Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Million More Pages - Hogwarts: May Challenges - Finished

May Challenges hosted by A Million More Pages on Goodreads.

This month had 4 challenges starting and finishing within the month. I managed to complete them all at max. points.

Ravenclaw Bingo! ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Weasley! ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
Tell Me A Story ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
May Class of the Month: Cooking With Hagrid ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE
MAY15 Scavenger Hunt ☀ (Tracking post) ☀ DONE

Ravenclaw Bingo!  - DONE
New Author ~ Either New-To-You Author or a Debut Book.
Vile ~ your interpretation
E - thriller on the main page genre
W - women's fiction on the main page genre, but not chick-lit... The Resurrection of Tess Blessing as an example
Adventure ~ Adventure fiction is a genre of fiction in which an adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, forms the main storyline.

Points :
Level 1 ~ Single Column or Single Row = 3 points
Level 2 ~ X (RVNLW) or + (AENCA) = 5 points
Level 3 ~ Black Out = 9 points
+1 bonus for Ravens  

R: Wind, Sand And Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (recommended by my husband)
A: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot(cat on cover)
V: Flypaper by C.K. Vile
E: The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (thriller)
N: Malicious Mischief by Lora Young (new to me author)
C: Seven Viking Romances by Hermann Pálsson (classic)
L: Penelope by Anya Wylde (love story)
A: Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman (Action/adventure tale of Ancient Egypt)
W: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Weasley!  - DONE

In the U.S. Mother's Day comes in May, so this May we will be celebrating with a challenge inspired exclusively by Mrs. Weasley.

For this challenge, we will keep it simple...Pick one option from each task. Points will be one point per book, with one very special extra credit option. Easy, right?

Duration: May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015

1 point per book, max. 4 pts
1 extra credit point

Standard MMP Rules- with the exception of start date and series titles
✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? Yes
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? No
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre
✪ Posting Requirements when complete:
☛Book title/cover, author, date read
✪ Are Audiobooks Allowed? Yes
✪ Manga,Comics, Graphic Novels Allowed? No
✪ Can I Ignore A/An/The in Titles? Yes
✪ Can a book be used more than once in this challenge?: No
✪ Can the Tasks be done in any order: Yes
✪ Can Series titles be used for meeting requirements? No


Mrs. Weasley's maiden name is Prewett which is Welsh for "small but brave"
Choose one:
✦Read a book with a short main character
✦Read a book where main character overcomes fears
✦Read a book that starts with the letter "P"
Penelope by Anya Wylde

Mrs. Weasley shows her love for her children by knitting them sweaters with her self-knitting needles
Choose one:
✦Read a book where a character creates something
✦Read a book about one of your hobbies or that has "Self-Help" as a main page genre
✦Read a book that starts with the letter "K"
Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman

Part of the Weasley decor is a clock that tells Mrs. Weasley exactly where her children are at any time
Choose one:
✦Read a book where a number is part of the cover art or in the title
Take Three Birds by Jilli Lime-Holt 
✦Read a book where the main character is looking for something
✦Read a book shelved at "Time Travel" for a main page genre

Lastly, Mrs. Weasley is famous for sending Howlers to her kids to let them know she's on to them.
Choose one:
✦Read a book with a troublemaker as a main character
Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman
✦Read a book with a letter or letter writing item on the cover
✦Read a book about Shifters or Werewolves

Extra Credit: To show some love to those who celebrate Mother's Day at a different time, read a book that was originally published the same month as Mother's Day in your country. Please list publish date and your country when posting 1 point 
Raw Deal by Mark Henwick (Published May 30th 2013) (Mother's Day is May 10th in Denmark)


Slytherin May Mini :Tell Me A Story  - DONE

Tell Me a Story
May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015

Our wonderful Slytherin Mistress, Abbie, is a bit busy this month, so Sally and I have designed the Mini Challenge for you all.

Your challenge is to use the TITLES ONLY from the books you read this month to tell us a story. Since our book, Burial Rites is set in Iceland, we will give bonus points for books set in Iceland. (Also, I would prefer you work around the beginning "A, An, The" of titles for this one, but I won't force you to.)

