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Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 – August 31, 2008

UPDATE: August 30, 2008: It is clear, with one day left in the challenge, that will fall short of the books I listed to complete for this challenge. That said, I’m not disappointed. I finished 7 of the 9 I hoped to read – all of which were review books. So I count this challenge as a success even though it remains uncompleted. Thanks, Kathleen for hosting another great reading challenge!


I couldn’t resist this button – and that is always the problem with Kathleen’s challenges…she has such great buttons I just cannot say “no” to them! Kathleen at Rock Creek Rumblings is hosting this seasonal challenge to create a list of summer reads and stick to it! I’ve been getting a lot of ARC’s lately and I need to have a plan to read them in a timely manner…so this is the perfect challenge to get them done.

Here is my list:

  1. Takeover, by Lisa Black (COMPLETED June 8, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. The House at Midnight, by Lucie Whitehouse (COMPLETED June 28, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  3. The Island of Eternal Love, by Daina Chaviano (DNF; unrated; read my thoughts)
  4. The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton (COMPLETED June 10, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  5. Comfort Food, by Kate Jacobs (COMPLETED June 25, 2008; rated 2/5; read my review)
  6. Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  7. The 19th Wife, by Davi Ebershoff (COMPLETED July 28, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (COMPLETED July 31, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  9. The Glimmer Palace, by Beatrice Colin


  1. June 5, 2008    

    I couldn’t remember where I had seen the books you have listed, then I did. I have them on my shelf waiting to be read as well!!! Great job getting a challenge to help you get them read and reviewed! Maybe that is what I need.

  2. June 5, 2008    

    The button caught my eye as well! Happy Reading.

  3. June 5, 2008    

    I looked up 19th Wife after seeing your list because the title intrigued me but it wasn’t listed on amazon. Do you know what it’s about?

  4. June 6, 2008    

    Bethany: LOL – you sound just like me!

    Nise: I just love those buttons! Happy reading to you too 🙂

    Natasha: Here is the Random House “blurb” on the book.

  5. June 6, 2008    

    It is a great button isn’t it!

    I think I’ll sign up for this one tomorrow. You have some interesting books on your list – I can’t wait to read the reviews.

  6. June 6, 2008    

    I’ll be interested in your thoughts on The House at Midnight. I recently read an ARC of it, and thought it very well-written, but disappointing plot-wise.

  7. June 8, 2008    

    Mrs. S: I’m looking forward to ALL of these books!

    Carrie: I haven’t read any reviews yet on House at Midnight (I like to wait to read reviews after I’ve read the book). The concept interested me. I’ll let you know my thoughts!

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