Misfit Challenges Amusement Parks
DURATION: April 1 - September 30, 2018When I was a kid, I dreamed of going to the big amusement parks -- DisneyWorld, Cedar Point, Busch Gardens, you name it. Those weren't within reach, but we were just as happy to go to our local park and spend a day enjoying all the fun :) Here's a reading challenge to help us all revisit those days.
CHALLENGE RULES :
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♦ 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.*
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1. FERRIS WHEEL : The Ferris wheel, with its slow and predictable path, has been a park and fair favorite for generations.
⋙ Read a book with a wheel of some sort shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book whose plot is predictable
Crystal Cove Lisa Kleypas 4/11/18
2. CAROUSEL : Many kids – and adults too – have a favorite animal to ride on the carousel. Some prefer to go only in circles, while others would rather go up and down at the same time.
⋙ Read a book where the characters seem to go around in circles OR a book with an animal that you might find on a carousel shown prominently on the cover ; post the cover
The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn 5/13/18
3. WOODEN ROLLER COASTER : Wooden roller coasters, while generally slower and not as tall as the newer, steel coasters, can be even scarier than their newer counterparts. Hearing that "clackety-clackety-clack" of the wheels as the train goes around the track makes a lot of riders very nervous.
⋙ Read a book that scares you or makes you nervous OR a book with a slow, methodical storyline
Find Her Lisa Gardner 4/30/18
4. STEEL ROLLER COASTER : Most new roller coasters today are made of steel, so they can go higher, faster, and in crazier configurations – including upside-down.
⋙ Read a book with an unexpected twist in the plot OR a book that you completed in just a day or two
Separation Games C.D. Reiss 4/2/18
5. INVERTED ROLLER COASTER : An inverted roller coaster is one that keeps you hanging – literally :) Instead of the track being under your feet, it is over your head, and the riders' cars hang down from the track.
⋙ Read a book whose title begins with I (ALL words count!) OR a book with a cover image that is upside down; post the cover Example:
I Can See You Karen Rose 4/25/18
6. WATER FLUME : Nearly every amusement park has some sort of water flume ride, where riders sit inside a "log" and ride where the water track takes them. The big question is: Who is going to get wet at the bottom of the final plunge?
⋙ Read a book whose title contains only words that are no more than five letters long (2-word minimum, ALL words count) OR a book with a question that remains unanswered until the very end of the book; without giving away spoilers, tell us the question
Tough Luck Hero Maisey Yates 4/3/18
7. SCRAMBLER : With several cars on each arm, and several arms connected to a central control, the Scrambler does just what the name implies – scramble the cars and their riders in toward the center and back out toward the edge, all while spinning in circles and going up and down to boot.
⋙ Read a book with a one-word title OR a book by an author whose first and last initials can be found in SCRAMBLER
Two Times the Charm Christin Lovell 4/7/18
8. TILT-A-WHIRL : Tilt-a-Whirl's cars, usually red, generally hold up to four riders. They are mounted on an uneven platform and are anchored so that as the platform turns, the cars whip around, creating two simultaneous motions.
⋙ Read a book with a cover that is predominantly red; post the cover OR a book with two distinct genres on its main GR page (for example, historical and mystery or fantasy and romance); tell us the genres
A Single Thread Marie Bostwick 5/3/18
9. PIRATE SWING : Usually resembling a pirate ship, this ride has a pivot at the middle of the ship that swings its riders from side to side, in higher and higher arcs until the riders start to think it might go all the way around.
⋙ Read a book featuring pirates OR a book with a 2-word title (ALL words count!)
Marriage Games C.D. Reiss 4/1/18
10. DROP RIDES : Cars holding riders go up to the top of a tower and are then dropped back down to the ground. Depending on the ride, sometimes there are several false starts before you start to drop, sometimes you drop down, go back up, then drop down again, and sometimes you just hang there waiting for the big drop all the way down.
⋙ Read a book that leaves you hanging, waiting for the "big drop" OR a book with the letters D-R-O-P in the title, not necessarily in order
Rock Redemption Nalini Singh 4/5/18
11. BUMPER CARS : Bumper cars are many kids' first driving experience, even though the course is contained and the cars' movements are somewhat limited. Although you may not finish that way, be sure to start in a car that is facing the right direction!
⋙ Read a book by an author whose initials are BC or CB OR a book with a car shown prominently on the cover; post the cover
NOTE: ONLY a car will work, no other vehicles, please.
12. TRAIN RIDE | MONORAIL : Train or monorail rides can be a good way to get an overview of a park ... or just a good way to rest some weary legs for a few minutes. And what kid – and some of their parents too! – doesn't love a train ride?
