Summer Reading Update

Labor Day weekend is here and the first week of school is over which means summer has officially ended. I’m sad to see it go, but fall is my favorite time for reading! I didn’t quite hit all my reading goals for the summer, but I’m proud of what I have accomplished. Here’s a link to my original goals: https://adventuresinpages.com/2018/07/06/summer-reading-plans

Working on BOTM Backlist…

I did read When Katie Met Cassidy and that’s about it…haha oops. BUT I did get Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine on audio so I can help my problem and I’ve start The Broken Girls on audio as well. It sounds creepy though so I may have to go back the physical copy. 

Unfinished Series Unread Shelf:

I’m still in the same spot of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but in my defense I don’t want the series to end. I know that’s irrational, but it’s my first ever read through and I’m a mess.

I also never got to Thunderhead, but I did finish the Beartown duology. I loved Us Against You so very much. I want to write a review for it, but I feel like I won’t do it justice. 

I did finish A Gathering of Shadows and I’m half way though A Conjuring of Light. I can’t get enough of Delilah Bard and Kell Maresh! I love them so much. My need to know what happens next is currently outweighing my slowly breaking heart realizing that there isn’t another book available in the series, but it’ll be okay! 

I haven’t read Leah on the Offbeat yet. I’m nervous because I loved Simon vs so much that I’m afraid I won’t like Leah as much. 

Three Dark Crowns series continues on Tuesday with the release of Two Dark Reigns and I cannot wait! I’m starting the novella, Queens of Fennbirn, tonight because I’m so excited for this story to continue! 

I kind of threw away the plan…

In all my anxiety and procrastination of this summer backlist, I completely avoid at times. Here’s a list of some of the other books I read this summer…

18 books later and I completed my GoodReads Reading Challenge of 40 books so I’ve updated it to 70 to see if I can reach that by the end of the year. If I do, it’ll be the most I’ve ever read in a year!

That’s all I have for this reading update. What did you guys read this summer? Any new all time favorites? Share your updates in the comments. 

The Summer of Chances

Synopsis: Donovan Jordan is a young and handsome Jazz Band director navigating a career in education in a new and challenging city. Yearning for change (and a few extra dollars), he forms a Jazz/R&B band with his friends. Managing the band, his career and love life with an “on again off again” girlfriend gets intense when a strikingly beautiful co-worker makes her intentions known. Will Donovan realize his purpose through faith and perseverance or choose to play it safe?

Stars: DNF

Genre: Fiction – Contemporary

When Tracey Jackson reached out to me about reading and reviewing her novel, I was excited by the synopsis and the opportunity to support the work of a fellow black woman. As I tried to read The Summer of Chances, I found myself struggling to feel the same excitement with the writing as I did with the initial synopsis. The writing felt forced as if the author was so focused on setting the scene that adjectives became a requirement instead of thoughtfully placed. As I was reading the first few pages, it felt more like a student trying to meet a word limit on a book report than an author trying to build the setting. I also struggling with the balance of internal monologue, dialogue, and setting description. In the bit that I did read, it felt like each was fighting to be the priority rather than the story itself. Ultimately I didn’t not finish this read. Maybe I’ll revisit it in the future, but right now I just don’t feel the motivation to work through it. I can see the framework of the story being interesting and for readers who read with a less critical eye, this would be a great summer read. It’s only 250 pages so its not intimidating in size and the story isn’t too niche so I can see it reaching a wide audience. Ultimately, I wish Tracey the best of luck as she continues this series.