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Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge: July

It’s already August (yikes!), so it’s time for a couple more book wrap-ups!

I got through the July part of the Goodreads  Ultimate Reading Challenge, but just barely.  I’m getting pretty nervous for August!  But more on that in a minute.


July Reading Challenge


1. Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities

Life from scratch

Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness
Sasha Martin

So, this book barely fits this description–it’s about a lot of different foods, but it’s not necessarily about summer recipes.  Still, parts of the memoir take place in summer, so I’m counting it!


2. Backyard BBQ: Read a book that features a family reuniting or hanging out for the summer

family reunion

Family Reunion
Caroline B. Cooney

I hated this book, a lot, but I met my requirement! (Seriously, though–I like Cooney’s mystery books.  This one was not nearly as good as other titles I’ve read by her.)


3. Forefathers: Read a book about your country’s independence

founding mothers

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
Cokie Roberts, Diane Goode

Why yes, I did intentionally choose a book about women because the title of this prompt ticked me off.

You’re welcome.


4. The Colors of Summer: Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover

hooks revent

Hook’s Revenge
Heidi Schulz

I was not a huge fan of this prompt either.  Apparently I’m drawn to blue and purple covers more than anything else!  But the yellowish hue of this background is kind of sandy, right?


5. Red, White, and Blue: Read a book that has the word red, white, or blue in the title

blue is the warmest color

Blue is the Warmest Color
Julie Maroh

I had ambitions originally of reading three books for this prompt, one with each color in its title.

That…didn’t happen.

But!  I did read my top-priority match for this one, and enjoyed every frame of it!


6. Funny Bone: Read a humorous book


Nora Ephron


never have I ever

Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date
Katie Heaney

I read two separate books classified as “humor,” but tbh, I didn’t find either of them very funny…


7. Embrace Your Inner Geek: Read a book about geek culture

fangirls guide to the galaxy

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
Sam Maggs

Again, being a little subversive here.  Although, I can honestly say I learned a little bit about the geek culture surrounding some of my personal fandoms!


8. Sun, Moon, and Star: Read a book that takes place in outer space


Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples



9. I Feel a Breeze: Read a book that takes place at a nudist colony or features nudists

naked lady

The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist’s Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases
Gary Small, M.D., Gigi Vorgan

This was another stretch, as the woman in question isn’t actually a nudist.  But, she was nakey, so I figured I’d count it.


10. Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a “beach read”

Us Against You

Us Against You
Fredrik Backman

I. Hated. This. Book.  I wrote a full review about it, if you’re interested.  But, Backman’s works do make good vacation reads (usually), so I set out to read this one originally for this prompt.



11. Sand Between My Toes: Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean

this one summer

This One Summer
Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki

Delightfully wonderful graphic novel that fits this prompt perfectly.  Yay!


Like I mentioned, this month was difficult.  I felt like a lot of the prompts are kind of similar, so it was rough finding two sort-of-alike books to read in a single month.

I think next month is even a bit worse.  We have 1) a book where the characters go on an adventure, 2) a book set on an island/about being stranded, and 3) a book about a road trip.  These three could feasibly be the same book, if you find the perfect blend of criteria.


Anyway, we’ll see how next month goes!




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