Thursday, May 1, 2014

-Summer Book Challenge-

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!!


My FINAL list is set in stone and I couldn't be more excited to get rolling on some reading. If you have any of these books and you've read them please tell me! I'm on a mission to borrow or buy used books this round, mostly because I know there's a way to get my hands on them without paying retail price for them. I promise I'll give them back and I'm not a book bender, I hate when pages get bent so I treat my books like fragile infants ;)

#1 - Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long (5 points)
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink 224 pages

#2 - Read a book that was written before you were born (10 points)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 300 pages

#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)
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 Nazi Officers Wife by Edith Beer 336 pages

#6 - Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe (15 points)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 371 pages

#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

#9 - Read a book that was/will be adapted into a film in 2014 (20 points)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed 336 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)
Running Away: A Memoir by Robert Powell 272 pages

#12 - Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles (30 points)
Driving With Dead People by Monica Holloway 336 pages
Fully Alive by Ken Davis 225 pages


So what's your bets on me increasing my odds and doing better than last time? Come on, have a little faith in me and hope that I complete a solid 3/4 of them this time would ya!! I'd love for you to do this with me and help hold me accountable!

Below I'll list the books and update them when I get them done, I'll go ahead and cross them off and add the dates that I finish these books, I know I'm not allowed to start reading them until the beginning of May but with the amazing coupons that came in the mail to Barnes & Noble I can at least purchase the books right!! 
And on another note, does anyone have any recommendations on where to buy cheap/free audiobooks? I'm wanting to venture out of my comfort zone and try one or two for when I'm running, see if it's something I'd be interested in. Lemme know your thoughts!!

#1 The Reader by Bernhard Schlink 224 pages
#2 The Color Purple by Alice Walker 300 pages
#3 Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen 335 pages
#4 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 336 pages
#5 The Nazi Officers Wife by Edith Beer 336 pages
#6 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 371 pages
#8 Little Children by Tom Perrotta 368 pages
#9 Wild by Cheryl Strayed 336 pages
#10 I've Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has by Mandy Hale 240 pages
#11 Running Away: A Memoir by Robert Powell 272 pages
#12 Driving With Dead People by Monica Holloway 336 pages & Fully Alive by Ken Davis 225 pages


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!! Keep an eye out for a future post SOON about this, me and Megan are teaming up and I'm super thrilled about it :)

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  1. I love this idea!! probably because I am a huge book nerd :) Are you a sports fan? I have a good NJ book for you if so!

  2. Wow! What an awesome challenge! If I was at a place to commit, I would totally do this challenge too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am a big book nerd too! I would love to do this. I guess I need to print this list of challenges and hit the library! Count me IN! I'll do a special link for that on my blog if you tell me how!


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