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 current list start date is: April 1, 2015. 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!
Hearts (Top picks from my "to be read" list) :
3: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
5: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
7: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
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