Semi-Charmed Summer Reading Challenge: Completed!

I think this is the first time I’ve tried to do 2 reading challenges at once. One thing I love about Erin’s challenge is that it is 4 months long, so I really don’t feel super rushed to finish the books right away (and this is why I also prioritized my reading for the summer book challenge first). Last week, I finished the Semi Charmed Summer Book Challenge (see list below) and I’m still working on Book Challenge by Erin 5.0 (I’ll post about that another time!)

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta  (243 pages, 3/5 stars, see review here
10 points: Read a collection of short stories or essays. I amended this to Stars Above by Marissa Meyer  (400 pages, 4/5 stars) because Summer Days & Summer Nights hasn’t been ordered by my library yet.
10 points: Read an adult fiction book written by an author who normally writes books for children. Summer Sisters – Judy Blume (416 pages, 4/5 stars)
15 points: Read a book set in Appalachia. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (304 pages, 3/5 stars, see review here)
15 points: Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read a book with a cover you personally find unappealing. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer(328 pages – 5/5 stars) 
20 points: Read a book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen  (409 pages, 5/5 stars, see review here)
25 points: Read a book with a punny title. The title can be a play on another book title, movie title or a common expression. Examples of such titles include The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (373 pages, 4/5 stars)
30 points: Read a microhistory. (Try this list or this one for ideas.) As you Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (259 pages, 4/5 stars, see review here)
30 points: Read one book with a good word in the title, and one with a bad word. Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan (464 pages, 3/5 stars, see review here)  and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (352 pages, 5/5 stars, see review here)
40 points: Read two books that contain the same word in the title, but once in the singular and once in the plural. Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell (320 pages, 3/5 stars, see review hereand The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (383 pages, 5/5 stars, see review here)

Total points: 200

This challenge really broadened my summer reading. There were a few books that felt like a little bit of a slog, but I enjoyed them in the end. I was quite surprised by how much I liked some of the books that I’d put off reading for awhile, so that was nice!! 

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