Friday, November 1, 2013

Autumn 2013 Book Challenge: Month 1

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Can you believe the first month of the Semi-Charmed Autumn 2013 Book Challenge is already over? I feel like it went by so fast! For those of you who have been playing along, here's your first chance to check in and show me what you've read so far. And if you are intrigued and still want to join, it's not too late! Click the link above to read the full rules, and feel free to look back to October 1 and count any qualifying books you've read since then.

Please comment on this post in the following format to check in. Please do not forget page numbers! Remember all books must be at least 200 pages long unless otherwise specified.
5 points: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title. — Cinder, Marissa Meyer (387 pages)
15: Read an epistolary novel. The Boy Next Door, Meg Cabot (379 pages)
PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 20
I also read The Night Circus, but I don't think I can make that fit anywhere—unless y'all think "night" is good enough for the spooky category! Eh, eh? ;)

Please record your progress thus far by November 10 in order to be included in the first scoreboard, which will be posted with the next check-in on December 1. Good luck!

P.S. — If you're still waiting for that post I promised to write about fiction/nonfiction pairs for the last category, it's coming! I'll be posting it next Thursday over at Doing it the Open Way for her "Non Fic November" series. Be sure to check it out on November 7! And if you have any suggestions for pairs, please let me know! The more ideas, the merrier.

35 comments:

Deidre said...

What a cool book challenge! I'm not doing that much reading at the moment. Maybe I'll join in next time.

Heather Ann said...

I'm at 65 points....will be posting tomorrow! :)

Heather Leith said...

I finished mine at 2wks this time, not a month. So I'm DONE :)

5-Where Yesterday Lives (p.416)
10-Drowning Ruth (p.338)
10-This One & Magic Life (p.276)
15-The Perks of Being A Wallflower (p. 213)
15-The Longest Ride (p. 398)
15-The Exorcist (p. 385)
20-Orange Is The New Black (p. 327)
20-Rainwater (p. 247)
25-Bridget Jones' Diary (p. 271)
30-The Shining (p. 447); Dr Sleep (p. 545)
35-The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (p. 215); I Have Lived A Thousand Years (p. 234)

PREVIOUS POINTS-0
TOTAL POINTS-200

carly said...

eeek I'm off to a slow start :)

15 Points: Read a book first published in 2013: Grounded by Angela Correll 274 pages

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 15

Mandi Noel said...

I'm having so much fun finally getting around to some books on my forever long TBR list!

5 points: Read a book that does not have “the,” “a” or “an” in the title. — Mary Modern, Camille DeAngelis (368 pages)
10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah’s Book Club. — The Rapture of Canaan, Sheri Reynolds (320 pages)
15: Read a book first published in 2013. — The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert (512 pages)
20: Read a book on which a television series has been based. — The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory (382 pages)
25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title. — The Irresistible Henry House, Lisa Grunwald (432 pages)

PREVIOUS POINTS - 0
TOTAL POINTS - 75

jmisgro said...

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title.
Still Life by Louise Penney -10/25 pages 312

15: Read a book first published in 2013. The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason - 10/29 pages 350

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Bev.)Wicked Witch Murder By Leslie Meier- 10/9 pages 298

30: Read two books by the same author. They can be in the same series, but do not have to be. Co-authors do not count (i.e. the author must be the sole author of each book).
Omens by Kelley Armstrong 10/6 pages: 487 Haunted by Kelley Armstrong 10/22 pages: 495

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 65

Fran said...

Oh man, I'm doing to bad. I've only read the Divergent series this month - I'm not sure where to count them though... maybe the two books by the same author? I'll get back to you on this haha

Chiara said...

30: Read two books by the same author. - Insurgent (525 pages) & Allegiant (526 pages)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 30

Kim Brown said...

I'm at 30 points & I think night is scary enough, count it girl!
I posted:
http://littlepinkdroppings.blogspot.com/2013/11/fall-book-challenge-oct-update.html

Michelle Furnace said...

20 pts: A Game of Thrones (p 410)
5 pts: Time and Again (p 677)
5 pts: River of Darkness (p 448)

Total: 30 pts... so far!

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Donna said...

