Summer Reading Challenge Update

Oops, we’re already July 6th, and I have yet to review how my summer challenge is going. Goodreads tells me that I’ve read 45 books over the first semester, so if I pull out my calculator, that makes more than 20 books for a period of three months. But… it’s also including slim books such as mangas, which I devour at an unreasonable (and unsustainable) pace. And I’ve lined up some chunksters for the summer. Time to regroup and/or switch?

Completed: 7 books, not so bad after all!

  • 1. Fair Warning by Michael Connelly: to be reviewed
  • 2. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie: to be reviewed
  • 3. The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • 6. Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott: to be reviewed
  • 11. Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope) by Ann Cleeves: to be reviewed
  • 14. x by Modiano: Suspended Sentences
  • 18. x by Du Maurier: The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë: to be reviewed

Started at various stages, I’m committed to finish them!

  • 4. Red snow in December by Simone van der Vlugt: this is actually a chunkster…
  • 5. Ghost Music by An Yu: not so easy to get in… It’s a Kindle Netgalley copy so I’ll continue in August
  • 8. A short story collection by Ruth Rendell: Piranha to Scurfy: just started yesterday!
  • 12. Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse) by Colin Dexter: a third of the way already
  • 16. The Secret History by Donna Tartt: I love it, but it’s so big!

Not started and a lot more vague…

  • 7. The Journey Home and Other Stories by Malachi Whitaker
  • 9. x by Elizabeth Taylor: chosen and retrieved from the back of our shelves: A Game of Hide and Seek
  • 10. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • 13. One pick among those: Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis / A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journals #1) by Madeleine L’Engle / x by Pierre Bayard: this is my wild card!
  • 15. x by Modiano: I’m hoping for the library copy of Rue Des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person), but I can’t reserve it so I’m not sure yet.
  • 17. x by Du Maurier: The Scapegoat: I’ve bought a Kindle copy of it after much hesitation between many titles.
  • 19. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood: aiming for library copy
  • 20. 1 book by Emily St. John Mandel: aiming for library copy in French, we’ll see what is available

My dilemma is that many of these books aren’t on my Kindle, and I will only be able to carry one or two physical books during my August vacation. So my last category is still highly susceptible to change! What about your summer reading plans?

4 thoughts on “Summer Reading Challenge Update

  1. You are doing great! Secret History is big, but as I seem to recall, I got to a certain point in it and then couldn’t put it down. So perhaps eventually you will be flying through it 🙂

  2. A Game of Hide and Seek was very good.

    I’ve decided that I’m fine with no completing my list of 15 for 15 Books of Summer. Right now there are so many good new books coming into the library and I am reading by whim, which is my most happy reading place. if I get 7 or 8 read from my list, I will be happy!

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