1 point for books 1-5
.5 points for books 6-10
.25 points for books 10+

+1 bonus point for a book set in Iceland (please provide a link verifying the setting so we can spot check)

You may back date to May 1st since we are late getting this challenge up

As and added bonus, Sally and I will award and extra 5 points to the best story from each house! (Review bonus will be posted straight to you HW box by us, separate from your challenge points)

✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? Yes
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? No
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre
✪ Posting Requirements when complete:
☛Book title/cover, author, date read
✪ Are Audiobooks Allowed? Yes
✪ Manga, Comics, Beta, FanFict, Graphic Novels Allowed? No
✪ Can I Ignore A/An/And/In/On/The in Titles? Yes
☛Ask prior to reading if you are unsure
✪ Verification Required For FINAL Points: Yes


Possible Iceland Lists
Icelandic Literature - Past and Present

21 books used for the challenge.

Penelope read the Burial Rites. Written on Flypaper, they were like the Garden Spells of The Magicians – just right for burying The Cold King. Leaving the funeral, she sat at a table in Kelly's Koffee Shop, crying into her tea thinking of the Seven Viking Romances that had ended in one Dog Day Wedding which left her looking for a Weingarten, or a coffee shop. The Wind, Sand And Stars, blowing in through the open windows, heralded some Raw Deal from the The Synchronicity War . Penelope knew that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were up to Malicious Mischief, when a A New Witch in Town, sat down at her table and told her about The Angel's Game. It was not going to be straightforward to get Out of the Easy life she had made for herself.
“I might as well Take Three Birds and fly away,” Penelope said.
The witch smiled, “Not to mention the cat.”
“I’ll give myself the Code Name Verity,” Penelope fiddled with the handle of her mug of tea. “But now, time for my Getaway.”
 May Class of the Month: Cooking With Hagri - DONE

Although House Elves do the cooking at Hogwarts, Hagrid does much of his cooking himself. He enjoys making dishes such as rock cakes, treacle fudge, bath buns, birthday cakes for Harry, and beef (taloned!) casserole. Due to his success as Care of Magical Creatures professor, he has been assigned an additional post. In this class, students will learn some of Hagrid's favorite recipe's! Bon Apétit!

For this class, read a book that fits any of the following criteria:

❑ - A MONSTERS GUIDE TO COOKING | Read a book with a monster/creature on the cover
❑ - "BEEF" CASSEROLE | Read a book that is shelved as "mystery" on the main genre page
Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman 3 points
❑ - TREACLE FUDGE | Read a book that's part of a series that features food (restaurant, bakery, etc.)
❑ - BIRTHDAY CAKE | Read a book first published in July
❑ - ROCK CAKES | Read a book with 450+ pages
The Magicians by Lev Grossman  1.5 points

First Frost - D.G - Huffelpuff 0.5 points

Magic Bites - Denise - Huffelpuff 0.5 points

The Sea of Monsters - Amritha - Gryffindor 0.5 points

The Book of Life - Sally906 - Slytherin 0.5 points

The Blood of Olympus - Preethi - Slytherin 0.5 points

The Dream Thieves - NancyHelen - Slytherin 0.5 points

✽Open to all Hogwarts students and headmistresses.

✽Each Hogwarts player may select no more than two books to read for this class.

The books are to be read as independent tasks. This is a "do your own work" assignment, so no buddy read points will be awarded for books posted as Class Schedule texts.

✽No re-reads are permitted. The book must be new to you.

✽The book may not be started before May 1, 2015.

✽Posting Requirements - Cover and Title, Rating, and Date Completed. If it is not evident from the book's main page blurb, please indicate how the book fits the class task.

✽Review Option - You may write and submit a review for additional credit. This review is to be submitted as a formal GoodReads review, not simply a thread posting. Include a link to your review with your book posting if you choose to take advantage of this additional opportunity.

