The Goodreads Winter Challenge (Part 5)

Did I mention this challenge is epic?

25.1 – This is a two book task. Read one book that satisfies the requirements for Book 1 and another that works for Book 2. The combined page count for both books should be at least 500 pages.

Book 1 – Read a book written by a single author in which the first letter of the author’s first name is the same as the last letter of his/her last name.

Split Second by Alex Kava

Book 2 – Read a book in which the first letter of the first word is the same as the last letter of the last word in the title.

The Mesmerist by Barbara Ewing

25.2 – This is a two-book task. Read one book from each of the following options.

Book 1 – Read a book with one of these words in the title/subtitle: Beauty, Moonlight, Moon, or Light. Words must match exactly – no variations.

The Light Behind the Window by Lucinda Riley

Book 2 – Read a book about space travel (set at least 50% on a spaceship or involving the mechanics of space travel) or time travel.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

25.3 – This is a two book task. Read one book from each of two different options.

Option 1 – Read a book about architecture or an architect from the following list that has been shelved as “architecture” at least 10 times: Popular Architecture Books

Option 2 – Read a book about anything found under the surface of the water. Fantasy creatures (mermaids, sea monsters, etc) are fine for this task.

Tangle of Tails by Liz Kessler

Option 3 – Read a book about a sculptor or sculpture.

Option 4 – Read a book from the following list that has been shelved as “nature” at least 10 times : Popular Nature Books

25.4 – Read 2 books. There are three options and you can use two different options or do the same option twice (with conditions noted under each option). In addition, one of your books must have something red on the cover.

Option 1 – Read a book set (at least 50%) in South Africa, Nigeria, India, Botswana, Swaziland or Lesotho, or by an author born in one of these countries. If you choose this option twice you must use two different countries.

Option 2 – Read a book with a main page genre of erotica, vampires, or pregnancy.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Option 3 – Read a book written by or about  one of the authors listed on this page: List of Tuberculosis Cases, under the Writers and Poets category. If you choose this option twice you must use two different writers.

Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

25.5 – Choose two options from the 4 listed below and read 1 book for each option. The total page count for both books MUST be at least 500 pages.
Option 1 – Read a book off of the listopia for Rory’s reading list The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge Complete List.

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber 

Option 2 – Read a book with a cup of coffee or coffee beans on the cover.

Option 3 – Read a book with at least a 4 letter word from the song within the title/subtitle. Where You Lead lyrics

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Option 4: Choose a job from Kirk’s Odd Jobs list and read a book in which a main character performs a similar job.

25.6 – Read two books, from two different options below.

Option 1 – Read a book where the initial letters of the author’s name can be found in DOMINE DIRIGE NOS.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Option 2 – Read a book with the main page genre of History or Historical Fiction The book must be about or set in either London or England. 

Option 3 – Read a book by an author whose surname matches one of the 110 Livery professions (without the s on the end). The list can be found here: Livery Companies of London

The Replacement Child by Christine Barber

Option 4 – Read a book from the following list of speculative fiction set in London: Fantasy/SF Set in London.

Option 5 – Read a book by an author who shares a name with one of the commemorated. The name must match exactly, but can be in any position. You can find the list here: Tablets on the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice

25.7 – This is a 1 or 2 book task, but you must read a total of at least 500 pages.

For this task, read a book or books found on any of these bookshelves. If reading two books, they may appear on the same bookshelf, or different bookshelves.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

25.8 – The Backwards Alphabet Code is very simple. All you have to do is make a list of all the letters in the alphabet, and then make another list right next to it, of all the letters in backwards order. Kind of like this…

A = Z
B = Y
C = X
D = W

The total combined page count for both books MUST be at least 500 pages.

Book 1 – Ignoring the articles “the”, “a” and “an”, read a book whose title begins with a letter in the left-hand column.

The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin

Book 2 – Ignoring the articles “the”, “a” and “an”, read a book whose title begins with the letter in the right-hand column that corresponds to the letter you selected from the left-hand.

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

25.9 – This is a two book task.

Option 1 – Read a book whose title/subtitle contains a word of at least 4 letters that can be made from the letters found in “QUIS EST CAESAR TIBI NUNC?” Letters may only be used as many times as they appear.

The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley

Option 2 – Read a book that is #5 or #10 in a series.

Option 3 – Read a book whose author’s first and last name initials can be found in CERTAMEN.

