Friday, January 7, 2011

Hogwarts Reading Challenge

Seriously, who could resist this challenge?! I am way in. I will choose books later, just wanted to do this post and link it, etc.

Hogwarts Reading Challenge 2011
January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011

In the Hogwarts Reading Challenge you are a student of the school. You will be sorted into houses. Each book you read must fit in to the subject of one the classes. You do not have to read books that fit all the subjects. Each book equals one point (toward the house cup).

You must read at least 5 books (audio books count) before you are enter in to the drawing. At the end of the Challenge one person will win a $15 Amazon Gift Card and one house will win the House Cup (purely a pride thing).

Reading one of the 7 Harry Potter books earns you 25 house points. You can only read these books once during the challenge. 15 points for any other Harry Potter related book such as Tales of Beedle the Bard or A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter, again these books and only be read once during the challenge.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling +15
Quidditch through the Ages - Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling) +15
Total for this category: +220

Time frame May1st to June 30th
We all know that at the end of the series Harry Potter must either fight Voldemont or forever run in hiding. For this challenge read 3 books that have to do with fighting, boxing, military, or aviation. Books with the words flight or fight will count as will. Books with the word bird or a type of flying bird will count. So books about an ostrich will not count, they do not fly. When in doubt ask me.
Points - 10 points (max 30 points) an additional 25 points for completing the challenge. Meaning you read all 3 will receive 30 points plus 25 bonus points for a total of 55 points. 15 points for each additional book (for every 3rd book you get an extra entry in the Triwizard Tournament Drawing)

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower - C.S. Forester (fighting/military) +10
Co. Aytch - Sam R. Watkins +10
Lieutenant Hornblower - C.S. Forester (fighting/military) +10

Bonus points for completing challenge: +25

Total for this mini-challenge: +55

 <---- (This is supposed to be a badge showing I'm in Hufflepuff, but I am blog challenged and can't make it appear here, sorry.)

The classes:

Transfiguration - read any book that has trans or figure in its title, is about shape shifting, has a shape shifter in it, or is about anything having to do with changing one thing into another

Defence Against the Dark Arts - read any book that has defence(defense), dark and/or art(s) in its title, read any book that is about self defense, war, history of war/marital arts, murder mysteries 
1. The March - E.L. Doctorow (set during the American Civil War) +1
2. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves - M.T. Anderson (set during the American Revolutionary War) +1
3. Secrets - Frederick Ramsay (murder mystery) +1
4. Choker - Elizabeth Woods (murder mystery) +1 

5. Liar's Kiss - Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano (murder mystery) +1
6. Buffalo Mountain - Frederick Ramsay (murder mystery) +1
7. Stranger Room - Frederick Ramsay (murder mystery) +1

Total this class: 7

Charms - read any book that has charm in its title, any book that deals with gives something or someone a new aspect (for example the nerdy guy become a handsome doctor)

1. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Betty MacDonald (poorly behaved children become well behaved) +1

2. Push - Sapphire (an illiterate and abused girl finds her own self worth) +1

Total this class: 2

Potions - read any book that has potion in its title, cookbooks count but you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Astronomy - read any book that has astronomy in its title, books about planets, stars, etc, sci-fi

1. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (sci-fi) +1
2. Whales on Stilts - M.T. Anderson (sci-fi)  +1
3. Feed - M.T. Anderson (sci-fi) +1

Total this class: 3

History of Magic - read any book that has history or magic in its title, books about magic, witches, etc.

2. Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth - E.L. Konigsburg (this book is about Elizabeth, who becomes an apprentice to a witch, Jennifer) +1

Total this class: 2

Herbology - read any book that has herb in its title, again cookbooks count and again you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Arithmancy - read any book that has arithmancy in its title, any book with a number in its title, any book that deals with numbers or math

1. The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff +1
2. The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Alison Weir +1
4. The Mystery of the 99 Steps - Carolyn Keene +1
5. The Life of Elizabeth I - Alison Weir +1

Total this class: 5


Ancient Runes - read any book that has ancient or runes in its title, books about historical places like the pyramids, Stonehenge, great wall of china, or any book about symbols

Total this class: 1

Divination - read any book that has divine in its title, any book about psychics or psychic abilities, tarot reading etc.

Care of Magical Creatures - read any book that has magical or creatures in its title, about supernatural beings

2. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters - Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters (sea monsters) +1
3. Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede (dragons) +1
4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan (supernatural beings) +1
5. Gingerbread Girl - Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (homunculus) +1 
6. Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman (supernatural beings) +1

Total this class: 6

Muggle Studies - nearly any book works here, what better why to understand Muggle than to read what they read

1. Matched - Ally Condie +1
2. The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum - Wallace Irwin +1

3. The Wonderful O - James Thurber +1
4. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets/George's Mother - Stephen Crane +1
5. Portrait of an Unknown Woman - Vanora Bennett +1
6. The House with a Clock in its Walls - John Bellairs +1
7. Haweswater - Sarah Hall +1
8. The Calligrapher's Daughter - Eugenia Kim +1
9. A House Called Awful End - Philip Ardagh +1
10. Dreadful Acts - Philip Ardagh +1
11. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving +1
12. Terrible Times - Philip Ardagh +1
13. Nocturnes - Kazuo Ishiguro +1
14. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - Rhoda Janzen +1
15. Leah's Choice - Marta Perry +1

16. JPod - Douglas Coupland +1
17. The Gum Thief - Douglas Coupland +1
18. Ak√©: The Years of Childhood - Wole Soyinka +1
19. Life of Pi - Yann Martel +1
20. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen +1 
21. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan +1
22. Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin +1
23. Brighton Rock - Graham Greene +1
24. Bastard out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison +1
25. The Book of Lies - Brad Meltzer +1
26. Mountains Beyond Mountains - Tracy Kidder +1
27. The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn - Alison Weir +1
28. Everything Is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer +1
29. Out of Sight - Elmore Leonard +1
30. Bitter Is the New Black - Jen Lancaster +1
31. The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus +1
32. The End of the Affair - Graham Greene +1
33. Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster +1
34. Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster +1
35. How I Paid for College - Marc Acito +1

36. Choker - Frederick Ramsay +1

37. How Dolly Parton Saved My Life - Charlotte Connors +1
38. Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family - Barry Denenberg +1
39. Pretty in Plaid - Jen Lancaster +1
40. When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro +1
41. More Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin +1
42. Attack of the Theater People - Marc Acito +1
43. Artscape - Frederick Ramsay +1
44. Home Fires - Candace Schuler +1
45. The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene +1

46. True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey +1
47. The Road - Cormac McCarthy +1
48. The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder +1
49. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith +1
50. A Genealogist's Guide... - Sharon DeBartolo Carmack +1
51. Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys +1
52. This Girl Is Different - J.J. Johnson +1
53. The Lake - Banana Yoshimoto +1
Total this class: 53


  1. Hi and welcome to the Hogwarts Reading Challenge 2011
    Links are up to get sorted once you are please let me know what house you are in. You can always skip sorting if you want to be in Slytherin house. Thanks and Happy Reading

  2. Hey welcome to the challenge just stopping by cause we are both in Hufflepuff

  3. Hi Anja
    Congrats you won the Hogwarts Reading Challenge