(Note: I missed my Monday post this week. Whoops! My mistake!)
As we head into October, I am going to be trying to be a part of some reading challenges, which I have never done before! I’m kind of excited to get into this, but a little nervous that I’ll just be terrible at it and forget all about it, hehe. Oh, well. May as well give it a try, right? Now, let me tell you a little more about these challenges, and the books I have chosen to read for them.
Chantel- who is a homeschooler I’ve currently been watching a lot of videos from- has a Read Your Bookshelf Challenge, and for October, her challenge is to read a book with the word ‘secret’ in the title. This one was a little tough for me, because I had so many options, as I’ve told you before. Anyway, I finally went to one of those name-picker wheels online, and entered all my options, and Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden #1) by Julie Campbell won! I’m really glad this won, and I was able to get it on Libby, so I will probably be reading this around the start of October.
The other challenge I’m trying to do is going to be the You’ve Got Mail Read-A-Thon from Chantel, which is supposed to be a September-ish challenge, but I’ve decided that I’m going to push it more October-November, because the movie takes place anywhere in that time. So, I’m excited to be starting this challenge, and there are quite a few prompts, so let me take you through them real quick, and then I can talk about which books I’m going to be reading.
Read one of the Shoes books:
For this one, I just went with the basic classic, Ballet Shoes. This is definitely a nostalgic re-read for me, but I’m really kind of excited to just zone out to this beloved story again. I’ll probably fit it in when I need a ‘comfort read’. Yes, very excited for this one.
Read a book set in a bookshop or library:
This one’s a no-brainer for me, because I just borrowed The Last Bookshop in London from my library. I have heard terrific things about this one, and especially since we’ve been learning so much about WW2 with homeschooling lately, I can’t wait to read this one! Unfortunately, since I’m currently reading a WW2 fiction book, I’m thinking I should give myself a little time before reading this one, so I’ll probably fit in another book before moving onto that.
Read a Maud Hart Lovelace:
Okay, to be honest, the Betsy-Tacy books have never been my thing. I may try out one if I’m doing really well with this challenge, but the truth is, I may just be good. I don’t know why I didn’t love these, and maybe I will someday, but they just aren’t really my cup of tea. (Speaking of cups of tea, I should go brew one…) Alright, I’m back from starting up some water for my tea. Back to the books.
Read a Jane Austen:
I’ll probably just read through Pride and Prejudice again. Can you ever get enough of it?
Read a book that has letters:
This one was also an easy one for me, because I just purchased from Book Outlet Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green. I skimmed this one a few months ago, and it looked fun, so I decided to buy it, and I’m already pretty far into it, so I hope to finish this one soon. I am loving this book. I know I’ve said that before, but it’s really enjoyable. I love epistolary novels. Actually, that’s not true. I love the idea of epistolary novels, but this is like, basically the only one I’ve ever read. Okay, again, that’s not true. I read one when I was really young, and I did not like that one. 😡 Okay, moving back onto the subject at hand.
Read a romantic comedy:
Okay, this one was a little harder than me. I thought that maybe I’d read Meet Me In The Margins by Melissa Ferguson, but I didn’t love that one when I skimmed it. I don’t think that’s my cup of tea. (Ooh, now that my tea water is finished, I should go steep it!) Never fear, I’m back from pouring my tea water, realizing that the cup was dirty (sigh), and pouring a new cup. Anyway, I decided against giving Melissa Ferguson another chance this week, and I went with a book that I know my amazing friend Emma from Bookish Daughters of the King liked, which is P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. This one kind of has a You’ve Got Mail thing going on, so I’m excited to give it a try.
Read a Tom Hanks-ish book:
Oooooookay, this one is still giving me trouble. I thought I would have figured out what I was going to do before I released this post, but I actually haven’t. There are a couple of books that I know would fit into this category, but I have no idea about content, so I’m holding off. I have considered reading a book about a character that Tom Hanks portrayed… maybe just reading a Toy Story book to my little brother would count? I don’t know. I could read a Mister Rogers book, a Walt Disney book… there are a lot of options, but I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do. Any suggestions?
Alright, well, that sums up what I’m going to be reading for book challenges in October. I’ve also got a pretty lengthy stack of books that I’m just going to be trying to get to for no real specific purpose, but I’ll go into that later. Right now, I’m going to go ahead and drink my cup of Earl Grey tea. Do you have any book challenges that you’re currently attempting? Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations for books that would fit these categories? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. God bless you!