Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Largest, Tallest, Deepest, Heaviest ... and More

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


THE LARGEST, TALLEST, HEAVIEST, DEEPEST ... AND MORE
No deadline, begins April 1, 2017

Must sign up no later than March 31, 2018

One of the most popular books checked out from our library every year is the new edition of The Guinness Book of World Records. We took some of the most interesting records from the 2016 edition of this book and wrote a challenge around them. Some of these records are amazing, some are expected, and some are just plain strange, but we hope you’ll have fun with the challenge anyhow :) 

CHALLENGE RULES :
See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover or specific author initials or name/s, you must include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
PLEASE NOTE: When we say that an item must be visible in the Goodreads thumbnail, we mean the little cover that shows up in a post, not the cover on the book's main page. 
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ Please note: There are 90 tasks in this challenge. When you set up your challenge template, be sure to copy all of them, and to allow room for all 90 books you'll need to read. 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

THE TASKS:


1. Based on data from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the odds of being hit by lightning are 12,000 to one. In light of this fact, the case of Roy Sullivan, from Virginia, who has been struck by lightning seven times, baffles statisticians and gives him the record for the most lightning strikes survived.
Read a book with lightning on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book by an author named Roy (first or last name)
Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1) by Rachel Caine Ill Wind Rachel Caine 4/3/17

2. In 2008, the residents of Bethel, Maine, and several nearby towns spent a month building the tallest snowman on record, a snow-woman that stood 122 ft. 1 in. tall. 
Read a book set in Maine OR a book where the residents of a town work together to accomplish a significant goal; tell us the goal

3. On 16 Nov 2010, at Sotheby’s Geneva in Switzerland, the Graff Pink, a 24.78-carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond, was sold for $46,158,674, making it the world’s most expensive diamond.
Read a book with a mostly pink cover; post the cover OR a book with a gemstone occupying at least 25% of the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover
The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels The Blossom Sisters Fern Michaels 4/11/17

4. At around 2.4 miles wide and 0.7 miles deep, Bingham Canyon mine, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the deepest open pit mine. It has been in operation since 1906 and is best known for producing copper, but also gold and other minerals. 
Read a book set in Utah OR a book with the letters S, A, L and T in its title (do not have to be consecutive or in order)

5. Yellowstone National Park plays host to the largest concentration of geysers in the world. Its 300 geysers amounts to two-thirds of the global total. 
Read a book with a “00” in its total number of pages; tell us how many pages OR a book with a water fountain on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover

6. In April 1815, Mount Tambora, on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, erupted and killed approximately 71,000 people, making it the deadliest volcanic eruption in recorded history. 
Read a book set on an island; tell us where OR a book with a volcano on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover
Nantucket
Ever After Jude Deveraux 4/6/17


7. In October 1986, scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, measured the clarity of the Weddell Sea, off Antarctica. To do so, they lowered a 1-foot wide, black-and-white disc, known as a Secchi disc, into the water until it could no longer be seen. The disc was visible down to a depth of 262 feet, earning the title of the clearest sea with a clarity similar to that of distilled water. 
Read a book originally published in 1986 OR a book with a large body of water on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover
Summer Again (St. Caroline Series) by Julia Gabriel Summer Again Julia Gabriel 4/13/17

8. The largest mammal ever – in fact, the largest animal ever – is the blue whale, which can measure some 100 feet long and weigh 440,000 pounds. 
Read a book with a primarily blue cover; post the cover OR a book with consecutive double numbers in its page count (667 or 511 work, 414 does not); tell us how many pages
Rock Candy Kisses (3 AM Kisses, #5) by Addison Moore Rock Candy Kisses Addison Moore 4/1/17

9. The rarest bat in the world is the ghost bat. Exact numbers are unknown, but there are probably no more than 1,500. The largest colony, with a population estimated at 150 bats, is in the Mount Etna Caves in Queensland, Australia. 
Read a book with ghost/s in it OR a book with a major scene that takes place in a cave
A Darkness Absolute Kelley Armstrong 4/15/17

