Several summers ago my predominant emotion was resentment because I was in the throes of learning a new work rhythm. After years of being tied to a school calendar when it came to work, I no longer was. And resenting it. Aren’t summers for downtime and relaxing and recharging?
Resentment, no surprise, is a terrible bedfellow. I love this part of the Summer Reading Challenge: it was born in a garden. Aren’t most of the best ideas born around flowers and dirt? The mix of beauty and mess. I associate “Summer” and “Reading” so strongly, I wanted a way to help “I’m busy” not be a reason to keep me (and you) from the joys of summer reading.
I love my local library, but I fail at their summer reading program. You need to have a user name, password, and then daily (or weekly) log your reading. Turns out it is a few too many steps for me. When I googled “summer reading challenges” most results were suggestions for libraries to host a reading program. Exit Plan B.
Like a kid pouring over the toy catalog in days gone by, I’ve chatted with family members, dreamed about books, and looked for ways to expand the reading challenge. Today, I am excited today to reveal this summer’s reading challenge!
It will start on June 1 and run through August 17, 2018. To enter, read seven books from 22 categories. Along the way, I’ll have encouraging posts. If you would like to write a guest post, contact me.
What’s different? Two categories have been added, one of which has a twist! You can now be penalized (self-enforced). The penalty was born because I need it. For a full TWO YEARS, I have planned to read The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism, but it is long. Last year I even added the “get two points for books longer than 700 pages” just to get this book read. It did not work. So I’ve upped the ante. At the start of the challenge choose a book or category you will read or be penalized. (Obviously, you know my pick.)
Years ago when my nieces were young and my sister wearied over the nightly whining over who didn’t like this or that, she had them each make a no-eat list. They could choose five items that they would not have to eat without parental requirement or pushback. Viola, meals were more pleasant. I’m hoping the penalty rule is the Summer Reading Challenge version of “no eat list.” Viola, book read.
What’s in it for you? All who comment on August 17-19th with the names of the books they read will be entered to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards.
Sound like fun?!
- A book related to professional development (can be loosely interpreted).
- A book related to history.
- A book placed in a country I’m not familiar with OR about a country I’m not familiar with.
- A young adult (YA) book.
- A book recommended by a friend.
- A graphic novel.
- A book you’ve been meaning to read.
- A book published more than 100 years ago.
- A book recommended by a teenager.
- A biography.
- A play.
- A memoir.
- A book by someone you might not spiritually agree with.
- A book that won an award.
- A book you read years ago and have meant to reread.
- A book that has been translated into English.
- A book that is more than 700 pages (counts for two books!)
- A mystery.
- A book related to a skill (like cooking, writing, photography, or web-design).
- A book by an author you know. Fiction (if you tend to read non-fiction) or Non-fiction (if you tend to read fiction).
- Penalty: subtract one book from the total. (You potentially could lose two book points if you select a long one)
Download the challenge and print it off to track your progress. I’ll be posting on Instagram the books I read. Post pictures of yourself reading or the books you read and use #SRC18. I can’t wait to get ideas from you!
In short: Seven books from June 1 to August 17.
Are you in? Pick a couple of categories and share a recommendation or a book you plan to read for that category.