One of the groups I'm a member of on Goodreads had a challenge for this quarter based on the Chinese zodiac. The challenge goal was to read books based on the character traits given to the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The challenge was from July 1st 2014 to September 30th 2014, and we were to read books for as many as we could in that time.
Here are the details for the type of books we were to try and read, along with the details for the books I read for them:
1. The Horse. On January 31, 2014, it becomes the Year of the Horse! Horses like being the center of attention. Read a book where the main character is famous OR read a memoir about or a biography of a celebrity.
I read "Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni" (The Legendary Women of World History, #1) by Laurel A. Rockefeller on August 5th 2014.
2. The Goat. Home is where Goats feel the most comfortable. Read a book that takes place in the country you were born in.
I read "Art Pengriffin & The Curse Of The Four" by Norman Revill on July 23rd 2014.
3. The Monkey. Monkeys are the masters of practical jokes. Read a humorous book.
I read "Unholy Cow" by John H. Carrol on July 18th 2014.
4. The Rooster. Roosters tend to "tell it like it is." Read a non-fiction book.
I read "Meditations Through the Year: Nature's Cycle of the Seasons in Guided Visualization" by Dorothea Breitzter-Kings on August 2nd 2014.
5. The Dog. While loyal and faithful, Dogs have trouble finding mates. Read a book that contains a troubled romance.
I read "Persuasion" by Jane Austen on August 23rd 2014.
6. The Pig. Pigs love to have fun but tend to prefer spending to saving. Read a book you have purchased (rather than borrowed).
I read "Pathfinder #3 — Rise of the Runelords Chapter 3: "The Hook Mountain Massacre"" (Rise of the Runelords #3) by Nicolas Logue, Mike McArtor, and James L. Sutter on August 1st 2014.
7. The Rat. Constantly seeking knowledge, Rats are curious and clever. Read a book that teaches you something.
I read "Emma Learns To Sprout" by Shir Guez on July 24th 2014.
8. The Ox. Oxen aren't very sociable and prefer life-long friendships to casual acquaintances. Read a book in which the main character could be described as an introvert.
I read "Books Of The Immortals - Earth" (Books Of The Immortals, #5) by Barbara G.Tarn, on September 4th 2014.
9. The Tiger. Tigers love to be challenged. Read a book you find challenging in some way maybe because of its length, style, or subject matter.
I read "The Man In The Moon" by Luke Spychalla on July 30th 2014. The difficulty was that the text was embedded in the pictures, which made it impossible for me to read the text.
10. The Rabbit. Rabbits tend to enjoy meeting people from different places and learning about different cultures. Read a book about a culture not your own.
I read "Stories The Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers, on September 24th 2014.
11. The Dragon. The Dragon is often considered to be the strongest sign, and the only one that is a mythical animal. Read a book that contains a mythical or paranormal creature.
I read "Ilse Witch" (Voyage Of The Jerle Shannara, #1) by Terry Brooks on July 2nd 2014.
12. The Snake. Snakes work hard but tend to be easily bored. To prevent boredom, read a short book (i.e., one with fewer than 100 pages).
I read "Drippy The Peg-Legged Rainbow" by John H. Carrol on July 16th 2014.