Book Challenges 2016

Connections Reading Challenge:

Duration: October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016

This challenge is all about connections. Each book you read must be connected to the previous book, either by one or more words in their titles, author or publication date. Books must be linked in chronological order! The second book you read MUST be completed after your first book, but before your third book, and so on down the list.

For example: If my first book is Them Bones, by Carolyn Haines, the next book I read would need to have “Them” or “Bones” in the title, be written by an author with “Carolyn” or “Haines” in his/her name, or be published in 1999.

Level 3: 17 – 24 books

  1. Home for Christmas by Lily Everett (?N) Christmas
  2. Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward Christmas
  3. The Duke and Miss Christmas by Amelia Grey Christmas
  4. Christmas with a Billionaire Rancher by Mandy Baxter Christmas
  5. The Christmas Cave by David R. Beshears Christmas
  6. Christmas at Lilac Cottage Christmas
  7. Christmas at the Vicarage Christmas
  8. The Christmas Train Christmas
  9. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas Christmas
  10. Christmas Brides Christmas
  11. Christmas at Thorncliff Towers Christmas
  12. I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas Undead
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Zodiac Reading Challenge:

DURATION: October 23, 2015 – October 22, 2016

FORTUNE TELLER: Read TWO books/month that meet any two of the tasks listed. You must choose different tasks for each book.

SCORPIO, October 23 – November 21
1. Read a book with “WATER” in the title or occupying more than 50% of the cover
2. Read a book with a character who is secretive ► Need by Joelle Charbonneau – Read 11/3/15
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) black or green. ► The Truth about Him by M. O’Keefe – Read 11/2/15

SAGITTARIUS, November 22 – December 21
1. Read a book by an author whose first OR last initial can be found in “THEARCHER” ► Redemption Song by Craig Schaefer – Read 11/29/15
2. Read a book with a character who is involved in the theater (professional or amateur)
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) orange or blue. ► Descent by Tim Johnston – Read 11/22/15

CAPRICORN, December 22 – January 20
1. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title – including A, An and The – can be found in the word “SATURN.” (2 word minimum) – The Apocalypse Survivors by Peter Meredith
2. Read a book with a character over the age of 50 years – A Plain-Dealing Victim by Craig Schaefer – Read 12/22/15
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) brown, gray or green.

AQUARIUS, January 21 – February 18
1. Read a book with the words “WATER” or “AIR” in the title
2. Read a book with a character who is unconventional or rebellious
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) an “electric” (bright) color.

PISCES, February 19 – March 20
1. Read a book that takes place on/near a body of water
2. Read a book with a character who is a risk-taker
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) purple or green.

ARIES, March 21 – April 20
1. Read a book with “FIRE” in the title or occupying more than 50% of the cover
2. Read a book with an adult character who acts childish
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) red or white.

TAURUS, April 21 – May 20
1. Read a book by an author whose first OR last initial can be found in the word “EARTH”
2. Read a book with a character who is resourceful
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) brown or turquoise.

GEMINI, May 21 – June 21
1. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title – disregarding A, An and The – can be found in the word “MERCURY” 2 word minimum
2. Read a book with a character who is talkative
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) yellow or blue.

CANCER, June 22 – July 22
1. Read a book with “MOON” in the title or occupying more than 25% of the cover
2. Read a book about family
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) white or yellow.

LEO, July 23 – August 22
1. Read a book with an animal of some sort (real, magical or mythical) in the title or occupying more than 25% of the cover
2. Read a book with a character who is flamboyant
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) purple or red.

VIRGO, August 23 – September 22
1. Read a book by an author whose first OR last initial can be found in “THEMAIDEN”
2. Read a book with a character who is analytical
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) gray, blue or yellow.

LIBRA, September 23 – October 22
1. Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY word in the title – including A, An and The – can be found in “THESCALES” 2 word minimum
2. Read a book with a character who is lazy
3. Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) ivory, pink or turquoise.

