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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
"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!