Book Challenges

I love a good book challenge. Instead of constantly posting about them, I decided to create a page for them. Newest up top, oldest down the bottom. I try not to overlap, but shit happens.

Erin's Book Challenge 6.0

Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages. - TBA
Read a book that starts with the letter “W”. – When All the Girls Have Gone, Wifey or Wintergirls
Read a book with six words in the title. – The Smell of Other People’s Houses, The Last Letter from Your Lover, The Things We Wish Were True, The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy or When All the Girls Have Gone.
Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover. – Unleashing Mr Darcy, Love the one you’re with or The Goose Girl
Read a book with a homonym in the title – Dead Witch Walking, Love the one you’re with, The Rose Garden or Epic Fail
Read a book by your favourite author. – I don’t really have a favourite author, so I just went with Charlaine Harris because she used to be a favourite, and I’ll use one of the Harper Connelly books for this category, not sure which one as it depends when I start the series (only 4 books) or I’ll read Heartless because I LOVED The Lunar Chronicles.
Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live. – My Bluegrass Baby (if anyone has any other suggestions for Kentucky, I’m all ears).
Read a “Rory Gilmore” book. – Everything is Illuminated
Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.) – The Kind Worth Killing or Dark Matter
Read a book with time travel. - The Rose Garden or Overseas

Erin's Book Challenge 5.0 

5 points:  Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages: TBA
10 points:  Read a book that starts with the letter “R”: Rescue Me, Maybe - Jackie Bouchard (306 pages) {review}
10 points:  Read a book with five words in the title: A Robot In The Garden – Deborah Install (288 pages) {review}
15 points:  Read a book that has a (mostly) blue cover: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie N. Holmberg (306 pages) {review}
20 points: Read a book with twins as characters: Wither – Lauren DeStefano (358 pages)
20 points: Read a book from this list of books made into moviesOne Last Thing Before I Go – Jonathan Tropper (324 pages)
25 points: Read a book set in a country you have always wanted to visit: All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (530 pages, Germany).
30 points:   Read a historical fiction book: Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys (346 pages)
30 points: Read a music related book:  Audrey, Wait - Robin Benway (314 pages)
35 points: Read a book originally published over 100 years ago: Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (507 pages)
Read My Books challenge
With Erin and Dani

I own a lot of books, so I was super excited to take part in this challenge. See my post here with the books I read from my own shelves in June.

Semi-Charmed Summer 2016 Book Challenge

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long. Life Reader - KM Shea (223 pages). {review}
10 points: Read a collection of short stories or essays.
Summer Days & Summer Nights - multiple authors (400 pages).
10 points: Read an adult fiction book written by an author who normally writes books for children.
Wifey - Judy Blume (304 pages).
15 points: Read a book set in Appalachia. 
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen (269 pages).
15 points: Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read a book with a cover you personally find unappealing.
Wallbanger - Alice Clayton (384 pages). {review}
20 points: Read a book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of. 
The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot (283 pages). {review}
25 points: Read a book with a punny title.
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (374 pages and is on this list).
30 points: Read a microhistory. 
Among the Janeites - Deborah Yaffe (256 pages).
30 points: Read one book with a good word in the title, and one with a bad word. 
Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter (337 pages) and Necessary Lies - Diane Chamberlain (368 pages).
40 points: Read two books that contain the same word in the title, but once in the singular and once in the plural.
The Boston Girl - Anita Diamant (320 pages) and The Silent Girls - Eric Rickstad (411 pages).

Australian Author Challenge

Aussie Author Challenge
Kangaroo. Read and review 12 titles written by Australian authors. 4 female, 4 male and 4 new to me.

4 female:

The Lake House - Kate Morton {review}
The Last Anniversary - Liane Moriarty {review}
Looking for Alibrandi - Melina Marchetta {review}

4 male:

I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
So Much to Tell You - John Marsden

4 new to me:

Stolen - Lucy Christopher {review}

Popsugar challenge

There is almost 100% chance I will not complete this one because I have no interest in some of the categories, but most seem fun.

