I am trying to do better with setting goals for myself and I’ve realized that there’s nothing to it but to do it. I have a few things in mind, which you’ll see in some upcoming posts but first up is the 10 Books of Summer challenge which was created by 746 Books.
The gist of this challenge is to read either 10, 15 or 20 books during the summer.
My main challenge this summer is to read 40 books from the options from the Summer Romance Bingo challenge hosted by Sarah from Steeped in Books so any other challenges I come across that I can use to help keep me excited and reading, to achieve that, I’m all for. I love when a challenge is chill and basically allows you to fill in the blanks and come up with your own ‘challenges.’ When that is the case, it can be a very helpful tool in helping with a bigger project you have going on.
Gretchen by Shannon Kirk:
I just received this one in the mail and it releases on the 23rd of July, 2019. Thrillers aren’t really my thing but Gretchen sounds too good to pass up. It follows a girl named Lucy who has lived her life on the run with her Mom until they settle in, in the woods of New Hampshire with a girl named Gretchen and her father. Lucy soon learns that Gretchen and her father have a strange obsession with puzzles and it draws Lucy into a scary game of hide and seek. I am totally excited about this.
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane:
Confession: This one may or may not have started out as a cover buy whilst browsing on Book Depository, and Hello! as an 80s music lover, I can’t look at the title and not begin singing the song! As I awaited its arrival though I started getting really excited about it. From what I’ve read, I expect it to start of a tad heartbreaking and make me mad a bit, but then the heroine begins working for the guy she fell in love with in school, so I’m excited to see how everything plays out.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai:
Alisha Rai can be read and should be read at any time of the year, but her new release, The Right Swipe comes out either late July or early August (I’ve been seeing different dates) and it is one title that I immediately want to join in the fangirling over.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert:
I need more black girl magic in my stories, so I was super excited to receive a review copy of The Revolution of Birdie Randolph in the mail. Birdie sounds like a normal teenage girl, who tries to make her parents proud, falls in love with a boy and whose life is shaken a bit when her Aunt returns to Chicago and moves in with Birdie and her parents. Girlhood stories always feel like summer to me, so I can’t wait for Birdie’s story.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey:
This will be my first Tessa Bailey read, and although I have been seeing and hearing mixed reviews on this book, I am still excited to read it for myself. Fix Her Up sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and perfect for summer. I know it has the trope, “brother’s best friend,” in it, which tends to be a trope I live for, so we shall see how this one holds up.
The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader:
This release by Molly Fader will release on July 16th and it is a sisterhood story which I tend to enjoy. I love seeing the different dynamics within a sisterly relationship and there is something about being brought together with family, despite the circumstances that just gives off perfect for summer vibes to me. Fingers crossed that I enjoy this one.
True Gold by Michelle Pace:
Wow, True Gold released on June 2nd of 2019 and only has 52 reviews (good to know if you’re doing a challenge with a prompt of reading a book under xxx reviews) but even though it’s a small amount of reviews, it has an average rating of 4.30 stars. So that makes me excited. Small amount of people, yet they all seem to really enjoy it. This is one I don’t want to know much going into it. I have no idea where it takes place or the heroines name and I’m fine with that. This is one I want to allow myself to just get sucked into with no expectations or assumptions. I just want to see where the story takes me.
How To Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway:
How To Hack A Heartbreak is another on my list that I’m refusing to read the synopsis. I was kindly sent a review copy and plan to pick it up sooner rather than later with it’s release day being July 30th..*can you believe we’re almost to the end of July?* All I know is I adore the cover and have a strong feeling I’ll really enjoy the romance as well.
Relative Fortunes by Marlow Benn:
I have really grown to love a good mystery and have mostly played it safe with my cozy mysteries because I know that’s what I love. Relative Fortunes seems like it’s going to have that cozy vibe but possibly also take it a step further. Last year I read through Mary Stewart’s mysteries with a group of friends, so I’m hoping this book will give off the same kind of vibes I felt with Stewart’s works.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson:
I have been seeing such amazing reviews on Sorcery of Thorns. I have friends that don’t read much young adult or fantasy, who have read this book and adored it. I had to have a copy, so my husband went and snagged one for me after work and it totally made my day. I am totally in the mood for a kick ass heroine, a bit of other worldly vibes and I hear the main character is a reader, which of course is always cool.
Are you doing any reading challenges this summer? if so, let me know what you’re doing and what you’re reading for it. Have you read any from my list?
Until next time, take care of yourselves.
Married Mom of 3. Military girl. Reader. Falling in love with romance novels.