Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday Salon: The final summer reading list post

This is it. The last one. Summer ends (by tradition) tomorrow. So it's time to see how my reading stacked up against the challenge I issued for myself. I did pretty well during this Memorial Day to Labor Day span. I haven't been as good about accomplishing reviews on everything I've read, but I'm still plugging my way through those too. In any case, here it is. The final look at what I accomplished in the 3 sunny months of vacation:

Books I've read from the original list:

A Half Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb
A Far Piece to Canaan by Sam Halpern
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
Out Love Could Light the World by Anne Leigh Parrish
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth Silver
The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon
David by Ray Robertson
Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Someone by Alice McDermott
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Surprising Lord Jack by Sally MacKenzie
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
The Exiles by Allison Lynn
This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakuawila
Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman
The Purchase by Linda Spalding
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
Dancing to the Flute by Manisha Jolie Amin
The Innocents by Francesca Segal
Happy Rock by Matthew Simmons
Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers by Louise Rennison
Topsy by Michael Daly
Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde
Billy Budd and Other Tales by Herman Melville
A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Books I've read not from the original list:

Love All by Callie Wright
Together Tea by Marjan Kamali
Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble
The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
Love Potion Number 10 by Betsy Woodman
This Is Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
Royal Bridesmaids by Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley, and Loretta Chase
Letters From Skye b Jessica Brockmole
Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel
Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss
Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Visiting Tom by Michael Perry
Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe
The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Early Decision by Lacy Crawford
Let Him Go by Larry Watson
Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman
The Arrangement by Mary Balogh

Original list books I never did get to:

Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About by Mil Millington
The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal

Conclusions to draw from how I did? I am incredibly distractible. ;-) I love to make lists and I follow them mostly but I also find myself off on side trips frequently, as is obvious from the fact that I didn't read two of the original books but I did read 20 books I hadn't planned on reading. And this explains why I take such a large number of books on varied subjects with me whenever I travel. I just never know what I'll be picking up next even when it seems planned out. How was your summer of reading? Are you pleased with it?


  1. Whoa. That's a boatload. Congratulations. As for my own summer of reading, *sigh* don't get me started...or actually do get me started. That's been the problem: starting. :) You must be reading outside of what I'm "used to," because I only recognize the titles of a handful of them, but I'm glad you're enjoying them.

  2. Well, you should be proud of yourself for a good summer of reading! I could never keep up the pace you did-- nice! I have only two of your books listed on my kindle, but I have about a third of them on my wishlist, so at least I am aware of them :) Glad you enjoyed your reading spurt!

  3. That's a lot of books! I'm so bad at following my lists that I tend to not make them. I think only missing two is terrific!

    Joy's Book Blog

  4. I love making lists but I hate being penned in by them. I just finished a book that had been "next" on my list since Christmas and haven't yet managed to read any of the lovely books I got for my birthday, 6 months ago. Congrats to you, I could never do that!


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