Summer Reading List – Update

Since the Summer’s over, I wanted to post an update of my Summer Reading List and the progress I made.  While I didn’t completely succeed, I still had fund and read some books I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t challenged myself to some Summer reading.  Here’s how I did:

Non-Fiction on a Topic I’m Interested In

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Finished. I read this and adored it.  Behind the scenes stories are always a big hit with me.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I started it but never finished.  It’s a big book that I’m taking slowly, but at this rate, I may never finish!  Not that it’s not good; it’s actually pretty fantastic.  I just got distracted by smaller reads (i.e. comics).

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Never started.  I pretty much forgot about this one.

Gulp by Mary Roach. Finished.  I loved the audiobook version of it.


Classics That I Never Got to in School

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  DNF’ed.  Maybe it wasn’t the right time for me, but I just was not feeling this book.  I have loved all other books I’ve tried by the Bronte sisters, though, and this one is a favorite of a close friend, so I may have to give it a try another day.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  Never started.  Back on the TBR pile.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.   I decided to wait on this one.  The Austentatious Book Club is reading this one in October and I decided to wait and try this book with them.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Finished.  I liked it.  It will never be on my favorites list, but I liked it.


Fiction Outside of My Comfort Zone

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. This one fell by the wayside.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. Ditto.

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.  Finished.  So good I immediately went out and bought the sequel.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix. Finished.  It was the perfect plane ride book.  Not too serious, easily readable, interesting plot.


So not too bad!  I made progress in all my categories, at any rate!  In addition, I read A LOT of comics, and couple of chick lit books, and a couple more odds and ends.  It ended up being a pretty great summer of reading!


How was everyone else’s summer reading?