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Update ~ Books to Finish Before the End of Summer 2019

A few months ago I did a Top Ten Tuesday post listing Books On My Summer 2019 TBR. While I don’t normally revisit my TTT or TBR lists, I thought that one was specific enough that revisiting it and seeing how well I succeeded on my Summer TBR planning could be fun.

So, here’s the list of books I wanted to have read by the 23rd of September (tomorrow), when autumn officially starts in the Northern Hemisphere. If I’ve finished the book, I’ll include the date I finished reading, as well as a link to my review (if I wrote one).

    1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow ~ in progress (page 62 of 731) I just need to admit now that this one is going to be a long-term read and not worry about how long it takes me to finish it.
    2. Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire ~ not read yet. I think this series is linked to the InCryptid series, so I’m leaning toward finishing Seanan’s October Daye series first, and then reading this book before going back to InCryptid.
    3. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco ~ in progress (page 185 of 536) While it’s interesting and I would like to be finished with it already, it hasn’t sucked me in to the point where I just settle down and finish it instead of getting distracted by other books.
    4. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin ~ finished 28 June 2019
    5. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett ~ finished 20 September 2019
    6. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders ~ finished 27 June 2019 (review)
    7. Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire ~ finished 8 June 2019 (review)
    8. Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire ~ finished 19 July 2019 (review)
    9. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire ~ finished 24 August 2019
    10. A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire ~ in progress (page 67 of 358)

As a very quick recap, let’s look at some stats for the books I finished.

  • 6 out of 10 books finished (3 in progress)
  • my favorite of them was The Winter Long
  • my least favorite of them was All the Birds in the Sky (though I didn’t exactly dislike it — I just didn’t like it as much as I had hoped to)
  • I read a total of 2252 pages among them all
  • average finished book length was 323 pages
  • average publication year of finished books was 2004
  • average rating of finished books was 4.16 stars

Have a great day!

18 thoughts on “Update ~ Books to Finish Before the End of Summer 2019

  1. Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco is in my tbr as well. I have been wanting to read it for soo long but I never seem to get round to it. Seeing as you are reading it, I would love to hear your thoughts about it! ❤️

    1. It’s a weird style of book for me, in that it’s both easy and hard to read all at once. It’s really hard to explain, but it’s like the words are easy to read and yet there are layers to them and I’m not sure I’m getting them all. Also, there’s a lot of Latin in the text, so that means there are chunks that I have to guess at (because I’m not going to Google Translate each Latin phrase).

      1. And if the Latin phrases hold significance to the plot, then I can totally see your point! I guess it would be a pain in the ass read if I do decide to go on with it. 🤣

  2. You have me curious now as to how many of my summer TBR I actually finished. It sounds like you are struggling with a few of them.

    Do you DNF? I don’t very often but if it’s not grabbing me in more than there is something inherently wrong with it I’m much more likely to.

    1. I do DNF! I haven’t done that with The Name of the Rose or with Alexander Hamilton because… I’m not sure. Maybe because it’s an “it’s not you it’s me” situation? I guess I don’t mind having them stay “in progress” for ages if that’s what it takes.

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