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2010 Spring Book Challenge

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Example Book Challenge Spreadsheet in Google Docs:



5 Point Tasks


May 7th is No Pants Day - Read a book with an article of clothing other than pants in the title

Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison

Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

In Her Shoes

The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman

Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold


Read a book with a spring word in the title (sun, warm, rain, flower, bird, etc)

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Hurry Down Sunshine

Standing in the Rainbow

Peony in Love

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

The Kite Runner

Rainbox Six

Pillars of the Earth

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway


Read a book with a spring color as the color on the cover (pink, blue, green, yellow)

Something Borrowed

Something Blue

Baby Proof

Love The One You're With

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Generation A by Douglas Coupland


It is raining out, so read a book while staying dry


Read a book with a number in the title

Me Talk Pretty One Day

One True Thing

One Good Turn

The Chosen One

A Tale of Two Cities

Three Bags Full

The Four Loves


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Any of the Stephanie Plum Books

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome


In honor of spring break, read a book set in a place you would like to visit



Read a book released in April, May, or June of 2010



April is National Frog Month, so hop into a book with an animal in the title or about an animal

Water for Elephants

Who Will Run The Frog Hospital

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Narrow Dog to Indian River

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel

The Tiger's Curse

To Kill a Mockingbird


Read a book about music.

Musicophilia by Oliver W. Sacks

The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice by Laurel Corona

This Lullabye by Sarah Dessen

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Laroux

Songmaster by Orson Scott Card

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Paganini's Ghost by Paul Adam

The Soloist by Steve Lopez

          Body and Soul by Frank Conroy

The Beatles Anthology by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon

Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley by David Browne

The Dirt by Tommy Lee & Motley Crue

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Walk This Way by Aerosmith

Slash by Slash (Guns N Roses)

I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne


In honor of Arbor Day, save a tree and listen to an audiobook or read a book online or through an e-reader


10 Point Tasks


Read a historical fiction novel

Any of the Outlander books

Any of the Luxe books

The Book Thief

Books by Boris Akunin

Historical Fiction



Judge a book by it's cover/title


In honor of spring cleaning, read a book that is on your physical TBR list (if you don't have a physical TBR then use your regular TBR)


Pick a Nestie who you know has different taste in books than you do and read what she chooses for you.


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, read a book written by a Mexican or French author, that has a Mexican or French main character, or takes place in Mexico or France

How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

anything by Octavio Paz

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivael

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

My Life in France by Julia Child

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser




Since series finales will be airing, read a book in a series



Read a non-fiction book


In honor of prom/wedding season, read a book with a dress on the cover, about a graduation or prom, or about a wedding/getting married

Any of The Luxe series

American Wife

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets


Since school is out for the summer, read a book set in high school or college

Harry Potter 5, 6, 7


House of Night series

Carrie by Stephen King


Read a book about baseball or basketball

Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic by Alyssa Milano

The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella

For the Love of the Game by Michael Shaara

The Natural by Bernard Malamud

Richmond Rogues series by Kate Angell

Double Play by Robert B. Parker

mysteries by Troy Soos

If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Girl Got Game by Shizuro Seino

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws by Janette Rallison

mysteries by John Feinstein

One on One by Tabitha King

Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue



15 Point Tasks


Read a book that was mentioned in a book you enjoy

Twilight (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre)

New Moon (Romeo and Juliet)

Eclipse (Wuthering Heights)

Breaking Dawn (The Merchant of Venice)

Bridget Jones' Diary (Pride and Prejudice) 

Hearts in Atlantis (Lord of the Flies)

Gone With The Wind (Les Miserables)

Hex Hall (Harry Potter)

The Tenth Circle (Dante's Inferno)

Into the Wild (Jack London, Leo Tolstoy, Thoreau)

Inkheart (1001 Arabian Nights, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, more)

Under the Dome (Harry Potter)

Percy Jackson (Harry Potter)

