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Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:00 pm
by Sky Alton
Summer’s here! You’ve disembarked from the Hogwarts Express, you’ve spent time with your family, you’ve unpacked (well, maybe) and you’re thinking ‘now what?’. Worry not, there are countless fictional worlds out there to while away the hours until Hogwarts welcomes you home. So, grab yourself a pillow, a drink and a pile of books and let’s get started!

The 2018 Summer Reading Challenge offers you the chance to indulge in as many books as you can manage and earn a shiny award for the pleasure. Below, you can pledge the amount of books you’d realistically like to read between July 9th and August 26th. 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 Award.

To qualify for the award, 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.

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 mix it up with some re-reading, audio books or graphic novels. You can read a Harry Potter Book or a book we read for one of our Monthly Book Discussions but this cannot be your only book and we’d prefer you post a discussion, rather than a review.

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, until you’ve posted about it, the book doesn’t count and won’t appear. If it’s been a few days and your latest book hasn’t been edited in after you’ve posted about it, please drop me a line and I’ll get to it as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions not covered here, head on over to the Questions Thread

Get pledging below and happy reading!

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:21 pm
by Maxim Trevelyan
I pledge three books!

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson --- Here!
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden --- Here!
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast --- Here!

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:37 pm
by Vanessa Tilley
I pledge 3 books for now :)

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:09 pm
by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
I pledge 4 books. :)

1. Expecting Someone Taller - by Tom Holt
2. Twilight - by Stephenie Meyer
3. Murder on the Orient Express - by Agatha Christie
4. The Lost World - by Michael Crichton

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:13 pm
by Silas Hipolito Crist

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:51 am
by Shiloh Adlar
I'm going to start with 2 books, but I definitely hope to increase that.

Awakened - P.C. and Kristen Cast
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Call of the Wild - Jack London
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
The Disappearing Spoon - Sam Kean
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (no review)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey (no review)
Dragon's Oath - P.C. and Kristen Cast
Before the Storm - Christie Golden
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
The Violinist's Thumb - Sam Kean
Destined - P.C. and Kristen Cast

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:10 am
by Amaryllis Storm
I pledge 5 books, recently bought some and been stuck to the computer and haven't had a chance to read actual books in a while lol

Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage

Book 1: Magke viewtopic.php?f=391&t=30923#p283176
Book 2: Flyte viewtopic.php?f=391&t=30924#p283177
Book 3: Physik
Book 4: Queste
Book 5: Syren
Book 6: Darke


Grimpow The Invisible Road by Rafael Abalos viewtopic.php?f=391&t=30925#p283179

Devil's Tango by Herve Jubert viewtopic.php?f=391&t=30926#p283180

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:04 am
by Aurelia West
I'll pledge 2 books!

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:14 pm
by Katelin Ross

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:30 pm
by Hannah R Thomas
I pledge five books.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Dreams of Gods & Dreams (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

The Book of Viking Myths by Peter Archer

W.I.T.C.H The Graphic Novels by Elisabetta Gnone translated by Various Authors

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:55 pm
by Kendra Givens
I'm going to pledge two. I wanted to say one, but let's push myself to be less technology distracted.

1. The Phantom Tollbooth
2. Wonder

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:55 am
by Janie Peterson
I pledge 3 books. :rolleyes:

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:17 pm
by Ivorie Windton
I will pledge 5 books for now. :)

1. I'm Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells : Presenting Author: Dan Wells
2. Alienated, by Melissa Landers: Book Review: Alienated
3. Wink, Poppy, Midnight, by April Genevieve Tucholke: Book Review: Wink, Poppy, Midnight
4. Roots of the Naynab: The Ghosts in the Trees by Fernandes, Malcolm: Book Review: Roots of the Naynab
5. Origins Of The Magdon, By Tobey Alexander: Book Review: Origins of Magdon


Extra Books I've Read this summer...

6. Viro, By Barnaby Taylor: Book Review: Viro
7. The Haunted Doll House, by E.R Rose: Book Review: The Haunted Dollhouse
8. Sweep: The Book of Shadows Completed
9. Sweep: Coven Currently Reading
10. Rose Blood Rebellion, by Rosalyn Eves: Could Not Finish

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:04 am
by Bianca Delacroix
I'll pledge two, I signed up last year and read my books but then failed to make any posts so that's what I'm holding myself to. I can always add more!

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:36 am
by Knoble Fable
I pledge 5 books!

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:20 pm
by Sky Alton
Remember you only have until 11.59 PM HOL-time tonight to get those write-ups posted and to earn the shiny award. :)