My friend BHB posted about a reading challenge she's doing this summer with the new-to-me book blog Semi-Charmed Life. Needless to say, I instantly decided to invite myself along to this party. I loved the little bonus challenges, and thought it would be fun to see how many of them I accidentally fulfilled during July's reading.
If you're interested in the full challenge rules, obviously click the link above (I trust you're not new to this internet thing). And you know I love any excuse to share my Goodreads thoughts!
5 points: Freebie! Read any book you'd like, as long as it follows the above rules. :)
Gotta give a shout-out to My Education by Susan Choi. Very possibly the best book I've read this year.
5: Read a book that is less than 150 pages long. (Yes, this is an exception to the general rules! You're welcome haha.)
10: Read a book with a color in the title.
Golden Boy by Abigal Tarttelin - and wow, is that an incredible book.
10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. (And yes, it must be in a series.)
15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - I've been hearing raves about this book for over a year, and boy it did not disappoint. Probably the funnest book I read during my Fourth of July reading binge.
15: Read a banned book.
20: Read a book written by a celebrity. This can be a memoir or a
fiction book published by someone who was already famous by another
means (e.g. James Franco).
20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir. It can be pure non-fiction or narrative non-fiction.
20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford takes place in Seattle, Washington, a place I'd love to visit someday even though I didn't like this book.
25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long.
The Passage by Justin Cronin - falls a little short of the first one, but still very enjoyable.
25: Read a book with a main character who shares your
first name. If you have an uncommon name and really can't find a book,
let me know and we can come up with an alternative. :)
30: Read a book written by an author who was born in or died in your birth year.
So far I have 75 points. Not awesome. Luckily, I've got a month to go! (Obviously, once I've joined a contest, it's unthinkable that I not collect all the points possible.) And I'm thinking of joining another bloggy friend's readathon this weekend - these categories might make the choice from my TBR stack a little less overwhelming.
Anyone else looking over their summer reading to see how they measure up??