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Attention All Challengers! S0....life here on the Block has been, shall we say, challenging since I got back from vacation. I cam back to work to no computer (not hooked up after our office move) and my laptop at home has gone on strike. It looks like the Check-in Posts for the Just the Facts & Mount TBR challenges will wind up happening at the end of July instead of the regularly scheduled mid-point. But they are coming. Stay tuned!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Summer 2014 Book Challenge




Megan is once again hosting the Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge! So, of course, I'm signing up. Yes, I know I need help. She's interested to see what we plan on reading for this challenge, so I'm going to try to come up with a list of proposed reads. We're not bound by our lists (which is good, because my whims may change). Why don't you join me?


General rules:
  • The challenge will run from May 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on May 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on August 31 will count.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks are fine, as long as the print versions meet the page requirements. Large-print books are also acceptable, as long as the regular-print version exceeds 200 pages in length.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book during a later check-in, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads (unless the category explicitly states otherwise, of course)!
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on Semi-Charmed Kind of Life and be invited to contribute a category for the winter challenge. Good luck!

And now for my list:
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (412 pages) [5/9/14]

10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
Death at the Medical Board by Josephine Bell (1944; 218 pages) [5/16/14]

10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around.
On The Beach by Nevil Shute (1957; 311 pages) [7/7/14]

10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.
Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (240 pages) [5/16/14] 

15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.
 Me Without You by Jo Jo Moyes (#7 on Trade Paperback list on 7/20/14) [7/21/14]

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
Sinners & the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife by Rebecca Kanner (Nile basin/Mesopotamia; 339 pages) [5/21/14]

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (read by Kalyn V @ Geez, Louise) [6/12/14]

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.
The Chief Inspector's Daughter by Sheila Radley (211 pages) [7/5/14]

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby (movie due in July; 333 pages) [7/8/14]

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (307 pages) [7/30/14]

25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
—  Beyond Uhura: Star Trek & Other Memories by Nichelle Nichols (320 pages) [5/29/14]
 
30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (215 pages) [7/31/14] AND The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Angel of the Opera by Sam Siciliano (309 pages) [8/4/14]


Total points: 200



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