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Reading Challenge: Summer Update

Summer Book Challenge ListTrying to read during the summer can be hard to do. Between work, spending extra time with my son and over all just being out and about more, I struggled to get an adequate amount of books read. So instead of doing an update every month, I decided to group everything from June through August into one update. Despite my struggles, I’m fairly pleased with the outcome as I managed to complete fourteen books and four comics.

Fortunately, I’m no longer in a reading slump and I’m finding it easier to make time to get into books again. So here’s to a successful September reading update.

For the summer, I read the following books:

Angel FaceAngel Face: The Real Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox by Barbie Latza Nadeau

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book set in a different country, a book based on a true story, a non-fiction book, abook with bad reviews

Review: Since I read another book on this case, I knew a lot of what to expect in regards to the trial of Amanda Knox. However, as I sometimes do, I read through the first dozen or so reviews on Goodreads and was intrigued to find if this book was truly as… Read More

Crimson BoundCrimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book with a color in the title, a book with magic

Review: Let me start off by saying I think Rosamund Hodge has a great theme going with her different takes on classical fairy tales. In Crimson Bound, she managed to take the story of Little Red Riding Hood and twist it into a tale where Little Red Riding… Read More

CressCress by Marissa Meyer

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book with a one-word title, a book set in the future, a book with magic

Review: As much as I have enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, I have found it difficult to initially get interested in the beginning of every book, except Fairest. Truth be told, much like Scarlet, Cress is extremely dull as a character. Worse than that, she’s an… Read More

Jurassic Park Vol 1Jurassic Park Vol. 1: Danger by Walter Simonson

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a graphic novel

Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Jurassic Park comics. In short, the comics are clearly just based off of the film adaptation of the original book. The characters for the most part, resemble the actors from the movie and the flow of the comic seems steady enough… Read More

iZombie Dead to the WorldiZombie Vol. 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a book with magic, a book turned into a TV show

Review: I really wanted to love this comic, especially since I really enjoyed the CW’s iZombie. First off, let me say the comics and the show are completely different. Gwen doesn’t know how she became a zombie and she finds herself befriending a unusual group of supernaturals. She doesn’t spend her time solving murders and her job couldn’t be any further from that of the… Read More

Boy-Crazy StaceyBoy-Crazy Stacey by Ann M. Martin

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book you can finish in a day, a book from your childhood

Review: I know my younger self is probably cursing me out right now, but this book really made me dislike Stacey McGill. I say this because from the first book of hers I read, she was my favorite babysitter in this series. Ironically, this is far from the first time I’ve read this particular book. I suppose it is through my thirty year old eyes, I am finally able to see the flaws… Read More

iZombie Vol 2 uVampireiZombie Vol. 2: uVampire by Chris Roberson

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a book with magic, a book turned into a TV show

Review: I was a little disappointed by the first izombie book, what with it’s wanna be scooby doo gang vibe. This one didn’t do much to improve my opinion of the series. Basically focused on the origins of several of the characters, there’s not much else explored in this book. You still don’t know how/why Gwen died. However, you do find out how Scott became a wereterrier… Read More

Truth or DieTruth or Die by James Patterson

Challenge: A book published this year, a mystery or thriller, a book from an author that you love but haven’t read yet

Review: As I sit in here in the minutes following the ending of this book, I can’t help but wonder, “What the hell did I just read?” I’ll admit, the beginning of the book was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I found myself rolling my eyes at Trevor Mann’s perfect relationship and I had an odd sense of irony creeping into my gut. After all, many of Patterson’s books revolve… Read More

iZombie Six Feet Under and RisingiZombie Vol. 3: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book you can finish in a day, a book with magic, a book turned into a TV show

Review: Perhaps it’s because I’m not reading each individual comic as it came out. But I really can’t get into this series. It’s just far too busy and heavy handed. Between the random Dead Presidents interruptions, to the mass zombie attack after attack after attack (which keeps happening to Gwen, despite the fact that Gwen, herself, is a zombie), I just can’t even fathom… Read More

BurnedHouse of Night: Burned by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Challenge: A book written by someone under 30, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book with a one-word title, a book set in high school, a book with magic

Review: For weeks I have struggled to make it through this reread. While I had several issues with the previous books, this one truly took the cake. In fact, I am certain this is turning point for my original interest in this book. As a fan of the series, I remember P.C. Cast writing about her trip to Scotland and the… Read More

The Girl in 6EThe Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

Challenge: A book with a number in the title, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book based entirely on its cover, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: Locked away in a tiny apartment for three years, Deanna Madden, or as the outside world knows her as, Jessica Riley, finds herself fighting a daily battle within herself. But no one is holding her hostage and it’s only by her own doing that she has no physical contact with other human beings, … Read More

MythologyMythology by Edith Hamilton

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book of short stories, a book set in a different country, a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, a book with magic

Review: Growing up, I was always a fan of Greek mythology. There was something intriguing about how the ancient Greeks used these myths to explain the natural events that happened during their time. Even more so was the dynamic between the Gods… Read More

Miss MayhemMiss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author, a book a friend recommended, a book with a love triangle, a book set in high school, a book with magic, a book from an author you’ve never read

Review: Let me start off by saying, I’m a little torn about my feelings about this book. In fact, when it comes to writing a review, it’s really difficult to type out your thoughts when you have both a positive and negative experience with a story. So… Read More

Double LoveSweet Valley High: Double Love by Francine Pascal

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book from your childhood, a book with a love triangle, a book set in high school, a book turned into a TV show

Review: Originally, I didn’t get into the Sweet Valley series until I was in high school, more than fifteen years after this book was published. Despite this fact, I actually enjoyed the books of the series, more so when the books started becoming mini-trilogies within the series. Sadly, as I reread the first book, I found… Read More

I, RipperI, Ripper by Stephen Hunter

Challenge: A book published this year, a mystery or thriller, a book set in a different country, a book based (loosely) on a true story, a book based entirely on its cover, a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

Review: Jack the Ripper is probably one of the biggest mysteries of the 19th century. His ability to taunt the police and get away with murdering five prostitutes has left his name infamous… Read More

Secret BrotherSecret Brother by V.C. Andrews

Challenge: A book published this year, a book by a female author (in name only), a book set in high school, a book set during Christmas

Review: Secret Brother is an epic failure. There’s few things right with this story and hundreds of pages of things that are wrong. The truth is, it’s really distracting to continue to see V.C. Andrews name on new releases, especially when she has been dead for nearly thirty years… Read More

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

Challenge: A book became a movie, a funny book, a book a friend recommended, a book set in the future, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: If you are looking for something interesting to read, I’d gladly point you to another book. However, what Andy Weir has done is to create an extremely interesting and at times humorous story about a not so humorous… Read More

The Winter WitchThe Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book set in a different country, a book based on its cover, a book with magic, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: I don’t typically read anything that resembles a romance of any kind and fortunately for me, this is not one. Despite being set around the young Morgana’s struggles in her new marriage, it was hardly anything that would constitute a … Read More

Books read to date (New): 50 of 75

Books read to date (Total): 71 of 75

Challenges completed: 40 of 50

Goosebumps Reread (Total): 2

Fear Street Reread (Total): 3

House of Night Reread (Total): 7

Sweet Valley High Reread (Total): 1

The Baby-sitters Club Reread (Total): 9

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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