Office Goth's Summer Reading Challenge
When I was a kid, I lived for summer reading challenges. I grew up in a house with no cable, dial up internet and a giant screened-in porch. For me, summer was full of daytime trips to the library, visits to the bookstore after dinners out and hours upon hours reading outside.
I'm the type to read anything – cheesy, romantic, scary, sci-fi, mystery, young adult, classic. If it peaks my interest, I'll pick it up. If you recommend it to me, I'll dive in. If it's going to be a movie, I'll read it first.
I've been seeing lots of good reading recommendations for summer from other Baltimore blogs. Over at the Charm Collectiv, Brittany recommended. Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt and the other week 30th and Weldon listed their summer reading choices. I've definitely taken some of these suggestions and added them to the ever growing list of books beside my bed.
There are so many summer reading challenges for younger kids, but not as many for adults. Because of this, I decided to create my own summer reading challenge for the rest of the summer. If you're interested, join me!
Office Goth's 2016 Summer Reading Challenge
1. A Book That's Under 150 Pages – The Grownup, Gillian Flynn
Starting off the challenge, pick up a quick read. I chose The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. I was originally drawn to this book because of the cover design, but I'm also a fan of Flynn, the author of Gone Girl. The Grownup is a quick read, perfect for a lazy afternoon lunch break.
2. A Book Set in Your City – Hush, Hush, Laura Lippman
Hush, Hush is actually book number twelve in a series of mystery novels that take place in Baltimore City – other titles in the series include; Charm City, Butchers Hill and Baltimore Blues. The series focuses on a female detective in Baltimore – it's a great option for a beach read when you're out of the city.
3. A Book Being Made into a Movie – The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
Movies based on books can always cause heartbreak – mainly because of changes made for Hollywood reasons. I've had my eye on The Girl on the Train since I saw the first preview for the upcoming Emily Blunt film – I love a good thriller. The book comes out in paperback on July 12, 2016 – pick it up and read it before the film hits theaters.
4. A Classic You've Never Read – Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is probably one of my favorite authors of all time, but I'm embarrassed to say that I've never read Murder on the Orient Express. I've added it to my list of books to tackle this summer – because you can never go wrong with a classic murder mystery written by one of the greats.
5. A Non-Fiction Option – Strapless, Deborah Davis
Strapless was an option for my book club that sadly wasn't chosen – but it's been on my radar since it was introduced to me. As a former art history major, I've been meaning to read the story of the real Madame X, 23 year old Virginie Gautreau. If you think about it – non fiction books are the original podcasts. Pick a topic that interests you and dive in.
6. A Book Recommended by a Friend – Heart Shaped Box, Joe Hill
My friend Sarah just read Heart Shaped Box for a book club, and I've always loved Joe Hill – so with her recommendation, I added this to the list! Joe Hill, son of somewhat well known author, Stephen King, writes awesomely spooky stuff stories. His characters, his twists and his language are perfect for a summer read.
7. A Book with a Beautiful Cover - The Girls in the Garden, Lisa Jewell
I know you're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but when I saw The Girls in the Garden, I snagged it based off of it's gorgeous cover. Sometimes, you just need to splurge and pick something up. The Girls in the Garden is a perfect summer mystery, and it's the perfect addition to all those summer flat lay photos you'll be taking on vacation.
I hope I've encouraged you to pick at least one of these books up! If you read something on my list, let me know what you think. If you've got recommendations, shoot them my way. I'm always looking for a new book to add to the pile by my bed.