Every year, Megan hosts a Winter Reading Challenge to give us bibliophiles something to look forward to when the cool weather descends upon us.
- 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.
- 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
- 10 points: Read a debut book by any author. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 289 pages 5 stars completed 11/18/15
- 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
- 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)
- 15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 253 pages completed 1/14/16
- 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
- 15 points: Read a book with a one-word title Wildflower by Drew Barrymore 273 pages 3.5 stars completed 1/20/16
- 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
- 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
- 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
- NOT COMPLETED 30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors).
- 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