This week, I found a blog post on our internal social networking program at work that introduces a summer reading challenge. If I had found this sooner, I may have chosen the books I read so far this summer differently, but oh well. I still have some time and many more sunny lunches to read under a tree in the park!
The challenge will run from July 9 to September 22, 2015. No books that are started before July 9 or finished after September will count. Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print versions meets this length requirement. A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book during a later check-in, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads.
The highest possible total is 200 points.
Prize is bragging rights.
And now for the exciting part: the challenge categories!
- 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
- 10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!)
- 10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you've had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.)
- 10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.
- 15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
- 15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.)
- 15 points: Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. (Or "lightness" or "darkness.")
- 20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title. Edited to add: The place must be real, either current or historical, but not fictional.
- 20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
- 25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
- 25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long.
- 30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it's worth the most points!)
So far, I only have 1 book read that fits these qualifications, but I'm in the middle of 2 more that work. This will be a toughie....