I’ve shared that two summers ago my predominant emotion was resentment.
Resentment, no surprise, is a terrible bedfellow. Last summer I set out to make some changes and because I associate “Summer” and “Reading” so strongly, I wanted a way to help “I’m busy” not be a reason to me 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.
Last spring as I was gardening I decided, why not hold the reading challenge I was looking for?! Thus was born the hit Summer 2016 Reading Challenge!
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 now, June 1, and run through August 17, 2017. To enter, read seven books from the twenty categories. Along the way I’ll have encouraging posts (for example, you may not know any teenagers to get a recommendation from, so I’ll interview a few and get recommendations for you).
What’s different? Five categories have been added! And instead of five winners, ten of you can win.
What’s in it for you? All who leave a comment on August 17th telling us the names of the books they read will be entered to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards.
Sound like fun?!
Here is the challenge and I’ll link to a document where you can print it out and keep track of your reading:
- A book related to professional development (can be loosely interpreted).
- A book that helps you understand part of history better.
- A book placed in a country you’re not familiar with OR about a country you’re not familiar with.
- A Young Adult (YA) book. Here are 37 YA Books You Need To Add To Your Reading List.
- 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. Several years ago my teenage teammate Gabe handed me Ender’s Game and said, “Amy, read this.” I never would have chosen it, but I love Gabe so I read it and LOVED it.
- 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 related to a skill (like cooking, writing, photography, or web-design).
- A book by an author you know.
- A mystery.
- A book that is more than 700 pages (counts for two books!)
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 #Summer2017Reading Challenge. 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.
Feel free to share this reading challenge with fellow readers. Anyone over ten is welcome. Why should the kids have all the fun!