I shall not tell a lie: It's a little weird for me calling this challenge a "Summer Book Challenge" as I enter winter in the southern hemisphere. But, whatevs.
The challenge begins in June. Dani and I are hosting a challenge (Read My Books) that begins in June too. So, my real challenge was selecting books for these categories, based on the books sitting in my bookshelf at home. I'm off to a good start...
|June reading plan|
Here's the categories, and here's my preliminary list:
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long. -
Beneath the Bonfire: Stories by Nickolas Butler
10 points: Read an adult fiction book written by an author who normally writes books for children. Examples: J. K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, etc. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Kelly E. - I gave up on Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) after The Silkworm; still open to suggestions for this category.
Tentatively selected: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
15 points: Read a book set in Appalachia. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Ericka B. (Try this list or this one for inspiration. And here’s a map if you have a book in mind and want to know if it fits the setting.) -
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
15 points: Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read a book with a cover you personally find unappealing. -
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
|The book I own ~ this is the cover ~ unappealing enough that I've avoided reading it|
20 points: Read a book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Bevchen. - This was one of the more difficult categories for me to select. Often, I choose to read a book before the movie. Or, if I've seen the movie without reading the book, I rarely go back to the book...because the images of the movie are strong in my mind:
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
30 points: Read a microhistory. (Try this list or this one for ideas.) -
Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas by Dale Carpenter
30 points: Read one book with a good word in the title, and one with a bad word. Note: This category is reeeeeeeally open-ended! Maybe you like turtles, so The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is a title with a "good" word. Similarly, the "bad" word could be a swear word or a literally negative word like “not” or “none,” or it could just be something you don’t like. Have fun with it! (Remember, you must read both books to get 30 points; this category is not worth 15 points per book.)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I've had many unsuccessful intentions to read this author; this book has been sitting on my shelf for over a year; now's a good time to finally open it...and Hate List by Jennifer Brown
40 points: Read two books that contain the same word in the title, but once in the singular and once in the plural. For example: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer, or Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. (Remember, you must read both books to get 40 points; this category is not worth 20 points per book.)
Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted by Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones, and Juliana Buhring and The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
What do you think of my list? Are you participating in this challenge?