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2010 Fall Book Challenge

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5 pt

1)      Reread a book you loved the first time.

2)      IHO Black Friday, read a book you got on sale or for free.

3)      Read a Newbery Award winner.

               ALA's Newberry Award Winners Page

4)      Read a book with an orange or green cover for hunting season.

5)      Book with a fall word in the title.

               Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
               The Patriarch of Autumn by Gabriel García Márquez
               Before I Fall by Lauren Olivier
               Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
               Bitter Harvest by Ann Rule
               Harvest for Hope:  A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall
               Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
               Frost by Thomas Bernhard
               Frost/Nixon:  Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews by David Frost
               Fall by Colin McAdams
               Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
               Falling Off the Map:  Some Lonely Places of the World by Pico Iyer and Anthea Lingeman
               The City of Falling Angels
by John Breendt
               Dixieland and Delight:  A Football Season on the Road in the SEC by Clay Travis
               Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

               Rhymes with Witches by Lauren Myracle
               The Witch Doctor's Wife by Tamar Myers
               Ghost Ship
:  The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew by Brian Hicks
               King Leopold's Ghost:  A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
6)      IHO Daylight Savings read a book with one of these words in the title: second(s), minute(s), hour(s), day(s),

         week(s), month(s), season(s), year(s).

7)      It’s starting to get cold. Read a book in front of a fire or under a blanket.

8)      Be green: audio book, e-book, from library, or used book.

9)      Pick 5 books from your TBR pile, poll Nesties on which book to read.

10)    Go to http://www.literature-map.com/ type in your favorite author and read a book by an author who comes up.


10 pt

1)      IHO Nobel prize, read a book by a Nobel Prize Literature winner.

               List of all Nobel laureates in Literature
               A few notable names:  Orhan Pamuk, Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, Samuel Beckett,
               Jean-Paul Sartre, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Pearl Buck, Sinclair Lewis, George Bernard Shaw,

               William Butler Yeats, Rudyard Kipling

2)      Head home for the holidays: read a book set in your home state.

               Potential ideas (double check results from these lists):
               etc...  ( http://www.librarything.com/tag/{STATE},+fiction )
or do a web search for "books set in {STATE}"

3)      Read a book off of the Barnes and Noble Classics List.

4)      Read a book set in the cold.

5)      Read an old NBC book club pick.

               Past Book Club Selections

6)      Read a book from the Lost Book Club.

7)      Read a book with a title 5 words or longer.

8)      Book with a proper name in the title (Rebecca, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, etc).

9)      Happy Hour: Read a book about an alcoholic, someone in rehab, or alcohol.
                Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
               Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
My Friend Leonard by James Frey
               Dry by Augusten Burroughs
               A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs
               Parched by Heather King
               Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
               The Lost Weekend by Charles Jackson
               Corked by Kathryn Borel
               Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr
               Cathedral by Raymond Carver

10)    Nov 2 is election day: read a book that involves elections or politics.



1)      Goody Two Shoes: read a book about a scandal or notorious person.

2)      Two heads are better than one: Read a book with more than one author.

               Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

               Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer

               Hidden Wives by Claire Avery (pen name for Mari Hilburn and Michelle Poche)

               Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

               The Dirt by Motley Crue 

               Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

               The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

               The Jester by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

               Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

               mysteries by Jefferson Bass (pen name for Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson)
               House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

3)      Read a non-fiction book.

4)      Read a book by an author that died in 2010.

               Louis Auchincloss (Fiction, Non-Fiction:  Her Inifinite Variety, Manhattan Monologues)  National Medal of Arts

               Beryl Bainbridge (Fiction:  The Dressmaker, The Bottle Factory Outing, Master Georgie)  Whitbread Award, Booker Prize Nominee, David Cohen Prize

               Kage Baker (Science Fiction, Fantasy:  The Company series, In the Garden of Iden)  Nebula Award, Hugo Nominee

               Vance Bourjaily (Fiction:  Brill Among the Ruins, Now Playing at Canterbury) National Book Award nominee
               Madeleine Brent / Peter O'Donnel (Historical Romance, Graphic Novels:  Moonraker's Bride, Modesty Blaise)
               Robert Dana (Poetry:  My Glass Brother and Other Poems)  Pulitzer nominee, Poet Laureate of the state of Iowa, Carl Sandburg Medal, Pushcart Prize
               Sid Fleischman (Children's:  The Whipping Boy, By the Great Horn Spoon)  Newbery Medal
               Barry Hannah  (Fiction, Short Stories:  Geronimo Rex, Airships)  William Faulkner Prize, National Book Award nominee, Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award
               Arthur Herzog (Science Fiction, True Crime:  The Swarm, IQ 83, 17 Days: The Katie Beers Story)
               Allen Hoey (Fiction, Poetry:  Country Music, Chasing the Dragon: A Novel About Jazz)  Pulitzer nominee, Camden Poetry Award
               Barbara Holland (Non-Fiction:   
The Joy of Drinking, Endangered Pleasures: In Defense of Naps, Bacon, Martinis, Profanity, and Other Indulgences)
               David Markson (Post-Modern Fiction:   Wittgenstein's Mistress,
Vanishing Point This is Not a Novel)  1001 Books List
               Tomás Eloy Martínez (Fiction:  The Tango Singer, Flight of the Queen) Guggenheim Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Alfaguara Award
               Lewis Nkosi (Fiction, Essays:  Mating Birds, Underground People, Home and Exile) MacMillan Pen Prize

