**Autumn Reading Challenge**

The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the Autumn Reading Challenge where you select books for at least five or up to the whole 10 of the challenge questions for you Autumn 2011 reading project.

To join the challenge you should choose at least five books from the challenge categories. But it would be nice if you could aim for one book from each category (10 books). Post your selections in the Autumn challenge thread. Runs from 1st March till 31st May.

1) The Colours of Autumn: Choose a book that has the words, red, gold, brown, orange or yellow in the title or a book whose cover is primarily an Autumn colour.

2) International Women‘s Day: Read a book about a strong female character either fiction or non-fiction.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare
* www.cassandraclare.com

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

–> moved to ** September Challenge – Sparkling Spring ** 2014

3) Saint Patrick‘s Day: Celebrate with the Irish – Read a book written by an Irish author or set in Ireland or has an Irish character.

I think something by Kenneth C. Flint will fit the bill; now I have to remember where I have these books in the library. I’ll see if I can locate The Riders of the Sidhe

4) Australian Labour Day: Choose a book whose lead characters are from the working class. Construction workers, office workers, health workers, policemen or teachers. As long as they are working for ‘the man’ and aren’t rich or upper-class!

5) Celebrate Dr Seuss‘ birthday on March 2nd! “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” Read a children’s book. If you don’t want to read for yourself, snuggle up to a child you know and read it to them!

It’s Clean Up Australia Day on 6th March. Do your bit for the environment and…
6 ) REDUCE – Read a book from your TBR shelf
7 ) RE-USE – Re-read an old favourite
8 ) RECYCLE – Read any book from the library

REDUCE: My to be read (TBR) shelf on Goodreads doesn’t contain all of the back log but it shows enough of the backlog to prove I do need to clear a few books 😉

9) The Ides of March – In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by Brutus and 60 other co-conspirators. This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March”: Read a novel with a murder or assassination in the plot.

This one was a pretty easy choice as I have the Dresden Files queued to go as audio books. Noir Hard Boiled Detective meets Magician, what’s not to like?
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) – Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things–and most of them don’t play too well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a–well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.


10) The days are getting shorter – Read a short story, essay or anthology (Tip: Go to your favourite Author’s page – you’ll often find free short stories/excerpts and snippets that would fit into this category)

Jim Butcher – The Warrior (short story), published in Mean Streets (January 6, 2009)

“The Warrior” by Jim Butcher Reveals what happens to the Carpenter family after the events of Small Favor, this story takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.


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