Summer Book Challenge: Check In

July 21, 2015

Until I saw both Kay and Kristen's posts I was under the impression that this was set for August 4th. I feel like I missed a memo somewhere. In any event, I've read several of the categories on the list.

I changed my mind about which books to read half a dozen times. I even started some and quit because I just couldn't get into them, but I'll save that for another day.

As for the rest of Summer Book Challenge, I think I'm doing pretty damn well. The challenge ends September 21st and I've read the majority of my books. I strayed - far - from my preliminary list.

A YA book {mandatory}: That Summer / Sarah Dessen

Synopsis: For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

Thoughts: I stumbled on That Summer by Sarah Dessen while at the library one night. After reading Saint Anything I knew this author was a new favorite. This was a quick read {208pgs for the hardcover edition} but it was a decent story.

A book with a kickass female character: The Lovely Bones / Alice Sebold

Synopsis: The spirit of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family's grief, efforts to find the killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened.

Thoughts: I'm glad I gave myself 2 choices for the female lead category because this was more to my liking and I read through it quickly. I liked the way the story was written and although it's a tragic story, some things {like why she can't "move on"} made sense in an earthly sense.

A book that is or will be a movie/TV show: Orange is the New Black / Piper Kerman

Synopsis: With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424—one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

Thoughts: I had zero interest in watching this show but after learning that it was originally a book {aren't they always?} I decided to listen to OITNB through Hoopla {a free audiobook program, fyi}. I'll admit that following the book I started watching the show on Netflix. Let me just say, the book is MUCH better, as they usually are. But for entertainment purposes, I get why the show is unfolding the way it is.

A book with a one word title: Joyland / Stephen King

Synopsis: College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever. 

Thoughts:This was my first Stephen King. I didn't want to pick one of the crazy large ones for obvious reasons and opted for this instead. I read it in a single day. As far s enjoyment, I think that says volumes because I don't remember the last book I read in less than 24 hours. Even though this book isn't "scary", there were moment I found myself looking over my shoulder. He truly is a great storyteller.

A book about summer or with summer in the title: Summerland / Elin Hilderbrand

Synopsis: It's June 15th, the night of Nantucket High School graduation. Four juniors are driving home from a party when something goes horribly wrong and there is a crash. The driver of the car, Penny Alistair, is killed, and her twin brother, Hobby Alistair, is left in a coma. Penny's boyfriend, Jake Randolph, and Penny's friend Demeter Castle are unhurt--but suffer tremendous emotional damage.

Thoughts: Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors so I knew she was going to take the summer category. All her books are set on Nantucket, in the summer. She's pretty much the queen of the beach read. I really liked this book as well and finished it quickly. Her books all read easy and I like that she tells this story from different POVs.

If you want to read other reviews, or to see what's in my queue, you can find me on Goodreads!

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