Summer Reading Mission

Hello, Bookish friends!
How is your summer? I trust you’re getting to enjoy lots of spectacular stories!
What am I reading, you ask? Funny you should mention it. This summer, I’m taking part in the Fangirl Initiative’s Summer Reading Mission! I was delighted to put this challenge together, and I’m quite excited to share it here, albeit two weeks into the challenge. Oops.
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Anyway, the rules are simple: Read one book for each category below, until at least ten prompts are completed. If the mission is accomplished by August 30, there’s going to be a fancy certificate and bookmarks to download. Head over to the Fangirl Initiative to read the fully detailed post.
I shared part of my reading list in that original post, but since then, I’ve shuffled it around. I’m still not completely settled on this selection, but as of now, my summer reading plans are as follows:

Read a book…
  1. Written by an author with your first name (or the same first or last initial as you.)
    I’ll be reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, because not only is her name Sarah, she spells it with an H. Oh, and the book looks pretty awesome too.
  2. With a color in the title. I’ve already completed Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard this summer. You can read my review of it here. 
  3. That’s been sitting on your shelf for more than a year. I’m going to finally read Grave Consequences, the second book in Lisa Bergren’s Grand Tour series. I loved the first novel, Glamorous Illusions, and I’m shocked that I haven’t finished the other two books yet.
  4. That is historical fiction. I have a review copy of In Good Company by Jen Turano. It’s set in 1882, and just from the first few pages, I can tell I’m going to enjoy it.
  5. You picked for the cover. Another review copy is fitting into this spot- The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Maybe I picked it for the title as much as the cover, but it looks like such a touching, whimsical story and I can’t wait to get into it. (Although I have a few other books to finish beforehand.)Cover Collage 1
  6. That’s first in a series. I’m completely late to the party, just like I was with the Harry Potter series, but I’m going to read the Lightning Thief and start the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.
  7. Involving time travel. Somehow, the only books I can think of featuring time travel are the River of Time novels by Lisa Bergren. And even though this post, 14 Reasons You Should Read the River of Time series, makes me want to reread them, I think I’ll be skipping this prompt for now. (Much as I miss my medieval Italy… And my favorite fictional guy.)
  8. Featuring a love triangle. I admit, love triangles can either be really entertaining or really annoying. From the back cover, I gather that there’s one in Defy by Sara Larson. Since I’m super interested in the rest of the story, it just works out for this challenge that there’s a love triangle, too.
  9. Set in the future. My current favorite futuristic books are the Remnants series, by Lisa Bergren. Although they’re dystopian, they put a fresh spin on the genre. I did a full review here. Since I technically finished these books in the spring, I’m not going to count them towards my summer reading. I’ll be reading Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson for this category instead.
  10. With more than 400 pages. I’m finishing the Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd for this category. I’m not crazy about it, but I’m too far and curious to quit now.
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  11. Narrated by a guy. I keep changing my mind about whether to read Hood by Stephen Lawhead, The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, or Eragon by Christopher Paolini… Or I could just continue reading the Percy Jackson series for this category. So many options.
  12. Retelling a fairy tale. I picked up a copy of the Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson for this prompt. It’s a retelling of Cinderella, and although Cinderella isn’t my favorite fairy tale, it’s a story I love nonetheless.
  13. That is a classic. I planned on reading Jane Austen’s final work, Persuasion, but since I’m currently reading Harper Lee’s “new” release, Go Set a Watchman, I’m going to list that one here. It didn’t fit anywhere else, but since I’m not going to give up reading, I want some credit. Technically, I don’t know if it counts as a classic yet, seeing as how it was just published… But by virtue of To Kill a Mockingbird and Harper Lee, I proclaim Go Set a Watchman an instant classic.
  14. Outside your usual favorite genres. I hardly ever read contemporary, and I also don’t read books with romance as the main plot. Since I’ve been seeing it everywhere, I checked out a copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I surprisingly enjoyed the first chapter, mainly for writing style and characterization. We’ll see what my thoughts are at the end.
  15. Recommended by a friend or fellow fangirl! There are too many books that fit this description. If I don’t read Eragon for prompt #11, I may fit it in here. Since the rules require I only read 10 books, though, I may not even get this far.

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Have you read any of these books? What’s on your summer reading list? If you need some ideas, why not jump in on this mission? 🙂

I’m off to read another chapter! (It would be kind of embarrassing to fail at the mission I assigned everyone else.)

Happy reading!

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13 thoughts on “Summer Reading Mission

  1. Good luck with all your reading! I’m a writer myself, and if you have the time I’d love for you to check out my small blog. Atm its mainly short stories and a bit of poetry, but I’m working on a novel (Prologue is on my blog). Feel free to check it out, keep blogging and have a good day 🙂

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  2. Sarah, you should consider yourself a lucky woman. I am just barely capable of the level of self control not to totally fangirl freak out on you when you say that you’re going to read Lightning Thief. Because, OH MY GOODNESS IT IS THE MOST AMAZING LIFE DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE AND YOU WILL BE SO HAPPY AND YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AND SDFGHJKL:SDFGHJKLSDFGHJKL.



    1. Your comments completely made my night. I’m SO excited to start the Percy Jackson series now. I was a bit skeptical when I picked up the books, but now, I can’t wait!
      Same for the Captive Maiden.
      Ahhhh, you’ve just given me a bunch of energy for this challenge! Thank you! 😀


  3. Oh my goshhhh….

    You definitely should read Hood because Robin Hood and it’s fabulous. 😀

    Annnd you need to READ GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. <33 I love those books. :DD We'll need to discuss these books when you finish (since I can't remember what happened in which book) 😉

    And I'm planning to read the Captive Maiden for this challenge too! You should definitely let me know when you start it so we can read it at the same time! 😀 (Same with if you decide to read Eragon. I might re-read it. I can't decide.) I'm also having a hard time (no pun intended) finding a time-travel book. Let me know if you find anything good.

    Okay, I'm done rambling now.

    BOOKS! 😀


    1. Jaime, I can’t believe my reply never went through, and I just noticed! I’m sorry, I promise I wasn’t ignoring you. Your comment sent me into fangirl hysterics.
      We DEFINITELY need to discuss the entire Grand Tour series, as soon as I finish.
      Also, I’d love to have a mini book club for at least the Captive Maiden, if we don’t get to Eragon. I’m almost ready to start that fairy tale, so I shall be messaging you.
      Thanks for commenting and being my book buddy – sorry again for being SO late.


      1. Oh, it’s fine. I didn’t even realize (oops?). I figured you were busy. You know, life and everything.

        Perhaps we’ll dive into Eragon at another time. 🙂

        Thank YOU for being my book buddy. It’s always fun to find another fangirl friend 🙂

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  4. So . . . I have to hear how this challenge w=turned out. How many of the books did you end up reading, Sarah?

    By the way, i just started “Persuasion,” and though I’m not far enough in to determine if I like it or not, I know if it’s anything like the other two Austen books I’ve read I’ll enjoy it!


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