- The challenge will run from May 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on May 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on August 31 will count.
- Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print versions meets this length requirement.
- A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book during a later check-in, that's fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
- Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads.
- The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge.
And now for the exciting part: the challenge categories!
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
The Mother-Daughter Book Club--Heather Vogel Frederick (book never heard of before) completed 5/29
10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before.
Blue Ridge Reunion--Mia Ross completed 5/25
10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years.
10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.
15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
The Martian--Andy Weir completed 5/13
15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.) Art Geeks and Prom Queens--Alyson Noel completed 5/14
15 points: Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. (Or "lightness" or "darkness.")
Light of the Moon--Luanne Rice completed 5/23
20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title. Edited to add: The place must be real, either current or historical, but not fictional. The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul--Deborah Rodriguez completed 5/19
20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long.
A Salty Piece of Land--Jimmy Buffett completed 5/5
30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it's worth the most points!)