Challenge accepted

Hey there! It’s me, Lindsay. Yeah, I haven’t written in a while. You know why. Blah blah grad school blah blah stress blah blah hives blah blah. I don’t need to go into that because I’m tried of talking about it, and I feel like you might be tired if hearing about it.

Check out my hispter Instagram photo of said post-it note (Thanks, Instagram for Android!)

That being said, I am sad I haven’t been able to blog more. I have so many things I want to write about! Seriously. I keep a post-it in my planner with all my ideas. So here I am, getting started on the last item on that list: a summer book chalenge!

I am super excited about this. I love reading. And full disclosure: I have read 7+ books for pleasure this semester, mostly because reading for fun is an escape for me and a way for me to procrastinate and avoid my stress… uh… oops.

ANYWAY. Here are the deets, courtesey of the challenger, my bloggy friend and former Twain neighbor/resident, Megan!


  • The challenge will run from May 1, 2012, to September 1, 2012. No books that are started before May 1 or finished after September 1 will count. (That’s why I’m posting this early, so you can plan your next books!)
  • No re-reads! I want you to experience new books with this challenge.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long, unless otherwise noted.
  • A book can only be used for one category. If you want to switch the category later, that’s fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • Each category may only be completed once, so the highest possible total is 200 points.
  • The first three people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on my blog. If less than three people finish, the participants with the three highest scores will “win.” Good luck!

The Challenge:

5 points: Read a book chosen for the 2012 World Book Night.
10: Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted. (If you were super studious and never did this, then read a book most people were assigned to read in high school but you weren’t.)
10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. (Examples: Friday Night LightsWhen the Game Stands TallThe Devil in the White City, etc.)
15: Read a book in one day. (Must be at least 150 pages long.)
15: Read a book that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to yet.
20: Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. (For example: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Boy in the Suitcase, or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Heart of Darkness, etc..)
20: Read a book that is set in a place you’ve never been but want to visit.
25: Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing.
25: Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it’s not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right.)
25: Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. (Hey, you can’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right? And I’m upping the points to make it worth your while.)
30: Read a trilogy. Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages. (Remember, you can’t have read any of the books before! Suggestions: The Robert Langdon seriesThe Hunger GamesTwilight…)

Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge

I’m excited for this challenge because I plan on relaxing this summer. After a crazy first year of grad school, I’m pumped to spend two weeks in Italy followed by 10 in Oregon. Italy will probably be pretty busy, but there are lots of plane rides to read on! In Oregon I’ll just be working 40 hours a week, but beyond that, I don’t have friends or classes, so I imagine and hope to have lots of free time to chill. I’m hoping to finish this challenge and read the entire New Testament this summer. Food for the mind and the soul!

Stay tuned: eventually I will post my proposed reading list to complete Megan’s challenge.


9 thoughts on “Challenge accepted

  1. Wooo!!!! When I saw the name of this post in my Google Reader, I was hoping it meant my book challenge. 🙂 Good luck! I have no doubt that you’ll finish. I’ve starting planning out my books … it’s so hard to choose! lol

      • Hmm, that one might be a stretch… You could read anything with “death” or “dying” in it. Or “ugly” or “holy” for the second one. ?? I won’t be too picky, though; as long as you can justify it! 🙂

  2. This looks like so much fun, and a great way to try out some new things. 🙂 Might jump in! I don’t know if I’ll plan first or just go on the fly – more spontaneity could be even more fun, you know!

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