It’s been a month since Erin’s last Book Challenge ended, which means that it was time for Erin to release the categories for the next challenge! To be honest I didn’t read a single book in November because of the arrival of the girls, so I was excited for the release of the new categories because there’s nothing like a good reading challenge to catapult me back into my reading groove!
If you’ve never participated in a reading challenge before, Erin’s challenge is perfect for you! She has a Facebook group that you can join so you can read other participants’ reviews of the books that they chose and so you can keep track of your status in the challenge! The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018, and I promise it’s super laid back. Erin’s motto is a book read is a book read, and if everybody at least reads one book she’s happy! So make sure that you join us!
- 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 JANUARY 1, 2018 to APRIL 30, 2018. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on January 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on April 30 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 December 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 December 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; 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
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (418 pages) This is the second book in the Throne of Glass series, and I’m pretty sure that I read the first book for another one of Erin’s challenges. I really loved the first book when I read it, but I just never had the time to add any of the next books in the series into my reading schedule, so the freebie category was the perfect way to read more in the series!
- 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “L”
Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt (325 pages, Netgalley) So I have this little addiction problem in my life, and that’s an addiction to Netgalley! I swear I can’t stop requesting books, but the problem is that I can’t ever seem to read them in a timely manner! Thankfully Erin’s challenges are a great way for me to try and get some Netgalley books read. This sounds like a good thriller, and hopefully I end up liking it!
- 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda (342 pages, Netgalley) Another Netgalley book that’s a thriller, so shocking for me, I know! As soon as I saw this category this book popped into my head, so it was an obvious choice for me!
- 15 points: Read a book with a character’s name in the title (i.e. Jane Eyre, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, We Need to Talk about Kevin, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Harry Potter books, etc.)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (391 pages, Netgalley) I read my very first TJR book for Erin’s last challenge and I loved it so incredibly much! When I was scrolling through my Netgalley list looking for books that would fit into each category and saw that another TJR fit perfectly into this category I got so excited! Everybody seems to love this book during the SUYB linkup, so I’m hoping I love it as well!
- 20 points: Read a book from this list: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists https://bookriot.com/2017/04/11/100-books-with-plot-twists/ (who doesn’t love a good plot twist??)
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (398 pages) I’ve read some really great reviews of this book during the SUYB linkup as well, so when I saw that it was really cheap at Barnes & Noble one day I went on ahead and snagged it. And in the usual Ashley way, I’ve managed to not even crack it open! Obviously this is a great excuse to finally read it!
- 20 points: Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title
House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (449 pages, Netgalley) So I obviously wanted to read this book, otherwise I wouldn’t have requested it from Netgalley, but again I just haven’t actually gotten around to reading it. This sounds like a little bit of a historical thriller/mystery, so I’m hoping that it’ll be right up my alley!
- 25 points: Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter (i.e. Cassandra Clare, Melina Marchetta, Ransom Riggs, Chris Cleave, etc.)
All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (384 pages, Netgalley) Another Netgalley thriller/mystery that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet! Again a lot of people have talked about how good it is during the SUYB linkup, so I’m hoping it’ll be the same for me!
- 30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own (submitted by Kirsten)
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon (522 pages) This is the second book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, and I absolutely fell in love with the first book (The Shadow of the Wind) when I read it last year! It absolutely amazed me when I found out that the book was originally written in Spanish and how beautifully it translated to English! So of course, this was an obvious choice for me for this category.
- 30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation i.e. bus, boat, car, plane, etc. (submitted by Bev)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (274 pages) This was the category that I struggled the most with trying to find a book that would fit. When I looked through a lot of other lists from other participants, this book popped up a lot, so I figured that it would be a good choice. I remember trying to love Agatha Christie when I was younger, but I think that maybe it was just too much over my head at the time. When the trailer for the movie came out, it peaked my interest again, so it should be fun to read this book and see how I like it!
- 35 points: Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness (submitted by Amber C.)
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (307 pages) Another highly talked about book from the SUYB linkup that I bought when it was on sale and never got around to reading. It fits perfectly into this category though, so I’m excited to finally get to read it!
And there you have it, my list for another awesome round of Erin’s Book Challenge! There’s still time to join us before the challenge starts, and I hope that y’all will!