Summer reading wrap-up

Happy Wednesday, pals! Today, I thought I’d do a wrap-up of my summer reading. I start class today, so summer is officially over for me. So we’re going to go over all the books I read since my last reading wrap-up.

plus homegoing

(πŸ“š) = owned prior to 2019
(πŸ“–) = on TBR prior to 2019
(🎢) = audiobook
(πŸ†“) = read on OverDrive
(✨) = favourite

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (5 stars) (πŸ“š, πŸ“–): I’m so glad I finally read this book! It was everything I hoped it would be and I loved everything about it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (3.5 stars) (πŸ“š, πŸ“–): I thought this book was super entertaining, and I’m so happy to have finally read it.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (4.5 stars) (πŸ“–, 🎢, ✨): excuse me while I cry about this book series. I love everything about it. I love the characters and the plot and the audiobook narrator. I cannot get enough of it.

Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont (4 stars) (πŸ†“): this was a really solid short story anthology that I found super interesting. If you’re interested in reading more by Indigenous women, I’d highly recommend this one!

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neil (3.5 stars) (πŸ“–, πŸ†“): my review for this book is coming on Friday, so get ready for that! Overall, I really enjoyed a lot of it.

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (4 stars) (πŸ“–, πŸ†“, ✨): this book was so good!!!!! I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I read it, and I will probably end up buying myself a copy at some point.

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene KaaberbΓΈl and Agnete Friis (3 stars) (πŸ“–, πŸ†“): I thought this book was historical fiction when it is in fact a thriller, so I was vv confused for the first bit. But it was really solid and entertaining.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (2 stars) (πŸ“–, πŸ†“): I mean, it’s definitely dystopian Gossip Girl. I didn’t hate it, but I also probably won’t reread it nor would I recommend it, hence the two stars.

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (4.5 stars) (🎢, ✨): I love Ronan Lynch!!!

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson (4 stars) (πŸ“–, ✨): I also ended up really enjoying this book. I thought it was really entertaining and real-feeling. Definitely recommend it if you want something fast and entertaining.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars) (🎢): I love Blue and Gansey!!!!!

Columbine by Dave Cullen (4 stars) (πŸ“–, πŸ†“): this book has been on my Goodreads TBRΒ literally since the day I made my Goodreads account. And I’ve finally read it! I’d definitely recommend this if you want an in-depth look at the Columbine shooting.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl (3.5 stars) (πŸ“–, πŸ†“): I’ve come to the conclusion that thrillers are just not for me because I rarely find them thrilling. But, despite not being thrilling, this book was still a good read.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (4 stars) (✨): being totally honest, I didn’t think I was going to like this book because it took me about two weeks to read the first three chapters. But I loved the characters and haven’t stopped thinking about it since soΒ Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (3.5 stars): I really enjoyed this one!!! Definitely not my favourite Lisa See, nor do I think it’s her best, but I still enjoyed reading it and felt like I learned a lot.

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (3 stars) (πŸ“–, πŸ†“): I mean,,, it’s fine. Was it entertaining? Yes. But that’s really all I can say about it.

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I managed to read 16 books this summer, which is amazing (for me) and I’m so happy about! I also felt like I read a lot of great books these past few months, in contrast to the first few months of the year.

But what about you? How was your summer reading? What were your favourites? Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Ally xx

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19 thoughts on “Summer reading wrap-up

  1. Congrats on 16 books! Also – most of them seemed to have good ratings, so that’s a plus πŸ˜€ I’ve been looking forward to reading The Thousandth Floor. Your description of ‘dystopain Gossip Girl’ has me eager than ever to try it, even if it only ends up being 2 stars haha

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  2. Ahhhh I still need to pick up the Raven Cycle series, it’s literally been on my TBR (I’m looking at it RIGHT now) for yearsssss & I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet because it sounds like the PERFECT read for me!

    That’s so interesting – I actually HATED Conversations With Friends even though I’ve read quite a few good reviews about it πŸ˜‚ Each to their own, I guess?

    πŸ’› Ngoc

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    1. Ahhhhh it’s so good!! I was kind of skeptical about it, but I’ve ended up loving it so much! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it, too!

      Ooh interesting! I honestly didn’t think I was going to like it and was pretty surprised that I did. My mom wasn’t the biggest fan of it, though, so I think it’s definitely a personal preference thing

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  3. Nicely done! I’ve read and enjoyed Ready Player One, but it didn’t live up to the hype surrounding it at the time. I think 3.5 stars is a perfect rating for that one.

    I haven’t read any Lisa See yet, so I’m curious to know which one is your favorite. I think The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is the one I picked based on the blurb, but I haven’t heard many people who’ve actually read the books talk about them.

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    1. Thank you! I think I went in with lowish expectations, and it was pretty much what I expected, which definitely helped!

      My favourite would probably be Shanghai Girls, which I think is a popular favourite of hers. My biggest issue with Tea Girl was the pacing — it would skip several months in one paragraph, which just seemed,, off? But I loved the story and everything else. I hope you like it when you get to it!


      1. Yeah, I definitely think that the hype didn’t do Ready Player One any favors. It was an enjoyable enough book, though.

        Cool, thanks! I’ve heard of Shanghai Girls too, I just don’t remember now why the synopsis for Tea Girl resonated with me the most. Still, I’m hoping to enjoy it — and any others of hers that I try!

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