Monday, April 28, 2014

Summer Book Challenge: Preliminary List

I just discovered Megan over at Semi-Charmed Kinda Life and her awesome seasonal book challenges. Short notice, but I am so excited to participate! I love to read, but sometimes I can get lazy and won't read for months, or I'll forget a book I started because I got to into something else, like a TV show. But, I have recently gotten way back into reading, so I'm pumped to do this challenge.  It's also a great way to think outside your comfort reading zone.

This is for the Summer (May-August) book challenge, if you are interested. Here is my preliminary list of books I'm planning to read:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.

TBD :)

10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. 272 pages.

I know, everyone will be shocked to see this on the list. It is 100% a reread, in fact its like a rererererererererereread x bajillion. I don't think I have actually read it this year though, which is an abomination but there you go.

10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around.

Persuasion - Jane Austen. 288 pages. 

I know, I'm a bad Austen fan. I think I tried to read this when I was younger and didn't understand the awesomeness that is Jane.

10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.

Matilda - Roald Dahl. 240 pages.

This is technically a re-read, but I haven't read it in... like 15 years. So, yeah.

15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.

Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline. 308 pages. Currently #1 on the paperback trade fiction list.

This seems to be a popular choice in this challenge, and it was also on my want to read list, so... yup.

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.

The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman. 352 pages.

I am actually going to read this book as part of Bon's Book Club and I'm pretty sure this will count as #20 for my 30 before 30 list. Boom. Not to mention, this was on my list of want to read list anyway.

Does this count? It's set in Australia (yay! home!) and it was under historical fiction on Amazon.. so...

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.

TBD :)

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.

The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey. 416 pages.

I just have to note that a few people have picked The Memory Keeper's Daughter for this one, and I have to say - fabulous choice. I have read it, loved it and would love to read it again but am trying not to hit the re-read limit!  

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green. 318 pages.

Well, lookie here. Another book that was already on my want to read list. I'm liking this challenge. 

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.

I have no idea.
Update: upon a fabulous suggestion, I decided on The Pioneer Woman's Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Boom.

25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot. 400 pages.

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.

The Paris Wife - Paula McLain and The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty. 352 and 417 pages, respectively.

Here's to a summer of reading!


  1. Fun challenge! I'm the same way with books. I love to read but end up putting them down too often and have a hard time picking it back up! I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

  2. What a great challenge - if anything I'm hoping you give me suggestions on books to read. I've been such a slacker - no time at all!

  3. Thanks for sharing the list! I've been looking for ae good book options but haven't come across anything that has struck my fancy! Have a lovely week! -xx

  4. This seems like such a fun challenge! I'm going to try to come up with a list for this!


  5. I love that you chose Matilda! My favorite children's book, followed closely by "The BFG"

  6. I really really wish I was more of a reader. I have read books, and sometimes get hooked, but I have a hard time focusing haha. These seems so fun though.

  7. The Light Between Oceans is SO GOOD. Probably my favorite book I read all of last year! So glad you joined in on the challenge!

  8. What a great list! Persuasion is actually my favorite Austen novel - it's Mansfield Park that I couldn't finish. The Light in the Ocean is gut wrenching and absolutely amazing. The Snow Child is a bit of a slow start but it really does feel like a fairy tale and is just so well written and developed. It starts out so sad and it's nice to see where it goes. But also a bit of a tear jerker. I think almost everyone has Orphan Train on their list for this, including me!

  9. You will LOVE The Fault in Our Stars. I thought about re-reading that one for that one too. Best of luck on your challenge!

  10. I'm a reader so I love this!!! Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are both great reads! Btw do you still get the points if you've never not finishes a book?

  11. I just finished The Fault In Our Stars this weekend! SO, so good!

  12. The Paris Wife was SO good. I wasn't a huge fan of The Light Between Oceans but it's definitely still a good read. Love the list!

  13. Oh, I loved The Fault in Our Stars. And I am adding Orphan Train to my to-read list now. You have a fabulous list here Kris!!

  14. The Husband's Secret is on my list of books to read as well. I freaking love Matilda!!! I have recently gotten back into reading as well, I cant believe I had gone so long without it as part of my life. What was I thinking?!?!

  15. I loved The Paris Wife, The Fault in our Stars, and Light Between Oceans.

    The only book I've read by a blogger is the one by The Bloggess.

  16. I cried my eyes out reading The Fault in our Stars.. So, so good.

  17. Holy cow, that is sooo much reading. Can't some of those books count for two of those categories?? That being said, I LOVE Pride and Prejudice, and have really been wanting to read the Fault in Our Stars

  18. What a great challenge! I am always reading something. The Husbands secret wasn't bad. I still need to read the fault in our stars before the movie comes out!

  19. Love love love "The Memory Keepers Daughter". I read it forever ago but I think it deserves a re-read! I'm the same way.. I love to read but never seem to have much time to do it. Maybe I should try one of these challenges!

  20. This sounds so much fun!! I won't join just b/c I'm pretty random about what I read. I'll go to the library once a month and grab the first 4-5 books that catch my interest. Good luck with getttin the points! Unfortunately I have not written a book so I can't really help ya out :(

  21. Congratulations you are the first one who was able to keep my attention through an entire post that had to do with a book review. I usually see them and not going to lie keep on moving but you are so dang witty you had me the whole time ;-) I love the Pioneer Woman I'll read and make anything she tells me to. Not one of her recipes has ever failed in my household (well unless I messed it can't sub skim milk for half and half it just doesn't work ;-)

  22. So many awesome books! There are some on here I've never heard of, so I'll have to add them to my list. Paris Wife is good, and so is Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.

  23. Love this challenge! Books are one of my lifelong loves -- especially anything in the YA category. :) Can't wait to hear what you think about your picks!

  24. I used to read for at least 30 minutes each night and then life became even more busy and full. I was just thinking about going to the library to pick something up tomorrow! I don't have time to read like I used to but I am super motivated to get my butt to the library now!

  25. I did this challenge last year and it was a lot of fun! I know I won't be able to finish reading all of my chosen books but I'm going to try =)
    You have some interesting looking books picked out. I hope you like them! Good luck =)

  26. Visiting your list from the linkup and it looks like a lot of fun! I also picked Matilda for a children's book.
    Confession - I've never read any Jane Austen. I see sooo many people listing Pride & Prejudice as their first book. I feel like someday I should try it, but I'm super hesitant... maybe if one of you does get through it I'll use it as a book another blogger read.

  27. I loved The Husband's Secret..and I want to read The Paris Wife! Can't wait to hear what you think of these books! New follower from Beyond The Gradebook!

  28. Ooooh I just read The Paris Wife and thought it was a great book. And I'm glad you were able to fit so many books you already wanted to read into the challenge! That's the best. :) Good luck!


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