 

Scrabble:

Begins February 1, 2014
No deadline

When you sign up for the challenge, I will assign you one of these randomly generated sets of letters. Your challenge is to read one book for each of those letters. You may use the first letter of the first word of the book’s title (do NOT count A, An or The), or the first or last initial of the author to complete each letter.
NOTE: Everyone’s letter sets will be different, and assignments will be based on the order in which you sign up. The first person to sign up will get set #1, the second person will get set #2, and so on. Therefore, it will be up to you to keep track of the letters that have been assigned to you 🙂

For those who want more of a challenge, in addition to reading a book for each letter, make a word out of the letters you’ve been given, then read a book with that word in its title (or the author’s name). It must be a single word, not a compound word.

E, A, N, L, C, P, Y

E► Hell Comes to Hollywood II by Eric Miller -12/04/15

A► The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – 11/06/15

N► Need by Joelle Charbonneau – 11/03/15

L► The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer – 11/07/15

C► The Contamination of Sandra Wolfe by D.J. Goodman – 11/10/15

P►The Apocalypse Outcasts by Peter Meredith – 12/27/15

Y►Yesterday’s Gone by Sean Platt and David Wright – 12/31/15

Rory Gilmore Challenge:

0/341 — Started 01/2016 Finished —-

I’d love to read at least one a month, hopefully two, until I am finished. List of 341 books that Rory Gilmore wanted to read. Full list in the link.

To Read:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  4. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  5. Christine by Stephen King
  6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  7. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  8. Carrie by Stephen King
  9. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  11. Cujo by Stephen King
  12. Emma by Jane Austen
  13. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  14. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  15. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  17. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  18. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  19. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  21. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  22. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  23. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  24. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  25. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

 

 

Read:

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  5. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  6. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  11. Inferno by Dante
  12. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  13. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  14. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

It’s Elemental, My Dear


No deadline, challenge begins August 1, 2013
MUST SIGN UP NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 –

I’m doing this late but I love the idea so I’m just going to keep the updates, hopefully with a bingo type periodic table (soon) on here as well! Should be fun!

Name: Arsenic — Symbol: As — Atomic #33 — Atomic weight 74.92160
Elemental arsenic is a steel grey, very brittle, crystalline, semimetallic solid. Arsenic and its compounds are poisonous as any reader of “who-done-it” books knows.
Read a murder mystery OR a book with a predominantly (more than 50%) gray cover. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Barium — Symbol: Ba — Atomic #56 — Atomic weight 137.327
Small amounts of barium compounds are used in paints and glasses.
Read a book in which art plays an important part OR a book with a title beginning with a letter in BARIUM.

Name: Bryllium — Symbol: Be — Atomic #4 — Atomic weight 9.012182
Aquamarine and emerald are precious forms of the mineral beryl.
Read a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) blue and/or green OR book #4 in a series. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Calcium — Symbol: Ca — Atomic #20 — Atomic weight 40.078
Calcium is the fifth most abundant element in the earth’s crust and makes up more than 3% of the crust.
Read book #5 in a series or an author’s 5th published book OR a book in which a main character’s FIRST name begins with a letter in CALCIUM.

Name: Carbon — Symbol: C — Atomic #6 — Atomic weight 12.0107
Carbon is found in abundance in the sun, stars, comets, and atmospheres of most planets
Read a book with the sun or star/s on the cover OR a book whose title begins with C. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Cerium — Symbol: Ce — Atomic #58 — Atomic weight 140.116
Cerium is is malleable, and the pure metal may ignite when scratched with a knife. There are large deposits found in India, Brazil and the USA.
Read a book with a tension-filled plot OR a book set in India or South America.

Name: Cesium — Symbol: Ce — Atomic #55 — Atomic weight 132.90546
Fustov Kirchoff found Cesium. He was a German scientist. Name origin is from the Latin word caesius (sky blue).
Read a book with a sky on the cover OR 50% of the cover in sky blue OR a book set in Germany.

Name: Chlorine — Symbol: Cl — Atomic #17 — Atomic weight 35.453
Chlorine is a respiratory irritant. The gas irritates the mucous membranes and the liquid burns the skin. It was used as a war gas in 1915.
Read a book set during war times (any war, past, present or future, but be sure to tell us which war) OR a book that ended up irritating you. Without giving away spoilers, tell us why you were irritated!

