Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Reading Adventure

Stress Free Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads




“Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.” -Rick Polito, 1998 TV listing for TMC

Think you know the story of the Wizard of Oz? The 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz is full of Hollywood embellishments and has little to do with the classic American fairy tale told by L. Frank Baum that was originally published in 1900. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has magic, interesting characters, humor, good deeds and kindness rewarded in a book that avoids taking itself too seriously and never forgets that there's no place like home.

The challenge begins April 1st!* Sign up in this thread to relive the story or experience it for the first time and get a behind-the-book and behind-the-movie look at this American fairy tale. Check in this post for the link to your thread.

*This is a long term challenge that may require you to read more than one book for a task or read books outside of your preferred genres. 

I  don't know what I am getting into with this challenge!!



Welcome to the Land of Oz!

Useful Information
❃The Announcements/Q&A thread is the place to ask questions, chat and look for challenge announcements.

❃You may want to reserve of few spots at the beginning of your thread for tracking purposes.

I will post the first stop in our adventure on April 1, 2017

❃Books finished on or after your start date are eligible for this challenge. Please record completed books in a new post.

❃Please include the following information in your Completion Post:
Post #: 
Task:
Title: 
Author: 
Date Finished:
How Book Fits Task:

❃Once you complete a task, the next will be posted. There will be extra tasks along the way to earn additional rewards. The extra tasks will not affect your ability to move on.

❃I will update the challenge daily in the evenings (I will update throughout the day when possible). If I haven't responded to your post within 24 hours, please message me to see what my problem is. Any changes to this schedule will be posted in the Announcement/Q&A thread.

❃The book used for this challenge: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

As always, if you have any questions or find something confusing, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

 Map of Oz


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum Book 1: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz




The Chapters
Chapter 1: The Cyclone
Tasks: Please complete one

1. Immerse yourself in Dorothy's Kansas prairie, read a book with only the colors white, black, gray, and/or sepia on the cover.
2. If your world revolves around your pet's happiness, read a book about a beloved pet or where the main character's (MC) pet is essential to the plot.
3. Storm chasing without the risk; read a book from the list Storms, Tempests, Gales, Hurricane, Twisters


Post #:  Chapter 1
Task: 3
Title: Ill Wind
Author: Rachel Caine 
Date Finished: 4/3/17
How Book Fits Task: Storms, wind, rain




Chapter 2: The Council with the Munchkins
Tasks: This is a 2 book task.

❃ To announce your arrival in the Land of Oz, read a book with at least 4 colors on the cover AND 

1. If you feel Dorothy isn't responsible for killing the Wicked Witch of the East (like she had any control over where the cyclone dropped her house), read a book where the MC is wrongly accused of killing someone OR

2. If you feel that, in the future, it would be best for Dorothy to not mention to the other witches that she thinks they are evil and long dead, read a book where the MC is a witch/wizard, sorcerer/sorceress, or magician OR

3. If you are just glad you scored a new pair of shoes out of this whole mess, read a book with ruby or silver shoes on the cover. 


Post #: Chapter 2
Tasks: This is a 2 book task.

1.
 To announce your arrival in the Land of Oz, read a book with at least 4 colors on the cover 
Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips
Title: Keeping Sam
Author: Joanne Phillips
Date Finished: 4/9/17
How Book Fits Task: colors - green, tan, blue, pink

2. Task 1 Read a book where the MC is wrongly accused of killing someone 
Title: A Wanted Man
Author: Lee Child
Date Finished: 4/7/17
How Book Fits Task: Jack was accused of killing Alan King. 



Chapter 2: The Council with the Munchkins, Part 2

Tasks: Please complete one task.

1. To reinforce your mental map of Oz, read a book with NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, or WEST in the title (can be abbreviated or spelled out).

2. To mentally prepare yourself for your journey, read a book where the focal point of the cover is a road or path.

3. To celebrate the commercial and literary success of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, read a "bestseller" (a book with more than 90,000 ratings on Goodreads) that was published in August, November, or January. 


Post #: Chapter 2 Part 2
Task: 2. Read a book where the focal point of the cover is a road or path.
Title: A Drink Before the War 
Author: Dennis Lehane
Date Finished: 4/12/17
How Book Fits Task: road on cover A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1) by Dennis Lehane 





Chapter 3: How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. To walk in Dorothy's silver shoes, read a book where ordinary objects act peculiar.

2. To walk in the Scarecrow's old boots, read a book with someone in an uncomfortable or awkward position on the cover.

3. To celebrate Munchkinland's freedom from oppression, read a book with a blue and white cover or a 90% yellow cover.


Summer Again (St. Caroline Series) by Julia Gabriel 

Post #: Chapter 3
Task: 3. To celebrate Munchkinland's freedom from oppression, read a book with a blue and white cover or a 90% yellow cover.
Title: Summer Again
Author: Julia Gabriel 
Date Finished: 4/13/17
How Book Fits Task: Yellow Cover 



Chapter 4: The Road Through the Forest
Tasks: Please complete one
1. Build a Scarecrow: read at least three books with items on the the cover that you could use to build your scarecrow. For example: 
Scarecrow by Rhonda Parrish for the straw
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi for the eye
Please show cover and state item in completion post.

2. Spell out SCARECROW or DOROTHY using the first letter in title or the author's first or last initial. Books can be used multiple times.
Artemis FowlEoin Colfer used for A (Artemis), E (Eoin), & C (Colfer) in scarecrow.

3. Every person has a story: read one book from each of the following:
❃Nested Narrative (a story within a story) For example:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Al-Shaykh
❃A book made into a movie
❃A biography or autobiography


Post #: Chapter 4
Task: 2. Spell out SCARECROW or DOROTHY using the first letter in title or the author's first or last initial. Books can be used multiple times.
How Book Fits Task: Spelled SCARECROW 

Spinning Out Lexi Ryan 4/13/17
City of the Lost Kelley Armstrong 4/14/17
Kelley Armstrong A Darkness Absolute 4/15/17
Real Good Man Meghan March 4/16/17
Elle Kennedy One Night of Scandal 4/26/17
Samantha Chase One More Kiss 4/20/17
Real Good Love Meghan March 4/16/17
One More Kiss Samantha Chase
Karen White The Night the Lights Went Out 4/17/17





Chapter 5: The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
Tasks: Please complete one
1. To get safely through the forest, read a book from the list Trees, Woods, Forests

2. To honor the Tin Woodman's lost love, read a book from the list Fairy Tale Based Romances

3. To ease Dorothy's worries about food, read a book from the list Food on the Cover


Blood of the Earth (Soulwood, #1) by Faith Hunter
Post #: Chapter 5
Task: 1. To get safely through the forest, read a book from the list Trees, Woods, Forests
Title: Blood of the Earth
Author: Faith Hunter
Date Finished: 5/7/17
How Book Fits Task: from the list 





Chapter 6: The Cowardly Lion
Tasks: 
1. If you sympathize with the Lion, read a book where a character is not what they appear.

2. If you support the Lion in his quest for courage, read a book where all the letters in LION appear in the title.

3. To remind the Tin Woodman be kind, read a book where the MC cries at least 3 times.


Post #: Chapter 6
Task: 2. If you support the Lion in his quest for courage, read a book where all the letters in LION appear in the title.
Title: No Humans Involved
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Date Finished: 5/9/17
How Book Fits Task: INvOLved 





 A Yellow Brick Road Extra #1: The Gang's All Here*
*This is an "extra" post that you are not required to complete to continue on the yellow brick road. If you do complete this stop you get an "extra" reward.


Pick your favorite theory (and tell what it is in your completion post) and complete the task to earn an extra reward.

1. A Parable on Populism: read a book with a political or historical plot line.

2. Religious Allegory & Moral Turpitude: read a book with a religious character or a book that is/was banned.

3. Feminist Allegory & The Glinda Conspiracy: read a book with a MC that is a strong heroine or a female ruler.


Post #: A Yellow Brick Road Extra #1: The Gang's All Here
Task: 3. Feminist Allegory & The Glinda Conspiracy: read a book with a MC that is a strong heroine or a female ruler.
Title: Curse on the Land 
Author: Faith Hunter
Date Finished: 5/13/17 
How Book Fits Task: Nell is a very strong character.

I don't know which theory I would go with because they all have some sort of truth to them. But after watching Emerald City on tv, I really think of Glinda as a villian. But I read a few of the books as a tween and did not read anything into the story. 





Chapter 7: The Journey to the Great Oz
Tasks: 1-2 book task (read 1 book that meets the requirements for 2 tasks or read 2 books that each work for 1 task).

❃ Read a book where a character spends the night outdoors (camping, lost in the woods, running all over town hunting the bad guy - you get the idea) AND

1. "I am terribly afraid of falling, myself..." Read a book with someone who appears to be jumping, falling, or sinking on the cover OR

2. "They are monstrous beasts with bodies like bears and heads like tigers..." Read a book with a MC that isn't entirely human (Oz is not a speciest land, so alien/robot hybrids and the like are acceptable for this task) OR

3. "...Dorothy dreamed of the Emerald City, and of the good Wizard Oz, who would soon send her back to her own home again." Read a book where the MC dreams are necessary to the plot.

Post #: Chapter 7: The Journey to the Great Oz 
Task:First Task - Read a book where a character spends the night outdoors 
Title: Rushing In 
Author: Lexi Ryan
Date Finished: 5/27/17 
How Book Fits Task: Some of the characters camped out overnight.


Post #: Chapter 7: The Journey to the Great Oz 
Task: Part Two - Read a book with a MC that isn't entirely human 
Title: Shadow Rider 
Author: Christine Feehan
Date Finished: 5/28/17 
How Book Fits Task: The major characters are shadow riders. Some kind of paranormal being. 




Chapter 8: The Deadly Poppy Field
Tasks: Please complete one
1. Impressive, building a raft with only an ax by the side of a river: Read a book that takes place on a boat or ship.

2. It's hard to be the Scarecrow; no brains, bad luck: Read a book where the MC is abandoned and then rescued by the kindness of strangers.

3. I'm sure it's the "odor" of the flowers that causes sleepiness (and probably the munchies): Read a book where an object turns out to be something other than it seems.

Post #: Chapter 8: The Deadly Poppy Field
Task: 3. Read a book where an object turns out to be something other than it seems. 
Title: The Girl Before 
Author: J.P. Delaney
Date Finished: 6/3/17 
How Book Fits Task: The house in this book is a smart house. The architect designed it to make people live a certain way. As with thrillers, things don't always work the way they should.





Chapter 9: The Queen of the Field Mice
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. Cheers to the Woodman for his quick ax work on the Wildcat: read a book where an attack on the MC is prevented because of another character's actions.

2. Again, cheers to the Woodman for his ax work building a truck: read a book with some type of transportation on the cover.

3. Say thank you the thousands of mice who rescued the Lion: read a book with 500+ pages (1000+ pages seemed excessive).


Post #: Chapter 9: The Queen of the Field Mice
Task: 1. Read a book where an attack on the MC is prevented because of another character's actions. 
Title: Takedown Twenty
Author: Janet Evanovich
Date Finished: 6/5/17 
How Book Fits Task: Ranger rescues Stephanie many times when the goons that work for Uncle Sunny come after her. 




Chapter 10: The Guardian of the Gates Part One
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. Celebrate leaving the forest behind: Read a book with a beautiful and serene landscape on the cover.

2. Remain hopeful that the Great Oz will grant you an audience: read a book where the MC has difficulty meeting with a character who has something (an object, information...) they need to achieve their goal.

3. Make your guests comfortable: read a book where the MC hosts or attends a dinner party.
Post #: Chapter 10: The Guardian of the Gate, Part 1
Task: 2. Read a book where the MC has difficulty meeting with a character who has something (an object, information...) they need to achieve their goal.
Title: Love Me Again
Author: Jaci Burton
Date Finished: 6/8/17 
How Book Fits Task: Loretta hurt Deacon when they were teenagers. She needs him to forgive her so she can get on with her life. 





