Friday, April 25, 2014

Summer 2014 Book Challenge: The Preliminary List

Next week marks the beginning of the Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge! This link-up will stay open until the challenge starts on May 1 so everyone can share what they're planning to read. This link-up is not mandatory to join the challenge, and you're not obligated to read the books on your preliminary list; it's just a fun way to see what other people are planning to read and get some ideas for categories you're struggling with! And I wanted to share this awesome new button that the fabulous Kelsey created for this challenge! (Thanks, Kelsey!) Feel free to grab the html code at the bottom of this post to add the button to your own site.

And now for my list:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (330 pages)
10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien (322 pages) [first published in 1954]
10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around.
Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux (208 pages remaining)
10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster (256 pages)
15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.
Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline (294 pages) [currently No. 2 on the Paperback Trade Fiction list]
15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus (434 pages) [set in the United States]
15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
— TBD :)
20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards (401 pages)
20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.
The Monuments Men, Robert M. Edsel (473 pages)
25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh (384 pages) [blog of the same name]
25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon (428 pages)
30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.
Girls in Pants, Ann Brashares (338 pages) & Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan (208 pages)

Now it's time to link up your preliminary lists! Did we choose any of the same books? Feel free to Instagram or tweet your progress throughout the challenge with the hashtag #SCSBC14, and help yourself to Kelsey's fabulous button with the code below. If you're new to the challenge, be sure to check out the full list of rules here. Happy reading!


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