Sunday, October 20, 2019

Summer Reading in Review: Quantity and Quality

This summer, I read a whole lot of books. Many of them were short and sweet, quite a few were graphic novels, and most were worth the time and energy. Not all, definitely, but I found quite a few diamonds in the rough on the library and bookstore shelves.

I have great memories of reading many of the books on this list. 

I finished most of the Nickel Boys as I paced along the river's shore in a Virginia state park. No Visible Bruises took most of the summer, but I took my time due to the subject matter. I listened to The Lost Gutenberg  as I walked to and from the library under darkening skies. I wanted to savor The Testaments, but instead spent much of a blistering summer weekend in Gilead, curled up in my favorite chair. I paused How to Be a Good Creature when Tess starting showing signs of old age.

I read more titles this summer than in years past, but the total pages is probably close to my average — this summer I consumed a generous amount of juvenile fiction, picture books, and other short books. (Please note: "picture books" are not the same as "graphic novels." Which you know. But it bears repeating.)  

The list below includes a mix of print books 📖, audiobooks 🎧, e-books 📲, library loans 🤓, graphic novels 🖼, and juvenile fiction and non-fiction 👧.


  1. I Could Pee on This Too 📲
  2. Fortunately the Milk 📖👧
  3. Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and other heartwarming letters from Kitty) 📲
  4. Only Human 📲
  5. Rupert Can Dance 📖🤓👧
  6. Mr. Putter and Tabby Smell the Roses 📖🤓👧
  7. Sheets 📖🤓🖼
  8. The Testaments 📖
  9. Mr. Putter and Tabby Hit the Slopes 📖🤓👧
  10. You wouldn’t want to be sick in the 16th Century 📖🤓👧
  11. No Visible Bruises 📖
  12. The Ghost Studies 📲
  13. Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page 📲👧
  14. The Nickel Boys 🎧
  15. Summer Hours at the Robbers Library 📖
  16. Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery - the graphic novel adaptation 📖🤓🖼
  17. The Someone New 📖👧
  18. The Psychology of Time Travel 📲
  19. Waking Gods 📲
  20. Behind the Scenes at the Museum 📖
  21. Never Split the Difference 🎧
  22. Vincent 📖🤓🖼
  23. The Confessions of Max Tivoli 📲
  24. The Baltimore Book of the Dead 📖🤓
  25. City of Ghosts 📲 🤓
  26. Anything is Possible 📖
  27. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach 📖🤓👧
  28. Probable Paws (Mystic Notch Book 5) 📲
  29. Severance 📖
  30. The Last Dragon 📖🤓 🖼
  31. Maneater Vol. 1 📖🤓 🖼
  32. Underground Airlines 📲
  33. Ghosted 📲 🤓
  34. The Lost Gutenberg 🎧
  35. Nine Perfect Strangers 📖
  36. Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love And What to Skip on Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits 📖🤓
  37. Storm of Locusts 📲
  38. The Lost Man 📲
  39. How to be a Good Creature 🎧
  40. Dogs of War 📖🤓🖼
  41. Where’d You Go, Bernadette 📖
  42. The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster 📲
  43. The One Hundred Nights of Hero 📖🤓🖼

I have quite a few "favorite" books this year. I can't decide between Storm of Locusts; Underground Airlines; No Visible Bruises; The Testaments; and the Themis Files books.

 What did you read this summer? Share your list in the comments below, or email me your list and I'll share it with our group.

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