It’s book challenge time again! Let’s skip over the part where I tell you how bad I am at completing the challenges. Instead, let’s just talk about the books Iย hope to read in the near future. Today I am making my selections for the summer Book Challenge by Erin 5.0.

Book Challenge

(I’m skipping Megan’s Semi-Charmed Summer 2016 Book Challenge this time, but if you want to participate you can find the rules here.)

Someday I really, really hope that I finish a challenge- specifically Erin’s. Until then all I can do is pick my titles and try ๐Ÿ™‚ If you like reading, please join us! You don’t have to devour books at a super human pace (obviously)- It’s all just for fun!

Erin 5.0’s Book Challenge runs from July 1st to October 31st. (Rules are here.) Here are my picks:

| 5 points | Freebie โ€“ Read a book that is at least 200 pages: Cress by Marissa Meyer *
| 10 points | Read a book that starts with the letter โ€œRโ€: The Royal We by Heather Cocks
| 10 points | Read a book with five words in the title: The Taming of The Queen by Philippa Gregory
| 15 points | Read a book that has a (mostly) blue cover: The Selection by Kiera Cass
| 20 points | Read a book with twins as characters: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
| 20 points |ย Read a book from this list of books made into movies: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda *
| 25 points | Read a book set in a country you have always wanted to visit: Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver (England)
| 30 points | Read a historical fiction book: March by Geraldine Brooks *
| 30 points | Read a music related book:ย Wicked by Gregory Maguire *
| 35 points |ย Read a book originally published over 100 years ago: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott *

In addition to Erin’s Challenge, I’m currently participating in a reading competition with friends from Arizona. (We’re keeping track via spreadsheet on Google Drive.) Five of my books (*) match up with that challenge and will have to be read in July & August because that’s when the challenges overlap.

I’m so glad to have these lists and categories to push me to read more. Thank YOU to Erin (and Amanda & John in Arizona)!!

There’s still plenty of time to join the challenge with me! What books do you plan to read this summer?


22 thoughts on “Books, Books, & More Books

  1. Look at you, creatively working the lists so that books overlap. Well done! I chose Secret Daughter for the last challenge but got distracted by another book. I still want to read Secret Daughter!


    1. Welp. When you’re a pathetic reader you have to find ways to combine and condense… haha! (I’d have really struggled with a third challenge. I doubt I’d have as many cross overs!) The Secret Daughter is a pick for my other challenge, too. It’s under the category of “A book about a place you’ve visited but not to live or work.” TECHNICALLY I lived in India for 4 weeks, but I didn’t sign a lease on my apartment so I’m not counting that. Haha!


    1. I’m slowing getting back in the reading game and I couldn’t find books that really interested me for Megan’s challenge, so I knew I wouldn’t do well. Once I get my mojo back I’ll be more inclined to punish myself, too ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. This looks like a great idea! I just wish I had more time to read because I would definitely participate. It’ll have to wait until summer is over though!


    1. You should do it anyway, Elyse! I have never finished but it really does push me to read more! I’ll let you know when Erin’s next one is- maybe you’ll have more time ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I don’t do challenges anymore because I am like a petulant child and immediately do not want to read the books I’m “supposed” to read. ha

    Little Women is one of my favorite books ever. The only other one I’ve read on your list is Wicked.


    1. I’m the opposite. I get super competitive… against myself. Ha. But then I feel all guilty when I opt for Netflix in the evenings. Hahaha.

      I’ve tried to read Wicked 3 times. If I fail with this then I’m done. Hahaha!


  4. You have so many great books that I’ve had on my list for a while, so I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Selection and The Royal We! The Lunar Chronicles might be one of my favorite series of all time, so I hope that you love Cress!


    1. I loved Scarlet & Cinder, so I’m sure I will!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I never thought I’d read The Royal We. It’s not really my type of book. We’ll see if I like it, haha!


  5. I have never read Little Women. Have you read it and it’s a reread, or is it the first time? Because I feel like everyone is supposed to know the story of it…and I don’t. I just know there’s one named Jo (right?) and I think someone dies. And I only know those things because of references in TV shows and other books. Ha!


    1. Hahaha, all your guesses are correct, but I only know that because I played Amy (the youngest sister) in our high school production. I’ve never read the book or seen the movie. I know it’s a long one…. We’ll see how it goes.. ha.


  6. My grandmother got me in to Little Women when I was younger and it always brings fond memories back for me. I should read it again as an adult. I haven’t read any of these others. Though you know Meyer’s series is on my list!


    1. I’ve never read Little Women, but I was Amy in the play during my senior year of high school! Haha! I imagine the book has more details and plot than the play ๐Ÿ™‚

      I looooooove The Lunar Chronicles. It’s killing me to wait until July to start Cress…


  7. Oooh good list! I think I am going to try this one and Semi charmed… but I haven’t had time to pick my books yet! OOh I loved Cress! Also, the Selection series is really fun, albeit fluffy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently got another book by Geraldine Brooks from a friend. Excited to read it! She mentioned wanting to read March as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Little Women is so good. I love the story. I haven’t technically finished the book. I really should do that!! ๐Ÿ™‚ XO – Alexandra

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    1. I am so mad at myself for putting Cress on the list! I want to start it noooow! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’m trying to force myself to finish some other books first. Haha!) We have a vacation scheduled in the middle of July so I’m hoping to knock out a bunch of books during that! I think March sounds really good- but I’m going to try and knock out Little Women first!


  8. If you’ve seen the Broadway production of Wicked, the book will certainly throw you for a loop. I was shocked by how incredibly different they were when I read it years ago. Will be interested to hear your thoughts. Excited for the challenge to begin!!

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    1. I can’t wait for the challenge to begin! I’ve actually never seen Wicked! I’m not a big musical gal and I’ve also been avoiding it because I REALLY want to get through the book. (I’ve started it a few times and I made it quite far once… but I haven’t finished.) Hopefully I get through it this time!


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