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Summer Book Challenge 2014

Summer Book Challenge 2014

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 15 pts: The Silmarillionby JRR Tolkein, 365 pages (Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge). Read by Treasure Tromp.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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

See Also
All Documented Language Learning Projects on Eurolinguiste

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