I love reading and I love a challenge, so I’ve decided to take up Semi-Charmed Kind of Life‘s Summer Book Challenge.
The dates for the link up and challenge are May 1 to August 31, so I’m a little late starting, but I’ll hopefully catch up. If not, it’s fun to participate anyway!
I can also hopefully use this challenge to get closer to meeting my 2014 goal.
Summer Book List
05 pts: Making Music Make Money by Eric Beall, 257 pages (Freebie! Any book at least 200 pages). I’m going to read this one to meet my 2014 Goals. Done.
- 10 pts: Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas, 788 pages (Read a book that was written before you were born). Thankfully one of my favorite authors was around long before me. In progress.
10 pts: The Mages by Katherine Gilraine, 390 pages (Finish reading a book you couldn’t finish the first time around). I try to read too many books at once and overlooked this one not because of the quality but due to other obligations at the time. Done. 10 pts: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, 324 pages (Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore). I recently saw the film with M and I always prefer the books to the movies so I try to read them first, this one I didn’t. It’s time I caught up. In progress.
- 15 pts: Words of Radiance by Brian Sanderson, 1087 pages (Read a book that is on The NY Times’ Best Sellers List when you begin reading it). I love Robert Jordan and Brian Sanderson took over the Wheel of Time series so I’m curious about his writing. I haven’t read the first book in this series so I’ll have to read it before I can tackle this one.
15 pts: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, 368 pages (Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe). I started to read this for a historical fiction course I took but did not ever read past what was required due to time constraints. I really enjoyed what I read so I’d like to finish it. Done 7/8/14. 15 pts: The Silmarillionby JRR Tolkein, 365 pages (Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge). Read by Treasure Tromp. 20 pts: The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkein, 313 pages (Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title). 20 pts: All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, 230 pages (Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014). There are so many on this list I might like to read, so this may change half a dozen times before I finally choose. 25 pts: 250 Things You Should Know About Writing by Chuck Wendig, 96 pages (Read a book written by a blogger). Also read The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, 416 pages. 25 pts: The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh, 498 pages (Read a biography, autobiography or memoir). My dad and I both love history, so he traded me this book for my copy of The Secret History of Paris. I want to read it soon to get my book back! Done! 06/18/14 30 pts: Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche and Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman. Finished Found in Translation 6/20/14 and Lost in Translation 6/27/2014.
175/200 pts. total
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My name is Shannon Kennedy and I'm the language lover, traveler, and foodie behind Eurolinguiste. I'm also the Resident Polyglot at Drops and the Head Coach of the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge.