I debated whether or not to participate this go-round. Not because I haven’t enjoyed the challenges, I have and always enjoy connecting with fellow book lovers. But I find that sometimes when I “have to” read a book, even a book of my own choosing, I lose interest and no longer want to read it. And pout and whine about it. So yeah, I’m basically a toddler. But when I saw everyone picking their books, I found myself wanting to join the fun. So I did.
And yes, I understand my decision just reaffirms the toddler assessment. 😀
Erin’s 7.0 Book Challenge – My Choices
Here are my picks for Erin’s latest challenge, taking place July 1 through October 31. It’s a mix of NetGalley books, TBR books and books solely chosen to fit a challenge requirement (I’m looking at you cardinal direction). You can learn more about the challenge, here.
5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
The Devil’s Workshop (Book #3 in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad) by Alex Grecian
Jack’s back. I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide … how inappropriately excited I am about a legendary serial killer … it.
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Breakdown by B.A. Paris
10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Immoral by Jonathan Stride
15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017
I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen (Book #12 in the Rizzoli and Isles series)
20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
P.S. This is the book that I am most tentative about reading, which either means I will adore it or hate it. I am open to recommendations!
25 points: Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky (Greek Gods)
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Beauty by Robin McKinley (a retelling of Beauty and the Beast)
10 Books in 4 Months = No Problemlo
I say that every time and always end up finishing the challenge on the last day. 😀 But what matters is that I finish — right? Seriously though, I encourage everyone to join us and get their read on. I love seeing what my fellow book nerds read and adore, so I can add them to always-and-forever growing TBR. Plus, this is a very fun challenge with no guilt or shame. Erin is a low-key hostess with the mostess and everyone cheers everyone, whether they read 20 books or 1 book. All we really care about is whether we should add it to our TBR. 😀
Are you participating in the Erin’s 7.0 Book Challenge? Have you read any of my book choices? Yay or nay to them?
kathy @ more coffee, less talky says
The Handmaid’s Tale was weird; the movie even weirder! We saw the original with Robert Duvall and Natasha Richardson IN GRADE 9 and all the students felt so uncomfortable LOL #awkward.
I’m not sure if I would have been able to handle it in the 9th Grade either. But now, most definitely! I’m eager to read it, especially after all the good reviews the Hulu version got.
Jana @ Jana Says says
Your reason for not wanting to do the challenge is exactly the reason I don’t. I even created one and haven’t stuck to my original list (speaking of, I need to check on what I have read…)
I honestly wasn’t planning on participating this time but then … I just couldn’t help myself. Hopefully, this time I won’t be petulant baby every time I “have” to read a book. LOL!
I haven’t tackled any of these books, but The Handmaid’s Tale is on my list, too!
I’m glad you decided to join in!!
I noticed a lot of people chose The Handmaid’s Tale so it will be interesting to get everyone’s perspective on it. I’m excited to participate again, even though I’m sure I’ll whine some too. LOL!
Nancy @ NY Foodie Family says
I’m thinking about joining the challenge for the first time. But I’m not going to overly plan for it. I have a pile of books that I want to read and whatever’s on hold at the library and coming in. I’m going to hope I can use some of them for different categories. But I may read the Handmaid’s Tale too, since it’s already on my to read list.
You should do it, Nancy! It’s a lot of fun and I like seeing what everyone is reading. Yes, it’s definitely best to choose books that you have a hold, otherwise it can get overwhelming.