Deal Me In Challenge

The original Deal Me In Challenge is actually a short story reading challenge held over at Bibliophilopolis.

But...I don't read short stories. So I'm designing my own version of the challenge.

Ready for this one?

The EPJ Deal Me In Challenge is a novel reading challenge. The time limit is supposed to be 52 books in 52 weeks, but when have I ever followed rules? I tried the 52 in 52 the first time around and only made it to 10 thanks to my crazy schedule and love for challenges. So now I'm doing things a little differently.

To play the challenge, a book is assigned to each of 52 playing cards. The books are set into a roster before beginning and then can either be assigned randomly or by suit based on genre, author, cover color...really whatever you like. For me, each suit will be from a different list (because we all know how much I love lists). This may be a TBR pile or a list based on another challenge.

I'll be drawing a new card every time I finish a book on the list, regardless of time table.

The roster is posted below. I'll be updating the list (and crossing books off) as I go. When a book gets assigned, I'll change the title to green put the assigned date next to the title in green. When the book is finished, it will get a red strike-through, along with the finish date in parentheses in red.

The original round of this challenge sadly got abandoned. Sometimes life just gets a little in the way. As I'm unable to access all of my books at the moment, this one is being temporarily put on hold. I'm hoping to restart the challenge with a fresh deck on January 1, 2018.

There is currently no set time limit for this challenge. I need to complete a realistic test run. Let's see how long it takes me to get through all 52. Once I finish the list, I'll reevaluate a goal time for the next round.

Shuffle that deck!

April 2015 - May 2016 Edition

Books Completed: 5/52

Hearts (Top picks from my "to be read" list) :

Ace: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (5/17/15)

2: The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson (8/2/15)

3: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

4: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (6/2/15)

5: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

6: Looking for Alaska by John Green (4/6/15)

7: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

8: The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (7/16/16)

9: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

10: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Jack: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Queen: Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares

King: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Diamonds (1001 Books to Read Before You Die) :

Ace: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Froer

2: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

3: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

4: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

5: Emma by Jane Austen

6: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

7: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

8: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

9: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

10: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Jack: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Queen: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

King: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Clubs (Fairytales Retold):

Ace: The Selection by Kiera Cass

2: Splintered by A.G. Howard

3: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

4: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

5: Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

6: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

7: Cloaked by Alex Flinn

8: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

9: Beauty by Robin McKinley

10: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Jack: Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey

Queen: September Girls by Bennett Madison

King: Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

Spades (Rory Gilmore Reading List):

Ace: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

2: Emily, Alone by Stuart O'Nan

3: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Debus III

4: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

5: Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

6: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

7: Sophie's Choice by William Styron

8: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

9: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

10: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

Jack: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Queen: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

King: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin


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