Friday, October 16, 2015

Semi-Charmed Kind of Life Winter Book Challenge 2015

Dude.  Y'all.  I know.  I'm blowing up the posts today.  But, I had my "Ten Things That Made Me Happy" post all set, and then I got rolling & ranting about Lamar Odom, and then I saw that Megan announced her categories for the Semi-Charmed Winter 2015 Book Challenge, and, well, you know, I love me a book challenge and a chance to make a book list.  (I also love me a good run-on sentence.)

Here it is:
 5 points: Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages.
Night by Elie Wiesel (115 pages)
10 points: Read a debut book by any author. (The book does not have to be a 2015 debut.)
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (336 pages)
10 points: Read a book that does not take place in your current country of residence.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (France/438 pages)
10 points: Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Kristen @ See You in a Porridge. Hey! I know her
updated:  Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill - from Kristen's list - this works perfectly for me, because Kristen chose a book from my list for this category AND Heart-Shaped Box is sitting on my bookshelf at home waiting to be read.
15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym (e.g. Robert Galbraith, Sara Poole, J.D. Robb, Franklin W. Dixon, Mark Twain, etc.). — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Megan M.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling/455 pages)
15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title (or the plural of these words).
The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez (456 pages)
15 points: Read a book with a one-word title (e.g. Attachments, Americanah, Uglies, Wild, etc.).
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (208 pages)
20 points: Read a book with a person's first and last name in the title (e.g. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle).
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (470 pages)
20 points: Read a food-themed book. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!
The Dinner by Herman Koch (292 pages)
20 points: Read a book with a verb in the title. (For any grammar nerds out there, I mean “verb” in the most general sense, so gerunds count. For non-grammar-inclined people, just use any book that appears to have a verb in the title!)
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (371 pages)
30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors). — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher bevchen @ Confuzzledom.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King (448 pages) and Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer (393 pages)
30 points: Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject (e.g. a biography and historical fiction novel about the same person; two books about a specific war or event; a nonfiction book about autism and a novel with a character who has autism, etc. The possibilities are endless!).
Crank by Ellen Hopkins (fiction/538 pages) and Tweak by Nic Sheff (non-fiction/336 pages)

I'm pretty pleased with this list.  There's YA, historical fiction, and thrillers; books from my bookshelf & books I'll get from the library.  Have you read any of these?  Thoughts?  


  1. Ooh, this is such an intriguing list - I've only heard of about 3 of the books! I'm off to Goodreads to lookup the oothers - hello new additions to the TBR pile!

  2. I read I'll Give You the Sun and enjoyed it a lot! Not familiar with any of the others. May have to steal your food theme book for my own. LOL! I'm not having much luck with ideas for that category so far. Have a great weekend!

  3. I'm definitely going to join in this month! It looks like you've got some good books on your list!

  4. Night was an excellent book. I think everyone should read it.

  5. I haven't read any of these but many are on my to-read list. I don't know that I'm going to participate in the challenge (I have my own one for myself I'm working on) but it might be fun to put together the list anyway.

  6. hey i know her! hahaha. i was so excited when i saw the challenge pop up on my bloglovin, but ugh.. the last one is stumping me. i hate non fiction! i am currently reading the nightingale!

  7. I'm taking a break lol. I still have to finish my last 2 from your challenge and it's slow going. If I were to start another and not finish, I'd just feel like a failure, lol.

  8. This is awesome! So are these the challenge results or the challenge for this month?

  9. Part of me really wants to join in on this but I know I'm all over the place. Maybe I'll semi-play along?

  10. Love it! I'm going to attempt to do this again and am working on my list right now.

  11. Have you not read Night before? We read it in my senior AP English class (the regular sophomore class was reading it too, but different assignments) and I think EVERYBODY should have to read it.

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE I'll Give You the Sun! And Speak. And The Nightingale. And Night. You really have a great list going here!

  13. I had to read Night in high school, very moving. I haven't heard of the others. Good luck with the challenge!

  14. You've got some great ones on here! I was really considering using Night for my <200 pages book, but I really have to limit the number of depressing reads if I ever hope to finish one of these challenges!

  15. I'm so excited that you posted this for a couple of reasons:

    1. I found a great new blog to follow.
    2. I now have a new book challenge to work on!

    I haven't made my list (or linked up) YET ... But the wheels started turning in my mind as soon as I read through your list. I'd never done a book challenge until this summer, and it was so much fun. Since it ended, I've been thinking, "I'd love to do another one of these soon." And then this popped up, and I was like, "YES!!!" :-)

  16. You are really rocking this challenge! I feel so bad about my book challenge, I rarely find any time to read and it is driving my insane.

  17. Okay I'm going to do this one! I just need to get my books together to fit the list....I missed out on the fall but I am doing the winter one!!!


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