However, Megan over at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life recently posted a summer challenge and the timing seems right to give this challenge a go.
- The challenge will run from May 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on May 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on August 31 will count.
- Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print versions meets this length requirement.
- 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 during a later check-in, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
- Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads.
- The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge.
Here are the categories:
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
- A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett: It's our book club book in May, so I know I have to read it anyways!
10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!)
- Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan: I was wandering our school library and picked it off the shelf because I liked the cover.
10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you've had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.)
- Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger: It's been on my list for just over 2 years...though I have plenty of other choices on my list should I change my mind.
10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Won the Best Book award for Young Adult Fiction.
15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: Never read anything by this author, yet have two of her books on my shelf. Time to get moving!
15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.)
- Not sure about this one...have several options on the shelf that could stand to be read, but there are also a lot of books I want to borrow this summer from the library, so I'm going to hold off listing one for now.
15 points: Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. (Or "lightness" or "darkness.")
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: It's on my to-read list anyways, so...
20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title.
- The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall: It's on my shelf and I'm trying to clean house!
|Already got a few of the books ready to go for May 1!|
20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel: Also sitting on my shelf, and it belongs to someone else! Needs read so that I can return it!
25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
- A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton: I've considered reading one in this series for awhile and since I've read all the books in the series I want to read, this seems like a good option.
25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: I bought the Kindle version forever ago and haven't even opened it.
30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it's worth the most points!)
- Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt: Could change...because if I come across another option I'm interested in I might switch it up!