Oct 22, 2014

My Book Picks for the Semi-Charmed Winter 2014 Book Challenge #SCWBC14

Remember how I said I got 4th place in the Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge?  Yeah.  That was pretty cool.  Especially because I got to pick a category for the Winter 2014 challenge!  So of course I'll have to participate again.

Basic rules: read as many books as you can between November 1st, and February 28th!  They must be 200 pages, a different book for each category, and only 3 can be rereads.  For elaboration, go check out the official rules.

Initially, I was a little disheartened because some of the categories are HARD this year!  It honestly took me a couple hours of browsing Goodreads and Googling before I found something that fit each category.  In any case, here's my selections:

 

5 points: Freebie!
— Bossypants, Tina Fey (264 pages)


10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.
— Stardust, Neil Gaiman (248 pages - apparently he also wrote Coraline; who knew?)


10 points: Read a book of short stories.
— Either The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson or The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm (803 or 880 pages - haven't decided yet, but I own both and haven't ever made it through either.)


10 points: Read a book with a food in the title.
— Potatoes Come Forth!, H. Jonas Rhynedahll (330 pages)


15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you.
— The Goose Girl, Shannon Hale (383 pages - The Books of Bayern #1)



15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a different language.
— The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux (360 pages - French, if you couldn't guess.)


15 points: Read a book written by a local author.
— Captive, Colleen Faulkner (416 pages - another DE resident!  I had a choice between her touching novel about a woman adjusting to her adult child with down syndrome growing up, or smut.  I chose smut.)


20 points: Read a "bookish book".
— The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde (374 pages - Things from literature come to life.  Excited about this one!)


20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title.
— East, Edith Pattou (507 pages)


25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read.
— The Colour Purple, Alice Walker (256 pages - This was my category and it was hard.  I'm using it to force myself to read something I'm less excited about.)


25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title.
— On My Own, Eleanor Roosevelt (234 pages - On My Own, sung in Les Miserables by Eponine, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer)


30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title.
— Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner, Jack Caldwell (256 pages) & Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut (302 pages)

Pick some books and complete in Megan's Semi-Charmed Winter 2014 Book Challenge!  It starts November 1st, and I can't wait to get started on Stardust.

 


What good books have you read lately?  Have you completed (or started) any book challenges?

 
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