20 Books of Summer Challenge – 2018

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How is it even possible that summer is almost here?! We didn’t get much of a spring in Minnesota this year. The weather seemed to go straight from winter to summer with MAYBE a few days of spring temperatures. Spring is my second favorite season so I feel a bit cheated. But with summer comes a new reading challenge. I’ve attempted this one at least once in the past and it didn’t go as I had planned.  I came up with what at the time felt like a great TBR, but then my moods quickly changed and I hardly read any of the books I had originally picked out.  I did manage to complete 20+ books though so I guess that was what really mattered.  This year is already starting out a bit rocky… I thought I have had my TBR set at least three times, but almost every book changes every time.  So before I can change my mind yet again, I want to throw my TBR out there and hope it sticks.

20 Books of Summer is a challenge that was created and hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books. Basically the goal is to come up with your TBR, read and review those books between June 1st and September 3rd.  Because I already know I will not be reviewing most of these books (just my nature), I am going to skip that part. I’m also going to say that if I end up not reading all of the books on my list but read different books that amount to 20, then I win. I am also trying to read more of a variety since lately my usual go-to tends to be fantasy novels so I picked out 7 genres that I want to spread my 20 books amongst. If I find myself no longer drawn to a few of my choices, I would like to at least replace them with a different book from the same genre.  Here are the books that I have chosen, fingers crossed I read them all! (links go to book’s Goodread page, book cover images from Goodreads)

Classics

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Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon by Jane Austen

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

 

Contemporary

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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

 

Fantasy

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

 

Historical Fiction

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A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

 

Mystery/Thriller

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

 

Non-fiction

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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

 

Science Fiction

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**This section is contingent upon my finishing LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff before the end of May. If I don’t, then that will be going here in the place of one of these books.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

American War by Omar El Assad

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

In each of my summer monthly recap posts I will have a section to show my progress on this challenge.  I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books.  Some, like The Passage, have been on my TBR for what feels like forever.


What books are you planning to read this summer? Have you read any of these books or have them on your TBR?

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20 Books of Summer Progress

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We’re about halfway through the first month of the 20 Books of Summer challenge so I thought I would do a quick progress report.  I was hoping to be a little further along but some I’ve had a few things come up that require my attention more urgently in my free time.  We’re getting our townhouse ready to sell so we have a lot of cleaning, painting, and decluttering to do.

28763485What I have read so far has been a pretty mixed bag.  I started the challenge off with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.  I have to admit I was a little disappointed in it.  I loved her debut novel so I was hoping to love this one just as much.  You can read my review here.  Next, I decided to switch things up from cutesy YA to gritty NA with 33852935Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher.  I had heard how crazy this book was from a few people and after loving F*ck Love, I knew I would probably like this one.  And I did!  It was so messed up and had a few unexpected twists that threw me!  Read my review here.

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While reading challenge books I also have some ARCs that I need to read so I also read and enjoyed Here and Gone by Haylen Beck.  It is a compelling thriller due to be released on the 20th of this month.  Read my review here.

Getting back to the challenge, I chose Everland by Wendy Spinale to 26085520be my third book.  I had this book forever sitting on my shelf unread.  I love Peter Pan so I was really looking forward to reading this retelling but unfortunately it fell really flat for me.

Currently I am reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.  I’ve been dying to read it since it was released and I finally got a copy when I started my Book of the Month Club membership.  I’m not very far into it 27833670because my weekend was spent moving boxes and getting painting supplies but I am really intrigued by it so far.  I also joined a street team for M.C. Frank recently so I’m currently reading her book, No Ordinary Stars, which is dystopian set in 2525.  So far it is a really 27419429fascinating dystopian world and I’m excited to continue reading it.

I haven’t quite decided yet if I’m going to count my side reading towards my challenge goal or not.  I am notoriously bad at sticking to TBRs so I might just have to.  But we’ll play that by ear and see how the rest of the summer goes.

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How is your summer reading going?

 

20 Books of Summer – 2017 Edition

20-booksCathy @ 746 Books is once again hosting the 20 Books of Summer challenge!  This year I’ve decided to give it a shot and see how well I do.  I originally said I wasn’t going to join any challenges or readathons this year but I’ve been reading a lot more than I thought I was going to so I might as well go for it.  The goal is to read 20 books from June 1st through September 3rd.  I have divided my main TBR into two categories: YA and Adult.  I am notorious for not being able to follow a TBR so I’m going to add a bit of fluidity to mine and add 10 alternates: 5 YA and 5 adult.  One of my personal goals for this challenge is to read 10 from each category.  If I’m not feeling one of the YA books on my main list then I can choose one of my YA alternates.

20BOS YA

YA

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale

20BOS Adult

Adult

  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • After You by Jojo Moyes
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
  • Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • American War by Omar El Akkad

20BOS Alts

Alternates

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Room by Emma Donaghue
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

So those are my books for the summer!  I’m really excited to dive into these.  I will also have a few ARCs I need to read as well so those will be mixed in throughout the summer as well.

Are you participating in this challenge?  Even if you aren’t, do we have any of the same books on our summer TBRs?

And one last photo for good measure of the whole lot that surprisingly fit on one shelf!

20 BOS Total

20 Books of Summer Conclusion

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Well, summer has come to an end.  That’s fine with me since fall is my FAVORITE season!  I had a pretty busy summer so I was very happy that I read well over 20 books.  I didn’t quite make it through all of the books on my original TBR post but that’s okay because I managed to read 47 books (including 2 graphic novels and 2 short stories).  I managed to complete 16 of the books from my original list (including one DNF).  I put a colored star on each of the ones I finished.  As I was doing this, I realized that one of the books on my list I completely forgot to include in the picture.  But that’s okay since I didn’t get to it anyways.  That one was Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

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So these are the books that I read this summer!  Bolded titles are from my original list.

  1. Where the Moon Isn’t by Nathan Filer
  2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  3. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  5. The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R.T. Lowe
  6. Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz
  7. Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason
  8. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
  9. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  10. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
  11. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  12. Dream Eater’s Carnival by Leslie Anderson & David T. Allen
  13. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  14. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  15. Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford (audiobook DNF)
  16. Prisoner of the Queen by E. Knight
  17. As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (DNF)
  18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (audiobook)
  19. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  20. Infinite by Erica Crouch
  21. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
  22. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  23. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  24. The Mansion’s Twins by Rose M. Channing
  25. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (DNF)
  26. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  27. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey (DNF)
  28. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  29. The Tailor by Leigh Bardugo (short story)
  30. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  31. Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee
  32. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  33. Supernatural: Rising Son (graphic novel)
  34. The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel
  35. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  36. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  37. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  38. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  39. Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
  40. Voice of Innocence by Lindsay Detwiler
  41. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (DNF)
  42. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  43. Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol
  44. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
  45. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  46. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (DNF)
  47. The Demon in the Woods by Leigh Bardugo (short story)

So those were my books of the summer!  I’m really looking forward to some crisp fall weather!  I love wrapping up in a cozy blanket and hoodie sweatshirt and reading outside.

Bout of Books Day 6 Update

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We’re on the final day of Bout of Books!  It’s gone by really fast but I was able to get some quality reading time in!  I didn’t get a ton of time to read yesterday because it was the opening day for Renaissance Festival.  We had some pretty good thunderstorms too and I love watching them out of my window so I got distracted.

 # Pages Read: 111

# Pages Read Total: 1,044

Books Read From: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Goal for Day 7: Finish reading A Discovery of Witches and start something new.