Venture Forth | Summer Reading

2020VentureForth400Approaching Summer and reminiscing about the past, friend, and one of our favorite book bloggers Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings created something wonderful:

“I created my own Summer Reading program: Venture Forth. The name is a play on the idea that we are being allowed to venture forth into certain businesses and venues once again, and that reading always allows everyone to Venture Forth on an adventure.”

“This isn’t a challenge or event like I’ve hosted in the past. It is simply something that I want to do and want to share with you. If you desire to recapture a bit of that childhood summer experience, please feel free to be a part of this.”

It’s a low-key sort of Summer Reading. Here are the non-rules:

“There are no rules. No number of books to read. No prizes outside of the great pleasure of reading. As part of the fun I did make a list of prompts that I will check off if I end up doing them, but the only thing motivating factor of my reading is finishing a book, and then going and pulling the next read off the shelves that calls out to me.”

If you do decide to Venture Forth, use the #VentureForth2020. You can also find Carl V on IG @steel_droppings and remember that I am @th3lostgirl

Carl shares the prompts he will be working with. I’m going to try something a little more abstract. I like that idea behind the program’s title, so my list will focus on books that are:

adventure stories

involve a setting, language, time, body, or life experience different from my own

or it may have an aspirational component.

A more conventional list may read:

an adventure book nf or fic

into the wilds | into a mystery | into outer space | into another realm

book with a foreign setting


historical fiction or future timeline

author of a different time (maybe even long since deceased)

an author or mc of color

a non-cis het female author or mc

an author or mc of a different age group or ability or socio-economic status

an mc who group up in a different family dynamic

a memoir ; self-help


A list that could be broken down into parts.


I will return here to list the books & describe how they fit the prompt, how they help me venture forth from my humble abode into a Summer’s worth of reading. (will link reviews as I create them)

05/25:  MG; Asian MC & Author.  Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim (Kokila, 2020). 

05/29: YA; Asian & Black MCs, Asian Author; LGBTQIA+; Sea-faring/Pirate Adventure. The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Candlewick, 2020)


Published by L

I read, and I write. and until recently, I sold books.

One thought on “Venture Forth | Summer Reading

  1. I like the list/prompts! So very cool. I like seeing poetry on there and should add it to my collection since I am completely head over heels about Mary Oliver after reading her collection, Felicity. I’ve since purchased two more collections which I am savoring slowly.

    Thank you for the kind thoughts, truly, and I’m glad you are going to venture forth this summer as well. I’m using my post to go back and list the books I read for each prompt I complete as well.

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