✽Comments Option - As a final option, you may earn additional points for comments you make on other players' reviews. Your comments must indicate that you read the review in its entirety and contribute one of three things :
☞ An observation about your own experience with the book
☞ A question about the reader’s experience with the book
☞ Whether, based on this review, you might add or avoid this particular book.

✽Include all relevant points requests in a single post -- Your book or books, a link to your review, and links to any and all reviews comments that you make.


~ 2 points for the first book read that fits the class specs. 1 point for a second book.
~ 1 point for your review of your first book. .5 points for your second book review.
.25 points for comments on your own housemates' reviews.
.5 points for each comment on reviews by opponent houses.
☞ You may make as many comments as you like in any combination of points up to a total of 3 points. 


MAY15 Scavenger Hunt - DONE

MAY 1 - 31, 2015
Total: 0/20

6) FIVE (spelled out, not number)
15) POLE
18) TWIN

1. Must read at least 3 books.
2. NO Audiobooks, Children's, Manga, Fan Fiction, or Beta reads.
3. Page minimums: All = 125 pp; YA = 140 pp
4. Items found in reading, not in title or on cover.
5. No more than 5 items per book.
6. In your post, list TITLE, PAGE #, and SENTENCE where the item can be found.
7. For non-fiction the caption texts are not allowed, however, anything within the main text would be allowed.
8. For e-readers, use LOC#.
9. Words not found will ROLLOVER to the next month.

+.05: Each book read (finishers & non-finishers)
+1: Participation (only for non-finishers)
+5: Completion (only for finishers)
*Part. & Comp. CANNOT be claimed together

1) Make a final "I'm done".
2) Include HOUSE, LINK to original post, TOTAL PTS.
3) Post in your HOMEWORK BOX as usual.
This will allow any MOD to verify as needed. 

Malicious Mischief by Lora Young
4) CRAFT (loc: 3996) The purpose of this particular craft escaped her.

Raw Deal by Mark Henwick
18) TWIN (loc: 312) Some photos and, of course, Tara's plaque: my twin sister's memorial.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
1) BALLOON (loc: 6444) his bullfrog swelled like a green balloon and emitted a high-pitched whistle.

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
11) LAMPSHADE (pg. 253) under the beam emanating from a lampshade of green glass,

Take Three Birds by Jilli Lime-Holt
2) BULL (loc: 372) My three dogs - a Staffordshire Bull terrier and two Jack Russels -

Weingarten by J. Davis Bly
5) EMERALD (loc: 5498) Looking out over that beach and those emerald blue waves,

Penelope by Anya Wylde
3) BUTTERFLY (loc: 3276) He might be distracted by a green spotted butterfly.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
12) MEMORY (pg 224) at least, the memory of fashion clings to it.

Avram Thief of Catland by James Bjorkman
15) POLE (loc: 2632) The boatman used a long pole and propelled the small craft out into the river.

Wind, Sand And Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
9) HORSE (pg 106) we were waking a blind horse so he could turn his mill-stone.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
8) GRADUATE/GRADUATION: (pg. 107) Greenpeace will have to hire me after I graduate.

The Synchronicity War Part 1 by Dietmar Wehr
13) MILITARY (loc: 4745) and then strike at military or civilian targets.

A New Witch in Town (Not to Mention the Cat) by Dani Corlee
14) MOTHER (loc: 517) Her mother was never tired, at least she had never admitted it.

Getaway by Rosemarie Naramore
20) WEDDING (loc: 2756) So, when's our wedding?

Kelly's Koffee Shop by Dianne Harman
16) SHOWER (loc: 786) his parents had trouble getting him to take a shower.

Dog Day Wedding by Rich Amooi
17) TENNIS: (loc: 2189) It was like watching a tennis match.

Champagne Chic Lemonade Money by De-ann Black
19) UMBRELLA (loc: 344) You can hide behind the umbrella.

The Return by A.L. Parks
6) FIVE (spelled out, not number) (loc: 610) They had lost their son five years earlier in a drunk driving accident.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
10) KENTUCKY (pg 284) Her father had been arrested just outside Lexington, Kentucky.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
7) FLOWER (pg 167) I'm a delicate flower.

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