Summer Book Bingo Challenge (+ Books to Read This Summer)

Would you like some motivation to read more books this summer? Join the Summer Book Bingo Challenge! Download the printable summer book bingo game to get started and check out some of my book recommendations to add to your summer reading list!

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Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

Today we are kicking off the 2nd Annual Summer Reading Challenge for Adults. My friend Keri and I have teamed up for a summer reading program that is designed to help motivate you to read more this season!

Download the Summer Book Bingo card and you can win some prizes when you get a BINGO!

Summer is a great time to sit down with a book!  One of my favorite traditions to kick off summer is to head to the library with the kids and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Right now, our local library is closed. However, I was excited to see that they are hosting a virtual summer reading program for kids! My kids absolutely love this challenge. I love the program because my kids are motivated to read more during the summer.

However, summer reading challenges are not just for the KIDS! Join us for a Virtual Summer Reading Challenge for Adults! If you have a stack of books on your nightstand that you have been wanting to read, this challenge must just be your motivation to start reading them!

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Register for the Summer Book Bingo Challenge

Will you join us for the summer book bingo challenge?  This is a great opportunity to read more books and also, get some new book recommendations.

How to sign up:

  1. Download the Book Bingo Card HERE.
  2. Complete a BINGO row either up, down or diagonal.
  3. Contact Keri or I via Instagram (TAG us with #summerbookbingo) OR if you do not have Instagram, e-mail me at jaclyn@coffeepancakesanddreams.com include a picture of your BINGO card (honor system).
  4. Each time you get a BINGO, you will be entered into the drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.
  5. You can NOT count the same book for multiple categories. One book per square.
  6. The summer reading challenge ends on August 15th. So complete as many BINGOS as you can!

Every Tuesday, I will share the books I am currently reading along with suggestions from fellow readers! So, feel free to share what you are reading on Instagram (#summerbookbingo)


Books I Have Read in 2020

Are you looking for some new books to add to your reading list? Here is what I have read in 2020.

I know there are some of you are really avid readers. I am happy to finish 2-3 books per month! Hopefully, this summer, I will be able to read more than usual.

I received a subscription to the Book of the Month Club for Mother’s Day. It is a great way to be motivated to read more books. You pick out the books among a selection of curated options. You can purchase additional books to add to the monthly order. I added Daisy Jones and The Six to my order and it was only $9.99 which is cheaper than the list price on Amazon.

You can learn more about BOTM HERE (Referral Link)

1. Daisy Jones and The Six 

I just finished this book over the weekend and it was so good! The story is based on a fictional rock band in the 1970’s. It is written in an interview style with each member of the band and their family being interviewed.  You learn a lot about the rock culture of the 1070’s and this is definitely a This book is being produced by Reese Witherspoon into a mini series and I can not wait!

Daisy Jones and the Six is a perfect beach read and you can read it all in a few afternoons.

This book was chosen as the Book of the Year by readers of the Book of the Month Club.

2.The Orphans Tale

Books about WWII are definitely one of my favorite reading genres. Just when I think I have read all the different WWII stories, I find another one. Orphan’s Tale is a fictional story loosely based on some true stories of WWII. The author of Orphan’s Tale also wrote The  Lost Girls in Paris (which is another GREAT book).

It is a story about friendship, love and motherhood. The story has suspense and is not predictable. This is one of my top WWII books. I liked it because it was a easier read and it was not hard to follow along and keep track of the characters.

3.Open Book //Jessica Simpson

Another book I have read this year is Open Book! I loved watching Newlyweds with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. This autobiography by Jessica Simpson give you an honest understanding of her life including her marriage to Nick.

She has a very friendly writing voice and she gets very candid on the details of her highs and lows in her life. Jessica’s story is very inspiring even with some of the lows she has had in life. I gained a new appreciation for Jessica as a savvy business woman, mom and wife.

4. Educated

Besides Open Book, I read three other autobiographies this year. It is certainly a favorite genre of mine. Educated tells the childhood story of Tara Westover. She grew up in a very unconventional way with a survivalist dad who did not believe in schooling. It is a heartbreaking tale about a girl who does her best to survive a very difficult childhood.

