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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.

Megan Antosy is a junior at Penn State Berks double majoring in Business with an option in Marketing and Management, and Professional writing. She also has minors in Entrepreneurship and Women's Studies. When she isn't busy writing or editing articles for HC, you can find her on the beach, reading a book, taking a nap, or drinking tea. She is also Co-CC.
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