Hi readers! It’s tradition of my blog to post a reading update for each season of the year! Which means a late—but still correctly named—summer reading update!
Now, I like fall, don’t get me wrong. However, I’m not a big fan of chilly weather and chapped lips. BUT before you get your pumpkin lattes and sweaters in a twist, let me share my thoughts on summer reading before the season is officially over. As far as I’m concerned, autumn begins on September 22, which gives me roughly two weeks until my favorite season comes to a close.
Perhaps you know that I posted a summer reading goals 2017 on my blog a few months earlier. In this post, I’m going to share the books I read in June, July, August, and September so far, as well as seeing how many goals I accomplished since June ❤
Hope you enjoy!
Summer Reading Goals — Reflection
Looking back at my original post here I realized that I accomplished most of my goals. I’m a little proud, I must admit.
1. Purchase a YA pride haul
Yes! This was the highlight of my first pride month, and frankly, my year overall. If you weren’t aware, I spent over $50 on books featuring LGBTQ+ main characters and stories. The books were mostly #ownvoices save for a few books, and it was so great expanding my shelf! Granted, I had to cut back spending the rest of the summer, but totally a fun way to celebrate my first pride month as queer.
2. Catch up on my Goodreads challenge
I have a feeling that I always have this as a reading goal. . .Either way, I’m pretty sure I’m still behind on my challenge. It’s 80 books for 2017, and I’m at 54 read—that means I have to read AT LEAST 6 books a month to complete the challenge on time. If my habits are anything like last school year, this won’t happen. Otherwise, I think I’ll have more motivation this time around 🙂
3. Host a giveaway/ARC trade/book sale
Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to have a book sale (soon!) and I sort of backed out of a 60k bookstagram giveaway, BUT I did do an ARC trade this summer! I traded with a good blogger friend of mine for an ARC of Warcross in exchange for ARCs of Genuine Fraud and One of Us is Lying. I hope to do more ARC trades in the future, in addition to perhaps selling my books off Depop (if anyone has used this service, tell me below!) and maybe a 70k giveaway instead??
4. Read more diverse books
Clearly a given! I read so diversely this summer—this year—that this seems almost too easy of a task. Some of my favorite diverse novels of the summer were: Not Your Sidekick, (basically all of June when I read only queer books) Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Saints and Misfits, Warcross, Noteworthy, The Library of Fates, and How to Make a Wish.
5. Read the books on my shelf
This is somewhat difficult to measure, since I’m always taking away and adding books to my collection. BUT I finally read Lord of Shadows, Royce Rolls, Vengeance Road, Shadowshaper, and A Million Junes. All books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while, but there are still plenty of books that I haven’t picked up and have owned for nearly a year!
Overall, I completed 3 of my goals and started 2 of them! I say that’s pretty successful. There’s some personal goals I didn’t quite reach, such as getting my driver’s permit—but there is no need to rush these things. I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished.
Books I’ve Read This Summer
Each book, in chronological order. Ratings will be listed beside the title and possibly brief thoughts. This list begins on June 21—the official start of summer on my terms.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee // ★★★★★ 4.5 Love the bi rep, cute sci-fi story.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo // ★★★★★ 4.5 Fantastic trans rep, deserves praise.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // ★★★★★ 4.7 Wonderful seeing the LA crew again, with some new and old faces 🙂
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo // ★★★★☆ 4.1 Love the Korean rep, had a few issues with the characters and general story.
Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl // ★★★★☆ 4.0 This is a Hollywood satire. The characters were a bit antagonizing, but I liked the unreliable narrator aspect.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by McKenzi Lee // ★★★★★ 4.6 SO FUNNY SO CUTE SO HISTORICAL. Soft queer boys are everything.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali // ★★★★★ 4.5 Wonderful Indian-/Egyptian-American and Muslim rep. Tw of assault.
Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon // ★★★★★ 4.5 THRILLING. Love the interracial relationship.
Warcross by Marie Lu // ★★★★★ 4.8 I LOVE MARIE LU W/ EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING.
Every Heart a Doorway // ★★★★☆ 4.2 Decent asexual rep, great trans rep, but the story was a bit boring and slow at parts.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // ★★★★☆ 4.4 Great Chinese-American rep, with some disabled/poor rep. Slow at parts, otherwise would be 5.
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman // ★★★★☆ 4.3 Unique western YA retelling.
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older // ★★★★☆ 4.4 Loved the blend of AfroLatinx culture. I want to read more magical realism.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston // ★★★★★ 4.5 ADORABLE STORY!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn // ★★★☆☆ 3.0 Read this for AP English, so boring.
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett // ★★★★★ 4.5 You’ve Got Mail YA retelling. Cute. Interracial romance.
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana // ★★★★★ 4.6 OMG love the feel of Indian mythology, this book had me BAWLING!!
A Million Junes by Emily Henry // ★★★★★ 4.5 I love the whimsical feel from each of Henry’s novels ❤
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake // ★★★★★ 4.5 Woooo glad to see what the hype was finally about :):)
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman // ★★★★★ 4.5 BETTER THAN VENGEANCE ROAD.
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate // ★★★★☆ 4.2 Definitely an interesting book. . . Liked the pansexual rep, didn’t hate the ace rep, either.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab // ★★★★★ 4.7 THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING TO ME! Gotta love my anti-villain needs 🙂
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert // ★★★★★ 4.8 L&L incorporated many different identities and intersectionalities so well.
So in all, I’ve read 23 books since the first day of summer! I might be able to finish up a few more books before autumn officially arrives! I was hesitant that I’d actually be a productive reader this summer, but it seems I surprised myself!
That being said, don’t worry if you’ve read more/less books than me! I just happen to be a relatively fast reader, so don’t feel discouraged! We all read at our own pace.
I’m not sure if anyone cares, but I started my junior year (11th grade) in high school and I wanted to share my first few days so far. None of my classes are difficult on their own, but altogether, it’s tough getting back into the habit of splitting my day into homework, blogging, and other activities compared to endless leisure in the summer. Oh well.
I started using Tumblr again! It’s wonderful, I forgot how lovely it is. My blog is a bit of a booklr/studyblr so if you like that stuff, feel free to follow me here. I’m hoping this fall to use it more often! Clearly I have a lot of catching up to do.
Look, I have to be honest. I hate cold weather. I walk outside and I’m like NOPE. I don’t get the buzz about fall. Either way, at least the aesthetic is pretty. And pumpkin spice lattes are hella delicious, too. I’ll do a full post on my autumn reading update in the future, but for now I’m hoping to stay positive in the face of school, speech and debate, handling my anxiety, and whatever else comes my way.
Thanks for reading! What did you accomplish this year so far?