Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Celebrating Successful Summer Reading!

YOU GUYS!!! Back in June I wrote this summer TBR post. I mentioned that I'm horrible at sticking to TBR plans, but I went through the exercise for Top Ten Tuesday anyway. I never thought I'd ACTUALLY follow through with reading the list! I managed to read nine of the ten books I posted about before the official end of summer (September 21st)

Here are the books I read, and I've even reviewed all of them!

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel, a quick-reading, engaging non-fiction book about the people who made the space program tick in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. 

The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy, is possibly my fave Van Booy book to date! The short vignette chapters played to his strengths as a short story writer, but it had a cohesive, novel feel since it all tied together. 

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley - I adored this book! It's so quaint and charming and full of Britishness. You can clicky to check out my video review since the written one has not posted here yet. 

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller, was a touching, innovative take on one of the Trojan War's most famous heroes, Achilles, and his love, Patroclus.  

The Ask and the Answer, by Patrick Ness, is my favorite of the first two books in the series. It was full of action and intrigue but it didn't rip my heart out in the "hide behind your hands" way that the first book did. 

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, was a touching memoir of family, endurance, and resourcefulness. Even though her parents were ape-poo crazy. A new favorite memoir, for sure. 

 A Prayer For Owen Meany, by John Irving, was just a great book. Detailed, involving, and perfectly woven together. 

The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell, holds a new spot on my all-time favorites list. It was a touching, involving, funny, divinely human book. So many wonderful things to say about this one. 

The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber, was like a classic Victorian novel on crack. It was gross, it was crass, it was awesome! 

The only book I didn't get around to from my list was The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, by Kathleen Alcott. And it's kind of crazy since this is a relatively short book! But I started reading it near the beginning of the summer, I got 60 pages in before I had to pick up some other things, and I just haven't gone back to start it over. It's a great book so far, so I'm looking forward to tackling it before the end of the year. 

How did your summer reading stack up? Did you make plans and stick to them or prescribe to more of a free-flowing philosophy? 

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