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Summer 2014 Book Challenge

Megan, over at semi-charmed kind of life, leads some super fun reading challenges.  I started to participate in her last challenge, but then life got in the way, and I didn't have a chance to participate further.  But, I'm going to start (and finish) her current challenge that is starting on May 1!!  Go check out her blog and read the introduction post (including the rules for the challenge) right here

I really enjoy these challenges because they tend to make me read books that I normally wouldn't choose!  It's fun to branch out a little and read some new books!  

Here are the categories for this challenge:

5 points: Freebie!  Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
10 points: 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: Read a book from the children's section of the library or bookstore.
15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you began reading it.
15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.  (Yes, you will have to wait until the first check-in to choose this book!  So no one will be able to finish this challenge in only one month; sorry!)
20 points: Read a book with "son(s)," "daughter(s)" or "children(ren)" in the title.  No other words will count -- including kids, offspring, etc. -- so please don't ask.  :)
20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.  (Here are 16 ideas to get you started, but I know there are plenty more options.)
25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.  (Submitted by Jessica of The Tangerine.)
25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.

Here are the books that I have chosen for my preliminary list of books to read for the challenge.  Some of these books may change as I progress through this challenge, but this is what I'm thinking I'll read right now!

10 points: Written before you were born: From This Day by Nora Roberts
10 points: Finish book from before: Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver
10 points: Children's section: The Secret School by Avi
15 points: New York Times' Best Seller: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
15 points: Historical fiction: Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck
15 points: Book another blogger has read for challenge: To Be Determined
20 points: "Son(s)," "daughter(s)," or "child(ren)" in title: The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
20 points: Book adapted to film in 2014: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
25 points: Written by blogger: The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
25 points: Biography, autobiography, or memoir: Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman
30 points: Pair of books with antonyms in titles: First Love by James Patterson and The Last Blind Date by Linda Yellin



8 comments

  1. I really want to read Wild, too! :)

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    1. Yes! That one looks great! And a popular choice among all participating in this challenge!!

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  2. You've listed a lot of books that are new to me, but we both picked The Memory Keeper's Daughter! (That one seems to be pretty popular for the children category.) Excited to see how you like the books you read! Good luck.

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    1. Thanks! I've tried to participate before...but it was always at a bad time for me! This time, I'm determined to complete the challenge!!

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  3. what a fab list - a lot i haven't heard of, which is always fun! i have no idea what to read for written by a blogger. i absolutely loved the memory keeper's daughter.

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    1. I found it hard to find books written by bloggers - I may still change that if I come across something better!

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  4. Love your list! Can't wait to join the challenge! I've been reading your blog for awhile and enjoy it! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! Go check it out! http://themishapsandmayhemofsolitarylife.blogspot.com/2014/04/good-news.html

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    1. Thank you! I'll definitely go check it out!

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