Congrats for making it to the end of the Summer Reading Challenge 2021!
As I sat down to work on the list of books I read this summer, I am so proud of us and of this challenge. Thanks to this challenge, every summer I read several books that I simply would not have read without this nudge to read more variety. I imagine it’s the same for you.
Three things to know for me this summer:
1. I read more fiction than normal. (This is a big deal for me!)
2. Thanks to the “Penalty Book” category, for the fourth summer I read a book I have been meaning to read for ages! Go penalty books!
3. Summer reading makes me happy.
So, how did The Summer Reading Challenge go for you? Remember, in The Summer Reading Challenge the goal is to read seven books between June 1 and August 13th. Comment below and you are entered for one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards. Even if you didn’t read seven books, still share what you read! This isn’t really a contest so much as a chance to share and a chance to see how many books we read collectively.
I’m going to put the categories here if you want to cut and paste them into the comments. Also feel free to just list books, whatever works for you.
In honor of the Olympics:
—A book involving the Olympics, sports, or Japan
For the Joy of Reading:
—A book I already own
—A book a friend recommended
—A Young Adult book (YA)
—A book with a great cover
—A book of poetry
—A memoir or autobiography
—A graphic novel
—A book for professional development (loosely defined)
—A book longer than 700 pages (counts as two books)
—A book with a verb in the title
—A book about a country or culture you have never visited
—A book about history
—A book that won an award
—A book by someone with a different view point than you
—A book with an animal
—A book less than 100 pages
—A book You want to discuss with others
—A book you read as a child
A Biography: American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson
A book I already own: Olive, Again: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
A book a friend recommended: Ten Words to Live By by Jen Wilkin
A Young Adult book (YA): Jeanie Blair, Author Extraordinaire: A lesson in Compassion by Allie Slocum
A book with a great cover: Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
A book of poetry: The Tale of a Niggun by Elie Wiesel
A graphic novel: Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers by Lauren Burke (Author), Hannah K. Chapman (Author), Kaley Bales (Illustrator) (Note: Not for young children.)
A book for professional development (loosely defined): Effortless by Greg McKeown
A book with a verb in the title: Beyond Awkward Side Hugs: Living as Christian Brothers and Sisters in a Sex-Crazed World by Bronwyn Lea
A book about a country or culture you have never visited: Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel by Petina Gappah
A book about history: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough
A book that won an award: The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig
A mystery: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery, 1) by Laurie R. King
A novel: Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel by Celeste Ng
An audiobook: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer
A book You want to discuss with others: Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Penalty Book (subtract two books if you don’t read this book): The Path Between . . . I read it! I read it! No need to subtract. Whew AND I’m glad I read it.
You can see I didn’t read in every category.
I come back to this not being a contest, if you read four books and that was your goal, great! I just find that I’m more likely to accomplish my goals if I tell people what they are. I would not have read as many novels, the poetry book, or the graphic novel and I’m 99% sure I would still be intending to read The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough. Thanks to you, I read all of them.
To enter, leave a comment on this post.
I can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading. I’ll pick winners on Monday so you have several days to leave a comment.
Thank you for joining in!