Winter Book Challenge Month 1 Update

Here’s my progress update on the Semi-Charmed Winter Book Challenge hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Here are the categories I’ve completed so far: 

10 points: Read a book that does not take place in your current country of residence. 

BLACKMOORE (Julianne Donaldson) (4/5 stars) loved this story, but not quite as much as I loved Edenbrooke.


10 points: Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Kristen @ See You in a Porridge

WONDER(R.J. Palacio) (used by What Low Reads en Francais!!!) (4.5/5 stars) This was a great read!!


15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title (or the plural of these words).

LITTLE WOMEN (Louisa May Alcott) (5/5 Stars) absolutely loved this book!! 

15 points: Read a book with a one-word title 

WINTER (Marissa Meyer) (6 out of 5 stars – lol jk) I loved this book so much and I gobbled it up in a day and a half when it came out!!


20 points: Read a food-themed book. — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of! 

BELLA’S CHRISTMAS BAKE OFF (Sue Watson via Netgalley) (3/5 stars) I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one, but it had some OK moments.

And here are my other choices, with some revisions from my original list:

5 points: Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages. 

My original choice for this one, A STUDY IN SCARLET was longer than 200 pages. Oops. So I didn’t bother with it and now I am going to read THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE instead. 


10 points: Read a debut book by any author. 

NORTHANGER ABBEY or SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Jane Austen) <– still haven’t started this yet and I might end up revising my book in this category to EVERY BREATH which I just got out from the library (and I am LOVING!) after reading Hannah’s review 🙂 


15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym 

THE SILKWORM  (Robert Gailbraith AKA J.K. Rowling) (1/2way done this one)


20 points: Read a book with a person’s first and last name in the title 

ARTEMIS FOWL – (Eoin Colfer) OR BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY (Helen Fielding) depending on my mood…haha…both are easily accessible at the library.


20 points: Read a book with a verb in the title. 

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (Anthony Doerr) <–just got this one from the library 

30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors). — Submitted by SCSBC15 finisher bevchen @ Confuzzledom

I had to revise this category from THE ALCHEMIST and  THE ALCHEMYST because Paulo Coehlo’s is not over 200 pages (uggh!)…SO back to square one and I think I might read The Pact by Jodi Picoult and Karina Halle and but I’m also considering Easy, Elsewhere, Be Careful what you wish for, Forever, Any advice?!? haha. I am so torn on this category because I feel like I will end up choosing one book that I normally would not read since I can usually only find one highly rated book with a title…but I guess that is the point of the Reading Challenge, haha!!

30 points: Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject

So I narrowed this one down to 2 yoga books: 

POSER: MY LIFE IN 23 YOGA POSES (Claire Dederer), nonfiction, and  CORPSE POSE (Diana Killian) , fiction.

I have both of them from the library right now and will hopefully finish them next week.

Check out everyone else’s updates over here today!

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