Jun 22, 2015

#LiteraryLadies Summer Reading Challenge - My Book Picks

So Kristin is awesome, and if you've ever tried to keep up with her on Goodreads you know she reads A LOT.  Like a shitton.  So it totally makes sense that she's finally hosting one of these book challenge thingies, along with Kay and Kari (who I don't know as well but I'm sure are fantastic, well-read people as well).

I'm not supposed to be buying books, because I signed up for Kindle Unlimited specifically to save money, but this was too good to not participate.  Kindle Unlimited might have to take a recess.

Here's the categories and what I'll be reading!

1. YA Book - The Selection, Kiera Cass (336 pages)

2. Non US Author - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo (614 pages) (France) (I really liked Les Miserables, so when I realized this is the same author it was a no-brainer.)

3. Recommended by Another Blogger - One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus (302 pages) (Recommended by Megan)

4. A Longstanding (1+ Years) TBR List Item - The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (311 pages)

5. Kickass Female Character - Magic Shifts, Ilona Andrews (400 pages) (This is #8 in the series, but I love the main character and she is perfect for this category.  Even better, it comes out just in time to read before the challenge ends!)

6. Has or Will Be Made Into a Movie - Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (509 pages)

7. Written by a Comedian - Yes Please, Amy Poehler (329 pages) (I might listen to this one; I mean, who could narrate a book better than an author who is a COMEDIAN?!)

8. One Word Title - Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (390 pages)

9. Suspenseful Book - A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (212 pages) (Crime and dystopia, that's close enough, right?)

10. Something About Summer! - A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare (204 pages)

I'm actually quite pleased at how many I was able to pull out of my TBR list!  Use of Goodreads totally validated.  Oh, speaking of which, the 3 Ks also have a book club, and you can (and should) visit them on Goodreads.

Linking up with the Literary LadiesKayKari, and Kristin.

Are you doing any challenges this summer?  Have you read anything from my list and was it good?

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  1. I read A Thousand White Women a few years ago. I remember I enjoyed it but can't remember too much about the book.

  2. I'm glad to meet all these lovely reading peeps through this challenge so Hi there Jen, thanks for joining up!! Yes please is a great book and I cant wait to read One Thousand White Women. I remember wanting to read that a while back. Great choices girl!

  3. I love book posts, One Thousand White Women has been added to my to read list!

    I've never been brave enough to attempt more than parts and pieces of Shakespeare.

  4. I read 'Yes Please' earlier this year and I have to say that I was sadly disappointed :-\ I love Amy as an actress, but as a person she really surprised me in certain ways. She has some good points and advice throughout the book, but it didn't blow me away. I think this challenge sounds fun, though!

  5. Anyone who uses "shitton" in their first paragraph of a blog post really should be a friend of mine. Good luck with the challenge!

  6. I was able to check off a bunch of books from my to-be-read list too and I'm so excited about it! Now to see if I can actually get all the books read in time...

  7. I suck at reading challenges, even hosting them, but I wish you the best with yours! Looks like some good reads :)

  8. Great choices! We read A Handmaid's tale in university, and it definitely stayed with me. I liked the Selection series a lot (easy read, too!). Good luck with the challenge!

  9. Great prelim list! I'm currently reading Yes Please for the same category. Well, actually I'm listening to it (which surprisingly is a bit harder), but I'm really enjoying it so far. Amy Poehler is hilarious. Also loving the Neil Gaiman on this list. All of his books are on my never-ending TBR!
    Thanks for joining.

  10. These are all AWESOME picks! A read a Midsummer Night's Dream back in high school, but I should re-read it, being a classic an all. If I can I'll be doing Yes Please in audio as well. I've seen A Clockwork Orange. What a trippy, messed up, confusing, weird movie. I seriously had no idea what I had watched when it was over. I also didn't know Victor Hugo did both Les Mis and Hunchback. Thanks for the fun fact!

  11. I want to read ALL of these. Love this list, I am pinning it! :) I really want to read the selection series. Linking up for my first book challenge. :) XO - Alexandra

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  12. you are so sweet! thanks for the shout out girl, and for joining us! i cant wait to hear what you think of a few of these. i definitely recommend listening to yes please if you can because listening to a comedian is always better in my opinion lol


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