Saturday, December 10, 2011

Winter Book Challenge Tasks

WBC will run from 1/1/2012 until 3/31/2012. Below are the tasks.

5 Point Tasks

read a romance for Valentines Day
read a book with a winter word in the title (ice, snow, winter, cold, etc)
read a Newbery winner
read a Printz winner or honor book
read a play
reread one of your favorite books
read a book by a dead author
read a book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
read a book that fits any of the 10 or 15 pt categories
read a book with an animal in the title

10 Point Tasks

read a collection of short stories
read a book with 4+ stars on GR
read a book published the year you graduated HS
listen to an audiobook
read a book by an author whose last name begins with J, F, or M
book not originally published in English, enter your favorite author, read a book by an author who pops up
read a book with an African American main character or author
give an author a second chance (you didn't like a book by that author earlier)
read a book you saw on a blog

15 Point Tasks

read a book with one of the 7 deadly sins in the title
read a book written before 1900
read a book about a disaster (natural or man-made)
read a western
read a book from Oprah's book club
read a book that fits an unfinished category from a previous challenge
read a science fiction book
read and discuss the Jan, Feb, or March NBC book
read a book by a celebrity or politician
read a biography of a woman for Women's History Month

In addition, there will be five 25 point tasks selected by random draw from the finishers of the Fall Book Challenge. The 25 point tasks will be announced some time around 1/1.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The 25 Point Tasks!

Here are the 25 point tasks for 2011 FBC. These creators of these tasks were chosen by random draw from the finishers of SuBC.

1) Jackiblack

Read a book that spans across several generations of the same family.

Here is a link to a post with ideas:

2) Pandasquishy

Read a book featured on either Jon Stewart or the Colbert Report, from any year. Here's some handy links for that:

Here is a link to a post with ideas:

3. sarahelisabethm

Ask your librarian/bookstore staff person for a recommendation. Post about the book they recommended, what you thought about it, and your overall experience. Was the person nice? Helpful? Mean?

4. hollymichael

Read a book about a religion other than your own--can be either fiction or non-fiction. A few that come to mind: The Chosen, Under the Banner of Heaven, Plain Truth.

Here is a link to a post with ideas:

5. Opalsky007

In honor of Halloween, read something scary: a horror story, a dystopian novel, or a nonfiction on a creepy topic.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FBC Spreadsheet

Here's a spreadsheet the lovely Jen748 created to track the tasks.

Also, as a reminder FBC runs from Oct 1st to Dec 31st!

Fall Book Challenge (FBC) Tasks

1. Since everyone's been reading long books lately: short book (under 200 pages)
2. Book you already own (as of 10/1/11), but haven't read
3. Since it's getting dark earlier: book with dark cover (black, dark brown, dark blue, dark purple)
4. Read a book and give it a better title a la
5. Read a book with a picture or drawing of a person on the cover

1. Book that's had a movie made from it
2. Biography or memoir
3. Book by a new to you author
4. Book with average of 4+ stars on GR
5. Read a book with a food word in the title or about food

1. Book by a British author
2. Read and discuss the Oct, Nov, or Dec NBC book or the Halloween book
3. IHO Veterans Day: Read a book set during or about a war (fiction or non)
4. Partner with a nestie and suggest a book to each other. Read that book.
5. Read a book published in 2011.

Still to be determined. I will update when we have the 25 point tasks!

Monday, June 20, 2011

2011 Summer Book Challenge 25 Point Tasks

1) KPOW - Read a non-fiction book from the NY Times Notable list from 2009, 2008, 2007, or 2006.There are 200 books to chose from.

Link to original post with details and ideas:

2009 List:

2008 List:

2007 List:

2006 List:

2) FABK - I was a huge fan of the TV show the Gilmore Girls. I have found a couple of lists online of the books read by Rory on the show, or that she quoted. So all you have to do is pick one of her books. Here is the good reads link to about 100 of the 200 books she "read".

Link to original post with details and ideas:

3) Zoieglow - In honor of the end of Harry Potter in July, read a Harry Potter book OR a book with a magic word in the title (for example, magic, wand, spell, witch, wizard, potion, etc). When you're done, learn a magic trick and come back and post what trick you learned and whether you amazed anyone. It can be a card trick, sleight of hand, anything.

Link to original post with details and ideas:

4) anelms - My task is to read a book that was on a bestseller list the year you were born.