Name: Cobalt — Symbol: Co — Atomic #27 — Atomic weight 58.933195
Cobalt salts color glass a beautiful deep blue color. Cobalt is required in small amounts for life and is the only metal found in vitamins (cobalt is the critical component of vitamin B12).
Read a book with a predominantly (more than 50%) bright/royal blue cover OR a book by an author whose first OR last name begins with B. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Copper — Symbol: Cu — Atomic #29 — Atomic weight 63.546
Copper is malleable, ductile, and a good conductor of heat and electricity. Apparently the reason that policemen in the USA are nicknamed “cops” or “coppers” is to do with their uniforms which used to have copper buttons.
Read a book in which a main character is a member of the police or other law enforcement OR a book with lots of “heat.”

Name: Fluorine — Symbol: F — Atomic #9 — Atomic weight 18.998403
Fluorine is a pale yellow, corrosive gas, which reacts with practically all organic and inorganic substances.
Read a book with a predominantly (more than 50%) yellow cover OR a book with a character who gets a reaction – good or bad – from everyone else. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Gadolinium — Symbol: Gd — Atomic #64 — Atomic weight 157.25
Gadolinium is ferromagnetic (strongly attracted by a magnet).
Read a book in which a main character has a magnetic personality OR book #4 or 6 in a series.

Name: Gallium — Symbol: Ga — Atomic #31 — Atomic weight 69.723
Gallium is the only metal, except for mercury, caesium, and rubidium, which can be liquid near room temperatures; this makes possible its use in high-temperature thermometers.
Read a book set in a summer or in a hot climate OR a book with a beverage of some sort on the cover or in the title. If you use the cover option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Gold — Symbol: Au — Atomic #79 — Atomic weight 196.966569
Gold is a heavy metal and one gram of gold can be hammered out into a thin sheet of gold a meter in area, and just 230 atoms or so thick.
Read a book with more than 500 pages OR a book with a 5, 6 or 9 in its original publication date. Be sure to tell us how many pages are in the book or the publication date.

Name: Hafnium — Symbol: Hf — Atomic #72 — Atomic weight 178.49
Because hafnium has excellent mechanical properties, and is extremely corrosion resistant, it is used for nuclear reactor control rods.
Read a book in which a main character works in a science-related field OR a book with a 2 or 7 in the total number of pages. Be sure to tell us how many pages are in the book!

Name: Helium — Symbol: He — Atomic #2 — Atomic weight 4.002602
Helium is one of the so-called noble gases.
Read a book with a character who is a member of royalty OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in HELIUM.

Name: Hydrogen — Symbol: H — Atomic # 1 — Atomic weight 1.00794
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and makes up about 90% of the universe by weight.
Read a book from the genre you read most often OR a book with a 9 or 0 in its total number of pages. Be sure to tell us how many pages are in the book!

Name: Indium — Symbol: In — Atomic #49 — Atomic weight 114.818
Canada produces the majority of the world’s supply of indium.
Read a book set in Canada or by a Canadian author OR a book with a 4 or 9 in the original publication date. Be sure to tell us the publication date!

Name: Iodine — Symbol: I — Atomic #53 — Atomic weight 126.90447
Iodine compounds are important in organic chemistry and very useful in medicine and photography. It is found in Chilean saltpetre, caliche, old salt brines, and salt wells.
Read a book with a photograph on the cover (NOT a drawing) OR a book set in South America. If you use the cover option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Iridium — Symbol: Ir — Atomic #77 — Atomic weight 192.217
The name iridium is appropriate, for its salts are highly colored.
Read a book with a brightly colored cover (at least two colors, combined to equal at least 75% of the cover) OR a book with a main character whose FIRST name begins with a letter in IRIDIUM. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Iron — Symbol: Fe — Atomic #26 — Atomic weight 55.845
Iron is a relatively abundant element in the universe. The pure metal is very reactive chemically, and rapidly corrodes, especially in moist air or at elevated temperatures. Any car owner knows this.
Read a book with a car or other vehicle on the cover OR a book whose title begins with a letter in IRON. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Krypton — Symbol: Kr — Atomic #36 — Atomic weight 83.798
Krypton is characterized by its brilliant green and orange spectral lines.
Read a book with a superhero in it OR a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) bright green or orange. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Lead — Symbol: Pb — Atomic #82 — Atomic weight 207.2
Lead is a bluish-white lustrous metal. Lead pipes bearing the insignia of Roman emperors, used as drains from the baths, are still in service.
Read a book set during the time of an ancient empire OR a book in which a new invention of some type is important to the plot.

