Official Summer Challenge – 2009

10 Points as at 21/07/2009


30 Point Tasks
1. Donna Jo’s Task – Read A Biographical Fiction Book & An Autobiography/Biography About That Person.

2. Sandy‘s Task – In Honor of Lucille Ball’s B-Day (Aug 6, 1911) and My Favorite TV Show I Love Lucy Read Two Books with Main Characters Whose Names are Lucy, Ricky, Fred or Ethel, or A Variation Of Any Of Those Names. Both Books Can Have The Same Name Or It Can Be Different.
Lucy= Lucille, Lucila, Lucia, Lucina, Lucette, Luc, Luciana, Lucie, Luce and Lucinda

Ricky= Ricardo, Richard, Rick, Dick, Richie, Ricki, Rikki, Ricarda

Fred= Frederick, Freddy, Freddie, Fredericka, Freda,

Ethel= Ethelda, Etel, Ethelene, Ethelyn


Sharpe’s Tiger & Sharpe’s Triumph by Bernard Cornwell (Richard Sharpe)

3. Wendy’s Task – Summer Peace Accord- Read 2 Books…
• One Book With A Positive Muslim, Islamic, Or Arabic Protagonist
• And One Book with a Positive Jewish, Israeli or Zionist Character.

4. BJ Rose’s Task – In Honor Of U.S. Independence Day – Read A Biography (Not An Autobiography) Of A U.S. President Who Either Was Born Or Who Died During Summer. The book must be at least 300 pages.
• Born In Summer – John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Harrison, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Clark Hoover, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Gerald Rudolph Ford, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton, George Walker Bush, Barack Hussein Obama
• Died In Summer – Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Monroe, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, James Knox Polk, Zachary Taylor, Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Warren G. Harding, Ronald W. Reagan

5. Kristen IL’s Task – In Celebration of Young Adult Librarians Everywhere…Read Three YA Books.

Uglies, Pretties, & Specials by Scott Westerfield

6. Bridgit’s Task – Read a Compilation of Short Stories or Essays…it can’t be a book with a collection of short stories all written by the same author. Then Choose One Of The Authors Included In The Compilation That You Have NEVER Read Before, And Read A Stand-Alone Book Of Theirs. (Not another Short Story).

Wish List by Lisa Kleypas, lisa Cach, Claudia Dain, Lynsay Sans & Stranger in my arms by Lisa Kleypas

7. Kristenr’s Task – Read a Book First Published the Year Your Father Was Born, and a Book First Published the Year You Were Born.


The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald & The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

8. Leora’s Task – Pick and Read 2 Books From The ‘1001 Books To Read Before You Die’ List.…

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas & Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

9. Lizzi’s Task – Judge a Book by Its Cover. Select a Book Only Because You Love the Cover, And Post a Picture or a Link So We Can See the Cover When You’re Finished.

10. Rora’s Task – Read A Nominee Or Winner Of The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award From 1971-1991.


The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce (1983 nominee)


25 Points
1. Jessica IL’s Task – Paying Homage – Read A Classic Novel Or Play And Then Read A Modern Novel That Reinterprets That Story Or The Characters In It.

2. Ashley ID’s Task – Read a Dystopian novel…for this task you would read a book about a dystopian/totalitarian government; or a novel where the government creates a dystopian society.

3. Cait’s Task – In honor of our Mod Squad, read 2 books – one from Lori’s (the TNBBC Mod’s) shelf and one from Cynthia (the Seasonal Challenge Mod’s) shelf – by an author you’ve never read before. The book can be on their TBR or Read shelves.

Death of an Ordinary Man by Glen Duncan (Lori) & Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (Cynthia)

4. Amy MA’s Task – The Birthstones for June, July and August are

Pearl, Ruby and Peridot. Read a Book Where One of These Stones is Named in the Title or is Part of the Author’s Name.

The Two Pearls of Wisdom by Alison Goodman

5. Beth MN’s Task – Read two books (no audio) from the adult genre of your choice (no YA or children’s fiction) with over 555 pages each.


Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes & The Hickory Staff by Robert Scott & Jay Gordon

6. Sharon’s Task – Edinburgh International Festival – In honor of this annual summer festival that’s held in the capital city of the country where Sharon lives…Read a Fiction or Non-Fiction book that takes place in or is about the capital city of the country you live in. If you are a

US resident you can read a book that takes place in or is about the State Capital of the state you currently live in or the U.S. Capital Washington D.C..

7. Bonnie’s Task – Read a Book with 900+ pages.

8. Angela IL’s Task – Read 2 Books by 2 Different Goodreads Authors.


Doggone by Erik Ryman & Listen by Kate Veitch

9. April’s Task – Reading Through The Ages: Read a book first published in the 1800s, a book first published in the 1900s, and a book first published in the 2000s


Wives & Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1866); The Shining by Stephen King(1977); The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan (2008)

10. Kristina GA’s Task – Read A Book About A Secret Society And Post A Little Review About It. It Could Be Fiction Or Non-Fiction.


20 Points
1. MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – Rhiannon’s Task – Choose and Read a Book by an Author That Shares the Same Birthday as you. Month and Date.


Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell (9 June)

2. ROOKIE OF THE SEASON – Tina’s Task – June 6 is the Anniversary of D-Day – Read a Book that Takes Place During WWII.


15 Points
1. Dream Vacation – Read A Fiction Book That
Takes Place In Or A Non-Fiction Book About Your Dream Vacation Spot (It Should Be A Specific Location I.E. Not Just the Beach or Mountains but Hawaii or the Swiss Alps Etc.) – When Finished Reading Create And Post An Itinerary Of Things You Would Do If You Were To Visit That Location.

2. Casting Call – Read A Book That Hasn’t Already Been Made Into A Movie And Post A List Of Who You Would Cast If You Were Making The Film.

3. It’s Summer So It’s Time To Enjoy The Great Outdoors – Read an Entire Book While Sitting Outside – Book Must Be At Least 150 Pages. For Those Of You Who Live Where It Is Actually Winter You May Read A Book About Outdoor Activities (Instead Of Reading Outside) Like Camping, Rafting, Fishing – It Should Be An Activity Done In Summer Though Not Like Skiing Or Snowboarding.

4. Quiz Me? – Do the Goodreads Trivia Quiz and Read the First Book You Come to but Haven’t Yet Read.


The Outsiders by SE Hinton

5. Current Events – Read A Book That In Someway Relates To Current/Recent Events/Topics From The News And Read A Newspaper Or Magazine Article Related To The Same Topic.
• The Book Itself Does Not Have To Be Set In Current Times…I.E. They Say History Repeats Itself So A Historical Fiction Book With A Subject That Is Relatable To A Current Event Is Acceptable.

6. Opposites Attract – Read 2 Books That Have Words in the Titles That Have Opposite Meanings – i.e. If You Selected the Pair Up/Down You Could Read – Seven Up AND Don’t Look Down.


Out by Natsuo Kirino & Message in a bottle by Nicholas Sparks

7. Popularity Contest…
• Read One Book From The All Time Most Popular Books On Goodreads
• And One From The All Time Most Unpopular Books On Goodreads Shelf
• The Books Can Be From The List For Your Country Or The World List.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold & Moby Dick by Herman Melville

8. Friendly Suggestions…
• Read A 5 Star Book From The Book List Of The First Friend You Made On Good Reads
And A Book They Gave 1 Star Or Their Lowest Rating To (But Not An Unread Book).
• If You Currently Don’t Have Any Friends On Goodreads…Then Ask Someone From The Group To Be Your Friend And Follow The Instructions Above.
• If Your First Friend Does Not Have Any Books Listed On Goodreads Then You May Go To The Next Person On The List.

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling & Hellworld by Simon R Green

9. What’s In a Name? – Read 2 Books Written By 2 Different Authors Who Share Either A First Or Last Name.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte & Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

10. Initial Thoughts – Read 2 Books Where the First Letter of the First Word In The Titles Matches Your Initials.
• For Example, My Initials Are CS Therefore I Could Read –
Cakewalk and Super in the City.
• The words the/a don’t count even if one or both of your initials are A/T.

