Thursday, July 31, 2014

Introducing: Summer Reading Challenge

     I can't believe July is nearly over. It seems this summer has flown by without me noticing. Thus this challenge is a bit redundant seeming as the summer season is drawing to a close. Still, reading is hardly seasonal! Some of you may have noticed that I have a reading list on my blog sidebar. I pick away at it during the year, but I told myself that I would really make a dent in the thing during the summer months. Alas, summer classes and work and general laziness have shot that horse in the face. But it's never too late to try, and like I said, reading is not seasonal. So, introducing Whats Left of the Summer Reading Challenge (and extending to other seasons too).   

      This challenge is a commitment to read a book every two weeks for the rest of summer. After which I may start afresh with an Autumn Challenge. To be fair to myself I have checked a few books off the list this summer (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and A Picture of Dorian Gray), but keeping within a two week time frame, should speed things a long, and keep me on track. My hope is that you guys will join me, either by following my list with me or by making a list of your own. Every two weeks I will try to update you. Either way, reading is a deeply personal journey, and I hope to widen my horizons, delve into adventure, and keep my mind awake: all those other wonderful things that reading does...but I do hope you guys join me! It will make this challenge so much more fun to learn what you're reading too! 

     Technically I'm still finishing up books I started during the school year such as Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and The Eclipse of Faith by  Steve Whigham, and goodness knows when I'll ever finish War and Peace  (it's going on almost 4 years now: a word of advice, you really have to commit when you pick up anything by Tolstoy), but I'm not going to count those as part of this challenge, seeing as they were started months ago. For the next two weeks I'll be reading The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. I've already started it and so far it contains a lot of French scenery, and follows a dedicated minimalist and his daughter (who is very delicate and innocent and faints a lot!). It's a classic, gothic novel so I'm looking forward to the eerie stuff. 

     Hope you're all having a wonderful week. I can't wait to see how this pans out. 

Carpe Librium! 


  1. Sweet! Imma have to make a list this year, too :)

  2. Oooh, an intriguing set of recommendations here. My summer is rather swamped by my extensive University reading list for the autumn term of my second year. However, I'm trying to make time for my own choices too, to keep up my bookworm-ish habits...


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