Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge

Feel free to skip this one since it's about books (I usually do).

I'll be honest: as if my lack of a book post, like, ever, didn't give it away...I'm not a big reader. I don't not like to read, I just don't make the time for it. Unless I happen to find something I'm really enthralled in, then I'll spend all my free time reading. Then I'll stop for a few months or 6 months or a year or however long it takes me to find a new book to be completely engrossed in. 

When I saw Kristen's post about this linkup I almost, almost skipped over it (hers are really the only book posts I ever read for some reason - I usually like to read her reviews and suggestions because she reads so much and with such variety that I can usually find at least one title that catches my eye), but I read it and started thinking...maybe this could work for me? We all know I need structure if I want to get anything done so I like that this challenge had an outline with all kinds of genres. I already had a few titles in mind, especially for #4 (the samples on my Kindle vastly outnumber the full books I've actually read), and I found the remaining categories interesting enough to search for a few new titles. 

The challenge started on Sunday, which was supposed to be the list reveal day, but considering I didn't even know about it until then, I hope I'm okay posting a couple days late. Truthfully, I had my list together on Sunday night but thought that maybe I should give this reading thing a try before committing to reading ten books this summer (I'm lucky if I read that many in a year). I'm now on a 2-day reading streak, so things are looking pretty promising. 


1. A YA book (mandatory!) - Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty.

2. Non US-Author  (mandatory!) - Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain by Max Wallace and Ian Halperin. Not exactly light summer reading, I know, but I recently watched both Montage of Heck and Soaked in Bleach and am super obsessed with Kurt Cobain right now. Haters gonna hate. Also this has not one but TWO non-US authors (both are Canadian) so bam.

3. A book that was recommended by a blogger (mandatory!) - Wild by Cheryl Strayed (recommended by Alyssa, I think...I know we talked about it and I vaguely remember her recommending it)

4. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more - Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. 

5. A book with a kickass female character - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (a re-read from high school but I'm not sure that counts; I've been meaning to really read it for years, along with every other book I ever read in school)

6. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) - Serena by Ron Rash

7. A book written by a comedian or celebrity – or even a memoir if neither of those are your jam.  President Me: The America That's In My Head by Adam Carolla. I know he's not everyone's taste, but we go way back. Adam has been cracking me up with his declarations of "When I'm in charge..." since the days of vintage Loveline. At this point I'm pretty invested so I might as well read the full manifesto. We don't see eye-to-eye on most political issues these days so I may just end up angry, but I did read a review that started with, "Much like his podcast, Carolla dumps on...Florida" so that's at least one part I can dig.

8. A book with a one word title. Disclaimer by Renee Knight

9. A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge! Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. Because I've already read all of Gillian Flynn's books, The Girl on the Train, et al.

10. A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer because this is a Summer challenge!  Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

21 comments :

  1. Wait, the challenge is to read 10 books over the course of the summer?! I'm just hoping to get through the one I started last week... ONE. But like you, I'm not a big reader. I don't make time for it, and if I'm really honest - I read myself out in graduate school. Seriously, I had to read about 3 books a week in those days and I now semi-despise reading...

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  2. 10 in a summer?! Phew! I'm also lucky to read 10 in a year.

    For the badass female character book, I'd totally recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini! Soooo good.

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    1. yes! A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favorite books I've ever read. It will make you kiss the ground and thank your lucky stars for your life.

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  3. Sounds fun! I read a ton - it's the way I wind down in the evenings before bed, and during lunch time, and whenver really...I just like to read.

    I loved Wild. I really liked the movie, although I know some people were upset with it. I was kind of on the fence about Serena, but I totally hated the movie. No spoilers though! The movie just left out a ton and didn't do a good job of linking all the pieces together. It may not have helped that I was drinking a strong cocktail during the screening though...

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  4. Yay for this book challenge!! I hope that we both hit our goal of reading all 10 of the books we chose. I like your list, you had a few I haven't heard of yet!

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  5. Good luck with the challenge!! I also have Sloppy Firsts on mine, and I picked it up on Sunday and finished it today - it's a good read!! I can't wait to try the other ones in the series :) All of your choices seem interesting!

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  6. I'm reading Wild now and I'm loving it! I'm totally engrossed. I really want to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it in high school too, but I hardly remember it. Plus, when I'm forced to read something for an assignment I usually just force myself through it and end up not enjoying it.

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  7. I'm so happy you're planning to read Sloppy Firsts! Did we talk about this? Because it's my all-time favorite book series. I love it so hard. I'm wrapping up a re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird right now myself; great minds think alike. And yes, I did recommend Wild (sorta) to you :) I hope you like it! And so glad to see you're participating in the challenge. Good luck :)

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  8. Aah, I loved, loved Z is for Zelda but can't wait to hear what you think about the rest of these!

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  9. Good luck on your challenge!

    P.S. I am embarrassed to admit this but I've never read To Kill a Mockingbird. I think I went to the crappiest public school ever because I never had to read it for class. I actually bought a copy of the book in high school and it's *still* sitting on my book shelf.

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  10. Wild was really good, it is a little slow at times, but her perseverance is admirable. To Kill A Mockingbird is a good one, it's been years since I've read it.

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  11. I think a book challenge is a great way to encourage reading. (I should admit I'm a book challenge junkie, so my views may be slightly skewed). Good luck with it!

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  12. I want to be a big reader but I don't make much time for it either! It's on my 25 before 25 list to read 25 before my birthday and I'm currently at 5…this challenge seems like a great way to boost my numbers!! Starting on my list now!

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  13. I read Z a few years ago and really enjoyed it! You'll have to let me know what you think.

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  14. You can SO do it! I'm so glad you're joining the challenge, especially considering you're not a big reader.You've got some great novels on your list so I hope you really enjoy the whole experience. And yay for 2 whole days of solid reading!

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  15. You can do it!!! I'm pulling for you. Treat it like a marathon - slow and steady :) Love and Death sounds SUPER interesting. I'll have to add that to my Goodreads lists.

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  16. Oooh good picks! I want to read Zelda and Serena. :) First time linking up. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  17. I might have squealed when I saw this in my bloglovin. BOOK POSTS ARE MY FAVE and I know they aren't your jam. you're so sweet to not skip mine haha though we've talked about this, I totally don't mind! But anyway, this isn't about me.
    I hope you're still going strong on your reading streak! seriously, i said this in your sunday sweats post haha but if anyone can do it, its you - and i'll just say that for everything because i feel like you're pretty determined. from what i know of you on the interwebs lol.
    I am so excited!! good luck! :)

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  18. So glad you're doing this challenge too & yay for Sloppy Firsts! I'm still slowly working on my list, but you just reminded me that I still need to read Z, so I need to try and fit that into a category too.

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  19. I've joined in too! I didn't know there was a link up to reveal the books so I only did mine today lol Can't wait to read about your reads ;)

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  20. Yay for you joining in and sorry Im so late in repsonding to the post girlie!! I love that you added in To Kill a Mockingbird. Awesome book and one that never gets old in a re-read promise!!

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