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Are you ready for summer? It’s time for a fun and rewarding adventure this summer after you and your little ones survived the end of the school year! If you love reading and want to discover new books, join the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge! I’m so excited to share this challenge with you, and I hope you will join me in exploring different genres and finding hidden gems.

A Bit About Me

Hi! I’m Emily Campbell, a full-time mom of two young kids and a reader extraordinaire. I built this blog to be a resource for readers wanting to know what is in their books. I’ve been disappointed so many times after picking up the latest and greatest on a book list after jumping in and realizing that the amount of language, graphic violence, or inappropriate sexual content did not fit my media standards. 

I love reading, but also very selective about what media I consume. Plenty of things in books out there do not need a permanent place in my mind. The Book Nanny is here to help you look inside your book. I break down the language, violence, and adult content so you can enjoy the reading process instead of getting an unpleasant surprise. 

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2023 Summer Reading Challenge

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The 2023 Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to enjoy reading on a different new level. You will improve your reading and thinking skills, expand your horizons and discover new things. Plus, reading is a great way to learn new words, facts, and ideas and see things from different perspectives as you choose books from different authors and genres. 

What do I do for the Summer Reading Challenge?

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The challenge is super simple: read any book that falls into one of the categories. You can choose any book you want, as long as it fits into one of the categories. Some books could count for more than one! If you need some recommendations, check out this group of blog posts where I list some of my favorite books for many genres.

What is the goal?

The goal of this challenge is to try something new and discover a book you wouldn’t typically pick up. Maybe you will find a new favorite author or trope. Or the books you choose will give you a different perspective on life. I hope you fall in love with a new world, character, and story. This challenge is to push you outside of your comfort zone so you feel something new, or deeper than you ever have, and have some fun along the way.

Summer Reading Challenge x2!

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But wait, there’s more! To spice things up, I also challenge you to try a new way to experience reading. Maybe you’ve never read a graphic novel, or you haven’t listened to an audiobook in a while, or you haven’t tried out an ebook. Why not try it? You might find that you enjoy experiencing a story in a different format from usual, or that some books work better in a particular format.

How do I sign up?

To participate in the challenge, sign up using the form below and start reading. Or you can sign up here! You can track your progress using the printable Bingo Board I’ve created. You can also share your thoughts and opinions on the books you read using the hashtag #BookNannySummerChallenge2023 on social media. I’ll be posting updates and reviews of what I’m reading throughout the summer on my blog and social media.

What if I don’t want to try something new?

Some of you may be saying, but Emily, I already tried those genres and I don’t like them. What is the point of forcing myself to read something I know I won’t like? 

Let me tell you a story. In my Young Adult Literature class at BYU, our reading assignment for the class looked similar to the summer reading challenge. We were given a long list of genres, and mediums to read. Plus, a list of authors where we had to read one of their books, but we got to choose which books to read. We could pick one book that met multiple requirements, but we had to complete all the requirements by the end of the semester. 

In that 15-week semester, I read 30 books for that particular class. There were books that I would have never picked in a million years. Others that I hated reading the entire time. There were others that I didn’t love but didn’t hate enough to stop reading, because they were strangely fascinating. Then there were some books that I fell in love with and still have on my bookshelf today. If you want a peek at that list, I have a whole shelf on Goodreads dedicated to that class.

Moral of the Story

I don’t tell you this story because I expect all of you to read 30 books this summer, get a blackout on bingo, or have this challenge completely revolutionize your view of literature. That Young Adult Literature class really taught me that the books that pushed me the most and I couldn’t make up my mind whether I liked or not, were the ones that made me think. Those books made me question how I viewed and thought about the world, and my place in it. They took me on adventures and put me in situations I never would have gone on my own. That is the kind of adventure I want each of you to experience this summer!

What to do next?

The first step is to sign up for the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge. Next, print out your bingo board and then start reading! As you complete your books, share your experiences on social media using the #BookNannySummerChallenge2023. If you are stumped on which book to pick up, here is a collection of blog posts full of my favorites.

Happy Reading!


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