Nov 3, 2015

Semi-Charmed Winter Book Challenge - It Begins!

It's back!  This summer I kind of went off on my own, but I missed doing this challenge.  AND I even have a library card now, so I can do this entirely guilt-free and budget-friendly (y).

Here's the categories and what I'm planning on reading.

5 points: A book between 100-200 pages
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (118 pages) (I was going to do this for "debut book" but it was too short.)

10 points: A debut book by any author
— The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (325 pages) (I bought this for a book club, which I didn't end up going to, and I waited too long to return it, so I'm glad to get the chance to use it for points for something!)

10 points: A book that does not take place in your current country of residence
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (352 pages) (England/Europe)

10 points: A book that someone else has already used for the challenge
— Waiting to see what someone else has read at the first month check-in.

15 points: A book published under a pseudonym
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens (240 pages) (I had no idea Mark Twain wrote The Prince and the Pauper!  I've seen so many adaptations I just assumed it was a folk tale or something.)

15 points: A book with “boy,” “girl,” “man,” “woman,” or their plurals in the title
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (217 pages)

15 points: A book with a one-word title
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (548 pages)

20 points: A book with a person's first and last name in the title
— One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus (434 pages) (I've had this in challenges before and not actually gotten around to it, so it's high priority this time!)

20 points: A food-themed book
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (306 pages)

20 points: A book with a verb in the title
Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff (401 pages)

30 points: Two books with the same title by different authors
Winter by Marissa Meyer (832 pages - according to Goodreads, but that doesn't seem right...) and Winter by Sarah Remy (301 pages) (SO EXCITED TO FINISH THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!!!)

30 points: A nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject
— Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku (329 pages) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (216 pages) (Here's my rationale for this: the one teaches you the science and probability of each theoretical technology and the other uses the most ridiculous and improbable technology there is!  I'm actually looking forward to the first one a lot, because I have no idea which sci-fi elements are a future likelihood and which should be considered fantasy.)

I struggled with some of these categories, but I finally got mostly books I'm looking forward to!  (I have to admit - a book about food was not something I had any interest in.  I did, however, enjoy the movie Chocolat, so I'm hoping that'll help me with the book.)

GUYS!  Winter comes out this month!!!

What are you planning on reading for the challenge?  What book challenges are your favorites?

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  1. Great book choices! I am sooo excited for Winter!! I am trying to plan all my other reads around that one so I can get into it as soon as it's released!!! The Girl on The Train is a good read - I wouldn't read it again, but it was pretty captivating & one of those gotta-get-to-the-ending-so-I-know-what-happens kind of books :)

  2. ohhh Winter, what a good idea to use that for that category! I'll have to check out the other one to see.
    seriously, why is Winter so long though?? it doesn't seem right, but it must be because it's so close to being released. FJGBJZDFBVJDFBXVJDBF i can't wait!
    i also can't wait to see what you think of all of these books!

  3. I have Winter...and the rest of those books....on my list to try out! But that does seem like a lot of pages?! Yikes!!! Good luck with the challenge!

  4. I debated joining this challenge but just couldn't bring myself to do it since I'm in the middle of the movie challenge. Plus, I read so many books this year. I'm about burnt out, which always gives me the sads.


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