Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bestseller Challenge

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I have taken the top 5 bestsellers from each year from 2000 through 2015.

Challenge begins JULY 1, 2017, and depending on the option you choose to complete, may have a deadline of 1.5 years, or no deadline at all.

The two options are:
A. Complete Three of the tasks per year; 48 books; deadline 1.5 years from signup
B. Complete all tasks per year (5); 80 books; no deadline

For ANY of the books listed, you may READ THAT BOOK to satisfy the requirement.

Tasks:

2000 –
1. The Brethren by John Grisham
--Read a book in which prison is featured prominently, or in which a scam is an important part of the plot.
2. The Mark by Tim LaHaye
--Read a book with two different authors or a book with a subtitle 
3. The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy
--Read a book with over 500 pages or a book with an animal in the title (real or fictional) 
4. The Indwelling by Tim LaHaye
--Read a book in which religion plays an important role or that was published in 2000
5. The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell
--Read the next book in a series you’ve already started – tell us the series; or in which a murder occurs

2001 –
1. Desecration by Tim LaHaye
--Read a book with a one word title or from a series of at least 13 books - tell us the series name and how many books are in the series.
2. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
--Read a book that takes place at Christmas time or that is marked “humor” on the main page
3. A Painted House by John Grisham
--Read a book with a house on the cover – post the cover; or that takes place in the 1950s
4. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
--Read a book set in Maine or that features a strong friendship
5. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
--Read a book that has won an award – tell us the award; or with over 100,000 reviews – tell us how many reviews the book has 

2002 –
1. The Summons by John Grisham
--Read a book in which a secret is revealed or in which a main character is a judge
2. Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy
--Read a book with a red cover – post the cover; or with a character that is or was in the military (any branch)
3. The Remnant by Tim LaHaye
--Read book #10 of any series or read the highest rated book on your TBR list – tell us the rating.
4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
--Read a book with a teenaged main character or that has jewelry on the cover – post the cover
5. Prey by Michael Crichton 
--Read a book with “science fiction” listed on the main page or by an author who is deceased

2003 –
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
--Read a book whose title follows the formula: _________ and the _______; or in which a witch or wizard are a main character
2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
--Read a book where the main character goes on a quest or that takes place in England or Paris
3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
--Read a book that features a carnival or amusement park or the shortest book on your TBR that meets the 150 page minimum requirement – tell us how many pages.
4. The King of Torts by John Grisham 
--Read a book that has a royal character or whose author’s first name is John
5. Bleachers by John Grisham
--Read a book in which football plays a prominent role or a character returns home after being away for a long amount of time

**2004 –
1. The Last Juror by John Grisham
--Read a book that is set in Mississippi or in which revenge is a significant plot point
2. Glorious Appearing: The End of Days by Tim LaHaye
--Read a book in which a battle between good and evil takes place or that has a word ending in --ing in the title
3. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
--Read book #1 of a new to you series – tell us the series; or that takes place in Italy or Switzerland
4. State of Fear by Michael Crichton
--Read a book in which a weather disaster occurs (tornado, hurricane, blizzard, etc) or in which a character tries to save the world
5. London Bridges by James Patterson
--Read a book that features an FBI agent or in which a character goes by a nickname

**2005 –
1. The Broker by John Grisham
--Read a book in which one of the main characters is the president of any country or that features an agency that goes by initials (FBI, CIA, DoD, etc)
2. Mary, Mary by James Patterson
--Read a book in which the main character is a celebrity (real or made up) or a book with a woman’s name in the title
3. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book set in North Carolina or that has a sensory word in the title (sight, touch, smell, taste)
4. Predator by Patricia Cornwell
--Read a book in which a main character is a doctor or with “mystery” as a genre on the main page
5. True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book with a lighthouse on the cover – post the cover; or with a character who is a journalist/reporter

2006 –
1. For One More Day by Mitch Albom
--Read a book that is inspirational (explain why) or where the main character is a mother
2. Cross by James Patterson
--Read a book that has been made into a movie or in which the police play a significant role
3. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book with “romance” as a main genre or in which a letter is a catalyst
4. Next by Michael Crichton
--Read a book that was published in November of any year – tell us the date published; or where science is important to the plot
5. Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
--Read a book in which the main character is a serial killer or that is marketed as a prequel

2007 –
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 
--Read a book that is the LAST in a completed series – tell us the series or with the genre “young adult” on the main page
2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
--Read a book that takes place during a war or that has alliteration in the title (two words beginning with the same letter)
3. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
--Read a book with food in the title or on the cover – post the cover or in which a character moves far away from home (at least 100 miles) – tell us where they began, and where they moved to
4. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book that has a happy ending or that is set near a large body of water
5. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
--Read a book with rhyming words in the title or with a number in the title

