Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Big Book Summer Challenge Wrap Up

Summer has come and gone, and I amazed myself by reading more big books than I had expected. The Big Book Summer Challenge was hosted by Sue at Book by Book. It was a pretty easy challenge: I just had to read at least one book that was over 400 pages between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I knew I'd succeed because I had a long book scheduled for book club. But I ended up reading even more, thanks to the Chaos Walking series!

Here are the big books I read this summer:
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (479 pages)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (479 pages)
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (on my Nook, but the paperback is over 500 pages)

Unfortunately, I haven't managed to review any of these. I've barely written any reviews all summer. But I feel that I've accomplished something pretty significant with reading three "big" books in just three months. Since I started by book blog four years ago, I have been more focused on reviews than I have been on reading. This year, I'm enjoying reading. But at some point, I really do need to write all of these reviews that have backed up!!

Thanks to Sue for hosting this challenge! You've inspired me to read more big books: I'm currently reading Wool by Hugh Howey, which is 509 pages long.


  1. Congratulations, Julie - sounds like you had a great Big Book Summer! Glad I inspired you. I really like this, too - otherwise, those big books just keep getting pushed aside.

    I am also behind on reviews - so hard to keep up with everything, isn;t it?

    Glad you enjoyed the challenge this year - hope you will join again next summer! Oh, and I am dying to read Wool - keep hearing amazing things about it!


    1. Thank you so much for hosting, Sue!!

  2. I went crazy this past weekend and wrote up reviews for 33 books! Yes, 33! (Well, many of them were children's books....) But you can do it, too.

    Here's my It's Monday!

    1. Wow! Good for you! I'm going to try to stay away from reading until I can get at least a few of these reviews written!!


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