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June 9, 2014

Summer 2014 Book Challenge - An Update!

I've always loved to read. I was fortunate that my mom taught me to read as early as she possibly could so I was always a book worm. I used to love participating in the Book-It Challenge at school and trying to read more books than anyone in my class to get free Pizza Hut.

What can I say? I've always had a competitive streak.

Now that I've finally finished all of the books I bought at last year's library book sale (with the exception of about 2), I'm starting to dive into other books. When Megan posted about her 2014 Summer Book Challenge, I jumped on the opportunity to try and read some books that have been sitting around my Amazon Wish List. You can click over to her blog to read the rules, if you're interested, but today, I thought I'd post my book list (now that I've decided which books I'm going to read) and how I'm doing in the challenge!


The highest total possible is 200 points, and the first five people to get to 200 get the opportunity to guest post on Megan's blog and get to choose a book for her Winter Challenge! So, here are the categories, what I'm reading, and where I stand!

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long. Three Junes by Julia Glass. Finished 5.20.
10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov.
10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book to use it for this category.) Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.
10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Finished 5.27.
15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it. Either The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
15 points:
 Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe. Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title. Haven't picked this one. Any ideas?
20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
25 points: Read a book written by a blogger. (Submitted by Jessica of The Tangerine.) My Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz.
25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir. My Guantanamo Diary by Mahvish Khan. Finished 6.5.
30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles. King of Cuba by Cristina Garcia and The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory. (King/Queen)

Current Points: 60 (as of 6.5)
Currently Reading: King of Cuba.

Have you ever done a Book Challenge?
Have you read any of the books on my list? 
What's on your summer reading list?

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun! How about 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter'? I've wanted to read this one for awhile, it sounds good. I haven't read 'King of Cuba', but I read 'Dreaming in Cuban by the same author and I LOVED it :)

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  2. The Memory Keepers Daughter is a wonderful and pretty quick read!

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  3. You are on a roll! I'm currently reading the memoir for this challenge- but only have two other categories done so far! I bought the White Queen probably five years ago but have never read it for some reason- I loved a few of her other books so I'm not sure why I keep putting it off!

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  4. Little Bee is an amazing book, and I definitely encourage you to read it. Just a warning, most of the book takes place in England, and it's pretty modern (2000s). If you want something a bit earlier than that, I loved The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, which is about growing up in Mexico in the 1930's and has guest appearances by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Leon Trotsky.

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  5. That sounds like a lot of fun. I'm way to slow to participate, but excited for you!

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  6. This sounds amazing! I love reading and this seems like a great way to read a wide variety of books that wouldn't ordinarily be first choice of book to read.

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  7. I love this challenge and I think I will do it too! It fits in perfect with my summer reading anyway!

    I suggest We Were the Mulvaneys. It is by Joyce Carol Oats, who teaches here in Princeton and whom I absolutely love.

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  8. I love this challenge and I think I will do it too! It fits in perfect with my summer reading anyway!

    I suggest We Were the Mulvaneys. It is by Joyce Carol Oats, who teaches here in Princeton and whom I absolutely love.

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