The Return of the Actually Pretty Doable Summer Reading Challenge

The Actually Pretty Doable Summer Reading Challenge was something I came up with in 2013 to make sure I read as much as possible. Then, in 2014, my wife and I had our first child and neither of us have read an entire book since. But now baby is nearly a year old, and mommy and daddy are ready to get their nerd on again. Thus: TAPDSRC is back.

From the 2013 description: this reading challenge is just tough enough to be interesting without being boring. All participants agree to attempt to read 10 books in 10 weeks.

Not so bad, right?

Here’s the Actually Pretty Doable part of the Challenge: of the 10 books you read, 1 book must be over 500 pages (also known as the Long Book), and 1 book must have been first published over 100 years ago (also known as the Old Book). These should NOT be the same book.

You may choose from any genre or form of literature that you please.

You can share your progress by joining the Goodreads or Facebook Group and following the instructions below.


Prior to the official start date of June 21, 2015, each participant must post their Official List on either the Goodreads or Facebook page.

As you complete your books you should post a note to whichever group you’ve joined (facebook or GR) and let us know what you thought. You are also encouraged to post updates as you go, but everyone is expected to leave a brief review after completing each book. And don’t be shy! If you like the sound of a book, ask some questions! If you’ve already read a title another member is attempting, feel free to geek out all over each other. You know: fun things.

Here are the rules:

  1. Read 10 books between June 21 and August 31, 2015.
  2. You must have one Long Book and one Old Book. Long Books must be +500 pages. Old Books must be +100 years old. These can NOT be the same book.
  3. Post your final 10 book choices before June 22, 2013.
  4. Leave a brief review of each book after you’ve completed it.
  5. Do it again next summer!

Don’t forget to keep us updated on twitter and Instagram with #10books10weeks



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