Reading Challenges

I am currently browsing challenges and seeking ones to fit my schedule, interests, and school needs.

Another Challenge: I chose this one because

  1. I LOVE novels in verse.
  2. I am currently attempting to write my own novel in verse.
  3. It is a year long!

The Verse Challenge

My first Book Challenge comes from: Semi-Charmed Kind of Life

Update: 7/4/2012 – 60 Points!

Although it started in May, I will go from June-August, since summer affords me more time. I am also going to try to include as many of the books from my already hugely gargantuan pile of to be read books!


  • The challenge will run from May 1, 2012, to September 1, 2012. No books that are started before May 1 or finished after September 1 will count.
  • No re-reads! I want you to experience new books with this challenge. Hardest rule for me! LOL
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long, unless otherwise noted. 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 three people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on my blog. If less than three people finish, the participants with the three highest scores will “win.” Good luck!

The Challenge:

5 points: Read a book chosen for the U.S. 2012 World Book Night. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

10: Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. ???

15: Read a book in one calendar day. Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

15: Read a book that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to yet. 11/22/63 by Stephen King – It’s been on my too read list since it came out. I have it downloaded. But I want to savor it!

20: Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. ???

20: Read a book that is set in a place you’ve never been but want to visit. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

25: Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing. What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson – I didn’t know it was based on a book, ok, yes I did, I remember seeing it listed under the Netflix category, 20th century pieces based on literature or something like. Watched the movie once. It was hard for me to get through. I am almost afraid to try to read the book. But…

25: Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it’s not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

25: Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. (Hey, you can’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right? And I’m upping the points to make it worth your while.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I had heard mixed reviews of this one.

30: Read a trilogy (or any three consecutive books in a series). Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages. I just downloaded the Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness and since the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go is almost 500 pgs by itself, I think I will meet this one!

How to keep track: There is a check in post each Sunday.

If you have any suggestions for my ???, leave a comment!


4 responses

  1. Thanks for participating! So glad to have you. I loved Perks of Being a Wallflower, and I listened to 11/22/63 on audiobook; it was pretty good. Good luck! 🙂

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