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan & High Fidelity by Nick Hornby


10 Points
1. Wolfgang Puck – Famous Chef – Born July 8, 1949 – Read A Novel Where The Main Character Is A Chef, A Caterer, A Waiter Or Waitress…Or Basically Anybody Whose Job Revolves Around/Relates To Food.


Sticks & Scones by Diane Mott Davidson

2. Percy Bysshe Shelly – Born

August 4, 1792 And Died July 8, 1822 – Famous English Poet – Read A Book Written By An Author That Lived During His Lifetime.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (his second wife)

3. Hans Christian Anderson – Died

August 4, 1875 – Read a Collection of Fairy Tales or a Novel That Is An Adaptation Of A Classic Fairy Tale.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

4. Day Of The African Child – June 16th – Read A Book Written By An African Author; Or Set In

Africa/About Africa.

5. Bastille Day – July 14th – Read A Book Written By A French Author; Or Set In/About France.

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

6. This Day In History –

August 6th, 1945 – The Bombing Of Hiroshima – Read A Book Written By A Japanese Author; Or Set In/About Japan.


Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

7. June, July, August Are The 6/7/and 8th Months in the Year – Pick and Read ONE book that has…
• 6/6th/Six/Sixth
• 7/7th/Seven/Seventh
• Or 8/8th/Eight/Eighth in the title
Or is the 6th/7th/or 8th book in a series.


Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

8. Our House In The Middle Of Our…(Street, Drive, Court, Lane Etc.). Your task is to read a book whose title has the one of those that matches where you currently live.
• I.E. If You Live On Main Street Then You Would Read A Book With The Word Street In The Title Such As The Street of a Thousand Blossoms.


The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens


9. Take Me Out To The Ballgame – Read A Non-Fiction Or Fiction Book About A Baseball Player Or The Game Of Baseball.

10. Dog Days Of Summer – Read A Fiction Or Non-Fiction Book With The Word Dog Or A Specific Breed Of Dog In The Title

A Dog’s Life by Peter Mayle

5 Points
1. Andy Griffith (Actor) – Born June 1, 1926 – Read A Book That Takes Place In Or Is About A Small Town Ala Mayberry.

2. Twyla Tharp (Dancer/Choreographer) – Born July 1, 1944 – Read A Book With The Word…
• Dance, Dances, Dancing, Dancer, Dancers
• A Dance Term I.E. Pirouette, Arabesque, Plie Etc.
• Or A Specific Type of Dance in the Title I.E. Ballet, Tap, Tango Etc.


The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver

3. Jerry Garcia (Musician) – Born August 1, 1942 – Read A Fiction or Non-Fiction Book about A Musician or Band.

4. Going To The Chapel And They’re Gonna Get Married – Read a Book Where the Main Character Is Getting Married or Where a Wedding Occurs during the Course of the Story.

5. Tasty Treat’s straight From the Farmer’s Market – Read a Book with a Fruit or Vegetable in the Title.

Death A L’Orange by Nancy Fairbanks

6. Christmas In July – Read A Christmas Story Or A Book That Takes Place Primarily During Winter.

7. Discover Hidden Gems – From Your Favorite Genre…Find And Read A Book That Has Less Than 50 Ratings On Goodreads. If You Select A Book Well In Advance Of Completing The Task – Check To Be Sure It Has Less Than 50 Ratings At The Time You Read It Otherwise It Doesn’t Count.

Handpicked by Siew Siang Tay

8. Let’s Hit The Beach – Read a book with one of these “Beachy” words in the title – Beach, Boardwalk, Island, Lighthouse, Ocean, Sand, Sandcastle, Sea, Seashell, Seashore, Seaweed, Shell, Shore, Starfish, Tide, or Wave.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

9. This Day in History – July 27, 1858: First Use of Fingerprints as a Means of Identification – Read A Mystery Or Crime Fiction Book.


The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner

10. U.S. Independence Day – July 4th – Read A Historical Fiction Book That Takes Place In The U.S. And Relates Somehow To An Important Event Or Time Period In Its History I.E. The Revolutionary War or the Great Depression.


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