               Ai / Ai Ogawa / Florence Anthony  (Poetry: Cruelty, Killing Floor, Vice)  National Book Award, Lamont Poetry Selection, Guggenheim Fellowship
               Robert B. Parker (Mystery:  Spenser novels, Jesse Stone novels, Sunny Randall novels)  Edgar Award
               Harvey Pekar (Graphic Novels:  American Splendor)

               Belva Plain (Women's Fiction: Evergreen, Crossroads)
               Elizabeth L. Post (Etiquette:  Emily Post on Etiquette, Emily Post on Entertaining)
               Jennifer Rardin (Urban Fantasy/Vampire Romance:  Once Bitten Twice Shy, Another One Bites the Dust)
               Judith Merkle Riley (Historical Fiction, Romance:  A Vision of Light, The Oracle Glass, The Master of All Desires)

               J.D. Salinger (Fiction:  Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories)  1001 Books List

               José Saramago (Fiction:  Blindness, The Double, Baltasar and Blimunda)  Nobel Literature Prize, 1001 Books List, Independent Foreign Fiction Award
               Lesilie Scalapino (Poetry, Fiction:  way, That They Were at the Beach) Poetry Center Award, Lawrence Lipton Prize, American Book Award
               Erich Segal (Fiction, Romance:  Love Story, Doctors, Oliver's Story)

               Alan Sillitoe (Fiction:  The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)  1001 Books List, Hawthornden Prize
               John Strohmeyer (History:  Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska, Crisis in Bethlehem)  Pulitzer Prize
               William Tenn / Philip Klass (Science Fiction, Satire:  Of Men and Monsters, Immodest Proposals)  Hugo nominee, Author Emeritus
               Andrei Voznesensky (Poetry:  Selected Poems, An Arrow in the Wall)  USSR State Prize, Russian State Award
5)      Read and discuss one of the NBC book club picks for Oct, Nov, or Dec.

               October 2010: Bag of Bones by Stephen King (10/28/2010)

               November 2010: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (11/23/2010)

               December 2010: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

6)      IHO of Make a Difference Day, read a book about a social issue important to you.

7)      Read a book about an event that happened on your birth date (not specifically the same year you were   

         born.) www.datesinhistory.com  (http://community.thenest.com/cs/ks/forums/thread/41714334.aspx)

8)      Nov 11 is Veteran’s Day. Read a book set in or about one of the wars in which America has fought.

               Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
               Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCraig
               Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
               Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
               Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

               The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
               Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
               Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
               Night by Elie Wiesel

               The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
               Maus by Art Spiegelman
               Hiroshima by John Hersey
               John Adams by David McCullough

               1776 by David McCullough

               American Lion:  Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
               The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer
               Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
               Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
               Midnight Clear by William Wharton
               An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

9)      Read a book about a natural disaster, either fiction or non-fiction.

               Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester 
               A Dangerous Place:  California's Unsettling Fate by Marc Reisner 

               A Sudden Sea:  The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R. A. Scotti

               A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester

               The Worst Hard Time:  The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan 

               Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America by Rocky Barker

               Nine Lives:  Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum
               1906 by James Dallessandro
               1 Dead in Attic:  After Katrina by Chris Rose
               Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
               The Johnstown Floods by David McCullough
               The Plague by Albert Camus

10)    Oct 17 is Mulligan Day so IHO of that, give an author you didn't like another try.


25 pt

1)      I would like to let whoever finishes in 6th place to choose the 25 point task.  I got to pick several last year, and just want to
         let someone else have a turn.  -- Mrs.GinTN (Original Post)        

          Read a book with an African Author (the author can be from any country in Africa): Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu etc.
          Here's a link with several books listed. -- s.s.girl (Original Post)

                "Best by African Authors" list on Goodreads 

2)     Read a book that is told (at least in part) from the perspective of someone with autism or mental retardation.
        Post about how you felt the character's autism affected their story, in both positive and negative ways.  -- metucker (Original Post)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
               House Rules by Jodi Picoult
               Lottery by Patricia Wood
               Up High in the Trees by Kiara Brinkman
               Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
               Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger's by John Elder Robison

               Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
               Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
               Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

3)      Read over 500 pages of books from the 1001 Books List from books published 1950 or earlier.  You can read a long book, or a couple

         medium length ones, or a few short ones, however you want to do it. You must finish the books. (Not just stop once you hit 500 pages.)

         1950 books start with #533. You can choose any books between 533 and 1001.  -- Nan_Bobbsey (Original Post)

4)      Read a book that highlights the lifestyle of someone of a different ethnic heritage. Post about how their experiences differ from your/your
         ancestors own.  -- Badgerengr  (Original Post)

5)      Read a how-to book to teach yourself something you have always wanted to learn how to do and then do it.  Report back with the
         results of your attempts. Photos are always a plus! :)  -- Jen748 (Original Post)

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