Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge: Preliminary List

Two book posts in a row? In the words of Ron Swanson, "I know what I'm about, son."

Megan announced the categories for her Summer Book Challenge (#SCSBC16) and I got right to work making my preliminary reading list. Bookworm probs! The challenge runs from June 1-August 31 and I'm feeling really optimistic about this particular challenge. I have literally never been able to finish a blogging reading challenge, so I'm hoping if I stock my list with plenty of easy-to-read chick lit, I may be able to finally check one off my list!

Here's what I'm planning to read this summer:

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

10 points: Read a collection of short stories or essays. They may all be written by the same author, or the book may be an anthology from different writers; your choice! | Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins

10 points: Read an adult fiction book written by an author who normally writes books for children. Examples: J. K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, etc. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Kelly E. | In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

15 points: Read a book set in Appalachia. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Ericka B. (Try this list or this one for inspiration. And here’s a map if you have a book in mind and want to know if it fits the setting.) | A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

15 points: Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read a book with a cover you personally find unappealing. | Winger by Andrew Smith

20 points: Read a book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of. - Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Bevchen. | Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

25 points: Read a book with a punny title. The title can be a play on another book title, movie title or a common expression. Examples of such titles include Southern DiscomfortWe'll Always Have Parrots or Bonefire of the Vanities- Submitted by SCWBC15 finisher Jamie G. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle

30 points: Read a microhistory. (Try this list or this one for ideas.) | Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

30 points: Read one book with a good word in the title, and one with a bad word. Note: This category is reeeeeeeally open-ended! Maybe you like turtles, so The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is a title with a "good" word. Similarly, the "bad" word could be a swear word or a literally negative word like “not” or “none,” or it could just be something you don’t like. Have fun with it! (Remember, you must read both books to get 30 points; this category is not worth 15 points per book.) | First Comes Love by Emily Giffin and The Jolly Coroner by Quentin Canterel

40 points: Read two books that contain the same word in the title, but once in the singular and once in the plural. For example: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer, or Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. (Remember, you must read both books to get 40 points; this category is not worth 20 points per book.) | The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone by Emily Giffin and The Vegas Diaries by Holly Madison

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