Summer Is For Reading

Monday, May 19, 2014

Every one of the 7 books I've read this year has been a YA novel. You could say that I could stand branching out into other genres. It's just so hard to walk away from those pretty covers, damn it! So when I saw this Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge by Megan on Mae's blog, I thought "what a great way to get into some new books". Of course, I slipped a YA in there when I could under certain categories (you can take the girl outta the YA but not the YA out.. of... the.. girl??) but I tried to choose "grown up" books as well. Whatever that means. I also found ways to fit in certain books that have been on my TBR list. Here's a preliminary list of the books I plan to read.


5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
-- Attachments or some other novel by Rainbow Rowell
10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
-- Emma by Jane Austen
10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book to use it for this category.)
-- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10 points: Read a book from the children's section of the library or bookstore.
-- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
15points: Read a book that is on the The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.
-- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt [#3 on the Fiction Best Sellers List] (775 pages!)
15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
-- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen or Serena by Ron Rash
15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
-- TBD!
20 points: Read a book with "son(s)," "daughter(s)" or "child(ren)" in the title.
-- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to a film in 2014.
-- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
-- Cress by Marissa Meyer [She had a book review blog at marissameyer.livejournal.com before she published The Lunar Chronicles and moved over to her official website, so this technically counts]
25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
-- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg or maybe Wild by Cheryl Strayed
30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the title.
-- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Reality Boy by A.S. King



Anyone else participating in this challenge? Have you read any books on my list? What do you think?

8 comments:

  1. I read all kinds of novels but def some YA in there too. I was considering participating (not sure where I saw this first) but I need to make sure I have the time to commit to it first. Lemme know how it goes :D

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  2. I'm doing the same challenge. You should definitely read Wild. I absolutely loved that book. I haven't made up my whole list yet, I'm trying to find books as I go, but I love a good challenge. I think you are going to love the books you picked out!

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  3. I just finished reading Gone Girl a couple of weeks ago and I would LOVE to hear what you think of it. (Can I just say that you do the best book reviews? Because you do. I've been wanting to tell you that if I haven't already.) Anyhow, I can't wait to read The Fault in our Stars, too. Good luck on the challenge! :)

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  4. Hey girl hey!!! It has been too long my friend!

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!! I, too, am ALWAYS in the YA section. I can't stop reading dystopian, fantasy or romance YA! I'm going to check out some of these books here and see about this challenge! Sounds like so much fun!

    Water for Elephants is one of my favorites!!! Also, please tell me you're re-reading Harry Potter and this isn't your first time...I might just cry! The Fault in Our Stars was amazing too. And I have been wanting to read Gone Girl! So excited about this challenge!

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  5. I've been seeing a lot of different summer book challenges float around! I might definitely need to start one of these, because I think it would help me to actually read and finish some of the books I have to read right now!

    Great Gatsby is one of my favorites! I read Gone Girl -- such a long book, but a great read. Just read the first Harry Potter book not too long ago (way behind on this series) and can't wait to finish reading all the others! The Goldfinch has been on my wish list for awhile, didn't know it was so long! Whew! One of those things you don't realize when reading on a Kindle. Water For Elephants was really good as well! Still haven't seen the movie! And I wasn't really on board with the whole TFIOS bandwagon, but I have so many friends who have read it and now seeing the trailer everywhere, I might just have to read it.

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  6. i read attachments. i liked it quite a bit. it's not as good as eleanor and park, but the two girls in this book, beth and jennifer, they've got good stories.

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