Sunday, September 1, 2013

Summer 2013 Book Challenge: Month 2


The Semi-Charmed Summer 2013 Book Challenge is two-thirds of the way through, and we've already had two people finish! Congratulations to Natasha and Bev! I'll be contacting you soon to get your category submissions for the autumn challenge. I've also heard rumor some other people might have finished in the past month, so I guess we'll have to see who checks in! See the full scoreboard for the first month after the jump:
  1. Natasha @ Be Happy. Be Free. — 200 (DONE: First finisher.)
  2. Bev @ My Reader's Block — 200 (DONE: Second finisher.)
  3. Judi @ Life is Sew Good — 150
  4. Megan @ Just A Small Town Girl — 140
  5. Gypsi @ Level 1 Homemaker — 130
  6. Julie @ Smiling Shelves — 105
  7. Brighton @ Dear Brighton — 100
  8. Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life (host) — 85
  9. Regina @ Floating in the Sea of Gigi — 85
  10. Jessica @ Eternally Enlisted — 80
  11. Lindsay @ Lindsay in Progress — 80
  12. Hannah @ Goodreads — 80
  13. Sharon @ ceiling flickers — 75
  14. Erin J. — 70
  15. Blair's Head Band — 60
  16. Nina @ run(dance)love — 35
  17. Michelle @ The True Book Addict — 35
  18. Fran @ Free Borboleta — 30
  19. Jessica @ The Tangerine — 20
  20. Sarah @ Crazy Beautiful Life — 10
And now it's time to hear what you've been reading in the month of August! In order to check in, you must leave a comment on this post letting me know what you've read so far, in the following format. Please do not forget page numbers! Remember all books must be at least 200 pages long unless otherwise specified.
5: Freebie! — Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter (337 pages)
5: Read a book that is less than 150 pages long. — Three Cups of Deceit, Jon Krakauer (77 pages)
15: Read a banned book. — ttyl, Lauren Myracle (on this list) (209 pages)
20: Read a book written by a celebrity. — Palo Alto, James Franco (208 pages)
20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir. It can be pure non-fiction or narrative non-fiction. — The Woman Who Wasn't There, Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr. (291 pages)
30: Read a book written by an author who was born in or died in your birth year. — Matilda, Roald Dahl (died 1990, my birth year) (240 pages)
PREVIOUS POINTS: 85
TOTAL POINTS: 180
If you're new to the challenge or just want to review the rules, check out the original post with the full categories and guidelines here. Please record your progress thus far by September 10, so I can include you in the October scoreboard. If you don't check in by September 10, please wait until the October 1 post and record all your progress there. And remember I also have a challenge button available for you to share on your blog:



Good luck! I can't wait to see what y'all have been reading and see if anyone new has finished. :)

16 comments:

Level 1 Homemaker said...

I completed mine!

5: Freebie - The Barakee Mystery, Arthur Upfield (336 pages)
5: Read a book that is less than 150 pages long - The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan(148 pages)
10: Read a book with a color in the title - The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Walter Mosley (288 pages)
10: Read a book that is not the first in its series - The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (12th in the series), Alexander McCall Smith (240 pages)
15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read - The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (256 pages) I was late in "discovering" Bradbury--it seems that all my fellow fantasy and sci fi literary nerds had read this long ago!
15: Read a banned book - Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell(267 pages)
20: Read a book written by a celebrity - If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't), Betty White (272 pages)
20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir - Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You, Stasi Eldrige (256 pages) Christian Living nonfiction
20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in -The House without a Key, Earl Derr Biggers (240 pages) Hawaii
25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long - The Book of Secrets, Elizabeth Joy Arnold (464 pages)
25: Read a book with a main character who shares your first name - The G-String Murders, Gypsy Rose Lee (209 pages) Main character is Gypsy herself and though we spell it differently, I thought it would be close enough!
30: Read a book written by an author who was born in or died in your birth year - The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers, Sarnath Banerjee, 280 pages) born in 1972

PREVIOUS POINTS: 130
TOTAL POINTS: 200

http://level1homemaker.blogspot.com/2013/08/summer-2013-book-challenge-completed.html

Ech and Will said...

I love your challenges! I'll have to be a cheerleader for this round, but I'll definitely be in the running for the next one!

Sarah said...

This is fun :30 read a book by an author who was born the same year as you - Passing as Elias- Kate Bloomfield (1989)-625

:20 read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in - Divergent (Illinois) - Veronica Roth

Half way done with Insurgent! Excited

New total 60 points

ejunkel said...

