Summer Reading List Overhaul

So, I had lofty ambitions when I first made out my Summer Reading List. I charged myself with finishing a whopping nine books over the course of three months. Now, if I could have eaten, slept, and dreamed books, this might have been possible, but such is not my life. Also, my interests changed. I found myself stumbling across other books that I really wanted to read, and ended up feeling resentful of my book list. At first I thought about just omitting a title or two, but then I found myself wanting to add new titles and before I knew it, a complete overhaul had happened. 

Rather than going in and just editing the original list, I thought I would explain the changes I've made here.

From the original book list I have read (and reviewed):

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


I have also read:

Cinder: Lunar Chronicles Book One by Marissa Meyer (and am just about done with Scarlet: Lunar Chronicles Book Two)


These are the books I will not be reading this summer (but plan to revisit at a later date) along with a brief explanation of why they are being removed from the list:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz  I deeply admire Junot Diaz and would like to take my time really absorbing this book. GIven the time constraints I am under to finish my Summer Reading List, I just don't think I could do it justice at this time. 

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines Book 5) by Richelle Mead Enter my YA obsession. I read all of Mead's Vampire Academy books, and was delighted when the spin-off series Bloodlines was created. However, when going back through my reading list, this one didn't feel as pressing as the others, and I also thought it would be a bit odd to write a review 5 books into the series. 

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I removed this book for the same reason I removed the book by Junot Diaz, just not enough time to really enjoy it. I also decided I would like to read Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah before reading this one. 

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell I felt this would be a great book to help me take on the fall. I'm going to be taking on a lot of new projects in the coming months, and felt this book could help provide motivation. So, I suppose it's more like I bumped it to fall than removed it from summer. 


And this is the book I have added to the list, along with why:

The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter If you've been reading my blog, you've seen that I recently finished my first novella, and as such have begun thinking about how to go about publishing said novella. A friend showed me this amazing article about self-publishing, by Elizabeth Hunter, and I was immediately intrigued.  I am incredibly grateful to Elizabeth Hunter for writing that piece, and after exploring her site further, thought this book would be a great place to begin reading her work. 


Soooo, just to recap the new Summer Reading List is as follows:

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Cinder: Lunar Chronicles Book One by Marissa Meyer 

Unexpected Stories by Octavia Butler

The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


Sooo, the first day of Fall is Monday, September 22nd. That means I have 38 days (just a touch over 5 weeks) to finish those last 3 books. Should be plenty of time, right? Wish me luck!

And stay tuned for my Fall Reading List! Coming soon!

The Last of the Summer Book Reviews

The Ocean at the End of the Lane