This summer was an amazing reading time for me. I honestly don’t think I’ve read that much before, but I do owe a big thanks to the reading challenges and read-a-thons I took part in
The Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program was inspired by the many summer reading programs hosted by libraries and schools alike. This summer it was hosted by Valerie (He Said Books Or Me) and Octavia (Read.Sleep.Repeat).
Books Read: 23
I apparently don’t know how to do math and thought my read count was 20. At least it isn’t lower than what I previously thought *ahemcough*.
I’m a hesitant to list out all the books I read during the challenge, but you’re interested you can check out my 2016 shelf on Goodreads and you can see it in list form there.
- #VASRP Challenge Round-Up
- #VASRP & Trees of Reverie Read-a-Thon
- #VASRP Challenge 2 – Loving The Library
- I’m On A Roll With My Summer Reading // #VASRP Challenge Update (includes challenges #3-6)
- #VASRP & Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon
Books I Loved:
I delved into some shoujo manga this summer with my purchase of Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me to You. I watched the anime years ago and knew I wanted to give the manga a shot as well. I finally got the chance when I received a refund from Barnes & Noble. I only have volume 1 so far, but I really liked it.
You probably remember my freak out over the Haikyu!! manga. That freak out is still going on and it’s going to continue because season three of the anime is one month away from airing!
Books That Surprised Me:
Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents was a big surprise like for me because I don’t consider myself a fan of literary fiction and I happened to read this in one day. Totally unexpected for me.
Book one of the Lunar Chronicles was a drag for me (Iko was my only fav character) and I was nervous to pick up Scarlet. However, book two’s pacing was a lot better, although Scarlet and Wolf’s relationship still makes me feel iffy.
Legend was a spur of the moment buy from almost three years ago…? I finally read it. I liked it, but I currently have Prodigy and Champion from the library and I can’t get myself to read them. I’m not sure if it’s because of the story or if it’s because of my mood.
I read an ARC of Into Aether (courtesy of NetGalley). It has an interesting synopsis – girl’s mother is missing, she worries, so she goes in search of mother. However, it fails to develop the main character, the plot line doesn’t make any sense, and the romance was so forced and came out of nowhere. I don’t even know why I made it all the way to the end.
Not so much as a miss, but I was just a little disappointed with the resolution of Ellen Oh’s The Dragon King Chronicles. I think it might be because it follows the prophecy/chosen one storyline/trope. I did enjoy Kira’s characterization and the mythology and world-building.
It was a pretty hectic reading summer! But, it was a lot of fun and it occupied me when I needed it the most, especially during some anxious times.
It’s still ‘technically’ summer, so I’m going to try and read as much as I can until fall begins. Maybe I’ll finally finish the Legend series. What are some books you’re looking forward to reading?