Option 4 – Read a book with the main page genre Humor or Funny.

The Rik Mayall: Bigger than Hitler, Better than Christ by Rik Mayall

25.10 – This is a two book task. Choose two different options below and read a book for each option.

Option 1 – Read a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in CHRISTMAS CARDS.

Option 2: Read a book that appears on this list: British Literature at the Movies

The Wings of a Dove by Henry James

Option 3 – January Birthdays
Three of my favorite people have birthdays in January: my grandmother will turn 86, my oldest niece will turn 17, and my second niece will turn 14. My grandmother and I often discuss the past or watch a Hallmark movie (most frequently a romance). My nieces and I share a love of reading young adult, fantasy, and science fiction books.
For this option read a book with a main page genre of history, historical fiction, romance, young adult, fantasy or science fiction. Genres can be embedded.

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Option 4: February 1st – My birthdayInstead of making New Years resolutions, I set goals each year on my birthday for the coming year. I usually set goals in four areas: Physical Growth, Emotional Health, Educational Growth, and Spiritual Growth.

For this option read a nonfiction book with a main page genre of self-improvement, fitness, nutrition, mental health, education, spiritual, or religion. Genres may be embedded.

Option 5: Presidents Day

When I attended Idaho State University, my roommates and I lived about 30 minutes away from a natural hot spring with pools that were open year round. We started the tradition of going to the hot spring each year on President’s Day since classes were cancelled. It’s a mad dash through the snow from the dressing rooms to the hot pools. Your hair often freezes while you relax from the rising steam that then freezes in the cold.

For this option read a book with snow on the cover.
REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post

Task 25.11 – Wayne’s Task: A Festivus for the Rest of Us!
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There are a number of holidays that take place in December: Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, just to name a few. However, my favorite holiday doesn’t get the attention it deserves: Festivus. For my task, we will celebrate this wonderful holiday, Goodreads style!

This is a two-book task. Read one book from each of two different options.
The total page count for both books MUST be at least 500 pages.

NOTE: ebooks without print versions cannot be used for tasks requiring a specific number of pages. If you read an ebook or audiobook use the page count for the mass market paperback if one exists. If there is no mass market paperback edition, use the paperback edition and if no paperback is available use the hardcover edition.

REQUIRED: Identify which options you select when you post.

Option 1 – The Characters: Festivus first came to public attention due to a 1987 Seinfeld episode called “The Strike.” All of the main characters, Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer, attended the celebration, and George’s father, Frank Costanza, was very important as the Festivus founder.

Read a book whose author’s initials are JS, GC, EB, CK, or FC. Middle names or initials are to be ignored. If the book has two authors, only one need have the required initials. Books with more than two authors cannot be used for this option.

Option 2 – The Festivus Pole: Traditionally, the Festivus pole is made of aluminum because of its high strength to weight ratio. However, for our celebration, the pole does not have to be made of metal.

Read a book that has a pole on the cover. The “pole” can be somewhat tapered, such as a baseball bat or pool cue. The pole can also have some kind of head or attachment which, if removed, would make a good pole. I’m thinking here of things such as golf clubs or gardening tools such as rakes or shovels.

REQUIRED: Include the cover in your post. Point out the object on the cover and explain how it fits the task.

Option 3 – The Airing of Grievances: This very important part of the Festivus celebration involves telling your friends and family everything they have done over the past year that disappointed you, and usually begins with a statement such as “I got a lot of problems with you people!”

Read a book that so disappointed one of your GR friends that they only gave it a 1 or 2 star rating.
REQUIRED: Include the name of your GR friend in your post.

Option 4 – The Feats of Strength: This is the final Festivus ritual, and requires that the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and pinned. In fact, Festivus does not end until this is accomplished! This task also upset George so much that the mere mention of it would cause him to run from the room in tears. Of course, we SRC members are of a more cerebral type, and are more interested in feats of emotional, intellectual, or psychic strength.

Read a book from one of these two lists:

Books with Strong Women Characters
Strong Male Characters

REQUIRED: Include which list you used and which page your book is on when you post
 
Books with strong women, page 1 >> The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Option 5 – The Big Day: Some people consider Festivus to be a floating holiday that can be held on any day and even more than once a year if they like. However, most people hold Festivus on December 23.
Read a book that is 2nd, 3rd, or 23rd in a series. This must be indicated by the book’s metadata on Goodreads, and must be marked as either #2, #3, or #23 in the series.

 The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

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