Updated Version 11/06/2015

I am excited to be a part of this reading challenge!!!

Go to Megan’s website and read all about it!


General rules:

  • The challenge will run from November 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on November 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on January 31 will count.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long, unless otherwise noted. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print version meets the length requirement.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book during a later check-in, that’s fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads.
  • 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 summer 2016 challenge.

And now for the exciting part: the challenge categories:

5 points:  Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages.

~~ “Audacious” by Beth Moore. 192 pp. Kindle book.

10 points: Read a debut book by any author. (The book does not have to be a 2015  debut.)

~~ “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. 240 pp. Kindle book.

10 points: Read a book that does not take place in your current country of residence.

~~ “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. 550 pp. I have had it on my book shelf for 6 months begging to be read. ; )

10 points: Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Kristen @ See You in a Porridge.

~~ Tentatively: “Fried Green Tomatoes” Will determine for sure at a later date.

15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym (e.g. Robert Galbraith, Sara Poole, J.D. Robb, Franklin W. Dixon, Mark Twain, etc.). — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Megan M.

~~ “City of Dark Magic” by Magnus Flyte. 464 pp. Not sure where I will get it.

15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title (or the plural of these words).

~~ “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. 416 pp. Will have to buy it.

15 points: Read a book with a one-word title (e.g. Attachments, Americanah, Uglies, Wild, etc.).

~~ “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing and Nathaniel Philbrick. 357 pp

20 points: Read a book with a person’s first and last name in the title (e.g. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle).

~~ “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. 870 pp. Have it on my shelf!

20 points: Read a food-themed book. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!

~~ “As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto” 432 pp. Been hanging out in my Kindle for a year waiting for me.

20 points: Read a book with a verb in the title. (For any grammar nerds out there, I mean “verb” in the most general sense, so gerunds count. For non-grammar-inclined people, just use any book that appears to have a verb in the title!)

~~ “The Seven Habits that will change your life” by Adam Houge. 220 pp. On my Kindle.

30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors). — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher bevchen @ Confuzzledom.

~~ (Easy Peasy on this one) “The Historian” 1st book by Elizabeth Kostova (909 pp) and the 2nd one by Rachel Bohlen (316 pp).

30 points: Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject (e.g. a biography and historical fiction novel about the same person; two books about a specific war or event; a nonfiction book about autism and a novel with a character who has autism, etc. The possibilities are endless!).

~~ Super excited to read these books! : ) Fiction book: “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville (544 pp) and the NF book: “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick (302 pp).

Sooo, that’s it for now. I’ll be checking in on the progress of my reading and if I change the books.

Why don’t you join us?! 14 books in 13 weeks! So doable! ; )