Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Million More Pages - Hogwarts: April Challenges

April Challenges hosted by A Million More Pages on Goodreads.

This month have 5 challenges starting and finishing within the month. Class of the month and Scavenger are repeats with new tasks / words.

Mash with Gryffindor  ☀ (Tracking post) - DONE
APR15 Gryff: First Frost--Alliteration mini  ☀ (Tracking post) - DONE
A Slytherin' s Series of Fortunate Events(April House Game)  ☀ (Tracking post) - DONE
Class of the Month - April - Hufflepuff  ☀ (Tracking post) - DONE
APR15 Scavenger Hunt  ☀ (Tracking post) - DONE

MASH With A Gryffindor - DONE

M* A* S* H*
(Random Number, put in 1 -4)For Each section. Read a book that starts with the Leter in ().You will read one book for each category.

1.Harry Potter(H)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

A Bag Of Moonshine by Alan Garner

4.Hong Kong (H)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

4.Hover Craft(C)
Chef Charming by Lyn Ellerbe

The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

I Live in a House with my boyfriend Harry Potter. We live in Hong Kong, Where I work as a Bag Lady that paid for my very own Hover Craft.

extra Bonus
picture and love note

Post your info, with books Read(Example, Boys:Draco Malfoy(D):Book:Dracula

At the end say what you ended up with:
I Live in a (MASH)with my boyfriend (Boy). We live in (city), Where I work as a (career) that paid for my very own (Vehicle).

Point Scale
1 point per task for a total of 5 points
1 extra point if you post a picture of your "boyfriend" with a love note in the common rooms.


APR15 Gryff: First Frost--Alliteration mini - DONE

Dates: April 1 - 30, 2015
(You must post your HOUSE when you sign up)
***You MAY do up to 10 (TEN) of these***

al•lit•er•a•tion \ə-ˌli-tə-ˈrā-shən\

1. the use of words that begin with the same sound near one another (as in wild and woolly or a babbling brook)

2. two or more words of a word group with the same beginning letter, as in John Jakes

The Gryffindor book for April's battle is First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. This title and author just begged for an alliterative mini-challenge.

1) ALLITERATIVE TITLE: Read a book with at least two alliterative words or sounds in the TITLE.

2) ALLITERATIVE AUTHOR: Read a book with an alliterative AUTHOR name; no initials allowed.

3) ALLITERATIVE MAIN CHARACTER: Read a book with an alliterative MAIN CHARACTER; no initials allowed.

✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? No - new to you!
✪ 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, main character name (if needed), date read, others as task specifies
✪ 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

@TITLE .50 pts for each letter EX: Love’s Labor’s Lost = 1.50 pts
@AUTHOR .50 pts for each name EX: Sarah Addison Allen = 1.00 pt
@MAIN CHARACTER .50 pts for each name EX: Sookie Stackhouse = 1.00 pt
@@BONUS for any combo of TITLE – AUTHOR – MAIN CHARACTER = 1.00 pt

-->EX: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen = 3.00 pts
☛(1.00: title + 1.00: author + 1.00: combo bonus = 3.00)
-->EX: Dead as a Doornail with Sookie Stackhouse = 3.00 pts
☛(1.00: title + 1.00: main character = 1.00: combo bonus = 3.00) 

List of books:
  1.  Chef Charming by Lyn Ellerbe ☀ Title = 1 point
  2.  Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon ☀ Title = 1 point
  3.  Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky ☀ Title = 1 point
  4.  Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke ☀ Title + Author + combo = 3 points
  5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson ☀ Title = 1.5 point
  6. A Little Love by Amanda Prowse ☀ Title + MC (Pru Plum)+ combo = 3 points
  7. The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson ☀ Author = 1 point
  8. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick  ☀ Title = 1 point


A Slytherin' s Series of Fortunate Events(April House Game) -DONE

April House Slytherin Game

5 ways to Kill Harry Potter

As A Slytherin, you don't much care for Harry Potter(or anyone not in Slytherin), you Can't really kill him, or you would be kicked out of Hogwarts for good.
But you sure have imagined it......

Read five books that contain a type of weapon somewhere in its title or Cover, to show ways you might have at least injured Harry Potter ....

List of books:
  1.  Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon (gun on cover)
  2.  THE CHRISTMAS KNITTING BEE by De-ann Black (knitting needles on cover)
  3.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (poisonous snake)
  4.  Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (gun on cover)
  5.  Hollywood Assassin by M.Z. Kelly (gun on cover)

April Class of the Month: Wizarding Wildlife 101: - DONE

April 1 - April 30

That's not your mum's cat in the forest. Be prepared! Here at Hogwarts, students are taught basic characteristics and behaviors of all Magical Creatures. Come learn about these amazing animals, from the common to the extremely rare.
NOTE: Hogwarts is not responsible for severed limbs.

#1) The Hippogriff
A Hippogriff is a magical creature that has the front legs, wings, the head of a giant eagle and the body, hind legs and tail of a horse. It is very similar to another mythical creature, the Griffin, with the horse rear replacing the lion rear. Hippogriffs have cruel, steel-coloured beaks and large, brilliantly orange eyes. The talons on their front legs are half a foot long and appear deadly. They are a very proud creature and require observance of a specific treating ritual. Pick one of the following tasks:

❖ Pick a book with a member of royalty; King, Queen, Prince or Princess. This can be any genre. (For example: Prince of Werewolf Clan, Fae Queen, King Henry V, Queen Mary, etc. )
❖ Read a book shelved Historical Fiction.
❖ Read a book featuring a dragon.

