May 02, 2015

Challenge of the Month (May)

May 2015 Challenge

Wish to try your luck?

 
 
 

This month's Challenge is called "May's Idioms"
This challenge is based on all things May: expressions, idioms, holidays, blessings, curses, and movie and song titles with the word “May," in them.
 
Duration: May 1st- June 1st

Levels:
Easy Breezy = Read 3 to 4 books
Moderate Winds = Read 5 to 7 books
Dust Devil = Read 8 to 12 books
Heavy Gusts = 13 to 24 books
Gale Force Winds = 25 to 35 books

Rules: Read books that fit in the following categories
  • “April showers bring May flowers.” - Read a book with flowers or rain on the cover.
  • "Be that as it may.” - Read a book with a title that starts with the letter “B”. Or has an author whose name (first or last) that begins with “B”. Or with a series names that begins with “B”. Or a character’s name (first or last) begins with “B”.
  • “Cinco de Mayo.” - Read a book that is fifth in a series, or has five words or letters in the title.
  • “Come what may!” - Read a book with a futuristic setting.
  • “Devil-may-care attitude.” - Read a book where the protagonist has this attitude. (i.e. Heedless of caution; reckless. Jovial and rakish in manner.)
  • He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day.” - Read a book where someone gets bullied. Or where the protagonist is a professional fighter or gets in a fight. Or a story about survival.
  • “How may I help you?” - Read a book where the protagonist helps someone out.
  • “If I may be so bold...” - Reader’s Choice.
  • “It may account for...” - Read a book with an accountant protagonist, or someone who deals with numbers. Or is an account based on a true historical event.
  • “I may be crazy, but...” - Read a book where the protagonist gets "gaslighted" ... or a little crazy, paranoid, spooked, or rattled.
  • “Let the chips fall where they may.” - Read a book that has the words from this expression found in the title, series name, or author’s, or character’s name [i.e. “let,” “chip(s),” “fall,” “where,” “they,” or “may”].
  • Mae West. - Read a book with a black & white cover. Or is set in Hollywood. Or where the protagonist is a vamp.
  • “May the better man win!” - Read a book where a competition takes place.
  • “May Day!” - Read a book that is first in a series. Or where the protagonist attends a fair.
  • “May-December Relationship.” - Read a book with quite a gap in years between protagonists’ ages. This does NOT have to be a Romance book.
  • “May the force be with you.” - Read a book with stars on the cover. Or is set in outer space.
  • “May he rest in peace.” - Read a book with ghosts. Or where someone dies. Or has a graveyard or tombstone on the cover.
  • “May I be excused?” - Read a book that is written in the first person POV. (Point of View.)
  • “May I count on you?” - Read a book with a number in the title. (Examples found on listopia’s Nothing But Numbers.)
  • “May I take a message?” - Read an inspirational book.
  • “May I take your order?” - Read a book where the protagonist is a waitress, or short-order cook, or takes orders of some kind. (Just a few examples on this listopia’s Waitress Heroine in Romance.)
  • “May Pole” (AKA May Poll) - Read a book on a listopia list. Or is a book set in Poland/written by a Polish Writer. (Examples found here: Best Polish Books.)
  • “May the road rise to meet you...” - Read a book with a road on the cover. Or someone takes a road trip.
  • “May you live in interesting times...” - Read a book where someone is cursed. Or one with lots of danger, uncertainty, and chaos.
  • Maybe, maybe not.” - Read a book that you’ve been pondering for awhile.
  • Mayday! Mayday!” - Read a book where the protagonist works as some type of emergency personnel: fireman, policeman, paramedic. Or someone makes or receives a distress call. Or where someone uses a radio. Since this word may derive from the French expression “venez m'aider” - which translates to “come help me” - I'll take any book set in France. Also, in The Handmaid's Tale, they used “Mayday” as a code to identify themselves as part of the resistance - so, I'll take a protagonist that is part of one, or any plot involving some hidden code.
  • The merry month of May.” - Read a book that is humorous.
  • “Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are.” - Read a book with a mirror or car on the cover. Or one where the protagonist is an illusionist, magician, or interacts with mirrors in some way.
  • “Seven Days in May.” - Read a book that is seventh in a series. Or has the word “day(s)” in the title, series, author, or character name. We will take the alternate spelling of “Daye,” as in the series October Daye.
  • “Sticks and stones may break my bones.” - Read a book with a word in the title that rhymes with “may” -- or where the title rhymes alone. (Examples: Double Play (“play” rhymes with “may” -- or Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, where title is a rhyme itself.)
  • “Terms & conditions may apply.” - Read a book that fits another challenge.
  • “Things may look good on the surface...” - Read a book with an attractive cover.
  • “To whom it may concern.” - Read a book with a stand-alone “letter” in the title. Or by an author with a stand-alone “letter” in their name. Or read a book of memoirs. Or one that has a letter or envelope on the cover. (Examples: C, by Tom McCarthy; author J.R. Ward; All Creatures Great and Small; or maybe something like these found on this listopia .)
  • Try as I may.” - Read a book that was published any day in May, of any year.
  • “Warning: May be hazardous to your health.” - Read a book where someone finds themselves in a precarious situation. Or where a character gets an illness. Or is a cigarette smoker.
  • “You may well ask!” - Read a book with a question mark -- or an exclamation mark -- in the title.
  • "May the odds be ever in your favor!" Read one of the more popular books for Young Adults (i.e., Divergent, Hunger Games, Legend, etc.) Look on this listopia for ideas; Popular Fiction for Young Adults 

How to Play:
In order to play, you need to either post on this post as a comment, or email me at kissandtell.books@gmail.com and I will add you myself.

What to Put in the post...
  • Make sure your name (or a Pseudonym, like the Snark) is written first.
  • Mention which Level you would like to play at (options listed at the top)
  • Write which "expressions" you are going to do, and the corresponding book you'll read
  • When you read one of the books, mark that you did so by the date you read the book or by saying "Finished" next to it.
  • Once you finish, write the date you completed the whole

Example:

Response Format Example #1

Level: Easy Breezy
Completed: (not yet finished)
  • "He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day." If I Stay by Gayle Foreman - 4/16/15
  • "May he rest in peace." The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Finished
  • "May Day!" The Gamble by Kristen Ashley Currently Reading

Response Format Example #2

Level: Easy Breezy
Completed: 4/4/15

"He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day." Read a book on Survival
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman - 4/2/15

"May he rest in Peace." Read a book where someone dies
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Finished

"May Day!" Read a book first in a series
The Gamble by Kristen Ashley


Good Luck (and yes, I'm saying it) May the Odds be ever in your favor!

XOXO,
Kat


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