Once upon a time, I met Erin in Mr. Becker’s Homeroom on my first day as a ninth grader in a school new to me–new kid, superintendent’s daughter, small for my size and awkward as they come. Erin was one of a remarkable few who showed me kindness, but I could not say we were friends.
Years later, somehow I found her living in Australia, clerking at a family-owned jewelry store (she married into that family later, of course), and blogging about books. Despite being on opposite sides of the world, we became friends because we had quite a bit in common, it turned out.
With the interest of learning about more books and creating a space (Facebook is good for a few things, after all) where people from all over the world could have fellowship with each other, Erin created her challenge about a decade ago or somewhere thereabouts. In the challenge, participants have four months to read ten books, all of which meet certain category requirements.
And so, we are now about halfway through the nineteenth challenge. It’s not too late to join!
Book Challenge by Erin 19.0 – Categories
• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
I Stop Somewhere by T E Carter
• 10 points: Read a book set in Ireland
Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
• 10 points: Read a book with one of these words in the title: birthday, birth, day, fifty, or fiftieth
You Are a Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero
• 15 points: Read a book that’s title starts with E or G (articles The, A, or An are allowed)
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
• 20 points: Read a book published in the 1970s or set in the 1970s
Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler
• 20 points: (selected by Vivienne) – Read a book inspired by a real event (i.e. historical fiction, true crime)
The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros
• 25 points: (selected by Molly) – Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title
• 30 points: (selected by Kristen W.) – Read a book with a one-word title (no articles for this one)
Embraced by Lysa Terkeurst.
• 30 points: (selected by Carly) – Read a book that relates to food, cooking, kitchens, restaurants, or chefs
The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston
• 35 points: (selected by Vinay) – Read a book on mental health; fiction books welcome, but we encourage readers to challenge themselves with a non-fiction book for this category
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang