Summer Reading Challenge Week #1 Check-In

From Left to Write Summer Reading Challenge

Wow! We’ve completed the first week of the Summer Reading Challenge for Adults! Make sure you check-in today to be eligible for prizes!

I’m thrilled that 55 of you joined the challenge to read 15 minutes a day. I’d love it if we could get 75 participates before the challenge is over.  It’s never too late join, so head over to the main challenge page to sign-up. Those who sign-up via the form are eligible for prizes you can only win via our challenge newsletter. (Make sure you read today’s newsletter!)

I love seeing the updates and Twitter and Instagram. I love that Jennifer at mamawolfe is reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker with her dog. Want your photo featured? Tag your post with #FL2WSummer!

So far, I’m doing pretty well with the challenge. I managed to finish two books this week:  The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller and Faking It by Elisa Lorello. I’m on a semi-vacation (visiting my parents in Louisiana) so both were perfect escape reads.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson audiobook

I also began the audiobook version of Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, narrated by the chef himself. Only 2 minutes, I was hooked! I’m curious if he had a ghost writer. The writing is surprisingly good. Not to knock Chef Marcus, since I’ve met him in person. But you never know with celebrity memoirs.

I’m still undecided for my next print/ebook read. I’m in the mood for a historical fiction or thriller. Any suggestions?

I know this challenge is for us grown-ups but if your kids feel left out, you can get free 3-month subscription to Epic! a book app for kids.

Ok, it’s your turn! I’d love to hear how you’re doing with the challenge. Have you been able to read for 15 minutes a day? What did you read? Leave a comment and let me know. If you wrote a review about a book you read for the #FL2WSummer Challenge, leave a link!

This week’s prizes are: an autographed copy of The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson and a copy of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.  Author Maddie Dawson generously donated a copy of her book for the challenge! Make sure you check out what books are currently on her night stand. We’ll have two winners, one for each book. Just use the Rafflecopter form to enter. (International winners may receive a comparable prize due to shipping costs.)
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About Thien-Kim

Thien-Kim is Editor of From Left to Write. She sneaks in her reading time late at night after her family is sound asleep. She also writes at I'm Not the Nanny.


  1. Since I was out of civilization for a week, I got to finish a book in that time which is rare for me these days! The Story of a Happy Marriage was my first experience with Ann Patchett and I think I have a new favorite author. Before I even finished the book, I knew I was going to want to re-read it. Besides it being a very good collection of essays about writing, they were fun to read! Next up is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. I received the book from Blogging for Books!

    • I haven’t read any of Patchett’s work in a while but I’ve read a couple of her earlier novels and enjoyed them immensely. You will LOVE Anthony Marra. It can be a tough read at times, but the characters just draw you in.

  2. I also read two books and am in the middle of a third. I went with a historical/ time travel romance theme and started off with That Summer by Lauren Willig. I really liked it and so I did some searching for something similar and discovered a series by Lisa Belcastro. The first book is called Shenandoah Nights and is about a teacher who goes on a sailboat as a field trip chaperone and ends up going back to 1775 and falling in love with the ship’s captain, who thinks she may be a spy. I am now in the midst of her second book, Shenandoah Crossings, which bring a few of the minor character to the forefront and tells a new story. Happy reading!!

  3. I finished a book for my book club this week – How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Now I’m choosing from the stack of books I won from you for my next book. Think it’s going to be You Had Me At Hello.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I’m reading Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by James Martin. Sometimes for me anyway, faith is what keeps me going!! Happy 4th !

  5. I finished one long historical fiction book and am well into the next one in the series – “The Ideal Bride.” I’ve also been sneaking in chapters of Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly when I have a chance. It isn’t my favorite, but it’s definitely light reading. YA and one that I think is best suited for the high school set. Definitely way over my 15 minutes a day 😉

  6. Robin Riley says:

    I am currently reading “Delicious!” by Ruth Reichl and I really like it so far.

  7. I’m reading THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY on my iPad and A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY (debut novel out next month) in galley for review. No audiobooks this week, but I’m planning to start a new one next Monday.

  8. I’m still reading Insurgent. Since we were camping for 4 days I was really only reading while waiting for Lily to fall asleep in the tent at night.

  9. I finished a book this week–to the neglect of my kids! I’m in the middle of three more…

  10. Hi! I am currently reading a few books…depending on my fancy. Right now I’m reading “Alice in Wonderland” for an online course about fantasy, fiction, and the human mind and culture; reading “The Bird Eater” by Ania Anbohm(?) as my go-to scary thriller; and at the beginning of “Inamorata” by Megan Chance as my current historical fiction.

  11. susan beamon says:

    I’ve been spending more than 15 minutes a day reading. Finished Turn the Ship Around last night. It’s a business book/memoir about leadership and spreading leadership around to others in the organization. I read it as part of 12 Books group on Goodreads. My TBR pile currently includes The City, the new Dean Koontz among others.

  12. I made it to chapter 15 of The Husband’s Secret. I didn’t love it at first but now I can’t put it down! I’m really enjoying it!

  13. Haven’t gotten a lot of reading in this week – not every day at least, since we’re packing to move and that takes up most of my time (not to mention, most of my books are packed). BUT, I’ve been re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, in preparation for reading the new book in the series (arriving to my mailbox on Saturday!) AND the new series on Starz. I did finish book 2, Dragonfly in Amber, earlier this week and started book 3, Voyager. And my son and I did some listening to a Sherlock Holmes audiobook, A Study in Scarlet.

  14. Beth C. says:

    I have been reading The Glass Sentence and am finding that I *really* like it. Next up with be either The Quick or The Care and Management of Lies :) It feels really good to get back in the habit of reading every day – I had fallen out of the habit and always found other things to do.

  15. Just finished “Angry Housewives” and loved it! I think I’m going to start “Beautiful Ruins” for an Italian adventure. I snagged a copy at Goodwill the other week!

  16. Melissa says:

    I was on vacation last week, and finished John Waters’ hilarious CARSICK during my first two days on the beach! If you appreciate Waters’ crazy humor, don’t miss it. I picked up a copy of Mary Kay Andrews’ SAVE THE DATE for my next summer read.

  17. I’ve been doing well so far. Days off work are the bigger challenge, but I’ve been good this weekend.

  18. Just finished 2 books Bittersweet (posted review) and In the After (need to post review). I have over 20 ARC’s I need to read since I keep adding ARC copies to my TBR pile this summer

  19. I finished Summer House with Swimming Pool and moved on to I Am Mary Sutter. I seem to be on a Civil War era kick, what with also reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival at the same time. LOL

  20. I’m late checking in but I am on a hot streak. Finished An Untamed State, The Farm and The Bees this week. All very different, all awesome!

  21. I finished The Weight of Blood. Loved it! Now have started Save Yourself

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