Friday 12 July 2013

Summer Reading (Challenge)

Some of you may be aware that tomorrow marks the beginning of this year's Summer Reading Challenge. If you're not, here's a brief explanation: the SRC is for kids aged 4-11 and runs until the 7th September. This year's theme in Creepy House and for every book the kid reads, they get a sticker to put on a Creepy House poster. At 4, the kid gets a glow in the dark bracelet and when they finish 6, they get a certificate. For more detailed information, check out their website here

Anyway, I'm volunteering at my local library again this year, which proves to be really fun. It was great last year, listening to all these kids get excited about reading their books and putting the next sticker on their poster, so I'm really looking forward to it this year, as we have a much better theme! 

The purpose of the SRC is to get children to keep reading over the summer, give them some incentive to pick up books outside of school and hopefully spark a love for books there or at least help their brain's ticking over the summer! So they read 6 books, as already mentioned. And I was thinking, obviously I'm going to read more than 6 books over two months but which 6 books do I have to read this summer? 

So I have compiled a list of "The Six Books I Must Read This Summer":

Shipwrecked by Siobhan Curham (Goodreads)
This hasn't been on my shelf that long but I really cannot wait to read it. I love Siobhan's writing and this does sound like a great book to kick off summer with!

Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse (Goodreads)
I bought this a couple of months ago and although I love CJ's writing, and loved Rockoholic, I just haven't got round to it yet. But as I met her a few weeks back I've been itching to start it. Frankenstein science and teenage girls, what could be better?

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (Goodreads)
Had this on my wishlist for ages and I won a signed, US hardback copy! Dream come true. 

Paper Towns by John Green (Goodreads)
Bought this along with Dead Romantic. This is one of the last John Green book's I have still to read (also have Will Grayson, Will Grayson if you're interested) and I'm looking forward to this one, heard so many great things. 

Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver (Goodreads) 
Obviously not a book (duh!) but the series of four books have been on my shelves since November and it's been a while since I read a proper urban-fantasy series and I'm aching for a good one! 

Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne (Goodreads)
So, I might have had this sat on my shelves since last summer... awkward. I know every one of my blogger friend's rave about this but honestly, I'm a little scared to read it because it is nothing like my normal read. But I am making myself read it soon because I know it's really good and I have to read it!

There you have it, my summer reading. Of course there will be more but these are the one's that I'm putting ahead of the others, the one's I want to get off my TBR shelves and read because they look awesome!

Any particular books you want to read this summer? A new one that sounds perfect for the summer months, or one you've had for ages and will now have the time to read? 


  1. I think all of these except one are on my TBR list too! I love the cover of Unspoken, its just gorgeous. I bought Paper Towns today, so fingers crossed we both enjoy it! I'm looking forward to reading Geekhood 2 and I picked up Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer last week :)

  2. Great list! I have Dead Romantic and Heart Shaped Bruise to read also, I'm a little nervous about both of them as I've heard so many good things. I hope you love Paper Towns and I NEED to pick up Shipwrecked as it sounds like a perfect book for the summer.
    Hope you enjoy your summer reads!