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.
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
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