My perfect Winter day would be curled up on the couch with some coffee and a really good book. So it is no surprise that when I saw Kristen’s post on Instagram for a Winter Book Challenge I knew I wanted to do one too. So here are my picks. A few I still need to figure out but since this starts this weekend I wanted to get the majority of them flushed out so I can get started.
Is this not the most perfect reading place?!
The challenge runs from November 1st thru February 28th. It is a great way to find some new books and motivate those who may struggle to find books a chance to find their reading mojo. The books must be at minimum 200 pages. For the rest of the rules you can go here.
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner – This has been in my iBooks for months. Time to finally make time for it. – 400 pages
10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.
Die Again from Tess Gerritsen – This is a new book from the Rizzoli and Isles series that is coming out in December. She is living in New England but not my state otherwise I would have used her in the local category. So cool she is a retired Physician, it really adds to the authenticity of her books. – 352 pages
Miss Marple – The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie – 359 pages
The Icing on the Cupcake – This book also contains recipes so double win. After a broken engagement a Southern belle moving to NYC with her widowed grandmother to start over. – 336 pages
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club After a tragedy she moved to a little villa and takes over her Grandmother’s shop – 246 pages
15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.
This will be a TBD
15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or in your country if you live somewhere else—note: author must be from where you currently live). —
Forbidden – Suzanne Brockmann – I really liked her Troubleshooters books and this will be a new read for me even though it was published in 1997 – 245 pages
Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington I have read the first two so this one should be good too – 304 pages
This will be a TBD
25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read.
Hunger Games — Am I the only one who hasn’t read the book or seen the movie? Well now is the time. This is so not my genre but I am going to give it a try – 374 pages
25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well! — Submitted by Daire, who was kind enough to provide several example books, as this challenge is quite tricky! A few possibilities include: Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson (English nursery rhyme of the same name), The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (“Girl You Left Behind,” Pixie Lott), or Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young (“Somewhere Only We Know,” Keane).
This will be a TBD
30 points: Read two books with a differentmeal in each title –
Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult’s Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It’s Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner – 352 pages
The English Breakfast Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #4) – A fun murder mystery – 288 pages
What are you currently reading?
Are you doing the challenge?
What a fun reading challenge! I saw a similar one that gave categories that sounded like fun. I just finished Seven Letters from Paris and am going back to finish My Life in France. After that, I think I might read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Committed. Enjoy! Looks like you have some good choices.
Looks like you have a fun line up of books on deck.
this sounds like such a great idea. And I love all of the Rizzoli and Isles books!
She has been one of my favorites so I am excited for that one.
First of all – I’d gladly read all winter if I could curl up on that little couch…loveseat not sure what it is! The Icing on the Cupcake sounds like my kind of read!!
Right?! It just looks like the perfect spot. That one has been on my list for awhile, it sure does sound good though.
Kateri Von Steal says
I want that reading spot – LIKE RIGHT NOW – it also looks like a good napping spot!
I could totally picture napping there.
I like the idea of a book challenge but anytime I do something to challenge myself I get annoyed at myself because I stop letting it be fun and starting letting it feel like a chore.
I can’t wait to hear about all your books though, maybe I will add some to my to read list because I always need more things to read. 🙂
I tried to keep it within my normal book choices. I am hoping it won’t annoy me either.
Such a fun challenge–I love reading during the winter. It’s so cozy!
It is much easier to curl up with a book in the Winter.
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
Good luck! I’m too willy nilly with what I want to read when to ever set myself up like this.
I tried to use all books from my too read list so I can start chucking away at it. We shall see because I hate structure too and already have a lot of books already downloaded.
Linda sheridan says
Love that reading spot ! I totally forgot about Agatha Christie’s books while reading Steph’s book blog. I loved them. One of my faves- And Then There Were None. I am reading Theresa Caputo’s book You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. I love reading. #wishitburnedlotsofcalories. Good luck with your challenge.
love, SMD’s Momma
I think if I had a spot like that then I would never leave it. That was a last minute addition so I am hoping it is really good. I’ll have to check those two out. It would be wonderful if I could skip working out for reading. If only!
I think The Hunger Games is the only one of these I have read. I’ll look forward to your reviews!
I am excited to read them a good portion of them was from digging in my to-read list on Goodreads.
i’ve not heard of most of those books before! my challenge is to finish the books in my kindle!
That is a good Challenge. My kindle is still full so I need to finish those too! Eek. I am hoping around Christmas time I’ll have time off to just read all day.
I’m not doing the challenge butI do like it to help make me pick books I might not read otherwise.
I still haven’t read The Hunger Games (or watched the movies) – no plans to. (I skipped the whole Twilight thing, too.)
I have a feeling I wouldn’t continue the series it isn’t really my type of book, but figure I will at least give it a shot. I like getting to read books from my to-read list. Finally!
I love the Rizzoli and Isles books! I tried to watch the show and couldn’t get into it but the books I can’t put down!
I don’t mind the show but the books are SOOOO good!! She is such a great writer, I am excited for the new book.
Miss Marple is wonderful! I really hope that you love it!
Glad you recommend it. It was a last minute addition so I wasn’t sure of it.