Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge

I finally finished a reading challenge (all the details on the challenge here)!!!  I've started a few of these (here and here) in the past and either didn't like a category, or got distracted with other books that didn't fit the categories.  This time, I was somewhat limited to ebooks that my library had, but several of the books I wanted to read fit into categories, so it worked out!  Here's the breakdown of what I read each month, and what category/points they were.  The challenge goes through the end of August, so you still have time to join in if you want!  

May: 40 points
  • 15 points: Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - 531 pages, 5 stars
  • 15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - 323 pages, 5 stars 
  • 10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - 372 pages, 2 stars (note - I could have sworn that my sister told me to read this, but when I mentioned it to her, she hasn't read it.  So I have no idea who recommended it to me)
June: 100 points
  • 15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before.  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - 384 pages, 2 stars (note - this is the "not really sequel" to Anna and the French Kiss, which I didn't love, but they were decent reads for when I was caring for a newborn and awake at all hours of the night.  Interesting enough to keep my eyes open, but very easy to put down when I had a chance to sleep)
  • 10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014We Were Liars by E Lockhart - 227 pages, 5 stars
  • 30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title.  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - 232 pages, 5 stars
  • 20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.  Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris - 275 pages, 3 stars
  • 25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books. A Wrinkle in Time  by Madeleine L'Engle - 211 pages, 4 stars

    July: 60 points
    • 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.  Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - 425 pages, 4 stars
    • 20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title. China Dolls by Lisa See - 376 pages, 4 stars
    • 25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long.  The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman - 504 pages, 4 stars
    • 10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before.  The Dinner by Herman Koch - 292 pages, 4 stars


    1. I read a number of these this summer too. I just heard about the Dinner, it sounds so interesting!

    2. Haha I just added a few more to my list! Though I'm currently readig Game of Throes (and by currently I mean for a few months now) so I'm not sure I'll get to them any time soon!

    3. So fun to see your recap! Lots of good stuff here - I've been recommending All the Light and Girl on the Train a lot. And We Were Liars is on my list... might have to move it closer to the top!

    4. We've read a bunch of the same - I need to read We Were Liars!

    5. Woohoo! More book recommendations! I've always really wanted to participate in a reading challenge like this. Now that I've been reading tons more and making it a part of my daily routine, I'm eager to try something like this out next summer!