Semi-Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge

Next week Erin’s Book Challenge will end and Megan’s Semi-Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge will start. (And in January Erin’s next challenge starts, I believe!!) Though I’ve yet to complete one, these challenges keep me motivated and engaged with my reading.

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Since Megan’s challenge starts next Tuesday I wanted to share pick out my books here! Check out her page for all the details & rules. (Essentially books w/ more than 150 pages, no repeats per category, & reading must occur between 11/1/16 and 1/31/17.)

|5 points| Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long: The One by Kiera Cass
|10 points| Read a 2016 finalist for one of the following literary prizes: National Book Award, Man Booker or Man Booker International: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
|10 points| Read a brand-new release: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
|15 points| Read a book by an author of a different race or religion than you: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
|15 points| Read a book featuring a main character who is of a different race or religion than you: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
|20 points| Read a modern retelling of a classic: Winter by Marissa Meyer
|25 points| Read a book with an alcoholic beverage: The Whiskey Affair by Raymond Armstrong
|30 points| Read a book with a character that shares your first or last name: Tender Grace by Jackina Stark (*last name- HAHAHA; yeah right)
|30 points| Read two books: a nonfiction book and a fiction book with which it connects: Etta Place by Gail Drago & Etta by Gerald Kolpan
|40 points| Read two books: one by an author whose first name is the same as the last name of the author of the other book: After Alice by Gregory Maguire & The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory.

I did surprisingly well during Erin’s challenge. I believe that I’m getting back into the swing of things as far as recreational reading goes (though I’m still only reading two or three per month). These past few months I’ve been reading some books that aren’t on my challenge lists, which is a step in the right direction  🙂

Some of these are already in my possession or sitting on my nightstand so I’m all set for November 1st! Have you read any of these books? What’d you think of them?

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24 thoughts on “Semi-Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge

  1. Confuzzled Bev October 26, 2016 / 3:04 am

    I thought the same as you about last name… NOPE! Although I’m fairly sure my last name doesn’t appear in any books anyway.

    I have read The Joy Luck Club. I seem to remember liking it? But I read it in German so I really want to read it again in English.

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      I highly doubt I’d find a book with my last name, ha. A friend recommended The Joy Luck Club to me quite a while ago so I’m excited to hopefully dig in!

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  2. Myra October 26, 2016 / 4:50 am

    WHAT this is such a fun challenge! I need to go look it up and see how I can make this work. Haha.

    Stopped by from the #backtobloggingAGB challenge, but glad to have read through some of your more recent posts instead, lol!

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!! I’m glad I had some fresh content for ya 😉

      This book challenge and Tex-Erin’s challenge are my favorites! They motivate me to actually pick up books because I’m too competitive to walk away from a challenge. Ha!

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  3. Kaity October 26, 2016 / 7:08 am

    These past two challenges (Erin’s and Megan’s) were the first I ever completed and I’ve been doing them for a couple years. I’m with you- I love that they keep me motivated and force me outside my reading comfort zone.

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Megan’s are always so obscure that I usually can’t find books that peak my interest. I’m feeling really good about my picks this time! Hopefully I can even double up with categories from Erin’s next one when she announces them!

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  4. Nadine October 26, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    I am terrible at book challenges and once I feel I have to read something, I dont want to read it anymore lol. I haven’t read any of the books on your list. The Lunar Chronicles has been on my TBR for awhile though.

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      This time around I was able to make the books that I’d already planned to read work for the challenge. Some are random ones, though, so we’ll see if I get motivated to read them 🙂 Ha.

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      Hahaha, well…. I keep mentioning them because I’m #FanGirlObsessed so just check my blog every once in a while and I’ll remind you. Ha!

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  5. Lindsay Latimer October 26, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I need a new book challenge since ours is almost over. This one looks so interesting!

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Typically I can’t find books I like for categories for this host, but this time I’m glad I did!

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  6. Elyse October 26, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Good luck! I am awful at book challenges, it’s like I self-sabotage myself by hating every single book I’ve picked.

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      Hahahahaha! I do pretty well, only because I try to pull from my GoodReads TBR list and series that I’m already invested in. We’ll see how it goes…. 🙂 Haha!

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  7. Jenn @ Optimization, Actually October 27, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Fun! I’m debating about this because I really like the prompts this time, but I also kind of want to make my own challenge (a personal one, not a linkup) with categories I haven’t yet seen. Maybe I’ll go crazy and do both. 😛

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      Oooh, that would be crazy 🙂 I’ve never thought to do my own. I opted in for this one because I could get on board with the categories! Haha!

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  8. Rebecca Jo October 27, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Have fun with it!!! I am so bad at these challenges. I need to try it one time – take on the challenge head on 🙂

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Challenges are the only things that tend to get my rear in gear with reading. That, and monthly reading reviews on here- I feel obliged to have some content. Ha. (Which is a good pressure! Otherwise I would just binge TV and not read! Ha!)

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  9. simplyalexandra12 October 27, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Oh fun! I am glad you picked some of the Etta ones! You’ll have to let me know how the non-fic is! 🙂 I am so excited for Heartless, and I hope that you enjoy the end of the lunar chronicles and The one. 🙂 I haven’t decided if I will participate… but I probably should… 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      I’m excited to finish up some of these series!! And to cross some TBR off my list finally! Hopefully the winter weather gets me in the reading mood. (And this stupid World Series ends so I quit spending time in front of the TV- ha.)

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      I’m bad at getting myself to read, but there are so many books I want to get to! This is how I get myself to pick up the books 🙂

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  10. StephTheBookworm October 27, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I haven’t read any of your picks… but I really love that pic of your dog. 🙂

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    • Louise October 30, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Hahaha, thank you! He’s the one I can get to pose. My other one would’ve run off and ignored me. Ha!

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