10. The polar bear has the most sensitive nose of all land mammals. One bear was recorded walking in a direct line for 20 miles to reach food. 
Read a book with a nose featured prominently on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book from a series with more than 20 books; tell us the name of the series and how many books in the series
Jack Reacher #22 will be published in November. I did not count the half books/stories.
A Wanted Man Lee Child 4/7/17

11. Honey bees secrete wax in order to build their honeycombs. In August 2007, a honeycomb weighing 22 lb. 14 oz., the heaviest honeycomb ever recorded, was removed from a beehive owned by Argirios Koskos of Greece.
Read a book originally published in August of any year; tell us the year OR a book with an insect on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover

12. If attacked, the caterpillar of the walnut sphinx, a North American hawk moth, sharply expels air from a pair of respiratory holes, making a whistle that can be frequencies of 22 kHz, the highest-pitched whistle by a caterpillar
Read a book set in North America OTHER than in the United States OR a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in WALNUT
City of the Lost Kelley Armstrong 4/14/17

13. The highly acrobatic spinner dolphin can spin around as many as seven times in a single leap, the most aerial spins by a dolphin. This inhabitant of tropical waters may spin to rid itself or parasites or as an echolocation exercise, courtship display or expression of emotion, but the true reason/s remain unknown. 
Read a book set in the tropics; tell us where OR a book with a 7-word title (ALL words count; NO subtitles!)

14. The trunk of the African elephant is about 6’6” long, weighs as much as 350 pounds, and can hold more than 2 gallons of water – the heaviest nose of any animal on the planet. It is believed that the trunk, with its nostrils at the tip, may have developed as a snorkeling device: elephants are the only animals that can remain far below the surface of water with their breathing apparatus above it. 
Read a book with a predominantly gray cover; post the cover OR a book set in Africa; tell us where

15. The most consecutive jumps by a frog goes to a spring peeper that leapt 120 times in a row on a lawn in eastern USA in 1952.
Read a book set in the spring (March, April or May) OR a book with a large expanse of lawn on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover

16. The longest legless lizard is the European glass snake, which can grow to a length of 4’5”.
Read a book with a 4 AND a 5 in its total number of pages (do not have to be consecutive); tell us how many pages OR a book with a snake or lizard on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

17. The deepest dive measured for any bird is 1,751 feet, by an emperor penguin, recorded in November 1993, at Coulman Island in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
Read a book with a bird on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book with a character who is an emperor; tell us who

18. Totaling around 30 billion in number, red blood cells, or erythrocytes – which transport oxygen around the body – are the most abundant cells in the human body. 
Read a book whose cover is primarily red; post the cover OR a book by an author whose first or last name begins with O

19. Jeralean Talley is the oldest living person in the world. Born on 23 May 1899, she is 115 years 305 days old (as of the date this challenge was posted), and lives in Detroit, Michigan, with her daughter.
Read a book set in Michigan OR a book with a main character whose first name begins with a letter in TALLEY; tell us the character’s name
Thomas 
The Death Cure James Dashner 4/11/17


20. Svetlana Pankratova of Russia, with legs measuring 51.9” long, holds the record for the longest human legs.
Read a book with human legs (ONLY legs, nothing above the hips) on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book originally published in a year with a 9 in it; tell us the year

21. Born with a condition called polydactylism, Devendra Suthar of India has 28 digits – 14 fingers and 14 toes, the most extra fingers and toes on record. He works as a carpenter and says the extra fingers don’t affect his work, but he has to be extra careful when cutting!
Read a book with two hands OR two feet on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book with a main character who works with his/her hands; tell us the career -  restores cars 
Real Good Man Meghan March 4/16/17
22. Lucky Rich of New Zealand represents the most tattooed person, having endured more than 1,000 hours of inking. New tattoos are inked over old, giving him a coverage estimated at over 200% of his body.
Read a book with a character who is tattooed OR a book that has been re-issued since its original publication; tell us when both editions were published

