Monday, September 21, 2015

Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge Final Check In

Good morning everyone, hope you had a fabulous weekend.

This weekend I didn't do much, thankfully it meant I had extra time to read so that I would actually finish the challenge. The last two books I read were The Reader and You and I will be sharing my thoughts on those books in the next link up with Steph & Jana

Here's my full, finished list:

1. A YA book - Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi {review}
2. Non US Author Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty {review}
3. A book that was recommended by a blogger Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta {review}
4. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more - The Reader by Bernhard Schlink 
5. A book with a kickass female character - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein {review}
6. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) - Paper Towns by John Green {review}
7. A book written by a celebrity Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling {review}
8. A book with a one word title. Room by Emma Donoghue {review}
9. A suspenseful book You by Caroline Kepnes 
10. A book about Summer  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han {review}


Big thanks to Kay and Kari for being amazing co-hosts, not to mention my favourite group texting buddies. I hope you enjoyed participating in this challenge as much as we enjoyed hosting it. Thanks to everyone who participated, tweeted, instagrammed etc. It was a ton of fun and we loved following along. Here are some of the photos, in case you missed them.




A photo posted by tillthensmileoften (@tillthensmileoften) on




A photo posted by Emma Byers (@emmaafton) on




You will need to link up below if you'd like your name to be drawn from the goblet of fire for the wildcard prize. We shall notify the winner next week. If you are not a blogger or don't want to link up, you can complete the form here.



Can't wait for the next challenge! Speaking of, if you have any ideas for categories, we would love to hear them!

42 comments:

  1. You totally rocked that challenge girl! Glad you ladies had such a blast with it and can't wait to hear your next challenge!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. How fun!! I wish I would've found your blog earlier so I could participate! Definitely for your next challenge though!

    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  3. Woo hoo on completing the challenge girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. Thanks for hosting!!! Such a great challenge. I love that the wildcard winner will be drawn from the Goblet of Fire too ;) I'm off to check out everyone else's posts now!!

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  5. Ok I'm definitely joining in next time! I need something like this to keep me on track with my reading!

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  6. You go girl, great job reading and cohosting!

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  7. Yay! Love all these recommendations!

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  8. you ladies rocked it!! i read one book! but do audiobooks count? ;)

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  9. oooh fun! I finished! And I totally wrote this twice in my post... but THANK YOU for hosting. I was in a major rut, and I forgot how much reading makes life better. Sounds dumb, but it's so true, and I wouldn't be where I am right now (reading, making goals, having fun... ) without this challenge. :) I just got a few from your list on my Ipad from the library excited to read them! I love all of the pics from IG. I stopped checking the hashtag along the way, but it's awesome there were people using it! :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  10. Wow, you girls did a great job! I only read two books this summer which is so laughable. Trying to get better. You girls totally inspire me to read more.

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  11. Yay one challenge down! So happy to have co-hosted with you too. Loved the instagram-ness I should have posted some on my own!

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  12. Look at you rocking the challenge!!!! I am not sure that I completed it. I will have to sit down and look at what I actually did read and see if anymore books fit in the four spots I had left since the last update. Oops.!!!

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  13. What a super fun way to get to know people with common interests! Do you know of any yoga groups like this? Cause I'd join that in a quick second! And if you don't... You and I should think about creating one perhaps? Food for thought!

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  14. This is awesome! Can't wait for the next challenge you come up with... I can't wait until I am finished school and have more time to read books that aren't textbooks, and so I can get involved with reading challenges!

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  15. Love seeing all those instagram snaps. Ohhhhh I am so with Paige on her comment! I would be down for yoga groups like this!

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  16. This was such a fun challenge. Loved the categories and being able to get these books off my TBR list and finally read.

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  17. You rocked this gurlie as I knew you would! Loving all the pics of books with coffee or tea, one of my happy places! I'm in the middle of The Royal We right now, and can't put it down :)

    Green Fashionista

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  18. Way to go, girlfriend! You definitely killed this challenge. Thanks for sharing all the Instagram photos - it's nice to know so many people out there still love books!

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  19. Great success for hosting such an awesome challenge! I saw I Capture The Castle in one of the pictures up there---loooooove that book!

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  20. just picked up code name verity from the library!!!!

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  21. Sadly, I didn't complete all of my books BUT I really enjoyed the kick in the pants the challenge gave me to conquer my TBR list instead of just adding to it, LOL.

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  22. Thanks for such a fun challenge this summer! :)

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  23. I cannot believe you got through so many books in a summer!! Whenever I get some down time I'll have to check out these books a little more thoroughly.

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  24. I'm for sure doing the next challenge! I also got a lot of great book suggestions from this post :)

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  25. Looks like so much fun, looking forward to checking some of these books out!

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  26. Alright, well I am a reading club drop-out. I am still going to finish my books but definitely not anytime soon. Things are just too hectic around here right now. Thank you for hosting though. While I did not complete the challenge I did get back into reading thanks to you guys!

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  27. waiiit! When is the dicussion for the book of the month!?? I'm reading it right now but not sure if I will finish in time!?

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  28. I loved this challenge! If you guys host another, I'll definitely participate. :-)

    Thanks for sharing one of my Instagram pictures in this post as well!

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  29. Ahhhh. I'm so sad I found this on the LAST post. Of course I would miss this. Hopefully I'll see it in time to participate next time ;)

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  30. Loved the Instagram pictures! I didn't remember to post any or to look at them while the challenge was going on!

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  31. So I didn't finish :( but still linked up anyway! This was so much fun and hopefully for the next one I won't get such a late start / maybe I'll actually finish a reading challenge. Can't wait to see the categories! When will the next one begin?

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  32. Wooo, finished! This is the first book challenge with specific categories that I actually stuck to because I loved finding books in all these categories :) thanks for hosting! Hope there's another one soon!

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  33. Way to rock this challenge! Also, I love the little community this challenge created! Those Instagram posts are awesome!

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  34. I'm looking at all the lovely instagram posts, thinking to myself "I'm pretty sure I tagged an ig post or two with 'literary ladies'"...only to get to my mug at the end. Bahahahahaha!!!!!!!

    I saw the movie The Reader years ago (because I love Kate Winslet!). I'm interested in hearing if you think I need to read the book.

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  35. wow, nice work!! Those instagram posts are awesome. I really need to read more... boo to me!

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  37. It seems like "You" was very popular, I may have to add it to my TBR list! Loved this link up so much x

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  38. Looks like a great challenge, and you read a good selection of books. Maybe if I get my stuff together I'll be able to participate in the next one!

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  39. Yeah. . . I didn't finish. I vow to finish one challenge in my lifetime. Someday it will happen! I just get so distracted by all of the pretty books that I didn't include on my list.

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  40. How did you like The Reader? I read it a long time ago so don't remember too much about it but I know I didn't hate it.

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  41. I love how you added photos from IG in your post! That was such a lovely touch. Also, I really want to read You so I'm headed over to read your thoughts. Love, love, loved hosting this whole thing with you and cannot wait to do it again!! <33333

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