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Summer Reading Challenges of 2019

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!

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge

June is audiobook month and there are several events happening at Libro.fm.

From June 1st – September 2nd you can participate in the Libro.fm 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 Libro.fm 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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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Plus FREE Audiobooks!

I just love visiting bookstores.

I get the same nostalgic feeling I would get when going to Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, or Rent-A to pick out a movie or video game before they all went out of business. With so many books to choose from, I like taking my time browsing each aisle, admiring the covers, and picking up each book to read the back. I even make a point to visit them whenever I travel, like this bookstore I found while attending a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma last year.

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It would be incredibly sad if all brick-and-mortar bookstores closed their doors and had a going out in much the same way as local video rental stores did. We have already bid farewell to chains such as Hastings and Borders, of which I was so distraught over.

I miss walking around Borders with my Seattle’s Best coffee.

More specifically, a hot, grande, white chocolate mocha with 2 pumps of white chocolate, 1/2 pump of peppermint, topped whipped cream. Enjoying the atmosphere of being surrounded by bounds of papers, each with a written story appealing to my mood and I wanting to read them all.

I watch a YouTube channel called Company Man and it covers the demise and success of businesses. It would be a terrible thing if every last one of the brick-and-mortar bookstores disappeared. I fear for this as online purchases from mega companies (well one in particular) take over a lot of what small business bookstores have to offer. With their unique, local charm, familiar faces, and book recommendations. The camaraderie. Book signings and other fun events.

Having choices and competition is great.

I also love the convenience of online shopping including purchases from my local bookstore via their website, but I want to see them thrive too. I also listen to a fair amount of audiobooks so I wasn’t sure how to balance it all.

There actually is a way to listen to audiobooks while supporting your local bookstore.

Libro.fm is an audiobook company where listeners can help to support local bookstores and communities. They keep prices fair to authors and bookstores. In fact your community sees 25% more money with their partnership. Membership price and value is quite comparable to Amazon’s Audible. The selection choice is smaller, but with over 100,000 books and growing, I have been able to find every book I have wanted. I also like the way their website is organized along with their search option features.

And today they’re offering FREE books!

If you join with a membership, you’ll not only be supporting your local bookstore, but you’ll also get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1. That’s 3 audiobooks for $14.99.

Here are a few membership details

  • Supports your local bookstore
  • Over 100,000 audiobooks
  • $14.99 (USD) monthly fee (one audiobook per month)
  • 30% off additional audiobooks and gifted audiobooks
  • Free iOS and Android App
  • Membership credits never expire
  • DRM-Free (listen on multiple devices)
  • Recommendations from independent booksellers

If you are looking for something to read check out:

A list of books I’ve read over the past year

View all my reviews on Goodreads

I hope you have a wonderful day! Let me know what books you recommend!

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