20 Books of Summer 2018: Wrap Up

And just like that…the summer is over. 🙁

This has been a busy year and I’ve tried not to neglect my blog. Eventually, I’ll stumble over a posting schedule that works. In the meantime, reviewing took a backseat to reading, but I’m still not sure how I feel about a few of these books or what I’ll write about them.

Ultimately, I read 14 books (4,759 pages) and reviewed six. I started many books but had a hard time getting drawn into them. Several on the list were put aside in favor of Kindle books or titles with larger print. I need new glasses! Of the unreviewed titles, I’d most recommend Stiff. The hardest review to write will be for The Fifth Season because just about everyone thinks it’s brilliant while I think it’s hilariously awful. It’s the first book of a trilogy, though, so maybe I should withhold judgement until I see where it goes.


  1. The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
  2. The Eternal Wonder by Pearl S. Buck
  3. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  5. Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith
  6. While I Was Gone by Sue Miller

Read (** = off list, oops)

  1. Embers by Sándor Marái
  2. **Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
  3. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  4. The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
  5. **The Lost World by Michael Crichton
  6. **Snap by. Belinda Bauer
  7. **Stiff by Mary Roach
  8. **The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

I’m halfway through The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and it’s the best Chabon I’ve read. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it stays good. I much prefer Snow to My Name Is Red, but it’s just as dense and I keep putting it off until I’ve got a nice big chuck of reading time. I also read a couple hundred pages of Crime and Punishment. I really, really, really wanted to finish this one this year so that I can finally cross it off my list. Someone online says it gets good after the first three hundred pages. Just one hundred more until it stops feeling like schoolwork, right?

I hope everyone had a good summer!
Now, bring on the snow! 😀

6 Comments on “20 Books of Summer 2018: Wrap Up

  1. I love when you do the “I read it for you so you don’t have to” reviews, so maybe you so some I couldn’t read it for you ones and tell us when and why you stopped.

    • I have a couple of those put to the side… It’s hard to tell whether they’re too harsh, or if they’re alright. I think they’re funny and not mean-spirited, but I like to let them sit until I decide. 🙂

  2. haha I’m not sure I’m committed enough to slog through 300 pages to get to the good parts!

    • Me neither! I’m still trying to push through a few pages at a time. I always hear such good things about this book that I’m curious about the ending even though I don’t particularly like it.

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