Friday, August 30, 2013

Summer 2013 Book Challenge, Completed

Here is my completed Summer 2013 Book Challenge from Semi-Charmed Life

  • The challenge will run from July 1, 2013, to September 30, 2013. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on September 30 will count.
  • No re-reads (unless specifically stated)! I want you to experience new books with this challenge.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks are fine, as long as the print versions meet the page requirements.
  • A book can only be used for one category. If you want to switch the category later, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.

The Challenge:

  • 5 points: Freebie! Read any book you'd like, as long as it follows the above rules. :)
    The Barakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield; 336 pages.  (July 2013)
  • 5:  Read a book that is less than 150 pages long.
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan; 148 pages (July 2013/audio)
  • 10: Read a book with a color in the title.
    The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley; 288 pages (July 2013)
  • 10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. (And yes, it must be in a series.
    The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (12th in the series) by Alexander McCall Smith; 240 pages (August 2013)
  • 15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read! 
    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury; 256 pages.  I was late in "discovering" Bradbury--it seems that all my fellow fantasy and sci fi literary nerds had read this long ago! 
    (July 2013)
  • 15: Read a banned book.
    Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, 267 pages. (August 2013/audio) 
  • 20: Read a book written by a celebrity. 
    If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) by Betty White; 272 pages (July 2013/audio)
  • 20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir.Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You by Stasi Eldrige; 256 pages; Christian Living nonfiction. (July 2013) My review is posted here.
  • 20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in. 
    The House without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers.  Takes place in Hawaii; 240 pages.  (July 2013)
  • 25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long.
    The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold; 464 pages.  (July 2013)
  • 25: Read a book with a main character who shares your first name.
    The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee, 209 pages. Main character is Gypsy herself and though we spell it differently, I thought it would be close enough! (August 2013)
  • 30: Read a book written by an author who was born in or died in your birth year.
    The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers by Sarnath Banerjee; 280 pages; born in 1972. (August 2013)
(I have condensed the challenge descriptions to save space; go to the original challenge page for more details.)

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