April 30, 6:29 pm. I have finished my tenth task in the Thoughts From the Back January-April Reading Challenge. I am victorious! Here’s how I did it:

1. February 15th is Singles Awareness Day. Read a book with a one word title.
     Galore by Michael Crummy
2. January was named for Janus, the god of looking forward. Read a novel set in the future.
     When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (This was a bit of a stretch, but it does involve time travel from the future.)
3. Janus was also the god of looking backwards. Read a novel of historical fiction.
     Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
4. February 27 is “No Brainer Day.” Read a book just because you want to.
     By the Numbers by James Richardson
5. February 21 is Presidents’ Day. Read a book written by an author whose first, middle, or last name is the same as the last name of a U.S. President.
     Vanishing Of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
6. Daughter #2 has a birthday this semester. Read a book originally published sometime during the decade of your birth.
     The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain, written in 1952
7. March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. Read a book with a green cover, or a book written by an author named Pat, Patrick, Patricia, etc.
     The Princess Bride by William Goldman (My copy had a green copy.)
8. Daughter #1 is graduating at the end of this semester. Read a book written by an author whose initials can be found in the word graduation (gr,ra,ad,du,ua,at,ti,io,on).
     The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
9. Spring Training starts in February! Read a book with a title that contains a word at least three letters long that can be made using letters from the words “Spring Training” (rain, gate, gin, ring, etc.)
     True Grit by Charles Portis
10. February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Read a book that has a love story as one of its plot lines.
     Touch by Alexi Zentner

I have so much fun trying to match books to odd, random tasks. You would think that I should always be able to finish my own challenge, but this is the first one of three that I’ve completed and I’m feeling quite giddy about it.  I’m still formulating the tasks for the May, June, July, August challenge and I’m happy to entertain suggestions. It should be available soon, though probably not on May 1. Really, I’m not a type A, competitive person, but a little challenge is a fine thing. Read on.

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