Summer Reading Plans

I don’t know about you, but I find that I’m a mood reader so creating a TBR for each month doesn’t usually go very well. So I’ve decided to set goals instead. I have two goals I would like to complete this summer. The first is to bust my Book of the Month (BOTM) backlog and the second is to complete all the series I have in possession. Currently I have five unread BOTM books in my possession with a sixth on the way. I also have at least three series on my shelves that I’ve started, but haven’t finished. Here’s a list of my unread shelf for this summer’s goals. Share what your summer reading plans are in the comments.

BOTM Unread Shelf:

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Unfinished Series Unread Shelf:

Harry Potter (this has a caveat because I read along with #WizardTeam podcast, but I need to catch up to where they are).

Scythe duology?- I’ve read Scythe and about 10 pages of Thunderhead.

Beartown duology – I’ve read Beartown and about 50 pages of Us Against You.

Shades of Magic Series – I’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic, and I’m about 75 pages into A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light is currently collecting dust on my self. I’m sorry V.E. Schwab!

Dark Crowns – Technically I’m caught up as the third book doesn’t come out until the end of the year, but I do have the novella Queens of Fennbirn on my shelf and I haven’t read it yet!

Creekwood – I don’t know how many books are supposed to be in this, but I just finished Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda and I physically have Leah on the Offbeat, but haven’t started it yet.

An Ember in the Ashes Series – I just picked up An Ember in the Ashes on sale on my Kindle, but I haven’t read this series as at all, but I’ve heard such great things.

Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda

I know I’m a million years late, but I finally read Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Abertalli and I fell in love instantly. It’s the feel good novel I was looking for. I gave it a 5 star rating, partly because of the post-read high and partly because Goodreads still doesn’t allow for half stars in the rating system. My true rating would be 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed the plot development and that the I was genuinely surprised when Blue was revealed. I also liked that the side characters weren’t fully developed, but they weren’t entirely flat either. There was a healthy balance of knowing just enough to understand their perspectives when they would give advice or comment on something, but a limited amount of time was spent on them to ensure we weren’t detoured from the main story line. I find this to be really important when parents are apart of YA stories. If we don’t know much about them, it’s hard to understand why the main character is reacting in a certain way, but I felt like Abertalli did a great job of developing the Spier family so that we could understand their dynamic without need a full biography.

I’d like to commend Becky Abertalli on her ability to make a 300+ page book feel like it’s 150 pages. She kept the chapters short, the e-mail portions relevant, and kept the story pace at a good tempo. I felt like I could’ve read the book in one sitting, but I also found that it was easy to figured out when a moment or event was over so I could pause at the right spot. I long for the days when I was able to sit and read for hours a day, but as a person with a full time job and school, I find myself having to put books down because I have to, not because I want to. 

After the wonderful experience of Simon vs., I think I’m going to jump into Leah on the Offbeat next followed by The Upside of Requited. If you’ve read Simon vs or any of the other Creekwood books, let me know your thoughts!

– Rebekah

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