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 #: 
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 #: 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 #: 2
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 
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 3: How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
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 #: 3
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 4: The Road Through the Forest
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 #: 4
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 5: The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
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

Chapter 6: The Cowardly Lion
Chapter 7: The Journey to the Great Oz
Chapter 8: The Deadly Poppy Field
Chapter 9: The Queen of the Field Mice
Chapter 10: The Guardian of the Gates
Chapter 11: The Emerald City of Oz
Chapter 12: The Search for the Wicked Witch
Chapter 13: The Rescue
Chapter 14: The Winged Monkeys
Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible
Chapter 16: The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
Chapter 17: How the Balloon Was Launched
Chapter 18: Away to the South
Chapter 19: Attacked by the Fighting Trees
Chapter 20: The Dainty China Country
Chapter 21: The Lion Becomes the King of the Beasts
Chapter 22: The Country of the Quadlings
Chapter 23: Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish
Chapter 24: Home Again

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