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Monday, 13 July 2015

Summer Reading Challenge



I have been so inspired by writing this post reading other bloggers talk about their reading challenges for the summer, it's got me thinking...

Reading will always be one of my favourite past times. Growing up I spent a lot of my summers down at my local library which was luckily down the end of my road and I would sign up to the summer's reading challenge. I would read as many books as possible to be successful on the challenge and was inspired by so many authors but over the years that hobby that come and gone in moments. Through my degree it was near impossible for me to enjoy reading, a lot of my time was spent watching One Tree Hill or doing coursework. I made it a goal of mine that I would read more once I graduated. I even signed up to Goodreads (a site I really love but also helps you realise how many books exist, crazy!) and gave myself a 2015 reading challenge of reading 25 books this year hoping that this would inspire me to find my love for reading again.

At the moment this challenge isn't very successful (i've read 6!) so this summer I have decided to grasp every spare moment that I have to read more and enjoy it again. I have so many more opportunities with events coming up that I need to travel to on a train, so it's a perfect time for me to dive into the next bit of reading material available to hand. I have so many books in my house that I would like to read but I decided to kickstart this hobby again by popping to the local library and to the nearest Waterstones store for some exciting reads. I am currently reading two books at the same time (because my Kindle is now battery flat and I have 0 motivation to find the charging cable!) and here are the other reads I'm hoping to enjoy over the upcoming weeks.



I am currently reading Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (yes the youtuber that everybody talks about), I have always been particularly curious about this book, I didn't have the guts to buy it myself so was delighted that one of my friends did for Christmas so it feels like the perfect excuse not to try and enjoy it. I am also reading Daughter by Jane Shemilt, I found it in my local library and have wanted to read it for months! It's really different to Girl Online so I am looking forward to how both of them conclude.






The other books I would like to read over the summer are as follows :

All The Bright Places : Jennifer Niven
Elizabeth Is Missing : Emma Healey 
The Rosie Project : Graeme C. Simsion
Three Amazing Things About You : Jill Mansell


I wonder if any of you have read any of the books on my list or have some recommendations? I will definitely let you know how I get on with the challenge (wish me luck!)

thanks for reading,


13 comments:

  1. I love reading but have found over the past couple of years that my internet obsession has got in the way a bit haha! Summer is such a good time to get back on the book bandwagon though :) I have a huge pile of books I want to get my teeth into as well... so I better join in on the challenge! I recently read The Rosie Project and though it was a funny, easy read :) hope you enjoy it! x

    Polly Cat Contemplates

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    1. I think the internet definitely gets in the way of trying to enjoy reading again :) It really is and I am making the most of it. Oh yes everyone is telling me that is a great read so I am looking forward to it! x

      Emma || http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk/

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  2. I remember doing this challenge every summer as a kid. The local library would give you stickers and awards for reaching milestones! So far this year i've read 17 books! So I think I should read 25 by the end of the summer! xx

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    1. Yeah they were the best, I used to have this folder especially for my reading challenge book and the next book I would have chosen for the challenge. Your on a roll, I need to get into it! :D

      Emma || http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk/

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  3. you're doing better than i am currently, i've only read 3 out of 25 which is a poor, poor show... love your list of books, i want to read most of these too. i read the rosie project at the beginning of the year and loved it, so i want to read the second! great post x

    http://the-dress-diaries.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah its frustrating isn't it when you realise how little you've read when you enjoy it so much. Thanks leanne, glad you enjoyed it :D

      Emma || http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk/

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  4. I have been really meaning to up my reading recently, but I find myself spending far too much time on my laptop! HOWEVER inspired by these reading challenges I think I am going to have to allocate myself some time just for reading! I have the rosie project to read, i also want to read shopaholic to the stars, and now Harper Lee has released the sequel to to kill a mockingbird I want to re read it and then read the sequel!!

    We definately need a blogger book club ...

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    1. Yeah same I'm always on a laptop :) I feel curious by the Harper Lee sequel but heard it isn't as great so I don't know whether I will read it to spoil how much I love her first book. We definitely do need a blogger book club but it's so difficult with our normal lives and blog commitments, eeek! :|

      Emma || http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk/ xx

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  5. I read Daughter and found it quite intense! It is a good read though. The Rosie Project is really good too! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. I couldn't get into Daughter and had to finish it early. I'm really failing on the challenge so I'm going to have to do a post about it ;)

      Em xx

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  6. I havent read any of those books but i want to. I recommend the slammed series by colleen hoover, i fell in love!

    Stay fabulous x
    http://daristo-chic.blogspot.com/?m=1

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  7. I love reading but often a tv programme gets in the way. My fav books are by cecilia ahern. You never know what is going to happen in them x

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  8. I still enjoy trips to the library. I read Elizabeth is Missing over the summer and found it quite moving to see how someone with Dementia thinks and feels. It wasn't the easiest book to read and can get muddled but I think that's kind of the point. Have you read it yet, what did you think?

    Steph x

    Inspirationsandme.blogspot.co.uk

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