Link to original post with details and ideas:

Link to a website with past bestseller lists:

5)MrsGinTN - Decided to let 6th place pick the task so we've got:

Ziggy23213 - Ask your DH/SO to pick out a book for you that they think you would enjoy. Post about why you think they picked it for you, and whether you actually enjoyed it or not. (If you are not in a relationship currently, have a close friend or family member pick a book for you.)

Link to original post with details and ideas:

2011 Summer Book Challenge Tasks

5 pt
read a mystery
read a book chosen based on its cover
read a YA book
read a book with a cover that’s a hot color: red, orange, yellow
read a book you read about in a book blog

10 pt
read a book with a number in its title
read an historical fiction novel
read a book from a summer reading list
read a banned book (banned book week is Sept 24-Oct 1)
read a book that is part of a series

15 pt
read the july, aug, or sept NBC pick and participate in its discussion
read a non-fiction history book
read a book by a Canadian author
read a book not originally published in English
read a book you’ve owned/had on your TBR list for over a year

Friday, April 1, 2011

2011 Spring Book Challenge

5 pts
1. Read a book with a one word title

2. Read a book that you already own, but haven't read

3. IHO Cherish an Antique Day (April 9), read a classic

4. Read a book by an author that has an X, Z, or Q in their name

5. Lewis and Clark set off on 5/14/1804: Read a book set somewhere you'd like to go

6. Read a book with a person's entire head not visible (only shows other parts of the body)
Some clarification to this task:

The whole entire head cannot be visable. Part of the head may be visible. The head does not have to be visable at all as long as part of the body is visable.

7. Flowers are (finally!) growing: Read a book with a green cover or with "flower" or a specific flower name in the title

8. Read a book you loved as a child/teenager

9. IHO Earth Day read an ebook, library book, or listen to an audiobook

10. Read something outside

10 pts

1. Read a book about/at a wedding

2. School's out for summer: read a book set in or about high school

3. Read a play by Shakespeare

List of Shakespeare's Plays

Shakespeare's Complete Works Online

4. Read a book set in or about a country you haven't been to

5. Read a good book: has an average of 4 stars or higher on Goodreads. The book must have at least 50 ratings (not reviews).

6. Read a book with a weather word for the start of hurricane season. Ex: snow, rain, thunder, hurricane, wind, etc.

7. Poll Nesties for your book (out of 5 you suggest)

8. Read a book to continue a series you have already started

9. IHO Pet Owner Day (April 25): book about a pet or animal

10. Read a book about an author (biography, memoir, historical fiction)

15 pts

1. IHO of royal wedding, book about royalty or royal character

2. Holocaust Remembrance Day (May 2): book about/set in the Holocaust

3. Read a book of poetry

4. Read a book in a genre you don't normally read

5. Read a book by an author with your name (first, middle, maiden, or last)

6. Read the April, May, or June NBC pick and participate in the discussion April, May and June NBC picks

7. IHO National Smile Month (June), read a humorous book

8. Read a popular book: a book that has at least 15,000 ratings (not reviews) on goodreads

9. IHO Mother's and Father's Days, get a suggestion from your mom, dad, or other family member from an older generation

10. Read a non-fiction book that isn't a biography or memoir

25 Points

Deborah and Steven:

Read a book about urban farming, sustainable agriculture, or American food policy (200 pages +, not an audiobook) and grow an edible plant. Post a 100 word response to the book and a picture of your plant. Recipes and photos of what you cook with your plant are encouraged but totally optional. If you can't grow a plant, read at least 3 children's books that are set on a farm or in a garden with a child of the appropriate age and post which one was your favorite, which was the child's favorite and why.

dmlk413: Read a non-fiction book about Africa or the Middle East (history, politics, geography, etc). The book can be about a particular country or the region in general. Post your thoughts on the book and whether or not the book impacted your impressions/opinions regarding this part of the world.

pacfan20: Many NBCers have their Goodreads shelves linked in their siggy. Pick a nestie and read one of her 5-star books and one of her 1-star books (or 2-star if she doesn’t have a 1-star). Report back on which nestie you picked, what you thought of the books and how your ratings compared to the nestie you picked.

Read2me:This task is inspired by a Jeopardy category. You will have to read two books- the last word(s) of one title will be the first word(s) of the second. For example:

anelms: experience a book two ways.
First read a book and then either listen to the audio book, watch the movie based on the book, read the comic book based on the book, etc.

Write a short post on which medium you preferred.