Book Habits

Summer Reading and Writing in Review

Happy Sunday Bookworms!

Seeing as I leave for college tomorrow, I thought now would be a great time to look back on my summer reading (and writing too).

This summer I finished 12 books. I’m not sure if I think that’s a lot or barely any. I would have loved to read more, but truthfully I don’t think I could have fit in another page! Between working, writing, and keeping up with my friends, I did the best I could.


The summer started with Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth, and yes I did go to her book signing later this summer. Perfect timing!

After a stunning YA Dystopian, I switched genres and read The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner. I recommend this classic so, so much. There were elements of humour, relatable family drama, and creative dialogue. Stick with it, the first section is difficult to read.

I read two more YA novels after The Sound and The Fury before returning to some classic literature, Great Gatsby (which I was reading for the second time), Wuthering Heights, and The Lonely Voice by Frank O’Connor.

O’Connor’s The Lonely Voice was a literary critique of short stories. They are a true art form that I attempted to learn more about this summer. I enjoy literary essays and critiques more and more as I continue to explore the genre. They are great ways to find new authors!

After finishing the non-fiction, I decided to re-read Roth’s Divergent series. This decision was definitely fueled by knowing I would be meeting the amazing author in person! I had never read them again after finishing the series for the first time, so it was great to revisit Tris and her divergent buddies.

My summer reading ended on a somber note. I read Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It was thought provoking, and it had some great one liners. The book is now filled with underlines and highlights! It was also one of the books I grabbed on my latest book haul from the antique store.

Of course, I didn’t just read this summer. I wrote too! I always struggle to write when I have time on my hands. It seems my best work comes out when I’m crunched for time, but I still found a way to make the stories flow this summer. I wrote two short stories, and almost 7,000 words in a new novel idea I have. The novel isn’t being written sequentially quite yet; because, I need time and pages to figure out my characters, figure out where I want the story to go and what I want it to be. I also scribbled out a few poems when the moment struck me.

Well that’s all Bookworms! That is my summer reading, and writing, in review! It was a great summer 2017, and I am looking forward to the first semester of my Sophomore year at Indiana University.


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