Chapter 10: The Guardian of the Gate, Part 2
Tasks: Please complete one
1. To celebrate your arrival at the Emerald City: read a book with the word EMERALD or CITY in the title.

2. Thank the Guardian of the Gate for his help: read a book with the word GUARDIAN or GATE in the title.

3. Don't forget your spectacles: read a book with the word SPECTACLES or KEY in the title.


Post #: Chapter 10: The Guardian of the Gate, Part 2
Task: 1. To celebrate your arrival at the Emerald City: read a book with the word EMERALD or CITY in the title.
Title: Sin City Seduction
Author: L.L. Kellogg
Date Finished: 6/9/17 
How Book Fits Task: Title is Sin CITY Seduction 





Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz, Part One

Tasks: Please complete one
1. Make friends with the Palace Guard: read a book that mostly takes place in a palace.

2. Get comfortable and enjoy your room: read a book where a bedroom is described in detail.

3. Get ready to meet the Great Oz: read a book where the MC gets dressed up.

Post #: Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz
Task: 2. Get comfortable and enjoy your room: read a book where a bedroom is described in detail.
Title: The Rose Garden 
Author: Susanna Kearsley 
Date Finished: 6/12/17 
How Book Fits Task: The room is described in the present and in the past. 



 

Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz, Part Two
Tasks: This is a 2 book task
❃ What's up with the giant head? Read a book with only a head (no other body parts) on the cover or a book with the word HEAD in the title AND

1. Your first time in a throne room, how exciting! Read a book with a character that is royalty or nobility OR

2. Isn't it a bit much to ask Dorothy to commit murder in exchange for a ride home? Read a book with an unreasonable or demanding MC OR

3. Is no one in OZ uncomfortable with a child committing murder, even if the witch is tremendously wicked? Read a book with a MC that is an assassin.


Post #: Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz, Part Two
Book One
Task: Read a book with only a head (no other body parts) on the cover or a book with the word HEAD in the title
Title: Head in the Game
Author: Lily Cahill
Date Finished: 6/18/17 
How Book Fits Task: HEAD in the title

Post #: Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz, Part Two
Book Two
Task: 2. Isn't it a bit much to ask Dorothy to commit murder in exchange for a ride home? Read a book with an unreasonable or demanding MC
Title: Mr. Corporate
Author: J.A. Huss
Date Finished: 6/16/17
How Book Fits Task: Female MC is CRAZY! The male and female MCs are always fighting and wanting things that the other cannot or refuses to give. 





Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz, Part 3
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. The Scarecrow's task: read a book where a character kills another.

2. The Woodman's task: read a book where one character helps the MC accomplish a task.

3. The Lion's task: read a book where the MC brings proof to another character in the book.


Post #: Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz, Part 3
Task: 2. The Woodman's task: read a book where one character helps the MC accomplish a task.
Title: A Monster Calls 
Author: Patrick Ness
Date Finished: 6/23/17 
How Book Fits Task: Somehow, 13 year old Conor calls the monster to help him deal with his feelings about his mother being sick.






 A Yellow Brick Road Extra #2: Film & Television Adaptations*
Please complete one task to earn your extra reward.

1. Read a book that was made into a movie or TV show.

2. Read a book that was nominated or won an award.

3. Read a book where the MC has the same name (first or last) as one of the people mentioned in this post.


Post #: A Yellow Brick Road Extra #2: Film & Television Adaptations*
Task: 2. Read a book that was nominated or won an award.
Title: Archer's Voice 
Author: Mia Sheridan
Date Finished: 6/24/17 
How Book Fits Task: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Romance (2014)





Chapter 12: The Search for the Wicked Witch Part One
Tasks: Pick your fight - 1 book task
1. A Pack of Wolves: read a book with a wolf on the cover, the word WOLF in the title, or read a book where a character is decapitated.

2. A Flock of Crows: read a book with a crow or a raven on the cover, the word CROW or RAVEN in the title, or read a book where a character is strangled.

3. A Swarm of Bees: read a book with a bee on the cover, the word BEE in the title, or read a book where a character dies of an allergic reaction.

4. A Dozen Winkies: read a book with a slave on the cover, the word SLAVE in the title, or read a book where a character is frightened to death.


Post #: Chapter 12: The Search for the Wicked Witch Part One
Task: 2. A Flock of Crows: read a book with a crow or a raven on the cover, the word CROW or RAVEN in the title, or read a book where a character is strangled.
Title: Crow's Row (Crow's Row, #1) by Julie Hockley Crow's Row
Author: Julie Hockley
Date Finished: 6/29/17 
How Book Fits Task: Crow on cover and in title 





Chapter 12: The Search for the Wicked Witch, Part 2
Tasks: Please complete one task
1. To mourn the destruction of the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, read a book with something breaking or broken on the cover.

2. To celebrate the liberation of the Flying Monkeys, Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion, read a book with wings, water, or an object melting on the cover.

3. If you think L. Frank Baum missed the mark on providing a story free of the "horrible and blood-curdling incidents" found in the fairy tales of Grimm and Andersen, read a book with a "blood-curdling" scene on the cover (see A Yellow Brick Road Extra #1: The Gang's All Here for details).


Post #: Chapter 12: The Search for the Wicked Witch Part Two
Task: 2. To celebrate the liberation of the Flying Monkeys, Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion, read a book with wings, water, or an object melting on the cover.
Title: Summer at the Lake
Author: Linda Barrett
Date Finished: 7/5/17
How Book Fits Task: Summer at the Lake (Flying Solo #1) by Linda Barrett water on the cover 





Chapter 13: The Rescue
Tasks: Please complete one task.

1. “If our friends, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, were only with us,” said the Lion. Read a book where the MC rescues a family member, close friend, or significant other.

2. “Can you straighten out those dents in the Tin Woodman, and bend him back into shape again, and solder him together where he is broken?” Read a book with something made of metal on the cover.

3. "...and behold! here was the Scarecrow, as good as ever..." Read a book where the MC hits bottom and puts the pieces of themselves back together.


Post #: Chapter 13: The Rescue
Task: 2. Read a book with something made of metal on the cover.
Title: Wicked Ride 
Author: Sawyer Bennett 
Date Finished: 7/6/17
How Book Fits Task: Wicked Ride (The Wicked Horse, #4) by Sawyer Bennett
Spur on cover




Chapter 14: The Winged Monkeys
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. “If we walk far enough,” said Dorothy, “I am sure we shall sometime come to some place.” Read a book where the MC spends a majority of the story trying to reach a destination. 

2. “My grandfather was at that time the King of the Winged Monkeys...and the old fellow loved a joke better than a good dinner" Read a book where a practical joke is directed at the MC or the MC is the perpetrator of a practical joke. 

3. "Now the Golden Cap is yours, and three times you have the right to lay your wishes upon us.” Read a book with the word GOLDEN or WISH in the title or the word or number THREE in the title.


Post #: Chapter 14: The Winged Monkeys
Task: 1. Read a book where the MC spends a majority of the story trying to reach a destination.
Title: The Mountain Between Us
Author: Charles Martin
Date Finished: 7/12/17
How Book Fits Task: Ben and Ashley's plane crashed in the snowy mountains in Utah. They were both hurt but had to come down from the mountains to survive. 




Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible Part One
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. "The waiting was tiresome and wearing, and at last they grew vexed that Oz should treat them in so poor a fashion, after sending them to undergo hardships and slavery." Read a book that's been on your TBR "forever". 

2. “Exactly so!” declared the little man, rubbing his hands together as if it pleased him. “I am a humbug.” Read a book where all of the letters in HUMBUG can be found in the title.

3. "He showed the Scarecrow the dress and the mask he had worn when he seemed to be the lovely Lady. And the Tin Woodman saw that his terrible Beast was nothing but a lot of skins, sewn together..." Read a book where the MC is a con artist or grifter.

