Summer Reading Challenge – for Adult Women! by Carlene Moore
Remember when you were a kid and summers were all yours? Remember playing outside until the dusk crept in and your parents called your dirty, sun-kissed body in for bed? Remember grabbing a Mickey Mouse dipped ice cream from the trucks that drove by, singing the tune of childhood? Remember joining the summer reading challenge at the local library and going home with armloads of books, each one getting you closer to a prize?
I was daydreaming about that last aspect of childhood as I popped into the library to pick up my current book the other day. Of course, as an adult, I read for enjoyment; it’s a reward to steal time away from “productive” tasks and use it to get lost in a book. But, whether I love something on its own merit or not, an incentive always makes things a bit more fun. Because of that, I’ve created a Summer Reading Challenge for adult women like us. Take a gander, then print it out, check off your accomplishments, and reward yourself accordingly!
- Every 50 pages that you read = 1 point
- Every book-on-tape that you complete = 5 points
- Every book club meeting that you attend = 1 point
- Ever book club meeting that you host = 2 points
- Every book-related speaking event you attend = 1 point
- Every book you read with your/a child = 0.5 points
- Every comment that you post on Shelf Pleasure = 0.5 points
- Every article that you submit to Shelf Pleasure = 2 points
- Every 10 points = a prize (see table below)
|Week||Mark points earned for THIS week||TOTAL points thus far in the challenge|
|10||Brighten up your favorite reading nook with flowers|
|20||Enjoy a quiet moment of indulgence over a glass of wine (or two!) and your favorite dessert|
|30||Treat yourself to a manicure and some nice hand lotion; flipping the pages will be that much more enjoyable|
|40||Reward yourself with a long walk, a favorite workout class or a quiet meditation|
|50||Take a break from reading to go out to the movies with someone special|
|60||Style some fabulous hair on that smart brain of yours by treating yourself to a blowout|
|70||Read the next segment of your book submerged in a bubble bath. Be sure to dim the lights and light scented candles|
|80||Buy yourself a book or a book related treat (bookends, a reading light, a bookmark, a bookshelf, etc.) that you’ve been coveting|
|90||Pick up some fun greeting cards and/or new stationary so you can put your literary prowess to other uses as well|
|100||Treat yourself to a facial, massage or other type of spa day; your eyes could use the rest. J|
|100+||Call in “sick” to life and read all day in a place of your choosing, be it a beach, a forest preserve, or a destination that you’ve been longing to go to. You’ve earned it!|
Wantrepreneur, wife, adventurer, blogger, wine drinker, avid traveler…in no particular order. Carlene Moore is a Midwestern brain with a California soul. Follow her on Twitter @CarleneEMoore and read her blog here.
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