BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015



You know summer is just around the corner when the summer reading challenges start popping up.

BookSparks is hosting their 5th annual summer reading challenge and this will be my second time I have taken part. Have you done this summer reading challenge before?

The theme this year as you can see is travel, vintage style and its being hosted by Jane Green. It begun on May 4th so I am a little late in getting this up and it will wrap up Labour Day weekend.

I am trying not to think that far ahead because it seems like here in Canada especially Montreal that we really only have two seasons and that’s winter and summer. Up until about two weeks ago we were still wearing heavier jackets and then it was hot and we were into the summer stuff.

This summer BookSparks picked out 17 of the hottest books to read and I plan on reading 15 of them. The two that I don’t read I will be doing book spot lights on them. Be sure to come back every Friday starting May 22nd to see what I am reading this summer.

The first book on the agenda is:


Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pub Date: March 31, 2015

Thirty years after her death, Alice Eve Cohen’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs a harrowing surgery, her eldest daughter decides to reunite with her birth mother, and Alice herself receives a daunting diagnosis. As it turns out, it’s entirely possible for the people we’ve lost to come back to us when we need them the most.

Although letting her mother back into her life is not an easy thing, Alice approaches it with humor, intelligence, and honesty. What she learns is that she must revisit her childhood and allow herself to be a daughter once more in order to take care of her own girls. Understanding and forgiving her mother’s parenting transgressions leads her to accept her own and to realize that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good mother.

SYNC Summer Listening 2015 Week 1


I just happened to notice the email from SYNC Audio Books announcing the summer listening challenge in my inbox and I thought I would share this with you and remind you to take part.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook (2 titles avilable weekly) program available for young adults and really anyone who enjoys audiobooks. It runs from May 7th and goes until August 2015. (14 weeks)

SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads — a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title — each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer.

You can go to this link to find out more about the audiobooks and download them.

This week’s picks are: (May 7th to 14th) [You should note that you are only able to download them within this time period.]

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Read by Kevin T. Collins   with Eve Bianco
Published by Hachette Audio

Ethan Wate is haunted by dreams of a girl he’s never met. When Lena Duchannes moves into his small southern town of Gatlin County, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. And he is determined to uncover the strange connection between them, even if it means uncovering the one secret that could change everything.

“Narrator Kevin Collins is eminently likable as Ethan Wate, a teenager trying to navigate the loss of his mom and emotional distance of his dad, the intriguing new girl at school, and the increasingly mysterious goings-on in his small Southern town.” – AudioFile Magazine

REBECCA By Daphne du Maurier
Read by Anna Massey
Published by Hachette Audio

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century. “Anna Massey, an experienced British actress, reads smoothly, capturing the innocence and passion of the young narrator.” – AudioFile Magazine Thank you to Hachette Audio for generously providing this week’s titles »