Name: Lithium — Symbol: Li — Atomic #3 — Atomic weight 6.941
Lithium is also used in batteries, some greases, some glasses, and in medicine.
Read a book with a pair of eyeglasses on the cover OR a book in which a character is sick or works in a medical field. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Lutetium — Symbol: Lu — Atomic #71 — Atomic weight 174.9668
Pure metallic lutetium is a rare earth metal and perhaps the most expensive of all rare elements.
Read a book that was expensive to obtain OR a book whose title begins with L or U.

Name: Magnesium — Symbol: Mg — Atomic #12 — Atomic weight 24.3050
Magnesium is an important element for plant and animal life.
Read a book with a plant or animal of some kind on the cover OR a book in which the first letter of EVERY WORD in the title can be found in MAGNESIUM (minimum two-word title) If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover. If you use the second option, remember that to use a letter more than once, it must appear more than once.

Name: Manganese — Symbol: Mn — Atomic #25 — Atomic weight 54.938045
Manganese is present in quantity the floor of oceans.
Read a book set on/near a body of water OR a book with a 2 or 5 in the original publication date. Be sure to tell us the publication date!

Name: Mercury — Symbol: Hg — Atomic #80 — Atomic weight 200.59
Mercury is the only common metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures. Mercury is sometimes called quicksilver
Read a book with a character who is quick in some way OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in MERCURY.

Name: Neon — Symbol: Ne — Atomic #10 — Atomic weight 20.1797
In a vacuum discharge tube, neon glows reddish orange.
Read a book set in space OR a book in which the main character’s first initial can be found in NEON.

Name: Nickel — Symbol: Ni — Atomic #28 — Atomic weight 58.6934
A nickel, the 5-cent coin in the US, contains just 25% nickel.
Read a book with a coin or monetary symbol on the cover OR a book with a 2 or 5 in the total number of pages. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover. If using the second option, tell us how many pages are in the book.

Name: Nitrogen — Symbol: N — Atomic #7 — Atomic weight 14.0067
Nitrogen compounds are vital components of foods, fertilizers, and explosives. Nitrogen is “fixed” from the atmosphere by bacteria in the roots of certain plants such as clover. Hence the usefulness of clover in crop rotation.
Read a book from a genre that you go to when you need a break from “the usual” OR a book with some sort of food on the cover or in the title. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Oxygen — Symbol: O — Atomic #8 — Atomic weight 15.9994
Oxygen is the third most abundant element found in the sun.
Read book #3 in a series OR a book by an author whose first OR last initial begins with O.

Name: Palladium — Symbol: Pd — Atomic #46 — Atomic weight 106.42
Palladium is used in some watch springs.
Read a book involving time travel OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in PALLADIUM.

Name: Phosphorus — Symbol: P — Atomic #15 — Atomic weight 30.973762
Phosphorus is found in nervous tissue, bones and cell protoplasm. It catches fire spontaneously in air.
Read a book with fire on the cover or in the title OR a book with a human body or skeleton on the cover. It must be the ENTIRE body, not just a portion. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Platinum — Symbol: Pt — Atomic #78 — Atomic weight 195.084
Platinum is a beautiful silvery-white metal, when pure, and is malleable and ductile. It is used to make sealed electrodes in glass systems.
Read a book with a predominantly white cover OR a book with some sort of electronic gadget/equipment on the cover or important to the plot. If you use a cover option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Plutonium — Symbol: Pu — Atomic #94 — Atomic weight 244
The complete detonation of a kilogram of plutonium produces an explosion equal to about 20000 tons of chemical explosive. The various nuclear applications of plutonium are well known. The isotope 233Pu was used in the American Apollo lunar missions to power seismic and other equipment on the lunar surface.
Read a book with a lot of explosions in the story OR a non-fiction book about the Apollo program or the moon.

