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It's almost time for the next installment of the Semi-Charmed Book Challenge series! Whether you are a newcomer to the challenge or a repeat reader, I am excited to have you here today. Continue reading after the jump to see the guidelines and categories for the winter challenge.
- The challenge will run from November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017. No books started before 12 a.m. on November 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on January 31 will count.
- Each book must be at least 150 pages long. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print version meets the length requirement.
- A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once.
- The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the summer 2017 challenge.
- Have fun! Read some books you might not have read otherwise. Discover new authors and make new bookworm friends. (Yes, these are the most important rules!)
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long.
10 points: Read a 2016 finalist (longlist or shortlist) for one of the following literary prizes: National Book Award, Man Booker or Man Booker International.
10 points: Read a brand-new release (something published between November 1, 2016, and January 31, 2017).
15 points: Read a book by an author of a different race or religion than you.
15 points: Read a book featuring a main character who is of a different race or religion than you.
20 points: Read a modern retelling of a classic (e.g. an Austen Project novel, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, etc.) — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Kaity.
25 points: Read a book with an alcoholic beverage (neat or cocktail) in the title. — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Kerry. (And she was nice enough to come up with a long list of suggestions for you!)
30 points: Read a book with a character that shares your first or last name. (Alternate spellings are okay, e.g. Megan and Meghan or Smith and Smyth.) — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Ericka.
30 points: Read two books: a nonfiction book and a fiction book with which it connects. For example: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie and one of Christie's mystery novels that features poison, or The Monuments Men and All the Light We Cannot See. The possibilities are endless, so have fun with this one! — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Bev. (And remember you must finish both books to get the 30 points! No partial points will be awarded.)
40 points: Read two books: one by an author whose first name is the same as the last name of the author of the other book. For example: You may read a book by Martin Cruz Smith and a book by George R.R. Martin, or a book by James Joyce and a book by Joyce Carol Oates. The shared name must be spelled exactly the same, no variations. — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Jamie. (And remember you must finish both books to get the 40 points! No partial points will be awarded.)
How to join the challenge: You do not need to have a blog to join the challenge! Feel free to track your books any way that works for you. If you want to do it on your blog or Goodreads, great! If you want to keep track privately in a notebook or on your phone, that's fine too.
How to win: When you finish the entire challenge, come back and comment on this post with your list of books and point totals! The first five people to post here with their complete lists will be invited to submit a category for the next challenge, but anyone who finishes at least one book during this challenge is a winner in my heart! :)
How to get started: If you would like to create a preliminary reading list for the challenge, feel free to link up your list at the bottom of this post. (See an example list here.) A preliminary post is not mandatory to join the challenge, and you can always change which books you want to read, but it is a good way to see what other people are planning to read and get some ideas for categories you might be stuck on.
How to share: Please feel free to share the below button and/or the hashtag #SCWBC16 on your blog, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to get the word out! Also feel free to mention me so I can see how you're doing (@megtristao on Twitter and Instagram).
Thanks for joining in, good luck, and have fun!