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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  1. Ooh! The Phantom of the Opera is a good one!

  2. It really is hard this time! I love the whole Eyre Affair series so I hope you do too :-)

    1. So far I've heard nothing but good things about it, so I'm excited to read it!

  3. yay for being 4th! i think i had 2 books left when it ended, womp womp. the category you chose was really hard, a good category, but hard lol. i have the eyre affair on my to read list, it sounds so good! you'll have to let me know how Mr Darcy Came to Dinner is, or rather, write about it here lol and I might add it to my list!

  4. Neil Gaiman is the best! I loved Stardust (and well, all of his books!)

  5. I want to read Bossypants! And do you watch Grimm on TV? I freaking love that show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am currently ready the Stephanie Plum series. I am on book 15 of 21. I don't know what I will do with my life when I am done with that...

  6. Bossypants was such a great read, I went through it pretty quickly last winter. I'm a total Tina fangirl, so maybe that's why :) And Breakfast of Champions is one reread I added to my list for this challenge and I can't wait to get to it.

  7. The Eyre Affair sounds like novel right up my alley - why have I not heard of this?! Also, Phantom is phenomenal, one of my favorites :)

  8. Great picks! I really need to get my butt in gear and read more!

  9. I liked The Color Purple even though it's not one of my favorite books.

    I'm not doing the book challenge, anytime I do something like that something I love stops being fun so I stop doing the challenge. :)

  10. I love that you submitted a category that was difficult for you! I think stepping outside your genre is rough. I can't decide whether to start with that book or save it for the end...
    Also, this may be the perfect excuse to finally read Phantom of the Opera! Thanks for the idea!

  11. Bossypants was great! After you read that (and all these other books.. your short stories selections are AMBITIOUS - I wish you luck with 800+ pages, eep!) you should pick up Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? because that was even more hilarious than Tina Fey's.


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