Winter 2014 Book Challenge

Megan of Semi-Charmed Kind of Life is hosting a Winter Book Challenge. Nothing goes better than winter to me, than a good book, a warm cup of tea and my hello kitty blanket! I am posting the rules below and the books I am thinking to use, for each prompt. I still need some help in thinking of books for some of the categories, so any feedback is appreciated!

General rules:

  • The challenge will run from November 1, 2014, to February 28, 2015. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on November 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on February 28 will count.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks are fine, as long as the print versions meet the page requirements. Large-print books are also acceptable, as long as the regular-print version exceeds 200 pages in length.
  • 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 (unless the category explicitly states otherwise, of course)!
  • 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. Good luck!

Which brings us to the exciting part—the challenge categories!

The books I am considering are in BOLD.

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules. The Silkworm

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. — Submitted by Megan. Pillars of the Earth, because I cannot get enough of Ken Follett, lately.

10 points: Read a book of short stories. — Submitted by Meredith. Couldn’t Keep it to Myself, stories gathered by Wally Lamb.

10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title. — Submitted by Megan. Tortilla Curtain, because it has been sitting in my to-read pile for too long!

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!). — Submitted by Crystal. A Discovery of Witches, because I have really been wanting to read this!

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. — Submitted by Belle. I still need help with choosing a book for this category.

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). — Submitted by KatelynI still need help with choosing a book for this category.

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. Examples: The Book ThiefThe Shadow of the WindThe Thirteenth Tale, etc.) — Submitted by Jen. The Uncommon Reader

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those). — Submitted by Donna Eastern Body Western Mind, because I have heard such great things about it!

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read. — Submitted by JennI still need help with choosing a book for this category.

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well! — Submitted by Daire, who was kind enough to provide several example books, as this challenge is quite tricky! A few possibilities include: Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (English nursery rhyme of the same name), The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (“Girl You Left Behind,” Pixie Lott), or Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young (“Somewhere Only We Know,” Keane). I still need help with choosing a book for this category.

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!). — Submitted by AmberI still need help with choosing a book for this category.


Any help for the categories that I am stumped on is appreciated! Head over to Megan’s post if you would like to join the challenge.

2 thoughts on “Winter 2014 Book Challenge

  1. For the book not written in your native language, you could try Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino (my favorite is Invisible Cities), Haruki Murakami, Fyodor Doestoyevsky (Crime and Punishment), Pablo Neruda, or Octavio Paz. (The latter two are poets.)

    For the book written by a local author – John Steinbeck! My absolute favorite is East of Eden, but The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and Cannery Row are also excellent.

    For a book in a genre you don’t normally read – Poetry!

    For a book with a song lyric in its title – Helter Skelter (SO GOOD), The Catcher in the Rye, Norwegian Wood

    For a book with a meal in the title – Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (LOVE), A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway), The Feast of All Saints (Anne Rice), Naked Lunch, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  2. Thank-you SO much for taking the time to give me all these recommendations!

    I have literally trying for almost 10 years to finish 100 Years of Solitude, so maybe now is the time to do it.
    I didn’t even consider Steinbeck when I was thinking of a local author. I have read all those books you listed, except East of Eden.

    I completely forgot about Helter Skelter. I have been wanting to read that!

    Thanks for the meal recommendations, that was the one I was having the hardest time with. I may attempt Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Naked Lunch is the most disturbing book I have ever read.

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