Summer 2014 Reading Challenge – an update

I wrote a post the other day about the Summer 2014 Reading Challenge I’m taking part in. That challenge has now started, and I’ve also managed to come up with books to fulfil a few of a categories I was missing. So here are four more books that I plan to read between now and August:

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe
I was checking my bookcase for ideas when I came across Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I really enjoyed that book (although I had completely forgotten about it!) so I took to the Internet to see whether she’d written any other books set in China. She had, and so I shall be reading Peony in Love by Lisa See for this category.

20 points: Read a book that will be/was adapted into a film in 2014
The Internet tells me that A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby is to be released as a film in 2014. I’ve never actually read anything by Nick Hornby, although High Fidelity is one of my all-tike favourite films, so I thought I’d give this one a try. (I was actually torn between this one and The Giver by Lois Lowry, so that one has also been added to my to read list, although maybe not for this summer…)

25 points: Read a book by a blogger
I’m not sure why this didn’t occur to me when I was writing the original list… Hyperbole and a Half has been released as a book! Obvious choice, really.

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the title
I really want to read The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell for this, so now I’m looking for a book with life in the title. Or birth – actually, birth might be the more accurate antonym. Suggestions?

And that’s it. I still have to wait until the other participants have read some books before I can choose one that somebody else has read for the final category. I haven’t actually started reading any books for this challenge yet, but I’ve ordered four which I hope will be arriving soon! In the meantime, I’m working on finishing the three that I already have on the go. Have I ever mentioned I read a lot? 😉

Summer 2014 Reading Challenge

**Apologies for the two posts in one day thing. I didn’t know about this when I wrote the first one, and I really want to join in with this challenge**

As you may know (or some newer readers may not), I love to read. As a child, my mum would take us to the library every weekend to pick up books and I would have ready my pile before the day was out. Yes, I was that child who would rather be indoors reading that out with my friends (although I was still outside a lot because if the weather was even vaguely nicer, my mother would hound us out of the house. I was always allowed to read for a bit before going to sleep though, so I still got my book fix). So, when I read on Amanda’s blog, Rhyme and Ribbons, that she plans to take part in a reading challenge organised by another blogger this summer, I immediately wanted to join in too. Because all the book reading I’ve got going on for my 35 before 35 list clearly isn’t enough…

The challenge runs from 1 May 2014 until 31 August 2014, with only books read during that time being allowed to count. All the books have to be at least 200 pages long and there are 12 categories that need to be fulfilled to complete the challenge.

Here are the categories, and my book choices:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, because it’s been on my list for way too long now!

10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
Flowers for Algernon by David Keyes (published 1966) if I can get it – I’m not finding it on Amazon Germany.  If not, I’ll go with Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (published 1967).

10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn’t finish the first time around. (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book.)
The 1312 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers. Jan and I started reading this book years ago but we never actually managed to finish. Time to try again! (The first one that came to mind was The Silmarillion, but I’m convinced it’s not even possible to finish that book!).

10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of a library or bookstore.
I read children’s books allll the time, well young adult literature anyway, which I assume is in the children’s section at the library? But here’s one from my Amazon wishlist: The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root by Christopher Pennell. It claims to have 224 pages and be for ages 9-12, so it’s perfect for the challenge.

15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times’ Best Sellers List.
Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway. I like a good crime novel and having lived in Northern Ireland as a child, I’m intrigued by the idea of a book that’s set there. (I just hope it will actually have 200 pages seeing as it doesn’t even seem to be available on Amazon Germany yet…)

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
Hmm, I’ll have to find one first!

 15 points: Read a book another blogger has read for the challenge. (That means you have to wait till the first check in in June to see what other people have read already.)
Ooh, I’m excited to see what others recommend!

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s),” or “child(ren)” in the title.
The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers has been on my list for ages! Perfect opportunity to finally read it.

 20 points: Read a book that will be/was adapted into a film in 2014.
Errm, I’m hopeless with films so first I’ll have to discover what’s even coming up this year!

25 points: Read a book by a blogger.
I can’t think of any! Suggestions?

 25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
Captain James Cook by Richard Hough. And it’s non-fiction so I get to count it towards my 35 before 35, too!

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the title.
Oooh, this is hard! I’ll let you know when I think of something…

The challenge is being hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. I know it’s 1 May is tomorrow  (I only found out about this today!), but I’m sure there’s still time for you to join in if you’re quick! You can also follow along on Twitter via the hashtag #SCSBC14.