Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter Book Challenge; Preliminary List!

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I kinda failed the last challenge. I picked some books just because they fit the categories and then I didn't want to read them - I actually found a few good books that way, so I am still glad I read them, but this time I'm going to make better decisions so I can win this shiz. I have been reading like a fool lately so I think I'll do better on this one - it's easier to stay in and read when it's cold (which is anything under 80 for me...).

The challenge is from November 1st to February 28th. Plenty of time to read 13 books- it's 120 days so a little over a book every 9 days. You don't have to finish the challenge (I didn't last time) it's still a great way to find books and book lovers. Doooo eeet.



5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.

Hmmm. I imagine I will find something. Wink wink.

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.

I'm reading the Stephanie Plum series and I'm not even halfway through it. Janet Evanovich has probably published 50 or so books, so one of those will cover this one. I am also passed the ones I have read before, so they aren't re-reads after #10.

10 points: Read a book of short stories

This one really stumped me but then I thought of A Pemberley Medley, which I haven't read yet. Does that count? It's 5 short stories so I think it counts. 210 pages.

10 points: Read a book with a food in the title.

I actually got a copy of All's Fair in Love & Cupcakes via Netgalley, so there you go. 320 pages.

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you). 

I have had a few people recommend the Selection Series to me, and it was already on my list... I'm totally going to read the whole series though, unless I hate the first book. 336 pages.

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. 

I had no idea Inkheart was originally published in German, and I watched the movie a couple years ago and remember bits and pieces, so I'm excited to read the book. 548 pages (excuse me?!)

15 points: Read a book written by a local author.

Do you know how many awesome books there are from KY authors? Not a lot, let me tell you. I wanted to make my 'local' Australia but was told I couldn't, boohickey. I found The Queen of Kentucky (375 pages) which sounded mildly interesting.

20 points: Read a "bookish book" (see original post for explanation). 

The Thirteenth Tale (one of the examples) was already on my to read list and it has such great reviews, I can't wait to read it. 406 pages.

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title.

OMG NORTH AND SOUTH. It's a bit soon for a re-read though, so I will read Northanger Abbey (251 pages) and if that doesn't count, I'lll read Margaret of the North (363 pages). 

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read. 

Honestly, there is a reason I stay away from the genres I don't really read. I love this suggestion, but thinking about a book in a genre I don't usually read makes me go harrummph. I wish I had saved Gone Girl now, no matter, I'll read Sharp Objects because it has pretty good reviews and I did like Flynn's writing.

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. 

The Girl You Left Behind (one of the examples) was already on my list, so yay! The song is Girl You Left Behind by Pixie Lott.

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title.

This one was so bloody hard. I had zero books on my to read list with breakfast, lunch or dinner in the titles - there are 500 books on that list! What the shit! Finally I found Breakfast at Darcy's (funnily enough, nothing to do with P&P and 427 pages) and Lunch in Paris (314 pages).


If you are going to do the challenge, here are my suggestions:

Make your 'to read' list work for you. A lot of my books are ones I already had on my list - last time, I just found any book that sounded good and I dragged my feet towards the end because I wasn't feeling it. Obviously that's not always possible, it helps if you use goodreads to keep track of the books you want to read.

Don't rush + have fun. As soon as I started thinking I had to read the books and had to finish them quick smart, the last thing I wanted to do was read. Who cares if you don't finish the challenge? The important thing is that you're reading... and we all know there is no enjoyment like reading!




So? You with me?
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44 comments:

  1. Good luck with the challenge! Sharp Objects is my favorite Flynn novel. Unlike with Gone Girl, I did not throw it across the room when I finished it. S.O. is still heavy and messy, but in a way that works. I like it, anyway. Can't wait to hear how the challenge goes and what you thought of the books you read!
    ~Gianni~

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  2. Alright, so not only am I attempting this challenge but I'm stealing some of your book choices! :) I already read all of Gillian Flynn's books, I don't remember which one Sharp Objects is but I remember one of them (besides Gone Girl) had me going "whhhaaaa?!?" LOL!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. I am going to join in, I saw this on IG and love the idea. I think you will like All Fair in Love & Cupcakes. Cute, fun quick read.

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  4. I'm still desperately trying to finish the challenge I set for 2014 (3 books per month) and with life getting busy, the last thing I want to do is read. I have a stack of books. All unread. I like the recommendations here though! Good luck!

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  5. Wow that's a lot books. I read about 1.5 books a month and I thought that was good...although I am drawn to longer books. I haven't read any you mentioned (which blew my mind), but I have read Dark Places which is also by Gillian Flynn. It was good but not nearly as thrilling as Gone Girl.

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  6. I'm interested to see if you like the other books that Gillian Flynn wrote - I'm starting a new one by her now and like you said I really liked her writing as well!! You're going to rock this challenge - I'm hoping to maybe get a few done as well!!

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  7. Sharp Objects is SO good. You will definitely enjoy it.

    I might have to consider taking part in this challenge. I'll have to look at the 8(!) books I have out from the library already to see if any of them fit since I certainly won't finish them all before the challenge starts and then browse my to-read list.

    As for the local, I don't know that Delaware has any authors. At least none that I know of. I'll have to expand to make local mean "Philly area" and then I can read a Jennifer Weiner book.

