#VASRP Round Up

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Well, my fellow bookworms. The #VASRP is officially over tomorrow. I cannot believe how fast this summer has come and gone. The entire time I’ve been waiting for school to start, because that’s “the end of summer” for me. Also, I love my son incredibly so . . . school needs to start soon, though. Even he’s getting anxious and bored, waiting for the routine of school.


For #VASRP, I’ve read and finished the following books:

That puts me in the Fishing Jig group, which is 11-16 books read. Not too bad, if I do say so myself. I didn’t really set a personal goal for myself. I was just reading to be reading, and having fun along the way.

I actually loved this program and I really hope it’s going to be an annual thing!  πŸ™‚ I met some really awesome people during the chats and it was a fun program to be involved with!


How many books have you read this summer? Any book that you read that you absolutely loved and can’t stop gushing over?

#VASRP: Mini Challenge #6

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You guys! The Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program (#VASRP) is such an amazing summer reading program. I’ve been doing it since it started, and it’s fun and easy. There’s no stress involved in trying to meet a goal because the ultimate goal is just to have fun and enjoy yourself.

The mini challenge for week #6 is going up a little early this week, since there’s going to be a huge buzz in the book community about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and spoilers are trying to be avoided, and sometimes that can be very difficult to do. Especially in the book community!


Here we are – mid-way through our summer reading. It’s time to check in. How many books have you read for this challenge so far? How does it compare to your goal?

Since the beginning of summer (June 20), I’ve managed to read and finish the following books:

I started to read Crave the Night by Lara Adrian, however I was unable to really get into it so it was marked as DNF.

This is pretty right on track for me as far as my reading pace. I can usually read 5-6 books a month, depending on its length and whether I’m really into it or not. As far as my overall goal – I never set a goal for myself for the challenge, really. I just wanted to read as I normally did, and just apply it to the challenge. That way I didn’t overwhelm myself or get anxious for not making the goal that I set for myself.

#VASRP: Mini Challenge #2

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This is an amazingly fun summer program! I’ve been involved since the beginning with helping to promote as much as possible – although I’ve been a little busy this summer – so naturally I joined the fun, too.

The Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program is in its second week and that means there’s another challenge! This week’s challenge is all about the library! If you’re like me and don’t visit the library – that’s okay! Talk about your favorite indie bookstore or where you get your books.

If you haven’t joined yet, sign ups for the #VASRP are still open. You can view the full details for the 2nd challenge on the Read. Sleep. Repeat. blog.


Now, for my response to the 2nd mini challenge!

Show us your library card and/or your library!Β – I don’t have a library card – although I’ve been considering getting one for myself and my son, but I’ve never gotten around to it since my son is a repetitive reader and has tons of books at home that he still prefers and me . . . lord knows I have way too many books on my to be read list to be adding more to it.

Google isn’t giving adequate images for our library and it’s on the opposite side of town for me to easily go and take pictures. It’s a very old building in what’s considered the “historic” part of town (or “downtown,” if you will) so it has seen its better days. However, I can say that one very impressive thing that I love about our library is that over the years they’ve painted the sides of the building with colorful popular book titles: Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, etc.

How often do you go to the library? – Oh my! I’ll be 100% honest . . . I haven’t been to my local library in years. I was there recently to drop off some boxes of books I was donating, but before that I hadn’t been since I was at least 10 years old. It hasn’t changed much since I’ve been there last, though.

What resources are available at your library? – My local library has one program that I’m passionate about and that’s the entrepreneur center. It’s only the basement of the library, but it’s a wonderful part of the library that helps entrepreneurs that are starting up local businesses. There’s also a teens loungeΒ for teens, and there are three other branches of the library at various locations but they don’t have the full library experience – you can request books (if you know the ISBN, title, author, etc.) and use wi-fi, but that’s it.

If you don’t go to tbe library, where do you get your books? – Usually, I get most of my books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. From time to time, I’ll go over to the book section in Walmart or Target and see what looks good. I started entering some giveaways and doing some trades (or pay for shipping “giveaways”). For now, most of my new books are coming from my subscription boxes: Uppercase and The Book Drop.

#VASRP: Mini Challenge #1

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The Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program has kicked off and been going on for a week (June 21 – the start of summer). How many books have you read this summer?

I’ve had a crazy busy summer so far – with my son being out of school, and all last week having to babysit another little boy. I’ve only finished one book so far,Β  😦

The whole point of the #VASRP, though, is to have fun, and to make things fun and interesting – this week kicks off the first mini challenge! You can view the full details on the He Said Books or Me blog.


Now, for my response to the mini challenge!

Who are you and do you have a blog, if so – what is your blog? – I’m Brittany and I obviously blog right here at Ginger Night Owl. You can find me on Twitter, too – @brittany_reads,Β  πŸ˜€

What are the reading goals you are setting for the summer? – My summer reading goals for the summer are to read most – if not all – of the summer themed books I have, then I want to read at least one series. I would love to read Harry Potter in July, but we’ll see.

Did you participate in a summer program as a child? What made it memorable for you? – I know I’ve done summer reading programs as a kid, because I have certificate and ribbons for it. However, I don’t really remember doing it.

What is something interesting about yourself? – My eyelashes point downward (kind of like a camel’s) and are impossible to curl, so I trim my eyelashes.

Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program (#VASRP).

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My five year old was “invited” to do a summer reading program at the local library. You know the ones – you read books throughout the summer, with levels based on how many you read. Then prizes are given to those who finish the program, with other little prizes for each level.

I never did sign my son up, because I didn’t think he’d take it seriously. Although it did get me thinking . . . why isn’t there any summer reading programs for adults? With prizes and goodies? Then I was talking to Valerie at He Said Books or Me about the possibility of a summer reading program.

That’s when the Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program was born. I did not help put together this program, but I am all about promoting and getting the word out about its awesome-ness!


Between June 20 (the first day of summer, woo-hoo!) and September 5, the #VASRP encourages you to read as many books as you can. These can be books that you’ve had on your TBR list, or there’s a few lists put together for inspiration. The most important thing is to have fun!

There will be weekly mini challenges and monthly Twitter chats . . . all with prizes that are courtesy of some amazing publishers.

For more information – including the theme, levels, and inspiration lists . . . visit Octavia at Read Sleep Repeat or Valerie at He Said Books or Me. Octavia and Valerie put together an amazing program and encourage all to participate!