Summer Reading Challenge

I’m really behind on my reading goal.. 1/36.. and the one book I read was the Little Prince with tons of illustrations! Jacob won’t read with me, so I need to find other ways to stay motivated. Can you believe he used to work at Better World Books? :P  I’m joining in on Megan Stroup’s Semi-Charmed Book Challenge! Hopefully, it will give me the extra motivation that I need. :)

Summer Reading Challenge.

summer reading challenge rules & my choices:

Dates: May 1 to Aug 31, 2014

☒ 05 pts: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, 288 pages  (Freebie! Any book at least 200 pages).
☒ 10 pts: The Road Less Traveled, 320 pages (Read a book that was written before you were born).
☒ 10 pts: I am Malala, 352 pages (Finish reading a book you couldn’t finish the first time around).
☐ 10 pts: One of the Harry Potter Books, 320-896  pages (Read a book from the children’s section).
☒ 15 pts: Gone Girl, 432 pages (Read a book that is on The NY Times’ Best Sellers List when you begin reading it).
☐ 15 pts: Memoirs of a Geisha, 434 pages (Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe).
☐ 15 pts: The Goldfinch, 775 pages (Read a book that another blogger read).
☐ 20 pts: Secret Daughter, 368 pages (Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title).
☒ 20 pts: Wild, 315 pages (Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014).
☐ 25 pts: The Little Book of Anxiety, 224 pages (Read a book written by a blogger).
☐ 25 pts: Lit: A Memoir, 432 pages (Read a biography, autobiography or memoir).
☐ 30 pts: ☒ After Dark, 256 pages & ☐ The Light Between Oceans, 352 pages  (Read 2 books with antonyms in the titles).

what are you reading?

I’m not 100% set on any of these, so let me know what if you have better recommendations! :)

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  1. That picture is A-MAY-ZING!!!!! I’m participating in this challenge as well. Should be fun!

    1. Thank you! If you’re ever in LA, you should check out that bookstore. :) Which book are you reading first?

      1. I read Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis for my autobiography (interesting, but it kinda made me dislike him as a person); Burial Rites by Hannah Kent as my freebie (fabulous, dark, totally not my usual book to read, but I loved it); and I started Trash by Andy Mulligan for movie to be released this year.

  2. oh my gosh – that picture – looks straight out of harry potter and i LOVE it!
    i have a little list of books i want to finish/start so here’s to hoping we both make it happen!

      1. a lot of random books hahah .do you have a goodreads account?

        1. yes i do! :) i think you should be able to find me just by searching esther julee.

  3. I’ve been seeing this challenge around and I might want to have a reading challenge or join in for the summer, too. My 101 list has 101 fiction books and I’m like, um, 2 books in? Hahahaha! So maybe something like this would help!

    1. You should!! Do either. :) I can even join in on yours after. So you basically have to finish 1 per 10 days? I definitely needed some sort of group effort, because i definitely am not meeting my reading goal on my own. haha

      1. Haha, I totally wasn’t thinking of that goal when I made it. I think I might throw some children’s books (or like, 100 children’s books) into the mix.

  4. Thank you for introducing me to this! I am so looking forward to participating!

  5. I’m so tempted by this challenge…it sounds so fun! I’ve only read a few of these…I’ll have to look at a few to add to my reading list!

    1. You should do it!! Mine are not set in stone. I feel like I will change them several times before I get to my final list.

  6. Visiting from the linkup and I love the list! I’m also trying to read Memoirs of a Geisha for historical fiction :-)
    I’m impressed that you’re going to tackle Freakonomics! I’m not sure I’m brave enough to crack that one open – some of my friends had to read it in high school for our civics class, so I think it’s been ruined for me. Hopefully you can put up a good review and change my mind!

    1. These aren’t set yet except for the one I’m currently reading – Wild. haha I think you’re doing a better job talking me out of it though. :)

        1. I’ll at least give it a try. haha We’ll see how far I get. May need a replacement book though just in case!

  7. I just signed up for this challenge too after seeing it on another blog. :) I love After Dark! I read that one every couple of years.

    1. Thanks! I will need it for sure. You don’t wanna join? :D

  8. Woo hoo! Good luck on your summer reading challenge. I know you’ll do great! I love “I am Malala” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (I’m kinda surprised you haven’t read it … didn’t we read this in hs?! haha). Tell me how the other books are! I just finished reading “Working Identity” and currently starting “Mindset”. Now that I’m on bed rest I guess I’ll have plenty of time to read now :p

    1. Thanks girl. No, we definitely didn’t read that one in H.S. probably depends on the hs. Is that considered a classic? i just remember reading a lot of classics in hs. How did you like working identity? Do you feel like after a while the business books get repetitive? i feel like after reading a few productivity books, they started getting pretty repetitive.

      1. Haha you’re probably right. I probably just read that during my leisure. Working Identity is good. Different from other business books I read since it’s more about changing your career.

  9. This sounds like such an awesome challenge! I’m in the process of trying to start a mini-book club with my friend over the summer and I can’t wait to get started. Good luck on all your reading!

    1. Best of luck on your mini-book club. Are you doing it online? I tried to do a book club between two of my friends and I and none of us were committed enough to stick with it! boo. :(

      1. Thanks! One of my friends last summer did a book-a-week challenge and read some pretty interesting stuff. She and I are going to team up and do every other week together, but give ourselves some room to read other things on the weeks off. So I guess I’m committing to a book a week! Hopefully I can keep up!

        1. Ooh one a week! that’s pretty aggressive. I def need to get at that pace soon to make up for time lost if I want to hit my reading goal this year. :) You’ll have to let me know your favorites!

          1. Haha, yeah it’s definitely a lot! I’m hoping it will actually get me to read instead of watching TV all the time. One can hope!

  10. The Light Between Oceans was SO good! I read it last year and already would love to read it again! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of David and Goliath– I started it a few months ago and never could get into it.

    1. Yeah.. we’ll see how David and Goliath goes. I heard a lot of great things about his previous books and only ended up reading a few pages of them. What are you reading now?

  11. You should read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett or Mort by Terry Pratchett. Two of my absolute favourite books ever. This challenge looks like a good one! Good luck! x

    1. You should try it too! :) Thanks for the recommendations. I’m trying to figure out what categories they can fit in. It took me forever to fill in the categories. :P

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