Post #: Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible, Part 1
Task: 1. Read a book that's been on your TBR "forever". 
Title: Personal Demon
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Date Finished: 7/25/17
How Book Fits Task: I am slowly making my way through this series! It's taken me some time. 




Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible, Part 2
Tasks: This is a two book task
❃ Dorothy hoped “The Great and Terrible Humbug” would find a way to send her home, but when she returned to her room she drafted a letter to management (just in case). Read Dorothy's letter (click on view spoiler below) and complete the "in the matter of" blank by reading a book whose title appropriately fills in the blank (a complete or partial title is acceptable).
For example: RE: The Wizard of Lies OR RE: The Art of Faking It (full title: Zen and the Art of Faking It)

(view spoiler)
*If you have trouble reading this on your device, let me know and I will message you a copy.

AND complete one of the following:

1. "When I grew up I became a ventriloquist. After a time,” continued Oz, “I tired of that, and became a balloonist.” Read a book with a MC that has an uncommon job.

2. “Oh, no, my dear; I’m really a very good man, but I’m a very bad Wizard, I must admit.” Read a book where a character is bad at their job.

3. "There is only one thing I ask in return for my help–such as it is. You must keep my secret and tell no one I am a humbug.” Read a book where the MC must keep a secret for a majority of the story.


Post #: Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible, Part 2
Task: Task: Dorothy's letter
Title: Devils and Details
Author: Devon Monk
Date Finished: 8/3/17
How Book Fits Task: ?

Post #: Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible, Part 2
Task:3. Read a book where the MC must keep a secret for a majority of the story.
Title: Until It Fades 
Author: K.A. Tucker 
Date Finished: 7/29/17
How Book Fits Task: If Catherine's family finds out her secret, it may destroy their relationship. But they do find out. 



Chapter 16: The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. “Hereafter you will be a great man, for I have given you a lot of bran-new brains.” Read a book with a brains on the cover or the word BRAIN in the title.

2. “...now you have a heart that any man might be proud of." Read a book with a heart on the cover or the word HEART in the title.

3. "You know, of course, that courage is always inside one..." Read a book with a representation of courage on the cover or the word COURAGE in the title.


Post #: Chapter 16: The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
Task: 2. Read a book with a heart on the cover or the word HEART in the title.
Title: Hide Your Heart
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Date Finished: 8/10/17
How Book Fits Task: HEART in title 




Chapter 17: How the Balloon Was Launched
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. Help build the balloon: read a book with a balloon in the story or on the cover.

2. Say good-bye to Oz: read a book where a character makes a farewell speech.

3. Lament missing your ride home: read a book where the MC misses something (be creative).


Post #: Chapter 17: How the Balloon Was Launched
Task: 3. Lament missing your ride home: read a book where the MC misses something 
Title: Can't Take My Eyes Off of You 
Author: Bella Andre
Date Finished: 8/12/17
How Book Fits Task: Christie had a best friend, Wesley, who she was also engaged too. She did not realize that he is gay.  The truth set the tone for an new direction in many characters' storylines.




Chapter 18: Away to the South
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. "The Scarecrow was now the ruler of the Emerald City...": Read a book where the MC is promoted, elected, etc. to leadership becoming responsible for others.

2. “I have wasted the charm of the Golden Cap to no purpose...”: read a book where the MC "wastes" something (an opportunity, a resource, time, money...).

3. "The road is straight to the South...": read a book that takes places in the south (you define what "south" is and explain in your completion post).


Post #: Chapter 18: Away to the South
Task: 3. "The road is straight to the South...": read a book that takes places in the south 
Title: Same Beach, Next Year 
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank 
Date Finished: 8/13/17
How Book Fits Task: Book is set in South Carolina. 





A Yellow Brick Road Extra #3: The Canon of Oz*
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. Read a book from the "Famous 40" or one of the Oz books by Sherwood Smith.