23. The longest interval between the birth of twins stands at 87 days. Amy Ann Elliott was born premature at Waterford Regional Hospital in Ireland on June 1, 2012. Twin sister Kate Marie followed, at the same hospital, on 27 August.
Read a book featuring twins OR a book with a character who works in the medical profession; tell us the career

24. The fastest time to mentally multiply two five digit numbers belongs to 16-year-old Marc Jornet Sanz, of Spain. He took just 77 seconds to multiply ten pairs of five-digit numbers, giving an average time of 7.6 seconds per pair.
Read a book with a main character who is a teenager OR a book by an author who uses a middle name (not just an initial)
Velvet Kisses Addison Moore 4/2/17

25. The culture with the fewest numbers is the Pirahã tribe in the Amazon region of Brazil. They have no concept of counting other than “more than” and “less than”. 
Read a book set on or near a river OR a book in which math is important in some way; tell us how

26. The fastest mile run while wearing swim fins goes to Zachary Miller, of the USA, who completed a 1-mile dash in 5 minutes 48.86 seconds at Brunswick High School, in Maine, on 1 July 2014. 
* Read a book set in a school or college OR a book whose GR rating is higher than 4.0; tell us the rating
4.07 
Spinning Out Lexi Ryan 4/13/17

27. Carlton Williams of the UK holds the records for the most push-ups performed in one hour. In January 2014, he completed 1,874 push-ups in 60 minutes.
Read a book set in the UK; tell us where OR a book with a character who exercises regularly

28. On 3 Nov 2014, Corey “Thunder” Law of the Harlem Globetrotters, set a record for the longest backwards basketball shot when he scored from 82’2” in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Read a book with a character who goes by a nickname; tell us his/her name and the nickname OR a book set in Arizona
Ryan "Mac" Mackenzie 
Blush for Me Kristen Proby 4/6/17


29. Alex Barron of the UK, holds the record for the most balls juggled at one time – eleven. 
Read a book with multiple small, similar items (buttons, pebbles, etc.) on the cover (at least five items); post the cover OR a book originally published in the UK 

30. In July 2014, Oxana Seroshtan walked 49 feet on a tightrope while wearing high heels, doubling the existing record for farthest tightrope in high heels
Read a book with an X in its title or author’s first or last name OR a book with high heels on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover

31. Andrew Frakes of the USA set a record for the most golf balls hit over 300 yards, in 2013, when he hit 448 balls more than 300 yards from the tee. While doing so, he netted $20,000 for charity.
Read a book with a character named Andrew or Andy OR a book with more than 20,000 ratings on GR; tell us how many ratings

32. The longest carrot on record measures 19’1.9”, and was grown by Joe Atherton of the UK.
Read a book with a predominantly orange cover; post the cover OR a book with a fruit or vegetable on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben Fool Me Once Harlan Coben 4/5/17

33. The largest mosaic made of M&Ms covered an area of 148.5 square feet. It was in the shape of the US state of Idaho, and was created by Jackson McKenzie in August 2014. 
Read a book by an author whose first and last names begin with the same letter OR a book with a map on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

34. Patrick Roger of France, took one month and 8,818 pounds of chocolate to create an edible Christmas tree that stood 32 feet 10 inches tall, making it the tallest chocolate sculpture when it was constructed in December 2010.
Read a book with HOLIDAY on its main GR page OR a book with a main character who works with chocolate in some way; tell us how 

35. The largest shoe, a supersized Superga 2750 (a sneaker) was big enough to contain more than 11,000 standard-size shoes and was produced by Hong Kong fashion distributor Electric sekki .
Read a book with a character who works in the fashion industry; tell us the career OR a book with consecutive double letters in its title 

36. The fastest time to burst 20 individual balloons belongs to “USA Ray,” aka Raymond Butler, who popped 20 balloons in 3.94 seconds. 
Read a book with a balloon or other child’s toy on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book by an author whose initials are RB (not BR) 

37. What better way to hit it off with your fellow students than at the biggest-ever pillow fight? This bonding exercise attracted 4200 participants just before the fall semester, in September 2014, at the University of California. 
Read a book set in California OR a book set in the fall (September, October or November) 

