Thursday, October 23, 2014

Winter 2014 Book Challenge: Preliminary List

I've been wanting to participate in one of Megan's book challenges since I discovered her blog last year. This winter I'm finally going to commit! I feel like I've been watching entirely too much Netflix recently thanks to discovering Scandal and American Horror Story, and I want to spend more time this winter with my nose in a good book. I like this challenge because it encourages you to read books that are new to you, but some of these categories were hard! These are my preliminary choices for the Winter 2014 Book Challenge:

5 points: Freebie! — DarkPlaces by Gillian Flynn (I am obsessed with Gone Girl, and I can’t wait to read another one of her books!)

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. — Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

10 points: Read a book of short stories. — One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title. —  The $64 Tomato by William Alexander

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!). — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. — Still thinking about this one!

15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or in your country if you live somewhere else—note: author must be from where you currently live). — Pretty Girl – 13 by Liz Coley

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. – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title. — Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read. — This one is hard because I like to read a little bit of everything! Does anyone have any good science fiction book suggestions?

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. — Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close (My Favorite Things – Sound of Music Soundtrack)

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch; update: meals like feast, banquet, picnic will also count, but try not to get too "creative" with your meal words!). — The Dinner by Herman Koch, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard


  1. This is awesome! Dark Places was SOOOO good. Sharp Objects is great too, but I think I liked Dark Places more.

  2. i read One More Thing and it was SOOOO good!

  3. For Science-fiction I love Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (it's hilarious).
    Good luck with the challenge!

  4. I love Sci Fi! If you want a fun book, I loved Machine of Death (machineofdeath dot net) - a compilation of stories from different authors about a fictional world where we know how but not when we're going to die. It's fun to see how many different perspectives people took with the premise, and you can even get a free pdf on their website!
    Michael Crichton writes a lot of great science fiction other than Jurassic Park too if any of those look more interesting!

  5. Great list! I had trouble with the genre one as well because I read books from every genre! I am going with Science Fiction as well.