Fast Food Nation (The Jungle, Silent Spring)

The Thirteenth Tale (Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, The Woman in White, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Lady Audley's Secret, Hard Times, Shirley, The Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Eustace Diamonds, The Turn of the Screw, Wuthering Heights, Northanger Abbey, more)

The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, On The Road, This Side of Paradise, more)

The Catcher in the Rye (http://www.amazon.com/Books-Mentioned-in-Catcher-in-the-Rye/lm/2RO186O14Z4J5/ref=cm_srch_res_rpli_alt_3)

The Dark Tower series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Tower_%28series%29#Intertextual_references)

Dead and Gone (Dracula)

Marked/House of Night (Dracula, Gossip Girl, A Night to Remember)

The Historian (Dracula)

Beautiful Creatures (To Kill A Mockingbird)

I Am The Messenger (The Bell Jar, The Power and the Glory)

Reading Lolita in Tehran (Lolita, Daisy Miller, The Great Gatsby)

The Geography of Bliss (Girls of Riyadh, Lost Horizon)

The Reader (The Odyssey, War and Peace)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (The Lord of the Rings, Dune, more)

The Dresden Files (Macbeth)

Outcast of Redwall (Macbeth)

The Help (Catcher in the Rye)


Read a book by an author who was born in the same month as you


http://www.suite101.com/blog/sandymae2000/mystery_writers_born_in_january (replace "january" with the appropriate month)


Read a Pulitzer Prize winner



Read a book from the 1001 Book to Read Before You Die list



Read April, May, or June's book club choice and participate in the discussion



Read a book of your choice, then post a lengthy review on the board and encourage discussion


Opposites attract: read one book in your favorite genre and one book in a radically different genre


Read a book that you have heard a lot about, but have been hesitant to read.  Then post a review of the book, why you hadn't read it, and your thoughts on the book.

Going Rogue by Sarah Palin


Read a non-fiction or fiction book about any religion

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn

Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald


Ripped from the headlines: read any book that is similar to or the same as a news headline, or that you think could be possible


25 Points


Read a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award Winner and post a 100+ word review (rosenjoe)

Link to original post with SIBA winners


Read no more than 15% of books from any one genre (SaraBethBR)

Link to original post & discussion

Latest List of Genres:

      • General Fiction
      • General Non-fiction
      • Memoir
      • Biography/autobiography
      • Chick Lit
      • YA
      • Collections -- poetry, short stories, essays
      • Science Fiction
      • Fantasy
      • Mystery
      • Suspense/Thriller
      • Horror
      • Historical Fiction
      • Drama (Plays)
      • Classics
      • Humor
      • Romance
      • Politics/Current Events
      • Women's Lit
      • Graphic Novels
      • Scientific Non-fictions (both soft and hard I think could go in one category)
      • Self-Help
      • True Crime 
      • LGBT Lit  (link to later discussion)
      • African-American Lit 
      • Children's
      • Inspirational/Religious Fiction (link to poll)
      • Dystopian Lit  (link to poll)  
      • Travel Writing (link to poll)

If a book can be considered more than one genre, you choose which one to put it in.

And if you want to add a genre that we've forgotten, make a clicky poll asking if it should be included. The result will stand.


Read a children's (not YA) book and adult book on the same topic and post a comparison as well as which you think covered the topic better. (julie37619)

Link to original post


Read a romance novel featuring a homosexual couple and compare it to traditional, heterosexual romances. (modb1rd)

Link to original post with suggestions & discussion

Link to follow-up post with clarification


Read a book by a Canadian author other than Margaret Atwood or L.M. Montgomery. (2bMrsEAB)

Link to original post


The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Opportunity Rings by Sheryl Steinberg

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson


Saul Bellow

Robertson Davies

Alice Munro

Carol Shields

Michael Ondaatje

Douglas Coupland 

Young Adult Canadian Library Association Award Winners





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