Readers of this blog know that I’m a HUGE fan of a challenge, so when I read in Ashley’s post about the Book Challenge by Erin, I knew I was in!
First off, here are the rules:
· First and foremost, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome.
· The challenge will run from JULYY 1, 2017 to OCTOBER 31, 2017. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on October 31 will count. (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.)
· Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too.
· A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the book you originally chose, no worries.
· You can read your books in any order you choose.
· Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the challenge.
· There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen. Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them. A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice. (if you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
· There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember!
· Book categories will be posted June 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation.
· After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by June 15th (if possible). If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other. (Late entries will still be accepted.)
· The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; most points accumulated; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!) Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
· Lastly, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome. Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!
And now comes the fun part…picking out the books!
5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson–It’s a psychological thriller that I’ll probably want to read over my lunch hour instead of right before bed, but I can’t wait to delve into it!
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue–This book came blogger-recommended, so I can’t wait to see how I like it!
10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Approval Junkie by Faith Salie–While the cover on Goodreads isn’t yellow, the paperback that I received from Blogging for Books definitely is.
15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase–There’s a bird on the cover, so it totally counts!
20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen–Apparently, thrillers are heavy on my TBR right now.
20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid–I’m VERY excited about this one!
25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_most_commonly_challenged… (submitted by Christina)
Fun Home: An American Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel–I’m obsessed with the Broadway musical, so I’d love to finally read the book!
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini–I used to shelve this book all the time when I worked at a bookstore, and I never stopped to see what it was about. Now I’m intrigued!
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley–This reminds me a bit of the historical fiction version of the movie Powder…but we’ll see!
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot–Love the movie, so why shouldn’t I finally read the book?
Who wants to read along with me??