Monday, January 25, 2010

participating in a challenge

I decided to participate in the winter/spring challenge (Jan. 1-March 31) for the Red Dress Ink group on GoodReads. To make it a little harder, I'm going to try to only use books I receive to review.

- GR Bonus: 5 Points for any book written by a Goodreads author
- Series Bonus: 5 Points for any subsequent books in a series read during the challenge (Example – You read Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books 3-5 for various tasks. You can claim 5 extra points each for books 4 and 5.)
- Save A Tree Bonus: 5 Points for any library book
- Length Bonus : 10 Points for any book that’s over 500 pages
- Group Read Bonus: 10 Points for any past or present Red Dress Ink Fans group read (see the group bookshelf for the complete list)
- Category Bonus: 20 Points for completing all the tasks in a point category (i.e. If you complete all the 10 point tasks, you get an extra 20 points)

5 POINT TASKS
1. Judge A Book By Its Title – Choose a book because you love the title and read that book.
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger (+5 GR bonus)

2. Luck of the Draw -- Place the titles of five books you want to read in a hat and draw one. Read that book.
Deep Harbor by Lisa Tawn Bergren

3. How Romantic - Read a book with a Valentine’s Day-related word in the title: love, kiss, cupid, Valentine, heart, sweetheart, etc. OR Read a romance novel.
A Highlander's Destiny by Melissa Mayhue

4. Dream On - Read a book about someone who does something you’ve always dreamed of doing yourself; OR Read a book whose title contains the word Dream/Dreaming
Succubi Like It Hot by Jill Myles (+5 GR bonus; +5 series bonus)

5. Luck of the Irish - Read one of the following:
1) A book which is set in Ireland
2) A book by an Irish author
There's No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern (+5 library bonus)
3) A book with a green cover
4) A book with the word Luck/Lucky in the title
5) A book with a "lucky" charm pictured on the cover (i.e. – A four-leaf clover, a rabbit’s foot, etc.)

6. March Comes In Like A Lion… - Read a book with a type of cat (big or domestic) in the title; OR, read a book with a picture of a cat on the cover
White Cat by Holly Black (+5 GR bonus)

7. …And Goes Out Like A Lamb - Read a book with a farm animal on the cover or in the title; OR, read a book which is set on a farm

8. Picture Perfect - Read a book with a photograph of a person on the cover (NOT a drawn/graphic cover). The person's face doesn't have to show, and it's okay if the cover has graphics in addition to a photograph.
A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine

9. Star Light, Star Bright - Read a book with the name of a "heavenly" body in the title (sun, moon, star, planet, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, etc.)

10. A Friendly Suggestion - Read a book with the word Friend(s) in the title; OR, read a book that was recommended to you by a friend

10 POINT TASKS
1. Good Reads - Read a book that you first learned about on Goodreads (or, if you've been lucky, one that you've won on GR)
Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright

2. Single Letters - Read a book whose title contains a single letter as one of the words

3. Crossing the Pond - Read ONE book that takes place in TWO different countries
Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles (US/Egypt) (+5 GR bonus)
Searching For Tina Turner by Jacqueline E. Luckett (US/France) (+5 GR bonus)

4. Weather or Not - Read a book whose title contains the name of a type of winter or spring weather (wind, rain, snow, sun, etc.)

5. Bug Me! - Read a book with a type of insect in the title

6. Now or Never… - Read a book on your TBR shelf (physical shelf or GR shelf) that you keep putting off (we ALL have these!). Tell us why you kept putting it off and whether it was worth the wait.
Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares (+5 library bonus)

7. How Sweet it Is - Read a book with a type of candy or chocolate in the title or pictured on the cover; OR with the words chocolate or candy in the title

8. Initially Speaking - Read a book where the author or main character shares your initials (if you're having trouble, you can use your maiden name or your middle name)

9. And the Oscar Goes To… - In honor of the Oscars in February, read a book about Hollywood OR a book about/by a (real or fictional) celebrity.

10. Pamper Yourself - January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day. Read a book while doing something to pamper yourself (you don't have to read the whole book while doing this - starting, finishing, or reading a few chapters of it is fine). For example, you could read a book while in a bubble bath, while getting a pedicure, enjoying some quiet time to yourself, etc. When you claim your points, tell us what you did!

15 POINT TASKS
1. Seeing Double - Read two books whose covers are somehow related (i.e. they both have a same/similar picture, same colors, etc.)

2. His and Hers - Read two books - one with a man's name in the title, and one with a woman's name in the title
The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran (+5 GR bonus); Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak

3. New to You - Choose an author you've never read before and read two books by that author: their first book, and their most recent

4. Change of Season - Read two books set in OPPOSITE seasons (i.e. one book takes place in spring, the other in fall)

5. Groundhog Day - Read two books about the same topic

6. As Seen on TV - Read a book that is referenced or seen in a TV show or movie. The book doesn’t have to be mentioned by name – just visible somewhere.

7. Making A List - Read a book from any list of your choosing: EW's 100 New Classics, 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, Time's Best Beach Books, any of the popular lists on Goodreads, etc. Tell us if it deserves to be on the list.
"Gotta Have 'Em" list on GoodReads: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (+5 GR bonus)

8. Top Shelf - Go to the list of Top Shelves on Goodreads. Count down the shelves the number of the DAY of your birthday (i.e. my birthday is June 18th, so I would count down 18 shelves) and find the shelf that corresponds with that number. Read a book that's on that shelf. If you don't like that shelf, choose one that's no higher than two spaces above, below, or across from it on the list.
Shelf=21 Library
The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

9. That’s A Mighty Long Title - Read a book with a title of 10 or more words (yes, subtitles count)
The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace by Shaunti Feldhahn

10. Name’s the Same - Read two books by two different authors who share the same name (first or last).

25 POINT TASKS
1. That Really Adds Up - Read any combination of books whose total number of pages adds up to 900 or more. (i.e., You can read 3 books with 300 pages each; one 700 page book and 3 100-page books, one 900-page book, etc.) Please list the page count of each book when you post your points.

2. Colorful Reading - Read three books whose covers are all the same color. Post pictures of the covers when you claim your points.

3. Alphabetical Authors - Read three books by three authors whose names are sequentially in alphabetical order (you don't have to start with ABC).
Veracity by Laura Bynum; Knit, Purl, Die by Anne Canadeo; So Much For My Happy Ending by Kyra Davis (+5 GR bonus; +5 library bonus)

4. One, Two, Three - January, February, and March are the first three months of the year. Choose one of the following:
1) Read three books: one with One/First in the title, one with Two/Second in the title, one with Three/Third
2) Read any three books from a series (they don't have to be the first three)
3) Read three books with January, February, and March in the titles
4) Any combination of the above choices, as long as you read THREE books
Tamed By a Laird; Seduced By a Rogue by Amanda Scott (+5 series bonus) and First Daughter by Erik van Lustbader

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