The Seasonal Reading Challenge: Fall 2009

  • THIS CHALLENGE WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 1ST
  • 5 POINT TASKS

  • 1. Our Children Are Our Future (Reads) - Funnily The First Letters Of The Fall Months Spell Out The Word Son (September, October, November) - So Read A Book That Has The Word Son(s), Daughter(s) (Because They're Just As Important), Kid(s), Child, or Children In The Title.
  • ***The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent Or Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith
  • 2. An Apple (Book) A Day Keeps The Librarians Away - September Is National Apple Month So Let's...
  • • Read A Book That Has A Picture Of An Apple On The Cover.
  • OR
  • • A Book With The Word Apple(s) In The Title.
  • ***Sporadic Memories by Ali Marsman OR The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister OR Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allan
  • 3. In 1492 Columbus Sailed The Ocean Blue - In Honor Of Columbus Day (October) - Read A Novel Where The Main Character Travels At Sea Or A Non-Fiction Book About Sea Travel.
  • ***Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • 4. Adoption Story – November Is National Adoption Awareness Month - Read A Novel Where The Main Character Is Adopted Or Adopts A Child Themselves Or A Non-Fictional Book Related To Adoption.
  • ***Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir
  • 5. Going Back To School - Re-read A Book That You Were Required To Read For School...See If You Feel The Same About It Now As You Did Then.
  • ***
  • 6. Terrifying Titles - Read A Novel That Has An Adjective In The Title That Relates To Halloween...I.E. Spooky, Creepy, Crawly, Scary etc.
  • ***Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom OR Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • 7. Giving Thanks - In Honor Of Thanksgiving (November 26th) Read A Book That Relates To The Thing You Are Most Thankful For.
  • • Please Tell Us What That Is When You Claim Points.
  • ***Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks - I'm thankful for my family OR The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Faddiman
  • 8. Let's Find Out If Two Heads Really Better Than One - Read A Book That Has More Than One Author.
  • • Fiction Or Non-Fiction Is Acceptable
  • • But Short Story Collections With Multiple Authors Are Not Acceptable. I.E. It Should Be A Singular Work That Two People Collaborated Together To Create.
  • • Ex. You Could Read The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
  • ***Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy - PJ Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht
  • 9. Coming Of Age Or All Grown Up (And Then Some) – Explore Stories Told From The Perspective Of A Character From One Of Two Opposite Ends Of The Age Spectrum By
  • • Reading A Coming Of Age Novel.
  • OR
  • • A Novel Where The Main Character Is A Senior Citizen.
  • ***I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • 10. Fall Back In Time For Daylight Savings Time – Read A Novel Where One Or More Character(s) Travel Back In Time.
  • ***The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon OR A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • 10 POINT TASKS

  • 1. This Year Labor Day Falls On September 7th - Rock And Roll Pioneer Buddy Holly Was Born On That Day In 1936 - Read A Book First Published During His Lifetime (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959).
  • ***Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor - 1944 OR *Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe- 1959
  • 2. On October 31st, 1993, River Phoenix Dies From A Drug Overdose - In Memory Of This Actor Who Died Before His Time; Read A Novel With A Character Who Suffers From An Addiction Or A Non-Fiction Book About Addiction (Such As A Memoir Of A Recovering Addict).
  • ***Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn - Character Nicholas Brisbane is addicted to opium
  • 3. This Year Thanksgiving Falls On November 26th - Famous Children's Author Stanley "Stan" Berenstain (The Berenstain Bears) Died On That Day In 2005 (He Was Born September 29, 1923) - In Memory Of Him...
  • • Read A Book With The Word Bear Or Bears In The Title.
  • OR
  • • A Collection Of Children's Stories.
  • OR
  • • Several Children's Books (The Number Of Pages Should Add Up To At Least 100).
  • No Juvenile Or YA Books For This Task.
  • ***The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
  • 4. Hispanic Heritage Month Begins On September 15 Which Commemorates The Anniversary Of Independence For Five Latin American Countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, And Nicaragua)/ In Addition, Mexico Declared Its Independence On September 16, And Chile On September 18. Read A Book Written By An Author From One Of Those Countries Or That Takes Place In One Of Those Countries Or A Non-Fiction Book About One Of Them.
  • ***The Hummingbirds's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urria
  • 5. Oktoberfest Is A Sixteen-Day Festival Held Each Year In Munich, Germany During Late September (And Running To Early October). - Read A Book Written By A German Author, Set In Germany, Or A Non-Fictional Book About Germany. (*To Enhance Your Reading You May Choose To Eat Some German Food Or Drink A German Beer But It's Not Required).
  • ***The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • 6. November Is Native American Heritage Month - Read A Book Written By A Native American Author, With A Main Character Who Is Native American, Or A Non-Fictional Book About Native Americans.
  • ***The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus
  • 7. Can You Read Faster Than A Speeding Bullet? - Christopher Reeve, Famous For His Role As Superman, Was Born On September 25, 1952...
  • • In Honor Of Him Read A Novel About Heroes/Heroines/Superheroes/Super-heroines
  • OR
  • • An (Auto)Biography Of Your Personal Hero/Heroine
  • ***Falling Boy by Alison McGhee
  • 8. You'll Find It In The Dictionary - Noah Webster Was Born October 16, 1758 - In Honor Of Him Visit The Random Word Generator Website And Then Read A Book Whose Title Contains The 9th, 10th, or 11th Word You Come To.
  • ***"bright, crush, sort" - The Bright Forever by Lee Martin
  • 9. Summer Has Gone With The Wind- On November 5, 2009, The Actress Vivien Leigh, Who Portrayed Scarlett O'Hara In The Film Adaptation Of GWTW, Would Have Been 96 Years Old - In Honor Of Her Most Famous Role - Read A Novel Set During The U.S. Civil War.
  • ***The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
  • 10. This Task Is The Cat's Meow - Read A Book That...
  • • Has The Word Cat(s) In The Title.
  • • Or Has A Picture Of A Cat(s) On The Cover.
  • ***The Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • 15 POINT TASKS

  • 1. Brush Up On Your Grammar (English) - Select One Of The Following...
  • • Prepositions - Read 2 Books That Contain The Same Preposition In Their Titles. Ex. A Lesson Before Dying & I Heard That Song Before
  • • Homophones - Read 2 Books That Contain Words That Are Homophones - (This website has a list to help http://www.all-about-spelling.com/list-o...) Ex. If You Chose The Words Peace & Piece You Could Read War and Peace & The Missing Piece.
  • • Participles - Read A Book Whose Title Contains A Verb And Another With It's Participle...Ex. Me Talk Pretty One Day & Straight Talking A Novel - Talking Is The Present Participle Of Talk.
  • ***Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman
  • ***Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman OR Fallen by David Maine
  • 2. Rewriting History - Read an Alternative Historical Novel. Afterwards, Post A Review Where You State Whether You Think The World (Or A Particular) Country Would Be Better Today If The Author's Version Of History Is What Really Happened. Give Reasons Why.
  • ***The Plot Against America by Philip Roth OR The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
  • 3. Discover The Equation For Good Books (Math) - Pick 2 Of The Following...
  • • Addition - Add Up The Number Of Letters Found In Your First and Last Names Then Read A Book Written By An Author Whose Name Contains The Same Number Of Letters. Ex. For Me That Would Be 14 Letters So I Could Read A Book Written By Tracy Chevalier
  • • Subtraction - Subtract The Number Of Letters Found In Your Whole Name (First, Middle, Last) From Your Age And Read A Book With That Many Letters Or Words In The Title. Ex. I'm 27 And My Name Has 18 Letters Which Would Mean I Could Read A Book With 9 Letters In The Title Such As Going Home.
  • • Multiplication - Multiply Your Age By The Number Of Letters In Your Name And Read A Book With Approximately That Number Of Pages (+/- 25 Pages). If Your Total Is Less Than 100 Pages You Would Need To Read A Book Between 100-125 Pages. Ex. 27*18 = 486 So I Would Need To Read A Book Between 461 And 511 Pages Such As Ransom
  • • Division - Divide The Year You Were Born By Your Age (Round That Number To The Nearest Whole Number) And Then Read A Book That Is That Number In A Series.Ex. 1982/27 Is Equal To Approximately 73 Therefore I Would Need To Read A Book That Is The 3rd Or 7th In A Series.
  • ***Dead To the World by Charlaine Harris - (1961/47 =42: 4th in Series)
  • ***Bel Canto by Ann Patchett OR The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene - (Addition = 11) - (Addition = 11)
  • 4. Science Fact vs. Science Fiction
  • • Read A Science Fiction Novel And Watch A Film Related To Science Or Scientific Discovery.
  • OR
  • • Read A Non-Fiction Book About Science And Watch A Science-Fiction Film.
  • ***The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • 5. Time To Study Abroad (Foreign Language)
  • • Read 2 Books That Were Originally Published In The Same Foreign Language (One You Don't Speak Fluently).
  • ***The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo/The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larson
  • 6. Creative Minds (The Arts) - Choose ONE Of The Following Tasks...
  • • Learn Your Art History - Read A Book (Fictional Or Non-Fiction) About An Artist Or Art History AND Either Go To A Museum To View Art Or Create Art (Paint/Sculpt/Crafts/Photography Etc.).
  • • Become A Member Of The Drama Club - Read A Play And See A Production Of It Live Or On Film.
  • • Music Appreciation Class - Read A Book With A Type Of Music In The Title (Jazz, Country, Pop, Rap Etc.) And Listen To A CD Or Attend A Concert Of That Type Of Music.
  • ***The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
  • 7. Let's Get Physical (P.E.)
  • • Listen To An Audiobook While Walking/Jogging/Running Or Exercising In Some Way.
  • Or
  • • Read A Book Written By Or About An Athlete (Fictional Or Non-Fiction) And Participate In Or Watch That Same Type Of Sporting Event. Example If You Read A Book About An Ice Skater You Could Go Ice Skating Or Watch It On Television/Live.
  • ****The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • 8. Geography Lessons - Read Two Books That Take Place Countries That Correspond To Your Initials. If Your First Or Last Initial Is A Letter That Has No Country (I Think This Would Be Only X Or W) Then You Could Substitute Your Middle Initial.
  • • My Initials Are CS So I Could Read A Book That Take Place In Canada AND One That Takes Place In Spain.
  • ***"L" for Laos - The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill.....AND
  • ***"H" for Hungary - Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer OR Embers by Marai Sandor
  • 9. Your Homework Assignment (Should You Choose To Accept It) Is To Read A Book With The Word Home OR Work In The Title.
  • • After Reading The Book You Have To Design A Homework Assignment That Relates Somehow To That Book. Post The Details Of The Assignment When You Claim Points For This Task.
  • ***Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
  • 10. Teacher-Student Relations - Read Both...
  • • A Book With A Teacher As The Main Character Or With The Word Teacher(s), Teach, Teaches, or Teaching.
  • And
  • • A Book With A Main Character Who Is A Student Or With The Word Student(s), Study, Or Studies In The Title.
  • ***"Teacher" - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  • ***"Student" -
  • 20 POINT TASKS

