Friday, May 20, 2016

Challenges, Challenges! (SCSBC16 Preliminary List)

I confess...  I'm a book challenge junkie.  I absolutely love them.  I love the weird little structure they give to my reading routine.  I also love that in order to meet many of the challenge categories, that I am forced to step outside of my "reading comfort zone."  Some of the best books I've ever read came from participating in book challenges, books I feel confident that I probably would've never read otherwise.

Being the junkie I am, it's no surprise that I am planning to participate in Megan's Semi Charmed Summer Book Challenge again.  For more about the challenge (timeframe, rules, etc.) click here.  

Here is my preliminary list, which is always subject to change.

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long.
To be determined :)

10 points: Read a collection of short stories or essays. (They may all be written by the same author, or the book may be an anthology from different writers; your choice!)

Beneath the Bonfire 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.

Wifey by Judy Blume

15 points: Read a book set in Appalachia. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Ericka B. ~ ME!!! :) (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.)

Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

15 points: Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read a book with a cover you personally find unappealing.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

20 points: Read a book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Bevchen.

To Be Determined :)

25 points: Read a book with a punny title. The title can be a play on another book title, movie title or a common expression. Examples of such titles include Southern Discomfort, We'll Always Have Parrots or Bonefire of the Vanities. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Jamie G.

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

30 points: Read a microhistory. (Try this list or this one for ideas.)

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Gary Elwes

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.)

1) Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg and 2) The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

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.)

1) The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag and 2) The Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Are you participating in the SCSB16 challenge?  If so, how's your list coming along?  

As always, thanks for stopping by!  Have a good one!


  1. Oh my!! This could be something I would be interested in.

    1. Feel free to sign up. All of the information is on Megan's page which I linked above. This will be my third one of hers that I participated in. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I loved participating in Megan's challenge over the winter, but I decided to give myself a break this time around. I'll still be joining up for Erin's though! Your selection for the Microhistory sounds like such a great pick! I love The Princess Bride so much!

    1. I will be participating in Erin's as well. It's always challenging trying to participate in two challenges at the same time, but this won't be my first attempt. I hope the book on the making of The Princess Bride is as fun as it sounds it will be. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Yep. Participating. You know this :)
    I like puns, so I'm enjoying seeing selections for that category.

    1. Yes, even before I saw your link up, I figured you would. Book challenge junkies - UNITE! ;) It took me a while to choose a selection for the pun category. I'm hoping the one I selected is good. Have a good one!

      Oh, by the way, did you see the tweet I sent you with the DirectTV commercial attached? I thought you'd appreciate seeing it since it.

  4. Aah, you're responsible for the Appalachia category! That one was so hard.

    I love The Princess Bride and definitely have that book on my to-read list.

    1. Yep, guilty as charged. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I didn't even think of the Princess Bride book being considered a microhistory until seeing it on a couple lists, I think I might change mine.

    1. I know, I was rather surprised myself. I'm glad that it is, for I was not having much luck in finding another microhistory book that I was really interested in.

  6. I still haven't posted my list for this challenge, though, to be fair, I've been kind of torn between a few options for at least one of the categories. I'm weird and like to stick with my original list, so once it's out there, it's done!

    It's funny that you don't have something selected for the movie/book category because that's the one I've been struggling with the most! I know some people (myself included!) struggle with categories when they can't find a single book that fits that would interest them. That's not the problem in this case, though. I could easily think of at least 10 books I'd want to read for this category, so I keep switching my choice. I really just need to write up my post so I won't change it again!

    P.S. Congrats on having the chance to submit a category this time around! :-)


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