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 πŸ“–, audiobooks πŸŽ§, e-books πŸ“², library loans πŸ€“, graphic novels πŸ–Ό, and juvenile fiction and non-fiction πŸ‘§.


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

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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