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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

End of Summer Report

My Head is Full of Books, end of summer report:

Books read: (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 32
  • Nonfiction: 7; Fiction: 25
  • YA: 21
  • Book club selections: 5 (I'm currently reading two more)
  • YA novel: The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  • Nonfiction: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Memoir: West With the Night by Beryl Markham
  • Book Club Selection: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • Adult novel: The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Leveen
Currently reading:
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling and others
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  • Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Ngygen
Book Reviews written: 33 (yes, I was behind on reviews going into the summer!)

Favorite reviews:
Books read for challenges:
  1. Draw the Line by Linn
  2. The Passion of Dolssa by Berry
  3. The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Leveen
  4. We Are the Ants by Hutchinson
  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  2. West With the Night by Beryl Markham
  3. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
  4. The Splendid Outcome: Africa Stories by Beryl Markham
  • Classics Club Spin book:  A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
  • Potential Printz Award books: 21 read this summer
Favorite Potential Printz Award books, which I will recommend for the BSD Mock Printz list:
  • The Passion of Dolssa by Berry
  • We Are the Ants by Hutchinson
  • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Orgill
  • Character, Driven by Lubar
Reading obsessions:
  • Africa books
  • Potential Printz Award books 
What's up next:
  • The end of September we will pick the Mock Printz reading list. I hope to have at least 35 YA books (published in 2016) read by that time (I've already finished 33 total.)
  • I currently have four books checked out which I haven't even started yet. There is always a new book to capture my attention.


  1. I'm excited to see what goes on your Mock Printz list even though I don't go to your school. I'm a few titles behind on the starred review reads and I'm hoping I can at least catch up by my winter break.

  2. Wow, what a reading summer you had! 32 books in just 3 months is amazing - very impressive!

    And congratulations on completing the Big Book Summer Challenge with 4 Big Books - excellent! Glad you joined the challenge again this summer. Feel free to link this wrap-up post up in the review link-up if you want to.

    Now, onto the fall!


    2016 Big Book Summer Challenge

  3. Impressive, Anne! When you retire, will you still read so much YA lit, or do you think your reading habits will change?

    1. I don't think I will read as much YA when I retire though I bet I will read some. I admit that I often find YA books tedious especially if I read a lot of them in a row. That is why books like The Passion of Dolssa are so surprisingly wonderful. I expect teens with problems and parents who aren't paying attention and what you get it a complicated and thorough look at a time in history which was both fascinating and disturbing. I will miss this kind of YA if I abandon it completely.

  4. What a good number of books and great range, too. Are you caught up with your reviews now? I hate having them hang over from one month to the next ... but it always happens!

    1. No. I am never caught up on my reviews. I know I am at least three review behind on my YA books and I want to write a view reviews for the adult books. It is an on-going battle.


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