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J. J.'s Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

I have created a 10 book reading challenge for this summer. If you want to join me in it, connect with me on social media and commit in the comments below! I’m super excited, and to hear more about what this challenge entails, you can watch this video I made about it as well:

I have a few books I’m planning on reading for this challenge, so first I’ll list the challenge and then which book I plan on reading for it.


1. A book you acquired a long time ago and never read

2. A book of poetry

3. A book with a red cover

4. A book with a blue cover

5. A book published before you were born

6. A book published this year

7. A classic you’ve never read before

8. A book you learned of because of a movie or TV show

9. A book published in the last 5 years

10. A book recommended by a friend


1. Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

2. Wild Embers by Nikita Gill

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

4. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

6. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

7. Paradise Lost by John Milton

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9. The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler Birch

10. When Planets Fall by Abby J. Reed

And lastly, in the video I promised a list of books you could read if you can’t think of any to fit the challenge. (Some books reappear since they fit in multiple categories.) Here we go:

Books I learned of because of movies or TV:


The Princess Bride

Ready Player One

The Darkest Minds

Harry Potter

Lord of the Rings

Percy Jackson (Lighting Thief)

The Maze Runner

The Giver

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The City of Ember


Spirits in Bondage - C. S. Lewis

Newspaper Blackout - Austin Kleon

Wild Embers - Nikita Gill

The Art of Drowning - Billy Collins

Books published in 2018:

Aru Shah and the End of Time - Roshani Chokshi

The Burning Maze - Rick Riordan

Death Notice - Zhou Haohui

Need to Know - Karen Cleveland

Space Opera - Catherine M. Valente (coming in October 2018)

Books published in the last five years: 2013-2017

The Facefaker's Game - Chandler J. Birch 2016

Never Fade - Alexandra Bracken 2013

In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken 2014

Red Covers:

The Casual Vacancy - J. K. Rowling 2012

Sinner - Sharon Carter Rogers

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Blue Covers:

Never Fade - Alexandra Bracken

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix - J. K. Rowling

The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway

The Death Cure - James Dashner

Mockingjay - Suzanne Colilns

Revived - Cat Patrick

The Facefaker's Game - Chandler Birch

Friend Recommendations:

Sinner - Sharon Carter Rogers 2007

Drift - Sharon Carter Rogers 2010

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth - Lynne Rae Perkins 2010

The Facefaker's Game

I am the Messenger - Markus Zusak

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart 2007

Before you were born: (for me, 1998)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1979

The Art of Drowning - Billy Collins 1995


J. J. Hanna is attending Taylor University for a degree in Professional Writing. She has published multiple devotions and book reviews and draws comics about a stork named Lenard.


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