The 2015 Newtonville Books Challenge!

One of the absolute best things about moving to Newton, Ma, in walking distance of Newton Centre is that they have an amazing little independant bookstore.  I've been twice, and joined the discount club and am totally in.  If you are nearby, the store is called Newtonville Books* and it is a delight.  

Anyway, they have this 2015 Book Challenge to encourage you read books outside of your comfort zone, and you KNOW I was all over that like cheap suit.  I've only done books I've read since I got the list (in late July), and here is how it is going so far (the ones I've blogged about are linked!):

A book that became a movie:

A book with non - human characters: The Phoenix and the Carpet, E. Nesbit

A book with a one word title:

A book of short stories: The Mysterious Mr. Quinn, Agatha Christie

A book from a small press: 

A book based on a true story: The House of Mitford, Jonathan & Catherine Guiness

A book more than 100 years old: 

A book based entirely on its cover: A Reunion of Ghosts, Judith Clare Mitchell

A book you've pretended to read: 

A book you can finish in a day: A Certain Justice, P.D. James

A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit:

A book in translation:

A graphic novel:

A book you own but have never read:

A book by an author with your initials:

A play:

A banned book:

A book you previously started but never finished:

A Pulitzer Prize winning book:

A book by a Nobel Prize winner:

A book that takes place in the area where you grew up: Taking Care of Terrific, Lois Lowry

A book by an author you've never heard of: A Touch of Stardust, Kate Alcott

A book written by an author under 30:

A book written by an author over 70: The Wright Brothers, David McCullough

A book of poetry:

A young adult book: Tell me if the Lovers Are Losers, Cynthia Voight

A book set in the future or in a different world:

A book your mom or dad loves loved:

A Newtonville Books staff pick:

A signed book:

A bestseller: Duma Key, Stephen King

A book with an animal on the cover: A God In Ruins, Kate Atkinson

A  library book: Funny Girl, Nick Hornby

A book with a color in the title:

A book you then discuss in a bookclub: 

A book that came out the year you were born 

A book with magic 

A book by an author that lives in Boston:

A book set in a different country: The Savage Garden, Mark Mills

Needless to say I am really loving the game, especially trying to fit the books I'm reading into various categories.  I have a lot to do before December, though I have a few other books I'm working on, but haven't finished that will also go in - winner of the Nobel Prize will be Winston Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples: Age of Revolution, (tried to read Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf, had to bail); The Oregon Trail (place you've always wanted to visit)

If you want to play along, the link to the URL is here:  And in December you can put your list in and be entered for a prize drawing! And I would have played the game for FREE.

*why newtonville books when it is in Newton Centre? Who knows??

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017