38. In May 2012, wing-suited stuntman Gary Connery of the UK jumped from a helicopter at 2400 ft above Oxfordshire UK, landing safely on a pile of 18,600 cardboard boxes, earning his way into the record books as the first person to skydive without a parachute
Read a book with a flying machine on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book with a main character who has a dangerous job; tell us the job 
Fly With Me (Wild Aces, #1) by Chanel Cleeton Fly With Me Chanel Cleeton 4/5/17

39. As of 7 May 2014, Rainer Weichert of Germany, had amassed the largest collection of “Do Not Disturb” signs, with 11,570 signs. 
Read a book with a negative word in its title OR a book with a character who is a serious collector of some kind; tell us what she/he collects - old maps
The Night the Lights Went Out Karen White 4/17/17
40. In November 2013, a copy of the Bay Psalm Book was sold at Sotheby’s in NYC for $14.2 million. This most expensive book on record dates from 1640, and was the first book ever printed in British North America. Just 1700 copies were produced by the residents of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the book sold in 2013 was one of 11 surviving copies. 
Read the book on your TBR that has the oldest original publication date; tell us the date OR a book with less than 1700 GR ratings; tell us how many ratings 

41. The largest 3D button sculpture, replicating the Solar System, contains 1,163,342 buttons.
Read a book set in space OR a book with a sculpture on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

42. The roller coaster Goliath opened in June 2014 at Six Flags Great American in Illinois. Its 180-foot drop at an angle of 85.13° makes it the steepest wooden roller coaster. With a top speed of 71.89 mph, it is also the fastest wooden roller coaster.
Read a book with either “71” or “89” (intact) in its total page count; tell us how many pages OR with an amusement park or carnival ride shown on its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

43. The tallest LEGO tower, a 114-foot tall obelisk, was built in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary. It took five days, some 450,000 bricks and the help of children and the public to complete the structure. 
Read a book with a main character under 15 years old OR a book with a place of worship on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

44. In 2012, scientists at the Delft University of Technology created the first self-repairing concrete, capable of repairing crack in itself when set. Activated by water, bacteria in the concrete ingest “food” provided in the mixture to combine calcium with oxygen and carbon dioxide and form a type of limestone.
Read a non-fiction book about an innovation of some sort; tell us what OR a book with a character who earns his/her living as a scientist or engineer 

45. The earliest effective system of identification by fingerprints – known as the science of dactylography – was instituted in 1896 by Edward Henry, Inspector-General of Police in British India. 
Read a book with MYSTERY on its main GR page OR a book set in India 

46. In 1898, Serbian-American inventor Nikoa Tesla presented the first radio-controlled device, a boat called the “teleautomaton.”
Read a book with a famous character (can be a fictional account or a non-fiction book) OR a book with a boat of some sort on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

47. The first successful naval airstrike launched from a ship against targets on land took place on 19 July 1918, ,when the British ship HMS Furious launched seven Sopwith Camels in two separate flights, against the Zeppelin facility at Tondern in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. 
Read book #7 in a series OR a book with WAR or HISTORY on its main GR page 
Wild Kisses Addison Moore 4/4/17

48. The first talking robot sent into space, named Kirobo, arrived at the International Space Station in August 2013. Its primary objective was to serve as a companion to astronaut Koichi Wakata and it was programmed to communicate in Japanese and keep records of its conversations with Wakata.
Read a book set in Japan OR a book with a main character whose first or last name begins with K 
Kate 
Keeping Sam Joanne Phillips 4/9/17


49. Presented by Austin Coulson of the USA, the smallest roadworthy car measures 2’1” high, 2’1.75” wide and 4’1.75” long. The vehicle is licensed to be driven on public roads that have a speed limit of 25 mph. 
Read a book with a car on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book with a number in the title (21, six work; second, 4th do not) 

50. Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is the most “liked” person on Facebook. As of 6 May 2015, he has 102,782,302 “likes”.
Read a book by an author you follow on Facebook, GR, etc. OR a book recommended to you by a friend 