  • 1. MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – TBD
  • 2. ROOKIE OF THE SEASON - TBD
  • 3. GROUP READ - Read One Of The 3 Group Reads (TBD).
  • 25 POINT TASKS

  • 1. NICOLE OH'S TASK - Rhyme Time - Read ONE Fiction Book And ONE Poetry Book That Have A Word That Rhymes From Each Of The Titles. Example: A Light In The Attic By Shel Silverstein And The Friday Night Knitting Club By Kate Jacobs (Light And Night). It Must Be An Exact Rhyme!
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  • 2. DONNA JO'S TASK - Find Two Authors Who Are Related By Blood Or Marriage And Read A Book By Each. If By Marriage, It Need Not Be Permanent At The Time The Books Were Written. (In Other Words, The Book(S) Could Have Been Written Before Or After Said Marriage.)
  • • In Your Post Please Be Sure To State The Relationship Between The Authors. For Instance, Anne Mccaffrey Is The Mother Of Todd Mccaffrey. Ted Hughes Was The Husband Of Sylvia Plath.
  • ***Cursed by Carol Higgins Clark AND
  • ***Just Take My Heart OR Pretend You Don't See Her by Mary Higgins Clark
  • 3. WENDY'S TASK - Harvey Milk, The First Openly Gay Man To Be Elected To Public Office In California, Was Murdered On November 27, 1978. In Honor Of Him Read A Book With A Positive Gay Or Lesbian Character.
  • ***The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • 4. CANDACE'S TASK - Read A Book That Has Been Written Within The Last 10 Years And Made Into A Movie Within The Last 5. Read The Book And Watch The Movie Both, Then Post A Little Review Of The Two And Tell Us Which One You Liked Better And Why. (Examples: Atonement, Twilight, The Time Traveler's Wife, Angels & Demons, Harry Potter (5& 6).
  • ***Empire Falls by Richard Russo......novel - 2001/movie - 2005
  • 5. JANICE'S TASK - Fortune Telling Has Long Been A Halloween Tradition: Read A Book With "Fortune" Or "Prophecy" In The Title, That Features Fortune-Telling, Prophecy Or Prediction(s) As The Main Theme Or Has A Fortune Teller As A Main Character.
  • ***Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr.
  • 6. BJ ROSE'S TASK - Following The “Curse Of Tippecanoe” Theme Explained Below, Read A Non-Fiction Book Of At Least 500 Pages About One Of The 7 Presidents Listed Below OR About A President Or Prime Minister (Of Any Country) Who Has Been Democratically Elected (No Dictators Or Totalitarian Governments Or Military Juntas). When Finished, Post A Short Review About The Major Accomplishment(S) Of That Leader AND The Biggest Scandal During That Administration (Unfortunately, There’s Always At Least One Scandal For A Leader To Deal With). Include the # of Pages Read.
  • Special Note: To Fulfill This Task, You May Instead Read 2 Shorter Books About Two Different Leaders, As Long As Your Page Total Is 500 Or More.
  • The Curse Of Tippecanoe Is Attributed To The Prophet, The Brother Of The Famous Shawnee Leader, Tecumseh. On His Deathbed, the Prophet Cursed William Henry Harrison and the Office of the President. He Said Harrison Would Be Elected President, But Would Die Soon After Taking Office, And Every Twenty Years After Harrison A President Will Die In Office. From 1841 To 1963, All U.S. Presidents Who Had Been Elected In A Year Ending In 0 Died In Office. These Seven Presidents Were:
  • 1840 - William Henry Harrison - Died In 1841 During His First Term;
  • 1860 - Abraham Lincoln - Died In 1865 During His Second Term;
  • 1880 - James A. Garfield - Died In 1881 During His First Term;
  • 1900 - William McKinley - Died In 1901 During His Second Term;
