Summer Book Challenge: July Books

It’s time for my final check-in for the 2014 Summer Book Challenge! I’ve had a lot of fun completing this challenge, and part of me wishes I hadn’t finished so quickly! My July reading wasn’t as prolific as May or June, but it was filled with perfect easy summer beach reads (smile). So without further ado, I give you my final two books for the challenge –

Born In Trilogy, Nora Roberts

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the title.

Born in Fire by Nora Roberts (416 pages, 3 stars).

Born in Ice by Nora Roberts (368 pages, 3 stars).

I feel like I took the easy way out on this particular challenge, but when I saw these books I couldn’t resist (it’s surprisingly hard to find books with antonyms – that are worth reading). These books are the first two in a trilogy that tells the story of three sisters and their struggle to overcome their upbringing and find happiness. The books are set in Ireland for the most part, and they’re varied enough to actually be interesting (as opposed to formulaic and sappy). They were the perfect beach books and I highly recommend them for “light” reading. I’m looking forward to reading the third installment this weekend (smile).

Previous Points: 170
This Month: 30
Total Points: 200

FYI – this challenge runs through the end of August so there’s still time to join in the fun!!

 Worth Mentioning

In addition to the books listed specifically for the Summer Book Challenge, I’ve also squeezed in a few others that I feel deserve an “honorable mention,” if you will.

Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy by Fan Macilvey (5 stars) – I enjoyed this book so much, it got it’s very own review.

Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell. (5 stars) – Very well written historical fiction about music, Mozart, and Venice in the late eighteenth century.

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman (3.5 stars) – I thought this book had a fairly original story line, which I enjoyed. The ending is a bit…predictable I think (at least for a “mystery” of sorts). Overall it was a good read though.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (5 stars) – One of the few non-fiction, non-biographical books I read this summer, I highly recommend this book for everyone – but especially for the introverts out there. It’s full of “ah ha” moments and a definite confidence booster (smile).

What have you been reading this summer??

2 thoughts on “Summer Book Challenge: July Books

  1. I read the first two, several years ago. Didn’t get ahold of the third then. Now, I found a thick book in our laundry room, with all three in one! Re-read the first two, because I’d forgotten most of it, and then the third. This is the type of reading I like to have at night, before falling asleep. Light!


    • I’m almost done with the third one now. They’ve been surprisingly satisfying in terms of not being *too much* as some of these types of books are, but you’re right – they are perfect light-before-bed books 🙂 I didn’t realize that they existed as one large book until I found that cover on Amazon. Too bad that one wasn’t at the library!


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