Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Reading Challenge? Sure!

I found out about the Semi Charmed Book Challenge through the blog It's the Journey (which is always a pleasant read!).  Here are the details:

  • The challenge will run from May 1, 2012, to September 1, 2012. No books that are started before May 1 or finished after September 1 will count.
  • No re-reads! I want you to experience new books with this challenge.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long, unless otherwise noted.
  • A book can only be used for one category. If you want to switch the category later, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first three people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on my blog. If less than three people finish, the participants with the three highest scores will "win." Good luck!

The Challenge:

5 points: Read a book chosen for the U.S. 2012 World Book Night.
10: Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted. (If you were super studious and never did this, then read a book most people were assigned to read in high school but you weren’t.)
10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. (Examples: Friday Night Lights, When the Game Stands Tall, The Devil in the White City, etc.)
15: Read a book in one day. (Must be at least 150 pages long.)
15: Read a book that you've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to yet.
20: Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. (For example: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Boy in the Suitcase, or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Heart of Darkness, etc..)
20: Read a book that is set in a place you've never been but want to visit.
25: Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing.
25: Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it's not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right.)
25: Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. (Hey, you can’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right? And I’m upping the points to make it worth your while.)
30: Read a trilogy. Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages. (Remember, you can’t have read any of the books before! Suggestions: The Robert Langdon series, The Hunger Games, Twilight...)

I'm still trying to figure out what I want to read for each of these categories, here is my list (in the order it was listed above).  I will continue to update it as I figure out what to read, I'm also open to any suggestions so please help me out if you have any ideas!

One of these three: Bel Canto/The Book Theif/The Poisonwood Bible
Catcher and the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Three and Out - John U Bacon
Divergent - Veronica Roth (Now I just need to find a day I can devote to it!) DONE!
TBD (So many choices)
At The End- John Hennessy  DONE! and Starters- Lissa Price
My Life in France - Julia Child
The Neverending Story - Michael Ende (this movie came out in '84 and I'm super excited to read the book!)
Spring Fever - Mary Kay Andrews  DONE! (from the audio book section of my local library!)
50 Shades of Grey by E L James
TBD (Maybe Mistborn or a David Eddings trilogy, OR possibly a YA trilogy like Gone or the Sally Lockhart trilogy)

Oh yeah, and I'm also trying to get RoB to join in this challenge so you should head to his blog and try and help me convince him!

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