Summer 2015 Book Challenge: Preliminary List

As evidenced by my lack of presence in the blogging world, life is just a tad bit busy these days. I was doing great with my book challenge progress while on maternity leave, but now that I'm back to work? Fugetta 'bout it. 

I have realistic expectations about Megan's Summer Book Challenge, but I figured I'd assemble some kind of Preliminary List to get myself motivated! If I read one of these books, I'll call it a win.

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules. | Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison 
10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!) | I Don't Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer 
10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. |  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers 
10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014. | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 
15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 
15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.) Scary Close by Donald Miller 
15 points: Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. (Or "lightness" or "darkness.")The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere (Another book I've needed to review forever!) 
20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title.Looking for Alaska by John Green 
20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover. | The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce 
25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books. | The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it's worth the most points!) Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

As you may have noticed, none of these are particularly intellectually-challenging reads. But that's not exactly the type of material I'm looking for these days. A quick, light-hearted read is about all I can commit to- so what do you think? Have you read any of my picks?  


  1. Yay, you've got The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on there! You could read it out loud to yo baby for some pretty awesome multi-tasking! Redeeming Love makes me cry, but it's good!

  2. Jenna Nicole PhillipsApril 23, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Outlander is fantastic! Definitely one of my favorites! Happy reading!

  3. I've got #GIRLBOSS and Looking for Alaska on my list too! This will be fun :)

  4. Yay! Good idea! Can you believe I've never read it before?! You must be ashamed, Queen Lucy the Valiant ;)

  5. I figure you can't go wrong with John Green!

  6. I keep hearing so many good things. I figured I should probably figure out what all the hype is about :)

  7. Your list is so different to the other ones I've seen! Happy reading :-)

  8. So many good ideas on your list! I read Redeeming Love in college and loved it- I'd love to reread it one day!

  9. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! i'm going to play too! :)

  10. I really enjoyed I Don't Know What You Know Me From! I have had Outlander on my to-read list for ages! One of these days I'll actually read it. Something about long books intimidates me and keeps me from picking them up.

  11. I haven't read any of these but I want to read #GIRLBOSS soon!