A book based on a fairy tale - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay {review}
A national book award winner - TBA
A YA bestseller - Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher {review}
A book you haven’t read since high school - TBA
A book set in your home state - KY or NSW? I chose KY: The Love That Split The World - Emily Henry {review}
A book translated to English - TBA
A romance set in the future - Naked In Death  - J.D. Robb {review}
A book set in Europe - The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith {review}
A book that is under 150 pages - TBA
A New York times bestseller - TBA
A book that is becoming a movie this year - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith {review}
A book recommended by someone you just met - TBA
A self-improvement book - TBA
A book you can finish in a day - TBA
A book written by a celebrity - Strong Looks Better Naked - Khloe Kardashian {review}
A political memoir - TBA
A book at least 100 years older than you - TBA
A book that is more than 600 pages - TBA
A book from Oprah’s book club - TBA
A science fiction novel - TBA
A book recommended by a family member - TBA
A graphic novel - TBA
A book that is published in 2016 - Keep Me Posted - Lisa Beazley {review}
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation - TBA
A book that takes place during summer - TBA
A book and its prequel - TBA
A murder mystery - TBA
A book written by a comedian - TBA
A dystopian novel - TBA
A book with a blue cover - Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater {review}
A book of poetry - TBA
The first book you see in a bookstore - TBA
A classic from the 20th century - The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
A book from the library - TBA
An autobiography - TBA
A book about a road trip - TBA
A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with - The Expatriates - Janice Y.K. Lee {review}
A satirical book - TBA
A book that takes place on an island - On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves {review}
A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy - TBA

Alphabet Title challenge:
For this challenge, I made the executive decision to have the letter anywhere in the title when it was a hard letter. 

A- Across the Universe - Beth Revis
B- Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
C- Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella {review}
D- Dear Thing - Julie Cohen
E- Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld {review}
F- First & Then - Emma Mills {review}
G- Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
H- Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes {review}
I- I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh
J- Just One Day - Gayle Forman
K- Keeping the Castle - Patrice Kindl
L- Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly
M- Maybe In Another Life - Taylor Jenkins Reid {review}
N- North of Beautiful - Justina Chen
O- One True Loves - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Q- The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi
R- Ransom - Rachel Schurig
S- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli {review} 
T- Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes - Denise Grover Swank {review}
U- Under a Dark Summer Sky - Vanessa Lafaye
V- Vanishing Girls - Lauren Oliver
W- Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple {review}
Y- You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlane {review}
Z- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith {review}

Alphabet Author challenge:
For this challenge, I made the executive decision to have the letter anywhere in the name when it was a hard letter. 

A- Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard {review}
B- Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake {review}
C- Graceling - Kristin Cashore {review}
D- Revolution - Jennifer Donnelly {review}
E- Angelfall - Susan Ee
F- Undertaking Love - Kat French {review}
G- The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith {review}
H- Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge {review}
I- Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
J- The Next Together - Lauren James
K- Secret Sisters - Jayne Ann Krentz {review}
L- Deal Breakers - Laura Lee {review}
M- The Trouble With Destiny - Lauren Morrill {review}
N- I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
O- Birthmarked - Caragh M. O'Brien
P- Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige
Q- Forgive me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick
R- Naked In Death  - J.D. Robb {review}
S- Red Rope of Fate - K.M. Shea {review}
T- All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill
U- This Sky - Autumn Doughton
V- Resurrection Bay - Emma Viskic
W- The Forgotten Room - Karen White, Beatriz Williams,and Lauren Willig {review}
X- The Girl from Summer Hill - Jude Deveraux
Y- The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey {review}
Z- I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak

Previous challenges below, some not finished.

Book Challenge by Erin

Any book that is at least 200 pages long: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay (391 pages) {review}
Read a book that begins with the letter “D” : Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (324 pages)
Read a book with a four word title: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (336 pages)
Read a book with one of the following words in the title: “mother(s)”, “father(s)”, “son(s)”, “daughter(s)”, or “child(ren)” : Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (418 pages)
A book from Amazon’s most popular authors list that is new to me: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages)
Read a book set in any country in Asia: Soundless by Richelle Mead (272 pages)
Read a book with a “Season” in the title: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (357 pages)
Read a book that will make you laugh from the list attached: Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (271 pages, re-read)
Read a book that is a friend or family member’s favorite book (or the favorite book of another participant from this challenge): Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (479 pages, friend & cousin’s favourite)
Read a book published the year you were born : Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fanni Flagg (416 pages, 1987)

Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages: Red Rope of Fate by K.M. Shea (185 pages) {review}
Read a debut book by any author: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages) {review}
Read a book that does not take place in your current country of residence: The Piano Man Project by Kat French (400 pages)  {review}
Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler (320 pages; read by Ericka) {review}

Read a book published under a pseudonym: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (455 pages) {review}
Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (332 pages) {review}
Read a book with a one-word title: Dumplin'  by Julie Murphy (375 pages) {review}
Read a book with a person's first and last name in the title: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (507 pages)
Read a food-themed book: Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan (464 pages)
Read a book with a verb in the titleWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (487 pages) 
Read two books with the same title (by different authors): Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (554 pages) and Life After Life by Jill McCorkle (352 pages)
Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (278 pages) and Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi (320 pages) both are about anorexia.


