Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Reading Challenges Update

School begins for the Painter family tomorrow and so my Book a Day challenge is at an end for the year. I read a ton of great picture books, MG novels, and YA novels. Because of this and the 48 HBC I'm 15 books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads goal for the year. That will come in handy once homeschool co-op starts and I'm grading papers for three high school English classes. I will miss having so much time to read, but am excited about getting back to teaching and structure as well.

I am still participating in two summer reading challenges though.
Here are my goals and what I have read so far:
Series I Aim to Finish:
The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart (2 books to go) My Review
The Lion Hunters series by Elizabeth Wein (3 books to go) Review posts Thursday!
The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima (3 books to go-though I think I should reread the 1st too)

Finished Series I will Read Completely:
The Tiffany Aching books in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

So yeah-still lots to read in the next six weeks.

What I plan to reread:
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
The Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson
The Drowned Vault by N.D. Wilson
The Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones
ADDED: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima-Reminded to do this by first challenge.

I'm laughing at how overly ambitious I was.


  1. The Tiffany Aching series is pretty good!
    I've read the first two books in the Attolia series, but haven't liked them as much as a lot of people. Do you think The King of Attolia is worth giving the series a second chance?

    1. I may not be the person to ask about reading King of Attolia as it is my favorite series of all time. I do think it greatly depends on what you didn't like about the first two.

      I'm looking forward to starting the Tiffany Aching books. They are my next priority.

  2. Here's my review of the second book on Goodreads. It pretty much sums up what I liked and didn't like about the series. In a nutshell, it had an interesting concept and characters, but the story just seemed dull a lot of the time.
    I feel kind of mad at myself that I don't love these books, because I love character-driven novels and fantasy, but something about this series hasn't clicked with me.

    1. I liked the first two MWT books, but did not LOVE them...then came King of Attolia, and it is one of my top ten books of all time. It is told from a new point of view--one character who is a newcomer to the reader and to Gen, which makes it all fresh again. KOA I read, then immediatly re-read, and then I went back and re-read the first two, and liked them much more!

    2. Thanks Charlotte! I'll definitely give King of Attolia a shot.

    3. I agree with Charlotte, you should give it a try.

    4. Also Charlotte, I never knew this about you. Huh. I too read KoA over immediately. Stayed up all night. Best book hangover ever.