Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Summer 2014 Genre Challenge Conclusion!

The beginning of school has left me extremely busy, but I have finally been able to complete and conclude my Summer 2014 Genre Challenge, which was to read at least one book in each genre below by the end of summer vacation. I have successfully completed this goal, by reading at least one book in each genre category by the end of the summer (my reviews were a little behind).

Here is the final list of the books I originally (although it did go through many edits) intended to read (29 total) and the ones I did read and reviewed (crossed off, 20 total):

Contemporary Romance:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Realistic Fiction:

Paper Towns by John Green

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Historical Fiction:

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Eon by Alison Goodman

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce


Legend by Marie Lu

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Dangerous by Shannon Hale


The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Middle Grade:

The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The School for Good & Evil by Soman Chainani

Graphic Novel:

Blankets by Craig Thompson

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang


A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes) by Arthur Conan Doyle

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Non Fiction:

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (read only 100 pages)

Personalities and Problems: Interpretive Essays in World Civilizations by Ken Wolf


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I purposefully chose to read more books in the genres I am not so familiar with, and only read one in both fantasy and historical fiction. However, all the books not crossed off on this list are still very much on my to-read list, and I look forward to reading them!

As is made clear in my genre reviews in each book review, this challenge of mine was a wonderful opportunity that I learned quite a bit from. I opened up to many genres I did not read much of prior to the challenge, including realistic fiction, contemporary romance, non fiction, adult, and classics. I loved the vast majority of the books on this list (see individual reviews for more details), and hope to read more in each of these genres in the future.

(A few days after publishing this post, the page entitled Gwen’s Summer 2014 Genre Challenge will be removed to save space, but the original post will still be available.)

What transformations in your reading habits and perspectives occurred this summer or at another point in your life? Do you have any other challenges to recommend to fellow bloggers and readers?


One comment on “Gwen’s Summer 2014 Genre Challenge Conclusion!

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This entry was posted on September 7, 2014 by in Adult, Author: Gwen, Book List, Gwen's Summer 2014 Genre Challenge, Middle Grade, Young Adult and tagged , , .
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