Summer is over, and it’s time to wrap up my 10 Books of Summer challenge. I packed my list with books I wanted to complete for various other challenges — The #LoveHain readalong, #ReadingtheMeow in June, Read All Around the World, Spiritual Memoir Challenge, and StoryGraph Onboarding Challenge — or that had been on my TBR for a long time. And it was a great success! I read eight of the ten books on my original list, plus six that I added as alternates or additional reads, for a total of 14 books.
One book I started but didn’t finish was The Map of Salt and Stars. It seemed a worthy read, fiction about the Syrian refugee crisis, but for some reason it didn’t grab me and I put it aside. Instead, I picked up two other “around the world” choices, set in Trinidad and Cyprus, that I found more absorbing. I did not even manage to pick up The Brain That Changes Itself; my brain was not up to taking in the neurological information this summer. I hope to get to it later this year.
- Thomasina by Paul Gallico – Reading the Meow
- The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin – August read for LoveHain
- The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar – Around the World, Syria
- The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré – Around the World, Nigeria
- The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge – StoryGraph Onboarding
- Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu – StoryGraph Onboarding, Around the World, Singapore
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Baudy – Spiritual Memoir
- The Salt Path by Raynor Wynn – Spiritual Memoir
- Krabat by Otfried Preußler – Summer in Other Languages
- Voyage au centre de la Terre, by Jules Verne – Summer in Other Languages
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf – Just because I’ve been intending to read it for so long!
- Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa – Make Me Read It, Around the World, Japan
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas StoryGraph Onboarding
- The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak – Around the World, Cyprus
- When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo – Around the World, Trinidad
- The Black Count by Tom Reiss -The true history behind Monte Cristo; I’ve been meaning to read it since it got rave reviews in Nonfiction November
For my own Summer in Other Languages challenge, I enjoyed a buddy read of Voyage au centre de la Terre by Jules Verne, with Emma of Words and Peace. The adventure was much more fun when shared with others. I also managed to finally finish Krabat by Otfried Preußler, which I started a year or two ago but found too difficult at the time. It was heartening to see that my German skills really have improved.
I read more than these 14 books during the summer, as I did not limit myself to such planned reading, but these were definitely some of the highlights. What were yours?