Having a goal, having a focus centers me, especially during difficult times. You may be different, and that’s perfectly okay. But if you’d like some focus for your reading life during this summer, I encourage you to join me in a couple of summer reading challenges.
- You set your own start and end dates.
- Read one book per day. This is an average, so if you take a week to read a big book, you can balance it out with some picture books or early readers.
- Any book in any format qualifies: picture books, nonfiction, professional books, audio books, graphic novels, poetry anthologies, or fiction—children, young adult, or adult titles.
- Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking sites like Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Use the #bookaday hashtag to find other participants and share your recommendations. Titles or covers will do.
- If you don’t feel like reading a book a day is the right reading goal for you, share a book every day—read with a child or family member, give away a book to someone who needs it, or buy a book from an independent bookstore if you can.
- Anything 400 pages or more qualifies as a big book.
- The challenge will run from Memorial Day weekend (starting May 22 this year) through Labor Day weekend (Labor Day is September 7 this year).
- Choose one or two or however many big books you want as your goal. Wait, did you get that? You only need to read 1 book with 400+ pages this summer to participate! (though you are welcome to read more, if you want).
- Sign up on the first links list on Book by Book.
- Write a post to kick things off: you can list the exact big books you plan to read or just publish your intent to participate, but be sure to include the Big Book Summer Challenge pic, with a link back to Book by Book. It’s fine to kick-off your Big Book Summer as part of another post.
- Write a post to wrap up at the end, listing the big books you read during the summer.
- You can write progress posts if you want to and/or reviews of the big books you’ve read … but you don’t have to! There is a separate links list at Book by Book for big book reviews, progress update posts, and wrap-up posts.
To sign up for the challenge, add your link here.
How about one more? Why not?
Are you in?
Post a sign up list and be sure to share your progress with #20booksofsummer20.
And if twenty books sounds too daunting, she offers fifteen and ten book challenges also.