Summer Reading Challenges of 2019

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Happy first day of summer!

It’s time for summer reading! You can find me by the water enjoying a good book, beautiful sunshine, and an icy glass of my latest favorite- Mint Watermelon Flavored Black Tea. The tea was limited edition and I literally cleared out the shelf because I love it that much.

Are you looking for some summer reads? Perhaps some reading challenges to participate in? If so, keep reading for information about 2 particular challenges that I will be participating in over the next couple of months. I hope you can join me. Be sure to let me know what you are planning on reading in the comments below! Summer Listening Challenge Summer Listening Challenge

June is audiobook month and there are several events happening at

From June 1st – September 2nd you can participate in the Summer Listening Challenge by listening to audiobooks! It’s super easy. Once you’ve listened to more than 20 hours of audiobooks, upload your listening log and get rewards which include audiobook discounts, free audiobooks, and entry for the grand prize:

Free audiobooks for a year, a framed print by artist Jane Mount, and gear!

Be sure to check out their calendar for more activities and help to support your local bookstore!

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

For book lovers who want to stretch their reading goals this season, Goodreads is offering an exclusive summer reading challenge to help. Below you’ll find prompts for beginners who want to get their feet wet and additional prompts for experts who want a deeper dive.

Check out my picks for this challenge.

For Beginners

  • Good as gold: Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.

2018 winner for best fantasy.

Circe by Madeline Miller

  • The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.

“I Heard You Paint Houses”: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt

  • Short & sweet: Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting).

I won this one in a Goodreads giveaway.

At The Zoo by Clever Publishing (Goodreads Author), Svetlana Shendrik (Illustrations)

  • On the bandwagon: Read one of the most read books right now on Goodreads.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Actually want to read: Read a book that’s been on your Want to Read shelf for more than a year.

Still reading this one from last year’s BookTubeAThon.

Earth by David Brin

  • Not from around here: Read a book set in a different culture from your own.

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson

  • In the friend zone: Read a book that a friend has recommended.

Hawaii by James A. Michener

  • It takes two: Read a coauthored book.

The Talisman #1 by Stephen King & Peter Straub

  • Wheel of format: Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (­a graphic novel, poetry, a play, an audiobook, etc.).

I don’t typically read graphic novels. A search came up with this one.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

  • New voices: Read a debut novel.

Inspired by his daughter.

Legends of Genesia: Rise of the Star by Eric Camarillo

  • Past love: Reread a book you loved when you were younger.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

  • Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit.

I really want to visit New Zealand. It’s been on my travel list for quite sometime.

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Expert-Level Additions

  • Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.

1007 pages.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

  • Stranger than fiction: Read a nonfiction book published this year.

Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War by Tim Bouverie

  • Tongue-tied: Read a translated book.

The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty by Soetsu Yanagi, Bernard Leach

  • No place like home: Read a book that appears in your Goodreads newsfeed.

Sure, why not.

A Place to Call Home (Mirror Lake #1) by Kathryn Springer

  • Continental drift: Read a book set on every continent.

A 60,000-mile ocean voyage? Close enough.

Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen

  • Genre explorer: Read a book from a genre you’ve never read before. 

I’ve read from every genre, but my least read genres are self-help and horror. I’ll go with horror. One of my favorite movies as a little girl was Firestarter and this book, coming out in September, is supposedly similar in style.

The Institute by Stephen King

  • Reading roulette: Read the third book you see on your Want to Read shelf.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

  • Primary reading: Read a book with a number or color in the title.

I absolutely adore bright, clear yellow, I enjoy pink, but I really love cerulean blue. In fact I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it.

Cerulean Rust: Book Two of the Rail Legacy by William J. Jackson

  • Back to school: Read a book about a subject you don’t know much about.

I’ve always wanted to take a woodshop class and received this one from Netgalley.

Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds: 12 Miniature Structures You Can Build to Enhance Your Yard or Neighborhood by Philip Schmidt

What are you currently reading?


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