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Literary Ladies summer reading challenge: My list


I hadn’t planned on sharing my reading list for The Literary Ladies summer reading challenge but then I remembered that I do better when I make my goals public (because you know, accountability and the looming threat of public shame if I fail) so I changed my mind. If you haven’t heard of the Literary Ladies, it’s a reading challenge/book club (book for that is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen if you’re interested in joining) hosted by Kristen, Kay, and Kari. There’s also a Goodreads group if that’s your jam or you want an enhanced experience or can’t wait for the linkups. The reading challenge runs from June 21-Sept 21 and the first book club discussion is August 4 (I think. Please correct me if I’m mistaken).

They picked 10 categories for the challenge so I’ve listed those below along with my picks. Let me know if you’ve read any of these so I can reconsider or if I should be even more excited to read one of them.

YA Book: Hate List by Jennifer Brown or Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Book by a non-US Author: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Book recommended by a blogger: Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell (recommended by Steph and, to be clear, I’m pretty confident I’m going to hate-read this one)

Book on my TBR list for more than a year: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (added to my list on 7/23/14. Close enough)

Book with a kickass female lead: Let It Be by Chad Gayle

Book that is or will be a movie or TV show: The Long Home by William Gay (you can see here for the casting for this one)

Book by a comedian/celebrity: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Book with a one word title: Confess by Colleen Hoover or Us by David Nicholls

Suspenseful/mystery/thriller book: Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

Book about summer/with summer in the title: Summerlong by Dean Bakopolous

If one reading challenge isn’t enough for you, Alyssa and I will be announcing our Long Hard Reading Challenge in August, Lisa and Shelly run their monthly Page Turners book club, and Erin is also running one. If I missed one, let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

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  1. lisacng @ expandng.com

    Thanks for sharing our book club :). I’d love to read along with you, so I guess I’ll have to stalk your Goodreads to find out which one you’re reading for the categories where there’s an “or” :). Do we have to read them in a certain order?
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      No problem! Happy to share!

      I don’t think there’s a specific, assigned order. I’m reading them as the come in from the library 🙂

  2. Linda sheridan

    Lol on the Book Club e-card.
    Happy reading!
    Love, Steph’s Momma

  3. Kellli

    I’m horrible at challenges.

    I have Shotgun Love Songs on my list but the library only has the audio version. What’s up with that?
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  4. Nadine

    Ohhh your list has a few books I haven’t heard about yet, yay! I love finding new ones! Cheers to a summer full of reading!
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  5. alyssa

    Good thing bloggers and books go together like PB&J, because even without making our official announcement yet I still feel like my drafts folder is brimming with book posts! All good though, all these challenges are tons of fun. Anyway, I’m interested to hear your thoughts on Shotgun Lovesongs. I’ve had it on my list for a while too, but will likely wait till after summer for it.

  6. Kristen

    hahaha that ecard! i can’t wait for yours and Alyssa’s, reading books like that will be easier with people, you know? anywho, thank you for joining us and the sweet shout out (yes you got all of it right!). i’ve only read the husband’s secret on your list, a few others are on my TBR list (i’ve heard such good things about shotgun lovesongs and yes that’s totally close enough haha).
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  7. Amber

    Happy reading!

    I really enjoyed Us.
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  8. Kristin

    I really liked The Husband’s Secret. Book clubs/challenges are starting to be really exciting to me…I like that it gives me something to work toward.
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  9. Karen

    I’m so excited to start Modern Romance. I just have an Aziz obsession!
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  10. Kerry

    I am not really a fan of Colleen Hoover after reading Ugly Love but I want to read Confess. Looking forward to what you think of it. Aziz is hilarious, I used to listed to his Pandora station.

  11. Kay R.

    The husbands secret was such a good book!! I really want to check out Modern Romance, I think will be hilarious and I regret not choosing it now haha. Also I cannot wait for yours and Alyssa’s. I love these challenges!!
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  12. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

    I selected a different YA, but Hate List just arrived in my amazon birthday box today (hooray for amazing e-vouchers from dad!), so I’m guessing that one will be changed. I’ve read three so far for this challenge…but my challenge starts tomorrow, and I haven’t finished Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge (only 2 books left for that), so I’ll be juggling challenges. As I do.

    And, apparently, I have another challenge to join once it is announced in August…..
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  13. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I don’t typically do challenges, but I did pick books out for this one to see how it goes. Of course I’ve already forgotten what I picked for what and am just reading as I typically would. LOLOL
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