Bookish, Reading Challenges

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge: June

Hey all!

This summer I decided to take on the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge because according to Time Magazine I’m 54.2% Ravenclaw, and apparently that means I like to push myself too far on book challenges–yay!


I just barely made it through the June list, so I’m happy to post my 1/3 completed challenge here!


June Reading Challenge:


1. Take Pride: Read a book written by an LGBTQIA author or that features an LGBTQIA character

Jordi Perez

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
Amy Spalding

I had been waiting FOREVER to read this book, and it was so fitting to finally breeze through it during Pride Month!  Check out my full review if you’re interested!

[Other books I read this week that feature LGBTQIA+ characters, because this is something I frequently do:
They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky]


2. Into the Great Wide Open: Read a book that takes place out in the great wide open


The Borrowers
Mary Norton

I’m being a little ironic here considering the Great Wide Open in The Borrowers is one person’s backyard, and yet the journey to find their family members takes them on a treacherous path that makes you feel like they’re way out there!


3. It’s the End of the World: Read a book about the end of the world as we know it

they both die at the end

They Both Die at the End
Adam Silvera

It’s at least the end of the world as Rufus and Mateo know it… And, to be honest, I think I would hate living in a universe where you get a phone call on your death day.  No, thank you, not for me!


4. School’s Out for Summer: Reread a book you were forced to read in school

bright lights big city

Bright Lights, Big City
Jay McInerney

Full disclosure:  I have never felt forced to read anything other than Shakespeare (the Bard and I do NOT get along).  MacInerney’s book was one of my required reads that I actually enjoyed, although I suppose a professor did make me read it.


5. Sick Day: Read a book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t

this book is overdue

This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Marilyn Johnson

The above situation literally never happened for me.  I’ve read every book ever assigned to me.  The only things I haven’t read are those that the professor may have had on the Required Reading list attached to the syllabus at the beginning of the semester, but they ran out of time to teach them.  Like, this book for example.  I was only required to read two chapters from it for one of my Library School classes.  I always meant to go back and read the rest of it, so I figured it fit this prompt well enough to suffice.

Seriously, though–the designers of these book challenges must know that the majority of the people participating always read their required reading materials, right?  What gives?!


6. Hook ‘Em: Read a book that features fishing or fisherman

old man and the sea

The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway

This was my first time through this short book, and I gotta say, it wasn’t too bad!  Perhaps next year I’ll tackle Moby Dick.

Or, maybe not.


7. Sports-a-holic: Read a book that features a popular summer sport

i am jackie robinson

I Am Jackie Robinson
Brad Meltzer

Yes, I did choose to read a picture book to fill this prompt because, goshdarnit, 11 prompts in one month is a lot!  Also, I love Jackie Robinson and had not yet read this little gem.  Is it Pulitzer-worthy? Nah.  But it’s a cute retelling of Jackie’s life, all the same.


8. Dear Pen Pal: Read a book that features letters or journal articles

Couldn’t pick just one, so:

we need to talk about kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver

Prickly awfulness, y’all, and yet this book is still one of my favorites of all time.  Read with ABSOLUTE caution.

perks of being a wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

In terms of favorites, this is it!  I LOVE this book and reread it on a whim this month, and I just want to start over at the beginning and read it again.  This book should be at the top of everyone’s TBR.


9. Father Knows Best: Read a book that features a father

first love

First Love
Ivan Turgenev

I’m tellin’ ya, Turgenev’s focus on fathers is both inspiring and terrifying… I love the way he writes (even if I do have to read translations), but this one was a little out there!


10. Campfire Story: Read a book that scares the bejesus out of you

amityville horror

The Amityville Horror
Jay Anson

I open an academic library every day, and listening to this audiobook while walking through the stacks set me so on edge, I had to turn it off…


11. Ocean Blue: Read a book that takes place on the water

woman in cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10
Ruth Ware

Creepy mysterious wonderfulness!  A great thriller for a sea setting.


And there you have it!  I’ll have more to say about these books in my June Wrap-Up, coming soon.  Until then, let me know if you’re doing the Goodreads Challenge too, and what fun books you read in June!




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