While my presence on Facebook is pretty much non-existent, every so often something comes up that shows how this social media platform can be used in fun and interesting ways. Erin Gray has been running a reading challenge that encourages participants to read 10 books over the course of four months following set rules. While all books need to be over 200 pages long, to win the challenge each book has to fulfil a category, which is worth different points.

  • 5 points: Read a book, any book that is at least 200 pages long.

  • 10 points: Read a book with one of the following words in the title: “girl(s)”, “boy(s)”, “woman (women)”, or “man (men)”.

  • 10 points: Read a book with a three word title.

  • 15 points: Read a book with a number in the title (not the book number in a series, but an actual number in the title). (Examples: _1984_by George Orwell, One Plus One by Jojo Moyes)

  • 20 points: Take the first letter of your last name…The title of your book should begin with that letter. (Examples: Gray - title should begin with “G”; Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell or The Great Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald will count too)

  • 20 points: Read a book set in any country in Latin America.

  • 25 points: Read a book by any of the female authors featured in this article by Time magazine: These are the 21 Female Authors You Should Be Reading. (Girl Power!) http://time.com/63548/goldfinch-female-authors-reading/

  • 30 points: Read a book of short stories (any genre, just make sure it is 200 pages in total). (submitted by Meredith)

  • 30 points: Read a book that was a Newberry Award winner (medal winner or honor book). (submitted by Nikki E.) http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberyhonors/newberymedal

  • 35 points: Read a banned/challenged book from the list provided on the following link by the American Library Association (submitted by Amanda); Frequently Challenged Books from the 21st Century = http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

As I’m quickly approaching the end of my PhD and I need something to fill in the gaps, I’ve decided to give it ago and read some books that aren’t young adult science fiction (although that’s a lie as I’ve still snuck one or two in).

Here is my reading list!