This was a tough book to process and there are some really difficult scenes to read. But, Educated is one of those books that sticks with you and you think about long after you have read it.

5.Firefly Lane

Another read from 2020 is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. This is one of my favorite authors. (She also wrote the very popular book Nightingale). Firefly Lane is a story about friendship that spans from two girls as teenagers to when they are adults. It is a very sweet story and I thought the book does a great job illustrating some of the highs and lows of female relationships.

I will say the book is a little reminiscent of the movie Beaches as there is the friend who takes the traditional path in life and the friend that does not. I think this would make a great beach read this summer.

6.American Dirt

Perhaps my favorite book of the year so far is American Dirt. It is a gripping tale about a family that is trying to leave Mexico. While it is a fictional book, you can certainly see the many realities that refugees must navigate.

This was one of those books that I would sometimes have to put down because it got so intense! I strongly recommend adding this book to your reading list!

7.The Great Alone

I just mentioned that I like Kristin Hannah books and The Great Alone is another one of hers. This book came highly recommended and I know so many people who loved this book including my husband, family and friends.

But, personally, I will say it was not one of my favorite books so far this year. The Great Alone takes place in remote Alaska and tells the story of a family trying to survive in their new home. It was so fascinating to learn about life in Alaska!

However, personally, the book moved a little slow for me and it was hard keeping track of the characters and individual story lines. Again, most people I know have loved reading the Great Alone.

8.Etched in Sand

This autobiography was one of the first books I read this year. I read it in a matter of days (practically non-stop) because it was so good. Etched in Sand is a heartbreaking true story about siblings who try to survive a very sad upbringing.

There are parts of this book that are absolutely unbelievable and it makes you really think about foster children and kids with neglectful parents. This book is not light and it can be really tough to read. But, the story really draws you in.

9. Girl Unbroken

After I read Etched in Sand, I then read Girl Unbroken which was written by a sibling of the author Etched in Sand. It was good to get another perspective of this family’s story. This sister ended up with a bit of a different story because she was a younger child and she had some different experiences.

Girl Unbroken was another very sad and tough to read story. I recommended both of these books to a friend who immediately read the books and loved them too.

Those are the books I have read this year. Currently, I have a few lighter reads on my nightstand. I will share with you when I am finished reading them!

Do not forget to join the Summer Reading Challenge! We are so excited to get started and to have a reading community this summer!

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12 Comments

  1. May 27, 2020 / 7:18 am

    This is such a cute idea and I would definitely sign up if I thought I could get through it but I don’t…will definitely follow along and watch your progress! 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 28, 2020 / 7:26 am

      Aww no pressure! Hope you will follow along:)

  2. May 27, 2020 / 7:59 am

    The Great Alone was slow for me too. American Dirt was good but I had a hard time with all the controversy around it! I played your bingo card last year, will have to do it this year as well.

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 28, 2020 / 7:27 am

      okay glad I was not “alone” on the Great Alone..LOL!

  3. May 27, 2020 / 8:04 am

    This is such a great idea! I love to read too but I have been slacking so bad lately. I have had the same book in my nightstand for an embarrassingly long time. I might need to join you and Keri on this one so I can finally get myself reading again.

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 28, 2020 / 7:26 am

      I am hoping to read more this summer. Just sitting outside in the shade or right before bed. Hope you will join us!

  4. May 27, 2020 / 8:39 am

    I️ need to do this! I️ love reading but I️ just put it off and end up doing other things ever since having kids…it’s kind of sad how few books I️’ve read over the past 5 years! Haha

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 28, 2020 / 7:25 am

      I did not read at all when the kids were little!!

  5. May 27, 2020 / 9:37 am

    I really loved the Daisy Jones Book and I agree about Jessica Simpson’s book! It was better than I expected!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 28, 2020 / 7:25 am

      I was inspired by Simpson’s business empire–it is amazing how successful she has been with her clothing line.

  6. May 27, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    This is such a fun idea!!! Love it! And I will definitely be reading some of these books! I loved American Dirt, I finished it over a week ago and I keep thinking about it even though I’m into two other books now! So good!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 28, 2020 / 7:24 am

      American Dirt is one of those books that stays with you.

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