Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Four Month Challenge: Recap

Four (or just abouts there) months ago we announced that we'll be taking part in a challenge called The Four Month Challenge (those of you who are surprised by the name, leave now. Yes, right now. You're too stupid to read this blog.) hosted by Martina at She Read a Book. The challenge had a time frame of four months (really!! Quelle surprise, non?!?) and consisted of reading as much as you could, according to certain preset criteria. The different criteria awarded you points and in the end you tallied them all up.

Mads and I decided that we'll be doing this together. So that we'd only get the points if we both read the book. Same book. Fitting the same criteria. And here's what we read:

For "Read a book that's been made into a movie" we read Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.
Starting off with a solid, albeit hardly impressive 5 points.

Second up was Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare for the criteria "read any book but read it outdoors". Loved the book, hated the outdoors, got a whooping 15 points so it was worth the bugs.

Ol' Bill was followed by reading "a book by an author you've never read before", which in our case was Barack Obama and his The Audacity of Hope. This set us in good speed by giving us another 15 points.

We both adored The Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl, the book we read for "Read a book by an author born in July, August, September or October". We also loved the 20 points it got us!

While we're all for France, our book for "Read a book set in France" did divide our opinions. Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Chordelos de Laclos did not receive any exclamations of love and eternal adoration especially from yours truly. But we received 10 points. That's better than perishing over a broken heart in any century!

Slightly more likely, and definitely more liked, was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, for "Read a book from The Modern Library Top 100". Gaining 20 points hasn't been this easy since elementary math exams!

The next 15 points were fairly accidental, as I fell in love with The Elegance of Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and arm-twisted Madeline to read it too. Good thing we still had "Read any book and then post a review" left...

Back when we started this, we wrote
250 is the maximum available, surely we can get to 100, right?
Well, mes petites, we did. According to my ever-accurate and wine-drenched math, we have 100 points!
A 100 frigging points!!
Not bad for first-timers, right? Especially as we do have a life and all...

What's the next challenge? And should we come up with our own? What do you say, sounds definitely crazy and potentially dangerous?

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