Goodbye to Summer Reading

The summer reading program at my library ended a while ago, but I’m talking about the online summer reading program I did this year and just ended yesterday! Here’s my last check-in:

Books Read (If you click on the link, it will take you to my full Goodreads review):

Lost in the sunLost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. I really love Lisa Graff. I think she writes lovely books for children. This book was no exception. I loved the characters, the portrayal of family, and everything about it really. It’s a heavy book–it wasn’t really light, summer reading, but I truly enjoyed it and spending time with Trent.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler. My first Ann Tyler book. Maybe not the best one to pick for my first read of hers. Well written, and great characters, but I wished there was a little more plot.

The Miser of Mayfair by Marion Chesney. I got pretty sick this summer for a couple of days, and while laying on my couch, feeling awful, I needed some comfort reading. So I picked up this series, a Regency Romance series that I LOVED in high school. Fun to revisit an old favorite.

girl on the trainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A bit slow to start, but once I got going, I had trouble getting out of my car when I got home (listened to it on audio).

Plain Jane by Marion Chesney. Part of my sickness reading, another Marion Chesney from the same series as The Miser of Mayfair. (Did I mention that these only take an hour or two to read?)

liar temptressLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott. Civil War spy women: what’s not to love? I really learned a lot reading this book, and found it really interesting. I wished at least one of the women profiled was a woman of color, and I was less interested in the stories of the two women from the South, but the book is packed with fascinating details.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Good audiobook, and interesting idea. This is also a book that a lot of my teen volunteers were telling me to read this summer, so it’s obviously popular with teens!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. A fun little fantasy romance about what it would be like to fall in love with a prince. It’s Prince William and Kate Middleton fan fiction, basically, and it’s a lot of fun.

goodbye strangerGoodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead. Stead is another author I really enjoy, and I thought this book dealt with a lot of issues in a way that didn’t feel heavy handed or over the top. The more I think about it, the more I really love the way it portrayed female friendships, and friendships and mentoring from older women to younger girls/women. It’s nice to see a book that really shows friends looking out for each other, rather than trotting out the mean girl or frenemy trope.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. A fun graphic novel with some pathos thrown in. I wasn’t familiar with the webcomic before reading this. This made me want to read Lumberjanes posthaste.

echoEcho by Pam Muñoz Ryan. I highly recommend listening to this on audiobook. There’s music playing throughout, and it’s magical. Magical is a great way to describe this story–part fairy tale, part historical fiction, all lovely.

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum. I didn’t know much about the Stonewall Riots before reading this book. I liked that this followed the history of the struggle for LGBTQ rights both before and after Stonewall. I listened to this on audio, the wonderful Tim Federle narrated, and I definitely recommend this as an audiobook.

Goals:

Those were the books I read over the summer. Between this and my midpoint check in, I read 24 books over the summer–double my original goal! As for my other goals, I didn’t start any Jane Austen books (boo–will have to make that my goal for fall!), but I did read some books that have been on my to-read list for forever, and I read widely and across genres, so I’m happy with that. Yay for summer reading! And now I’m ready for soup, sweaters, and the cooler weather that comes with fall. It can start any time now!