51. After 34 hours on air at the NBC Studios in New York City, Al Roker of NBC’s Today completed the longest uninterrupted live TV weather report, which was tagged #Rokerthon and lasted from November 12-14, 2014.
Read a book with a character who regularly appears on TV or radio OR a book set in New York City 

52. As of March 2015, the four films starring Robert Downey, Jr., as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, had earned $3.89 billion worldwide. Downey Jr. was 2014’s highest-earning actor, taking home an estimated $75 million. 
Read a book featuring a superhero OR a book with a very wealthy character 

53. Composer John Williams has received the most Oscar nominations of any living person, with 49 nominations and 5 wins. He has composed scores for 101 feature films across his career, each earning a record average of $279.4 million at the box office. 
Read a book that has won an award; tell us the award and the year OR a book by one of your favorite authors 
Literary Awards Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel (1995), Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel (1995)
A Drink Before the War Dennis Lehane 4/12/17


54. The most expensive comic-book cover was a special edition of Tintin in America, which sold for $1.6 million in 2012. 
Read a graphic novel (at least 150 pages long) OR a book with a dog on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

55. The first-ever public radio broadcast was transmitted from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on January 13, 1910. American inventor Lee de Forest rigged up microphones around the auditorium and connected these to a transmitter that could beam the evening’s entertainment – a rendition by Enrico Caruso – around the city.
Read a book featuring music in some way; tell us how OR a book with a significant scene that occurs in an auditorium or theater

56. The longest TV commercial aired in 2014, in Duluth, MN. Arby’s produced the 13-hour, 5-minute, 11-second commercial to promote its Smokehouse Brisket sandwich.
Read a book set in Minnesota OR a book with some sort of punctuation in its title 

57. In May 2014, Google announced that its Gmail app had achieved one billion downloads from the Google Play app store, making it the first Android app to reach 1 billion downloads. That’s almost one copy of the software downloaded for every seven human beings on Earth.
Read a book from a current bestsellers list; post a link to the list OR a book you swore you’d never read but ended up reading anyhow; tell us what changed your mind 

58. It took less than an hour – only 50 minutes, to be exact – for Taylor Swift’s “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” to top the iTunes singles chart – the fastest-selling digital single at the time.
Read a book between 150-200 pages long OR a book that you obtained via the internet (ebook download, online purchase, etc.) 

59. January 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the release of “Heartbreak Hotel,” by Elvis Presley, the best-selling solo artist of all time. He also holds records for the most hit albums on the UK and US charts (129 on both charts) and the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the UK (80) and US singles charts (79).
Read a book with at least two words in the title that begin with the same letter (disregard A, An and The) OR a book originally published at least 60 years ago; tell us when it was published 

60. The first ice-climb of Niagara Falls was completed in January 2015, when the Falls were partially frozen, by veteran extreme adventurer Will Gadd, a 47-year-old Canadian. 
Read a book by an author with consecutive double letters in his/her name OR a book with ice on the cover or in the title (no compound words!)
If Not for You Debbie Macomber 4/10/17

61. The Voyager I satellite became the first probe to leave the Solar System in August 2012. Since leaving Earth in 1977, it has notched up 12,160 billion miles (as of February 2015). It is now traveling through interstellar space, and is still transmitting data. 
Read a book involving a very long journey (at least five years); tell us when it began and ended OR a book whose popularity has lasted longer than expected 

62. Lewis Clarke of the UK is the youngest person to trek (ski) to the South Pole. He was 16 years 61 days old when he reached the Geographic South Pole in January 2014. He and his guide skied 698.18 miles unsupported, although medical and food resupplies were used. 
Read a book set in the southern hemisphere; tell us where OR a book with a character who skis 

63. At 24,835 feet, Kangkar Pünzum in Bhutan/China is the world’s 40th-highest mountain, but is the highest mountain yet to be climbed. Unsuccessful attempts were made to summit the peak in the 1980s. In 1994, a partial ban of mountaineering in the country – for religious reasons – was declared. Since 2003, all climbing in Bhutan has been outlawed, so this mountain may remain unclimbed for many years to come. 
Read a book in which a goal is attempted but not met OR a book in which religion is important 

