Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Summer Reading Challenge.

I like this. It's a reading challenge from a blog I just found, A Cupcake Love Affair. The challenge was created and is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life.

This sounds fun. But, I haven't exactly been reading a lot lately.  Don't get me wrong, I love reading. I can put away a 300 page book in one night if I get really into it, but I just haven't a) found the time or b) felt a strong pull towards that many books lately.

The Happiness Project
There have been a few - five to be exact - that I have read this past year and have really enjoyed and recommend:

-Happy Chaos (Soleil Moon Frye)
-Bossypants (Tina Fey)
-MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend (Rachel Bertsche)
-The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin)
-Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay (Stephanie Wilder Taylor)

cute covers!
And my choices have definitely changed; I used to be VERY into chick-lit. Especially with really cute covers, ie, all of the Shopaholic books, Jennifer Weiner and Jane Green books....

Now I'm choosing books that are either autobiographical/memoir-esque, but they still have that light-hearted vibe (and they also happen to have cute covers!)

Ok, back to the challenge. Here is the list of types of books you have to read:
  •  One chosen for the U.S. 2012 World Book Night
  •  One you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted
  •  Memoir or narrative nonfiction book
    • Examples: Friday Night Lights, When the Game Stands Tall, The Devil in the White City
  • One in one calendar day (at least 150 pages)
  • One you've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to yet
  • A pair of books that have antonyms in the titles
    •  For example: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Boy in the Suitcase, or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Heart of Darkness
  • One set in a place you've never been but want to visit
  • One written the year you were born and later made into a movie. 
    • Read and then watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book and do the same
  • Go to a bookstore or library and pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it's not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right)
  • One about which you’ve heard bad things
  • A trilogy (or any three consecutive books in a series)
For full rules and information, visit here.

Sounds fun! I think I shall give it a try. Truth be told, I really don't need to be on the computer THIS much, right?

oh, and ps - I LOVE Danielle Steel. Always have, always will.  Can't beat a good Danielle Steel book!  What's your favorite?


  1. Thanks for your interest in the challenge! If you decide you have time, you can link up here to see what other people are reading:

    Good luck!

    1. Hi Megan - Didn't realize it was your challenge until now! I shall slightly revise my post. Glad I found it through A Cupcake Affair. It's traveling the internet! Sounds fun and hoping to at least do SOME! :)


  2. Oh, I love this challenge, and I'd have never known about it if I weren't here to find out more about your little search for sesame street. Following ya from the linky friends hop.


    1. it sounds fun doesn't it. And I imagine it would even more enjoyable reading in amazing Hawaii!! :) Julie

  3. I am a new follower and would love a follow back at

    1. Thanks for stopping by Amanda. I'll be sure to stop by you too!

  4. Wish I wasnt so ADD and could actually read more often I would do this challenge! But I did read some of the Shopaholic books you have here under cute covers and LOVED them the movie was pretty good too but read the 1st book before you watch it ! New follower here from blog hop ! glad I found you :)

    1. Hi Adriana - thanks for stopping by. I just checked out your blog and you're very talented! I like your stuff. And I have not seen the Shopaholic movie, but did read those books and many others.....long long ago! Glad you found the site and hope you like it! I'll be by you too! :) Julie

  5. I'm a new follower from blog hop! I would love if you followed me back at

    1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by - just went to your site and love it. Like your site a lot and am now a follower! You and your hub look like you have a lot of fun, and I enjoyed looking at all of your nursery ideas!!! Julie