5- Decaffeinate Copse (262 pgs)
10-Twelve Tribes of Hattie (258 pgs)
10-Sunset Over Chocolate Mtns. (306)
15-The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (322 pgs)
15- Necessary Lies (335 pgs)
15-The Blackhouse (357 pgs)
20-Trouble the Water (305 pgs)
25- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (320 pgs)
30- Kissed a Sad Goodbye (369 pgs) and A Finer End (370 pgs) by Deborah Crombie
Snow Falling on Cedars (460 pgs), Still have to read the non fiction book.
I need to read one other book..TV series. I calculate my points, so far at, 162.5

Megan said...

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a," or "an" in the title- Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (312 pages)

15: Read a book first published in 2013- Allegiant by Veronica Roth (526 pages)

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 20

Kerry said...

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title. — Confinement, Katherine McMahon (368 pages)

15: Read an epistolary novel. — The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank (352 pages) Is it OK that it was non-fiction?

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title. — Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, Chris Priestly (241 pages)

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 35

I've also read one book each in the last two categories, but I'll wait to complete their partners before posting more details.

Well done, Heather, for finishing already! I'm in awe that you can read that fast!

Adri Avila said...

ooooohhh. I'm excited.. I'm sad that I didn't see this at the beginning of October, but here is where I stand (counting what I read in October) :)

25: Read a book that has someone's first and last name in the title. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 270 pages

Previous points: 0
Total Points: 25

Regina Erickson said...

10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live - The Bird Sisters, Rebecca Rasmussen (304 pages)

15: Read an epistolary novel.- Where'd you go, Bernadette? (330 pages)

20: Read a book on which a television series has been based. - The Carrie Diaries, #1 (389 pages)

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 45

Kimberly said...

15 Points: Read a book first published in 2013.
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

15 Points: Read a book with something spooky in the title.
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

25 Points: Read a novel that has someone's first & last name in the title.
Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 55

Kimberly said...

Oops...I forgot pages:

419 pages (Quinn)

295 pages (Harrington)

340 pages (Roux)

Respectively.

Anna said...

5 A book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title // Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (272)
15 An epistolary novel // The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (226)
15 A book first published in 2013 // Dad is Fat, Jim Gaffigan (288)
20 A book on which a television series has been based // Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman (298)

55 points!

Heather Ann said...

I am at 65 Points :)

http://alittletownandagreatbiglife.blogspot.com/2013/11/fall-book-challenge-update.html

scrapperjen said...

I'm plodding along!
5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title. Beautiful Ruins-Jess Walters (337 pages)
10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live. If you do not live in the U.S., read a book that takes place in the country where you live. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Megan.) Storm Front-Jim Butcher (322 pages) (Illinois)
30: Read two books by the same author. They can be in the same series, but do not have to be. Co-authors do not count (i.e. the author must be the sole author of each book). All Together Dead (323 pages) and From Dead to Worse (359 pages)-Charlaine Harris

Previous points: 0
Total points:45

Hopefully I'll add a few more points this month.

Bev Hankins said...

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title: Foundation by Isaac Asimov (10/4/13)

10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah's Book Club: The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (10/6/13)

10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live. If you do not live in the U.S., read a book that takes place in the country where you live (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Megan.) Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton Porter (10/22/13)

15: Read an epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents: Cold Earth by Sarah Moss (10/18/13)

15: Read a book first published in 2013: Unthinkable by Richard Cibrano (10/12/13)

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Bev.): The Haunted Doll's House by M. R. James (10/9/13)

20: Read a book with "air," "water," "earth" or "fire" in the title (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Gypsi.): The Water Room by Christopher Fowler (10/25/13)

20: Read a book on which a TV series has been based: Gently Go Man by Alan Hunter (10/27/13) [gave rise to the Inspector George Gently series; avg page # 209, based on physical copies logged on Goodreads]

Previous Points: 0

Total Points: 110

Jennifer Rae said...

I'm really not much of a reader, so I am proud of the two books I've read so far! :) I am hoping this challenge will inspire me to read more, and if I get half of the books read then I am happy!

So far...

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title - Life of Pi by Yann Patel
15: Read a book with something spooky in the title - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 20!

Hopefully, I can get two more read this month! :)

Jennifer Rae said...

Oops, forgot page numbers!

Life of Pi- 326 pages
The Graveyard Book- 336 pages

Heather Leith said...

Thank you Kerri!!

Sarah Christine Style said...

Book that takes place in your home state - 10 points - The things we do for love by Kristin Hannah (464 pages) - Halfway done

Epistolary - 15 points - Go Ask Alice (213 pages) - Finished

Scary word in the title - 15 points - Devil Wears Prada (432 pages) - Halfway done

Published in 2013 - 15 points - The Interestings (468pages) - Finished

Fire in the title - 20 points - The Girl who played with fire (503 pages) - Finished

Name in the title - 25 points - Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (273 pages) - Finished

**I counted books I'm not finished with as half the points**

Current Total: 87.5
Current Total - books in progress: 75

-- SarahChristine

Donna said...

Finished Farewell to Manzanar, the nonfiction to Snow Falling on Cedars.
So as of November 3, 2013, I have 180 points..one book to read.

ejunkel said...

5 points (no a, an, the in the title): Dry, Augusten Burroughs (293 pages)

10 points (state in which you currently live – Illinois): Insurgent, Veronica Roth (525 pages)

15 points (epistolary novel): Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler (354 pages)

15 points (published in 2013): The Longest Ride, Nicholas Sparks (398 pages)

15 points (spooky in the title): Angels & Demons, Dan Brown (713 pages)

20 points (TV-series based): Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (357 pages)

35 points (fiction/non-fiction on same topic – post 9/11 New York): The Woman Who Wasn’t There, Robin Gaby Fisher (291 pages) and Netherland, Joseph O’Neill (256 pages)

Total: 115

Halfway done:
30 points (two books by same author): The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides (406 pages)

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

One book. I've read ONE book this month. I'm so lame right now I can't even stand myself.

15 points: A book with something spooky in the title: Days of BLOOD and Starlight by Laini Taylor. 513 pages.

Previous points; 0
Current points: 15

scarves.etc said...

I'm at 30 points.

5: Teaching, It's Harder Than It Looks.
10: The Best Laid Plans.
15: Golden Boy.

I'll publish a post on the 10th of November on my blog: www.stephscloset.blogspot.com with all the details.

srivalli said...

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title - Police by Jo Nesbo (518 p)

10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah's Book Club. This list includes all the books up until 2010. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Erin.)- Love in time of Cholera (348p)

10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live. If you do not live in the U.S., read a book that takes place in the country where you live. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Megan.) Dead Man's Time by Peter James (409 p)

15: Read a book first published in 2013- W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (8/10/13) 486p

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Bev.) A Deal with the Devil by Martin Suter 203p

20: Read a book with "air," "water," "earth" or "fire" in the title. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winnerGypsi.) Fireside Mystery Book by Frank Owen (309 p)

20: Read a book on which a television series has been based (e.g. Orange is the New Black, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Friday Night Lights, etc.). Cross and Burn by Val McDermid (438 p)

25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title (e.g. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bridget Jones's Diary, etc.). John Thorndyke's Cases by R Austin Freeman 260p

Total Points :120

hellorigby said...

Checking in!
#1 - Someday Someday Maybe (344 p) - 5pts
#3 - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter + Sweet (290 p) - 10 pts
#6 - Dark Places (345 p) - 1/2 done - 7.5 pts
#10 - The Interestings (468 p) - 1/2 done - 15pts
#11 - Well Adjusted Dog (288 p) - 1/2 done - 17.5 pts

Total - 55pts

A little behind but I hope to catch up! :)

hello, rigby!

Hannah said...

15: Read an epistolary novel: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (226 pages)

Previous Points: 0
Current Points: 15

Level 1 Homemaker said...

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title.
Overture to Death, Ngaio Marsh (318 pages)

15: Read an epistolary novel.
Anne of Windy Poplars (not entirely epistolary, but mostly, so I hope it will count), Lucy Maude Montgomery (301 pages)

15: Read a book first published in 2013.
Princesses Behaving Badly (will be published November 2013; I read the ARC), Linda Rodriguez McRobbie (288 pages)

25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title
The Lives of Christopher Chant (reread),Diana Wynne Jones (240 pages)

30: Read two books by the same author.
Toward Zero (259 pages) and Crooked House (260 pages), Agatha Christie

Total points: 90

Level 1 Homemaker said...

I just saw your post on non fic pairing. . . I might have to switch Princesses Behaving Badly to that category and pair it with some fairy tales--such a great idea!

Amy said...

Sorry for my late update, but my sister got married! Here's my update:

5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title. Reading: Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess (320 pages)

15: Read an epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents. Reading: Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham (736 pages) - reread

15: Read a book with something spooky in the title. Reading: Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham (336 pages)

So I'm at 35. :)