Books, Books, & More Books

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!


    • 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!


    • 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!


    • 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™‚


    • 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!


  3. 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!


    • 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!


  4. 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!


    • 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.


  5. 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!


    • 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…


  6. 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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    • 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!


  7. 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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    • 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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