#2) Thestrals:
A breed of winged horses with a skeletal body, face with reptilian features, and wide, leathery wings that resemble a bat's. They are very rare, and are considered dangerous by the Ministry of Magic. Thestrals are, undeservedly, known as omens of misfortune and aggression by many wizards because they are visible only to those who have witnessed death at least once (and fully accepted the concept) or due to their somewhat grim, gaunt and ghostly appearance. Pick one of the following tasks:

❖ Read a book with a ghost in the story.
❖ Read a book with a "spooky" cover. (Tombstones, skeletons, scary night scene, etc.)
❖ Read a book shelved as "Paranormal" on the main page genre.

#3) Hedwig (Harry's Snowy Owl):
Hedwig was gifted to Harry from Rubeus Hagrid on his eleventh birthday. Owls are primarily used by wizards to deliver mail, but Hedwig also became an important companion to Harry. Pick one of the following tasks:

❖ Read a book that features 2 or more friends.
❖ Read a book that features something that flies on the cover. (Bird, plane, helicopter, etc.)
Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon (butterfly on cover)
❖ Read a book that shelved as "Travel" on the main page genre.

#4) The Chimaera
A vicious, bloodthirsty creature with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a dragon's tail. Because of their ferocity, Chimaeras are classified as very dangerous. There is only one recorded instance of a wizard killing a Chimaera, although the victory was soured when the wizard fell from his winged horse. Pick one of the following tasks:

❖ Read a book featuring a serial killer, stalker, or where some type of murder has taken place.
❖ Read a book with blood on the cover.
❖ Read a book shelved as Crime or Thriller, on the main page genre.
Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

#5) Sphinx:
A magical creature native to Egypt. It has the head of human, and the body of lion. Sphinxes are capable of human speech, and are known for their love of puzzles, riddles, and enigmas. Used for centuries to guard treasures, they are known to become violent when something threatens that treasure. Pick one of the following tasks:

❖ Read a book featuring a bodyguard, or where someone is in the witness protection program
❖ Read a book with the word "Riddle" in the title or series name.
❖ Read a book with "treasure" on the cover. Such as: jewelry, loose jewel stones, gold, coins, cash, etc

comment on Taryn ~Griffie~'s review of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 0.5 points
comment on Suzy Kennedy's review of The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury 0.5 points
comment on Katie's Review of Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts 0.5 points
comment on Kate's Review of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 0.5 points
comment on Karin's review of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 0.5 points
comment on Elle's review of I am Legend by Richard Matheson 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 April 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.


APR15 Scavenger Hunt  - DONE

APRIL 1 - 30, 2015

12. BIRD
16. BUD

List of books:
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
4. FOOL (pg. 85) You're being a FOOL, David, Roy said, coughing.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
1. DAISY (loc: 172) - How Gatsby loves DAISY so much but can't ever be with her no matter how hard he tries -
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
2. HUNGER (loc: 1669) Tristan - his HUNGER forgotten in his fear-
Legend by Marie Lu
6. POISON (loc:1895) She gives me a smile laced with POISON.
Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
13. FRESH (loc:1674) A tough, long-haired, FRESH guy?
Sing for Me by Penelope Reece
17. AWAKEN (loc: 1447) causing the butterflies to AWAKEN and stir.
Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon
9. MARATHON (loc:433) that had been blaring a late-night MARATHON of some reality show and crawled into bed.
Tastes Like Chicken by Johnny B. Truant
7. JAZZ (loc: 3656) She made JAZZ hands.

The Martian by Andy Weir
15. SPRINKLE (pg. 14) Then I can SPRINKLE the Earth soil on top
Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky
8. ALLERGY (loc: 4245) Did he have an ALLERGY to clams and oysters or clams and crabs?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
18. SPROUT (loc: 4335) Harry thought even Proffessor SPROUT seemed distant with him -
Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke
11. INSECT (loc: 2943) like she had just discovered a disgusting INSECT in the middle of the floor.
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
16. BUD (pg. 461) I needed to nip that thought in the BUD.
19. MERRY (loc: 2166) Two fools creating MERRY hell.
A Little Love by Amanda Prowse
3. ARBOR (loc:4096) and unlatched the door at the back of the ARBOUR.

THE TEA SHOP: Cakes, Ice Cream & Afternoon Tea by De-ann Black
14. HATCH (loc:115) tucked beside a serving HATCH by the time my heels had navigated the stairs.
The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
12. BIRD (pg 106) Every BIRD had long since hidden for the night.

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
20. GENTLE (loc: 1583) It wasn't the GENTLE slow trot her usual mount had, either.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
5. CRUEL (pg. 225) If the situation hadn't been so serious, I might have wished I'd invented something a lot more CRUEL and demeaning.

Hollywood Assassin by M.Z. Kelly
10. CUCKOO (loc: 1294) The bastard's deader than a bird in a CUCKOO clock. 

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.

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