  • 1920 - Warren G. Harding - Died In 1923 During His First Term;
  • 1940 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Died In 1945 During His Fourth Term;
  • 1960 - John F. Kennedy - Died In 1963 During His First Term.
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  • 7. CINDY'S TASK - One, Two, Three - Read Three Books...
  • • One With A One Word Title
  • ***Shane by Jack Schaefer
  • • The Second With A Two Word Title
  • ***The Falls
  • • And The Third With A Three Word Title.
  • ***Song Yet Sung by James McBride OR The Angels's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • 8. CAIT'S TASK - Nouns - The Most Basic Definitions State That A Noun Is A Person, Place, Or Thing. Read 3 Books:
  • • With The Name Of A Person In The Title. Proper Nouns Only (David Copperfield, Odd Thomas, Still Alice Would Work; Titles With Nouns Like Woman, Teacher, Doctor Would Not)
  • ***We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  • • With The Name Of A Place In The Title. Again, Proper Nouns Only (Gods In Alabama Or Motherless Brooklyn Would Work; Titles With Nouns Like School, Country, City Would Not)
  • ***Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  • • With A Thing/Object In The Title, Such As Tree, Key, House, Book, Etc.
  • ***
  • 9. DIANE'S TASK - September Is Self-Improvement Month.
  • •Read A Nonfiction Self-Improvement Or Self-Help Book.
  • ***
  • AND
  • • Read A Book In Which The Main Character Undergoes A Significant Positive Change In His Or Her Life As A Result Of Self-Improvement (Can Be Fiction Or Nonfiction).
  • ***Open House OR The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg
  • 10. SAM'S TASK - Halloween Part III: Monsterfest - Read A Book With One Of The Following In The Title: Devil, Witch, Vampire, Zombie, Or Werewolf. Variations Of The Words Are Fine (E.G., The Witching Hour Or The Witches Are Okay), But They Must Appear In The Title (E.G., Queen Of The Damned Or Dead Until Dark Are Not Okay).
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  • 30 POINT TASKS

  • 1. ROSEANN'S TASK - Your Job/Dream Job Challenge - First Read A Book That Is Somehow Related To Your Current Profession (Students Count) AND Then Read A Book That Is Related To Either Your Current Or Childhood Dream Job. The Books Can Either Have A Character Or Setting That Relates To That Job.
  • ***Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler......current profession - 40+yr old mother and wife AND
  • ***The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss......childhood dream job - spy who could affect history
  • 50 POINT MID-WAY TASK

  • TBD
Author Comments: 

These are the tasks for my Goodreads group, The Seasonal Reading Challenge. This is for the Fall 2009 challenge, my first attempt at participating in this challenge group. I'll be adding books to meet task requirements as I research through my mountainous stack of TBR books. I also need to coordinate books I'm reading in other groups to fit the requirements. Planning for the challenge should be lots of fun, since the topics are so varied.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/178007-fall-challenge-2009-tasks

Planning was fun and challenging. This list is my tentative plan, but may change once the other tasks are posted. I still have other books I'd like to be able to coordinate with the tasks.

"My Writing" - A short working list of my challenge tasks and plan can be found here: http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/48267?chapter=1