Winter Book Challenge 2014

I totally failed at the summer book challenge a few months ago. To be honest, it rare that I actually finish book challenges (ie. I'm only on book 25 of my 50 book Goodreads challenge). But I join them anyway because (1) I'm an eternal optimist and (2) although I don't always complete them, I always read much more than I would have otherwise. Small victories.

So when Kristen's preliminary list for this challenge popped up on my bloglovin' feed, I jumped in excitement. I wasn't going to post today, but then I saw Kristen's post and that the host would be hosting a link-up today, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to join in!

The challenge will run from November 1st to February 28th and there are 12 challenge categories, which is about the same length of time and categories as the summer challenge. But I seem to read a lot more during the fall/winter months, so I have high hopes. Plus, this time around, the books on my TBR list are easier to tailor to the categories which means I'll be excited to read them instead of forcing myself to do so. You can go here for all the challenge rules.

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.

I'll have no problem with this one!

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I burned through the first 6 books in The Mortal Instruments series earlier this year but have yet to read the final book. Clare has written 10 books between her two Shadowhunters series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

10 points: Read a book of short stories.

I've been obsessed with the Throne of Glass series for the past month, only taking a break in reading the novels because of this month's spooky theme. But I'll for sure be picking this series up again in November and I'm on the collection of novellas,

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas. More Celaena but no Chaol :\ Whatever, I'll deal.

10 points: Read a book with a food in the title.

Perhaps, Chocolat by Joanne Harris but I don't know.

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you.

For this one, I'm going with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Grisha Trilogy. It's already on my list of fall reads and I've heard ah-mazing things about the novels so it's a no-brainer.

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.

I'm leaning towards Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but I'm not 100% sure.

15 points: Read a book written by a local author.

Lucky me! Sarah J. Maas was born and raised in New York, as was I. So I'll probably be reading the next Maas book, Heir of Fire.

20 points: Read a "bookish book" (Check original post for explanation/examples).

I'm leaning towards The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or Mr. Penumbra's 24Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

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

No idea. Not a clue what I'll read for this one. I'll update once I figure it out.

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read.

Did you know that short stories is a genre? For real, it is. I was searching to see if 'holiday novels' was a genre and baaamm! I rarely read short stories - I can't even remember the last one I read - but Four by Veronica Roth has been on my TBR list since July.

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. (Check original post for examples.)

I'm not the biggest Christmas person, but I've been really looking forward to reading My True Love Gave To Me, a collection of holiday short stories written by various authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. It's only just now that I realized it's the title of a popular Christmas song.

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title.

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote & The Dinner by Herman Koch

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Are you participating in the winter challenge?