Because Two Book Challenges Isn't Enough...

If you follow me with any type of regularity, you may remember that I signed up to participate for my 3rd round of Megan's Semi-Charmed Summer 2015 Book Challenge. (Go here to see my last progress update!)


Well, obviously, committing myself to one book challenge just wasn't enough, so I decided to give Erin's Book Challenge a second go. This is my preliminary list for her challenge:

(July 8, 2015) 5 points // Any book that is at least 200 pages longDown the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

(July 22, 2015) 10 points // A book with one of the following words in the title: "girl(s)," "boy(s)," "wo(man)," "wo(men)" | The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

(July 7, 2015) 10 points // A book with a three word titleLooking for Alaska by John Green 

(July 1, 2015) 15 points // A book with a number in the titleThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

(August 9, 2015) 20 points // A book that begins with the first letter of your last nameSummer Sisters by Judy Blume (416 pages, ) 

20 points // A book set in Latin America | Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

25 points // A book by any of the female authors featured in this Time magazine articleHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

30 points // A book of short stories | When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

30 points // A book that was a Newberry Award winner | The Giver by Lois Lowry

(August 4, 2015) 35 points // A banned/challenged book | The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie  (230 pages, )

However, because I'm a batshit crazy and woefully unrealistic bookworm, when Kristen at See You in a Porridge announced she would be co-hosting her own book challenge, I clearly had no choice but to sign on for a third book challenge. These were the books I chose for Kristen's challenge:

(June 28, 2015) A YA book | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (227 pages, )

(July 1, 2015) Non-US Author | The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (235 pages, )

(August 2, 2015) A book that was recommended by a blogger (or Instagrammer / YouTuber / Goodreads-er) | Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Amber @ Mr. Thomas and Me(266 pages, )

A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more | The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison

A book with a kickass female character | Legend by Marie Lu

(August 16, 2015) A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (269 pages)

(July 8, 2015) A book written by a comedian or celebrity – or even a memoir if neither of those are your jam | Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison (352 pages, )

(August 7, 2015) A book with a one word title | Undeniable by Bill Nye (309 pages, )

(July 22, 2015) A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge! | The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (323 pages, )

(August 9, 2015) A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer because this is a Summer challenge! | Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (416 pages, ) 

Clearly, I have issues.

Please send help.


  1. I'm in all three of these plus TWO more than run throughout the entire year. I've started to call myself a challenge junkie!

  2. Seriously! They're addicting- I don't think I've ever finished one, but that little promise of competition makes me read way more than I would otherwise! Haha

  3. The girl on the train has been on my list forever and I really should have used that as my suspenseful book! Ah well lol Thanks for doing the challenge :)

  4. Lol! I almost did the same thing, because I like the Semi Charmed challenges. But I know my summer is jam-packed so I just stuck to the Literary Ladies one. The Giver is one of my favorite dystopias! I just watched the movie, which was interesting, but obviously not as good (this is a rule, I think, for book readers). Running Like a Girl sounds interesting - I'll have to add that to my TBR list on Goodreads.

  5. Ohh, girl! So many reading challenges! You can do it. :) A lot of your picks I've read or want to read so I feel like the picks of yours I haven't heard of should be added to my list!

  6. I got the audio-book from the library so hopefully it's suspenseful enough to keep me entertained on the road! :)

  7. I know there's virtually no chance of me finishing any of them, but I love the competition to see how much I can read (and the push to read things that I might not ordinarily pick up).

  8. I love finding my bookshelf soulmates! :)

  9. Thanks for joining us! I've got to know how Outlander is. I've been wanting to watch the show for months but feel so guilty about it because I haven't read it :)

  10. I know! I hadn't actually heard of the book until I heard all the fanfare about the show. I'll keep you posted! :)

  11. Hheeh so funny! I am joining #literaryladies for the first time, trying to push myself to make more time for reading which I love. :) I really want to read Outlander and The Garden of Burning Sand sounds amazing! XO-Alexandra

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  12. I highly recommend reading the book The Girl on the Train: A Novel.
    I just finished reading it today, and I think its a very good book to read.

    I brought mine from Amazon and I got it in just 2 days.
    Here is the link for the book on Amazon:
    The Girl on the Train: A Novel