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Summer Reading Challenge (+ recommendations)

I’m a huge fan of Goodreads, and I have got into the habit of getting straight online the second I have finished a book to add it to my list and see my number of books towards my 2018 challenge go up. I find so many of the books I read or add to my ever growing to-read list on Goodreads, and it is the most helpful way of keeping track of what I want to read and what is being released and when. There is nothing worse than knowing a vague description about a book but not being able to remember the title and therefore you can no longer find it.

Upon browsing the blog section of the website, I came across their recent article featuring their ultimate Summer Reading Challenge. I have never tried to take part in anything like that before, and I definitely don’t have the focus levels to actually finish, but it seems to me like a great idea if I am unsure what to pick up next.

So here I sit, in the exact spot as in the photograph above, mug of coffee beside me and the fluffiest slippers on my feet, perusing online to make this challenge a tiny bit easier for you. I probably couldn’t look less summery if I tried, but that’s Scottish summer for you. If you know, you know.

Here is a list I have compiled of suggested books to match each of the categories in the challenge – so that you don’t have to! I’ve tried to keep it as varied as possible to suit all different tastes, so there should be something for everyone.




** All links lead to the respective Goodreads page where you will find descriptions and shopping links **


✺ Summer Related Tasks ✺

1. The great wide open:
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
2. Summer activities: The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han
3. Yellow, green or sandy cover: The Perfect Couple – Elin Hilderbrand
4. Beach read: Deadly Summer – Denise Grover Swank
5. Takes place on the beach: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
6. Takes place on water: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
7. Features fishing: The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea – Sebastian Junger
8. Features a popular summer sport: Beartown – Fredrik Backman (ok it’s not a summer sport, it’s ice hockey)
9. Scary story: The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
10. Read in a day: Not If I Save You First – Ally Carter

✺ Tasks to Stretch Your Comfort Zone ✺

1. Features falling in or out of love:
Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
2. LGBTQIA author/character: History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
3. Another country/culture: The Help – Kathryn Stockett
4. Author of colour: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
5. Translation: Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
6. Short story or essay collection: Nasty Women
7. Poetry: The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur
8. Spin on a well-known fairytale: Geekerella – Ashley Poston
9. Western: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
10. TBR pile: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
11. Goodreads shelf: A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America – T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
12. Choose-your-own-adventure novel: (What on earth does this one mean? I have chosen a book about embracing change and adventure because I am lost) The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After – Clemantine Wamariya
13. Audio book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – narrated by Stephen Fry

Grab yourself a little summer cocktail or a refreshing drink, and happy reading x

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