Saturday, 12 November 2016

Semi-Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge

Flushed with success from finishing the last Semi-Charmed Book Challenge with a month to spare, I’m excited to be taking part in the Winter 2016 one.  Here are my preliminary choices:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long.

TBC from the huge pile of books I have beside my bed...

10 points: Read a 2016 finalist (longlist or shortlist) for one of the following literary prizes: National Book AwardMan Booker or Man Booker International.

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett (280 pages) - a shortlist finalist for the Man Booker and donated to me by my sister

10 points: Read a brand-new release (something published between November 1, 2016, and January 31, 2017).

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane (260 pages) - published 1st December

15 points: Read a book by an author of a different race or religion than you.

Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu (288 pages) - a Chinese author

15 points: Read a book featuring a main character who is of a different race or religion than you.

A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche (248 pages) featuring main character Giselle who is Rwandan

20 points: Read a modern retelling of a classic (e.g. an Austen Project novel, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, etc.) — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Kaity.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (237 pages)

25 points: Read a book with an alcoholic beverage (neat or cocktail) in the title. — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Kerry. 

Martini Henry by Sara Crowe (416 pages)

30 points: Read a book with a character that shares your first or last name. (Alternate spellings are okay, e.g. Megan and Meghan or Smith and Smyth.) — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Ericka.

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore (342 pages) featuring character Kerry Chang

30 points: Read two books: a nonfiction book and a fiction book with which it connects. For example: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie and one of Christie's mystery novels that features poison, or The Monuments Men and All the Light We Cannot See. The possibilities are endless, so have fun with this one! — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Bev. (And remember you must finish both books to get the 30 points! No partial points will be awarded.)

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (285 pages)
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (322 pages)

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. For example: You may read a book by Martin Cruz Smith and a book by George R.R. Martin, or a book by James Joyce and a book by Joyce Carol Oates. The shared name must be spelled exactly the same, no variations. — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Jamie. (And remember you must finish both books to get the 40 points! No partial points will be awarded.)

What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy (450 pages)
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall (272 pages)