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!)

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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.

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  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”.

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  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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