Sunday, September 20, 2015

Summer reading update.

I completed my whole summer reading list this year, which was surprising! (I don't think I've ever read everything on the list before.) It took me about three and a half months, but I managed to finish before the first day of fall. :)

My list included 19 books in total, including two trilogies. I also got distracted a few times and read books that weren't on the list. (Sometimes when a new book comes in the mail, you can't help but start it right then, you know?)

Favorites: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, and Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

Least Favorites: Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff, Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney, and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. (I still enjoyed these books for the most part, but they were just a bit disappointing.)

Prettiest Covers: Burial Rites and the Wildwood trilogy.

Ugliest Cover: The Importance of Being Earnest.

Rereads: A Tale Dark & Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz, Emma by Jane Austen, Wildwood and Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy.

Biggest Surprise: Since You've Been Gone. (I normally really dislike YA contemporary novels, but I loved this one!)

Book Discussions: The Wildwood Chronicles and To Kill a Mockingbird/Go Set a Watchman. (I did full reviews of these on the blog.)

Books Not on the List: Never Have I Ever, Adventures in Yarn Farming, and Knitting Rules.

What I learned from this summer reading list: It's fun at first, when you still have lots of books to choose from. But when it comes down to it, I don't like being restricted on what I'm "supposed" to be reading (even if it's a self-imposed restriction). Towards the end it really bugged me when I only had a few books left on the list to pick from. I started looking through my shelves and dreaming around reading something different. :) But apparently I'm just stubborn enough to follow through...I did love marking each book off my list!

A lot of these books were ones I'd been meaning to read for a long time now, so it feels good to have finally read them! Overall it was a summer full of good books. I really did enjoy nearly everything I read, and I found a few new favorites.

What were your favorite books that you read this summer?


  1. I think my two favorites this Summer were The Handmaid's Tale and The Night Circus!
    Been hearing a bit about Since you've been gone, might add it to my list ;)

    1. I want to read The Handmaid's Tale at some point. I've never read anything by Margaret Atwood before. I was so pleasantly surprised with Since You've Been Gone! I'd always heard good things about Morgan Matson's books, and it was nice to see that this one lived up to that. :)

  2. Looks like you read some super awesome books this summer. And congrats on finishing your summer reading list! That's exciting :)

    1. I did read some good books! Thanks. I'm one of those people who's very motivated by making a list and checking things off the list. It always feels like a small sort of accomplishment, anyway. :)


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