Here's my preliminary list:
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long.My choice: Dying Light by Stuart MacBride - I started this series earlier in the year, and I want to continue it.
10 points: Read a 2016 finalist (longlist or shortlist) for one of the following literary prizes: National Book Award, Man Booker or Man Booker International.My choice: Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo - This sounds adorable and a little bit like Dumplin', maybe, which I adored.
10 points: Read a brand-new release (something published between November 1, 2016, and January 31, 2017).My choice: Cross the Line by James Patterson (expected release date: November 3, 2016) - The Alex Cross series is the only James Patterson books that I loyally keep up with when one is released.
15 points: Read a book by an author of a different race or religion than you.My choice: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo - I picked up this book last week for $5 without knowing it would be a perfect choice for this challenge.
15 points: Read a book featuring a main character who is of a different race or religion than you.My choice: When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi - I loved Hashimi's The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, so I've been wanting to read more of her work.
20 points: Read a modern retelling of a classic (e.g. an Austen Project novel, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, etc.) — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Kaity.My choice: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (retelling of Hamlet) - Jana rated this book 4*, and Jana and I have similar tastes in books.
25 points: Read a book with an alcoholic beverage (neat or cocktail) in the title. — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Kerry. (And she was nice enough to come up with a long list of suggestions for you!)My choice: Tequila Sunset by Sam Hawken - I've read two books by this author previously, they've been decent, and it fits the category. Why not?
30 points: Read a book with a character that shares your first or last name. (Alternate spellings are okay, e.g. Megan and Meghan or Smith and Smyth.) — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Ericka.My choice: Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks - This was tough. I had difficulty finding books to fit the category (besides 50 Shades of Grey and The Picture of Dorian Gray and I Let You Go, books I've read or not interested in reading.) My sister-in-law recommended this one, and I'll give it a go.
30 points: Read two books: a nonfiction book and a fiction book with which it connects. For example: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie and one of Christie's mystery novels that features poison, or The Monuments Men and All the Light We Cannot See. The possibilities are endless, so have fun with this one! — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Bev. (And remember you must finish both books to get the 30 points! No partial points will be awarded.)My choices (both books about someone wrongly imprisoned): Getting Life by Michael Morton and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - CNV is sitting on my floor, already checked out from the library based on Megan's recommendation that I need to read this, and GL is sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read from purchasing it over a year ago.
40 points: Read two books: one by an author whose first name is the same as the last name of the author of the other book. For example: You may read a book by Martin Cruz Smith and a book by George R.R. Martin, or a book by James Joyce and a book by Joyce Carol Oates. The shared name must be spelled exactly the same, no variations. — Submitted by SCSBC16 winner Jamie. (And remember you must finish both books to get the 40 points! No partial points will be awarded.)My choices: In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran by Nigel John TAYLOR and The Informationist by TAYLOR Stevens. Y'all know me, I love a rock bio...and the other book was already on my tbr, so this worked.
First up on November 1st: Code Name Verity
Any opinions what should be my second read?