Literary Ladies Book Club & Summer Reading Challenge!

Hi there! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted in this space! 

However, as you may remember, I LOVE to read and I am finding a lot more time for it lately on my commute to work and now that I have children who mostly sleep all night 😉 Last week I came across an awesome SUMMER BOOK CHALLENGE that I’m so excited to participate in, and I wanted to share my book choices for the challenge on my (old) blog space!! 


Here are my reading picks for the Literary Ladies summer reading challenge (Jun 21-Sept 21 2015):

1) A YA BookSloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (Jessica Darling Series #1)

I’ve already picked this one up from the library, so it might be the first one I start on Jun 21! I’ve heard a lot of good things 🙂

2) Non US Author – The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo  who is Japanese!! 

A few people recommended this to me, and while I’ve heard it is a bit extreme, I think I need it in my life!!

EDIT: I amended this book choice to Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty because the book by Marie Kondo is less than 200 pages on my Kobo!! So I’ll still read it sometime, but it won’t count for this! 

3) Book recommended by a BloggerThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin recommended by Kristen here. 

I’ve heard SO many good things about this book and I can’t wait to jump into it.

4) A book that’s been on your to-read list for 1+ years- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by 

This one has been on my to-read list on Goodreads for ages now, and I haven’t seen the movie either…so I think this summer is a good time to give it a go!

5) A book with a kick-ass female characterJane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The audiobook is all cued up thanks to Librivox!

6) Book that is or will be a movie – The Martian by Andy Weir 

Going the audiobook route on this one too – I think I will understand it a bit better that way! Can’t wait to check out the movie this fall with my husband’s favourite actor as the main character!

7) A book written by a celebrity – One More Thing by B.J. Novak AKA Ryan from the Office AKA Mindy Kaling’s “best friend”

I started this a long time ago and didn’t finish it, so I guess it counts as a bit of a re-read. I think the short story format will work well for the bus commutes. If for some reason, this book of short stories doesn’t fit the category, I am going to amend this choice to Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

8) A book with a one-word title – Cinder  by Marissa Meyer

I deliberated on this category for a long time, and almost went with Invisible by James Patterson. The problem with Goodreads is that it’s too easy to read reviews, and I figured Invisible might be a bit more gruesome than I’m up for right now, so the highly recommended first book in the Lunar Chronicles fits this category for me.

9) Suspenseful book Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn 

I must be the only person on the planet who hasn’t read this book yet, and I want to read it before seeing the movie which I noticed is now on Netflix!!! Unfortunately, I have encountered a few spoilers for it, but I think I’ll still enjoy it.

10) A book about summer or has summer in the title Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Oh, boy did I ever deliberate over this one too. There are so many books with Summer in the title and some of them seem a bit too teenage-angsty for my current mood (i.e. turning 30 in a few months, lol). Who knows, maybe my choice will be that way too, but it seems pretty good! I will also probably check out Summer at Sea at some point this summer 🙂 This category also made me remember Summerland…whatever happened to that show? It was OK for a bit there!


If you’re looking for a fun virtual book club to join, I am pretty intrigued by the Literary Ladies Book Club! They have a Goodreads page and they are planning to host a Twitterchat on the last day of the month to discuss that month’s book. Their pick this month is Saint Anything, and I’ve been anxious to try out Sarah Dessen for awhile!!

You can follow along with my progress for this book challenge on my Goodreads page. I hope to blog a bit more this summer too, because I am finding myself with free time (occasionally) in the evenings these days and I want to try to capture this season of our lives with a bit more sincerity!


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