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2010 Summer Book Challenge

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5 Points

Book set in a place you never want to visit
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America's Premier Mental Hospital by Alex Beam

Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen (Rwanda)
The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante Alighieri (Hell)

Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia)


Book about girlfriends

Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Angry Housewives Eating Bon-bons

Firefly Lane


Book with one word title

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut


Book set in a major city

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella


Mystery or Thriller

The Little Stranger by Sara Waters

Shatter by Michael Robotham

Adam by Ted Dekker


Book set at the ocean

The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton

The Widow's War by Sally Gunning


Romance novel



World War Z by Max Brooks

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Line by Terri Hall

Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay

Life As We Knew It


The Uglies Series

Brave New World

Lord of the Flies


Feed by M.T. Anderson

The Giver

Farenheit 451

A Clockword Orange

Daughters of the North by Sarah Hall

The Road by Cormac McCarthy





Book read on a picnic blanket or with a picnic word in the title


Book you haven't read yet by a favorite author


10 Points


Book with a black cover

The Lost Weekend by Charles Jackson

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

Going Bovine


The Road by Cormac McCarthy

House of Night series


Historical Non-fiction


A People's History of the United States 


Book where the main characters do an outside activity


Book where the title or author's name starts with "J", "A", or "S" (using "A" as an article does not count)

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut


Book with a Native American character or written by a Native American

Ride the Wind OR Stand In My Soul by Lucia St. Claie Robson

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Mathison

Black Robe by Brian Moore

Dances With Wolves by Michael Blake

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

Sarah Vowell

Sherman Alexie

Louise Erdrich

House of Night series by P.C. & Kristin Cast


Memoir, Biography, or Autobiography

The Audacity of Hope by Barak Obama


Book for adults by an author who also writes for children

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terri Pratchett

Tres Navarre Series by Rick Riordan

Spenser OR Jesse Stone Series by Robert B. Parker 


Book written in diary form

These Is My Words

Impatient With Desire

Youth In Revolt

Bridget Jones Series

The Color Purple

Z For Zachariah

Jessica Darling Series

Princess Diaries Series

Voyage On The Great Titanic

The Diary of Anne Frank


Book about flying or travelling


Eat, Pray, Love

Drink, Play, F@ck (parody of Eat, Pray, Love)

Anybody Out There?

Lunatic Express

Angels and Demons

Tea Rose
Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald
The Great Railway Bazaar by


Book about an execution or someone who was executed

The Green Mile

The Crucible

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

The Other Boleyn Girl

Innocent Traitor

Autobiograpy Of An Execution
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer


15 Points

Book with a ghost or a character with psychic powers

The Haunting of Hill House

Hex Hall

Harry Potter Series

Sookie Stackhouse Series

Twenties Girl

Her Fearful Symmetry

Harper Connelly Series

Evermore Series

I Heart You, You Haunt Me

Chasing Brooklyn

The Little Stranger


Read a book and watch the movie/tv show


Book by an author whose name you can't pronounce

The End of An Error by Mameve Medwed

The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuściński

anything by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

anything by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Nanjing 1937: A Love Story by Ye Zhaoyan


Book about finances or a main character who has your dream career

The Big Short by Michael Lewis


Book of the month for July, August, and September and participate in discussion


Book about the paranormal

The Day After Roswell by Phillip Corso

Into The Burmuda Triangle


Book with a cover that makes you laugh or a humor book


Book recommended by a book blogger during the challenge - post a link to the blogger's review


Book you keep looking at and putting down - post about why you are a drawn to it and why you haven't read it yet


Book by an author who has only released one book at the time of the challenge - post about whether or not you'll read more by the author 




25 Points


Read a book and then contact the author via email or snail mail.  Try to get a reply by asking questions/telling author how you felt about the book.  You can also go to a book signing and talk to the author there.  Report back to the NBC on your results!

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Read 2 books, both written by immigrants into the US from different countries, where immigration is a subject of the book (i.e. one of the characters is an immigrant). Comment on difference of experiences that immigrants from different countries have in the US.

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Books about the immigrant experience by immigrants:

A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian (Ukraine/Russia)

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (India)

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (India)

Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (India)

Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (India)
For Matrimonial Purposes by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (India)

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (Hong Kong)

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Iran)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Domincan Republic)

The Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama (Hong Kong)

Books about the immigrant experience not by others:

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (China)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (China)
Honolulu by Alan Brennert (Korea)
Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson (Japan)

A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (Vietnam)

More ideas:



Read a book by a Peace Corps volunteer about their experience and post your thoughts.

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List of books by Peace Corps volunteers


Read a book by a person, about a person, or about a subject that you totally disagree with or dislike. Then write a post and explain if reading the book altered your opinion at all or only furthered your dislike or disagreement.

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If Democrats had Any Brains, They'd be Republicans by Ann Coulter



Start a series you haven't read yet and once you have finished, post your review of the book.  Include whether or not you think you will finish the series.

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Hunger Games


Harry Potter



Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse)

Poison Study

Queen of Babble

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