64. Italian Reinhold Messner became the first person to climb all fourteen “8,000ers” when he reached the top of Lhotse on the Nepal/Tibet border in October 1986. To climbers, an “8,000er” is a mountain that extends beyond 8,000 meters (26,246 feet) above sea level.
Read book #14 on your TBR list, sorted in any way you choose OR the longest book (by page count) on your TBR list 

65. Aged 19 years 227 days, Matt Guthmiller of the USA became the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo by aircraft, flying a 1981 Beech A36 Bonanza, completing his journey in 45 days. 
Read a book with a character who is a loner OR book #4 or #5 from a series; tell us the series and the book’s position

66. The record for the highest flight by a hot-air balloon belongs to Dr. Vijaypat Singhania of India, who reached 68,986 feet in a Cameron Z-1600 balloon over Mumbai in November 2005.
Read a book with an abbreviated honorific (Dr., Mr., Prof. etc.) in the title OR a book in which the first letter of every word in the title (ALL words count!) can be found in SINGHANIA; two-word minimum 

67. During Super Bowl week in January 2016, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins set a record for the most one-handed football catches in one minute (4o). 
Read a book with just one hand on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book by an author whose LAST name ENDS with S 
A Mother's Conviction (Secrets, #3) by Karen Lenfestey A Mother's Conviction Karen Lenfestey 4/9/17

68. When Diana Nyad swam from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida, in 15 hours 54 minutes 18.6 seconds, in 2013 she became the first person to swim the distance without a shark cage or fins.
Read a book featuring a swimmer OR a book with an ocean on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

69. In 2014, Canadian strongman Gregg Ernst was confirmed to have lifted the heaviest weight lifted by a human in 1993. He did this by backlifting a wooden platform with two Ford Festiva cars plus their drivers – a total of 5,340 pounds. (Backlifting involves the athlete crouching beneath a loaded platform before straightening the arms and legs to push the platform up.)
Read a book with a character whose name begins with a vowel OR a book over 500 pages long; tell us how many pages 

70. In 1989, “Neon Deion” Sanders became the first person to both hit a MLB homerun and score an NFL touchdown in the same week. On 5 September 1989, he hit a homer for the New York Yankees, then scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons just five days later. 
Read a book with a character who holds two or more jobs at the same time OR a book that takes place within no more than one week’s time 

71. From 30 May 1982 to 19 September 1988, Cal Ripken Jr. proved his dedication to baseball by playing in 2,632 games without a break – the most consecutive games played by an MLB player
Read a book by an author who is a Junior or III, IV, etc. OR a book in which a character pursues the same career as one of his/her parents 

72. Proving her formidable defensive skills, Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever has made 957 steals since 2002, the most ever in an WNBA career
Read a book whose hero is a girl/woman OR a book in which a character must defend him/herself in some way 

73. Some 12 million spectators saw the 2012 Tour de France, the largest attendance at a sporting event.
Read a book with a large gathering (at least a dozen people) on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book set in France or in a French-speaking location 

74. Shaun White of the USA performed the highest snowboard air on a superpipe in January 2010, when he reach 23 feet on a superpipe at Winter X Games 14. 
Read a book with SNOW in the title (no compound words) or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover OR a book with a color word (plurals and compound words are ok) in the title

75. In September 2014, golfer Kim Hyo-joo of Korea scored a low of 61 (10 under par), the lowest single-round score in any men’s or ladies’ Major. She was a 19-year-old student at the time, and went on to win the tournament. 
Read a book with a character who wins some kind of competition; tell us what OR a book with a character who isn’t expected to succeed but does anyhow 

76. Jaromír Jágr holds the record for the most game-winning goals in an NHL career. He had 124 goals through 20 seasons, and as of February 2015, was adding to his record in his 21st year in the league.
Read a book by an author who has published books for at least 20 years; tell us the time span OR a book set in winter (December, January or February) 

77. At Dover International Speedway in Delaware, Jeff Gordon won his 92nd race in September 2014, giving him the record for the most wins in the modern NASCAR era (1972 to the present).
Read a book by an author whose last name is also a common first name OR a book with a character who works for an organization known by an acronym (FBI, ATF, etc.); tell us the acronym and what it stands for 

78. In June 2010, Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng became the first brothers to play against each other in a FIFA World Cup.
Read a book featuring at least two brothers OR a book in which siblings compete against one another in business, sports, etc. (not just for parental attention or to get the girl/guy) 

79. The most medals at the FINA World Swimming Championships belong to American Ryan Lochte, who racked up 38 medals between October 2004 and December 2014. Going into 2015, he holds four individual world records: long-course 200m medley, short-course 100m, 200m and 400m medley. (FINA = Fédération Internaionale de Natation)
Read a book which has won the Pulitzer Prize or a Newbery Medal (must be at least 150 pages long) OR a book by an author who writes more than one genre (tell us the genres) or who writes more than one series (tell us the names of the series) 
Newbery Medal winners
Pulitzer Prize winners

80. Serena Williams may be the top earner in women’s tennis, but she’s also received the largest fine at the Grand Slam. She had to pay $82,500 for aggravated behavior against a line judge at the 2009 US Open semi-final. 
Read a book with a character known for his/her bad temper OR a book in which a character faces jail time or a significant fine for his/her behavior 

81. Sprinter Usain Bolt not only holds the records for the 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19 seconds) races, he is also the first athlete to win the 100m and 200m at successive Olympic Games.
Read a book whose title begins with U (disregard A, An and The) OR a book by an author whose last name is four letters long 

82. The most consecutive pass completions in a Super Bowl is 16, by Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. 
Read a book featuring a professional athlete (real or fictional); tell us who OR a book whose character is considered one of the best ever in his/her field; tell us the field 

83. The wealthiest cat, named Blackie, was bequeathed $7 million in 1988 by his owner Ben Rea of the UK. An antiques dealer, Rea split the lion’s share of his fortune between Blackie – the last surviving of 15 cats he lived with – and three feline charities, leaving nothing at all to his relatives. 
Read a book with a cat on the cover or with a cat as a significant part of the story (not just someone’s pet) OR a book with an eccentric character; tell us who 

84. Microsoft’s Bill Gates was the most popular entrepreneur on Twitter, with 20,027,447 followers as of February 11, 2015. 
Read a book with a main character who works with computers OR a book whose title begins with T (ALL words count) 

85. The fastest time to pluck a turkey was established by Vincent Pilkington of Ireland, when he plucked a turkey in just 90 seconds in November 1980.
Read a book set in Ireland OR a book in which a family celebration occurs; tell us the occasion

86. The most profitable sea pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy (1650-1720s) was Samuel Bellamy, aka “Black Sam.” Although his career as a pirate lasted only two years, he commandeered 50+ ships and amassed a fortune that would be worth about $123.6 million today.
Read a book set between 1650-1720; tell us when OR a book with the word GOLD in the author’s name (GOLDstein works), in the title or in the series name; tell us the series if using that option 

87. The Jersey cow is the smallest breed of dairy cattle. Adults average 3’11” tall and weigh an average of 800-1100 pounds. 
Read a book set on a farm OR a book whose title begins with J (ALL words count!) 

88. The centerpiece of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia is a 141-foot clock – the largest clock face in the world.
Read a book set in a country that currently has a monarchy; tell us the country OR a book with a clock or other time piece on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

89. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, the first underwater hotel, located in Key Largo, Florida, opened in 1986. Guests dive down 30 feet to the lodge, which sits on legs 5 feet off the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon. 
Read a book set in Florida OR a book with an underwater scene on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover 

90. The largest green wall (vertical garden) measures 24,638.59 square feet and is located in Singapore.
Read a book with a wall of some sort occupying most of its cover; post the cover OR a book featuring a “green” lifestyle

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