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
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
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
Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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
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.
- Overdue Podcast bookshelf
- I Don’t Even Own A Television Podcast bookshelf
- So Many Damn Books Podcast bookshelf
- Reading Women Podcast bookshelf
- Books & Boba Podcast bookshelf
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.
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
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.
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
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!
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:
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory