Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Semi-Charmed Autumn 2013 Book Challenge

The Semi-Charmed Autumn 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 October 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on October 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on December 31 will count.
  • New rule: In the past, I haven't allowed rereads because I said I wanted you to experience new books with my challenges. Now, however, I've decided up to three books for the challenge can be rereads. This is to allow you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now, or to finish books you started a long time ago but never completed. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads!
  • 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 and be invited to contribute a category for the winter challenge. Good luck!
The Challenge:
My choices are at the end of each point category (in red)--still deciding on a couple of them.

  • 5: Read a book that does not have "the," "a" or "an" in the title. Stoker's Manuscript, Royce Prouty (338 pages)
  • 10: Read a book that has been featured in Oprah's Book Club. This list includes all the books up until 2010. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Erin.) Open House, Elizabeth Berg (241 pages)
  • 10: Read a book that takes place in the state where you currently live. If you do not live in the U.S., read a book that takes place in the country where you live. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Megan.) Hourglass, Myra McEntire (Tennessee, 390 pages)
  • 15: Read an epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents. See this Goodreads list if you need an idea, but make sure it's actually an epistolary novel first! Goodreads lists aren't verified, so non-epistolary books could have snuck their way on there. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Sandra Gulland (436 pages)
  • 15: Read a book first published in 2013. ??? to be determined
  • 15: Read a book with something spooky in the title. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winner Bev.) This House is Haunted, John Boyne
  • 20: Read a book with "air," "water," "earth" or "fire" in the title. (Submitted by SCSBC13 winnerGypsi.)  Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (391 pages)
  • 20: Read a book on which a television series has been based (e.g. Orange is the New Black,Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Friday Night Lights, etc.). Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris (292 pages)
  • 25: Read a fiction book that has someone’s first and last name in the title (e.g. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bridget Jones's Diary, etc.). ??? to be determined
  • 30: Read two books by the same author. They can be in the same series, but do not have to be. Co-authors do not count (i.e. the author must be the sole author of each book).  Joyland, Stephen King (283 pages) & another SK book to be determined
  • 35: Read a fiction and nonfiction book about the same topic. (Example: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Woman Who Wasn't There are both about 9/11. I'm planning on doing a whole post with a list of ideas soon, if you care to submit any!) ??? to be determined



  1. Hey Michelle! Great list. In answer to your question on my blog about the last category: I would count that! Like a novel about Christmas and then a nonfiction
    book about Christmas traditions or something? I think that would be
    really interesting!

  2. Thanks, Megan! I was hoping that would work. =O) I hope I can complete the challenge this time, or at least come closer than last time. We'll see!


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