Every one of the 7 books I've read this year has been a YA novel. You could say that I could stand branching out into other genres. It's just so hard to walk away from those pretty covers, damn it! So when I saw this Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge by Megan on Mae's blog, I thought "what a great way to get into some new books". Of course, I slipped a YA in there when I could under certain categories (you can take the girl outta the YA but not the YA out.. of... the.. girl??) but I tried to choose "grown up" books as well. Whatever that means. I also found ways to fit in certain books that have been on my TBR list. Here's a preliminary list of the books I plan to read.
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
-- Attachments or some other novel by Rainbow Rowell
10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
-- Emma by Jane Austen
10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book to use it for this category.)
-- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10 points: Read a book from the children's section of the library or bookstore.
-- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
15points: Read a book that is on the The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.
-- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt [#3 on the Fiction Best Sellers List] (775 pages!)
15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
-- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen or Serena by Ron Rash
15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
20 points: Read a book with "son(s)," "daughter(s)" or "child(ren)" in the title.
-- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to a film in 2014.
-- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
-- Cress by Marissa Meyer [She had a book review blog at marissameyer.livejournal.com before she published The Lunar Chronicles and moved over to her official website, so this technically counts]
25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
-- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg or maybe Wild by Cheryl Strayed
30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the title.
-- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Reality Boy by A.S. King
Anyone else participating in this challenge? Have you read any books on my list? What do you think?