Summer 2014 Reading Challenge: Check-In #2

You may remember me mentioning I'm participating in the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge over at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. Back in April, I posted my Preliminary List and last month I posted my very first check-in. July has been a great reading month, and I'm happy to report on some great progress in the challenge. Fingers crossed I can make it to 200 points by the end of the summer!

I re-worked some of my categories to maximize my point-earning potential, so here are all of my reads thus far, with my July reads highlighted in red:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.- Bumpology, Linda Geddes, (336 pages, 3 stars)-- Completed June 19, 2014

10: Read a book that was written before you were born.- Wifey [1978], Judy Blume, (288 pages, 4 stars)-- Completed July 23, 2014

10: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, (310 pages, 5 stars)-- Completed June 1, 2014

15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.- The One and Only, Emily Giffin, (432 pages, 2 stars)-- Completed May 31, 2014

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.- Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, (422 pages, 4 stars)-- Completed July 10, 2014

20: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin, (348 pages, 5 stars)-- Completed July 21, 2014

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.- This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper, (352 pages, 4 stars)-- Completed June 29, 2014

25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.- Uganda Be Kidding Me, Chelsea Handler, (255 pages, 3 stars)-- Completed June 29, 2014

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.-
Book #1: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power, Jimmy Carter, (224 pages, 4 stars)-- Completed July 14, 2014
Book #2: Stern Men, Elizabeth Gilbert, (304 pages, 4 stars)-- Completed July 27, 2014


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Currently, I'm working my way through Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain for my book I couldn't get through the first time, as well as Landline by Rainbow Rowell. The latter won't count toward the challenge, but I just couldn't wait to read it!!!

What have your favorite summer reads been?

All images courtesy of Goodreads.com


  1. My husband just read Gone Girl. He's more excited for the movie than me. It's the first time I've ever known him to finish a book! He actually asked for more suggestions, so I gave him Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--hoping to inspire him to take me to Savannah!

  2. What a good reading month! I need to finish Stern Men! I keep picking it up and enjoying it, and then getting distracted.
    You GOTTA read The Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent!! I would send you my copy, but I already gave it away and then bought a new one for myself, and then gave THAT one away...But you should read it!