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Summer Reading Challenges: Book Challenge by Erin 9.0 + Comment Challenge

New Reading Challenge

As you may recall, I kicked off the year by participating in the Book Challenge by Erin, version 8.0, which lasted from January 1 until April 30. And now, I’m excited to be participating in version 9.0 of the same challenge because I really love reading challenges. Here are the details:

Duration: July through October 2018

Challenge: Choose 10 books across specific categories and read as many of them as you can over the four month challenge period

Book Challenge by Erin 9.0

All books must be 200 pages or more and you each book can only be used for 1 category. If you’d like to include a book you’ve already read, you can only do so once but you must actually re-read it for it to count.

You’re supposed to pick your 10 books up front, but it’s no big deal if you change your mind and want to read something else for that category instead! Most of all, this challenge is supposed to be fun – I personally am using it as a motivator to read a bunch of books on my TBR list, and I pulled as many of the titles as I could from my own shelves (and borrowed the other two from the library!).

5 points (Freebie): Read a book that is at least 200 pagesBefore We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “N”Night Film by Marisha Pessl

10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) orange coverThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

15 points: Read a book with an unlikeable characterFierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

20 points: Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American ReadGilead by Marilynne Robinson

20 points: Read a book with something related to water in the titleCastle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

25 points: Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yetWe Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates (I bought this at a used book sale in 2014 and still haven’t cracked it open!)

30 points: Read a book with an emotion word in the titleBrave New World by Aldous Huxley (I’m not sure “brave” is technically an emotion but “fear” and “courage” are, so I’m going with it…)

30 points: Read a book with at least 2 words in the title where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter (articles like “a,” “an” and “the” count) – Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

35 points: Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar oneThen We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris (I work in an advertising agency, and so do they. As a bonus, it looks like it’s gotten amazing reviews over the years!)

If you’re looking for something to kick you’re reading into gear, consider joining this stress-free and motivating challenge. Honestly, it’s a ton of fun and the group of participants is really supportive. Just stop by the challenge’s Facebook page and request to join. Once you submit your list in the comments, get reading! Good luck 🙂

Comment Challenge

I’m also excited to be participating in my first Comment Challenge starting in July, hosted by FLYLēF and A Kernel of Nonsense. Basically, two bloggers are paired together and they agree to visit each other’s blog over the course of the month and comment on posts. I think it’s a fun way to bring new bloggers together.

This month I’ll be paired with Kathryn @ Book Date who is blogging in New Zealand. I’ve already gotten a chance to check out her blog briefly, and it looks wonderful. If you get a chance to stop over to her blog even once, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it and so would I!


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  • Reply Confuzzled Bev June 28, 2018 at 9:18 am

    The only one of these books I’ve read is Brave New World but I have been meaning to read a few of them so I will look forward to your review.

    • Reply Megan June 28, 2018 at 11:30 am

      I’m looking forward to reading them too 🙂 I’ve putting off reading Brave New World far too long, so I’m excited to finally get into it.

  • Reply Jolissa Skow June 28, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Oh I really look forward to seeing how you like Castle of Water! It surprised me and drew me in and took me on a ride. This is my review: http://www.literaryquicksand.com/2017/05/review-castle-water/ I read it in the spring but it would be a great summer read!

    • Reply Megan June 28, 2018 at 11:27 am

      That’s going to be one of the first ones I read, since it’s due back to the library on July 7! (I had to put in a special request for them to buy a copy, and it came in a little sooner than I anticipated…) I’ll go check out your review 🙂

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense June 28, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Welcome to the Comment Challenge! I hope you enjoy getting to know your partner this July. Also want to say that I love how you’ve paired book and food for your blog. Happy commenting!

    • Reply Megan June 29, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Thank you! I love that you guys are doing this – it seems like a really fun way to connect better with other bloggers!

  • Reply Kathryn Trask June 29, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Hmm great challenge to be a part of and some brave choices made too for it. The two I’ve heard the most about but not read are The Invention of Wings and Before We Were Yours. Thanks for the shout out, appreciated. 🙂

  • Reply Lonna June 29, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Megan, Enjoy the challenge this July. Kathryn is a friend I often frequent. =) Happy commenting, ~Lonna

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