When I was a kid, summer meant the end of school and the beginning of warm afternoons spent at the local branch library. While I kind of missed school (yeah, I was *that* kid), I loved the time I got to spend in the library, a converted house just a few blocks away.
I thought the librarian, Ms. Cook, had the best job ever and was thrilled when I was finally allowed to read books from the grown-up section. While some kids had to be forced to read, I wasn’t one of them. Rather than trying to get me to read, my parents were more likely to be telling me to “put down that book and go outside and play.” When I did go outside, I could often be found nestled up in the tree in the front yard – reading a book, of course.
One of my favorite parts of summer-at-the-library was the annual reading challenge. It was intended to be a way to encourage non-readers to read but I – being just the slightest bit competitive – loved seeing my reading log filled with gold stars as I read my way through book after book.
Those summer days spent in the library may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean an end to summer reading challenges.
Just the other day I saw a post in my newsfeed about the Ripped Bodice’s Summer Reading Bingo. Each of the 25 squares on the bingo-card has a different story criteria on it. Dragons, kilts, road trip, and cowboys are just a few of the possibilities. There may not be any gold stars involved, but it sounds like a way to add a little fun to the reading process and maybe provide a nudge to pick a new book or two that you might not have considered before.
For those who might want some book suggestions and/or those who want to participate with other readers, there is a discussion group on GoodReads.
I’m in! I’m going to go through my TBR pile and see how many of the criteria I can match. I’m certain I have a book featuring kilts somewhere in there.
So how about you? Are you up for a reading challenge?