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  8. Did you love the Kiera Cass series?!?! I thought it was soooo fun!

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  9. My challenge is to read Gone Girl so I can be down with the whole blogging world ;-)

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  10. Yay! books!

    I've read the first two books in the selection series, and do want to read the last one just cause I want to know what happens. The love triangle got really atrocious in the second book.

    This is Samantha BTW, it's making me post as anonymous for some reason :/

    I'm currently audio booking Gillian Flynn's Dark Places. Her books are definitely interesting.

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  11. im glad "sharp objects" and "the girl you left behind" made the list! i loved those two! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  12. Yay books! I haven't heard of most of these so I'm looking forward to hearing what you think and maybe adding a few more to my own list (as if I need to add more, hah!). Good luck!

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  13. This sounds like fun! I might have to join you in this, I need some new stuff to read!

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  14. My photo season is winding down... perfect time for me to join in a book challenge! I'm checking it out!

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  15. Such a fun challenge! I have so much going on through the end of the year I just can't take it on, but I love the idea of this one for the future!

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  16. Sharp Objects is next on my list!

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  17. Gah, you are such an avid reader! It's inspiring! I haven't read any of the books on your list (except Stephanie Plum of course) but I do eventually intend to read Sharp Objects. Can't wait to hear your review on it since we felt the same about Gone Girl!

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  18. OMG I'm going to have to see if I can get my list to work with this challenge. I just checked and none of the books I own have the meal, but I do have a book for the direction one.

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  19. I love book challenges. Last year I did the A-Z book challenge where you read a book with a title that starts with every letter of the alphabet. I LOVED the Selection series. I devoured them over a weekend. Light reads but so much fun! :)

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  20. I'm too willy nilly in my reading to follow prompts or even belong to book clubs. I always want to read what I want when I want.

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  21. I was ONE book away from finishing last time so I'm determined to actually do it this time round!
    Good luck with the challenge :-)

    ~Bevchen

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  22. One of my "meal" books was Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner, but it actually is a P&P adaptation. Will be interested to see what you think of A Pemberley Medley. Oh, and I'm the one who made up the book in the genre you don't normally read, but despite coming up with the idea, I hated picking a book for it. So I understand the harrumphing!

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  23. Inkheart is good (and so are the sequels. And if you end up liking that series I have several more for you too!) I'd do the challenge, but I have a book backlog. I usually read a book every 1-3 days, but I have quite a few stacked up recently. Although I read Cinder yesterday - a cliffhanger? Seriously? Gr... I'm not sure if I'm going to read the rest, because I feel like that was a cheap way to sell the next book instead of actually finishing her story.

    By the way, have you ever read Piers Anthony? In high school my favorite series was The Incarnations of Immortality series.

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    1. Oh, and have you read any from the JD Robb series, with Detective Eve Dallas? Another quick, fun series (and often with the key word in the title you need)

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  24. Wowza you are on a ROLL! I've been slacking lately and not up to my usual pace of a book every couple of weeks. It's go time thanks to you!

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  25. Ya Im pretty sure you won't have a problem doing this challenge! Speedy Gonzalez!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  26. I keep seeing all these amazing books I want to read so I went to the library and checked out a book. I haven't even picked it up. This was on Sunday so I am going to have to keep adding stuff to my list and maybe I'll come across something that I want to read so much that I actually pick it up.

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  27. I totally stole this from you, lady! I hadn't known about the winter challenge but now I'm really excited for it. I may also be stealing you "direction book" because I couldn't decide on one for the life of me! The Selection series is also on my tbr list but I'm scared of it because I've heard people hate the protagonist America :\

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  28. I definitely may be adding a few of these to my list! North & South was ALL I could think of for that one, but I need to be in the right mood for it, so I'm iffy about choosing it-- sidenote: I watched the first two episodes again this weekend.

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  29. I haven't read an entire book in way too long... I wish I could do this but considering I can barely get through a magazine these days I would fail so badly :(

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  30. Love this! I will definitely try and join the challenge!

    P.S. I nominated you for a blog award here --> musingsofawanderer.com :)

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  31. I know that I would fail the challenge right now but I'm going to keep following you and next summer (or whatever time frame if mostly summer) I'm totally doing this - I tend to read the same type of books and the same authors but I'm running out so this will be a fun way to expand my reading horizons.

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  32. Oh my gosh what a list! I don't know how you read so many books and have a job and write a blog! For real! Good for you girl!!

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  33. I don't think I'll be able to successfully complete the challenge in the timeframe, but I love getting new book recommendations from other people's challenge lists!

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  34. I'm not going to lie, this seems like a really tough challenge!! I love reading new things and changing it up lots, but the list/rules seem strict haha. Good luck! :)

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  35. Great books! and The Selection series was pretty good, I enjoyed it.

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  36. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews of these books... that's how I make MY 'to read' list! ;)

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  37. I really liked All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. It was nice and light. I am not a fan of short stories so would struggle with that one!

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  38. Ahh I should have used one of the Stephanie Plum books for #2! I'm going to have to check out some of your other picks!

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  39. The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett takes place in Kentucky.

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    1. thanks Carrie, but the author has to be from KY :)

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  40. Very cool challenge. I love challenges that make us grow. I just wish I had more time to read. Maybe I should just squeeze in at least a few pages a day...so many books, so little time!

    V
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