Thursday, June 25, 2015

Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge 2015 - Preliminary List & Link Up

This summer I really really really want to read. A lot. So I am trying to push myself into it by joining some linkups and book clubs. I am hoping this is ridiculously successful... but I would settle for somewhat successful. Haha #Iaintnevergottimeforthat 


I decided to join Kristen, Kari, and Krystal in their Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge. 


My list is subject to change, but here we have it!

1. A YA book (mandatory!) 

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

2. Non US Author  (mandatory!) 

The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston

3. A book that was recommended by a blogger  (mandatory!) 
The Kitchen House by 
4. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more 
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - currently reading!

5. A book with a kickass female character 

Etta - Gerald Kolpan

6. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) 

Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter

7. A book written by a comedian or celebrity – or even a memoir if neither of those are your jam. 

True - Hilary Duff - I loved the other two. :) 

8. A book with a one word title. 

Son - Lois Lowery

9. A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge! 

The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

10. A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer because this is a Summer challenge! Summer - Edith Wharton


What are you going to read this summer? 

Consider linking up/joining in! :) (you don't have to be a blogger to participate!)


If possible, I will also read the book club book for this group, Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen.


Progress: Check in 1, Check in 2.

XO,

Alexandra




29 comments:

  1. I recently read The Night Circus and it's brilliant! Would definitely recommend it! The Secret Garden is another great book on this list! I read Elixir by Hilary Duff but I haven't got round to reading her other books yet!
    Serena / www.ramblingsofanotherunistudent.blogspot.com

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  2. This is so fun, I can't wait to hear about these books! The only one I read on your list is the Night Circus, and I did enjoy that one! Fun idea!

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  3. Ohhhh I like your list, a lot of books I haven't heard of. The Witch's Daughter sounds awesome. I didn't know Hilary Duff had a book series, I need to check that out. I just started Saint Anything yesterday. Happy reading!

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  4. bre & ree @ bumpandrunchat.comJune 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I love this challenge! I always have a pile of books waiting for me :) My favorite author is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but I would also love to get through Infinite Jest...eventually. ~Ree

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  5. I am so excited! I just got an e-reader copy from a library around here! :) I am really really loving the Secret Garden. It's so sweet so far. I loved Elixir. I felt like Devoted (the second one... I think) was a little less impressive... but still good. I want to wrap it up with the third book. :) Thanks for stopping by! XO -Alexandra

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  6. I just got an e-reader copy from a KS library! :) I'm so excited to read it. I hope you join in! XO

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  7. Thank you Nadine! It was one I pinned a long time ago... and I am totally on a Witchy kick these days. :) hehe Yes, I loved her first book it is a fun YA fantasy/romance. It has a travel element which I dig. The second one was not quite as good, but I still liked it. Excited to finish up the series. I am so excited for Saint Anything. I am #15 holding for 4 copies at my library... so we'll see. I did get on the e-reader list too. And I am 2nd. So maybe! :) XO -Alexandra

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  8. It's super fun, I'm excited to try my first one! :) Me too! I have shelves of books that I just have not gotten to yet... so I tried to throw a handful of those on this list. :) That's awesome, sometimes it can be so hard to get to those big ones on the lists! XO -Alexandra

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  9. I haven't read any of these, but I have heard great things about The Kitchen House, Beautiful Ruins and The Night Circus! Hopefully all three will live up to the hype!

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  10. These look great! I haven't read any of these!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  11. The Kitchen House ripped out my heart, but it was such a great book.

    I'm not really a re-reader of books. The Secret Garden is the one book that I've read multiple times.

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  12. i have read a few of these, and the others look good! its been a couple years since i read hilary duff's books, i'll have to reread the first 2 before reading the 3rd.

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  13. i've always considered myself a reader, but this year i'm averaging about a book every 2 months (hello newborn!) i read (and loved) the night circus, and this year my favorite book was The Book of Ove ( you'll love it!)

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  14. What a great project! Loved reading some of these!

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  15. The Giver Series is awesome! Although, I'll admit, I liked them progressively less as I continued on. The Giver is definitely the best one. The Witch's Daughter sounds really interesting!

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  16. I hope so! I'm excited to start Night Circus next. XO -Alexandra

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  17. I know, I have been so behind on the whole reading thing that I feel like I haven't read anything in ages! XO -Alexandra

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  18. Whew. Goodness. I'll have to be prepared for that one then! The Secret Garden is super sweet so far. I am almost done. And it gives me a new love for the movie that I watched but didn't particularly like as a kid. XO-Alexandra

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  19. I have too, and I have read less and less since I graduated. And even then, most of those books were not school-assigned. Last year I read a pathetic 3 books. :( So, this challenge is really giving me some incentive. Plus a few super long flights coming up... should be good for my list! I will have to look into it! Thanks, XO

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  20. I'm really excited. I have been wanting to read more, and have been wanting to do one of these challenges/groups for a while. XO - Alexandra

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  21. I loved the first one. The second one was not my favorite, it did grow on me though. Then I loved the third and how it tied it all together. I am excited to see what's in store! I think so too Jenn! XO -Alexandra

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  22. I didn't know Hilary Duff wrote books! My mind is blown.

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  23. The Night Circus is sooo good! I loved it. I've also read The Witch's Daughter and thought it was decent. I also want to read The Moonstone. Ethan Frome by Wharton is my all time favorite book.

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  24. Beautiful Ruins has been on my list for too long. I didn't know Hilary Duff wrote a book?!

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  25. Wow, great choices! I must be living under a rock because I had no idea that Hilary Duff had written any novels!! They look good!! I started the Night Circus and never finished it, but I hope to get to it someday ;) good luck with the challenge!!!

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  26. She did! :) The first one I really really liked, the second one a little less. I am actually re-thinking this pick in the sense that I would probably need to re-read the first two before reading this one. I would recommend Elixir though. :) XO

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  27. I just started it last night and I am pretty hooked... it's pretty mysterious so far! :) I am excited to read The Witch's daughter as well. :) That's awesome, I actually haven't read any Wharton yet, but I am excited to get to it! XO

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  28. Me too. I finally bought it in February.... but obviously haven't gotten very far yet... :) haha Yes, I would recommend Elixir. It's a light YA fantasy/romance kind of book. I think I need to re-read them before reading this one on my list now that I am thinking about it. :) XO

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  29. I liked Elixir a lot! I would definitely check it out for a YA fantasy romance type book. :) I just started Night Circus last night, and only have it for 2 days on my e-reader through the library.... so I am kind of tearing through it. I'm really hooked because I have no idea what is going on right now... haha :) XO

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