Winter Book Challenge: Preliminary List

This summer was the first time I participated in Megan's seasonal book challenge. I, sadly, did not finish the challenge, but I absolutely loved participating and couldn't wait to try again. Fortunately, the Winter 2014 Book Challenge is right around the corner and lucky for me, I'll be on maternity leave through most of it, so here's hoping I can get some breastfeeding/book-reading time in (Mamas- is it crazy that I'm expecting to read with a newborn?).

The categories are as follows and I'm including my preliminary choices next to each. Check it out:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules. | The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. | Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you. | The Giver by Lois Lowry

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. | Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or from your country if you live somewhere else). | The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore (Toledo, OH)

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. (Examples: The Book ThiefThe Shadow of the WindThe Thirteenth Tale, etc.) | Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those). | East of Eden by John Steinbeck

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read. | An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Mystery/Thriller)

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well! (ExamplesPop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (English nursery rhyme of the same name), The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes ("Girl You Left Behind," Pixie Lott), or Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young ("Somewhere Only We Know," Keane). | Long Time Gone by David Crosby (Long Time Gone by Crosby, Stills & Nash)

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch). | Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime by Sarah Smiley and My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea

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Read any good books lately?
Do you have any winter reads planned?

All p/c goes to Goodreads, as per usual.


  1. Some great choices on your list! I recently read The Giver, it was good!

  2. I love Fahrenheit 451 and The Giver! And I had no idea The Giver was a series - you have no idea how happy you just made me.

  3. Oh, this sounds like fun! I love some of the books you choose! ... I might have to join in on some of the reading fun. And no, it's not crazy to think you can get a lot of reading in as a new mama. If you plan on nursing you will have lots of time to read, especially if it takes your baby 50 minutes to eat each time!

  4. Y'all are clever coming up with books for those challenges.. I'm always blank on what to pick.

  5. What a great list. I loved Fahrenheit 451 and The Giver, hope you do too!

  6. I also have My True Love Gave To Me on my list and I'm sooo excited to read this. I love so many of those authors. Also, didn't even think of that Steinbeck novel for the "direction" category - I may just steal that one! Great list :)

  7. Thanks for helping me figure out my short stories book! I figure, it's the winter challenge so some holiday stories would be perfect!

  8. My Last Supper looks fascinating!! I think I may have finally found my second meal book - thanks for the help!

  9. I was totally going to do The Giver for this challenge, but it's only 179 pages and doesn't meet the page requirements! :( Sad day. But I'm really looking forward to reading some great books over the holidays!


  10. Thank you for reminding me to create my list! I finished it last night, so it's finally up on my blog.

    Dinner with the Smileys sounds really good! I have A Moveable Feast on my list, but I'm still trying to figure out my second "meal" book.

  11. The Giver is the only book off of this list that I have actually read. It's a good one! I hope you like it!