2018 SUMMER READING LIST + Book Challenge by Erin 9.0

Ah, summer. The season of front porch sittin'...with a book. The season of toes in the sand...with a book. The season of blankets in the grass...with a book. Let's face it, I'm a bookworm all four seasons, but there's something extra special about summer reading. Perhaps, because it was mandated when we were in grade school, so it reminds me of my childhood. Or maybe it's because for me, it truly doesn't get much better than sunshine and a good read.

This summer, I'm planning to participate in Erin's NINTH Book Challenge. This girl has organized NINE book challenges and does a tremendous job every single time. So, if you're reading this, Erin- thank you for all the time and hard work you put into keeping us book nerds happy!

Here is my 2018 Summer Reading List for Erin's Book Challenge 9.0!


5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages | Still Me by Jojo Moyes

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “N” | No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain

10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) orange cover | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling


15 points: Read a book with an unlikeable character | You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

20 points: Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American Read” | The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

20 points: Read a book with something related to water in the title | The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

25 points: Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yet | The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan


30 points: Read a book with an emotion word in the title | For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker

30 points: Read a book where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter | Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard

35 points: Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar one | Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner

I'm usually pretty lax with these challenges. So, if there's another book I really want to read that doesn't fit into my categories, I'm okay with sneaking it in there, even if it means I don't complete the challenge. I love these challenges because they force me outside of my reading comfort zone, but I also think if what I'm reading isn't enjoyable to me- what's the point?!

Right now, I'm finishing up I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (which is all kinds of life-changing, if you're interested). Once I've finished, I'm off to kick off my summer reading!

What are you reading right now?

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