Summer 2014 Reading Challenge

One of the great things about the internets is having the chance to connect with people from all sorts of places that you would have had the chance to cross paths with. Through a recent blog hop I began following Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind Of Life, just in time too. I caught on a little late but I'm still just in time to catch the Summer 2014 Reading Challenge and boy, am I excited.

A little confession... I'm a book worm.

Motherhood has taken it's toll on my reading time, but once in awhile I try out a book that hooks me. And I stay up reading until 3am, knowing my punishment when my child wakes just a few hours later. Some books are just worth losing sleep over.

It's a my first reading challenge, so let's hope I can at least get through half of my list. Some of the assignments I didn't have the slightest clue as to what I was going to read, so I hope some of the books Google and Good Reads suggested are a fit for me. Speaking of which, time to get the Good Reads app running again. I'm terrible at checking in on that thing.

So here is my summer reading list:

5 Points: Freebie! Ready any book that is at least 200 pages long.
- Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway [305 Pages]

10 Points: Read a book that was written before you were born
- A New Hope: A Novel by George Lucas, Alan Dean Foster [First Published in 1976]

10 Points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare [177 Pages Remaining]

10 Points: Read a book from the children's sections of the library or bookstore.
- The Secret Garden by M.J. Carr [104 Pages]

15 Points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt [Currently No. 2 on Combined Print and E-Book Fiction list.]

15 Points: Read a historical fictions book that does not take place in Europe.
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom [Set in the United States]

15 Points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.

20 Points: Read a book with "son(s')," "daughter(s)," or "child(ren)" in the title.
- The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards [401 Pages] [I didn't have a clue but it was on several lists, may as well!]

20 Points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green [318 Pages]

25 Points: Read a book written by a blogger.
- The Pioneer Woman: From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond [341 Pages]

25 Points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell [273 Pages]

30 Points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.
- Dark Witch by Nora Roberts (342 Pages) & The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (343 Pages)


And there we go! If any of those books are terrible, don't tell me now, I won't turn back. Though The Goldfinch will probably be the death of me with near 800 pages... yeesh. But I must know what all the hype in about. I don't have any rereads on my list, they're all new to me books!

Here's looking to you, Summer.

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  1. Welcome! So happy to have you and good luck! :) And you can always change your mind about the books during the challenge - don't feel tied down to these if, say, The Goldfinch ends up being too much. ;)

    1. Thanks! I might end up changing Goldfinch... the reviews are so mixed, we shall see!


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