5 points - The Light Between Oceans (freebie)
5 points - The Old Man and the Sea (less than 150 pages)
10 points - Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (book with a color in the title)
10 points - The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes (book that is not the first in its series)
15 points: Divergent or The Moral Instruments: City of Bones (book everyone has read--not sure which one qualifies more)
15 points - Ender's Game (banned book)
20 points - Born Standing Up (book written by a celebrity - Steve Martin)
20 points - The Defining Decade - Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them (non-fiction that is not a memoir)
20 points - Second Glance (state you've never been in - Second Glance)
25 points - The Book Thief (book that is at least 400 pages long)
25 points - Taipei (book that has a main character with your name)
30 points - Kathleen, Please Come Home (author died in birth year - Scott O'Dell)

Total: 200 points - DONE

Brighton Harper said...

20: Read a book written by a celebrity. The Star Attraction - Alison Sweeney

20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir. Dear Girls Above Me - Charles Mcdowell

25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long. Walking Disaster - Jamie McGuire

10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. The Dominant (book #2)- Tara Sue Me

15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read! Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren

previous points: 100
total points: 190

I still have to read my book with a color in the title but I just can't get into it right now- so frusturating!

Rachael said...

I'm excited to participate in the fall. I have been too busy this summer to join.

Fran said...

5 - Read a book less than 150 pages: The Old Man and the Sea (128 Pages)
20 - Read a book written by a celebrity: Bossypants by Tina Fey (272 pageS)
25 - Read a book with a main character who shares your first name: Freaky Green Eyes (Main character's name is Franchesca/Franky (341 pages)
30: Read a book written by an author who was born in or died in your birth year: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier - died in 1989 - (384 pages)

August Points: 80
Total Points: 110

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

25 - Read a book with at least 400 pages - The Sea of Tranquility (448 pages)

Previous points: 20
Total points: 45

Hannah said...

20: Read a book written by a celebrity - Bossypants by Tina Fey (277 pages)

20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in (North Carolina)- The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley (421 pages)

Previous Points: 80
Current Points: 120

Megan said...

5: Freebie!- Protector by Joanne Wadsworth (210 pages)

5: Read a book that is less than 150 pages long.- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear (128 pages)

10: Read a book with a color in the title.- The Color Purple by Alice Walker (295 pages)

10: Read a book that is not the first in its series.- Insurgent by Veronica Roth (2nd in the Divergent Trilogy/525 pages)

15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read.- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (552 pages)

15: Read a banned book. - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (on the 2009 list/213 pages)

20: Read a book written by a celebrity. This can be a memoir or a fiction book published by someone who was already famous by another means (e.g. James Franco)- Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres- (241 pages)

20: Read a nonfiction book that is not a memoir. It can be pure nonfiction or narrative nonfiction.- Pandora's Lunchbox by Melanie Warner (222 pages)

20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in. - The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (New York/448 pages)

25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long.- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (404 pages)

25: Read a book with a main character who shares your first name.- Megan's Mate by Nora Roberts (384 pages)

30: Read a book written by an author who was born in the same year as you.-Divergent by Veronica Roth (both born in 1988/487 pages)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 125

TOTAL POINTS: 200

COMPLETED!

Nina @ run(dance)love said...

5 points: Freebie! Read any book you'd like, as long as it follows the above rules. :) ROME FOR BEGINNERS- FIONA COUGHLIN 346 pages

10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. SOMETHING BLUE - EMILY GIFFIN 338 pages

20: Read a book written by a celebrity. UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS - PORTIA DEL ROSSI 320 pages

Previous Points- 35
Total Points- 70

xx BHB said...

A few days late, but here is my check in!

http://blairsheadband.blogspot.com/2013/09/scl-check-in-2.html

sharongracepjs said...

I'm up to 135! Here's my full check-in: http://ceilingflickers.blogspot.com/2013/09/reading-challenge-still-going-strong.html

And still looking for a book with a central character named Sharon - any suggestions?

Kerry said...

5 points: Freebie! Read any book you'd like, as long as it follows the above rules. - Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (448 pages)
5: Read a book that is less than 150 pages long. - A Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes (150 pages)
10: Read a book with a colour in the title. - The Red Queen, Phillipa Gregory (432 pages)
10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. - Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins, (480 pages)
15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read! - The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (484 pages)
20: Read a book written by a celebrity. - Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart (336 pages)
20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir. It can be pure non-fiction or narrative non-fiction. – Attention All Shipping (A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast), Charlie Connelly (373 pages).
25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long. Gillespie and I, Jane Harris (624 pages)
30: Read a book written by an author who was born in or died in your birth year. - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer (born in 1977) (368 pages)
TOTAL POINTS: 140

sharongracepjs said...

Okay, I need help! I need a subsitute for the character-with-your-name category. I've searched long and hard, and asked everyone! I've only come up with Rose of Sharon in THE GRAPES OF WRATH...which I've already read. What's the substitution for this category?

Thanks!!

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