Name: Potassium — Symbol: K — Atomic #19 — Atomic weight 39.0983
Potassium is an essential constituent for plant growth and it is found in most soils. It is also a vital element in the human diet. It is soft and easily cut with a knife.
Read a book in which a character is a gardener/farmer or chef/cook/caterer OR a book that’s “soft” and easy to read.

Name: Praseodymium — Symbol: Pr — Atomic #59 — Atomic weight 140.90765
Praseodymium is a component of misch metal, used for lighter flints, and of the glass in welders’ goggles.
Read a book in which the first letter of EVERY WORD in the title begins with a letter in PRASEODYMIUM (minimum three-word title!) OR a book in which a character has a blue-collar career (welder, factory worker, mechanic, plumber, etc.) If using the first option, remember that to use a letter more than once, it must appear more than once in the word.

Name: Radon — Symbol: Rn — Atomic #86 — Atomic weight 222
Recently, radon buildup in homes from the surrounding soil and rocks has become a safety issue and some areas around the world test homes for radon gas. It is the heaviest known gas.
Read a book with a house/home on the cover OR a book with more than 400 pages. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover. If using the second option, tell us how many pages are in the book.

Name: Rubidium — Symbol: Rb — Atomic #37 — Atomic weight 85.4678
Rubidium is not found often and being an alkaline metal can explode when around water.
Read a book with a desert on the cover or set in a desert. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover. If using the second option, tell us how many pages are in the book.

Name: Silicon — Symbol: Si — Atomic #14 — Atomic weight 28.0855
Silicon is found largely as silicon oxides such as sand (silica), quartz, rock crystal, amethyst, agate, flint, jasper and opal.
Read a book with a beach or gemstone of some kind on the cover OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in SILICON. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Silver — Symbol: Ag — Atomic #47 — Atomic weight 107.8682
Silver is somewhat rare and expensive. Slag dumps in Asia Minor and on islands in the Aegean Sea indicate that man learned to separate silver from lead as early as 3000 B.C.
Read any historical fiction book OR a book set in Asia. For the purposes of this task, these countries comprise Asia: Countries in Asia Be sure to tell us which country the book is set in!

Name: Sodium — Symbol: Na — Atomic #11 — Atomic weight 22.98976928
Sodium salts impart a characteristic orange/yellow colour to flames and orange street lighting is orange because of the presence of sodium in the lamp.
Read a book with a predominantly orange cover OR a book with a 2, 8 or 9 in its original publication date. If you use the first option, you MUST post the book cover. If using the second option, tell us the publication date.

Name: Sulfur — Symbol: S — Atomic #16 — Atomic weight 32.065
Sulfur is recovered commercially from “salt domes” along the Gulf Coast of the USA.
Read a book set in a Gulf Coast state OR a book whose title begins with S. For the purposes of this challenge, the Gulf Coast states are Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Be sure to tell us which state the book is set in!

Name: Thorium — Symbol: Th — Atomic #90 — Atomic weight 232.03806
Thorium is named for Thor, the Scandinavian god of war.
Read a book set in a Scandinavian country or by a Scandinavian author OR a book whose title begins with T or H (do NOT count The). For the purposes of this challenge, the Scandinavian countries are Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Be sure to tell us which country the book is set in.

Name: Thulium — Symbol: Tm — Atomic #69 — Atomic weight 168.93421
Thulium is the least abundant of the earth elements, and is about as rare as silver, gold, or cadmium.
Read a book from a genre you rarely read OR a book whose cover is predominantly (more than 50%) metallic silver or gold. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Tin — Symbol: Sn — Atomic #50 — Atomic weight 118.710
When tin is cooled below 13.2°C, it changes slowly from white to grey. This change is affected by impurities such as aluminium and zinc, and can be prevented by small additions of antimony or bismuth. The conversion was first noted as growths on organ pipes in European cathedrals, where it was thought to be the devil’s work. When heated in air, tin forms SnO2. It is, or was, used to plate steel, making “tin cans”.
Read a book that’s been on your TBR list for over a year OR a book in which music plays an important part.

