My Summer 2018 Reading Challenge


Well, summer has finally hit. Which means it's time to announce my personal reading challenge for this summer. I had attempted a reading challenge last summer, but I wasn't able to complete it for two reasons:

  1. High stress time, especially at work. Couldn't focus on what I was reading and ended up having to re-read entire chapters because I couldn't hold my focus.

  2. I hadn't been reading as much as I had wanted to that year. So I think it was hard, at first, for me to read a lot of books in a short period of time.

But I have read 23 books since last summer and am mentally in a totally different place. So I feel confident that I will have no problems completing my reading challenge this year.

As I mentioned in my 2018 reading challenge, I am going to be reading a few series throughout this year. I spent the first 5 months of the year reading A Song of Ice and Fire. It was such a great series but the amount of detail and unfamiliar language that I encountered really challenged me to get through the books quickly. But these books have definitely helped to prepare me for a summer of reading, especially since I plan to read YA books this summer. 

Start Date: June 1, 2018
End Date: August 31, 2018

Goal: Read 8-12 books

So how am I going to achieve this? Simple! I'm going to continue to work through two of the series that I planned to complete this year:

1) The Gender Games by Bella Forrest

I started reading this series around Christmas time and immediately fell in love with the book so I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that there were a total of 7 books in the series! As a reward for the hard work I've been doing this year, my mom has bought me one of the books for each month since January. I started reading the 2nd book of the series close to the beginning of my challenge period and have already moved onto the 3rd book in the series. This series is full of unexpected events and intriguing characters. I am so happy that this is going to be the series that I start my summer challenge with.

and 2) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

As I mentioned before, I have only read the series once in the fall of 2016 for an English class studying the series and comparing them to books like 1984 and The Book Thief. Despite absolutely loving this class, I don't feel like I got to enjoy the series the fullest since I had to read one of the books in a week. I'm excited to be able to take more time while reading to really soak in all the rich details and dynamic characters. Re-reading a series is one of my favourite things because you pick up on things that didn't register before or notice foreshadowing and understanding what it's foretelling. It's one of many reasons that I'm excited to read this series again.

What does your summer reading challenge look like?