BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge

As if I don’t have a full enough schedule, I have decided to take on another task: a summer reading challenge!  Will you be joining along? 

Before I relocated to a small community with a tiny library and no physical bookstores, I would spend hours upon hours browsing local bookstores. Sometimes I would leave with a stack of books I couldn’t see over while other’s I left empty handed, unimpressed by the latest selection on the New Release shelves.

Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to reading. After starting the Will Trent series written by Karin Slaughter, I’ve been reading the series mixed in with beachy novels by Mary Kay Andrews, Dorthea Benton Frank, and Elin Hilderbrand, which my local library seems to have a surplus of (seriously—they have the entire collection of those last three writers). I need variety! On a few friends recommendation, I joined a Book of The Month Club. You can also join, by clicking here, and you’ll receive three books for under $10 and I’ll get a free book out of it.

Over the weekend while sipping on my favorite Pinot Noir (it’s lovely and it’s quite possibly the best Pinot Noir I’ve ever had), I hit up my good friend Google and typed in summer reading challenge 2017. The top three that caught my eye are as follows:

  • BookSparks
  • Modern Miss Darcy, which isn’t really a summer reading challenge but is still a reading challenge. A little poking around and Modern Miss Darcy also hosts a book club, which you have to pay $10 a month to have access to.

Of the three choices, I am choosing to loosely participate in BookSparks and have already requested several of the books on the May Reading list. The reason why I say loosely is because I cannot guarantee I will be able to receive these books from my local library—the wait list for Into the Water, for example, is 16 people. Depending upon availablity, I may also listen to one or two of them on Audible. For the month of May these are the following books:

Into the Water by Paula Harkins

Woman No. 17 by Edin Lepucki

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

In This Moment by Karma Brown

Once I finish reading One Perfect Lie written by Lisa Scottoline, I’ll begin reading Woman No. 17.

Are you participating in any summer reading challenges? What is the best book you’ve read lately? Leave your comments below!


Author: Rae

Hi, I’m Rae. I’m a legal contract specialist for a biotechnology company, lover of all things beautiful and delicious. Here on Simply Rae, I blog about whatever’s on my mind. Some days that may be the delicious meal I prepared for my husband and I, other days it’s beauty related. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. Originally when I went to college, I went with the intention of becoming a writer. What my 18-year old self didn’t realize was I didn’t need to go to college to write, I needed life experiences for stories. After college I found myself doing event coordinating for a while, which at first I really loved and wanted to make a career out of it; the novelty didn’t last very long and back to college I went. Recently I’ve gotten married and relocated to a new, unfamiliar city. One night not too long ago, I found myself wide awake at four a.m. unable to sleep or turn off my brain. For the first time in years, I turned on my computer and started writing whatever came to mind. After all these years, I’m finally inspired and have life experiences to share. It’s truly an exciting time! Aside from writing, I enjoy photography, wine tasting, pretending to be a skillful cook and staying physically active. My husband and I are on the search for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe, so if you happen to have a gem on your hands, send it my way!

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