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Fun Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

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This fun Summer reading challenge for adults urges you to join us and read three books this Summer (one per month): one set in Summer, one set at the beach, and a final one that feels like an escape.

This post gives you a list of recommendations for each prompt, and it also provides an Instagram story template for you to track and be accountable for your progress as you complete the adult Summer reading challenge.

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This Summer reading challenge for adults certainly isn’t the first — there are many Summer reading challenges out there!

But, I do think it’s the most simplified version for both novices to tackle a reasonable amount of reading during lazy, hazy days, and for the most avid readers to maintain a seasonal reading mood when so many new books are vying for their attention.

So, if last year, you struggled to get a few good reads in over the Summer or if you strayed too much from the spirit of the season, you can be much more content with your reading goals and accomplishments this Summer.

This adult reading challenge has three seasonal prompts to read just one book each month:

  • a book set in Summer in June;
  • a book set at the beach in July;
  • and an “escape” book in August.

Below are all the more specific details of the Summer reading challenge for adults, including answers to frequently asked questions, specific book recommendations, and ideas to make your Summer reading more fun.

Monthly Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

Can you do the Summer Reading Challenge online?

Yes, you can do this Summer reading challenge online simply by reading this post, creating your wish list of which book to read each month this Summer, and posting your book on Instagram each Summer month once you have read it.

Why is Summer reading important for adults?

Summer reading is important for adults because it allows you to take a breather from the stresses of real life at a time when you may already be planning for more days or weeks of relaxation.

It’s also important to encourage your children to accomplish their own Summer reading assignments by reading alongside with you as an accountability partner.

Lastly, reading provides so many life-changing benefits, from learning new things to reducing stress, improving your writing and communication skills, developing your empathy, and so much more.

June: A Book Set in Summer

In June, get started creating your own adult Summer reading list by reading a book set in Summer.

I have read as many as I possibly could over the years and keep my guide to books set in Summer updated for you each year, so you can have an many books as possible to choose from.

A few of my favorites include:

  • Last Summer at the Golden Hotel: Dirty Dancing meets The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Need I say more?!
  • Malibu Rising: from beloved author Taylor Jenkins Reid, a wealthy 1980s surfing family experiences one explosive Summer night at a house party that forever changes one family.
  • One Italian Summer: one of my favorite books of 2022, read by Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham in audiobook format, following a young woman coping with her mother’s death via magical realism on the sunny Positano coast.
  • The Summer Wives: from the queen of female historical fiction, Beatriz Williams, comes a beachy Rhode Island mystery with the feel of a soap opera, perfect for coastal grandmothers
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty: a dramatic teen series set at the beach, where the protagonist in involved in a love triangle as well as more complicated life events as she comes of age

July: A Book Set at the Beach

Summer reading for adults wouldn’t be complete without a book set at the beach. There’s no shortage of options out there, but a few great places for you to start finding the right book for you are:

There are many to choose from there, but I will recommend just one that made BOTH lists: Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand, a five-star read for me that transports the reader to a pivotal Summer including not just the family drama and romance Hilderbrand is know for, but also events like the moon landing and the drowning in Martha’s Vineyard connected to Ted Kennedy.

August: An Escape Book

In the final month of the Summer, I think it’s important for readers to truly feel an escape from the “real” world in whatever form feels right to them, before the Fall and things like back-to-school starts back up.

The types of books that can fit this prompt include:

Since this is such a broad prompt, I can recommend a few that both I and my readers love:

Summer Reading Challenge Ideas

How can I make Summer reading fun?

First, join the adult Summer reading challenge for adults, so you can create a book list that actually gets you excited about seasonal reading, track your accomplishments, and reach your goals more easily. Next, you can make Summer reading fun by reading outdoors, enjoying a cold beverage, listening to music, watching a book’s adaptation, and having book club events with your family and friends.

Instagram Story Template for the Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

Download the Instagram story template below and save it to your mobile device. Then, add the title of the book or image of the book cover you read each month for the prompt and share it in your Instagram stories.

(If you tag me @jules.literarylifestyle, I will re-share your post!)

Feel free to share the blank template with your friends as well, so they can read along with us too!

summer reading challenge instagram template

That’s the Summer reading challenge for adults!

Be sure to download your Instagram story template and mark your calendar with your wish list of “to be read” books while you have fun in the sun this Summertime.

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Thursday 12th of May 2022

I'm joining this! Here is the post at my blog:

Nancy Andres

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Will include a link to this delightful post in an upcoming blog post I'll publish in June. Warm regards, Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health.

Jules Buono

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

Thanks so much, and thanks for letting me know! I will keep an eye out for it.


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