Summer Reading List: Pass or Fail?

Since summer is sadly coming to an end next week, I figured it was time to revisit my Summer Reading List and see how I fared. I started out with 16 books on the list, read 13 of them, and added in 17 extras that were not on the original list and read those.

I wish I could pack in those last three books (one of which I did start) in the remaining 6 days of summer but I just don’t see it happening. So it’s a fail grade for me this summer.

Of the 30 books I read this summer, I loved 12, liked 9, and found 9 to be just okay (as in, nothing to bother writing about here).


Obviously, the only ones worth talking about are the lovers!

Here’s my top list of the summer (in no particular order):

-The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld — while only two made the “Love” list, I really enjoyed the series as a whole and can’t wait for the movie that’s rumored to be in the works!

-Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins — I wasn’t completely happy with the final book in this beloved trilogy, but as a whole I loved all three books and will certainly be rereading them later this year. She is a fantastic storyteller and I hope she writes more! (Movie of the first book in the making…cannot wait!)

-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson — Another movie I’m looking forward to (I’ve yet to see the Swedish version) and I’ve got the next two books on my fall list (yes, there’s a fall reading list, too…I like lists). Really enjoyed this book, even though it’s completely different from the genres I’m usually drawn to.

-The Red Pyramid — Rick Riordan’s new series! I already read the sneak preview chapters of his new Camp Halfblood series but this one was a fun read as well. I think I’ll love just about anything this guy comes out with. Pure fun and adventure!

-This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer — I loved the first two books and even got the opportunity to work on them so I was very interested in how the last novel would turn out. Overall, I loved it even though I’m not sure it compared to the first two. But her writing is so well done, and I hope she does a new series.

-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson — a really quiet, introspective book that I could not put down. I think she might be one of my new favorite writers.

-Shiver and its sequel, Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater — now here’s a new fave! I love Maggie, I love her writing, love her storytelling. Looking forward to the third book now so she better hurry up and write write write.

-Sea by Heidi R. Kling — such a different type of love story but a really beautiful novel (I feel like a broken record saying this over and over, haha!).

-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smithh — I fully did not expect to love this, but I can’t help myself! It’s literally the exact text of P&P (my all-time favorite novel) but with zombies added in. And it’s hilarious. I cracked up so many times reading this. Looking forward to Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters next!

-If I Stay by Gayle Forman — Another book I didn’t expect to love. To be completely honest, I picked it up because I liked the cover (yes, I’m a cover judger…don’t hate). It’s written like prose and a very interesting angle on what could be a different type of story. I just read she is working on a sequel to come out next spring and it sounds very intriguing. Definitely on my authors-to-watch list.

Wow, that was longer than anticipated! Well, I won’t bore you now with my next reading list (which so far has 22 books on it…eeek!). That can wait for another day when you all need a good nap.

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~ by spontaneoustruth on September 17, 2010.

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