What I did This Summer: the Book Edition

What did I do? Mostly, I read. I read a lot. I set out to read 25 books between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I finished the Summer while reading Book 27.


How did I pick them? I read some books as they came out. I follow some Young Adult publishers and literary agents on Twitter so I knew what was coming out. There are some authors that I tried to finish off by reading all of their available novels. I didn’t manage to do that for anyone though. I also have a Goodreads account. There’s 109 books on my “to read” list, so I had a lot to work with.


So, in chronological order…


  1. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. 3.5/5 stars
  2. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell 3/5 stars
  3. Summer Days and Summer Nights (short story collection) 3/5 stars
  4. The Last Summer (of me and you) by Ann Brashares 3.5/5 stars
  5. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 3/5 stars
  6. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 4/5 stars
  7. All Fall Down by Ally Carter 4/5 stars
  8. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood 3/5 stars
  9. Baby Proof by Emily Giffen 3/5 stars
  10. Bright Young Things by Anna Gobersen 3.5/5 stars
  11. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin 3/5 stars
  12. The Diviners by Libba Bray 3/5 stars
  13. See How They Run by Ally Carter 3/5 stars
  14. The Selection by Kiera Cass 4.5/5 stars
  15. The Royal Wedding Disaster by Meg Cabot 3.5/5 stars
  16. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz 3.5/5 stars
  17. The Cursed Child by JK Rowling 3/5 stars
  18. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead 3/5 stars
  19. The Elite by Kiera Cass 4.5/5 stars
  20. Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman 4/5 stars
  21. The One by Kiera Cass 4/5 stars
  22. Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson 4/5 stars
  23. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass 3.5/5 stars
  24. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by EK Johnston 5/5 stars
  25. Pretenders by Lisi Harrison 3.5/5 stars
  26. Me Before You 3.5/5 stars
  27. After Alice by Gregory Maguire 3/5 stars


Favorite Book of the Summer

Exit, Pursued by a Bear


 I really like Kiera Cass and the Elite series. I also really liked The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Ally Carter, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman, Meg Cabot, and Maureen Johnson also write great books. I just didn’t read anything by them that’s a clear favorite.

What’s next?

This semester, in addition to any other books I come up with, I think I’ll try to read myself out of Gayle Forman, Kate Brian, Kiera Cass, and E. Lockhart.


Happy Reading!

If you are interested in After Alice, I reviewed it.