Update 1 // Winter Book Challenge


Hello friends and fellow bookworms!  As you may remember, I decided to join a Winter Book Challenge to help me cross off a few books that have been sitting on my “To Be Read” shelf on Goodreads for far too long!  The idea is that there’s a list of categories, and you choose a book that fits into each category, racking up points for each one that you accomplish.  The Semi-Charmed Winter 2014 Book Challenge runs from November 01, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

Here’s my { updated } list – 40 points! 

5 points: Freebie! — Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (352 pages, 3.5/5 Stars – 12/01/2014)
10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. — The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (I have been wanting to read this author!)
10 points: Read a book of short stories. —  My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Various Authors
10 points: Read a book with a food in the title. — When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison or The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you. — TBD
15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. — The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (Swedish)
15 points: Read a book written by a local author. — A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout.  (Author from Alberta, Canada…where we currently live!) (400 pages, 5/5 Stars – 11/19/2014)
20 points: Read a “bookish book.” — Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (256 pages, 4/5 Stars – 11/26/2014)
20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title. — Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read. — Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (War/Military Genre)
25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. — The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (by The Brilliant Mistakes or by Pixie Lott)
30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title. — Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard and The Dinner by Herman Koch (Dutch) (306 pages, 3.5/5 Stars – 11/21/2014)

Have you ever participated in a book challenge? What’s the best book you’ve read this year??



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