Thursday, May 1, 2014

Summer 2014 Reading Challenge

I love to read. A lot. But I've been slacking off lately--something about planning a wedding and three wedding receptions has kept me busy.

So when I read Amanda's post yesterday about the books she's reading this summer, I was intrigued. Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life is hosting a Summer 2014 Reading Challenge starting today!!!!

This is my proposed Reading List for the summer, although I retain the right to change my mind!

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
My book club is reading The History of Love by Nicole Krauss this month. READ, to be reviewed.

10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
I've had Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott on my to-read list for years.  

10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around.
I've been struggling with Maphead by Ken Jennings. It's good, but books about geography are not really my thing.  

10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.
I've been wanting to read Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore for ages, and I just haven't gotten around to it. Since my home library didn't separate children's books from young adult books until after I went to college, I'm counting it!  READ AND REVIEWED!

15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.
This will be difficult. I have no idea.

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
I loved Ann Rinaldi's books as a teenager. It might be time to look up her newer works!

I ended up reading Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. READ AND REVIEWED!

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge. 
Clearly I can't pick this out yet!

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title. 
I've had The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch on my kindle for several months now, so maybe I'll finally read that. READ AND REVIEWED!

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. 
Everyone keeps talking about Divergent, so FINE. I will read it.

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
Great excuse to buy Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey or Redefining Girly by Melissa Atkins Wardy.

25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
I loved Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres and Bossypants by Tina Fey. Next up... Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. 

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.
A is for Abstinence is not out yet, but Kelly Oram said soon. READ AND REVIEWED! That and probably The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family by Dan Savage. 

Actually read American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics instead. READ AND REVIEWED! (Abstinence and sex are basically antonyms, right?)

What's on your summer reading list?


  1. Great list, and I especially love the picture! :)

    1. Thanks! The categories are a challenge, but it's good to leave my reading comfort zone. My book club helps a bit with that.

  2. We both have "Hangman's Daughter" on our lists so we'll have to discuss that later. I love Mindy Kaling. I think she's perfection.

    1. I started it this morning! Just 3 or 4 chapters in, and I'm already so intrigued. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

    2. I just bought this when I was in the states. Will definitely be starting it this month. Love Mindy Kaling!

  3. I've read a few Ann Rinaldi books and loved each one. Although I think my favorite of hers was In my Father's House, which I read in 8th grade.

  4. I've actually been wanting to buy Maphead! I feel like that's a book I would rather buy and read bits of at a time than get from the library and feel rushed to read it all. Thanks for joining my challenge!! Good luck. :)

  5. omg I loved Ann Rinaldi! I remember she had Civil War and a Revolutionary War books... have you read those?

    also, for the NYTimes list book, I just read Where'd You Go Bernadette and loved it :)

    1. I read some of them! Like The Last Silk Dress and In My Father's House (Civil War) and The Secret of Sarah Revere.

      I'll look into Where'd You Go Bernadette. Thanks for the recommendation!


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