Semi-Charmed Book Challenge

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Welcome to the Semi-Charmed Summer 2012 Book Challenge! I've included the important details below, but you can also read my introductory post here.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and 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...)

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. The first check-in post will be Sunday, May 6.

Thanks so much for participating! I can't wait to see what everyone decides to read. Please feel free to link up below with your blog, Goodreads profile, or whatever else you're using to keep track of this challenge!


Megan W. said...

Im a total sucky and slow reader but this has me interested! Just for giggles I went Googling to find a book turned movie from my birth year and found Forrest Gump :) Now lets see if I can find any more books for my list.

Megan W. said...

Heres a list I found with books/movies by year. Just do a page search for the year you want since theyre not in order.

Jessica said...

I have a question about the World Book Night choices. Since the UK has a different set of books than the US, are those included or are we only supposed to use the US list?

Megan said...

Great question! In case anyone else had the same one: Because I linked to the U.S. list, I'm going to stick with that one. I want everyone to be looking at the same options. Also, I've added "United States" to the category above to reflect this. :)

Jenna Myhre said...

So excited to get started!

Ali Colwell said...

Megan, this is awesome! I'm definitely in!

Joslin said...

This sounds like fun!

Amanda said...

Sounds like a great challenge. I am in!
Amanda from Amanda's Weekly Zen

Anonymous said...

I joined but my name isnt up here yet. Just finished book in a day. all 359 pages :)

pinuccia said...

Today I found about this challenge and totally loved it. I alread made a post in my blog about what I plan to read. Thanks for organizing :)

Anonymous said...

Finished book in a day, I'll get the review up tomorrow, but I'm under crtmusings and I switched back to wordpress under

Just to make life confusing! :D

Loving this challenge!

Book Dragon said...

very interesting challenge! I don't have problems finishing a book over night but one calendar day? Not as often. And the no re-read rule is going to kill me ;)

off to find my books.....

Angie said...

Sounds like fun and I'm gonna give it a go! With my son being home from school and lots of events going on, not sure how far I will get, but I'm all for trying. LOL! :-)

Patty said...

I really hope Animal Farm qualifies for something! Also, I don't want to read 50 Shades of Grey, but there are three of them and my friend already downloaded the first one on my Kindle, so...

Tina @ Like Ordinary Life said...

Well, I'm late on this but I can jump in because so far this month, I've been following your rules :) How much fun! Especially with summertime... poolside reading just got a whole new perk!

Darlene said...

I have a question about this task: 20: Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles.

What if you can manage to find ONE book that contains a pair of antonyms in the title?

Megan said...

Nope, it has to be two books! Otherwise you'd get off with reading one less book. But that's an intriguing idea for a future challenge category. :)

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I signed up a couple of weeks ago in the comments over at the other post. Didn't know I had to add my link here. Glad I was exploring today and found it. =O)

Kimberly said...

Just discovered your blog the other day - it's absolutely amazing! I'm a new follower via GFC, and I was just wondering if you were planning to make another reading challenge after this one?

Evil Queen said...

Okay I am in! :D

Unknown said...

Oh man! I wish I had known about this in May! I LOVE reading!!! Just finished The Great Gatsby & Cutting for Stone. Onto Moneyball now.


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