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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


A House Divided by Margaret Skea


Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye


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 …


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?


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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