Challenge: 10 Books of Summer 2018 (End)

Monday, 3rd September, saw Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer 2018 reading challenge (with the option of 15 or 10 levels too) coming to an end. Here in the UK, we have been treated to a rare and gloriously hot summer, which has allowed me to regularly read in the sun. However, as usual, I think I blinked and missed it! I made a list of 10 books, so let’s have a look at which of them I actually managed to read:

  1. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
  2. Eleanor of Aquitaine by Christopher Nicole
  3. Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
  4. Hannah’s Moon by John A. Heldt
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [Re-Read]
  6. Seven Sovereign Queens by Geoffrey Trease
  7. Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir
  8. But Is It Real? by Amy Orr-Ewing

Those I didn’t finish/get round to were:

  • Cauldstane by Linda Gillard (currently reading)
  • Lives of Notorious Cooks by Brendan Connell

Altogether that is eight of my ten books read – one down on last year – but I am actually really relieved with my result this year; as by the end of July I had only read three books! So to have read another five more by the end of August I think is pretty monumental. The only thing I am disappointed with is how behind I am with my reviews!

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


16 thoughts on “Challenge: 10 Books of Summer 2018 (End)

  1. Yep, good weather means more reading, more socialising, less reviewing and blogging. I don’t like to be behind and yet here I am with 8 reviews to sort out and lots of comments to catch up with. Oh well, the dark nights will be upon us soon enough so we have to enjoy summer while we can.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, we certainly do have to enjoy summer while we can, especially here in the UK! But I do look forward to autumn too. Here’s hoping we will now enjoy some cooler evenings in, reading and catching up with reviews. 😀

  2. That is the underlying curse of reading more, those reviews. They haunt me! I am so curious to find out what you thought of The Hunger Games.

  3. Nicely done! 😉 You’re right in saying that reading most of the books in just one month makes the task monumental, so double kudos to you. 🙂 I look forward to the rest of your reviews as well as the new ones that come your way.

  4. I think 8 out of 10 is great, especially as you’re currently reading another one as well. I loved The House on the Strand and am glad that you enjoyed it too – and I will look forward to hearing what you thought of the Anne Boleyn book, which is the only other one of your eight that I’ve read.

    1. Helen, it has worked out rather well as the 9th book, which I am currently reading, has turned out to be perfect for the R.I.P event 😀 Hopefully you won’t be waiting too long for my thoughts on Anne Boleyn.

  5. Well done – 80% is a high pass rate! Especially if you enjoyed the books, which is the most important thing. Now it’s time to get into those spooky reads for autumn. 😀

  6. Following your review of The House On The Strand, I found a used copy that also includes four of her other novels (ones I haven’t read) and a collection of short stories. It’s now on my shelf. 🙂

    Btw…. I’m more than halfway through Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus and I think it’s excellent. I’ve already recommended it to others. Thanks for that.

    1. Aw you are so welcome Kelly – I am so pleased that after reading my reviews, that you’ve been able to get your hands on a copy of The House on the Strand and Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, and that you are really enjoying the latter already! 🙂

  7. Your list of 8 with one more on the go looks great to me 🙂 A good idea to have a re-read in there too, and I’m happy you were able to increase your reading the second month in 🙂 I found that heatwave 50/50 where books were concerned – I loved it but sometimes it was too hot to read in!

    I’ve read Sourcery, The Hunger Games, and a bit of The House On The Strand. I really should get back to the last, I know I’ll enjoy it. I didn’t take part; I might have but I missed seeing it mentioned, my own fault for not being around. I’d probably give it a go next time though.

    1. Yeah Charlie, I tried to have a good mixture of books, with a re-read; new fiction and non-fiction; review copies and my own books. I must agree at some points it really was too hot to comfortably sit out in the sun reading… unless you had a pool or the sea to jump in to cool down! Oh and I highly recommend getting back to The House on the Strand – loved it! 😀

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