Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#27 - Summer Book Challenge Update

Well, the Summer Book Challenge is over as of September (check out Megan's blog for more details), so here's my final list.  I mostly finished, and not for lack of reading enough.  I just didn't have many options in the category of "finish a book you couldn't get through the first time."  Basically, if I stop reading a book, it's pretty bad.  I shouldn't try again.  Anyway, for anyone who is interested, here's my full final list of what I read for each category, and my rating of the books.  I was pretty good at writing book review posts early in the summer, so I included links to my full reviews for those.

Read in May: 95 points
Read in June:  55 points
  • 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long - The Rosie Project (295 pages) 5 stars! (my review)
  • 10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore - Walk Two Moons (280 Pages) - 4 stars
  • 20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014 - This is Where I Leave You  (352 Pages) - 4 stars
  • 20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title - Cinderella Ate My Daughter  (244 Pages) - 4 stars
Read in July: 30 points
Read in August: 10 points
 Total: 190 points (out of 200)
I was getting into a bit of a reading rut, so this challenge helped inspire me about what to read this summer.  My to-read list is out of control, and sometimes when I look at it, I just don't even know where to start.  The good (and scary) news is that there are quite a few books coming out this fall, and I'm already on the hold list at the library, so I should get them pretty soon.  I just hope I don't get them all at once, because I'll have to read quickly before they are due back!

Have you read anything good this summer?  So I can add it to my ever-growing list!  
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  1. What a fun challenge! I would have had trouble with the last category too but for different reasons. I have this issue that when I start a book, I HAVE to finish it no matter how bad it is. It is truly an affliction!

  2. Wow! This is impressive! And it sounds like so much fun! I've read a lot of your book reviews but for some reason never jumped over to Megan's blog for details!

  3. Such a fun way to do a book challenge. I read Rosie Project and Orphan Train this summer too and loved them. Did you like Landline? It's on my list!

    Just finished the second Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) book and enjoyed it quite a bit, as well as a second Jojo Moyes (The Girl You Left Behind). Lucky me, I'm on vacation through Labor Day, so I have this last bit of summer to try to get through a couple more on my list :)

  4. This sounds like a fun challenge! I have my own personal one to read at least 25 books this year. I think I'm up to 20, but I've been stuck on the same book for a month now! I like it, but I just haven't felt the urge to read as much lately. Maybe once the weather cools down and I don't want to be outside!

  5. great post, I love the color of your a skirt too!! also the last category... I would fail! I can never finish any books I start
    totally following along, can't wait to see more
    xo Jessica

  6. AH! Walk Two Moons is one of my favorites from childhood! :) I love this idea for a challenge, by the way. I had a challenge for myself to read a list of 13 books that I had created for myself. I read all 13 of them plus 4 more this summer, for a total of well over 5000 pages (I haven't tallied it all up yet). It felt great to get through so many books this summer! I'm in the middle of The Lost World by Michael Crichton right now, and I'm actually really liking it! I'm hoping to keep up with reading this school year, and make time for it so that I can continue to whittle away at my reading list :)

  7. I like this reading challenge. Sometimes I don't have a clue what to read next, so the categories would be really helpful. I read a lot this summer so I'm happy about that, but now I'm pretty sure I'll get a lot less reading time for a while.

  8. I'm so confused. What are the antonyms?? (Where'd you go, Bernadette & You gotta be kidding me) Is it "you" and "me"??

    Also, did you not like Eat, Pray, Love?? (Sorry if we've had this conversation before, but I am in disbelief!)