Thursday, October 23, 2014

Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge 2014 Reading List

Megan of Semi-Charmed Kind of Life announced the categories of this winter's book challenge last week and after far too much research and consideration, I've complied my winter reading list! As you all know, I am a huge bookworm and I'm so excited to tackle this challenge and maybe even place in the top 5! The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. Here are the details on the challenge itself along with the novels I've chosen to read this winter.

 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
*read 11/14*

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.
Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult
*read 11/14*

 10 points: Read a book of short stories.
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title.
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice 
*read 11/14*
 15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!). 
Matched by Ally Condie

15 points:
 Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.
The Dinner by Herman Koch

15 points: Read a book written by a local author (author must be from where you currently live).

20 points: Read a "bookish book" (in which books play an important role, e.g. the setting involves a bookstore or library, a major character is an author, or a book that celebrates reading and books).
Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those).
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly 

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

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title.
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes 
*read 11/14*

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch).
Chocolate For Breakfast and Dinner at Rose's by Danielle Hawkins

When I tell you it took me TWO ENTIRE HOURS to research books and create this post I'm not kidding. But I'm loving this challenge and the fact that I'm going to be reading novels I would never usually pick. Challenge starts November 1st and ends February 28th. Have you read any of the books I've listed? Thoughts? I'd love to know what I'm getting myself into. 


  1. I'm glad to see you're participating. I had actually just responded to your comment. I'm reading The Girl You Left Behind right now. Jodi Picoult seems to be a popular author for that particular category. Usually, I can fit books I already wanted to read into the categories. These are a little more challenging than usual and I've definitely got some things on my list I wouldn't have picked up otherwise.

  2. This looks and sounds awesome! However, you have far more patience than me to do all this research. When you read the books let me know how they are, and if I should tack them on to "the list".

  3. Wow, you have a great list! The categories are really challenging this time - I can well believe it took you 3 hours of research. I still have a few gaps in my list.

  4. I used to read novels back before I was married. Now that I have kids and homeschool and run a home business, it's impossible to find time to read. I wish I could write down a list of books that I would like to read, and actually read them!

  5. This is the second post I've read about this book challenge... I think I might have to participate! Sounds like fun and the kick I need to start reading more again!

  6. I wish I was better about reading. Just have a hard time finding the time. I am horrible at starting a book and then stuff comes up and I don't finish. You're list sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing with Tuned in Thursday

  7. I love how many people picked Jodi Picoult for the more than 10 books category - I love her but didn't even have her in mind when I submitted that one!
    And I totally empathize with taking hours to make the list. As soon as I saw the categories that was all I could think about and it took such a long time to get ideas for each category. I hope the time put in was worth it (for both of us!)

  8. How awesome! I didn't even know about this challenge! I might have to get in on the next one! They all sound like really awesome books! Good luck! :D


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