summer reading wrap-up 2014.

And so, my friends, summer has come to a close!

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For me, this summer was an extremely busy one. Not only did I have more summer homework than ever before, but there was also the added stress of planning to apply to colleges in the fall. However, I did manage to get quite a bit of reading done in the past two months despite the hectic craziness.

This summer I read a total of eighteen books. This is a little short of my original goal, which was to read at least twenty books. I did read a lot of books I’ve been meaning to read for a while, as well as several longer books, so I’m quite happy with this total!

Here is a list of the books I have read from the day school ended to August 27 (the day it began again), organized by the rating I gave them:

3 out of 5 smileys:

  1. Of Neptune by Anna Banks
  2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

4 out of 5 smileys:

  1. The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
  2. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
  3. Of Triton by Anna Banks
  4. The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
  5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  6. It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
  7. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  9. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
  10. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

5 out of 5 smileys:

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  2. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  3. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  6. Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

I have linked the book titles to my reviews of them if I have already posted them. If they are not linked, it means that a review is still to come!

As far as my summer TBR goes that I established here, this is how I did:

  1. The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi.
  2. Play Dead by Harlan Coben.
  3. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. 
  4. The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going.
  5. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.
  6. Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card.
  7. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. 
  8. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.
  9. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.
  10. 1776 by David McCullough.

Although I did not read all the books on my summer TBR, I read over half of them, which I think it a pretty sizable dent!

Overall, I think my summer reading was a success. I did not achieve all of the goals I had originally set out to reach, but I was extremely busy and I feel like I made use of the time I had. I read some amazing books and had a great time blogging, so that’s really all that matters!

How did your summer reading go? What was your favorite book that you read this summer? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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