Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Semi Charmed Summer Book Challenge Update

Just wanted to do a quick update on the book challenge, mainly for myself so that I can keep track and accountable. 

As of June 1st:

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

To Conquer Mr Darcy - 416 pages - Read May 31st. 

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

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. 272 pages.

Read May 1st. 

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

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

Finished May 28th, review here.

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

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

Finished May 21st, review here.

Total Points: 50/200 

As of July 8th:

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.

Finished whilst in Australia. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.

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

The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey. 416 pages.

Finished this on July 6th. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't an edge of my seat biting my fingers kind of book. 

Previous Points: 50/200
Updated Points: 85/200

Still to read

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

Persuasion - Jane Austen. 288 pages. 

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

Matilda - Roald Dahl. 240 pages.

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

TBD :)

I think I am going to read Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen which Carly has read. 383 pages.

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.

I started The Husband's Secret the other day. I got side tracked and started and finished North and South instead :)

I have been reading a lot this summer, especially with all the traveling I have been doing. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I have been reading books that don't fit into this challenge, such as a bazillion Pride & Prejudice variations (no shame) and North and South (so good!)


  1. Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is the sweetest story! I love the Pioneer Woman and the love she and her hubby share is precious!

  2. I have the Husband's Secret on queue in my library holds! I think I'll end up reading that for the NYT book because I really don't see myself reading the Goldfinch anytime soon. I've been on the fence about Orphan Train because a lot of people seem to have read it lately, but I think I'll pass on it!

  3. I love a reading challenge. I have never heard of this one before. :)

  4. My my you have been busy reading!!!

  5. Every time you post this I remind myself that I should seriously do this! You go girl!! (I've missed talking to you sorry for being a bad blogger!!!!)

  6. The Paris Wife is SO GOOD!! every time you post this I go through and see which ones are available in library e-books haah!

  7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is on my must-read list, too. I love that you get to go back and read a kid's book. I had to read quite a few children's books because I was in a children's literature class. One of my faves that my profs had us read was The Tale of Desperaux (but I didn't like the movie at all!!) Way to go on almost completing the challenge!

  8. You are so close to finishing!! I need to step up my game, my vacations actually made me read less not more. Though I did finish 3 books this past weekend.

  9. I would be the same and get distracted with other books if I tried the challenge!!!

  10. You go girl!!! I love that you read that many books in the challenge already!1

  11. Well done! And can I just say how impressed I am you're reading Jane Austen. I have tried and tried and can't finish a book to save my life. Doesn't help that most of them are now movies with Colm Firth.

  12. I really wish I had known about this challenge from the beginning. Look at you go!! :)

  13. There's no way I could do this challenge...but you are rocking it! I just received The Lighthouse book in a book swap, so that's on my Summer reading list!


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