Books, Books, & More Books

It’s book challenge time again! Let’s skip over the part where I tell you how bad I am at completing the challenges. Instead, let’s just talk about the books I hope to read in the near future. Today I am making my selections for the summer Book Challenge by Erin 5.0.

Book Challenge

(I’m skipping Megan’s Semi-Charmed Summer 2016 Book Challenge this time, but if you want to participate you can find the rules here.)

Someday I really, really hope that I finish a challenge- specifically Erin’s. Until then all I can do is pick my titles and try 🙂 If you like reading, please join us! You don’t have to devour books at a super human pace (obviously)- It’s all just for fun!

Erin 5.0’s Book Challenge runs from July 1st to October 31st. (Rules are here.) Here are my picks:

| 5 points | Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages: Cress by Marissa Meyer *
| 10 points | Read a book that starts with the letter “R”: The Royal We by Heather Cocks
| 10 points | Read a book with five words in the title: The Taming of The Queen by Philippa Gregory
| 15 points | Read a book that has a (mostly) blue cover: The Selection by Kiera Cass
| 20 points | Read a book with twins as characters: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
| 20 points | Read a book from this list of books made into movies: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda *
| 25 points | Read a book set in a country you have always wanted to visit: Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver (England)
| 30 points | Read a historical fiction book: March by Geraldine Brooks *
| 30 points | Read a music related book: Wicked by Gregory Maguire *
| 35 points | Read a book originally published over 100 years ago: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott *

In addition to Erin’s Challenge, I’m currently participating in a reading competition with friends from Arizona. (We’re keeping track via spreadsheet on Google Drive.) Five of my books (*) match up with that challenge and will have to be read in July & August because that’s when the challenges overlap.

I’m so glad to have these lists and categories to push me to read more. Thank YOU to Erin (and Amanda & John in Arizona)!!

There’s still plenty of time to join the challenge with me! What books do you plan to read this summer?


All of Life’s (fun) Challenges

Ok, ok, ok. I’m on my game again and ready for this whole blogging thing. No complaining outta’ me today! (Except this story about how I was buying something on Amazon on Cyber Monday – I can’t say what because my Mom reads the blog and it’s a Christmas present – and I went to check out and the item jumped up $60 in price. Grr. Obviously I didn’t buy it because NOPE.)


On to today’s topic… Today I will be holding myself accountable for how incredibly awful I am at blogging challenges… I started strong with the movie one, but I have seriously dropped, fumbled, deflated, and massacred the ball here.

(Original Movie Post) || (September Update) || (October Update)

I can confidently say that in the month of November I watched a total of ZERO movies. Oops.


And because I like punishment (and kind of hope to someday complete one of these), I’ve signed on for a winter book challenge that I blogged about here.
Annnnnnnddd, Erin from TexErin in SydneyLand also has a book challenge and I figured why not?

I’m actually going to try to make a few books count for both challenges… so we’ll see how that goes.

Book Challenge by Erin 4.0

5 points | Any book that is at least 200 pages long: Cinder (Marissa Meyer) ***
10 points | Begins with the letter “D”: Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald ***
10 points | Four word title: Girl Waits with Gun (Amy Stewart) ***
15 points | One of the following words in the title: mother/father/son/daughter/children: Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
20 points | One of Amazon’s top 100 authors (new to you): The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
20 points | Set in any country in Asia: The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) ***
25 points | A “Season” in the title: The Winter Queen (Boris Akunin)
30 points | Read a book that will make you laugh from this list: How to Be A Woman (Caitlin Moran)
30 points | A friend or family member’s favorite book: The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
35 points | Published the year you were born: Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton) -originally publish 1990-

*** Duplicates from Winter 2015 Book Challenge 🙂

I firmly believe that these “challenges” actually do motivate me to do stuff… But I just don’t put a ton of pressure on myself. That being said, this PopSugar book challenge lasts all year (2016) so I’m going to try to check some of these puppies off while I go about my life this year. (Stay tuned for a 2016 resolution post some time this month- I will include this list again!)

So there are my picks for the next 2-5 months. (I included a lot of links… dang!) Have you read any of these? What would you have picked? Want to try (and fail) with me? No pressure!


Book Challenge by Erin 4.0

Winter 2015 Book Challenge #scwbc15

I’m going to try this book challenge again with Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life… Last time I got a total of 0 points. (HA!) I’m much better at the movie thing… Anyway, I just found out I will be husband-less for a week and a half next month (#businesstrip) so maybe I can really crack down and read some books!

(For the sake of your health and mine, let’s not hold our breaths.)

Ok, the rules can be found here, but basically the books must be +200 pgs (unless noted), no double-dipping in categories, I can only choose three re-reads, and I can’t start them early.

So here are the requirements and my choices!:

5 points: Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages | The Halloween Tree (Ray Bradbury)
10 points: Read a debut book by any author | Murder at the Brightwell (Ashley Weaver)
10 points: Read a book that takes place in another country | The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
10 points: Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge | Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
(taken from Erin’s List)
15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym | Assassin’s Apprentice (Robin Hobb)
15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title | Girl Waits with Gun (Amy Stewart)
15 points: Read a book with a one-word title | Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
20 points: Read a book with a person’s first and last name in the title | Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (JK Rowling)*
20 points: Read a food-themed book | Julie & Julia (Julie Powell)
20 points: Read a book with a verb in the title | The Air He Breathes (Brittainy C. Cherry)
30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors) | Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell) & The Cloud Atlas (Liam Callanan)
30 points: Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject | Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (Therese Anne Fowler) & Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

*I don’t usually re-read books, but HP is an exception!

Like I said, this starts November 1 and goes until January 31. (Wow… January? Are we even ready for 2016? Woof…) I have little faith that I will get more than 10 points, but seeing as I’m only competing against myself 10 points sounds great! #scwbc15

What do you think of my choices? What would you pick? Anyone have some words of encouragement?


A little bit of everything…

Hey! Hopefully you’re willing to invest in this blog-relationship with me!

I said “goodbye” to 23 three days ago and I’m ready to take on 24 (years old) with new recipes, devotionals, advice, organization tricks, pet adventures, and, someday, parenting trials. I’m so excited to kick this off and share my travels, tricks, and triumphs with you! There will probably be some serious failures, too… And, of course, I want to hear from you along the way.

This is Life as Louise. Tell me what you think!