Friday, July 1, 2016

Challenges, Challenges! (SCSBC16 First Month Check-in)

General rules:
  • The challenge will run from June 1, 2016, to August 31, 2016. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on June 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on August 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 winter 2016 challenge.

Here's how I'm doing on the SCSBC16 so far:


30 points: A micro-history.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Gary Elwes

259 pages
Format:  Audiobook
Read June 1-3
My rating: 5/5

20 points: A book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

156 pages
Format:  Audiobook
Read June 3-5
My rating: 3/5

40 points: Two books - both must contain the same word in the title, but one book contains the singular form and the other book contains the plural form. 
1) The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
405 pages
Format:  Audiobook
Read June 6-8
My rating: 4/5

2) The Pretty
Girls by Karin Slaughter
688 pages
Format:  Audiobook
Read June 26-30
My rating: 4/5

10 points: A collection of short stories or essays. 
Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler  
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
208 pages
Format: Audiobook
Read: June 9-11
My rating: 4/5

30 points: One book with a good word in the title, and one with a bad word. 
1) Title w/ GOOD world (redhead...b/c my husband is a redhead):

Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg 
The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton
276 pages
Format: Audiobook
Read June 16-26
My rating: 4/5

2) Title w/ BAD word (sick...'cause nobody likes to be sick):
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan 
Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen 
464 pages
Format: Audiobook
Read June 9-16
My rating: 4/5

*Reviews of these books will be available Thursday, July 12 in my monthly installment of Recently Read


5 points: Freebie! 
Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol

10 points: An adult fiction book written by an author who normally writes books for children.
Wifey by Judy Blume

304 pages
Format: Paperback
Read June 29 -

15 points: A book set in Appalachia.
Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani


15 points: A book with a cover you personally find unappealing.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

25 points: A book with a "punny" title.
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

Are you participating in the SCSBC16?  If so, how's it going?  Have a great weekend and happy reading!  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're 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. You've already read so much for this challenge! That's so awesome! Pretty Girls has been on my list for so long, so that makes me happy that you loved it so much!

    1. I haven't written my review for Pretty Girls yet, but here is what I said about it on Goodreads:

      "This book was one of the most gripping thriller mysteries that I've ever read. I didn't see the two big "what the hell" moments coming and I consider that an impressive feat. I must also say that Pretty Girls is probably the most disturbing book that I've ever read. This is a book that is definitely not for the faint of heart. It involves very horrendous descriptions of very, violent unimaginable acts. Consider yourself warned."

      I liked it, but it had some very vile, disturbing parts. Just a little public service announcement. :)

  2. You listen to a lot of audiobooks.

    I don't do reading challenges. Except my 100 books in a year challenge on Goodreads.

    I will, however, be sponsoring challenges. I expect everybody except myself to participate, and then to write emotionally-charged memoirs about how my reading challenges changed their lives.

    1. Yes, I do. I rarely watch TV, so I utilize audiobooks for entertainment. I like the versatility of audiobooks. I can listen to them in the car, while I'm doing housework, etc. I started listening to audiobooks due to my commute. Over time, it's become my preferred method of books.


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