A YA book: Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi {review}
Non US Author: Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty {review}
A book that was recommended by a blogger: Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta {review}
A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more: The Reader - Bernhard Schlink  {review}
A book with a kickass female character: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein {review}
A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show): Paper Towns - John Green {review}
A book written by a celebrity: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? - Mindy Kaling {review}
A book with a one word title: Room - Emma Donoghue {review}
A suspenseful book: You Caroline Kepnes  {review}
A book about Summer:  The Summer I Turned Pretty Jenny Han {review}


Read a book, any book that is at least 200 pages long: The Maze Runner James Dashner {review}
Read a book with girl / boy / woman / man in the title: The Girl With All The Gifts M.R. Carey {review}
Read a book with a three word title: Illusions of Fate Kiersten White {review}
Read a book with a number in the title: Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel {review}
Take the first letter of your last name: We Were Liars E. Lockhart {review}
Read a book set in any country in Latin America: The Alchemist Paulo Coelho {review}
Read a book by any of the female authors featured in this article: The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan {review}
Read a book of short stories: Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon Jane Austen
Read a book that was a Newberry Award winner: The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman {review}
Read a banned/challenged book: Drama Raina Telgemeier {review}

Freebie!The Perks of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky {review}

Never heard of before (found via goodreads): Under the Never Sky Veronica Rossi {review}
TBR List 2 years: The Princess Bride William Goldma{review}
Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014: Landline Rainbow Rowell {review}
New Author: The Sea of Tranquility Katja Millay {review}
Already Read Author: Blackmoore Julianne Donaldson {review}
Light / Dark: Dark Places Gillian Flynn {review}
City, State, Country: Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell {review}
Animal on the coverThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon {review}
Series with at least 4 books: Ten Big Ones Janet Evanovich {review}
500+ pages: The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton {review}
Alliterative title: Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt {review}

For the next two alphabet challenges, I made the executive decision to have the letter anywhere in the title / name when it was a hard letter. I'm just doing this for fun, and the last thing I want to do is force myself to read a book I don't want to read just because their name starts with an X.

Atonement - Ian McEwan {review}

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty {review}
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas {review}
The D.U.F.F: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger {review}
Every Day - David Levithan {review}
Fairest - Marissa Meyer {review}
G The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins {review}
H The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood {review}
In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume {review}
J Just as Long as We're Together - Judy Blume {review}
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini {review}
Landline - Rainbow Rowell {review}
The Martian - Andy Weir {review}
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon{review}
Paper Towns - John Green {review}
Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas {review}
The Royal We - Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan {review}
S Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta {review}
T This is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper {review}
U Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand {review}
V Venetia - Georgette Heyer
Wonder - R.J Palacio {review}
X My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick 
Yeah Maybe - Joey Hodges {review}
Z Letters to Zell - Camille Griep {review}

Cocktails at Le Carmen - Isabelle Andover {review}
Before We Were Strangers - Renee Carlino {review}
Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen {review}
E A Window Opens - Elisabeth Egan {review}
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn {review}
Still Alice - Lisa Genova {review}
A Little Something Different - Sandy Hall {review}
I Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
When Beauty Tamed the Beast - Eloisa James {review}
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent {review}
L Another Day - David Levithan {review}
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas {review}
O Birthmarked - Caragh O'Brien
P For Darkness Shows the Stars - Diana Peterfreund {review}
Q The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick {review}
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan {review}
U Practice Makes Perfect - Julie James {review}
V Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne {read}
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein {review}
X The Universe Versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence
Y Dear Mr Knightley - Katherine Reay {review}
Z The Storied Life of A.J Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin {review}


  1. I don't know how I'm just now seeing your list, but I can't wait to see what you think of some of these! Your food-themed one sounds good, that's one category that I kind of found a random one I'm still not 100% sure about.

  2. Thanks for coming back to the Semi-Charmed Book Challenge! :) Also, funnily enough I JUST listened to The Silent Girls on audio during a long drive with my husband. It was a totally random pick from my audiobook app because we wanted a mystery; interested to know what you think when you finish. And good luck! :)

  3. I spy short stories on SCSBC16 and thought of you :)

  4. Necessary Lies was so good & I really liked Beautiful Ruins too! I'm doing girl/girls too and had a hard time finding the plural, but think I'm going to go with Vanishing Girls-- though I just looked and The Silent Girls is on my tbr list.


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