And the acronym? Semi Charmed Kind of Life—the creator and curator of the Semi Charmed Book Challenge—has recently announced there will be a Winter challenge. What goes better together than Winter and reading? Nothing. The fact that we, here at Fur Earwig, are entering Summer makes no difference. I mean, what goes better together than Summer and reading? Nothing. I love the book challenges at Semi Charmed because the categories are wacky. See below for the same-said categories and the books I will be reading. The staring date is the 1st of November and coincidently, on that day, I will be well into reading mode, sitting on a sun lounge, sipping a cocktail, or seven, in Koh Samui. What goes better together than holidaying and reading? Absolutely nothing!
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. — Submitted by Megan. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy.
10 points: Read a book of short stories. — Submitted by Meredith. The Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon.
10 points: Read a book with a food in the title. — Submitted by Megan. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck.
15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!). — Submitted by Crystal.
15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. — Submitted by Belle. The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido (from the Spanish version).
15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or from your country if you live somewhere else). — Submitted by Katelyn. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, Tasmania, Australia and the latest Man Booker Winner.
20 points: Read a "bookish book" (in which books play an important role, e.g. the setting involves a bookstore or library, a major character is an author, or a book that celebrates reading and books. Examples: The Book Thief, The Shadow of the Wind, The Thirteenth Tale, etc.) — Submitted by Jen. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl.
20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those). — Submitted by Donna. South of Heaven by Jim Thompson.
25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read. — Submitted by Jenn. Westerns: True Grit by Charles Portis.
25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well! — Submitted by Daire, who was kind enough to provide several example books, as this challenge is quite tricky! A few possibilities include: Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (English nursery rhyme of the same name), The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes ("Girl You Left Behind," Pixie Lott), or Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young ("Somewhere Only We Know," Keane). Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and Florence and the Machine.
30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch). — Submitted by Amber. Breakfast with the Borgias by DBC Pierre and The Dinner by Herman Koch.
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