Summer 2014 Reading Challenge: Preliminary List

Every few months, I see Megan's seasonal Book Challenges and swear to myself that I'm going to participate the next round. Her Summer (May-August) book challenge is upon us and I'm saying- no time like the present! Here is my preliminary list of books I'm planning to read:


5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.- TBD

10: Read a book that was written before you were born.- The Dharma Bums (1958), Jack Kerouac

10: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book to use it for this category.)- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain

10: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling

15: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.- A Call to Action, Jimmy Carter

15: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.-11/22/63, Stephen King

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

20: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.- War Child: A Child Soldier's Story, Emmanuel Jal

20: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. (Here are 16 ideas to get you started, but I know there are plenty more options.)- This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper

25: Read a book written by a blogger. (Submitted by Jessica of The Tangerine.)- Bread & Wine, Shauna Niequist

25: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.- Uganda Be Kidding Me, Chelsea Handler

30: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.- Stern Men, Elizabeth Gilbert & Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women, Sarah Bessey

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What books are on your summer to-read list? 


  1. Have you not read the Harry Potter series?!?! You need to read that book last because you will want to read every book in the series when you finish it!

  2. i'm excited!! none of these are on my list, and i laughed about harry potter, you'll seriously fall in love with it!

  3. I loooved Quiet! Although I will admit the last section was my least favorite & the hardest for me to get through.

  4. Just curious: Did you not finish Quiet because you couldn't get into it or because of something else? Only because I've been wanting to read that book, but if it's not awesome I'll leave it for later haha. So glad you can join us this time! (P.S. - I thought 11/22/63 was fantastic - great choice!)

  5. I am actually really envious that you get to read Harry Potter for the first time, if that makes any sense!

  6. you have some pretty awesome books on your list! harry potter for the win!

  7. This, I LOVE. Slash, might go ahead and copy it. Especially because it's not quite as structured as other reading lists I've seen... :)

  8. Visiting your list from the linkup and I absolutely love it. I didn't even think about Harry Potter, and I'm working on rereading those right now!
    Also, 11/22/63 is a book I've got sitting on my shelf and keep meaning to read... hm... I may have to switch my selection!