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That’s a Wrap: My Summer 2018 Reading List

On June 8th, I published my summer 2018 reading list. It’s been a crazy busy summer around here. We traveled quite a bit, were both in a wedding, had my sister stay with us for a week, plus all the other stuff that’s just our busy DINK (dual income no kids) lifestyle. How was your summer?


I didn’t officially set start and end dates but considering that Saturday was 3 months from the original post and fall officially starts in two weeks, I believe that now is as good a time as any. So, in the last three months, I read a total of 11 books. They have all been great! I definitely planned on reading more, but it’s better than a big fat zero. You can follow the link above to look back at my original list. But if you know me at all, you know that I don’t follow lists well, so here is the list of books I ACTUALLY read:

  • Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham (5 stars, full review here) {Favorite Book Award}
  • The Hazel Wood by Melisa Albert (4 stars, full review here)
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements (4.5 stars)
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler (4 stars)
  • Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh (4 stars, full review here) {Least Summer-y}
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (4 stars)
  • Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James (4 stars)
  • Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James (3.5 stars) {Least Favorite Book Award}
  • The Program by Suzanne Young (4 stars)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (4.5 stars)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

As you can see, I only read one book from my original list… I blame mood reading and being in a slump. Did you see which one? (hint: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)

Additionally, I noted a couple of things about the books in purple above. My favorite book of the summer was Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. I love her so much and this book was so funny. Seriously a perfect read. My least favorite book of the summer was Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James, I just didn’t care for it very much. And, last but not lease, Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh was the least summer-y book I read. It has a very “fall” vibe to it, but still a great read!

Overall, it really could have been much worse. I have made challenges/TBRs for myself of fewer books and read even fewer than I did this time (11/18 isn’t that bad!). My goal was to read 18 books (6 per month) and even though that didn’t happen, I feel like I got in all the reading I could this summer.

If I repeat this challenge next summer, I will need to remind myself of how much time I spend doing things in the summer and make the goal fewer books each month (like 4). I will also leave more blanks for myself to fill (more open to books of my choice). [Who am I kidding?!? I will totally be making a list. Even though I like to be able to pick up any book, I love making lists of books that I think would fit the situation.]

All in all, it was a great summer. Lots of travel, family time, hikes, and shopping. I really love challenging myself to read more and making seasonal TBR lists is one of my all time favs.


Let’s talk!

How was your summer? Did you get lots of reading time? What was the best book you read? What about the worst? Did you read any of these books? Do you love seasonal reading lists? As I make my list for fall, do you have any suggestions?

Until next time…


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