2. Read a book from a series that has multiple authors (co-authors are not acceptable for this task, must be different authors writing different books in a series).

3. Read a book from a series with at least 14 published books.


Chapter 19: Attacked by the Fighting Trees
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. “I have been very kindly treated in your lovely City, and everyone has been good to me. I cannot tell you how grateful I am.” Read a book where kindness is reward with gratitude.

2. "The friends walked along, under the bright sun, in the best of spirits and talking gaily together." Read a book where the primary mode of transportation is walking.

3. "...only the first row of trees could bend down their branches, and that probably these were the policemen of the forest." Read a book where the MC is in law enforcement.


Post #: Chapter 19: Attacked by the Fighting Trees
Task: 3. Read a book where the MC is in law enforcement. 
Title: Downfall
Author: J.A. Jance
Date Finished: 8/16/17
How Book Fits Task: MC is a county sheriff.




Post #: A Yellow Brick Road Extra #3: The Canon of Oz
Task: 3. Read a book from a series with at least 14 published books. 
Title: Breaking the Rules 
Author:Suzanne Brockmann 
Date Finished: 8/29/17 
How Book Fits Task: 17 books in the series 




Chapter 20: The Dainty China Country
Post #: Chapter 20: The Dainty China Country
Task: 1. Read a book with a ceramic or porcelain figurine on the cover. 
Title: This Side of the Grave 
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Date Finished: 10/24/17
How Book Fits Task: This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5) by Jeaniene Frost Gargoyle on cover





Chapter 21: The Lion Becomes the King of the Beasts
Post #: Chapter 21: The Lion Becomes the King of the Beasts
Task: 1. To hasten your journey through the wild country, read a book that takes place in or near a swamp or bog.
Title: Flight
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy 
Date Finished: 11/2/17
How Book Fits Task: Set in New Orleans, which is near a swamp - lots of swamps!





Chapter 22: The Country of the Quadlings
Tasks: This is a 2 book task
❃ Celebrate finally arriving in Quadling Country. Read a book where the first letter of the title and the first letters of the author's first and last names are found in QUADLING.

AND

❃ Remember your adventures in Oz. Read one of the following:
    ➜ Munchkin Country: a book with a 90% blue cover
    ➜ Winkie Country: a book with a 90% yellow cover
    ➜ Quadling Country: a book with a 90% red cover
    ➜ Emerald City: a book with a 90% green cover


Post #: Chapter 22: The Country of the Quadlings
Task: Read a book where the first letter of the title and the first letters of the author's first and last names are found in QUADLING.
Title: Dire
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy 
Date Finished: 11/14/17
How Book Fits Task: Title begins with D and author's initials are AI.

Post #: Chapter 22: The Country of the Quadlings
Task: Emerald City: a book with a 90% green cover
Title: The First Time She Drowned
Author: Kerry Kletter 
Date Finished: 11/6/17
How Book Fits Task:
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter 




Chapter 23: Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish
Tasks: Please complete one task.
1. "Dorothy told the Witch all her story..." Reread a book. 

2. "But then I should not have had my wonderful brains!” cried the Scarecrow. “I might have passed my whole life in the farmer’s cornfield.”" Read a book tagged Alternate History.

2. "...one of the most curious things about them is that they can carry you to any place in the world in three steps..." Read a book that is part of a trilogy.


Post #: Chapter 23: Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish
Task: 3. Read a book that is part of a trilogy.
Title: Once Dead, Twice Shy 
Author: Kim Harrison
Date Finished: 11/19/17
How Book Fits Task: 1st book in the Madison Avery Trilogy.



Chapter 24: Home Again
Tasks: Please complete the following:
"And oh, Aunt Em! I’m so glad to be at home again!” Read a book with a happy ending.

Post #: Chapter 24: Home Again
Task: Read a book with a happy ending.
Title: Trust 
Author: Kylie Scott
Date Finished: 11/20/17
How Book Fits Task: Edie and John get a happy ending after some serious bad stuff that happened! 

    
 Congratulations!

Here is your completed book! 

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