Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Challenge 4.0 Wrap Up

If you've been around these parts much, you probably know that I host Book Challenge by Erin through a facebook group.  There are a lot of book challenge opportunities out there (and I participate in quite a few).  The facebook group allows me to interact with book lovers from every era of my life ~ family, high school friends, college friends, co-workers, adult friends, blogger buddies, friends of friends and more!  It is an open group.  I am a stress-free, no-pressure host.  I encourage as much (or as little) participation as a reader wants to give. 

This challenge is a selfish task, if I'm being honest.  I probably get greater pleasure out of it than any of the challenge participants.  How did we do for the fourth challenge installment?  Take a look...

Book Challenge by Erin 4.0 is complete! For all who participated this challenge:
  • The most books ever read for one of our challenges - 497
  • The most to finish all 10 books - 28
  • The most to finish BOTH rounds (20 books total) - 5
  • The most to read BONUS round books - 15
  • 22 US states represented & 6 countries (although, this was the most difficult to keep track because I don't know where everyone lives!)
I appreciate each and every one that gives to this group. I read every book list, review, comment, and I am grateful for all of the support and encouragement shown for the love of books!  It is a happy place for me.

Winners!  I give *small* prizes to three participants: the first person to finish BOTH rounds; the first person to finish the first round, and the second person to finish the first round.  We had one of our blogger buddies to win a prize - congrats to Christina from Easily Entertained.

Also, I have to brag about a group I'm calling "The 400 Club".  These are the folks that completed BOTH the first round & bonus round...reading 20 challenge books in 4 months and accumulating 400+ points.  We had a total of 5 of these "elite" readers, and another one of our blogger buddies was in this group - congrats to Ericka from A Quiet Girl's Musings...

Let me brag a little about more of our blogger friends...the following completed the challenge by reading 10 (or more) books:

Ashley at The Wandering Weekenders

Cat at Kitty Kitty La La

Kelli at Kellibeans

Sanch at Living My Imperfect Life

Megan at Can I Decide Another Day? (she also invited 2 folks to the group that did exceptionally well)

Kerry at Till Then, Smile Often

Kristen at Divulge and Indulge

Heather at Heather's Hurrah

Karen at Run Wright

Other blogger buddy participants (some did better than others...ha!):

Kimmi at Chaos & Cocoa

Jana at Jana Says

Kristen at See You in a Porridge

Brita at Bella Brita

Kristin at Stuff, Things, etc.

 Alyssa at Alyssa Goes Bang

Gwen at Confessions of a Gila Monster

Jenn at Quirky Pickings

Kaity at (Bee)autiful Blessings

Thinking about joining us for the next challenge??  Join the facebook group.  If you have any facebook friends that you think would enjoy the challenge, recommend them to join the group.  Some of the most enthusiastic readers in the group are friends of friends...and I love that!

Or don't.  Some bloggers don't do facebook, and I'm cool with that too.  Of course, I announce stuff here on my blog too.

JUNE 1st - category announcement for Book Challenge by Erin 5.0

JULY 1st - OCT 31st - BOOK CHALLENGE by ERIN 5.0 - tell your friends! Invite them to the group.  The more book lovers, the better!

Hooray for books!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. I will try to do better next time! I failed so badly this time....life was not kind these past months but I will try again!!!

    Congrats on the amazing turnout for the challenge and to all those that rocked it!

  2. Loved your challenge & can't wait for the next one!! I actually really enjoyed the Facebook part of it because it was interesting to see people comment on the photos of a book I'd also read for the challenge & easily see their thoughts. Thanks for hosting, Erin!!!

  3. This was a fun challenge and it made me pick up my books (instead of the remote)- which is my main goal :) I can't wait for the list to come out in June! I invited friends to join the ground and in turn they invited me to the private challenge they're hosting with friends (based on the blog challenges they've seen). So many challenges!!

  4. Look at all the people who joined in - all the serious readers! :)

  5. Okay, I have made an official decision to join the next challenge! And I'm super excited because I have never participated in a big book challenge like this. :) I'm hosting a brunch in June for a group of ladies who are big readers, so I'll see if that want to join the fun!

  6. I love that you host this. I mean, I did terribly and I can't promise I'll do any better the next time but for me, I love seeing people reading. It's all about the books and books are awesome.

  7. Can I see the new list now so I can start prepping my list? Just kidding, but only kinda sorta kidding! Thanks so much for hosting this book challenge! I had such a blast and read so many books that I don't know when I would have gotten around to reading them! I'm already counting down the days until the next one!

  8. So as you know I totally dropped out here, but maybe I can get some mojo back for the next round of this challenge! Thank you for running it for all of us :)

  9. hahahaha i really failed so spectacularly. can't wait for next time!

  10. I feel pretty solid about my first book challenge. I decided I'll recap/review all the books I finished for the challenge for the next Show Us Your Books linkup. :)

    Can't wait for the next challenge. I actually loved the prep work of making my list, so I had a map of what I was reading for the next couple of months. I love lists...

  11. Look at all those participants!! Love seeing all the book love!

  12. Ugh. I have been reading. I'm just awful at picking out books and following through. Too much planning sometimes isn't a good thing!
    Thank you for hosting though (so much work, I bet!) and I'll be attempting one again this summer!!


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