⋙ Read a book with a train or train tracks shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book with a calm, relaxing storyline
13. SKY RIDE : Similar to the train ride, a sky ride is a good way to see the entire park at a glance... but from a much different vantage point! Hanging in a ride car way up high is not for those who are afraid of heights.
⋙ Read a book with a large expanse of sky on the cover; post the cover OR a book with a character who suffers from one of your fears/phobias; tell us the fear and the character
Rainshadow Road Lisa Kleypas 4/10/18
14. JUNGLE SAFARI : Sometimes on a boat floating down a "jungle river," sometimes in a "safari vehicle," jungle safari rides can run the gamut from animatronic animals along a set path to seeing live animals in something resembling their natural habitat.
⋙ Read a book set in a jungle or rainforest OR a book with a main character who works with animals; tell us the career and the character
15. HAUNTED HOUSE : Filled with things like fun house mirrors, tilted floors, optical illusions and monsters made even more frightening under a black light, the haunted house is always a popular attraction.
⋙ Read a book with some kind of ghostly appearance OR a book whose title includes at least two significant words that begin with the same letter
The Gates of Evangeline Hester Young 4/4/18
16. TUNNEL OF LOVE : A feature found more often at carnivals and fairs than in amusement parks, the Tunnel of Love has a reputation for being the place for couples to smooch and a great way for teens to get away from the prying eyes of friends and family for a few minutes too :)
⋙ Read a book with LOVE in the title (no variations, please) OR a book whose main characters are all teenagers
Irresistible In Love Bella Andre 4/27/18
17. SUBMARINE RIDE : At the parks that still have "submarine" rides, the so-called submarine cruises on the surface of the water, while the riders sit below the water line. Lots of bubbles floating up past the riders' viewing windows give the impression of having actually submerged. Scenery can include tropical fish, coral and maybe even the occasional shark.
⋙ Read a book set on or near the water; tell us the location OR a book in which someone tricks the main character in a significant way; without giving away spoilers, tell us how
Butternut Lake Butternut Summer Mary McNear 4/22/18
18. WATER SLIDE : Water slides can be the most popular rides in a park, especially on a hot summer day. Some let riders "race" against other riders in a bumpy but straight ride to the water below, while others take riders on all sorts of twists and turns along the way.
⋙ Read a book with a man-made water feature shown prominently on the cover (swimming pool, water slide, etc); post the cover OR a book in which a race of some sort occurs; tell us what
MC runs track Lucas Jay McLean 5/14/18
19. SPRAYGROUND : For the younger set, many parks have what is called a sprayground –a splash area with misters, bubblers, water jets, and fountains designed just for young guests.
⋙ Read a book whose title is a pun or play on words OR a book in which every word in the title begins with a letter found in SPRAYGROUND (3-word minimum; ALL words count!)
20. KIDDIE RIDES : Because many rides are unsafe for smaller children, most parks have a section of rides just for them. Some are scaled-down, slower versions of the grown-up rides, while others are unique for the little ones.
⋙ Read a book with CHILDREN'S on its main GR page (must still be over 150 pages) OR in which the main character is a parent
Spinning Forward Terri DuLong 4/9/18
21. FOOD STANDS : Whether you like cotton candy, corndogs, ice cream or funnel cakes, you're sure to find a vendor selling your favorite park or fair food.
⋙ Read a book with a main character who earns his/her living in a food-related business; tell us the business OR a book with a cover that is predominantly pink; post the cover
Chocolates Postcards from Cedar Key Terri DuLong 4/13/18
22. BOARDWALK : Usually designed to resemble a beach-town Boardwalk, this part of an amusement park has similar attractions: food stands, fortune tellers, games of strength and more.
⋙ Read a book with food that makes you think of summer shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book set in a beach town; tell us where
Unraveling the Pieces Terri DuLong 4/9/18
23. ARCADE : Usually not an arcade in the traditional sense, an amusement park arcade is full of games of chance, tempting visitors to knock over stacks of cans, shoot ducks on a rotating target or toss rings so they land over bottles. Prizes can range from goldfish in a bowl to giant teddy bears.
⋙ Read a book with YA on its main GR page OR a book with a stack of at least three similar items shown prominently on the cover; post the cover
24. PHOTOGRAPHERS : In many parks, cameras take photos of riders at certain points along the course of a ride. Others have photographers strolling around to take photos of guests in front of major attractions. Some even have both, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny if you want to buy any of the photos.
⋙ Read a book that was expensive to obtain OR a book that features a photographer, either amateur or professional
Living with the Dead Kelley Armstrong 5/11/18
25. GIFT SHOPS : No park would be complete without a gift shop, designed to separate its visitors from some of their cash in exchange for t-shirts, toys, posters and other items intended to help them remember their visit.
⋙ Read a book with some form of money in the title or shown prominently on the cover; post the cover OR a book you received as a gift