Semi-Charmed Winter Reading Challenge

I’m a bit of a hussy when it comes to reading challenges.

I sign up for a fair few each year and one of my very favourite hostesses has to be Megan from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. So I have (of course) jumped on board again this time around.

The reading rules:

  • The challenge will run from November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017. No books started before 12 a.m. on November 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on January 31 will count.
  • Each book must be at least 150 pages long. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print version meets the length requirement.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the summer 2017 challenge.
  • Have fun! Read some books you might not have read otherwise. Discover new authors and make new bookworm friends. (Yes, these are the most important rules!)


The categories (and my book choices):

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long.
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
10 points: Read a 2016 finalist (longlist or shortlist) for one of the following literary prizes:National Book Award, Man Booker or Man Booker International.
This one is a tricky choice because none of them really appeal to me… “decent” literature rarely does! If you have a recommendation, hit me up!
10 points: Read a brand-new release (something published between November 1, 2016, and January 31, 2017).
An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney (released November 3rd)
15 points: Read a book by an author of a different race or religion than you.
Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende (she is Latina, I’m white)
15 points: Read a book featuring a main character who is of a different race or religion than you.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (she is Native American, I’m white)
20 points: Read a modern retelling of a classic.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, kind of)
25 points: Read a book with an alcoholic beverage (neat or cocktail) in the title.
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (a Victoria is 1 part cognac, 1 part dry vermouth, 1 part light rum, 1 part yellow chartreuse)
30 points: Read a book with a character that shares your first or last name.
Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy (I’ve read it before, but it is literally my only option.)
30 points: Read two books: a nonfiction book and a fiction book with which it connects.
Book 1 – A New York Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
Book 2 – Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
(Both are tragic love stories.)
40 points: Read two books: one by an author whose first name is the same as the last name of the author of the other book.
Book 1 – 1st to Die by James Patterson
Book 2 – Kiss me Annabel by Eloisa James

For more information on the challenge, or to sign up yourself, check out Megan’s original post.

6 thoughts on “Semi-Charmed Winter Reading Challenge

  1. Confuzzled Bev says:

    I’m having trouble with the literary prizes category as well – at first glance, none of the books appeal.

    Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver has a character called Dara if that helps. I don’t know if it’s any good though – I own it but haven’t yet read it.


  2. texerinsydney says:

    My heart swells over Love is a Mix Tape. I hope you enjoy it. I had a difficult time finding a book using my name as well, and I thought it wouldn’t be too tough because my surname is “Gray”.


  3. Megan says:

    Glad to have you in the challenge again! If it helps, Another Brooklyn is pretty “literary,” but it’s also a super fast read, so you could get it over with in one or two sittings to knock out the award-winner category. 😉 Good luck!


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