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Show Us Your Books: Book Challenge by Erin 9.0

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After failing MISERABLY at the last book challenge, I’m determined to do better this time around. I’ve GOT to allow myself more time for reading, and hopefully audiobooks will help! Here are my picks for Erin’s 9th book challenge!

Here are the rules (found on the Facebook group page):

General Rules

• First and foremost, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome.
• The challenge will run from JULY 1, 2018 to OCTOBER 31, 2018. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on October 31 will count. (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.)
• Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too.
• 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, or change the book you originally chose, no worries.
• You can read your books in any order you choose.
• Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the challenge.
• There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen. Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them. A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice. (If you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
• There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember!
• Book categories will be posted June 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation.
• After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by June 15th (if possible). If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other. (Late entries will still be accepted.)
• The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!) Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
• Lastly, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome. Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!

Book Challenge by Erin 9.0 – Categories

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages


Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “N”


Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness by Danielle Fishel

• 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) orange cover


Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

• 15 points: Read a book with an unlikeable character


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

• 20 points: Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American Read” (although, they aren’t all by American authors):


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

• 20 points: Read a book with something related to water in the title; i.e. ocean, sea, lake, river, waves, etc.


Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

• 25 points: Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yet (or that has been on your goodreads “to read” list the longest, or has been sitting in your kindle the longest)…basically, read a book you’ve been meaning to read the longest but haven’t got to it yet.


The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

• 30 points: Read a book with an emotion word in the title; i.e. joy, sadness, grief, love, anger, etc. (submitted by Megan)


Hate List by Jennifer Brown

• 30 points: Read a book (must be at least 2 words in the title) where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter (submitted by Vinay)


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

• 35 points: Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar one


I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

Have you read any of these books? Any thoughts?

11 thoughts on “Show Us Your Books: Book Challenge by Erin 9.0

    1. My brother has given me that book as a gift–twice! LOL! I can’t wait to finally read it!

  1. I read The Handmaid’s Tale in university and didn’t love it but appreciated it. Whistling Past the Graveyard is seriously one of the most beautiful covers ever and I want to read it based on that alone, but I’ve also heard it is really good 🙂 I really liked the Thirteenth Tale!!!

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