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).
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.