August Reading Challenge: Hit the Books in the Best Way

Hit the books in the best way by joining our August Reading Challenge. Each week, we have a different topic and some book suggestions just for you!

Every year, I’m dying for summer to arrive. The sun is shining, the kids are home, and the weather is warm.

Then August rolls around, and I can’t wait for summer to be over. The sun is shining until late in the evening so the kids don’t want to go to sleep. The kids are home all of the time. And the weather isn’t warm; it’s blazing hot.

So don’t mind me while I hide inside my air-conditioned house reading a book. Summer was fun while it lasted, but I’m ready to tackle the next four categories of the August Reading Challenge, part of our 2019 Reading Challenge to read a book a week this year.

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August Reading Challenge

1. Celebrity Book Club Pick

Although we are having a blast running our Pingel Sisters book club, our following pales in comparison to some celebrity book clubs. While I don’t think a celebrity is necessarily better qualified to choose a book for discussion, their reach can be amazing. And who doesn’t love reading books with thousands of others?

To kick off the August reading challenge, opt for a book endorsed by a celebrity. Whether that be a title chosen by Oprah Winfrey or Reese Witherspoon’s latest pick for Hello Sunshine, try out one of their favorite selections and see how you like it.

And if you want to consider our book club a celebrity book club, we won’t object. In fact, our August book club pick is Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Book Suggestions

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Book cover for The Power by Naomi Alderman
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


2. Book You Read in High School

Back to school season is upon us. This week, harken back to your own school days and read a book you read in high school … or one that you should have read. Certainly those classics you assigned in English class count, but you could also include any book you loved when you were a teen.

Book Suggestions

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Call of the Wild by Jack London


3. Personal Finance or Business Book

Education is not just for students. For the August Reading Challenge, learn something new by picking up a personal finance or business book, your choice.

Personally, I would recommend reading a personal finance. Understanding how to manage your money is a life skill everyone needs to learn. You’ll never regret learning how to get out of debt, keep a budget, or save for retirement.

If you already have your finances in order, or just aren’t interested, then you could choose a business book instead. Get tips on how to be a better manager or learn something new about a different industry.

Regardless of what you choose, be sure to take what you read and apply it to your own life.

Book Suggestions

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Book cover for Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull
Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin


4. An Autobiography or Memoir

How well can you really know a person? You can see them on tv, read about them in the papers or even live next door to them, but without really understanding their life story, you can’t honestly say you know them.

That’s why memoirs are so fascinating. You take an interesting person and get to know them on a deeper level. Through their writing, you get to understand not just about their past, but, more importantly about how they feel about their past. You still won’t know the entire person, but you’ll definitely have a different take on them.

Book Suggestions

Educated by Tara Westover
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell


What books will you choose for the August Reading Challenge?

August Reading Challenge 2019 // Read a book a week this year by starting with these categories for your August Reading Challenge

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  • Reply Terra W August 1, 2019 at 9:36 am

    1. Celebrity Book Club pick -> “Next Year In Havana” by Chanel Cleeton – I went to Cuba a couple years ago – so it’s bringing me back 😀
    2. Book Read In High School -> “Heart Of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. I don’t know if this book was from High School or first College year?? but I have already read this for this weeks challenge – and none of it seemed familiar at all (so maybe I was supposed to read it – but didn’t hahaha)
    3. Business/personal Finance -> “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell (half done and really enjoying it!!)
    4. Autobiography/Memoir -> “The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes” by Dawn Schiller
    (due to contentt I wonder if I am going to have a hard time reading this one)

  • Reply Dana August 1, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    “Your Money or Your Life” is life-changing. I’ve read it several times and I take something new from it each time. I also loved “Becoming” – I read it in two days right after it came out.

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels August 2, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I just read Ender’s Game this year for the first time! I was completely swept away and did not see the twist at the end coming!

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