Sunday, May 13, 2012

Summer Book Challenge: Week 2

Is it really already time for the second Semi-Charmed Summer 2012 Book Challenge check-in? Yikes. That means it's time for the very first scoreboard! Things were kind of hectic last week with people leaving their scores on different posts, so hopefully I got everyone. Starting today, please only leave your weekly check-in score in a comment on the corresponding check-in post to avoid confusion. If you think you checked in last week, and I don't have you, please leave a comment for both weeks. If you didn't check in last week or just joined the challenge, feel free to include all books you've read since May 1 on this check-in. Thanks. :)

Now, on to the scoreboard! We currently have two bloggers battling it out for first place:

  1. Erinn @ It's the Journey — 30
  2. Jen @ Grown in Southern Ground — 30
  3. Jessica B. @ Sweet Green Tangerine — 25
  4. Stacey @ Stacey's Daze — 25
  5. Sarah @ Books, Jeans, and Awesome — 25
  6. Megan S. @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life (host) — 20
  7. Nova R. @ My Seryniti — 15
  8. Pinar @ Pinuccia's World of Books — 15
  9. Amanda @ Amanda's Weekly Zen — 15
  10. Momma Sunshine @ Cross-Stitching Diva — 15
  11. Joslin @ Joslin as Mrs. Williams — 10
  12. Erin J. — 5
There were also several people who checked in to let me know they had started/were planning to start, but didn't have any points yet. Here's that list, just so they know I got their comment:
  1. Jennifer S. — 0
  2. Jenna M. @ Cannery Row Reads — 0
  3. Lindsay @ Lindsay in Progress — 0
  4. Jo @ In Which We Start Anew — 0
  5. Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook — 0
  6. Jessica P. @ Eternally Enlisted — 0
  7. Gabs R. @ Novel Ideas — 0
  8. Rebecca @ Garrulous and Bookish — 0
Also, if you want me to list a different blog next to your name (or if I didn't list your blog and you want me to add it), let me know! Now, for week two. Here's what I read this week:
10 points: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. — The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson (396 pages, not including sources/bibliography)
I also went to the library to pick my third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top, and I got so lucky; it was The Kite Runner! I've been wanting to read this book for forever and just never got around to it. And I swear, it really was the first shelf I went to! I tried an aisle I had never been in before, and bam. I almost feel guilty for getting such a good book, but hey, I didn't make the rules. Oh wait....

Just in case you didn't believe me: Here's proof!
Please update me on your progress in a comment on this post. If you forget to check in one week, no worries! Just catch yourself up on the next week's check-in.

P.S. — Don't forget to check out last week's check-in post for some rule clarifications. Good luck!


Laura Swan said...

Megan! I know you saw on fb that I'm doing this so I wanted to let you know my progress! It was a hectic week so I'm still on my first book -- Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy -- which was published in the year I was born and made into a movie with Harrison Ford (mmmm). I'm really excited about this challenge! Thanks for organizing!

Patty said...

Hi chick! I'm doing this. Nothing completed yet, but I'm reading two at the same time...Animal Farm and 50 Shades of Grey. And, now I have to figure out if Animal Farm even qualifies! It is the book I was supposed to read but never did, but don't know about how many pages it has. If I make the print on my Kindle really big, I think it will be 200 pages. hahaha.

Rebecca said...

I read Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (200 pages) in one day. I had it for a while but forgot about it. I'm happy I got to it- I really enjoyed it.
I like this challenge.

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 15.

Anonymous said...

10-Read a memoir or narrative non-fiction: Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
Review at:

15: Read a book in one calender day: A Hidden Affair by Pam Jenoff
Review at:

Previous Points: 0
New Points: 25

Jessica Bucher said...

Kite Runner is a GREAT book! I'm jealous. I'm not having such luck with my random shelf pic. It's grueling. LOL I took a picture of the shelf too.
My points stay the same because I only finished one half of the antonym pair and I'm not done with the library shelf pic yet.
Previous points: 25
Current Points: 25

Amy said...

My update is on my blog post.

But the point breakdown is:
Previous points: 0
Current points: 35

Anonymous said...

Ok, I missed last week, so I have two to enter.
5 points - World Book Night - Maya Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings
15 points - A book you've always wanted to read - The Time Machine/HG Wells
Total= 20 points.

Becky Ingle

Anonymous said...

I posted back on the sign-up post that I'd like to participate, hope it's still cool to be in!

I forgot to check-in last week (I hadn't finished anything anyways!) so this is my progress:

10 points: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book.
How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran - 320 pages

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 10

:D Katrina

Memories of yesterday said...

I didn't finish my book for this past week until last night, so I guess it will be added to the total next Sunday. So close, yet so far! :D

Patty said...

Hey--If I read the combo book of Animal Farm AND 1984, can I count that? Animal Farm is not 200 pages all by itself (unless you let me count the historical commentary that was included...and which I read!)

Heather @ A Cupcake Love Affair said...

Hey's my reading for this week.

30 points: Read a Trilogy - Sisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall, Total pages: 882

15 points: Read a book in one calendar day - Say You Love Me by Johanna Lindsey, Total pages: 287

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 45

I've started my next one and can't wait to finish it! I love this challenge. Reading is such a great escape for me and I do as much of it as I can! :)

Heather @ A Cupcake Love Affair

jessica said...

Kite Runner is a GREAT book - you'll love it!! It's definitely one of my favorites.

My status is basically the same as last week. Graduation didn't give me a lot of time to read this week :)

Previous Points: 0
Total Points: 0

All those zeros are starting to make me feel like a slacker...

jen said...

20 points: Read a book that is set in a place you’ve never been but want to visit. (Chicago) — Divergent, Veronica Roth (496 pages)

Also, my review of The Road that I didn't have up last week:


jen said...

and yes, the kite runner is awesome... but a thousand splendid suns (by the same author) is even better!!

Erinn said...

I'm in the midst of read a book from a place you've always wanted to visit (A Passage to India) It's hard to describe it but this book is...thick. Not page count wise just all the words, dialogue and what not. It's kind of what I imagine India to be. Thick with sound, smells and life.
Anyways! I'm working on it. I also have started Out of Oz which happened to be my random 4th self from the top, 3rd from the left book.
previous points: 30
Total points: 30

pinuccia said...

What a coincidence jen!

20 points: Read a book that is set in a place you’ve never been but want to visit. (Chicago, USA) — Divergent, Veronica Roth / Kindle edition (Review coming up soon)

Previous points: 15
Total points: 35

In Which We Start Anew said...

lol School's still in, so I'm still slogging my way through Moby Dick.

Still at 0 pts... should pick up when the real summer starts around here...

Anonymous said...

So I read part of the pair of antonyms and working on the other half. But can't count it until I finish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. so

Previous points:15
Total points:15

Abby said...

Hey Megan, I read Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay as my book I heard bad things about. (It wasn't that terrible, although I had lowered my expectations.) Also, I read Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I think I will use that as half of my antonym pair, but we'll see.

Abby said...

35 points for me, if I can count half of the antonym pair. :)

Angie said...

Hello. Really wanting to do this, but the month of May has not been kind to me so I wanted to check in, but I have not done any of the reading so far. Hopefully I can start soon. June looks more promising for me to start than May, but we shall see.

pinuccia said...

Here comes the review: