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2011 Winter Book Challenge

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Sample Spreadsheet at https://spreadsheets1.google.com/ccc?key=t8KVxQPML88FFbcuhpD8oVw&hl=en#gid=0

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5 pts 

1) IHO Natural Hot Tea month, read a book while drinking tea or other warm beverage

2) City, state, country, etc in title

     Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

     Death in Salem by Diane E. Foulds

     Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

     Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

3) red or pink cover for Valentines

     The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

     Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Al Sanea

4) title with “love” word

     History of Love by Nicole Krauss

     Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

     Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

     The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

     PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

5) sale or free book

6) Library Lovers month: read a library book

7) Printz winner or honor book (List of all Printz winners: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/printzaward/Printz.cfm)

     Going Bovine by Libba Bray

     The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

     The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

8) winter word in title

     Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

     Snow Angels by James Thompson

     Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

     Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

     The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré

     In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

     Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

     The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

     Hot Ice by Nora Roberts    

9) March 22 is Goof Off Day, read a frothy fun book

10) Whatever you want to read


10 pts 

1) Escape from the cold: book set someplace warm

     Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West

2) Read a banned or challenged book

     Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen

3) Feb 14-21 is Condom Week- Read a book about sex

     My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

     Bonk by Mary Roach

4) Travel book (travel memoir)

     Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost

     by Bill Bryson

     by Paul Theroux

5) Book about religion (March is Spiritual Wellness Month)

     The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

     Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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

     Life of Pi by Yann Martel

6) Ides of March: book about murder or assassination

     Columbine by Dave Cullen

     Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

     many by Agatha Christie

7) Book title at least 6 words

     The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

     The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

     The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

     The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

     Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

     The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

     The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

8) IHO Women’s History Month, read a historical fiction book with a woman main character or an 18 or 19th century woman author

     Anything by Philippa Gregory

     by Louisa May Alcott

     by the Bronte sisters

     by Jane Austen

     Fever, 1973

9) By a new-to-you author

10) IHO Chinese New Year, read a book set in or about China

     Lost On Planet China by J. Maarten Troost

     The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

     Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng

     Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui

     Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

     Wild Swans by Jung Chang

     The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

     The Good Women of China by Xinran


15 pts 

1) Read the book that’s been on your TBR list longest

2) read a 2010 bestseller

3) IHO Super Bowl Sunday read a book about sports

4) Book about starting over, starting something new

     Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

     Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah

     Gone to Green by Judy Christie

     The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

     If I Stay by Gayle Forman

     One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

     Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

     Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

     Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb

     The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

5) 500+ pages

     The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

     The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

     The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

     Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

6) Read and discuss the Jan, Feb, or March NBC pick

     Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Jan)

     Room by Emma Donoghue (Feb)

     Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Mar)

7) Book you first heard about on NBC

8) Feb is Black History Month, read a book with a black main character or black author

     Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

     The Help by Kathryn Stockett

     by Toni Morrisson

     by Maya Angelou

     by Zora Neale Hurston

9) Reread a book from HS, post your grown-up thoughts about it

10) Book set in Ireland or about Ireland

     In The Woods by Tana French

     The Likeness by Tana French

     Faithful Place by Tana French

     Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes

     Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy


25 pts 

1) Read a book that has always intimidated you. Something you have considered, but have never read before. It needs to be at least 400 pages and NO AUDIO BOOKS.  If you don't have a book that truly intimidates you, either read a book that would intimidate most people (same stipulations) OR read a book of at least 1000 pages (no audio) since that would intimidate most people anyway.  -- rebus82  (Original Post)

2) So my inspiration for this task is the 28 inches of snow we got earlier this week...  "Baby It's Cold Outside!"  Read the biography or autobiography of an artist who has recorded this classic song.  Put the song title in wikipedia and you will get a long list of possibilities... anything from the original 1944 debut to the most recent 2010 versions are acceptable.  -- deborahandsteven  (Original Post)

3) Read a book about food. Then, prepare a meal based on the book.  Tell us what you made and how it was.  -- Mrs.GinTN (Original Post)

4) A non-fiction science book  -- Nan_Bobbsey (Original Post)

     The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

     Stiff by Mary Roach

5) Go to the website Top Ten Books (http://www.toptenbooks.net/newtotalarchive.cgi) where you will find a list of authors and their top 10 favorite books.  Read a book written by one of these authors AND a book from their top 10 list.  -- sweetrhythms  (Original Post)

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