Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer of Something New Blogging Challenge Week 1: Reading

For those of you who also follow Southern Belle In Training are familiar with the six week long blogging challenge she, myself, and several other bloggers are doing this summer.  For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about I will give you the spark notes version. Every Friday myself and the other girls are each going to publish something new we did this week: ranging from a new book, a place we visited, a recipe we tried, etc.  The whole point is to encourage us to do something productive each week because we all know how quickly summer flies by.  For more details you can click here for the full description that was posted my Ms. ALK on Monday.

I have briefly mentioned this in a post earlier in June, but I thought that an appropriate topic to discuss for my first Summer of Something New post would be reading.  I never really enjoyed reading, but for some reason I have not been able to stop reading.  There are several reasons I think this is happening to me.  The first being that I can finally read books that I want to read, not something that is assigned to me.  This makes a huge difference because I am able to read at my own pace and not have to worry about extra work needing to be done while I read.  The second reason is that I am a Nanny this summer, and I need something to do while the children are playing on their own, watching TV, playing video games, etc.  Reading is the perfect thing to entertain me because I can still keep and eye on the children and reading always makes the time pass quicker when I am bored.   But don't get the wrong idea- I (unfortunately) don't get to read the whole day while the children entertain themselves. Although, that would be ideal that never happens.

At the start of the Summer, I created a 100 item Summer 2013 Bucket List.  I think doing this blogging challenge is certainly going to help motivate me accomplish some things and post about them from my list.  On this list I wrote that I wanted to read 5 books.  Well, in the past month I have read two.. and I am currently in the middle of my third book.

Books I have completed:
 This was the first book I completed this summer. I am a sucker for a good Nicholas Sparks book.  They are always just a good mindless read with a sappy story.

This was the second book I complete.  It was such a cute book. I highly reccomend it to any of you who are looking for a good summer read! I gave it to sQs to read once I was finished with it, and she has not been able to put it down since she started it.

Finally, the book that I am currently reading.  This one is much darker than the other two that I have read so far this summer.  It is much longer too.  It is definitely a touching emotional story.



  1. What a fun idea for week 1! I love reading, and it's something that I never have enough time to do sadly!

    xoxo Miss ALK

  2. I just went to a bookstore today, randomly! It got me in the mood for reading the books that I got at the library for the summer. These books all look great--can't wait to see what else you decide to read!

    xo, gina

  3. I love your summer list! Such a great idea. I'm an avid reader and love when others enjoy it too :) Nineteen Minutes is my second favorite from Jodi Piccoult

  4. I love reading, but I wasn't able to read as much as I wanted lately. Now it's summer and I have time, so happy :) enjoy your readings! :)