2008 –
1. The Appeal by John Grisham
--Read a book in which the main character is a lawyer or by an author that has written over 20 books – tell us how many books the author has written
2. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
--Read a book in which a character has some sort of disability or in which a dog plays a large role
3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
--Read a book that features aliens or with an eye or eyes on the cover (must just be the eyes) – post the cover
4. Cross Country by James Patterson
--Read a book that is set in Washington D.C. or with a title that has double letters (i.e. CroSS)
5. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book that has a blue cover – post the cover; or a book that was published in 2008

2009 – 
1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
--Read a book in which someone is kidnapped or whose author has a color in their name (Dan Brown, John Green; compound words will work)
2. The Associate by John Grisham
--Read a book that was a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee (from any year, tell us the year and the category you chose) or in which the main character is forced to do something they don’t want to
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
--Read a book in which civil rights is prominent theme or that is set in the 1960s
4. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson
--Read a book whose title contains the letter “x” or in which a relative of the main character is killed
5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book that has “contemporary” listed on the main page or in which the relationship between a parent and child is strained

2010 –
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
--Read a book with a possessive word in the title or read a book that is part of a trilogy (only trilogies will work; tell us the name of the trilogy and the book’s position) 
2. The Confession by John Grisham
--Read a book in which an innocent person is arrested for a crime or in which the main character suffers a life threatening illness
3. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book in which a character is running from their past or a book in which the first letter of every word in the title can be found in NICHOLASSPARKS (three word title, a, an and the DO COUNT)
4. Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
--Read a book with two words with opposite meanings in the title or in which terrorism plays a role
5. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
--Read a book with a “z” in the title or that has a woman as the main character

2011 –
1. The Litigators by John Grisham
--Read a book that is set in a major city – tell us the city; or in which money is an important theme
2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
--Read a book marked “time travel” on the main page or with a notorious (famous in a bad way) character
3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
--Read a book with a superlative in the title (usually ending in –est. Best, Worst, Finest) or whose characters were high school sweethearts
4. Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
--Read a book with a purple cover – post the cover; or that has some sort of punctuation in the title
5. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
--Read a book that is set in ancient times or a book that you have waited forever to be published (MUST be a new release that you have read no later than 6 months after the published date)

2012 –
1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
--Read a book with a gray cover – post the cover; or a book you consider “hot”
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
--Read a book with a bird in the title or on the cover - post the cover; or in which the main character’s life is in danger
3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
--Read a book with a comparative word in the title (usually ending in –er, Better, Longer, Sadder) or the book on your TBR that has the most ratings (go to settings, num ratings, sort from most to least) – tell us how many ratings
4. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
--Read a book whose author’s first and last initials are in FIFTYSHADES or from the list Everyone's Read It But Me
5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
--Read a book with fire on the cover – post the cover or in the title or that is post apocalyptic

2013 –
1. Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
--Read a book that has a child aged 10-14 as a main character or that makes you laugh
2. Inferno by Dan Brown
--Read a book in which the main character is fighting a clock or #4 in a series – tell us which series you chose
3. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
--Read a book with a mythological character or that is set in a fictional world
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
--Read a book in which the main character is seen as brave or a book with a city skyline on the cover – post the cover
5. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
--Read a book with a tree on the cover – post the cover; or that is set in the South (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma or Texas)

2014 – 
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
--Read a book that you gave 5 stars or in which a character dies from terminal illness
2. The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
--Read a book in which a character takes a road trip or with an orange cover – post the cover
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
--Read a book with something circular on the cover – post the cover; or by an author whose first or last name starts with “V”
4. Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly
--Read a nonfiction book or a book by an author who has an apostrophe in their name
5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
--Read a book that has a word ending in –nt in the title or that disappointed you

2015 –
1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
--Read a book in which a character is racist or read a classic novel
2. Grey by E.L. James
--Read a book by an author who uses initials INSTEAD of a first name or that has a wealthy character
3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
--Read a book in which a character has a problem with alcohol or that has a train on the cover or in the title – post the cover
4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
--Read a book that is set during World War II or with a six word title
5. The Martian by Andy Weir
--Read a book that is set in space or in which a character is struggling to survive



**Note - In some years some books were duplicated. For purposes of this challenge, I skipped the duplication and went to the next book in the list.

❖ If you want to participate in the challenge, 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. 

❖ Books must be at least 150 pages long (unless otherwise noted) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ For each book you read, please post a link to the title and mention the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item/color on the cover, include a link to the book cover.* If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 

❖ If you want the challenge moderator to verify those books as you post them, please copy/paste your update into a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. It will make it easier on the moderators if we won't have to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post.

❖ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

❖ Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not just skim the best portions! :) 

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