Name: Titanium — Symbol: Ti — Atomic #22 — Atomic weight 47.867
Titanium is a lustrous, white metal when pure. It is marvelous in fireworks. Titanium is present in meteorites and in the sun.
Read a book in which some sort of fireworks occur OR a book with a predominantly white cover. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Uranium — Symbol: U — Atomic #92 — Atomic weight 238.02891
Uranium is of great interest because of its application to nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
Read a non-fiction book about alternative sources of energy OR a book with a weapon of some kind on the cover or in the title. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Xenon — Symbol: Xe — Atomic #54 — Atomic weight 131.293
Xenon in a vacuum tube produces a blue glow when excited by an electrical discharge and finds use in strobe lamps.
Read a book set in or published in the 1970s OR a book with a 4 or 5 in the total number of pages. Tell us the year the book was published or the number of pages in the book.

Name: Yttrium — Symbol: Y — Atomic #39 — Atomic weight 88.90585
Yttrium is found in most rare-earth minerals. Moon rocks contain yttrium and yttrium is used as a “phosphor” to produce the red color in television screens.
Read a book based on a TV show or a book that was the basis for a TV show (at least one season long) OR a book with a sun, moon or planet on the cover. If you use the second option, you MUST post the book cover.

Name: Zinc — Symbol: Zn — Atomic #30 — Atomic weight 65.38
Zinc-deficient animals require 50% more food to gain the same weight of an animal supplied with adequate amounts of zinc.
Read a book that is much longer than it needed to be to tell the story OR a book whose title begins with a letter found in ZINC.

Islands of the World:

Duration: Jul 01, 2015 – No Deadline

Please read each section’s instructions carefully, as they are different for each section!

LARGEST, by size
For each island in this section, you will need to read a book by an author whose initials — including the middle initial, if a middle name or initial is given in the Goodreads link! — can be found in the island’s name. Be sure to post the link to the author’s name, along with the book title and the date you finished reading it.

Greenland 840,004 sq miles 2,175,600 sq km
New Guinea 303,381 sq miles 785,753 sq km
Borneo 288,869 sq miles 748,168 sq km
Madagascar 226,917 sq miles 587,713 sq km ► Margaret Atwood - The Heart Goes On 11/6/15
Baffin 194,574 sq miles 503,944 sq km
Sumatra 171,069 sq miles 443,066 sq km
Honshu 88,982 sq miles 225,800 sq km
Great Britain 88,787 sq miles 229,957 sq km
Victoria 85,154 sq miles 220,548 sq km
Ellesmere 71,029 sq miles 183,965 sq km

NOTE: Australia is widely considered as a continental landmass, not an island. In reality, it certainly is the largest island, with a size of 2,941,517 sq miles (7,618,493 sq km).

LARGEST ISLAND COUNTRIES, by size
For each island in this section: Using the measuring system used by the country where you currently live, add together the numbers in the island’s size. Continue adding until you get a one-digit number. Read a book with that many words in its title. Be sure to tell us which measuring system you’ve used.
Ex: Great Britain, in square miles = 8 + 8 + 7 + 8 + 7 = 38 … 3 + 8 = 11 … 1 + 1= 2 … Read a book with a 2-word title

Indonesia 735,358 sq miles - 3+1=4 - The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer 11/7/2015
Madagascar 226,917 sq miles - 2+7=9  
Papua New Guinea 178,704 sq miles  2+7=9 
Japan 143,939 sq miles - 9+2=11 1+1=2
Malaysia 127,320 sq miles - 1+5=6
Philippines 115,831 sq miles - 1+9=10 1+0=1
New Zealand 103,883 sq miles - 2+3=5 Zombie Cap: The Enoch Wars by Ben Settle 11/8/2015
Great Britain 88,787 sq miles - 8+3=11 1+1=2
Cuba 42,804 sq miles - 1+8=9
Iceland 39,769 sq miles - 3+4=7

NOTE: Great Britain is an island that combines the countries of England, Scotland, and Wales, and is a part of the country of the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” commonly referred to as the UK.

