earth, Moon, Sun or one of the other planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) in the title.
– Words such as earthly, sunset etc. are acceptable.
Brilliance of the Moon (Tales of the Otori 3) by Lian Hearn

7. In Honor of Mother’s Day…
– Read a book where the author/main character shares the same first name as your mother OR
– Read a book recommended by/given to you by your mother.
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? By Rick Warren

8. In Honor of Memorial and Armed Forces Day – Read a book about a veteran OR someone serving in the military (fiction or non-fiction).
Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

9. Read a book from the TNBBC Top Books list…
– The book cannot be your own contribution
– The number that corresponds to that book must only contain numbers that can be found in the year you were born…i.e. if you were born in 1982 (like me) you could read 1, 28, or 89 but not 93, 15, or 22 (because there is only one 2 in the date) etc.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1)

10. Members of the TNBBC have great tastes in books – follow these directions to find your book for this task…
– Start by going to the club’s membership list.
– Sort the member list by the Date Joined and Find Yourself on that list. (I chose the date joined sorting option because the page you will find your name on for the other options will change more often)
– Read a book that earned a 5-Star rating by another member who is on the same page as you.
The Lovely Bones by alice Sebold (Zippy)


1. Read a Science Fiction OR Fantasy Novel.

Across a Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori 1) by Lian Hearn

2. Read an epistolary novel OR a non-fiction collection of letters/journal etc.

Evelina by Fanny Burney

3. Spring Cleaning: Follow these directions to find your book for this task…
– Go to your Goodreads bookshelf.
– Click on the All Books link
– Organize them by the Date Added (going from the earliest to the most recent)
– Go down the list and read the first book you come to that you HAVE NOT yet read.
Wives & Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

4. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Task – Read or listen to a book while you are on a plane, on a train, or in a car (or other mode of transport like a bus/combinations of transportation)
– For this task you can’t, for example, start a book in the airport and finish it on the plane…the book must be read entirely while inside one of those modes of transportation.
– But the plane/train/car etc. does not have to be moving the entire time for it to count – exe. you can start reading the book once you board the plane before it takes off.

Middlemarch by George Eliot

5. For Easter/Lent…
– Read a Christian Fiction novel,
– A book about sacrifice, OR

– A book about something you would or are planning to give up.
The Book of God by Walter Wangerin

6. In Honor Of Women’s History Month…
– Read an autobiography/biography of a woman you admire OR

– A novel with one of the following in the title (woman, women, lady, ladies, female, feminine, girl, girls).
Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier

7. For Arbor Day – Do your part to save some trees by…
– Reading an e-book OR

– Listening to an audiobook OR
– By reading a book and “recycling” it – giving it away to someone else like a friend or through an online book swap/trading site or by donating it to a local library or charity.
Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

8. For April Fools Day…
– Read a humorous novel, a book of jokes, OR
– A biography/autobiography/memoir of a comedian.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

9. Read a book with one of the following Spring animals in the title…
– Rabbit or Bunny
– Bird (the word bird or any type of bird)
– Lion
– Lamb OR

– A term for a baby animal such as kitten, cub, calf etc.
The Harsh Cry of the Heron (Tales of the Otori 4)by Lian Hearn

10. April Showers Bring May Flowers…
– Read one book with a Rain related word (rain, thunder, storm, shower etc.) in the title OR

– Read a book with the name of A TYPE of tree or flower in the title.
Wild Lavender by Belinda Alexandra


Total as at 12 March 2008:

135 Pts out of 550 possible points

10 Tasks out of 39 possible tasks



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