It’s that time of the year everybody, the category release for Erin’s Book Challenge! I have to admit that the last challenge was pretty bad for me, I only finished 8 books within the challenge period, and 1 I finished like the very next day. I’m going to 100% chalk that up to being pregnant and tired during the last two months of the challenge, but hopefully this time around I’ll have better results! If you’re looking for a fun and no pressure book challenge then definitely join Erin’s challenge! But let’s get on to the rules and the categories!
- First and foremost, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome.
- The challenge will run from JULY 1, 2017 to OCTOBER 31, 2017. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on October 31 will count. (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.)
- Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too.
- 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, or change the book you originally chose, no worries.
- You can read your books in any order you choose.
- Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the challenge.
- There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen. Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them. A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice. (if you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
- There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember!
- Book categories will be posted June 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation.
- After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by June 15th (if possible). If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other. (Late entries will still be accepted.)
- The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; most points accumulated; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!) Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
- Lastly, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome. Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!
- 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages, Negalley). I’m finally going to get around to reading a TJR book! With as much as I hear everybody ranting and raving about her books, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to read one! But now there’s no excuse and I’m very much looking forward to reading this one!
- 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, Netgalley). A thriller that everybody keeps on talking about, and I’m finally getting around to reading. I think that you’ll definitely see a theme with my list, and that’s thrillers, so obviously this one is just sticking with the theme!
- 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages, Netgalley). I picked this one out from Netgalley because the description sounded like something that I’d love, a mix between In A Dark, Dark Wood and Serial. Another thriller and I’m knocking another one off of my never-ending Netgalley list, I think that I’d call this a win, win!
- 15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)
The Horse Whisper by Jojo Moyes (518 pages, Netgalley). I’ve only read one other Jojo Moyes book and that was Me Before You, so even though the basis of this book sounds completely different than that, I’m very much looking forward to reading it. Plus it’s about horses, and who doesn’t love horses!
- 20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages, Netgalley). Surprise, surprise, another Netgalley book and another thriller. My Netgalley list was definitely the first place that I went for this category, and I’ve heard good things about this book too! I’m looking forward to reading it!
- 20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages). This was by far the hardest category for me to choose a book for, and I think that’s because I didn’t have one book on my Netgalley or Nook list that had a direction in the title. When I was scrolling through Goodreads I saw that Nadia Hashimi had a brand new book that had “East” in the title, I immediately knew that this would be my choice! I’m looking forward to it!
- 25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_mo…… (submitted by Christina)
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- Parts One And Two by JK Rowling (343 pages). I can’t believe that I STILL haven’t read this! Chris and I made a promise that we would read it together, so this might be my chance to get him to read his one book for the year.
- 30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie); several helpful links: http://bookriot.com/…/…/100-best-book…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_… https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/…
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages). I started listening to this a couple of months ago, but got sidetracked and ended up putting it down. I got far enough into it to realize that the girl that got kidnapped is suffering from PTSD or something else after her ordeal so I thought that it’d be a good choice for this category. I’m planning on starting it over again though, to make sure it qualifies for the challenge!
- 30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc. (submitted by Bev); helpful links: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/… https://www.goodreads.com/…/99906.Boo… http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/…/the-…
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (567 pages). I started the Infernal Devices so long ago, so I’m finally getting around to finishing up the series. The main character Tessa is a witch or a warlock, well I guess that they technically don’t know what she is, but she’s definitely not human. Plus the other main characters are Shadowhunters, which are part human part angel, so I think that counts!
- 35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie (submitted by Kirsten); Don’t forget to check that the book is at least 200 pages: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php…; https://www.goodreads.com/…/11716.Boo……
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages). Again, another book that I’m finally getting around to reading! I loved the Lunar Chronicles so I’m looking forward to seeing what Heartless is all about. I have to admit that I’m not much of an Alice and Wonderland fan, so we’ll see!
And there you have it, my list! I can’t wait until July 1st so we can start the challenge and hopefully I’ll be able to finish up the challenge this time around! The other thing that I’m really excited about is that a lot of my books are Netgalley reads, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able finish those up too!
Have you read any of my choices for the challenge? Are you going to participate in Erin’s Book Challenge?