Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Challenge by Erin III

If you've read this blog for any amount of time at all, you know I love books.  I read.  I like to talk about books.  I'm a sucker for book challenges.  I started my own challenge a year ago hosting it through a facebook group page.  My thought was this: if I host it through facebook, that's another venue to talk about books with my fellow readers.  I am already in a few challenges that link back to blogs, but not facebook.  I'm pretty happy and proud of the group I've got happening on facebook.  It's so fun to see a collection of readers that are my high school friends, friends of friends, friends around the globe, all coming together for a mutual love of books.  If you're a reader, please join us.  Even just join the group to follow along with the fun.  Or jump in and rock the challenge!

Here's the information about the latest challenge:

General 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.
  • Join the facebook group Book Challenge by Erin
  • ·         The challenge will run from July 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015. 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.
  • ·         Please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page.  If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other.
  • ·         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.
  • ·         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 the middle of this month to give you time to gather books in preparation. 
  • ·         The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The top winner will get a small prize from me!  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!

Book Challenge by Erin III
·         5 points:  Read a book, any book that is at least 200 pages long. 

·         10 points:  Read a book with one of the following words in the title: “girl(s)”, “boy(s)”, “woman (women)”, or “man (men)”. 

·         10 points:  Read a book with a three word title. 

·         15 points:  Read a book with a number in the title (not the book number in a series, but an actual number in the title). 
(Examples:  1984 by George Orwell, One Plus One  by Jojo Moyes)

·         20 points:  Take the first letter of your last name…The title of your book should begin with that letter. (Examples:  Gray – title should begin with “G”; Gone With the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell or The Great Gatsby  F. Scott Fitzgerald will count too)

·         20 points:  Read a book set in any country in Latin America.

·         25 points:  Read a book by any of the female authors featured in this article by Time magazine: These are the 21 Female Authors You Should Be Reading.  (Girl Power!)

·         30 points:  Read a book of short stories (any genre, just make sure it is 200 pages in total).  (submitted by Meredith)

·         30 points:  Read a book that was a Newberry Award winner (medal winner or honor book).  (submitted by Nikki E.)

35 points:  Read a banned/challenged book from the list provided on the following link by the American Library Association (submitted by Amanda); Frequently Challenged Books from the 21st Century =



  1. That sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to join but I don't use facebook. Either way good luck and enjoy!

  2. Sounds like so much fun. I rarely use facebook though but we'll see what I can do!

  3. Uh that sounds like a great challenge! Such a cool idea! I guess I need to think about starting to use Facebook again!

  4. well you know i'm going to participate!! i'm gonna go ahead and say i won't finish though because i'm just not a fan of short stories. but i'll read the others because hello book challenge junkie ;)


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