Thursday, June 30, 2016

Challenges, Challenges! (Book Challenge by Erin 5.0 Preliminary List)

It's no secret that I love a good book challenge.  Ok, ok...  I admit, that's probably an understatement.  I confess - I am a book challenge junkie.  But, I'm definitely not alone in this affliction and I consider myself in rather good company with other book lovers across the country and the globe.  Anyhoo... Book Challenge by Erin 5.0 begins tomorrow.  Erin organizes it through Facebook, but you can read more about on her blog.  Even though it starts tomorrow, you can join anytime if you are interested.

Here are the ten categories and my first round selections: 

Freebie (5 pts) - Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

A Book Whose Title Starts with the Letter R (10 pts) - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A Book with a Five Word Title (10 pts) - Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

A Book with a Mostly Blue Cover (15 pts)- The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

A Book that Features Twins (20 pts) - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A Book from Popsugar's 100 Books to Read Before They're Movies List (20 pts) - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

A Book Set in a Country I Want to Visit (25 pts) - China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (set in China)

A Historical Fiction Book (30 pts) - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

A Music Related Book (30pts) - Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol

A Book Published 100+ Years Ago (35 pts) - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I'm most eager to listen to Ready Player One, for I've heard great things about it and many people have said that is an ideal book for any fan of the 1980s - which I totally am!  The book I'm looking forward to the least is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  I haven't had much luck with Mark Twain in the past, for I really did not enjoy The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Let's hope that ol' Huckleberry Finn is better.

Are you participating in Erin's challenge?  If so, are you ready?  As always, thank you for stopping by!

West Virginia, my beloved home state, was hit by devastating floods last week. Many homes, businesses, schools, churches, and entire communities were completely inundated with rapidly rising water. Many structures, from homes to roads, were completely washed away by the flash flooding. West Virginians are strong, resilient people who rise up in the face of adversity. But, even the strongest folks could use some prayers from time to time. I ask that you remember the flood victims who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their belongings, and especially those who have lost loved ones.  I sincerely thank you.

If you are interested, fellow West Virginia native and country music star Brad Paisley, has established a GoFundMe account in which the donations will be distributed for flood relief through his charity, The Brad Paisley Foundation.  For more information, you can read about it in this article on The Tennessean website, on Brad Paisley's Facebook page, and/or on the GoFundMe page he launched on Wednesday June 29, 2016.  #wvrising (photo via)


  1. I read the inspiration for Chelsea Handler's title. Not sure if I read the Huckleberry Finn one. I probably just read the Tom Sawyer one. I haven't read any of the others.

    (I read your responses on the mosaic post.)

    1. I suspect the Handler book will be interesting. I'm not a Chelsea Handler fan and can say with much certainty that had I not needed to read a book with a pun in the title for the SCS Book Challenge, that this book would've never popped up on my radar. The SCSBC16 started June 1 and Erin's 5.0 starts tomorrow (July 1) so I am making Handler's book pull double duty for me. Perhaps I should read the inspiration book one day... We'll see what happens with ol' Huckleberry. :)

  2. I was thrilled with the enthusiasm and support last challenge, and this one is proving to be even bigger & better! Now...what to read first.......

    1. Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing what you think of I'll Give You the Sun.

  3. The only one of these I've read is Huckleberry Finn. The voice and style of Huckleberry Finn are very different than Tom Sawyer, so I hope you like it. Some of it is written in phonetic dialect, though, which can make the reading a little slow going.

    I think you're the person I met through Blogging A to Z who first introduced me to Erin's Challenge, so thanks for that!

    1. I hope so, too (that I like it). I'm utilizing the audiobook format, so the dialect shouldn't be too problematic. Yes, I think I was the one who introduced you to Erin's Challenge. You are very welcome! Thank you for stopping by.

  4. We're both reading Fangirl for our book with twins! We'll have to compare notes after we both finish! I read The Nightingale for Erin's last challenge, and it might be one of my favorite books ever! It's such a beautiful story, and I hope that you love it too!

    1. Yes, let's do that! I've had The Nightingale for a while, but... well, you know how it is. So many books, not enough time! LOL!

  5. Ah great list! I hope you are enjoying your reads so far, sounds like a lot of progress! I am two in, and two picks changed so far. HAH. We'll see how it goes, it's always fun to participate anyway though! :) I hope that you like Huckleberry Finn as well. I haven't read either of them yet. I would also like to read China Rich Girlfriend (and the others) as well as Fan Girl. I seriously cannot believe I haven't read any of Rowell's books yet!! Good luck! :) XO - Alexandra

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