Today, 4th September, brings an end to the Books of Summer challenge, hosted by Cathy of 746Books. Many brave people went for 20 books, however I went for the slightly more manageable 10 books.
Here’s the books I managed to read:
- The Little Village School by Gervase Phinn – I thought this was a touching and humorous book, which looks into the lives and characters of Barton-in-the-Dale, and a comforting read.
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – A gripping and immersive historical mystery set in Amsterdam in the 17th century, which I found very hard to prize myself away from.
- The Return of the King by J R R Tolkien – A comforting re-read for me of this emotional and action packed adventure. A fitting end to an enchanting series.
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth – An emotionally charged and guilt ridden, roller coaster ride. I whipped through this 2nd instalment in the series. Looking forward to reading Allegiant next.
- The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley – One of my favourite, comfort read authors. This was another immersive tale for me of love, history, mystery and the lost Ninth Legion.
- Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett – Currently enjoying a re-read of this light and humorous parody of Macbeth. Again set in Pratchett’s wonderfully, mad Discworld.
Sadly these are the books I didn’t get round too:
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
- Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
- The Martian by Andy Weir
This is my first year taking part and I am pleased with how many books I managed to read. Especially taking into account I read some non-fictions and review copies in between these. Here’s a few, quick meme questions to sum up my reading:
Best: The Return of the King and The Shadowy Horses
Most Recommended-to-Others: The Shadowy Horses
Most Anticipated: The Miniaturist
Most Hilarious: Wyrd Sisters
Most Thrilling, Unputdownable: Insurgent
Most Beautifully Written: The Return of the King
Most Memorable Character: The ever-faithful Samwise Gamgee from The Return of the King, and the hilarious Granny Weatherwax from Wyrd Sisters.
New Series You Discovered: Gervase Phinn’s Barton-in-the-Dale series.
New Authors Discovered: Two new authors, Gervase Phinn and Jessie Burton.
Favourite Cover: The Miniaturist
Did you take part in this event? What was your best read of the summer?