PictureMy pile for the challenge.
I am pumped for this challenge!

I have been reading a lot of professional books for my work in education and I appreciate the opportunity to keep my mind sharp as it pertains to my field but too much of it can take me back to grad school and that's not where I want to constantly be. 

I keep a mini-book diary of sorts up to date on the "Bookworm" section of my blog. I will track my completed reads from this challenge on that link so please check back every now and again and see how I'm doing and what I think about what I'm reading. I am always excited about recommendations (and gifts - wink, wink) for future reads, but they will go straight to my shelf as this girl will not be buying more than two books* in order to complete this challenge.

By the way, while I like rules and points and WINNING, I do not expect that I will be amongst the first five to finish this challenge and be in the running to win. However, my ultimate goal is to complete this challenge and side benefits are to include the expansion of my reading horizons, decreasing my time watching television and Netflix re-runs and to, well, to relax and enjoy reading for fun; it's going to help to dent selections from my personal library too.  While reading the books will be entertaining and interesting in itself, going through what I already own and making my selections was very fun. 

I am already thankful to Megan over at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life for developing this challenge. If you're up for it, go over to her blog, link-up and prepare to get your read on.

Rules:
  • The challenge will run from July 1, 2013, to September 30, 2013. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on September 30 will count.
  • No re-reads (unless specifically stated)! I want you to experience new books with this challenge.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks are fine, as long as the print versions meet the page requirements.
  • 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.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will win a featured/guest post on Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Good luck!

The Challenge:
5 points: Freebie! Read any book you'd like, as long as it follows the above rules. :)
Hunger Games, (Suzanne Collins) - 374 pages (completed 7/21)

5:  Read a book that is less than 150 pages long. (Yes, this is an exception to the general rules! You're welcome haha.) 
A Raisin in the Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)

10: Read a book with a color in the title. 
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (Michael Dorris)

10: Read a book that is not the first in its series. (And yes, it must be in a series.)
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins) - 390 pages (completed 7/23)

15: Read a book it seems everyone but you has read! 
Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins) - 391 pages - (completed 7/24)

15: Read a banned book. (For consistency's sake, the book must be found on one of these lists. See the links in the first paragraph for book lists.)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)

20: Read a book written by a celebrity. This can be a memoir or a fiction book published by someone who was already famous by another means (e.g. James Franco).
The Measure of a Man (Sidney Poitier)
 
20: Read a non-fiction book that is not a memoir. It can be pure non-fiction or narrative non-fiction. 
The Christ Centered Marriage (Charles Mylander)

20: Read a book that takes place in a state you have never been in. 
The Hour I First Believed (Wally Lamb) - Colorado & Connecticut

25: Read a book that is at least 400 pages long. 
Postcards from Last Summer (Roz Bailey) - 474 pages (completed 7/5)

25: Read a book with a main character who shares my first name. It can include versions of your name or nicknames, this one just seems like a no-brainer for me.
I am Regina (Sally M. Keehn)*

30: Read a book written by an author who was born in the same year as you.
Adored (Tilly Bagshawe)* 1973 - 548 pages (completed 7/6)
It was her or Stephanie Meyer and I just don't think I'm ready for the Twilight series
 
You're welcome to join me but be sure to let me know you're in so that we can cheer one another on. Feel free to follow the tweets about the challenge at #SCSBC13. Even if you don't join the challenge, you may be able to help a reader find what they're looking for.

 





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