June Reading Challenge: Start Summer Off with a Book


Start summer off right by joining our June Reading Challenge. Each week, we have a different topic and some book suggestions just for you!

All this week, I’ve had the Alice Cooper song stuck in my head. “School’s out for summer.” Well, actually only that particular line because that’s all I know.

My oldest son switched school last year, so instead of riding the bus to and from school, I have to drive him. Plus, this past year my daughter went to half-day kindergarten, meaning I’m the lucky mom driving to school 3 times a day. Without carpool duties, I feel like I have so much more time to block into my schedule for the June Reading Challenge.

If you are new to the blog, this year we’ve challenged our readers to read a book a week with us. You can find all 52 categories of the 2019 Reading Challenge in the full list. To help you out, we’ve broken it down to more manageable monthly chunks. Here are the four categories up this month for the June Reading Challenge.

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June Reading Challenge

1. A Classic You Haven’t Read

Summer is here. School is out. So why ever would you choose a classic book to kick off the June Reading Challenge?

We know it might sound counterintuitive, but summer can be the perfect time to dive into a classic. While classics can seem like they are forced upon you during the school year, in the summer you can read them just for you. And you might be surprised that some classics are actually fun to read.

Go ahead. Start your summer reading with a new classic. Then feel free to let yourself fall into some lighter summer reads.

Related: 43 Short Classics You Actually Have Time to Read

Book Suggestions

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Yearling by Marjorie K. Rawlings


2. A Book That Will Keep You Up All Night

The clock strikes midnight. You’ve already stayed up later than you meant to. You have a full day scheduled tomorrow. So what do you do – keep reading your book or set it aside for the night?

Sometimes that question is settled by how many pages you have left. Other times, you could have a solid 150 pages left and just keep reading. Some books are just that good.

This week, read a book that keep you up all night – either because it’s too good to put down or you’re too scared to go to sleep. Since this can be hard to choose, be sure to ask friends for advice. Or just read on of our suggestions of books you can’t put down.

Book Suggestions

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Book cover for Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


3. 2018 Bestseller

Although there are plenty of overrated bestsellers out there, in general many bestsellers are worth the hype. This week for the June reading challenge, pick up one of the best books of 2018 and see for yourself what you think. You could choose one from the New York Times bestselling list, a Goodreads Choice Awards winner or even Amazon’s bestselling list. Decide if you think it’s worth the hype, and be sure to let us know what you think.

Book Suggestions

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Educated by Tara Westover
There There by Tommy Orange


4. A Book About Science

Just because you aren’t in school anymore doesn’t mean you should give up learning new things. This month, challenge yourself to read a nonfiction book about science.

And no, you don’t have to go out and read Darwin’s The Origin of Species or Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. In the last several years, scores of down-to-earth science books have been published to explain technical fields to the everyday person.

Don’t feel like you need to stick to physics or biology. Psychology, sociology, paleontology, and archaeology are just a few of the interesting fields you could read about. The sky’s the limit, go out and learn something new.

Book Suggestions

Book cover for The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson


What books will you choose for the June Reading Challenge?

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  • Reply Terra W June 3, 2019 at 10:14 am

    1. A Classic I have never read – “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald
    2. A Book that will keep you up all night – “All the Light We Cannot see” by Anthony Doerr … Heard this was a page turner – so I will give it a shot!!
    3. 2018 Bestseller – “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck” by Mark Manson
    4. Non Fiction Book about Science – “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg

    • Reply Rachael June 6, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Love love love All the Light We Cannot See! I’ve got The Power of Habit on my TBR, so would love to hear what you think.

      • Reply Terra W June 6, 2019 at 11:17 pm

        Oh good! That’s good to hear! I’m looking forward to it (All the light) … as For the Power of Habit – I’m a horrible reviewer … I have read it already / I found a couple parts being scientific and kinda boring / but overall it made so much sense and I really liked it!! I am keeping it as part of my library!

  • Reply Sarah H June 11, 2019 at 4:14 am

    I’m thinking:
    1. A Classic I have never read – “Selected Poems” by T.S. Eliot (I also have “The Stranger” by Albert Camus on my pile for this month)
    2. A Book that will keep you up all night – “The Killing” by David Hewson (already finished and LOVED IT!)
    3. 2018 Bestseller – I’ve read “Any Ordinary Day” by Leigh Sales, “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris, “Milkman” by Anna Burns and “Normal People” by Sally Rooney already this year – any of those would fit this prompt (I’m not necessarily reading the prompts in order).
    4. Non Fiction Book about Science – I’m planning to read “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson.
    I also own copies of both All the Light we Cannot See and The Power of Habit, but haven’t yet gotten around to reading either…

    • Reply Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins July 3, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      Love your picks Sarah! Hope A Short History Of Nearly Everything was as wonderful for you as it was for me, I really enjoyed Bryson’s folksy fun approach. And every single one of the 2018 best-sellers you listed is on my TBR – I’m especially excited for Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales, she’s fantastic! Happy reading!

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