Wednesday, May 29, 2024

2024 Summer Reading Challenge @Messy Middle

Been waiting for this one! One of my favorite summer challenges. I will get as many books as possible during the time indicated.


It will start on June 1 (I know!! Sorry for the last minute) and run through August 16, 2024. To enter, read seven books from 25 plus categories and leave a comment at the end of the challenge with the books you read. That’s all. No entrance fee, no hassle, just fun. Also, if you’re trying to find this on the website, surprise, you’re going to struggle because the website is being redone :). Why not add that into the mix, right :)?!

But here in the messy middle, we sally forth!

What’s different?

A book related to the Olympics (Paris, we see you!)

A book related to weddings or marriage (My oldest niece is getting married)

A book related a broken bone (My mom’s femur broke ☹)

What’s the same?

Many categories will be similar because reading is reading. As mentioned above, you will notice a few new gems

Choosing a penalty book within the first week of the challenge. A penalty book or category is one you declare to yourself I will read or be penalized. The last six summers I’ve selected a penalty book and it worked, except that my penalty book two years was horrible. I’m now a bit gun shy, but am reminding my self that my track record is 87% good books. I tend to choose “long” history books that I have meant to get around to but this summer is different … my penalty book was an impulse buy last Saturday and has the potential for me to not get around to it . . . so ha! I’m tricking myself into reading it! My penalty book for 2024 is Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America by Leila Philip.

Like previous years, if you do not read your “penalty” book, you will subtract two books from your total.

The joy of reading!

What’s in it for you?

All who comment on a summary blog post that I’ll publish on August 12th will be entered to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards. You will have between August 12-16th to comment with the names of the books you read.


Drumroll . . . here are the categories!

  1. A biography or a book about history: Thunderstruck--Erik Larson
  2. A book you already own: Summer on Sag Harbor--Sunny Hostin
  3. A book you’ve been wanting to reread
  4. A book a friend recommended
  5. A Young Adult book (YA)
  6. A book of poetry: Kabir's Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets--Ayaz Pirari
  7. A memoir or autobiography: Rolling Warrior--Judith Heumann
  8. A graphic novel
  9. A book for professional development (loosely defined)
  10. A book longer than 600 pages (counts as two books)
  11. A book with a verb in the title: I'll Take You There--Joyce Carol Oates
  12. A play
  13. A book about a country or culture you’ve never visited
  14. A book that won an award
  15. A book by an author you know (get “credit” for supporting your friends 😊)
  16. A mystery or classic
  17. An audiobook: Pam Ayres: Down the Line
  18. A book with an animal: Lone Wolf--Kathryn Lasky
  19. A book less than 100 pages: Aladdin--Walt Disney Company
  20. A book you want to discuss with others
  21. A book you read as a child
  22. A book in a different language than English (could be sign language, morse code, Spanish, don’t get hung up on terms 😊)
  23. Read out loud to someone. Could be a whole book, a favorite passage, or to a child
  24. Listen to someone reading out loud (not an audio book, an actual person)

A few categories special to Summer 2024

  1. A book related to the Olympics (Paris, we see you!)
  2. A book related to weddings or marriage (My oldest niece is getting married)
  3. A book related a broken bone (My mom’s femur broke ☹)

Bonus: choose a Penalty Book in the first week of the challenge as a way to kick yourself in the pants. If you don’t read your penalty book you will subtract two (2) books from your grand total.

My Penalty Book:


1 comment:

My name is Erika. said...

I've never actually followed a reading challenge, Although I read all the time. I've read about them however. I'm not sure if I'd want to make the commitment to one. I guess I just like reading what I want to read, but I do like the idea of more open readings. A broken bone though-that might be hard to find.