Sunday, May 6, 2012

Summer Book Challenge: Week 1


Welcome to the very first check-in post for the Semi-Charmed Summer 2012 Book Challenge! I will (hopefully) post these every Sunday promptly at noon MST (11 a.m. PST, 1 p.m. CST and 2 p.m. EST). When you comment with your current total, please format your comment like so to help me keep track:

20: Read a book that is set in a place you've never been but want to visit. — The Red Tent, Anita Diamant (336 pages)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 20

I planned to read House of the Dawn for my book-in-one-day on Friday when I was traveling, but after I landed I spent the rest of the day hanging out with my dad and we didn't get home until after midnight. I still had about 60 pages of the book left, and it's less than 200 pages, so I can't even move it to another category. Boo. At least it counted for some of the other book challenges I'm doing this year. I'm hoping to check at least two more books off the list this coming week.

Also, I've had some participants ask me some very good questions regarding the rules since I first posted the challenge. Here are some points of clarification (I've also updated the challenge page to reflect these):
  • For the first category, the book must be from the U.S. World Book Night list, not the U.K. one.
  • For the "read a book in one day," it must be one calendar day.
  • For the trilogy, you can read any set of three consecutive books in a series. It could be a flat-out trilogy or it could be books #1-3, #2-4, #3-5, etc., of a series with more than three books.
  • Audiobooks are fine for any category, as long as the print version of the book meets the page requirements.
Let me know if you have any other questions regarding the rules so we can make sure we're all on the same page when choosing our books.

Please leave your comment before midnight on Monday. If you forget to check in one week, no worries! Just catch yourself up on the next week's check-in. I will also post the most up-to-date scoreboard with each check-in post, starting next week. Good luck!

21 comments:

Jenna Myhre said...

No points for me yet. In the middle of "Cleopatra" by Stacy Schiff for the non-fiction. Loving it so far!

Stacey said...

25: Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. -- Heresy by S.J. Parris (448pp)

Previous points: 0
Current points: 25

Erinn said...

Checking in!
I read the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
Previous Points:0
Current points:30

I even wrote a little post about it! http://danceanthak.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-may-or-may-not-have-read-fifty-shades.html

Lindsay said...

Previous points: 0
Current points: 0

More than 95% done with Little Women, though! Haha, too bad it doesn't count for anything...

Erin J said...

5: Read a book on the U.S. World Book Night list ("The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks")

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 5

Jennifer Simonson said...

I haven't started the challenge yet, but I did make it to the bookstore this week. The "Fresno Chapter" of the book challenge are starting with The Book Thief...as soon as our semester ends. :-)

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

Previous points: 0
Current points: 25

I read 50 Shades of Grey as my "heard bad things about".
Currently working on The Fault in Our Stars as on part of the antonym pair. :)

Jo said...

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: Again 0

lol I'm doing so well. Actually, I started with the book that I thought I would have the hardest time getting through, and I was right. I'm clawing my way through Moby Dick. I am so glad I didn't have to read this in high school!!!

Jo said...

LOVE Fault in our Stars! Hope you like it!

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

Oh you brave, brave soul. lol

Darlene said...

Just joined the challenge and am now checking in!

I just realized that I should probably check with you whether audiobooks count! Do they?

I am currently listening to The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. I'm counting it towards:

20: Read a book that is set in a place you've never been but want to visit.

The book is set in New York City.

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 0

jen said...

15: Read a book in one calendar day. -Crash Into Me, Albert Borris, 257 pages (http://growninsouthernground.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/book-review-crash-into-me-by-albert-borris/)

15: Read a book that you've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to yet. -The Road, Cormac McCarthy, 287 pages (Haven't had time to write the review yet!)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 30

jessicaelle said...

No points for me yet - but I did finally get back my Poisonwood Bible and also found a friend who's letting me borrow Persuasion by Jane Austen! Hopefully I can get those two done this week :)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 0

Sarah said...

I read Adverbs by Daniel Handler. It was one I'd heard mixed reviews about, so:

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 25

Up next, book in one day!

Gabs said...

No points yet for me, although I have started:

10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. I'm doing Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker.

15: Read a book that you've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to yet. Chose The Stand by Stephen King, which was a horrible idea because it's a thousand pages long.

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 0

Gabs Roman said...

My last comment got deleted. Sigh. I'm reading:

15: Read a book that you've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to yet. Doing The Stand by Stephen King which is the longest book in the world.

10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 0

Joslin said...

10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. - Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison (288 pages)


PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 10

pinuccia said...

I'm a bit late to check in. I'd say it's because of time difference between Turkey and USA but I'm two days late so no excuses.

15: Read a book in one calendar day: The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin (172 pages BUT it is a graphic novel so I give myself 5 point)

http://pinucciasbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/hedge-knight-gezgin-sovalye.html

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 5

Amanda said...

15: Read a book in one day. -100Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life [READ MAY 5 2012]

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 15

Momma Sunshine~~ said...

15: Read a book in one day-The Castaways[read May 3, 12] 359 pages

Previous Points:0
Total Points:15

Rebecca said...

I just joined so no points yet. This is a really good idea. I hope I can make it.