Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
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):
If I Stay by Gayle Forman Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Paper Towns by John Green The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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
The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer A. Nielsen The School for Good & Evil by Soman Chainani
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
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?