Monday, 3 September 2018

WHAT I READ | Summer (20 Books of Summer - Update)


Writing a blog post after being away for nearly two months definitely feels weird... I feel rusty, but so ready to get back to blogging! 

If you don't follow me on Twitter, then you won't have known that I stepped back from social media during the summer months. I tend to produce less content during the summer anyway, but this year I was especially keen to have a break and no 'distractions' during the summer holidays as it was the last before my son started full time school. I wanted to be present, soak up those days, and give myself time to embrace the life change that is coming for us. We've had a great summer, and I do believe that the social media break played a large role in that.

Something else I think it played a large role in is my reading... I've had the best summer of reading ever; not only in the quantity of books read, but the quality also. So as we're here to talk about books, I'll jump right in to what I read this summer. I decided to stack the books I read against the side of my wardrobe, as I was just intrigued to see how high the pile would grow; I took a photo at the end of every month documenting what I read within each month.

All titles linked to Goodreads

JUNE

Back in June I shared that I'd signed up to take part in the 20 Books of Summer challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books) and as you can see, by way of book count I did succeed in that challenge (diverting from my original list in a number of instances). I haven't reviewed all the books read, however I did share a couple before my break, and am intending to review a handful of titles next week also. In the coming days I'll also be sharing a little more about my summer reading, including my highlights from this season of reading.

I hope you've all had a great summer - reading & otherwise!
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  1. Wow! You had a great summer of reading. I'm so impressed and I love the pics of your book stacks growing each month.

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  2. Wow great summer of reading! I can imagine stepping away from social media was a nice break. Love the pictures of your stacks of books.

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    1. Stepping away from social media was wonderful - and well needed in many ways. Glad to be back :-)

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  3. Welcome back to blogging! I’m glad you had a good summer and got lots of reading done. A lot of the books you read are on my TBR list.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thank you, AJ!

      It sounds like you have some great reads on your TBR then (because I pretty much loved all of these - haha!); I hope you get round to some of them soon.

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  4. Welcome back, and glad you had a good break! Summer is a great time to do it, especially before school starts. Love the book stack. I've heard great things about Little Fires Everywhere and A Thousand Perfect Notes.

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    1. Summer was definitely the perfect time for a break - thank you!

      I'd recommend both the titles you've mentioned; really great reads, and quite powerful stories also.

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  5. Wow, you really did have a great summer of reading. Very impressive! Several of these titles are still on my TBR so I'm glad to hear they were good reads for you :)

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne!

      I hope you have similar experiences with the books on your TBR - I enjoyed all of my summer reads, for one reason or another.

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  6. That is one awesome summer reading stack! And so much Kate Morton — I cant wait for her new book!! The reading/blogging balance is hard, isn’t it? Writing about books taking time away from the actual reading — it’s a conundrum! I didn’t blog too much this summer myself and I probably read a lot more than I would have otherwise.

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    1. Thanks, Christine - so many great reads! I'm now bang up to date with Kate Morton's books, and am looking forward to her newest book, same as you. Trouble is, I'd rather get the paperback edition, so I'll have longer to wait!!

      The reading/blogging balance is hard - I definitely wouldn't have read so much had I been blogging in that time also. In fact, this summer made me realise just how much time I spend on my blog/social media as a whole! Whilst back blogging, I'm going to be trying to make sure I do keep reading the priority.

      Great to hear you got a good amount of reading done this summer also :-)

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  7. What a great few months of reading you had!!! I see lots of good ones and ones on my TBR - can't wait to hear your thoughts!! I hope you enjoyed your summer break. Less social media was a goal of mine over the summer, too.

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    1. Thank you, Brandie - summer is the perfect time to step back from social media a little, especially when you have child to keep occupied all summer long. Haha! I hope you & your family have had a wonderful summer.

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