Find somewhere comfy to sit, pour yourself a cool drink, let the sun beat down and turn the first page! It’s time for the Summer Reading Challenge. The golden, lazy days of summer are ideal for making a dent in that list of books you’ve been meaning to read for a while. Wouldn’t it be great if, as well as the uplifting feeling of diving into fictional worlds, you could earn a sparkly award for all that frenzied page turning?
That is where the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge comes in. Below, you can pledge the amount of books you’d realistically like to read between July 9th and August 27th
. This could be a single book or as many as 5 (or more!). Those who meet their pledged amount in the time will receive the Summer Reading Challenge Winner
While pledging, it would be good to keep in mind that you can’t reduce your pledge if you decide you pledged too many books. However, you can raise it to a higher number later on if you feel your reading is going well. While online fanfiction and the like doesn’t count, you’re free to re-read books, blast a few audio books or get adventurous with a graphic novel.
So we can be sure of how much you’ve been reading, you’ll need to post something around the Book Club for every book that forms part of your pledge
. This doesn't have to be just a series of reviews: you might present a new author on The Bookshelf
or start a conversation about something more general you noticed in several books on Between the Pages.
You'll find specific guidelines in the 'Overview' threads on each subforum but here are a couple things to keep in mind. To ensure that people get the most out of any reviews you write for The Bookshelf, we’re asking you to make your comments a minimum of 80 words long
. This does not include the info about the book’s title, author or series
. If someone has already started a topic about your book, author or subject, please contribute to that rather than starting a brand new one of your own. Also, make sure the review or discussion is yours and based on your own thoughts while reading: lifting a review from Goodreads or elsewhere on the internet is categorically not allowed.
Once you've made a post about a book, please edit your reply down below
to reflect that and point us in the right direction with a link to your book review
. You can keep track of your official progress with our spreadsheet
. Remember, if you haven’t posted about it on the Book Club, the book doesn’t count
. If it’s been a few days and your latest book hasn’t been edited in after you’ve posted about it, please drop Gus a line and he’ll get to it as soon as he’s able.
If you’d like to re-read one of the Harry Potter books or tackle one of the books we have read as part of our Monthly Book Discussions, then please feel free. However, we would prefer you to read another book as well as that one and post a discussion rather than a review.
Get pledging below and happy reading! (And yes, warm drinks and central heating are permissible alternatives for those of you in the southern hemisphere)