Setting a Summer Reading Challenge #YaLit

I am always ambitious when it comes to summer reading. I pick out 10 or more books to take to camp with me. I have every intention of reading these books in the first three weeks and going home for more. If I am lucky I can get two read. It saddens me to think that another summer is going to go by with only two books read. I actually have set a reading goal for this summer. I got Nicholas Sparks’ newest novel See Me for Christmas and Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins. I bought The Nigh Circus by Erin Morgenstern this semester and never read it. I also bought the Masque of the Red Death books which I never read. I really want to read Lost World by Michael Crichton this summer as well because I read Jurassic Park over Christmas break and never got around to reading the sequel. I am planning on buying Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septetys and The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutoski to read over the summer. I also purchased The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman, who by the way is my favorite author at the moment. I want to read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag because I love the movie and my dad read it and told me it was great.

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These are pretty lofty goals for one who claims she can only read two books over the summer. I figure though I am never going to read every book I want to. Some will probably sit on my shelves until I die and I will have never read them. This sounds terribly depressing but it gives something to look forward to. Every day I can wake up and think today is the day I will read The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (started reading them back in October only got probably ten pages in). If I didn’t have a TBR list I don’t think I would read. I love goals! I mean I LOVE goals! It gives me something to do and look forward to.

I also started the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge even though I am not very far. I must say I am eternally thankful for taking Adolescent Lit. because my reading goal on Goodreads is 50 books and I have read 31! I usually don’t finish or barely get 50. I think I have read more in this class than I have read since my sophomore year of high school. It feels great and I feel like I have gotten back into YA lit. and can actually recommend books to people that aren’t ten years old.

The number one challenge I face this summer to reading is camp. I am working as a counselor at Christian summer camp and I am so busy all week at the end of the week I just want to sleep and watch Netflix. The three books I must read before the end of the summer are See Me, The Night Circus, and Hide and Seek. If I could squeeze in a Shakespeare play that would great but we’ll see. I am going to stay up on Goodreads this summer and Book Riot always has great articles highlighting new and old books. I am just ready for summer nights and campfires :).

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6 thoughts on “Setting a Summer Reading Challenge #YaLit

  1. I am so beyond jealous. I want to be counselor and that is what I am going to school for. That will be such a great job getting to help others! It will however be challenging to get all our reading in. Good luck!

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  2. When did you buy The Night Circus? Because it is currently on the free bookshelf outside the English offices if you want to pick up an extra copy for a friend or family member if you end up liking it.

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