Sunday, April 15, 2012

Semi-Charmed Summer 2012 Book Challenge

I’ve had so much fun doing book challenges this year that I’ve decided to make my own! Unlike most challenges, which run for a calendar year, I’m going to do mine for just the summer. I wanted to start with something short to see how much interest it got, and we'll go from there! Plus, I know a lot of my readers are students or teachers, so summer is the optimal time for you to get lots of reading done. :)

If you have your own blog, please post about this challenge, including this button and the rules listed below, and link up with that specific post. If you don't have a blog, feel free to link up with your Goodreads profile or whatever else you’re using to keep track of your progress. If you don't have either, no worries! Just come back each week and check in.

Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge

How to keep track: I’ll post a check-in every Sunday on which you can comment with your progress. I will also include the scoreboard from the previous week on each check-in post. (Sorry if that doesn’t make sense; just check back on Sunday, May 6, for the first check-in.)

  • The challenge will run from May 1, 2012, to September 1, 2012. No books that are started before May 1 or finished after September 1 will count. (That's why I'm posting this early, so you can plan your next books!)
  • No re-reads! I want you to experience new books with this challenge.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long, unless otherwise noted. Audiobooks are fine, as long as the print versions meet the page requirements.
  • A book can only be used for one category. If you want to switch the category later, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • Each category may only be completed once, so the highest possible total is 200 points.
  • The first three people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on my blog. If less than three people finish, the participants with the three highest scores will "win." Good luck!

The Challenge:

5 points: Read a book chosen for the U.S. 2012 World Book Night.
10: Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted. (If you were super studious and never did this, then read a book most people were assigned to read in high school but you weren’t.)
10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. (Examples: Friday Night Lights, When the Game Stands Tall, The Devil in the White City, etc.)
15: Read a book in one calendar day. (Must be at least 150 pages long.)
15: Read a book that you've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to yet.
20: Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. (For example: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Boy in the Suitcase, or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Heart of Darkness, etc..)
20: Read a book that is set in a place you've never been but want to visit.
25: Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing.
25: Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it's not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right.)
25: Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. (Hey, you can’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right? And I’m upping the points to make it worth your while.)
30: Read a trilogy (or any three consecutive books in a series). Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages. (Remember, you can’t have read any of the books before! Suggestions: The Robert Langdon series, The Hunger Games, Twilight...)

Thanks so much for participating! I can't wait to see what everyone decides to read.


Sarah said...

Exciting... It'll give me an excuse to read. Love it. I'm totally in.... I'm gonna start on my plan soon.

Unknown said...

For the trilogy one...if I've already read book 1 of the Game of Thrones series, would 2-4 count?

Lindsay Cochrum said...

I'm going to do this! :)

Gabs Roman said...

Hi Megan! I have found this challenge via Facebook and I'm going to see if I can convince my brother it's a good idea. We can integrate into our own book happenings.

If I were to read something that's longer than a trilogy, would that count? Not that I will, but just to make sure. If I make my brother read the Twilight series, that's four, and I'd like to make fun of him through all of the books, not just the first three.

Unknown said...

sounds like a fun challenge! good luck with it! I'll definitely check back to see your progress.

hope you had a great weekend :)

{I have a giveaway going on right now. Love for you to enter!}

Jessica Bucher said...

Love it!! I'll be planning out my books now. :) QUESTION: Can we read two of the same category and receive those points twice...or is it only one of each?
Was that question too confusing?? lol

Megan said...

Good question! Just in case anyone else was wondering this as well, I've updated the rules to reflect that each category may only be completed ONCE. Therefore, it is not possible to score more than 200 points. Thanks for asking!

Carenpants said...

So excited for this! Great idea!

Nova Reylin said...

I'm so glad I ran across this! I'm definitely in and already working on my list!

Lisa said...

Sounds like so much fun. I'll try.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Hope I'm not too late. I saw this on A Novel Challenge awhile back and it sounds fun. Count me in! I'm subscribing to your blog via email, hopefully. Let me go look for the option. =O)

Scott said...

Looking forward to giving this a shot!

Darlene said...

Count me in!

Here's my blog post about the challenge:

Anonymous said...

I think I'll also give this a go - I've gone too long without immersing myself in reading. Thanks for putting this on! *is excited*

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Okay, I got my post together at my challenge blog. You can check out the post with my 'not set in stone' book list here:

Thanks again for hosting!

Scott said...

Going for the big points right away with the Hunger Games trilogy! In the middle of the second book, Catching Fire.

Book Dragon said...

guessing, yes.

Evil Queen said...

i am in. I am at :D

Scott said...

Finished Catching Fire, onto Mockingjay!

Scribacchina said...

I found your challenge on A Novel Challenge and love the categories you came up with, so I'm in! Thanks!

Unknown said...

Hi! I going to try this challenge. I will not fail, I will not fail ... ;)

Also I'm a new follower, check me out when you're not reading.