Monday, May 5, 2014

Summer Book Challenge

With no school responsibilities this summer, I've decided to participate in the Summer Book Challenge, hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. I have a HUGE stack of books that are mostly thrifted just laying around waiting to be read. The sad part is, most of them have been laying around for over a year, so this challenge is giving me the motivation to finally read them.
 
Here's my preliminary reading list for the next few months:
 
Any book that is at least 200 pages long - 5 points: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling.  
I chose this book, because (as I've already mentioned) I'm in the middle of re-reading the series and I started this one within the time frame of the challenge (yesterday) and I'm not letting a (nearly) 900-page book count for nothing.
 
A book written before I was born - 10 points: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (published 1937). 

A book I couldn't finish reading the first time around - 10 points: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

A book from the children's section - 10 points: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling. 

A book on the New York Times Best Sellers List - 15 points: To be determined.

A historical fiction book that is not based in Europe - 15 points: The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry (Salem, Massechusets) 

A book another blogger has already read for the challenge - 15 points: To be determined. 

A book with "sons," "daughters," or "children" in the title - 20 points: The Witch's Daughter, by Paula Brackston.
This is a book that I also started but never finished, so I'm not sure if it counts as one of my three re-reads or not, but I'm looking forward to finishing it.
 
A book that will be adapted to film in 2014 - 20 points: To be determined.
I really wish I would have waited to read Gone Girl now that I know about the challenge. Oh well. I am thinking of The Fault in our Stars, by John Green, or Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Any suggestions?
 
A book written by another blogger - 25 points: Let's Pretend this Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson (AKA The Bloggess)
If her book is anything like her blog then I'm sure this will be the easiest most enjoyable book on my list.
 
A biography, autobiography, or memior - 25 points: Bossypants, by Tina Fey. 
She has always been someone that I considered a role model, and I've had her book for almost a year without reading it. 
A pair of books with antonyms in the titles - 30 points: also, to be determined. 
 
Happy Reading!

13 comments:

Kels Sheron said...

Pretty sure I've read every single one of those books in your picture. lol..best one? Harry Potter duh ;)

Marcie said...

The Fault in our Stars is fantastic. Also, if you don't ugly-cry while reading it, you have no soul. :)

Claire @ Refining Bliss said...

Bossypants is absolutely hysterical. I had it on my laptop and would read parts when I was bored in class, but I eventually had to stop because I could only cover up my laughs for so long!

Jay T said...

The fault in our stars was really good, and it was an easy read so i think it would be great for this challenge. I'm going to look into this, I have so many books I haven't read that I want to!

Lauren said...

Oooh I really want to do this too. I'll have to start looking for books.

brooke lyn said...

oh man! all of the books. the fault in our stars was wonderful but will probably make you cry. Wild was also really good and bonus Oregon is featured in it :)

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

"The Fault in Our Stars" is on my to read list and I loved Bossypants. I think I read the whole thing on a plane ride ;)

Margaret said...

Oh I really like this challenge!! I really want to try to read more this summer- I now have an awesome porch to sit out on and enjoy a good book (and probably a good drink), so it's perfect!

Kellee the Caffeinated said...

what a great challenge!!!! I may have to get in on this!!!

Rachel said...

Great list! I've never read any Harry Potter books and I am thinking about adding at least the first few to my summer reading list.
-Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

Steph G said...

YES! I'm totally jumping onboard this challenge. I love a good list. I love that you're rereading all the Harry Potter books. I told myself that I would try and do that once every 5 years or so.

Amber Thomas said...

WAIT, HALT, PAUSE.

I've got Wild and The Fault in Our Stars in mine (and was bummed about Gone Girl too) so we WIN because either one that you choose will also be one on my list! :) You could also put The Fault in Our Stars in the Best Sellers' list one because it's on it (for the time being)....

SO GLAD YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN THIS.

The Jessa Olson Blog said...

I am doing this too. So excited! I have so many to read though on my wish list.