Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge Check-In!


So, I am a little late on my check-in since I was on hiatus on the 21st but I AM participating in the challenge and have been doing my reading like a good girl.  I am a reader by nature but this challenge is helping me to be more intentional about what and when I am reading and I love that!  Here is my progress so far:

* A YA book (mandatory!) ~ Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

This book was okay.  It is a YA book so it is a little different than Sophie Kinsella’s usual writing style.  The characters were younger kids and I could not really relate to them.  I did not love it as much as some of her other books.  My personal favorite by her is Remember Me?  If you haven’t read that yet you definitely should!

* Non US Author  (mandatory!) ~ Woman With a Secret by Sophie Hannah

* A book that was recommended by a blogger  (mandatory!) ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (recommended by Kristen)

* A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more ~ The Carrier by Sophie Hannah

* A book with a kickass female character ~ Divergent by Veronica Roth

* A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) ~ The Martian by Andy Weir   UPDATE – I have decided to read Paper Towns by John Green instead.  I keep seeing the commercial for the movie and I think it looks great.

* A book written by a comedian or celebrity ~ The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

* A book with a one word title ~ You by Caroline Kepnes 

* A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge ~ The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (recommended by every blogger I know)

Okay, so TGOTT…I know that EVERYONE and their Mother loved this book but I was ehhhh about it.  I didnt hate it but I was not obsessed with it.  I think that Sophie Hannah or Gillian Flynn do a better job at creating suspense.

* A book about Summer, with Summer in the title ~ Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Geez, as I am writing these reviews I am realizing that I have felt lukewarm about all the books I have read so far during this challenge.  Unfortunately, Summer Secrets was no exception.  It was good but I was not obsessed with it.  They style reminded me very much of Saving Grace and I didn’t really find myself relating too much to the main character.  I was not emotionally invested in her.  It could have ended with her falling off a bridge at the end and I would not have cared.  

I am pretty much done with Divergent though and I really love it.  Even though I have seen the movie the book doesn’t feel too repetitive.  

Next I am going to read Paper Towns.  

Where are you guys in the challenge?  Have you discovered any new authors or any books that you recommend?

10 thoughts on “Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge Check-In!

  1. Christine

    I have been having the same problem with books lately: I just feel lukewarm about them! Here’s hoping we both find something new to love soon!

  2. kristen

    glad you are enjoying Divergent! i really enjoyed it. and i totally felt the same way about the girl on the train, it was okay, i didn’t hate it but it certainly wasn’t as amazing as everyone was saying!

  3. lkn106

    I’m with you on books… I am iffy on them, but at least the mindless ones fly by and I can zone out for a little bit. Divergent was so good! Why do the teen dystopian or vampire dramas all read the best to me?!

  4. Kay R.

    I haven’t read The Girl on the Train but I do not that I’ve read mixed reviews so don’t worry about not loving it! You’re doing great on the challenge btw!!

  5. Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine

    I was not obsessed with the girl on the train or summer secrets either! I find that sometimes expectations for these books are so high, and I’m a little let down when they’re not over-the-top good. Right now I’m reading Sophie Kinsella’s shopaholic to the stars and I find myself giggling and laughing a lot! I feel like I just needed that lighthearted read. Great choices and I hope you have a happy happy Monday pretty lady!

  6. Nadine

    I have a feeling I am not really going to like Girl on a Train either and so I keep putting it off because I am just not excited about it and may never read it. I have been reading up a storm lately, unfortunately…none of the books are on my reading challenge list. I need to focus!!!

  7. Carly

    Ohhh you should still totally read The Martian if you have time! Kristen convinced me to read it, and I never would have otherwise, but I LOVED it! I just added You to my tbr list and might end up using it for the one word category 🙂 Also, I am going to look into Remember Me I reread a few of the Shopaholic books a few months ago and was loving them!


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