It’s almost time for the Semi-Charmed Summer 2016 Book Challenge! I’m excited for this because the Winter 2015 challenge was my first one and I jumped in a few days after it started when I saw a bunch of posts about it. I didn’t do so hot, but I feel much more prepared for this one and I can’t wait to hopefully read some great books this summer! Here’s the challenge categories and my preliminary reading plans:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
10 points: Read a collection of short stories or essays. They may all be written by the same author, or the book may be an anthology from different writers; your choice! American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
10 points: Read an adult fiction book written by an author who normally writes books for children. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
15 points: Read a book set in Appalachia. Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons 
15 points: Don’t judge a book by its cover! Read a book with a cover you personally find unappealing. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
20 points: Read a book that you have previously only seen the film (movie) of.  The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
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. State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
30 points: Read a microhistory. The True History of Chocolate 
30 points: Read one book with a good word in the title, and one with a bad word. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
40 points: Read two books that contain the same word in the title, but once in the singular and once in the plural. All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

I tried to get as many as possible of these off of my Goodreads To-Read list or my nightstand. The challenge starts June 1st!


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  • i think a lot of us did the girl/girls option lol, i couldn’t think of anything else. i think beautiful ruins might be on my list as well, i know it’s on my shelf at home haha.

    • It’s funny you say that because I tried to search for something that could get away from the girl/girls, I feel like I’ve already read so many books with girl in the title! But I already had these two on my to-read list on Goodreads so there was no escaping it!

  • I love your choice for the microhistory!

    I found A Prayer for Owen Meany so, so weird, but somehow fascinating.

    • You can never go wrong with chocolate 🙂 Owen Meany is not one I normally would pick up but I read a great review of it so I’m giving it a shot!