Winter Book Challenge: January Check-In

With a newborn baby on my hands, reading has been kind of hit or miss. Some days I'm bored to tears and read for hours on end. Other days, my time is spent cuddling and soothing a pouty-lipped baby and I don't know where my time goes. Regardless, as of January here's where I'm at after the third month of Megan's Semi-Charmed Winter Book Challenge.

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules. | The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (January 4, 2015)

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. | Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (December 11, 2014)

10 points: Read a book of short stories. | My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins (December 23, 2014)

10 points: Read a book with a food in the title. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (November 8, 2014)

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (January 11, 2015)

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.

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).

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 (January 7, 2015)

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 (Currently Reading)

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read. The Woodcutter by Kate Danley [Fantasy] (November 19, 2014)

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title.  | Yes Please by Amy Poehler [Muse] (November 22, 2014)

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch).

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However, not only was I crazy enough to commit myself to this 4-month Book Challenge, but when I stumbled upon Erin's Book Challenge in December, I couldn't miss out on the fun, so I also signed myself up for this second challenge running from January-April. Here's how I'm doing on Challenge #2:

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5 points: Read a book, any book that is at least 200 pages long. 

10 points: Read a book that begins with the “A”, “An”, or “The”.The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (January 4, 2015)

10 points: Read a book with a two word title.

15 points: Read a book with an animal in the title.

20 points: Take the first letter of your first name…Read a book that the title begins with that letter.

20 points: Read a book set in any country in Europe. | The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Currently reading)

25 points: Read a book from the NPR’s guide of great books from 2014.

30 points: Read a book by a favourite author that is not a re-read.

30 points: Read a book by a comedian or comedic actor.I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert (January 16, 2014)

35 points: Read a book about science, discovery, or a scientific process – non-fiction only.


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I'm also happy to say that for the first time, I can finally link up with Lauren for #ORYS (also known as Operation Read Your Shelves). Both Fahrenheit 451 and I Am America had been gathering dust on my shelf, so I was pumped to be able to check them off my list. The fun thing about tackling my neglected books, is once I'm done, I donate them to my sister-in-law's Little Free Library. When it comes to reading, I always try to pay it forward! :)


  1. Way to go, Kaity! I've put myself in the midst of several challenges at the same time too. Juggling books is crazy fun!

  2. Those book challenges sound great.