Winter 2014 Book Challenge Reading List

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I’ve been wanting to participate in one of Megan’s book challenges for a while now, so I decided to join in for her winter 2014 challenge and I’m so excited about it! The idea is that there’s a list of categories, and you have to choose a book to read that fits with each category and you get points for each one that you accomplish. If you’re interested in joining, visit Megan’s blog to get all the details – it seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun! One night last week, I did some research on books to read for each category, and I’m excited to have my list of books to read pretty much finalized.

Here’s my list! 

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules. – Tampa by Alissa Nutting (277 pages)
10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. – All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner (401 pages)
10 points: Read a book of short stories. – The Miniature Wife and Other Stories by Manuel Gonzales (320 pages)
10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) – Honey on Your Mind  by Maria Murnane (308 pages)
15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!). The Program by Suzanne Young (417 pages)
15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. – Delicacy by David Foenkinos (250 pages) (Originally published as La Delicatesse)
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). – The Memory Thief by Emily Colin (434 pages)
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. – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (305 pages)
20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those). – North of Beautiful by Justina Chen (396 pages)
25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read. – He’s Gone by Deb Caletti
25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well! – Promises, Promises by Erica James (445 pages) (Song: Promises, Promises by Naked Eyes)
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!). – The Dinner by Herman Koch (306 pages) and Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson (480 pages)

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

15 Comments
  • Jessa olson
    October 22, 2014

    i love this challenge. I like the books that you choose as well. Can’t wait to participate.

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      I’m so excited too! I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!

  • chelsea jacobs
    October 22, 2014

    Ah there are some great ones on your list!!

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      Thanks, Chelsea! I can hardly wait to start reading them all!

  • bevchen
    October 22, 2014

    Stopping by via the challenge linkup. I loved Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookshop. I hope you do too 🙂 I was considering reading North of Beautiful for the direction but it was too expensive to buy.

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      I’m so glad you stopped by! Glad to hear you enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I lucked out with North of Beautiful – my library has a copy. Can’t wait to see what you choose for that category instead.

  • Kristen
    October 22, 2014

    the best book i’ve read this year? oh i couldn’t pick just one!!
    i have heard of we all fall down and that 24 hour bookstore one, but I haven’t heard of any others on your list – exactly why i love these challenges 🙂

    • Kristen
      October 22, 2014

      oops, all fall down, not we all fall down 🙂

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      Sounds like you’ve had a good year of reading! It’s hard to me to narrow down the best book I’ve read this year too – there’s too many!

  • Rebecca Jo
    October 22, 2014

    OK – how do you all find these books that fit the categories? I’m so stumped & dumbfounded.

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      Hi Rebecca! In short – lots of Googling 🙂 I also found some of them by looking through lists on Goodreads. Hope you’re able to find books for the ones you’re stumped on!

  • Kari
    October 22, 2014

    The best book I’ve read this year was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It was superb!

    I’ve also heard good things about The Program. It interests me because it’s suppose to be about rooting out depression and suicide, and control over people’s emotions which is a topic that intrigues me.

    I also have The Dinner on my list. I hope we both love it!

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      I’ll have to put Fangirl on my list! I’m excited to read The Program for the same reasons – hopefully it’s good. Can’t wait to see what you think of The Dinner!

  • Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos
    October 23, 2014

    What a great challenge! Love your list of books, I love seeing what other people are reading or want to read. 🙂

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      So fun, right? I love seeing what other people are reading too – it’s a cool way to learn a bit more about people!

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