Challenge: 10 Books of Summer (Wrap-Up)

10 Books of Summer

The 1st September has arrived, which means summer is officially over and I have come to the end of the 10 Books of Summer challenge; hosted by the lovely Cathy at 746 Books. I feel I have had a great summer of reading but I also think I blinked and missed it! So let’s have a look at what I actually managed to read:

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris

The Gospel of Loki

This is the first novel I have read by Joanne M Harris – I was particularly interested in this one because of my childhood love of Norse Mythology and I thought this was a really interesting and refreshing twist on these ancient tales of gods, giants and monsters.

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code

I finally got round to reading Brown’s second thrilling adventure to star Robert Langdon – this time he delves into the history, art and symbols of Leonardo da Vinci and the secrets of the Priory of Scion.

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Master of Shadows by Neil Oliver

Master of Shadows

Having enjoyed many documentaries presented by historian Neil Oliver I was interested to read his debut novel – I found it to be a detailed and very realistic historical adventure, that swept me back to the bloody downfall of Constantinople.

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Trouble at the Little Village School by Gervase Phinn

Trouble at the Little Village School

The second novel in Phinn’s charming Barton-in-the-Dale series which continues the touching and humorous tale of a small school and village.

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Wendy Darling, Volume I: Stars by Colleen Oakes

Wendy Darling

After loving Oakes’ previous novels, I was excited to read this; the start of her new, young adult series. My expectations may have been a bit high, however I did find this to be an enjoyable fantasy adventure in an expanded, detailed and magical re-imagining of Neverland.

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The School Inspector Calls! by Gervase Phinn

The School Inspector Calls!

As you can see, I didn’t wait long to read the third novel in Phinn’s charming Barton-in-the-Dale series which continues the touching and humorous tale of a small school and village.

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A House Divided by Margaret Skea

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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

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While I finished reading these two great books my full thoughts are still to be posted. Keep your eyes peeled!


Which means I have read …

8/10

I am really pleased with my result this year and while I didn’t finish it I am also a good way into my 9th book: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien. That means it is only A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin which I haven’t picked up off my list – I am sure I will be picking it up very soon though! Last year, I read 6 books and I was reading my 7th which I was pleased with; especially as it was my first year taking part in this challenge. So I am even more pleased with my progress this year. Bring on next year!

Have you read any of these books? Did you take part in this challenge?

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16 thoughts on “Challenge: 10 Books of Summer (Wrap-Up)

  1. I haven’t read any of your summer challenge books, but I have the Martin book in mind as a maybe. Having read the first three, and generally intending to finish series I start, I’m reluctant to stop at this one, but I also haven’t been enjoying them as much as I’ve read along. Maybe I will set it aside and simply enjoy the series? Seems unthinkable! Heheh Congrats on reading so many from your list!

    1. Haha B.I.P how could you dream of just enjoying a TV series?! Of course I am only joking – you should do exactly what works for you. I have been watching the series first and then reading the books afterwards, so I can have all the shocks and thrills of the show followed by all the extra detail of the books 🙂

  2. Well done! I’m not going to reach my target of twenty either, but I might get to eighteen or nineteen. But it’s the quality that counts with reading, not the quantity, eh? 🙂

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