Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Semi-Charmed Winter 2012 Book Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life.  I'm a little late to the party, but I can't resist! (Click above or the button to sign up)

Here are the details copied from Megan's blog:

  • The challenge will run from November 1, 2012, to January 31, 2013. (I know this should technically be the Semi-Charmed Winter 2012-2013 Book Challenge, but that is just too long and doesn't make as nice of a hashtag.) No books that are started before 12 a.m. on November 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on January 31 will count.
  • No re-reads (unless specifically stated)! I want you to experience new books with this challenge.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. 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 five people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Good luck!
The Challenge:
5 points: Read a book written by an author you have never read before.
5: Read a book you already have at home but haven’t gotten around to yet (from the library, from a bookstore, borrowed from a friend, on your e-reader, whatever).
10: Read a book written in the decade that you were born. Submitted by Summer Book Challenge finisher Hannah.
10: Read a book that takes place in the state/province where you were born. If you were born outside the U.S. and Canada, read a book that takes place in the country you were born.
15: Read a book titled The _______'s Daughter or The _______'s Wife. (There are a ton, I promise!)
15: Read a book that was originally written in a language other than English.
20: Read a book with a number in the title. This could be an actual digit or a number like “hundred” or “thousand.” No arbitrary numbers are allowed (e.g. several, few, many, couple).
20: Read a book set during Christmas or another winter holiday.Submitted by Jessica of Sweet Green Tangerine via Twitter.
20: Read a book written by an author who shares your initials.Submitted by Sarah of The Roaring Twenties via Twitter.
25: Read a Pulitzer Prize winner or finalist for fiction.
25: Re-read a book. (Personally, I’m going to re-read a book from my childhood that I don’t remember well, like Narnia or The Phantom Tollbooth, but you can re-read any book you’d like.)
30: Read three books from three different genres (e.g. romance, historical fiction, horror, biography, etc.). Remember, the books used for this category cannot count for any other category. Submitted bySummer Book Challenge winner Momma Sunshine.

My list (semi-tentative):

-Author I've never read--The Taker by Alma Katsu
-Book I already have at home--The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
-Book from decade I was born--Dune by Frank Herbert
-Book that takes place in the state I was born--Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Ahab's Wife, or the Stargazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
-Book originally written in language other than English--Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman
-Book with a number in the title--Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
-Book set during Christmas--North Pole High by Candace Jane Kringle 
-Book where author shares my initials--Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
-Pulitzer Prize winner--Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (currently reading-started 11/5-GR)
-Re-Read--The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (currently reading-started 11/13-GR)
-3 books/3 different categories:
  • historical fiction--The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry
  • horror/mystery--Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau by Guy Adams
  • Classic--Persuasion by Jane Austen


Thursday, November 1, 2012

R.I.P. VII Wrap-Up

Yes! I read my four books!

The Gunslinger by Stephen King  REVIEW  (more of a read-a-long wrap-up than a review really)
The Lurking Man by Keith Rommel  REVIEW
Breed by Chase Novak  REVIEW
The Passage by Justin Cronin  REVIEW

I watched a TON of scary movies and TV shows (can anyone say The Walking Dead and American Horror Story!) this season.  Among the highlights on the big screen were Sinister (my new favorite), The Possession, and The Apparition.  You can read my review of those films HERE.

Thanks to Carl for hosting again! Can't wait until next year.  I'm even considering joining him for his SciFi (non) challenge this winter to catch up on some languishing titles on my shelves, like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Stranger in a Strange Land, to name a couple.