Friday, April 25, 2014

Summer Book Challenge (Preliminaries)

Yay for book challenges. Double yay for book challenges from blog buddies!! 

Do you guys remember me participating the in Autumn Book Challenge hosted by Semi-Charmed Life this past fall? Well, she's created a new fun summer challenge and I'm more than excited to play along and see how far I can get this time! The even cooler part, I'm honored to create her blog link-up button!! How freakin sweet is that?! #winning

Last time I finished 7 of 13 books and this time I'm really banking on finishing it up if not completing more books. I totaled my points up and I hit 105 out of the 200 points. I'm quite surprised that I did so well but I'm excited to see that the categories this time around look like total fun!!


Yes I do realize that my list has several options on a couple of the categories. That's because I'm too indecisive and until I finalize it I'm keeping the rest on my list. Expect the full 100% right list in a couple days!

#1 - Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long (5 points)
This will be one of the many below that I didn't use for the other category.

#2 - Read a book that was written before you were born (10 points)
HELP!?! (I was born in 1989)

#3 - Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book to use it for this category) (10 points)
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen 335 pages

#4 - Read a book from the children's section of the library or bookstore (10 points)
Unfriended by Rachel Veil 288 pages
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 336 pages

#5 - Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it (15 points)
The Women of Duck Commander by The Robertson Ladies 228 pages
I'm not loving this book, I really want to find a new one so this will probably change...

#6 - Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe (15 points)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 371 pages
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 300 pages
Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden

#7 - Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge (15 points)

#8 - Read a book with "son(s)," "daughter(s)," or "children" in the title (20 points)
Little Children by Tom Perrotta 368 pages
Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner 288 pages

#9 - Read a book that was/will be adapted into a film in 2014 (20 points)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed 336 pages
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman 368 pages

#10 - Read a book written by a blogger (25 points)
I've Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has by Mandy Hale 240 pages

#11 - Read a biography, autobiography or memoir (25 points)
The Running Dream by Wendelin Draanen
The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather

#12 - Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles (30 points)
Ummm... Ideas? Anyone? Bueller?

Oh and PS, I updated my Book Club page with more books and fun new things I'm working on! Go check it out and tell me what you think (scroll down to the way bottom to see the new exciting updates)
And PPS- I started my 50 Books From 50 States Challenge and I want you, my blog friends, to suggest books for me! Ideally I'd like a book that takes place in that state, and for blog friends from all over to give me local read ideas so please be my friend and help out! I'm evening tagging my friends by the books they suggest!!

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  1. So many good options! For the year I was born one, I thought straight to one of the classic-- Pride and Prejudice!

  2. The Fault is in our Stars...I'm reading it now and The story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  3. For the year I was born options, if you like dystopian stories like Hunger Games or Divergent, I would suggest Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985) or classics like 1984, We, Brave New World, Catch 22, or Fahrenheit 451.

  4. I agree - P&P for the before you were born. I want to read that one... but I have read it 500 times. Oh well! I'm still struggling with the antonyms one!

  5. Anna Belle had really good suggestions for the book written before you were born (I especially liked 1984), but if you want more ideas, I just went to my to-read list on Goodreads and sorted by date published, then I scrolled down until I got past my birthday. :) And similarly for the antonyms, I found a book I wanted to read ("Two Boys Kissing") and then just searched an antonym on Goodreads ("girls") until I found something I liked! Thanks again for the spanking new button. :)

  6. Visiting your list from the linkup! I struggled so much with the antonyms. I kept finding books and going "now if I can find a book with the antonym in the title..." It didn't help that I was trying to do it with books I already own.
    I was also born in '89 and turned to several classics. I'm going for Treasure Island. Roald Dahl passed just after we were born so a lot of his books qualify. And actually, The Color Purple was written in 1982, if you're willing to move that around!!


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