Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Semi-Charmed Summer 2013 Book Challenge #SCSBC13

Here I go again!

The Semi-Charged Summer 2013 Book Challenge is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Click link or image above to sign up.

Details are taken directly from Megan's blog (so I can keep track)

  • The challenge will run from July 1, 2013, to September 30, 2013. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on September 30 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:
My choices are at the end of each point category (in red)--still deciding on a couple of them

5 points: Freebie! Read any book you'd like, as long as it follows the above rules. :)  The Arrow Chest, Robert Parry 5 points
5: Read a book that is less than 150 pages long. (Yes, this is an exception to the general rules! You're welcome haha.) The Old Rectory, Julia Ibbotson (128 pages) 5 points
10: Read a book with a color in the title. Submitted by Erinn of it's the journey on Twitter.  The White Queen, Philippa Gregory  10 Points
10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. (And yes, it must be in a series.) --The Tudor Conspiracy, C. W. Gortner 10 points
15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read! Submitted by Brighton of Dear Brighton on Twitter.  Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris  City of Bones, Cassandra Clare (forgot I need to read this before the movie comes out!)
15: Read a banned book. (For consistency's sake, the book must be found on one of these lists. See the links in the first paragraph for book lists.) ???
20: Read a book written by a celebrity. This can be a memoir or a fiction book published by someone who was already famous by another means (e.g. James Franco). Submitted by Brighton of Dear Brighton onTwitter. Pictures in my Head, Gabriel Byrne
20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir. It can be pure non-fiction or narrative non-fiction. Submitted by Blair's Head Band onTwitter.  Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in. If you have been to all 50 states, choose a book that takes place in a country you have never been in. Also do the latter option if you are not American. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (Iowa)
25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long.  Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (1079 pages) (I was supposed to start this in June for the Summer of Jest, but I haven't started. Perfect for this challenge!)  Changed my mind...The Secret History, Stephanie Thornton (448 pages)  25 Points
25: Read a book with a main character who shares your first name. If you have an uncommon name and really can't find a book, let me know and we can come up with an alternative. :) Submitted by Erinn of it's the journey on Twitter.**  Okay, so I googled popular nicknames for the name Michelle and Ellie was one possible choice so my book is Contact, Carl Sagan (main character named Ellie)
30: Read a book written by an author who was born in the same year as you. Lives of the Monster Dogs, Kirsten Bakis (1968)

**Edited to add: I've decided to amend this category to allow nicknames of your first name and alternate spellings of your first name. I recognize this category is difficult and I don't want anyone to give up looking! :)

How to keep track: I’ll post a check-in on the first day of every month, on which you can comment with your progress. I will also include the scoreboard from the previous month on each check-in post. The first check-in post will be Thursday, August 1. I will also host a link-up on Monday, July 1, if anyone wants to share their preliminary reading list for the challenge (see an example post from one of my previous challenges here).



  1. Infinite Jest AND 11 other books? You are a brave reader indeed! I just bought that book as a Kindle daily deal, but I'm sure it will be a while before I tackle it.

    Also, just to let you know, I've amended the last two categories to make them a little easier. Check out my original challenge post to see the changes. :)

  2. HaHa! Well, Infinite Jest is a summer long read-a-long that goes until September so I think I can do it. Eek! I hope!

    Thanks, Megan...I'll check it out.


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