HIGHEST ISLANDS
For each island in this section, you must read a book in which the first letter of every word in the book title — ALL WORDS COUNT! — can be found in the name of the island as listed (including the country name or abbreviation as shown; 3 word minimum)

New Guinea 16,503 feet 5,030 meters
Akutan, Alaska 14,026 feet 4,275 meters
Hawaii, USA 13,796 feet 4,205 meters
Borneo, Indonesia 13,698 feet 4,175 meters
Formosa, China 13,114 feet 3,997 meters
Sumatra, Indonesia 12,484 feet 3,805 meters
Ross, Antarctica 12,448 feet 3,794 meters
Honshu, Japan 12,388 feet 3,776 meters
South Island, NZ 12,349 feet 3,764 meters
Lombok, Indonesia 12,224 feet 3,726 meters

LARGEST VOLCANIC ISLANDS
For each island in this section: Using the measuring system used by the country where you currently live, add together the numbers in the island’s size. Continue adding until you get a one-digit number. Read a book with that number in the YEAR of the book’s original publication. Be sure to tell us the year for each book, and tell us which measuring system you’ve used.

Sumatra, Indonesia 171,069 sq miles 443,066 sq km
Honshu, Japan 87,182 sq miles 225,800 sq km
Java, Indonesia 53,589 sq miles 138,794 sq km
North Island, NZ 43,082 sq miles 111,583 sq km
Luzon, Philippines 42,458 sq miles 109,965 sq km
Iceland 39,769 sq miles 103,000 sq km
Mindanao, Philippines 37,657 sq miles 97,530 sq km
Hokkaido, Japan 30,395 sq miles 78,719 sq km
New Britain, PNG 13,569 sq miles 35,145 sq km
Halmaherea, Indonesia 6,965 sq miles 18,040 sq km

LARGEST LAKE ISLANDS
For each island in this section: Using the measuring system used by the country where you currently live, add together the numbers in the island’s size. Continue adding until you get a one- or two-digit number. Read the book that corresponds to that position on your TBR list; be sure to tell us the number and which measuring system you’ve used.

Manitoulin, Lake Huron 1,068 sq miles 2,766 sq km
Vozrozhdeniya, Aral Sea 888 sq miles 2,300 sq km
Rene-Lavasseur, Manicouagan Reservoir, Quebec, Canada
780 sq miles 2,000 sq km
Olkhon, Lake Baykal 282 sq miles 730 sq km
Samosir, Toba 243 sq miles 630 sq km
Isle Royal, Lake Superior 209 sq miles 541 sq km
Ukerewe, Lake Victoria 205 sq miles 530 sq km
St. Joseph, Lake Huron 141 sq miles 365 sq km
Drummond, Lake Huron 134 sq miles 347 sq km
Idjwi, Lake Kivu, DRC 110 sq miles 285 sq km

LARGEST ISLANDS in the USA
For each island in this section: Using the measuring system used by the country where you currently live, add together the numbers in the island’s size. Continue adding until you get a one-digit number. Read a book with that number in the total number of pages. Tell us how many pages each book has and which measuring system you’ve used.

Hawaii, Hawaii 4,037 sq miles 10,456 sq km
Kodiak, Alaska 3,672 sq miles 9,510 sq km
Prince of Wales, Alaska 2,587 sq miles 6,700 sq km
Chichagof, Alaska 2,085 sq miles 5,400 sq km
Saint Lawrence, Alaska 1,710 sq miles 4,430 sq km
Admiralty, Alaska 1,649 sq miles 4,270 sq km
Baranof, Alaska 1,636 sq miles 4,237 sq km
Nunivak, Alaska 1,625 sq miles 4,210 sq km
Unimak, Alaska 1,606 sq miles 4,160 sq km
Long Island, NY 1,401 sq miles 3,629 sq km

LARGEST ISLANDS in EUROPE
For each island in this section: Spell out each island’s name, using the first letter of a book’s title – EXCLUDING A, An and The – or the author’s first or last initial (NO middle initials)

Great Britain 88,787 sq miles 229,957 sq km
Iceland 39,769 sq miles 103,000 sq km
Ireland 33,342 sq miles 83,766 sq km
West Spitsbergen 15,200 sq miles 39,368 sq km
Sicily 9,807 sq miles 25,400 sq km
Sardinia 9,189 sq miles 23,800 sq km
North East Land 5,792 sq miles 15,000 sq km
Cyprus 3,572 sq miles 9,251 sq km
Corsica 3,367 sq miles 8,720 sq km
Crete 3,189 sq miles 8,260 sq km

Source: World Atlas > Islands

 

 

 

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