the summer reading challenge


Happy Tuesday, everyone! Need ideas for your summer reading list?

I feel like there are two kinds of readers: ones who have enormous to-be-read lists that just keep growing and ones who want to read more, but aren't flush with ideas on what exactly to pick up. Either way, this Young Sophisticate summer reading challenge might be the help you need!

I fall under the first category. I have waaay too many books on my to-be-read list that it actually sometimes makes it hard to pick from it. It seems like having a lot of things you want to read would make it easy, but having a list of just under 400 books is actually a bit out of hand. 

So, that's why I love reading challenges. I've never made my own until now! I've made a list of ten items to check off, so that means reading one book every week or so depending on how long your 'summer' is. 

Above, there's a little checklist graphic that you can either print out or pin to your Pinterest board. Below, you'll find a little overview of each category as well as some example book choices.

Let's get to the categories:

A book that was written the year you were born
In my case that's 1992...
1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (which happens to be one of my all-time favorites)
2. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
3. Black Dogs by Ian McEwan

A book by someone who is both not your gender nor your race
I'm a white female, so...
1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2. Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
3. Open City by Teju Cole

A book set in your state
My home state is Florida...
1. Florida by Lauren Groff
2. Villa Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach by Richard Rene Silvin
3. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

A Pulitzer prize winning book
Lots to choose from here...
1. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

A book more than 100 years old
Must be from a year before 1918...
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontê (1847, my all-time favorite book)
2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1860)
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871)

A book you own but never read
From my personal collection...
1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
2. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen

A book set in a country you would love to visit
The options are endless...
1. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Japan)
2. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki (Austria)
3. The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith (Scotland)

A book by someone you admire
This could be someone in your career field or just in general...
1. Beyond The Label by Maureen Chiquet
2. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
3. My Life So Far by Jane Fonda

A modern adaptation of a fairytale
There are more of these than you may think...
1. A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham
2. Boy, Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Snow White)
3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

A book that takes place during the summer
For those warm weather vibes...
1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury