#KillYourTBR2016: June’s Reading Challenge

#KillYourTBR2016: June’s Reading Challenge


2016 is flying by, and our TBR piles and shelves are looking smaller than ever! Before we get to June’s challenge, let’s recap how May’s reading challenge went for our editors. May’s challenge was to read the classics.

Kelly’s May Challenge

This might have been my favorite challenge yet because I ticked two big books off of my list: Persepolis (incredibly moving) and The Glass Castle (blew me away). A friend asked if I’d read The Bell Jar with her, so we’ll be starting that this week!

Elizabeth’s May Challenge

I am making my way through The Executioner’s Song bit by bit, but I have to admit that I didn’t pick up either of the two books I was shooting for (I read a book about Hurricane Sandy instead). Fingers crossed that June will be better!

June’s challenge is to read the adaptations. Book to movie, movie to book, book to television—doesn’t matter. We think it’s so cool to compare different versions of the same story, and we’re sure you’ll agree! Bring on the adaptations!

Here are the books our editors are picking up.

Kelly’s June Goals

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

We named this as a must-have spring book, and I’ve been meaning to pick it up ever since it hit shelves in March (and not just because the cover is absolutely stunning). It’s a story inspired by—or for the purposes of our challenge, adapted from—William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Lacombe Lucien

This is the screenplay of the award-winning 1974 film. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a script, and this seems like a good one (it was nominated for a BAFTA for best screenplay). I haven’t seen the film it was turned into, but perhaps I will after I finish reading.

Stars Above

Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series is adapted from some of my favorite fairy tales. I read the entire series last year, but haven’t had the time to pick up this collection of short stories set in the same universe and featuring those same characters (Red Riding Hood as Scarlet, Cinderella as Cinder, Rapunzel as Cress, and Snow White as Winter). This month seems like the perfect time to dive back into that world.

Elizabeth’s June Goals

The Hours

I have already read (and loved) The Hours, but have been meaning to revisit it and watch the movie for the first time.

Angela’s Ashes

Ok, guys. I said I wanted to read this book last month. I still want to read it. Luckily for me, it’s also a movie which means it qualifies for this month’s challenge!

Into the Wild

I am a huge fan of Jon Krakauer, and can’t believe I haven’t read this book or seen the movie. Time to fix that!

Elizabeth Rowe
Elizabeth is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in Nonfiction Writing. She is based in San Francisco and can frequently be found at Philz with her nose in a book. Her current obsession is the My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and she thoroughly embarrassed herself when she met him shortly after the release of volume four (and she has the photos to prove it).


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