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Summer Reading

Today on my post at AuthorsNow!, I posed a summer reading challenge for myself and anyone else who cares to join in. Here are the guidelines:

Read 10 books by Sept. 21. (I hope to read many more, but 10 is a nice, reasonable, summery goal.)

Of the 10, I suggest:
1 classic you’ve never read but always meant to
1 book you’ve read and always wanted to reread but haven’t yet
at least 1 book featured on AuthorsNow!
1 book outside the genres you usually read
1 “impulse” book that catches your eye during the summer
5 others of your choosing

The list can change at any time–this whole exercise is meant to be fun, after all. But here's my tentative list: Brown, by Richard Rodriguez; Hate List, by Jennifer Brown; Chicken Dance, by Tammi Sauer (a picture book, and thus outside my usual genre); Initiation, by Susan Fine (an AuthorsNow! book); The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (the as-yet-unread classic); Rules, by Cynthia Lord (the re-read); The Schwa Was Here, by Neal Shusterman; Crash Into Me, by Albert Borris; Flash Burnout, by L.K. Madigan. Naturally, I haven't named the tenth book because that will be the "impulse" book that I just happen to run across.

If you decide to join this challenge, please leave a comment below. You can list all your books now, or wait until later to report them. I’ll try to come up with a little trinket (something like a bookmark) for those who participate and meet their 10-book goal. (We’ll be on the honor system.)

Even if you don't want to commit to ten, feel free to comment on what you're looking forward to reading this summer.

P.S. And don't forget about the book I'm giving away!


Oh, I love a good summer reading challenge. Count me in! I will figure out the books later. Thanks!!!
Welcome aboard!
I am IN!

Also, I am counting either King Lear or Richard III as the classic I've never read but always meant to. Since I'm reading them both.
Read and meant to re-read but haven't: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
I've got several Authors Now books in my TBR pile, so no problem there.
I'll have to find something outside my usual genre. Hmmm. Perhaps I'll finally read SALT or COD (whichever I have in my TBR pile).

Btw, I am saving up your Hamlet posts to read this weekend. This week has been crazy busy.
I hope you like them. I'm moving on to Henry V.
Great idea, Jennifer! I'm in. :)

1 classic: As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
1 re-read: The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
1 Authors Now: Dull Boy, by Sarah Cross
1 diff. genre: Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
1 impulse: we'll see what catches my eye! ;)
5 others:
-- The Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg
-- Always Looking Up, by Michael J. Fox
-- Rules, by Cynthia Lord
-- Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
-- Need, by Carrie Jones
On your list, I've read Rules and Need and can recommend them!
I shouldn't need a challenge to convince me to read ten books over the next three months, but knowing how easily I get sidetracked, it's not a bad idea. So count me in. I'll list my choices later. :)
Welcome aboard!
Yes, I'm in. :)

And I'm honored that Chicken Dance made your out-of-usual-genre read!
Happy reading!

And yes, I can't resist those chickens!
I've been mulling this over and I'm going to give it a try. I don't know how successful I'll be since most of the books I have in my TBR are well over 500 pages each.

But I do need to increase my reading and this seems like a really good way to push myself. My biggest challenge will probably be picking a classic I've never read. And not because I've read them all but just the opposite. There are whole swaths of classic books I haven't made it around to reading yet.

Good luck! Hmm ... if all your books are 500 pages each, perhaps you should get a "discount goal!"


I'm in but it won't be much of a challenge-now 100 might be hard.
I read two books this weekend--and they were not my usual genre of choice. I'll make a list soon.

"It's summertime, and the living's easy."