Erin’s book challenge

There can never be too many books!

There can never be too many books!

Erin’s Book Challenge

I’m now surfacing at Pen In Her Hand after two months of pretty intensive writing, including Blogging A to Z (thank you for hanging in with those 30 blog posts!) and online seminars. Later this month I’ve scheduled a conversation with the incomparable Tasha Duncan-Drake to discuss a Korean ghost movie called A Tale of Two Sisters, so watch for that.

For now I’m catching up on writing and marketing tasks. I never even mentioned I released a new book 31 Ghost Novels to Read Before You Die, which is a work of love–an anthology of my musings and reviews of favorite ghost novels. There’s a ghost novel in there for everyone, so step right up. Don’t be shy. An official kick-off is forthcoming.

In the meantime, I came across an intriguing book challenge by Erin over on Facebook. I’d been thinking of joining a reading challenge for a couple of years but never found the right one. I happened upon Erin’s site through one of the dozen blogs I read during the Blogging A to Z challenge and found myself hooked.

If you’ve ever thought of doing a reading group, you may want to check this one out. Below are the categories and my choices for each.

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.


My choice: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

I really enjoyed Marisha Pessl’s novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which I think I first picked up just for that cool title.

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “R”.


 My choice: Ruined by Paula Morris

A ghost novel! Who’d have guessed I’d be drawn to this one?

• 10 points: Read a book with five words in the title.


My choice: Death Is Now My Neighbor by Colin Dexter

• 15 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) blue cover.


My choice: The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

I’ve heard mixed reviews on this one from people like me who loved Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot. I’m holding my breath, but I picked this up at the White Elephant Sale, so it was handy.

• 20 points: Read a book with twins as characters.


My choice: Minty by Christina Banach.

I mean, young adult narrator…plus a ghost. What’s not to love?


My choice: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

• 25 points: Read a book set in a country you have always wanted to visit.


My choice: Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters

True confession time: When I penciled my first story at the tender age of ten, I wrote about two people lost in a pyramid who bumped into each other and fell madly in love. Cringe-worthy stuff, I promise you, but in honor of that intrepid little writer, I bring you a novel of Egypt.
• 30 points: Read a historical fiction book.


My choice: Everlasting Empire by Yi In-Hwa

I decided I wanted to read a novel set in the Joseon era (the same era of Moonlight Dancer) though this one takes place in 1800 rather than in the late 1600’s. The Joseon dynasty was a long one, headed by the Yi family. Perhaps the author is a distant relative.
• 30 points: Read a music related book.


My choice: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I really enjoyed this movie, so hopefully the book will be as good.
• 35 points: Read a book originally published over 100 years ago.


My choice: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

There you have it–the categories and my choices. I’d love for you to join me. There’s still oodles of time to participate as the event doesn’t begin until July 1.

Have you ever joined a book challenge? What was your experience? Are you tempted by the Book Challenge by Erin?


Erin’s book challenge — 12 Comments

  1. This sounds like fun. Will see if I manage to participate. Book challenges are fun. Being part of a community which reads the same type of books can be rewarding. I have very pleasant memories of all book challenges I participated in. Wishing you luck with this one. I really want to read “A Monster Calls”.
    I love the “Ruined” cover. I want a gate like that. Maybe when I’m rich and famous. 🙂

    • Hi Delia,
      Yes, I do think book challenges are fun. Of course, I participate in the R.I.P. challenge each year as do you. Erin’s challenge is sort of like a scavenger hunt (which I found fun) to find books I wanted in the various categories. I commented on someone’s list who was reading The God of Small Things (an amazing work), and soon I noticed quite a few people adding that book. Community can be so energizing. I hope you join this one!

    • Oh, thanks for the appreciative comment. I only wish I could remember who in Blogging A to Z was posting about you, but that’s one problem with bouncing around blogs–you can’t quite remember who you got where you ended up. I’ve really enjoyed my participation so far and am looking forward to this round!

    • I’m looking forward to both Minty and Perks. I saw the movie Perks and liked it very much. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’ve read The Hypnotist’s Love Story – I might have shared this on Facebook before.
    Last year, I read all of Liane Moriarty’s books. This is one of her earlier books so a little different from The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies but I enjoy how she switches between perspectives. I’ve seen lots of other authors use this technique but I think Moriarty is great at it.
    I’m going to follow your blog and social media now. Always great to meet fellow readers.

    • Hi Runwright,
      I think I’ve read all the other Liane Moriarty books, too. My faves were What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies. Hypnotism fascinates me, and I love Moriarty’s way with characters, so I’m excited about this one. Thanks for the follow. I really appreciate it. I’ll follow back!

  3. one of my friends recommended night film to me. i’d checked it out after her suggestion but didn’t get around to reading it by the time it was due–hooray work!… and laziness… 🙂 it is definitely in my mental reading queue. i’d love to hear what you think of it.

    perks is good. i hope you like it.

    • Hi Jenn,

      I’ll let you know. I really enjoyed listening to Pessl’s other novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics, so I have high hopes for this one!

  4. I really enjoyed Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I selected another of her books (The Husband’s Secret) for this challenge. Excited to get started on Friday!

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