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Friday, September 9, 2016

Summer Reading Recap.

Here's the short version:

I read 39 books.
I did not cover my Bingo card.

my final card - nine Bingos!
If you'd asked me back on May 25 what I thought this summer's reading might bring, I wouldn't have guessed either of those. I came really close on Bingo, but couldn't manage to read a literary journal cover to cover. As recently as last Friday, I was seriously thinking about spending a few hours with one, just to do it. But then I thought more about the breadth and quality of the rest of my summer reading and decided to finish up two books for the Read Harder challenge instead.

Here's the longer version of what I read:

24 books for Bingo (if you click on the image, it will take you to my Goodreads shelf where you can see more about the titles, how they fit the squares, and what I thought about them).
sorted by rating, date finished (most recent 5 star book is top left)

13 books for Read Harder (ditto about the image) and finished all the reading for that challenge (I still need to watch a movie based on one of the books to compare/contrast; that won't happen until Sara visits later this year). The image below is all 24 books I read for the challenge.
sorted by rating, date finished
Two other books - which turned out to be my least favorite books so far this year. I'm done talking about those!

Nine books landed on my 2016 Favorites shelf and one (Invisible Man) also on my All-time Favorites. I counted nine books as 5-stars, a whopping 24 as 4-stars, four as 3-stars and those two duds. I listened to 19 of the books and and read 20. 26 were fiction and 13 were non-fiction.

Here are a few of the highlights:
I'm grateful to all of you, many of whom are also my Goodreads friends, for your recommendations. It was a great summer of reading!

One final note about Bingo - if you played along (no matter how many Bingos you got), please be sure to share a blog post or a photo on Instagram (and tag me @mere2007).  I'm going to do a wrap up and draw for a prize later this month.

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Blogger Bonny said...

You are an adventurous reader! I'm always amazed at how much I learn from people's book posts and reading recaps. You've provided lots of interesting information and book recommendations, and I love your highlights. I now have so many books lined up that I almost don't know what to read next, but Nobody's Fool, Invisible Man, and a reread of The Outsiders will be among them. Short History is one of the few books I keep on my ipod so it's there to listen to any time I don't have anything else in the queue. I've been listening and relistening to it for > 10 years! Happy Reading!
My Book Bingo blog post:

Friday, 09 September, 2016  
Blogger Carole said...

Wow! That's a lot of books! And some really great ones, too!

Friday, 09 September, 2016  
Blogger margene said...

You are an adventurous reader, as Bonny said, and you've grown my reading TBR list. I have so much reading to do yet this year. Great post and thank you for the suggestions!

Friday, 09 September, 2016  
Anonymous Patty said...

I always love seeing what you've read! And I always find something new to read. Great post and congratulations on reading all those books!

Friday, 09 September, 2016  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

I love these Book Bingo posts... so many to add to my own list!!

Friday, 09 September, 2016  
Blogger Lydia said...

Wow! That's still some serious reading! Well done

Sunday, 11 September, 2016  
Blogger Penny said...

You had an impressive summer of reading! And of course I will be adding some of these to my own list of books I want to read. I want to thank you for letting me join in - it was fun!

Monday, 12 September, 2016  

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