Winter Reading Challenge 2015-16

Every year, Megan hosts a Winter Reading Challenge to give us bibliophiles something to look forward to when the cool weather descends upon us.

 General rules:

  • The challenge runs from November 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. No books that are 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 200 pages long, unless otherwise noted. 
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. 
  • Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. 
  • 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 2016 challenge.

And now for the exciting part: the challenge categories and what I read for each one. 

  1. 5 points: Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages. Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 120 pages 5 stars. Completed 12/16/15
  2. 10 points: Read a debut book by any author.  The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 289 pages 5 stars completed 11/18/15 
  3. 10 points: Read a book that does not take place in your current country of residence – Lord of the Flies by William Golding 4.5 stars 202 pages completed 1/7/16
  4. 10 points: Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert 4.5 stars 288 pages completed 12/6/15 (also read by Kaity at Beeautiful Blessings)
  5. 15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 253 pages completed 1/14/16
  6. 15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title – Manmade by Chris Salgardo 235 pages 4 stars completed 1/20/16
  7. 15 points: Read a book with a one-word title Wildflower by Drew Barrymore 273 pages 3.5 stars completed 1/20/16
  8. 20 points: Read a book with a person’s first and last name in the title – Ally Hughes Has Fun Sometimes by Jules Moulin 3.5 stars 288 pages Completed 1/18/16
  9. 20 points: Read a food-themed book. — Soul Food Love by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams 3.5 stars 217 pages Completed 12/20/15
  10. 20 points: Read a book with a verb in the title. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest et al. (The title has the verb to be) 246 pages 3.5 stars completed 12/30/15
  11. NOT COMPLETED 30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors). 
  12. 30 points: Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject 
  • Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 4 stars 333 pages Completed 1/26/16  (F) theme: how small choices affect your life
  • Intentional Living by John Maxwell 228 pages 4.5 stars Completed 12/29/15 (NF) – theme: how small choices affect your life

This is my third time trying one of Megan’s reading challenges and I still didn’t finish all the categories. The one I missed was a big one – 30 points for reading two books from different authors but with the same title. I had a couple of ideas but just didn’t get to it in time. 

Overall I read 12 of the 14 books so I’m turning my attention to the other challenges ahead. 


Total points: 170/200

11 Comments Add yours

  1. elementsoflivinglife says:

    I love the sound of this! Sadly I know I couldn’t complete it but it looks like a great one. 🙂

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Maybe you could. How many books do you read on average per month? The challenge looks like a lot but it’s over a 3 month period.

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  2. Kay R. says:

    This sounds like a great challenge. If I didnt have such a hectic schedule right now I would so join up!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Totally understandable, Kay. Sometimes, I barely have time to read too but the past month or so, I’ve been able to catch up a little.
      I signed up for a few other challenges this year. Maybe things will calm down and you can do one of those later on.

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  3. That’s really good! I think I did 12… pretty close! 🙂 Xo -Alexandra

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yeah, we both read 12 of 14. great accomplishment.

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  4. The 2 titles w/ same title was a tough category! I suffered through a book that I normally would have abandoned b/c I had already committed to reading another book w/ the same title and I didn’t want to go back to the drawing board, as they say…. Congrats on the 170 points! That’s nothing to sneeze at!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks Ericka. I don’t like suffering through a book just to finish a reading challenge (although that is part of the challenge) I have so many things to read that I hate feeling like I’m wasting it on something I’m not enjoying.
      What are you reading now?

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  5. texerinsydney says:

    I received Wildflower for a Christmas gift. It will get read…one day…but it doesn’t look like I need to rush to it. 12 books is a great accomplishment.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Haha. Yeah it wasn’t a rush out and read for me either. In it, Drew suggests that readers can go front to back or read the essays in whatever order. I skipped around it.
      Right now, I am binge-reading JoJo Moyes fiction. Just finished my 2nd and have another one in hand. What are you reading?

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  6. Well done! Sounds like a fun challenge! 😉

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