Summer Reading- Final update

I am never very good with assigned reading. As soon as I get it, my mood has changed. I started off the summer with these books sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read.  I promised I would not buy anymore books, until I read them.

  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie  –  Didn’t finish, just couldn’t get into it.
  • Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews – Loved it to pieces. I wish Quixie was a real drink.
  • Bound by Kate Sparkes-
  • Torn by Kate Sparkes-
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin-
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry-  Really good book, don’t know why it took so long to finally read it.
  • The Indie Author Pack: Write Publish Repeat by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant–    Great book, very helpful.  Makes me want to self-publish something today.               Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran,
  • How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn-
    Awesome, loved this set. I recommend these to anyone thinking about self-publishing.
  • Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer- Loved it. Very funny.  Makes me want to visit Charleston.
  • Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  • A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony- Book 1 in the Xanth.  Didn’t finish. I have hopes to get back to it.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee-
  • Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason-
  • Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon– I love her Miss Fortune Series, but I could not get into this one. Mood swing.
  • Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn- Book 1 in an Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series. I had a hard time getting into this one and didn’t finish it.

I guess I read about half of my books. I know you can’t wait to hear the number of books currently on my kindle…..42!  That’s right folks, 42 books. I need a self-help program.  I didn’t read the books I planned on, but I read a dozen others. I also found a new favorite author 🙂

How did you do with your summer reading?

CK

Summer Reading List Update

I’ve made a little progress on my Reading list.

  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie  –  Didn’t finish, just couldn’t get into it.
  • Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews – Loved it to pieces. I wish Quixie was a real drink.
  • Bound by Kate Sparkes-
  • Torn by Kate Sparkes-
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin-
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry-  Really good book, don’t know why it took so long to finally read it.
  • The Indie Author Pack: Write Publish Repeat by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Trant, Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran, How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn-
  • Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer- Loved it. Very funny.  Makes me want to visit Charleston.
  • Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  • A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony- Book 1 in the Xanth.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee-
  • Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason-
  • Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon- Book 1 in Ghost-in-law Mystery Series.
  • Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn- Book 1 in an Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series.

There’s no rhyme or reason in the order in which I am reading these. Just whatever strikes my fancy at the moment. Unfortunately, I’ve added another 6 or 8 books.  I discovered BookBub. I won’t even mention the stack of books I borrowed from the library.

Summer Reading List- Grownup Version

In a previous post, I mentioned signing my kids up for the library’s summer reading program. I’ve created my own.  I finally, finished book 3 in the Outlander series, Voyager. Not sure if I’ll read the next book. My plans are to finally read all the books on my kindle. They’ve piled up recently and it’s time to read them all, or finish what I’ve started. I am not buying another book until I finish what I have.  I promise!

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So here’s my list:

  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie  – This is the Grantchester Mysteries series which is now on PBS.  Thought I’d give the books a try.  I love a good British Mystery.  I’ve got a cup of tea ready.
  • Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews – The perfect author for summer. Andrews is always smart and funny.
  • Bound by Kate Sparkes- This was actually the first book I bought on my kindle, but have yet to finish.  I started it and got distracted by life.
  • Torn by Kate Sparkes- a short story.
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin- This is another one I started and didn’t finish. I don’t watch the show, it’s a bit too graphic. We’ll see how the book ends up.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry- Saw the movie and really enjoyed it. My kids tell me the book is better 🙂
  • The Indie Author Pack: Write Publish Repeat by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Trant, Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran, How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn- I bought this during NaNo last year. Now I just need to read it.
  • Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer- Another great summer read.  This is book 3 in the Liz Talbot Mysteries, I can’t wait to read it. Boyer is so funny.
  • Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  • A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony- Book 1 in the Xanth. Years ago, I read a book in this series and it has stayed with we. I decided to rediscover Xanth by reading the first book.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee- I started this months ago. I’ve read it many times but want to finish it before I buy/read the new one out this summer.
  • Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason- This is book 1 in the Women of Justice series. I’ve read book 3, they tend to be clean reads with lots of suspense.
  • Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon- Book 1 in Ghost-in-law Mystery Series. I’ve enjoyed the Miss Fortune Mysteries Series, so I thought I’d give this one a try.
  • Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn- Book 1 in an Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series. Haven’t read it, love the idea.

Wow, that should keep me busy for a while.

What’s on your summer reading list?

CK

Summer Reading Program

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As a mother of two, I love the local library’s summer reading program.  We’ve been yearly participants since before they could read. Yes, that’s right. At first, I read the books to them and listed them on the form. We must have read every picture book and easy reader in the building, plus those at home.

Once they could read, they took pride in tracking the books on their own. Not a small amount of competition occurred between the two, to see who would read more.  Any printed material is eligible, books, comics, short stories- it’s all good.  As long as you are reading, mama’s happy.

Now, that they’re older, the books tend to be heftier and required for school. That last one I hate, it takes them forever to read. 

This weekend we signed up for the reading program, school ends on Friday. Yippee! My oldest thought for a moment and settled on a reasonable number, I think an even dozen. She reads at a leisurely pace and is easily board.  Finding books that interest her can be difficult.  That’s where the comics and graphic novels come in handy. My youngest took a bolder approach and signed on for 150 books.

A little background on the young one: (she’s 11 now)

When she was small she chewed on every book she could find.  As she grew, I tried to teach her to read with the same Bob books I used with her sister.  She refused.  At one point she brought me one of her favorites, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do Your See? She read the whole thing!  I was stunned, until I realized she had memorized it.  It wasn’t until she went to my parents house and found my mother’s old Dick and Jane books that she finally decided to learn to read.  Even then, it was hard to tell if she was reading or if she’d already memorized the book.  Now, she will read anything.

She checked out 20+ books including The Magic Tree House (ones she hasn’t read yet), Judy Blume, Mercy Watson, and The Mother Daughter Book Club Series (The entire series). This is the same kid who’s read Oliver Twist 3 times. I think she read 7 books by the time school started Monday.  She see’s the reading program as a personal challenge.

A little background on my eldest:

She was a breeze to teach to read.  We spent many hours curled up on the sofa reading to each other.  As she grew, it became harder to find books that interested her.  Required reading was a form of inhumane torture. Judy Moody, became a close and personal friend.  My eldest likes “girl” centric (is that a thing?) books that are a series. She likes a them with adventure and mystery and a bit of fantasy. BUT she has to start with the first book.  She’s the same with her comic books. Currently she is looking for book 1 of Generation X!  She will scrounge around the library and bug the librarian until the first one can be found or ordered from another library.  I’ve never seen a kid happier than the day she discovered you could request the library to buy a book, and then be the first to read it! Now, that she’s 12 and on the edge of teendom, she wants to read “older” books.  Books across the hall in the young adult section. She took Sherlock Holmes to school with her today and has plans to finish off the Hunger Games this summer. Her usual summer reading involves a certain boy with a lightening scar on his forehead, this summer is book 6.

She checked out a dozen or so books, and has already put half back in the library bag.  For whatever reason, they were deemed unworthy and must be returned.  I’m thankful this summer’s required reading is a book she’s already read and enjoyed, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I’m not telling her she has to read Charles Dickens in 7th grade.  I’m accepting book suggestions for her.

Four days and counting until the end of school. I’m not sure who’s more excited, me or them.

What are your summer reading plans?

CK